Cottle Wins Sprint Car Feature As Gas City I-69 Speedway Reopens To an Enthusiastic Crowdadmin
GAS CITY, Ind., April 21 — Gas City I-69 Speedway has a new promoter for the 2018 season in Jerry Gappens, but it was a familiar name in victory lane after the 25-lap sprint car feature for the track’s grand reopening Friday night. Former track champion Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill., won the headliner before an enthusiastic, family-friendly crowd.
Cottle started fourth in the 21-car field, took the lead from polesitter Kyle Robbins on lap two, and was never again headed despite three restarts to tighten up the field.
The biggest battle was for the runner-up position, as Robbins, of New Castle, Ind., and Jarett Andretti of Indianapolis duked it out for many laps before Andretti finally got the spot by charging to the inside of Robbins coming out of Turn 4 on lap 19. Robbins held on for third.
The restarts occurred after Landon Simon of Tipp City, Ohio stopped low in Turn 2 with six laps down, Luke Harbison of Fishers, Ind. brought out a red when he flipped on his side in Turn 1 on that ensuing restart, and following lap 12, after Jamie Frederickson of Kokomo, Ind. spun between Turns 1 and 2. That set up a duel between Clinton Boyles of Greenwood, Mo. and Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind. for fourth, but Chapple took control of that position for good on lap 16 when Brandon Morin of Jasonville, Ind. passed Boyles for fifth.
Boyles held on for sixth followed by Tyler Hewitt of Marion, Ind., Brian Mattox of Terre Haute, Ind., Ted Hines of New Castle, Ind., and Garrett Abrams of Rushville, Ind.
Cottle’s winning car is a DRC chassis with a Foxco-prepped engine that is sponsored by Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery, Frank and Jill Daigh, and PennGrade 1 motor oil. Andretti’s DRC with a J & D Performance-tuned engine is sponsored by Window World and Superior Auto as well as a host of other supporters. Robbins, a former Rookie of the Year at Gas City, drives a Beast with a Shaver-prepped engine that is sponsored by Magna Machine and Tool.
The most frightening moment of the evening by far occurred on the first lap of the third sprint heat when polesitter Parker Frederickson of Kokomo, Ind. barrel-rolled hard about nine times between Turns 3 and 4. Two ambulance crews went to his aid immediately, but luckily he climbed out of his Maxim under his own power. It was a rough start to the 2018 season for the sophomore driver who competed at 13 different tracks last year, winning two features. He’s the nephew of the previously mentioned Jamie Frederickson.
Eighteen was the lucky number in the 20-lap UMP Modified feature, as polesitter Randy Lines won in the No. 18L and Ryan Sutter finished second in the No. 18S after starting way back in 13th place. Mickey Carman Jr. finished in the same position he started, third. Bradley Jameson placed fourth and Colin Thrilby came from deep in the field to round out the top five.
Lines led the first lap but Zeke McKenzie, who started fourth, took command on lap two with a move to the outside between Turns 1 and 2. McKenzie had problems with lapped traffic on lap six, however, and stopped in Turn 4, which forced him to restart at the rear of the field and gave the lead back to Lines. Carman passed Lines for the lead on lap seven by slipping under him in Turn 3. He showed the way until Lines passed him in Turn 4 on lap 13 and went on to the victory. Carman almost finished second, but Sutter passed him for the runner-up honors at the line on the last lap.
James Headly started second and led all 15 laps of the Thunder Car feature to take the checkered 2.06 seconds before Lee Hall, the runnerup, did the same. T.J. Larson, Randy Brommer and Shane Richardson rounded out the top five. D.J. Holt ran second in the early stages of that race before he retired around the halfway point.
Polesitter Eric Solms won the 15-lap FWD Compact feature in his silver No. 88. Brommer, who was competing in both the Thunder Car and the FWD class, finished second in FWD over Jacob Beard, Gage Allen and Alyssa Clark. Brommer took the lead from Solms with an inside pass in Turn 4 on lap two, but Solms got the lead back by slipping under Brommer on the frontstretch on lap four.
Despite four divisions of cars and an enthusiastic battle between eight players in a game of knockerball during intermission, the well-run show was over before 11 p.m.
Next Friday, April 27, is the track’s “Spring Fever” program of sprints, UMP Modifieds, Thunder Cars and Super Streets. Admission prices are family friendly, and all high school and college students can attend for only $10 each with their school ID cards.
For more information, see the track’s Web site at GasCityI69Speedway.com and follow it on Facebook at @GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas and on Twitter at @GasCitySpeedway.
