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VOCHASKA, MERSEREAU, RHOADES & DAMRON EARN M-40 CROWNS

September 11th, 2007

However, it still takes a lot of work & dedication to pull off a championship. 3 out of our 4 classes were already decided before tonight’s action. Jerime Damron still had to outrace Jim Anglemyer to determine that he was the 2007 Franger Gas Mini Stock Champion. Jeff Vochaska successfully defended his 2006 Dave’s Concrete Late Model title (for his 6th overall championship). Rich Mersereau had to concentrate on not only beating a stellar field of Ausra Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks each week but he also wanted to beat the track that beat him. Mersereau suffered a broken sternum in a racing accident at M-40 in 2005. 2007 was his 1st ever track championship. Jason Rhoades did not let a broken foot deny him of his 1st ever Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stock crown.

Because it was Season Championship night, there was no need for qualifications
as we only ran features that were lined up by points with the highest points
talliers starting up front. The 1st race lined up was the only championship
left with any suspense. Jerime Damron just took over the points lead last week
which earned him the pole position for tonight’s 25 lap Championship Feature.
At the drop of the green, Jerime Damron took the lead & never looked back.
However, Jim Anglemyer did offer some pressure. As was often the case
throughout the season (especially during time trials), Anglemyer had the
fastest car. On lap 3 he turned the fastest lap of the race when he went 14.865
(90.817 mph). When it was all said & done, Damron came away with the feature
win & the points championship. His season was pretty dominant as he won 8 out
of 13 features & also picked up fast time honors on 3 of 12 chances. Jim
Anglemyer ran 2nd in the championship feature all night & had a very good year himself. Mr. Anglemyer was deemed Mr. Fast Time as he was the pace setter
on all 9 nights that Damron wasn’t fast qualifier. Anglemyer’s only feature win
came on opening night but he was a consistent top 5 runner all year. Dustin Kline missed some races which caused him to start 7th in the race tonight. The 4 time feature winner wasted no time working his way up to the lead trio as he was 4th after 1 lap & moved into 3rd for laps 3-25.

The Pure Stock Season Championship Feature was next up. 2007 was the year of
Jason Rhoades as he was pretty dominant all season long. Rhoades won 5 of the
13 features. The real impressive feat was that he set fast time the last 9 out
of 12 nights where qualifications were run. In the 30 lap main event tonight,
he set sail from the pole & led every lap & won by nearly 3.5 seconds. Rhoades
was the only driver in the 14s tonight when he turned his fast lap of 14.877
(90.744 mph). Tim Thurston’s crew thrashed & thrashed but could not get his #7
ready for the feature. However, Todd Stamm offered up the #31 truck & Thurston
did a fine job as he maintained 2nd for the entire race. Thurston had 2 feature
wins this year. Lou Stremme missed some races throughout the 2007 season so he
was forced to start 12th tonight. Stremme also had 2 feature wins to his credit
this year but tonight he had to settle for 3rd just .069 behind Thurston.

The Pro Stock Season Championship Feature was the next race to hit the 3/8 mile
high-banked paved oval. The race went 35 laps flag to flag without a caution.
However, it started with a hiccup (bad start & try again) & ended with a major
case of indigestion as there was a big pileup in turn 4 after the winner took
the checkered flag. Rich Mersereau earned the right to start on the pole & led
every lap. Robbie Ferrier started 2nd, ran 2nd for laps 1-34, got caught up in
the last lap melee, limped to the line with sparks flying from his car for 3rd
as his dad (John Ferrier) passed him for 2nd. This was Mersereau’s 4th feature
win this year. The top 9 (all that finished the race) were Mersereau, John
Ferrier, Robbie Ferrier, Rodney Smith (from 17th), Steve Smith Jr., Brandon
Zachary (from 14th), Rodney Nettleton, John Long (from 13th), & Chuck Maggio
(from 16th). Mickey Cornwell, Eric McCann, Al Maurer, Gabe Hess & Alex Pratt
were all involved in the last lap crash & did not finish. Mersereau also had the fastest lap of the race at 14.075 (95.915 mph). This field was very competitive & had a few drivers set fast time &/or win features that did not make the top 10 because they did not race every night. Kudos to the Vochaska family as Jeff won the Late Model points & his dad (Ron Vochaska) was the winning car owner for Rich Mersereau’s Pro Stock title.

The Late Model Season Championship feature was contested at 40 laps. Jeff
Vochaska’s points lead earned him the right to start #1. Jeff Ganus was 2nd in
points so he started outside Vochaska. At the drop of the green, Vochaska got
the jump & held the lead but it was obvious that Ganus had the fastest car.
Ganus had the fastest lap of the race (13.723…101.710 mph) & many times was
able to stick a nose under Vochaska’s back bumper &/or rear quarter panel.
Ganus was finally able to use lapped traffic to his advantage & made the
winning pass on lap 30. The race was slowed on lap 30 for a single car spin &
again on lap 36 for a 2 car tangle. Ganus won the race by .597 over Vochaska.

Jeff Vochaska was the feature winner on opening night & set fast time the 1st 4 nights to help him capture his 2nd consecutive track title with 3,540 points. Jeff Ganus had a strong finish winning 7 of the last 9 features & had fast time once for 3,465 points.

There were enough Pure Stocks on hand that a B-Feature was needed. Josh Coburn
won the A-Feature back on June 29 but tonight he had to settle for the
B-Feature win ahead of Todd Stamm, Justin Holden, Neal Grice & Art Krontz. Mike
Garver won the Employee’s Race. Any other details are unknown. Mike Stutsman
helped the Brown family with the back stretch widening that is planned for 2008
when he moved the wall back on the last lap of the Employee Race after running
in the top 3 most of the race. He was determined to be physically okay but his
mental health is another story!

This was the last race of the season for M-40 Speedway. The open competition
“Last Call Jones” which was scheduled for September 15 was canceled due to
scheduling conflicts. The banquet will be at M-40 Speedway September 23 at 1:00
pm. We will roast some pig & roast some corn & toast some champions! Check the
website for all the details. The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is
located north of Jones & south of Marcellus, MI on M-40 Hwy. For more
information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com. Watch for a lot of
exciting things to happen at M-40 Speedway in 2008. 2007 was a lot of fun for
me as I joined Andy Jach & Jason Seltzer doing the live internet broadcast. The
last race night we also got to help celebrate the 30th birthday of Jason
Seltzer. On behalf of the Brown family, staff & management, thanks to everybody
for making 2007 a great year at M-40 Speedway

PAUL, ZACHARY, RHOADES, KLINE & ROZNER TAKE WINS ON JONNY MILLER MEMORIAL

September 5th, 2007

Employees were donned in pink t-shirts, proceeds from the sale of 50/50 tickets, pink lemonade sales & ice cream sales were all done to help raise money & awareness for Breast Cancer Research. It was also declared Jonny Miller Memorial night. A real nice slide show & photo presentation were set up. Also, Late Model winner Ed Paul Jr. received a very nice trophy in memory of Jonny Miller, a great racer that was taken from us way too early on January 7, 1988 at the age of 24. Jonny Miller’s mom, Marjorie, used to race nearly 30 years ago. She is at M-40 just about every week. It was a big night for her as she is also a breast cancer survivor & she jumped behind the wheel of Jerry Holmes’ Pure Stock for the Powder Puff race.

In the 1st Late Model heat, Jeff Vochaska & Phil Bozell started side by side
on the front row. Vochaska, defending points titlist & current points leader
took the win by .210 over young Bozell. In the 2nd heat, Phil’s dad, Andy
Bozell Sr., started on the pole but it was Mike Zordan coming from the 2nd
row for the win by .403 over Bozell. The 3rd Late Model heat had a bunch of
1st timers at the track. Josh Taylor took the win from outside row 2 & Donnie
Klotz Jr. followed him outside row 3 for 2nd by a mere .239 seconds. Brandon
Zachary is the Pro Stock track record holder but tonight he found himself
starting outside row 1 for the fast heat. He took advantage of that & won
quite handily over Chuck Maggio. The 2nd Pro Stock heat was taking way too
long & officials decided to call it a race after Al Maurer completed lap 7.
Tim Thurston started back in 6th but was able to overcome pole sitter Josh
Smith for the win by .272 in the fast Pure Stock heat. Heat 2 saw Scott
Rozner rocket to the win from the outside pole. Newcomer Dustin Hicks brought a
sharp looking race car to the track & he knows how to drive it as he came away with the win in heat 3 after starting 5th. The 1st Mini Stock heat was the best race of the night as the fastest guys came from the back to the front & finished very closely as Jerime Damron edged Dustin Kline on a last lap pass by .039 & Jim Anglemyer by only .506 seconds. Rich Hensley totally blew the field away in heat 2.

The Late Model feature was the 1st main event of the night. It was a weird
race. There were a couple drivers disqualified & the race seemed to take
forever. In actual time it took a little over 25 minutes to get the 40 laps
in. Ed Paul Jr. led flag to flag but he felt the pressure from Late Model
Jones winner Jeff Daugherty. Daugherty held on for 2nd ahead of Doug True
(from 7th), Matt Weenink, Mike Zordan (from 15th), Phil Bozell, Richie
Jackson, Ron Coburn (from 12th), Jeff Ganus (from 13th) & Jeff Vochaska (from
14th).

The Pro Stock feature also had some zaniness & it took just over 22 minutes
to race 35 laps. Gabe Hess started on the pole, drove a very smooth race &
appeared to be poised for his 1st ever Pro Stock feature win. However, 7th
starting Brandon Zachary had something to say about that. Zachary had the
fastest lap of the race when he ran a 14.133. On lap 27 Zachary made the
winning pass. Hess stayed right with Zachary all the way to finish just .279
behind. Points leader Rich Mersereau moved up from 16th to make it a great 3
car race as he was just .488 behind the winner. 4-10 were Rodney Nettleton,
Gary Chapman, Chris May (from 9th), Rodney Smith (from 15th), Howard Litaker
Jr., Steve Smith Jr., & Mickey Cornwell.

The Pure Stocks were scheduled for 25 laps but circumstances made that race
be cut short & checkered after Josh Smith & Josh Coburn crashed hard on lap
17. Jason Rhoades had raced his way up from 15th for the win over pole sitter
Neal Brice. Rick Reed, Chad Wilkins, Roland Barnes, Tim Thurston (from 12th),
Justin Holden, Matt Bainbridge (from 14th), Travis Rozner (from 16th) & Cody
Dale rounded out the top 10.

The Mini Stock feature was also cut short because the looming 11 p.m. curfew.
After 13 laps & nearly 21.5 seconds the race was checker flagged. Dustin
Kline (from 13th) picked up another feature win ahead of Jerime Damron (from
14th), Jim Anglemyer (from 12th), Rich Hensley (from 16th), Jim Newman (from
9th), Ed Mozader, Wayne Kline (from 15th), Kedrin Holiday, Kevin Davis, &
Kevin Persons (from 17th) rounded out the top 10.

In B feature action, Josh Taylor took the Late Model win over Lee Slaton &
Rick Hahn Jr. while Chris Singleton scored in the Pure Stocks way out in
front of Ray Anderson & Jeff Wanamaker. Heather Rozner roared to a huge
margin of victory in the Powder Puff race.

Friday September 7 will be a full Season Championships Night featuring a full
4-in-1 show of Dave’s Concrete Late Models, Ausra Equipment Supply Co. Pro
Stocks, Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks, & Franger Gas Mini Stocks plus
(TIME PERMITTING) an Employee’s Race. Saturday Sept. 15 the 2nd Annual Last
Call Jones HAS BEEN CANCELED. The banquet will be September 23. Check the
website for all the details.

The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located north of Jones & south of
Marcellus, MI on M-40 Hwy. For more information, visit us on the web at
www.m40speedway.com. If you can’t be at the track on race day, you can still
listen on radio station 99.9 FM or be interactive with the live Internet
broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for live play by play action, trivia questions,
& other fun by yours truly, Andy Jach, Jason Seltzer. Happy 40th birthday Lisa
Hartman on Monday September 3.

MOTHER NATURE WINS 1ST OF YEAR AT M-40; CHANGES IN YEAR-END SCHEDULE

August 27th, 2007

Don’t miss any of the remaining action as the season winds down. August 31 will
feature the rained out Ladies Night presented by Russell Automotive featuring a
lot of special things going on for the ladies along with a Powder Puff Race. We
will also be raising money for Breast Cancer Research. It will be a full 4-in-1
show of Dave’s Concrete Late Models, Ausra Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks, Old
Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks, & Franger Gas Mini Stocks plus (TIME
PERMITTING) an Employee’s Race. Saturday Sept. 1 there will be a Golf Outing at
Peacock Ridge. Friday September 7 will be Season Championship Night for all 4
classes. Saturday Sept. 15 the 2nd Annual Last Call Jones HAS BEEN CANCELED.
The banquet will be September 23, not the 22nd as originally mentioned. Check
the website for all the details.

As the season wraps up, with just 2 races remaining, here’s how the points are
shaping up. In the Late Models, Jeff Vochaska is trying to defend his 2006
title as he leads with 3085 points. Jeff Ganus has been on a roll of late & has
won the last 5 consecutive points night features. He now has 2996 points. I
will list 3-12 because Fred Reed’s health has forced him to sit out the rest of
the year & the 10th spot is up for grabs. 3) Danny McEndarfer 2984, 4) Roger
Northrop Jr. 2843, 5) Matt Weenink 2826, 6) Doug True 2799, 7) Ed Paul Jr.
2798, 8) Tom Wright 2760, 9) Rick Hahn Jr. 2749, 10) Fred Reed 2395, 11) Bill
Hartman 2387, & 12) Andy Bozell Sr. 2302.

The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located north of Jones & south of
Marcellus, MI on M-40 Hwy. For more information, visit us on the web at
www.m40speedway.com. If you can’t be at the track on race day, you can still
listen on radio station 99.9 FM or be interactive with the live Internet
broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for live play by play action, trivia questions,
& other fun by yours truly, Andy Jach, Jason Seltzer.

GANUS ON A ROLL, DAMRON STILL DOMINANT, SMITH & THURSTON SCORE THEIR 2ND FEATURE at M-40

August 22nd, 2007

Jeff Ganus has been a man on a roll as he won the regular Late Model feature for the 5th consecutive week in addition to the $10,001 Pro Stock Jones win last week. Jerime Damron continues his domination of the Mini Stock class as he won for the 7th time in 11 outings. Both Rodney Smith (Pro Stocks) & Tim Thurston (Pure Stocks) came away with their 2nd feature wins of the year.

For the 4th week in his career (& consecutively) Phil Bozell set the fastest
qualifying lap for the Late Model division with a 12.815 (105.345 mph). The top
5 were all in the 12s & the top 8 were within 1/4 second of fast time. Brandon
Zachary zoomed to his 2nd fast time honors in Pro Stocks when he turned a
13.777 (97.989 mph). Just like the Late Models, the top 5 Pro Stocks were all
in the 13s & the top 8 had exactly 1/4 second separating them. Jason Rhoades
“let” Matt Bainbridge set fast time the 1st 3 nights of the year. Since then,
Rhoades has been unbeatable in Pure Stock qualifying as he set fast time for
the 8th consecutive night with a lap of 14.626 (92.301 mph). The top 6 were all
in the 14 second bracket. Jerime Damron set fast time for Mini Stocks in week
2. Jim Anglemyer has been the fastest qualifier on all other outings. It was
Damron’s turn again as his 14.787 (91.296 mph) outqualified Anglemyer by .018.
The top 4 were all in the 14s with only a .193 differential.

Ty Hayes took off from the pole of Late Model heat 1 & won it quite easily.
Jeff Daugherty won heat 2 but had Danny McEndarfer charge up from the back to
finish only .193 back from the winner. The 1st Pro Stock heat saw a good race
between the pole cars as Howard Litaker Jr. beat Brian McFadden by .093. Steve
Smith Jr. came up from row 2 to win Pro Stock heat 2. Tim Thurston paced every
lap of Pure Stock heat 1. Lloyd Brooks came from last to 1st to win heat 2
(after being involved in a lap 2 accident which Justin Holden took full blame
for which gave Brooks 3rd spot back). Rob Welch came from 7th to win heat 3 as
Ray Anderson lost his lead when he spun in turn 4 on the final lap. The 1st
Mini Stock heat was a barn-burner. The top 6 cars all finished within .551
seconds of each other as Derrick Davis held on for the win from the pole.
Jamison Corn blew the field away in heat 2.

The Late Model 40 lap feature had a tough time getting started. There was a bad
start on the 1st attempt. The 2nd attempt saw the outside pole car break loose
off turn 4 setting up a chain reaction wall collecting crash. 6 drivers had
ZERO laps completed next to their names on the results sheet. One driver that
narrowly escaped being lumped into that category was Jeff Ganus. He had the
complete right side of his car up on the left side of John Chapman. Ganus came
pretty close to rolling over but drove away apparently unscathed. In fact, when
the field restarted, Ganus found himself on the front row & led every lap of
the race without a single challenge. The rest of the race went without the need
of another yellow. Jeff Vochaska was originally the 9th place starter. He came
through the pack & closed the gap to 1.083 behind the winner. The rest of the
top 10 were Ty Hayes, Andy Bozell Sr., Phil Bozell, Roger Northrop Jr., Doug
True, Ed Paul, Jeff Daugherty, & Eric McGlothlen. Some changes on the number of cars being inverted is being looked into for future races.

Lap 14 of the Pro Stock feature saw Kevin Papa’s night go up in smoke as the
power plant of the 44 let go. On lap 31, while fighting for 3rd, Gabe Hess made
enough accidental contact with Gary Chapman to cause the 2nd yellow of the
race. Hess showed great sportsmanship & tapped out (took blame) which gave
Chapman 3rd spot back while Hess restarted at the tail. That set up a 4 lap
shootout. Rich Mersereau had the fastest car in the race (14.121) & he had
steadily moved up from 10th. Rodney Smith started 5th & took the lead on lap
21. Mersereau took 2nd from Gary Chapman on lap 28 & the chase was on. After
the lap 31 restart, Mersereau ducked under Smith off turn 4 every lap.
Mersereau let it all hang out coming for the checker & Smith responded & held
on for the win by a mere .049 in a great side-by-side finish. 3-10 were Gary
Chapman, Eric McCann (from 9th), Mickey Cornwell (from 8th), Robbie Ferrier
(from 11th), David Reames II, Steve Smith Jr. (from 15th), Rodney
Nettleton (from 14th), & Al Maurer (from 19th).

The Pure Stock 20 lap feature was slowed by just one yellow flag on lap 17 when
Matt Bainbridge’s car slicked up the track. Lloyd Brooks spun & was tagged by
Chris Singleton. Bainbridge & Singleton were done for the night. Tim Thurston
started 6th in the field & drove his #7 to 1st on lap 7 & never looked back.
Lou Stremme came up from 9th to finish 1/2 second behind the winner at the
finish. 3-10 were Josh Coburn (from 7th), Jason Rhoades (from 14th), Travis
Rozner (from 11th), Lloyd Brooks (from 16th), Jacob Caines (from 12th), Scott
Rozner, Cody Dale & Jerry Holmes.

Dustin Kline has won 3 features this year in the Mini Stock class. Tonight he
wasted no time getting to the front as he took the lead on lap 3 from his 8th
place starting berth. Kline continued to lead until lap 16 when Jerime Damron
made the winning pass. Lap 17 saw the 2nd yellow for a 2 car spin. On the
restart, Kline looped the #14 while running 2nd. With just 3 laps left, Kline
had to be happy settling for 7th. The top 10 after 20 laps were: Jerime Damron
(from 10th), Jim Anglemyer (from 9th), Derek Davis, Jim Newman (from 6th), Mike
Mast, Jamison Corn (from 12th), Dustin Kline, Justin Cogswell (from 13th),
Brandon Mozader, & Kevin Davis (from 14th).

The Pure Stock 12 lap B Feature found the most unique car on the grounds in the
Lane Automotive Winner’s Circle at the end of the night. Steve LaFluer drove
his 360 cubic inch crate motor powered 1975 Plymouth Scamp to the win ahead of
Ray Anderson, Chad Wilkins, Rob Welch & Janice Rhoades, the top 5.

Don’t miss any of the remaining action as the season winds down. The rest of
August will feature full 4-in-1 shows of Dave’s Concrete Late Models, Ausra
Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks, Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks, & Franger
Gas Mini Stocks. Friday August 24 will be Ladies’ Night featuring a lot of
special things going on for the ladies along with a Powder Puff Race. We will
also be raising money for Breast Cancer Research. August 31 will feature a full
4-in-1 show plus Employee’s Race. Saturday Sept. 1 there will be a Golf Outing
at Peacock Ridge. Friday September 7 will be Season Championship Night.

SATURDAY Sept. 15 will be the 2nd Annual Last Call Jones. The banquet will be
September 22. The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located north of
Jones & south of Marcellus, MI on M-40 Hwy. For more information, visit us on
the web at www.m40speedway.com. If you can’t be at the track on race day, you
can still listen on radio station 99.9 FM or be interactive with the live Internet broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for live play by play action, trivia questions, & other fun by yours truly, Andy Jack, Jason Seltzer.

GANUS EARNS $10,001 PRO STOCK JONES WIN; LANE LANDS 1ST S.T.T.S. TRUCK WIN

August 17th, 2007

The Short Track Truck Series (S.T.T.S.) also put on a dandy show of their own. Jeff Ganus & Darren Lane ended the evening as the big winners.

Jeff Ganus set Pro Stock fast time for the 2nd week in a row with a 13.632 (99.032 mph). There were 41 Pro Stocks in the pits. The top 11 were all in the 13s & the top 21 were all within 1/2 second of each other. The fastest 18 were locked into the 100 lapper. The top 2 finishers from each of the Odd & Even Qualifying Races also made the A-Feature. Rich Mersereau & Burney Arnett were given provisional starts for being the top M-40 Speedway points drivers that did not make the top 18 in qualifying. 3-time S.T.T.S. Champion Joey Shuryan came up from his home in North Carolina to set the fastest qualifying lap of the 19 trucks on hand with a 14.259 (94.677 mph). The top 12 Trucks were all in
the 14s & within just over 7/10 second of each other.

The Pro Stock Even Qualifying Race was the 1st race of the night. Don Bergau took advantage of his outside pole starting position & took the lead from the start & held it the entire 20 laps for the win & a transfer spot into the 100 lap A-Feature. Alex Pratt raced his way up from mid-pack to finish .222 behind Bergau for 2nd & the other transfer spot. Howard Litaker Jr., Brian McFadden & Gary Chapman rounded out the top 5. Rodney Nettleton must have been watching Bergau as he duplicated his feat of winning from the outside pole in the 20 lap Odd Qualifying Race. John Long, last week’s Pro Stock feature winner & Thursday night’s Late Model Summer Sizzler $10,000 winner at New Paris Speedway, drove from 8th to 2nd for the other transfer spot. Derrick Griffin, Kyle Ballard & Mike Ammerman were the other top 5 finishers. A scary moment
in this race came on lap 8 when Steve Smith Jr. & Kevin Gunkel were racing off turn 2. Contact was made between the 2 cars & the outside retaining wall. Smith spun violently through the opening into the pits at the end of the back stretch. Neither driver was injured but Smith’s race was over.

The S.T.T.S. Trucks took their turn next. The 6 lap dash was the closest race of the night. John Culp won from the pole but Joey Shuryan showed that he came up from NC to race! The fast qualifier raced from the back of the pack to finish a mere .059 behind Culp at the stripe! Dan Lenters missed the set-up last time the Trucks were here but he was dialed in for the 1st heat as he won from the pole by .547 over Kyle Trinklein. Heat 2 saw Chad Lennert stave off the efforts of veteran racer John Smalley by .244 seconds.

Lee Slaton scored the $300 to win 40 lap Pro Stock B-Feature from his 6th place starting berth. Slaton spanked the competition by nearly 7-1/2 seconds. Kevin Gunkel (from 5th) was a distant 2nd with his hands full of Gary Chapman (from 11th). Howard Litaker Jr. (from 13th) & Brian McFadden (from 10th) had a battle of their own to finish 4th & 5th. Other than a yellow before we had a lap in, the only other caution came on lap 17 when 5th place running Cindy Stremme’s night ended in a puff of a smoke & the car came to rest as she entered the back stretch.

