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Meseraull ties record with seventh feature win

RECORD RUN: Thomas Meseraull won his seventh race of the 2019 season at Gas City/I-69 Speedway on Friday evening and matched the track record retired driver Jon Stanbroughset in 2007.

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GAS CITY — Point leader Thomas Meseraull earned his seventh non-wing sprint car feature victory of the season Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway and tied Jon Stanbrough's track record accomplished a dozen years ago.

Andy Bishop, Gas City, also posted his seventh win at the quarter-mile clay oval this year too. His came in the street stock feature, which carried an increased purse and a $1,200 top prize. Chett Gehrke, Louisville, Kentucky, maintained his hold over USAC SpeeD2 midgets with his third victory in as many races at Gas City.

In other action, Dylan Woodling, Warsaw, posted his second UMP modified feature victory, and  James Headley Jr., Wabash, won for the fourth time in hornets over his father James Headley, Marion. The Headleys collected the $300 bounty on them, as no driver beat them in the three-week period it was offered.

 

Meseraull, Waveland, started fourth in the 25-lap sprint feature and overtook early leader Dustin Smith, Russiaville, on the fourth laps. Smith battled back in the low groove to lead lap five and six, but Meseraull powered around him on lap seven and led the rest of the way.

Smith, a two-time BOSS series champion, finished second, while Cole Ketcham, Muncie, placed third; Carson Short, Marion, Ill. was fourth, and Jarett Andretti, Indianapolis, came home fifth. 

 

The second half of the top 10 got scrambled on lap 24 after multiple cars made contact on the backstretch. The scuffle didn’t bring out a yellow but Matt Westfall of Pleasant Hill, Ohio got the worst of it, as he was running seventh but ended up in the infield as the checkered fell.

 

Gehrke started on the pole for the 20-lap midget feature, out-dragged Midwest Thunder point leader Aaron Leffel, Springfield, Ohio, into Turn 1 on the first lap, and led every lap in the No. 93C. That feature was halted with one lap down when Adam Schmenk of Columbus Grove, Ohio flipped in Turn 2, but luckily he wasn’t hurt. The rest of the feature went non-stop, and Gehrke’s biggest challenge was getting through lapped traffic. Leffel finished second followed by Alex Watson, Columbus, Ohio. Stratton Briggs, Anna, Ohio. finished fourth and Thomas Briggs came from 11th in the 23-car field to finish fifth.

 

Woodling led all 20 laps of the UMP modified feature from the pole. He had a half straightaway lead over defending track champion Dillon Nusbaum, Warsaw, when three cars crashed in Turn 2 with eight laps down to bring out a yellow. Another yellow for Bill Griffith’s spin in Turn 2 with 19 laps down gave his rivals one last chance, but Woodling was not to be denied.

 

Four-time winner Derek Losh, Rensselaer, who started seventh, passed Nusbaum with a move to the outside as they were going through Turn 4 working lap 11 to nab the runner-up honors. Nusbaum held on for third. Tony Anderson of Lima, Ohio placed fourth and Todd Sherman of Merriam, Ind. finished fifth.

 

Headley Jr. started fourth in the 15-lap hornet feature but vaulted into the lead at the start of that race. His dad started sixth but was second by lap four, and they finished in that order. There was a good fight for third place among three drivers who are all from Columbia City. Jacob Beard eventually got that spot followed by polesitter Alyssa Clark and Randy Brommer.

 

Ron Flaugh, Converse, and Beau Cooley, Wheatfield, led the 15-lap street stock feature before Bishop took command working lap five by slipping under Cooley in Turn 4 after running side by side with him for awhile. Bishop went on to earn the big check with the Thompson Trucking No. 14. Cooley took second place and Flaugh finished third. Mike Fincher, Rochester, was fourth and Owen Wells rounded out the top five.