Cottle Steals Sprint Victory from Meseraull At Gas City

Shane Cottle takes the lead from Thomas Meseraull. Photos courtesy of Restart Communications.

 

[Special from Restart Communications]

Thomas Meseraull will have to wait for another chance to post his fifth 25-lap non-wing sprint car feature victory of the 2019 season at Gas City I-69 Speedway, as Shane Cottle of Kansas, Illinois, used a last-lap shoot-out to defeat the Waveland, Indiana-based driver by just 0.008 of a second Friday night.

Derek Losh of Rensselaer, Indiana, recorded his fourth 20-lap UMP modified feature victory at the quarter-mile clay oval during the “Summer Thunder” show. The 15-lap hornet feature was a Headley family romp, with James Headley of Marion, Indiana, defeating his 15-year-old son, James Headley Jr. of Wabash, Indiana. Tim Wilber of Coldwater, Michigan, nabbed his first 15-lap Gas City street stock feature victory, and Mike Landis of Logansport, Indiana, was the winner of the 15-lap A-class winged micro-sprint feature.

Meseraull started second in the 20-car sprint feature and charged to the outside around polesitter Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio in Turn 4 to take the lead on the second lap. Cottle, who started eighth in Jamie and Michelle Paul’s DRC with a Foxco-prepped engine, took second from Miller on lap five after a restart when Cole Ketcham of Muncie, Indiana, was turned the wrong way between Turns 3 and 4 with four laps down. Defending track champion Clinton Boyles of Brownsburg, Indiana, got around Miller on the next lap, and Meseraull, Cottle, Boyles and Miller ran in that order until the pace slowed again with 14 laps down when Dallas Hewitt of Troy, Ohio spun on the frontstretch.

Boyles and Cottle battled fiercely for second following that restart. Boyles got around Cottle on lap 20 before Cottle passed him back two laps later. Ketcham spun low in Turn 2 with 24 laps down to bring out another yellow and set up a one-lap shoot-out to the checkered flag.  Cottle made the winning move by dipping under Meseraull in Turn 3 on the final lap, and they crossed the finish line only inches apart. Boyles finished third, while Jarett Andretti of Indianapolis, fought hard throughout the race and finished fourth. Miller hung on for fifth.

The winning car is garaged in Eaton, Ohio and is sponsored by a donkey farm, High ASSpirations Farms of Eaton; Rumpke of Cincinnati, Ohio and Hawkins Speed Shop of Richmond, Indiana.

Tony Main of Farmland, Indiana, flipped in Turn 1 working lap one of the sprint B main but got out of his car under his own power.

Losh started third in the modified feature, wrestled the lead away from polesitter Jimmie Haager on lap four, was lapping cars by lap eight, and had a straightaway lead when he took the checkered on lap 20. While he made it look easy, there was a heated four-car battle for second for most of the race. Scott Orr of Columbia City, Indiana, passed Haager on the white-flag lap to nail down the runner-up honors, and Aaron Orr got around Haager on the last lap for third. Haager finished fourth followed by the defending track champion, Dillon Nusbaum of Warsaw, Indiana.

James Headley Jr. started on the pole of the 15-lap hornet feature with his father right behind him in third place. The senior Headley vaulted into second on the first lap by passing another car he built driven by Kolton Sollars of LaFontaine, Ind. Headley Jr. tried to use the outside line to keep his dad at bay, and his father gave him a few love taps in the rear before he dipped under him on the backstretch for the lead working lap eight. Headley went on to post his second hornet feature victory of the year with his son second, Sollars third, Ryan Piker fourth and Alyssa Clark fifth. The Headleys’ cars are sponsored by Dudding’s Heating and Cooling, Garriott Electric, Edwards Automotive and TJR Trucking.