Darren Lane turned 18 just over 2 weeks ago. He found himself starting outside the front row for the 50 lap Short Track Truck Series feature. The driver on the pole was John Smalley. Smalley has more years racing experience than Lane has been alive. Last week the 2 racers had a couple good battles on Smalley’s “Home Turf” Spartan Speedway. Smalley jumped to the early lead & held on for about the 1st 1/2 dozen laps. Lane was not to be intimidated tonight & took the lead away from the veteran. Smalley offered several challenges plus 3 yellows kept the field bunched up. The last yellow was on lap 42 & young Lane was up on the wheel & fought off constant challenges from Joey Shuryan who had driven up from 10th. After 50 laps, Darren Lane, driving a Shuryan built truck, landed his 1st ever S.T.T.S. feature win & was quickly
congratulated by a jubilant Joey Shuryan who finished .274 behind the winner. Lane was joined in the Lane Automotive Victory Lane by his brother, dad & grandpa & many friends & crew members. Smalley held on for 3rd. Justin Claugherty, who is leading the points & has won 8 out of 10 features, was 4th (from 7th). 5th-10th went to Keith Wioncek (from 8th), Paul Schaffer (from 9th), Natascha Thompson, Doug VanderVliet (from 15th), Kyle Trinklein (from 14th), & Dan Lenters (from 13th).

As mentioned before, the Pro Stock Jones was a very exciting race. There was action all over the race track from start to finish. 24 cars started the 100 lap grind & only 12 were able to finish but all 12 were on the lead lap. The race was slowed on 9 occasions. Jeff Ganus definitely EARNED the $10,001 top prize as he started 18 via his fast qualifying time. Then, not once, not twice, but 3 times Ganus had to restart at the tail for being involved in altercations. It may have even been 4 times! A lap 6 yellow saw Rich Mersereau & Matt Corliss the 1st cars out of the race. Lap 22 showed Ganus & James Brown tangling while battling for 6th. Ganus to the tail while Brown & Burney Arnett made an exit. On lap 38, while fighting for 9th, Ganus & Keith Sterkowitz got
together. Those 2 rejoined the field at the tail. Lap 53 another caution was waved for Ganus by himself while running 7th. Yep, tail again. 20 laps later, when there was a yellow for John Long’s busted rear-end, Ganus had moved up to 7th again. On lap 79, Eric McCann brought out the yellow & it was the end of his night as well as the exit for Keith Sterkowitz & Gary Wyrick Jr. The top 5 at this point were putting on a classic battle & had been trading paint & positions. What a great race as Robbie Ferrier led Chris Shannon, Brandon Zachary, Ganus & Bobby Stremme. The final caution came on lap 88 as the lead cars of Brandon Zachary & Robbie Ferrier went into turn one & Zack drifted up the track enough to allow Ferrier underneath him. The 2 raced through the 1-2
corner & partially down the back stretch side by side. Zachary had a slight advantage entering turn 3 but when he went to enter the corner, Ferrier had fought back & was there. The 2 made contact in a racing accident which according to track rules requires the 2 involved cars to go to the back of the pack. Ganus had made it up to 3rd at that point & inherited the lead which he held for the rest of the race. Ganus opened it up to win by 2.211 seconds over 2nd fastest qualifier Chris Shannon (from 17th). Those 2 also turned in the fastest laps during the race (Ganus 14.015 & Shannon 14.077). Bobby Stremme (from 13th) crossed the line 3rd totally out of gas. David Reames II started outside the front row, led many of the early laps & held on for a solid 4th place finish. Gabe Hess started 5th, drove a clean race & stayed out of trouble to finish a very respectable 5th. Rodney Smith (from 8th), Cory Pressler (from 9th), Brandon Zachary (from 14th & then 11th on lap 88), Robbie
Ferrier (from 10th & then 12th on lap 88), John Ferrier (from 11th & the back on lap 23), Rodney Nettleton (from 21st), & Chris May (after having some of his dirt track experience come in handy) rounded out the field of finishers in 12th.

Thanks to Short Track Truck Series drivers Justin Claugherty, Paul Schaffer & Joey Shuryan for taking the time to come up to the booth & do interviews with me for the live@m40speedway.com internet broadcast. Special thanks also to K.C. Foote & his dad Todd for joining me on the live internet broadcast while Andy Jack & Jason Seltzer filled in on the P.A. system for Tom Hartsell.

Don’t miss any of the remaining action as the season winds down. The rest of August will feature full 4-in-1 shows of Dave’s Concrete Late Models, Ausra Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks, Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks, & Franger Gas Mini Stocks. Friday August 17 will be Team Spirit Trailers Trophy Night along with Lane Automotive / Holley Performance Challenge Series. August 24 will be Ladies’ Night featuring a lot of special things going on for the ladies along with a Powder Puff Race. We will also be raising money for Breast Cancer Research. August 31 will feature a full 4-in-1 show. Saturday Sept. 1 there will be a Golf Outing at Peacock Ridge. Friday September 7 will be Season
Championship Night. SATURDAY Sept. 15 will be the 2nd Annual Last Call Jones. The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located north of Jones & south of Marcellus, MI on M-40 Hwy. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com. If you can’t be at the track on race day, you can still listen on radio station 99.9 FM or be interactive with the live Internet broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for live play by play action, trivia questions, & other fun by yours truly, Andy Jack, Jason Seltzer & maybe even special guest announcers like K.C. Foote.

GANUS EARNS $10,001 PRO STOCK JONES WIN; LANE LANDS 1ST S.T.T.S. TRUCK WIN

August 15th, 2007

Jeff Ganus set Pro Stock fast time for the 2nd week in a row with a 13.632
(99.032 mph). There were 41 Pro Stocks in the pits. The top 11 were all in the
13s & the top 21 were all within 1/2 second of each other. The fastest 18 were
locked into the 100 lapper. The top 2 finishers from each of the Odd & Even
Qualifying Races also made the A-Feature. Rich Mersereau & Burney Arnett were
given provisional starts for being the top M-40 Speedway points drivers that
did not make the top 18 in qualifying. 3-time S.T.T.S. Champion Joey Shuryan
came up from his home in North Carolina to set the fastest qualifying lap of
the 19 trucks on hand with a 14.259 (94.677 mph). The top 12 Trucks were all in
the 14s & within just over 7/10 second of each other.

The Pro Stock Even Qualifying Race was the 1st race of the night. Don Bergau
took advantage of his outside pole starting position & took the lead from the
start & held it the entire 20 laps for the win & a transfer spot into the 100
lap A-Feature. Alex Pratt raced his way up from mid-pack to finish .222 behind
Bergau for 2nd & the other transfer spot. Howard Litaker Jr., Brian McFadden &
Gary Chapman rounded out the top 5. Rodney Nettleton must have been watching
Bergau as he duplicated his feat of winning from the outside pole in the 20 lap
Odd Qualifying Race. John Long, last week’s Pro Stock feature winner & Thursday
night’s Late Model Summer Sizzler $10,000 winner at New Paris Speedway, drove
from 8th to 2nd for the other transfer spot. Derrick Griffin, Kyle Ballard &
Mike Ammerman were the other top 5 finishers. A scary moment in this race came
on lap 8 when Steve Smith Jr. & Kevin Gunkel were racing off turn 2. Contact
was made between the 2 cars & the outside retaining wall. Smith spun violently through the opening into the pits at the end of the back stretch. Neither driver was injured but Smith’s race was over.

The S.T.T.S. Trucks took their turn next. The 6 lap dash was the closest race
of the night. John Culp won from the pole but Joey Shuryan showed that he came
up from NC to race! The fast qualifier raced from the back of the pack to
finish a mere .059 behind Culp at the stripe! Dan Lenters missed the set-up
last time the Trucks were here but he was dialed in for the 1st heat as he won
from the pole by .547 over Kyle Trinklein. Heat 2 saw Chad Lennert stave off
the efforts of veteran racer John Smalley by .244 seconds.

Lee Slaton scored the $300 to win 40 lap Pro Stock B-Feature from his 6th place
starting berth. Slaton spanked the competition by nearly 7-1/2 seconds. Kevin
Gunkel (from 5th) was a distant 2nd with his hands full of Gary Chapman (from
11th). Howard Litaker Jr. (from 13th) & Brian McFadden (from 10th) had a battle
of their own to finish 4th & 5th. Other than a yellow before we had a lap in,
the only other caution came on lap 17 when 5th place running Cindy Stremme’s
night ended in a puff of a smoke & the car came to rest as she entered the back
stretch.

Darren Lane turned 18 just over 2 weeks ago. He found himself starting outside
the front row for the 50 lap Short Track Truck Series feature. The driver on
the pole was John Smalley. Smalley has more years racing experience than Lane
has been alive. Last week the 2 racers had a couple good battles on Smalley’s
“Home Turf” Spartan Speedway. Lane was not to be intimidated tonight & took the
lead at the drop of the green. Smalley offered several challenges plus 3
yellows kept the field bunched up. The last yellow was on lap 42 & young Lane
was up on the wheel & fought off constant challenges from Joey Shuryan who had
driven up from 10th. After 50 laps, Darren Lane, driving a Shuryan built truck,
landed his 1st ever S.T.T.S. feature win & was quickly congratulated by a
jubilant Joey Shuryan who finished .274 behind the winner. Lane was joined in
the Lane Automotive Victory Lane by his brother, dad & grandpa & many friends &
crew members. Smalley held on for 3rd. Justin Claugherty, who is leading the points & has won 8 out of 10 features, was 4th (from 7th). 5th-10th went to Keith Wioncek (from 8th), Paul Schaffer (from 9th), Natascha Thompson, Doug VanderVliet (from 15th), Kyle Trinklein (from 14th), & Dan Lenters (from 13th).

As mentioned before, the Pro Stock Jones was a very exciting race. There was
action all over the race track from start to finish. 24 cars started the 100
lap grind & only 12 were able to finish but all 12 were on the lead lap. The
race was slowed on 9 occasions. Jeff Ganus definitely EARNED the $10,001 top
prize as he started 18 via his fast qualifying time. Then, not once, not twice,
but 3 times Ganus had to restart at the tail for being involved in
altercations. It may have even been 4 times! A lap 6 yellow saw Rich Mersereau
& Matt Corliss the 1st cars out of the race. Lap 22 showed Ganus & James Brown
tangling while battling for 6th. Ganus to the tail while Brown & Burney Arnett
made an exit. On lap 38, while fighting for 9th, Ganus & Keith Sterkowitz got
together. Those 2 rejoined the field at the tail. Lap 53 another caution was
waved for Ganus by himself while running 7th. Yep, tail again. 20 laps later,
when there was a yellow for John Long’s busted rear-end, Ganus had moved up to 7th again. On lap 79, Eric McCann brought out the yellow & it was the end of his night as well as the exit for Keith Sterkowitz & Gary Wyrick Jr. The top 5 at this point were putting on a classic battle & had been trading paint &
positions. What a great race as Robbie Ferrier led Chris Shannon, Brandon Zachary, Ganus & Bobby Stremme. The final caution came on lap 88 as the lead cars of Brandon Zachary & Robbie Ferrier went into turn one & Zack drifted up the track enough to allow Ferrier underneath him. The 2 raced through the 1-2 corner & partially down the back stretch side by side. Zachary had a slight advantage entering turn 3 but when he went to enter the corner, Ferrier had fought back & was there. The 2 made contact in a racing accident which according to track rules requires the 2 involved cars to go to the back of the pack. Ganus had made it up to 3rd at that point & inherited the lead which he held for the rest of the race. Ganus opened it up to win by 2.211 seconds over 2nd fastest qualifier Chris Shannon (from 17th).

Those 2 also turned in the fastest laps during the race (Ganus 14.015 & Shannon
14.077). Bobby Stremme (from 13th) crossed the line 3rd totally out of gas. David Reames II started outside the front row, led many of the early laps & held on for a solid 4th place finish. Gabe Hess started 5th, drove a clean race & stayed out of trouble to finish a very respectable 5th. Rodney Smith (from 8th), Cory Pressler (from 9th), Brandon Zachary (from 14th & then 11th on lap 88), Robbie Ferrier (from 10th & then 12th on lap 88), John Ferrier (from 11th & the back on lap 23), Rodney Nettleton (from 21st), & Chris May (after having some of his dirt track experience come in handy) rounded out the field of finishers in 12th.

Thanks to Short Track Truck Series drivers Justin Claugherty, Paul Schaffer &
Joey Shuryan for taking the time to come up to the booth & do interviews with
me for the live@m40speedway.com internet broadcast. Special thanks also to K.C.
Foote & his dad Todd for joining me on the live internet broadcast while Andy
Jack & Jason Seltzer filled in on the P.A. system for Tom Hartsell.

Don’t miss any of the remaining action as the season winds down. The rest of
August will feature full 4-in-1 shows of Dave’s Concrete Late Models, Ausra
Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks, Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks, & Franger
Gas Mini Stocks. Friday August 17 will be Team Spirit Trailers Trophy Night
along with Lane Automotive / Holley Performance Challenge Series. August 24
will be Ladies’ Night featuring a lot of special things going on for the ladies
along with a Powder Puff Race. We will also be raising money for Breast Cancer
Research. August 31 will feature a full 4-in-1 show. Saturday Sept. 1 there
will be a Golf Outing at Peacock Ridge. Friday September 7 will be Season
Championship Night. SATURDAY Sept. 15 will be the 2nd Annual Last Call Jones.
The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located north of Jones & south of
Marcellus, MI on M-40 Hwy. For more information, visit us on the web at
www.m40speedway.com. If you can’t be at the track on race day, you can still listen on radio station 99.9 FM or be interactive with the live

Internet broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for live play by play action, trivia
questions, & other fun by yours truly, Andy Jack, Jason Seltzer & maybe even
special guest announcers like K.C. Foote.

WILD NIGHT AT M-40

August 7th, 2007

Most of the craziness occurred in the Pro Stock class perhaps in anticipation for the $10,001 to win Pro Stock Jones this Friday August 10. Jeff Ganus has been on a roll lately as he has won the past 4 regular Friday night Late Model feature events. John Long celebrated his 21st birthday a couple hours early by winning the Pro Stock feature. Lou Stremme scored his 2nd Pure Stock feature & Dustin Kline kopped his 3rd Mini Stock feature of the year.

Phil Bozell picked up his 3rd straight fast time honors as he piloted the #8 Late Model to a 12.920 (104.489 mph) lap. The top 7 Late Models were separated by exactly .100 second! Jeff Ganus, doing double duty, was top Pro Stock qualifier at 13.692 (98.598 mph). The top 6 Pro Stock drivers were all in the 13s. For the 7th consecutive night Jason Rhoades set fast time in the Pure Stock class when he clicked off a 14.662 (92.075 mph) lap. 5 Pure Stock drivers got into the 14 second bracket. For the 8th consecutive night & 9th time in 10 outings, Jim Anglemyer once again was fastest in Mini Stock qualifications as he turned a 14.639 (92.219 mph). Dustin Kline & Jerime Damron were also in the 14s.

The 1st Late Model heat went off without a glitch & Doug True came home
victorious. Heat 2, however, was not as smooth. The race was checker flagged
after 6 laps & only 4 of the 9 starters saw the checkered. Roger Northrop Jr.
was declared the winner. David Reames II roared from the pole for a green to
checker win in Pro Stock heat 1. Al Maurer’s win in heat 2 was overshadowed by
the antics of 2 other drivers & their crews. Enough said! Darwin Wolfe made his
1st visit to the track this year a good one as he drove into the Lane
Automotive Victory Lane at the conclusion of Pro Stock heat 3. Matt Bainbridge
won Pure Stock heat 1 with the only yellow being needed because the wrong
driver pulled into the pits after the black flag was displayed. The other 2
Pure Stock heats went caution-free. Roland Barnes trucked it home for the win
in heat 2 while Justin Holden went from last to 1st in heat 3. Jerime Damron &
Kevin Davis were the big winners in the Mini Stock heats which both went without the necessity of a yellow flag.

The Late Model 40 lap feature was dotted by 5 caution periods & one very
strange happening while under yellow on lap 35. Bill Hartman & 2007 Late Model
Jones winner Jeff Daugherty started on the front row. Hartman hustled to the
advantage & led the 1st 13 laps until Jeff Ganus came from 6th to 1st. The next
lap Daugherty got by Hartman & 2 laps after that Jeff Vochaska passed co-worker
Hartman to take over 3rd. On lap 18, Andy Bozell Sr. came from 9th to take 4th
from Hartman & the top 6 spots remained unchanged the remainder of the race as
it was a trio of Jeffs: (Ganus, Daugherty & Vochaska) followed by Andy Bozell
Sr., Bill Hartman, & Roger Northrop Jr. 7-10 went to Matt Weenink, Doug True,
Mike Zordan & Danny McEndarfer. The race ended with a checker/yellow condition
& 3 drivers were shown with 39 laps completed. The aforementioned yellow on lap
35 was bizarre. A few cars had been battling for 10th. There was some contact &
one of the cars stopped atop turn 2 which brought out the caution. He talked briefly with an official on the front stretch while the rest of the pack was stopped on the back stretch. As he sped up to regain the back of the field, he came off turn 2 & ended up with his nose wedged under the back tires of a fellow competitor. The cars were unhooked & both drivers were able to finish.

Originally there were enough Pro Stocks that a B-Main was needed. However, a
few cars were parked before the start of the A-Main so we ran all 19 remaining
Pro Stock cars together in one 30 lap race. Before the cars even made it to the
stripe for the initial green, chaos broke out. Cory Pressler’s car made a
direct right hand turn & shot hard into the turn 4 outer gate. The impact broke
the gate & caused a lengthy delay. When the cars lined back up to restart,
Bobby Stremme stopped his mom’s pink #36 in turn 4 with a broken suspension
part. Pressler’s crew was able to make repairs to his car & it limped out
looking like an open wheeled modified sans nose & front fenders. Once the race
went green, it was a heck of a race. John Long’s 21st birthday was Saturday so
he celebrated early by taking advantage of his #1 starting berth & led all 30
laps. However, there was plenty of action behind him. The father-son duo of
John & Robbie Ferrier put on an outside lane passing clinic. The elder Ferrier, John, started 5th & finished just .175 behind Long at the stripe. David Reames II was very racy in 3rd followed by Rodney Smith, Robbie Ferrier (from 9th), Rich Mersereau, Gary Wyrick Jr., Eric McCann, Al Maurer, Rodney
Nettleton, & Chris May rounded out the top 11. I mention Chris May because this
former dirt track driver showed a great deal of class & sportsmanship by tapping out (taking blame for an accident) on lap 21 while running 6th & allowed Robbie Ferrier to get his spot back. Kudos!

The Pure Stock feature started off with a small bang but it could have been
real ugly. 17 year old Brooke Musser made her 2007 debut one to remember. She
started on the pole & as she accelerated off turn 4 for the green, the car went
sideways & after correcting it a couple times she ended up sideways at the
start-finish line with her driver’s door facing oncoming traffic. Most cars
took evasive action. Scott Rozner made contact with somebody & looked like he
was auditioning for the Joey Chitwood Thrill Show as the #2 car went up on 2
wheels. He was the only driver unable to continue. The cars were realigned for
a complete restart & ran 20 laps without another yellow flag. Musser led the
1st 11 laps until she made a slight bobble & allowed 2 veterans (Lou Stremme &
Tim Thurston) to slip past her. Stremme, from 8th, held on for the win over
11th starting Thurston. Travis Rozner (from 10th), Musser, Matt Bainbridge,
Jerry Holmes, Justin Holden (from 16th), Chris

Singleton, Cody Dale & Rick Reed rounded out the top 10.

There were only 11 Mini Stocks on hand but they still put on a great show with
plenty of high speed passing action. Jerime Damron has been the man to beat in
this class. He started deep in the pack & was challenging for the lead when he
& leader Wayne Kline tangled. He worked his way back up & on lap 17, while
challenging Jim Anglemyer for 2nd, Anglemyer spun & brought out the yellow.
Damron took full blame, tapped out, & restarted on the tail again with just 3
laps to go. When the “dust” cleared, it was Dustin Kline winning his 3rd
feature of the year .432 ahead of Jim Anglemyer, Derek Davis, Damron, Dale
Oliver, Kevin Davis & Keera Allen.

Chad Wilkins won the Pure Stock consolation race ahead of the land yacht driven
by Art Krontz, Rob Welch & a pair of Rhoades ladies, Janice & Pam.

Special thanks to K.C. Foote for joining me on the live internet broadcast
while Andy Jack & Jason Seltzer filled in on the P.A. system for Tom Hartsell.
Why is it that it takes 2 of them to fill in for one guy yet they can be
replaced by one rookie?!?

Don’t miss the biggest Pro Stock race ever… August 10 will be the Pro Stock
Jones with the 100 lap winner taking home $10,001! Our other regular classes
have the night off but the Pro Stocks will be joined by the Short Track Truck
Series. There will be an open practice session Thursday Aug. 9. Check the
website for all details. The rest of August will feature full 4-in-1 shows of
Dave’s Concrete Late Models, Ausra Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks, Old Hat
Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks, & Franger Gas Mini Stocks. The fast high banked
3/8 mile paved oval is located north of Jones & south of Marcellus, MI on M-40
Hwy. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com. If you
can’t be at the track on race day, you can still listen on radio station 99.9
FM or be interactive with the live Internet broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for
live play by play action, trivia questions, & other fun by yours truly, Andy
Jack, Jason Seltzer & maybe even special guest announcers like K.C. Foote.

HAYES HAULS IN GRAND PURE STOCK WIN AT M-40

August 4th, 2007

Prior to July 20 Phil Bozell had never set fast time in qualifying. This week
marked his 2nd consecutive fast time honors in Late Model time trials with a
12.893 (104.708 mph). Young Mr. Bozell was joined in the 12s by 3 other
drivers. For the 5th time this year, (& 2 days after he turned 16 & got his
driver’s license) Chris Shannon turned the speediest Pro Stock lap at 13.683
(98.663 mph). The top 6 Pro Stocks were in 13s & a mere .237 separated their
qualifying efforts. Jason Rhoades has been “The Man” in Pure Stock qualifying
this year. His 14.816 (91.118 mph) set the benchmark for his class for the 6th
time. A pair of other drivers were in the 14s too.

Other preliminary action saw Late Model heats claimed by Fred Reed & Rick Hahn
Jr. with Al McGlothlen breathing down Hahn’s neck just .040 behind at the wire!
Pro Stock heat winners were John Ferrier, Rodney Smith & Al Maurer (just
nipping Alex Pratt by .058 seconds). Maurer came back to win the consi over
Gabe Hess & Phil Ausra. Pure Stock preliminary action had “Father Knows Best”
in heat 1 as Scott Rozner rolled to the win .302 ahead of his son Travis
Rozner. Roland Barnes & Bill Pierce were also heat victors. Chad Wilkins scored
the “Survival of the Fittest” B-main & was followed by Thad Chartrand, Pam
Rhoades & Tim Pletz, the top 4 & only ones to finish the 12 lap affair.

The Pure Stocks had some big money up for grabs as the Brown family hosted a 50
lap feature paying $1,000 to win. At the end of 50 laps Ty Hayes came home with
the fat pay check with Greg Musser in hot pursuit only .218 behind the winner.
3-10 went to Jason Rhoades, Allan Rhoderick, Rick Reed, Tim Thurston, Lou
Stremme, Jerry Holmes, Roland Barnes & Cody Dale. Unfortunately, the other 1/2
of the 20 car field were all DNFs as they were unable to go the distance.

For the 2nd week in a row Jeff Ganus drove his Late Model to the Lane
Automotive Victory Lane with over 1/2 second separating him from the rest of
the field. Phil Bozell charged through the field to grab the runner-up spot
ahead of Jeff Vochaska, Matt Weenink, Bill Hartman, Roger Northrop Jr., Al
McGlothlen, Doug True, Tom Wright, & Matt Krywosinski rounded out the top 10.

The Pro Stock 35 lap feature was a close one as the top 4 were within 6/10
second of each other at the end. Rodney Smith scored his 1st feature win of the
year here. Jeff Ganus was only .318 away from scoring feature wins in 2 classes
on the same night! Brandon Zachary, Cory Pressler, Robbie Ferrier, Mickey
Cornwell, Fred Reed, Chris Shannon, Steve Smith Jr., & Rich Mersereau rounded
out the top 10.

It was also Michiana Racers Hall of Fame Night. George Blunier, Ron Koehler,
Jiggs Meyers, Mike Salay, Cindy Stremme, Stan Suski, Sandy Westphal, Bill
Wingate, & Ralph Yarbrough were all celebrated on this night as they earned an
induction into the Michiana Racers Hall of Fame.

