Speed Record Shattered at Tri City Motor Speedway
Speed Record Shattered at Tri City Motor Speedway
05/17/2013 (Auburn MI) Wet weather tried to make another appearance on a Friday, but it couldn’t completely hold off the night’s activities. A 90 minute weather delay around dusk threatened to wash out the show, but the tenacious TCMS track prep crew was able to run the moisture away. A great crowd, along with 97 competitors, came out and saw record-breaking laps turned on the 3/8 clay oval over the course of the evening. Graff Chevrolet of Bay City and Wayne Maier and Associates were the title sponsors of the night’s activities.
The first visit in 2013 for the Sprints on Dirt gave them an opportunity to break the track record. #0 Steve Irwin shattered the record by nearly sixth tenths of a second with a lap time of 11.136 (nearly 120 MPH average)!! Eight Sprint cars of the 22 that participated broke the track record!! They would be the first of four main events with a 25 lap feature. A malady on the first lap took out crowd favorite #2m Dustin Daggett. As he went up and over in a violent flip he collected a number of strong cars including the record holding Irwin. On the third try, #3w Ryan Grubaugh and #49 Greg Dalman took the green flag with Dalman leading the opening laps. Grubaugh took the top spot on lap six when Dalman bobbled in turn four. #19 Brett Mann started reeling in your race leader, Grubaugh, in lapped traffic at lap fifteen. Grubaugh would maneuver through the slower traffic with ease and picked up his second career TCMS SOD feature win. Mann, Dalman #16 Greg Wheeler, and #77 Keith Love completed the top five finishers. Heats went to #49 Robert Huisken, Mann, and Dalman picked up heat gold.
Twenty-two Comp Cams Late Models started the feature action with #20 Joe Hanson and #7f Brad Finkbeiner bringing the strong field of drivers to the green flag. After numerous restarts to Hanson would take the lead and jump well away from the field as he would lead the first eighteen laps of the twenty-five scheduled laps. Last week’s runner-up, St John’s driver #Ox Zach Olger, would weave is way through a number of record-setting laps from his eighth starting spot and zip by Hanson on lap nineteen. After that, it was lights out for the rest of the field as Olger would not be denied his first 2013 TCMS feature win. Midland driver #21 David Hilliker was able to slip past Hanson to take second spot. Hanson, #24 Alex Hupert, and #50 Scott Phillips were the top five. Heat races were captured by Hanson, Brindley and Olger.
#27 Matt Szecsodi and 2011 TCMS Champion #111 Josh Borton won heat races in the Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modifieds division. The twenty lap main event was led to the green flag by #7s of Lucas Small and #5 of Tanner Pray. Small would jump out to a nice lead for the first lap and a half before spinning on his own in turn two forcing him to restart at the rear of the field. Borton would lead laps two and three as the field returned to green flag racing. Opening night runner-up, #20 AJ “Livewire” Ward would have use the high side to his advantage and quickly move from eighth to the lead and never look back. He cruised to his first win of 2013 and was followed by Borton, defending champion #EZ1 Don Hintz, #42 Craig Vance and opening night winner #19 Joe Folwer.
Once again, the Auburn Hotel Bar and Grill Street Stock Division feature was the biggest field in the pits with twenty-nine drivers hoping to be part of the feature. #7d Brenten Deyoung, #15.2 Joe Cunningham, and #28 Jared Rizer, #51 Todd Winchell, and #20 Ted Owens won preliminary races to gain admittance to the feature. Rizer and Deyoung would get to lead the field to the start of the feature. Rizer would lead the opening lap before Deyoung would take over until lap twelve. #75s Kevin Strong continues to put pressure on Deyoung before he was able to take over that lead at lap thirteen. Meanwhile, #3 Loren Short had a dirt track checkered flag in his mind. With three laps remaining, Short would take over the lead forcing Strong to put up a last lap challenge. As Short took the high line coming out of turn four, Strong was able to find enough grip to make the pass by half of a car length at the finish line over Short. #21e Dan “Evil” Engel, 2011 champion #7r Dave Newcomb, and #10 Brent Reil completed the top five.
Next week is a holiday doubleheader at TCMS. Friday night, 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. We will also feature the first leg of the Figure 8 series for Street Stock type cars. Friday night’s entertainment will be brought to you by Joint Clutch and Gear. Race time on Friday is at 7:55. Saturday night will feature Elgin Pro Stocks, Auburn Hotel Street Stocks, Steven’s Cycle FWD Stock Rockets, the first appearance of the Mini Sprints, and the first race for the Open Modified. The Black Gold Series, a three race series, will pay $1,777 for the winner of the 37-lap feature. This winner will have the opportunity to go after a $3,333 bonus if they can win the feature of all three Black Gold series races in 2013. We will also have a spectacular Fireworks display at intermission to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend!! Race time for Saturday is 7:27. 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!!!