Smith multiple winner at Tony Stewart Speedway


By James Essex

Devin Smith of Columbus picked up two big wins Aug. 28 at Tony Stewart Speedway.

The Columbus Speedway Go-Karts held their Burris Midwest Classic featuring 10 divisions of racing.

The events scheduled for Aug. 27 were rained out, but a large field of entrants was on hand the next night. Smith scored wins in the pred division and the clone 340 class as he was the only driver to take two wins last weekend at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds track.

Smith’s sponsors include New Point Lighting and Design, Jim Beeman Lumber, Wilson Timber Consulting, Tool Dynamics and Diamond Auto Center.

Other winners during the event were Dave Luckey (mod lites), Roman Gephart (clone 420), Maverick Harris (rookies), Jacob Chadd (junior 2), Derek Franks (rwyb), Conner Smith (junior 1), Elijah Knoke (junior 3) and Chris Buchanan (clone 380).

Brownstown results

The Hornet division ran its Heroes Hornets Special event at Brownstown Speedway on Aug. 28 with $1,000 going to the winner. Shawn Durbin of Salem picked a good night to get his first win of the year at Brownstown and take home the biggest Hornet payday of the year.

He was followed at the finish by Greg Garrison, Jacob Owens, Tony Napier Jr., Buzzy Jurek, Brian Mitchell, Blake Durbin, Kaleb Caudill, Michael Brewer and Andrew Deavers.

Steve Peeden of Paragon recorded his third Brownstown win and fifth overall P3 Graphix ILMS Pro Late Model win for 2021. Jeremy Hines, Raymond Humphrey, Tyler Neal and Justin Bowling trailed Peeden at the checkers.

Matt Boknecht of Seymour got his third win of the year in Pewter Hall Super Stocks. He took the win ahead of Tucker Chastain, Mike Fields, J.T. Huffman and Troy Knorr.

In All in 1 Pools Pure Stocks, Dusten Carr of Underwood visited victory lane for the seventh time this year. Keaton Streeval, Dalton Fleenor, Conner Mertens and Donnie Wilson rounded out the top five.

The Crown Vic division produced a first-time Brownstown winner as Brandon Cranmer of Jeffersonville added his name to the list of Cranmers who have Crown Vic victories. Aaron Seay, Michael Cranmer, Trevor Cranmer and Phillip Boudreaux completed the top five.

Tonight, Brownstown will host Fan Appreciation Night with a full card of pro late models, modifieds, super stocks, pure stocks and hornets. For information, visit

Hamilton wins Lawrenceburg

Matt Hamilton won the open wheel modified feature Aug. 28 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Trailing Hamilton across the finish line were David Spille, Jeffrey Jessup, Zack Bolton and Gage Clark.

Ryan Piaciocco won the hornet special over Kevin McCoy, Doug Yust, Landen Ramirez and Bobbo Smith.

Tonight, Lawrenceburg will host a regular racing program of sprints, modifieds, hornets and pure stocks. For information, visit

This week in racing history

From Labor Day weekend 70 years ago in 1951 at Columbus Speedway, Crowbar Taylor won the Sunday afternoon race over Dave Despain and Wayne Ford. The Monday afternoon race was won by Charles Beatty over Gene Minor and Freddy Wilbur.

From 50 years ago tonight in 1971 at Brownstown, Kenny Simpson won the late model feature over Jim Curry, Ira Bastin, Russ Petro and Dennis Boknecht.

From 1971 at Bloomington Speedway, Bob Kinser won the sprint car feature over Sheldon Kinser, Mike Waltz, Rex Mitchell and Calvin Gilstrap. C.W. Covey won the stock car feature over Slim Simpson.

Also, from 50 years ago, the Columbus Go-Kart Club winners were David Murray, Larry Smith, Bruce Cunningham, Bill Ault, Bruce Nolting and Frank Hoban.

From 50 years ago tonight at Twin Cities, Tommy Day won the feature race.

Also, from 1971 at Haubstadt, Dick Gaines won the sprint car feature over Cliff Cockrum and Jim Hirsch. Don Hobbs won the late model feature over Jack Owens and Bob Fleetwood.

From 50 years ago at Paragon, Allen Barr won the sprint car feature over Rex Mitchell and Larry Miller.

From 40 years ago in 1981 at Brownstown, Ray Godsey won the late model feature over Junior Pace, Gerald Dixon, Roger Absher and Don Hobbs. Roger Sullivan won the modified street stock feature over Russ Smiley, Larry Gingery, Ernie Niemoeller and Troy Burton.

Also, from 1981 at Charlestown Motor Speedway, there were two late model features run. Pete Willoughby won the first main event over Gerald Dixon, Jim Curry, Russ Petro and Dusty Chapman. Curry won the second feature over Steve Barnett, Bubby James, Tony Moore and Dixon.

From 1981 at Paragon, Van Gurley won the sprint car feature over Kerry Norris, Steve Butler, Ron Dorsett and Bob Kinser.

From 30 years ago in 1991 at Paragon, Kevin Briscoe won the sprint car feature over Mark Cummins, Todd Shields, Mike Mann and Jeff Walker.

Also, from 1991 at Haubstadt, Kevin Weaver won the late model feature over Doug McCammon and Eddie Pace. Danny Smith won the sprint car feature over Mark Cummins and Brad Devereaux.

From 30 years ago at Martin County Speedway in Loogootee, John Gill won the late model special over Gary Barrow, Ray Godsey Jr., Dusty Chapman and Dan Sturgeon. Tony Godsey won the street stock feature over Darrell Smallwood, Denny Campbell, Jeff Terry and Brad barrow. Dale Hobbs won the bomber feature.

From 30 years ago at Union County Speedway in Liberty, Steve Barnett won the late model feature and Darrell Smallwood took the street stock main event.

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