This past Saturday marked the end of the first half of the season. It was also the last weekend of NASCAR Whelen All-American series racing until July 14th, when our first half season champions will be crowned and also our first of two Trailer Figure Eight races will be held. Cannot forget, it is also fireworks night!
The night started out again with Duane Bates setting fast time. However, it was a great night for Charles Durst. He racked up three wins, sweeping the preliminary races. Bates was right behind him in each race, putting the pressure on him, but Durst held him off. It was his fourth dash, second heat, and third pursuit wins of the season. The two started side by side to start the feature. Bates used a great start to get the lead from Durst and he set sail to take his third feature win of the season and his second in a row. Bill Welch was third and Billy Strehle took fourth, in his first feature of the season. Bates now leads Durst by 121 points and captured the first half of the season point’s championship.
There was a new name on the top of the qualifying sheet this week in the Way’s Custom Welding Street Stock division. Veteran driver, Scott Skufca, became the fifth different Spee-D-Metals Top Qualifier this season. In the heat race, Keith Platz held off Skufca to take his second dash win of the season. Johnny Canter beat Terry West for the first heat win and Jake Shipman was the winner in the second heat. Skufca found his way to the front and passed the field to win the pursuit race. Canter and Joe Filppi started on the front row of the feature. Canter took the early lead and held off Platz, West, and Bill Johnson. Skufca soon made his way to the front of the pack and found his way to Canter. He set to the outside and was running door to door with Canter, and even edged Canter to lead a few laps. The caution came out on lap 24 and when the lineup was reverted back to the last completed lap, the lead was given to Skufca. On the ensuing restart he used the open track to run his pace and off to his first feature win of the season. Canter held on for second, Shipman third, Platz fourth, and Johnson fifth. Shipman now holds a 146 point lead over Josh Way and secured the first half season points championship.
It was Mike Reed back on top of the qualifying charts in the Rob Moore Attorney at Law Figure Eight division, just edging out Joe March. In the dash it was track record holder, Charles Herrmann, taking the win. Joe March won the heat race, his second of the season, and also took his first pursuit victory of the year. Mike Davis led the field to the green in the feature. He was not there for very long as March stormed from the back of the pack to take the lead on lap two and never let up to take his third feature of the year, his second in two weeks. The win moved him up two spots in the points standings. Reed finished second in the feature, Chuck Sadar was third, Davis was fourth, and Herrmann was fifth. Reed extended his points over Sadar and took home the first half season points championship.
Matt Weigand was back on top as the fast qualifier for the night. Jim Harkins took his first preliminary win of the season by winning the dash. Jack Hribar and Ray Farmer won their first heat races of the season. Ray Castelluccio won his second heat of the season, winning two weeks in a row. Greg McCord, who is filling in for his brother Matt as he recovers from a motorcycle accident, won the pursuit race. Joe Combs came from the middle of the pack and held off Hribar to take the B main feature. The win was his second of the season. In the A main, Aaron Van Dalen and TJ Schinke brought the field to the green. While Van Dalen was holding off challenges for the lead, Kelly Horst was making his way from back. He caught up with Van Dalen on lap eighteen. The two battled before Horst took over and edged Van Dalen to take the win. Horst celebrated his set to celebrate his third win of the season, but following post-race inspection, was disqualified for a rule infraction. His disqualification led to Van Dalen taking his first win of the season. Schinke would finish second, Greg McCord was third, Harkins fourth, and Ben Call would finish fifth. Weigand opened up his points lead to 136 points over Horst and won the first half season championship with ease.
Over the last three weeks, the Renegade Eight division has seen one driver steal the show. Three weeks ago it was Melvin Martin, winning everything but the feature. Two weeks ago it was Ryan Brenner, taking all four wins on the evening. Last weekend Brenner took wins in the dash and the heat, while Martin won the pursuit. This week, it was Chris Morgan. After missing the races last weekend, he was back again and handled the field. He was the feature winner on May 26th, but until this Saturday, he was winless in a preliminary race. That did not last long, as he won the dash, then the heat, and later the pursuit. C.W. Dunham led the field to the green to start the feature, Jack Hribar and Brenner right behind him. Dunham used the constant battles for second to pull away. Brenner, Morgan, and Reed all battled for the second place position, while Dunham stretched his lead. He led all 15 laps to win his first feature race of the season and his career. Brenner won the battle for second, Morgan was third, Reed fourth, and Hribar rounded out the top five. Reed holds a 135 point lead over Allen Filkins Jr., and is the first half season points champion.
The staff and management at Lake County Speedway would like to thank the fans and drivers that came out to the races this past weekend. We would like to welcome everyone back this coming weekend for the Crash-A-Rama series and their ‘Knights of Destruction’ event. Come watch the most destructive night at Lake County Speedway, featuring the following events; Boat and Camper trailer race, FWD demolition derby, chain race, and much more! Visit the Crash-A-Rama series online for more event and competitor information. Be sure to visit us Wednesday night for public go-kart rentals from 4:00-9:00pm at the track, click here for more details.
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