Former Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Ron Dennis and Blane Culp turned in outstanding performances in racing action Saturday night at the Circus City Speedway.
In the final tune-up before this week’s big $10,000-to-win Non-Wing World Championship presented by Performance Electronics, Dennis patiently stalked down early leader Dawson Stealy until Stealy opened the door with just a handful of laps remaining to allow Dennis just enough room to squirt by in the star-studded Non-Wing Outlaw feature event.
Stealy settled for second, just in front of a hard-charging Kole Kirkman. Kayeleb Bolton once again was impressive, finishing a strong fourth after battling with the leaders throughout the 25-lap feature. Jessee Holt completed the top five. Kokomo’s Brandon Rose got tangled up with a slower car around the midway point of the race but rebounded to finish 14th while both Logan Jarrett of Kokomo and Bob Bourff of Sharpsville suffered mechanical woes that saw them finish 18th and 20th, respectively.
Dennis was just a couple bumps away from sweeping his night of racing as he and Kris Knox ran nose-to-tail throughout the Senior Non-Wing feature.
Although Dennis appeared to have the quicker car, Knox never bobbled en route to the win while Dennis finished second. Nick Yoder, Scott Anderson and Rob Johnson completed the top five. Gina Lowe-Frederickson was 13th and Bourff 14th.
Culp picked up his first win of the night in the Outlaw Winged division, piloting his No. 34 to the win over Kirkman’s No. 2TK. Nathan Franklin was third with former sprint car driver Jason Shields taking fourth. Adam Wilsdon completed the top five. Logansport’s Jake Erickson was sixth and Denver’s Justin Harper 11th.
Culp doubled up in the final race of the night taking the Winged A-Class main event despite young Parker Leek’s repeated charges throughout the 20-lap affair. Kokomo’s Halen Shafer was third while Beau Brandon took fourth. Deaven Bolton, also of Kokomo, piloted his No. 2 to a solid fifth-place showing. Peru’s Clayton Maynard was seventh.
In the Restricted A-Class feature Gunnar Setser romped to a convincing win followed by Aiden Williamson, Hayden McKnight and Colin Baldwin. It was all Jacob Zimmerman in the Junior Sprint feature as he topped runner-up Emerson Chesshir, Oliver Osborn and Easton Hunter.
The track gets back into action Wednesday night for the opening night of the four-day World Challenge. Ticket and event information can be found at www.circuscityspeedway.org.
T-MEZ CLAIMS GC WIN
San Jose, California, driver Thomas Meseraull and the staff at the Gas City I-69 Speedway dodged a brief rain shower that slowed starting the program but not Meseraull in the Physical Medicine Consultants No. 47.
Meseraull, who now resides in Indiana, took the win over defending track champion Clinton Boyles and Matt Westfall. Shane Cottle, once again piloting the Parker Racing No. 24P, was fourth and Tyler Hewitt fifth. Lincoln’s Dave Darland bounced back from a scary crash a week ago at Eldora to finish sixth aboard his own Golden Harvest/MVT/Choo-Choo McGoo No. 36D. J.J. Hughes was seventh, Dallas Hewitt eighth, Landon Simon ninth and Anthony D’Alessio 10th.
In the first-ever Race Saver 305 Winged event at the track Anton Hernandez scored the win over Bradley Sterrett. Alex Nalon, Jackson Stone and Ethan Barrow rounded out the top five. Tyler Nelson was victorious in the Open Midget A-main with Michael Koontz chasing him to the checkered flag. Nick Spiedel, a multi-time winner at Kokomo the last 10 years, was third. Aaron Leffel and Hernandez completed the top five.
Joey Paxon held off Tate Martz to capture the UMRA TQ Midget feature in an all open-wheel card. Cory Clay was third with Matt Hedrick and John Goff rounding out the top five.
The track will host its Salute to the Military Friday night with its weekly program.
USAC AT TRI-CITY
In what was slated to be a Friday-Saturday sprint and midget double-header turned out to be a Friday only show as Mother Nature washed out Saturday’s activities at the Tri-City Speedway in Granite City (ILL).
In the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series feature event, Chris Windom became the first driver to score multiple wins as he piloted the Goacher Racing/NOS Energy Drink No. 5G that Shane Cottle wheeled to end the 2018 season, to the victory. He also won the season-opener at the Bubba Raceway Park in Florida in February.
Windom got around Kevin Thomas Jr. on the 21st lap and never trailed in beating Carson Short to the double-checkers. Thomas settled for third with C.J. Leary taking fourth and last year’s Rookie of the Year Isaac Chapple fifth. Russiaville’s Dustin Smith was 21st.
In the season points battle Leary leads Thomas by just six markers (447-441) heading into tonight’s race at Terre Haute. Windom is third with 392 points.
In the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series portion of the event Indianapolis standout Tyler Courtney continued his torrid start to the 2019 campaign by getting around defending series champion Logan Seavey with just nine laps remaining to score his fourth series win in six races.
Justin Grant was third behind the pair while Zeb Wise took fourth and Chad Boat fifth. Jerry Coons Jr., who piloted the Edison Motorsports No. 10E for years, was sixth.
When the series rolls into Montpelier Speedway on June 4 in the opening night of the 15th Indiana Midget Week, Courtney will hold a 39 point advantage over Thomas in the championship chase (456-417). Leary is a distant third with 373 points.