June 2, MASON, Michigan - Roy Nicholson Jr. led all 20 laps to take the third race of the Auto Value Michigan Legends series. Held on an unusually cool evening, the quarter mile Spartan Speedway located outside of Lansing Michigan, saw 20 drivers...
June 2, MASON, Michigan - Roy Nicholson Jr. led all 20 laps to take the third race of the Auto Value Michigan Legends series. Held on an unusually cool evening, the quarter mile Spartan Speedway located outside of Lansing Michigan, saw 20 drivers take the green flag.
At the start, Roy took command and led the race all the way to the checkers. He managed to fend off advances from the likes of Rick Kilbourn, John Turnbull Jr., and Billy Simmons. Roy managed to use the lower groove to his advantage and some back markers helped keep other drivers behind him during some of the later laps.
Roy surprised many for even making the race since it was only a week earlier that he was involved in a wreck at Dixie Speedway which saw him put the car on its side. Crew members were seen making last minute repairs before the heat races. Roy said he and the crew had spent most of the previous night repairing damage.
Heated battles throughout the field thrilled the near capacity crowd. Following the top five group, a race for sixth through tenth developed between series notables, Sean Brown, Levi Rouster, Joe Romeo, Mike Lowe, and Steve Jancar. At one point the group managed to get three wide coming out of the trecherous turn four.
Billy Simmons tried to extendhis two race win streak and domination of the season but fell short with a fourth place finish. Billy won his heat race but a combination of poor starting position and slower traffic made passing difficult this evening.
Next week the Auto Value Michigan Legends series makes their second stop at the Springport Speedway for the annual Michigan Cup race.
<pre> Finishing order: 1 Roy Nicholson Jr. 2 Rick Kilbourn 3 John Turnbull Jr. 4 Billy Simmons 5 Steve Jancar 6 Dan Mansfield 7 Mike Lowe 8 Sean Brown 9 Levi Rouster 10 Joe Romeo 11 Thom Adis 12 Gene Clark 13 Paul Sroufe 14 Mike Leinberger 15 Kraig Vissar 16 Dave Northrup 17 Dave Kilbourn 18 Don Reimink 19 Steve Norris 20 Greg Wing