Over 300 Drivers In 2 Nights Make The Kokomo Klash A Must See
Justin Grant Chris Windom Jay Morris And Nick Allen Take
The Big Checks At The Klash
By Kenny Clark
Oct 18, 2016
If you haven't been to the Kokomo Klash as a race fan you have to put
it on the calendar as a must see. Its the only track in the Midwest
where you can see over 300 drivers in 2 nights run complete shows in 9
different divisions. It brings some of the best in the business in Open
Wheel on Friday night and then on Saturday some of the best in the
nation in the UMP rankings. I would definitely not just call it a race
but a huge EVENT.
Friday night started with Sprints, Midgets, 600's and Thunder Cars. 103
cars were entered on night 1. The sprints started it off with 24
entries and KT Jr., Dave Darland and Jarrett Andretti were fastest in
each of their groups with KT Jr. stopping the clock at 13.113. The 3
heats were won by Tmez, Grant and Cottle. KT Jr. flipped in his heat
but got it fixed for the B and transferred behind a big win for Dakota
Jackson. This setup the feature with Tmez and Cottle on the front row.
Cottle took the early lead as an early yellow for Hery and a red for Ted
Hines slowed the pace of the race. After 5 laps it was Cottle, Tmez,
Grant and Coons in the top 4 spots. On lap 7 going into turn 1 TMez hit
the cushion wrong and took a violent hit flipping into the fence ending
his night in the Burton 04. On the restart Cottle still looked strong
but Justin Grant started to make his move to the front. With just 12 to
go the 17 ripped the top cushion to the lead and would show he wanted to
park it dicing through the lapped traffic and taking the big win.
Following him at the checkers was Cottle, Coons, Windom and Andretti.
The midgets had 31 entries as the Keith Kunz stable was strongly
represented. The heats were won by Macedo, Bayston and Windom. The
feature was 25 laps also and Chris Windom stormed from the 3rd spot to
the lead and excited the crowd as many of us were waiting for the Kunz
team to fly to the front. Windom won his first big midget show and Dave
Darland finished 2nd with Thorson 3rd. For me it was like David versus
Goliath and David won. A great midget show to end the Indiana Midget
Championship which went to Carson Macedo.
The 600's were dominated by Craig Ronk from Warsaw who lapped up to 5th
place in a superman type performance by the youngster.
The final show of the night was won by Jason Fritz in the Thunder Cars
ending the first night of the EVENT as there were already cars waiting
to get a pit spot for the following night outside the gate.
Night 2 of the EVENT had 207 entries as fans can see cars pitted outside
the gate before they go inside. The pits are usually packed by 3 that
day or earlier. The late models had 21 entries with Spatola, Morris and
Thorson winning the heats. Unfortunately Kevin Weavers' night ended
after hot laps. The feature was setup to be a slugfest between Spatola
and Morris as they were both hard on the cushion in their heats.
Spatola took the early lead with Morris following on the cushion. On
lap 7 Jay Morris took advantage of the lapped traffic to get around
Spatola on the high side and set sail. Morris would almost knock the
wall down in turn 2 on the cushion as he had the crowd on the edge of
their seat when he would slam the cushion. With 5 to go Spatola got
closer but Jay Morris hit his marks the final circuits and got the big
win. Both these drivers are fun to watch and I need to get to Illinois
more next year to see these both in action in Late Model country.
Spatola was 6th in the country and Morris was 28th.
On to the modifieds as there was 71 entries. Heat race winners were:
Roy Bruce Jr., Tim Wilbur, Vince Cooper, Myron Deyoung, Nick Allen,
Dylan Woodling and Dan Hamstra. This setup the main event that was star
filled in the UMP ranks. Dylan Woodling took the early lead on the high
side but by lap 5 the 21a of Nick Allen who started 6th was 2nd and
Jamie Lomax who started 10th was 3rd. Jamie was getting the bottom to
work passing 7 cars early while Woodling and Allen were on the top. On
a restart the 21a would try the bottom and take the lead from the 3w.
With just 7 to go Woodling was staying on top and Lomax on the bottom as
they were battling for 2nd. Then a late caution would setup a shootout
to the end as one lap Woodling would appear to have the high side again
rolling but the 21a Nick Allen held on for the big win. Woodling and
Lomax would finish behind Nick . These 3 I look to be the top again in
the country next year as Jamie Lomax was 9th in the nation, Nick was
25th and Dylan was 28th. Definitly all 3 are class acts and fun to
watch. Congrats to the 71 entries for putting on an awesome portion to
The sportsman division had only 16 cars but the top in the nation was in
attendance. Steve Peeden the national champ would win his heat and
feature with Randy Petro finishing a strong 2nd. This class is very
strong in the central and southern part of the state with some of the
best drivers in the business at Brownstown, Twin Cities, Lincoln Park,
Paragon and Bloomington speedways throughout the year.
The Stock Car class was 54 entries strong with Michael Clark winning over
Jerrad Krick. Another class that is very strong with the top in the UMP
nation in attendance. Jerrad Krick was 2nd in the nation and Ian Keller
was 4th in the nation finishing 6th on this night.
The final class of the night the Sport Compacts had 42 stout entries. Guy
Sutton won over Gamblin and Wilkinson ending a great night and EVENT.
All races were done by 11pm. Amazing show done in 5 hours.
