"Hemelgarn Racing Night" Delivers Dramatic Finish at Toledo Toledo, Ohio -- July 9, 2005 - Josh Wise and Michael Lewis outlasted lightning, thunder and other competitors, racing wheel to win their USAC National Midget and Sprint Car Series...
"Hemelgarn Racing Night" Delivers Dramatic Finish at Toledo
Toledo, Ohio -- July 9, 2005 - Josh Wise and Michael Lewis outlasted lightning, thunder and other competitors, racing wheel to win their USAC National Midget and Sprint Car Series races respectively in front of a packed grandstands Friday night during "Hemelgarn Racing Night" at Toledo Speedway.
Jerry Coons, Jr. won the midget qualifying session with a time of 15.208. Bobby East broke Boston Reid's track record, turning a time of 14.937 at 120.506mph.
Josh Wise won both the midget and sprint semi's that saw three wide racing as lightning flashed in the distance south of the track.
Wise was not finished with his winning ways. The Tony Stewart Motorsports driver added the USAC National Midget Series Feature to his list of wins on the evening, driving away from the rest of the field. Dave Steele finished second and Bobby East finished third. Prior to Friday night, Wise had never seen the track.
"It was good that we got to run both cars tonight to get me some time here," said Wise. "The guys did an unbelievable job on the car. Hopefully we will win this next one."
Josh Wise didn't win the sprint feature but he and Bobby East came as close to winning as possible in a three wide photo finish. The last lap of the sprint feature resembled last Sunday's Indy Racing League three wide IndyCar Series finish at Kansas Speedway. Michael Lewis beat Bobby East to the line, winning the USAC Valvoline Sprint Car Series feature by 0.020 of a second. Third place Josh Wise made up the third car on the inside of the dramatic finish to an exciting evening of racing.
"I can't thank these guys enough," said Lewis. "I got a little loose in the turn and Bobby got under me."
The event's sponsor, Ron Hemelgarn, says he wants to make the annual "Hemelgarn Racing Night" into a national event. Despite the rain earlier in the day, a full house of fans turned out for the event. The 1996 Indy 500 winning car owner said he is planning on bringing in additional seating for the event in 2006. Hemelgarn also hosted a USAC driver's reunion Friday that saw several of USAC's stars of yesteryear return to the historic speedway to greet the fans and sign autographs.