Lonnie Wheatley, KANSAS CITY, Kan. (August 16, 2008) Robert Ballou cashed in
on the biggest O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless payday of the week by
snaring the win in Saturday night's 30-lap Ron Shuman Classic at Lakeside
Ballou battled past Brady Bacon in the final circuits around the ½-mile clay
oval to claim the $10,000 payday and the coveted pedal car trophy for the second
year in a row aboard Dallas Mulvaney's MPHG Promotions No. 81 Maxim.
Rebounding from a wild heat race crash on Friday night, Ballou was the evening's
top point earner and gridded the field sixth after Bryan Clauson edged Bacon for
the top starting position with a victory in the Pole Dash.
Gunning for his fourth win in as many nights, Oklahoma's Bacon jumped into the
early lead aboard Mike and Megan Eubanks' Wesmar-powered Tel-Star Communications
No. 5* Triple-X and stretched out nearly a straightaway advantage over second
runner Dave Darland in the opening ten rounds.
Ballou was on the move though, taking fourth from Clauson by the seventh lap,
disposing of Cole Whitt for third two laps later and then battling past Darland
for the runner-up slot at the stripe on the tenth lap.
Bacon's advantage held up until soon after the midway point, when Ballou began
eating away at his lead. By the 21st lap, Ballou had Bacon within striking
distance and three laps later he had closed to his rear bumper before racing
into the lead on the 25th round.
Bacon fought back by reclaiming the top spot on the 27th circuit, only to have
Ballou return the favor the next time around as he led the final three circuits
to post his second TNT win of the week.
Bacon held on to second, with Darland close third in Scott Benic's Gaerte-powered
RWB No. 2b Maxim. Darland and Benic earned the $2,000 championship share of the
Fourth Annual O'Reilly Sprint Bandits TNT Midwest Swing point fund, which
Jesse Hockett crossed the stripe fourth in the VKCC Motorsports No. 75, with
Cole Whitt rounding out the top five in the Red Bull No. 29w.
Casey Shuman turned in the race's top passing performance by charging from 20th
to sixth, with 13th-starter Chris Windom, Darren Hagen, 16th-starter Charles
Davis, Jr., and Clauson completing the top ten.
The entire 30-lap feature distance ran off in approximately eleven minutes
without a single caution, capping a caution-free night of TNT competition.
Whitt, Hagen and Hockett earned heat race wins, with R.J. Johnson, Gary Taylor
and Bret Mellenberndt victorious in qualifying races.
OReilly Sprint Bandits Tour N Topless Lakeside Speedway Ron Shuman Classic
Top Four from Friday Night's Preliminary Feature Locked In:
99-Brady Bacon, 2b-Dave Darland, 71-Damion Gardner, 76-Bryan Clauson.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 29w-Cole Whitt, 2. 1k-Kim Kennedy, 3. 76bg-Mike Leslie,
4. 5*-Gary Taylor, 5. 92-Daron Clayton, 6. 15-R.J. Johnson, 7. 8-Jeff Wingate,
8. 24-Alan Billings.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 10-Darren Hagen, 2. 81-Robert Ballou, 3. 14-Coleman
Gulick, 4. 67-Dustin Morgan, 5. 65-Chris Parkinson, 6. 71x-Robert Bell, 7.
1-Kevin Swindell, 8. 11-Hunter Schuerenberg.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 75-Jesse Hockett, 2. 17-Chris Windom, 3. 21s-Charles
Davis, Jr., 4. 97-Bret Mellenberndt, 5. 32-Casey Shuman, 6. 7c-Chris Morgan, 7.
10T-Thomas Meseraull, 8. 69-Mike Moore.
Qualifying Races (Top 2 in Combined Passing Points from Heats & Qualifiers
join Four Locked in Cars for Pole Dash; Positions 3-14 in Combined Points to
"A" Main; Balance to "B" Main):
First Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 15-R.J. Johnson, 2. 81-Robert Ballou, 3. 67-Dustin
Morgan, 4. 10-Darren Hagen, 5. 32-Casey Shuman, 6. 76bg-Mike Leslie, 7. 8-Jeff
Wingate, 8. 24-Alan Billings.
