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Lynn Ambrose takes the Checker Flag at Twin Cities Raceway Park on July 26th, 2014



July 4th at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds

July 4th at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds was the setting for the much anticipated first Non Wing MMSA Lightning Sprint Car race of the season.

There was a record setting field of 32 cars signed in for the racing action.

First on tap and also a first for this season was single car qualifying where Collin Ambrose from Owensboro, Kentucky set the fast time.

The first race of the night was the four lap trophy dash which was won by Drew Dorsett from Monrovia, Indiana.

There was a full night of racing with four heat races taking the top four from each heat race into the A Main. Heat race winners were Collin Ambrose, Andy Bradley, Doug Jones and Drew Dorsett.

The B Main was without a doubt the most exciting race of the night. Former USAC and POWRI midget driver AJ Felker came from the back of the 15 car field to finish first place followed by Colin Parker, Howard McCormick and Scotty Orme for fourth and final transfer position.

After the B Main the drivers took some time to have a meet and greet with the fans. There was a long line of fans to meet the drivers and to get autographs and pictures of their favorite drivers.

The 25 lap A Main got off to a rocky start when one of the cars up front slowed down causing a chain reaction accident on the first lap. As a result Andy Bradley ended up collecting a tire on the inside of turn one causing his car to flip several times and bringing out the red flag. Andy was able to climb out of his car but, he was done for the night. On the restart Jim Gardner was able to set the pace for the feature. Jim went on to take the checker flag and never looked back but, unfortunately Jim Garnder fell victim to a technical rules infraction. The eventual winner was Collin Ambrose of Owensville, KY taking his third victory of the season. Second place went to Nathan Mensendiek from Columbus, Indiana and third place was AJ Felker from Charlestown, Indiana who also was awarded the hard charger award.

Next event for the MMSA Lighting Sprints will also be a “non wing” race taking place on July 12that Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Indiana. For additional schedule information please check out our web site atwww.midwestminisprints.com. 
 
Gardner captures his first MMSA Lightning Sprint victory at Mountpeliar
Friday night’s rainfall had little effect on the racers of the MMSA, as 18 cars signed in for Saturday nights racing event. The track staff did an excellent job of preparing the surface, and the track crew got us on the road before 10pm!

Heat race action was plentiful, with Gardner, Shipman, and L. Ambrose all claiming wins. Gardener started on the pole, and once the field went green he never looked back. He was followed to checkers by AMSA regular Chase Dunham, and MMSA point’s leader Lynn Ambrose.  
 
MMSA Lightning Sprints returned to Twin Cities Raceway Park
MMSA Lightning Sprints returned to Twin Cities Raceway Park where twenty cars singed in after a two year hiatus. The #36 of Collin Ambrose became the third driver to win a feature this season edging out out his brother Lynn Ambrose and Damon Fortune claimed both the third position and Hard Charger award. Top finishing rookie went to the #19 of Mike Miller. Heat race wins went to #12 Michael Roehling, #77 of Lynn Ambrose and the #71 of Nathan Mensendiek. Click on results for the full rundown!

North Vernon track promoters were very happy with the series, we thank everyone who made it out Saturday Night.
 
Andy Bradley holds off Lynn Ambrose for the win at Western Kentucky
As the rain threatened Saturday night, 15 MMSA Lightning Sprints signed in at Western Kentucky Speedway. The track crew used the light rain received to transform the speedway into an extremely fast and smooth racing surface. During the heat races it was very evident that WKS was a perfect venue for the MMSA. Most cars fell between the 16-17 sec lap times, and top speeds where clocked near 100mph.

Bradley led the field to green and led the first five laps until a very fast Colin Ambrose went to the high side and pulled from the field. Ambrose pulled to a comfortable lead, at the halfway point the yellow came out for sprint car regular Mark Perry who cut down a tire. During the caution laps disaster struck for Colin Ambrose as one of the coolant lines burst on his #36. With one to go Lynn Ambrose put his #77 machine on the bottom to challenge Bradley but was unable to make the pass giving Bradley his first feature win of the year and his first win as a car builder. Bradley, L. Ambrose , and Mensendiek round out your top three. Alex Shipman was the hard charger passing 8 cars to end up 6th, and Luke Cone was the top 600cc.

Click on Results for the official run down. 

 
Ambrose dominates Brownstown Speedway
Ambrose dominates Brownstown Speedway two weeks in row. Lynn Ambrose mounted up his 2nd consecutive victory over a field of 25

Next race: Western Kentucky Speedway. Saturday the 7th, huge payout, $125 to start!

 
Western Kentucky Speedway has been rescheduled

The May 10th race at Western Kentucky Speedway has been rescheduled for June 28th, it will be a double header weekend with a race at Chandler on Friday the 27th.

