Asphalt Aces Near and Short Conquer Tri-City Motor Speedway
06/07/2013 (Auburn MI) Finally, a beautiful night greeted fans and drivers at the Tri-City Motor Speedway this past Friday night. Dan Dan the Mattress Man sponsored the night of entertainment which included the first ever mattress race and a tug-of-war competition for Men’s Night. Some new faces that have worked hard to adapt to dirt racing finally earned that elusive first victory on this night.
The Auburn Hotel Bar and Grill Street Stock Division feature was the premier division of the evening as they were chasing a $533 top prize for an extended 33-lap feature that started the field of twenty one drivers three wide instead of the tradition two wide. The field was managed to get started for a few laps before cautions plagued the field. However, once the green made an extended appearance, point leader #75s Kevin Strong and #3 Loren Short proved that this was their race to decide. The swapped the lead a number of times with Short running the higher line and forcing Strong to have to make the pass on the bottom. #15.2 Smokin’ Joe Cunningham was able to take advantage of Strong fading back to challenge for the lead. However, with about five laps to go, Short was able to pull a multicar-length advantage and finally took his first dirt feature win of his career. #21 “Evil” Dan Engel slipped by Cunningham for the runner-up spot with B-Main Winner #10 Brent Reil 4th and Point leader #75s Kevin Strong rounding out the top five. Heats were captured by #28 Jared Rizer #7d Brenten DeYoung, and Short. Reil also was the fastest qualifier of the night bit was not able to break the Street Stock track record.
The Elgin Pro Stocks Have put on a great show all season with some promising talent throughout the field. Heat race winner #44 Jeff Haley looked like he may have swept away the gremlins that have plagued him so far in 2013 as he easily won his heat. He had the best seat in the house for the green flag of the feature event. He immediately went to work on that top spot for the first few laps until Midland Driver #21 Steve Hilliker, who also won his heat race earlier in the evening, took over the lead. By the halfway point, #71 Timmy Near started to use the inside line to his advantage. After a number of late race restarts, Near was finally able to best Hilliker to drive to the first dirt feature win of his career. Hilliker would have to settle for another runner-up finish. #77k Kevin Morell would finish strong in third and was followed by Haley and 2012 champion #M65 Rick Spencer. #14 Roy Bradley Jr. won the B-Main.
The Steven’s Cycle Sales and Service FWD Stock Rockets are still growing in number and it was #95 Duane Winchell Jr. that swept both the heat and feature wins for a third night. #K11 Kendall Morrison, and defending champion #7 Tyler Morell completed the event as the top three behind Winchell Jr. #99 Dustin Beauchamp completed the top four finishers.
Forty Year Veterans #19 Joe Fowler and #776 Rusty Zeigler, along with #7s Lucas Small won preliminary events to gain admittance to the twenty lap main event for the Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA modified class. The feature was possibly the most exciting one of the night as Small would lead the opening laps of the event. However, it was the drivers in the sixth and seventh row, #7d Myron DeYoung and #20w “Livewire” AJ Ward that would steal the spotlight from the other eighteen drivers in the field. They would swap the lead each and every lap for the final ten laps before lapped traffic allowed DeYoung to have the advantage and pick up his second win of 2013. Ward, Fowler, #14 Chris Barton, and #70 Johnny DeYoung were the top five.
#45 Kevin Reeve was hoping for a better night in the Comp Cams Late Model division after his first night saw him taking a wounded car back to Jackson. He started on the pole and looked tough after his heat race win earlier in the night. He started out strong in the feature until his tire let go just three laps in and handed the lead to #6r of Carl Ries. However, ninth place starter, #0x of Zach Olger quickly took that lead away from Ries. The track changed a bunch in twenty five laps, but Olger was able to master the slickening conditions to cruise to another feature win for the St. Johns driver. Reis, #20d Dan Delong, #0jr Kris Patterson, and #21h David Hilliker were the four closest finishers behind Olger. Patterson Jr. won the other heat race.
Next week is the Greased Pig 3.0 and Autograph night at TCMS. A full show with the Comp Cams Late Models, Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified drivers going after a $1033 top prize for the feature win, Elgin Pro Stocks, and Auburn Hotel Street Stocks. There will be an Autograph session for the youngsters. 7-13 year olds admission is just $1, while kids six and under get in for FREE! Race time on Friday is at 7:55. Wieland Contracting will be the evening’s entertainment provider! For more information regarding next week’s shows and any show in 2013, visit our website www.tricityracetrack.com ! Come see what everyone is talking about at the New Tri City Motor Speedway!!!