Kevin Thomas Jr., Wins James Dean Classic At Gas City I-69 Speedway

Photos by Jim DenHamer.

USAC Sprint Car National point leader Kevin Thomas Jr., wins the inaugural “James Dean Classic” at Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday night. Thomas chased down Issac Chapple, who had started on the outside front row and led for the first 25 laps.

A large crowd watched the fast paced race with Thomas battling to the front, CJ Leary making a late race pass for second, Chapple holding off the rest of the field to make the podium. Chris Windom and Chase Stockon rounded out the top five.

The James Dean contest winners.

Pass for the lead: Issac Chapple (52) and Kevin Thomas Jr., (69).

Dave Darland (36) and Tyler Thomas (2).

Tyler Countney (7) and Carson Short (5).

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 28, 2018.  Gas City I-69 Speedway, Gas City, Indiana. “James Dean Classic”

Qualifying: 1. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.988; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.016; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.078; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.144; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.242; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.251; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.263; 8. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-12.272; 9. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-12.293; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Meseraull-12.297; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.302; 12. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.327; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.346; 14. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.347; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-12.382; 16. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-12.422; 17. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.427; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-12.442; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-12.453; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.493; 21. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-12.495; 22. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-12.553; 23. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.603; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-12.603; 25. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-12.731; 26. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-12.748; 27. Billy Cribbs, 16, Cribbs-12.782; 28. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-12.900; 29. Luke Harbison, 40, Harbison-13.261; 30. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-13.312; 31. Jack James, 99J, James-13.353; 32. Bob McMillin, 5m, McMillin-13.358; 33. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT.

First Heat (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature): 1. Courtney, 2. Boyles, 3. Windom, 4. Cottle, 5. Grant, 6. Westfall, 7. T. Hewitt, 8. Harbison. 2:03.21

Second Heat (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature): 1. Chapple, 2. D. Hewitt, 3. Bacon, 4. Leary, 5. Hery, 6. Meseraull, 7. Rodgers, 8. VanMeveren. NT

Third Heat (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature): 1. Cummins, 2. K. Thomas, 3. McDougal, 4. DiMattia, 5. Goodnight, 6. Hodges, 7. Cribbs, 8. James. 2:03.79

Fourth Heat (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature): 1. Ingle, 2. Darland, 3. Short, 4. Stockon, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Cockrum, 7. Abrams, 8. McMillin. 2:05.02

Chris Windom (5) and CJ Leary (30).

Carson Short (5), Tyler Hewitt (97), and Brady Bacon (99).

Matt Westfall (33) and Kyle Cummins (3).

Kyle Cummins (3) and Carson Short (5).

Carson Short (5), Tyler Courtney (7), and Kyle Cummins (3).

Tony Dimattia (50), Dustin Engle (2), and Tyler Hewitt (97).

Chase Stockton (32), Chris Windom (5), and Tyler Thomas (2).

Semi (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature): 1. Grant, 2. Hodges, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Westfall, 5. Meseraull, 6. T. Hewitt, 7. Abrams, 8. Cockrum, 9. Cribbs, 10. Hery, 11. Rodgers, 12. Harbison, 13. McMillin, 14. James, 15. VanMeveren, 16. Goodnight. 2:30.38

Feature (30 laps – starting positions in parentheses): 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Isaac Chapple (2), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. Dave Darland (12), 7. Kyle Cummins (18), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Tyler Thomas (8), 10. Clinton Boyles (20), 11. Shane Cottle (9), 12. Matt Westfall (13), 13. Brady Bacon (14), 14. Carson Short (16), 15. Tyler Hewitt (22), 16. Tony DiMattia (15), 17. Tyler Courtney (17), 18. Jason McDougal (1), 19. Josh Hodges (11), 20. Dallas Hewitt (21), 21. Dustin Ingle (19), 22. Thomas Meseraull (10). 

**D. Hewitt flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Chapple, Laps 26-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (18th to 7th)

Top 3: Issac Chapple, Kevin Thomas Jr., and CJ Leary.

Winner Kevin Thomas Jr.

About the author

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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