Gas City Hosting Jerry Gappens Sr. Memorial

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Gas City I-69 Speedway will host the Jerry Gappens Sr. Memorial Cup this weekend.
Gas City I-69 Speedway will host the Jerry Gappens Sr. Memorial Cup this weekend.

GAS CITY, Ind. — Top sprint cars drivers from the Midwest will converge on Gas City I-69 Speedway this Friday night in hopes of adding their name to the Jerry Gappens Sr. Memorial Cup and collect the $2,000 prize.

Last year this event generated one of the most exciting and closest finishes in Gas City I-69 Speedway history, as C.J. Leary won the inaugural Jerry Gappens Sr. Memorial non-winged sprint car race by inches.

The final two laps featured three-wide racing for first place, as Leary used the top groove to narrowly nip Matt Westfall and Shane Cockrum at the line. Leary, 23, was also in the news last weekend for winning the USAC Eastern Storm title.

The sprint cars will be joined by UMP-style modifieds, street stocks, hornets and AMSA mini-sprints at Gas City this Friday night.

Intermission entertainment will feature the Korporal Candyman Coin and Candy Scramble for kids on the front straightaway.

An adult general admissioncosts $15, and kids 12 and under are free. A pit pass costs $30. The pit gate opens for competitors at 3 p.m., while the grandstands open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the first race is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.  Parking is free.