After the weather postponed the annual event by one week, fears were rising that the rain would again cause delay of the Hustle. With 130 cars signed in on Friday night, the staff and crew at Southern Illinois Raceway were determined to get the race in. However the rain just came on to strong and caused too much water on the track (and in the pits). It was decided to run both events on Saturday which meant a day race & the $7500 main event later that same evening.
Jeremy Camp was not a fan of the day race, but made the best of a not so great situation. During his first run of the day, Jeremy started 7th and ended up 3rd in the 3rd heat of the day. With the track conditions not ideal and a run not as good as we were all hoping, Jeremy and the rest of the crew were not sure what to expect in the upcoming qualifier. As the day went on, the track started looking better. When it came time for the qualifiers, Jeremy was set to start 3rd in the 6th qualifier. He quickly took the lead in turn 3 of the 1st lap and led for entire 15 laps of the race. That gave him a strong starting spot of 6th in the prelim feature. The top 6 finishing spots of the preliminary would lock into the main event later that evening. Jeremy fought to gain spots during the 30 lap feature and ended up 2nd behind Ayrton Gennetten of Versailles, Missouri.
With a sure spot in Saturday night’s Highbanks Hustle feature, there was a little time to take a breath before the dash to see where Jeremy Camp, Ayrton Gennetten, Frank Galusha of Lincoln, Nebraska, Chris Cochran of Paola , Kansas, Jason McDougal of Broken Arrow Oklahoma, and Frank Flud of Muskogee, Oklahoma would start in the feature. Starting 2nd in this 6 lap dash, Jeremy quickly passed Gennetten to take the lead. After running mostly the bottom throughout the day, Jeremy was able to run both the top and bottom to keep the lead in the remaining 5 laps. This win gave Jeremy the top starting position in the main event.
Starting on the pole, Jeremy Camp knew this was his race to win. With the drop of the green flag, Cochran rapidly took the lead running the bottom with Jeremy following right behind. Jeremy was able to take the lead from Cochran in lap 10. With Flud not too far behind, the three battled it out for the win. With Jeremy running the bottom, Frank Flud tried running the top to get around him, but was not able to capitalize thanks in part to some cautions late in the race. After 40 green flag laps of racing, Jeremy was able to hang on to the win leading close to 30 laps of the main event. Jeremy Camp in his #23, Chad Bartosik owned, OSR, Engler Machine and Tool powered Sawyer Chassis wins the 2015 SIR Highbanks Hustle!