John Taylor Is Final PS Winner of 2014

John Taylor, Pro Stock  - Winner Great Lakes Nationals
John Tayl …
John Taylor staved off some tough competition as he won the Port City Racing Pro Stock event over Steve Hilliker, Nate Jones, Chaney Newland, Dick Reynolds, Rob Brillhart, Derek Crandall, Blake Hollenbeck, Dale Kaake, Jr., and Don Rohn. 

Jeramie Raby and Gary VanderMark took heat gold. 

Runions Closes Seasons With GLN Win

Taylor Runions, Flinn Stock  - Winner Great Lakes Nationals
Taylor Ru …
The Races On The Web Flinn Stock feature belonged to Taylor Runions as he continued to dominate the division. Shellbie Shank grabbed the second position and was followed by Sean Brooms, Austin Bean, Kevin Rohn, Jr., Cody Owen, Kyle Woodard, Gabe Gesselman, Keith Fike, and Allen Roszell. 

Bean and Brooms scored heat wins.

Prochazka Takes Last 2014 Street Stock Win

Kyle Prochaska, Street Stock  - Winner Great Lakes Nationals
Kyle Proc …
The Street Stock feature saw 30 cars start in a three wide, ten deep line up and when the checker fell, it was Kyle Prochazka topping the field. Rob Brillhart and   Jasen Wiley were close behind, followed by Mike VanderMark, Jr., Mike Chlebek, Jr., Josh Sternberg, Doug Helsel, Josh Loomis, Jay Chlebek, and Michael Vandecar. 

 

Chlebek claimed the B Main win with heats going to Wiley, Prochazka, Brillhart, and Kevin Rohn. 

Mike Seaman Hauls Pro Truck GLS Win Away

Mike Seaman, Pro Truck  - Winner Great Lakes Nationals
Mike Seam …
Mike Seaman has had a good year in the Engine Pro Pro Trucks and he capped it off by winning his first Great Lakes Nationals win over Chris Verhaar, Andrew Fidler, Curtis Rice, Ryan Paradise, George Wease, Carl Thayer, and Paul Grosnickle. 

 

Paradise captured the heat win. 

Olger Is GLN Late Model Champion

Zach Olger, Late Motel  - Winner Great Lakes Nationals
Zach Olge …
Zack Olger ran a tight line and went home $2000 richer for his efforts as he won the Kentucky Fried Chicken Late model event in a close race with Kevin Reeve and Josh Borton. Rob Taylor took fourth, followed by Derrick Hilliker, Amanda Wing, Jesse Playter, Ryan Kent, Doug Baird, and Kurt Mesman. 

Borton and Olger also took heat wins.

DeYoung Jr Takes GLN Win & Ward Claims IMCA Champions' Honors

John DeYoung Jr, IMCA Modifieds - Winner Great Lakes Nationals
John DeYo …
The Port City Racecar IMCA Modified event was the last points night of the season and in an exciting finish, John DeYoung, Jr. pocketed the $3000 winners purse as he narrowly won over Chad Wernette and Vern Buskirk. Kenny Playter claimed fourth and was followed by Jimmy Hale, Jr., Ken Zeigler, Milt Montgomery, Toby Steele, Sr., Mike Shanteau, Tim Sooy, and Brooke Ann Brasington. 

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Thank YOU! - Great Lakes Nationals In The Books!  

Mike Burkin took the win in the Michigan Tradional Sprints, Zack Olger had a great race to win the KFC Late Models, Taylor Runions completed the 2014 season with a win in the ROTW Flinn Stocks, Johnny Deyoung Jr won an exciting race as he took home the big money in the Port City Racecar IMCA Modified event while AJ Ward cinched the season championship, John Taylor scored the Port City Racing Pro Stocks, Mike Seaman took his second feature of the season in the Engine Pro Pro Trucks, and Kyle Prochazka went from crew member to driver for the GLN and took home the checkers in the final race of 2014.

This completes the 2014 season at Crystal Motor Speedway. Seasons come and seasons go and 2014 was one of the memorable ones. Promoter Ron Flinn would like to thank all the fans, drivers, crew members, and sponsors for making this season worthwhile. The next 'event' is the awards banquet, held on January 10th, 2015. Watch this website or call the office at 989.235.5200 for further information. More info and photos iside!


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August 27, 2011 Highlights

Written by Trevor Hollis.

Champions Are Crowned and a Championship Personality Is Remembered

 Crystal, MI - After a few weeks off Crystal Motor Speedway was back in action on Saturday for its season championship as well as the Smoke Shop Dave Memorial race. 118 cars checked into the pits to do battle on the 3/8ths mile oval and not one of them disappointed. A little extra money was on the line for the Smokers Club street stocks as a number of people from the racing community came together to sponsor laps for the street stocks, a class near and dear to the heart of both Dave and Kim.

