A large field of 35 Auto Value Midget Series and 22 Penzoil Winged Sprint cars filled the pits Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway along with the local Street Stock and Figure 8 divisions. We'll never find out if the sprints and midgets would...
A large field of 35 Auto Value Midget Series and 22 Penzoil Winged Sprint cars filled the pits Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway along with the local Street Stock and Figure 8 divisions. We'll never find out if the sprints and midgets would have set a new track record at the newly paved track since the rain came just before qualifications. The track record for the sprints was set in 1998 by Denny England (10.661) and the midgets by Sarah McCune (11.699) in 1996. Because of the time delay to dry the track the competition for the open wheel cars was determined by blind draw. The Street Stock division did qualify and Rick Knowles missed the track record (11.072) by only .27 seconds.
The ARCA Auto Value Midget Series and UMARA (United Midget Auto Racing Association) co-sanctioned the Perry Younce Memorial race. As the field took the green, polesitter Ted Hines veered right into the first turn wall. Half of the field plowed into Hines, the wall and each other. The race was red flag for clean up. Sixteen of the original 21 starters took the second green flag start, but Kevin Myers' broke a wheel and slammed into the wall flipping on his side. The third time proved the charm with Sarah McCune taking the point and she never relinquished it. In the waning laps Gene Lee Gibson caught McCune but wasn't able to get past her. (For the full story and results see www.arcaracing.com)
The Pennzoil Winged Sprint cars lined up by points with Adam Grimm starting on the pole. Grimm sped around the track in the 10.60 range to take the win. He left only seven cars on the lead lap at the end of the 30-lap feature. Notable mention goes to 71-year old Benny Rapp who finished fifth. There was only one caution for a spin to slow event which took approximately 11 minutes to run.
Arnold Kirsch, in only his second week back after a three year layoff, led the first five laps until Ron Allen worked around him to take over the lead. Allen kept the cars of Ken Knight and Rick Knowles at bay as the trio ran in tangent for the remaining 20 laps. Lonnie York led from the pole to win his second B feature in a row, but not without heavy challenges from Rich Grzych for most of the 15-lap feature.
Dennis Whisman won the first heat, ensuring him the pole for the Figure 8 feature. Several red flags for wrecks slowed the action but Whisman prevailed for the win over Greg Studt.
Fast Time: Rick Knowles, 13.098 A Dash: Ron Allen A Heats: Tony Ortega (new track record 8 laps, 1.49.96), Mike Spruell A Main: Allen, Ken Knight, Knowles, Arnold Kirsch, Brian Norton, Jeff Carnacchi, Jim Selmi, John Sullivan, Tom Selmi, John Rowloff, Arnold Hall, Ortega, Randy Casey, M Spruell, Randy DeMaggio, Mike Kieffer, Jeff Kurzyniec, Mel Worley, Bryan Ausmus, Terry Lilley, Terry Humphrey, Clayton Spruell, Dan Schuchardt
B Dash: Chuck Koob B Heats: Skip Kissell, Grover & Al Smith (dead heat, father & son) B Main: Lonnie York, Rich Grzych, Kissell, Koob, John Huebner Sr, Mark Howie, Bill Collinger, Rich Abel, G Smith, Steve Chartrand, Earl Roth Jr, James Potter, Dave DeBash, Larry Smothers, Pat Logan, Jim Kourtakis, A Smith, Gary Majchrzak, Jeff MacZink
Figure 8 Heats: Dennis Whisman, Greg Studt, Ken Ahlgren Feature: Whisman, G Studt, Ahlgren, Parker Wade, Bob Studt, Vern Okopski Jr, Danny Gaddis, Jeremy Miller, Scot Bunge, Regan Ford, Ricky Kargel, Jerry Lee, Robbie Loving, Eric Buck, Ken Carpenter, Rob Parker, Danny Apperson, Danny Leppen, Randy Cronenwett, Frankie Bonstanz, Troy Herrmann
Penzoil Sprints Heats: Dave Durnwald, Denny England Feature: Adam Grimm, Phil Thomas, Bob Dawson, Durnwald, Benny Rapp, England, Steve Burch, Scott Hull, Mike Katz, John Witter
Midgets: Heats: Ted Hines, Phil Rutledge, Sarah McCune, Gary Harrell B Main: Matt Westfall A Main: McCune, Gene Lee Gibson, G Harrell, Rutledge, Dave Baumgartner, Westfall, Sarah Fisher, Rick Harrell, JD Turner, Larry Gibson