Max Adams Wins Labor Day Weekend Classic At Gas City I-69 Speedway

 

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[Special from Linda Mansfield – Restart Communications]

With extra money on the line the modified division took center stage at the Labor Day Weekend Classic at Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday night. The star of the show was no stranger to victory lane, as Derek Losh of Rensselaer, Indiana led all 20 laps and earned $1,000 for his seventh feature victory of the season at Grant County quarter-mile dirt oval.

Derek Losh. Photo courtesy of Indy Racing Images

Several non-wing sprint car drivers who haven’t won at Gas City were the main players in the 25-lap sprint car feature. Only one could end the night with his first win, and that turned out to be Max Adams of Loomis, California, who nipped Kyle Simon by 0.091 seconds at the checkered in the 25-lap main event.

The 15-lap winged outlaw 600cc micro-sprint feature went non-stop, with Craig Ronk of Warsaw, Indiana, getting the victory.

Defending track champions Andy Bishop of Gas City, and James Headley Jr. of Wabash, Indiana were triumphant in the 15-lap street stock and hornet features, respectively.

Modifieds

Losh started third in the modified feature, had the lead by Turn 2 on the first lap, withstood three restarts and some lapped traffic, and beat Dylan Woodling to the checkered by 1.383 seconds.

The best battle was for Second place. Woodling got the position by passing Tony Anderson on the outside on lap 11 to eventually earn the runner-up honors. Anderson pressured him throughout but had to settle for third. Dillon Nusbaum finished fourth and Zeke McKenzie was fifth.

Max Adams was piloting Paul Hazen’s #57, usually driven by Clinton Boyles. Photo by Bill Miller.

Non-Wing Sprints

Simon started on the pole in the 20-car sprint car feature and led the first 23 laps followed by Adams; Dustin Ingle, and a high-riding J.J. Hughes, the current point leader.

Simon’s 2.859-second lead over Adams was wiped out with 13 laps down when Brian VanMeveren spun in Turn 4 to bring out the first caution. On the restart, Hughes passed Ingle and Adams to leap from fourth to second.

Simon had built his advantage back up to 1.130 seconds over Hughes by lap 15 when Evan Mosley, Matt McDonald, and Korbyn Hayslett, crashed between Turns 1 and 2. Shortly thereafter Shane Cockrum spun in Turn 2 while running in Eighth.

Adams passed Hughes to regain second at the start-finish line on lap 20. The next lap there was contact between the pair which resulted in Hughes flipping violently between Turns 1 and 2 – his car landing upside down on its roll cage. A very disappointed Hughes climbed out under his own power.

Photo by Bill Miller

Adams Takes The Lead

Adams drew alongside Simon on the backstretch on laps 22 and 23 and made the pass stick on lap 24. Simon was just 0.091 seconds behind at the checkered. Veteran Matt Westfall from Eleventh to finish Third. Ingle was Fourth, and Anthony D’Alessio rounded out the top five.

Adams was in the famous Paul Hazen’s #57, usually driven by 2018 track champion Clinton Boyles, who was competing in a USAC midget race in his home state of Missouri Friday night. The winning DRC chassis is powered by a Kercher-prepped engine and it’s sponsored by Physical Medicine Consultants and KECO Coatings.

Brayden Clark, 17, of Tipton, Indiana was the race’s hard charger, as he started 18th and finished sixth to earn an extra $100 from A.J. and Matt Brookmyer. His family’s DRC is sponsored by G&G Oil, Quality Pallet, and State Farm Insurance.

The Brookmyers also gave a new right-rear Hoosier tire to the first alternate, who was Parker Frederickson of Kokomo, Ind. His Maxim advertises L.M. Construction, Bell Maintenance, and New Horizons Home Health Care.

Two other drivers also flipped during the program in addition to Hughes, but no one was transported for medical treatment. Dallas Hewitt was the fastest among his group when he flipped in Turn 2 in the second sprint qualifying session with two laps down. Billy Cribbs flipped in Turn 2 and onto the backstretch at the start of the third sprint heat.

