Chargin' Charlie Ryan Jr. Claims Spartan Win
Friday night Liprari Foods, Snethkamp Dodge and Sprint rewarded fans a great night of racing along with the opportunity to meet Nascar driver, Kyle Petty. The Metro Ford Super Late Models were first out and set a torrid pace as Charlie Ryan Jr. and Jeff Finley ran side by side for the first ten laps until Finley claimed the point. Two laps later, Finley drove into turn three a little hot and enabled Ryan to dive under and take the lead. Finley then had his mirror full of Stan Perry as they battled for second. Bill Heeney Jr., John Dunivion, Jeff Hackworth and Tim Ryan were mixing it up for forth when the first caution flew for a spin with nine laps to go. Two laps from the finish Perry finally got by Finley for second as Finley's mount loss power and Heeney slipped by as well. As the checkered fell, Charlie Ryan Jr. claimed his first win of the season followed by Perry, Heeney Jr., Finley and Dunivion. Heat race wins were claimed by Lipari Foods own, Rob Buckley, Mark Starr and Stan Perry. Chris Place set fast time at 13:087 of the 25 Super Late Models.
The Michigan Modified 35-lap feature was a very competitive race as Bill Butler and the team car of Leroy Ellis ran first and second. The entire pack ran in formation behind these two for over half the race. Terry Goldberg was the man on the move as he and Bud Perry headed to the front. Lapped traffic with five laps to go caused the leaders havoc and Harry Parish snuck under the duo to take the exciting win. Goldberg, Perry, Jim Butler and Mike Logan rounded out the top five. Ken Buchner claimed his first heat race win of the year as Mike Logan and Harry Parish took the others. Tim Easey won the semi feature and Points Leader, Jim Butler set fast time at 13:513.
The Performance NW Street Stocks had a new face leading as rookie, Randy Squires paced the field for the first six laps until Chris Gay took over the point. Ken Clingan had a heated battle going with Stan Lambert, Mike McEwan and Pat Dent going three wide. Clingan got buy Gay and fought off the challenges of McEwan. Brad Moore and Rob Marten were quickly catching the lead cars when Moore got loose in turn 2 with three laps to go and Marten started dicing with McEwan for second when McEwan shut the door allowing Moore back into the battle. This action was all Clingan needed as he took his first victory of the year as McEwan held on for second over Moore, Marten and Pat Dent. John Ward, Mike McEwan and Mark Smith won heat races and Mark Valasquez won the semi feature event. Brad Moore set fast time with a quick lap of 14:358.
The Post Net Pony Stocks had Cathy Clingan winning everything as she set fast time, won the Austrailan Pursuit in 5laps and took home their 15-lap feature event.
This week will see all four divisions in competition on Friday for Auto Value Kids Night. Poor Paul will be giving away bikes as last year he gave 35 bikes to children. Sunday Night brings the first leg of The Super Late Model Triple Crown. A $9700 purse should bring all the heavy hitters to "The Track the Stars Call Home." Along with the Super Late Models, the Michigan Modfieds, Performance NW Street Stocks and the always wild Figure 8's will be on hand. Racing starts at 6 PM for the Sunday shows.