Next Event is May 31st at Brownstown Speedway  

 
MMSA Racers Recap for Brownstown May 3rd 2014

As some of the familiar names take off MMSAs opening week a heated battle develops amongst the rookie of the year contenders."

Although veteran racer Lynn Ambrose was victorious in Saturday Night's Brownstown event most of the action was within its rookie class.

As for the rookies, five new drivers hit the track Saturday night in their first MMSA event of 2014. The feature ran 20 straight laps without incident, and many of the new drivers looked like old pros racing clean side by side.

The #49 machine of Troy Fortune topped the rookie class with a 9th place finish. Former Hornet racer Mike Miller stood out early in his heat race, but after battling some spindle issues he was able to salvage a 12th place position in the feature event. Bobby Griffits of Bloomington driving the #45 was adjusting to the use of a wing for the first time and he claimed the 13th spot, followed by #00 ERC of Corey Meadows. Bloomington's Kyle Dugan battled mechanical problems all night and was unable to finish the feature event. Great job by all the drivers completing a caution free race, we hope to see everyone at Western Kentucky Speedway this Saturday!

Official Results

Heat 1 #36 Collin Ambrose #71 Nathan Mensendiek #11 Alex Shipman #87 Travis Stickels #19 Mike Miller R #45 Bobby Griffiths #00 Cory Meadows – DNF #14k Kyle Dugan - DNS

Heat 2 #37 Doug Jones #77 Lynn Ambrose #10c Chris Baumeyer #2m Colin Miller #39 Scott Bradley #49 Troy Fortune #86 Andy Bradley - DNS

Feature #77 Lynn Ambrose #71 Nathan Mensendiek #37 Doug Jones #11 Alex Shipman #36 Collin Ambrose #39 Scott Bradley #2m Colin Miller #86 Andy Bradley (Hard Charger) #49 Troy Fortune (R) #10c Chris Baumeyer #87 Travis Stickels #19 Mike Miller (R) #45 Bobby Griffiths (R) #00 Cory Meadows (R) #14 Kyle Dugan (R)

Scheduling News: MMSA officials were notified by Brownstown Speedway of a scheduling conflict for the May 17th non wing show. We were unable to secure that date, and it has been officially canceled. We are working with the Brownstown team to replace this non wing race later in the season.

 In other scheduling news Charlestown Speedway has been closed, this is beyond our control however the races held at Charlestown Speedway will possible be rescheduled at other facilities, and the dates will be issued TBA's.

September 26th TBA: Many of you have noticed a TBA on our initial schedule. This race date was set aside for the World of Outlaws Bloomington Speedway date, Indy Race Parts has leased the speedway for the WOO Steve Kinser Welcome Home Special. We along with many other classes are negotiating with Indy Race Parts to be a part of that show. We will know more once WOO officials meet with owner of Indy Race Parts to determine an appropriate fit for the program.  

 
The Midwest Mini Sprint Series will kick off it's 7th consecutive season
The Midwest Mini Sprint Series will kick off it's 7th consecutive season on May 3rd at the historic Brownstown Speedway!

Gates open at 3:00pm, drivers meeting at 5:30, hotlaps at 6:00pm, and dirt ripping side by side racing follows soon after.

Track Details www.brownstownspeedway.com

If your not signed up or not currently a member registration will be open at 4:30pm. Breaking News

Racers do not forget May 10th!

Western Kentucky Trucking Inc hauls in a giant purse for the MMSA's first national caliber race of 2014 and the first appearance for the MMSA at the Western Kentucky Speedway, this exciting event will boast a purse of over $4000!

With great payout through the field! 

Sponsor Highlight>>>>

Western Kentucky Trucking (WKT) based in Henderson Ky, has provided quality logistical solutions since 1971.

MMSA thanks WKT for their continued support! 

*Added bonuses for top 600cc, and Hard Charger! 

This event will be held at the Western Kentucky Speedway in Madisonville, KY 

Details to follow @ www.midwestminisprints.com Track Infowww.westernkyspeedway.comCome out and join in the fun with the MMSA, premiere Lightning Sprint racing. MMSA is a National Lightning Sprint Association sanction member.

 
MMSA returns to its roots and hits the road!
The MMSA welcomes 2014, with a great schedule, standardized rules and many new faces.

First off we would like to welcome our new competition director Carin Campbell. Carin has big shoes to fill with the retirement of MMSA co founder and promoter Bill May. Bill has been in contact with the MMSA staff guiding us through our off season. Bill is doing well and has spent the winter enjoying Florida. Replacing Bill has been nearly impossible but Carin has experience and the drive to be a great asset to our group. Carin has been around racing her whole life, and was a key part to the UMRAs success from 2002 into 2012. Working along side Travis Stickles during the UMRA years the duo helped the group secure growth, secure big dates, and amass a sizable points fund.

