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Grubaugh Wins Inaugural ASCS Sprints On Dirt Visit To TCMS

By admin | 06 August 2012 | Headlines | | 0 Comments   

08/03/12 WINNERS:

ASCS Sprints On Dirt: #00 Ryan Grubaugh

J&L Transport IMCA Modified: #20w AJ Ward

Auburn Hotel Street Stock: #75s Kevin Strong

Elgin Pro Stocks: #54 Chaney Newland


Grubaugh Wins Inaugural ASCS Sprints On Dirt Visit To TCMS


08/03/12 (Auburn MI)   The ASCS Sprints On Dirt (SOD) made its first visit to the New Tri-City Motor Speedway this past Friday and was greeted with a standing-room-only crowd ready to watch some of the fastest laps recorded on the newest 3/8ths clay oval.  The crowd would not be disappointed as the SOD competitors came out to set the “fastest lap in Auburn” .  Most drivers were clocking laps in the twelve second bracket, but it was #49t of Greg Dalman that would burn a lap of 11.728 (114 MPH average) to be crowned as the quickest person to ever make a trip around the speedway.

The SOD drivers had some early difficulties getting used to the tacky surface of the speedway.  Without notes on how to set up their cars, the heat races were a hair-raising experience.  In the second heat race, #81 John Gall lost control of his car heading into turn one which caused his car to violently flip onto the asphalt portion of the grounds, through the fence, and into the parking lot.  Other than the fencing, no one was injured including Gall.

The 25-lap feature proved to be highly competitive and fast-paced.   #16c Greg Wheeler and #3w Chris Jones led the field of twenty to the green flag.  Wheeler would lead a handful of laps before Wheeler would take over.  However, it was #00 Ryan Grubaugh that was figuring out the fast line from his 10th place starting position and made the pass on the top side of turn two just past the halfway point.  The St. Johns driver would cross the line first on lap twenty-five to pick up the first feature for the ASCS-SOD series at TCMS. #16 Ryan Ruhl, Dalman, #14 Brett Mann, and B-main winner, #46 Robert Huisken would complete the top five.  Ruhl, Huisken, and Dalman were winners of their heat races.

Fans that came to see the SOD portion of the show saw great action from the other three divisions in attendance, too!   Twenty J&L Transport IMCA Modified cars were led to the green flag by Shepherd drivers #Z Mark Bohannon and #75 Brad Stanke.  The race was marred by several cautions that took out some fierce competitors and ended up cutting the event down to a seventeen lap affair.  The top two drivers in the point’s standings, #EZ1 Don Hintz and #20w AJ Ward moved from their mid pack starting positions to challenge each other for the lead in the final seven laps.  Once the race was completed, Ward came out the winner with Hintz finishing a close second.  #7d Myron Deyoung, #5 Tanner Pray, and #776 Rusty Zeigler completed the event with strong top five finishes.  #42 Dan Minikey Jr won the B-main with Hintz, Deyoung, and #42 Craig Vance posing for heat race wins.

The Elgin Pro Stocks had their biggest field of the year with twenty cars taking the green flag for their feature which was led by  twenty lap main event by #9 Isaac Wolfgang and #66 Rick Trewartha.  Trewartha would get shuffled from the front row quickly as Wolfgang shot away with the early lead.  #80 Jeramie Raby would wrestle the lead away from the ill handling car of Wolfgang by lap four.  Point’s leader, #M65 Rick Spencer and #54 Chaney Newland started making their moves to the front of the field.  Newland took the lead at lap twelve and ended up picking up his third feature win at TCMS and 10th overall for the season.  Spencer ended ups settling for second.  He was followed by strong runs by #99 Rick Beauchamp, #01 Randy Radabaugh, and Raby.  #55 Joe Pomeroy was victorious in his B-main.  Heats were also won by Newland, Wolfgang, and Trewartha.

Front row starters, #15.2 Joe Cunningham and #72 Matthew Erndt had a tough time holding back the other eighteen Auburn Hotel Street Stock Drivers that took the green flag for the feature event.  Cunningham would lead the first couple of laps before Freeland driver #28 Jared Rizer took over the lead.  The 2011 rookie lokked like he was going to be tough to beat.  #10 Brent Reil ran many laps with Rizer before falling back.  Drivers that had troubles in their heat races were steadily dicing through traffic.  It was #75s Kevin Strong, from his eleventh place spot, reached the lead and took home his first TCMS feature win of the season.  Rizer ended up in the runner-up spot.  #95 Steve Hilliker, #78 Justin Kuhl, and #21d Darren Mularz all came from outside the top ten starting spots to finish in the top five.  #06 Kyle Prochaska claimed the B-main while heat gold going to Strong, Rizer, and Kuhl.

Next week, our four regular divisions (LM, IMCA, PS, SS) will be in action along with the return of the Stock front-wheel drive four Cylinders.  In addition, it is car load/Jeep night at the speedway.  Load your cars and jeeps up with fans and get in for one low price ($30 per jeep, $35 per car, $40 per van/truck PLEASE NO BUSSES)!!!  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 or on our Tri City Motor Speedway Facebook page!!!  Also, for more information regarding drivers or the 2012 schedule, you can find us at !  Got Dirt?  Get it this season at the New Tri City Motor Speedway!!!