Weiler Tops Talented Modifieds Field at Springport
By: Chris Fobbe – Springport Motor Speedway
Springport, Michigan (7/19) – 17 Drive Train Specialists Modifieds were on the grounds for their long awaited return to the 3/8s (.375) mile Springport Motor Speedway. 1998 Track Champion Nyle Weiler would be the man to lead the field down for the initial start. Weiler would be challenged many times in the early runnings of the race before a battle developed between Leroy Butler and Six-time and Defending Track Champion Earl Miles. The hotly contested battle for the runner up position would keep the two nearest challengers at bay as Nyle Weiler managed to escape to his first feature win of the season. Leroy Butler settled for second with Miles, Gord Alblas and St. Marys, Ohio pilot Jason Timmerman completing the top five. Heat race wins were claimed by Nate Moon, 2004 Track Champion Jim Butler and Miles. Jason Timmerman was fastest in qualifying with a 15.745, an average speed of 85.74 mph.
The next feature on the track was the FUG Printing Sport Stocks. Bill McBride started things off on the pole, but it was Dutch and Aaron Taylor slicing through the field to be out front by the conclusion of lap one. Grandpa Dutch lead his grandson around the Speedway in a hotly contested battle, but it was Dutch holding strong up top. Finally, once the white flag waved, Aaron stuck his nose to the inside of Dutch for the lead, but the two made contact. Dutch went sliding through the grass but was able to recover, but Aaron’s ride was left disabled as the field made their way to the finish. Dutch took the win, Jesse Thatcher finished a career high second with Wayne Parkhurst, Darrell Harmon and Aaron Taylor completing the top five. Parkhurst and Dutch Taylor took heat race wins while Aaron Taylor set the mark in qualifying with a 18.838.
The AP Motors A-Division feature was next up with South Bend, Indiana driver Mike Horvath leading the field down for the start. Horvath would fend off early charges from JD Hancock before he was forced to deal with seven time feature winner Joe Barnhart. Barnhart threw everything he had at Horvath in what was a tight, aggressive contest between the two drivers. In the end, it would be Horvath scoring his second feature win of the season. Barnhart settled for second with Hancock, Craig Stephens and John Trudell completing the top five.
The Ducks Point C-Store B-Division was the final feature of the evening. Tony Noble started on the pole, but with some first lap theatrics, Dale Eglon found himself leading the back. There would be battles raging throughout the pack, but Eglon was able to fend off late charges from Randy Riever to take the victory. Riever was second with Bryan Noble, Steve Billingsley and Tim Sharp Jr. completing the top five. A testament to the quality of drivers at the Springport Motor Speedway is the fact that in 87 laps of feature racing amongst all the divisions, only one caution flag was thrown.
The Four-car Dash was won by John Trudell while heat races for the ABC Stock Cars were won by Tony Noble, Dale Eglon and Mike Horvath. Joe Barnhart set the mark in qualifying with a 16.312.
This Saturday night the Kitsmiller RV Super Late Models return to the Speedway. Also on the card will be the ABC Stock Cars presented by AP Motors and the Ducks Point C-Store, and the FUG Printing Sport Stocks. Special additions to the card include the GLOW Vintage Modifieds and by popular demand, the return of Spectator Drags. It is Parma & Homer Good Neighbor Night, so any residents of Parma or Homer get in for absolutely free. Adults are just $10, and anyone 21 and under is free. For more information visit us online at www.springportmotorspeedway.com