Thanks to the O'Connors for a great event and to Gary and Stan for of
course some great photos on RacestarPublications.com. Until next season
at Kokomo Speedway thanks to the fans. I hope to see some of you at the
ST. Louis dome race or The Rumble in Fort Wayne. Hopefully it is a
quick and mild winter. Hurry up April.
Jerry Coons Jr. And Todd Sherman Take The Big Wins Sunday At Kokomo
By Kenny Clark
The final points night at Kokomo Speedway and there
were 20 sprints and 26 UMP mods to highlight the evening. In the
sprints Jerry Coons was fastest in heat 1 over Darland, Josh Hodges and
Tyler Thomas. The 2nd group qualifying was led by Andretti over Windom,
Jarrett and Spencer. This setup the inverts of 4 for the heats. The
only way Jerry Coons could catch KT Jr. in the points was to win the
heat and feature.
Heat race one he would start 4th with an early red as Billy Cribbs and
Jamie Fredrickson made contact sending Jamie flipping and bringing out
the red. On the restart Tyler Thomas took his Burton machine to the
lead and looked strong. Hodges was also fast in second and by lap 5
Josh took the lead by a bumper but Tyler took the lead back on lap 7 and
would win by only a foot over the 74x of Hodges. Coons would finish 3rd
which would give the championship to KT Jr. for the 2016 season. Cottle
passed Darland for the 4th spot at the checkers.
The second heat would be lead early by Logan Jarrett but by lap 5 Big
Daddy Windom stormed on the top side and took the lead. He would hit
his mark the final 3 laps and take the win over Jarrett, Andretti and
This setup the A main and the redraw for the front 3 rows were Hodges,
Windom, Tyler Thomas, Jerry Coons Jr., Jarrett and Andretti. Hodges
would lead lap 1 but then Windom stormed to the lead and would look to
increase his lead but on lap 5 the red came out for a flipping Logan
Jarrett in turn 4 as he was battling for 4th. A tough way to end the
points for the Kokomo native and it would give the team a lot of work to
do before the Klash in a little over a month. On the restart once again
Windom took the lead and just off a big car win at Duqoin it appeared he
may win 2 in a row but that wasn't to be as he missed his mark and
Hodges made contact spinning the 5 with the 11 of Darland with nowhere
to go colliding with him. The 5w was done for the night and Darland
would have to restart at the back.
On the restart Hodges would give up the lead to Jerry Coons in the Edison
entry and on the next lap Tyler Thomas spun on the frontstretch running
7th. On the restart it was Coons again keeping the lead and looking
strong. On lap 11 Mike Gass took a scary flip right at the flagstand
ending his night and somehow Darland missed it by inches from flipping
too as he went up on 2 wheels but saved it. On another restart the race
would go to lap 20 with Jerry still in command until Hery and Thomas
spun out in turn 1 setting up a final shootout. Jerry made sure it
wasn't a shootout as he had a strong restart and leading the final 5
circuits to take the win in the Vince Osman Memorial race. Congrats to
Jerry and the 10E team for the win and coming only 3 pts from the
championship. Following him at the finish was Cottle, Hodges, Darland
The UMP mod field was loaded with Lomax, Sherman,
Allen, Lines, Woodling and many more. With 3 heats taking the top 5 it
was intense elbows up racing with the sheet metal taking a beating on
the fast cushion. Heat races were won by Sherman, Hobbs and Baldwin.
The B main went to Snyder. The redraw for the feature for the 3 rows
were Baldwin, Allen, Hobbs, Woodling, Sherman and Lomax. On the start
Nick Allen took the early lead on the cushion and looked to be ready for
the 20 lap war. On lap 2 on of the top in the nation Jamie Lomax while
battling for 4th got contact from another car and the right rear looked
to appear to be broke bringing out the yellow. It would end the night
for the 36L but he had a huge win at Montpelier the night before giving
him 10 for the year. On the restart Nick once again used the top side
and built a lead with Sherman and Lines behind him by lap 7. Another
caution came out and Nick had to go high to avoid the spinner and his
left rear somehow popped off the bead maybe on the high cushion ending
his great run. This gave the lead to Todd Sherman and he would lead the
final 13 laps for the win over Randy Lines and Woodling.
Chris Hunter Jr. would win the Thunder Car feature
from the back row in an impressive run. Congrats to TJ Larson for
winning the championship even though him and Bowman both broke on the
final night. The Sport Compact feature was won by Wilkinson over
Gamblin. Wilkinson did win the championship too. Thanks to the
O'Conners for a great evening and I am looking forward to the big Kokomo
Klash in October to end the season. Thanks again to all the fans and
drivers for making it a great year.
Kevin Thomas Jr. Continues His Streak
At The Bryan Clauson Celebration Of Life Race
At Kokomo Speedway
By Kenny Clark
Friday September 2nd we celebrate and honor a great
champ and a racer. We will keep Bryan in our hearts and miss
him forever. Bryan Clauson was a great person, racer and would have
shattered all the records in his racing career without a doubt. Thanks
to the O'Conners for this free admission night paying $3000 to win.
The Sprint Cars showed up in masses for this awesome
race with 47 cars. This would setup 6 heats inverting 4 with the top 3
going plus 3 from 2 B mains to allow 24 cars for a chance to win the
Bryan Clauson 27 lap checkers. Group 1 in qualifying started the night
with Dave Darland fastest with a 14.069 lap. He was followed by Travis
Welpott, Tyler Hewitt and Hunter O'Neal.
