Monday May 28th marked the second Memorial Day street stock invitational. This year modifieds were added to the raceday lineup to make for more exciting racing on Memorial Day. Cars from around the Northeast Ohio area came to take part in the ‘Shootout by the Shore 150’ street stock race and also the ‘Memorial 75’ modified race.
It was the first of many big modified races to come. It is one of the largest purses in the area, with over $3000 up for those who raced. Mike Lawson was back for another shot to win at the track he grew up on. Lawson started the day heading in the right direction by setting the fast time. Leading the field to the green of the first annual ‘Memorial 75’ was Chris Hettinger, first time visitor to Lake County Speedway from Michigan, and Sandusky native Kevin Jaycox. Jaycox took the early lead and defended it until lap 42. The first caution came out on lap 42 as Stacey Gerken of Sandusky and Jaycox made contact going into turn three. The contact made Gerken’s car unsettled and sent him into the outside wall. The hit took him out for the day and moved Lawson to the outside of Jaycox on the ensuing restart. Lawson used the restart to get in front of Jaycox and would hold the lead for the last eight laps on his way to victory. Lawson became the second modified winner at Lake County Speedway, joining the list with Matt Marlowe. Marlowe finished second, Hettinger came in third, Jaycox fourth, and Gerken fifth.
Not too many tracks hold a race quite like the ‘Shootout by the Shore’. Not only is there one 150 lap race planned this season, but on September 3 we will be hosting local street stock drivers to come do it again for the Frank Lett Memorial. The warm weather made it a true test of endurance, but fourteen cars accepted the challenge and came out for the chance at their part of the over $6000 purse.
Local driver Josh Way set the fast time for the field. Starting the feature on the front row was Kevin Jackson and Barberton Raceway Park driver Rick Pereces. Unlike the modified race the caution flew early, as a scary wreck unfolded on lap one involving Joe Tillery and Kevin Jackson. Fortunately Tillery was able to walk away from the accident, but his car was not in the same shape to do so. Only four laps later there was another pile up in turn three that involved three cars as Pereces made contact with Jake Shipman and sent Shipman spinning in front of the entire field. Four different drivers took turns leading in the first ten laps of the race. Kevin Jaycox, who was pulling double duty racing both features, took the lead on lap ten and opened up a lead. Like all fast qualifiers do at Lake County Speedway, Way started the ‘Shootout’ at the back of the pack. That would not last long. Within 24 laps Way was in the lead and opened up some track between him and second place. Before the midway point at lap 75, Way was well on his way to lapping drivers. The second half of the race was nothing different. Way opened up a lead, but was closely followed by Scott Skufca. After a restart on lap 104, due to Jaycox losing his breaks and making contact with the wall, Skufca used a good restart to jump out into the lead. His time up front was short lived as Way took over the lead on lap 111 and brought home the ‘Shootout by the Shore’ victory. Way lead 121 of the 150 laps in the race.
The staff and management at Lake County Speedway would like to thank the fans and drivers that came out this past weekend and give a special thanks to all the members of our military and veterans that joined us. We would like to welcome everyone back this coming weekend for Heroes Night and the ARCA truck series. Come back to see the ARCA trucks make their first of two stops at Lake County Speedway, to run a 100 lap feature. Last season the trucks put on one of the best shows of the season and are bound to have a repeat performance!
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