Rules, Announcements ... and More.

The Season Begins! Yeah, a little snow is still on the ground (hasn't it be just a lovely winter?) but Saturday, April 19th, marks the opening of the racing season. Racing begins as close to 7:30 as we can make it with the pit gates opening about 4:30 and the main stands opening at 5PM. Front gate adult admission will be $12 on 'regular nights' and $15 on 'special nights.' Kids will remain at $5. A season grandstand pass can be obtained for $220. Pit passes remain at $25. In probably the best deal of the year, a family pass for two adults and two kids is only $25! If you have questions you can drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can call the office at 989.235.5200.

When I sent out the email blast to tell people that practice had been cancelled, I got roughly 20 emails bounces. If your email has changed, drop me a note. Please tell me what it was and what it is now. Thanks!

SPECIAL NOTICE!!!!
It probably won't come as a surprise to you after the winter we've had but the extended forecast says the endless winter and its cold weather won't abate until almost June. After careful consultation amongst the Ron and the staff, after the first night of racing, start time will move to 7PM to help get everyone home before the 'really' cold weather hits at night. Please come prepared during Test and Tune to finish your registrations and such to help speed things up for opening night.

Starting on the second night, drivers and their cars must be checked no later than 5:45PM. Due to the tight time schedule, you may only 'call in - check in' once a month. Opening night, we will start as soon as possible, trying to maybe start before 7:30 on opening night. We hope this will help keep the fans in the stands as long as possible. In June, the start time will revert to 7:30PM.

Unfortunately, front gate admission prices will rise to $12 on 'regular nights' and $15 on 'special nights.' Kids will remain at $5. A season grandstand pass can be obtained for $220. Pit passes remain at $25. In probably the best deal of the year, a family pass for two adults and two kids is only $25!

I have received draft versions of the revised versions of the the Pro Truck rules, Street Stock rules, and the Pro Stock rules.

As announced at the banquet, there is a new rule for the Pro Trucks:

OPTIONAL TRANSMISSION RULE Bert type transmissions will be allowed. If a Bert type transmission is used, you must add an additional 50 lbs on each side in front of the engine plate. Weight may be adjusted for competitive quality. NO BALL SPLINE TRANSMISSIONS WILL BE PERMITTED.

If you can't make it to the track, you can use our exclusive DVR option to see all of the LIVE action or see the replay immediately after the race by visiting this page and then using the slider bar to jump around by visiting this LINK

Special thanks to our long time partners,Engine Pro and ARP for their continued support in bringing you live coverage of the race night events. If you haven't filled out your "Pay Dirt" application from Engine Pro, now is a good time to do so! CLICK HERE for info!


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.

 

June 11, 2011 Highlights

Written by Trevor Hollis.

 Crystal, MI - Saturday night at Crystal Motor Speedway got started early with the make up Yes 2 Kids” night sponsored by Crystal Micro Systems. Kids got to choose one of the many drivers who participated around the track several times in this very popular event.

It was also MARFC Night where members of the Michigan Auto Race Fans Club got in free resulting in another huge crowd.

The first division to take the track was the Races On The Web sponsored Flinn Stocks. After a tough fight with Zach Rummer and Tyler McGhan, Charles Petersen celebrated his 21st birthday by winning his first feature of the year at CMS. Petersen and Bob Whitcomb both took heats.

Scott Baker grabbed an early commanding lead in the Kentucky Fried Chicken sponsored Late Model class, followed by Scott Haney and Kyle Borgman. Roger Wing began his forward march from deep in the field and by lap 22 of the 30 lap event, he took the lead and never looked back. Baker, Borgman, Matt Pickard, and Jeff Kohn made up the rest of the top five. Baker and Borgman also scored heat wins.

Doug McKeown, Don Rohn, and Gordie Snyder all ran under a small blanket for several laps with Rohn eventually taking the lead in the Port City Pro Stocks. Ryan Kent pulled up to the leader and then slid under him with about ten to go. Chaney Newland and Vern Buskirk came calling and that usually means trouble but Kent held on to win a close one at the stripe over Newland, Buskirk, Mike Husted, and Rohn. Rodney Heikkila and Jeramie Raby grab heat gold.

The opening laps of the Engine Pro sponsored Pro Trucks were heavily congested as Dave Peters, Tim Wood, Dave Verhaar, and Carl Thayer all duked it out for the lead. Thayer finally took control about six laps in and never looked back as the rest battled for position behind him. Verhaar, Peters, Wood, and David Dancer made up the top five. Verhaar and Thayer also posed for heat win photos.

Winning the Engine Pro IMCA Modified feature at Crystal Motor Speedway is a tough thing to do and when you have won the week before, it makes it all that much harder as you have to start near the back of a very formidable field. Such was the task at hand for Chad Wernette. With many racers ahead of him that were all capable of winning on any given night, Wernette worked his way forward and brought home his second feature in a row. The rest of the top ten were Chad Maurer, A.J. Ward, Josh Borton, Brody Bowser, Nate Jones, Clifford Denman, Dan Minikey Jr. , Jason Borton, and Matt Szecsodi. Szecsodi and Maurer made their way to the main feature by capturing B Main wins while heats fell to Jerry Hunt, Ward, and Wernette.

The last and far from the least exciting feature of the night was the Smokers Club of Mt. Pleasant sponsored Street Stocks. George Wease grabbed the early lead and then had to hold on with all he was worth the last ten laps as JR Schmidt, Bill Wilkins, Mike VanderMark Jr, and Bill Stanley all had him in their sites. Coming out of the last turn, VanderMark Jr made one last charge but Wease nipped him by a foot or so at the line. Stanley and VanderMark grabbed heat wins.

Next week at Crystal Motor Speedway is Mid Season Championships for all six divisions, sponsored by Engine Pro. Pit gates open at 4:30 and grandstand gates open at 5PM. Adult admission is $10 while kids 5-11 are $4. Pit passes are $25. Also remember the Lions Club Benefit races held on Wednesdays at 7PM. Good racing for a good cause. Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200.

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