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Winner Brent Marks (Paul Arch Photo)

Brent Marks Caps Emotional Evening with Thrilling Eldora Triumph

ROSSBURG, OH - September 21, 2018 — On an emotional night at one of the most famous dirt tracks in the world, Brent Marks won a thrilling race, passing fellow Central Pennsylvania Outlaw Logan Schuchart for the lead on Lap 23 and holding off a furious charge from 13th-starting Dave Blaney, Schuchart and 23rd-starting Greg Wilson. It was Marks' third career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory and first at the historic Eldora Speedway. Marks dedicated the win to Greg Hodnett, who passed tragically the night before in an unsanctioned race in Pennsylvania.

Logan Schuchart won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature, alongside David Gravel. Schuchart darted out to the early lead and Brent Marks, who started third, blasted around the bottom to take second down the backstretch.

Schuchart set a torrid pace out front as Marks went to war with Kraig Kinser for the runner-up position. With Marks banging down the cushion and Kinser catfishing around the bottom, the duo battled side-by-side for the better part of five laps.

As Schuchart reached heavy lapped traffic, Kinser and Marks’ battle continued and they both closed in on the Shark Racing No.1S. Kinser edged Marks by a nose at the line on Lap 12, which would prove crucial as the caution would fly for Parker Price-Miller, who lost a left rear tire running in the top ten.

Schuchart elected the bottom on the double-file restart, moving Kinser to his outside. Kinser, who was glued to the bottom prior to the caution, fell back on the start, as Marks moved back into second.

Some contact the following lap between a slew of cars in the top ten, sent Gio Scelzi high into turn one, grazing the wall. Scelzi came down off the wall and got together with Daryn Pittman, resulting in the Kasey Kahne Racing No.9 upside down. Both drivers were uninjured but done for the evening.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Schuchart again choose the bottom with Marks to his outside this time. Schuchart remained in command with Marks in tow. 13th-starting Dave Blaney threw his name in the ring, battling Gravel and Kinser for the third position, three-wide at times.

Simultaneously, 23rd-starting Greg Wilson was coming, in typical Greg Wilson Eldora fashion, glued to the inside guard rail.

Back up front, Marks was closing in on Schuchart and threw a slide job for the lead into turn one on Lap 23. Schuchart fought back underneath Marks to maintain the lead going into turn three, where he went to the bottom. Marks put his family-owned No.19 right up against the wall, grabbing the cushion off of turn four and taking command of the field to lead the lap.

Marks powered away from Schuchart, who now had his hands full with the hard-charging Blaney and Wilson. Blaney took second from Schuchart and set his sights on Marks. After Marks got held up ever so slightly in traffic, Blaney attempted a slide job in turn three with three laps remaining, but Marks stayed on the gas and powered around the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member to maintain control.

Blaney’s slide job attempt for the lead cost him momentum as Wilson and Schuchart, who found late race speed right up against the outside wall, caught and surpassed the veteran by the White Flag.

But tonight, there was no catching Brent Marks, as the Myerstown, PA native went on to win his third World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the season and of his career.

“We’re all really thinking about Greg [Hodnett] and his family, he’s somebody I’ve respected tremendously throughout my whole career and was always a fan of growing up in Central Pennsylvania. This race is for him and his whole family and everyone back in Pennsylvania mourning his loss,” an emotional Marks said to a large applause from the Eldora Speedway crowd.

“This is awesome, I can’t believe I won a race at Eldora. This is my first Outlaw win that my Mom and Dad were able to see. I can’t thank my guys Jesse and Dallas enough, and we just added Jim Shuttlesworth. Last week was our first weekend together, we kept talking and improving throughout the night and working together well. This is special, I can’t believe I’m standing in Victory Lane at Eldora,” Marks added.

When asked about the race itself, Marks talked about the tricky cushion, “I knew I needed to be more aggressive on the wall, but the top was right up against the wall and I didn’t want to tear this thing up. I changed my entry into turn three and Logan started coming to me,”

“I can’t believe it’s my sophomore season with the World of Outlaws and I have three wins now, I can’t thank everyone who helps out with this operation enough,” Marks concluded.

Fellow Central Pennsylvania native Logan Schuchart settled for second after leading 22 laps, “It’s tough, lapped cars are so hard to judge. It’s hard leading a race and knowing where to go, I didn’t feel as comfortable up top and I felt I was slowing down, so I moved down. Brent drove a great race.”

“This is all for the Heffner Racing No.27 team and everybody back home, we’ve got a couple of PA boys up front and this is all for them,” Schuchart added with emotion.

The obvious KSE Hard Charger was 23rd-starting Greg Wilson who finished on the podium for the second time this year at Eldora.

“We’re good when it slicks off. This is how the tracks need to be. The race track was awesome tonight, there was passing,” Wilson said before reflecting about the recent tragedy in Sprint Car Racing.

“My heart goes out to the Hodnett family. I woke up this morning and looked at my wife and girls and wondered if I should keep doing this. I love it, though. I wouldn’t trade this opportunity to race with my wife and kids at Eldora in front of all you fans for anything,” Wilson, the Ohio native, said to a thunderous roar from the crowd.

Dave Blaney faded to fourth in the closing laps, still no small feat coming from 13th, with Gravel completing the top five.

Kraig Kinser was strong all evening and settled for sixth with Hunter Schuerenburg, who set Quick Time, and Sheldon Haudenschild finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. Rico Abreu charged from 21st to ninth with 17th-starting Jason Sides completing the top-ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series makes the trek to Western Pennsylvania tomorrow night, September 22 with the running of the Commonwealth Clash in Sarver, PA. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 19-Brent Marks [3][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$5,500]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [23][$3,200]; 4. 70-Dave Blaney [13][$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [2][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$2,300]; 7. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [4][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,100]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [21][$2,050]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$2,000]; 11. 3G-Carson Macedo [24][$1,500]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$1,200]; 13. 15-Donny Schatz [25][$300]; 14. 4-Brock Zearfoss [15][$1,050]; 15. 12N-Cole Duncan [20][$1,000]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$100]; 17. 2-Shane Stewart [9][$800]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$800]; 19. 49X-Tim Shaffer [19][$800]; 20. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [11][$800]; 21. 3-Jac Haudenschild [12][$800]; 22. 17X-Aaron Reutzel [14][$800]; 23. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [6][$800]; 24. 9-Daryn Pittman [16][$800]; 25. 19P-Paige Polyak [18][$800]; 26. 13-Paul McMahan [8][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-22, Brent Marks 23-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+20]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.005; 2. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.041; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.115; 4. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.144; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.147; 6. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.157; 7. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.159; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 13.165; 9. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.186; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.209; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.217; 12. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 13.28; 13. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.319; 14. 3G-Carson Macedo, 13.322; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.376; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.394; 17. 71M-Randy Hannagan, 13.469; 18. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.547; 19. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.635; 20. 10P-Jim Perricone, 14.35; 21. 5QB-Quentin Blonde, 14.756

