Short Stands Tall in ISW Round Four at Putnamville

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume IV, No. 30

Lonnie Wheatley, PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. (July 14, 2016) – Brady Short made the most of his first USAC Indiana Sprintweek start of 2016 by charging from six rows deep to win Thursday night’s 30-lap feature at Lincoln Park Speedway.

After sitting out the opening three legs of Sprintweek, Short needed just a dozen laps to race from the 11th starting position into the lead en route to his seventh overall win of the year aboard the Indiana Stone Works/Sipes Body & Glass No. 11p Sprint Car.

“I’m horrible at qualifying, so it was really important to time in 11th to put us in a position where we had a chance,” Short said afterward. “It’s tough when you have 50 cars and probably 30 are capable of winning.”

His rivals definitely needed him deeper in the field, as he broke into second by the tenth lap and then took the lead away from Dave Darland two laps later before driving away to nearly a half lap advantage once out front, leaving a wild battle for position in his wake.

A flurry of late cautions in the final handful of laps gave race-long chasers Chase Stockon, Darland and Chad Boespflug false hope, as Short checked out each time to secure his seventh career USAC National Sprint Car feature win and fifth during Sprintweek.

Stockon fought off a host of challengers to take runner-up honors with Boespflug rounding out the podium in third. Robert Ballou rallied from 16th to fourth with Thomas Meseraull picking up Hard Charger honors in his first night aboard the Landon Simon No. 24 by racing from 18th to round out the top five.

After running among the top four for the opening 25 laps, Darland got shuffled back to tenth in the closing laps as a gaggle of cars jockeyed for final positioning.

The Vitals

Series: USAC Indiana Sprintweek Round Four

Track: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Car Count: 50

Quick Time: Tyler Courtney (12.670 seconds).

Qualifying Moments: First one on the clocks, Brent Beauchamp established a standard of 12.697 seconds that only current Sprintweek points leader Tyler Courtney (sixth to take time) could better at 12.670 seconds; Just before Courtney’s quick time, Jimmy Light slipped over the turn two cushion, tagged the wall and flipped; The track dropped off as qualifying progressed with only C.J. Leary (third) and Chad Boespflug (fifth) among later qualifiers to sneak in a good qualifying time; Quick-timer at Putnamville on July 1, Josh Hodges couldn’t get his car to run on his initial attempt and had one lap at the end in which he pounded the turn two cushion too hard and barely avoided a big crash, timing in officially at 48th.

Heat Winners (starting position in parentheses): Tyler Courtney (6), Thomas Meseraull (2), Brady Short (4), Robert Ballou (3)

Heat Moments: Tom Harris (first heat) and Cole Ketcham (third heat) both flipped on the frontstretch; “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney railed the top side on an early restart in the first heat to work from fourth to first in one lap; Kevin Thomas, Jr., stole the fourth and final transfer in the final corners of the first heat with Shane Cottle and Jerry Coons, Jr., then getting together with the checkered flag in sight after racing among the top four the previous seven laps; Zach Daum led over half of the third heat before Short shot by while Ballou made a late move around Logan Jarrett to win the fourth heat.

“C” Main Winner (starting position in parentheses): Colten Cottle (1).

“C” Main Moments: A.J. Hopkins and Josh Hodges both rally from deep in the field to transfer on to “B” Main action.

“B” Main Winner (starting position in parentheses): Tyler Thomas (2).

“B” Main Moments: After tagging the frontstretch wall exiting turn four to slip out of a heat transfer, Tyler Thomas takes advantage of the front row to wire a non-stop “B” on a freshly manicured surface.

“A” Main Cautions: Seven

1 Lap – Tyler Courtney spins the wrong way off the top of turn three, he rejoins the chase.

3 Laps – Provisional starter Aaron Farney spins to a stop in turn one. Farney continues on while Jon Stanbrough comes to a stop and is done for the night.

