Cummins sweeps weekend USAC action at Kokomo, Lawrenceburg

On the eve of the Lawrenceburg Speedway Fall Nationals on Oct. 1, Kyle Cummins firmly stated Lawrenceburg is the place where he really wanted to get one.

The Princeton native got the one that had eluded him for so long when he slid into the lead on a restart just after the halfway mark and carried onward to a $10,000 top prize in the USAC AMSOILSprint Car National Championship’s final Midwest event of the season.

His fourth win of the season was his second of the weekend, sweeping both events at Kokomo Speedway and Lawrenceburg in his Rock Steady Racing/Ultimate Predator Boats–Mid-America Safety Solutions/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy.

Cummins has now laid claim to dominance at Haubstadt’s Tri-State Speedway and Kokomo in addition to USAC victories at Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington Speedway and now Lawrenceburg, which, out of all of them, Cummins admitted meant the most to him for one simple reason — it scares him to death, quote unquote.

“For me personally, this is the biggest win of my career,” an unabashed Cummins said. “Those (other) places don’t intimidate me, but going into Turn 3 here does. To win here and win $10,000, it just proves we can win anywhere we go.”

Cummins collected a victory in a local non-sanctioned show at the track in 2015. However, this was his first with USAC at Lawrenceburg, which elevated him to 14 career series wins, passing Steve Chassey and tying him with Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon and Bruce Walkup for 42nd on the all-time list.

Cummins started the 30-lap main from the outside of the front row and immediately engaged in a seesaw battle for the lead with pole sitter Logan Seavey throughout the first pair of laps with Seavey fending off and crossing over Cummins’ relentless assault.

Brownstown season championship results

It was Championship Night on Oct. 1 at Brownstown Speedway and the running of the Graphix Indiana Pro Late Model Bowman 50 that was rained out Sept. 23.

The Bowman 50 would be the first event of the evening. Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh eventually worked his way to the lead during the 50-lap event and won the Bowman 50 for Pro Late Models. Stapleton’s third ILMS win of the year would be his biggest win. Tyler Cain, Steve Peeden, Tyler Collins and Raymond Humphrey would complete the top five.

Devin Gilpin of Columbus claimed his fifth Slicker Graphics Super Late Model feature of the year. Gilpin’s win was in front of Jared Bailey, Shelby Miles, Chad Stapleton and Steve Godsey.

Chad Stapleton’s finish was good enough to become the 2022 Slicker Graphics Super Late Model track champion. This was his second Super Late Model track championship.

Steve Peeden of Paragon won the first P3 Graphix Indiana Pro Late Model race of 2022 back in April and then wrapped up the season with a win in the last race of the year. Peeden recorded his sixth win this year over Marty O’Neal, Chad Stapleton, Trent Green and Britan Godsey.

Tyler Collins became the 2022 P3 Graphix Indiana Pro Late Model champion. This is Collins’ first Pro Late Model championship.

Jordan Wever of Bloomington in U.S. Air Force Modifieds recorded his sixth win of 2022 and became the U.S. Air Force Modified track champion. First-time track champion Wever got his victory in front of John Demoss, Brayden Watson, Ryan Thomas and Jacoby Hines.

Tucker Chastain of Bedford visited Victory Lane for the fifth straight time and recorded his eighth win in Pewter Hall Super Stocks. Tucker Chastain took the checkers ahead of Branden Carr, Greg Amick, Austin Perry and Zach Sasser. Sasser’s three wins and consistent finishes were enough to become the 2022 Pewter Hall Super Stock track champion. This was his first track championship.

Dusten Carr in All in 1 Pools Pure Stocks visited Victory Lane for the fifth time in 2022 and also became the All in 1 Pools Pure Stocks track champion. He is now a four-time Pure Stock track champion. Josh Hayes, Tommy Fleenor, Houston Roark and Bobby Woods trailed Carr at the checkers.

In Cain’s Tree Service Hornet action, Davey Waggoner of North Vernon recorded his first win of the year. Michael Brewer, Josh Hallett, Scott Smith and Jeremy Shemwell rounded out the top five. Brewer will be Cain’s Tree Service Hornet track champion.

11th annual Bowman 50 feature results: Chad Stapleton, Tyler Cain, Steve Peeden, Tyler Collins, Raymond Humphrey, Josh Dietz, Zack Burton, Britan Godsey, Marty O’Neal, Alan Magner, Zac Gibbs, Rick Gumm, Matt Bex, Trent Green, Caleb Schryer, Tyler Neal, Keaton Streeval, Willie Madison-DNS, Justin Smith-DNS, Brad Rickels-DNS, Robbie Settles-DNS.

