Tim Allison from Cridersville, OH has had an off-season. Or so he said prior to the start of the Sprints On Dirt King of Michigan Tune-Up on Thursday night. Coming into the Sprints On Dirt/ National Racing Alliance co-sanctioned event at Butler ...
Tim Allison from Cridersville, OH has had an off-season. Or so he said prior to the start of the Sprints On Dirt King of Michigan Tune-Up on Thursday night. Coming into the Sprints On Dirt/ National Racing Alliance co-sanctioned event at Butler Motor Speedway Saturday night, Allison had pocketed $5000 by winning the previous two nights. Then he led all 25 laps, taking just 6 minutes and 33 seconds, in route to his third straight victory, netting a $6200 weekend. "We have struggled this year. Then Thursday I said that the win might get us back on track, but I did not expect three in a row!" Stated Allison in victory lane. "I knew tonight was all about the start. We got the jump on J.R. (Stewart) and then it was a matter of not making any mistakes. The track was pretty narrow, and we struggled with traffic. I saw him (Stewart) a couple times, but we kept the Fisher powered Maxim going, and hung on."
J.R. Stewart and Allison started the 25-lap affair on the front row, and it was Allison getting the jump on the high side going into turn one. Allison maintained the lead to complete lap one, but fourth place runner Jim Payne dove low in to turn one hitting an inside tire sending it on to the racing surface. This caused several cars to make contact on the front stretch, bringing out a caution. Dain Naida would be the only car that did not continue.
After a complete restart, the second try looked identical as the first with Allison grabbing the lead on the high side. Stewart stayed close to Allison as Wohlfeil, Dwain Leiber, and Dustin Daggett would battle for third. On lap eight, Leiber passed Wohlfeil for third, and one lap later, Daggett took Advantage of Wohlfeil to take over fourth. At this time, 18th starting Steve Leiber had moved up to ninth position.
As Allison was working lapped traffic, Stewart closed in on the back bumper of the race leader, and looked to have the better car in traffic. As the lead duo continued to slice through the lapped cars, a battle for third was also underway. Dwain Leiber and Daggett, battling each other allowed the leaders to pull away. Daggett was able to make the pass for third on lap 20, and set sail for the leaders.
Lap 21, the leader, Allison, got into the back of a slowing Sean Robinson, slowing him, and second place runner Stewart up. Stewart was unable to take advantage of the contact, but was again on the rear bumper of Allison. Robinson would pull off one lap later ending his evening. In the closing laps, third place Daggett would close in on the leaders, but not close enough as Allison took a narrow victory over Stewart. Daggett would come home third, with Mike Brecht, and 18th place starter Steve Leiber in the top five. Dwain Leiber, Jeff Williams, Wohlfeil, Payne, and Corey Bevard rounded out the top 10.
Heat race wins went to Scott Cramer, Jim Payne, Tim Allison, and Darren Long. Matt Alloway, and Steve Leiber took the B-mains. 38 cars were on hand to contest the second of two SOD/ NRA Challenge events. 13 full time NRA members, 16 SOD members, and the rest were Butler Motor Speedway regulars. Up next for the SOD sprinters is July 12 at Owendale Speedway. For the NRA Invaders, July 11 at Limaland Motorsports Park. For more information, be sure to log on to the official SOD web site at www.sprintsondirt.com, or the NRA web site at www.nrainvaders.com.