Boyles Bests Hughes In Gas City Sprint

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Clinton Boyles (57) passes JJ Hughes for the win Saturday at Gas City I-69 Speedway. (Randy Crist photo)

GAS CITY, Ind. — Defending Gas City I-69 Speedway track champion Clinton Boyles won his second non-wing sprint car feature of the year at the quarter-mile clay oval on Saturday night.

In other action, Anthony Haas was the cream of the crop among the Midwest Mini Sprint Ass’n mini-sprint drivers.

After running three heats without a caution, the 25-lap sprint car feature had a six-car crash with two laps down. Tyler Hewitt, who was running fourth, got sideways across the track and five other drivers joined him in a big pile low in turn four.

Luckily no one was hurt, and a couple even restarted. The others involved were Scotty Weir, Sterling Cling, Anthony D’Alessio, Scott Hampton and Korbyn Hayslett.

From the beginning of the race polesitter Dustin Ingle led the way followed closely by his fellow front-row starter, J.J. Hughes. Boyles started sixth but he was fourth for the restart after the big crash and he passed Tim Creech for third working lap four.

There was only one other yellow, which was a quick pause to pick up debris in turn one with six laps down.

Hughes got around Ingle momentarily on the frontstretch on lap 13 and then made a pass for the lead stick working lap 15, when both he and Boyles passed Ingle in turn four.

With five laps to go Boyles used a lapped car to get under Hughes in turn four and went on to post the victory in Paul Hazen’s DRC, which has a Kercher-prepped engine and is backed by Physical Medicine Consultants, Wix Filters, Red End Supply and KECO Coatings.

Hughes finished second and Ingle was third. Cole Ketcham finished fourth and Garrett Abrams rounded out the top five.

Andy Bishop was fourth and Jessica Sroufe finished fifth.

Polesitter Anthony Haas led all 20 laps of the mini-sprint feature. Jac Nickles ran second the entire race and Brad Strunk held third throughout. The best battle was for fourth, which went to defending champion Cody Trammell over Chris Bounds.

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