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Patterson Jr. Overshadows NASCAR Champion’s Tri City Motor Speedway Debut.

By admin | 16 July 2012 | Headlines | | 0 Comments   

Winners 7-13-12

J&D Landscaping Mini Sprints: #4 Chris Smalley

PRW Late Models: #0p Kris Patterson Jr.

J&L Transport IMCA Modifieds: 7d Myron Deyoung

Elgin Pro Stocks: #41 JC Witherspoon

Auburn Hotel Street Stocks:  #46 Dilan Hunter

Patterson Jr. Overshadows NASCAR Champion’s Tri City Motor Speedway Debut.

(Auburn) Another beautiful day for racing as 88 competitors arrived to compete on Meuller’s Auto Repair and Machine Night at Tri City Motor Speedway Friday night. In addition, it was Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (MARFC) night which offered its members free admission to the evening show.  Before the evening’s events, defending late model Champion #72 Kyle Borgman was honored with a MARFC racing gear bag for driving from Muskegon every Friday night to race at TCMS.  Another treat was in store for the racers and fans as NASCAR champion and Grand Rapids native Johnny Benson Jr made an unscheduled visit to run with the late model drivers.  Benson, who had run nearly 250 laps in Wednesday nights practice, was looking to clock some laps in competition as he gears up for a big dirt race that will take place at Berlin raceway in September.


J&D Landscaping Mini Sprints had their second night of the three race mini-series at TCMS and kicked off the evening’s race events.  #6 Bruce Dezelski would set the quickest lap averaging near 101 MPH around the 3/8ths dirt oval.  Dezelski looked like he was going to be the man to beat as he started on the front row of the 20-lap feature with Rookie #63 Rick Irwin.  Dezelski would jump out to a full straightaway lead before turning sideways in turn four which allowed #84 Bill Dunham to take over the lead on lap nine.  Dunham stretched out to a large lead, but with just one lap to go, Dunham lost power and that allowed the round one winner, Ohio native, #4 Chris Smalley to capture the lead and the win in an exciting finish.  Dezelski would come back to finish second over #29k Terry Walch, #22r Rusty Reylets, and #12 Tom Hunt, Walch, and Dunham would win their heat races.


Another strong field of PRW late Models were on hand with the addition of #12 Johnny Benson jumping behind the wheel of Dave Hartman’s machine.  Earlier in the evening, #42 Bruce Vance, #24 Alex Hupert, and #0p Kris Patterson Jr were the class of their heat races.  For the feature event, Vance and Hupert would bring the field of sixteen to the green flag.  Vance would lead the first lap before Au Gres rookie Alex Hupert would take control of the event.  Borgman was on his way toward the front before he and points leader #55 Wing would tangle forcing Wing to the rear and Borgman to eventually retire from the event.  As the event wound down, it was a pair of St John’s native #0x Zach Olger and Patterson that would take control of the event and it was Patterson that would be the first one to the checkered flag.  Olger would finish second with Wing climbing his way from the back to a third place finish. Vance and #75 Rod Laney completed the top five.  Johnny Benson would finish the event with a respectable seventh place finish.


Twenty J&L Transport IMCA drivers took the green flag with #11 Chaz Pray and #5 Tanner Pray at the head of the field.  The Prays would battle for a number of opening laps before seventh place starter #7d Myron Deyoung took the top spot and never looked back as he led the majority of the feature.  #19f Joe Fowler, who started sixteenth due to breaking a ball joint in his heat race worked his way up to finish in the second spot.  Points leader, #EZ1 Don Hintz was third and was followed by #88 Brody Bowser and #42 Craig Vance.  Heats were taken by #20w AJ Ward, Deyoung, and Hintz.


#99 Rick Beauchamp took advantage of his pole position start and led the seventeen car field for the first fourteen laps of the twenty lap main event for the Elgin Pro Stocks.  However, the high side was coming in for young #41 JC Witherspoon and he took the lead on lap fifteen.  He was able to guide his Hooter’s/Tri City Ice Hawks car to the checkered for his second victory of the season.  Beauchamp, who clawed at the bottom, held on to second spot over #M65 Rick Spencer, #01 Randy Radabaugh, and #11 Josh Loomis. #11 Chris Peyerk, Beauchamp, and Loomis took heat gold earlier in the night.


It took three heat races and a B-main to whittle down the twenty-five Auburn Hotel Street Stocks down to the twenty that would start the feature event.  Those preliminary events were won by #31R Bob Robinson, #34 Jerry Oatley, #38 Corey Lipe, and #21JK John Krause.  Asphalt driver, Robinson was able to hold the field behind him for the opening fourteen laps until his handling went away and allowed #46 Dilan Hunter his turn to lead the tight pack of cars.  He was able to hold off#7g Dan Krause, #7r Dave Newcomb, #21d Darren Mularz and #51 Todd Winchell to capture his first TCMS feature win of the season.


Friday, July 20th will be our annual Old Timer’s Night.  People willing to donate old Tri-City Motor Speedway memorabilia will receive free admission to the night’s events.  If you are willing to bring something for show and tell, you will receive $1 off your general admission.  In addition, part two of the Figure-eight series will be run.  It will be a twenty-lap feature paying $488 to win.  Get there early to get a good seat!  Gates open at 5pm with hot laps at 6:45. Pro Stocks will qualify to beat the track record at 7:30.  The first heat race will begin at 7:55pm.  Got Dirt?