Columbus driver shines at Brownstown

Devin Gilpin of Columbus won the Late Model feature at Brownstown Speedway on June 25. Gilpin, who drives for Jim Beeman of North Vernon, held off Edinburgh’s Joe Godsey by a car length at the finish for the win. Defending track champion Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh was third, with Jared Bailey of Bedford fourth and Jeremy Hines of Seymour completing the top five.

Columbus’ Randy Petro recorded his first feature win of the season and the 303rd of his career by winning the Super Stock feature. Petro dedicated his win to fellow Columbus racer Willie Sallee, who was injured in a racing incident in April and is now home recovering.

In a near photo finish with Petro, Tom Ault of Freetown placed second. Behind the top two were Tim Eddelman of Taylorsville, Aubrey Eagin of Bedford and David Brewer of Seymour.

Marty O’Neal of Spencer edged out his nephew Hudson O’Neal by .003 seconds to win the Indiana Pro Late Model feature. Track officials had to use the transponding system results and video to determine the winner of the race. Chad Stapleton was third, followed by Matt Patus of Memphis and Steve Barnett of Franklin.

Tim Rivers of Salem took home the top honors in the Don Russ Memorial for Pure Stocks. With a top prize of $1,000 to win Rivers held off the challenges of Josh Hayes of Seymour and Troy Clark of North Vernon for the win. Mickey Hines of Scipio was fourth and Dalton Fleenor of Little York completed the top five.

Tonight, Brownstown will host a special $5,000 to win race for Super Late Models. Also racing will be the Indiana Pro Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets.

Bloomington results

Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Alabama, won the 410 Sprint Car feature on June 24 at Bloomington Speedway. He was followed by Bedford drivers Jeff Bland Jr. and Jordan Kinser. Nick Bilbee of Indianapolis was fourth and Brady Short of Bedford rounded out the top five.

In the RaceSaver Sprint Division, Dakota Jackson of Elizabethtown won the main event. He was trailed by Andy Bradley and Ethan Barrow, both of Bloomington, Kerry Kinser of Solsberry and Bloomington’s Jared Fox.

Josh Harris of Bedford was victorious in the Modified class at Bloomington. Jordan Wever of Bloomington was second, followed by Jacoby Hines of Nineveh, Bradley Sterrett of Bloomington and Mark Lamont.

Steve Peeden of Paragon came home the winner in the Super Stock Division. Chris Hillman of Camby was second, followed by Josh Boller of Greencastle, Josh Divine of Loogootee and Jamey Wilson from Seymour.

Paragon race results

Andrew Prather of Martinsville won the 410 Non-wing Sprint Car feature on June 25 at Paragon Speedway. He was followed by Josh Cunningham, Travis Wilpot, Pat Giddens and Colin Parker.

Chris Hillman of Camby won the Super Stock feature over Steve Hollars, Trent Niflis, Justin Jeffries and Steve Johnson Jr.

Chad Taylor of Unionville took the top honors in the Hornet Division at Paragon. Felisha Lucas of Edinburgh was second. She was followed by Larry Babbs, William Wright and Jessie Harris.

Columbus native wins at Twin Cities

J.J. Hughes, a native of Columbus who now resides in Terre Haute, captured his first career Sprint Car feature win on June 25 at Twin Cities Raceway Park in Vernon. Hughes, a 2011 graduate of Columbus East, took first place over Garrett Abrams of Rushville, Jordan Kinser of Bedford, Logan Hupp of Columbus and Dickie Gaines of Mitchell.

Brad Wieck of Cincinnati drove the Gary Herbert-owned Modified to victory lane at Twin Cities. Mike Bechelli of Elizabethtown was second. He was followed by Jeff Deckard of Springville, Patrick Alcorn of Cincinnati and Andy Carver from Orleans.

Mark Bruce of Commiskey picked up the win in the Pure Stock Division. Danny Eichler of Indianapolis was second, followed by Ross Smith of Columbus, Rick Zimmerman and Ryan Layman of North Vernon.

Dalton Roark of Dupont won the Hornet main event over Troy Napier of North Vernon, Columbus’ Todd Cain, and North Vernon drivers Davey Waggoner and Jacob Owens.

Twin Cities will be idle tonight. Their next racing program will be July 9.

This week in racing history

Bill Kimmel won the Late Model feature on this weekend in 1969 at 25th Street Speedway in Columbus. Mack Pace was second, followed by Gene Sutton, Carl Collins and Johnny Baker.

This weekend in 1976, Steve Kinser won the Sprint Car feature at Bloomington Speedway. Mike Johnson was second, followed by Bob Kinser and Randy Kinser.

Paul Crockett won the Late Model feature at Bloomington over Ira Bastin, Russ Petro of Columbus, Troy Burton of Columbus and Mike Titara.

Also 40 years ago, Phil Fultz of Clifford won the Sportsman feature event at Twin Cities. Columbus drivers Powell Ballard and Herman Burton finished second and third, respectively.

At Brownstown in 1976, Robert Earl dominated the 50-lap Late Model feature, lapping all but five cars. Gerald Dixon was second, followed by Dennis Boknecht, Ira Bastin and Jim Curry.

Ed Covey won the Hobby Stock feature at Brownstown over John Mull and Jeff Mounce.

On this weekend in 1986, Paul Shafer won the Late Model feature at Brownstown Speedway. Ray Godsey was second, followed by Rick Carneal, Jim Curry and Barry Magers.

Mike Jewell won the Modified Street Stock feature at Brownstown. Steve Trabue finished second. He was followed by Mark Barber of North Vernon, Danny Blackwell and Billy Filburn.

Joe Johnson of North Vernon won the Street Stock main event over Leonard Chavis, Larry Harris, Gary Bland and Dennis Hobbs.

At Twin Cities 30 years ago, it was Lee Fleetwood taking the Late Model victory. He was followed by Rick Hines, Jim Beeman of North Vernon, Gary Cooksey and Danny Eichler.

Dennis Barber of North Vernon won the Street Stock feature at Twin Cities. Gary Burton of Columbus placed second, followed by Phil Fultz of Clifford, Larry Gingery of Columbus and Don Walp.