Traverse City Record-Eagle

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July 14, 2013

MTS Sprints see Bares pick up win

AUTO RACING

Cherry Raceway

MTS Sprints see Bares pick up win in 7-in-1 Cherry Raceway show

The Lane Automotive Michigan Traditional Sprints, featuring the best wingless sprint-car drivers in the Great Lakes region, made their way Friday to the Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake. Also in action were the Weller Truck Parts UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, Pro Streets, Factory Stocks, Four-Cylinder Warrriors, Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts, and the Hirams Lightning mini sprints.

The Features started off with the Pro Streets who took part in a 10-lap A-main. Once the green flag was dropped it would be defending track champion Allen Oyer taking the lead. He would manage to hold through the entirety of the race and pick up the win. This was the first ever career victory for the 20-year-old from Mancelona behind the wheel of his Tri-County Sand & Stone/Chevrolet. Jimmy Hiller finished in the second spot. J.J. Arbour completed the field. Oyer also won the lone heat event.

Up next it was the Factory Stocks. which made their out for a 15-lap main event. Lap 1 was led by Jeff Chalker, who saw the lead then go to 2011 track champion Emery Smith. The two would swap for the lead for the next few circuits. Smith would manage to pull away with the lead. However, on the very last lap Smith would suffer mechanical problems which surrendered the top spot to Karl McClellan, who scored the win.

This was the first win for McClellan. The 51-year-old from Mainistee in his 1x Racing/Oldsmobile. Peni Lalonde finished second, Kevin Stricker, Dan Wireman and Smith rounded out the top five. Stricker won the lone heat race.

The Hirams Lightning Sprints were out next in their feature that took 20-laps. The early advantage went to Ron Ramoy. On lap 5 Tom Hunt fought his way to the front of the field, and would be there until lap 9. That was when Bill Dunham jumped into the top position. Dunham would however, be involved in a roll-over on lap 14, which took him out of the show and gave the lead back to Hunt who went on to take the checkered flag. Hunt picked up the win driving his Hunt Motorsports machine of Ithaca. Rusty Reyelts was second. Mack Erickson, Randy Plamondon and Chuck Erickson made up the top five. Dunham and Reyelts were the heat race winners.

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