Photo by Bill Miller

Micro-Sprints

Craig Ronk started Second in the micro-sprint feature, dipped under polesitter Kole Kirkman in Turn 3 on the Second lap, and led the rest of the way in the non-stop 15-lapper. Kole Kirkman finished second, 3.045 seconds behind, with Todd Kirkman in Third. Darin Naida placed fourth, and Connor Wolf rounded out the top five.

Street Stocks

Bishop started Second and led flag-to-flag in the 15-lap street stock feature. He had more than a 1-second lead by lap five with the Thompson Trucking/R & R Transmission #14. Stretching that to 2.669 seconds when a yellow flew with 14 laps down after Justin Long, and Jeremy Johns crashed in Turn 4. Bishop’s restart was spot-on, and he had a 0.274-second lead over Bill Bradley at the checkered.

The real battle in the Street Stocks was for Second between Bradley, Dave Fritz, and Modified winner Derek Losh, who finished in that order. Bradley started way back in 16th place. Jeffery Jessup completed the top five.

Hornets

Headley Jr. led the first two laps of the hornet feature before his father, James Headley of Marion, Indiana, dipped under him on the frontstretch to lead laps three through five. Headley Jr. regained the lead by using the low line in Turn 2 on lap six and was never again pressed for the lead.

Gage Allen surprised Headley by getting second in Turn 2 on lap 11, but Headley had the spot back by the backstretch. Headley Jr.’s advantage over his father at the line was 0.507 seconds, but the two cars were so evenly matched their fastest race laps were only 0.005 seconds apart. Allen finished Third over Kolton Sollars and Mark Casto.

The Headleys are sponsored by Dudding’s Heating and Cooling, Garriott Electric, Edwards Automotive, TJR Trucking, and Headley’s Tree Service.

Derek Losh in Victory Lane. Photo by Indy Racing Images

Next Up

Next Friday night, Sept. 11, is the track’s “Salute to First Responders/Battle of the Badges” in honor of those who were lost and those who responded to the terrorist attacks against America on Sept. 11, 2001, and those who serve the public as first responders today.  Hot laps are slated to start at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m. Sprint Cars, USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 midgets, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Hornets are on the card.

A special four-lap “Battle of the Badges” race will feature four Hornet drivers representing local first responders.

James Headley will drive for the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, while James Headley Jr. will represent the Gas City Police Department. Gabe “Scrappy” Wilkins of Gas City will drive for the Gas City EMT/Rescue Squad, while Brandon Lines of Marion, Ind. will represent the Gas City Fire Department.

Each driver will decorate their race cars in honor of the first responders they represent. A special trophy will be given to the winning driver and department. A collection will be taken for the Tim Eckstein Scholarship Fund. Eckstein, the former Gas City Police Chief, died unexpectedly on July 8 at the age of 54.

First responders and their families will be admitted for half price with proper identification.

The third annual James Dean Classic is moving from Thursday, Sept. 24 to Friday, Sept. 25. An exciting announcement about that event is expected to be made soon. The track’s 2020 season will conclude Oct. 2-3 with the second annual Fall Festival of Speed. Open-wheel cars will be featured on Friday and stock cars will be the main attraction on Saturday.

More information is on the track’s website at GasCityI69Speedway.com.

Race Results: Labor Day Weekend Classic, Gas City I-69 Speedway, Gas City, Indiana. September 4, 2020.

Modifieds

Modified Hot Laps Qualifying 1: 1. Josh Betts, 13.890; 2. Scott Orr, 14.112; 3. Terry Sroufe, 14.202; 4. Kevin Reeve, 14.321; 5. Chris Hicks, 14.352; 6. J.J. Butler, 14.834; 7. Mark Hotovy, 14.960.

Modified Hot Laps Qualifying 2: 1. Zeke McKenzie, 13.720; 3. J.R. Hotovy, 13.971; 3. Tony Anderson, 14.034; 4. Braxton Strait, 4.041; 5. John Halsey, 14.280; 6. Brad Hess, 14.384; 7. Jimmy Watters, 14.530; 8. Josh Hotsinpiller, 15.986.

