HAUBSTADT, Ind. — With a dominant performance, Robert Ballou captured his second consecutive Midwest Sprint Car Series feature on Saturday at Tri-State Speedway.
Ballou was unchallenged as Brady Short took second, over Kyle Cummins, Chase Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg.
Taking the lead from Stockon in the second turn, Ballou had a dozen-car length advantage by the second lap. Much of the race featured a close battle between Stockon, Short and Cummins, but Ballou’s Deaton’s Waterfront Services-sponsored Maxim was a straightaway ahead by lap five.
On the sixth circuit, Shane Cockrum got together with Jeff Bland in turn four and flipped at the head of the frontstretch.
With a clear track, Ballou quickly built a half-straightaway lead, as Short worked past Stockon on lap nine. He quickly doubled the lead, and it held steady until the finish. Cummins pressed Short throughout the 25-lap event, and although they both got past Stockon, Short held on to second.
“I think it is that new motor we’ve got there. That thing is definitely better than anything I’ve ever had,” Ballou told the fans. “That just goes to show that if I could qualify and start in the first three rows we’d probably have a hundred times more wins in Indiana up to this point. But I can’t figure out how to qualify and hopefully this motor here will solve that problem.”