Flat Rock Speedway final race report 2001-09-01

Flat Rock Champs Crowned FLAT ROCK, MI: One of the largest crowds of the year filed into Flat Rock Speedway Saturday night for the Joe Lake Tireman Season Championships. Rick Knowles, Greg Studt, Ken Knight and Aram Zadigian all captured...

Flat Rock Champs Crowned

FLAT ROCK, MI: One of the largest crowds of the year filed into Flat Rock Speedway Saturday night for the Joe Lake Tireman Season Championships. Rick Knowles, Greg Studt, Ken Knight and Aram Zadigian all captured division titles, while Steve Cronenwett, Randy Cronenwett, Knight, Greg Stilwell Jr. and Jerry Eritano captured feature race wins. Fraza Forklifts of Detroit provided bonus money to the winners.

The ARCA Allen Chevrolet-Cadillac/Cintas Late Model 50 lap championship race went 43 laps straight as the pack battled for position. Knowles, on the pole by virtue of his top spot in the points, bobbled coming down the front straight on the first lap, allowing Steve Cronenwett to slip by for the lead. Steve motored out front, with Ron Allen in tow. The lead duo held their spots as Steve scored his 2nd win of the season at Flat Rock over Allen, Tim Hebert, Royce Cornett, Steve Bunge, Dennis Strickland, Rick Knowles, Robbie Loving, Ken Ahlgren and Dan Ford Jr. Allen set the Harwood Pontiac/Buick pole time at 11:498. Strickland, Ford Jr. and Chris Benson took the heats. Knowles' finish was enough to grab his 4th consecutive title, a feat only accomplished by the legendary Joy Fair. Strickland's performance netted him the over-all points title of Flat Rock and Toledo, which gives him a $4000 bonus from Allen Chevrolet and Cintas.

Randy Cronenwett did what he had to do, winning the 25 lap ARCA Auto Value Parts Stores/Borg Warner Figure 8 championship feature, but Greg Studt's 4th place finish netted him the Flat Rock championship and the over-all Flat Rock/Toledo point title. Randy was followed by Ricky Kargel, Dennis Whisman, Studt, Ken Ahlgren, Eric Buck, Dan Apperson, Rich Lee, Parker Wade and Craig Pace. Kargel and Studt won the heats. In the 20 lap make-up feature from August 18, Apperson took his 2nd win of 2001 over Studt, Whisman, Kargel, Cronenwett, Troy Herrmann, Buck, Wade, Robbie Loving and Billy Earley.

A joyous Ken Knight secured his first-ever championship in style by winning the 25 lap Joe Lake Tireman championship feature, leading every circuit. Knight charged to the big win over Randy Casey, Brian Norton, Terry Humphrey, Ron Allen, Randy DeMaggio, Terry Lilley, Dave Tanner, Chuck Koob and Tony Ortega. Humphrey set quick time at 13:238, with the dash to Knight. The B dash went to Rob Murphy. DeMaggio, Jarod MacZink, Aram Zadigian, Rich Abel and Jerry Eritano won the heat races. The 20 lap B Main went to first-time winner Greg Stilwell Jr. over James Rae, Lonnie York, Larry Smouthers Jr. and Rob Murphy. Eritano took the C main over Chris Fitzpatrick. In the make-up B Main, Steve Lilley nipped Mel Worley by inches to win his first feature. Bob Swanson, MacZink and Bob Rae followed. Henry Bradley bested his son Nick in the make-up C Main.

<pre> FLAT ROCK SPEEDWAY JOE LAKE TIRE SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT- SEPTEMBER 1, 2001

SUPER LATE MODELS Fast Qualifier: Ron Allen 11.498 Heats: Dennis Strickland , Dan Ford Jr. , Chris Benson

50 LAP FEATURE 1. Steve Cronenwett 2. Ron Allen 3. Tim Hebert 4. Royce Cornett 5. Steve Bunge 6. Dennis Strickland 7. Rick Knowles 8. Robbie Loving 9. Ken Ahlgren 10. Dan Ford Jr.

FIGURE 8'S HEATS: Ricky Kargel , Greg Studt

25 LAP FEATURE 1. Randy Cronenwett 2. Ricky Kargel 3. Dennis Whisman 4. Greg Studt 5. Ken Ahlgren 6. Eric Buck 7. Dan Apperson 8. Rich Lee 9. Parker Wade 10. Craig Pace

** 20 LAP FIGURE 8 FROM AUG. 18: Dan Apperson, Studt, Whisman, Kargel, Cronenwett, Troy Herrmann, Buck, Wade, Robbie Loving, Billy Earley.

STREET STOCKS FAST QUALIFIER: Terry Humphrey, 13.238 A DASH: Ken Knight A HEATS: Randy DeMaggio, Jarod MacZink B DASH: Rob Murphy B HEATS: Aram Zadigian , Rich Abel, Jerry Eritano, Chris Fitzpatrick

20 LAP B MAIN: Greg Stilwell Jr., James Rae, Lonnie York, Larry Smouthers Jr., Rob Murphy

C MAIN: Jerry Eritano

** B MAIN FROM AUG. 18:  Steve Lilley, Mel Worley, Bob Swanson , Jarod MacZink, Bob Rae
   C MAIN:  Henry Bradley, Nick Bradley

30 LAP FEATURE 1. Ken Knight 2. Randy Casey 3. Brian Norton 4. Terry Humphrey 5. Ron Allen 6. Randy DeMaggio 7. Terry Lilley 8. Dave Tanner 9. Chuck Koob 10. Tony Ortega

-FRS-

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