" I attended my first race when I was four years old, so I have been around racing most of my life. My father Billy (Soupy) Campbell raced the U.M.R.A TQs from 1961-1977. Dad was racing at Salem Speedway the night I was born, he won the feature that night! I worked with Travis during the five years he was president at the U.M.R.A. We worked long hours during the winter months to bring exciting changes to the club, we were a very successful team.

I enjoy the family environment that racing provides. I am very excited and looking forward to working with the MMSA in 2014!

See you at the track!
-Carin
 
Another first for series this year
Another first for series this year will be the addition of a full time traveling announcer. Jay Tinder of Indianapolis has taken the position of the "voice of the MMSA". There are many positives for our group obtaining its own announcer including more exposure for our drivers and sponsors.

The traveling series does just that in 2014, with a an array of new tracks on the schedule. Premiere facilities cornerstone the agenda in 2014 culminating with the season finale National Race at the "Class Track" Tri State Speedway.

We also find ourselves teaming up with Mid American Lightning Sprints also a National Rules* series to bring you multiple high level events. Including national level events at New Florance Speedway (MO), Chandler Motor Speedway (IN) and Clay County Speedway in Illinois. These races have higher payouts and start money to help pay for the traveling.

An informational meeting will be open to current and potential members on April 5th, at 1:30 pm at the Steve Kinser Racing Headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. Bring a lawn chair, and come and join us. If weather permits we will be grilling outside. With food provided by Wolfes Auto Auction and Hoosier Speed.

We would like to thank Randy and Steve Kinser for their continued support, as well as our track promoters, sponsors , and series partners.

Thanks to returning series sponsors: Mensendieke Auction Service, and Bradley-Myers and Sons Excavating for their continued support.

A special thanks to JayHawk Millright, it's owner Phil Heavelow, and MALS promoter Mark Billing in there assistance with our National Events schedule. 
 
Banquet News

I would like to thank the 45 people attending the Banquet, including guest, Jim Price, Brownstown Speedway promoter, Mark & Jamie Schafer of Schafer Photos & Custom Tees and Ryan Bowling of Fastlane video productions.

Prizes were donated by Hooiser Racing Tires (Midwest) Speed Partz, Speedway Motors and American Racer tires. After the awards and prizes were presented, Andy Bradley (Hooiser Racing Shop) gave a report on the recent regional rules meeting. MMSA 2013 rules will remain in affect until further notice, I (Bill May) am retiring (due to health issues)from actively Directing the MMSA, any changes will be announced when a new Director is named. In the meantime, Travis Stickels will handle the 2014 scheduling.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of the racers, crews, fans, track promoters and sponsors that have supported the MMSA during the past six years, I plan to continue as a spectator and look forward to attending races when possible in the future. 

After the meal and trophy awards, we reviewed the 2012 season stats and discussed plans for the 2013 season, schedule, tracks, rules, etc. announcing the new engine inspection policy
resulted in several questions. In response to those questions, I offer the following remarks, Aftermarket internal parts and modification of stock parts have always been "illegal" with the MMSA, if you have been racing with any of these in your engine, "You have been CHEATING" One of the initial goals of the MMSA was to keep engine cost to a minimum, thus, the stock 1,000cc motors, allowing alcohol conversion as the only modification. but, we only checked Bore & Stroke, therefore, some people chose to see what they could get by with in an effort to gain an "unfair advantage. Apparently and unfortunately not having confidence in their own skill or ability to be competitive otherwise, sorting through all the BS this is what it amounts to in my opinion.

The new inspection policy still allows the possibility for an illegal car to win a couple of races (unless the protest rule is applied) before being detected, disqualified and "BANNED" from the MMSA I do not wish this to happen to any one.

We are attempting to provide as level playing field as possible, however, that term is not reality, remember the old IROC series, where all of the cars were identical, well, guess what, someone won each race and all of the other cars lost, how did that happen? A vast array of variables during the course of the event including driver skill and some luck maybe. something to think about when you accuse any or all of the cars finishing in front of you to be illegal.

In applying the new inspection policy, the only engine modifications allowed are (1) Milling the head, may save a warped head. (2) match porting & polishing (3) degreeing the cams.
To cover in and all "gray" areas, any other deviation from stock (bolts, springs, etc.) you will need written approval from the MMSA.

More information concerning the 2013 season will be posted within the next few weeks.

 
 
 
 

Payout has been posted on the schedule page.