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Brandon Mills runs away in Black Hills Mini Sprint Tour race in Sturgis
Brandon Mills takes Black Hills Mini Sprint Tour Win at Hoel Short Track in Sturgis, South Dakota Photo by BHRaceTalk.com

Brandon Mills runs away in Black Hills Mini Sprint Tour race in Sturgis

Brandon Mills takes Black Hills Mini Sprint Tour Win at Hoel Short Track in Sturgis, South Dakota Photo by BHRaceTalk.com

Brandon Mills takes Black Hills Mini Sprint Tour Win at Hoel Short Track in Sturgis, South Dakota
Photo by BHRaceTalk.com

Fast Times in Sturgis SD for the BHMST

By Doug Napier

The Black Hills Mini Sprint Tour made its second stop of the season at the J.C. ‘Pappy’ Hoel Short Track in Sturgis, SD. The weather gave a short reprieve, just long enough to get the full race in. The recent rains made for a fast tacky track all night. Unfortunately, fast tacky tracks are usually hard on equipment, and that was the case for a number of the 23 car field. Broken motors, broken chains, and bent parts were the norm for a portion of the racers, but for the dozen or so cars that managed to survive the track, they put on one great show.

Brandon Mills started the feature from the front row and put on a driving clinic for the rest of the field, he led every lap and was never challenged all evening. The excitement was for the race for the top 5 with changes in position on every lap. When it all shook out, Gypsy Jim Paisley (9j) ended up in the runner-up position, 13 yr. old Blayne Brink (21) took home the 3rd spot and Tom Peterson (307) and Donnie Bandy (28) finished out the top 5. Unfortunately for Peterson, he did not make weight at post weight inspection and was disqualified, taking away a spectacular run and finish.

The next stop for the BHMST is June 14th in Newcastle, WY and returning to the Sturgis Short Track on June 28th.

Heat 1

Brandon Mills (22), Tyler Liebig (55), Jeff Wignall (19), Ryan Fulk (11f), Ron Fulk (9), DNF Doug Napier (3d)

Heat 2

Doug McIntosh (23), Robert Bandy (27), Jim Paisley (9j), Nate Hand (2), John Garrigan jr. (95j), Jason Robbins (50)

Heat 3

Blayne Brink (21), Tom Peterson (307), Karon Deshaw (26), DNF Taylor Everett (720), Don Taylor (31), Reggie Schrank (521)

Heat 4

Logan Hershey (20), Larry Reub (59), Donnie Bandy (28), Scott Hudson (28x), Kenny Robbins (27k)

B-Main

Garrigan (95j), Fulk (11f), Robbins (50), Taylor (31), Hudson (28x), Fulk (9), DNF Everett (720), Napier (3d) DNS Hand (2), Schrank (521), Robbins (27k)

Feature

Mills (22), Paisley (9j), Brink (21), Peterson DQ (307), Bandy (28), Garrigan jr. (95j), Bandy (27), Reub (59), Robbins (50), Taylor (31), Hudson (28x), DNF Liebig (55), Hershey (20), Deshaw (26), McIntosh (23), Fulk (9), Fulk (11f), DNS Wignall (19)

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