WAYNESFIELD — After the crazy year that was 2020, it seemed appropriate an Australian would get his first sprint car win in the United States as America celebrated its Independence Day.

Lachlan McHugh, from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, led the last 25 laps of the third annual Bob Hampshire Classic on Saturday at Waynesfield Raceway Park to score his first victory in the U.S. and the first for his Jim Muth-owned team.

McHugh traded the lead several times at the beginning of the race with veteran Todd Kane before assuming control on Lap 11. McHugh picked his way through traffic to score the $4,000 payday for the Hampshire victory, which was sanctioned by the Ti22 Performance FAST On Dirt Series.

“I actually came to America like four years ago just spectating and really loved this track when I came. I really looked forward to running here,” McHugh said. “I didn’t run as good as I wanted to during speedweek. It’s good to recover and get a good run tonight. I felt really fast the first half of the race and made it to the front which was pretty critical because once the rubber was down you couldn’t really do a lot of passing. Happy for the 101 sprint car team. It’s their first win and my first win in America.”

Willow Branch, Indiana’s Isaac Chapple made history Saturday, when he took the lead in the 12th annual Jack Hewitt Classic with just six laps to go and drove to his third consecutive win with the MPD Racing Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series. He is the first driver to accomplish that feat in the 11-year history of the series. Chapple scored the three straight wins in three different states.

“This is the biggest win of my career,” Chapple said. “It was a hard fought race. Just keeping up with the track, I had a lot of work to do.”

Ian Creager survived a caution with just two laps to go and drove to the win in the USAC Thunder Midgets.

“On that restart I was mad at myself when two guys got by me but then the red came out and they told me the one was penalized for being beside me before the cone. I just had to concentrate on hitting my marks,” Creager said.

Polesitter Todd Kane jumped into the lead at the drop of the green for the 35-lap FAST feature with Caleb Griffith, Cale Conley, Lee Jacobs and McHugh in tow. Kane and Griffith ran side by side over the first four laps before McHugh joined the fun. McHugh drove from third to the lead on Laps 6 and 7 with Kane regaining the top spot for Laps 8-10 before McHugh regained the top spot.

McHugh started to pull away in the non-stop event while things heated up behind him. Jacobs took third on Lap 14 and drove into second four laps later and started to close on McHugh in lapped traffic with 16 laps to go. The car on the move was Travis Philo, who took third on Lap 22, while Cap Henry drove into fourth.

With five laps to go, McHugh had sliced his way through traffic to pull away while Jacobs, Philo and Henry battled for second. D.J. Foos joined that fun with three laps remaining but no one could catch McHugh. Jacobs, Henry, Foos and Philo rounded out the top five.

Steve Irwin and Matt Westfall brought the field to green for the 30-lap Hewitt Classic with Irwin grabbing the lead over Lee Underwood, Westfall and Korbyn Hayslett. Underwood drove into the lead on Lap 3 and built a nearly four-second lead in the non-stop event by Lap 12. However, the car on the move was Chapple who took third on Lap 12, driving into second on Lap 14.

Heavy lapped traffic allowed Chapple to chop Underwood’s lead in half by the halfway point. Chapple drove into the lead on Lap 24 and had a few close calls with lapped cars before taking the checkers over Underwood, Hayslett, Westfall and Irwin.

Gunnar Lucius grabbed the early lead of the 20-lap Midget A-main with Creager holding onto second. Lucius built a sizeable lead until a lapped car spun in front of him, collecting him on Lap 13.

Creager inherited the lead and held off Bryce Massingill and Creager until a caution flew with just two laps to go. On the restart officials determined Jacob Denny had jumped on the restart — which was followed by a red flag. Denny moved back two spots, giving the lead back to Creager who drove to the win.

Waynesfield Race Park is back in action Aug. 21 with the FAST and BOSS series and a yet-to-be-determined third division.

