May 16th, 2010

30 Lap KISS Sprint Car A Main
1.53 Jon Stanbrough
2.11 Chris Windom
3.2 Hunter Schuerenberg
4.24 Tracy Hines
5.39 Dave Darland
6.57 Thomas Meseraull
7.36 Brady Short
8.10f Blake Fitzpatrick
9.71 Billy Puterbaugh
10.12h Ted Hines
11.41 Steve Ott
12.66 Josh Spencer
13.2b Bryan Clauson
14.7a Caleb Armstrong
15.83 Wes McIntyre
16.27 Andrew Elson
17.5 Justin Grant
18.37 Casey Riggs
19.1x Kurt Gross
20.12g Chris Gurley

12 Lap KISS Sprint Car B Main (top 5 transfer)
1.7a Armstrong
2.5 Grant
3.12g Gurley
4.71 Puterbaugh
5.66 Spencer
6.4 Matt Westfall
7.76 JJ Hughes
8.77u Chris Urish
9.16 Todd Kirkman
10.81 Robert Ballou
DNS 10e Shane Cottle
DNS 7p Anthony Peterman

15 Lap Thunder Car A Main
1.215  Gerald Armfield
2.9 Jason Ftitz
3.1a Jeremy Atkinson
4.215x Chris Hunter
5.2 Jody Myers
6.22 Josh Attinger
7.14w Kris Workman
8.112 Dick Day
9.011 Aaron Foulks
10.92 Scott Apple
11.12a John Antoine
12.622 Lana Jarvis
13.86 Nick Glassburn
14.89c Steve Clark
15.21s Bryar Schroeter
16.11 Nick Boyd
17.55 Steven Hobbs
18.78 Frank Downs
19.96 Brad Clark
DNS 8m Madison Hurst

15 Lap Speed Queen Racing & Design Street Stocks
1.H0 Lee Hobbs
2.3 Craig Walker
3.8 David Hurst
4.9 Glen Gamblin
5.19 Josh Gamblin
6.48 Travis Wolford
7.44 Dave Fritz
8.17 Brian Carrico
9.25 TJ Smith
10.5 Josh Hotsinpiller
11.17m Paul Minter
12.03 Scott Spence
13.13 Loren Sharp
14.00 Landon Miller
15.X John Van Pelt
16.83 Kevin Mullin
DNS 10 Eric Hunter

Stanbrough: Lucky and Good
Hobbs and Armfield pick up wins

By Derek Fisher

Two-time Kokomo Speedway sprint car track champion Jon Stanbrough has seen his fair share of luck — both good and bad — in his lengthy career at the Davis Road oval. Whether experiencing the highs: a 2006 program when he passed a slowing Ryan Pace on the final turn of the final lap to nab a feature win, or the lows: getting tangled up with a backmarker on his way to certain victory in the 2008 Kokomo installment of Sprintweek, Stanbrough’s fortunes have run the gamut.

Sunday night at the local oval, the Avon driver was on the right side of the coin. Stanbrough captured the 30-lap King of Indiana Sprint Series event in dramatic fashion, taking an opportunistic lead with just two laps remaining after the dominant duo of Chris Windom and Bryan Clauson tangled. That unlikely turn of events was just one of many wild occurences on a chilly evening that also saw Lee Hobbs (SpeedQueen Racing & Design street stocks) and Gerald Armfield (thunder cars) visit the winner’s circle.

Stanbrough commenced the sprint A feature from inside the second row, initially settling into the third position behind Windom and polesitter Andrew Elson. Stanbrough improved to second spot on lap three when Elson was forced to the tail after bringing out a caution, and proceeded to ride there in the high groove for the next six laps as Windom, also up top, extended a large lead over the field.

A lap nine yellow period for Steve Ott’s stalled machine — already the event’s fifth such delay — bunched the field and allowed Clauson, improved to third after starting seventh, to draw near Stanbrough’s tail tank. Clauson went to the bottom and capitalized on a lap 11, turn-two bobble on the cushion by Stanbrough to steal second, but could only watch as Windom again rode the cushion to construct a sizeable gap between himself and everyone else.

Windom began to encounter lapped traffic on the 16th circuit and navigated the backmarkers with relative ease until being bottled up behind Elson on lap 18. The two made contact the next time around, resulting in Elson spinning for the second time on the night. The ensuing caution saw Elson report pitside and the field bunch — as well as Clauson erase his antagonist’s edge — once again.

Sizing up Windom on the restart, Clauson began to peek under the leader and executed a pass for the lead on the 23rd tour after Windom bobbled on the thin north-end cushion. That pass was negated, however, by the race’s seventh caution period, this one for Josh Spencer and Caleb Armstrong.

Clauson replicated the move, this time making it stick, on the 25th circuit. Pairing the low groove in turns one and two with the high line in three and four, Clauson pulled away from Windom and Stanbrough slightly over the next two laps before the Canton, Ill. native regained his rhythm. Poised to retake the point and carrying significant momentum into turn three on lap 28, Windom jumped the left rear wheel of a protective Clauson, getting both machines seriously out of shape. Stanbrough was the benefactor, dodging the melee and leading the lap as Clauson’s tire disintegrated down the front stretch, bringing out the event’s eighth and final caution.

With Clauson pitside, Windom rode second at the outset of the two-lap shootout to the finish, but could do little with a rejuvenated Stanbrough.

“I knew those guys were going to race hard,” Stanbrough said of Clauson and Windom from the All-Star Performance / Crume-Evans Insurance / Lowe’s Racing Engines victory lane. “I know Chris didn’t mean to get into [Bryan]. I certainly don’t wish bad luck on anyone.”

Hunter Schuerenberg, Tracy Hines and Dave Darland rounded out the top five. Thomas Meseraull rebounded to claim sixth after reporting to the tail of the 20-car field following the race’s initial caution.

Hobbs’ win in the street stock main was a little more simple.

Hobbs started from the pole of the 15-lap feature and led every circuit in the high groove on the way to his second win of the young season. The Bedford driver’s route to the winner’s circle was eased slightly by an opening-lap spin by David Hurst, who’d started sixth. Hurst rebounded to claim sixth on lap eight, fifth on lap nine and fourth on lap 12 before settling for third.

May 9 winner Craig Walker went wire-to-wire in second in pursuit of Hobbs. Glen Gamblin was fourth and Josh Gamblin was fifth.

“I like the track slick,” Hobbs said. “I could see [Walker]‘s nose a couple of times when my car would push a little. I thought he might get around me so I stayed up high to keep the momentum.”

Armfield had to make a pass to get his second win of 2010.

The Kokomo driver started fourth and advanced to second by the end of lap one behind polesitter Nick Glassburn. Narrowly losing the point to Glassburn at the stripe on the third circuit, Armfield dove underneath the leader in turn two to grab a brief lead on lap four before Glassburn returned the favor out of the fourth turn to again lead the lap.

Armfield took to the high side to nip Glassburn at the line for the lap five lead, a lead he would not relinquish. Glassburn held steady in second until mechanical woes forced him pitside on lap 10. Behind Armfield, a torrid battle for third raged for the balance of the event between Brad Clark and Jason Atkinson.

Clark eventually came out ahead, settling for second. Atkinson was third, ahead of Chris Hunter and Jody Myers.