Group 2 was Kyle Robbins fastest (13.473) over KT
Jr., Westfall and Josh Cunningham.
Group 3 was Justin Grant the fastest of the night(12.957) over Stanbrough,
Coons and Cottle.
Group 4 had Andretti fastest (12.978) over Max Mcghee, Aaron Farney and
Group 5 went to Josh Hodges (13.026) over AJ Hopkins and Colten Cottle.
The final group went to Chris Windom(13.014) over Tyler Courtney and
Karakker. Justin Grant would win the overall bonus for Quick Time of
Heat race 1 had Tyler Hewitt lead the first lap but
that was it as crowd favorite Double D Dave Darland would take the
yellow 11 to the top spot and lead the final 7 with Tyler Hewitt and
Welpott transferring to the big show.
Heat race 2 had Abel lead the first lap but the 4J would rocket to the
lead and show that they would be tough to beat with a huge lead taking
the win over Brady Bacon and Westfall. Bacon made a strong move on the
final corner to get in the redraw.
Heat 3 had the Throttle break a gear on the start which allowed Jerry
Coons to lead the whole way over Grant and Logan Jarret who had to make
a last corner pass on Jon Stanbrough to make the show.
Heat 4 had Farney take the early lead but just after halfway Jarett
Andretti took the lead and the win with Max Mcghee making a last corner
pass on Farney to make the redraw in 2nd.
Heat race 5 had the Burton O4 with Tyler Thomas leading every lap in a
strong run for the win over Hodges and Colten Cottle.
The final heat was lead the whole way by Tyler Courtney over Chris Windom
and Brian Karakker.
This setup the 2 B mains for the final shot to get
in the Bryan Clauson 27. The start of B main 1 had contact on the start
with Abel sliding up and ending Kyle Robbins night into the wall. On
the restart Abel took the lead but by lap 4 Travis Hery took the top
spot and the whole crowd had their eye on the Throttle in the 57. Shane
Cottle had came from 15th to 5th in 6 laps. As he kept picking them off
Hery built the lead and would take the win as Shane would finish 2nd
over Jon Stanbrough also making the show. The final B was a good battle
with Tony Dimattia taking the win over AJ Hopkins and Goodnight making
This set the field for the main event and the redraw
was done in front of the crowd. The top 12 drivers in their heat would
pick either a Coke can or a box of candy setup by Lauren who is Bryan's
fiance who picked his favorite candy and drink with a number 1 thru 12
on the bottom.
The final redraw for the main event went like
this: Courtney, T.Thomas, Andretti, KT Jr., Darland, Coons, Hodges,
Bacon, Grant, Windom, Mcghee and Hewitt.
As the field setup the missing man format the crowd
was amazed with the green fireworks being shot off for Bryan. At
the start Tyler Thomas would take the early lead and hold on
to it for the first 2 laps. Lap 3 the hot blazing 4J of Kevin
Thomas Jr. would take the top spot away. By lap 6 Dave Darland had came
from 5th to 2nd on the cushion as the crowd was pumped up seeing Dave
that fast early. By lap 10 KT jr. still had the lead as Grant had came
from 11th to 6th and Cottle from 20th to 10th.
At the halfway point it was KT jr., Darland , Courtney and Grant. The
first yellow came out with 6 to go with Tyler Thomas spinning on the
frontstretch. This would setup the final 6 lap shootout for the big
prize. This race could have paid $1 to win and still all these guys
wanted to win it since it was Bryans' race. On the final restart KT jr.
looked strong with a fierce battle for 2nd between Grant and Darland.
With just 2 to go Grant took the 2nd spot away from Double D and would
try to catch the 4J. KT jr. was just to strong and he held on for what
he said "Was his biggest win ever even though he won Smackdown" .
Thanks to the great Clauson family as Di threw the green and checkers
(Bryans Mom), Tim who hugged all 24 drivers for the intros(Bryans Dad)
and Lauren who gave the awesome trophy to KT in victory field.
Following KT at the finish was Justin Grant, Darland, Bacon and Cottle
from 20th. Congrats to the highest 3 drivers that had never raced at
Kokomo with bonuses also: Cole Smith($1000), Hunter O'Neal ($500) and
Also thanks to the O'Connors who put on this great show. AND TO BRYAN
CLAUSON YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISSED AND LOVED BY ALL YOUR FANS. YOU WERE
ONE OF THE GREATEST OPEN WHEEL DRIVERS OF ALL TIME AND EVEN THOUGH YOU
WERE TAKEN FROM US WE WERE HONORED TO WATCH YOU DURING YOUR CAREER.
Thanks again to all the fans for coming and see you Sunday night at
Kokomo as the UMP Modifieds are on the card also.
TMEZ Keeps The Hot Streak Going At The Bob Darland Memorial
Kokomo Speedway By Kenny Clark
Another beautiful night at the Kokomo Speedway for the Bob Darland
Classic. 21 sprinters showed up for the big night as the mood was kind
of down with everybodys thoughts and prayers going toward Bryan and the
Clauson family as he was involved in a very bad accident running a
midget at Bellville. The track once again for qualifying was very fast
especially on the top.
