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