The King of Indiana Will Be Crowned at Next Week's KISS Finale
The Terre Haute Action Track Hosts NASCAR, KISS & MSCS on July 2
June 23, 2013 In pursuit of a second King of Indiana Sprint Series crown, Brady Short leads the area's top sprint car racers to the Terre Haute Action Track with a commanding 80-point advantage. Kicking off a huge Independence Day weekend, the big event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2.
With the mid-week race, the Action Track has included a visit by NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion Tony Stewart. The program will also be a point-paying event for the tough Midwest Sprint Car Series.
Short's lead is large enough that he will claim this year's King of Indiana crown just by starting the main event. Notching victories at Bloomington and Gas City, and adding a pair of fifth place finishes, Short has been both fast and consistent in the Pottorff Logging sprinter. The battle for second will focus on Kevin Thomas Jr., Kokomo winner Robert Ballou, Hunter Schuerenberg and Casey Shuman, all within 64 point of each other. Thomas leads the MSCS points, 13 ahead of Short. Daron Clayton is third, followed by Kyle Cummins and Ballou.
Jon Stanbrough has won more KISS features at Terre Haute than anyone else, with victories in 2001, 2003 and 2006. The six-time KISS champion is teamed with Daryl Tate and Shane Wade's Amati Racing and will be hunting his 20th KISS win. Robert Ballou won last year's visit to the Action Track. Other KISS winners at the half mile oval include Levi Jones and Shane Cottle.
The final stop of the 2013 KISS tour, the Terre Haute Action Track will provide more information at www.terrehauteactiontrack.net. With a dozen years of racing, KISS has built a deserved reputation for featuring the best drivers at the most competitive tracks. This brings out not only the best in the racers, but also the best fans. To this end, KISS features pay $2,500 to win and $250 to start. The point fund will pay $4,200, with the series champion earning $1,200. Second in points will collect $900, and third through fifth will receive $800, $700 and $600.
The title will earn a second KISS champions helmet for Brady Short. A top of the line Simpson Performance Products racing helmet, with unique KISS artwork by VanHorn Tint and Accessories, sponsored by Sprint Car & Midget Magazine, is one of the most unique championship awards in the country.
KISS Point Standings
1. Brady Short 680, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. 600, 3. Robert Ballou 581, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg 577, 5. Casey Shuman 536, 6. Levi Jones 492, 7. Dave Darland 479, 8. Shane Cottle 427, 9. Jerry Coons Jr. 400, 10. Chris Gurley 351
2013 KISS SCHEDULE
May 3 Bloomington Speedway Brady Short
May 5 Kokomo Speedway Robert Ballou
May 10 Gas City I-69 Speedway Brady Short
May 18 Lawrenceburg Speedway - Rain
May 26 Tri-State Speedway Daron Clayton
June 1 Paragon Speedway - Rain
July 2 Terre Haute Action Track
Daron Clayton Notches Third KISS Win At Tri-State
May 26, 2013 Daron Clayton portrays himself as a David, racing against sprint car Goliaths. Clayton scored another victory against the bigger teams on Sunday as he won the King of Indiana Sprint Series event, co-sanctioned by MSCS, at Tri-State Speedway. It was his third KISS triumph at the South Western Indiana oval in seven years, as Kyle Cummins finished second, followed by Kevin Thomas Jr. and Levi Jones.
It's big, Clayton readily admits as the team celebrated in the pits after the race. I'm doing this deal and I don't even have the money to start doing it. I come out here and kick these guys butts with 18-wheel rigs. We do it on about 10% of most guys budgets. I didn't know long we could last and I had to win one soon, to pay some bills. We hung on tonight, I wasn't going to let it go.
When pole sitter Hunter Schuerenberg's engine broke at the start, Clayton's #92 Merry-Go-Round Restaurant Spike moved from third to the pole, and led the field off the second turn. While Clayton built a half-straightaway lead, Chase Stockon battled Robert Ballou for second until Ballou's engine let go on the seventh lap. Stockon dove inside of Clayton on the restart, but Clayton held him back. Stockon got around Clayton, but Clayton retook the lead, then their battle came to quick end when they got together going into turn one and Stockon flipped after hitting the wall.
