Putnamville, Indiana.…..Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana backed up his
Lincoln Park Speedway Midget win from a year ago by sweeping Thursday night’s
program, which was leg two of “Indiana Midget Week.” The back-to-back National
Midget champion captured his first win of the season aboard the Keith
Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“Starting sixth, you gotta be aware of the track and where you can go early to
get to the front. Everybody kinda moved to the top of turn-two, and I could drop
down and make the bottom work for a lap or two and get to the lead. Our Toyota
was running great up on the top all night, so I knew we’d be good up there, but
we just had to get there first. The lapped cars were fast enough that it was
hard to move through them, and with Darren (Hagen) behind ya, you just want to
make good exits to get a run to the next corner,” Clauson said.
Clauson took the lead coming to complete lap two from Australian Nathan Smee,
and over a long green-flag run, he moved deep into lapped traffic with
point-leader Hagen in hot pursuit. The Riverside, California driver appeared to
have a few chances while negotiating the slower cars, but a caution for Mario
Clouser with five laps to go negated any opportunity. Hagen came home second,
lengthening his point lead in the RFMS Racing – Liberty Village #3 DRC/Esslinger.
“When we got to traffic, I was trying to time it a couple cars ahead to maybe
have a chance to throw a slider or hit the bottom or something. We never really
got a good opportunity at it, though. I think he was a little better off
turn-two and we were a little better in three and four, but with the rubber
coming in, it’s tough to make something happen. Another great night for this
whole team, though, and we’ll just try to keep doing what we’re doing,” Hagen
Caleb Armstrong wrapped up the final podium spot, finishing the night off strong
after he fought just to make the Main Event as the final transfer.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit, and even to make the race was tough. But to
go out and get a third-place tonight, we need that real bad. These guys work
really hard, and hopefully we can keep this going the rest of the week and maybe
get through the heat races,” Armstrong said.
Shane Cottle pulled some big moves late in the race, sliding his way up to
fourth in the Keith Kunz Motorsports – Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
Chris Windom finished fifth in the Wilke-Pak Racers – Speedway Motors #11
MOPAR USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2012 – Putnamville, IN –
Lincoln Park Speedway – “Indiana Midget Week”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.961; 2. Darren
Hagen, 3, RFMS-13.149; 3. Shane Cottle, 71, Kunz-13.158; 4. Chris Windom, 11,
Wilke-13.265; 5. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-13.288; 6. Caleb Armstrong, 7c,
C&A-13.296; 7. Nathan Smee, 7AU, Cooper-13.308; 8. Alex Bright, 77,
Hemler-13.310; 9. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, Buckley-13.332; 10. Rico Abreu, 67K,
Kunz-13.416; 11. Bobby East, 4, Klatt-13.531; 12. Andy Malpocker, 22,
Malpocker-13.588; 13. Mario Clouser, 27, RW-13.600; 14. Taylor Ferns, 55,
Ferns-13.702; 15. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-13.714; 16. Ryan Criswell,
11R, Criswell-13.748; 17. Dalton Armstrong, 7A, C&A-13.830; 18. Thomas Meseraull,
16, Sandy-13.844; 19. Justin Grosz, 99, Grosz-13.848; 20. Dave Darland, 10,
Moore-13.866; 21. Dillon Welch, 47, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-13.965; 22. Shane
Hollingsworth, 85, Hollingsworth-13.979; 23. Jerry Coons, Jr., 63,
Dooling-14.077; 24. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-14.138; 25. Kent Schmidt, 5K,
Schmidt-14.200; 26. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.270; 27. Trevor Kobylarz, 49,
Kobylarz-14.283; 28. Chris Bell, 21B, Lowe-14.298; 29. Davey Ray, 33,
RayPro-14.321; 30. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-14.353; 31. C.J. Leary, 24L,
Hines-14.370; 32. Layne Himebaugh, 7, Malone-14.461; 33. Brad Kuhn, 17,
RW-14.534; 34. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-14.818; 35. Levi Jones, 56,
Hmiel-15.013; 36. Cameron King, 55K, King-15.037; 37. Austin Burke, 54,
Burke-15.202; 38. Levi Roberts, 39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-NT; 39. Scott
Hatton, 15, Huston-NT; 40. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-NT.
FIRST HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Clouser, 3. Hines, 4. Welch, 5. Ray, 6. D.
Armstrong, 7. Burke, 8. Pickens, 9. Schmidt, 10. Kuhn. NT
SECOND HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Hollingsworth, 3. Hagen, 4. Wean, 5. C.
Armstrong, 6. Daum, 7. Abreu, 8. Ferns, 9. Koontz. NT
THIRD HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Smee, 3. East, 4. Buckwalter, 5. Leary, 6.
S. Cottle, 7. Kobylarz, 8. Grosz, 9. Hatton. NT
FOURTH HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Criswell, 3. Bell, 4. Malpocker, 5.
Bright, 6. Himebaugh, 7. King, 8. Darland, 9. Chapple. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. S. Cottle, 2. Pickens, 3. Bright, 4. Darland, 5. Daum, 6. C.
Armstrong, 7. Ray, 8. Ferns, 9. Leary, 10. Schmidt, 11. Kobylarz, 12. Himebaugh,
13. Kuhn, 14. Hatton, 15. King, 16. Koontz, 17. Burke, 18. Abreu, 19. Grosz, 20.
D. Armstrong, 21. Chapple. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4.
Shane Cottle, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Nathan Smee, 7. Bobby East, 8. Tracy Hines, 9.
Zach Daum, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Chris Bell, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Shane
Hollingsworth, 14. Brad Kuhn, 15. Steve Buckwalter, 16. Ryan Criswell, 17. Alex
Bright, 18. Davey Ray, 19. Dillon Welch, 20. Andy Malpocker, 21. Nick Wean, 22.
Jerry Coons, Jr., 23. Michael Pickens, 24. Mario Clouser. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Smee, Laps 2-30 Clauson.
**Levi Roberts flipped during Qualifying.
NEW MOPAR NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hagen-465; 2-East-349; 3-C.Armstrong-334;
4-Hines-330; 5-Clauson-326; 6-Larson-324; 7-Clouser-273; 8-Windom-267;
NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Hagen-138; 2-Clauson-109; 3-Hines-105;
4-Windom-102; 5-Coons/Buckwalter-87; 7-East-72; 8-Smee-69; 9-Bright-67;
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