ANDERSON, Ind. – The opening event for the Day Transportation Mel Kenyon Midget Series dealt rookie driver Sam Hinds three aces.
In just his fourth start with the series, Hinds captured his first career pole position, first heat victory and first feature win all in one day.
Hinds led all 30 laps of Saturday’s second annual Dick Jordan Classic, and except for the initial start, was not seriously challenged by second-place finisher Colin Grissom.
The two front runners pulled away from third-finishing Ryan Huggler, Kameron Gladish and Trey Osborne.
“I was shocked,” Hinds said of his performance. “I didn’t expect to get the pole position, but my dad said to just go out there are relax.”
Hinds said he didn’t know how much of a lead he had over Grissom, who was more than six seconds back.
“I just concentrated on hitting my marks,” he said. “I was nervous coming to the green flag because he (Grissom) is an aggressive driver.”
Qualifying for the Dick Jordan Classic was extremely tight on the high banked quarter-mile oval as well.
Hinds captured the pole with a lap of 12.659 seconds, which topped the circuit turned by defending race winner Gladish by four hundredths of a second.
The entire field was separated by .408 seconds.
Hinds led the entire way in the first of two heat races, with Huggler coming home less than a second back and Ben Varner finishing third.
Grissom got the jump at the start of the second heat over Gladish and never looked back.
Gladish finished second in that sprint, followed by Osborne.
After the first race of the season, Hinds leads the Kenyon Midget point standings by 23 markers over Grissom, with Huggler, Gladish and Osborne following.
The Day Transportation Mel Kenyon Midget Series season continues June 13, back at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway and this time with spectators allowed in attendance.