Columbus driver shines at Twin Cities


Randy Petro of Columbus charged to victory on Aug. 27 at Twin Cities Raceway Park in Vernon, winning for the seventh time in his career the Mark Clark Memorial Race.

The event is one of the biggest and most prestigious races for Super Stock racers in the area and it paid $1,200 to win. Jeff Wilson of Butlerville finished second. Tony Arthur came home third, with Bryson Clark of North Vernon finishing fourth. Joey Cochran completed the top five.

Petro’s Fly-By-U Chassis Camaro is sponsored by Reasonable Construction, Jimmie’s Motor Machine, Williams Graphics, DASCO Racing Supply, Dunn Farms, Tyree’s Trim Shop, B&M Salvage, Columbus Collision and Russell Hubbard Racing.

Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois, won an exciting 410 Sprint Car feature event over A.J. Hopkins of Brownsburg. Jeff Bland Jr. of Bedford was third, followed by Michael Koontz of Bloomington and Dickie Gaines from Mitchell.

Andrew Roark captured the Hornet division main event. Chad Taylor was second, followed by Hunter Perry, Mark Walters and Travis Ritchie.

Twin Cities will host two nights of racing this weekend. Tonight will be the Crate Late Models, Super Stocks and Hornets on the race program. Sunday night will be the Ted Collins Memorial for Super Late Models. Also racing Sunday will be Modifieds, TQ’s, Pure Stocks and Hornets. For more information, visit

Big Star car does it again

Dakota Jackson of Elizabethtown won the RaceSaver Sprint Car feature Aug. 26 at Bloomington Speedway. He led three Bloomington drivers across the finish line. Luke Bland was second, followed by Ethan Barrow and Ethan Fleetwood. Ryan Tusing of Santa Claus was fifth.For Jackson, it was his fifth overall win this year and fourth at Bloomington. His car is sponsored by Big Star Stables.

Tyler Cain of Seymour won his first career Indiana Late Model Series main event. Cain, in his first full-year of Late Model racing after moving up from the Super Stock division, won over Justin Shaw of Whiteland, Marty O’Neal of Spencer, Matt Patus of Memphis and Matt Bex of Avoca.

Jacoby Hines of Nineveh clinched the Modified Championship at Bloomington by taking top honors in its feature race. Josh Harris of Utica, Kentucky, was second. Collin Thirlby of Traverse City, Michigan; Bradley Sterrett of Bloomington and Jeff Deckard of Ellettsville completed the top five.

Josh Boller of Greencastle was victorious in the Super Stock feature. Jamey Wilson of Seymour came home in second, with Greg Garrison of Bloomington placing third. Jim Pfeiffer of Vallonia was fourth, and Levi Ray Godsey of Bedford rounded out the top five.

Bloomington Speedway will conduct its final race of the 2016 season Sept. 16. On the race card that night will be 410 Non-Wing Sprints, RaceSaver Sprints, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Hornets. For more info, visit

All-Stars at Brownstown

Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars made their first appearance at Brownstown Speedway since 1999. The evening started off with a bang as veteran driver Dave Blaney of Hartford, Ohio lowered the Winged Sprint Car track record to 11.318 seconds.Danny Holtgraver of Pittsburgh won the $5,000-to-win event over Blaney; Randy Hannagan of San Jose, California; Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, Ohio; and Cap Henry of Bellevue, Ohio.

Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville remains the driver to beat in the Indiana Pro Late Model division. The 16-year-old racked up another victory in the class. Justin Shaw of Whiteland was second, with Marty O’Neal of Spencer placing third. Completing the top five were Austin Burns of Morgantown and Matt Bex of Avoca.

Also at Brownstown, Victor Lee of Danville, Kentucky, won the Modified main event. Josh Harris of Utica, Kentucky, crossed the finish line in second, followed by Matt Boknecht of Seymour, John Clippinger of Evansville and Justin Hammond of Freetown.

Tonight at Brownstown will be the re-scheduled Hall of Fame Classic, featuring the Super Late Models, Indiana Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Pure Stocks. For more info, visit

Tennessee driver wins

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship points leader Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennessee, won the Whiskey City 60 on Aug. 27 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. It was Bloomquist’s’ 12th series win of 2016.Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida was second, followed by Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Illinois. Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Dennis Erb Jr, of Carpentersville, Illinois, rounded out the top five drivers in the $12,000-to-win race.

Joey Kramer of Hanover won the Modified feature at Lawrenceburg. It was Kramer’s fifth win of the year at the track and the 39th of his career at the Dearborn County facility. Kyle Herbert of Greensburg finished second followed by Matt Hamilton of Aurora, Shawn Brown and David Spille.

Lawrenceburg Speedway will be back in action tonight with the rescheduled Dick Gaines Memorial for Sprint Cars. Also racing will be Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets. For more information, visit

Big money

Chad Boespflug of Plainfield scored the biggest win of his career on Aug. 21 at Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota.Boespflug won the $50,000 first-place prize money on the final night of the two-night USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car “Special Events,” completing the weekend sweep for the native of Hanford, California. He also captured the $10,000-to-win event the night before on Aug. 20.

Chad is the son of Todd and Monica Boespflug of Seymour. His grandparents, Bob and Phyllis Gatten, live in Columbus.

Chad Boespflug is currently sixth in the USAC National Sprint Car points standings.

Smackdown winner

Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Alabama, won two of the three Kokomo Speedway’s Smackdown V that were ran last week. On Aug. 25, Thomas outran Chris Windom and Dave Darland for the win. Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown was fourth, and Justin Grant claimed fifth place.On Aug. 26 C.J. Leary of Greenfield took the top honors in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car feature, winning over Thomas Meseraull, Tyler Courtney, Shane Cottle and Chad Boespflug.

Then on Aug. 27, it was Thomas again on top of the podium, taking his second win of the week. Boespflug came home in second, followed Windom, Darland and Kyle Cummins.

James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The Republic, a sister paper of The Tribune. Send comments to [email protected].

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