It was another great day at the track, with mild temps and clear skies. The weather sure is unpredictable in Ohio, but one thing is for certain, that we have had some great nights for racing this season. This past Saturday was one of the better nights thus far.
There was a small field on hand for the Spee-D-Metals Limited Late Model division. Keith Platz was on top of the speed charts, taking his third straight fast time of the season. However, it was Charles Durst who took the dash and heat wins. In the pursuit, it was Durst out front leading, until an altercation early in the race put him in the wall. Platz had just passed Bill Welch and Duane Bates seconds before, and would take the win. Durst walked away from the accident and would get his car fixed for the feature. He started alongside Welch to bring the field to the green. Welch jumped out to the lead, as Bates and Platz slipped around Durst to take second and third. Welch led the early laps until contact with Bates on lap three upset his car and sent him into the front stretch wall. While he was able to remove himself from his own car, Welch was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures. On the restart, Bates retained the lead and held on to take the shortened race for his fourth win of the season. Durst took home second and Platz would take the third position.
There were a lot of cars on hand for the extra payout and laps on Saturday in the Way’s Custom Welding Street Stock division. Scott Scufka set the fast time for the night, the second time in the last two weeks. Rodney Reynolds won the dash, his second in the last two weeks. Johnny Canter III beat points leader, Jake Shipman, for the first heat win, while Josh Way took the win over Josh Nyznik in the second heat. Shipman would take the checkers in the pursuit race, beating Bill Johnson to take the win. Fifteen cars took to the track for the start of the feature. Leading them to the green was Mike Kieran and Fred McCord. Kieran took the early lead, and was holding strong out front, keeping the field right behind him. He remained out front until a lap thirteen accident took him out of the race. Kieran, who was hit broadside in the accident, was a little shaken up from the hit. He walked away to be checked out by the EMS safety team at the track and was alright. The racing resumed with McCord in the lead and Mike Towne in second. Not too far behind in third was Way. Way had made his way from the rear of the field to take the third position in just thirteen laps. He made quick work of Towne and closed in on McCord. He gave Way a fight for the lead, but on lap 21 Way was out front and checked out on the field. Just was Way made his way to the front, so did Scott Scufka. A caution on lap 31 helped get him from eighth to second place. On the restart Scufka went to work trying to get around the Mr. Muffler machine. He spent the final nineteen laps working on Way for the lead. Way would go on to take the win, his second in a row and third of the season. Scufka took second, Reynolds third, Joe Lombardo fourth, and Towne rounded out the top five. Shipman came home in ninth position, which allowed Way to cut into the 126 point deficit he had at the start of the night and make it 77.
It was Mike Reed setting the fast time for the evening in the Rob Moore Attorney at Law Figure Eight division. Chuck Sadar took the first race of the night, nabbing his second dash win of the season. Reed was a winner in the heat, beating Chad Davis for the win. Charles Herrmann took the win over Reed in the pursuit race. Sadar brought the field to the green, and would also lead the first lap of the race before Chad Tekavic took over. He would lead the remaining nineteen laps to take his first win of the season. Chad Davis took second, Reed limped to a third place finish after taking a hit from Justin Bever in the intersection, Mike Davis fourth, and Sadar fifth.
This has been a year for track records, but we have not seen one in months. That drought ended Saturday with Matt Wiegand setting the Sam & Tommy’s Factory Four track record. He took his original time from 15.111 to a 15.036. Ben Call, last week’s feature winner, took the dash win to start the night off. Jimmy Bee was the winner in the first of four heat races. Joe Hutchinson took the second heat, BJ Wollerman won his first race in the third heat, and Lee Caranci was the winner in the fourth heat in a fiasco finish. Dylan Atwell took a hard hit in the end of the race and was taken for precautions. He would be alright and was back in the stands to watch the end of the races. Ray Castelluccio took the win in the pursuit, holding off a charging Kelly Horst and Matt Wiegand. It is becoming a regular routine to have three feature races. Jimmy Bee led from the start in the C main to take his first feature win of the season. Bobby Combs and Joe Hutchinson battled in the B main for the lead during the early laps of the affair. Rocky Nails moved into second midway through the race, but was unable to get around Hutchinson for the win. The win marked his first of the season, in only his second start. Bill McLendon led from the pole in the A main, before Aaron Van Dalen took the lead on lap five. His time up front was short as Wiegand made his way through the pack to take over on lap seven. Soon after he took the lead, he checked out and went on the take his fifth of the season and second in a row. In second, was Call, third, TJ Schinke, fourth, Castelluccio, and fifth, Van Dalen.
The only thing that kept Mike Reed from starting to sweep the night again in the Renegade Eight division was he did not start the dash. He was fresh off a sweep last weekend, winning all four races. While he did not have a sweep, he did have a perfect points night. Reed won the heat, pursuit, and feature races to claim the most points possible in one night for the division. It was his seventh win of the season and helped him extend his points lead to 166 points over Allen Filkins Jr. Ryan Brenner took second in the feature and a heat race, Jack Hribar was third in the feature, Allen Filkins Jr. was fourth, and Jeremy Wheeler finished fifth. Wheeler was also the winner in the dash race, his first race ever in the division.
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 for this coming weekend to be a part of our Truck Night. It is going to be a night full of great entertainment that feature a truck Tug-o-War, Skid Plate racing, and visit from the Bandolero racecars. Grandstands will open at 4:00pm and racing starts at 6:00pm. 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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