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 Close 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!


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.

 

What Is An Image License?

Simply put, it's a way to keep all of us happy.

For years my photographers and I have struggled to educate our customers about US and International copyright laws. There are a large number of photographic print buyers that believe a couple of dollars paid to buy the print gives them the absolute right to scan that image and use it however they want. They take their scan to the local Walmart to make copies. They put the image on their web site without giving a photographers credit, even claiming the copyrights and their own. And a few (you KNOW who you are) have even offered bootleg copies for sale to others. To paraphrase an old commercial, "Got Brass?"

It can be a full time job to chase every copyright violator. And every time somebody lifts an image from this site to make a bootleg copy it takes a small bit of profit away. It all adds up and the loss makes it so we can't upgrade our equipment. This lessens our ability to bring you some great racing photos from the infield, an area that is restricted to authorized track photographers only.

To make it easier for us to bring legal action against the bootleggers, we are ceasing the routine printing of our images. From now on you will be able to purchase a users license on-line for just $3 per image. How does that make it easier to pursue a legal remedy? Easy. When you purchase the users license and download the image you are agreeing to an explicit contract that allows only specific use of the image. If you violate the spirit of that contract we can take you to federal court. Our software keeps track of WHO has purchased a license agreement. If we see one of our images posted somewhere in violation of the agreement, or a print copy being offered for sale - the next thing you will likely get from us is a subpoena.

Are we being a bunch of hard nosed, soft skinned, jerks? No, we are protecting our copyright.

Casual observers may think we are having a good time down there in the infield. Snapping photos all night long and seeing some great racing action. Yes, we generally enjoy the work, but it is WORK. On an average night our photographers are on their feet for five hours without a break. A long night keeps them up on aching feet for up to seven or eight hours.

They are choking on dust for that entire time, or slogging through ankle deep mud. It's difficult to see and therefore to safely walk. There is always a risk of being hit by a race car spinning through the infield, or taking a hit from parts that fly off the cars. Getting pelted by flying stones and huge clods of mud is routine.

On a cold night there is no reasonable way to keep hands and the cameras warm. We just have to suffer. On hot nights sweat acts as a magnet for the dust, making it all the more uncomfortable. Keeping the camera lenses and shutters clean is another burden others rarely think about.

Our job doesn't stop once the picture is taken. Between 1,200 and 2,300 images are taken every race night. It takes HOURS to sort through all of them, judging which are technically unacceptable because they are out of focus, dark, improperly framed, etc. Those that are acceptable still have to be cropped properly, color corrected, and cataloged. Imagine just how peeved we are when we find somebody is not only failing to compensate us a measly couple of dollars, but making the claim the image is THEIRS and trying to re-sell what they stole!

Please, don't think we are angry at all of you. Far from it. We've got some great customers out there that make us smile when they toss a compliment our way. We thank you for recognizing our hard work is worth a couple of dollars. We appreciate it even more when you give that effort the respect it deserves.

Go to the photo gallery and look for your favorite driver. The new software allows us to "Tag" the images so that you will be able to search by race date and driver name. Like crash photos? Put crash into the search window and it will filter out everything but those moments the drivers would rather forget.

Your comments and polite suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Your respect for our copyright is requested.