Group 1 was led by Robert Ballou over Colten Cottle, Logan Jarrett and
Matt Goodnight. The 2nd group was led by Max Mcghee over Jerry Coons Jr,
TMez and Jarett Andretti. The final group was the fast time of the
night with Dave Darland taking the top spot in the final group over
Chris Windom, CJ Leary and KT jr.
setup the heats with the top 4 inverted. Heat race 1 had Jarrett
leading the first 3 laps until he came to a stop out of turn 4 ending
his run. This gave the lead to Robert Ballou who led the rest of the
laps over Goodnight, Colten Cottle and Tyler Hewitt.
race 2 had Tmez on the outside front row and he stormed to the lead over
Andretti and ran strong on the top in the Dutcher entry. He would lead
every circuit and go on for the win on the top over Andretti, Mcghee and
This setup the final heat with KT Jr. and Leary on the front row. KT
Jr. would take the early lead and would have to hold off a hard charging
Dave Darland who wanted to win on his Dads' night. KT jr. would hold
Dave off followed by Windom, Leary and Shane Cottle.
setup the A main and the top 6 on the redraw was Andretti, Tmez,
Goodnight, KT Jr, Ballou and Darland. The 30 lap special would be
filled with talent and TMex took the early lead on the cushion while
Jarett Andretti was working the bottom. By lap 8 Tmez was flying coming
up on lapped cars already. He was building a good lead but Andretti was
staying close thru the lapped cars. With just 8 laps to go Leary slowed
in the 66 car bringing out the yellow and bunching the field up. By
this time Tmez had already lapped 11 cars and was on a mission.
the restart Andretti looked as if he had a great run but the cushion was
good to Tmez in the 17GP and he would lead til with just 1 to go Shane
Cottle brought out the yellow in turn 2. Would anybody get a bonsai
run on the 1 lap shootout. Andretti tried on the low side at the
restart but coming out of 2 Tmez would hit his marks on top to secure
the Bob Darland Memorial. Following him was Andretti, Ballou, Mcghee,
KT Jr., Dave Darland and Coons Jr.
was excited with the big win after winning the night before at
Waynesfield for $3000. An excited victory lane but a lot of comments by
him and Dave about everybody was praying for Bryan to pull thru.
The Thunder Car heats were won by Hall and Headley. The hornet heat
was won by Josh Gamblin. The Thunder Car feature was won by Jason
Fritz, Hunter, Headley and Hall. Gamblin also won the hornet feature
over Mayer Jr. and Wilkinson.
the time I am writing my story I now know that Bryan Clauson didn't make
it and the racing community is heart broken for losing one of our great
heroes. Bryan was one of the best at this time and he was living a
dream of racing 200 events this year. At race 117 it was way too soon
to finish the race. My thoughts and prayers go to the entire Clauson
family thru this horrible tragedy. God Speed my hero and it was a
pleasure racing against you back in the early 2000's at the Camden
Raceway and you grew into a great champion and nobody will be able to
fill your shoes. You have done many great things for the racing
community and Indiana was blessed with having you put on a show every
night no matter what you were in. God Bless you Bryan and will see you
all at the Smackdown V where there is no doubt in my mind that Bryan
will be there watching with us. Until next time live life to the
fullest and enjoy each and every day.
Tyler Courtney and TOPP Motorsports Win Sprint Week Opener
Written By: Kenny Clark
Opening night of USAC Sprint Week was staged at Gas City I69 Speedway
with a very strong 47 entries. With a hot steamy night you would think
that a driver would want an early draw for quals but that wasn't the
case. Brady Bacon came out late down the list and ripped off a 12.175
for fast time of the night over Zack Daum, Cole Smith, Chad Boespflug,
Justin Grant and Chris Windom. Heat race 1 had Chase Stockon and Kyle
Cummins on the front row. Chase led early and by the halfway mark it
was him, Hunter Shurenberg, Issac Chapple and Casey Shuman holding on to
the top 4 spots. With 2 laps to go Brady Bacon came from 6th to 4th and
held on for the last transfer to the A. Chase won the heat with Hunter
and Chapple advancing also.
That was a huge run for the Chapple crew to put it into the A. Heat race
2 had Kyle Robbins storm from the 3rd spot to the lead and would hold it
for all 10 laps ahead of Jerry Coons Jr., Zack Daum and Aaron Farney
barely beating Windom for the last spot. Heat 3 was lead from green to
checkers by Tyler Courtney over Bryan Clauson, Robert Ballou and Brent
Beauchamp. The final heat was won by Shane Cottle who led every lap
over Max Mcghee, Tmez and Chad Boespflug. This setup the C main with 17
cars for only 4 spots to the B main. Jarrett Andretti won the C from
the pole over Dave Darland, Josh Hodges and AJ Hopkins. It shows how
tough USAC Indiana Sprint Week is with the names in this C main WOW!!!
The final chance to get to the main was the B main. Andretti and
Hopkins put on a clinic for the fans in this one. Jarrett started 15th
and AJ started 18th. Would any of us fans probably put money on either
one making the top 6? Probably not but they both did. It was an
amazing drive to get into the A main. Kevin Thomas Jr. won the b over
Chris Windom, Andretti, Grant, AJ Hopkins and Cummins.
