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Posts in 'Flat Rock Speedway (2013)' Track

LEE-MILLER-DeMAGGIO-ABEL TOPS ON ALLEN CHEVY NIGHT AT FLAT ROCK (5-10-08)

May 14th, 2008

The 50 lap ARCA Moran Chevrolet-Miller Lite Late Model feature saw Eric Lee post his 2nd win of the season, and his second in a row at the track. With the top 10 drawing for position, Lee started 3rd, worked his way past early leader Ron Allen on lap 11 and never looked back on his way to victory. Greg Studt tried to reel in Lee, but settled for second spot. Allen was third, a fast-closing Paul Pelletier was fourth and Dennis Strickland came home fifth with a good run to the front. Roger Blackstock, Ricky Kargel, Jared Allison (in his first Flat Rock appearance), Chris Benson and Stan Yee Jr. completed the top ten. Lee set quick time for the 27 car field at 11:656. Sean Monahan captured the last-chance race, topping Dave Henneberry, Bill Litogot and Jeremy Vanderhoof, Georgia resident HeatherWilliams, Arnold Kirsch and Larry Smouthers. The top 4 moved to the main event.

Carleton, MI resident Jeremy Miller held back a late charge by Dennis Whisman to win the 20 lap ARCA Speedway Bar and Grille Figure 8 feature contest. Miller jumped out front from his number 1 starting position and sailed out front. Whisman, last week’s winner, closed the gap as the laps wound down and caught Miller with 4 to go. Dennis applied the pressure but to no avail as Miller scored the win. Third through seventh were nose to tail at the stripe, with Billy Earley, Greg Studt, Jerry Lee, Robbie Loving and Jeremy Vanderhoof finishing in that order. Dan Apperson, Anthony Terris and Randy Roberts were next in line to complete the top ten. Loving set the Loving Auto Care fast time at 20:565, with the heat wins to Miller and Scott Apperson.

Randy DeMaggio led from start to finish to win the 20 lap ARCA Greater Detroit Auto Auction Street Stock A main event. Randy stayed out fron the entire distance, besting Dave Tanner, Rich Frantz, Tim Moore, Derek Wiley, Regan Ford, Danny Slater, Kyle Worley, Dan Ford Jr. and Patrick Zorn. Rich Abel was up to the task as he notched the 15 lap B Main win over Jason Burkhart, Donald Burkhart, Jerry Farmer, James Rae, Joe Gramlich, Jim Kourtakis, Mike Hans, Chris Diovardi and Ian Jezylo in the race that went all green flag. Regan Ford topped the A Main cars in time trials at 13:319, with Jason Burkhart the fast B man at 13:865. Heat race winners were Wiley, David Kind, Rob Moore, Hans, Abel and Troy Brehmer. 42 cars were on hand.

One of the most popular nights of the year, Autograph Night, is set for next Saturday, May 17. Race fans will be permitted to walk onto the track and meet their favorite ARCA Late Model, Figure 8, Street Stock and 4 Cylinder drivers at “The Rock”. Time trials are set for 4:45, the on-track autograph session begins at 6:15 and racing gets the green flag at 7 p.m. The evening is being sponsored by UAW Locals 387 and 3000.

The following Saturday, May 24 is a big 100 lap Figure 8 feature, with Street Stock action also on tap, followed by Race Car Roller Derby! The Roller Derby event has a “jam” car up front, with his mission to complete a set number of laps in a certain time. Only problem—he has 4-5 jammers that will try to keep him from making those laps! Race time is 7 p.m. Saturday. Sunday, May 25 is the Pepsi-Autism Speaks 250 lap Enduro race and the 4 Cylinders at 1 p.m. The track phone number is 734-782-2480, or check the track website at www.flatrockspeedway.com

Post Qualifying Inversions Shows No Favor to Schroeder

May 9th, 2008

At the quarter mile ARCA sanctioned Flat Rock Speedway season opener on April 26th Schroeder qualified his #4 Dr. Kabot Orthodontics/Glass Unlimited of Westland Outlaw Late Model in the third position but re-drew eighth to start the race. After an uneventful night for a season opener, Justin managed a sixth place finish just missing out on a top five. The JMS Racing team then showed everyone this weekend that they had the fastest car as they grabbed the top spot in qualifying, but after the always eventful re-draw the team would have to settle for the eighth starting position. The tight racing action on the already small track makes passing extremely difficult so instead of pushing the issue with a fast car Justin settled for a seventh place finish and a car without a mark on it.

