Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — The traveling cars of the Flint-based Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour presented by Lane Automotive took part in their third race of the 2013 season.
The tour invaded the grounds of the fast 3/8ths (0.375) mile high banked dirt oval of Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake. Joining the Mod drivers were the Pro Streets, Factory Stocks, Four-Cylinder Warriors, and Crossroads Chevrolet Four-Cylinder Compacts as a huge crowd swelled the grandstands.
The Factory Stocks were the first feature of the night which saw 2011 track champion Emery Smith take the early advantage in the 15-lap feature, he would hold on until midway through the race where Kevin Stricker would manage to fight his way to the front and take over the lead. He would sail on to victory lane from there.
Stricker, a 49-year-old from Traverse City, picked up his fifth win of the year behind the wheel of his Stricker Racing/Chevrolet. Settling for second would be Smith. Richard Cebula Jr., Jeremiah Woebbeking and Frank Hincks capped off the top five. Stricker also won the lone heat race.
The next feature event out was the Pro Streets for a 20-lap A-Main. After the opening lap Kevin Newberry was the driver holding down the top spot. He would be able to extend to a very healthy lead, and then cruise on to pick up the win.
This was the first win of the season for Newberry, a 49-year-old from Gaylord in the Diamond Performance/Chevrolet. Dan Hersey finished second. Brian Abernathy, defending track champion Allen Oyer, and Bob Green rounded out the top five. The heat races were won by Hersey and Abernathy.
Next it was the Four-Cylinder Warriors 20-lap feature event. After the green flag was dropped Russ Carrrier took the early advantage. However on the very next lap Jeremy Tulick would take over the top spot. He would look to have the race won, but on lap 18 Andrew Austin would make the jump to the lead and go to the checkered flag.
Austin, a 28-year-old from Manton, picked up the win in his Joe’s Garage/Chevrolet. Tulick took second. Arlie Cooper, Jeremy Wood, and Carrier were the top five. Bob Craycraft and Austin won the heats.
The Crossroads Chevrolet Four-Cylinder Compacts were out next for a 20-lap main event. Ryan Andras, 16, led the way in the early going. However on lap 11 he would be involved in a caution which surrendered the lead to defending track champion, 14-year-old Chris Casey, who would lead all the way until lap 18 when 16-year-old Ricky Wilson took advantage and took the top spot away and went on to be called the winner.
This was the third win of the year for Wilson, from Williamsburg, in his Wilson’s plumbing/Ford. 16-year old Hunter Carrier took the second place finish. Sixteen-year old Calvin Ingleston, 15-year-old Taylor Babcock and Casey finished off the top five. Casey and Ingleston were the heat victors.
The final event of the night was brought out featuring the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified tour presented by Lane Automotive. 2011 track champion Joe Rokos and Rich Robinson Jr. led the twenty car field down to chief starter Steve Sherwood’s green flag. Robinson was able to take the early lead. He would stay there until lap 20. That was when the two time and defending MDC Modifed champion Jacob Poel would fight his way up to the front of the field. He would be able to fend off the rest of the competition and go on to pick up the $1,500 payday.
This was the first every win at Cherry for the 26 year old out of Spring Lake, Michigan behind the wheel of his Poe’s Pro Act Welding & Fabrication/Rocket. Second place went to current MDC point leader David Mielke. Rokos, defending track champion John McCaul and Aaron Morey completed the top five. The heat victories went to Dona Marcoullier, Robinson, Mielke and Todd Feutz. McCaul and Jeff Erickson Jr. won the last chance B-Mains.
This Friday, Cherry Raceway will feature an open-wheel special. The show will be headlined by an appearance by the Lane Automotive Michigan Traditional Sprints. This will bring the best wingless sprint car drivers of the great lakes region to Fife Lake. Joining them will be the Hirams Lightning Sprints who will be back for their third visit of the year. The Weller Truck Parts UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, Pro Streets, Factory Stocks, Four-Cylinder Warriors and Crossroads Chevrolet Four-Cylinder Compacts will make up the rest of the program.