Doug Helsel of Belding started on the outside of the front row and didn’t look back taking the lead right from the drop of the green flag and held on to lead all 25 laps, picking up the season championship trophy, and all of the lap sponsorship money. The feature however was not without its fair share of intrigue. Going into the night’s action three drivers had a realistic chance at picking up a championship in the division. Mike VanderMark Jr, JR Schmid, and Will Stanley were all separate by only a handful of points and one incident could prove fatal to the hopes of any one of them. We all thought we saw that incident when an accident on the front straightaway ended up with Stanley and VanderMark in the wall. Both men took their severely damaged machines to the pits where their crews worked furiously on both cars to get them back on the track and more importantly back on the track and still on the lead lap. As attrition continued to take its toll on the 22 car field, Stanley and VanderMark Jr kept their noses clean and slowly worked their way back towards the front while never being more than two or three positions apart on the track. Meanwhile JR Schmid did exactly what he needed to do running right up front all night and eventually finished second to Helsel. In the end though Schmid’s deficit in points was just too much for him to overcome and Will Stanley was able to hold on to the points lead and win the 2011 Smokers Club Street Stocks points championship by one point over Mike VanderMark Jr and only three points over JR Schmid. Helsel also was victorious in his heat race as well as Kurt Eberspeaker. Special thanks goes out to all those who chipped in to make the Inaugural Smoke Shop Dave memorial race as successful as it was and here’s to hoping for just as much success for years to come.

The Kentucky Fried Chicken Late Models were next to take the track. All eyes were on Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Roger Wing as he tried to lock up yet another track championship to add to his storied career. The feature started with Josh Knoll and Scott Baker on the front row. Baker was able to jump out to an early lead but mechanical problems forced the Ionia native to the pits early, handing the lead over to the 87k machine. That’s all Knoll needed to drive away to a very convincing win over the 18 car field. Wing started 9th on the field and it was very obvious that the game plan for the 55w was to stay out of trouble and lock up the championship. Matt Pickard did all he could do to try and make up points on Wing but fell short and finished second in points while Kyle Borgman rounded out the top three. Heat race wins went to Kurt Messmen and Scott Baker.

In Races on the web.com Flinn Stock action it was Taylor Wiles who led green to checker to pick up another feature win. And it was Zach Rummer who won the season points championship on Saturday racing with still a very heavy heart. On the night that would have been Zach’s younger brother Brandon’s birthday Zach was able to hold on to the sizeable points lead he had and get that championship in memory of his younger brother. Garrett Wiles was able to grab second in the feature on the night with Taylor Daniels rounding out the top three. The only heat race of the night went to Taylor Daniels as well.

In the Engine Pro IMCA Modified action, it was Myron DeYoung continuing his hot streak over the last couple of months. Myron won in convincing fashion Saturday night holding off Mike Shanteau and Bob Hutson. Between Crystal and Tri City, Saturday nights feature win at crystal was his 7th checkered flag since the beginning of July, making Myron a strong favorite to pick up a win in the upcoming Great Lake Nationals show. A big wreck on lap 11 really mixed the field up a lot as a blown tire on the 76 of Greg Wiles put him in the wall and collected about 6 others. Almost everybody was able to continue but nearly everybody had to go to the pits for work, putting them at the rear of the field and making it very interesting as they began their march toward the front. In the end though it was DeYoung who held on despite a caution with 5 to go that bunched up the field and gave them one last chance to take the lead. Even though it was season championship night, the Modifieds continue on for a couple of more weeks racing next Saturday and finishing their season with the Great Lakes National show coming up on September 17th. Heat races went to Cliff Denman, DeYoung, and Armond Holley. B feature winners were Brody Bowser and Jimmy Hale Jr.

In Port City Racing Pro Stock action, defending champion Cheney Newland basically only had to start and finish the feature in order to repeat as the Port City Pro Stock Champion. Mike Husted is really the only person that had a realistic chance at tracking down Chaney and dethroning the champion. As far as the feature went on Saturday it was Larry Kosloski who picked up the checkered flag. Gordie Snyder led the first half of the event, but as the handling started to go away on the 17 Kosloski who started 4th made his move and took over the top spot. With his top five finish, Newland was able to secure the championship over Husted, Ryan Kent, and Vern Buskirk. Heat race action went to Gary Buskirk, Jeramie Raby, and Chad Raby.

In the Engine Pro Pro Truck division Scott Neiman claimed the 2011 points championship while Bob Griffin picked up another checkered flag. Griffin took over the lead on lap six and would not relinquish it on route to another feature win in 2011. Like Chaney Newland in the Pro Stocks all Neiman had to do was have a solid finish and he would lock up the 2011 championship. With a top 5 finish Neiman was able to do just that holding off former truck champion Tim Wood, Dave Peters, and Ashlee Scott.

The Labor Day weekend brings our annual two day show with the SOD Sprints there on Saturday, giving the Late Models the night off. Saturday will also have fireworks. The Sunday portion will see the return of the open modified show, outlaw Late Models and the rest of the regular divisions. (NO IMCA MODS!) The entire weekend will be sponsored by Anderson Contracting and Renovations. Admissions for each night will be $12 for adults and kids are $4. Pit passes are $25 per night. Racers running the Sunday Open Mod show will have to follow IMCA, MMA, or UMP rules and use only tires sanctioned by one of those organizations. Further information can be obtained by calling the track if you have questions! 989.235.5200. or visiting the website at crystalmotorspeedway.com