Andy Bishop of Gas City, started second in the 15-lap street stock feature and led the first 13 laps before Ron Flaugh of Converse, Indiana, stopped between Turns 3 and 4 to bring out a caution. Bishop went to the pits with mechanical difficulties under that yellow, giving the lead to polesitter Joey Spiewak of Merrillville, Indiana, second to Wilber and third to Chris Tippit of DeMotte, Indiana. The latter peeled off to the pits under the same yellow, however, giving third to Mike Fincher of Rochester, Indiana.

Wilber passed Spiewak on the restart working lap 14 and went on to win with his No. 0 sponsored by Nichols Accounting and Fast Lane Auto Sales. Spiewak, Fincher, Michigan’s Matt Carlisle and Cale Ramey of Muncie, Indiana, rounded out the top five.

Landis led all 15 laps of the micro-sprint feature. Dain Naida of Adrian, Michigan, hounded him for the first 10 laps but then got out of shape in Turn 2 to give Landis some breathing room. Naida finished second followed by Dawson Phillips, Jon Robbins of San Pierre, Indiana, and Corbin Gurley.

The “Battle of the Sexes” spectator races went to the boys, as Chris Hall of Marion, Indiana, defeated Brittany Edwards, also of Marion. Apparently traction was more important than weight, as both drove trucks. Hall earned $100, a season pass to the track, and a trophy.

Fans can see the 2019 schedule and get additional information on the track’s website at GasCityI69Speedway.com. The speedway is located west of exit 259 off Interstate 69 in Gas City.

Race Results:

Non-Wing Sprint Group 1 Qualifying: 1. Garrett Abrams, 13.015; 2. Cole Ketcham, 13.275; 3. J.J. Hughes, 13.367; 4. Paul Dues, 13.417; 5. Dave Darland, 13.516; 6. Brayden Clark, 13.558; 7. Cody White, 13.748; 8. Tony Main, 14.478; 9. Cooper Clouse, 14.942.

Non-Wing Sprint Group 2 Qualifying: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 12.625; 2. Shane Cottle,12.886; 3. Tyler Hewitt, 13.015; 4. Scott Hampton, 13.071; 5. Dallas Hewitt, 13.192; 6. Brian Karraker, 13.203; 7. Lee Underwood, 13.221; 8. Travis Hery, 13.346; 9. Anthony D’Alessio, 13.559.

Non-Wing Sprint Group 3 Qualifying: 1. Jarett Andretti, 12.620; 2. Tim Creech, 12.626; 3. Clinton Boyles, 12.930; 4. Mike Miller, 13.029; 5. Evan Mosley, 13.269; 6. Connor Leffler, 13.289; 7. Adam Byrkett, 13.317; 8. Sterling Cling, 13.459; 9. Adam Wilfong, 13.601.

Non-Wing Sprint Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Garrett Abrams, 2. Dave Darland, 3. J.J. Hughes, 4. Cole Ketcham, 5. Paul Dues, 6. Brayden Clark, 7. Tony Main, 8. Cody White, 9. Cooper Clouse.

Non-Wing Sprint Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Tyler Hewitt, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Scott Hampton, 6. Travis Hery, 7. Lee Underwood, 8. Brian Karraker, 9. Anthony D’Alessio.

Non-Wing Sprint Heat 3 (8 laps): 1. Mike Miller, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Jarett Andretti, 4. Tim Creech, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Evan Mosley, 7. Adam Byrkett, 8. Adam Wilfong, 9. Connor Leffler (DNS).

Non-Wing Sprint B Main (10 laps): 1. Travis Hery, 2. Evan Mosley, 3. Brayden Clark, 4. Brian Karraker, 5. Adam Byrkett, 6. Lee Underwood, 7. Cody White, 8. Anthony D’Alessio, 9. Cooper Clouse, 10. Connor Leffler, 11. Adam Wilfong, 12. Tony Main.

Non-Wing Sprint Feature (25 laps): 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Clinton Boyles, 4. Jarett Andretti, 5. Mike Miller, 6. J.J. Hughes, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Travis Hery, 9. Tyler Hewitt, 10. Sterling Cling, 11. Garrett Abrams, 12. Scott Hampton, 13. Evan Mosley, 14. Paul Dues, 15. Brian Karraker, 16. Adam Byrkett, 17. Tim Creech, 18. Brayden Clark, 19. Cole Ketcham, 20. Dallas Hewitt.