August 3 will be a full 4-in-1 show. August 10 will be the Pro Stock Jones with
the winner taking home $10,001! Our other regular classes have the night off
but the Pro Stocks will be joined by the Short Track Truck Series. The fast
high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located north of Jones & south of Marcellus,
MI on M-40 Hwy. For more information, visit us on the web at
www.m40speedway.com. If you can’t be at the track on race day, you can still
listen on radio station 99.9 FM or be interactive with the live Internet
broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for live play by play action, trivia questions,
& other fun by yours truly, Andy Jack, Jason Seltzer & our computer guru Jon
answering your e-mails.

3 Js & AN R PICK UP THE W AT M-40

July 25th, 2007

The points races are interesting. Ganus’ win only helped him in Late Model
points a little bit as points leader Jeff Vochaska was right behind Ganus at
the checker. Going into the 7/20 action Vochaska had 2119 points ahead of Danny
McEndarfer (2096), Ganus (1989), Fred Reed (1967) & Roger Northrop Jr. (1957).
Mersereau helped pad his Pro Stock points lead (1829) over Robbie Ferrier
(1807), Fred Reed (1793), John Ferrier (1772), & Burney Arnett (1754). Rhoades
also beefed up his Pure Stock leading 1875 points ahead of Greg Musser (1806),
Tim Thurston (1800), Matt Bainbridge (1774), & Travis Rozner (1774). Jim
Anglemyer’s domination of time trials & consistent feature runs have him
leading the Mini Stock points with 2210. Damron had 2202 in front of Derek
Davis (1963), Keera Allen (1885) & Kevin Davis (1726).

In preliminary action things were hot! Phil Bozell had his 1st ever fast time
when he topped all others with a 12.918 (104.505 mph). 3 other Late Model
drivers made it into the 12s. Brandon Zachary has been spending most of the
season in the Late Model class (driving either his #16 or his dad’s #19). The
Zachary Racing Team is down to one engine right now so they put the power-plant
into the #16 Pro Stock & BZ zoomed to a New Track Record when he stopped the
clocks at 13.408 (100.686 mph). The top 7 were all under 14 seconds. Jason
Rhoades reeled in his 5th consecutive Pure Stock fast time at 14.643 (92.194
mph). Travis Rozner & Lou Stremme also made it into the 14 second bracket. Jim
Anglemyer has been “The Man” in Mini Stock qualifications. His 14.719 (91.718
mph) lap marked the 8th time in 9 nights that he has topped the leader board
during time trials. He was the only driver in the 14s for his class tonight.
After time trials the fans & drivers had a chance to meet & greet during an on track autograph session.

Ed Paul went wire-to-wire for the win in Late Model heat 1. Bill Hartman did
likewise in heat 2 but he narrowly edged out co-worker Mike Zordan by .247
seconds. Steve Smith Jr. had family bragging rights as his uncle Rodney Smith
finished alongside .076 back at the checkers in Pro Stock heat 1. John Long had
3/4 second advantage over Burney Arnett at the finish of Pro Stock heat 2. Heat
3 saw Rodney Nettleton nose out Eric McCann by a mere .352 seconds. This win
came after Nettleton was involved in a lap 1 incident but Richard Geraghty
tapped out (took blame) & allowed Nettleton to keep the point. Scott Rozner led
the 1st Pure Stock heat from green to checker. Chad Wilkins hauled in his 2nd
ever win & it was a close one as the top 4 were only separated by .352 seconds!
Rob Welch is becoming used to winning as he nailed another heat win by just a
whisker (.074) ahead of Justin Holden in heat 3. Jim Anglemyer had a very fast
car in Mini Stock heat 1 as he came from last to 1st. Wayne Kline won the caution maligned heat 2 that was halted after 4 laps.

Phil Bozell drew a 14 for the inversion which placed Bill Hartman on the pole
for the start of the Late Model 35 lap main event. Hartman had the hammer down
at the drop of the green & took the lead for the 1st 7 laps followed by Roger
Northrop Jr. Jeff Ganus (from 5th) slipped into 2nd the next go-around &
started to apply pressure on Hartman. Ganus grabbed the lead on lap 14 &
quickly opened up a big lead. Points leader Jeff Vochaska had a very good
handling race car & was steadily moving up from his 13th place starting berth.
On lap 23 Vochaska took 3rd from Northrop & the next lap he nabbed 2nd from
Hartman. The next lap saw the caution fly setting up a 10 lap classic shootout
between 2 guys that both normally love the high groove. Vochaska was able to
stick on the bottom tonight too but he did not have enough to get by Ganus &
had to settle for a very close 2nd just .136 behind Ganus. Danny McEndarfer
came up from 12th to finish 3rd & he had the fastest lap of the race with a 13.143. Hartman & Northrop held on for 4th & 5th ahead of Phil Bozell
(from 14th), Rick Hahn Jr., Ed Paul Jr., Fred Reed, & Doug True rounded out the top 10.

Brandon Zachary drew a 12 for the Pro Stock inversion. Rich Mersereau was the
big beneficiary of that as he had a coast to coast win in the 30 lap affair.
This race was also only slowed once but it was early on for a 2 car spin in lap
3. There was a great race behind Mersereau as cars traded positions like crazy.
Brandon Zachary was very hooked up, moved into 2nd on lap 28 & came from 12th
to finish just .195 behind the winner. Fred Reed did a fine job as he made a
last lap move to finish 3rd at the stripe. Mike Shewchuk drove a great race &
held 2nd for 27 laps but found himself 4th after 30 laps. 5th through 10th were
Mickey Cornwell (from 10th), John Ferrier, Chris Shannon (from 11th, had the
fastest lap of the race at 14.064, & will turn 16 & get his driver’s license
July 25), Rodney Smith, John Long (from 16th) & Robbie Ferrier.

Jason Rhoades positioned himself 12th for the start of the Pure Stock 20 lap
feature. It did not matter as he was the fastest car on the track (14.960 made
him the only driver in the 14s during the feature) & he wasn’t going to be
denied the victory. Lap 13 was a bizarre lap as the #13 of Roland Barnes
brought out the yellow for a single car (truck) spin. Ken Coates Sr. started on
the pole & led the 1st 11 laps when Rhoades took over. Coates was still in 2nd
at the caution but was black flagged at that point for excessive smoke. Tony
Stewart developed the same problem while under yellow & also was shown starter
Shawn McLaughlin’s black linen flag. Now that the mosquitoes were under
control, we were able to resume green flag racing & Rhoades drove on to an easy
win over a hard charging Lou Stremme (from 10th), Scott Rozner, Jerry Holmes,
Travis Rozner (from 11th), Tim Thurston, Cody Dale, Matt Bainbridge, Chris
Singleton & Greg Haynes.

The Mini Stock feature drivers copied all 3 of the other classes’ feature
drivers & only necessitated one caution period too! Kudos drivers! It was an
exciting caution though as the 08 of Brandon (or Dallas) Mozader spun in front
of the pack exiting turn 2 & the drivers took evasive action. A bucket of cold
water was needed as Kevin Davis’ #8 mounted the #13 of Jim Anglemyer. The 2
cars were separated & Davis retired from the event. Anglemyer drove away
apparently unscathed & had a very fast car. Jamison Corn took the lead on lap 1
& held it until he was caught speeding on lap 8. Jerime Damron took over (from
10th) & held the lead for the rest of the distance. Anglemyer (from 13th)
slipped into 2nd on lap 11 & the chase was on. Anglemyer had the fastest car in
the field (14.825) during the race. He reeled in Damron but had to settle for
2nd .289 behind the winner. Last week’s feature winner Dustin Kline was 3rd
(from 12th) ahead of Wayne Kline, Derek Davis, Rich Hensley, Fred Malecki, Dale Oliver, Mozader, & Caleb Woods.

The M-40 Speedway will be back in action Friday July 27 with a full 3-in-1 with
a $1,000 to win Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stock Special plus Dave’s Concrete
Late Models, & Ausra Equipment Co. Pro Stocks. The Franger Gas Mini Stocks will
have the night off. It will also be Michiana Racers Hall of Fame Night. George
Blunier, Ron Koehler, Jiggs Meyers, Mike Salay, Cindy Stremme, Stan Suski,
Sandy Westphal, Bill Wingate, & Ralph Yarbrough will all be celebrated on this
night as they earned an induction into the Michiana Racers Hall of Fame. August
3 will be a full 4-in-1 show. August 10 will be the Pro Stock Jones with the
winner taking home $10,001! Our other regular classes have the night off but
the Pro Stocks will be joined by the Short Track Truck Series. The fast high
banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located north of Jones & south of Marcellus, MI
on M-40 Hwy. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.
If you can’t be at the track on race day, you can still listen on radio station 99.9 FM or be interactive with the live Internet broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for live play by play action, trivia questions, & other fun by yours truly, Andy Jack, Jason Seltzer & our computer guru Jon answering your e-mails.

ACTION PACKED NIGHT ON FRIDAY THE 13TH AT M-40

July 16th, 2007

For the 3rd time in the past 3 visits, 57 year old Jeff Bloom was the top gun
in Sprint qualifying. The series points leader was just a tick off his 10.475
track record with a lap of 10.586 (127.527 mph). Jimmy McCune, Chad Goff & Ike
Beasley were all also in the 10 second bracket. For the 4th time this year
Chris Shannon put his #8 Pro Stock atop the leader board in qualifying when he
turned a 13.738 (98.268 mph). He was joined in the 13s by 4 other competitors.
For the 7th time in 8 outings Jim Anglemyer set fast Mini Stock time with a
14.681 (91.956 mph). Jerime Damron & Dustin Kline were also in the 14s.

The AVSS Sprints had 3 heat races. In heat 1, Dennis Craft set sail from his
outside pole starting position to win just .315 ahead of fast qualifier Jeff
Bloom who had charged up from the back of the pack. Jason Blonde started 4th in
heat 2 but put a whooping on the rest of the field as he won by nearly 2
seconds in front of Bill Jacoby. Dorman Snyder took advantage of his #1
starting berth & held the lead wire-to-wire to win by a 1.940 margin over Aaron
Katz.

The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Michigan Legends Series heat races were next.
Jimmy Hansen jumped to the front from outside pole to beat pole-sitter Ryan
Meldrum to the checkers by just over 1/4 second. Brandon Allen & Levi Rouster
held the top 2 spots from start to finish in heat 2. Heat 3 had some misfortune
for 4 of the competitors. Scott Menlen won that event by a large margin over
Chance Rice.

Pro Stock fast qualifier Chris Shannon had a Friday the 13th type night after
qualifying as he was unable to finish his heat nor the feature. Late Model
regular Jeff Ganus brought out a beautiful Pro Stock that looks just like his
Late Model. Ganus won heat 1 from the outside pole over fellow front row
starter Mike Shewchuk. The Lavender Lady, Cindy Stremme, was a wire-to-wire
victor in heat 2 ahead of Alex Pratt. Heat 3 can be called the Friday the 13th
Special. 5 of the 8 starters crashed out before 1 lap was completed & all 4 of
the finishers completed only one lap too because the race was checker flagged
after just 1 lap due to the amount & length of cautions causing the race to go
past the allotted time. At the start of the event Rodney Mettleton had a very
bad fuel leak. They worked on the car after that. They even took the complete
fuel cell out of the car & made sure everything was alright. Al Maurer was
credited with the win in heat 3 ahead of Brad Smith on his 1st night out this year.

In Mini Stock heat race action, Jerime Damron edged out Dustin Kline in heat 1
while Derek Davis out dueled Dale Oliver in heat 2.

After the intermission, the Sprints were pushed onto the track & introduced
after numerous Frisbees were flung into the audience & several lucky fans
received a souvenir. Jeff Bloom drew a 9 inversion which determined he would
start 9th in the field for their 30 lap main event. 2nd place points man Jason
Blonde found himself outside front row & from there he took off & led the
entire race for the win. Lap 10 saw a possible scary situation just go noted as
a single car spin. 70 year old veteran Ron Koehler developed a leak on the back
stretch & spun in front of the pack in the 3-4 turns. All drivers were able to
take evasive action & able to resume with only Koehler done for the night.
Blonde reeled off the fastest lap of the event with a 11.012 & won by 4.569
seconds over Jeff Bloom (from 9th), Ike Beasley (from 6th), Jimmy McCune (from
8th), Mike Ling, Bill Tyler, Mike Astrauskas, Chad Goff, Chad Delagrange &
Dennis Craft, the top 10.

The Legends feature was up next. At the drop of the green Rick Kilbourn & Jerry
Warden crashed together & their night was over before a lap was completed. Levi
Roster jumped to the front & paced the field as there was plenty of racing
action going on behind him. He continued to lead even through a pair of
cautions on lap 12. Lap 16 saw Scott Menlen (from 7th) take the lead & Jimmy
Hansen (from 9th) also slipped by Rouster for 2nd. There was another caution on
lap 22 for a single car spin. However, the leader spun after the yellow & hit
the inside wall in turn 4 & Menlen’s night was ended in heart break on the
hook. So now the field was bunched up for a 3 lap shootout. Hansen inherited
the lead & did not relinquish it. Rouster was right on his bumper (.149 seconds
back) for 2nd with Ryan Meldrum right behind Rouster for 3rd (from 8th). 4-10
were Brandon Allen (from 10th), James Edsall (from 21st), Chance Rice, Rick
McColl (from 17th), Matt Todd, Dr. Ron Semlow, & Beau Semlow (from 18th).

John Long landed his 3rd Pro Stock feature win this year as he held the lead
from green to checker. The race was dotted with a few cautions. Lap 19 saw the
exit of Steve Smith Jr. & Gabe Hess. Lap 24 had a wild crash which started when
Brandon Zachary & Chris Shannon tangled fighting for the same piece of real
estate going into turn one. Shannon ended up going airborne over the front end
of Zachary. Cory Pressler, with nowhere to go wound up crashed hard & exited
via the tow truck. Shannon’s night was done at that point also. Long held on
for the win in front of John Ferrier (after fighting off several attempts by
Jeff Ganus). Mike Shewchuk was 3rd while high-flying Ganus was having a blast
in the high groove & settled for 4th. Rich Mersereau was 5th ahead of Mickey
Cornwell, the man with the fastest lap of the race (14.083). Chris May, Fred
Reed, Zachary & Robbie Ferrier rounded out the top 10.

Other than Jim Anglemyer on opening night, Dustin Kline is the only other
driver that has been able to beat Jerime Damron in a Mini Stock feature this
year. Kline did it on June 22 & came back tonight & did it again! Anglemyer
continues to dominate time trials & had the fastest lap again in the feature
(14.770) but had to settle for 4th behind Kline, Rich Hensley, & Damron. 5th
through 10th belonged to Derek Davis, Jamison Corn, Dale Oliver, Wayne Kline,
Brandon Mozader, & Kevin Davis.

There were enough Pro Stocks on hand where a B feature was necessitated. Gary
Chapman bested Eric McCann, Cindy Stremme, Al Maurer & Rodney Mettleton.

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family of Late Model racer Lee Anderson
who passed away July 7. The drivers went through the stands with their helmets
& proceeds from the 50/50 drawing collected a large sum of money for the family
& a trust fund will be set up for Lee’s daughter Kaileigh. It was a pleasure
talking with Kyle Ballard who works at Anderson’s Perfect Circle Race Cars
shop. Kyle even helped us call some play-by-play action on the live Internet
broadcast.

The M-40 Speedway will be back in action Friday July 20 with a full 4-in-1 show
of Dave’s Concrete Late Models, Ausra Equipment Co. Pro Stocks, Old Hat
Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks, & Franger Gas Mini Stocks. It will also be Kid’s
Night & Autograph Night. July 27 the Pure Stocks will take center stage as they
vie for the top prize of $1000 to win. Mini Stocks will have that night off.
The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located north of Jones & south of
Marcellus, MI on M-40 Hwy. For more information, visit us on the web at
www.m40speedway.com. If you can’t be at the track on race day, you can still
listen on radio station 99.9 FM or be interactive with the live Internet
broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for live play by play action, trivia questions,
& other fun by yours truly, Andy Jack, Jason Seltzer & our computer guru Jon
answering your e-mails.

DAUGHERTY ROLLS IN THE DOUGH AFTER $30,001 “LATE MODEL JONES” WIN

July 10th, 2007

59 very talented drivers took qualifying times. 62 cars were on the grounds but
Rick Sexton, Kevin Stewart & Ross Meeuwsen were unable to take a qualifying
lap. Jerry Andrews was driving for the 1st time this year but broke something
during time trials & became a spectator for the rest of the night. Doug True
also had a qualifying time but did not race. Joe Bush piloted the Port City
Racing house car to the fastest lap in time trials with a 12.848 (105.075 mph).
Bush was part of the T.A. Gentry Racing team for the past 5 years. Bush’s
former teammate, Lee Anderson, drove the T.A. Gentry ride to 2nd fast time with
a 12.938 (104.344 mph). Those 2 drivers were given the option to race their way
into the show via a 50 lap qualifying race & then depend on the draw of the
invert which could have been between 6 & 22. The speedy duo opted out of the 50
lap qualifiers which set them 23rd & 24th for the 100 lap Late Model Jones.

They turned out to be geniuses as the invert ended up being 19. In total, 7 cars were in the 12 second bracket, the top 22 were within 1/4 second of each other & the entire 59 car field was only separated by .768 seconds.

I am not sure of the exact format but here’s how I think things sorted out. The
top 10 finishers from each of 2 50 lap qualifying races were put back into the
100 lap field set by their best lap in time trials. These qualifying races were
comprised of qualifiers 3 through 42. 43rd through 59th fastest were in the B
Feature. The drivers that failed to make the top 10 in their 50 lap qualifying
race were put into a 20 lap Last Chance race where the top 2 finishers would
then start 21st & 22nd in the 100 lapper. Lee Anderson & Joe Bush were
pre-determined to start 23rd & 24th. Andy Bozell & Jeff Vochaska were put in as
past champions provisionals starting 24th & 25th while Phil Bozell & Craig
Cassel were given a spot in the race at the tail by virtue of (I believe)
promoter’s options. WHEW!!!

The 1st 50 lap qualifying race had plenty of action from start to finish. With
one lap in the books, the pole cars tangled & set up a big chain reaction crash
exiting turn 2. That crash made it so 5 of the contenders were out of the race
with only one lap to their credit. Jeff Ganus had both the look alike #5s
damaged but he was able to finish all 50 laps. Jeff Bozell was driving the
other #5 & was done for that race as was his nephew Phil, Bobby Stremme, Terry
Senneker & Ed Paul Jr. Jeff Vochaska’s ride was pretty beat up. He was the
cause for the next caution on the restart with a flat tire (which they fixed)
but the damage only allowed him to complete 7 laps. The race was dotted with 4
caution periods. Mike Zordan had a good car & was running 4th until he started
having ignition problems & dropped out just before the halfway mark. Danny
McEndarfer has been fast here all year & this race was no exception. On about
lap 32, Danny Mac took to the outside & passed NASCAR star Johnny Benson Jr. for 7th. Benson then followed Danny Mac in the outside groove & the duo put on a great show. McEndarfer scored the win (from 15th). Benson (debuting a brand new car he just built) took 2nd at the very end of the race (from 14th) just .519 behind the winner. Jeff Daugherty, Scott Hantz, Al McGlothlen, Curt
Spalding, Hank Miller, Jeff Ganus (from 13th), Brian Ross (from 19th) & Kevin
Koscher (from 20th) rounded out the top 10.

The 2nd 50 lapper was not nearly as exciting. The top 4 cars of Michael Thayer,
Eric McGlothlen, Cory Pressler & Brandon Zachary finished the same as they
started (in that order). There was only one accident plus 2 cautions for
debris. The one accident came on lap 5 when 2 cars spun in turn 4 & a bunch
more tangled behind them. Rich Jackson was the only driver in need of a tow
truck & all others continued. This field was pretty closely matched & the 2nd
groove did not seem to be working as well. Therefore, passing was at a premium
& much of the 50 lapper was spent single file. 5-10 went to John Long, John
Delarye, Jack Landis, Johnny Van Doorn, Kenny Head & Dave Sensiba.

The 40 lap B Feature rolled off next to allow the cars & drivers that just ran
a qualifier to get ready for the Last Chance &/or the Late Model Jones. Roger
Northrop Jr. started on the point & stayed there the entire distance. 5 laps
into the race Mini Stock sensation Jerime Damron was in an accident that also
involved Buddy Head. Damron “tapped out” (accepted blame) so Head was given his
spot back. Unfortunately, Buddy was only able to continue in the Tom McGhee
mount for another 10 laps after that. It was at that point, lap 15, when
another yellow was thrown & a leaking Matt Weenink made his exit. One more
caution was necessitated for a slowing Bill Lux Jr. on lap 22. After 40 laps
there were 8 combatants left on the track. Northrop Jr. was chased to the line
by Jeff Parr, Shane Clark, Allan Terry, Matt Corliss, Damron, Rich Hardy, &
Larry Wiseman.

The Last Chance race was next. Drama unfolded before the race even started.
Terry Senneker, Greg Himes & Matt Krywosinski were all unable to make the call.
Steve Needles is the Kalamazoo Speedway points leader & was 4th fastest
qualifier today. He lined up for the Last Chance on the pole. Odds makers would
have him down for a favorite to win this race & maybe even the 100 lapper.
Well… The odds makers would have been looking like weathermen because Needles
had ignition problems & was not even able to take the green flag. The new
pole-sitter for this race is now none other than the legendary Butch Miller in
the familiar Lane Automotive #52. Miller won the race & earned a starting berth
in the 100 lap Late Model Jones. It also made it so he was able to race against
his son Hank for the 1st time ever. Jeff Bozell grabbed 2nd & guaranteed
himself a spot in the big one too. Rounding out the top 10 were Phil Bozell,
Donny Klotz Jr., Bobby Stremme, Ed Paul Jr., Mike Root, Mike Zordan, Rick Hahn Jr., & Steve Stacey.

The 100 lap Late Model Jones took to the track & my entire body was covered
with goose bumps as the capacity crowd gave the 28 starters a standing
send-off, the wave lap. The drivers were all waving back & I am sure they had
the adrenalin pumping as they were about to embark on one of the richest
asphalt short track races ever with the lion’s share being $30,001 to the
winner! The race only had 2 leaders. Each leader held the lead for 50 laps.
Boring? NO WAY! Brian Ross grabbed the lead from his #1 starting spot & held
the point for the 1st 50% of the race. The 1st caution did not appear until lap
24 as Jeff Vochaska spun coming off turn 2. Jeff Ganus “tapped out” for that
one so Vochaska restarted in his 19th position. A couple more minor cautions
came out before the race was at halfway. Jeff Daugherty took the lead at the
halfway point. Lap 65 saw Brandon Zachary & Dave Sensiba practice the new
Olympic event of tandem spinning. Lap 69 was perhaps the turning point of the entire race. Defending Late Model Jones champ Andy Bozell was on the move. He started the race in 25th & was challenging Scott Hantz for 3rd. The 2 cars made
contact coming off turn 2, down the back stretch & it continued into the 3-4 turns.

Bozell was sent spinning. Track rules state that if 2 cars are involved in a
caution, 2 cars will restart at the tail. Therefore, Hantz & Bozell were both
delegated to the back of the pack. The drama was not done yet. Lap 99 saw 2
different yellows. Jack Landis had driven his way up from 15th to challenge
Daugherty for the lead. The leaders were coming into lapped traffic as the white flag flew. Coming through 3-4, Landis was on the outside attempting a winning move on Daugherty when there was contact with the lapped car of Brandon Zachary. Zachary spun & with the field bearing down coming for the checkers, the yellow was thrown with the safety of all drivers in mind. Zachary’s car was unable to move without assistance. Zachary apparently tapped out but it was not known until after Landis was told to take the tail & instead he took to the pits. On the restart, Danny McEndarfer spun & the
yellow came out again. Finally, the race was able to finish & Jeff Daugherty drove home with $30.001 in his pocket after winning the 2nd Annual Late Model Jones! 19 year old Johnny Van Doorn did a fantastic job of driving Tim Steele’s #16 from 10th to 2nd just .335 away from victory. Brian Ross held on for 3rd .300 behind Van Doorn. 18 year old Eric McGlothlen was a steady fixture at the front of the pack & finished 4th. Phil Bozell drove a great race from 27th to 5th with his dad (Andy) right on his bumper in 6th. John Delarye (from 12th), fast qualifier Joe Bush (from 24th), Cory Pressler, Eric’s dad (Al) McGlothlen, Jeff Vochaska (from 26th), Curt Spalding (from 13th & then the tail after a lap 41 flat tire), John Long, Jeff Bozell (from 22nd), Kevin Koscher (from 20th), Dave Sensiba, Butch Miller, Michael Thayer & Scott Hantz all finished 100 laps. Lee Anderson was moving up on the outside after the halfway point but was sidelined on lap 65 with a leaky axle seal.

