Obrinske Wins Last Lap Thriller at Springport
By: Chris Fobbe - Springport Motor Speedway
Springport, MI (7/11) -- The Third Annual Moonshine Run was a celebration of not only the history of circle track racing, from the days of the Moonshine Runners trying to see who had the fastest car, but it was also a showcase for the immense local talents of the Springport Motor Speedway to engage in a display of bravery and ability that is second to none in non-professional sporting events.
Mike Havens started the 25-lap A-Division feature on the pole, which would lead to a trio of laps lead upon the initial start, before being overtaken by Jordan Harvey. Six-time track Champion Earl Miles, making his 2015 debut would sneak by on lap five and would engage with points leader Tyler Hufford in a hot battle for the top spot. However, a flat tire would send Miles off of the track for a change and would relegate him to restarting at the rear of the field. This would give clear sailing to Hufford as he went on to take his sixth win of the season. Craig Stephens was second, with Miles, Randy Riever and Harvey closing out the top five.
Corby Howk was on pole for the B-Division 20-lap feature. He would manage to hold the lead for the opening seven laps, before Tom Coleman was able to take the lead away. Coleman had a handful of laps on point, but it was to be Defending Track Champion Bryan Noble taking the lead away, and finishing out the race up front. Coleman was second with Dan Lewis, Darrell Taylor and Howk completing the top five.
Quinten Bethke would overcome a strong field of C-Division cars to pick up his first career feature win. After Brian Barden and Tony Noble had their shifts at the front of the field, Bethke was able to jump up front, and then would hold on for his first ever feature win. Rich Kinch was second with Tony Noble, Tommy Williams, and Brian Barden completing the top five.
Tyler Hufford was fastest in ABC qualifying with a 16.11 (83.79 mph). Tony Noble, Dan Lewis, Mike Havens and Earl Miles were heat race winners.
The Sport Stocks were next up, and it would be Aaron Taylor once again putting on a display to take the win, after wrestling the lead away from Nick Leonard on lap two. Leonard would come home second with points leader Greg Pinard third, Abby Looman fourth and Ryan Hufford fifth. Darrell Harmon and Taylor won the heat races with Taylor also scoring fast qualifier honors with a 18.916 (71.36 mph).
The final feature event of the evening was the Drive Train Specialists Modifieds feature event and it was a barn burner. Leroy Butler started on the pole and held the point for 99% of the event, but it was to be Walt Obrinske Jr. nipping Butler at the line to claim the win as the checkered flag flew. Butler was second with Phil Massuch, Logan Parker, and Nyle Weiler completing the top five. Shawn Grace, Mat Vainner and Leroy Butler were heat race winners, and Obrinske was quickest in qualifying with a 15.672 (86.14 mph).
The GLOW Modifieds were also in attendance for a special added attraction. Tony Campbell was the feature winner over Ken Quimby and Bob Spencer Jr.
The next event on the calendar for the Springport Motor Speedway on July 25th is Vintage Car night featuring 2 clubs VARC Vintage Auto Race Club, and the Michiana Race Club showing their preserved race cars of the past. Also on the card are the Outlaw Super Late Models, ABC Stock Cars and Sport Stocks. It is also Good Neighbor Night for Parma and Homer.