Jack Hewitt/Bob Hampshire Classic

At Waynesfield Raceway Park

Saturday’s Results

FAST 410 Sprints

Qualifying

1. Cale Thomas, 10.671; 2. Cole Macedo, 10.885; 3. Jared Horstman, 10.936; 4. Lachlan McHugh, 10.947; 5. Cap Henry, 10.965; 6. Lee Jacobs, 11.021; 7. Jake Hesson, 11.029; 8. Travis Philo, 11.155; 9. Tim Shaffer, 11.164; 10. Brinton Marvel, 11.170; 11. Nate Reeser, 11.199; 12. Ricky Peterson, 11.210; 13. Caleb Griffith, 11.220; 14. Ron Blair, 11.234; 15. Mitch Harble, 11.256; 16. Stuart Brubaker, 11.266; 17. Greg Wilson, 11.322; 18. Harli White, 11.393; 19. D.J. Foos, 11.638; 20. Kyle Capodice, 11.659; 21. Bradley Howard, 11.799; 22. Todd Kane, 11.802; 23. Cale Conley, 11.807; 24. Cole Duncan, 11.829; 25. Kobe Allison, 11.964; 26. Trey Jacobs, 12.027; 27. Jordan Harble, 12.080; 28. T.J. Michael, 12.095; 29. Brandon Wimmer, 12.298; 30. Keith Baxter, 12.440; 31. Bradley Ashford, 12.606; 32. Caden Englehart, 12.658; 33. Paul Dues, 99.991.

Heat 1

Group A

8 Laps

1. Cap Henry (2); 2. Tim Shaffer (5); 3. Cale Thomas (4); 4. Jake Hesson (1); 5. Greg Wilson (8); 6. Nate Reeser (6); 7. Jared Horstman (3); 8. Kobe Allison (9); 9. Ron Blair  (7).

Heat 2

Group A 

8 Laps

1. Lee Jacobs (2); 2. Travis Philo (1); 3. Lachlan McHugh (3); 4. Ricky Peterson (6); 5. Cole Macedo (4); 6. Mitch Harble (7); 7. Kyle Capodice (8); 8. Brinton Marvel (5).

Heat 3

Group B

8 Laps

1. Cale Conley (1); 2. Bradley Howard (2); 3. Harli White (3); 4. Caleb Griffith (4); 5. Trey Jacobs (5); 6. T.J. Michael (6); 7. Keith Baxter (7); 8. Caden Englehart (8).

Heat 4

Group B

8 Laps

1. Todd Kane (2); 2. D.J. Foos (3); 3. Stuart Brubaker (4); 4. Cole Duncan (1); 5. Jordan Harble (5); 6. Brandon Wimmer (6); 7. Bradley Ashford (7).

B-Main

12 Laps

1. Cole Macedo (2); 2. Greg Wilson (1); 3. Jordan Harble (4); 4. Trey Jacobs (3); 5. Brandon Wimmer (8); 6. T.J. Michael (7); 7. Jared Horstman  (9); 8. Kyle Capodice (10); 9. Keith Baxter (11); 10. Caden Englehart (15); 11. Ron Blair (16); 12. Bradley Ashford (12); 13. Mitch Harble (6); 14. Brinton Marvel (14); 15. Nate Reeser (5).

A-Main 1

35 Laps

1. Lachlan McHugh (6); 2. Lee Jacobs (4); 3. Cap Henry (5); 4. D.J. Foos (12); 5. Travis Philo (10); 6. Cale Thomas (7); 7. Todd Kane (1); 8. Cale Conley (3); 9. Caleb Griffith (2); 10. Stuart Brubaker (8); 11. Tim Shaffer (9); 12. Greg Wilson (18); 13. Cole Macedo (17); 14. Ricky Peterson (15); 15. Brandon Wimmer (21); 16. T.J. Michael (22); 17. Jordan Harble (19); 18. Jake Hesson (14); 19. Trey Jacobs (20); 20. Harli White (13).

BOSS

Non-Wing Sprints

Qualifying

1. Matt Westfall, 12.206; 2. Drew Rader, 12.309; 3. Steve Irwin, 12.346; 4. Landon Simon, 12.474; 5. Saban Bibent, 12.563; 6. Cody White, 12.613; 7. Dallas Hewitt, 12.614; 8. Aaron Leffel, 12.640; 9. Trey Jacobs, 12.652; 10. Toby Alfrey, 12.658; 11. Mike Miller, 12.716; 12. Luke Hall, 12.817; 13. Isaac Chapple, 12.847; 14. Lee Underwood, 12.858; 15. Kyle Simon, 12.883; 16. Ryan Barr, 12.906; 17. Tyler Gunn, 12.908; 18. Dustin Ingle, 12.933; 19. Ricky Peterson, 12.962; 20. Jesse Vermillion, 13.045; 21. Rob Caho Jr., 13.071; 22. Steve Little, 13.099; 23. Korbyn Hayslett, 13.116; 24. Blake Vermillion, 13.166; 25. Brian Ruhlman, 13.555; 26. Josh Davis, 13.558; 27. Max Frank, 13.691; 28. Jake Beck, 14.223; 29. Andrew Heitkamp, 14.710; 30. Paul Dues, 30.091; 31. Gage Etgen, 54.387.

