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Hintz Clinches first Championship At Tri City Motor Speedway

By admin | 26 August 2012 | Headlines | | 0 Comments   

08/24/12 WINNERS:

PRW Late Models: #72 Kyle Borgman

J&L Transport IMCA Modified: #EZ1 Don Hintz

Auburn Hotel Street Stock: #1 Kevin Gunsel

Elgin Pro Stocks: #99 Rick Beauchamp

Figure 8: #1 Randy Radabaugh


Hintz Clinches first Championship At Tri City Motor Speedway


08/17/12 (Auburn MI)   With one week remaining before season championship night, a season high ninety-nine drivers filled the TCMS pits to try their hand at the fastest and newest 3/8ths clay oval in Michigan.  Graff Chevrolet of Bay City and WIX filters were the premier sponsors of the evening’s activities.

A full field of twenty PRW Late Model drivers were led to the green flag by Au Gres driver #24 Alex Hupert and Midland’s #42 Bruce Vance.  Vance, as he had the previous week, jumped out to a quick start and led the first twelve laps before the 2011 Late Model champion #72 Kyle Borgman wrested the lead away from Vance via the bottom groove. Blanchard’s #6r Carl Ries was the only car that had anything for Borgman until lap twenty-three when a problem forced Ries to retire from the event.  Borgman would cruise to the victory over Vance, point leader #55 Roger Wing, #9r Curtis Roberts, and #23v Ryan Vanderveen.  Heat victories went to Ries and Borgman.

With line-ups determined by driver’s points per night average, it is very rare that the pole-sitter wins the feature unless they hit the correct set up.  That is exactly what #1 Kevin Gunsel did in the Auburn Hotel Street Stock main event.  Gunsel led all twenty laps to claim his first victory of the season.  #10 Brent Reil made the last lap exciting as he was the only driver to put pressure on Gunsel.  The final lap saw the two drivers dead even entering turn three.  Both cars leaned on each other through the final turn with Gunsel capturing that win by just a fender over Reil to the crowd’s thunderous roar of approval.  Last week’s winner #7r Dave Newcomb finished third with #28 Jared Rizer and #7g Danny Krause Jr. rounding out the top five.  #51 Todd Winchell, Rizer, and #21k James King took heat victories.  #34c Derek Crandell grabbed the B-main.

With both second and third place point drivers not in the pit area, all Belding driver #EZ1 Don Hintz would have to do is start the feature to claim his first championship.   With just twenty J&L Transport IMCA Modified drivers on hand, that championship was clinched for Hintz. An all Shepherd Michigan front row of #75 Brad Stanke and #Z of Mark Bohannon led the field to the green flag.  Bohannon led the opening two laps before Clio driver #27 Matt Szecsodi grabbed the lead.  Szecsodi took the field to lap twelve where Hintz would handily take the lead from the high side and cruise to the victory. Szecsodi had his best run of the year finishing second.  #776r Rusty Zeigler, Bohannon, and eighteenth place starter #42 Craig Vance completed the top five.  Stanke and Zeigler posed for heat race wins.

The Elgin Pro Stocks have quickly become an exciting class to watch. Nineteen cars took the green flag for their feature led by asphalt driver #71 Timmy Near and Breckenridge driver #9 Isaac Wolfgang.  Crashes marred the event including one pile up that resulted from a burnt electrical line and sudden loss of power to second place Near as the field came to the green flag of a restart on lap fourteen.  Wolfgang had led all fourteen laps to that point and was easily the class of the field.  However, something happened to Wolfgang’s car during that red flag period and he was not able to re-fire the car, sending him to the pits for the remainder of the event.  This handed the lead to the fifth place #40 Ron Bieri.  On the restart, Bieri saw some three wide battles for that top spot with #99 Rick Beauchamp finally taking the lead and his first Pro Stock feature win.  Point leader #01 Randy Radabaugh was able to survive the carnage to capture second place over #41 JC Witherspoon, Bieri and #M65 Rick Spencer.   Heats were also won by Wolfgang and Radabaugh.

The final event of the night was the highly anticipated finale of the Figure-eight series.  #8 Aaron Spearling, the SS fast qualifier, and #7r of Dave Newcomb brought the field of sixteen to the green flag.  #81 Fred Dow led a few of the opening laps, but it was #1 Randy Radabaugh that knew his way around the trick criss-cross circuit to lead all but three laps of the twenty-four lap race.  In victory lane, we found out that with two laps remaining, the transmission in Radabaugh’s car (which was the car Gunsel won the SS feature with) started to go sour.  There were many close calls through he intersection which kept the crowd on the edge of their seats throughout the event.  Dow, #51 Todd Winchell, #96R Ricky Smith, and #7g Danny Krause were the top five finishers.

Next week, our four regular divisions (LM, IMCA, PS, SS) will be in action for season championships.  In addition, it is finale for the stock front wheel drive division.  Intermission will host the season finale Firework show at intermission. 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 (Don’t forget to “like” us)!!!  Also, for more information regarding drivers or the 2012 schedule including the Season ending “Battle By The Bay” on Friday and Saturday September 7th and 8th and the newly added ASCS Sprints on Dirt show on Saturday, September 22nd, you can find us at !  Got Dirt?  Get some before the season is over at the New Tri City Motor Speedway!!!