Woman makes history by winning event at Brownstown Speedway

BROWNSTOWN

Aubrey Eagan is no stranger to Brownstown Speedway.

Over the past few seasons, she has logged several hundred laps around the quarter-mile racing circuit, nipping at the heels of victory on numerous occasions in the always competitive Super Stock division.

The 22-year-old added her name to the famed list of victors Saturday night, becoming the first woman to win a Super Stock race at the speedway.

“I am speechless. That was awesome,” Eagan said in victory lane.

The Bedford woman battled alongside current Woolston Automotive Super Stock points leader Jason Hehman for the first few paces as the duo swapped the lead back and forth with each other.

On the eighth lap, Eagan was able to nose ahead of Hehman at the start-finish line.

A caution flag secured her spot for the restart.

Hehman pressured for the next few laps, but Eagan was able to stretch her lead each lap and cruise to a near straightaway length advantage by the time the checkered flag flew.

“Hehman has always been a clean driver, so I was glad we could race there really hard for those laps,” said Eagan, who collected the $1,000 payday.

Eagan broke Mike Fields’ recent win streak in the division.

Fields suffered mechanical failure early in the night and was unable to start the feature event.

“Honestly, I wish I would have gotten to race Mike Fields tonight. He’s the guy to beat over here,” Eagan said.

Hehman would finish second with Tim Eddleman, Colton Sullivan and Josh Divine rounding out the top-five finishers.

Hehman currently leads the points standings over Colton Sullivan, Eagan, J.T. Huffman and Jack Frye.

Eagen is the second woman to win a race at Brownstown Speedway. April Ditton won the Pure Stock feature during the 16th annual icebreaker in 2013.

Marty O’Neal picked up his fourth win of the season at Brownstown in the Print Worx Indiana Pro Late Model Series feature event.

O’Neal has five victories with the series this season and 11 total victories to his credit in 2018. He cruised to victory over Seymour’s Jeremy Hines, Tyler Neal, Tyler Cain and Skyller Lewis of Brownstown.

O’Neal, Hines and Neal were all heat race winners. Brownstown’s Ryan Thomas picked up his third win of the season at Brownstown in the A&K Excavating Modified division.

Thomas, Matt Boknecht and Jeremy Owens battled door to door for the duration of the 20-lap main event, swapping the lead on multiple occasions.

Thomas edged Boknecht at the line with Owens closely behind.

“I always love racing with Matt (Boknecht). You never have to worry about him racing you dirty. Plus, he’s in one of our Diamond cars, but we are glad to come out on top,” Thomas said. “I knew it was a little bit rough on the bottom, which was understandable with all of the bad weather. I could get a ton of bite, but it was really hard to hit my marks every time, but I knew if I could, we could beat him.”

Tim Rivers and Boknecht both won their respective heat race events.

Rick Gumm picked up his fourth straight feature event win in the Pewter Hall Pure Stock division.

Jeremy Huebner, Troy Clark, Mickey Hines and Zachary Stalker completed the top-five finishers. Gumm, Hines and Huebner all won their heat races.

Bill Grant, the current points leader in the Hornet division, won his feature event over John Mayer Jr., Greg Garrison, Cody Perry and Seymour’s Donnie Modesty.

Brownstown Speedway will be off this weekend, resuming action Sept. 1 with the 34th annual Hoosier Dirt Classic event for the EZ Lift Super Late Models. Modifieds, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets are on the undercard.