Kyle Cummins and his fans can only wonder where he would have ranked in Indiana Midget Week racing, barring three rainy events.
Fifth in USAC Indiana Midget Week points While watching Wednesday’s schedule at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, the former Princeton community football goaltender, basketball player, and hurdler discovered that the schedule s collapsed and was rescheduled for Sunday. So he drove to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville and after placing third in his 10-lap race, he placed seventh on Thursday in the 30-lap final won by 17-year-old Jacob Denney of Galloway, Ohio. That propelled the ex-Tiger to fourth in the USAC IMW (United States Auto Club Indiana Midget Week) standings with 244 points, one shy of Mitchel Moles of Raisin City, Calif.
Friday’s scheduled schedule at Gas City (Indiana) Speedway began but was not completed due to rain that arrived after round four, which meant there was no functionality.
Cummins placed third in his heat and his points total rose to 254, again just one behind the third-placed Moles. Gas City’s next Midget program is several weeks away and will not count towards Indiana Sprint Week.
Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway, the son of retired sprint car driver Mark Cummins qualified for the feature by placing fourth in round three, but had to start 23rd in the 24-car main event and n could only move up to 21st place. Cannon McIntosh of Bixby, Oklahoma snapped a 57-game losing streak. The Princeton protege fell to eighth in the standings and was hoping to move up a few places on Sunday at Circle City.
Alas, the rain washed away that program, so Indiana Midget Week ended at Kokomo. Buddy Kofoid, the resident of Penngrove, Calif., who finished second to fellow Calif. Thomas Meseraull of San Jose in the June 5 Midget feature at Tri-State Speedway, is the 2022 Indiana Midget Week champion with 377 points to 341 for Justin Grant of Ione, Calif.
Denney finished third with 309 points to 296 for Muskogee, Oklahoma driver Kaylee Bryson, 293 for Meseraull and Colby, Kansas resident Bryant Wiedeman and 291 for Moles.
Cummins’ eighth place finish is the result of his 282 points. In addition to driving Midget races, he will resume his long sprinting career in hopes of winning his first Midwest Sprint Car Series championship of the season since 2019. He and Fort Branch resident Chase Stockon are looking for a third consecutive MSCS title, will face off at least a couple times before the June 25 Tri-State Summer Shootout in which the winner of the sprint feature will win $3,000. Mini-sprinters will also race that night.