On the behalf of the Brown family & the M-40 Speedway staff, thanks to everybody who made the 2nd Annual Late Model Jones a great race & big success.
There was a large crowd on hand that was greeted with beautiful weather, a star
studded field of the nation’s best drivers, & an awesome fireworks display.

The M-40 Speedway will be idle Friday July 6 but the Winged Warriors of the
Auto Value Super Sprints return July 13 along with the Ausra Equipment Supply
Co. Pro Stocks & Franger Gas Mini Stocks. Come see the Sprints fly & bring the
whole family because the admission prices are going to be lower than what you
usually expect for Sprint car action! The Dave’s Concrete Late Models & Old Hat
Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks will not be in action. Friday July 20 will be a
full 4-in-1 show of Late Models, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks & Mini Stocks & it
will also be Kid’s Night & Autograph Night. The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved
oval is located north of Jones & south of Marcellus, MI on M-40 Hwy. For more
information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com. If you can’t be at the
track on race day, you can still listen on radio station 99.9 FM or be
interactive with the live internet broadcast: live@m40speedway.com for live
play by play action, trivia questions, & other fun by yours truly, Andy Jack, Jason Seltzer & our computer guru Jon answering your e-mails.

DAMRON DOMINATES MINIS IN A MAXI FASHION AT M-40 FOR GRAND WIN

July 3rd, 2007

The crew tweaked things & he was able to put the car anywhere in the main Event & won the 50 lapper pocketing a cool grand for his efforts as he chalked up his 5th win in 7 outings. There was also a nice field of 31 Late Models on hand in preparation for the $30,001 to win “Late Model Jones” which is being run Wednesday July 4. Jeff Ganus garnered his 1st feature win of the year in their 40 lap affair to become the 8th different winner in 8 nights for the Late Models! Josh Coburn copped his 1st ever Pure Stock feature win, the 7th different winner in their 8 attempts. (Pro Stocks had the night off).

Even time trials were exciting in the Late Model class. Getting in the 12 second bracket is a benchmark. Danny “Mac” McEndarfer set the fast qualifying
time for the 3rd time in the past 4 shows when he clipped off a 12.716 (106.165
mph) lap. 12 drivers were in the 12s & 1/3 of them were making their 1st
appearance of the year here! There have only been 2 guys set fast time in Pure
Stocks this year; Matt Bainbridge & Jason Rhoades. Rhoades has had that honor
the last 4 of 7 shows for this division. Tonight’s effort was a 14.562 (92.707
mph). 3 other racers were in the 14s. Jim Anglemyer has been “Mr. Fast Time” in
Mini Stock qualifications. For the 6th time in 7 tries he was atop the leader
board with a 14.545 (92.815 mph). The top 5 all had laps under 15 seconds.

Danny Mac showed that his qualifying run was no fluke as he came from 10th to
1st to win the fast Late Model heat ahead of some very tough competition. He
beat Brandon Zachary by a mere .165 at the stripe! Matt Weenink & Craig Cassel
cruised to the other 2 Late Model heat wins. The fast Pure Stock heat saw Jerry
Holmes up front for the distance but Josh Coburn flexed his muscles from the
back & came just .032 from winning the race to the checkers! Tim Thurston &
Chris Singleton scored the other heats. The fast Mini Stock heat saw the
outside row making the moves as Jamison Corn, Jim Anglemyer & Jerime Damron
were 1-2-3 from 6th, 10th & 8th starting positions respectively. Josh Trammel &
Paul Zelmer zoomed to victory lane in the other 2 Mini Stock heat races.

The Late Model 40 lap feature was the 1st main event lined up after
intermission. The closely matched field saw Jeff Ganus start in the #3 slot. It
took him 8 laps to overtake pole sitter & early leader Roger Northrop Jr. to
pick up his 1st feature win here this year. Andy Bozell Sr. started & finished
right behind Ganus. The man on the move (as was the case in last year’s Late
Model Jones until a late race flat tire squelched his efforts) was Joe Bush.
Bush’s 1st trek to the track this year saw him set 3rd fastest time & start
14th. Joe reeled in the leaders at the end of the race but the 4th caution of
the event came with 38 laps in the books. This slowed the momentum of Bush &
set up a green-white-checker finish. At the end it was Ganus, Bozell, Bush,
Northrop, Jeff Vochaska (from 13th), Lee Anderson (from 15th), Tom Wright, Eric
McGlothlen, Jeff Daugherty, & Jeff Bozell completing the top 10. The “Late
Model Jones” should be an awesome race July 4!

Quite often cautions are for minor incidents & have very little consequence on
the outcome of the race & are soon forgotten. The Pure Stock 20 lap feature was
dotted with 5 cautions, none of which were “major” incidents. However, the
final 2 cautions did have events worth noting here. On lap 15, just 5 circuits
from the finish, the 2nd & 3rd place cars of Jason Rhoades & Tim Thurston saw
their night come to an end. Wile attempting to lap his mom the two Rhoades
vehicles came together causing the caution. Exit Jason & Tim on this
unfortunate accident. The final yellow flew on lap 17. This caution also
involved the cars in the 2-3 spots. Chris Singleton, while running 3rd,
accidentally got into Rob Welch running the best race of his career in 2nd.
Singleton did the true gentleman maneuver & “tapped out” (took the blame) &
allowed Welch to maintain 2nd while Singleton resumed at the tail with just a
few laps left. Nice gesture young man! Last week Chris won his 1st ever
feature. This week he ended up 12th but got a big “ATTABOY” & earned a lot of
respect! Not to be overshadowed, we had another 1st time ever feature winner in
Josh Coburn. Josh came all the way from 13th starting spot, took the lead on lap 6, & cruised from there for the victory! Rob Welch started on the pole & led the 1st 2 laps. He maintained, drove a consistent race, & stayed in the hunt throughout the rest of the race & hung on for 2nd, his best finish in his driving career! 3-10 went to Rick Reed, Justin Holden (from 16th), Jerry Holmes, Greg Musser, Scott Rozner, Todd Stamm, Cody Dale & Matt Bainbridge.

Franger Gas hosted a big $1000 to win 50 lap special for the Mini Stocks. Josh
Trammel started on the pole & held the point for the 1st 10 laps. Derek Davis
was atop the leader board for lap 11. After that it was all Jerime Damron (from
14th) as he continued his domination. 15 year old Derrick Griffin drove a fine
race from his 11th place starting berth & kept Damron in his sights for most of
the race to finish 2nd. “Mr. Fast Time” Jim Anglemyer started shotgun on the 16
car field, bided his time, & made a late race charge but it was too little too
late & an ill-handling race car caused him to be happy with 3rd. The top 3 were
all presented some very nice trophies & pay to compensate their efforts. 4-10
were Terry Kline (in the car his son Dustin drove to victory last week),
Jamison Corn, Rich Hensley, Fred Malecki, Andy Kindig, Dale Oliver, & Derek
Davis.

Craig Cassel claimed the Late Model B feature while Bryce Schaefer took the
Mini Stock B main.

By the time most of you read this, the “2nd Annual Late Model Jones” paying
$30,001 to the 100 lap winner (& huge aerial fireworks display) will be
history. That race is Wednesday July 4. No races July 6 but the Winged Warriors
of the Auto Value Super Sprints return July 13 along with the Ausra Equipment
Supply Co. Pro Stocks & Franger Gas Mini Stocks. The Dave’s Concrete Late
Models & Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks will not be in action. The fast
high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located just north of Jones & just south of
Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at
www.m40speedway.com.

STORYBOOK NIGHT AT M-40

June 10th, 2007

“Travis Rozner roared to his 1st EVER feature win in the Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks.” “Mickey Cornwell had an emotional comeback victory in the Ausra Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks.” “Jerime Damron continues to dominate the Franger Gas Mini Stocks as he has won 4 of the 5 nights that class has competed.”

The track was very fast in qualifying as evidenced by 9 Late Models in the 12
second bracket & Brandon Zachary was 10th quick in his dad’s ride at 13 seconds
flat! Jeff Ganus had the fastest lap at 12.737 (105.99 mph). So you need more
evidence? Okay, Chris Shannon set a New Track Record qualifying lap at 13.546
(99.66 mph) & there were a total of 9 Pro Stocks in the 13′s followed by
father/son duo by the name of Steve Smith Sr. & Jr. with exact laps of 14.030!
For the 2nd week in a row Jason Rhoades set the fast time in the Pure Stock
division with a 14.810 (91.155 mph). The only other driver in the 14′s was Josh
Smith with a very respectable 14.84. .03 off from fast time is quite a feat
especially for a driver that has not made very many laps here. Jim Anglemyer
has had the fastest Mini Stock qualifying run 4 out of 5 nights they have run
this year. His lap time was 14.657 (92.106 mph) & he was joined in the 14′s by
4 other competitors. A good field of cars was on hand with 20 in all classes except the Pros where there were 18.

In the Late Model heats, the pole position was the preferred spot as both their
heats were led wire to wire by the guy starting up front. Brandon Zachary drove
his dad’s car to victory in heat 1 by a mere .147 over Phil Bozell. Fred Reed
rolled into the Lane Automotive Victory Lane after heat 2. Fast Freddy Reed
likes victory lane so much that the very next race out he drove there again
after Pro Stock heat one! Heat 2 was bagged by Burney Arnett. The 1st Pure
Stock heat was a wild one. Young Josh Coburn led every lap except the final
one. Wily veteran Lou Stremme was working the kid hard. They drove a clean race
& Lou was making an outside move on the backstretch of the last lap when Josh
drifted a little high. Tim Thurston (up from his 8th place starting berth) shot
under them both & drove on to the win! Coburn & Stremme held on for 2-3. The
2nd Pure Stock heat was won by a jubilant Rob Welch! Rob started 5th & finally
made it victory lane for the 1st time ever in regular season action! Rob is one of those nice guys that is always there with a smile on his face & just enjoys competing on a semi-regular basis. Jerime Damron came from 9th to win the 1st Mini Stock heat. Dale Oliver won the 2nd Mini Stockheat from 9th also.

New this week was an inversion draw. Prior to tonight the invert was 16 for all
classes. Now the fast qualifier in each class will draw for an invert of 12, 14
or 16. Jeff Ganus put himself in 12th at the start of the Late Model 40 lapper.
A tangle before a lap was completed delayed the start. Tom Wright started on
the pole & led the field for the 1st 8 laps but Andy Bozell had come from 7th
to 2nd by lap 9 & began applying pressure. Bozell took over to lead laps 12
through 40. The race was only slowed one time for a single car spin on lap 36.
That made for an exciting finish as the field was bunched for a 4 lap shootout.
Danny McEndarfer was fast the whole race. Halfway through the event (on lap 21)
he turned the fastest lap of the race at 13.102. He was running consistently
fast laps & was charging up from his 8th place starting spot & finished on the
right rear flank of Bozell only .119 seconds behind at the checkers. Andy’s son
Phil took 3rd. Jeff Vochaska (from 11th), Tom Wright, Ron Coburn, Jeff Ganus (from 12th), Brandon Zachary, Eric McGlothlen & Matt Weenink rounded out the top 10. Congratulations to Andy Bozell as the many time track champion & winner of many big money races was recently nominated into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Chris Shannon drew a 16 for the inversion of the Pro Stock 35 lap action packed
finale. Eric McCann McGrabbed the lead from the McPole. Lap 6 saw the yellow
displayed for a single car spin. During the caution, 3rd place running Gary
Wyrick’s right front tire started to deflate & he was forced to pit when the
green came back out. McCann held the lead until Al Maurer took over on lap 8.
Lap 16 had a 2 car tangle & Steve Smith Sr. went to the pits. On the ensuing
restart, Smith’s namesake brought out the yellow when his hood flopped over the
windshield & his radiator looked like Old Faithful. (Sorry about the Old
faithful reference but my mind is on Yellowstone since I will be there next
week!). Maurer held the point until lap 27 when he was passed by both Mickey
Cornwell (from 11th) & Fred Reed (from 9th). Lap 28 had another single car spin
& on the restart 5th place running Mike Shewchuk dropped out. Cornwell resumed
the lead & drove the best race I have ever seen him drive to take the popular win. He definitely had the fastest car out there. On lap 23, while running 3rd, he clicked off the best lap of the race with a 14.126! It was a very emotional winner’s circle as the veteran was congratulated by many drivers, crew members, family, friends & officials. It was his 1st feature win in
about 5 years. He has only been in the driver’s seat a couple of times since his near fatal crash here August 25. On that night he had just set fast time when the throttle stuck on the next lap causing a horrendous fiery crash which knocked him out & hospitalized him for a few days. Welcome back Mickey! Reed & Maurer maintained 2-3 followed by McCann, Rich Mersereau (from 8th), John Ferrier (from 14th), Smith Sr. (from 6th & then the back after lap 16), Gabe Hess (also from the back after lap 16), Chris May (from 15th) & Rodney Mettleton completed the top 10.

Jason Rhoades pulled a 14 for the invert of the Pure Stock 20 lap main. This
race only had 2 cautions but the 1st one came on lap one & did some damage.
Jason Rhoades, Tim Thurston, Cody Dale, Roland Barnes & Ken Coats were all
classified as DNF credited with 1 lap. 4 other cars dropped out before the
race’s end. Todd Stamm led lap one & was overtaken by Greg Musser who held the
lead until Travis Rozner took over on lap 6. Travis Rozner drove the race of
his life from 11th to claim his 1st ever feature win! Right after the lap 14
yellow Roz drove the fastest lap of the race with a 14.934. Lou Stremme (from
8th), Musser (from 9th), Josh Smith (from 13th), Rick Reed, Jerry Holmes (from
20th), Chris Singleton (from 18th), Josh Coburn, Scott (Travis’ proud papa)
Rozner, & Rob Welch were 2-10th.

Jim Anglemyer drew a 14 to determine the Mini Stock inversion for their 20 lap
affair. A couple crashes before a lap was completed caused a couple complete
restarts & 5 cars ended up on the trailer with zero feature laps to their
credit. After that, the race was green flag racing for 20 laps. Dale Oliver led
the 1st 5 circuits before fast qualifier Anglemyer (from 14th) took over.
However, Jerime Damron (from 13th) was in hot pursuit & made the winning pass
to lead laps 9 through 20. Lap 10 he turned the quickest lap of the race with a
14.714 & Anglemyer had the 2nd fastest lap of the event that same lap when he
turned a 14.813. The duo continued to dice their way through lapped traffic
clicking off laps in the high 14 to low 15 second range. Damron ended up 1.063
seconds ahead of Anglemyer at the finish but 3rd place Wayne Kline was nearly
10 seconds back. Derrick Griffin, Andy Kindig, Derick Davis, Dale Oliver, Steve
Webb, Dick Soule & Chase Carpenter were 4-10. I am quite sure that Anglemyer would give up his 4 out of 5 fast times to trade with Damron for his 4 out of 5 feature wins!

Friday June 15 M-40 Speedway will be dormant but Saturday June 16 will be a
wild winged spectacular as the ISMA Super Modifieds will be on hand for the
Dion Parish Memorial along with the USA Modified Series & the Wolverine Outlaw
Midgets. Friday June 22 will be a regular full 4-in-1 show of Dave’s Concrete
Late Models, Ausra Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks, Old Hat Brewery & Grill
Pure Stocks, & Franger Gas Mini Stocks plus it will be Kid’s Night complete
with a coin toss. Remember… races start at 7:30 & are done before 11:00 p.m.!
Wednesday July 4 don’t miss the 2nd Annual Late Model Jones paying $30,001 to
the 125 lap winner! There will also be a huge aerial fireworks display! ALL
ENDURO RACES FOR THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN CANCELED! The fast high banked 3/8 mile
paved oval is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on
Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

SENSIBA KEEPS STREAK OF NEW WINNERS ALIVE AT M-40

June 7th, 2007

Rich Mersereau is now 2-for-4 in the Ausra Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks & Jerime Damron continues to dominate the Franger Gas Mini Stocks as he has won 3 of the 4 nights that class has competed.

Some streaks continue while others are broken. The Late Models have had different winner each week but prior to tonight there had only been one driver’s name etched in the record books as setting fast qualifying time. 2006
Champ Jeff Vochaska had been the fastest qualifier every week until June 1 when
Danny McEndarfer took top honors in time trials when he tripped the clock at
12.949 (104.255 mph). He was the only driver in the 12′s on this night. In
other L.M. preliminary action, the pole position was the prime starting spot as
all 3 winners came from inside the front row. Those events were won by Jerry
Zachary, Tom Wright & Roger Northrop Jr.

In the Pro Stocks, Robbie Ferrier flew to the fast qualifier honors for the 2nd
time in 4 appearances for that division this year. He just barely edged out his
dad as the duo turned times of 13.946 (96.802 mph) & 14.022. The Pro Stock heat
winners also came from the front row but the outside pole was the preferred
position in these races. Mickey Cornwell made his way to the Lane Automotive
Victory Lane for the 1st time after his horrendous crash last year. On lap 6 of
that race there was a tangle between Mike Shewchuk & Steve Smith Sr. on lap 6
of 8. Usually track rules call for all involved drivers to take the back of the
pack for the restart. However, Shewchuk “tapped out” (took the blame for the
accident) so Smith was given his spot back. Truly a gentleman move by Mr.
Shewchuk showing great sportsmanship. Gabe Hess hauled in heat 2 but by a
narrow margin (.055 seconds) over hard charging Chuck Maggio who moved his way
up from the back of the pack (9th). This race also had Burney Arnett tap out when he was involved with Maggio in a lap 2 incident.

Jason Rhoades broke Matt Bainbridge’s streak of Pure Stock fast time trial runs
at 3 in a row. Like Vochaska, Bainbridge had been the only driver in his class
to post fast time. Rhoades turned a 14.773 (91.383 mph). Travis Rozner & Josh
Coburn were the only other drivers in the 14 second range. This class is
growing as 19 drivers took to the track. These guys did some passing as both
heats were won by drivers that started in the back row in caution-free races.
Travis Rozner & fellow 5th row starter Rhoades finished 1-2 with Rozner on top
by a mere .159 seconds. In heat 2, Jerry Holmes started last but finished 1st.

Jim Anglemyer claimed his 3rd fast time award out of 4 nights when he drove his
Mini Stock to a 14.657 (92.106 mph lap). Rich Hensley was the only other driver
to eclipse the 14 second margin. This field is showing growth also as there
were 15 competitors on hand. Anglemyer was able to go from last to 1st in his
heat to win that race quite handily. Drew Davis drove to victory in heat 2.

19 cars took the green for the 40 lap Late Model main event as Kevin Kosher &
Mike Root were unable to make the call. There was a caution before a lap was
completed. The yellow was unfurled again on lap 2 for a 2 car tangle with Eric
McGlothlen’s night ending early. Still just 2 laps in when there is a single
car spin. Ed Paul led from the pole through lap 4. Dave Sensiba took over the
point on lap 5 & never looked back as he drove to his 1st win ever at M-40
Speedway. A handful more caution periods slowed the event which saw 8 drivers
sidelined before the finish. Matt Weenink passed Ed Paul for 2nd on lap 28 &
held the bridesmaid spot to the checkers. Curt Spalding maneuvered his way from
mid-pack to take 3rd ahead of Ed Paul, Lee Slaton, Roger Northrop Jr., Danny
McEndarfer, Fred Reed, Brandon Zachary & Tom Wright rounded out the top 10.

19 of the 20 scheduled entries took the green flag at the start of the 35 lap
Pro Stock feature. The race was only slowed twice for single car spins. Rich
Mersereau started 5th & methodically moved his way up. He took 3rd on lap 3,
2nd on lap 8 & followed pole-sitter & race-long leader Fred Reed until the
winning move came on lap 14. Mersereau led laps 15 through 35 with Reed holding
the runner-up spot at the finish. Last week’s feature winner, John Long came
home 3rd ahead of hard charging, fast qualifier Robbie Ferrier who had moved up
from 16th. John Ferrier (from 15th), Chris May (from 13th), Mike Shewchuk (from
12th), Steve Smith Jr. (from 14th), Gary Wyrick & Chuck Maggio rounded out the
top 10.

In the 20 lap Pure Stock feature there was a yellow for a single car spin on
lap 4. As the end of the race drew nearer, things got a little dicey. With 6
laps left, the 4th & 5th place cars tangled & with just 4 trips remaining, the
7th & 8th place contenders came together. Lou Stremme started 9th but wasted no
time moving toward the front as he was in 3rd after one lap & was 2nd on lap 6.
On lap 9 Stremme overcame pole-sitter & race long leader Ken Coats Sr. for the
lead & win. Greg Musser motored up from 11th to finish 2nd. Tim Thurston (from
12th), Travis Rozner (from 15th), Jerry Holmes, Jason Rhoades (from 16th & the
tail on lap 14), Rick Reed (from the tail early on), Chris Singleton, Cody Dale
& Justin Holden rounded out the top 10. Both Dale & Holden recovered from a
being sent to the tail on lap 16.

Talk about wasting no time… Jerime Damron took the lead of the 20 lap Mini
Stock main on lap 2 from his 13th place starting berth! Fast qualifier Jim
Anglemyer started shotgun on the field & took over 2nd spot on lap 8. That duo
took off & made it a 2 car race to the finish… & quite a race that was as
Damron edged out Anglemyer by a mere .027 seconds! Although over 7 seconds
behind the leaders, 3-4-5 was quite a race too as Dale Oliver, Kevin Davis &
Jamison Corn were separated by only .237 of each other. Drew Davis, Wayne
Kline, Dustin Kline, Derick Davis & Brandon Mozader made up the top 10
finishers.

Check out the newly improved M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed,
family friendly show that is always done before 11pm. PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW TIME
SCHEDULE. DUE TO LATE ARRIVING CROWDS, WE HAVE BUMPED OUR STARTING TIMES BACK
AS FOLLOWS: 2PM GATES OPEN, 3:30-5:30 PRACTICE, 7:10 DRIVER’S MEETING, RACES
START AT 7:30! Join us Friday June 8 for a full 4-in-1 show of Dave’s Concrete
Late Models, Ausra Equipment Supply Pro Stocks, Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure
Stocks & Franger Gas Mini Stocks. Friday June 15 M-40 Speedway will be dormant
but Saturday June 16 will be a wild winged spectacular as the ISMA Super
Modifieds will be on hand for the Dion Parish Memorial along with the USA
Modified Series & the Wolverine Outlaw Midgets. Wednesday July 4 don’t miss the
2nd Annual Late Model Jones paying $30,001 to the 125 lap winner! There will
also be a huge aerial fireworks display! ALL ENDURO RACES FOR THIS YEAR HAVE
BEEN CANCELED! The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

MEMORABLE 1STS ON MEMORIAL WEEKEND AT M-40

May 30th, 2007

Therefore, of course, they had a 1st time winner at our track. The Dave’s Concrete Late Models had their 4th winner in as many nights while the Ausra Equipment Supply Co. Pro Stocks saw another new face in the Lane Automotive Victory Lane for the 3rd time in their 3rd night of competition! In order
those 1st time winners for 2007 at M-40 were Justin Claucherty (Trucks), Bobby
Stremme (Late Models), & John Long (Pro Stocks). The Old Hat Brewery & Grill Pure Stocks & the Franger Gas Mini Stocks had the night off but will be in action as part of a big 4-in-1 show Friday June 1 & June 8.

