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HMIEL TAKES ORP’S 30-LAP SPRINT MAIN; BERLIN NEXT

By Dick Jordan

Indianapolis, IN……..Shane Hmiel of Pleasant Garden, N.C. led the final 19 laps to win USAC’s “Thursday Night Thunder” AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at O’Reilly Raceway Park in his Rotondo Weirich/Benic Enterprises Maxim/ITI Performance machine. Jerry Coons Jr. passed Henry Clarke for second on the final lap after Clarke had led the first 11 laps of the race. Damion Gardner finished fourth ahead of Chris Windom. Gardner now trails Levi Jones by 18 points going into Saturday’s race at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. Jason Leffler’s bid for the USAC ORP “Triple Crown” ended on lap two as he pulled into the pits with mechanical problems after posting the night’s fastest qualifying time. Tanner Swanson, winner of the recent “Night Before the 500” Midget race at ORP, was involved in a lap-27 tangle with Bryan Clauson and did not finish in the top-10.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2010 – Indianapolis, Indiana – O’Reilly Raceway Park

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jason Leffler, 67k, Kunz-20.371; 2. Bobby Santos III, 98, Santos-20.475; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 69, Dynamics-20.481; 4. Shane Hmiel, 17s, RWB-20.491; 5. Kody Swanson, 75, TK-20.536; 6. Henry Clarke, 67, Kunz-20.589; 7. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR/Team 6R-20.635; 8. Damion Gardner, 71, DG-20.661; 9. Tanner Swanson, 17, TK-20.694; 10. Chris Windom, 11, Walker-20.741; 11. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-20.801; 12. Bobby East, 5, Klatt-20.828; 13. JoJo Helberg, 7, Helberg-20.858; 14. Tracy Hines, 2v, Vance-20.915; 15. Bryan Clauson, 2B, RWB-20.922; 16. Brian Gerster, 27, Davis/Gerster-20.962; 17. Levi Jones, 20, Stewart-21.025; 18. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.199; 19. Mike Larrison, 6, Larrison-21.402; 20. Ricky Williams, 11w, Williams-21.484; 21. Casey Riggs, 37, Indiana Underground-23.052.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Helberg, 2. Windom, 3. Leffler, 4. Hmiel, 5. Gerster, 6. Wilson, 7. Larrison. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Santos, 3. Jones, 4. Fike, 5. Williams, 6. K.Swanson. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Pierce, 2. Coons, 3. T.Swanson, 4. Clarke, 5. Clauson, 6. Riggs, 7. East. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Shane Hmiel, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Henry Clarke, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Chris Windom, 6. JoJo Helberg, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Jacob Wilson, 9. Bobby Santos III, 10. A.J. Fike, 11. Bobby East, 12. Levi Jones, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Aaron Pierce, 15. Brian Gerster, 16. Ricky Williams, 17. Tanner Swanson, 18. Mike Larrison, 19. Jason Leffler, 20. Casey Riggs. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Clarke, Laps 12-30 Hmiel.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Jones-907; 2-Gardner-889; 3-Clauson-828; 4-Coons-810; 5-Windom-784; 6-Hines-784; 7-Clarke-687; 8-Dave Darland-559; 9-Robert Ballou-470; 10-Williams-468.

NEW NATIONAL SPRINT PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Coons-122; 2-Gardner-101; 3-Hmiel-97; 4-Clauson-95; 5-Hines-94; 6-Clarke-92; 7-Wilson-87; 8-Windom-86; 9-Jones-86; 10-Fike-71.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 12 – Marne, MI – Berlin Raceway