The ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series returned to Tri City Speedway in Auburn, Mich. Saturday night after a three year absence. Tri City is the largest track the series has raced on. One of the officials states that it is 9/16 to the inside and...
The ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series returned to Tri City Speedway in Auburn, Mich. Saturday night after a three year absence. Tri City is the largest track the series has raced on. One of the officials states that it is 9/16 to the inside and 11/16 to the outside. The track has an unusual shape, sporting five corners.
Front row starters Dave Kuhlman and rookie Kyle Edwards led the field down for the green flag under light misting conditions. Before the first lap was completed Claude Plante Jr, Mike Hennessy and rookie Aaron Hulings were involved in an accident between turns three and four. The rain intensified before the cars were able to get back into their proper racing position. The race was unable to continue and a rain date has yet to be set.
The ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series will appear at Tri City Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 2 and will make their second appearance at Winchester Speedway Monday, Sept. 4 in an afternoon show.
Claude Plante Jr returned to the series for the first time this year. The 1998 AMSCS Rookie of the Year was in the car normally driven by Harold Fair Sr. Plante Jr was the Holley Fast Qualifier Award winner with a time of 18.28.
Claude's cousin Bob Varney also made his first start of the year. The Richmond, Mich. driver had been waiting for his engine to be finished.
Another first timer this season was series veteran Jim Baker. The Rochester Hills, Mich. driver was on hand at the Toledo race in July but experienced mechanical problems and didn't transfer to the feature.
Freddie Campbell, fourth place in points, had a prior sponsor commitment to race at Berlin Raceway tonight and was not at Tri City. (You suppose he did a rain dance so he wouldn't lose any points?)
Tom Hernly Jr, seventh place in points, was involved in an accident Friday night at Toledo Speedway during a Kendall Indiana Late Model Series race and suffered significant front end damage.
Some of the Iceman regulars did get to race this weekend in the Kendall race at Toledo. Harold Fair Jr drove his father's AMSCS car, starting fourth and inherited the lead after the leader Matt Hagens' car dropped out with apparent engine problems. Fair Jr led the remaining laps to record his fourth templated LM win this season.
Scott Baker finished ninth after becoming involved in the accident that took out Tom Hernly Jr. Baker qualified 21st of 34 cars and started on the pole of the last chance race, winning it over David Stremme.
In the closing laps of the Kendall race, Glenn Gault, who was turned sideways out of turn four by the car behind him, did a sweet piece of driving to save his Orange Blossom Special. As he was losing it he revved the engine, regained control of the car and never lost a position. He finished seventh.
Part time AMSCS driver Jerry Cook brought out the final caution when he spun in turn one. Cook had a scary accident as he came down for the checkered flage. He spun and slammed driver's side first into the tires protecting the end of the 1/5 mile track. The car became airborn and flew over the short track's banking and came to rest in turn one. Cook was shaken but fine.
The Kendall Indiana Late Model Series unlike the ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series count their caution flag laps. The final five laps must be under all green conditions on tracks a half mile or larger. The first 20 laps were run without a caution and then came a series of seven caution flag periods which robbed the 30 car field of any chance to race. At the end, the caution lap count equaled 48 of a possible 100 laps! The fans were so upset at the proceedings that when the final caution came out at lap 95 they cheered, probably because they hoped they would finally see some racing as the final five laps had to be under the green.