Tri-State Speedway News & Publicity
KT JR CAPTURES THE HOOSIER SPRINT NATIONALS
Posted August 5, 2013
Haubstadt, IN - August 3, 2013. Kevin Thomas Jr. was victorious
Saturday night in the running of the 9th annual Hoosier Sprint
Nationals at Tri-State Speedway. The Cullman, AL, driver started on
the pole of the 40 lap main event and led every lap. The Black Jack
Oil sponsored Michael Dutcher Motorsports Maxim entry was fast, very
fast! The field thinned out behind him and most of those in pursuit
watched him speed away on the restarts. That is all but one.
Chase Stockon also had a strong engine and put together a well
timed challenge. He had been sitting in second spot since lap 10
after starting eighth. Stockon closed in by lap 38 and then
unleashed a slider in turn one that was perfectly executed. Kevin
Thomas Jr. immediately countered the move and the two began
exchanging the lead over and over. Thomas had the lead back as the
two crossed the line those final two laps.
The victory was number three on the MSCS circuit this season for
Kevin Thomas Jr. Chase Stockon's runner-up finish was his best
finish so far this season. Blake Fitzpatrick finished third. He
turned in a strong performance in his first outing with MSCS this
season. Veteran Jon Stanbrough moved up through the pack to finish
fourth followed by Wes McIntyre.
Hunter Schuerenberg would finish sixth. The top ten finish was
recorded after he had made a mid race pit stop under the yellow with
the Jack Rogers sprinter. Dakota Jackson finished seventh followed
by Chase Briscoe, Bradley Sterrett, and Aaron Farney. Nick Drake
received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award in finishing eleventh. Twelve
of the 21 starters completed this year's Hoosier Sprint Nationals
with 9 drivers still running on the lead lap at the checkers.
The three preliminary heat races were won by Kyle Cummins, Kevin
Thomas Jr., and rookie Bradley Sterrett. Brady Short won the B Main.
Cummins was running third in the feature before he made contact with
a lapped car on a restart. The red flag was issued twice during the
feature. Both were for cars that had flipped. The two drivers
involved were Carson Short and Seth Parker. Short's car did a quick
once over and Parker's landed on its side up against the second turn
Jordan Kinser was the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the
Race. He was the final driver to make the show in the B Main and
improved the most spots of the ten drivers moving forward during the
MSCS will be back in action at Tri-State Speedway on Labor Day
Weekend in a Sunday night appearance. That event is scheduled for
September 1st and will pay $3,000 to the winner!
Levi Kissinger of Mt. Vernon, IN, won the 25 lap UMP Open Wheel
Modified feature. It was his first victory of the season at
Tri-State Speedway. And it came on the heels of two runner-up
finishes at the last two special modified events at the track. Zach
Fair of Petersburg, IN, finished second with Trent Young, Michael
Fox, and Dave Beck rounding out the top five. The top three in the
feature event also won their respective heat races. Stephen Schnapf
took the B Main. The mods will also be on the race card at Tri-State
for the Labor Day Weekend Challenge.