Jon Stanbrough was second for the restart, after lining up sixth, and chased Clayton until the 17th circuit, when Clayton bounced hard off the first turn wall and Stanbrough raced into the lead. But just four laps later, Stanbrough hustled to the work area to change a flat left rear tire under the caution and Clayton resumed the lead. Kyle Cummins was next to challenge Clayton. The ninth-place starter pressed Clayton relentlessly as the laps ran down, and finally shoved his machine into the lead with an inside pass in turn one on lap 28, but Clayton returned the favor, driving under Cummins as they came off the second turn.
Clayton held a five-car length lead at the checkers, with Cummins holding off Thomas for second. Thomas had worked hard on the inside throughout the race, virtually the only driver committed to the bottom, after starting twelfth.
Clayton's win was far from easy. He had lost the right rear shock when he clouted the wall, and that wasn't all. Initially he joked that he must have been just too dumb to notice, but then he explained, When I went up on the cushion that time, it fell on the right rear real bad and biked up. I thought I just got in there too hard, but then the tire started hopping getting off the corner. I could tell that something was messed up, I just didnt know what. Then my brakes went out when I lost a brake pad. Finally under caution I was able to pump my brakes up to get the bucks out of the calipers on the rotor for a little bit of something and I was able to hold on the last two laps, I was nervous.
With a fifth place finish, Brady Short extended his lead in the KISS standings to 80 points over Kevin Thomas Jr. Robert Ballou, Hunter Schuerenberg and Casey Shuman round out the top five, all within 144 points of Short.
The sixth stop of the 2013 KISS tour will be next Saturday, June 1, at Paragon Speedway. The King of Indiana will be crowned at the series finale, scheduled for July 2 at the Terre Haute Action Track. As a reminder, the KISS races are being covered on MAVTV, on Thursdays at 3:30 and 5:30.
King of Indiana Sprint Series, Round 5
Tri -State Speedway, Haubstadt, IN
May 26, 2013
Heat 1: 1. Chase Stockon 2x (3), 2. Jon Stanbrough 66 (9), 3. Mitch Wissmiller 1 (1), 4. Kent Schmidt 5k (2), 5. Brady Short 11p (5), 6.
Bradley Sterrett 90x (8), 7. Kurt Gross 1x (10), 8. Patrick Budde 90 (4), 9. Alex Pettas 64 (7), 10. Chet Williams 38w (6)
Heat 2: 1. Hunter Schuerenberg 35 (2), 2. Robert Ballou 5 (9), 3. Dakota Jackson 304 (3), 4. Aric Gentry 10 (4), 5. Jordan Kinser 5k (7), 6. Mark Smith M1 (10), 7. Nick Johnson 15j (1), 8. Carson Short 21 (8), 9. Donny Brackett 4b (6), 10. Bub Cummings 71x (5)
Heat 3: 1. Daron Clayton 92 (4), 2. Levi Jones 12 (2), 3. Kyle Cummins 3c (8), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. 17rw (6), 5. Casey Shuman 21k (9), 6. Seth Parker 38p (9), 7. Chase Briscoe 504b (5), 8. Kevin Chambers 18 (3), 9.
Matt Humphrey 79 (1)
B Main: 1. Smith M1 (2), 2. Brackett 4B (11), 3. Parker 38p (3), 4.
Sterrett 90x (1), 5. Cummings 71x (14), 6. Gross 1x (4), 7. Chambers 18 (9), 8. C. Short 21 (8), 9. Johnson 15j (5), 10. Pettas 64 (10), 11.
Humphrey 79 (12), 12. Budde 90 (7), 13. Williams 38w (13), 14. Briscoe 504b (6)
Feature (30 laps): 1. Daron Clayton 92 (3), 2. Kyle Cummins 3c (9), 3.
Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 4. Levi Jones 12 (4), 5. Brady Short 11p (13), 6.
Jon Stanbrough 66 (6), 7. Mark Smith M1 (16), 8. Donny Brackett 4b (17), 9. Bub Cummings 71x (20), 10. Bradley Sterrett 90x (19), 11. Dakota Jackson 304 (8), 12. Aric Gentry 10 (11), 13. Casey Shuman 21k (15), 14.
