Great weather made for the evening perfect. Fans were treated to half priced tickets, dollar hot dogs, numerous prizes and giveaways, and some great racing. There was also a full field for the Kids Big Wheel races, as over thirty kids took to the track during intermission to participate.
Billy Roberts set fast time for the second week straight in the Spee-D-Metals Limited Late Model division. It was Davey Lawson taking the show for the division, breaking through after a slow start to the season last week. Lawson took preliminary wins in the dash and heat races. Current point’s leader Keith Platz won the pursuit. In the feature it was Charles Durst and Lawson bringing the field to the green. Lawson used a great start to slip out in front of Durst for the lead. Lawson held off Duane Bates and Platz to take his first feature win of the season and to become the third winner this season. Platz took second in the feature and extended his points lead over Bates. Bates took third in the feature, which moved him into second in the standings. Roberts and Durst rounded out the top five for the feature.
After three race weekends it is shaping up to be quite the battle in the Way’s Custom Welding Street Stock division. Josh Way, Joe Coursen, and Earl Goldy have been front runners and winners in the last three feature races and are also all within seven points of each other for the points lead. Coursen would take fast time for the evening. Way won the dash, his third straight on the year. Rick Tomcany and Jeremy Holbrook were winners of the heat races and Joe Tillery won the pursuit race, becoming the fourth different winner of the evening. Fred McCord and Bill Johnson brought the field to the green to start the 30 lap feature. It only took eight laps for Goldy, who started tenth in a field of thirteen cars, to make his way to the lead. McCord hung with Goldy for a few laps, but it did not take long and Goldy had checked out. Way and Coursen battled from the back of the pack, but neither could catch Goldy. He would cruise to victory and win by almost half of a track. Way finished second and scored enough points to take over the points lead from Coursen. A third place finish for Coursen helped to keep the gap at five points. Youngsters Johnny Canter III and Jake Shipman made up the rest of the top five.
Mike Reed has his car hooked up and for the second week in a row he has set the track record. Last week his record time was 14.408 and this week he set the time at 14.373. Jason Simak took the checkered flag in the dash race. Chuck Sadar won his second heat race of the season and Joe March made his return to the Figure Eight division by winning the second heat race. Mike Davis held off Joe Malek and March for the pursuit win, his first of the season. Steve Sandli started on the pole for the figure eight feature and battled with Kevin Malek for the lead in the early stages of the race. Sandli lead eleven of the first twelve laps, before losing control of his wagon and became rested against a tire. While he struggled to get his car into reverse, Reed took over the leader with Simak close behind. Reed had battled his way back after an incident on lap five with March. After taking the lead Reed returned the favor. Simak kept Reed in his sights, but was unable to reel him in and make a move. The win was Reed’s second of the season. Simak, March, Kevin Malek, and Randy Lette rounded out the top five in the feature. The win helped Reed extend his points lead over Simak, where he now leads by 66 points.
Since the start of the season there have been eight track records. Matt Weigand has accounted for three of those, breaking his track record again for the third time this season. After his dominating performance last weekend, Weigand struggled to find his way from the back in the preliminary races. Rocky Nails took the win in the dash race. Bobby Combs, Josh Bee, and TJ Schinke were all winners in their heat races. Tim Cloutman won the pursuit, holding off Mike Reed Jr. In the B feature rookie drivers Jack Hribar and David Guinn led the field to the green. Jimmy Bee jumped out to an early lead. He led until the midway point when Mike Liddy took over the lead. With three laps left Joe Combs found his way around Liddy after making his way from the rear of the field. Josh Bee was hot on his trail and made the race to the finish interesting. The win was Combs first on the season and his first since 2010. Josh Bee, Liddy, Jimmy Bee, and Jim Harris made up the top five. Jim Harkins made it back after a big crash last weekend. He would start alongside Bill McLendon to start the A feature. Neither driver could stop Matt Weigand from getting to the lead. Coming from last, Weigand made it to the front in ten laps. Harkins battled with Weigand for the lead and took it back for a few laps before breaking out of his time. On the next restart Weigand had open track and ran off with the race. It is his second win the season, coming off a victory last weekend. Horst, Nails, Matt McCord, and Schinke rounded out the top five. The win put Weigand 63 points ahead of Horst for the points lead.
To put it simple, Mike Reed has not been touched in the Renegade 8 class this season. Reed swept the evening, taking home wins in the dash, heat, pursuit, and the feature. However, it was first time driver Chris Morgan who gave him a run. Morgan made Reed work for his heat and feature win. Morgan led the field to the green to start the feature. He jumped to a big lead while Reed worked his way through the pack. Morgan led ten laps before Reed reeled him in and it only took one slip before Reed overtook Morgan for the win. Once Reed had the lead, he jumped out to a lead and went on to win his third straight feature in the class. The second week in a row he has won both figure eight class features.
The staff and management at Lake County Speedway would like to thank the fans and drivers that came out this past weekend and would like to invite everyone back this coming weekend for Military Night and Parking Lot Drags. It is your opportunity to take your own car on the track to compete against other fans in what is always an exciting event. Then join us for more racing on Monday May 28th, as we host area drivers for our annual Memorial Day Invitational races. On tap will be a 75 lap Modified feature race and also a 150 lap Street Stock race. There is going to be a lot of great racing next weekend, be sure to not miss it!
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