TERRE HAUTE —
Jon Stanbrough of Avon led all 30 laps, surviving two red flags and one yellow along the way, to win the U.S. Auto Club's "Indiana Sprint Week" feature late Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track.
This was Stanbrough's fourth USAC feature triumph ever at the Action Track's half-mile dirt oval and his second out of four races so far in the seven-race 2010 Indiana Sprint Week series, which was scheduled to continue Thursday night at Brownstown Speedway and conclude Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt. His other ISW win came last Saturday at Gas City, where he also led all 30 laps.
"We're doing the best we can," Stanbrough said from Victory Lane on
Wednesday. "I made a mistake and crashed in Kokomo [on Sunday]Š But tonight I had a great car. I made a few mistakes driving-wise, but the car was so good [that] it didn't matter."
The primary competition for Stanbrough and his white and red No. 53 Fox Brothers Racing/Jarvis Enterprises Foxco, which started from the No. 2 position next to Henry Clarke on the front row, was previous ISW points leader Levi Jones, another frequent visitor to the Action Track's Victory Lane over the years.
Once Jones moved from the third row to second place in the early going, the Olney, Ill., driver kept creeping closer to Stanbrough. But before the 14th lap became official, Jones' car spun, flipped and hit the wall before Damion Gardner's car made contact with it, causing the first red flag. No injuries were reported.
After track workers cleared the debris, Stanbrough surged ahead on the restart. But racing action didn¹t last long because the cars of Robert Ballou and Ricky Williams collided on the backstretch, resulting in a Williams flip and another red flag. Again, no injuries were reported.
On Restart II, Stanbrough pulled away again. But a yellow flag after the 16th lap forced another grouping of vehicles for Restart III. From there, Stanbrough put distance between himself and second-place Dave Darland en route to the victory.
Because of all the restarts, Stanbrough benefited from never having to deal with lapped traffic.
Darland finished second, but perhaps more importantly he climbed into first place in the ISW point standings. He led Jones by 11 points heading into Thursday's racing card at Brownstown Speedway.
Rounding out the top five were Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons Jr. and top
qualifier Daron Clayton respectively.
During qualifying, Adam Nigg flipped over the wall in Turn 1 and was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment. There was no word on the extent of the injuries, if any, he may have suffered.
No crowd estimates were available, but there weren¹t many empty bleacher seats for the first 2010 Action Track card promoted by Track Enterprises, Inc., owned by Bob Sargent, and the O¹Connor family out of Kokomo.
Wednesday's racing took place during the Vigo County Fair, allowing bright lights from the rides and other colorful attractions at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds to shine brightly in the background of the track.
Wednesday at Terre Haute Action Track
Feature (30 laps) — Jon Stanbrough, Dave Darland, Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons Jr., Daron Clayton, Tracy Hines, Coleman Gulick, Blake Fitzpatrick, Mike Spencer, Matt Mitchell, Shane Hmiel, Henry Clarke, Brady Short, Kyle Robbins, J.J. Hughes, Hud Cone, Caleb Armstrong, Chris Windom, Shane Cottle, Levi Jones, Damion Gardner, Robert Ballou, Ricky Williams. NT.
Williams, Armstrong, Justin Grant, Greg Bragg, Gross, Shawn Krockenberger, Robbie Shuttleworth, J.C. Bland, Daren Krockenberger, Darren Hagen, Eric Krockenberger, Jeff Bland Jr., Hines, Gary Rooke, Jonathan Hendrick, Chase Stockon. NT.
First heat (eight laps) ‹ Gulick, Windom, Hmiel, Ballou, Williams,