Muncie’s Nick Speidel won his second feature of the season on Thursday night when the Midwest TQ Racing League presented by Jenmarco.com three-quarter midgets competed at the Rush County Fairgrounds in Rushville.
Speidel got the jump on polesitter Kyle May when the green flag waived and took command of the 20-car field. On lap three, calamity struck several top contenders when Matthew Hedrick and Tate Martz made contact on the front stretch. Martz was able to drive away, but Hedrick collected Ronnie Combs and both spun sideways to a stop on the front stretch.
As the rest of the field was slowing, Jon Steed ran into the back of Zach Cougill. The contact pushed Cougill into Aaron Percell spinning him out. Steed’s car bounced into the air and then hit the stopped car of Combs and flipped over Hedrick.
Steed climbed out of his overturned car under his own power, was evaluated on the scene by medical personnel, and released uninjured.
When racing resumed Speidel held the point over Tristan Maggart, Matt Arrington, May and Martz. On lap six, Brandon Ladyman slowed on the backstretch bringing out the caution. On the subsequent restart, Martz was able to get around Arrington and move into third place.
The caution waived two more times, for a cone on the track on lap 10 and Mike Paxson’s blown engine on lap 16. On each restart, Speidel was able to pull away from the field and Maggart was able to fend off the challenges from Martz to hold onto the runner-up spot.
Speidel went on to lead all 25 laps to take the win over Maggart, Martz, Arrington and May. Tyler Wooten, Bobby Walton, Dalton Miller, Cody Kiewitt and Percell rounded out the top 10.
Martz started the evening off with the Watson Racing Quick Time Award after turning a lap of 12.940 seconds in qualifications. Brett Hankins won the Jackson Oil & Solvents Duel for Fuel, Cougill the semi feature, and the Perfect North Slopes heat winners were Hankins, Speidel and Maggart.