This setup the main event with the front 3 rows being Shurenburg, Mcghee,
Clauson, Boespflug, Diamattia and Bacon. Lap 1 Tyler Courtney spun in
turn 4 almost getting on his top bringing out the yellow and would
restart 23rd. On the restart Hunter took the lead and would control it
til lap 8 when 2nd place runner Boespflug had a problem bringing out the
yellow and would go to the work area to get repairs. With 8 down it was
Hunter, Mcghee, Clauson and Bacon. On the restart Clauson would storm
to the lead and it would be tough to catch him people were thinking. By
lap 14 Courtney had perfected the bottom and was up to 5th. On lap 20
the 66 Tmez stopped on the frontstretch and this was the break Tyler
needed to catch Clauson as the TOPP #23 had made it to 2nd. On the
restart Clauson tried to stay low but he couldn't and Tyler took the
lead from Clauson on lap 24 and would hold on to win his first career
USAC race. It was a huge way to win his first for the team based out of
Rochester Indiana especially being Indiana Sprint Week . Following him
at the finish was Clauson, Windom, Cottle and Bacon. The modifieds had
a huge 34 entries as Brian Post picked up the big win over Anderson.
Thanks to the O'Conners for a great show as Indiana Sprint Week moves on
to Kokomo Speedway.
Josh Hodges Gets His First Victory At Kokomo Speedway
By Kenny Clark
It was a steamy night Sunday at Kokomo Speedway. Even with the heat
up against them the O'Conners once again had a great surface ready to be
attacked by the 21 sprinters in attendance. The drivers fastest in
their groups were Dave Darland, Josh Hodges and Justin Grant.
Heat race 1 had Aaron Farney, CJ Leary, Chris Windom and Dave Darland
making up the first 2 rows. CJ was a scratch from earlier problems in
qualifying. This gave the double D the front row outside. On lap 1
though it was aka "Big Daddy or The Bear" storming to the lead. In turn
2 on the start of lap 2 the hard fought battle for 4th ended as Travis
Hery and Brian Karakker came together sending Brian flipping. He was ok
but would have to hurry to get the repairs done before feature. On the
restart the 5 took a commanding lead not missing his mark. At the
checkers it was Windom, Darland, Westerfield and Farney.
Heat race 2 had KT Jr., Shane Cottle, Jarett Andretti and Josh Hodges
in the first 2 rows. Shane was on a mission and built a 10 car length
lead over everybody. On lap 7 entering turn 2 the car lost power ending
his great night. On the restart KT Jr and Hodges were on the gas hard
and the hotshoe from Alabama held Hodges off for the win. Behind Hodges
was Jarett Andretti and Colten Cottle.
final heat had Logan Jarrett, Jerry Coons, Max Mcghee and Justin Grant
in the front 2 rows. That is exactly how they finished and a big win
for Logan after having a tough start to the year.
This setup the 25 lap A main event set to start at the early time of
8:16. This is great for the fans that like to get home quick on
a Sunday night. The redraw came out as Hodges and Coons on the front
row, Jarrett and Darland on the second row and KT jr and Windom on the
third row. Jerry Coons took the early lead and by lap 4 he had a 10 car
length lead. On lap 7 while running 6th the 5w of Windom broke and
pulled to the infield. By lap 10 Jerry was getting into lap traffic and
allowed Hodges to cut the lead down to 2 car lengths. By lap 13 they
were side by side with 3 lap cars ahead and it was about to get very
busy. Behind them 2 at halfway it was Darland in 3rd then Jarrett, KT
Jr, Grant and Andretti.
With just 5 laps to go they got thru the lappers good but the lead was
closing and the bright yellow pilot from the west coast was chasing the
former pilot from the coast who now lives here. Sure enough with just 2
to go the young shoe got by the Edison entry and went on to his first
win at Kokomo Speeway. Following Hodges at the finish was Jerry Coons,
Darland, Jarrett, KT Jr., Grant, Andretti, Mcghee and Farney. Congrats
to Logan Jarrett on a strong run. Only 9 cars on the lead lap and the
sprint feature over in 7 minutes at 8:23. Now that is impressive.
Congrats to Hodges who in the interview he said he still was in
shock that he won at Kokomo Speedway.
In the Stock Car division it was Ian Keller and David Short winning the
heats. Then in the feature Keller picked up the big win over Michael
Clark, Bob Bouruff, David Hurst and David Short.
In the Thunder Car division it was Travis Wolford and Jesse Simmons
picking up the heat wins. In the feature Jesse Simmons won on the last
corner over Alex Bowman, Caleb Nutter, Travis Wolford and TJ Larson.
In the Hornet Hustle the heat winners were Wilkinson and Momper. In
the feature the Hustle went to Momper over Day, Byrd and Wilkinson.
Thanks to the O'Conners for another great show. On to July 3rd at
Kokomo with the huge fireworks and UMP Modifieds on the card. See you
Rico Rises To The Top Getting The Checkers At Midget Week
Kokomo Speedway By Kenny Clark
The Usac Midget Week Finale at the Famous Kokomo Speedway Sunday
night had 33 midgets entered with a lot of heavy hitters. Bryan
Clauson, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell were just part of the loaded
entry list. Qualifying was elbows up as the track was very fast with
all the rain that Indiana had received Saturday and still had a shower
Sunday at noon.