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.987; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.001; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.06; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.082; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.092; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.099; 7. 17X-Aaron Reutzel, 13.114; 8. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.131; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.137; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.165; 11. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.32; 12. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.341; 13. 45-Trevor Baker, 13.395; 14. 59-Cory Eliason, 13.451; 15. 11N-Michael Kofoid, 13.497; 16. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.566; 17. O7-Jacob Wilson, 13.691; 18. 22M-Dan McCarron, 13.787; 19. 5H-Jordan Harble, 13.806; 20. 42-Ty Tilton, 13.898

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 2. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [1]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 4. 70-Dave Blaney [5]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 7. 99-Brady Bacon [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 9. 49D-Shawn Dancer [10]; 10. 5QB-Quentin Blonde [11]; 11. 71M-Randy Hannagan [9]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 13-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 4. 4-Brock Zearfoss [6]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 7. 7K-Cale Conley [8]; 8. 3G-Carson Macedo [7]; 9. 10P-Jim Perricone [10]; 10. 5T-Travis Philo [9]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 2. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 17X-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 5. 19P-Paige Polyak [6]; 6. 11N-Michael Kofoid [8]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 8. 45-Trevor Baker [7]; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson [9]; 10. 5H-Jordan Harble [10]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1]; 3. 3-Jac Haudenschild [6]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 12N-Cole Duncan [4]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 7. 59-Cory Eliason [7]; 8. 97-Caleb Helms [8]; 9. 22M-Dan McCarron [9]; 10. 42-Ty Tilton [10]

Sears Craftsman Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 2. 5-David Gravel [8]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [7]; 4. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 6. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [5]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 8. 13-Paul McMahan [3]

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer - 1. 7K-Cale Conley [1][-]; 2. 71M-Randy Hannagan [3][-]; 3. 5T-Travis Philo [5][$150]; 4. O7-Jacob Wilson [4][$150]; 5. 97-Caleb Helms [2][$150]; 6. 49D-Shawn Dancer [7][$125]; 7. 22M-Dan McCarron [6][$125]; 8. 42-Ty Tilton [10][$125]; 9. 5H-Jordan Harble [8][$125]; 10. 10P-Jim Perricone [9][$125]; 11. 5QB-Quentin Blonde [11][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer - 1. 24-Rico Abreu [3][-]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1][-]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [2][-]; 4. 3G-Carson Macedo [7][-]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$300]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$250]; 7. 59-Cory Eliason [8][$225]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon [5][$200]; 9. 45-Trevor Baker [6][$200]; 10. 71M-Randy Hannagan [12][$200]; 11. 7K-Cale Conley [11][$200]; 12. 11N-Michael Kofoid [10][$200]

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POWRi Racing

Winner Anthony Nicholson (RedLined Photography Photo)


Wheatland, MO (September 21, 2018) - The fans in attendance at Lucas Oil Speedway on Friday night were treated to a thrilling show as the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial continued on with the Rockwell Security qualifying night. Another field of 39 POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints League competitors signed-in for action, giving us a new event record of 78 total entries this weekend. At the conclusion of Friday's show, another new winner rose to the top as Anthony Nicholson of Millingston, Tennessee outlasted a fleet of challengers in the green-to-checkered 25-lapper to score the preliminary triumph at the 'Diamond of the Dirt Tracks."

Opening the night with another four-set series of group qualifying hot laps, quicktime honors were taken by Kyle Cummins (16.053), Anthony Nicholson (15.771), Danny Smith (16.055) and Colten Cottle (15.358) as the Rockwell Security qualifying night fired off. In heat race action, Hinchman Racewear heat one was taken by Kyle Cummins, Bell Racing USA heat two was won by Chad Goff, Schure Built Suspension heat three was claimed by Wyatt Burks and Wilwood Disc Brakes heat four went to Mitch Wissmiller. A trio of ten-lap qualifiers was next, which saw Riley Kreisel score High Side Design qualifier one, Quinton Benson take Indy Race Parts qualifier two and Matt Moore steal Chalk Racing Stix qualifier three.

With another eight-car inversion mixing up the feature field, it was Anthony Nicholson and Mitch Wissmiller leading us to the green flag. However, neither would command the opening circuit, as third-starter Matt Moore methodically hit the bottom and snuck by both to lead the first lap. Lead change after lead change would follow as Nicholson took the lead on lap two, before Wissmiller held the point on the third circuit.
Wissmiller finally grabbed a firm command of the top spot as he started to sneak away, blasting the top of the 3/8th-mile surface in his No. 1 entry. While Wissmiller maintained the lead, Wyatt Burks snuck into the second spot from fifth and Riley Kreisel and Kyle Cummins were hustling into the top five.

As Wissmiller remained committed to the cushion, Burks approached him by rolling the bottom and overtook him for the lead on the tenth circuit. While a new leader emerged, a hectic battle ensued for the runner-up spot as Wissmiller, Nicholson, Kreisel, Cummins and Moore were practically competing under a blanket. Taking over second just past halfway, Kreisel looked to be the firm challenger for Burks' lead, but a mistake on the cushion sent Kreisel fading and moved Nicholson up to P2 with ten to go.

Reeling in Burks lap-after-lap, Nicholson re-appeared after falling to fourth and was there to contend in the late running. As Burks slipped off the bottom of turns one and two, Nicholson capitalized and drove by him to reclaim the top spot on the 20th circuit. From there, Nicholson went unchallenged en route to a victory.

The Friday night triumph marked the first of Nicholson's POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints League career. It was an emotional win for the Tennessee native, who admittedly had a troubling 2018 season, prior to this huge breakthrough on a big stage. Nicholson's victory also made it 19 different winners in 26 WAR races this season, with 11 of those being first-time winners.

Anthony Nicholson (RedLined Photography Photo)

Following Nicholson to the line on Friday night was Wyatt Burks in the second spot after leading ten laps around the midway point. Entering the feature as the LRB, Inc. #HighPointMan, Kyle Cummins continued his stellar night and grabbed an eighth-to-third charge in the feature. Making a last-lap pass to take the fourth position, Oklahoma's Matt Moore continued his streak of never finishing outside the top five with WAR, as tonight marked his third race with the league. Falling to fifth after a nearly-disastrous last-lap encounter with lap traffic, Warsaw, Missouri's Riley Kreisel hung on to round out the top five in his No. 90. Closing out the top ten was Colten Cottle in sixth, Danny Smith in seventh, Zach Daum in eighth, Andrew Deal in ninth and Quinton Benson in tenth.

With both preliminary nights now complete, all that remains for the 2018 Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial is the Saturday night championship finale. With the new format, Saturday's program includes two C-Mains, two B-Mains, a pole shuffle and the final main event, to decide this year's champion.

