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Cottle and Bland Win at Bloomington

Indiana Midget Week stormed into Bloomington Speedway and delivered an exciting night of racing during Indiana Stoneworks Night Friday, June 18.

The event featured the United States Auto Club Mopar National Midgets and the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Cars. Shane Cottle won the 30-lap USAC Mopar National Midget feature race, while Jeff Bland Jr. took the checkered flag in the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Car feature event.

Shane Cottle of Kokomo Ind., dominated the USAC Mopar National Midget feature race and picked up the win. He took home the checkered flag after hunting down Tracy Hines of New Castle Ind., and wrestling the lead away from him on the fifth lap. Cottle never looked back and led the field all the way to the finish. He is the third winner during the Indiana Midget Week and will carry momentum with him as the series moves to Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday, June 19.

Jeff Bland Jr. of Springville Ind., stole the lead from pole sitter Danny Holtsclaw of Bloomfield Ind., on the third lap and avoided a late race charge from Jon Stanbrough of Brownsburg Ind., to win the Grimes Pools & Spas Sprint Car feature race. Stanbrough worked his way up from the eleventh starting position and made a bold move on the outer edge of the frontstretch to pass Brady Short of Bedford Ind., and Dickie Gaines of Mitchell Ind., to move into the second position and win the Sprint Mart Hard Charger Award for the night. The win bolsters Bland Jr’s points championship position as he will remain in the lead heading into the next event.

USAC MOPAR NATIONAL – USAC/SMRS GREAT PLAINS (SE) MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 18, 2010 – Bloomington, Indiana – Bloomington Speedway – “Indiana Midget Week”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 11, Wilke-Pak-11.920; 2. Dave Darland, 71, Kunz-11.977; 3. Brad Sweet, 49, Kahne/Curb-11.995; 4. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-12.042; 5. Shane Cottle, 1st, Saucier-12.053; 6. Bryan Clauson, 39, Tucker/Kunz/BCI-12.060; 7. Bobby East, 4, Klatt-12.088; 8. Davey Ray, 14, Fatt-Fro-12.101; 9. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-12.103; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 2, Bush-12.139; 11. Henry Clarke, 67, Kunz-12.164; 12. Chase Barber, 90, Barber-12.164; 13. Brad Loyet, 05, Loyet-12.195; 14. Darren Hagen, 3, RFMS-12.215; 15. Brent Beauchamp, 75B, Beauchamp-12.225; 16. Brad Kuhn, 17B, RW-12.242; 17. Alex Bowman, 55, Cline-12.253; 18. Caleb Armstrong, 7A, C & A-12.253; 19. Billy Pauch Jr., 54P, Burke-12.280; 20. Levi Jones, 21, Stewart-12.288; 21. Don Droud Jr., 44, Smith-12.296; 22. Shane Hmiel, 56, 56 Inc.-12.303; 23. Chad Boat, 30, Boat-12.325; 24. Billy Wease, 92, Burrow-12.342; 25. Robbie Ray, 3R, Ray-12.385; 26. Matt Smith, 1au, Smith-12.397; 27. Levi Roberts,
2D, Roberts-12.529; 28. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-12.593; 29. Matt Westfall, 14w, Bordner-12.688; 30. Murray Erickson, 8, Guardian-12.695; 31. Brian Postle, 22, Postle-12.737; 32. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.848; 33. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt/Meents-12.865; 34. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-12.962; 35. Mario Clouser, 06, MCM-13.235; 36. Buddy Lowther, 31, Lowther-13.325.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Loyet, 2. Hines, 3. Droud, 4. Coons, 5. Cottle, 6. Bowman, 7. Westfall, 8. R.Ray, 9. Schmidt. 1:39.98
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Hagen, 3. Hmiel, 4. Smith, 5. Clauson, 6. Erickson, 7. C.Armstrong, 8. Meseraull. 1:36.17
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. East, 2. Pauch, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Clarke, 5. Clouser, 6. Roberts, 7. Postle, 8. Boat, 9. Sweet. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kuhn, 2. D.Ray, 3. Jones, 4. Buckwalter, 5. Barber, 6. Daum, 7. Wease, 8. Dodenhoff, 9. Lowther.
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sweet, 2. Cottle, 3. Meseraull, 4. Clauson, 5. C.Armstrong, 6. Westfall, 7. Wease, 8. Barber, 9. Roberts, 10. Conover, 11. Erickson, 12. Postle, 13. Schmidt, 14. Dodenhoff, 15. Lowther, 16. Boat, 17. Clouser, 18. Bowman, 19. R.Ray, 20. Daum. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Brad Sweet, 5. Steve Buckwalter, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Brent Beauchamp, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Brad Kuhn, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Brad Loyet, 13. Matt Smith, 14. Billy Pauch, Jr., 15. Shane Hmiel, 16. Don Droud Jr., 17. Henry Clarke, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Matt Westfall, 20. Bobby East, 21. Davey Ray, 22. Caleb Armstrong. NT
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**Hagen & East flipped on lap 2 of the feature. D.Ray flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Pauch flipped on lap 26 of the feature. Clarke & Droud flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Hines, Laps 5-30 Cottle.

NEW USAC MOPAR NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Clauson-615; 2-Sweet-576; 3-East-555; 4-Hines-546; 5-Kuhn-526; 6-Hagen-521; 7-Darland-490; 8-Coons-479; 9-Clarke-353; 10-Daum-347.
NEW USAC “INDIANA MIDGET WEEK” POINTS: 1-Sweet-198; 2-Buckwalter-182; 3-Kuhn-162; 4-Hines-160; 5-Cottle-149.

NEXT USAC MOPAR NATIONAL/USAC/SMRS GREAT PLAINS MIDGET RACE: June 19 – Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway – “Indiana Midget Week”