TERRE HAUTE -- Though it won’t be known until mid-October whether he wins a fifth Midwest Sprint Car Series season championship, Kyle Cummins has become a 4 ½-time champion.
By winning the July 5 feature race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, the former Princeton Community three-sport athlete clinched the MSCS Mid-Season Championship that is brand new this year.
“Kyle didn’t race Wednesday night in the Terre Haute Action Track’s Rumble at the Fair. But when last Saturday’s Lincoln Park program was rained out, he clinched the Mid-Season title,” said Eldon Butcher, Tri-State Speedway publicity director who keeps the MSCS points totals.
“Maury Will, who lives in Haubstadt, works in the Tri-State tower and is program controller for the MSCS, presented Kyle the Mid-Season award at the start of Wednesday night’s program in Terre Haute.
“Even though Kyle didn’t race there, he still has a substantial lead in points. And he plans to race Saturday at Tri-State.
Nick Bilbee won Wednesday’s program that was part of Vigo County Fair Week. Max Adams finished second, followed by Landon Simon, Dakota Jackson and Fort Branch resident Chase Stockon. This after Cummins accepted the $1,500 check presented by Will.
“We decided to give a midseason award because drivers are spending money throughout the season,” said Butcher.
Saturday’s program, if weather allows it to be Tri-State’s first since Cummins won the May 26 Memorial Weekend Classic feature, is called the Sprint Stampede.
The MSCS, whose winner will earn $2,500, will share the track with the Midwest Mini Sprint Association (MSCS) and the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA), though the three organizations won’t compete with each other.
C.J. Leary won the 2018 Stampede’s MSCS race, followed by Stephen Schnapf and Stockon. Bradley Strunk won last July’s Mini Sprint feature, followed by Blaine Lewis and jesse Vermillion. Anton Hernandez and Jack Harris have won recent features in the IMCA, which did not compete in the 2018 Stampede.
Saturday’s warmups will start at 6 p.m., racing at 7:30. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for students ages 13-18. Pit passes cost $30. As per the Tom and Loris Helfrich custom, youths 12 and under will be admitted to the stands without charge. Tri-State has announced that rainchecks from the June 30 Spring Showdown, which ended after just one heat due to storm, may be used at any time the rest of the season.
Seven programs remain in the season that has had five rained out. In each of the two completed programs, Cummins won the MSCS feature.