Second Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 5*-Gary Taylor, 2. 92-Daron Clayton, 3. 75-Jesse
Hockett, 4. 21s-Charles Davis, Jr., 5. 17-Chris Windom, 6. 11-Hunter
Schuerenberg, 7. 1-Kevin Swindell, 8. 71x-Robert Bell.
Third Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 97-Bret Mellenberndt, 2. 29w-Cole Whitt, 3.
14-Coleman Gulick, 4. 7c-Chris Morgan, 5. 1k-Kiim Kennedy, 6. 10T-Thomas
Meseraull, 7. 69-Mike Moore, 8. 65-Chris Parkinson.
Pole Dash (Finishing Order Determines Starting Order for Front Three Rows of
Pole Dash (5 Laps): 1. 76-Bryan Clauson, 2. 99-Brady Bacon, 3. 2b-Dave Darland,
4. 71-Damion Gardner, 5. 29w-Cole Whitt, 6. 81-Robert Ballou.
"B" "Main (Top 6 Advance to "A" Main):
"B" Feature (10 Laps): 1. 10T-Thomas Meseraull, 2. 32-Casey Shuman, 3.
7c-Chris Morgan, 4. 11-Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. 1-Kevin Swindell, 6. 69-Mike
Moore, 7. 8-Jeff Wingate, 8. 71x-Robert Bell, 9. 65-Chris Parkinson, 10. 24-Alan
O'Reilly Sprint Bandits TNT Lakeside Speedway Ron Shuman Classic "A"
A Main (30 Laps): 1. 81-Robert Ballou, 2. 99-Brady Bacon, 3. 2b-Dave
Darland, 4. 75-Jesse Hockett, 5. 29w-Cole Whitt, 6. 32-Casey Shuman, 7. 17-Chris
Windom, 8. 10-Darren Hagen, 9. 21s-Charles Davis, Jr., 10. 76-Bryan Clauson, 11.
15-R.J. Johnson, 12. 1-Kevin Swindell, 13. 10T-Thomas Meseraull, 14. 97-Bret
Mellenberndt, 15. 92-Daron Clayton, 16. 67-Dustin Morgan, 17. 5*-Gary Taylor,
18. 71-Damion Gardner, 19. 14-Coleman Gulick, 20. 69-Mike Moore, 21. 76bg-Mike
Leslie, 22. 7c-Chris Morgan, 23. 1k-Kim Kennedy, 24. 11-Hunter Schuerenberg.
Lap Leaders: Brady Bacon 1-24, Robert Ballou 25-26, Bacon 27, Ballou 28-30.
Final O'Reilly Sprint Bandits TNT Midwest Swing Points (Top 15):
Drivers: 1. Dave Darland 864, 2. Jesse Hockett 820, 3. Brady Bacon 812, 4. (tie)
Casey Shuman and Thomas Meseraull 790, 6. Gary Taylor 782, 7. Damion Gardner
770, 8. Robert Ballou 740, 9. Charles Davis, Jr. 737, 10. Coleman Gulick 724,
11. R.J. Johnson 719, 12. Bret Mellenberndt 706, 13. Darren Hagen 690, 14. Chris
Windom 640, 15. Mike Leslie 604.
Owners: 1. 2B Racing #2b - 864, 2. Trucker's #10 834, 3. VKCC #75 820,
4. Tel-Star #99 812, 5. Rex Foster #32 790, 6. Tel-Star #5* - 782, 7.
Leffler Racing #71 770, 8. MPHG Promotions #81 740, 9. Mark Swanson #21s
737, 10. Hazardous Motorsports #14 724, 11. Ricky Johnson #15 - 719, 12.
Mellenberndt #97 706, 13. Triple Crown Racing #1 648, 14. Trucker's #10T
646, 15. Windom Racing #17 640.