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.