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!


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July 30, 2011 Highlights

Written by Trevor Hollis.

 Crystal, MI - With the evenings sponsor ASAP Sales and Service in the house, it took a little bit longer than usual to get the racing action started as some brand new clay and a lot of recent rain really made things sloppy., but thanks to the hard work of Ron Flinn and his crew, and the generosity of a number of drivers, the racing action was the fastest we have seen this late in the year.

The Engine Pro IMCA modifies started the night off and things we a bit slow going through out the feature. As everyone attempted to win on the first lap, a couple of cautions on lap one earned the field nothing but a few tore up cars and a very stern warning from the flagman but once things started going the field was able to click off a number of laps. Myron DeYoung was fast from the drop of the green flag and led a number of the early laps and looked like the former Crystal Motor Speedway IMCA champion would be able to pick up another feature win in 2011, but it was not to be. At the half way point Myron slowed while leading and forced the rest of the field to take evasive action causing a bunch of the cars to suffer damage and ending the night for a few of them. Bob Hutson, back with us after a couple of years running UMP across the state was able to inherit the lead and drive on to a Victory over Dan Minikey Jr, AJ Ward, Chad Maurer, and Rusty Ziegler. Heat race wins went to Myron DeYoung, Jason Borton, and Brody Bowser.

Our traveling visitors, the McNeese Manufacturing MORA Mini-Outlaws rolled out for their very eventful feature next. An early Spin by the pole sitter on the green flag lap collected a couple of other cars and forced them to the pits, basically cutting the field in half before we even got a lap in the books. Once the field was reset they were able to click off a few laps on a track a lot faster than they are used to and the threat of a big wreck hung in the air. It finally happened when Nate Jones jumped a tire of a slower car and wrecked off the track in a big way. Rolling a couple of times and eventfully ending up well off the track on the back stretch. Nate was OK. Cycle McNeese was untouchable as he cruised along to a feature win over Nick Holden and Bud Schrader. The heat race also went to McNeese.

Next up was the Kentucky Fried Chicken Late Models for their 30 lap feature and it was Scott Phillips and Zach Olger on the front Row. The green flag flew and Olger was off and running stretching it out to a huge lead over Phillips and the rest of the field. As the laps ticked off the 6r of Carl Ries slowly started to reel in Olger in Rusty Seaver's Knights Auto Sales 18 machine. While it was obvious that Olger was fasted with clear race track in front of him, lap traffic was another story for the St John’s native, allowing Ries to get to within 5 car lengths on the white flag lap. It was not to be however for Ries as Olger was able to hang on for the final lap of a caution free feature and make his way to victory lane over Ries, Scott Baker, Justin Robinson, and Ryan VanderVeen. Heat race winners were Zach Olger and Justin Robinson.

The Smokers Club Street Stocks were the next race on the schedule. Multi time feature winner this season Mike VanderMark Jr started the show way back in the field and was fun to watch as he made his way to the front. Doug Helsel started on the front row and was able to jump out to an early lead over the rest of his competitors. The best battle, however, was for second and Will Stanley, Kyle Prochazka, Shane Spencer and a host of others battled for the opportunity to attempt to chase Helsel down. Helsel was able to fend off all challengers and pick up a feature win in his red number 99 machine over Will Stanley, Mike VanderMark Jr, JR Schmid, and Shane Spencer.

Garrett Wiles was able to drive home to a hard earned victory over Taylor Daniels, Zach Rummer, Tristan Winter, and Chris Decamp. Wiles led only a hand full of laps after the leaders had some problems navigating lap traffic handing the lead over to Wiles with about 3 laps to go and all he had to do was hold on to pick up the checkered flag. Garrett was also able to pick up a heat race win in the racesontheweb.com Flinn stock division

As the Port City Pro Stocks rolled out for their 25 lap feature one thing was on the mind of Gary Buskirk and that was back to back checkered flags. He did not fail. Buskirk was able to work his way to the front in a very fast feature event that saw the points leader going into the night Chaney Newland have mechanical problems and get a very rare DNF. Buskirk was able to hold off Barry Rinard, Don Rohn, Chad Raby, and Derek Schestag. Pro stock heat races went to Don Rohn and Blake Hollenbeck.

The final event of the night belonged to the Engine Pro Pro Tucks as they had 20 laps to settle the score and see who would be victorious. Rookie Richard Melton led the first half of the race until a mistake took him out of contention and handed the lead over to Scott Neiman who didn’t look back. Melton showed a glimpse of what is in store for the truck class in the coming season with a very solid run in his rookie season. Neiman was able to hold on for the win over Tim Wood, Dave Dancer, Ashlee Scott, and Dave Peters. Bob Griffin and Richard Melton were victorious in their heats.

Next week at Crystal Motor finds all six of the regular divisions taking to the track, all sponsored by Blake Hollenbeck Auto of Greenville. Adult admission is $10, kids 5-11 are $4, and pit passes are $25. Pit gates open at 4:30 and the grandstand gates open at 5PM with racing starting at 7:30PM. Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200