The O'Conners did an excellent job saving the track from all the rain
we had. Rico tried to knock down the cushion with a strong top time of
13.332. He is always very strong on the throttle getting all he can out
of his entry. The top 6 overall behind him was Christopher Bell, Brady
Bacon, Ryan Robinson, Bryan Clauson and Chad Boat. This setup the
always tough 4 heats with the 6 invert.
Heat race 1 had Clauson and Rico in the third row. Both of them on the
start stormed towards the front with Clauson taking the lead by lap
2. Rico had passed for the 2nd spot in turn 4 but got into the cushion
wrong and spun sideways bringing out the caution and going to the
back. On the restart Clauson held on to the lead and would command the
final eight laps for the win. Rico was able to climb from 9th to 4th
and transfer to the A. The other 2 that transferred in 2nd and 3rd were
Chase Johnson and Steve Buckwalter.
Heat race 2 was dominated all ten laps by Carson Macedo over Tyler
Nelson, Chad Boat and Christopher Bell.
Heat race 3 had PA's Ryan Greth battling early with Gage Walker for the
top spot. By lap 6 Greth took back the lead from Walker and held off
the hard charging Zach Daum, Brady Bacon and Tanner Thorson at the
checkers. At one point 2nd thru 4th were 3 wide coming out of turn 2.
The final heat was exciting for the crowd as fan favorite Davey Ray held
off the powerful Spencer Bayston, Ryan Robinson and Dave Darland for the
win. It was good to see Davey Ray get the win.
This setup the B main with Holly Shelton blasting to the lead and
dominating the last chance race for the win over Shane Golobic, Tyler
Thomas and Gage Walker. This setup the main event 30 lap finale for
Usac Indiana Midget Week.
The front 3 rows were Boat, Clauson, Robinson, Bacon, Bell and Abreu.
This is the type of field that reminds you of the A main at the chili
bowl. Chad Boat would take the early lead as the first caution came out
as Walker and Darland got together in turn 2 ending both cars night. On
the restart Boat would remain the leader and look strong with Bayston
running 2nd also with a lot of speed. Then on lap 11 Nelson took a
nasty flip on the backstretch ending his night with a badly tore up
front end. The lap 11 restart order was Boat, Bayston, Bell and
Rico. Lap 17 brought out another red as Holly Shelton flipped just past
the flagstand ending her good night.
This allowed the drivers one last time to crank on them dials inside the
car for the final 13 laps. The driver that looked to be stronger on the
restart was Rico who some laps was even going above the cushion in turn
3 and running up behind Boat to challenge out of 4. With just 8 laps
to go Rico took the lead away from Chad and hit his mark the final laps
to take the big win in front of a great crowd. The crowd roared to life
as Rico got on top of the cage to celebrate. Following him at the
checkers was Bayston, Boat, Bacon, Bell, Clauson and Thorson. With his
6th place finish Bryan Clauson was your Indiana Midget Week champ to add
to his accomplishments in a potential 200 race year. Congrats to Rico
on the win and to Bryan on the championship week.
27 sprints were on hand also for the night and the fast qualifiers in
their groups were: Tyler Courtney, Bryan Clauson and Jerry Coons
Jr. Heat race winners were Chad Boespflug, Kevin Thomas Jr and Tom
Harris. The B main was won by Lawrenceburg champ Josh Moffat. This
setup the A main with Colten Cottle and Bryan Clauson on the front
row. Colten took the early lead with KT jr. Running 2nd and Bryan 3rd.
On lap 7 there was slight contact with the front two and Bryan went by
both of them to take the lead. He would lead the final 18 dicing thru
the lapped traffic to take the checkers in the #63 two nights in a
row. Behind Bryan at the end was KT Jr., Courtney, Bacon, Tyler Hewitt
and Shane Cottle. In the hornets Wilkinson and Wells won the heats as
Swanson won the feature.
Thanks to the O'Conners for another great night. Good luck to all the
USAC teams as they head out to PA. My next fun night is this Wednesday
the World of Outlaws at Lincoln Park Speedway. It should be another
classic. See you in two weeks at the next exciting night at Kokomo
Kokomo Speedway By Kenny Clark
A beautiful Sunday evening at Kokomo Speedway as we pay tribute to
Dave Crow who we miss at the speedway every week. 24 sprinters were
entered on this perfect weather night with qualifying starting the night
off at around 6:15. This is a great deal for the fans because you can
see the highest quality show and still get out early enough to get the
required Z'ssss before the dreaded work week starts. Group 1 was led by
Shane Cottle (13.745), Chris Windom (13.977), Kevin Thomas Jr. (14.017)
and Travis Hery (14.041). Group 2 went out as the track got quicker and
was led by Jarrett Andretti (13.157), CJ Leary (13.192), Jerry Coons Jr.
(13.410) and Justin Grant (13.415). The final Group 3 was led by Dave
Darland (12.927), Jimmy Light (13.417), Tyler Hewitt (13.543) and Logan
Jarrett (13.680). This setup heat 1 with Hery and Thomas on the front
4J with Thomas is very fast and building a great resume. He lead every
lap but on the final lap Windom made a mad dash at it but came up just a
half car length short. Transferring behind Thomas and Windom was Cottle,
Hery and Gurley. Heat race 2 had Grant and Coons on the front row and
Jerry Coons Jr. lead every lap but the 2E Epperson ride was right on
Jerry's tail at the end. Also making the show was Jarrett Andretti, CJ
Leary and Brent Beauchamp. Andretti and Leary bumped hard during the
battle so after the checkers Leary expressed his unhappiness and tried
to spin the 18 in turn 4 as the crowd stood to look at both heading back
to the pits.
