HAUBSTADT, Ind. – The final countdown for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint car Series begins this Sunday with the running of the Labor Day Weekend Challenge at Tri-State Speedway.
The Midwest Sprint Car Series will be competing in a 30-lap feature paying $3,000 to win and $200 to start. The UMP open-wheel modifieds will also be racing to provide the added excitement of a double header program. Racing will begin at Tri-State at 7:30 p.m. with hot laps to be held an hour earlier.
The Labor Day Weekend Challenge will be the first of five MSCS races scheduled at three different tracks over the five week period that will bring the 2012 season to a close.
The 2012 MSCS champion will be crowned at the Harvest Cup on Oct. 6, which will also be held at Tri-State Speedway. The series will also make stops at Bloomington Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway in September.
Veteran Jon Stanbrough currently leads the MSCS standings and is looking to collect his first MSCS title. He is also battling for supremacy in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series. Two of the remaining races on the MSCS schedule are co-sanctioned by USAC, meaning they are doubly important for Stanbrough. Both of those races will pay $10,000 to the winner.
Stanbrough’s closest rivals for the MSCS title are three-time series champion Kyle Cummins and the persistent Robert Ballou. Cummins has been on a hot streak of late, winning two of the last three MSCS shows.
Ballou had been in the runner-up spot in MSCS point standings until Cummin’s last feature win shuffled the order. He is currently a single point behind Cummins and the two are just 13 and 14 points behind Stanbrough.
Defending MSCS champion Brady Short is now fourth in the standings and also within reach of the top spot. Jonathan Hendrick is fifth in the standings. Hendrick captured his first MSCS feature recently when he won the Hoosier Sprint Nationals.