MSCS Title Comes Down To Harvest Cup
HAUBSTADT, Ind. – The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series has one more race left on this season’s schedule. That event is the Harvest Cup, which will be held at Tri-State Speedway this Saturday night.
The program will include a 30-lap event for the sprint cars, followed by a 25-lap feature for the UMP Open Wheel Modifieds. The race will close out the season at the speedway.
The MSCS sprint cars will be competing for a top prize of $4,000. The overall purse is one of the five biggest offered this season. Twenty sprint cars will earn starting spots for the feature. There will be twenty-one starters if a provisional is needed by one of 12 eligible drivers.
A passing points system will be used in the heat races to transfer cars into the A or B Main. The A Main will pay $225 to start. Drivers not transferring to the A Main will receive $100 tow money.
Of the eight features held this season Kevin Thomas Jr. has taken four victories. The other four features were won by Daron Clayton, Chris Windom, Robert Ballou and most recently Blake Fitzpatrick. All of the Thomas wins were at Tri-State Speedway. So he would have to rate as a favorite to win the race.
Another big prize is also in the offering. The Harvest Cup has served as the final race for MSCS Series Championship since 2011. The series has a tradition of presenting the MSCS Championship Driver and Champion Car Owner trophies at the final event. Each year the Rookie of the Year also receives that award trackside with the fans in attendance to watch.
As race teams prepare for the Harvest Cup there are still a number of drivers in the running for the series championship. A perfect night at the would get a driver 70 points. The top six drivers are separated by 69 points in the standings. The top three are 38 points apart. The top two drivers are just 12 points apart. Heat races award 10 or less points. So the championship is not likely to be decided until the feature is held.
Jon Stanbrough took over the MSCS Points lead after the Sept. 28 race, during which he ran second in the feature. He won the first Harvest Cup held in 2011. Brady Short is now second in points and he finished third in the last feature held. Both are former MSCS champions.
Kevin Thomas Jr. is third in MSCS points. He had led the standings since May but relinquished the lead after missing the Fall Roundup. MSCS drivers with 100 percent participation at the end of the season do receive 40 bonus points and this will also have an effect on the final totals.