Announcements and More

Catching Up and Getting Ready for 2015 

Hurrah! Breaking news! I just heard from Ron Flinn and was told the following: A) The annual drivers meeting in March 14th at the old elementary school in 'down town' Crystal next to the Post Office from 1 PM to 5 PM.  B) Test and Tune will be April 11th and 12th at the usual 1 PM to 5 PM times. C) We will continue to use the American Racer 970's and they should be in stock at the track by Tuesday. I would call the track at 989.235.5200 to make sure someone will be there to help you. Ron says he expects that the IMCA Mod tires will be in stock on or about March 20th. He will let me know if and when that is definite.

D) Opening night will be April 18th at 7:30 PM. E) Memorial Day Weekend racing will be May 23rd and 24th. F) The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday and in order to keep from hurting the regular Friday night tracks that surround us, CMS will only run the night of the Fourth. The Government doesn't plan on 'celebrating' on July 6th. F) The Labor Day Weekend will be August 29th and 30th and finally, G) The Great Lakes Nationals will be run on Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th.

As soon as I am given a printable schedule, I'll have it posted here. Thanks!

In addition to all of that, I have been told that my weekly column will re-appear in the Mid West Racing Scene and I will not be talking about racing but rather racers. If you know of a racer or a dedicated race fan doing something extraordinary beyond the scope of racing, drop me a note. I also intend to do a live pre-race 'show' of sorts that will consist of talking to racers and their crews every week. Watch for more soon!

We had an issue with the server caching and somehow, two copies of the website had been saved and it was reverting back to an older copy of the site. That problem is solved. I have to go back and make some additions that apparently were saved on the other copy so begin to watch here for updates. You can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as you have been able to reach me since this site started back in 1993. I have or can get you the honest answer far more often than you can get it on FaceBook. You may find this hard to believe but not everything you read on FB is true.

Right about here, I need to apologize for my inattentiveness during the majority of the 2014 season. My wife began to have neurological (brain) issues early in February of 2014 and by the time things got sorted out, things had spiraled out of control and my attention was not on racing. Things haven't improved with her but they have at least stabilized. I will try to do better this season. Without my crew at the track picking up and carrying my load, things would have really been bad. I appreciate the work they did under some bad circumstances.

 

You can find new Pro Stock and Street Stock rules in PDF form at the links. We will have them spelled out for those not owning or using a computer shortly under the normal rules links. You can find the text version of the new rules here. Each division now has the latest updates available. Click on the "TRACK DATA" tab and select your division. 

For those of you who have Apple products that have had issues watching our live and recorded broadcasts, try downloading the Puffin browser on your I-pad, I-pod, Mac or what ever and see if it helps you. They have a free version which I understand from those who have tested it for me has a bandwidth limit of about half a race. I think the full version is $4 for whatever you need but they also tell me the new browser was quite fast and after you learned its interface, they liked it better than the standard OS browser. After you download it, reboot and then go to the ROTW site and see if the video flows for you. Check out this new browser at puffin.com

Thank you for a great 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!


In case you wanted to watch the replay of the latest race, GO HERE.  You can use our exclusive DVR function to jump to any point of the race by clicking on the line directly below the video.


For those that intend to have minors entering the pits, here is the minor release form to have pre-filled out. PLEASE NOTE! "Legal" people say you need to do one of two things. Fill it out and have it notarized or fill it out but don't sign it until you are at the track so track officials can countersign it. Other forms will be posted here shortly.

 

May 28, 2011 Highlights

Written by Trevor Hollis.

So, That's What Racecars Look Like
 

Crystal, MI - Finally mother nature dealt us a hand that we could play on Saturday. 133 cars checked into the pits to do battle on the 38th mile Crystal clay. The features started off with the Engine Pro IMCA modifieds and they did not disappoint. Nate Jones was the early class of the field as he pulled a large lead for the first half of the 20 lap event until mechanical gremlins reared their ugly head. Jerry Hunt was right there to capitalize. A couple of cautions made sure the field stuck together,

but in the end Hunt was just to much for the field and he was able to pick up an impressive win over Josh Borton, Rusty Ziegler, and Melvin Allen. Heat race wins went to Chad Wernette and Nate Jones.

The Kentucky Fried Chicken late models were next up on Saturday night and with the track tacky fast Roger Wing showed why he is a member of the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame as he patiently waited to pick up the checkered flag in this 30 lap feature event. The racing was fast and furious as 20 late models battled it out for the win. Justin Mcneil led the first 26 laps of this event but the show was back in the pack as the crowd was treated to a late model racing clinic in patience by Roger Wing. With only a couple of cautions slowing the action wing ran his race to perfection, waiting until the leader started to struggle in lap traffic before pouncing and taking the win. Justin Mcneil, Carl Ries, Jeff Kohn, and Mark Anderson all earned top 5 finished. Heat race wins went to Matt Pickard and Mickey Carman Jr.

The third event of the night brought the Smokers Club street stocks out and Mike Vandermark Jr made it look too easy. He took the lead early and did not play well with others. Vandermark led nearly every lap and won the race by about a straight away Kyle Prochazka worked his way through the B main and eventually up to the top three before a flat tire forced his pit crew into action to try and preserve a top 10 finish and they were up to the challenge. But it was no where enough for the Brian Lebaron owned number 42 of Vandemark as the former street stock champion rolled into victory lane with a car that looked like it might not have made it another couple of laps. George Weese, James Prochazka, Bill Wilkins, and Dave Grega finished out the top 5. Heat race wins went to Vandermark and Shane Spencer.

In the Port City pro stock feature Ryan Kent had to work for his win over Don Rohn, Jeremie Rabby, Mike Hustead, and Chaney Newland. After his rough start to 2011 it looked like the 65 of Don Rohn was going to take home the win but a strong run, and some nice driving in lap traffic really placed Ryan Kent as one of the true title contenders this year in the Pro Stock division. Only one caution slowed this 25 lap event as Jerry Vanblaicum erupted in a ball of flames when his motor let go on the back stretch. He was ok.
Doug Mckeown and Jerimie Raby picked up heat race checkered flags.

The racesontheweb.com Flinn stocks rolled out for our second to last show of the night. Tyler Mcghan led nearly every lap, except the one that matters most. With only a couple of laps left in this event Zach Rummer used a lap car as a pick to get around Mcghan and pick up his first ever checkered flag. Bob Whitcomb rounded out the top three. The racesontheweb.com Flinn stocks will have the sunday portion of our Memorial Day Double off. Heat race victories went to Garret Wiles, Tyler McGhan, and Chris Decamp. Whitcomb also won the B Main.

The final event of the night brought out a full field of Engine Pro trucks and the defending class champion new just what to do to pick up another checkered flag. Carl Thayer was racing in a whole different zip code most of the night and easily won the 20 lap feature over Kevin Deal, and truck rookie Chance Allen. Only one caution slowed the action for a spin but it wouldn't make any difference as Thayer probably could have lapped the field if he really felt the need to push it. Heat race wins went to Thayer and Ashlee Scott.


Crystal Motor Speedway starts its annual Wednesday Night Lions Club
Benefit racing this week while Saturday sees a full show plus the MORA
Mini Outlaws. Adult admission is $10, kids 5-11 are $4 and pit passes
are $25. Pit gates open at 4:30 and grandstand gates open at 5PM with
racing at 7:30. Further information can be obtained by calling the
track office at 989.235.5200