PEVELY, Mo. — Paul May made his first stop of the Midwest Open Wheel Ass’n Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores a successful one, as he dominated en route to a $2,000 payday Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.
May won every race he entered during the night, including his heat, in which he started in the seventh spot, the fast dash and the feature event. He started on the poll for the dash, after drawing the one pill for an invert, while the win in the dash started him inside the front row for the feature.
Though in the end May dominated, the race for second was a great one and the charge Paul Nienhiser put on before crashing with 16 laps down more than made up for the one-side domination out front.
Nienhiser started second, but fell back on the start, only to come charging from the fifth spot with about 10 laps down. May had opened a full straightaway advantage on the field, but by lap 16 Nienhiser had not only moved to second place, he had reeled in the race leader.
As the pair completed lap 16, Nienhiser had closed to with in a car length, and looked to have more than enough speed to make a pass, but it all ended in turns one and two.
Nienhiser missed the very narrow cushion and got into the turn one wall, which resulted in what could very well be the worst crash in the four-year history of the MOWA Series. Luckily, after more than a handful of flips, the youngster from Chapin, Ill., was able to walk away from the crash, but the car was done for the night.
On the restart with nine laps to go, May again jumped out to a commanding lead, leaving Korey Weyant and the rest of the field to battle for second. And it was a phenomenal battle.
Weyant held on, but not without surviving a tight battle with A.J. Bruns, Jerrod Hull and Joey Moughan. Moughan and Hull both spent time in third over the last five laps, but could not hold off Bruns. Bruns made the battle for second a four-car battle with three laps to go, eventually taking the final podium spot. Hull held on for fourth, while Moughan rounded out the top five.
Paul May, Korey Weyant, A.J. Bruns, Jerrod Hull, Joey Moughan, Jimmy Light, Bret Tripplett, Joe B. Miller, Tommy Worley, Ben Wagoner, Jim Moughan, Jeremy Standridge, Logan Faucon, Caleb Wankel, Scottie Gritzmacher, Chris Urish, Scott Comstock, Tommy Rockwell, Trey Datweiler, Paul Nienhiser, John Helm, Robbie Standridge.