Group Qualifying Session One (3 Laps):
1. 3C-Kyle Cummins (16.053); 2. 7M-Chance Morton (16.345); 3. 7S-Wade Seiler (16.384); 4. 90-Riley Kreisel (16.392); 5. 31-Joe B. Miller (16.453); 6. 15D-Andrew Deal (16.575); 7. 54-Trey Gropp (16.805); 8. 73-Samuel Wagner (16.956); 9. 48-Craig Oakes (17.074); 10. 75-Broc Elliott (DNQ).

Group Qualifying Session Two (3 Laps):
1. 16-Anthony Nicholson (15.771); 2. 5D-Zach Daum (16.110); 3. 9X-Chad Goff (16.118); 4. 22-David Stephenson (16.240); 5. 73S-Lane Stone (17.005); 6. 101-Chuck McGillivray (17.033); 7. 65B-Quinton Benson (17.342); 8. 13-Grant Wresche (17.365); 9. 22X-Mike Mueller (17.643); 10. 54A-Keith Bolton (17.859).

Group Qualifying Session Three (3 Laps):
1. 5$-Danny Smith (16.055); 2. 9-Matt Moore (16.134); 3. 7JR-Warren Johnson (16.295); 4. 11W-Wyatt Burks (16.361); 5. 51-Mitchell Moore (16.396); 6. 49B-Ben Brown (16.769); 7. 6M-Christian Moore (16.948); 8. 97-Kevin Cummings (17.039); 9. 22P-Chase Porter (17.083); 10. 36E-Blake Edwards (DNQ).

Group Qualifying Session Four (3 Laps):
1. 5C-Colten Cottle (15.358); 2. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (15.504); 3. 1W-Paul White (16.053); 4. 24C-Craig Carroll (16.094); 5. 2-Zach Clark (16.250); 6. 37-Brian Beebe (16.406); 7. 52-JD Fry (16.414); 8. 99E-Bailey Elliott (16.528); 9. 21C-Chris Desselle (16.777).

Hinchman Racewear Heat One (8 laps):
1. 3C-Kyle Cummins (4); 2. 90-Riley Kreisel (1); 3. 7M-Chance Morton (3); 4. 31M-Joe B. Miller (5); 5. 15D-Andrew Deal (6); 6. 7S-Wade Seiler (2); 7. 54-Trey Gropp (7); 8. 73-Samuel Wagner (8); 9. 48-Craig Oakes (9); 10. 75-Broc Elliott (10)-DNS.

Bell Racing USA Heat Two (8 laps):
1. 9X-Chad Goff (2); 2. 16-Anthony Nicholson (4); 3. 5D-Zach Daum (3); 4. 22-David Stephenson (1); 5. 65B-Quinton Benson (7); 6. 101-Chuck McGillivray (6); 7. 73S-Lane Stone (5); 8. 13W-Grant Wresche (8); 9. 22X-Mike Mueller (9); 10. 59D-Keith Bolton (10).

Schure Built Suspension Heat Three (8 laps):
1. 11W-Wyatt Burks (1); 2. 7JR-Warren Johnson (2); 3. 9-Matt Moore (3); 4. 5$-Danny Smith (4); 5. 36E-Blake Edwards (10); 6. 97-Kevin Cummings (8); 7. 51-Mitchell Moore (5); 8. 22P-Chase Porter (9); 9. 6M-Christian Moore (7); 10. 49B-Ben Brown (6).

Wilwood Disc Brakes Heat Four (8 laps):
1. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (3); 2. 5C-Colten Cottle (4); 3. 1W-Paul White (2); 4. 37-Brian Beebe (6); 5. 2-Zach Clark (5); 6. 24C-Craig Carroll (1); 7. 99E-Bailey Elliott (8); 8. 21C-Chris Desselle (9); 9. 52-JD Fry (7).

High Side Design Qualifier One (10 Laps):
1. 90-Riley Kreisel (4); 2. 22-David Stephenson (1); 3. 3C-Kyle Cummins (6); 4. 15D-Andrew Deal (7); 5. 16-Anthony Nicholson (5); 6. 1W-Paul White (2); 7. 22X-Mike Mueller (12); 8. 7M-Chance Morton (3); 9. 7S-Wade Seiler (8); 10. 51-Mitchell Moore (10); 11. 13-Grant Wresche (11); 12. 54A-Keith Bolton (13); 13. 99B-Bailey Elliott (9).

Indy Race Parts Qualifier Two (10 Laps):
1. 65B-Quinton Benson (1); 2. 11W-Wyatt Burks (5); 3. 37-Brian Beebe (2); 4. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (5); 5. 5D-Zach Daum (3); 6. 54-Trey Gropp (9); 7. 101-Chuck McGillivray (8); 8. 7JR-Warren Johnson (4); 9. 6M-Christian Moore (12); 10. 21C-Chris Desselle (11); 11. 22P-Chase Porter (10); 12. 97-Kevin Cummins (7); 13. 49-Ben Brown (DNS).

Chalk Racing Stix Qualifier Three (10 Laps):
1. 9-Matt Moore (3); 2. 5C-Colten Cottle (5); 3. 9X-Chad Goff (6); 4. 5$-Danny Smith (1); 5. 36E-Blake Edwards (4); 6. 2-Zach Clark (7); 7. 24C-Craig Carroll (8); 8. 73-Samuel Wagner (10); 9. 73S-Lane Stone (9); 10. 48-Craig Oakes (11); 11. 52-JD Fry (12); 12. 31-Joe B. Miller (2); 13. 75-Broc Elliott (DNS).

Hoosier Tire B-Main One (10 laps):
1. 1W-Paul White (1); 2. 7M-Chance Morton (3); 3. 24C-Craig Carroll (4); 4. 51-Mitchell Moore (8); 5. 73-Samuel Wagner (6); 6. 6M-Christian Moore (7); 7. 59D-Keith Bolton (12); 8. 13W-Grant Wresche (11); 9. 22X-Mike Mueller (5); 10. 52-JD Fry (10); 11. 36E-Blake Edwards (2); 12. 97-Kevin Cummings (9); 13. 75-Broc Elliott (13)-DNS.

Speedway Motors B-Main Two (10 laps):
1. 7JR-Warren Johnson (1); 2. 7S-Wade Seiler (5); 3. 2-Zack Clark (2); 4. 54-Trey Gropp (3); 5. 101-Chuck McGillivray (4); 6. 21C-Chris Desselle (8); 7. 73S-Lane Stone (6); 8. 22P-Chase Porter (10); 9. 49B-Ben Brown (12); 10. 99E-Bailey Elliott (11); 11. 31M-Joe B. Miller (7)-DNS; 12. 48-Craig Oakes (9)-DNS.

POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints League Main Event (25 Laps):
1. 16-Anthony Nicholson (1); 2. 11W-Wyatt Burks (5); 3. 3C-Kyle Cummins (8); 4. 9-Matt Moore (3); 5. 90-Riley Kreisel (6); 6. 5C-Colten Cottle (7); 7. 5$-Danny Smith (12); 8. 5D-Zach Daum (14); 9. 15D-Andrew Deal (13); 10. 65B-Quinton Benson (10); 11. 9X-Chad Goff (4); 12. 7S-Wade Seiler (18); 13. 37-Brian Beebe (11); 14. 24C-Craig Carroll (19); 15. 2-Zach Clark (20); 16. 1W-Paul White (15); 17. 7JR-Warren Johnson (16); 18. 7M-Chance Morton (17); 19. 22-David Stephenson (9); 20. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (2).

Lap Leader(s): Moore 1, Nicholson 2, Wissmiller 3-9, Burks 10-19, Nicholson 20-25.
Hard Charger(s): Daum +6.

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Winner Johnny Herrera (Kenny Shaw Photo)

Johnny Herrera Thrilling In Night 2 Victory At The Hockett/McMillin Memorial

Bryan Hulbert - WHEATLAND, Mo. (September 21, 2018) Four leaders over the course of 25 laps, and the one leading the most important lap on Friday night was Johnny Herrera. Snapping an 80-race winless streak, the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 45x was masterful on the high-line en-route to his preliminary night win in the Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway.
"We needed this win. I'm pretty sure it's been over a year since we won one of these things. We've been close all year, and just couldn't get it done. We've changed cars, bars, just about everything but it all came together tonight," commented Herrera.

Johnny's third career win at Lucas Oil Speedway, the 2013 Hockett/McMillin Memorial Champion will take the green from the third starting spot in Saturday's $10,000 to win A-Feature.

"We've been good here, but not great so we'll keep working at it for tomorrow and see if we can get another one."
Chasing Wayne Johnson and Matt Covington on the start, Johnny slipped to fourth as the No. 47x of Dylan Westbrook snuck by for third right as Matt Covington took over the race lead on Lap 4 by 0.001 seconds over Wayne Johnson. Contending with Westbrook, the Ohsweken Speedway No. 47x grabbed the runner-up spot only to have the red for Roger Crockett bring the race back to Lap 5.

Keeping pace over the field on the restart, Covington kept a 10-car length advantage over the race for second as Johnson, Westbrook, and Herrera began battling with the caution coming out working Lap 10 as Westbrook went around in turn two.

Moving Johnny to third, the New Mexico shoe went to work on Wayne for second with the high line pass coming on Lap 12.
Chasing from the fifth starting spot, Jake Bubak paced patiently around the bottom in the Howard Law No. 9x. Moving to third on Lap 13, Bubak shot past Herrera on Lap 14 and took over the lead from Matt Covington one lap later.

Maintaining his pace around the hub of the three-eights oval, Bubak held onto the race lead until Lap 18. With his run building on the cushion, Herrera made the race-winning pass the following lap.

Opening his advantage to 1.020 seconds at the drop of the checkered flag, it was Tony Bruce, Jr. from the 13th starting spot who advanced to claim runner-up honors in the Tiger Towing No. 86, with the pass on Bubak on Lap 23.

Jake would settle for third with Matt Covington and Wayne Johnson slipping to complete the top-five. With a win and a fifth-place finish on the weekend, Wayne Johnson will lead Saturday's $10,000 to win A-Feature to the green.

Rolling up from 10th, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. crossed sixth and will start to the outside of the front row on Saturday night. Rebounding from a provisional on Thursday night, Seth Bergman moved from 11th to seventh. Advancing out of a B-Feature, Derek Hagar was the night's CP-Carrillo Hard Charger; moving ahead 12 positions to eighth. Blake Hahn finished ninth with Jack Dover making up the top-ten.

The 8th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial concludes on Saturday, September 22 with the action going green at 6:35 P.M. (CT). In overall event points, the top-eight drivers locked into Saturday's finale is Wayne Johnson (312), Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (299), Johnny Herrera (290), Tony Bruce, Jr. (271), Matt Covington (269), Scott Bogucki (263), Derek Hagar (261), and Dylan Westbrook (259). The remainder of the field will drop into four Last Chance Qualifiers, going 10 laps, taking the Top 2 from each into the A-Feature. After that, drivers that don't transfer will go into B-Feature action.

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Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region
Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, Mo.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Hockett/McMillin Memorial - Night 2
Car Count: 55
Event Count: 59

Heat Races (Top 40 advance to Qualifiers)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 08-Cannon McIntosh, [2]; 2. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [1]; 3. 11-Roger Crockett, [4]; 4. 9X-Jake Bubak, [6]; 5. 03-Stu Snyder, [3]; 6. 21-Miles Paulus, [8]; 7. 36-Jason Martin, [7]; 8. (DNF) 24L-Lanny Carpenter, [5]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, [2]; 2. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [1]; 3. 81-Jack Dover, [4]; 4. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [5]; 5. 37H-Nick Howard, [6]; 6. 17W-Harli White, [8]; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel, [3]; 8. (DNF) 93-Taylor Walton, [7]
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, [2]; 2. 11G-Mike Goodman, [4]; 3. 5X-Tyson Hall, [1]; 4. 76-Jay Russell, [6]; 5. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [3]; 6. 99X-Dalton Stevens, [5]; 7. 88-Travis Reber, [8]; 8. 5G-Dave Glennon, [7]
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. J2-John Carney II, [2]; 2. 21X-Carson Short, [1]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn, [3]; 4. 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [4]; 5. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [7]; 6. 47-Dale Howard, [5]; 7. 27-Danny Thoman, [8]; 8. (DNF) 49B-Ben Brown, [6]
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 23B-Brian Bell, [2]; 2. 05-Paul Nienhiser, [4]; 3. 75-Tyler Blank, [3]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [5]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee, [6]; 6. 5J-Jamie Ball, [7]; 7. 29-Tanner Berryhill, [1]; 8. 85-Forrest Sutherland, [8]
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 8M-Kade Morton, [2]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [6]; 3. 44-Chris Martin, [1]; 4. 28-Scott Bogucki, [7]; 5. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [4]; 6. 8-Alex Sewell, [5]; 7. 1-Travis Rilat, [8]; 8. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [3]
Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 22M-Sean McClelland, [3]; 2. 77X-Alex Hill, [2]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [6]; 4. 6A-Aidan Roosevans, [4]; 5. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [5]; 6. 4-Evan Martin, [7]; 7. 44S-Jared Sewell, [1]