Schaefer Photo & Custom Designs first-time feature winner: Jug Wethington

Super Late Model feature results: Devin Gilpin, Jared Bailey, Shelby Miles, Chad Stapleton, Steve Godsey, Mike Hildebrand, Skyller Lewis, Tory Collins, Matt Bex, Lee Williams, Michael Wesselman, Keegan Cox-DNS.

Indiana Pro Late Model feature results: Steve Peeden, Marty O’Neal, Chad Stapleton, Trent Green, Britan Godsey, Tyler Cain, Raymond Humphrey, Tyler Collins, Tyler Neal, Zack Burton, Alan Magner, Jesse Tunny, Keaton Streeval, Jug Wethington, Rick Gumm, Zac Gibbs, Justin Bowling, Josh Dietz, Derrick Huber, Brian Wilhite.

Modified feature results: Jordan Wever, John Demoss, Brayden Watson, Ryan Thomas, Jacoby Hines, Joe Godsey, Brent Lee, Derek Losh, Nathan Vawter, Jarod Deckard, Jerry Bland Jr., Jerry Davis, Karlie Holt, Dereck Moore, David Winters Jr., Zachary Stalker, Ben Burton.

Super Stock feature results: Tucker Chastain, Branden Carr, Greg Amick, Austin Perry, Zach Sasser, Tanner Chastain, Isaiah Sasser, Grant Simpson, Broc Burton, Trent Adams, Danny Hupp, Dalton Fleenor, Tom Plotz, Jack Roberts, Sam Lee, Jenna Boknecht, Blake Hull, Terrence Johnson, Colton Sullivan, Roger Reichenbacker.

Pure Stock feature results: Dusten Carr, Josh Hayes, Tommy Fleenor, Houston Roark, Bobby Woods, Jerry Adams, Hunter Perry, Preston Carr, Jordan Turner, Eric Lewis, Mickey Hines, Donnie Wilson, Paul Ortman, Daniel Hupp, Eric Lynn, Josh Turner, Josh Johnson, D.J. Dunn, Keaton Streeval-DNS, Bo Anderson-DNS.

Hornet feature results: Davey Waggoner, Michael Brewer, Josh Hallett, Scott Smith, Jeremy Shemwell, Shannon Walp, Matt Miller, Kaleb Caudill, Jeremy Ogle, Jacob Owens, Brian Pollitt, Marshall Claycamp, Curtis Roccia, Keaton Durbin, Warren Lucas, Brandon Crockett, John Smith, Don Boling Jr., Robert Withers, Jake Ogle.

Today and Sunday, Brownstown will conclude its 2022 racing season with the annual Fun Fest. For information on the schedule of events, go to brownstownspeedway.com.

Columbus go-kart results

Columbus Speedway Go-Kart Racing, which conducts events at Tony Stewart Speedway located at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, saw division winners from Sept. 23 as Bentley McCann (rookies), Jake Hudak (junior 1), Jacob Chadd (junior 2), Grant Hiler (medium), Robby Young (heavy), Travis Wilburn (super heavy), Ron Stillabower (pred), and Brendan McGlothlin (mod lites).

The next event at Tony Stewart Speedway will be Oct. 15.

This week in racing history

From 70 years ago in 1952 at Columbus Speedway, it was Crowbar Taylor winning the feature race over Bob Brandman, Tandy Holcomb, Bud Greathouse and Red Carmichael.

For 50 years ago this weekend in 1972 at Twin Cities, Kenny Baker won the feature race over Jim Raymer, Bob Wolfschlag, Bill Cummings and Jim Collier.

Also from 1972 at Whitewater Valley Speedway in Liberty, Vern LeFevers won the V-8 late model feature over Ron Edwards, Kenny Baker and Boots Peterson. Bob Smith took the super six feature.

From 30 years ago in 1992 at Martin County Speedway in Loogootee, Mike Jewell won the late model feature over Ray Godsey, Brad Cummings, Jim Curry and Dan Sturgeon. Randy Petro won the street stock feature over Cale Kern, Denny Campbell, Albert Webb Jr. and Gary Snyder. Ralph Klem won the enduro race over Ron Hoffman, Dale Hobbs, Larry Gingery and Jeff Tinkle.

James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The Tribune. Send comments to [email protected]