Modified Hot Laps Qualifying 3: 1. Bub Roberts, 13.287; 2. Clayton Bryant, 13.552; 3. Dylan Woodling, 13.915; 4. Cole Sink, 13.998; 5. Andy Bishop, 14.135; 6. Darrin Mallery, 14.364; 7. Nick Richards, 15.072; 8. Todd Nelson, 15.753.

Modified Hot Laps Qualifying 4: 1. Derek Losh, 13.410; 2. Aaron Orr, 13.798; 3. Dillon Nusbaum, 14.058; 4. Todd Sherman, 14.212; 5. Bill Griffith, 14.294; 6. Terry Griliott, 14.694; 7. Doug McLachlan, 14.768; 8. Jimmy Hayden, 14.806.

Modified Heat 1 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Scott Orr, 2. Terry Sroufe, 3. Kevin Reeve, 4. Josh Betts, 5. Chris Hicks, 6. John Arvaro, 7. Mark Hotovy, 8. J.J. Butler.

Modified Heat 2 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Zeke McKenzie, 2. Tony Anderson, 3. J.R. Hotovy, 4. Braxton Strait, 5. Brad Hess, 6. John Halsey, 7. Jimmy Watters, 8. Josh Hotsinpiller.

Modified Heat 3 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Bub Roberts, 2. Dylan Woodling, 3. Andy Bishop, 4. Nick Richards, 5. Clayton Bryant, 6. Todd Nelson, 7. Cole Sink, 8. Darrin Mallery.

Modified Heat 4 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Derek Losh, 2. Dillon Nusbaum, 3. Todd Sherman, 4. Bill Griffith, 5. Aaron Orr, 6. Terry Griliott, 7. Jimmy Hayden, 8. Doug McLachlan.

Modified B-Main 1 (8 laps, 2 transferred): 1. Clayton Bryant, 2. Cole Sink, 3. John Arvago, 4. Chris Hicks, 5. Mark Hotovy, 6. J.J. Butler, 7. Todd Nelson, 8. Darrin Mallery.

Modified B-Main 2 (8 laps, 2 transferred): 1. Aaron Orr, 2. Terry Griliott, 3.  Jimmy Watters, 4. Jimmy Hayden, 5. Brad Hess, 6. Doug McLachlan, 7. Josh Hotsinpiller, 8. John Halsey.

Modified Feature (20 laps, with starting position in parentheses): 1. Derek Losh (3); 2. Dylan Woodling (8); 3. Tony Anderson (5); 4. Dillon Nusbaum (7); 5. Zeke McKenzie (4); 6. Todd Sherman (12); 7. Scott Orr (1); 8. Andy Bishop (11); 9. Josh Betts (13); 10. Clayton Bryant (17); 11. Terry Sroufe (6); 12. Kevin Reeve (9); 13. Bill Griffith (16); 14. Braxton Strait (14); 15. Aaron Orr (18); 16. Nick Richards (15); 17. J.R. Hotovy (10); 18. Terry Griliott (20); 19. Cole Sink (19); 20. Bub Roberts (2).

Margin of Victory: 1.383 seconds. Lap Leaders: Laps 1-20, Losh.

Non-Wing Sprints

Non-Wing Sprints Hot Laps Qualifying Session 1: 1. Shane Cockrum, 12.483; 2. Cody White, 12.535; 3. Matt McDonald, 12.619; 4. J.J. Hughes, 12.625; 5. Tyler Kendall, 12.652; 6. Max Adams, 12.686; 7. Brayden Clark, 12.840; 8. Aaron Davis, 12.843; 9. Ricky Lewis, NT.

Non-Wing Sprints Hot Laps Qualifying Session 2: 1. Dallas Hewitt, 12.093; 2. Matt Westfall, 12.116; 3. Adam Byrkett, 12.161; 4. Dustin Ingle, 12.165; 5. Cole Ketcham, 12.312; 6. Kyle Simon, 12.321; 7. Korbyn Hayslett, 12.388; 8. Garrett Abrams, 12.450; 9. Parker Frederickson, 12.986.

