Randy Day Crowned 2014 OSLM Track Champion to Springport
By: Chris Fobbe – Springport Motor Speedway
Springport, Michigan (8/23) – With a slim nine-point margin being the difference between Randy Day of Suttons Bay, Michigan and three-time Track Champion Brian Huntley entering the night, the 30-lap Kitsmiller RV Super Late Models feature was going to be a nail biter. The two Championship contenders would start second and third on the grid respectively as Eaton Rapids, Michigan veteran Bob Bauer started things off from the pole. Bauer impressed early, and seemed to be holding steady, until a caution would allow for the field to be bunched back up. On lap 12 Ohio-veteran Jack Landis would take command of the top spot. Landis would be forced to contend with four-time feature winner Dan Krzywosinski, but it was not to be, as Landis claimed his first win of the 2014 season. Krzywosinski was second with Justin Claucherty, Steve Dorer and Bauer completing the top five. By virtue of his finish just outside of the top five, Randy Day would be crowned 2014 Track Champion. Aaron Taylor and Day took heat race wins, while Krzywosinski was fastest in qualifying with a 15.305 (88.206 mph).
The AP Motors A-Division feature started off with two time feature winner Mike Horvath starting off on the pole. Horvath looked strong in the early runnings, but JD Hancock would charged through the field. The Onstead, Michigan driver was able to overcome Horvath in the caution free event and would go on to claim his first ever Feature win. Horvath was second with Joe Barnhart, Earl Miles and Craig Stephens completing the top five.
The Ducks Point C-Store B-Division was next out with Brian Barden starting things off up front. Barden would quickly be overtaken by Robert Kerber of Battle Creek, Michigan. Kerber had things well in hand for the first half of the race before he would be overtaken by Jordan Harvey. Harvey would lead the last half of the event as he went on to take his first one of the season. Randy Riever was second with Mike Havens, Bryan Noble and Kerber completing the top five.
Heat race wins were claimed by Mike Havens, Randy Riever and JD Hancock. Joe Barnhart was the quickest qualifier with a 16.268 (82.985 mph).
The final event of the evening would be the FUG Printing Sport Stocks. It would be a hard fought battle between Defending Track Champion Aaron Taylor and opening night feature winner Rick Peck. The two drivers would battle within inches of each other for the duration of the event, without touching once. In the end it was Peck taking the win with a last lap pass. A. Taylor was second with Randy Clingan, Dutch Taylor and Wayne Parkhurst completing the top five. Aaron Taylor would take the heat race win and set fast time with a 18.825 (71.713 mph).
Tim Kulikowski in his Lincoln LS won his third straight Spectator Drags competition.
This Saturday night we crown the remainder of our 2014 Track Champions with hotly contested battles in all divisions. The Drive Train Specialists Modifieds, AP Motors / Ducks Point C-Store ABC Stock Cars and FUG Printing Sport Stocks will be on the card. It is also Good Neighbor Night for Potterville, Michigan residents - show your ID and get in free. All other adults are just $10 with anyone 21 and under free. For more information visit us online at www.springportmotorspeedway.com.