Shane Cottle Is WAR Sprint Car Star

Shane Cottle (Mark Coffman photo)

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Shane Cottle claimed victory on the final night of the Mid-State Open Wheel Nationals presented by POWRi at Valley Speedway for the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League.

After 25 adrenaline-filled laps of side-by-side action, the deciding factor of the feature would be a dramatic last-lap pass for the lead with Cottle earning the victory.

Saturday winner Mario Clouser seemed to be in fine form, from gaining the high-point qualifier award and earning a pole starting position to gaining the early lead. Clouser was challenged early and often as both Brandon Mattox and Jadon Rogers would both take their respective shots at the top spot only to see Clouser seem to gain speed.

As the laps wound down, Clouser saw the hard charge of Cottle come from 15th starting position to battle for the lead. Once Cottle passed Clouser. Brandon Mattox gained spots and grabbed the lead with two laps remaining.

With the white flag waving, Cottle used an excellent high side run to gain the feature win. Mattox finished second with Clouser third. Chad Goff and Rogers rounded out the top five.

The finish:

Feature (25 laps): 1. 74X-Shane Cottle[15]; 2. 28M-Brandon Mattox[3]; 3. 6-Mario Clouser[1]; 4. 9-Chad Goff[8]; 5. 14-Jadon Rogers[2]; 6. 5C-Colten Cottle[4]; 7. 28-Kory Schudy[13]; 8. 77-Jack Wagner[9]; 9. 16-Anthony Nicholson[23]; 10. 11W-Wyatt Burks[17]; 11. 98-Brandon Morin[7]; 12. 34-Sterling Cling[19]; 13. 9X-Casey Baker[5]; 14. 24-Nate McMillin[12]; 15. (DNF) 91-Riley Kreisel[10]; 16. (DNF) 12-Wesley Smith[14]; 17. (DNF) 54-Trey Gropp[11]; 18. (DNF) 2Z-Zach Clark[6]; 19. (DNF) 2K-Kyle Lewis[16]; 20. (DNF) ST1-Lane Stone[21]; 21. (DNF) 88-Chad Tye[22]; 22. (DNS) 37-Brian Beebe; 23. (DNS) 41-Brad Wyatt