By Danny Burton
Danny Burton’s Hoosier Race Report appears courtesy of OpenWheelRacers.com
The Kinser and Gaines families both have a long and storied history in Indiana short track racing. And Saturday night at the Lawrenceburg Speedway both Kelly Kinser and Dickie Gaines carried on that legacy by winning their respective features. Kelly won the 50-lap feature sanctioned by the All-Star circuit of champions. Dickie won the regular feature for traditional sprint cars and the $1500 prize. Wherever they may be, patriarchs of both families are surely quite pleased.
37 cars were signed in for this, The Hoosier Fall Classic at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Chad Kemenah was fastest qualifier. Brock Mays, last years rookie of the year with the All-Stars won the 1st heat. Brad Sweet was second, followed by Levi Jones (USAC hotdog who had bolted on the flying billboard for one night), Kemenah and Paul May. Jeremy Campbell won the 2nd heat and took the Canadian Cody Gelhart, John Ivy, Kinser and Rob Chaney to the feature with him. The 3rd heat saw Jason Dukes take a bit of a tumble in turn 3; Jason was okay but was done for the night. Second generation racer Ryan Coniam won this heat with veteran Dean Jacobs, Chad Blonde, Greg Wilson, and Kevin “Pup” Huntley all transferring into the “A” Main. David Harrison son the 4th and final heat race. Trailing him was Butch Schroeder, Randy Hannegan, Byron Reed and Keith Baxter.
Next up would be the Lawrenceburg Speedway regulars. Brandon Petty made an outstanding run from last to first to win the 1st heat going away. And it wasn’t you and me that he beat, either. Brock Burton was 2nd followed by John Wolfe and Kyle Cummins, again in a Dick Briscoe owned car. The 2nd heat was won by Dickie Gaines and Brent Beaochamp was 2nd. Rick Vaughn was 3rd and Scotty Wier came from last to transfer into the feature. Heat #3 was taken Billy Puttlebaugh. Ted Hines was 2nd, Jon Stanbrough was 3rd and Kevin Briscoe, in the Tony Fox 56 was 4th. The 56 car did run a heat race with the All-Stars, but had a problem of some sort, and Tony decided to remove the wings for the rest of the night. For much of the race there was an outstanding battle for 2nd place among Hines, Stanbrough, Briscoe (who had started last), and Cody White who was left out in the cold. Brent Berry turned it over in the 4th heat. Thankfully, he was uninjured. Homeboy Jason Knoke was the 4th heat winner trailed by Matt Westfall, Tony Beaver and the ageless Troy Link.
Huntley won the four-lap dash, which put him up front for the feature. Dickie Gaines then won the last chance race, with Dale Blaney (who had tipped it over in his heat, but kept going), Danny Smith and Brandon Martin (whose team was or will soon be heading south to assist Hurricane Katrina Victims) all transferring to the main event.
Back to the local gang for their “B” Main and Cody White, Rodney Stone, Steve Barth, and Kevin Besecker all morning on to the feature. Ryan Wunderlich took a tumble in turn four, but was not hurt, except for his pride and his car.
For the All-Stars 50 lap feature (with a cool 10 grand to win), Chad Blonde took a brief, early lead before Huntley took over the points. Kelly Kinser and Paul May moved up as Blonde faded a bit. May gave us (and the flagman) a thrill as he slid into the flagstand on lap 20, necessitating a red flag. No one was injured, the flagstand included. No sooner than the field re-started, Butch Schroeder did a slow tip over. Nonetheless, another red flag came out. Soon after this re-start, Kinser took over the lead from Huntley with Randy Hannegan making noises from third place. A lap 37 yellow flag for Dale Blaney bunched up the field for a last dash to the finish up front Kinser kept his lead over Huntley and Hannegan. Hannagan took second from Huntley on lap 48, but he ran out of time to catch the leader. Kinser took the checkered flag, with Hannagan second and Huntley ending up third.
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