The Short Track Trucks Series made their inaugural visit to the M-40 Speedway &
they brought 14 good looking trucks ready to do battle on the 3/8 mile paved
high banked speed plant. The top 5 trucks timed in with just over 1/4 second
separating their qualification runs. Keith Wioncek set the track record for
that group with a 14.121 (95.602 mph) lap. The next two combatants were within
.071 seconds of that time! Their 8 lap heat races were taken by John Smalley &
Wioncek. Their 40 lap feature was very competitive and was slowed for just 2
minor caution periods. But there was action right down to the finish. John Culp
started on the pole & held the point for the 1st 22 laps when Justin Claucherty
took the lead & held it for good from lap 23 on. 17 year old rookie Darren Lane
held 2nd from the start until lap 19 when he fell back to 3rd until lap 26 when
he regained 2nd & held that position until lap 39-3/4 when there was an
incidental tap to the left rear bumper which sent the youngster spinning & dropped him to 11th in the finishing order. When the dust cleared, Justin Claucherty was the winner with John Culp the big beneficiary of the spin moving back up from 4th to 2nd. Chad Lennert & Keith Wioncek also moved
up ahead of Paul Schaffer who had been right behind his boss’ son (Lane) the entire race. I feel bad for both Paul & Darren as they ran a hard, clean race. 6-10 were John Smalley, Jim Idema, Josh Leo, Rod Morrison, & Dan Lenters.

Late Model qualifying has been the Jeff Vochaska show as he has posted fast
time every week. This week he set fast time at 12.719 (106.140 mph). However,
the rest of the field is catching on as there were 8 drivers in the 12 second
bracket tonight. 22 Late Models on the grounds required 3 heats & a Last Chance
race. Phil Bozell dominated heat 1 by nearly 3 seconds. However, there was a
hotly contested Mack Attack for 2nd as Al McGlothlen edged last week’s feature
winner Danny McEndarfer by only .018 at the stripe! The other heats went to
Bill Hartman & Lee Slaton. Matt Weenink had Eric McGlothlen all over his back
bumper as those 2 drivers advanced to the feature from the Last Chance race.
The Late Model feature was a 50 lap affair with the winner walking off with a
cool grand. The 1st lap had a scary moment as there was contact to the back of
Danny McEndarfer’s #11 which caused the overflow to come off from the fuel cell
causing large quantities of gas to spew out & his night ended early. 2 other cautions for single car spins slowed the action.

Roger Northrop Jr. grabbed the lead from the start with Bill Hartman trying hard to make the pass every lap but Roger out-motored him off the corners. This went on for the 1st 30 circuits until Bobby Stremme had moved up from 8th to take over 2nd on lap 31. Phil Bozell, up from 11th, moved by Hartman the next lap. Lap 34 Stremme appeared atop the leader’s board. The next lap Phil Bozell overtook Northrop for the runner-up spot. A classic side-by-side battle ensued between Stremme & Bozell all the way to the wire as the final margin of victory was only .122 seconds! It was a great race & they stretched the lead to 1.546 ahead of Phil’s dad (Andy Bozell) who had raced his way from 15th. Jeff Vochaska (from 16th), Northrop, Hartman, Jeff Ganus, Jerry Zachary, Al McGlothlen, & his son Eric McGlothlen rounded out the top 10.

The Pro Stocks have had 3 different feature winners & 3 different fast qualifiers in their 3rd night of action. Chris May came to the track for the
1st time this year in his pretty #8 & posted fast time at 13.853 (97.452 mph).
He was joined in the 13 second range by 5 other drivers. Steve Smith Sr. & Alex
Pratt picked up heat race wins. The main event went 40 laps with the lion’s
share of $750 going to the winner. Lap 1 had a multi-car pileup on the front
stretch which eliminated Stan Siczek & Steve Smith Jr. Lap 15 knocked out Eric
McCann & Chris Shannon. Laps 21 & 23 were the demise of Ron Carpenter & Steve
Smith Sr. Lap 23 saw a tangle between 2007 feature winners Rich Mersereau &
Robbie Ferrier. Ferrier had battled his way up from 15th to challenge for 5th
at the time. Both drivers restarted at the tail but only had 17 laps to get
back to the front. Burney Arnett, as he has done so many times in his long
career, started outside pole & set the pace the 1st 24 tours around the speedway until John Long made the winning pass to lead the last 15 laps.
Arnett & fellow front row starter, Alex Pratt, held on for 2-3 while fast timer & 16th place starter Chris May drove a great race to finish 4th. Gary Wyrick Jr., John (Robbie’s dad) Ferrier, Fred Reed, Rich Mersereau, R. Ferrier, & Mike Shewchuk rounded out the top 10. John Long drives one of Shewchuk’s cars & we are happy to welcome Shewchuk’s Advanced Property Management aboard as an Associate Sponsor for the Pro Stock class.

Check out the newly improved M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed,
family friendly show that is always done before 11pm. PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW TIME
SCHEDULE. DUE TO LATE ARRIVING CROWDS, WE HAVE BUMPED OUR STARTING TIMES BACK
AS FOLLOWS: 2PM GATES OPEN, 3:30-5:30 PRACTICE, 7:10 DRIVER’S MEETING, RACES
START AT 7:30! Join us Friday June 1 & June 8 for a full 4-in-1 show of Dave’s
Concrete Late Models, Ausra Equipment Supply Pro Stocks, Old Hat Brewery &
Grill Pure Stocks & Franger Gas Mini Stocks. Friday June 15 M-40 Speedway will
be dormant but Saturday June 16 will be a wild winged spectacular as the ISMA
Super Modifieds will be on hand for the Dion Parish Memorial along with the USA
Modified Series & the Wolverine Outlaw Midgets. ALL ENDURO RACES FOR THIS YEAR
HAVE BEEN CANCELED! The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located just
north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more
information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

MIX OF NEW & OLD AT M-40

May 23rd, 2007

This week he was joined by 6 other drivers in the 12 second bracket. Matt Bainbridge is also 3-for-3 at being the speediest of Pure Stock drivers when he qualified in at 14.833 (91.013 mph). Two other Pure Stock drivers broke into the 14′s. Jim Anglemyer has been the fastest Mini Stock driver 2 out of 3 tries when he stopped the clock at 14.686 (91.924 mph). He had 2 other competitors in his class in the 14′s as well. This was the 2nd week the Pro Stocks have raced this year & Robbie Ferrier had bragging rights for the 1st time this year when he set fast time at 13.877 (97.283 mph). Only 2 other Pro Stocks joined Robbie in the 13 second bracket.

Ferrier also drove from his 16th starting berth to grab his 1st feature win of the year. Danny Mackendorfer also nabbed his 1st Late Model feature win at M-40
Speedway. Both Jerime Damron (Mini Stocks) & Jason Rhoades (Pure Stocks) have won their division’s main events 2 out of 3 weeks.

Danny Mackendorfer started his winning ways when he jumped from the outside
pole to win the “A” Late Model heat. Just past halfway in that race there was
some excitement as Rick Van Houten & Doug True spun & Jeff Ganus & VanHouten
both dropped out. Bill Hartman dropped out of the “B” L.M. heat with 1 lap
completed & lap 5 was the bad one for this heat too when Ed Paul Jr. & Jerry
Zachary tangled while running 1-2 & Roger Northrop Jr. was docked for jumping a
restart. When it was all over, Lee Slaton scored the win in that heat race. The
other classes all ran their 8 lap heats without the need for a single caution
period. Kudos drivers! Steve Smith Sr. & Alex Pratt picked up the wins in the
Pro Stocks while Jerry Holmes & Bill Pierce won the Pure Stock heats. (Lou
Stremme was nipping at Pierce’s lead & lost by only .186 seconds)! Jerime
Damron took the Mini Stock heat.

In the Late Model 30 lap main event, Danny Mackendorfer started mid-pack but
came on strong to a healthy win of nearly 2.5 seconds in front of the pack… &
quite the pack it was! Fred Reed started on the pole but barely edged out Jeff
Vochaska (from 16th) by only .03 seconds for 2nd. Roger Northrop Jr. & Bill
Hartman were 4th & 5th with only .473 seconds between 2nd & 5th! Four yellows
slowed the race.

The Pro Stocks made up for cautionless heat races with an action packed feature. There was a yellow before a lap was completed, there was a yellow for
a lost hood, there was a single car spin, a 2 car spin (with another spinning
to avoid) & another caution for a spin that saw 5 drivers go to the pit area.
In total, the 25 lap main event was marred by 5 yellow flags & an attrition
rate of nearly 50% but when the checker flew it was a near photo finish! Thanks
to transponders & computerized scoring it was determined that fast qualifier
Robbie Ferrier beat polesitter Burney Arnett to the stripe by .048 seconds!
Steve Smith Sr., Rich Mersereau & John Long completed the top 5.

Lap 8 was not a good lap for the Rozner Racing Team in the Pure Stock feature.
Travis Rozner was black flagged for smoking while his dad (Scott Rozner)
dropped out at the same time. Fast qualifier Matt Bainbridge dropped out 4 laps
from the finish of the 20 lap affair. Jason Rhoades came from 10th to claim his
2nd feature win in this 3 week old season. Lou Stremme, Bill Pierce, Tim
Thurston & Jerry Holmes filled the top 5 spots.

The Mini Stocks ran their 20 lap feature with the yellow flag never coming out
of it’s spot in the flag stand. Jerime Damron dominated the field with 2nd &
3rd place nearly 5 seconds behind him & the next 3 cars down 1 lap. Rich
Hensley, Jim Anglemyer, Jamison Corn & Dale Oliver rounded out the top 5.

During intermission, the fans were treated to an on track autograph session
where they got to see the cars & stars up close & personal. It was also kids’
night & there were some nice prizes given out. Thanks to my daughter Chelsea
Beebe for picking up the results for me so I could write this story & thanks to
our score keeper Amy for the good notes about the happenings so I could make it
as entertaining as possible since I wasn’t there to see it myself!

Check out the newly improved M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed,
family friendly show that is always done before 11pm. Join us this Friday May
25 when we host a Memorial Day Special. Late Models will battle 50 laps with
the winner bringing home $1,000 & the Pro Stock winner will receive $750 at the
end of their 40 lap affair. The Minis & Pures will have the night off as the
Short Track Trucks will be on hand. Friday June 1 will be a full 4-in-1 show of
Late Models, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks & Mini Stocks & an Enduro Race is slated
for Sunday June 3. The fast high banked 3/8 mile paved oval is located just
north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more
information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

ICEMAN COOL ON SOMBER NIGHT AT M-40

May 15th, 2007

Scott Seaton’s 51 years came to a sudden end last Saturday night after a racing accident at Auto City Speedway. Scott’s crew chief, Ryan Potter, was on hand & was honorary starter for the sprint feature. Several other crew members were also on hand showing support for their brethren as they raced with heavy hearts. The 50/50 ticket sales came to $1,206. The Brown family (owners of M-40 Speedway) donated $603 to the Seaton family & the lucky winner also pitched in $100 of his $603. On the behalf of the Brown family & the entire M-40 & racing fraternity, we offer our sincerest condolences to the Seaton family, crew, friends, & fellow racers. Ike “The Iceman” Beasley came away with the AVSS Sprint feature while Fred Reed, Tim Thurston & Jerime Damron won the Late Model, Pure Stock & Mini Stock main events.

Last year the Auto Value Super Sprints came to M-40 Speedway on a very hot day
& veteran Jeff Bloom wowed the crowd when he dropped the track record to
10.475. Bloom was once again the top qualifier tonight when he turned a
sizzling 10.765 (125.406 mph). Chad Goff, Ike Beasley & Jason Blonde were also
in the 10′s & the entire 19 car field averaged over 117 mph (19th turned a
11.533)! Jeff “Rocket Man” Vochaska once again set the pace in Late Model time
trials with a 12.728 (106.065 mph). Danny Mackendorfer, Doug True & Jeff Ganus
also eclipsed the 13 second barrier. Matt Bainbridge is also 2-for-2 in being
the fastest Pure Stock qualifier at 14.972 (90.168 mph). He was the only Pure
Stock driver in the 14′s. Jerime Damron was also the only driver in his class
(Mini Stocks) to turn a sub-15 second lap at 14.855 (90.878 mph).

The pole position was definitely the preferred starting spot in all of the AVSS
Sprint heats as all winners set the pace every lap of their prelims. Dorman
Snyder scored heat one by nearly 1.5 seconds. Veteran Ron Koehler, who will be
70 years young the end of this month, beat Mike Ling to the stripe by a mere
.452 seconds in heat 2. Heat 3 had the narrowest margin of victory when Geoff
Kaiser edged Brian Lay by only .362 seconds. Fast qualifier Jeff Bloom rolled a
6 on the dice to set the 30 lap feature with a 6 car inversion. That put Brian
Lay & Jimmy McCune on the front row. The traditional 3 abreast feature wave lap
had the drivers & fans saluting each other with the #1 spot being left vacant
in tribute to Scott Seaton. Ryan Potter waved the green flag & Brian Lay set
sail. Before a lap was completed, a 3 car tandem spin in the 3-4 turns slowed
the field. A handful of single car spins caused enough caution laps that a
mandatory red flag fuel stop was necessitated.

Under a lap 20 caution, after leading every lap, Brian Lay was delegated to the
pits with a flat tire. Definitely a tough break as he was the man to beat. Ike
Beasley inherited the lead & never looked back as he led the final 10 laps for the win. Jeff Bloom settled for 2nd 1.371 seconds behind the winner. Jason Blonde was on the move. He started 3rd but had to go to the rear of the field early on & charged back to finish just .378 off Bloom’s back bumper. McCune & Bill Tyler rounded out the top 5.

The Late Model heats were won by Roger Northrop Jr. & Kevin Kosher in 8 lap
events that were both slowed only once for single car spins. The 30 lap feature
had enough action to keep things exciting. On lap 5, 2 cars tangled & were sent
to the rear of the field. One of the drivers went to the pits & rejoined the
field at the back while the other refused to go to the tail so he was sent to
the pits for the remainder of the race. On lap 9 there was a single car spin
which slowed the field for the last time. As the pack was coming for the
checker, Jerry Zachary & Roger Northrop Jr. tangled & were shown as completing
29 laps in 15th & 16th. Fred Reed led all 30 laps from the outside pole to take
the win. Fast qualifier Jeff Vochaska started 16th & was closing quickly but
had to settle for the runnerup position just .227 seconds behind. Matt Weenink,
Ed Paul Jr., & Jeff Ganus were 3-4-5.

Greg Musser & Matt Bainbridge came from the back row of the Pure Stock heat to
finish 1-2. Tim Thurston drove hard & used lapped traffic to his advantage to
claim the win in the 20 lap main event. Greg Musser, Jason Rhoades, Matt
Bainbridge & Jerry Holmes were the top 5 with only 3/4 second separating the
top 3.

Jerime Damron showed his dominance of the Mini Stock class with a clean sweep:
fast time, heat & feature wins. Jim Anglemyer was within .282 seconds in the
heat & .592 back in the 20 lap feature. Andy Kindig had a bad qualifying time
so he broke out in the heat which delegated him to the rear for the start of
the feature. He was 3rd in the feature ahead of Kevin Davis & Derick Davis.

Check out the newly improved M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed,
family friendly show that is always done before 11pm. Join us this Friday May
18 for a regular full 4-in-1 program featuring Late Models, Pro Stocks, Pure
Stocks & Mini Stocks plus it will be Kid’s Night & Autograph Night. Come see
your favorite cars & stars up close & personal for an on-track autograph
session. May 25 we will host a Memorial Day Special. Late Models will battle 50
laps with the winner bringing home $1,000 & the Pro Stock winner will receive
$750 at the end of their 40 lap affair. The Minis & Pures will have the night
off as the Short Track Trucks will be on hand. The fast high banked 3/8 mile
paved oval is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on
Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

SWEET OPENER FOR THE VOCHASKA FAMILY AT M-40

May 7th, 2007

There are new concessions, new paved areas, new fencing, & many more changes with fan enjoyment in mind.

It was a very sweet night for the Vochaska family as 2006 Champion Jeff Vochaska set a new track record in Late Model qualifying at 12.689 (106.391
mph) & then went on to win the 50 lap feature on opening night. Jeff’s dad (Ron
Vochaska) owns the 61V Pro Stock that Rich Mersereau piloted (literally
airborne at one time) to the win in the Pro Stock 40 lapper. Other big winners
on opening night were Jason Rhoades (Pure Stocks) & Jim Anglemyer (Mini
Stocks).

In other preliminary action, 2006 Pure Stock Champion Chris Shannon drove his
very pretty #8 Pro Stock to the top qualifying speed of 13.646 (98.930 mph).
Other top qualifiers were Matt Bainbridge in Pure Stocks with a 14.664 (92.062
mph) & Jim Anglemyer had his Mini Stock wound up for a 14.876 (90.750 mph) lap.
Cory Pressler moved up to the Late Model ranks & won the 1st heat while Kevin
Kosher & Jeff Ganus garnered the other Late Model heats which both went
caution-free. The 1st Pro Stock heat drivers were a little antsy as there were
2 cautions before there was one green flag lap but then drove the complete 8
laps without another yellow & Burney Arnett came out the victor just .26 second
ahead of Steve Smith Jr. Steve Smith Sr. scored the other Pro Stock heat with
both Rich Mersereau & Fred Reed were within less than 2/10 of a second behind
Smith in the green checker affair. Rick Reed blew away the field in Pure Stock
heat 1 while the race was for 3rd as Scott Rozner & Tim Pletz crossed the line in a photo finish with Roz earning the spot by .016 seconds. The 2nd Pure Stock heat saw Jerry Holmes get chased to the line only .070 ahead of Tim Thurston in another race that once it got started was never paused. The Mini Stock heat had some excitement after Derrick Griffin & Jerime Damron crossed the line 1-2, Rich Hensley spun across the line backwards only 1.75 seconds behind the winner setting up a smoke screen for the rest of the field.

2006 Late Model Champion Jeff Vochaska flexed his muscles early on in the
season to show his contenders that he means business again this year. The new
qualifying track record holder started at the back of the pack & overtook Lane
Automotive co-worker Bill Hartman for the lead on lap 31 of the 50 lap contest.
Hartman took the lead from the outside pole & led the 1st 30 circuits. Andy
Bozell, a former champ at this track & a few other local speed-plants, came
back from a lap 7 altercation to make a late race bid for the win. However,
Bozell was only able to come within 2/10 second behind Vochaska’s rear bumper &
had to settle for the bridesmaid position. Danny Mackendorfer, Hartman, & Kevin
Kosher filled in the top 5 spots.

The Pro Stock 40 lap feature was the next event on tap. Burney Arnett lead much
of the event while there was plenty of action behind him bringing out the
yellow several times causing a large amount of attrition. 50% of the 16 car
field did not finish. Lap 12 saw Al Maurer & Steve Smith Sr get locked together
coming off turn 4 while battling for 2nd & the duo’s night ended on the front
stretch wall under the flag stand. Rich Mersereau was the race winner but he
dodged a bullet earlier in the event when he accelerated off turn 4 faster than
Fred Reed did. They made contact & Mersereau’s ride got some good air under it.
All drivers regained control & drove off without a caution flag even being
needed! Mersereau drove to the Lane Automotive Victory Lane with 15 year old
fast qualifier Chris Shannon putting in an impressive Pro Stock debut in 2nd.
Robbie Ferrier, Fred Reed & Arnett were 3-4-5.

Jason Rhoades was the class of the field in the Pure Stock 25 lap feature.
Rhoades was clicking off laps more than 1/4 second better than the rest of the
field & drove away to a big win nearly 4 seconds ahead of NASCAR star David
Stremme’s dad Lou Stremme. Fast time setting Matt Bainbridge was 3rd ahead of
Cody Dale & Jerry Holmes.

The Mini Stock drivers did a fine job of completing their 25 lap main event
without the necessity of a single caution. Way to go young lady & gentlemen!
Fast qualifier Jim Anglemyer did not slow down in the feature & drove to the
front for the win ahead of Rich Hensley, Derrick Griffin, Jerime Damron, &
Derek Davis.

There was a large field of Late Models on hand causing the need for a B-Feature
which Fred Reed won ahead of Ty Hayes, Ken Lollar Jr., Nick Pressler, & Greg
Himes.

Check out the newly improved M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed,
family friendly show that is always done before 11pm. Join us this Friday May
11 as the Auto Value Super Sprint Series will be on hand along with our Late
Models, Pure Stocks, & Mini Stocks (No Pro Stocks). Friday May 18 will be a
regular full 4-in-1 program featuring Late Models, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks &
Mini Stocks plus it will be Kid’s Night & Autograph Night. Come see your
favorite cars & stars up close & personal for an on-track autograph session.
The track is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on
Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com

Sroufe Sets New World Record, Ganus Grabs the Gold

September 20th, 2006

It was quite a sight to see the creativity & diversity in the 73 cars that took qualifying times. Dirt Late Model star Terry Sroufe awed the crowd with his topless dirt Late Model sporting a huge side board. The car was nothing more spectacular than others there, but his driving it was just plain awesome. In hot laps he had jaws dropping as he was clocked at 10.996. When the actual qualifying happened, Mr. Sroufe had the car sideways & haulin’ the mail!!! His 1st lap was 10.993 (122.805 mph) & the 2nd lap was even better at 10.485 (128.755 mph). He was the fastest of the “10 Inch Tire” class which paid $200 plus he picked up the $800 bonus for going under 11 seconds. Furthermore, his time took over as the fastest lap ever turned by a non-open wheeled car on a 3/8 mile oval. Randy Sweet held the old record at Kalamazoo Speedway. On July 28 Jeff Bloom set the Auto Value Super Sprint record at M-40 Speedway with a 10.475 lap. Their old record was 10.80. Therefore, Bloom is the only driver to ever tour the speed-plant faster than Sroufe! It was truly impressive to watch both those gents nail laps like that. To further accentuate the speeds of this weekend, Scott Modert’s 12.703 was 21st fastest & put him on the tail of the B-feature. 3 weeks ago Jeff Vochaska set a new track record for Late Models with a 12.742. Therefore, the entire 20 car starting field for the A-main of the “Last Call” was under the existing record! 2nd fastest qualifier, Andy Bozell, only went 11.321 (119.247 mph).

The 1st race of the evening was the “Pure Stock Last Call” for the cars running on 8″ tires. The start of that race was like watching 18 cabbies trying to get out of New York City all at the same time. The field was totally inverted & Lou Stremme’s 14.757 (91.482 mph) set him shotgun on the field. When the green waved, the faster cars in the back immediately started shuffling through the pack going 3 & even 4 cars wide through the corners. Bob Metheny led the 1st 2 laps until Ty Hayes came from 9th to take over & lead laps 3-15. Stremme was a man on the move & was in 5th on lap 5 and hounded Hayes in 2nd from laps 7-15 when he made the winning pass. Stremme (from 18th) held on to win the 30 lap affair & take home $500 for his efforts. Hayes (from 9th), Jason Rhoades (from 16th), Matt Bainbridge (from 14th), Jerry Holmes (from 12th), Paul Pierson, Metheny, Rob Welch, Josh Smith & Byron Noble rounded out the top 10.

The 10″ Tire Class C-Main was next on the agenda. This race went 30 laps green to checkered caution-free. Steve Smith Sr. & Al Maurer started last but finished 1-2 way out in front of Burney Arnett, John Culp, Terry Laughman, Ronnie McLean, Lon Putnam, Bob Golubski, Les McLean, & Bubba Smith. Steve Smith Sr. scored $300 for the win.

The 40 lap 10″ Tire Class B-feature rolled onto the track next. Tony Stewart started on the pole in his newly acquired Pro stock that he just bought from John Ferrier. To his right was the Late Model of Shayne Tenace. This was Tenace’s 1st ever visit to the track & he was battling handling problems all day. Therefore, it could have been real ugly! There was a slight skirmish at the start but things settled down. Tenace managed to get things figured out & actually had the fastest single lap during the race at 13.137 but had to settle for 10th, 3 laps down. Robbie Ferrier made some nifty moves to advance from lucky #13 starting position to win the $500 top prize. Scott Modert (from 20th) was trying to chase down Ferrier but had to settle for 2nd .251 behind the leader. Tim Rugg (from 7th), Ottis Jennings (from 17th), Clayton Edney III (from 15th), Greg Musser, Gabe Hess, Larry Arent (from 14th), Mike Shewchuk (from 19th), & Tenace rounded out the top 10.

