Traverse City Record-Eagle
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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.
The Four Cylinder Warriors were out next for a 15-lap feature. Russ Carrier was the leader of the opening lap. Andrew Austin was able to power his way to the front, taking the lead on lap 5. Although on lap 12 Austin, would get caught up in lap traffic and allow Jeremy Tulick to jump out in front and take the lead away. He would go on from there to pick up the win. Tulick, a 34-year-old from Cadillac in the Sonn’ys Garage/Dodge picked up his first win of the year. Austin settled for second. Bob Craycraft, Jim Luhtanen and Nick Olds finished off the top five. Arlie Cooper and Austin picked up the heat wins.
The Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts made their way out for a 15-lap main event. Sixteen-year-old Ricky Wilson was the driver leading after the drop of the green flag. He was able to hold off all challenges and go on through the entire race to earn the victory. Wilson, driving out of Williamsburg in his Wilson’s Plumbing/Ford, scored his fourth win of the season. Runner-up honors went to 2011 track champion 14-year-old Autumn Beeman, with 16-year-old Rheanna Doberstein, 16-year-old Hunter Carrier and 16-year-old Calvin Ingleston capping off the top five. The heats were won by Wilson and defending track champion Chris Casey.
The Weller Truck Parts UMP DIRTcar Modifieds went head to head in their 20-lap shootout. Once the field saw the green flag, it was Paul Johnson taking the lead. The battle would rage on from there until Johnson would be involved in a caution with lap traffic in the late stages of the race, which forced him to the rear of the field. The lead was then given to Greg Gokey, who went on from there to get the win. This was the first win of the year for the 30-year old driver from Buckley in his Butch Straight Inspections/DirtWerx Racecar. Dennis Taghon, 19-year old Nick Kurtz, Wayne Taghon and Johnson rapped up the top five. Johnson, and Gokey were the heat winners.
The main event of the night featured the 20-lap A-main for the Lane Automotive Michigan Traditional Sprints. The field was lead out to chief starter Steve Sherwood’s green flag by Brett Mann and Steve Irwin, who was able to take the lead after the first lap. He would remain for much of the contest until and on lap 18 Joe Bares was able to fight his way to the front of the pack and go home the winner. Bares picked up the win behind the wheel of his XYZ Machining car. Irwin had to settle for second. Chuck Wilson, Don Smith and Joe Irwin completed the top five. Smith, Bares and Steve Irwin won the heats.
On Friday, Cherry Raceway will feature a full racing show. Headlined by yet another visit from the Hirams Lightning Sprints in their fourth visit of the year. The Weller Truck Parts UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, Pro Streets, Factory Stocks, Four-Cylinder Warriors and Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts will also be in action. Racing Begins approximately at 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR-Sprint Cup-Camping World RV Sales 301 Lineup
After Friday qualifying; race Sunday
At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Lap length: 1.058 miles
(Car number in parentheses)
1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 135.922 mph.
2. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 135.835.
3. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 135.786.
4. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 135.757.
5. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 135.525.
6. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 135.487.
7. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 135.482.
8. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 135.333.
9. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 135.246.
10. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 135.107.
11. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 135.073.
12. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 135.006.
13. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 134.978.
14. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 134.868.
15. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 134.849.
16. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 134.753.
17. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 134.71.
18. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 134.492.
19. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 134.411.
20. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 134.089.
21. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 134.028.
22. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 133.839.
23. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 133.835.
24. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 133.821.
25. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 133.778.
26. (51) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 133.778.
27. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, 133.637.
28. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 133.431.
29. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 133.273.
30. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 132.993.
31. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 132.919.
32. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 132.905.
33. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 132.72.
34. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 132.485.
35. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, 132.002.
36. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, owner points.
37. (32) Ken Schrader, Ford, owner points.
38. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, owner points.
39. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, owner points.
40. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, owner points.
41. (52) Morgan Shepherd, Toyota, owner points.
42. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, owner points.
43. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, owner points.
1, Jimmie Johnson, 658. 2, Clint Bowyer, 609. 3, Carl Edwards, 587. 4, Kevin Harvick, 585. 5, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 548. 6, Matt Kenseth, 540. 7, Kyle Busch, 533. 8, Greg Biffle, 516. 9, Kurt Busch, 501. 10, Tony Stewart, 499.
11, Martin Truex Jr., 493. 12, Kasey Kahne, 490. 13, Brad Keselowski, 488. 14, Jeff Gordon, 487. 15, Joey Logano, 483. 16, Ryan Newman, 482. 17, Jamie McMurray, 475. 18, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 466. 19, Aric Almirola, 463. 20, Paul Menard, 460.