Non-Wing Sprints Hot Laps Qualifying Session 3: 1. Billy Cribbs, 12.158; 2. Evan Mosley, 12.280; 3. Anthony D’Alessio, 12.285; 4. Brian VanMeveren, 12.457; 5. Paul Dues, 12.504; 6. Zack Pretorius, 12.504; 7. Jack James, 12.830; 8. Tony Main, 12.885.

Non-Wing Sprint Heat 1 (8 laps, 5 transferred): 1. J.J. Hughes, 2. Max Adams, 3. Matt McDonald, 4. Shane Cockrum, 5. Cody White, 6. Brayden Clark, 7. Ricky Lewis, 8. Tyler Kendall, 9. Aaron Davis.

Non-Wing Sprint Heat 2 (8 laps, 5 transferred): 1. Kyle Simon, 2. Dustin Ingle, 3. Adam Byrkett, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Cole Ketcham, 6. Parker Frederickson, 7. Korbyn Hayslett, 8. Garrett Abrams, 9. Dallas Hewitt (DNS).

Non-Wing Sprint Heat 3 (8 laps, 5 transferred): 1. Anthony D’Alessio, 2. Zack Pretorius, 3. Evan Mosley, 4. Brian VanMeveren, 5. Paul Dues, 6. Tony Main, 7. Jack James, 8. Billy Cribbs.

Non-Wing Sprint B-Main (10 laps, 5 transferred): 1. Ricky Lewis, 2. Korbyn Hayslett, 3. Brayden Clark, 4. Tyler Kendall, 5. Aaron Davis, 6. Parker Frederickson, 7. Tony Main, 8. Jack James, 9. Garrett Abrams (DNS), 10. Billy Cribbs (DNS), 11. Dallas Hewitt (DNS).

Non-Wing Sprint Feature 1 (20 laps, with starting position in parentheses): 1. Max Adams (3); 2. Kyle Simon (1); 3. Matt Westfall (11); 4. Dustin Ingle (2); 5. Anthony D’Alessio (6); 6. Brayden Clark (18); 7. Cody White (13); 8. Paul Dues (15); 9. Korbyn Hayslett (17); 10. Cole Ketcham (14); 11. Adam Byrkett (8); 12. Shane Cockrum (10); 13. Tyler Kendall (19); 14. Aaron Davis (20); 15. Ricky Lewis (16); 16. Zack Pretorius (5); 17. J.J. Hughes (4); 18. Matt McDonald (7); 19. Evan Mosley (9); 20. Brian VanMeveren (12).

Margin of Victory: 0.091 seconds. Lap Leaders: Laps 1-23, Simon; laps 24-25, Adams.

Winged Outlaw 600cc Micro-Sprints

Winged Outlaw 600cc Micro-Sprint Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Kole Kirkman, 2. Darin Naida, 3. Febe Wolf, 4. Todd Kirkman, 5. Jakeb Boxell, 6. Ryan Ball, 7. Brandon Sweat (DNS), 8. Malachi Sweat (DNS).

Winged Outlaw 600cc Micro-Sprint Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Craig Ronk, 2. Connor Wolf, 3. Parker Leek, 4. Wes Pinkerton, 5. Jon Trudeau, 6. Kati Waggonor, 7. Noah Whitehouse.

Winged Outlaw 600cc Micro-Sprint Feature (15 laps, with starting position in parentheses): 1. Craig Ronk (2); 2. Kole Kirkman (1); 3. Todd Kirkman (7); 4. Darin Naida (3); 5. Connor Wolf (4); 6. Wes Pinkerton (8); 7. Jakeb Boxell (9); 8. Parker Leek (6); 9. Febe Wolf (5); 10. Jon Trudeau (10); 11. Noah Whitehouse (14); 12. Kati Waggoner (12); 13. Ryan Ball (11);14. Brandon Sweat (DNS); 15. Malachi Sweat (DNS).

Margin of Victory: 3.045 seconds. Lap Leaders: Lap 1, K. Kirkman; laps 2-15, Ronk.

