Meseraull Is Gas City’s Mayhem Master

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Thomas Meseraull at Gas City I-69 Speedway. (Randy Crist photo)
Thomas Meseraull at Gas City I-69 Speedway. (Randy Crist photo)

GAS CITY, Ind. — Thomas Meseraull closed the month of May with a flourish at Gas City I-69 Speedway by winning his third 25-lap sprint car feature in a row during the quarter-mile dirt track’s “Mayhem” program Friday night.

Polesitter Dylan Woodling became the track’s third different 20-lap UMP modified feature winner so far this year. Andy Bishop recorded his second street stock feature victory at Gas City in 2019 in that 15-lap main event.

Bill Lewis is the one to beat in super streets, as he posted his third feature victory after 15 laps of competition. Gage Allen was the third different victor in the hornet division in that 15-lapper. Rounding out the six-class program which was still over by 11:38 p.m., Chris Hicks will go down in the record books as the first 15-lap feature winner at Gas City in the “tough trucks” division.

Meseraull started sixth in Tom Eades’ Physical Medicine Consultants DRC with a Stensland-prepped Chevy engine and took the lead from Matt Westfall on lap six. He built up a straightaway lead, but it evaporated with 19 laps down when a yellow waved for Kyle Simon, who had a flat tire, and a bigger tire marking the inside of turn four became dislodged.

Two more cautions kept the field close, but “T-Mez” was up to the challenge. Corey Smith dipped under Westfall in turn four working lap 21 to earn the runner-up honors with his DRC, which is sponsored by Napa of Russiaville and Claxton Engines. Westfall finished third in the Ray Marshall Motorsports/Buckeye Machine/DPI Ink Maxim, which has a Hampshire-tuned engine. Travis Hery, who is a postdoctoral researcher at The Ohio State University, finished fourth in the Spiker Racing Products No. 21h. Scotty Weir came from ninth place to round out the top five in Scott and Donna Pedersen’s DRC, which is sponsored by Red’s Racing Engines and Indy Race Parts and has a Pedersen powerplant.

Woodling led the initial start of the UMP modified feature but Bill Griffith wrestled the lead away from him on lap two right before a yellow flew for Todd Sherman, who was third when he was hit and spun in Turn 1. A red flew with six laps down for Percy Gendreau, whose 2018 Diamond with a Pace Performance CT525 caught on fire and stopped between Turns 1 and 2. Luckily he was unhurt.

Griffith continued to lead until Woodling dipped under him coming out of Turn 4 working lap nine. Woodling was able to increase his lead, but Griffith held on for second. Dillon Nusbaum came from 12th to finish third. Shane O’Connor and Ryan Sutter rounded out the top five.

The street stock feature was highlighted by a battle of the 14s, as Bishop’s No. 14 led Chris Tippit’s No. 14t most of the race. Travis Nichols and Ervin Turner, who were fifth and sixth at the time, got together to bring out a yellow with 11 laps down. Two laps after the restart Mike Fincher got by Tippit for second in turn four, right before the last yellow flew when the fifth-place driver, Ron Flaugh, spun in turn four. Bishop’s Thompson Trucking-sponsored car had a comfortable lead over Fincher at the end. Tippit, Jeff Hinkley and Jeremy Stocker were next across the line.

Lewis, driving another Thompson Trucking-sponsored No. 14, led all 15 laps of the super street feature from the pole. Jeffery Jessup finished second and Daniel Sanchez placed third. The best battle of that race was between Jeff Matheny and Bill Bradley, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Josh Gamblin got a great start and blasted from fourth to the lead of the hornet feature on the first lap. Allen hit him in the rear so much that Gamblin’s rear bumper was dragging at the end, but Allen got by with a move to the outside in turn four on the last lap for the victory. Gamblin hung on for second followed by James Headley Jr., Logan Easterday and Gerald Owens. The latter started way back in 12th in the 24-car field.

 

Hicks dominated the tough trucks feature, with Chris Bitters a distance second. The best battle in that race was for third, which went to Devon Hower over Leslie Hurd. Dustin Ratliff rounded out the top five.