Never a dull moment at the speed palace of Kokomo which sometimes can
lead to discussions later. The final heat had Logan Jarrett and Tyler
Hewitt on the front row. The front row had nothing for 4th place
starter the Peoples Champ Dave Darland as in lap 1 he took the lead and
led all 8 with Tyler Hewitt, Logan Jarrett, Jimmy Light and Josh Spencer
all making the A.
consy was won by Brent Mellenbrendt over Colten Cottle, Chad Boespflug,
Adam Byrkett and Kole Ketchum. Goodnight was lucky in 6th to transfer
as Hery had to scratch because of mechanical issues.
This setup the main event with the front 3 rows being Justin Grant,
Thomas, Windom, Hewitt, Coons and Darland. Kevin Thomas Jr. would take
the lead and looked to build a huge lead but that didn't happen for
long. By lap 13 Windom had closed but a red came out when Justin Grant
took an easy roll over after making contact with the 10e of Coons.
Darland was up to 3rd from 6th and all the drivers got their chance to
turn them dials under red for the final shootout. KT jr. was strong on
the restart as the real battle was heating up in the top 10. Darland
had moved to 2nd and in a catfish kind of mood on the very bottom Cottle
had made it to 3rd. With just 8 to go the yellow came out for Andretti
as his car stopped in 4 ending his night.
the restart Logan Jarrett and Boespflug got stuck together ending their
night along with Kole Ketchum. This setup the final shootout which in
an understatement was WILD times ten. With 5 to go KT took off on the
high side and Darland in 2nd now bobbled off of 2 and with all the power
behind him dropped to 5th in one lap. Cottle had the bottom
working great hoping KT would just miss his mark and sure enough KT
jumped the cushion with 3 to go giving Cottle the lead off of 2 heading
down the backstretch.
crowd started to pump their fist and cheer hoping Shane could pull it
off. KT regrouped with 2 to go and started reeling him in headed to the
white flag and on the final corner KT in a photo finish got a good run
off the top and scored the win by a front bumper. At the line behind KT
and Shane Cottle was Jerry Coons Jr, Chris Windom and Dave Darland.
The Dave Crow race brought 16 entries to the gate with Steve Peeden
and Josh Boller winning the heats. The front row draw for the 25 lapper
was Jack Frye and Jamey Wilson. Wilson would lead the first few laps
but Lee Hobbs took over on lap 5 and was building a good lead for a
while. With 8 laps to go Steve Peeden had came to 2nd from 6th and
Hobbs was getting into lapped traffic. Peeden on the next lap would make
a strong move on the bottom and take over the lead. Peeden would keep
that same smooth line on the bottom and take the big win. Following
Steve Peeden was Lee Hobbs, Jamey Wilson and Josh Boller.
The Thunder Car showdown had 10 entries and the heat race was won by
TJ Larson. In the 25 lap feature Travis Wolford came from 6th to take
the lead on lap 4 and built a big lead until a yellow came out for Caleb
Nutter having a right front issue running 2nd ending his night. This
cost Wolford the lead as on the restart he looked to lose some of his
early power and with 8 to go TJ Larson took the lead and went on to win
for the first time at Kokomo Speedway. Following TJ at the checkers was
Bowman, Henson, Wolford and Mock.
Another great show by the O'Conners for sure. Don't forget next
Sunday at Kokomo Speedway the UMP Modifieds will make an appearance and
Bryan Clauson will be doing the double after running Indy earlier in the
day. All of us short track fans are pulling for Bryan next Sunday for
Kevin Thomas Jr. Holds Off Chris Windom To Be Crowned
King Of Kokomo!
By Kenny Clark
A cool evening would finally allow Kokomo Speedway to open the doors
after 3 previous cancellations in a very wet spring. 32 sprints entered
into the pits all looking to get a piece of the King of Kokomo 2500 to
win. The setup for the sprints would be 4 heats with an invert of 4 and
taking 4 out of each. Then 2 b-mains would take the final two spots out
of each to setup the 20 car 30 lap main event. Group 1 was lead by
Justin Grant in his new 71p ride with a time of 13.967 followed by Chris
Windom 13.979, KT jr 14.251 and Tyler Hewitt 14.350. Group 2 was led by
CJ Leary 13.298, Andretti 13.566, Simon 13.690 and Robbins 13.720.
Group 3 was led by Cottle 13.240, Dimattia 13.352, Darland 13.356 and
Beauchamp 13.384. The final group was led by Courtney 12.903, Clauson
13.503, Hery 13.583 and Hopkins 13.625. Heat race 1 had Tyler Hewitt
and KT Jr. on the front row. KT Jr. would storm to the front leading
every lap on the top cushion and building a big lead for the win.
Following him was Windom, Grant and Hewitt. Heat race 2 had Robbins and
Simon on the front row. But it was Andretti storming to the lead from
the 3 spot and taking a commanding lead. As the white flag was thrown
the first red of the seasosn came out as Robbins got into the turn 3 was
and took a nasty flip multiple times. It also involved Jarrett who had
no where to go but above the cushion and also flipped. Both drivers
were ok but only Jarretts' car was repairable for the night. Andretti
would hold off Leary on the final restart with Coons Jr and Ballou
transferring. Heat race 3 had Beauchamp and Darland on the front row.