Hoosier Tire Qualifiers (Top 16 in combined Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, [1]; 2. 11-Roger Crockett, [2]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [6]; 4. J2-John Carney II, [5]; 5. 6A-Aidan Roosevans, [8]; 6. 05-Paul Nienhiser, [4]; 7. 77X-Alex Hill, [3]; 8. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [10]; 9. 17W-Harli White, [9]; 10. 5X-Tyson Hall, [7]
Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 81-Jack Dover, [2]; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [4]; 3. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [3]; 4. 75-Tyler Blank, [1]; 5. 23B-Brian Bell, [5]; 6. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [9]; 7. 44-Chris Martin, [7]; 8. 37H-Nick Howard, [8]; 9. 08-Cannon McIntosh, [6]; 10. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [10]
Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 9X-Jake Bubak, [2]; 2. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [3]; 3. 95-Matt Covington, [6]; 4. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [1]; 5. 8M-Kade Morton, [5]; 6. 5J-Jamie Ball, [9]; 7. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [7]; 8. 22M-Sean McClelland, [4]; 9. 99X-Dalton Stevens, [10]; 10. 99-Skylar Gee, [8]
Qualifier 4 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [1]; 2. 76-Jay Russell, [2]; 3. 21X-Carson Short, [3]; 4. 28-Scott Bogucki, [4]; 5. 23-Seth Bergman, [6]; 6. 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [7]; 7. 11G-Mike Goodman, [5]; 8. 21-Miles Paulus, [8]; 9. 47-Dale Howard, [10]; 10. 03-Stu Snyder, [9]

BMRS B-Features (Top 2 from each advance to the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 28-Scott Bogucki, [1]; 2. 99-Skylar Gee, [8]; 3. 44-Chris Martin, [5]; 4. 8-Alex Sewell, [9]; 5. 22M-Sean McClelland, [4]; 6. 33M-Mason Daniel, [11]; 7. 75-Tyler Blank, [2]; 8. 37H-Nick Howard, [6]; 9. 5X-Tyson Hall, [7]; 10. 27-Danny Thoman, [10]; 11. 3S-Sammy Swindell, [3]; (DNS) 5G-Dave Glennon, ; (DNS) 49B-Ben Brown,
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [2]; 2. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [5]; 3. 5J-Jamie Ball, [3]; 4. 21-Miles Paulus, [6]; 5. 77X-Alex Hill, [4]; 6. 47-Dale Howard, [7]; 7. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [8]; 8. 6A-Aidan Roosevans, [1]; 9. 1-Travis Rilat, [10]; 10. 29-Tanner Berryhill, [12]; 11. 85-Forrest Sutherland, [11]; 12. 4-Evan Martin, [9]; (DNS) 24L-Lanny Carpenter,
B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [3]; 2. 36-Jason Martin, [10]; 3. 17W-Harli White, [6]; 4. 99X-Dalton Stevens, [7]; 5. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [5]; 6. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [13]; 7. 05-Paul Nienhiser, [1]; 8. 44S-Jared Sewell, [12]; 9. 03-Stu Snyder, [8]; 10. 88-Travis Reber, [9]; 11. (DNF) 08-Cannon McIntosh, [4]; 12. (DNF) 11G-Mike Goodman, [2]; 13. (DNF) 93-Taylor Walton, [11]

Protect the Harvest A-Feature
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera, [3]; 2. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, [13]; 3. 9X-Jake Bubak, [5]; 4. 95-Matt Covington, [2]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson, [1]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [10]; 7. 23-Seth Bergman, [11]; 8. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [20]; 9. 52-Blake Hahn, [8]; 10. 81-Jack Dover, [4]; 11. 21X-Carson Short, [14]; 12. 99-Skylar Gee, [19]; 13. 28C-Jonathan Cornell, [18]; 14. 36-Jason Martin, [21]; 15. 23B-Brian Bell, [15]; 16. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [17]; 17. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [6]; 18. 5J-Jamie Ball, [24]; 19. 28-Scott Bogucki, [22]; 20. 8M-Kade Morton, [16]; 21. 76-Jay Russell, [12]; 22. (DNF) 21-Miles Paulus, [25]; 23. (DNF) J2-John Carney II, [7]; 24. (DNF) 11-Roger Crockett, [9]; 25. (DNF) 1-Travis Rilat, [23]
Lap Leaders: Wayne Johnson 1-3; Matt Covington 4-14; Jake Bubak 15-18; Johnny Herrera 19-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Derek Hagar +12
FSR Radiator High Point Driver: Wayne Johnson
Provisionals: Travis Rilat (Nat.); Jamie Ball (Nat.); Miles Paulus (Regional)

2018 ASCS National Driver Points (Top 15): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 4,006; 2. Seth Bergman 3,910; 3. Wayne Johnson 3,841; 4. Blake Hahn 3,841; 5. Johnny Herrera 3,736; 6. Matt Covington 3,667; 7. Skylar Gee 3,484; 8. Scott Bogucki 3,385; 9. Travis Rilat 3,210; 10. Jamie Ball 3,173; 11. Harli White 3,091; 12. Chris Martin 3,089; 13. Alex Hill 2,751; 14. Roger Crockett 2,289; 15. Sammy Swindell 2,067;

2018 ASCS National Tour Wins: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 5 (5/12 - I-30 Speedway; 6/8 - West Texas Raceway; 6/21 - Skagit Speedway; 6/30 - Grays Harbor Raceway; 8/29 - Mason City Motor Speedway); Sammy Swindell - 5 (6/9 - Route 66 Motor Speedway; 6/14 - Creek County Speedway; 6/16 - Salina Speedway; 9/1 - Lake Ozark Speedway; 9/2 - Lake Ozark Speedway); Seth Bergman - 4 (4/6 - Texas Motor Speedway; 5/10 - Lakeside Speedway; 6/22 - Skagit Speedway; 6/22 - Skagit Speedway); Matt Covington - 3 (4/27 - Paducah International Raceway; 7/6 - Gallatin Speedway; 7/16 - Brown County Speedway); Wayne Johnson - 3 (5/9 - Humboldt Speedway; 6/13 - Lawton Speedway; 9/20 - Lucas Oil Speedway); Carson Macedo - 2 (8/3 - Knoxville Raceway; 8-7 - Southern Iowa Speedway); Roger Crockett - 1 (3/16 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Brady Bacon - 1 (4/7 - Texas Motor Speedway); Greg Hodnett - 1 (5/4 - Williams Grove Speedway) ; Blake Heimbach - 1 (5/5 - Selinsgrove Speedway); Scott Bogucki - 1 (6/12 - Devil's Bowl Speedway); Jason Solwold - 1 (6/29 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Skylar Gee - 1 (7/7 - Gallatin Speedway); Chris Martin - 1 (7/11 - Gillette Thunder Speedway); Thomas Kennedy- 1 (8/2 - Knoxville Raceway); Terry McCarl - 1 (8/4 - Knoxville Raceway); Jamie Ball - 1 (8/18 - Hamilton County Speedway); Johnny Herrera - 1 (9/21 - Lucas Oil Speedway);

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2017 '4-Crown Nationals' USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winner C.J. Leary. (Ryan Sellers Photo)


By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........C.J. Leary seems more than poised for a breakout performance this Saturday in the 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV at Eldora Speedway.

