Thirty-five cars competed with the Midwest TQ Racing League presented by Jenmarco.com over the weekend and Nick Speidel, driving his father Joe's #21 three-quarter midget, was the class of the field both nights.
On Saturday evening at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds Speidel started from the front row and led all twenty-five laps to record his sixth career MTQRL win. Speidel was hounded by polesitter Bobby Walton from the start until a mid race spin sent Walton to the back of the field. After the restart Speidel cruised to the victory over Rick Robinson, Tate Martz, Chris Mann and Kyle McIntosh. Brett Hankins, Jason Willis, Walton, Logan Arnold and Caleb Faulkner completed the top ten.
Hankins topped the twenty-eight car field in qualifications with a lap of 17.540 seconds around the quarter mile Columbus, Ind. oval. Willis won the Jackson Oil & Solvents Duel for Fuel, Jon Steed took home the semi feature win, and Perfect North Slopes heat winners were Arnold, Martz and Robinson.
The Tony Stewart Racing Rookie of the Race was Dustin Wheeldon, Chad Rouse won the drawing for the Jackson Oil & Solvents gift certificate, Tate Martz was the Indy Race Parts Hard Charger and John Doyle received the Duane & Sonja Alexander Hard Luck Driver Award after he rolled his car at the start of his heat race.
Cody Kiewitt, the point leader entering the Columbus race, had a rough night allowing Robinson, with his heat win and second place feature finish, to take over the point lead.
Sunday was a new day but with the same result as Nick Speidel once again visited victory lane with his record breaking fourth consecutive MTQRL feature win. In the first appearance by the Midwest TQ Racing League presented by Jenmarco.com at the Kokomo Speedway twenty-five cars ventured north on US Highway 31 to compete on the lightning fast quarter mile oval in Kokomo, Ind.
Rick Robinson took the lead at the drop of the green flag but with heavy pressure from Brett Hankins. As the two battled for the top spot Bobby Walton snuck by and claimed the point. Walton pulled away from the field until the red flag waived halting the race on lap fourteen when Logan Arnold and Chris Mann tangled in turn four with Arnold flipping. Arnold was not injured but both he and Mann were unable to continue.
Speidel had just moved into second place and restarted on Walton's rear bumper. When racing resumed Speidel passed Walton and went on to lead the final eleven laps taking the win and the points lead. Hankins also got by Walton to claim the runner up position with Zach Cougill and Corey Eaglin (from fifteenth) rounding out the top five. Robinson, Scot Quintel, Tristan Maggart, Devin Fairchild and Bobby DeWitt completed the top ten.
Perfect North Slopes heat winners were Mann, Speidel and Cougill, and DeWitt won the semi feature. Maggart won the drawing for the Jackson Oil & Solvents gift certificate and was also the highest finishing rookie driver earning the Tony Stewart Racing Rookie of the Race. Eaglin was the Indy Race Parts Hard Charger and Arnold received the Duane & Sonja Alexander Hard Luck Driver award.
The MTQRL three-quarter midgets now head to the Rush County Fairgrounds for three consecutive races at the Rushville, Ind. oval. Saturday June 16th is the traditional Fathers Day event, the Russ Hankins Memorial follows on Thursday June 28th during the Rush County Fair, and Wednesday July 4th is the annual Fourth of July Race and Fireworks show with a Vintage and Modern Race Car Show preceding the event.