Darland starting on the top of the front row at Kokomo is a pretty good
bet as he led every lap over Beauchamp, Cottle and Spencer
transferring. The final heat had Hopkins and Hery on the fornt row.
Hopkins led til lap 7 when Clauson took over the lead on the bottom and
took the win over Courtney, Hopkins and Goodnight. This setup the 2 b
mains with Bosepflug and Hery winning them with Karakker and Simon also
making the A main.
Here was the redraw results as it appeared just like a USAC national
race on the opener: Andretti and KT jr row 1, Windom and Leary row 2,
Courtney and Beauchamp row 3 and Clauson and Darland row 4. The 4j
looking strong all night Thomas took the early lead. Cars were using
the top and bottom and at one point going into 3 they were 3 and 4
wide. Lap 3 brought out a scary red as a car slowed in front of Darland
in turn 1 and Grant behind the peoples champ had no where to go and
didn't see the slowing and slammed into the back of the #11 sending him
up into the catch fence. The fence did a great job as it held Darlands
car upside down in the fence. After a delay to get Darlands car out of
the fence both drivers were ok but done for the evening. Coons Jr. also
got a piece of it but made repairs and would restart last. With 3 down
the running order was Thomas, Windom, Andretti, Courtney and Leary. On
the restart Thomas stormed away from the field and built a huge lead by
lap 12 when he started to enter into lapped traffic. The high side was
the fastest around and the top 3 Thomas, Windom and Andretti were all
inches away from the wall. On lap 17 KT jumped the turn 4 cushion but
saved it before the wall which allowed Windom to get within 2 car
lengths. Windom was just waiting for one more mistake by the 4j but the
veteran from Alabama didn't miss a beat and picked up the big check to
start the season. The following drivers at the checkers behind KT jr
was: Chris Windom, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Shane Cottle, Brent
Beauchamp, Robert Ballou, Jarett Andretting and CJ Leary the last car on
the lead lap. Kudos to the O'Conners for a great first night track with
a huge cushion.
The Thunder Cars had 19 entries with Bob Borurff and Eric Hunter winning
the heats. The feature went to Boruff after Hunter broke leading.
Boruff was followed after the checkers by Caleb Nutter, Lee Hall, Jim
Henson and TJ Larson. The hornets had 15 entries to start the year and
Wilkinson won over Gamblin, Harrington, Landis and Antoine. Don't
forget next week the Dave Crow Classic for the Super Stocks and the
other great 3 classes. See you next Sunday at Kokomo Speedway.
Sprint Car 30 Lap King of Kokomo A Main 1. 4j Kevin Thomas, Jr. 2. 5
Chris Windom 3. 63 Bryan Clauson 4. 23c Tyler Courtney 5. 57 Shane
Cottle 6. 34 Brent Beauchamp 7. 1 Robert Ballou 8. 18a Jarett Andretti
9. 17 CJ Leary 10. 41 Chad Boespflug 11. 42 AJ Hopkins 12. 97x Tyler
Hewitt 13. 39 Matt Goodnight 14. 66j Josh Spencer 15. 23k Brian Karraker
16. 21h Travis Hery 17. 10e Jerry Coons, Jr. 18. 24 Landon Simon 19. 11
Dave Darland 20. 71 Justin Grant
Sprint Car 10 Lap B Main #1 (top 2 transferred) 1. 41 Boespflug 2. 23k
Karraker 3. 97 Bret Mellenberndt 4. 19 Joe Bares 5. 2c Tim Creech DNS 24
Nate McMillin DNS 50 Tony DiMattia DNS 75 Lee Dakus
Sprint Car 10 B Main #2 (top 2 transferred) 1. 21h Hery 2. 24 Simon 3.
29 Logan Jarrett 4. 66 Corey Smith 5. 24L Lee Underwood 6. 69 Stuart
Hanft 7. 78 Adam Byrkett DNS 17r Kyle Robbins
15 Lap UMP Thunder Car Feature 1. 67 Bob Bourff 2. 3n Kaleb Nutter 3. 90
Lee Hall 4. 3h Jim Henson 5. 15 TJ Larson 6. 56 Tony Bowman 7. 7b Bryan
Banta 8. 8 Austin Hunter 9. 65 Wally Kerst, Jr. 10. 52 Gary Mock 11. 51d
Brandon DeLong 12. 115 Keith Crissinger 13. 51 Travis Larson 14. 57
Chris Joseph 15. 22s Andy Sherley 16. 23 Brody Townsend 17. 22a Nathan
Arterburry 18. 48 Travis Wolford 19. 5 Eric Hunter
15 Lap UMP Hornet Feature 1. 76jr Jacob Wilkinson 2. 26 Josh Gamblin 3.
21 Scott Harrington 4. 7 Sam Landis 5. 38 John Antoine 6. 15 Josh Gibson
7. 62 Jeremy Dunham 8. 73 Ray Smith 9. 25 Darrin Harrington 10. 18 David
Atkins, Sr. 11. 17 Kyle Julius 12. 5 Robert White DNS 19 Stephen Byrd
DNS 55 James Hopson