The weather was perfect for racing and apparently fast racecars. It was a day for track records and not just one, but four. The ‘fast four’ from this past weekend were Billy Roberts in the Limited Late Models, Mike Reed in Figure Eight, Matt Weigand Factory Four, and Earl Goldy in Street Stocks.
Billy Roberts started the night for the Spee-D-Metals Limited Late Models by breaking Duane ‘Buzz’ Bates track record. Roberts turned a 12.782 and narrowly surpassed Bates 12.796 set last September. Unfortunately for Roberts that was the highlight of his evening. Stealing the show was veteran driver, and 2000 Trophy Stock champion, Rodney Saunders. Saunders took wins in both the dash and pursuit preliminary races. Point’s leader and last year’s champion Keith Platz took the heat win. In the feature Charles Durst and Davey Lawson brought the field to the green flag. Durst went on to lead the first few laps until Saunders took the lead from him on lap six. Saunders defended the lead from Platz and held off Bates for his first feature win of 2012. Platz would finish third with Roberts and Durst rounding out the top five. Platz maintained his points lead, but the victory Saturday night for Saunders moved him into second place and ten points behind.
Last weekend Joe Coursen broke his own track record. It would not last long. Earl Goldy now owns the title. Goldy turned a 14.138, just 0.061 faster than Coursen’s record time last from week. However, it was Josh Way that stole the show from Goldy. Way took wins in the dash and his heat race. Johnny Canter III took the checkered flag in the second heat and Goldy took a win in the pursuit race. For the second week in a row Canter started on the outside pole to start the feature. This week he was able to jump out front and lead the first five laps of the affair before Josh Way was able to take the lead. Once Way got to the lead he took off. It was not until midway that Coursen found his way to the back bumper of Way. Way would hold off Coursen and take his first feature win of the season. The win also knocked some points off Coursen’s point, making the gap between first and second in the standings only three points. Goldy took third in the feature; Canter and Shipman also took home top five finishes.
Point’s leader and five time champion Mike Reed began his evening by breaking Ken Bender’s track record from last season. Reed set the new track record at 14.408 from Bender’s 14.488 set last September. Only two drivers would visit victory lane on the evening. Randy Lette was a winner in the dash and pursuit races and Reed took wins in the heat and feature races. Lette started from the pole in the feature and lead until exactly half way. From there Reed took over and never let up. On the final lap the race got interesting when last week’s feature winner Jason Simak was hit in the cross by rookie driver Kevin Malek. At the time Simak was running second, but the hit left him without his steering and allowed Lette to get back to the finish line for second. Simak would limp back for third and Mike Davis and Kevin Malek would round out the top five.
Unlike last week where multiple drivers won, this week one driver won about every race. That driver was Matt Weigand. Weigand had a ‘sweep’, where one driver wins all the points races they start in for one evening. The only thing better than a ‘sweep’ is a ‘perfect’ evening, where a driver wins every race they start. Joe Coursen and Scott Harris both had ‘perfect’ evenings last season. Weigand also broke his track record from last season, taking his time from last September of 15.320 to 15.141. Gary Drake Jr. would take the win in the dash race, which featured six drivers instead of four competing for a $100 prize that was put up by Rich Naumann of L&R Asphalt in Painesville. From there Matt Weigand won his heat and later the pursuit. Mike Liddy and Joe Combs were also heat winners. It was Ryan Lamont jumping out to an early lead in the 15 lap B feature. He would lead 14 laps on his way to victory. In the A feature it would be the second week straight and the third time BJ Wollerman has started up front. His night was cut short after making heavy contact with a parked Matt Pierce on the backstretch. On the following restart Ben Call was the leader. His time up front was also short lived as Weigand, coming from the back, would steal the lead. Weigand took over and set sail. The race was cut two laps short after a scary accident on lap 18 saw the machines of Drake, Jim Harkins, and Matt McCord tangle up in turn three. The three collided with the outside wall between turns 3 and 4 where Drake’s Dodge Neon rolled up on its left side before tumbling back onto all four wheels. All three drivers walked away from the accident, but the same could not be said for the three vehicles. Weigand took home the win as Call, Rocky Nails, Kelly Horst, and McCord made up the top five.
Mike Reed split the Figure Eight races with Randy Lette, but in the Renegade 8 division he split with Allen Filkins Jr. Filkins Jr. took wins in the heat and pursuit races, while Reed took wins in the dash and feature. In the feature race Reed came from the back to take his second straight win in the division this season and in his career. The win would extend his points lead over Filkins Jr. in which he now leads by 29 points.
It was the largest field for a skid plate race to date. Nine cars lined up on the start finish line for the start of the race. Winners from last year, Allen Filkins and TJ Schinke, lead at the early stages of the ten lap race. James ‘Bo’ Hayes even took the lead for a lap, but first time skid plate driver at Lake County Speedway Tim Gillette would take the win. Gillette traveled from Pennsylvania to compete in the race and seems it was well worth the trip. Gillette also took second place in last year’s Turkey Leg 150 enduro and has wins all around the area for enduro races.
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 see everyone back this coming weekend for Fan Appreciation Night and also our Kids Big Wheel races. Bring the family and your little one’s Big Wheel for their chance to go on the track during intermission to race!
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