Sprint Heat 1 (8 laps; top five transferred): 1. Kyle Robbins, 2. Brandon Morin, 3. Tyler Hewitt, 4. Dallas Hewitt, 5. Brian Mattox, 6. Matt Goodnight, 7. Chad Wilson, 8. Landon Simon.
Sprint Heat 2 (8 laps, top five transferred): 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Clinton Boyles, 3. Ted Hines, 4. Matt McDonald, 5. Matt Cooley, 6. Paul Dues, 7. Luke Harbison.
Sprint Heat 3 (8 laps, top five transferred): 1. Isaac Chapple, 2. Jarett Andretti, 3. Travis Hery, 4. Garrett Abrams, 5. Lee Underwood, 6. Jamie Fredrickson, 7. Parker Frederickson.
Sprint Feature (25 laps): 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Jarett Andretti, 3. Kyle Robbins, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Brandon Morin, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Tyler Hewitt, 8. Brian Mattox, 9. Ted Hines, 10. Garrett Abrams, 11. Dallas Hewitt, 12. Matt Cooley, 13. Paul Dues, 14. Travis Hery, 15. Chad Wilson, 16. Jamie Fredrickson, 17. Matt Goodnight, 18. Matt McDonald, 19. Lee Underwood, 20. Luke Harbison, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Parker Fredrickson (DNS).
UMP Modified Heat 1 (8 laps, top five transferred): 1. Jamie Lomax, 2. Randy Lines, 3. Pete Wormcastle, 4. Dylan Woodling, 5. Ryan Sutter, 6. Tony Anderson, 7. Lance Krider, 8. Trent Musk.
UMP Modified Heat 2 (8 laps, top five transferred): 1. Zeke McKenzie, 2. Mickey Carman Jr., 3. Todd Sherman, 4. Cameron Head, 5. Lynn Johns, 6. J.J. Nordstrom, 7. Brent Davis, 8. Colin Thirlby.
UMP Modified Heat 3 (8 laps, top five transferred): 1. Bradley Jameson, 2. Luke Timmerman, 3. Jessica Sroufe, 4. Cory Bevard, 5. Dillon Nusbaum, 6. Jerry Bland Jr., 7. Garrett Jameson, 8. Bub Roberts.
UMP Modified Semi (12 laps; top five transferred): 1. Tony Anderson, 2. Colin Thirlby, 3. J.J. Nordstrom, 4. Lance Krider, 5. Jerry Bland Jr., 6. Garrett Jameson, 7. Trent Musk, 8. Brent Davis, 9. Bub Roberts (DNS).
UMP Modified Feature (20 laps): 1. Randy Lines, 2. Ryan Sutter, 3. Mickey Carman Jr., 4. Bradley Jameson, 5. Colin Thrilby, 6. Peter Wormcastle, 7. Jessica Sroufe, 8. Dylan Woodling, 9. Corey Bevard, 10. Tony Anderson, 11. Jamie Lomax, 12. Cameron Head, 13. Lance Krider, 14. Luke Timmerman, 15. J.J. Nordstrom, 16. Todd Sherman, 17. Lynn Johns, 18. Dillon Nusbaum, 19. Zeke McKenzie, 20. Jeff Bland Jr. Non-transferred drivers: Garrett Jameson, Trent Musk, Brent Davis, Bub Roberts (DNS).
Thunder Car Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Lee Hall, 2. Bryce Krider, 3. Randy Brommer, 4. Mike Reitz, 5. Travis Bright.
Thunder Car Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. James Headley, 2. D.J. Holt, 3. T.J. Larson, 4. Shane Richardson.
Thunder Car Feature (15 laps): 1. James Headley, 2. Lee Hall, 3. T.J. Larson, 4. Randy Brommer, 5. Shane Richardson, 6. D.J. Holt, 7. Bryce Krider, 8. Travis Bright, 9. Mike Reitz (DNS).
FWD Compacts Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Eric Solms, 2. Gage Allen, 3. Jacob Beard, 4. Don Vanbuskirk, 5. Kolten Sollars, 6. George Meachum.
FWD Compacts Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Randy Brommer, 2. Alyssa Clark, 3. Robbie White, 4. Chris Harrington, 5. Darin Harrington.
FWD Compacts Feature (15 laps): 1. Eric Solms, 2. Randy Brommer, 3. Jacob Beard, 4. Gage Allen, 5. Alyssa Clark, 6. Kolten Sollars, 7. Don Vanbuskirk, 8. Robbie White, 9. Chris Harrington, 10. Darin Harrington, 11. George Meachum (DNS).