May 23rd, 2021
by Ed Inloes
Owosso, MI (05/22/2021) – Beautiful summer-like temperatures greeted everyone on Saturday night at Owosso Speedway. It was the first “Shoot Out” of the season and the Parisian Home Improvement Front Wheel Drive class was the division in the spotlight 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. Again this week, the division was split in two according to their qualifying times,
and it was Blake Gokee that out qualified the field. In the A Division, John Eastman Jr won the heat race, and Dylan Spencer won dash. In the A feature, the top five battled valiantly right to the end, with Spencer coming out on top for his second feature win in as many weeks. Gokee came home second with Billy Luckhurst, Eastman, and Craig Cummings rounding out the top five. In the B class, Adam Whitaker won the dash, while Jeff Asmus won the heat race. In their 20 lap feature, Simon Watters found victory lane
for the very first time. It wasn’t easy as he held off Whitaker, Josh Shiver, Asmus and Nicholas Murdock to grab that elusive checkered flag.
In other action at the speedway, Chris Begg set fast time in the Howe Racing Enterprises Modified division with Terry Trost winning the heat race. In the 35 lap main event, Trost set the early pace until a caution on lap 12 when Begg and Damian Lytle got together off turn four sending Lytle into the front stretch wall. During the caution, Trost dropped into the pit area with front end problems and that handed the lead over to former track champion, Nick Clemens. From there the Clio, MI veteran never looked back
and won the feature going away. Scott Quaal finished second followed by Begg, Dave Parisian and Trost.
Jason Spencer was quickest in qualifying for the Owosso Auto Mall Pure Stocks. Nick Johnston won the heat race, while Kyle Callahan won the dash. In the 25 lap feature, it seemed to take no time for Spencer to move toward the front and he was in the lead 5 laps into it. The problem was that he brought 3 time track champion, Lonnie Saumier Jr with him. The two drivers pulled away from the pack, and waged a spectacular race for the fans to see. Lap after lap, Saumier hounded the #55 of Spencer, with Spencer successfully holding him at bay right up until the last two laps. Saumier got a run on the outside and the two made contact off turn four as they received the white flag. Some more battling into turn one had them side by side throughout the last lap with Saumier edging out Spencer at the checkered flag. Brent Voris finished third ahead of Johnston and Callahan.
In Geyer Auction Services Sportsman action, last week’s feature winner, Ryan Cords set fast time. His Father, Russ won the dash. In the 25 lap feature, Russ set the pace early and often in the caution free event, but never could pull away from Fred Cummings Jr. Russ would not relinquish the high groove and forced Fred to the bottom. Lap after lap Cummings tried the move on the inside with him finally achieving success with about five laps to go. Cummings grabbed the checkers ahead of Russ Cords, Ryan Cords
and Hunter Forrester.
In the Finish Line Auto Repair Truck division Brad Reseigh was fast qualifier with Nick Schutt winning the dash. In the 20 lap feature, Reseigh grabbed the lead early and held off a determined defending track champion, Anthony Richardson, for his first ever feature win. Richardson settled for second, with Schutt, Tony Hart, and John (Stubby) Davis filling out the top five.
Owosso Speedway will be taking the Memorial weekend off and racing will resume Saturday, June 5. The Outlaw Super Late Models will make their first appearance of the 2021 season at Owosso Speedway.
The will be joined by the Sportsman, Pure stock, FWD and Trucks.