UMP Modified Group 1 Qualifying: 1. Derek Losh, 13.705; 2. Scott Orr, 14.838; 3. Jimmie Haager, 14.886; 4. Garett Rons, 15.097; 5. Jessica Sroufe, 15.206; 6. Brandon McComas, 15.497; 7. Bub Roberts, 15.581.

UMP Modified Group 2 Qualifying: 1. Andy Bishop, 14.376; 2. Bill Griffith, 14.532; 3. Dillon Nusbaum, 14.613; 4. Aaron Orr, 14.984; 5. Jason Jones, 15.072; 6. Josh Betts, 15.141.

UMP Modified Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Derek Losh, 2. Garrett Rons, 3. Jimmie Haager, 4. Jessica Sroufe, 5. Scott Orr, 6. Bub Roberts, 7. Brandon McComas.

UMP Modified Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Aaron Orr, 2. Dillon Nusbaum, 3. Jason Jones, 4. Josh Betts, 5. Andy Bishop, 6. Bill Friggith.

UMP Modified Feature (20 laps): 1. Derek Losh, 2. Scott Orr, 3. Aaron Orr, 4. Jimmie Haager, 5. Dillon Nusbaum, 6. Andy Bishop, 7. Jessica Sroufe, 8. Bub Roberts, 9. Josh Betts, 10. Garrett Rons, 11. Jason Jones, 12. Bill Griffith (DNS), 13. Brandon McComas (DNS).

Street Stock Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Joey Spiewak, 2. Chris Tippit, 3. Mike Fincher, 4. Matt Carlisle, 5. Larry Persinger.

Street Stock Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Andy Bishop, 2. Tim Wilber, 3. Ron Flaugh, 4. Ervin Turner, 5. Cale Ramey.

Street Stock Feature (15 laps): 1. Tim Wilber, 2. Joey Spiewak, 3. Mike Fincher, 4. Matt Carlisle, 5. Cale Ramey, 6. Ron Flaugh, 7. Chris Tippit, 8. Andy Bishop, 9. Larry Persinger, 10. Ervin Turner.

Hornet Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. James Headley Jr., 2. Donnie Huddleston, 3. Randy Brommer, 4. Charlie Teegarden, 5. Robbie White, 6. Josh Gamblin*, 7. Austin Scott*.

Hornet Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Kolton Sollars, 2. Ryan Piker, 3. Alyssa Clark, 4. Stevie Clark, 5. Mike Paxson, 6. Jesse Arenas, 7. Jacob Beard.

Hornet Heat 3 (8 laps): 1. James Headley, 2. Sam Landis, 3. Dustin Franks, 4. Brad Evans, 5. Joey Eastes, 6. Austin McCord, 7. Brian Isley*.

Hornet Feature (15 laps): 1. James Headley, 2. James Headley Jr., 3. Kolton Sollars, 4. Ryan Piker, 5. Alyssa Clark, 6. Brian Isley, 7. Randy Brommer, 8. Brad Evans, 9. Austin Scott, 10. Stevie Clark, 11. Donnie Huddleston, 12. Austin McCord, 13. Sam Landis, 14. Jesse Arenas, 15. Dustin Franks, 16. Robbie White, 17. Josh Gamblin, 18. Randy Brommer, 19. Mike Paxson (DNS), 20. Charlie Teegarden (DNS), 21. Joey Eastes (DNS).

A-Class Winged Micro-Sprint Heat (8 laps): 1. Mike Landis, 2. Dain Naida, 3. Dawson Phillips, 4. Jon Robbins, 5. Corbin Gurley.

A-Class Winged Micro Sprint Feature (15 laps): 1. Mike Landis, 2. Dain Naida, 3. Dawson Phillips, 4. Jon Robbins, 5. Corbin Gurley.

 * Failed tire tech.

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Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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