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Brownstown Speedway - 05/21/2016

Just a mere month after combining forces, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and the 4J Motorsports team found USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship victory lane Saturday night at Brownstown Speedway, leading wire-to-wire in a caution-free affair at the series’ first visit to the southern Indiana quarter-mile dirt oval since 2011.

Making just their third series start together, including a 3rd at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway one night prior, Thomas began the 30-lap feature from the pole position in the number 4J alongside Thomas Meseraull.

From the drop of the green flag, Thomas and his 4J Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy were a rocket ship on the cushion as the Cullman, Alabama driver rode the topside like a rail.

By lap 12, Thomas has already made his way to the backmarkers, surpassing them with ease as he built his advantage over nearest challenger, Meseraull, to a full-straightaway by the midway point.

However, Brady Bacon was the man on the move, swiping the second spot from Meseraull with an inside move in the first turn 10 laps from the finish.* Trying to claw his way back into the hunt after starting eighth, Bacon’s only hope down the stretch was for a caution, which would help close the interval between him and leader Thomas, thereby setting up a run for the checkered.

With just a few laps to go, a body panel on the car of leader Thomas became dislodged, hanging loose and flapping in the breeze as the final laps wound down. A potential debris caution loomed if the body panel ripped loose and fell onto the track’s surface, which would negate Thomas’s substantial margin and, in turn, benefit Bacon.

But it was not to be as the body panel held on while Kevin Thomas, Jr. laid the lumber to the 22-car field, leading flag-to-flag to earn his first series victory in 15 months, defeating Bacon, Dave Darland, Meseraull, C.J. Leary, 2010 Brownstown USAC winner Brady Short, KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart “Hard Charger” Robert Ballou, Aaron Farney, Tyler Courtney and Kyle Cummins.

Saturday night marked the first time in five years that two different teams won their first ever series features in consecutive events.* Todd Keen (whose car won with Scotty Weir at Gas City on Friday) and 4J Motorsports won back-to-back this weekend.* Hank Byram (with driver Hunter Schuerenberg at Gas City) and the Baldwin Brothers (with driver Chris Windom at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway) accomplished the feat in 2011.

Thomas became the ninth different driver to win a feature through 11 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events during the 2016 season, collecting his first series victory since February of 2015 at Eastbay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida.

“This is the most exciting win I think I’ve ever had, besides my first one,” Thomas exclaimed.* “These guys all have day jobs and they work their butts off and tune on this car three or four hours a night, week in and week out.* I’m just pumped for my team.* My car owner, Jeremy (Ottinger), told me a few weeks ago that he’s never been part of a USAC win; I told him, ‘that’s going to change.’* I didn’t know it was going to happen this fast, but I’m just so excited I can’t even express the feelings running through my body right now.* It’s just a great experience and I’m so glad I could do it with this team.* I’ve found my comfort level with this car pretty quickly.* I like running the top here (at Brownstown), but I’ve always had trouble being able to hold it and not slip over the edge.* Brownstown gave us a great track tonight and gave us a cushion with something to lean on.”

Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma claimed a second place finish for the second consecutive night in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar, which nudged his point lead to 19 over Meseraull in the new standings as the series heads into next Wednesday’s 46th “Tony Hulman Classic” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

“We had the best car the last half of the race, but you can’t afford to start eighth with no cautions, especially with this USAC field being as tough as it is,” Bacon said.* “You can’t just charge up through there, especially with KT having as good of a car as he had.* We were catching him slowly, but surely, but we ran out of laps and he never made a mistake.* Our car was good and has been night-in and night-out and we’re really gaining some momentum.* We’ve been able to go pretty good on all different kinds of tracks, so all our hard work is paying off.* We’re starting to stretch our legs a little bit and, hopefully, we can keep riding this high now that we’re getting into the bulk of the season.”

Lincoln, Indiana’s Dave Darland came home third in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage – Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton for, by far, his best finish in USAC competition at Brownstown after recording finishes of 18th, a DNQ and a 23rd in his three previous visits.

“I had a lot of fun out there tonight,” Darland said.* “Brownstown did a great job with the racetrack tonight.”

Tonight’s contingency award winners included C.J. Leary (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Jon Stanbrough (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 21, 2016 - Brownstown, Indiana - Brownstown Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-12.899; 2. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-12.994; 3. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.036; 4. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.113; 5. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.136; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.157; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.162; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.190; 9. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.197; 10. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.203; 11. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.204; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.256; 13. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.262; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-13.368; 15. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.390; 16. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.404; 17. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.407; 18. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-13.545; 19. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.582; 20. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-13.607; 21. Chiris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.739; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.882; 23. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.910; 24. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Ballou, 3. Farney, 4. Thomas, 5. McGhee, 6. Ketcham, 7. Leary, 8. Goodnight. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Cummins, 3. Bacon, 4. Darland, 5. Short, 6. Schmidt, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Kinser. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Mattox, 3. Meseraull, 4. Simon, 5. Windom, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Chapple, 8. Jackson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Jackson, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Ketcham, 5. Goodnight, 6. Kinser, 7. Chapple, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Schmidt. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Brady Short, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Aaron Farney, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Kyle Cummins, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Dakota Jackson, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. Brandon Mattox, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Jordan Kinser, 22. Landon Simon.


FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Thomas.


NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-731, 2-Meseraull-712, 3-Stockon-649, 4-Leary-631, 5-Darland-628, 6-Cummins-619, 7-Ballou-573, 8-Boespflug-571, 9-McGhee-525, 10-Justin Grant-442.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 25 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - 46th “Tony Hulman Classic"

RaceSaver Winged Sprints (18 Entries)

HEAT ONE: Ethan Fleetwood, Kendall Ruble, Luke Bland, Dakota Jackson, Jr Mason, Tony Anderson, Jared Fox, Jake Hessen, Terry Arthur

HEAT TWO: Ethan Barrow, Jordan Kinser, Ryan Tusing, Tom Busch, Sondi Eden, Steve Rone, Kyle Ogara, Jim Dugan, Brinton Marvel

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 2 17 Kendall Ruble Vincinnes
2 3 14 Ethan Barrow Bloomington
3 4 7F Ethan Fleetwood Bloomington
4 7 23 Dakota Jackson Elizabethtown
5 5 100 Luke Bland Bloomington
6 1 99K Jordan Kinser Bedford
7 9 83 Jr Mason Paducah, Ky
8 18 56 Jared Fox Bloomington
9 11 35 Tony Anderson Bloomington
10 8 4B Tom Busch -
11 6 77 Ryan Tusing Santa Claus
12 10 22 Sondi Eden Crawfordsville
13 16 5 Terry Arthur Bloomington
14 13 21X Kyle Ogara Indianapolis
15 15 7 Jim Dugan Franklin
16 12 1 Steve Rone Bloomington
17 14 5J Jake Hessen
18 DNS 1B Brinton Marvel Pittsboro

MMSA Winged Mini Sprints (38 Entries)

HEAT ONE: Danny Fitzgerald, Scott Bradley, Brandon Smith, Ryan Bass, #4X, Daniel Henderson, #45, #73, #5, #2-DNS

HEAT TWO: Andy Bradley, Justin Lewis, Lynn Ambrose, Dave Dorsett, Cindy Chambers, #76A, #27, #17D, Howard McCormick, #00

HEAT THREE: Chris Baumeyer, Kevin Rice, Colin Miller, Anthon Haas, Colin Parker, Kyle Hathoway, Gary Hayhurst Sr, Drew Dorsett, #51-DNS

HEAT FOUR: Brad Strunk, Tyler Kendall, Mark Horning, Bob Griffiths, Tim Light, Cody Trammell, Chase Hayhurst, Dustin Griffiths, Mike Miller

B-MAIN 1: Colin Parker, Kyle Hathoway

B-MAIN 2: Howard McCormick, Daniel Henderson

FEATURE: Scott Bradley, Andy Bradley, Brad Strunk, Danny Fitzgerald, Lynn Ambrose, Justin Lewis, Chris Baumeyer, Kevin Rice, Ryan Bass, Colin Parker, Anthony Haas, Kyle Hathoway, Brandon Smith, Cindy Chambers, Bob Griffiths, Mark Horning, Dave Dorsett, Colin Miller, Tyler Kendall, Daniel Henderson, Howard McCormick-DNS

Indiana Late Model Series Pro Late Models (31 Entries)

HEAT ONE: Mike Bechelli, Remington Gill, Steve Barnett, Brad Kemp, Britan Godsey, Geraid Gault, Steve Godsey, Issac Rainey, Skyller Lewis, David Bryant, Derek Bottoms

HEAT TWO: Hudson Oneal, Marty Oneal, Mason Covey, Jeremy Owens, Paul Ortman, Matt Boknecht, Bodi Henry, Matt Bex, Chris Workman, Keegan Cox

HEAT THREE: Raymond Humphrey, Justin Shaw, Tyler Cain, Matt Patus, Greg Amick, Shelby Miles, Edgar Godsey, Dylan Norman, Tyson Banks, Austin Burns

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 7 22 Skyller Lewis Brownstown
2 9 747 Tyson Banks Bedford
3 13 93 Derek Bottoms Taylorsville, Ky
4 12 22B Austin Burns Morgantown
5 1 14 Steve Godsey Bedford
6 3 114 Edgar Godsey Bedford
7 10 14BD David Bryant Dupont
8 4 24R Issac Rainey Beford
9 6 22N Dylan Norman Bedford
10 2 17M Bodi Henry Scipio
11 8 46 Chris Workman Clarksville
12 DNS 31 Matt Bex Avoca
13 DNS 23 Keegan Cox Franklin

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 2 71 Hudson Oneal Martinsville
2 5 19 Marty Oneal Spencer
3 6 2 Justin Shaw Whiteland
4 3 75H Raymond Humphrey Bloomington
5 9 5C Tyler Cain Seymour
6 8 44M Mason Covey Seymour
7 4 75 Remington Gill Mitchell
8 7 89 Steve Barnett Franklin
9 15 227 Greg Amick Columbus
10 17 22X Matt Boknecht Seymour
11 11 91 Jeremy Owens North Vernon
12 13 14B Britan Godsey Mitchell
13 16 9 Geraid Gault Morgantown
14 12 49 Matt Patus Memphis
15 19 22 Skyller Lewis Brownstown
16 10 52 Brad Kemp Clarksville
17 14 18 Paul Ortman Seymour
18 20 747 Tyson Banks Bedford
19 18 21R Shelby Miles Blooomington
20 1 97 Mike Bechelli Elizabethtown