He's led in four of the past six races for a total of 69 laps, 38 more than any other driver during that span. The results have been there: a 2nd, 6th, 6th, 4th and 2nd. Yet, none of those include a 1st, a cage stand, a check or one of the other many spoils of victory.

Those "spoils" were something the Greenfield, Indiana driver got to experience in full effect last year after grabbing his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "4-Crown" triumph at Eldora.

Leary is among six past winners expected to compete in Saturday's stacked field, including Dave Darland (1999), Robert Ballou (2007), Chris Windom (2013), Brady Bacon (2014) and Justin Grant (2016).

Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, has been a revelation this year, scoring three victories and is fifth in points. Rocklin, California's Ballou has scored five of his 28 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins at Eldora, including the first three of his career back in 2007 & 2010. Windom, of Canton, Ill., got his in 2013, then won again in the Silver Crown car at Eldora in 2016. Ione, California's Grant punched in a W back in 2016.

The points race is tighter than a Chinese Finger Trap, with no driver in the top-three able to separate themselves from each other at the top. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings by 21 following his victory last Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. His venerable Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 has scored five wins in the "4-Crown' over the years, including 1999 with Darland, 2006 with Tracy Hines, 2009 with Jerry Coons, Jr., 2011 with Kyle Larson and 2014 with Bacon.

Tyler Courtney runs second in the standings behind Thomas and is having a banner year that includes a series-high nine wins. A victory Saturday at Eldora would put him on an exclusive list of drivers who've won double-digit races in a single season along with Tom Bigelow (14), J.J. Yeley & Robert Ballou (13), Larry Dickson & Pancho Carter (12), Bubby Jones (11), Dickson, Carter & Jay Drake (10).

Courtney's current tally of nine wins in a season is tied for the tenth winningest season in the history of the series, equaling Parnelli Jones (1961), Roger McCluskey (1966) and Rick Hood (1985).

One thing all those drivers have in common is that they've won a USAC National Sprint Car feature at Eldora in the very same year they accumulated double-digit wins. Courtney has yet to win at Eldora this season and Saturday marks his last shot. Bacon and Windom won the two most recent trips to Eldora back in May of this year.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., is third in points, only 54 out of the lead as he seeks his second career series title.

Leary's bid for a repeat USAC Sprint Car win at the "4-Crown" has been duplicated five previous times by Steve Kinser in 1981-82, Steve Butler in 1988-89, Jack Hewitt in 1990-91 & 1997-98 and Bud Kaeding in 2001-02.

This Saturday's event will mark the 199th USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race held at Eldora Speedway, which is the most appearances at any track in series history.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am, spectator gates open at noon, a USAC autograph session will take place from 3-4pm in the fan zone, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Saturday's full events will have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on

PAST "4-CROWN NATIONALS" USAC SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1981: Steve Kinser, 1982: Steve Kinser, 1983: Jack Hewitt, 1985: Larry Rice, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Tony Elliott, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Steve Butler, 1990: Jack Hewitt, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Danny Smith, 1993: Tony Elliott, 1994: Kevin Doty, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Jimmy Sills, 1997: Jack Hewitt, 1998: Jack Hewitt, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tracy Hines, 2001: Bud Kaeding, 2002: Bud Kaeding, 2004: Dickie Gaines, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Tracy Hines, 2007: Robert Ballou, 2008: Brad Sweet, 2009: Jerry Coons Jr., 2010: Levi Jones, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Tracy Hines, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Thomas Meseraull, 2016: Justin Grant, 2017: C.J. Leary

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kevin Thomas-2132, 2-Tyler Courtney-2111, 3-Chris Windom-2078, 4-Brady Bacon-1852, 5-Dave Darland-1830, 6-Chase Stockon-1810, 7-C.J. Leary-1786, 8-Robert Ballou-1739, 9-Justin Grant-1703, 10-Isaac Chapple-1167.

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Kevin Thomas, Jr. became the first three-time winner of the 'Haubstadt Hustler' Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway. (Neil Cavanah Photo)


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Haubstadt, Indiana......September 15, 2018 - An unprecedented accomplishment deserves an unprecedented celebration in Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s book.

Just moments after taking the checkered flag to become the first three-time winner of the "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway, Thomas found himself sandwiched between a pile of racecars in turn one with heavy damage to the front end of his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Jonathan Byrd/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

If it had been one lap earlier, it would've been a devastating heartbreaker for the Cullman, Alabama driver. Instead, it created a memorable celebration from the makeshift turn one junkyard as he emerged from the top of the roll cage to high-five his roommate and third-place finisher Jason McDougal who stacked his ride alongside that of Thomas.

"I've never had that happen. That was something special," Thomas exclaimed. "Immediately, I was kind of pissed off because I probably tore some crap up. But, at the end of the day, I'm the only person to win this race three times. I instantly went from a little frustrated to super pumped. When I got out, it was just a front end. We just won $10,000; we'll put another front end on it."

"Standing up in the middle of the corner on a wrecked racecar and doing a cage stand, it's not normal, but we got the job done," Thomas reflected. "Standing up on the four-wheeler with the crowd going nuts, that's something that'll definitely go down as something special in my memory, something that we'll still be talking about 10 years from now with our friends."

Thomas' voyage to get there began from the third spot behind front row starters Kent Schmidt and C.J. Leary. Schmidt sprinted to the lead on the opening lap, narrowly eclipsing Leary at the line by a foot. However, Leary took sole ownership of the lead entering turn one and would have a Master Lock on the spot for the bulk of the 40-lapper.

As Leary shined through much of the early stages, the night's most gnarly incident occurred on the 13th lap when third-running Schmidt's machine broke entering the third turn. Fourth-running and previous night's Terre Haute winner Brady Bacon was trailing just behind, but with nowhere to go, ramped over Schmidt's left rear wheel, snapped around backwards and flipped over. He was okay and, miraculously, restarted the race from the tail, ultimately finishing 14th.

Throughout the middle stages and within ten to go, Leary was in control, upping his lead to more than a second and a half while Thomas and McDougal duked it out for second. However, as can and will happen often in racing, lapped traffic came into play, at moments being a benefit to Leary and other times, ehh, not so much.

With four laps remaining, as soon as Leary's pace was stifled in traffic, it was almost as if you could hear the theme from the movie Jaws playing in the distance. As Leary drifted just a tad high off turn four, Thomas stuck his ride underneath Leary's, pulling side-by-side along each other in a drag race to the line to snare the lead, one in which he would not relinquish.

