Mackey Masters ASCS Sprints on Dirt at Shiawassee County CORUNNA, Mich. (August 10, 2006) -- Ken Mackey mastered the uniquely-shaped Shiawassee County Fairgrounds dirt track by fending off the challenges of Steve Irwin and Gregg...
Mackey Masters ASCS Sprints on Dirt at Shiawassee County
CORUNNA, Mich. (August 10, 2006) -- Ken Mackey mastered the uniquely-shaped Shiawassee County Fairgrounds dirt track by fending off the challenges of Steve Irwin and Gregg Dalman to win Thursday night's 20-lap Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz feature event.
After a torrid three-way duel for the lead was interrupted by a late caution, Mackey broke away from his challengers to post his fourth series win of the year aboard the Griff's-powered Mott Motorsports Brewster's Fine Food & Spirits/Torco Fuels No. 25m Maxim.
"This is kind of a strange looking place, but it's a heck of a lot of fun to race on," Mackey explained of the semi-circular track with an incline on the frontstretch and then a downhill charge on the back chute. "Those guys about got me, I got to lollygagging around in lapped traffic and about let it slip away."
After the initial pair of starts were waved off for a pair of turn four tangles, Mackey outgunned polesitter Dalman from his outside front row starting position. Mackey led the early going, while fourth-starter Irwin made his way past Dalman for second by the third circuit.
Lapped traffic came into play in short order, with Mackey working lapped traffic adeptly until the twelfth round when a pair of lapped cars were dicing for position directly in front of him.
Irwin and Dalman quickly closed the gap and over the ensuing rounds the trio diced for the lead position in frantic fashion. Dalman pulled even with Mackey on the high side exiting turn four on the 15th round as Irwin pulled alongside on the bottom to set up a three-wide charge for the lead up the hill.
The meat of the sandwich, Mackey threaded the needle between the lapped cars to retain command just moments before the caution flew for a turn three tangle involving Davey Brown and J.R. Stewart with 16 laps in the books.
A three lap charge to the checkered flag was set up a lap later when Louie Carufel climbed a wheel and flipped in turn four without injury.
Mackey slipped away on the final restart to secure the win in front of Irwin, who held off Dalman for the runner-up slot. John Gall held down the fourth position throughout, with Paul Weaver slicing through the field to round out the top five after starting 19th.
Brett Mann snared sixth despite losing his nose wing in the early going, with Gary Fast, J.R. Stewart, 18th-starter Dain Naida and Kevin Atkins completing the top ten.
Dalman, Mackey and Ben Rutan topped heat race action for the 29-car field, with Kyle Patrick winning the "B" Main. Rutan's feature run ended after a turn four tangle with Atkins on the initial attempt to start the feature.
Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz Results:
Heat Races -- Top 16 in Passing Points to "A" Main
Ohsweken Speedway Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 49T-Gregg Dalman, 2. 0-Steve Irwin, 3. 34-Kevin Atkins, 4. 47x-Louie Carufel, 5. 00g-Ryan Grubaugh, 6. 33k-Kyle Patrick, 7. 6n-Dain Naida, 8. 8-Tim Champlin, 9. 00i-Joe Irwin, 10. 2L-Mike Elliott.
Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 25m-Ken Mackey, 2. 81-John Gall, 3. 37s-J.R. Stewart, 4. 13-Davey Brown, 5. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 6. 72-Chris Webster, 7. 33-Bill Johnson, 8. 2T-Ralph Brakenberry, 9. 2g-Mike Galajda. DNS: 02-Tim Deming.
Lane Automotive Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Ben Rutan, 2. 79-Brett Mann, 3. 19-Joe Bares, 4. 26-Gary Fast, 5. 4-Tim Lowe, 6. 99-Wayne Morrison, 7. 1w-Paul Weaver, 8. 50-John Lowe, 9. 12-Jim Lane.
"B" Main -- Top 4 to "A" Main
"B" Feature (8 Laps): 1. 33k-Kyle Patrick, 2. 6n-Dain Naida, 3. 1w-Paul Weaver, 4. 33-Bill Johnson, 5. 2g-Mike Galajda, 6. 8-Tim Champlin, 7. 50-John Lowe, 8. 00i-Joe Irwin, 9. 2L-Mike Elliott, 10. 12-Jim Lane, 11. 2T-Ralph Brakenberry, 12. 02-Tim Deming.
Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz "A" Main Event:
"A" Feature (20 Laps): 1. 25m-Ken Mackey, 2. 0-Steve Irwin, 3. 49T-Gregg Dalman, 4. 81-John Gall, 5. 1w-Paul Weaver, 6. 79-Brett Mann, 7. 26-Gary Fast, 8. 37s-J.R. Stewart, 9. 6n-Dain Naida, 10. 34-Kevin Atkins, 11. 13-Davey Brown, 12. 4-Tim Lowe, 13. 33k-Kyle Patrick, 14. 99-Wayne Morrison, 15. 47x-Louie Carufel, 16. 00g-Ryan Grubaugh, 17. 33-Bill Johnson, 18. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 19. 23-Ben Rutan, 20. 19-Joe Bares.
Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt presented by Victor Reinz Points (Top Ten): 1. Ken Mackey 2,137, 2. Gary Fast 2,078, 3. Kyle Patrick 2,071, 4. Dain Naida 2,067, 5. Gregg Dalman 2,063, 6. Kevin Atkins 2,004, 7. Joe Bares 1,900, 8. Ryan Grubaugh 1,866, 9. Louie Carufel 1,861, 10. Davey Brown 1,774.