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Hinds opens Simpson World Indy Kenyon Midget rookie campaign in a big way

Mel Kenyon Midgets

By Ken de la Bastide

ANDERSON, IN – The opening event for the Day Transportation Mel Kenyon Midgets dealt rookie driver Sam Hinds three aces.

In only his fourth start with the series, Hinds from nearby Westfield captured his first career pole position, first heat victory and first feature win all in one day.

Hinds led all 30 laps of the second annual Dick Jordan Classic and except for at the start were not seriously challenged by second place finisher Colin Grissom of Pendleton.

The two front runners had pulled away from third place finisher Ryan Huggler, Kameron Gladish and Trey Osborne.

“I was shocked,” Hinds said of his performance. “I didn’t expect to get the pole position, but my dad said just go out there are relax.”

Hinds said he didn’t know how much of a lead he had over Grissom, who was more than six-seconds back.

“I just concentrated on hitting my marks,” he said. “I was nervous coming to the green flag because he (Grissom) is an aggressive driver.”

Qualifying for the Dick Jordan Classic was extremely tight on the high banked quarter-mile oval.

Hinds captured the pole with a lap of 12.659 seconds which topped the circuit turned by defending race winner Gladish with a time of 12.699-seconds.

The entire field was separated by .408-seconds.

Hinds led the entire way in the first of two heat races with Ryan Huggler coming home less than a second back with Ben Varner finishing third.

Grissom got the jump at the start of the second heat event over Gladish and never looked back.

Gladish finished second followed by Trey Osborne

By Ken de la Bastide