5 Laps – Jarett Andretti spins into turn two infield mire. He’s back after getting unstuck.

12 Laps – Hunter Schuerenberg loops it in turn two and collects Brady Bacon. Hunter Percent retires for the night while Bacon refires.

25 Laps – No more half-lap lead for Short when Zach Daum spins in turn two.

26 Laps – Brent Beauchamp comes to a stop in the turn two muck.

27 Laps – Isaac Chapple goes for a turn one twirl.

The Box Score…

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-12.670; 2. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-12.697; 3. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.040; 4. Tyler Thomas, 04, Thomas-13.053; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.054; 6. Justin Grant, 71p, Phillips-13.100; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.142; 8. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.154; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.267; 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.303; 11. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.320; 12. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.373; 13. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.415; 14. Jon Stanbrough, 66, Amati-13.450; 15. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.458; 16. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-13.485; 17. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-13.500; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 24, LSR-13.505; 19. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.571; 20. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.592; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.642; 22. Cole Smith, 29s, Smith-13.678; 23. Casey Shuman, 50x, Barnhill-13.704; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.748; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.751; 26. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.761; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.874; 28. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-13.912; 29. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.916; 30. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.953; 31. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.959; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.960; 33. Tom Harris, 5E, East-13.984; 34. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.034; 35. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.043; 36. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-14.134; 37. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-14.331; 38. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-13.354; 39. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.426; 40. Lukas Smith, 61, Smith-14.492; 41. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-14.495; 42. Nate McMillin, 24x, McMillin-14.599; 43. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-14.627; 44. Mike Gass, 17G, On The Gass-14.667; 45. A.J. Hopkins, 14H, Hopkins-14.753; 46. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-14.868; 47. Matt Brannin, 27, Brannin-15.031; 48. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.996; 49. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-NT; 50. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Boespflug, 3. Hughes, 4. K.Thomas, 5. DiMattia, 6. Mattox, 7. Hopkins, 8. Schmidt, 9. Light, 10. Coons, 11. S.Cottle, 12. Harris, 13. Creech. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Windom, 4. Grant, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. Farney, 8. C.Smith, 9. Williams, 10. Cummins, 11. Underwood, 12. McMillin. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B.Short, 2. Bacon, 3. Daum, 4. Stockon, 5. Leary, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Gaines, 8. Shuman, 9. Chambers, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Ketcham. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Jarrett, 3. Andretti, 4. Darland, 5. Chapple, 6. Cockrum, 7. Hodges, 8. T.Thomas, 9. Gass, 10. Kreisel, 11. L.Smith, 12. McGhee. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. C.Cottle, 2. Hopkins, 3. Farney, 4. Hodges, 5. Creech, 6. Williams, 7. Gaines, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Light, 10. Schmidt, 11. Kreisel, 12. Chambers, 13. Underwood, 14. Gass, 15. Brannin, 16. Chapple, 17. L.Smth. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Coons, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Cockrum, 8. Mattox, 9. McGhee, 10. DiMattia, 11. Hodges, 12. Cummins, 13. Farney, 14. Hopkins, 15. Shuman, 16. C.Cottle, 17. C.Smith. 2:48.67

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Short (11), 2. Chase Stockon (2), 3. Chad Boespflug (4), 4. Robert Ballou (16), 5. Thomas Meseraull (18), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (9), 7. Shane Cottle (13), 8. Tyler Courtney (6), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (21), 10. Dave Darland (1), 11. Brady Bacon (15), 12. Aaron Farney (23), 13. Jarett Andretti (12), 14. Tyler Thomas (8), 15. Brent Beauchamp (5), 16. C.J. Leary (7), 17. Justin Grant (3), 18. Logan Jarrett (20), 19. Chris Windom (22), 20. Zach Daum (19), 21. Isaac Chapple (24), 22. Hunter Schuerenberg (10), 23. J.J. Hughes (17), 24. Jon Stanbrough (14). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Stockon, Laps 3-11 Darland, Laps 12-30 B.Short.

 

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