HAUBSTADT, Ind. – Brady Short scored a huge win by the smallest of margins during Saturday’s Midwest Sprint Car Series Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Tri-State Speedway.
Daron Clayton held on to a third place finish, followed by Kevin Thomas Jr. and Jon Stanbrough.
“It’s huge,” said Short. “The car owner, Cam (Pottorff), wasn’t here tonight, but he’s never won at Haubstadt. It’s pretty special. I’m going to give him a call first thing in the morning and let him know that we won. It’s pretty special to be the first repeat winner of this event too.”
Thomas and Short shared the front row and Thomas grabbed the early lead, with Short on his heels until lap six. After trying to work inside of Thomas going into turn one the lap before, Short charged to the bottom of one and two and took the lead exiting turn two. With the No. 11p Short-Pottorff Racing DRC quick everywhere he tried, Short opened a straightaway lead. As they began to race through slower traffic, Cummins worked the bottom and advanced from sixth to third.
A hard battle for third, as Stanbrough and Clayton tried to pass Cummins, was interrupted when James Lyerla bicycled in turn three and somersaulted off the wall. While Short raced out front, Clayton worked past both Cummins and Thomas after the restart. Clayton caught Short with six laps to go, and Cummins made it a three-way scrap a lap later in his No. 3c Vincennes University/Greenwell Auto Body Spike. On lap 38, Cummins dove under Clayton in turn one and sized up Short. As they took the white flag, Cummins followed Short into turn three, and stayed low through the turn to make a run for the win off of turn four.
But Short also stayed low and they were side-by-side, banging wheels as they came onto the straightaway. Crossing under the flagstand, Short urged his front bumper ahead by about a foot.