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First Time Winners Witherspoon and Fowler Conquer Tri-City Motor Speedway.

By admin | 24 June 2012 | Headlines | | 0 Comments   

06/15/12 WINNERS:

PRW Late Models: #55 Roger Wing

J&L Transport IMCA Modified: #19f Joe Fowler

Auburn Hotel Street Stock: #21d Darren Mularz

Elgin Pro Stocks: #41 JC Witherspoon

Stock FWD: #7 Tyler Morell

 

First Time Winners Witherspoon and Fowler Conquer Tri-City Motor Speedway.

 

06/15/12 (Auburn MI)   It was the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life night at Tri City Motor Speedway last Friday night.  Eighty-four competitor filled the pit area in hopes of ending their night in victory lane.  Only five were lucky enough to have their night end with that success.  Two of those visited the winner’s circle for the first time.

With the points per night average inverting the field, points leader #55 Roger Wing would start in row five at the start of the twenty-five lap PRW Late Model main event.  #59 Nate Hurley and Midland driver #42 Bruce Vance would bring the field to the green flag to start the event.  Hurley would run into trouble before lap one was complete and moved #12 Dave Hartman to the front row with Vance.  After the third restart, the field would settle down and complete 17 laps with Hartman leading those laps before the caution would fly again and bunch the field.  Wing, who had moved up to the runner-up spot prior to the caution, was ready to pounce on the restart.  At the drop of the green at the restart, it looked like Hartman may have gotten the jump on the field.  However, as he usually does, Wing put on a driving clinic.  With three laps to go, he took advantage of turn two’s momentum and passed Hartman on the inside as if Hartman was standing still.  Wing would cruise to his yet another victory and expand his TCMS points lead.  In victory lane, Roger proclaimed that he would be retiring from racing at the conclusion of the 2012 season.  Hartman would finish in the second spot and was followed by #72 Kyle Borgman, #75 Rod Laney, and #6r Carl Ries.  Heat race winners were #15 Justin McNeil, #42 Bruce Vance, and Ries.

The Auburn Hotel Bar and Grill Street Stocks were led to the green flag by #34 Jerry Oatley and #8s Aaron Spearling.  Oatley would lead for nearly two laps until spinning and collecting a couple of other cars.  Eventually, it would end Oatley’s night.  A wide track created some three and four wide racing and allowed drivers to move though the field and challenge for the top five spots.  #27 Shawn O’Conner moved from his ninth place starting spot to take over the lead and dominate the field.  He eventually would take the checkered flag. O’Conner was followed by #21d Darren Mularz, #10 Brent Reil, #57 TJ Gilbert, and #28 Jared Rizer.  O’Conner,  #15.2 Joe Cunningham, and Oatley captured heat race gold.  Point leader #75 Kenny Keller Jr. had to win the B-main to make his way into the feature event.  In post race inspection, it was ruled that he was not in compliance with a motor rule and was disqualified.

The J&L Transport IMCA modified feature event also proved that the track was very competitive and fun for the drivers.  Heats were won by #776r Rusty Zeigler, #5 Tanner Pray, and #7d Myron Deyoung.  A B-main was run to lock in the final competitors to compete in the main event.  #20 AJ Ward was the top finisher of that event.  #21w George Wease and #75 Brad Stanke brought a hungry field to the green flag.  Stanke was experiencing a very loose race car that eventually caused him to spin out coming off of turn two on lap three and almost ended the night for a few other competitors including runner-up in the points Ward.  Once the debris was cleaned up and the field went green it became an all out assault on the top spot.  Wease did everything he could to hold on to the lead as he fought point leader #EZ1 Don Hintz and #19f Joe Fowler.  Fowler was able to find a spot where the car was most effective and grabbed the lead for good at lap eleven and was able to hold off a hard charging Ward, who started seventeenth, and Hintz.  Wease would salvage fourth with last week’s winner #26 Thomas Sova taking fifth.  This was Fowlers first win on the TCMS dirt.

#99 Rick Beauchamp and #27 Rob Westergard would bring the field of fourteen Elgin Pro Stocks to the fast flag to begin the twenty lap feature.  Beauchamp would pull off at the green flag with mechanical issues and allowed Westergard to lead the first two.  #80 Jeramie Raby, who won his heat race, was swiftly moving toward the front of the field until he and #M65 Rick Spencer tangled in turn two and sent both cars to the rear.  #44 Jeff Haley would lead nearly half the event until the #01 Randy Radabaugh took over the lead.  Radabaugh looked like he was on his way to picking up his first pro stock victory until #41 JC Witherspoon found a lane around the top of the speedway.  Both he and Radabaugh raced side by side for the final seven laps of the race until Witherspoon was able to take the lead with about a lap and a half remaining and pick up his first ever TCMS feature win.  Radabaugh would be stuck with another second place finish.  Third through fifth were Spencer, Haley and #40 Ron Bieri.  Beauchamp, and Raby took heat race wins earlier in the evening.

Young #7 Tyler Morell would take the heat and feature in the FWD Stock Rockets over #99 Dustin Beauchamp.

 

Next week, our four regular divisions (LM, IMCA, PS, SS) plus lawnmower races will be in action for Township, County, and State Employees night.  Bring your municipal employee ID and get in for free!!!  Also, it is Cans for Race Fans night.  Bring four cans of food and receive a raffle ticket to win some great prizes!  If you bring eight cans, get one dollar off of your general admission!!!  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 6:45pm, Beat the Track Record at 7:30pm and racing at 7:55pm.  If you can’t make it, follow all the results via Twitter at https://twitter.com/TCMSracetrack !  Also, for more information regarding drivers or the 2012 schedule, you can find us at www.tricityracetrack.com !  Got Dirt?  Get it this season at the New Tri City Motor Speedway!!!