Street Stocks

Street Stock Hot Laps: 1. Andy Bishop, 14.464; 2. Dave Fritz, 14.553; 3. Derek Losh, 14.841; 4. David Norman, 15.058; 5. Bill Bradley, 15.258; 6. D.J. Holt, 15.260; 7. Jeffery Jessup, 15.327; 8. Jordan Conover, 15.405; 9. Mark Wooten, 15.408; 10. James Headley, 15.424; 11. Justin Long, 15.466; 12. Glenn Bradley, 15.476; 13. Jason Fritz, 15.757; 14. Luke Timmerman, 15.836; 15. Larry Persinger, 15.884; 16. Jeremy Jones, 15.918; 17. Reece Harkinson, 16.000; 18. Cale Ramey, 18.564.

Street Stock Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Dave Fritz, 2. Mark Wooten, 3. Jordan Conover, 4. Reece Harkinson, 5. Jeffery Jessup, 6. Larry Persinger, 7. Cale Ramey, 8. Jason Fritz, 9. David Norman (DNS).

Street Stock Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Andy Bishop, 2. Derek Losh, 3. D.J. Holt, 4. Glenn Bradley, 5. Luke Timmerman, 6. Jeremy Jones, 7. James Headley, 8. Bill Bradley, 9. Justin Long.

Street Stock Feature (15 laps, with starting position in parentheses): 1. Andy Bishop (2); 2. Bill Bradley (16); 3. Dave Fritz (1); 4. Derek Losh (4); 5. Jeffery Jessup (9); 6. Glenn Bradley (8); 7. Mark Wooten (3); 8. Luke Timmerman (10); 9. Larry Persinger (11); 10. Justin Long (18); 11. Jeremy Jones (12); 12. Jason Fritz (15); 13. Cale Ramey (13); 14. D.J. Holt (6); 15. Reece Harkinson (7); 16. Jordan Conover (5); 17. James Headley (14); 18. David Norman (DNS).

Margin of Victory: 0.274 seconds. Lap Leaders: Laps 1-15, Bishop.

Hornets

Hornet Hot Laps: 1. James Headley Jr., 16.488; 2. Aaron Tatman, 17.114; 3. Brandon Lines, 17.233; 4. Mark Casto, 17.266; 5. Brady Hines, 17.410; 6. Charlie Teegarden, 17.518; 7. Kolton Sollars, 17.537; 8. Seth Trissel, 17.616; 9. Gage Allen, 17.771; 10. Joey Eastes, 17.971; 11. Gabe “Scrappy” Wilkins, 18.037; 12. Robbie Tuttle, 18.366; 13. Robbie White, 18.512; 14. Jesse Arenas, 18.773; 15. Billy Beard, 18.800; 16. Allison Butler, 19.335; 17. Stevan Owens, NT.

Hornet Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. James Headley Jr., 2. Charlie Teegarden, 3. Aaron Tatman, 4. Brandon Lines, 5. Joey Eastes, 6. Seth Trissel, 7. Robbie White, 8. Billy Beard, 9. Jesse Arenas, 10. Allison Butler.

Hornet Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. James Headley, 2. Kolton Sollars, 3. Gage Allen, 4. Mark Casto, 5. Brady Hines, 6. Gabe “Scrappy” Wilkins, 7. Eddie Tucker Jr., 8. Robbie Tuttle.

Hornet Feature (15 laps, with starting position in parentheses): 1. James Headley Jr. (1); 2. James Headley (2); 3. Gage Allen (6); 4. Kolton Sollars (4); 5. Mark Casto (8); 6. Aaron Tatman (5);  7. Charlie Teegarden (3); 8. Joey Eastes (9); 9. Billy Beard (17); 10. Brandon Lines (7); 11. Seth Trissel (11); 12. Allison Butler (13); 13. Robbie Tuttle (16); 14. Brady Hines (10); 15. Jesse Arenas (19); 16. Gabe “Scrappy” Wilkins (12); 17. Eddie Tucker (14); 18. Robbie White (DNS); 19. Steven Owens (DNS).

Margin of Victory: 0.507 seconds. Lap Leaders: Laps 1-2, Headley Jr.; laps 3-5, Headley; laps 6-15, Headley Jr.

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