A Quick, Clean Night at Springport Motor Speedway
By: Chris Fobbe – Springport Motor Speedway
Springport, MI (8/10) – A warm summer night and hot racing greeted race fans as they piled into the Springport Motor Speedway for an exciting night of racing featuring the traveling stars of the Michigan Legends Series.
The Michigan Legends were the first feature of the night, running a 20-lap campaign around the picturesque 3/8s (.375) mile oval. Greg Rudzik lead the field down for the start, but it would be Cole Landau sneaking past on the outside to take the lead on lap one. It would however, be 14 year old Ontario-native Grant Quinlan who would steal the show, making a charge from the back of the field to snag the lead by lap three. Quinlan would put distance between himself and the rest of the field as the laps clicked off. The event would go caution free, as Quinlan took the win. Matt Todd was second, with Sean McPherson, Tony Monge and Cole Landau completing the top five. Quinlan also took the heat race win, with McPherson setting the mark in qualifying with a 17.328.
Next up would be the Performance Automotive Northwest Super Late Models, lining up for a star studded feature event. Bob Bauer would start things off up front, before Dave Stehouwer took command by the conclusion of lap one. Stehouwer would set the pace past the halfway mark, but Phil Massuch would make a daring pass as they dove into turn one. Massuch would hold the point for the remainder of the event, taking the big win. Stehouwer settled for second with Dan Krzywosinski, Brian Huntley and Evan Barrett completing the top five. Heat race wins would go to Stehouwer and Steve Dorer, while Massuch was quickest in qualifying with a 15.558.
The next feature to hit the Speedway would be the Duck’s Point C-Store A-Division feature. Amber Slagle set the pace early on, but it would be Kalamazoo Speedway regular Ben Beeler was able to snag the lead away on the lone restart of the race. Jeremy Lutz would come home second with Slagle, Joe Barnhart, and Andrew Ritter completing the top five.
The AP Motors B-Division feature was next up, with Mark Langs Jr. leading the field down for the start. Langs would do a great job holding the field behind him, until Tom Coleman was able to sneak by on lap six. Coleman would hold the point for a few laps, until John Trudell snuck past on lap nine. Trudell would hang on until the checkered flag fell. Coleman was second with Matt Holcomb, Craig Stephens and Todd DeWaters finishing off the top five.
The final feature of the evening was the C-Division feature. This race would run caution free, but would see plenty of hard hitting action. Rick Deskins started things off from the pole, but Martin French and Robert Kerber would sneak past and begin a duel for the top spot, with Kerber getting the advantage. Kerber held the point until Rich Kinch was able to get by on lap 11. Kerber would come home second with Jerry Schroll, Shawn Kinch and Martin French completing the top five.
Heat races for the ABC Stock Cars were won by Rich Kinch, Trudell and Lutz, with Andrew Ritter setting the fastest lap with a 16.435. Cody Eglon was the winner of the RacingPartSales.com Dash.
This Saturday night is looking to be another exciting night, with the Drive Train Specialists Modifieds making their return, along with the Duck’s Point C-Store / AP Motors ABC Stock Cars and the Sport Stocks. It is also Portland Good Neighbor Night. Anyone with a Portland ID will get in for free. Adults are $10, Seniors $8 and everyone 21 and under gets in for free. For more information, visit us online at www.springportmotorspeedway.com.