HAUBSTADT, IN - This weekend’s races scheduled for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series has the potential to produce incredible action that could surpass those from the most memorable weekends already embedded in the minds of the most ardent and dedicated race fans.
The series will make its final appearance of the season on the red clay of the Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, IN, on Friday night August 14th. The race is being promoted as the IU Surplus Store Summer Doubler. Drivers will be competing over the fast quarter mile oval for a distance of 30 laps in the feature. First place in the feature will pay $3,000!
In addition to the purse that everyone will be racing for, there is the added points incentive. Sprint car drivers who run at the speedway on a regular basis will also benefit by receiving double show up points. Just two races remain on the track’s season schedule. Drivers racing that are licensed with MSCS will receive regular series points since all sanctioned races award an equal amount of points. Seven races remain on the MSCS season schedule. A number of drivers can use the race to their advantage and perhaps gain positions in both standings.
Saturday night August 15th MSCS will be racing at the Route 45 Raceway in Flora, IL. The date was recently added to the series schedule. This is a special racing program to be presented by Last Chance Promotions. The event itself is the first ever Laura Stockon Memorial Race. Drivers will be racing for 32 laps. The Stockon family has been involved in sprint car racing for three generations. Laura Stockon was involved in sprint car racing as the car owner of the 32 entry until her untimely death three years ago. Her son Chase is currently in the top ten in the MSCS standings. This event is one of those that further defines the ongoing human spirit and family involvement in auto racing.
Saturday night’s main event will pay $3,232 to win. The purse is symbolic in nature. The pay-off is the standard MSCS purse which normally pays $2,000 to win. A sponsor has added $1,232 to the purse and the entire bonus will go to the winner. There are other special prizes and awards in addition to the purse money. As these change from day to day, please check for updates on the Route 45 Raceway website.
Success or failure on the race course this weekend could have a remarkable effect on the MSCS Points Standings. After last weekend’s race Brady Short reassumed the series points lead over Carson Short.
His feature win propelled him to the top of the standings. But it is not a comfortable lead by any means! Brady has a 2 point edge. These two drivers were also 2 points apart back in early May. Then Carson Short led the standings.
It has been a competitive and interesting year. Chase Stockon won the first event and lead the points after the first three stops in April. Since then Brady Short has held the points lead six times in leaving a track. Carson Short has been atop the standings four times. Other drivers in and out of the runner-up spots in points have been Robert Ballou, Jon Stanbrough, and Daron Clayton.
Brady Short is already setting new records this year. His most recent feature win at Lincoln Park Speedway was number six this season. That breaks the all time record for the most series wins in a season for an MSCS driver. A review of 15 years of records revealed that two drivers had won five features in a single season. Those two drivers were Mitch Wissmiller in 2002 and Jon Stanbrough eight years later in 2010. Ironically Wissmiller was running amongst the leaders last Saturday night as Short moved past to establish the new record.
This weekend the racing season continues with a double dose of excitement MSCS style. Surprises could surpass expectations! Racing begins at 7:30 P.M Friday night and at 7 P.M. on Saturday night. The tracks are in different time zones - Eastern and Central.