“We’ve had a couple decent finishes that were no where near where I think we are capable of finishing but that’s racing. We had a super fast car this weekend at Flat Rock but on the draw I had to start from a little deeper in the field and that’s were I finished. Sometimes the lottery works out for you and sometimes it doesn’t, it’s just one of those things. My sponsors, Dr. Kabot Orthodontics, Glass Unlimited of Westland, Victory Racing Parts, and All Star Performance have been great to work with and I really want to thank them for their support,” said Schroeder.

So far the Michigan native sits sixth in the Flat Rock championship standings
after two rounds in the books of the fourteen race season schedule. However, the season will really kick into high gear for the JMS Racing team as the first race of the five races that make up the Gold Cup Outlaw Late Model series at the Toledo Speedway begins on May 9th followed by race three of the Flat Rock season schedule.

“Out of the two tracks Toledo is my favorite and I think it fits our team’s style better as well. It is a bigger track, which hurts a guy like me that doesn’t quite have the power that some of the guys do but we have always seemed to run pretty good there. It’s a track that you have to let the race come to you and if it does, you have a good shot at a top five finish. We only got to test there once so it may take a little bit of tuning the chassis in but we should be alright,” stated Schroeder.

For more information including news, results, and multimedia on outlaw late model racer Justin Schroeder visit his website at www.justinracing.com. For information in regards to marketing and public relations issues contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 704-706-3666 or via email at cragle02@yahoo.com.

Smooth Sailing at Flat Rock

September 20th, 2006

Recently-crowned ARCA Street Stock B Main champ Lonnie York showed the way in the B-C Street Stock 20 lap feature, taking the lead on lap 16 to capture the victory. Ian Jezylo led the first 11 laps, with Patrick Zorn sneaking by on the inside lane to grab the lead on lap 12. That duo ran side by side for 3 laps, while York, Jim Selmi and fast qualifier Michael Kieffer (13:611) closed the gap quickly on the leaders. Lonnie got under Jezylo for second and when Zorn drifted high out of turn 4, he darted to the inside for the lead on his way to the checkered flag. Kieffer got to second as he reeled in the leader on the high side, but came up just short. Zorn was third, Selmi fourth and Jezylo fifth, followed by Troy Brehmer, Eric Hart, Jerry Farmer, Jimmy Rae and Kevin Stepinski.

The ARCA Toledo Factory Stocks made their second trip to Flat Rock this year, and a father-son battle developed early on for the win in the 20 lap main. Rick Cousino Jr. took the point at the green, but had pressure early on from his father, Rick. The elder Cousino made the pass for the lead on lap 12 and held on as Dennis Randall made a bid for the win in the closing laps. Cousino hung on at the stripe over Randall, Cousino Jr., Matt Ringger, Eric Huston, Toledo champ Dave Golembiewski, Cory McCaughey, Landon Schuster, Dale Hiner and Kent Jones. McCaughey set quick time for the 20 car field at 14:357.

Ida High School Senior Brad Turner put on a dazzling display of driving, coming from his 12th starting spot and taking the lead on lap 18 to win the 20 lap ARCA 4 Cylinder feature. The event went without a yellow and was very competitive throughout the contest. Kyle Worley led the first 3 laps, but a big pack of cars were battling for position behind him. Adam Maier rode to the high lane to grab the lead on lap 4 and stretched it out while 3-4 wide racing went on right on his bumper! Worley made the save of the night when he got pushed up high, making it 5 wide in the back-straight. Kyle hung on and kept his car straight, just missing the wall. Michael Giles and Turner steadily worked their way up to the front, using the high groove and lapped traffic to their advantage. Brad got by Giles and then Maier in turn 2 and motored by for the win over Giles, Maier, Shawn Bershback, division champ Bill Litogot, Mike Bershback, Paul Garcia, Brian Sylvester, Worley and David Price. 19 cars started the main event. Turner’s fast lap was 15:121.

2006 Michigan Legends champ Ryan Meldrum lived up to his exploits this year as he gave up the lead on lap 4 and came back to take the point again on lap 19 to win the 25 lap Michigan Legends Car feature. Jerry Warden controlled the game for 2 laps until Meldrum snuck by, with Ben Rouster grabbing the top spot on lap 5. Ben looked to be in control but lapped traffic and pressure from Levi Rouster and Meldrum kept things exciting. Meldrum, after dropping to third, darted into the lead on lap 19, while Levi closed in with 4 laps to go. The top 3 were under a blanket as Meldrum grabbed the win over Ben Rouster, Levi Rouster, Frank Jiovani, Rick Kilbourn, Warden, Barry Hartwell, Randy Gallagher Jr., Randy Gallagher Sr. and Scott Menlen. Meldrum, Jiovani and Levi Rouster took the heat wins.