Jordan Kinser 5k (14), 15. Mitch Wissmiller 1 (7) 16. Chase Stockon 2x (5), 17. Kent Schmidt 5k (10), 18. Robert Ballou 5 (2), 19. Hunter Schuerenberg 35 (1), 20. Seth Parker 38p (18)
KISS Point Standings
1. Brady Short 680, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. 600, 3. Robert Ballou 581, 4.
Hunter Schuerenberg 577, 5. Casey Shuman 536, 6. Levi Jones 492, 7. Dave Darland 479, 8. Shane Cottle 427, 9. Jerry Coons Jr. 400, 10. Chris Gurley 351
2013 KISS SCHEDULE
May 3 Bloomington Speedway Brady Short May 5 Kokomo Speedway Robert Ballou May 10 Gas City I-69 Speedway Brady Short May 18 Lawrenceburg Speedway - Rain May 26 Tri-State Speedway Daron Clayton June 1 Paragon Speedway July 2 Terre Haute Action Track
Brady Short Scores Thrilling KISS Victory at Gas City I69 Speedway
May 10, 2013 Calling it his biggest victory, Brady Short earned his second KISS victory of the season with another come-from-behind thriller. Racing from the ninth starting slot, Short battled to the front, overtaking Dave Darland for the win. Tyler Courtney finished third, behind Darland, with Josh Spencer and Logan Jarrett filling the top five.
When we took off in the feature, I thought, man, this is going to be a good race car, Short explained later. I was going to be pretty excited if we made the top five. It just stayed hooked up on the top and I kept rolling them one-by-one. This is probably the best win I've ever had in my racing career. I've won a lot of big races, I've won a $10,000-to-win race, a $5,000 USAC race at Bloomington, but this is probably the best race I've ever won.
Early in the race, it didn't appear anyone would catch Darland. From outside the front row, he quickly jumped into the lead and built a half-straightaway lead after a couple of early cautions. On a lap 7 restart, Short's #11p Pottorff Logging / Indiana Stoneworks Maxim was still ninth, but decided that with nearly everyone else running low on the track, he needed to step out. He didn't make any progress at first, but once he found the line, he began picking off cars quickly. He passed Hunter Schuerenberg on lap 11, and Courtney two laps later. He took third from Jarrett on lap 14, then caught Spencer on lap 17.
With Darland's #71p Phillips / Racer's Advantage DRC a dozen car lengths ahead, it took several laps to catch him. Short had made getting through the field look fairly easy, but passing Darland was different. On the 21st lap, Short pulled even as they raced through turn three, but Darland edged him as they exited turn four. The battle over then next five laps was memorable as Darland worked different lines in an effort to stay ahead of Short. Whether on the bottom or the top, Short could pull even, but Darland would outrun him as they came off the turns.
Finally, on the 26th circuit, Short found a better run off the inside of turn four and beat Darland to the first turn. Darland fought back over the next lap, but Short held him off and soon opened several car lengths. Even though he caught slower cars in the final laps, that is how they finished. The victory solidified Short's point lead in the KISS chase, and Darland took over second spot. Both drivers are past KISS champions.
The winner of the opening round at Bloomington Speedway, Short said that he weighed the risks when he tried the top groove. I felt the right rear stick and actually drive off of two really good and I thought that at that point, I really didn't have nothing to lose trying to follow those guys, I was probably going to run seventh or eighth. I thought I might as well try it. If I'm the first guy to run off the racetrack, well, so be it. It's a chance you have to take as a race car driver. I didn't used to take those chances, but I'm getting more confident in what I'm doing.
He added that catching Darland was easier than passing him. I caught him pretty quick and I thought I was going to blow by him, but he saw my nose and the next corner he moved up, he did the right thing. At that point, I thought I was going to run second because he's tough to beat when he's running around the top. But it was hooked up so much better I could get in harder than those guys could in the corners. It was just a faster race car.
