Defending Champ Returns Victorious

  by Ed Inloes

Owosso, MI (07/10/2021) – Mother Nature finally provided a dry Saturday and Owosso Speedway was able to run a full program for the first time since June 5. The severe thunderstorms that ravaged the area on June 12 did more than just cancel that evening’s event. As track officials learned throughout the day on the 19th, a week later, the track apparently took a lightning strike. Numerous electrical problems continued to occur. The PA system was not repairable after hours of work. The traffic lights on the track had to be replaced, and the final straw was when the backstretch lights would not come on. Heat races were run, and an autograph session was held as scheduled, but once darkness came, there was nothing officials could do. Racing purses and point distribution was increased this week due to the shortened program on the 19th. On top of that, it was the third “Shoot Out” of the season and the Howe Racing Enterprises Modified division was the headliner on this night. Throughout the season, each division will get an opportunity to run for some extra cash incentives, along with trophies for the top three finishers in the nights feature events.

2017 Champion, Nick Lechota, set fast time in the Howe Racing Ent. Modifieds and also won the heat race. Scott Quaal won the heat race run on the 19th. In the 25 lap feature, 2020 Champion, Dave Christensen, started on the pole and led all 25 laps on his way to victory in his first appearance of the season. Christensen has been running the Midwest Modified Tour in 2021 and currently sits fourth in their point standings. Lechota hounded Christensen the last 15 laps, but couldn’t complete the pass and had to settle for second. 2012 Champion, Nick Clemens finished third, with Scott Quaal and Dave Parisian completing the top five.

In Geyer Auction Services Sportsman action, two-time defending champion, Russ Cords set fast time, and won the heat race on the 19th. Kevin Harder won this nights heat race, and Ryan Cords scored the dash win. In the 25 lap feature Fred Cummings Jr got the lead early and held off all challenges from Russ to grab his second feature win of the year. Russ brought it home second followed by Ryan, Hunter Forrester and Harder.

The Owosso Auto Mall Pure Stocks were up next and again, Jason Spencer set fast qualifying time. Dan Stewart won the heat race and Lonnie Saumier Jr won the dash. Mark Palmer and Spencer were race winners on the 19th. The 35 lap feature was a long one as there were a few caution flags and a long red flag for fluid all over the racing groove. When the green flag was out the action was fierce as all three lanes were utilized during the event. In the end, it was Saumier again crossing the finish line before everyone else. This was his fourth feature win in four tries this year and has pulled out to a nice point lead. Lonnie was chased across the line by 2020 champ, Nick Johnston, then Troy Binkley, Palmer, and Spencer.

The Parisian Home Improvement Front Wheel Drive division saw John Eastman Jr. set quick time. Heat and Dash race winners were Kennedi Jernigan, Billy Luckhurst, Craig Cummings, and Jeffrey Asmus. On the 19th, winners were Dylan Spencer, Parker Vozar, Adam Whitaker, and Asmus. In the 25 lap A Division feature, for the third time this season, Dylan Spencer won the feature. It was a battle all the way as Eastman drove to the inside of Dylan lap after lap at the end. The young teenager now holds a substantial point lead early in the season. Eastman had to settle for second, followed by Luckhurst, Blake Gokee, and Vozar. The 25 lap B Division feature did not disappoint either Simon Watters held the early lead and looked to be on his way to his second feature win. A caution bunched up the field and Craig Cummings took advantage of the situation and climbed up by Watters and took the lead. Cummings pulled away for his first feature win. Watters was second with Asmus, Rodney Page Jr, and Olle Workman filling out the top five.

The Finish Line Auto Repair Trucks closed the night as Owosso, Michigan’s own Nick Schutt, set fast time, and won the heat race. Greg Long III won the heat race on the 19th. In their 25 lap feature, Darren Burton wasted no time driving up to the lead. His truck was hooked up on this night as he drove away from the field to his first feature win of the season. Long finished a distant second, followed by Schutt, Brad Reseigh, and Josh Shaw.

The Owosso Speedway started a run of consecutive racing Saturdays this weekend that won’t see a break until Labor Day weekend. Please check the website for any updates or changes to the racing schedule.

 

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