Kokomo teen-ager Parker Price-Miller continued his solid season aboard a full-size midget, garnering a pair of top-10 feature finishes in POWRI Midget action over the weekend.
On Saturday night at the Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill., the Kokomo High School student solidified his bid to garner Rookie of the Year honors by claiming sixth in an event that was captured by Oklahoma sensation Chris Bell.
Zach Daum was second to Bell and Tyler Thomas came home third. A pair of veterans, Andrew Felker and former USAC Honda National Midget Series champion Brad Kuhn, completed the top five. Following Price-Miller in the top-10 were Terry Babb, Hunter Schuerenberg, Colten Cottle and John Campbell.
A night earlier at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill., Rico Abreu scored a hard-fought win over Bell while two-time USAC National Midget champion Dave Darland advanced to third after starting outside the seventh row. Schuerenberg was fourth and Daum fifth. Price-Miller came home eighth, ahead of such notables as Kuhn (15th) and defending USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series champion Bryan Clauson (16th). The top-10 for Price-Miller was his fourth straight in series competition.
THOMAS WINS AGAIN
Coleman, Ala., shoe Kevin Thomas Jr. once again was impressive, picking up his series-leading seventh feature win in USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series action Saturday night at the Tri-States Speedway in Haubstadt.
Thomas got around early leader Brady Short on the 27th lap, then never trailed the rest of the way in the 40-lap event to capture the annual running of the Haubstadt Hustler.
Brady Bacon followed Short to the checkered flag to take third while Jon Stanbrough was fourth, just ahead of Kyle Cummins. Clauson was ninth while Kokomo’s Shane Cottle rounded out the top-10 aboard the Epperson Painting/Leer Racing/Infinity Shocks No. 2E. Darland battled mechanical gremlins to limp home 21st while newly crowned Kokomo Speedway track champion Wes McIntyre was 22nd.
Clauson’s run coupled with Darland’s tough night saw the points pendulum swing back to Clauson as he now leads the Lincoln veteran by five markers (1,577-1,572) with just six races remaining on the schedule. A year ago the same pair battled until the checkered flag flew on the final night, with Clauson winning by a mere seven points and it looks like this year will be no different.
The series returns to action this weekend at the famed Eldora Speedway in the 33rd running of the 4-Crown Nationals. Action kicks off at the track on Friday night with the World of Outlaws competing in their final Midwest race of the season. On Saturday the USAC National Sprint, Midgets and Silver Crown cars and stars take to the track.
More information on this weekend’s action can be found at either www.usacracing.com or www.eldoraspeedway.com.
COONS AT GAS CITY
Friday night, for the third time in five races, the Edison Motorsports team and driver Jerry Coons Jr. picked up the sprint car win at the Gas City I-69 Speedway.
With a stellar field of cars on hand, Coons was flawless aboard the Crume-Evans Insurance/Allen’s Body Shop/Spike Chassis No. 10E, thwarting the challenges of Gary Taylor and Kevin Thomas Jr., who finished second and third, respectively. Logan Jarrett perched his J&J Trucking/Doak Enterprises No. 29J solidly into the top five, finishing fourth, one spot ahead of A.J. Hopkins. Another Kokomo driver, Josh Spencer, was 16th aboard his Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery/Colescott’s Mobil 1 Express/Claxton Engines No. 66J.
Crafty veteran Todd Sherman was victorious in the U.M.P. Modified main event with Brian Post finishing second. Greg Amick, Bill Lewis and Randy Lines rounded out the top five. Ron Flaugh picked up the Thunder Car win over Josh Owens, Eric Hunter, Frank Palladino and Shane Richardson.
The track has just a pair of events left, this Friday’s Hemophilia of Indiana Night, which will also be the final points race of the season. The track closes its gates for the season Sept. 27 in the annual running of the Jack Himelick Fall Finals.
KIMMEL, CULP NET WINS
Both Sam Kimmel and Blane Culp picked up feature wins to highlight the racing action Saturday night at the Miami County Speedway.
Kimmel stood out with his showing in the always-tough Non-Wing Division, topping second place Brandon Rose and third place Barbie Kimmel. Chris Smith and Laine Hite rounded out the top five. Rose, Sam Kimmel, Smith and K.C. Hughes each scored heat wins while Ron Dennis captured the B-main.
Culp took the double checkers in the Wing Division with Brian Busz and Ryan Kline chasing him to the finish line. Josh Ross was fourth and Jordan Lambert fifth. Andrew Peters and Brent Busz picked up heat wins.
Kokomo youngster Deaven Bolton picked up the Restrictor Division main event over Kayeleb Bolton. Dalton Walker, who picked up a feature win a few weeks back, was third, Thaddeus Black fourth and Justin Harper fifth. Krissy Durr, who also won a feature earlier this season, was sixth. Kayeleb Bolton and Devan Myers were heat race winners.
In the Senior Division, veteran Joe Leek hit paydirt, topping Jason Ormsby and Dennis. Russ Gamester was fourth and Kris Knox fifth. Dennis, Joe Taylor and Ormsby all recorded heat wins. In the Junior Division, Ally Toney topped Kaden Bount to pick up the win. Connor Lane, Jake Erickson and Kayden Shaughnecy completed the top five.
The track gets back into action Saturday night with Fan Appreciation Night benefitting Courty Cares. Grandstand admission is free, however those wishing to purchase a pit pass will be charged pit entry.
Brett Bowman may be reached at email@example.com.