The 75 lap A-main was the last event of the evening & was started totally inverted also. Therefore, the field was paced by a pair of Ken’s as Kirby & Lollar were the 1st cars to take the green & new world record holder Terry Sroufe & Andy Bozell started at the tail. Fortunately, things calmed down from qualifying because I don’t think any of us could have held our breath that long! Still, 3 drivers (Andy Bozell 11.672, Lee Slaton 11.783 & Jeff Ganus 11.800) ran laps in the 11 second bracket during the race. 1/2 dozen or so caution periods slowed the race down & eliminated 9 of the 20 starters. Andy Bozell has been one of the top racers in the state over the past 2 decades & appeared to have the field covered after slicing through the pack from his 19th starting berth. He was putting on a driving clinic in Harry Foote’s car as he maneuvered around the track & lapped some stiff competition. With only a few laps remaining, Jeff Ganus made a move with his 19’11″ long car that was truly amazing as he shot past the lapped car of Jerry Zachary & leader Bozell in turn 4. Ganus (from 17th) held on for the $2,500 payday 2.391 seconds ahead of Bozell. John Long (from 12th), Terry Sroufe (from 20th) & Lee Slaton (from 15th) were the top 5 & the only drivers to complete all 75 circuits. 2006 M-40 Speedway Track Champion & track record holder Jeff Vochaska was 1 lap down in 6th. ARCA winner Phil Bozell was 7th (2 laps down). Many time track champion & 40 (or so) year veteran Harry Foote Jr. drove Andy Bozell’s car to an 8th place finish (3 laps down). Ron Coburn, Mark Wagner & Jerry Zachary are all past champions also & filled out the top 11 spots. It was a stellar field of cars & a very good show.

The Michiana Vintage Racers had their cars on display & also put on a couple of exhibition races.

This concludes the rookie season of promoting for the Brown family. It has been a pleasure working with them & I think 2006 will go down in the record books as a success. Many improvements have been made with many more planned for the future as the Brown family & the staff & management at M-40 Speedway looks forward.The track is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com. A banquet is in the works for the 1st part of November probably but details are unsure at this time. See ya there & in 2007!

Shannon, Wilcox & Vochaska Crowned M-40 Champs

September 5th, 2006

Because it was Season Championship night, there was no need for qualifications since all races were lined up by points. All races except the 1st race out which was a make-up Late Model feature which was postponed due to rain on August 25. The outcome of this race would determine some crucial points for the line-up of the Season Championship feature & ultimately year long points battle. Jeff Vochaska had set a new track record last week so he was set deep in the field as we had a 16 car inversion. The co-leader in the points race, Jeff Daugherty was starting just enough ahead of Vochaska where the driver of the 45 could keep his sights set on the 44. Hired gun Richie Jackson drove the Ron Coburn machine flawlessly from the front row to lead every lap but there was plenty of excitement behind him. The 30 lap affair was dotted with several caution periods. Daugherty escaped doom early on when attempting to pass Brandon Zachary & the 2 cars touched sending Daugherty into a spin. It was ruled that Zachary would resume at the tail while Daugherty was awarded his spot back. However, lap 16 was Daugherty’s downfall when he & Bill Lux Jr. got tangled up with the spun machine of Fred Reed. All 3 of those cars were done for that race at that point. The remaining 14 laps Vochaska just needed to stay clean in order for him to have the pole of the Season Championship race. Rich Jackson cruised to the win ahead of Mike Zordan, Ty Hayes, Jeff Ganus, Vochaska, Ed Paul, Jerry Zachary, Ken Lollar Jr., John Long & Hank Miller.

The next race out was the 30 lap Pure Stock Season Championship feature. Chris Shannon started on the pole & led all 30 circuits but there was plenty of action in this race too. Racing for position behind the leader was furious & positions were traded often. Shannon won the race ahead of Jason Rhoades in what used to be his uncle Jeff’s car. Tim Thurston ended up a distant 3rd but he was only .228 ahead of Jerry Holmes who was only .137 ahead of Matt Bainbridge. 6-10 went to Scott Rozner, Justin Holden, Todd Roberts, Cody Dale & Chris Whitby. The season long points top 10 were as follows: Chris Shannon 4226, Tim Thurston 3853, Scott Rozner 3693, Jerry Holmes 3685, Jason Rhoades 3648, Gary Wyrick Jr. 3505 (missing the last 2 weeks with a broken foot), Travis Rozner 3451, Cody Dale 3383, Brooke Musser 3376, & Jeff Rhoades 3011.

The Pro Stock Season Championship 40 lap feature was next. Unfortunately, I do not know where anybody started any of the races. However, I do remember that Ron Maynard Jr. started shotgun on the field of this race in Tim Craig’s car because he was low points man for the 23 car race. Maynard was on a mission & drove an excellent race to march through the pack to finish 4th. Robbie Ferrier had the fastest car & won the race. Todd Wilcox battled his ill-handling car to hang on for 2nd just edging out Rich Mersereau by .353. Maynard was 4th ahead of Chris Highbaugh, Chris Stamm Sr., Cory Pressler, Burney Arnett, Kevin Walker & Steve Smith Sr. The top 10 in points were: Todd Wilcox 4070, Robbie Ferrier 4007, Rich Mersereau 3631, Mike Shewchuk 3585, Chris Highbaugh 3580, Kevin Walker 3556, Chris Stamm Sr. 3527, Alex Pratt 3267, Burney Arnett 3103, & Cory Pressler 3091.

There was a lot of action in the #44 pits as the Daugherty crew & several others (including Vochaska’s) worked to get Jeff Daugherty’s car ready for the 50 lap Late Model Season Championship feature. With a borrowed radiator, Daugherty was able to start the race on the outside of the front row next to Jeff Vochaska. Daugherty had the jump at the drop of the green & took the lead. In the 1st 40 laps there was only one caution & the field was paced by a trio of Jeff’s… Daugherty, Vochaska & Ganus. However, lap 41 was the demise of Daugherty’s chance at a championship run. Rick Hahn Jr. spun on the front stretch. John Long took evasive action while Daugherty ran out of race track & had to be removed from the outside retaining wall via Broker’s Towing Service. The rest of the race was uneventful & Jeff Vochaska drove into the Lane Automotive Victory Lane with another feature win & championship added to his resume. Ganus was on his bumper throughout the run & finished there just .387 back from the leader. Ty Hayes was .311 behind Ganus. 4-10 went to Roger Northrop Jr., Rich Jackson, Lee Slaton, Jerry Zachary, Ed Paul, David Knowlton & Ken Lollar Jr. Jeff Vochaska won the championship with 3804 points, Jeff Daugherty 3736, Lee Slaton 3715, Jeff Ganus 3688, Jerry Zachary 3657, Roger Northrop Jr. 3632, Ken Lollar Jr. 3272, Rick Hahn Jr. 3264, Ed Paul 3236 & David Knowlton 2872.

The Super Mini Cup Cars were on hand & put on a very competitive exhibition race. No results were available at the time of printing. Drivers went through the stands & took a collection for Mickey Cornwell who was hurt in a horrendous crash during time trials last week which put him in the hospital & totalled out his brand new race car. Nearly $2,500 was collected. Thank you to all who contributed. After the races, some of the Pure Stock drivers sacrificed their cars to some of the track employees for an Employee Race. Patrick Bird was declared the winner ahead of (I believe) Greg Early & track owner Steve Brown. This race was cool for me as our scorer Amy made her 1st trip ever into the flag stand. She and my daughter Chelsea flagged the race. My dad flagged his 1st race at age 14. So did my 2 brothers & I. In 2003 my son Brett flagged his 1st race at age 14. Now, 9/1/06, Chelsea Beebe has flagged a race at age 14! The tradition continues! Pretty cool stuff! There was also an awesome fireworks display shot off to put a cap on an awesome rookie season for the Brown family. Many thanks to all involved in making their dream a reality.

An end of season special is being planned for Saturday September 16. The “Last Call Jones” will be an open competition show where the combatants will all run on any 10″ tire. Open to all SAFE stock cars (modifieds okay too – no Sprint cars). The 75 lap A-Main will pay $2,500 to win & $200 to start (20th). The B-Main will feature 20 cars running 40 laps for the $500 top prize & $100 to start. The C-Main is slated for 20 cars competing for the $300 top prize at the end of the 30 laps. The fastest qualifier on the night will receive $200 plus there is an additional $800 bonus if the fastest racer is under 11 seconds! DON’T MISS IT! The track is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com. A banquet is also in the works but details are unsure at this time.

Kline Kleans House in Mini Stock Special

August 28th, 2006

The pits being full and our 11pm curfew caused us to expedite the program even more than usual. We instituted a new way to qualify by having 6 or 8 cars qualify at the same time. This can be done through the use of transponders. It seemed to work quite well as we qualified a large field of cars in a short length of time. Unfortunately, we had a rather tragic event happen during Pro Stock qualifying. Mickey Cornwell was debuting his #7 Black Beauty. He was very fast as he set fast time at 13.793 (97.876 mph). He just barely missed breaking the current track record of 13.67. His final lap the throttle stuck as he entered turn 3 which caused the car to crash hard into the turn 3 outside retaining wall with the right front corner of the car. The car erupted into flames and slid down into turn 4 with the driver momentarily knocked unconscious. The fire was quickly extinguished & safety personnel professionally extricated Mickey from the car. He was taken to Three Rivers Hospital & then transferred to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. I spoke with his wife Ruth Saturday afternoon & she informed me that he has a broken hand, bruises & swelling all over his body, severely bruised foot & knee, & stitches in his right leg. There was some bleeding at the temple but that has stopped & scans showed no brain or internal injuries. The car is most likely totaled out but we are thankful that Mickey will be okay. Mickey & Ruth are very thankful for everybody that helped before, during & after the accident. Dustin Kline was the fastest of the visiting Mini Stocks with a 14.200 (95.070 mph). Mark Shook visited from Kalamazoo Speedway & set fast time in Pure Stocks at 14.856 (90.872 mph). Jeff Vochaska set a new track record in Late Model qualifying when he stopped the clocks at 12.742 (105.949 mph).

Because we had a full show scheduled, it was decided to not run any dashes & the heat races were cut to 8 laps. Gary Jonow, Andy Kindig, Jerime Damron & Dustin Kline won Mini Stock heats. Tony Stewart edged Cody Dale by .413 in heat 1 while Jason Rhoades beat Lisa McFadden by .346 in heat 2 for the Pure Stocks. Terry Laughman & Ron Maynard Jr. (in Tim Craig’s car) both brought home their 1st heat wins of the year in Pro Stocks. Gary Chapman nosed out Steve Smith Jr. by a mere .052 in heat 2. Bob Paul Jr. finished just .386 ahead of Kurt Russell in Late Model heat 1. Rich Jackson (in Ron Coburn’s car) & Brandon Zachary won the other LM heats. The Mini Stock B feature ended up being a close 2 car race. Paul Mishler Jr. grabbed the checker .036 ahead of Gary Jonow. Cindy Stremme scored the Pro Stock B main only .162 in front of John Ferrier.

The 30 lap Mini Stock special was a caution riddled event that attrition took it’s toll as well. Tim Barrick took the early lead & held it through lap 4. Jerime Damron led laps 5 through 14 when Dustin Kline marched to the front from his 16th starting spot & led from the halfway crossed flags to the checkered flag. Greg Earl started 15th & finished 2nd. Wayne Kline (from 13th), Damron (from 7th), Jamison Corn, Derrick Griffin, Andy Kindig (from 19th), Tim Barrick, Matt Gross, & Aaron Bridwell rounded out the top 10. 13 of the 24 starters were unable to complete the distance.

15 year old Chris Shannon wrapped up the Pure Stock points title as he won his 5th feature of the year. Tony Stewart took the initial lead & held it through lap 8 when Shannon took over & never looked back. Josh Smith snuck past Stewart with 5 to go in the 15 lapper & they held the 2-3 spots to the finish. Rob Welch drove the best race of his M-40 career to place 4th ahead of Jason Rhoades, Jerry Holmes, Cody Dale, Tim Thurston, Matt Bainbridge & Brooke Musser the top 10. 2 drivers that appeared to give Shannon his biggest challenge, Mark Shook & Lloyd Brooks, both dropped out with 7 laps to their credit.

The Pro Stock 25 lap main was next up with 18 starters & 18 cars finished all 25 laps. Chris Highbaugh started on the pole & took off at the drop of the green. He held the lead the 1st 20 laps until he drifted high in 4 & Rich Mersereau made a clean inside pass for the lead & win. Highbaugh held 2nd in front of Kevin Walker, Josh Trammell, Ron Maynard Jr., Steve Smith Sr., Steve Smith Jr., Howard Litaker Jr., Robbie Ferrier & Chuck Maggio rounded out the top 10.

The Late Models took to the track & just as the green was waved, the skies opened up & drenched the track. Therefore, next Friday September 1 we will start the night with the make-up Late Model feature and then go into our Season Championship program capped off with a spectacular FIREWORKS display. Don’t miss it!

Heading into the September 1 Season Championship races, the top 5 in points are as follows: Pure Stocks; Chris Shannon (3976), Tim Thurston (3623), Gary Wyrick Jr. (who missed this week & maybe next week with a broken foot 3505), Scott Rozner (3475), & Jerry Holmes (3460), Pro Stocks; Todd Wilcox (3830), Robbie Ferrier (3757), Rich Mersereau (3401), Mike Shewchuk (3377), & Chris Highbaugh (3360). The Late Model race is the tightest as it is up for grabs by many racers. Jeff Vochaska took the lead by setting fast time but Jeff Daugherty beat Vochaska by enough in the heat to tie it up! The Jeffs both have 3534 points, Lee Slaton (3489), Jerry Zachary (3425), & Jeff Ganus (3423).

September 1 will be the final points race of the year, the Season Championship Race for all 3 classes. Plus we will shoot off a spectacular FIREWORKS display. Don’t miss any of the action as the season winds down!

An end of season special is being planned for Saturday September 16. The “Last Call Jones” will be an open competition show where the combatants will all run on any 10″ tire. Open to all SAFE stock cars (modifieds okay too – no Sprint cars). The 75 lap A-Main will pay $2,500 to win & $200 to start (20th). The B-Main will feature 20 cars running 40 laps for the $500 top prize & $100 to start. The C-Main is slated for 20 cars competing for the $300 top prize at the end of the 30 laps. The fastest qualifier on the night will receive $200 plus there is an additional $800 bonus if the fastest racer is under 11 seconds! DON’T MISS IT! The track is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Rain Postpones Mini-Stock Special at M-40

August 20th, 2006

We also had a full field for our regular classes as there were 14 Pure Stocks, 15 Pro Stocks & 20 Late Models that had taken their qualification laps & more that were unable to qualify but were trying to be ready by race time. Therefore, nearly 100 drivers were at the driver’s meeting & ready to race. As soon as the meeting ended, the skies opened up & a light but persistent rain drenched the racing surface. The forecast called for this to continue throughout the evening so management was forced to postpone the event until Friday August 25. Qualifications had been completed but since no racing events were run, it was decided to just call the whole show a wash. No qualifying points nor money will be paid for the 18th & all cars must re-qualify on the 25th.

August 25 was scheduled to be just a regular 3-in-1 show but the Mini-Stock drivers on hand agreed to come back to try again for the $300 to win 30 lap A Feature. The B Feature will be 15 laps for $150 to win. Pure Stocks, Pro Stocks & Late Models will also be on hand doing battle in the points championship.

Heading into August 25, the top 5 in points are as follows. Chris Shannon leads the Pure Stocks with 3716 points. Gary Wyrick Jr. is 211 behind the leader, Tim Thurston (307 back), Scott Rozner (447 back), & Jerry Holmes (478 back). Todd Wilcox leads the Pro Stock contingent with 3609 markers. Behind Todd are Robbie Ferrier (85 behind), Mike Shewchuk (436 behind), Rich Mersereau (458 behind), & Chris Highbaugh (491 behind). The Late Model race is the tightest as it is up for grabs by many racers. Jeff Daugherty’s 3330 points is only 22 ahead of Jeff Vochaska, 41 ahead of Lee Slaton, 105 ahead of Jerry Zachary & 122 ahead of Jeff Ganus.

September 1 will be the final points race of the year, the Season Championship Race for all 3 classes. Plus we will shoot off a spectacular FIREWORKS display. Don’t miss any of the action as the season winds down!

An end of season special is being planned for Saturday September 16. The “Last Call Jones” will be an open competition show where the combatants will all run on any 10″ tire. Open to all SAFE stock cars (modifieds okay too – no Sprint cars). The 75 lap A-Main will pay $2,500 to win & $200 to start (20th). The B-Main will feature 20 cars running 40 laps for the $500 top prize & $100 to start. The C-Main is slated for 20 cars competing for the $300 top prize at the end of the 30 laps. The fastest qualifier on the night will receive $200 plus there is an additional $800 bonus if the fastest racer is under 11 seconds! DON’T MISS IT! The track is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com

Zachary’s Trade-up to Late Models Pays Off

August 6th, 2006

Chris Shannon topped the Pure Stock qualifiers with a 14.689 (91.606 mph). Wilcox showed his hand early when he was the only Pro Stock qualifier in the 13′s at 13.947 (96.795 mph). Jeff Vochaska was the only Late Model in the 12′s with a 12.997 (103.87 mph) time trial.

Thurston barely edged out Bill Pierce by .053 in the Pure Stock dash. Robbie Ferrier drove a great race to win the Pro Stock dash. Jeff Ganus had the car slung sideways at the stripe as he was the 1st car across in the Late Model dash. In the 1st Pure Stock heat, Jerry Holmes was putting the heat on Brooke Musser but she hung on for the win by 1/2 a second. Chris Shannon spanked the field in the fast Pure heat by 2.581 seconds. Justin Holden drove one of the few steel bodied Pro Stocks to claim the win in Pro Stock heat 1. Eric McCann was McMost in the 2nd Pro heat. Fred Reed, Eric McGlothlen & Jeff (sideways again) Ganus scored the Late Model heats.

The Pure Stock field was short this week as at least 3 competitors broke last Friday night & Matt Bainbridge broke before the races tonight. 5 of the starters in the 25 lap feature were not around for the checker. Cody Dale led the 1st lap but Tim Thurston wasted no time driving to the front from row 3 to lead laps 2-25 for the win. Chris Shannon drove up to challenge but had to settle for 2nd, .458 behind the winner. Gary Wyrick was a strong 3rd only .43 behind Shannon while Jason Rhoades was only .33 behind Wyrick! Cody Dale, Brooke Musser, Rob Welch, Lisa McFadden, Travis Rozner & Jerry Holmes filled out the top 10.

Todd Wilcox & Robbie Ferrier were the fastest 2 cars in Pro Stock qualifying & they did a fine job driving up from 10th & 9th for the 1-2 finish in the 30 lap feature. Attrition was a big factor in this class also as 1/2 of the 16 starters were DNF’s. Behind Wilcox & Ferrier were Cindy Stremme, Eric McCann, Gabe Hess, Mike Shewchuk, Justin Holden, Chris Highbaugh, Chuck Heron & Rich Mersereau was credited for 10th.

2 Late Model rookies paced the 35 lap feature. They both had fine finishes too. Brandon Zachary lead every lap to win his 1st ever Late Model main event. Jeff Ganus rode the high side to come up from 9th for 2nd just .485 behind BZ. Bill Hartman was well rested after being on vacation all week & drove a good race to place 3rd. Rick Hahn Jr. had his best race to date & was 4th followed by David Knowlton, Ron Coburn, Ken Lollar Jr., Jeff Vochaska, Roger Northrop Jr., & Bobby Stremme was 10th. There was plenty of action in this race also as 7 competitors were unable to take the checker.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed, family friendly show that is always done before 11pm. This Friday August 11 will feature a full 4-in-1 show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks along with the VROA Vintage Coupes & Coaches. Coming Friday August 18 we will have a Mini Stock Special along with our regular 3 classes. An end of season special is being planned for Saturday September 16. The “Last Call Jones” will be an open competition show where the combatants will all run on any 10″ tire. Open to all SAFE stock cars (modifieds okay too). The track is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Fedewa Flies to AVSS Sprint Win; Bloom Rewrites Record Book

July 30th, 2006

Towards the end of Sprint qualifying, Curt Shumaker came out and wowed the crowd with a 10.955 (123.231 mph) & a 2nd consistent lap of 10.959. Then young Tyler Underwood went 10.936 (123.446 mph). One of the last qualifiers on the evening was Jeff Bloom. He is married to my sister Linda and the old man will be turning 57 Tuesday August 1. He rattled off an amazing 10.475 (128.878 mph)! The near capacity crowd gave their roaring approval.

In the regular M-40 Speedway classes, Chris Shannon posted top Pure Stock time at 14.747 (91.544 mph). Greg Musser opted for a jockey with substantially less left side weight to wheel his #21 Pro Stock & Lee Slaton drove the Musser machine to the fast time of 14.023 (96.270 mph). (Gotchya Greg!!!).

In other preliminary action, Matt Corliss won the Pure Stock dash while Todd Wilcox edged out Fred Reed by .160 seconds to take the Pro Stock dash. AVSS does not run a dash. Cody Dale copied Wilcox by winning the 1st Pure Stock heat by .160 over Travis Rozner while Tim Thurston scored heat 2. Pro heats went to Gary Chapman by a decisive margin, Chuck Maggio in his 1st ever visit to the track edged out Kevin Walker by a mere .036, & Josh Trammell made his 1st visit of the year fruitful by claiming the fast heat. The 1st AVSS heat was chalked up by Tommy Fedewa in an impressive look at things to come. He could put the car anywhere, high or low, & it would go. He won by 3.415 seconds over ageless 68 year old Hank Lower. Dorman Snyder picked up heat 2 while Scott Seaton scooted to heat 3 laurels. The Pro Stocks had enough cars to necessitate a B-main which Gary Chapman cruised in to win over Gabe Hess & Richard Geraghty.

We did things a little different for our 2 regular divisions in the features. There was an 8 car inversion. We had extra laps & extra money. Plus, we threw in a “Double Down” where the leader at halfway could opt to restart at the tail &, if he or she came back to win, the winner’s pay would double. 1st on the agenda for features were the Pure Stocks. Randy Pressler left the track in a puff of smoke when the Brett Beebe power-plant let go. That brought out the 1st caution on lap 10. Jerry Holmes had paced the field the 1st 6 laps until Jason Rhoades took over to lead laps 7-9. Matt Corliss then took the point & held the lead to the halfway break. A suspicious puff of smoke out of Corliss’ car turned out to be nothing to worry about. Corliss, Jeff Rhoades & Chris Shannon all refused the Double Down option claiming that the track was too slippery to make a comeback from the rear so we resumed with the same order as before the red flag. Corliss picked up with the lead but 2nd place Jeff Rhoades retired to the pits with apparent electrical problems. There were no more cautions in the 2nd 1/2 of the race & the leaders separated themselves from the rest of the field. Lapped traffic did an awesome job of holding their lines as there were occasions when the leaders mixed it up 3-wide with lapped cars & nobody touched. Corliss held serve until lap 28 when Chris Shannon took over for good. The teenager showed why he is our point leader as he made the pass & staved off all challenges for the lead & win. The 40 lap victory was worth $750 to the winner. Corliss made a heckuva last lap charge to finish .104 back from Shannon. Jason Rhoades was a distant 3rd 5.612 seconds behind the winner. 4-10 went to Gary Wyrick Jr., Tim Thurston, Travis Rozner, Jerry Holmes, Cody Dale, Matt Bainbridge, & Brooke Musser.

In the Pro Stock feature, John Long drove Mike Shewchuk’s other #6 to lead every lap for the win. At the halfway break of the 50 lap affair, Long, Todd Wilcox & Fred Reed (in another Shewchuk machine) all declined the Double Down challenge. Lap 32 brought out the only unscheduled caution for an Alex Pratt spin. Long held off challenges from points leader Todd Wilcox the entire distance for the $1,000 victory. 3-10 were Lee Slaton, Robbie Ferrier, Kevin Stewart (in Andy Coulter’s former ride), Fred Reed, Rich Mersereau, Burney Arnett, Kevin Walker, & Steve Smith.

