Saturday Night Fever at Tri City Motor Speedway
Saturday Night Fever at Tri City Motor Speedway
07/28/12 (Auburn, MI) Mother nature may have thrown a monkey wrench into the regularly scheduled Friday night or racing, but it couldn’t stop Tri-City Motor Speedway and the 74 drivers that showed up from putting on a show for the fans Saturday night.
The Open Modifieds were given the opportunity for the first time this year to put their car to the test on the 3/8mile clay oval. A full field of 20 cars answered the call, and started the night out with their attempt to break the track record. The old track record didn’t last long as the #27 of John McCaul was the first car on the track setting the fast time of the night of 13.957, nearly 3 tenths of a second faster than the previous track record. When it came to the 32 lap feature the field was led to the green flag by #5f Justin Fleming and #39 Chad Spencer. Spencer and Fleming battled side by side for the lead until Spencer made contact with a lapped car causing him to retire early from the event. As the laps clicked off the new track record holder of #27 John McCaul made his way from the 11th starting spot into the top 3. As the race winded down McCaul just didn’t have enough to battle with Fleming and #2 Travis Stemler. Stemler and Fleming swapped the lead multiple times, but the #2 of Travis Stemler edged out Fleming by half a car length to claim the top spot. Fleming, McCaul, #3t John Taylor, and #22 Tim Stemler rounded out your top five. Chad Spencer, John McCaul, and Tim Stemler took home heat wins.
Thirteen PRW Late Models were on hand and did not disappoint as they provided a dramatic feature race of their own. With tonight being a non-points night the field was set by the draw, redraw process. As a result 2011 TCMS champion #72 Kyle Borgman started on the front row alongside of #42 Bruce Vance. Borgman, Vance and #9r Curtis Roberts battled for many of the opening laps with multiple occasions of a three wide display on the speedway. Eventually Borgman and Curtis made it a two man race swapping the top spot several times, including a daring slide job by in turn three and four by Roberts. Borgman and Curtis leaned on each other most of the last lap as Curtis took the win crossing the line as his right rear tire was going flat. 0p Kris Patterson Jr. made his way from the 7th spot to finish 3rd as Vance and #75 Rod Laney completed the top five. Borgman and Patterson were victorious in the heat races.
The Auburn Hotel Street Stocks had a tough act to follow but were up for the challenge. #69 Robert Lammy and #28 Jared Rizer led the 20 car field to the start line. It didn’t take long for the current point’s leader #21d Darren Mularz to stick his nose into the top three. Mularz and Rizer battle side by side for many laps as they were committed to the low and high line respectfully. Half way through the race last week’s runner up #10 Brent Reil looked like he was going to be able to challenge the leaders as he quickly made his way from his 12th place starting spot to 6th in the running order. He was unable to crack the top five as Mularz took home the top prize followed by Whittemore driver #75s Kevin Strong, Rizer, #7r Dave Newcomb, and #7g Dan Krause Jr. Riel, Newcomb, and 21jk John Krause captured heat victories.
The Elgin Pro Stocks were the final race of the night as there were 6-8 cars in the field of 15 that felt confident they could claim the win. #01 Randy Radabaugh and #27 Rod Westergard brought the field to the green flag. Radabaugh was joined at the point by #m65 Rick Spencer, and #40 Ron Bieri whom lined up in the 4th and 6th spot on the starting grid. Following a restart Radabaugh suffered a mechanic failure bunching up the field and allowing Spencer to gap the field. As the laps were counting down the field saw another caution bunch up the remaining drivers to set up for a 5 lap shoot out. Spencer was able to hold off charges from multiple cars in the top five to claim his second feature win of the 2012 season. #100 Mike Sparks, #77 Kevin Morell, #31z John Zawacki, and #53 Shane Aeschliman. Beiri and Spencer took home heat gold.
Next week the ASCS Sprints On Dirt make history as they come to Tri-City Motor Speedway for the first time joining the Elgin Prostocks, Auburn Hotel Street Stocks and J&L Transport IMCA modifies. 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 or on our Tri City Motor Speedway Facebook page!!! 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!!!