New Faces Triumph at Tri City Motor Speedway
New Faces Triumph at Tri City Motor Speedway
05/25/2013 (Auburn MI) The second half of the Memorial Day weekend show, brought 76 racers from across Michigan to the New Tri City Motor Speedway with the Black Gold Open Modified Series (OMP) being the premier division going after a $1,777 to win top prize and the opportunity to put the winner of the feature in position to possibly win $3,333 if they can sweep all three Black Gold OMP races in 2013.
After the track seeing unusually fast and tacky conditions over the past few weeks, the sunshine and winds provided a much different racing surface than previous evenings. The drivers had their hands full in the heats trying to find grip. #91 Adam Thrush, #J31 Mickey Carmen, #2 Travis Stemler, and #711 Scott Peyton were able to master the tough conditions to gain their spot in the feature event by winning their preliminary qualifiers. Thrush and #21w Brad Wilson led the field of twenty to the green flag in the 37-lap feature. Thrush was well on his way to being the unbeatable car in the field as he built a big lead. However, he overdrove turn one and lost grip, spinning off the track and bringing out the caution. This would put him at the back of the field where he never was a factor for the remainder of the race. This handed the lead to #1e Jeffery Erickson. Erickson would spend a great deal of time working the high groove and extended his lead over the field by a half straightaway. A late caution with less than five laps to go, would bunch the field back up for one last run at the win. Erickson would choose to start on the low line and put #2k Aaron Morey alongside for the drop of the green to resume the race. This ended up being the wrong choice for Erickson as Morey would snatch the lead away and lead the final three laps to pick up his first TCMS feature win. Stemler, Erickson, #43a Mark Anderson, and #19 Joe Fowler completed the top five.
The Auburn Hotel Bar and Grill Street Stock Division feature was full of excitement, as it tends to do each and every week. ##18L David Lester and #72 Matt Erndt were in charge of setting the pace to the green flag for the feature event. Erndt would lead a couple laps early before 2011 Champion #7r Dave Newcomb, who drove the bottom line, would take over the lead. Newcomb, who had been battling power issues over the past two nights, looked to have his luck turn around as he looked to run away from the field. #28 Jared Rizer was using the rim of the speedway to track down Newcomb as he was having difficulty getting through lapped traffic. Maneuvering through three-wide traffic proved to be exciting for the fans to watch as Rizer and Newcomb would swap the lead back and forth a number of times before Rizer finally was able to beat Newcomb to the line on the twentieth and final lap to pick up his first ever feature win. Newcomb, #10 Brent Reil, #51 Todd Winchell, and #75s Kevin Strong completed the top five. Heats were captured by Rizer and Strong.
#84 Bill Dunham had led many laps in his Mini Sprint car over the past season, but had not closed the deal in the late laps. It turned out to finally be his night as he zipped through traffic in the feature event to lead and win by a large margin over the field. #12 Tom Hunt was the runner-up. Ericksons filled up the top five with #38 Mack, #50 Charles, and #007 Paul finishing third through fifth spots. Hunt and #3 Rusty Reyelts won heat gold.
The Elgin Pro Stocks had another dramatic finish to their feature event. #77d Darren Mularz and defending champion #M65 Rick Spencer won their heats and set the stage for the feature battle. #93 John Robbins and Mularz led the feature field to the green flag. Robbins kept a strong fight with Mularz through the first half of the twenty lap feature before overdriving turn four and losing spots on the track. This gave Mularz some breathing room until Spencer tracked him down via the low groove. This was another race where the lead kept swapping between first and second. However, it was the defending Street Stock Champion’s night as Mularz held off Spencer for the win. Spencer had to accept second place after a tough battle. #53 Shane Aeschliman, #94 Chad Raby, and Robbins crossed the stripe within the top five spots.
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 second night. #K11 Kendall Morrison, and defending champion #7 Tyler Morell completed the event as the top three behind Winchell Jr.
Next week is Kids Night at TCMS. A full show with the Comp Cams Late Models, Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modifieds, Elgin Pro Stocks, Auburn Hotel Street Stocks, and Steven’s Cycle Front Wheel Drive Stock Rockets. 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. 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!!!
Black Gold OMP Modifieds: #2k Aaron Morey