Fast & furious. That sums up the action for the Auto Value Super Sprint feature. The group of 19 brave souls completed their 30 lap feature in just 6 minutes & 19 seconds exactly! That is dicing in & out of traffic averaging about 120 mph! Those guys are insane! I sure hope no fans got up to go the bathroom… if they did they missed a great race! Leslie, MI’s 3rd generation racer Tom Fedewa did a fantastic job maneuvering lapped traffic to take the lead & win from Chad Goff who had lead the 1st 23 circuits on the fast 3/8 mile high banked paved oval. Goff fought off a “bad tight” condition to hold on for 2nd over a hard charging New Track Record holding Jeff Bloom. Our printer was running out of toner but I believe 4-10 were claimed by Johnny Scherer, Jason Blonde, Tyler Underwood, Bill Tyler, Ryan Katz, Curt Shumaker, & Ryan Litt. Thank You AVSS drivers, crews, & officials for a fantastic show! It was nice to see some old (really old) faces I haven’t seen in years & a privilege to meet a lot of nice new people. A very nice group to work with.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed, family friendly show that is always done before 11pm. Tentatively this Friday August 4 will feature a full 3-in-1 show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks along with Race For Kid’s Sake Kid’s Night plus the chance to see the cars & stars up close & personal with an on-track autograph session. Coming August 11, the VROA Vintage Coupes & Coaches will join our regular classes for a full 4-in-1 show. The track is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Rhoades Roars to $500 Pure Stock Payday

July 25th, 2006

In preliminary action, Chris Shannon snared the $25 & 25 point bonus for being fastest qualifier in the Pure Stocks with a lap of 14.572 (92.643 mph). The same bonus is offered each week in all 3 classes. Todd Wilcox was the bonus baby in the Pro Stocks when his #8 clocked in at 13.902 (97.1 mph). Racin’ Ron Coburn rattled off a 12.984 (103.974 mph) for the fastest Late Model time trial. Next week we should see the winged sprints turning laps in the 10 second range!

The Pure Stock dash was taken by Tim Thurston, a mere .008 seconds over Scott Rozner & only .171 ahead of Matt Corliss! Mike Garver (Pros) & Lee Slaton (LM) were the other dash victors. Cody Dale & Jerry Holmes won Pure Stock heats. Gabe Hess & Eric McCann claimed the wins in Pro Stock heat action while the Late Model heat winners were fellow Lane Automotive employees Mike Zordan & Jeff Vochaska.

The Pro Stocks were the 1st feature event. For the 2nd week in a row, Burney Arnett took advantage of his front row starting position to pull off the win. Cindy Stremme started on the pole & finished 2nd. Robbie Ferrier made a charge up from 13th to take 3rd in front of Howard Litaker Jr., Kevin Walker, Eric McCann, Mike Shewchuk, Alex Pratt, Todd Wilcox (from 16th) & Rich Mersereau (from 15th) rounded out the top 10. The 30 lapper was slowed by 3 caution periods.

Late Models took to the track next for their 35 lap main event. Like Arnett, Jeff Ganus also used his outside front row advantageously as he won his 2nd feature of the year here. Ty Hayes rode in for 2nd ahead of Jeff Vochaska (from 9th), Ken Lollar Jr., Jeff Daugherty (from 13th), Jerry Zachary, Eric McGlothlen, Ron Coburn (from 15th), Mike Zordan (from 16th), & Brandon Zachary (from 14th) rounded out the top 10. 4 yellows were displayed in this event.

The Pure Stocks had a special 40 lapper which paid $500 to win. 3 yellows slowed the event & we were also trying to beat the intermittent sprinkles. It was 10:00pm when the double checkers flew over Jeff Rhoades who raced his way to the front from his 13th starting spot. $500 made his 3rd win of the year put a big smile on his face! Rhoades took the lead on lap 29 when he passed his nephew Jason Rhoades. Jason started 8th and led laps 7 through 28. He followed unc to the checkers ahead of Matt Corliss (from 11th), Chris Shannon (from 14th), Gary Wyrick Jr. (from 10th), Tim Thurston (from 9th), Scott Rozner (from 12th), Jerry Holmes, Travis Rozner (from 7th & then the tail), & K.C. Foote filled out the top 10.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed, family friendly show. This Friday July 28 will feature the wickedly fast winged warriors of the Auto Value Super Sprint Series at the fast 3/8 mile high-banked asphalt oval. The Late Models have the night off but the Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks will round out the full 3-in-1 show with a special “Double Down” program. Pros will go 50 laps for $1,000 to win. At the halfway point, the race will be red flagged & the leader will be asked if he (or she) wants to go double down.

That means the leader would restart at the tail & be racing for double… That’s right, if the leader restarts at the rear halfway through the 50 lapper & wins, the pay doubles to $2,000 to win! Pures will race 40 laps for $750 to win. Or… if the leader at halfway says double down, and wins, then that racer will pocket $1,500! DON’T MISS IT!!! The track is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Rain Halts M-40 Action; Super Sprints are Coming

July 15th, 2006

This show has now been pushed back to Friday July 21 so the Pure Stocks will still get the chance to dice it up for the big bucks!. The following week will be a barn-burner! The winged Auto Value Super Sprints Series will be invading the fast high-banked 3/8 mile asphalt oval while the Late Models take a night off. Pure Stocks & Pro Stocks will round out the full 3-in-1 show. Don’t miss it – Friday July 28 – mark your calendars to be at M-40 Speedway!

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed, family friendly show. 14 year old Chris Shannon is currently leading the Pure Stock points race chased by Gary Wyrick Jr., Jeff Rhoades, Tim Thurston & Travis Rozner rounds out the top 5. Todd Wilcox, Robbie Ferrier, Rich Mersereau, Kevin Walker, & Mike Shewchuk make up the top 5 in Pro Stock points. Lee Slaton is #1 Late Model points getter thus far with Jeff Daugherty, Jerry Zachary, Jeff Vochaska, & Roger Northrop Jr. in hot pursuit.

The track is located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Shannon, Arnett & Hayes Haul in M-40 Mains

July 8th, 2006

Jeff Rhoades continued his dominance of Pure Stock qualifications as he picked up yet another $25 & 25 point bonus for his fast lap of 14.617 (92.358 mph). Todd Wilcox was the quickest Pro Stock for the 2nd time this year with a 13.866 (97.360 mph). He was the only driver in his class in the 13 second bracket. Jeff Ganus stretched his string of being the speediest to 5 consecutive weeks as the pretty #5 Late Model was once again the only car in the 12′s at 12.923 (104.465 mph).

In preliminary action, Jason Rhoades used his outside pole starting position to his advantage as he drove to the Pure Stock dash win. This was even after a crash with K.C. Foote & the outside retaining wall on the initial green flag which gave Rhoades white wall tires on the passenger side! Fred Reed followed suit by winning the Pro Stock dash from the #2 slot. Lee Slaton showed originality when he won the Late Model dash from the pole. In the 1st Pure Stock heat, 16 year old Three Rivers High School’s Brooke Musser motored to her 1st ever win doing a fine job driving up from 7th starting spot to win by over 2.5 seconds. Jeff Rhoades raced from shotgun on the field to win the fast Pure Stock heat. Burney Arnett came up from row 3 to take the 1st Pro Stock heat. Fred Reed also won after starting in the 3rd row of the fast heat. Lou Stremme & Ty Hayes both won the Late Model heats from the front row.

After the intermission/autograph session, the Pure Stock 25 lap feature was the 1st main event of the night. In his 1st race this season (driving Randy Pressler’s #70 land yacht), Brett Beebe had the opportunity to lead the race for a couple laps. However, the big dogs were on the loose & soon overtook the point. Jerry Holmes led laps 3-9 before being black flagged for going under his qualifying time. Jason Rhoades then took command and held the top spot until lap 14 when Chris Shannon shot ahead & held on for the rest of the distance. At the end of 25 laps, Shannon scored his 2nd feature of the year (from 12th) ahead of Jeff Rhoades by .146 (from 13th), Gary Wyrick Jr., Jason Rhoades, Tim Thurston, Travis Rozner, Brooke Musser, Cody Dale, Brett Beebe & Zach Leer rounded out the top 10. Only one yellow slowed the action. Travis Rozner added some excitement as his cool down lap was HOT… very hot as his car erupted into a ball of flames & stopped exiting turn 4 to bring out the red flag immediately after the checker. The driver was uninjured.

The Pro Stocks also did a fine job as they drove 30 laps with only one caution period. Burney Arnett overcame Eric McCann on the initial start & the outside pole starter showed the pole starter the way for all 30 laps. At the finish it was Arnett, McCann, Rich Mersereau (from 14th), Kevin Walker, Todd Wilcox (from 16th), Howard Litaker Jr., Robbie Ferrier (from 15th), Fred Reed (from 12th), Gabe Hess, & Terry Laughman rounded out the top 10.

The Late Models were also very well behaved. After a spin at the initial attempt to start the race, the 18 starters had a complete restart & drove 35 laps green to checkered caution-free! Jerry Zachary zoomed to the front from the pole & led the 1st 21 tours of the speedway. Ty Hayes took over to lead lap 22 & all subsequent laps from that point on to win from his 7th starting berth. Jeff Daugherty made some bold late race moves to capture 2nd (from 6th). Jeff Vochaska advanced the most positions by finishing 3rd (from 11th) ahead of Ken Lollar Jr., Jerry Zachary, Jeff Holden, Lee Slaton, Ed Paul, Mike Zordan & Ron Coburn rounded out the top 10.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. Friday July 14 will be a Pure Stocks special as they will race 40 laps for $500 to win. Coming July 28 the Auto Value Super Sprints will invade the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Rhoades, Wilcox & Zordan Zoom to M-40 Mid-Season Championships

July 1st, 2006

Rhoades scored a clean sweep on the evening’s activities in the Pure Stock class. He started the night by setting fast time with a 14.567 (92.675 mph). Jeff also won the fast heat while Tim Thurston picked up the other heat win. This night should help Rhoades improve his 4th place point standings. It was a bad night for the Rozner family as the father-son duo (Scott & Travis) were tied with each other for 6th in the points & both experienced problems (dropping liquid on the track) & were unable to finish the feature. Because it was Mid-Season Championship night, all classes were scheduled for extra laps. Jeff Rhoades wasted very little time moving up from the back of the pack to take the lead & 30 lap win from his nephew Jason Rhoades. Jason was a very emotional winner last week, just 2 days after his wife’s grandfather passed away. Her grandma, Janice Haley, was in attendance this week & Jason hoped to win another one for her. It would have been story book. However, Jason had a good run & had to settle for 2nd. 3-10 went to Tim Thurston, Gary Wyrick Jr., Jerry Holmes, K.C. Foote, Chris Shannon, Travis Shoemaker, Brooke Musser & Cody Dale.

For the 1st time this year, Kevin Walker picked up the $25 & 25 point fast time bonus for the Pro Stocks when he clocked in at 14.011 (96.353 mph). Mike Shewchuk chalked up heat 1 while Todd Wilcox won the fast heat & 40 lap Mid-Season Championship feature. Wilcox padded his points lead with a very good night. Rich Mersereau has been the man that has been super hot lately with 4 feature wins in the last 6 weeks prior to tonight’s action. Rich would have loved to win another for his mother (her birthday was June 29) & his sister (her birthday was June 30). However… You guessed it… he finished 2nd just .234 behind Wilcox & he was knocking on the door for much of the race. Robbie Ferrier was only .503 behind the leader in 3rd. Early leader Burney Arnett was 4th followed by Greg Musser, Howard Litaker Jr., Kevin Walker, Cindy Stremme, Cory Pressler, & Chris Highbaugh rounded out the top 10. The race was red flagged when Chris Stamm Sr. was involved in a lap 15 turn 4 accident & required medical attention for a banged up knee. The knee was iced & he did not need to go to the hospital. Hopefully the car will be fixed & he will be back in action next week.

The Late Model division has been divided equally for fast qualifier honors among 2 drivers. Jeff Vochaska set fast time the 1st 4 weeks, then we didn’t have time trials in week 5, & the last 4 weeks Jeff Ganus has been the speediest driver at the track. This week Ganus was the only driver under 13 seconds when he turned a 12.860 (104.977 mph) lap. Jeff Daugherty & Ken Lollar Jr. were heat victors. Mike Zordan made his 1st visit of the year last week for the Late Model Jones driving the Richard Reiter 5R. He loves the track & can now be known as the 2006 Late Model Mid-Season Championship titlist. Because of curfew, impending fireworks, & many cautions, the main was shortened from 50 laps to 35 laps. The race got off to a very rocky start. After 2 unsuccessful attempts to get the race started, we went single-file. Rick Hahn Jr. & John Long were both shown as DNF with one lap to their credit. Long’s car received massive damage as he hit the wall head-on right before the flag stand. Another caution flew on lap one for a single car spin. Lap 8 saw the yellow unfurl for debris on the front stretch. On lap 11, Bobby Stremme was a gentleman & “tapped out” (took blame) for spinning the #29 of Roger Northrop Jr. Therefore, Northrop got his spot back & Stremme took the tail. 5 laps later Northrop spun by himself while running 7th. Lap 24 was a mess! Lou Caposey spun in turn 4 & brought out the caution. A chain reaction on the back stretch found Bill Hartman with heavy front body damage (& a later geyser from his radiator while stopped at the start/finish line), Fred Reed was in the back stretch wall & Ken Kirby’s car was parked under the #45 of Jeff Vochaska. Vochaska’s rear bumper was right in the windshield of Kirby’s car. When the dust settled, 14 cars took the checker & there were 8 DNF’s. Zordan opened up a big lead & won by 2.111 seconds over Bobby Stremme who recovered nicely after the lap 11 incident. Jeff Vochaska & Fred Reed drove their war weary cars to finish 3-4. Points leader Lee Slaton was 5th ahead of Ken Lollar Jr. (who was in a classic battle for 2nd before being shuffled back), Jeff Daugherty, Jerry Zachary, Ed Paul & Northrop rounded out the top 10. Zordan was the 8th different Late Model feature in 9 weeks.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. Friday July 7 will be Kid’s Night & fans will have the chance to see the stars & cars up close & personal with an on the track autograph session. July 14 the Pure Stocks will be in the spotlight as they will race 40 laps for $500 to win. Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Bozell $10,000 Richer, Pockets LM Jones Cash

June 26th, 2006

The Tony Raines Fan Club sweetened the pot by giving a $500 bonus to the fastest qualifier. There was an additional $500 to be payed if the fast qualifier could win from the back. Curt Spalding scored the $500 when he beat a stellar field of super stars with the fastest lap of 13.033 (103.583 mph). Spalding took the challenge & started at the back of the pack. However, unfortunately for the Lane Automotive Circle Track product Manager, his night was ended on lap 10 & he didn’t get to visit the Lane Automotive Victory Lane & missed out on the $11,000 payday. It truly was a great accomplishment to be the fastest qualifier. In addition to $500, Spalding received a very nice trophy to commemorate his efforts.

Buck Hale was 16th fastest, just .176 back from fast time. His 13.209 put him on the pole for the 100 lap race. Hale held the lead the 1st 7 laps before he mysteriously dropped out. Fast qualifier Spalding’s demise came 3 laps later. Still attempting to get lap 10 in, Jeff Ganus spun & was allocated to the tail. There was a caution on lap 32 for a Daniel McEndarfer accident. Lap 32 also showed a tangle with Jeff Daugherty & Jeff Ganus.

NASCAR star David Stremme’s little brother Bobby (who has made a name for himself in ASA) was having all kinds of problems & his night ended after 46 laps. Lap 82 had an exciting moment as the leaders were about to put Ed Paul down a lap, Paul spun just inches in front of Bozell on the front stretch. By this time some of the drivers had taken a liking to the outside groove & were moving toward the front. On lap 93, Joe Bush was shown on top the leader board as he edged in front of Bozell on the outside.

The duo fought hard. Lee Anderson, Bush’s teammate, had been hounding Bozell for several laps prior to that. It was on lap 93 that Anderson’s green & white #18 came to a stop on the front stretch with rear end problems. Under caution, he limped to the pits with his night ended. His teammate, who had just taken the lead, also came to the pits with a cut tire. Bush’s night wasn’t ended but his hopes for pocketing $10,000 were disintegrated.

The crew did an expedient job of changing the tire & Bush rejoined the field at the back of the pack. One lap later there was a spin involving the 5th & 6th place cars of Eric McGlothlen & John Long. Just 6 laps from the finish of the 100 lap grind & John Long showed what a gentleman he is by taking the blame & put himself to the tail while McGlothlen got his spot back. Classy move Mr. Long! When the double checkers flew at the end of the 100 laps it was Andy Bozell Sr. etching his name in the record books with the $10,000 Late Model Jones win.

Among some of Mr. Bozell’s credentials in his illustrious 24 year racing career are: 9 time Kalamazoo Speedway NASCAR Late Model Champion, 3 time Galesburg Speedway Champion, 3 time Mottville Speedway Champion, 3 time M-40 Speedway Champion, 3 time Kalamazoo Klash winner (wins worth $10,000 & 2 at $15,000), New Paris Speedway Summer Sizzler $20,000 winner, & 7 big enduro wins worth a combined enduro total of $75,000! & now… 2006 Late Model Jones $10,000 winner! Congratulations & may I have a loan?!?

The top 15 all completed 100 laps. Behind Bozell was David Knowlton (from 7th), Jeff Ganus (after starting 15th & restarting from the rear twice… great drive young man!), Dave Sensiba (from 11th), Eric McGlothlen, Jeff Holden, Brian Ross, Richie Jackson, Jeff Vochaska, Ron Coburn, Harry Foote Jr. (from 22nd), John Long, Joe Bush, Ed Paul & Jeff Daugherty rounded out the top 15.

The B-main was a historic event as 3 generations of starters got together on the flagstand. All 3 started flagging races at age 14. It was a very nice privilege for me to be joined by my dad (Dick Beebe) & my son (Brett Beebe). My dad got his start on the flag stand at Galesburg Speedway in 1947, I waved my 1st flag at Berlin Raceway in 1976, & Brett flagged with me at M-40 Speedway (formerly known as Thunder Valley Motorsports) in 2003 & part of 2004. It was a proud moment for all 3 of us! Thanks to Steve Brown for the opportunity to do something so memorable & thanks to my super assistant Shawn McLaughlin for stepping down for this one race. Jack Landis won the 30 lap B Feature over Daniel McEndarfer, Bob Wroblewski, & Jeff Daugherty, earning those 4 drivers a starting spot in the A-main. Steve Needles, Michael Thayer, Bill Hartman, Jerry Andrews, Jon Van Doorn, & Harry Foote Jr. filled out the top 10 B-main finishers. Provisional starts for the A were given to Harry Foote Jr. & Ed Paul. Buddy Head drove from 8th to 1st in only 9 laps & held on to win the 25 lap C-main. Rich Hardy was 2nd, Ron Maynard Jr. (from 11th), Mike Zordan (from 15th) edged out Justin Hopwood at the line for 4th by .015!!! 6-10th went to Steve Smith Sr., Ken Lollar Jr., Mike Bubba Brooks, Ralph Havens, & Bob Paul Jr.

On the behalf of the Brown family, the staff & management of M-40 Speedway, we want to say THANK YOU to everybody who helped make the biggest race of the track’s history, the 1st Annual “Late Model Jones”, a huge success. We are Jonesin’ for the 2nd annual race already! Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. Friday June 30 we will celebrate this writers’ 22nd anniversary of my 22nd birthday with Mid Season Championships capped off with FIREWORKS! Friday 7/7 will be Kid’s Night & fans will have the chance to see the stars & cars up close & personal with an on the track autograph session. Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Rhoades Reaps Harvest with Heavy Heart

June 26th, 2006

In qualifications, Jeff Ganus was the fastest for the 3rd week in a row. His Late Model was the only car under 13 seconds at 12.873 (104.871 mph). Brandon Zachary zipped off a 13.831 (97.607 mph) to be the fastest Pro Stock again &, after a couple week hiatus from the fastest Pure Stock status, Jeff Rhoades returned to the #1 qualifier position with a 14.699 (91.843 mph). Each of those drivers received a $25 cash bonus as well as 25 points.

With 31 Late Models on hand prepping for “The Late Model Jones” 100 lapper (which ran the next night) the competition was tough. Portage, MI hot-shoe Andy Bozell Sr. took advantage of his 5th fastest qualifying time to win the dash. 2005 Late Model Champion, Roger Northrop Jr. won heat 1. Kalamazoo Speedway regular Daniel McEndarfer won heat 2. New Paris Speedway driver Ty Hayes topped the fast heat. Ken Kirby crashed hard in that race but he & the crew worked hard to make it back for Saturday’s race. In the A Main, Ohio’s Jack Landis leaped to to the early lead from his pole starting position & never looked back. In fact, the top 3 finished as they started but there was plenty of action behind them. The 35 lap affair was slowed 4 times. Andy Bozell Jr. had his night end on lap 11 with the car in the front stretch wall. Harry Foote Jr. & Roger Northrop Jr. made it 24 laps. At the finish, Landis won over Ken Lollar Jr., Doug True, Bozell Sr. (from 10th), Hayes (from 8th), Jeff Vochaska (from 14th), Jon VanDoorn, David Knowlton (from 13th), Jeff Ganus (from 15th) & Jeff Daugherty rounded out the top 10. A B-main was necessitated & flyin’ Brian Ross roared to victory in that 20 lapper from his 7th place berth. Fred Reed, Craig Everage, Scott Ross & Ralph Havens were the top 5.

Robbie Ferrier didn’t have one of his best qualifying attempts but he sure did have a strong Pro Stock in the racing program as evidenced by his dash & fast heat wins. The other heats were won by Gabe Hess & Burney Arnett. We had 23 Pro Stocks so a Last Chance race was run & 4 drivers advanced out of that race into the A-main. Mike Shewchuk beat teammate John Long. John Ferrier & Chris Highbaugh hauled in the other transfer spots. Rich Mersereau has become a very good driver & a force to reckon with in the Pro Stock ranks. Mersereau started 11th & methodically used the high groove to make most of his passes en route to his 4th feature win on our 8th night! There was a caution before we had a lap in but after that it was all clean & green. 2-time defending Champion Gary Chapman started on the pole & led the 1st 16 laps. After that it was all Mersereau. At the end of 30 laps Mersereau won by 4.182 seconds over Robbie Ferrier (from 9th), Todd Wilcox (from 13th), Chapman, Howard Litaker Jr., Buddy Head (from 12th), Ed Knight, Eric McCann, Cory Kruzel & Cory Pressler rounded out the top 10.

Jason Rhoades started the memorable night well by winning the Pure Stock dash by a mere .088 in front of Scott Rozner. Tim Thurston & Jerry Holmes scored the heats. With 1 feature lap in the books there was a tangle in turn 3 which eliminated the hopes of K.C. Foote & Jerry Holmes. 4-wide entering turn 3 usually does not work too well! The driver deemed responsible for the accident was allocated to the back of the pack. Rookie drivers Cody Dale & Brooke Musser started on the front row & did a very good job. Dale held the lead for the 1st 7 laps of the 20. Tony Stewart took over for the next 5 rounds before Jason Rhoades roared up from 10th to the top spot to lead laps 13-20. Fast qualifier (& Jason’s uncle) Jeff Rhoades used the top groove to make his charge from 16th to 2nd where he stayed for laps 18-20. Gary Wyrick Jr. (from 11th), Travis Rozner (from 12th & then the tail), Travis Shoemaker, Brooke Musser, Bill Pierce, Tim Thurston, Cody Dale & Zach Leer were 3-10.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. Friday June 30 we will celebrate this writers’ birthday with Mid Season Championships capped off with FIREWORKS! Friday 7/7 will be Kid’s Night & fans will have the chance to see the stars & cars up close & personal with an on the track autograph session. Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Ed Paul Picks Up First-Ever LM Feature Win

June 17th, 2006

Last week’s Pure Stock fast qualifier & rollover victim came back this week to once again post the fastest time trial for his class with a 14.551 (92.777 mph) lap. In the dash, Scott Rozner was unable to make the call so 7th fast qualifier K.C. Foote took advantage of Rozner’s misfortune as the 4th generation racer picked up his 1st ever M-40 win. Prior to 6/9 action Chris Shannon was leading the points. Gary Wyrick Jr. took over the lead. Those 2 battled in the dash & Shannon edged Wyrick out for 3rd by a mere .015 seconds! Bill Pierce was posted as the 1st heat winner while Jeff Rhoades rallied for the fast heat victory. Tim Thurston led all 20 laps of the feature but by no means was it a “gimme” win. The 1st 3/4 of the event the 1st time feature winner was receiving pressure from Jerry Holmes & Travis Rozner. Several times Rozner was alongside Thurston but never enough to make the pass. On lap 15, the only caution flew for a Cody Dale & Brooke Musser tangle in front of the leaders as they were coming through the 3-4 turns. 2nd place running T. Rozner was collected in the accident causing enough front end damage to retire his vehicle for the rest of the night. From that point on, fast qualifier Shannon put the pressure on Thurston but the youngster had to settle for 2nd as Thurston was not to be denied of his 1st ever main event win. The margin of victory was only .237 seconds. Jerry Holmes held on for 3rd over Travis Shoemaker, Scott Rozner, Jeff Rhoades, Gary Wyrick Jr., Cody Dale, Rob Welch & T. Rozner was scored as 10th.