Thomas got a bit sideways between turns three and four coming to the checkered, but it was no harm, no foul, as he straightened it out, stood on the gas and finished out his fifth win of the year, followed by Leary, McDougal in his first ever visit to Tri-State, while Dave Darland and Carson Short rounded out the top-five.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. takes his second Tri-State Speedway USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year in front of a packed house Saturday night in the 'Haubstadt Hustler.' (Neil Cavanah Photo)

"I've been in the same situation the past couple of weeks," Thomas admitted. "Leading is not necessarily the best place to be. C.J. skated up just a little bit off four and kind of got caught behind a lapped car. We were able to get up underneath him and beat him to one. As narrow as the track was, it wasn't necessarily blocking, but you could run a safe line where you don't have to run balls out and you can still make your car work and it makes it really hard to pass you. It's just one of those mind games. We were just trying to figure out the racetrack and it all played out in our favor tonight. We could do it all over again tomorrow and C.J. probably wins this race. We had a good racecar and luck on our side, finally."

Though he carried the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead coming into Tri-State, Thomas' name was MIA on the winners' list for quite a while. He was certainly well aware that it had been just a few days shy of three months since his last triumph. He's had many a good run, qualified well - 14 fast times, in fact - but just wasn't able to get over the hump. Now with a win under his belt and a 21-point advantage in the standings, he's now back at the top of his game heading to next Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway where he knows the gameplan.

"You have to win races in order to win this deal," Thomas point blanked. "Sunshine (Tyler Courtney) is right behind and he wins every three races it seems like. If you're not winning races, eventually those third places aren't going to do the job. With the way this championship is going, the consistency is what's got us back to the lead, but if you want to secure that lead, you're going to have to win. You have to score the most points every single night and you have to run away with it. As good as they are, when you have one bad night, have one flat tire, or have one little thing go wrong, there's 30 points. You have to give yourself a cushion. You can't bank on a 10-point cushion getting you through the year because it ain't."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway were Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Stephen Schnapf (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Carson Short (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chet Williams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kendall Ruble (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2018 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Haubstadt Hustler" (Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series)

QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.810; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.829; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.847; 4. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.904; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.906; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.920; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.960; 8. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.966; 9. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.979; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.979; 11. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-13.989; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.046; 13. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-14.058; 14. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.073; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.085; 16. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-14.112; 17. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-14.260; 18. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-14.287; 19. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.310; 20. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-14.331; 21. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.341; 22. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.378; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.411; 24. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.456; 25. Josh Hodges, 11H, Pottorff/Short-14.564; 26. Daron Clayton, 5o, Schmidt-14.739; 27. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.748; 28. Shawn Arriaga, 56, Arriaga-14.759; 29. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.817; 30. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-14.950; 31. Chad Boespflug, 11p, Pottorff/Short-15.147; 32. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-15.237; 33. James Lyerla, 11, JL-15.328; 34. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-16.021.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Leary, 3. Cummins, 4. Brackett, 5. Gentry, 6. DiMattia, 7. Boespflug, 8. Mattox, 9. Hayhurst. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Schnapf, 2. Schmidt, 20 Ballou, 4. Chapple, 5. Clayton, 6. Arriaga, 7. Hodges, 8. Sussex, 9. Ambrose. 2:18.38

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Darland, 3. Stockon 4. Short, 5. Williams, 6. Jackson, 7. Budde, 8. Perrott. 2:19.48

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. McDougal, 3. Grant, 4. Courtney, 5. Ruble, 6. Malone, 7. Wallace, 8. Lyerla. 2:16.96

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Clayton, 2. Gentry, 3. Williams, 4. Ruble, 5. Malone, 6. DiMattia, 7. Jackson, 8. Hodges, 9. Boespflug, 10. Mattox, 11. Lyerla, 12. Budde, 13. Arriaga, 14. Hayhurst, 15. Perrott, 16. Wallace, 17. Sussex. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Jason McDougal (8), 4. Dave Darland (7), 5. Carson Short (15), 6. Tyler Courtney (16), 7. Robert Ballou (10), 8. Chase Stockon (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Donny Brackett (13), 11. Stephen Schnapf (5), 12. Isaac Chapple (14), 13. Chet Williams (19), 14. Brady Bacon (6), 15. Critter Malone (21), 16. Kendall Ruble (20), 17. Chris Windom (4), 18. Daron Clayton (17), 19. Justin Grant (12), 20. Tony DiMattia (22), 21. Brandon Mattox (23), 22. Kent Schmidt (1), 23. Aric Gentry (18). NT
**Bacon flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Schmidt, Laps 2-36 Leary, Laps 37-40 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Carson Short (15th to 5th)




NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-2132, 2-Courtney-2111, 3-Windom-2078, 4-Bacon-1852, 5-Darland-1830, 6-Stockon-1810, 7-Leary-1786, 8-Ballou-1739, 9-Grant-1703, 10-Chapple-1167.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 22 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

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Winner Ryan Smith (Trent Gower Photography Photo)

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Ryan Smith wins thriller at Selinsgrove Speedway for $10,000 payday

SELINSGROVE, Pa. (September 15, 2018) - Holding off a hard charging Freddie Rahmer, the ‘Kunkletown Kid’ Ryan Smith put fans on their feet on Saturday night in Central Pennsylvania, ultimately earning a first-ever Jim Nace Memorial/National Open victory at Selinsgrove Speedway.

For Smith, the route to Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory lane was not only challenging for the driver, but also challenging for the crew, as the team discovered a hole in the right-rear tire during an open red just before the midpoint of the 30-lap main event. Despite the setback, Smith and his team prevailed, eventually leading every lap to score the $10,000 payday.

The All Star victory, aboard the Mike McGhee & Associates No. 11, was Smith’s second of the 2018 season and his eighth overall with the Series. Freddie Rahmer held on to finish, just ahead of Brian Brown, Lucas Wolfe and TJ Stutts.

“This is all because of the crew guys standing behind me,” an elated Ryan Smith said in victory lane. “We started on this thing in May. We struggled some at first, but we kept getting faster and faster and now here we are in September with a big win. They work their butts off, that’s for sure. I definitely wouldn’t be standing here without their hard work and support.”

Ryan Smith and TJ Stutts led the field to green on Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway. Although Smith was able to get the initial jump, it was Salfordville, Pennsylvania’s Freddie Rahmer who was making the early moves, actually advancing from eighth to fifth by the time the leaders crossed under the flagstand to complete the first circuit.

The top-five remained unchanged until the main event’s first caution appeared on lap six for a slowing Michael Walter. When green flag action returned, Freddie Rahmer made another move toward the front, this time driving around Lucas Wolfe to take the fourth spot. Just three circuits later, Rahmer pounced again, this time taking the third position from TJ Stutts.

Traffic came into play for the first time on lap 13 which slowed Smith’s pace at the front of the field, ultimately allowing Brian Brown, who raced in the runner-up spot the entire distance, and Rahmer to catch Smith in a hurry. The very next circuit, Rahmer advanced in the running order yet again, this time beating Brian Brown in a drag race off of turn four to complete lap 14. A caution on lap 15 for a slowing Tyler Esh halted the feature field yet again allowing Rahmer to catch his breath. Due to the number of combined laps completed, the main event’s second caution resulted in a fuel stop.

