Davey Ray took home $1,500 as the winner of the MGD Memorial Day 25 at Angell Park Speedway. The APSARA point leader started fifth in the field and began his charge to the front early. The first circuit saw Kurt Mayhew lead Jason Dull into turn-one, with Ray close behind. By the second lap Ray had dispatched both cars and never looked back as he beat the next closest car by half of a lap. The victory also marked a new 25-lap track record for the speedway.Dull, with a Gaerte engine, ran the rim nearly flawlessly to finish second. When he did err, the third place car of Daniel Robinson was able to gain noticeable ground, but was resigned to third in the end.Dull scored a popular victory in the Dash, as he held off Davey Ray, Robinson and Robbie Ray. “I’m living the dream right now,” noted the excited Dull during his post-race interview with Dennis Thompson. “Thanks to Davey for his help (with the race car) I didn’t expect him to let me win a dash.”Feature Finish: Davey Ray, Jason Dull, Daniel Robinson, Robbie Ray, Kurt Mayhew, Joel Wyttenbach, Jason Therkelsen.Heat: D. RayDash: DullFast Time: D. RayIn WIMS mini-sprint action, Ron Brannam jumped into the lead at the drop of the green. He amassed a straightaway lead on the rest of the pack, as cars started dropping off with over-heating issues. On lap 12 Brannam started to smoke and two rounds later a competitor stopped on the front straight, up in smoke, bringing out the yellow. Before racing could resume, Brannam’s mount suffered the same fate and he pulled in too.The restart saw Tom Lehr in the lead, followed by John Kirk, Nick Petska and Kirt Boers. The green saw Lehr take off with the others in tow. At the checkers, Lehr found Boers on his tail, only a car-length back.During his Victory Lane interview, Lehr noted the win was special saying, “I grew up coming to this place.” Interviewed after his early heat win, he reminded the crowd of last year’s visit to Angell Park when he set fast time for the mini-sprints and then put his car in the wall, destroying his mount. “I used to win hot laps all the time. I tried a different style, listening to my dad for once.” The advise paid off.
Lehr also noted that he did a reverse victory lap in honor of Jesse Hockett, a popular sprint car driver who lost his life the previous week in a freak accident, while preparing his trailer to go racing.