Brandon Zachary once again zoomed to the fastest Pro Stock qualifying lap with a 13.892 (97.178 mph). Mersereau was most in the dash & fast heat. Burney Arnett won the exciting 1st heat. Steve Smith Jr. made the event exciting by spinning in lap 4 & then made a charge from the rear. At the finish, Chris Highbaugh, Chris Stamm Sr., & Smith were 3 wide for the 3-4-5 spots with only .032 seconds separating them! The feature was slowed by 3 minor cautions but the racing action was intense. Burney Arnett led from the pole & held the top spot for the 1st dozen circuits. Steve Smith Jr. took command & the 2005 Pure Stock champion appeared to be on his way to his 1st ever Pro Stock feature win at M-40. However, Mr. Mersereau had something to say about that & the Rich got richer as he pulled off his 3rd win of the night. Right after the lap 18 restart, Mersereau was right behind Smith & measured him up for the winning pass as he only led laps 24 & 25. Mersereau won (from 13th) over Smith (from 7th), Arnett, Todd Wilcox (from 15th), Robbie Ferrier (from 14th), Chris Stamm Sr., Mike Shewchuk, Kevin Walker, Chris Highbaugh, & John Ferrier rounded out the top 10.

For the 2nd week in a row, Jeff Ganus was the fastest pilot on the grounds as he was the only driver in the 12′s this week when his #5 Late Model tripped the clock at 12.866 (nearly 105 mph). Jeff Vochaska will be able to redeem his certificates when he returns to work Monday morning at Lane Automotive as the Lane employee landed the loot for the dash win. Heats were garnered by Ken Lollar Jr., Scott Ross, & K.C. Foote’s grandpa, Harry Foote Jr. The 35 lap A feature was slowed by 5 caution periods. Ed Paul led the entire distance. Early on he received pressure from Bill Hartman & Mickey Cornwell. In the later stages Foote had marched up from mid-pack to hound the leader to no avail. Paul won his 1st ever feature over Foote by .181 seconds. Cornwell & Hartman finished 3-4 in front of Roger Northrop Jr., Ron Maynard Jr., Lee Slaton (from 17th), Tim Bullis, Ron Coburn (from 15th), & Jeff Daugherty rounded out the top 10. Because 28 Late Models were on hand prepping for next week’s big “The Late Model Jones”, we needed to run a B feature. Jerry Zachary was a wire-to-wire winner. Steve Stacy beat Buddy Head by a hair for 2nd by only .014 seconds!

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. There will be a regular 3-in-1 show Friday June 23 but coming Saturday June 24 will be the biggest race ever held at the speedway as we play host to “The Late Model Jones”. The Late Models will be racing 100 laps for a possible $11,000 payday. Plus there will be an awesome FIREWORKS display! Friday June 30 we will celebrate this writers’ birthday with a full 3-in-1 show capped off with FIREWORKS! Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Photo: Late Model Feature winner the 101 of Ed Paul (Dennis Woods)

M-40 Speedway To Host Lane Automotive/Holley Challenge Series June 16

June 13th, 2006

In addition, Allstar Performance has provided a certificate good for a 4 x 8 sheet of aluminum for all Challenge Night winners. Special hats and racing shirts are also part of the winner¹s package as well as other racing related products. Winning drivers will be featured in ads placed in local racing publications. Lane Automotive newsletters and websites will also highlight Challenge winners.

The Challenge, which has been contested at tracks in Michigan and Indiana for the past 11 years, will also have a make-up event at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI on August 5. Check out our newly updated website at www.laneautomotive.com for further announcements concerning the Challenge Series and to view photos of past Challenge winners in the image gallery section.

Photo: James Haney at an earlier race at Berlin.

New Names Among the Leader Board at M-40

June 12th, 2006

1st timers this year, Phil Bozell & Ron Coburn, also broke into the 12′s. In the Pro Stocks, Brandon Zachary & Robbie Ferrier had split the top qualifier title with each being fastest on 2 occasions. This week, Todd Wilcox was quickest with a 13.808 (97.769 mph). New names in the feature winner’s circle also as Jeff Rhoades won the Pure Stocks & Cory Pressler (Pro Stocks) each picked up their 1st main events of the year. Lee Slaton became the 1st repeat feature winner in the Late Models in 2006.

In preliminary action, Jeff Rhoades showed his hand early as he came from the back to lead the white & checkered flaps to win the Pure Stock dash. Andy Coulter went flag to flag for the Pro Stock dash & Jeff Daugherty did likewise in the Late Model dash.

The heat races were fast & competitive. Travis Shoemaker edged Travis Rozner by .647 in the 1st Pure Stock heat. Tim Thurston led all but laps 8-10 in the fast Pure Stock heat as Jeff Rhoades beat him to the stripe by .213 seconds! Justin Holden led all 10 laps of the 1st Pro Stock heat but Mike Shewchuk was only .244 behind him. The top 5 finished under a blanket, just .885 seconds of each other! Cory Pressler picked up the fast Pro heat. Fred Reed & Andy Bozell won the Late Model heats. 25 Late Models were on hand prepping for “The Late Model Jones” races slated for June 24 where the winner can possibly take home $11,000. Therefore, a Last Chance race was necessary. Jerry Zachary was the winner & John Long, Harry Foote Jr. & Mickey Cornwell also earned transfer spots into the A Main.

The Pure Stocks had a scary moment on the 1st lap as young Chris Shannon was involved in an accident coming off turn 2. Chris was moving up when he got into the outside guardrail & the car flipped down the backstretch & ended up in turn 3 on it’s roof bringing out the red flag & putting an early end to the point leader’s night. The driver crawled out of his race car unscathed. When the action resumed, 3 wide moves were the norm as the other drivers seemed unaffected by the misfortune of Shannon. Last week’s feature winner, Travis Shoemaker paced the field the 1st 9 laps until he was disqualified for going faster than his qualifying time. From that point on it was all Jeff Rhoades as the now beardless wonder mastered the high groove & drove from 13th starting spot to take his 3rd win of the night by over 4 seconds. The race for 2nd thru 5th was highly competitive with just .339 seconds separating those spots. 2-10 went to Gary Wyrick Jr., Harold Lock, Travis Rozner, ahead of his dad Scott Rozner, Jerry Holmes, Tim Thurston, Jason Rhoades, Casey Foote & Bill Pierce.

The Pro Stock feature was a caution riddled event that only saw 9 of the 17 starters finish the race that was shortened to 20 laps. When the dust settled, Cory Pressler led the last 1/2 of the race to edge out fast qualifier Todd Wilcox by .101 seconds! The rest of the top 9 were composed of Justin Holden, Andy Coulter, Rich Mersereau, Howard Litaker Jr., Eric McCann, Robbie Ferrier & Kevin Walker.

The Late Model feature was a fast paced event that only saw 2 cautions. Harry Foote Jr’s. #70 slowed & caused the car to get clipped & spin on lap 7. His night was done at that point. The other caution came on lap 27 for a 2 car accident. At the finish of the 30 lapper, Lee Slaton scored the win ahead of Jeff Daugherty, David Knowlton, Bill Hartman, Andy Bozell, Ron Coburn, Jeff Vochaska, Phil Bozell, Ken Lollar Jr., & Jeff Holden.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. This Friday June 16 will be a Lane Automotive / Holley Performance Challenge Night for all classes. There will be a regular 3-in-1 show Friday June 23 but coming Saturday June 24 will be the biggest race ever held at the speedway as we play host to “The Late Model Jones”. The Late Models will be racing 100 laps for a possible $11,000 payday. Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Long Lands First Ever Feature Win at M-40

June 6th, 2006

Gary Wyrick Jr. (Pure Stock), Andy Coulter (Pro Stocks) & Jeff Daugherty (Late Models) were the dash victors. In the 1st Pure Stock heat, Tony Stewart dropped a drive shaft while leading on lap 7. Bill Pierce did a whale of a job driving to the win after an altercation early on in the race. Travis Rozner rose to the top of the leader’s board in the fast Pure heat. Pro Stock heats were scored by Burney Arnett & Alex Pratt, his 1st ever win. Don Drury clinched his 1st ever win in the 1st Late Model heat & Harry Foote Jr. was the top lead foot in the fast LM heat.

Earlier in the evening, Travis Shoemaker was having all kinds of troubles. Before the Pure Stock feature he slapped on a borrowed carburetor and drove the pretty #71 to the Lane Automotive Victory Lane to become the 1st repeat winner in Pure Stock feature competition this year. Bill Pierce & Travis Rozner traded the lead back & forth a couple of times before Shoemaker took over & showed ‘em the way from lap 9-20 for the win over Gary Wyrick Jr., Jeff Rhoades, Jason Rhoades, Pierce, Chris Shannon, T. Rozner, Jerry Holmes, Scott Rozner, & Casey Foote rounded out the top 10.

NASCAR Nextel Cup driver David Stremme’s mom, Cindy Stremme, may have lead all 25 laps of the Pro Stock main event but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any action behind her! On lap 10, Andy Coulter’s & Eric McCann’s cars needed a bucket of cold water thrown on them as they were severely locked up on the front stretch. Both drivers were able to continue although McCann was able to complete just 16 of the 25 circuits. Lap 13 had a scary moment as Jason Weber was unable to get his disabled mount off the racing surface in time & Gary Chapman was caught up in a battle on the high side & slammed hard sideways into the back of Weber’s car. Chapman had the wind knocked out of him but was OK. Both cars were done for the night. The next lap Todd Wilcox cut a tire down & spun wildly in turn 3. His crew did a speedy pit stop & got him back out so he could still muster a top 10 finish. Lap 16 had Robbie Ferrier & Brandon Zachary battling for 8th when they made incidental contact relegating both drivers to the back of the pack. The remainder of the race was free of cautions & Stremme beat Cory Pressler by 2/10ths of a second. Chris Stamm Sr. had his best career finish in 3rd followed by Rich Mersereau (from 13th), Howard Litaker Jr., Mike Shewchuk, Chris Highbaugh, Kevin Walker, Wilcox & Alex Pratt, the top 10.

The Late Model feature had more excitement in the 3-4 turn on lap 8 than a lot of tracks have in an entire night! The yellow came out as Lee Slaton & Don Drury got together sending Drury spinning. At the same time Eric McGlothlen’s 1st time out this year ended in a blaze… literally! An oil line busted causing the #68 to ignite in a pretty big ball of fire & a trail of fire followed his car to where he stopped on the front stretch bringing out the red flag. While all this was going on, Rick Hahn Jr. had spun backwards into the 3-4 turn outside retaining wall. WHEW!!! A couple laps later another yellow was required for more oil dry to remedy a slick outside line. 3 more cautions for single car spins & we were done. Jerry Zachary led the 1st 5 laps then it was all John Long. Long’s 1st ever Late Model feature at M-40 was by a 2 second margin over Zachary, Jeff Daugherty, Harry Foote Jr., Ken Lollar Jr., Ed Paul, David Knowlton, Jeff Holden, Roger Northrop Jr., & Ty Hayes was 10th from 19th.

Fans of all ages got the chance to meet & greet their favorite drivers on the front stretch during intermission as we had an autograph session.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. Coming Saturday June 24 will be the biggest race ever held at the speedway as we play host to “The Late Model Jones”. The Late Models will be racing 100 laps for a possible $11,000 payday. Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Mersereau is a Man on the Move in M-40 Memorial Special

May 30th, 2006

For the 4th time in as many weeks, Jeff Rhoades & Jeff Vochaska were fast qualifiers for their divisions. Rhoades’ 14.621 (92.333 mph) was fastest for Pure Stocks while Vochaska’s #45 Late Model was the quickest car on the grounds when the clock was stopped at 12.857 (105 mph). Brandon Zachary had the fastest Pro Stock qualification on opening night but relinquished the top time trial spot to his buddy Robbie Ferrier the next 2 weeks. This week Brandon was back on top of the scoreboard with his 13.785 (nearly 98 mph).

In the preliminaries, Travis Rozner beat his dad to the stripes for his 1st ever win in the Pure Stock dash. 2004 & 2005 Pro Stock champion Gary Chapman edged out Rich Mersereau by a mere .075 seconds in the Pro Stock dash. Jeff Daugherty checked out on the field in the Late Model dash. Pure Stock heats went to Ken Coats & Chris Shannon. Andy Coulter, John Ferrier, & Kevin Walker won the Pro Stock heats. Ron Maynard Jr. & Jerry Zachary won the Late Model heats.

Although there were 5 combatants that dropped out of the Pure Stock 20 lap main event, the remaining 12 were all on the lead lap at the finish. Fast qualifier Jeff Rhoades was making a hard charge from the back to try to get his 1st win of the year. However, Gary Wyrick Jr. wanted it more! Wyrick took the lead on lap 8 & he held off Rhoades to pick up his 1st ever feature win by .212 seconds! Last week’s feature winner Chris Shannon came from the back TWICE to take 3rd ahead of Rob Welch & Ken Coats, the top 5.

The Pro Stocks were the featured division this week as they ran a $750 to win 50 lapper. Attrition played a huge factor but it wasn’t the length of the race that did the damage. A huge crash on lap one brought out the red flag and eliminated 6 of the contestants. About 5 other cars received some damage from the melee also. When action resumed, Richard Geraghty led the field for the 1st 8 laps until he dropped out during a lap 8 caution. Mark Blessing took over at that point and held the lead for the majority of the race. Laps 9-33 went caution-free with Blessing holding the point. The green came back out & Blessing held the lead until Robbie Ferrier took over on lap 40. Mersereau & Zachary both passed Blessing the next lap & set up a great final 10 laps. A final caution flew on lap 47 & bunched the field for a 3 lap shootout. Ferrier had a very fast car but Mersereau made a clean outside pass to lead the final 2 laps & win by .185 seconds. Meresereau’s 2nd consecutive feature win made him the 1st repeat winner for any of the classes so far this year. Since this was a big 50 lapper, I will list the top 10. Ferrier held on for 2nd over Brandon Zachary, Cory Pressler, Todd Wilcox, Gary Chapman, Kevin Walker, Cindy Stremme, Brian McFadden, & Mike Shewchuk. Blessing lost his transmission & ended up 12th, 7 laps down.

The Late Models also started with a bang in their 30 lap main event. A turn 3 crash on the 1st lap thwarted the efforts of Jeff Daugherty & Bill Hartman & retired their red racers. Ron Maynard Jr. took the lead at the drop of the green & held the point as we went without a yellow until lap 19 when the leaders caught slower traffic & an altercation while attempting to lap Rick Hahn Jr. cut the tire of Maynard Jr. Lee Slaton was the leader of laps 20 & 21 but he was under heavy pressure from Jeff Ganus & Jeff Vochaska. Ganus’ car was on a rail holding the outside line like it was glued down and he took the lead & the win. One last caution slowed the pack on lap 26 but Ganus checked out on the field the remaining few laps. Slaton held off the challenges of Vochaska for 2nd while Ken Lollar Jr. & David Knowlton rounded out the top 5.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. This Friday, June 2 we will host Kid’s Night & have an autograph session! Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Photo credit: Dennis Woods

A Family Affair at M-40

May 22nd, 2006

Jeff set fast time for the Late Models again & won the feature while his dad (Ron) owns the car piloted by Rich Mersereau who won the Pro Stock dash & feature. Richie’s parents have been long time friends of my family & they are two of Rich’s biggest supporters along with his sister. Congratulations to Bill Mersereau for finding somebody as sweet as Mary Jo. Nobody else could have lasted 39 years (May 20)! The Pure Stocks found 14 year old Chris Shannon following in his dad’s foot steps as the young speedster won his heat & 1st ever feature! Papa Kevin is the proud car owner / crew chief / FORMER driver.

M-40 Speedway initiated a new rule this week. Fast qualifier in each division is to receive a $25 & 25 point bonus. Jeff Rhoades gladly scooped that up in Pure Stocks with his 14.598 (92.5 mph) lap. Robbie Ferrier was the fastest Pro Stock qualifier again this week with a 13.747 (98.2 mph) lap. Jeff Vochaska’s Late Model flew in with a 12.855 (105 mph) and was the fastest of all contestants this week.

In Pure Stock preliminary events, Tim Thurston beat Chris Shannon in the dash while Shannon beat Thurston in the fast heat. Bill Pierce won the other heat. Rich Mersereau showed a little of what he had for the Pro Stock field when he roared to the dash win & was 2nd in his heat behind John Ferrier (father of fast qualifier for the class)! Chris Stamm scored the other Pro Stock heat. Late Model prelims showed Kenny Lollar Jr. on top of the scoreboard after the dash checkers flew. John Long & Bobby Stremme scored the heat wins.

Chris Shannon made some bold moves & used the high side like a seasoned veteran to drive his way to the front for an impressive win in the Pure Stock feature. Gary Wyrick Jr. had his best career finish in 2nd over Tony Stewart, Jason Rhoades, & Tim Thurston.

In the Pro Stock feature, Rich Mersereau also made some bold moves to get to the front in a very exciting race. On more than one occasion, there were cars 3-wide for the lead & throughout the pack. After the race was over, Mersereau parked the #61V atop turn 2 & kissed the spot on the backstretch wall where he crashed last year & suffered a broken sternum. 2nd fastest qualifier Brandon Zachary zoomed up from the back of the pack to place 2nd ahead of Bobby & David Stremme’s lead foot mama Cindy Stremme, Mike Shewchuk, & Burney Arnett rounded out the top 5.

The Late Model main event was exciting all the way to the finish. Jeff Vochaska’s fastest qualifying time delegated him to a 16th place starting position in the 30 lapper. The crafty veteran used the high groove to methodically pick off the competition. With just a couple laps left, Vochaska passed Jerry Zachary (Brandon’s dad) for 2nd & drove his way around leader Ron Maynard Jr. too. However, a spin by Rick Hahn Jr. brought out the caution and negated Vochaska’s moves as we revert back to the last completed lap. Therefore, the field raced back to the next restart with Maynard leading Zachary & Vochaska. No problem says Mr. Vochaska as he made the winning move on the last lap to beat Maynard by .314 seconds! Zachary held on for 3rd in front of Jeff Daugherty & John Long, the top 5.

The Vintage Racing Organization of America (VROA) Coupes & Coaches were also on hand for a non-points race. Larry Mollohan won the heat & after duelling back & forth with Tim Martin, settled for 2nd behind Martin in the feature.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. This Friday May 26 there will be a Memorial Weekend Special for Pro Stocks battling 50 laps for the $750 top prize plus Late Models, Pure Stocks & an awesome display of aerial FIREWORKS! Next Friday, June 2 we will host Kid’s Night & have an autograph session! Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Photo credit: Dennis Woods

M-40 Soggy But Specials Are Coming

May 14th, 2006

This Friday night, May 19, the Vintage Racing Organization of America (VROA) Coupes & Coaches will join us for their 1st racing program at the speed plant in 2006. Friday May 26 there will be a Memorial Weekend Special for Pro Stocks battling 50 laps for the $750 top prize plus Late Models, Pure Stocks & an awesome display of aerial FIREWORKS!

After 2 weeks of racing plus special bonus points for Car Show participation, the top 5 in points are as follows: Late Models; Lee Slaton, Jerry Zachary, Roger Northrop Jr., Steve Smith Sr., & Jeff Daugherty. Pro Stocks; Kevin Walker, Gary Chapman, Todd Wilcox, Robbie Ferrier, & Brandon Zachary. Pure Stocks; Tim Thurston, Chris Shannon, Jerry Holmes, Gary Wyrick, & Travis Rozner.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Shoemaker, Wilcox & Slaton are the Hot Shoes at M40

May 8th, 2006

The Pure Stock division was first in order for all events and their feature was a very exciting race to say the least! Tony Stewart led the field to the green but was soon overtaken by last week’s feature winner Jerry Holmes. Holmes held the point for the majority of the event. On lap 17 of the 20 lapper Travis Shoemaker made some fancy moves to go from 4th to 1st. 14 year old Chris Shannon reeled the leader in & actually used lapped traffic to make an apparent race winning move as he passed Shoemaker coming off turn 4 for the checkers. However, the youngster was on the gas a little too hard & spun himself out & crossed the line backwards… for 2nd! That’s right, Shoemaker passed Shannon back right before the stripe & won by a mere .056 seconds! Fast qualifier Jeff Rhoades was 3rd in front of Tim Thurston & Jason Rhoades. In their prelims, Shoemaker won the dash while heat wins were garnered by Tim Thurston & Shannon (his 1st career win).

The finish of the Pro Stock feature was not nearly as exciting as the Pure Stockers but the Pros started with a bang… literally! Before a lap was completed there was a big crash in turn 3 which eliminated 5 of the 21 competitors & brought out the red flag as the track was completely blocked. Nick Pressler took the initial lead but Burney Arnett took the top spot for laps 2-10. Todd Wilcox made his charge to the front from his 19th starting spot to lead lap 11 & the remaining 2/3 of the 30 lap affair. Last week’s feature winner, Kevin Walker, had to settle for 2nd, .224 behind Wilcox. Gary Chapman, Brandon Zachary & Arnett rounded out the top 5. In earlier action, Robbie Ferrier posted the fastest lap in time trials, Steve Smith Jr. won the dash, & heat wins went to Terry Kline & Chapman.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the lap by lap run-down for the Late Models so I can’t give a very detailed report. However, I do know there was a VERY hard crash right under the flag stand on lap 4 involving Rick Hahn Jr. & Steve Smith Sr. Smith took the brunt of the collision as he knocked the walk-through gate off it’s hinges at the hole in the outside wall by flag stand. I felt the impact in the flag stand! Smith was able to walk to the ambulance under his own power but definitely was not feeling too well… & the Scott Modert machine that Smith was driving has seen better days for sure. Lee Slaton used the outside groove to perfection as he moved thru the field to take the lead & win over Jerry Zachary, Kevin Koscher, Kenny Lollar Jr., & Jeff Ganus filled out the top 5. Jeff Vochaska once again posted fast time of the night in qualifications. Jeff Daugherty delivered in the dash while Rick Hahn Jr. & Ken Kirby collected the heat wins.

Join us at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.

Photo: Lee Slaton in Victory Circle by Victory Lane Photos, Dennis Woods

Stremme, Walker & Holmes Score in M-40 Opener

May 1st, 2006

Jeff “Rocket Man” Vochaska started things off in Late Model time trials with the fastest lap of 12.763. In other LM preliminary action, Jeff Daugherty won the dash while Jeff Holden & John Long jolted to the heat wins. Holden’s win was a thriller as he beat Scott Modert to Shawn McLaughlin’s checker by 9/1000 of a second! In the feature event, Mickey Cornwell & John Orr had their evenings cut short on lap 27 of the Late Model feature when they collided. Both drivers were okay. Bobby Stremme scored the $1,000 win in the 50 lapper over Ron Maynard Jr., Steve Smith Sr., John Long, & Harry Foote Jr. rounded out the top 5.

Brandon Zachary zipped off the fastest Pro Stock qualifying lap at 13.696. Kevin Walker got a taste of the new Victory Lane early in the evening when he drove to the Pro fast car dash. Burney Arnett & defending division champion Gary Chapman chalked up heat wins. Walker was on top of the 20 car field at the end of the feature event being chased by Rich Mersereau, John Ferrier, Robbie Ferrier (father knows best!), & Chapman rounded out the top 5.

Jeff Rhoades once again proved that he is going to be one of the top dogs in the Pure Stock class. He started the very good night off by setting fast time with a 14.483 lap. Then he won the dash with an outside pass on Tim Thurston to top him by .02 seconds! Mr. Rhoades then said let’s make the heat exciting also as he beat his nephew Jason Rhoades to the stripe by .07 seconds! Paul Thurston was a slacker since he only outran Tony Stewart by .09 in their heat! Unfortunately, the feature had to be cut short because of the 11:00 p.m. curfew. When the checker waved, leader Jerry Holmes was being pursued by Tim Thurston, Jason Rhoades, Gary Wyrick Jr., & Jeff Rhoades.

Many thanks go out to Shawn McLaughlin for filling in for me on the flag stand while I was home recuperating from April 20 foot surgery. Thanks to Shawn for also supplying me with the results! Thanks to Bill & Steve Brown for understanding my situation & allowing me to miss their opener. Congratulations on a successful opening night & I hope to see all of you at M-40 Speedway every Friday for an action packed show of Late Models, Pro Stocks & Pure Stocks. Check out all of the new improvements the Brown family has made to the fast high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval located just north of Jones & just south of Marcellus, MI on Highway M-40. For more information, visit us on the web at www.m40speedway.com.