During the five minute open red stop, Ryan Smith’s team noticed a hole in their right-rear tire. Instead of replacing the tire and forfeiting the lead, the team decided to plug the hole and attempt to finish the final 16 circuits. The decision proved to be worth $10,000, but not without a fight from Freddie Rahmer.

The field returned to green with Ryan Smith in control once again over Rahmer, Brown, Wolfe and Stutts. Although the action was limited for the next few circuits, it was what happened after the feature’s third and final caution on lap 23 that created the stir at the front of the field. When the green lights kicked back on, so did Freddie Rahmer, instantly applying pressure on Smith as the pair completed lap 23. By lap 24, Rahmer was all over the ‘Kunkletown Kid,’ actually pulling even with Smith to create a side-by-side battle for the lead.

Although the wheel-to-wheel battle ended in Smith’s favor, Rahmer was far from raising the white flag. The recent All Star winner at Port Royal Speedway threw everything he had at Smith for the next three circuits, pounding the cushion as Smith ran the bottom, nearly driving around Smith in turn four on three consecutive occasions. Despite Rahmer’s mad attempts, Smith prevailed, eventually pulling away to a 1.3 second advantage at the final checkers.

“I really wasn’t sure where to go there after that last restart,” Ryan Smith explained. “During the fuel stop, my crew was actually telling me to run the bottom, but I was so comfortable running the top. I knew Freddie [Rahmer] was going to be good, but if he was that good, he was going to have to drive around me.”

Only two events remain on the 2018 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule including a stop at the legendary Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Saturday, September 22. Joining all three divisions of USAC, Tony Stewart’s All Stars will help headline the 37th running of the 4-Crown Nationals which will also feature the USAC National Midgets, USAC National Sprint Cars and the USAC Silver Crown Series. The 4-Crown Nationals weekend at The Big E will actually begin on Friday, September 21, with World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition.

Those seeking more news and notes regarding the 4-Crown Nationals blockbuster at Eldora Speedway should visit the facility live on the Web at

Contingency Awards/Results:
Selinsgrove Speedway - September 15, 2018:
Jim Nace Memorial/36th Annual National Open
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 31 entrants
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Brian Brown - 16.159 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Aaron Reutzel - 15.876 seconds
Ford Performance Heat #1: Chad Kemenah
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Lucas Wolfe
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Greg Hodnett
Mobil 1 Heat #4: Dave Blaney
JE Pistons Dash #1: Ryan Smith
WIX Filters Dash #2: TJ Stutts
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Cale Conley
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Ryan Smith
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Freddie Rahmer (+6)
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)


Group (A)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.876; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 15.992; 3. 44-Trey Starks, 16.211; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 16.351; 5. 5T-Tyler Reeser, 16.390; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.439; 7. 35-Tyler Esh, 16.664; 8. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 99.000

Group (B)
1. 11-Ryan Smith, 16.087; 2. 11T-TJ Stutts, 16.091; 3. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.149; 4. 20-Ryan Taylor, 16.405; 5. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 16.490; 6. 3G-Carson Macedo, 16.618; 7. 11S-Jim Shuster, 16.823; 8. 10-Joe Kata, 17.437

Group (C)
1. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.158; 2. 33-Jared Esh, 16.214; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett, 16.228; 4. 1R-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.255; 5. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 16.275; 6. 7K-Cale Conley, 16.500; 7. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer, 16.663; 8. 9-Ryan Linder, 17.024

Group (D)
1. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.092; 2. 13-Paul McMahan, 16.133; 3. 70-Dave Blaney, 16.177; 4. 29-Jason Shultz, 16.219; 5. 12-Blane Heimbach, 16.292; 6. 49-Mallie Shuster, 16.972; 7. 33W-Michael Walter, 17.122

Heat #1 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri [6]; 5. 35-Tyler Esh [7]; 6. 44-Trey Starks [2]; 7. 5T-Tyler Reeser [5]; 8. 22-Brandon Spithaler [8]

Heat #2 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 24-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 2. 11-Ryan Smith [4]; 3. 11T-TJ Stutts [3]; 4. 3G-Carson Macedo [6]; 5. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [5]; 6. 11S-Jim Shuster [7]; 7. 10-Joe Kata [8]; 8. 20-Ryan Taylor [1]

Heat #3 - Group (C) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 27-Greg Hodnett [2]; 2. 1R-Kyle Reinhardt [1]; 3. 4-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [4]; 5. 33-Jared Esh [3]; 6. 7K-Cale Conley [6]; 7. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer [7]; 8. 9-Ryan Linder [8]

Heat #4 - Group (D) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 70-Dave Blaney [2]; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer [4]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. 12-Blane Heimbach [5]; 5. 29-Jason Shultz [1]; 6. 33W-Michael Walter [7]; 7. 49-Mallie Shuster [6]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 11-Ryan Smith [2]; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah [1]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 4. 70-Dave Blaney [4]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [5]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 11T-TJ Stutts [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 3. 24-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer [5]; 5. 1R-Kyle Reinhardt [4]

B-Main (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 7K-Cale Conley [2]; 2. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer [5]; 3. 33W-Michael Walter [4]; 4. 9-Ryan Linder [8]; 5. 10-Joe Kata [7]; 6. 49-Mallie Shuster [6]; 7. 11S-Jim Shuster [3]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 11-Ryan Smith [1]; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer [8]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 5. 11T-TJ Stutts [2]; 6. 10H-Chad Kemenah [3]; 7. 27-Greg Hodnett [5]; 8. 12-Blane Heimbach [14]; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich [13]; 10. 13-Paul McMahan [11]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [9]; 12. 29-Jason Shultz [18]; 13. 3G-Carson Macedo [16]; 14. 70-Dave Blaney [7]; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri [15]; 16. 7K-Cale Conley [21]; 17. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [19]; 18. 33-Jared Esh [17]; 19. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer [22]; 20. 4-Brock Zearfoss [12]; 21. 35-Tyler Esh [20]; 22. 9-Ryan Linder [24]; 23. 1R-Kyle Reinhardt [10]; 24. 33W-Michael Walter [23]
Lap Leaders: Ryan Smith (1-30)

All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings: (after Selinsgrove Speedway on 9/15/2018)
1. Aaron Reutzel - 5312
2. Carson Macedo - 5296
3. Chad Kemenah - 5198
4. Paul McMahan - 5048
5. Dave Blaney - 4878
6. Cale Conley - 4620
7. Brandon Spithaler - 4320
8. Tyler Esh - 4056
9. Jac Haudenschild - 3952
10. Parker Price-Miller - 3848

About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first 'outlaw' Sprint Car organization of the modern era. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015. In 2018, MAVTV Motorsports Network will be the official television home of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 and will broadcast eight high-profile events.

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