September 20th, 2021
Cummings Claims First Ever Championship
by EdOwosso, MI (09/18/2021) – The last weekend of summer brought perfect temperatures to the Owosso Speedway for Championship night. An over season average car count was enjoyed by the race fans as the drivers prepared for the final points race of the season. Most point leads were well protected going into the night across the divisions, except for the Geyer Auction Services Sportsman. Three drivers were within 14 points of each other for the championship. Ryan Cords, sitting third, closed the gap a little early by setting fast time. Of course his Father, Russ, and Fred Cummings Jr, were right behind him so the gap decrease was minimal. Lonnie Saumier Jr brought out his Sportsman car to do double duty and claimed the heat race. In the four car dash, Chris Begg found himself in the middle of the point’s race as Russ Cords pulled closer to Cummings by winning it. Going into the 25 lap feature, whoever finished in front of the other between Russ and Cummings was going to win the championship, as long as they were within three cars of Ryan. In the feature, it was a long road to the front for the trio, as no one was just going to give it to them. A lot of contact by a lot of different drivers brought out numerous cautions and made restarts increasingly dangerous. After enough of this, officials initiated a single file restart and the race finished with Cummings taking his fifth feature victory and the Season Championship. Ryan Cords was second followed by Russ Cords, Begg, and Saumier. This is Fred Cummings first ever championship.
In the Howe Racing Enterprises Modified division, Scott Quaal set fast time and increased the insurmountable point lead he has. Robbie Johnson won the heat race, and Kyle Hayden took the four car dash. In the 25 lap feature, it appeared that Quaal was on rails as he worked his way up to second from the rear quite quickly. But as he was trying to track down the leader, something went wrong with the rear end and he spun wildly down the back stretch. Quaal knew he had secured the championship, so he nursed his broken car to the finish. The leader was Terry Trost, a 17 year campaigner in the Modified division that has enjoyed limited success. But on this night, he was the class of the field. Terry drove away from everyone on the final restart to claim his first ever feature victory anywhere! Alex Donnert grabbed second late in the race, in his first appearance of the season, with Nick Clemens, Hayden, and Johnson completing the top five.
The point’s race in the Owosso Auto Mall Pure Stock division was over a few weeks ago as Lonnie Saumier Jr. has enjoyed a season that most drivers only dream about. He has not been beaten in a feature race all season long at the speedway, and looked to stay undefeated, and collect an additional $275 in bounty money if he could do it. Jason Spencer stayed undefeated in claiming fast time for the season as he did it again on this night. Andrew Burton won the heat, and Brent Voris won the dash. In the 25 lap feature, Saumier wasted no time and went from the rear to first place in four laps. Unlike any of his previous eight feature wins this season, Saumier drove away and was not challenged throughout and claimed his ninth feature win, the bounty money, and his fourth track championship. He was followed across the line by Jake Pearson, Spencer, Burton, and Nick Johnston. Saumier’s championships have come in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021, all odd numbered years.
In the Finish Line Auto Repair Truck division, Darren Burton once again set fast time and also won the heat race. In the 20 lap feature, defending track champion, Anthony Richardson battled side by side with soon to be crowned track champion, Brad Reseigh, for the first half of the race as Burton searched for a way around them. Reseigh got out front and tried to hold back a determined Burton, but couldn’t keep him behind him. Burton won the feature followed by Reseigh, Richardson, Tony Hart, and Josh Beechler. This was Reseigh’s first ever championship!
In the Parisian Home Improvement Front Wheel Drive division, Dylan Spencer set fast time and posted a new track record for the division. Billy Luckhurst and Dan Hassard won heat races, and Eric James the dash. The results for the feature races and championship point standings are still under review due to controversy with the point’s structure and post-race technical inspections.
The final racing event of the year happens this weekend with the 26th running of the Owosso Fall Nationals. Go to www.owossospeedway.com for most information on the event, and updates to the FWD class results.