The Sportsman Division saw Billy Cook jump into the race lead at the drop of the flag over Delbert LeGrow Jr., Bruce Makinson, Styles Arquiett and Joel Hargrave. The veteran driver led the opening 8 lapswhile behind them Joel Hargrave was on the charge to the front. On lap 8 Hargrave made a big move from 3rd to the lead in turn 2 with cook, Makinson, Chris Frennier and Thomas Cook completing the top 5. At the halfway point Joel Hargrave was the dominant force as he pulled out to well over a straight away advantage while behind him Billy Cook was in a huge battle with Bruce Makinson, Brent Kelsey, Thomas Cook and Chris Frennier. With 10 to go Hargrave began to enter traffic but with a huge lead was able to pick his lanes perfectly and have no issues out front. Over the final laps Joel Hargrave proved to be the best cars on the speedway as he marched on to become the first 2 time winner in Sportsman at MIR in 2017.