Meseraull Conquers Gas City Oval

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Thomas Meseraull (Randy Crist photo)

GAS CITY, Ind. — Four former Gas City I-69 Speedway champions took advantage of the double points on the line during the “Mid-Season Championship” at Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday night and won their respective features to give their 2020 efforts a shot in the arm.

Defending non-wing sprint car champion Thomas Meseraull won his 25-lap feature, while former champ Derek Losh took the top honors in the 20-lap modified main event. Defending street stock champion Andy Bishop was victorious in that 15-lap feature, while multi-time track champion James Headley was the star of the 15-lap hornet feature.

The USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 midgets were on hand as an added attraction, and Adam Taylor, the 2017 34 Raceway midget champ, won that 25-lap main event on a night that featured a total of 108 race cars.

It was Meseraull’s race to lose when he started on the pole of the sprint feature in Tom Eades’ Physical Medicine Consultants No. 47, which is a DRC chassis with a Stensland-prepped engine. Kyle Cummins almost made him lose it, as he passed Meseraull low in turn four on lap six for the lead.

Cummins, who was in the Hank Byram/Rock Steady Racing Mach 1/Foxco sponsored by Lucas Oil Centers, Mid-America Safety Solutions and POSI Project Oversight Services, led through lap 10, when a yellow waved for Tyler Kendall, who had spun between turns one and two

Meseraull found what he needed on the restart and dipped under Cummins on the frontstretch to regain the lead, which he didn’t relinquish again despite two more yellows for spins by Max Gifford on lap 15 and Chase Jones on lap 20 that gave Cummins another shot. Meseraull was about six lengths ahead of Cummins at the checkered.

Scotty Weir had a big battle with J.J. Hughes before Weir nailed down third place in Matt and Gene Goodnight’s Maxim/Claxton sponsored by Quality Pallet, the Pallet Builders, and Benic Enterprises.

Shane Cockrum, who won here June 26, placed fourth over a high-riding Max Adams in the famous Hazen No. 57.