May 20, 2013 – The annual Memorial Day holiday is this coming weekend, and Hoosiers will be busy. With only three races remain in the 2013 King of Indiana Sprint Series, Sunday’s 30-lap feature at Tri-State Speedway promises to be huge. While Bedford’s Brady Short is in the driver’s seat, so to speak, in the point standings, his advantage isn’t at all comfortable. He knows that several of the area’s hottest drivers are also ready to claim the King’s crown.
Short holds a 41-point lead over Dave Darland, who is coming off a big win at Bloomington Speedway last weekend. Third in points is Robert Ballou, who won the thrilling KISS feature at Kokomo Speedway. Just behind them are Hunter Schuerenberg and Kevin Thomas Jr., the latter coming off a streak of three consecutive USAC wins, including a big victory two weeks ago at Tri-State.
But Short didn’t coast into the KISS lead. He earned it the right way, by winning two of the first three KISS races run. With everything meshing smoothly around his new ride in Cam Pottorff’s DRC, he is as hot as any of those other drivers. And one advantage is that he can say that he already owns a KISS win at Tri-State Speedway, scored during his 2009 KISS championship run. The other KISS winners at Tri-State, Jon Stanbrough, Jeff Bland Jr., Daron Clayton and Justin Marvel, are not contending for this year’s point title.
Sunday’s event will be co-sanctioned by the busy Midwest Sprint Car Series, where Kevin Thomas Jr. currently holds the point lead. Tri-State’s modifieds are also on the program. The race track is located on US 41, 16 miles north of Evansville, in Haubstadt, Indiana. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30, with racing at 7:30. General admission tickets are $20, tickets for students 13 to 18 are just $15, and ages 12 and under are admitted free. Pit passes are $30. More information is available at www.tristatespeedway.com.
KISS Points: 1. Brady Short 570, 2. Dave Darland 529, 3. Robert Ballou 515, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg 362
2013 KISS SCHEDULE
May 3 Bloomington Speedway – Brady Short
May 5 Kokomo Speedway – Robert Ballou
May 10 Gas City I-69 Speedway – Brady Short
May 18 Lawrenceburg Speedway – Rain
May 26 Tri-State Speedway
June 1 Paragon Speedway
July 2 Terre Haute Action Track