Heat 1

Group A 

8 Laps

1. Toby Alfrey (1); 2. Matt Westfall (4); 3. Landon Simon (3); 4. Dustin Ingle (6); 5. Mike Miller (5); 6. Ricky Peterson (7); 7. Dallas Hewitt (2); 8. Rob Caho Jr. (8).

Heat 3

Group B

8 Laps

1. Tyler Gunn (2); 2. Brian Ruhlman (1); 3. Isaac Chapple (4); 4. Ryan Barr (3); 5. Paul Dues (7); 6. Josh Davis (5); 7. Andrew Heitkamp (6); 8. Gage Etgen (8).

Heat 4

Group B

8 Laps

1. Korbyn Hayslett (1); 2. Kyle Simon (3); 3. Steve Little (2); 4. Lee Underwood (4); 5. Blake Vermillion (5); 6. Max Frank (6); 7. Jake Beck (7).

Heat 2

Group A

0 Laps

1. Cody White (1); 2. Steve Irwin  (3); 3. Saban Bibent (2); 4. Jesse Vermillion (8); 5. Luke Hall (7); 6. Trey Jacobs (6); 7. Drew Rader (4); 8. Aaron Leffel (5).

B-Main

12 Laps

1. Luke Hall (2); 2. Trey Jacobs (6); 3. Paul Dues (3); 4. Drew Rader (10); 5. Mike Miller (1); 6. Ricky Peterson (5); 7. Max Frank (8); 8. Aaron Leffel (14); 9. Andrew Heitkamp (11); 10. Dallas Hewitt (9); 11. Blake Vermillion (4); 12. Josh Davis (7); 13. Jake Beck (12).

A-Main

25 Laps

1. Isaac Chapple (6); 2. Lee Underwood (4); 3. Korbyn Hayslett (5); 4. Matt Westfall (2); 5. Steve Irwin (1); 6. Kyle Simon (10); 7. Tyler Gunn (3); 8. Toby Alfrey (8); 9. Saban Bibent (12); 10. Drew Rader (20); 11. Brian Ruhlman (9); 12. Ricky Peterson (22); 13. Luke Hall (17); 14. Dustin Ingle (14); 15. Jesse Vermillion (15); 16. Trey Jacobs (18); 17. Steve Little (13); 18. Mike Miller (21); 19. Paul Dues (19); 20. Cody White (7); 21. Landon Simon (11); 22. Ryan Barr (16).

D2 Midgets

Heat 1

8 Laps

1. Gunnar Lucius (2); 2. Jacob Denny (5); 3. Zack Gingerich (3); 4. Ryan Moran (9); 5. Cory Guingrich (4); 6. Taylor Nibert (7); 7. Seth Stiefel (6); 8. Jody Paul (8).

Heat 2

8 Laps

1. Ian Creager (7); 2. Kyle Dager (5); 3. Abby Hohlbein (1); 4. Zane Briggs (6); 5. Cody Dye (8); 6. Jon Watson (2); 7. Kyle Kriegbaum (3); 8. Steven Gresham (4).

Heat 3

8 Laps

1. Bryce Massingill (2); 2. Stratton Briggs (5); 3. Tom Hessel (1); 4. Bryce Dues (4); 5. Adam Schmenk (8); 6. Alex Watson (6); 7. Mike Nash (3); 8. Carl Peterson (7).

A-Main

20 Laps

1. Ian Creager (1); 2. Bryce Massingill (6); 3. Stratton Briggs (3); 4. Jacob Denny (5); 5. Kyle Dager (4); 6. Abby Hohlbein (8); 7. Alex Watson (18); 8. Bryce Dues (12); 9. Zack Gingerich (7); 10. Cory Guingrich (13); 11. Adam Schmenk (15); 12. Carl Peterson (24); 13. Jon Watson (17); 14. Mike Nash (21); 15. Zane Briggs (11); 16. Steven Gresham (23); 17. Seth Stiefel (19); 18. Kyle Kriegbaum (20); 19. Jody Paul (22); 20. Ryan Moran (10); 21. Cody Dye (14); 22. Tom Hessel (9); 23. Gunnar Lucius (2); 24. Taylor Nibert (16).

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