Meseraull Wins Jerry Gappens Sr. Memorial Feature At Gas City

Thomas Meseraull with track promoter Jerry Gappens


[Special from Restart Communications]

Forty Sprint Car drivers signed in at Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday night to try to win the $2,000 top prize awarded to the winner of the second annual Jerry Gappens Sr. Memorial. At the end of 25 laps, however, the winner was the same driver who has won three other Sprint Car features at the Grant County quarter-mile clay track so far this year, Thomas Meseraull of Waveland, Indiana.

This time “T-Mez” started second in the race named in honor of the current promoter’s late father. He drove the Don Whitney Racing No. 00, which is a Hawk chassis sponsored by Ultracell and Physical Medicine Consultants. He led every lap, surviving three restarts and weaving through lapped traffic for a commanding victory over Robert Ballou of Tipton, Indiana, who drove his family’s #12 sponsored in part by Dickinson Farms, Lucas Oil Products and Abreu Vineyards.

“I’ve been racing open-wheel cars for 20 years; sometimes you have to wait your turn, but my turn is here!” the 38-year-old native Californian said jubilantly in victory lane.

Meseraull out-dragged polesitter Matt McDonald of Pittsboro, Indiana, into Turn 1 for the lead on the first lap. Kevin Thomas Jr., a native of Cullman, Alabama, who won here on June 5, started third and immediately jumped into second before the race was red-flagged with two laps down when Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Indiana, flipped hard between Turns 1 and 2. He climbed out under his own power and the track crew worked quickly to cover some spilled fuel.

Thomas spun in Turn 2 on the restart and was collected by A.J. Hopkins, who had nowhere to go, which prematurely ended the night of the drivers who were running second and fourth. Paul Dues of Minster, Ohio spun to miss them, but he was able to continue.

Thomas Meseraull in action.

That put McDonald in second, but Ballou got around him working lap five and chased Meseraull the rest of the way. Ballou got especially close using the low side in Turn 2 working lap 11 after a restart following Scotty Weir’s spin in Turn 3, but he couldn’t make a pass stick. One lap later Brady Bacon got around Matt Westfall of Pleasant Hill, Ohio for third. Ballou and Bacon had a heated battle for second on laps 16 and 17 and again on laps 23 and 24, but Ballou held Bacon’s Longworth Equipment Special off. Westfall had a strong run to finish fourth, while Jarett Andretti of Indianapolis came out on top of a torrid multi-car battle for fifth. The latter started 15th in the 21-car field.

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Race Results:

Sprint Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Tyler Hewitt, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Cody White, 4. Brian Karraker, 5. Steve Little, 6. Evan Mosley, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Brayden Clark.

Sprint Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. A.J. Hopkins, 3. Matt Goodnight, 4. Anthony D’Alessio, 5. Koby Barksdale, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Zane Hendricks, 8. Brain VanMeveren (DNS).

Sprint Heat 3 (8 laps): 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Dustin Ingle, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Luke Hall, 5. Shane Cockrum, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Adam Byrkett, 8. Austin Nigh.

Sprint Heat 4 (8 laps): 1. Matt McDonald, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Paul Dues, 4. Mike Miller, 5. Brady Ottinger, 6. Cole Ketcham, 7. Korbyn Hayslett, 8. Tyler Kendall.

Sprint Heat 5 (8 laps): 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Jarett Andretti, 4. Gary Rooke, 5. Isaac Chapple, 6. Max Adams, 7. Corey Smith, 7. Tim Creech.

Sprint First B Main (10 laps): 1. Luke Hall, 2. Max Adams, 3. Koby Barksdale, 4. Gary Rooke, 5. Clinton Boyles, 6. Brian Karraker, 7. Evan Mosley, 8. Korbyn Hayslett, 9. Zane Hendricks, 10. Tim Creech, 11. Austin Nigh, 12. Brayden Clark, 13. Brady Ottinger.

Sprint Second B Main (10 laps): 1. Isaac Chapple, 2. Shane Cockrum, 3. Mike Miller, 4. Anthony D’Alessio, 5. Dallas Hewitt, 6. Cole Ketcham, 7. Brayden Fox, 8. Corey Smith, 9. Adam Byrkett, 10. Steve Little, 11. Tyler Kendall, 12. Brian VanMeveren (DNS).

Jerry Gappens Sr. Sprint Feature (25 laps): 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Tyler Hewitt, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Matt Goodnight, 10. Paul Dues, 11. Luke Hall, 12. Max Adams, 13. Shane Cockrum, 14. Dustin Ingle, 15. Koby Barksdale, 16. Matt McDonald, 17. Cody White, 18. Mike Miller, 19. A.J. Hopkins, 20. Kevin Thomas Jr., 21. Isaac Chapple.

