Dave Darland Captures Gas City Win

Dave Darland celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 25 lap non-wing sprint car event at the Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday night August 16, 2013. - Bill Miller Photo
Dave Darland celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 25 lap non-wing sprint car event at the Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday night August 16, 2013. – Bill Miller Photo

By Bob Buffenbarger


Gas City, IN -(August 16, 2013) — Dave Darland took the lead on lap eleven and never looked back, capturing the 25 lap sprint car main event Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway.


AJ Hopkins lead the early going after starting 2nd and was setting a torrid pace with pole sitter Chad Boespflug and 6th place starting Darland, Robert Ballou and Todd Keen in hot pursuit. The red came out on lap ten as Boespflug took a nasty end over end tumble off turn one as he got over the cushion. Boespflug was not injured.


At the restart it was Hopkins, Darland, Ballou, Garret Abrams and Chris Gurley. One lap later Darland made the pass on Hopkins and Ballou got by Hopkins the next circuit. Lap 14 saw the red flag wave again for the 18w of Scotty Weir in turn three. Weir was ok.


The order on this restart was Darland, Hopkins, Ballou, Keen, Abrams, Gurley, Jarrett Andretti, Kyle Robbins, Logan Garrett and Ted Hines. Racing for positions 3rd through 8th was fierce at this point with spots being swapped every lap.


Caution appeared on the track with five to go for a three car melee in turn two involving Travis Welpott, Shawn Westerfield and Conner Donelson. As the green came out Darland was stretching his lead a bit and at the checkers it was Darland over Ballou, Hopkins, Keen, Robbins, Shane Cottle who made a charge from 14th, Chris Gurley, Garrett Abrams, Jarrett Andretti and Logan Jarrett.


Heats for the 26 cars on hand were won by Ted Hines, Chad Boespflug and Robert Ballou. Aaron Farney took the B main victory.


Gas City I-69 Speedway

A Main

1. 41-Dave Darland

2. 12b-Robert Ballou

3. 14H-AJ Hopkins

4. 18K- Todd Keen

5. 17R-Kyle Robbins

6. 48-Shane Cottle

7. 12G-Chris Gurley

8. 32-Garrett Abrams

9. 18-Jarrett Andretti

10. 29J-Logan Jarrett

11. 6RR-Joe Liguori

12. 12H-Ted Hines

13. 30-CJ Leary

14. 40- Gary Taylor

15. 18W-Travis Welpott

16. 89-Shawn Westerfield

17. 42- Conner Donelson

18. 18s-Scotty Weir

19. 15F-Aaron Farney

20. 57-Chad Bosepflug


HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 16, 2013 – Gas City, Indiana – Gas City I-69 Speedway – Ignite “Dirt Midget Week”

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 2. Chris Phillips (#71 Phillips), 3. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 4. Cooper Clouse (#14 Clouse), 5. Austin Nemire (#91 Nemire-Yager), 6. Bill Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Stratton Briggs (#2 Alfrey), 2. Patrick Bruns (#83 Bruns), 3. Mike Gass (#52 Gass), 4. Joey Greening (#17G Greening), 5. Aaron Schuck (#53 Schuck), 6. Lynsey Tilton-Liguori (#41 Liguori), 7. Adam Thomason (#74 Thomason). NT

FEATURE: 25 Laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. John Heydenreich, 3. Gage Walker, 4. Mike Gass, 5. Stratton Briggs, 6. Cooper Clouse, 7. Austin Nemire, 8. Aaron Schuck, 9. Lynsey Tilton-Liguori, 10. Joey Greening, 11. Adam Thomason, 12. Bill Kriegbaum, 13. Emmy Gray (#77 Gray), 14. Chris Phillips. NT



NEW HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Walker-496, 2-Briggs-467, 3-Clouse-416, 4-Toby Alfrey-407, 5-Nemire-386, 6-Katlynn Leer-361, 8-Heydenreich-294, 9-Greening-268, 10-Gray-192.
HONDA IGNITE USAC “DIRT MIDGET WEEK” POINTS: 1- Bruns-67, 2-Heydenreich-63, 3-Walker-62, 4-Gass-57, 5-Briggs-56, 6-Clouse-50, 7-Nemire-46, 8-Schuck-43, 9-Tilton-Liguori-39, 10-Greening-38.

NEXT HONDA IGNITE USAC MIDWEST DIRT MIDGET RACE: August 17 – Putnamville, IN – Lincoln Park Speedway – Ignite “Dirt Midget Week”