Patterson Jr. Captures Second Victory in a Row.
PRW Late Models: #Ojr Kris Patterson Jr
J&L Transport IMCA Modified: #7d Myron Deyoung
Auburn Hotel Street Stock: #99 Rick Beauchamp
Elgin Pro Stocks: #M65 Rick Spencer
Figure 8 Round #1- #7g Dan Krause Jr
Patterson Jr. Captures Second Victory in a Row.
05/25/12 (Auburn MI) Eighty-four drivers were on hand for to kick off the Memorial Day weekend at the New Tri-City Motor Speedway. Track conditions provided for many lanes of racing action and included a great deal of three and four-wide racing to the delight of a full house of fans. The evenings activities were sponsored by McLaren Bay Regional.
Thirteen drivers were on hand in the Elgin Pro Stock division that had the opportunity to try and break defending champion, (#40) Ron Bieri’s, track record of 15.348. No one would break that record, but Pierson driver,(#54) Chaney Newland, did clock the fastest lap of 15.984. He picked up $100 for the fast lap, but the $100 for beating the track record will roll to next week for the PRW Late Models. This will make the track record lap worth $200 if someone breaks the record in the Late Model class. For the feature event, rookie (#11) Chris Peyerk and (#M65) Rick Spencer brought the field to the green flag for their 20-lap event. Peyerk would lead the first handful of laps before experiencing handling issues that allowed Spencer to take over the top spot. With (#94) Chad Raby not in attendance and the (#54) of Newland dropping out early, the opportunity for a first time winner was a reality. Spencer was able to hold on and pick up his first dirt win at Tri City Motor Speedway. Pigeon native Bieri and hard charging (#77) Kevin Morrell picked up second and third spots. (#41) JC Witherspoon and (#91) Gary Shank Jr completed the top five. Spencer and Newland took the heat races earlier in the evening.
Another great field of twenty-two Auburn Hotel Street Stocks took the green flag led by former Spartan Speedway Champion (#8) Aaron Spearling and (#10) Brent Reil. After a number of restarts Reil was able to finally get an opportunity to lead a number of green flag laps. Caution flag were plenty in this feature and caused the race to be shortened to fifteen laps due to time constraints. As the race moved forward, Reil started feeling pressure from former feature winner (#27) Shawn O’Conner and Linwood driver (#99) Rick Beauchamp. O’Conner led lap number fourteen when Beauchamp made the move to the inside of turn one and was able to take the lead by the exit of turn two. He would cruise the final two corners to pick up the checkered flag. O’Conner would have to settle for second. He was followed by last week’s winner (#7r) Dave Newcomb, who started 15th, (#00) Duff Loeffler and (#57) TJ Gilbert.. O’Conner picked up a heat race victory as well as Beauchamp and Reil. In victory lane, Beauchamp remarked that he plans to move to the pro stock division starting next week.
Twenty-five J&L Transport IMCA Modifieds were on-hand to compete Friday night. The night was marred by a couple of roll-overs to took out some tough competition. Opening night winner, (#42) Dan Minikey barrel-rolled his modified during his heat-race and eliminated his chances of picking up feature win number two for the Fenwick native. Fourteen year old (#14) Chris Barton and (#11) Chaz Pray took charge of bringing the twenty car field to the green flag. Unfortunately, a number of first lap cautions, including the flip of (#776k) Ken Zeigler, caused the necessity of a single-file restart. This allowed the youngster, Barton, to lead the first eight laps of the feature. Throughout those eight laps, Crystal native, (#7d) Myron DeYoung, was making his way from sixth spot to the front. Last week’s winner, (#EZ1) Don Hintz was also moving through traffic to go after his second victory in a row. This time, DeYoung was able to keep the mechanical gremlins away and lead the final twelve laps to snatch his first win of the season. Hintz would finish about three car-lengths back of DeYoung and was closely followed by (20w) AJ Ward, (#42) Craig Vance, and (#4s) Toby Steele. Heats were won by Barton, (#7m) Johnny DeYoung, and Myron DeYoung. The B-Main was captured by (#9k) Dale Kaake Jr.
A strong field of fifteen PRW Late model drivers were led to the green flag by a couple of rookies as (#112) Jason Borton and (#00) Brock Kamlay led the field to the green flag. Kamlay was strong enough to lead the first lap, but (#001) Joe Hanson was able to make a bold three-wide move to pass both Kamlay and Borton to take over the lead. The Midland driver looked well on his way to taking a feature win as he was able to build a huge lead over the field as drivers were finding it difficult to maneuver around Borton. Second generation driver and last week’s winner (#0jr) was able to pass Borton and track down the leader running laps over a half second faster than the pace that Hanson was setting. At lap fourteen, Patterson was able to make the move around Hanson as they had a ¾ lap lead on the rest of the field and were in the midst of lapped traffic. However, a spin caused the caution to wave and placed Hanson back at the point. Hanson was able to hold for about two more laps once the green waved for the restart as Patterson made the move on the top side of turns three and four and cruised to the victory and his second in a row. Hanson finished second with (#55) Roger Wing third. Houghton Lake driver (#15) Justin McNeill came from tenth to fourth and defending champion, (#72) Kyle Borgman completed the top five. Heat gold was earned by Borgman and McNeill.
The final event of the night was the much anticipated round one of the Figure-eight series. Ten divers were led by (#51) Todd Winchell and (#10) Bret Reil to go after the $488 top prize for leading lap number eighteen. Winchell would lead the opening laps, but last year’s Figure-eight winner, (#01) Randy Radabaugh made easy work of the field. It looked as if Radabaugh was going to win his second straight, but a broken A-arm on the front left wheel caused him to retire by lap twelve. Radabaugh had made some great maneuvers through the intersection and had broken out to a lead of over a half lap. Once he broke, (#7g) Dan Krause Jr. would take over the lead and maintain it for the final six circuits over (#8) Aaron Spearling, (#96) Ricky Smith, (#7r) Dave Newcomb, and (#17) Mason Laskowski. The race had the fans on their feet a number of times with some very close calls through the busy intersection. The second leg of the series will be on Friday, July 20th.
Next week, our four regular divisions (LM, IMCA, PS, SS) will be back in action as well as the stock Front Wheel drive four-cylinders. In addition, it is Kid’s Night and Autograph night. All kids fourteen years of age and under will get in for only ONE DOLLAR. In addition, our Racing Rascal Fan club members will receive a free autograph pen! 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!!!