UMP Modified Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Derek Losh, 2. Todd Sherman, 3. Bill Griffith, 4. Weasel Phlipot, 5. Andy Sherly, 6. Clayton Bryant, 7. Jerry Bland Jr., 8. Joshua Hotsinpiller, 9. Tim McCafferty.

UMP Modified Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Ryan Sutter, 2. Andy Bishop, 3. Josh Betts, 4. Aaron Orr, 5. Tony Anderson, 6. Garrett Rons, 7. Jessica Sroufe, 8. Luke Timmerman.

UMP Modified Heat 3 (8 laps): 1. Josh Morton, 2. Scott Orr, 3. Shane O’Connor, 4. Bub Roberts, 5. Dillon Nusbaum, 6. Michael Tarlton, 7. Nick Rosselit, 8. Daniel Russell.

UMP Modified B Main (10 laps): 1. Michael Tarlton, 2. Clayton Bryant, 3. Garrett Rons, 4. Joshua Hotsinpiller, 5. Nick Rosselit, 6. Jerry Bland Jr., 7. Luke Timmerman, 8. Jessica Sroufe, 9. Tim McCafferty, 10. Daniel Russell (DNS).

UMP Modified Feature (20 laps): 1.Derek Losh, 2. Scott Orr, 3. Josh Morton, 4. Todd Sherman, 5. Weasel Phlipot, 6. Ryan Sutter, 7. Bub Roberts, 8. Bill Griffith, 9. Shane O’Connor, 10. Michael Tarlton, 11. Aaron Orr, 12. Tony Anderson, 13. Dillon Nusbaum, 14. Andy Sherly, 15. Garrett Rons, 16. Clayton Bryant, 17. Nick Rosselit, 18. Joshua Hotsinpiller, 19. Josh Betts, 20. Andy Bishop.

Street Stock Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. David Short, 2. Mike Fincher, 3. Chris Tippet, 4. J.J. Nordman, 5. James Watters, 6. Larry Persinger, 7. D.J. Holt, 8. Ervin Turner.

Street Stock Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Andy Bishop, 2. Tim Wilbur, 3. Travis Wolford, 4. Ron Flaugh, 5. Mason Bevard, 6. Greg Marlow, 7. Jason Fritz.

Street Stock Feature (15 laps): 1. David Short, 2. Andy Bishop, 3. Tim Wilbur, 4. Chris Tippet, 5. Mike Fincher, 6. Travis Wolford, 7. James Watters, 8. Jason Fritz, 9. Ron Flaugh, 10. Greg Marlow, 11. D.J. Holt, 12. Larry Persinger, 13. J.J. Nordman, 14. Ervin Turner, 15. Mason Bevard.

Hornet Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Alyssa Clark, 2. Jacob Beard, 3. Dustin Franks, 4. Brad Evans, 5. Aaron Dennis, 6. Joey Eastes.

Hornet Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Stevie Clark, 2. Randy Brommer, 3. Kolton Sollars, 4. Robbie White, 5. Jason Spencer, 6. James Headley Jr., 7. Gage Allen.

Hornet Feature (15 laps): 1. James Headley Jr., 2. Gage Allen, 3. Randy Brommer, 4. Alyssa Clark, 5. Stevie Clark, 6. Jacob Beard, 7. Dustin Franks, 8. Joey Eastes, 9. Robbie White, 10. Brad Evans, 11. Kolton Sollars, 12. Jason Spencer, 13. Aaron Dennis (DNS).

AMSA Mini-Sprints Heat 1 (6 laps): 1. Austin Powell, 2. Brandon Watson, 3. Ryan Barr, 4. Alex Cogley, 5. Chris Miller, 6. Matt Freeman, 7. Eddie Mehl, 8. James Moore, 9. Cory Douhan (DNS).

AMSA Mini-Sprints Heat 2 (6 laps): Anthony Haas, 2. Jac Nickles, 3. Ryan Moran, 4. Howard McCormick, 5. Bill Dunham, 6. Jerry Inbody, 7. Chuck Wright, 8. Adam Schmenk, 9. Matt Cogley.

AMSA Mini-Sprints Feature (15 laps): Jac Nickles, 2. Ryan Barr, 3. Austin Powell, 4. Anthony Haas, 5. Brandon Watson, 6. Howard McCormick, 7. Adam Schmenk, 8. Bill Dunham, 9. Chris Miller, 10. Alex Cogley, 11. Jerry Inbody, 12. Eddie Mehl, 13. Matt Cogley, 14. Chuck Wright, 15. Ryan Moran, 16. Matt Freeman, 17. James Moore (DNS), 18. Cory Douhan (DNS).

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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