In his pit, Darland admitted that he wasn't really surprised when Short caught him. I knew that some people were running the top, I could see the marks up there. The bottom is what I had done, and it was working okay for me, but got a little slow in the second half of the race. I wasn't able to get in real hard because you'd slide up into the slick. I was able to get off good, but just couldn't get in very hard. So, I was half surprised, but not really. There were a lot of good race cars out there and with the track slowing down, you just never know. You just have to race until the checkered.
Lawrenceburg Speedway hosts the fourth stop of the 2013 KISS tour on Saturday, May 18. The final three events will be at Tri-State Speedway, Paragon Speedway and the Terre Haute Action Track. The KISS races will be shown on MAVTV on Thursdays at 3:30 and 5:30, beginning with Bloomington's event which will be televised on May 16, followed by KISS at Kokomo on May 23, and Gas City on May 30.
King of Indiana Sprint Series, Round 3
Gas City I69 Speedway, Gas City, IN
May 10, 2013
Heat 1: 1. Tyler Courtney 23c (1), 2. Scotty Weir 18 (8), 3. Brady Short 11p (6), 4. AJ Hopkins 42g (3), 5. Chris Gurley 12g (4), 6. Bradley Sterrett 90 (5), 7. Bobby East 5e (2), 8. Jamie Fredrickson 58 (9) 9.
Scott Hull 48 (7)
Heat 2: 1. Shane Cottle 2e (1), 2. Hunter Schuerenberg 35 (3), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. 10e (5), 4. Robert Ballou 5b (2), 5. Gary Taylor 40 (7), 6.
Brady Bacon 99 (4), 7. Casey Shuman 22 (6), 8. Chad Boespflug 57 (9), Jake Simmons 3 (8)
Heat 3: 1. Josh Spencer 66j (1), 2. Dave Darland 71p (6), 3. Chris Windom 11 (5), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. 17rw (3), 5. Max McGhee 17m (8), 6.
Travis Welpott (7), 7. Aaron Farney 5f (2), 8. Scott Orr 4 (4)
Heat 4: 1. Logan Jarrett 29j (3), 2. Matt Westfall 54 (1), 3. CJ Leary 30 (4), 4. Parker Price-Miller 9p (5), 5. Joe Liguori 6rr (7), 6. Ted Hines 12 (6), Travis Hery 21h DNS, Landon Simon 41 DNS
B-Main: 1. Taylor (2), 2. Gurley (1), 3. McGhee (3), 4. Hines (8), 5.
East (9), 6. Shuman (10), 7. Boespflug (14), 8. Liguori (4), 9.
Fredrickson (13), 10. Bacon (6), 11. Farney (11), 12. Simmons (17), 13.
Sterrett (5), 14. Hery (12), 15. Orr (15), Simon DNS, Welpott DNS, Hull DNS
Feature (30 laps): 1. Brady Short 11p (9), 2. Dave Darland 71p (2), 3.
Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Josh Spencer 66j (3), 5. Logan Jarrett 29j (1), 6. Matt Westfall 54 (5), 7. Hunter Schuerenberg 35 (4), 8. Chris Windom
11 (11), 9. Scotty Weir 18 (6), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. 17rw (15), 11.
Robert Ballou 5b (14), 12. Gary Taylor 40 (17), 13. Shane Cottle 2e (8), 14. Jerry Coons Jr. 10e (10), 15. Casey Shuman 21k (22), 16. Chris Gurley 12g (18), 17. Parker Price-Miller 9p (16), 18. Bobby East 5 (21), 19. Ted Hines 12 (20), 20. AJ Hopkins (13), 21. CJ Leary 30 (12), 22.
Max McGhee 17m (19)
KISS Points: 1. Brady Short 520, 2. Dave Darland 479, 3. Robert Ballou 465, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg 312, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. 430, 6. Shane Cottle 427, 7. Casey Shuman 405, 8. Jerry Coons Jr. 400, 9. Chris Gurley 351, 10. Chad Boespflug 344
2013 KISS SCHEDULE
May 3 Bloomington Speedway Brady Short May 5 Kokomo Speedway Robert Ballou May 10 Gas City I-69 Speedway Brady Short May 18 Lawrenceburg Speedway May 26 Tri-State Speedway June 1 Paragon Speedway July 2 Terre Haute Action Track