Earl Miles Tops All-Star Field of Modifieds at Springport Motor Speedway
By: Chris Fobbe – Springport Motor Speedway
Springport, Michigan (7/6) – With several area tracks suffering the misfortune of weather, the Springport Motor Speedway saw 23 Drive Train Specialists Modifieds drivers check-in to the pit area to attempt to win the 30-lap feature set to run on a humid Saturday evening. Randy DeBoer, a regular on Saturday nights over at the Berlin Raceway, would lead the field down for the start of the 30-lap main event. It would be multi-time and defending Track Champion Earl Miles jumping out to the early lead. The field would be fast and furious for the first 28-laps, with the 21-car field nearly running flag to flag with no cautions. However, with two laps left to run, the lone caution came out for Tony Pastorino suffering some mechanical issues and stopping on the track. This opened the door for Auto City Speedway regular Greg Fullerton to make a run on Miles. Fullerton would attempt to get the Hanover, Michigan pilot to falter, but it was not to be, as Miles put the hammer down and took his first feature win of the 2013 season. Fullerton was second with Brian Roes, Nyle Weiler and Chance Rice completing the top five. Heat race were won by John Wozniak, Justin Kazmar and Roes, while Weiler was quickest in qualifying, turning a 15.902 second lap around the 3/8s (.375) mile high banked oval.
The travelling stars of the USAC Midwest Ignite Midget Series were on the schedule for two 25-lap feature events. While both races played out differently, the same driver would find his way to victory lane twice with two masterfully driven features to his credit. Cooper Clouse, from Ohio City, Ohio lead the field down for the start of the first feature, and would not be denied in the first race, leading wire to wire to take the opening win over Wil Raber and Nick Hamilton. The second feature would see a complete inversion of the first starting order, putting Calvin Carroll on the pole. C. Carroll would quickly be overtaken by Gage Walker of Indianapolis, Indiana, gathering data while running an experimental Honda engine, to be introduced as the spec motor in the series for 2014. Hamilton would pace the field for the remained of the opening half of the race, but Cooper Clouse, all the way from the tail of the field would snatch the lead away on lap 13, and would not look back as he took the win, his second of the night. Wil Raber was runner up once again, with Austin Nemire completing the podium. Clouse also was fast qualifier with a 15.347.
The ABC Stock Car Series Presented by Duck’s Point C-Store and AP Motors also had three big features to run as well, with the A-Division running a 25-lap main event. John Trudell would lead the field down for the start, but it would be Scott Rugg leading when the field returned to the line. S. Rugg held steady as the field sorted itself behind him. Springport native Cody Eglon would be able to snatch the lead away on lap eight and looked to be running a pretty solid race, until a caution placed him right in the clutches of Andrew Ritter, the evening’s fastest qualifier. Ritter would slip past on lap 18 and would hold steady on his way to the win. Justin Dinzik was second with Eglon, Joe Barnhart and Jeremy Lutz completing the top five.
The B-Division ran their 20-lap feature next. Jerry Schroll was the man to lead the charge down to turn one. Tanner Tallarico would be able to grab the lead by the conclusion of the first circuit, but he would not have an easy race to run. Todd DeWaters would be on the charge, and the two drivers would chase each other to the conclusion, but it would be DeWaters grabbing the checkered flag. Tallarico was second with Craig Stephens, Schroll and Mike Curtiss completing the top five.
The C-Division was the last of the ABC features to run. Quinten Bethke would set the pace down to the green, but it would be a race for the entire 15-lap affair, as Mark Langs Jr. made a charge through the field and was able to grab the lead around the midway point of the event. Langs would hang on to take his first win of the season. Russ Mudge Jr. was second with Marty French, Martin French and Bethke completing the top five.
Andrew Ritter was the fastest qualifier for the ABC Stock Cars with a 16.535. Heat races were won by Mudge, Trudell and Damon Place, while the Duck’s Point C-Store Pizza Dash was won by Mike Curtiss.
This Saturday night at the Speedway sees the return of the Performance Automotive Northwest Super Late Models, as well as a full program for the Duck’s Point C-Store / AP Motors ABC Stock Car Series and the Sport Stocks. It is also Leslie Good Neighbor Night, so anyone with a Leslie address on their ID will get in for free. Adults are just $10, while Seniors are only $8. Everyone 21 and under is admitted for absolutely free. For more information visit us online at www.springportmotorspeedway.com.