A 24 car field of MCR Dwarf Cars made the trip to “The Rock”, with Illinois driver Greg Ihrke taking the win in the 25 lap main event. Nick Shanks held the point for 5 laps until Ihrke made his way to the front. A lap 10 red flag came out when Lou Thomson lost his brakes and did a quick roll in turn 4. He was fine but his car was done for the evening. Ihrke took charge and zoomed away on the re-start, but Mike McManman Sr. reeled in the leader in the final 3 laps, coming up just a car length short at the finish. Greg Campbell was third, Jeff Slayton fourth and Junior Gould fifth, followed by Vicki Schnabel, Jim Maher, Joe McManman, Charlie Holt and Mike McManman Jr. Maher set fast time at 12:853. Ihrke, Slayton and Joe McManman took the heat wins.

One race day remains on the 2006 Flat Rock schedule and it’s set for Saturday afternoon, September 30. The Pepsi 250 lap Enduro race and the ARCA 4 Cylinders will go at it for the final event of the season. Race time is 1 p.m. The following day, Sunday, October 1 is the date for the annual Flat Rock Historical Society Flea Market from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free to the grounds. For space rental information, please call 734-782-5220.

Pelletier Cranks It Up at Flat Rock

August 22nd, 2006

Pelletier, who has taken command of the Late Model point lead in the last month, took the lead from Greg Studt just before the ½ way mark on his way to the win. Studt motored out from his front-row starting spot in the 21 car field, while Paul worked his way from the fifth spot, using the outside lane to get by Studt for the lead. Pelletier sailed to victory over Studt, Jimmy Thiel, Dan Ford Jr. and Mike Jaynes, who made a late-race charge after falling back at the start. Michael Simko, Dick Barker, Justin Schroeder, Ron Allen and Steve Bunge completed the top ten. Jaynes posted fast time at 11:427, while Jeff MacZink, Barker and Thiel grabbed the heat race wins.

Ricky Kargel notched his 2nd win of 2006 via his victory in the 20 lap ARCA Casite Figure 8 feature event. Kargel, coming from 7th spot, grabbed the point from Cory Bussell early in the contest as heavy traffic in the 12 car inversion for the main event allowed him to build up a lead as he went on to the win. Second was Dennis Whisman, third was Jeremy Miller, fourth went to Robbie Loving and fifth was Troy Herrmann, followed by Randy Cronenwett Jr., Jeremy Vanderhoof, Chuck Pankow, Billy Earley and Rick Romanini. Vanderhoof was quick man at 20:821 on the Figure 8 course. Miller and Dan Apperson were the heat race winners.

Another driver seeking his first track championship took a big step forward Saturday night as Steve Cronenwett Jr. posted his 5th win in the last 7 events, taking top honors in the 25 lap ARCA Subway Sandwiches Street Stock feature. A great 4-car battle for the lead took place as leader Tod Sturgeon Jr., Terry Humphrey, Cronenwett and Regan Ford traded spots back and forth. A lap 19 yellow slowed the field and saw Ford drop to the infield with mechanical woes. On the re-start, Cronenwett dove to the inside after a lap going into turn 1 on Sturgeon. The pair rubbed fenders as Steve darted into the lead. Sturgeon stayed on the throttle but looped his machine going down the back chute on the following lap. Cronenwett took the win over Humphrey, Jeff Kurzyniec, Tim Moore, Derek Wiley, Dave Tanner, Clyde McKee, Randy DeMaggio, Dan Leppen and Danny Slater. Ed Hindall led from start to finish to win the 15 lap B Main, topping Donald Burkhart, Jason Burkhart, Chris Webber, Lonnie York, Kevin Stepinski, Ian Jezylo, Eric Hart, Mitch Crider and Chris Burkhart. James Pankow motored by Chris Fitzpatrick to win the 10 lap C Main. Third was Jim Stocker, fourth was Russ McGlade and fifth went to Jeremy Hall, followed by Tony Smouthers, Chris Fleck, Stephanie Bradley, Tony Camilli and Scott Gent. Fast qualifiers were Regan Ford (13:227), Donald Burkart for the B Main at 13:892 and Chris Fleck for the C cars at 14:441. Sturgeon Jr., David Kind, Rich Abel, York, Ricky Romanini, Mike Hans, Camilli and Stocker captured the heat races for the 55 cars on hand.

The season point titles are still up for grabs with just 2 point nights left for the 2006 season. Next up is Stoney Creek Auto Parts Night Saturday, August 26. The ARCA Late Models, Figure 8’s and Street Stocks will provide the action, and a Roll-over contest is also on tap, paying $500 to the winner! Gates open at 4 and racing begins at 7 p.m.