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Auto City Speedway Results 5/4/19
After having to postpone the scheduled opening night, the 2019 Season at Auto City Speedway finally was given the green flag by Mother Nature, as the day was full of sunshine and blue skies. The pits were full as well as the grandstands. The Maximum Destruction night was a fun way to start the season.
With a few last minute entries for the Herald Pure Stocks, it was a full field of 17 cars.
Time trials were the first part of the night and it was defending champion and track record holder Jim Miller Jr. taking the fast time with a 16.10 in his #9 Monte Carlo. A very close second just a tick off was Nick Johnston with a 16.11 in his #7X Chevy.
The All American Truck series was in action as well and once qualifying was complete for them, it was the #03 of Jacob Zervan getting the top spot with a 17.97.
The thirty lap Pure Stock feature was first on the event schedule and Jim Miller Jr. had to start in the 8th position due to the “wheel spin” invert. The few late comers were tagged onto the back of the field but all the competitors were set in place for the first race of the year.
As the green flew, drivers jockeyed for position, going three and even four wide right from the first lap. An early leader was Bruce Dutton Jr. with his #19 machine, but his Chevy would develop an oil leak that created plumes of smoke which got him black flagged. The battle continued on as Jim Miller Jr. was working his way to the front challenging Nick Johnston #7X, Adam Rhodes #20, Michael Hayes #53 (in Amanda Clayton’s car due to motor issues with his #12 during hot laps), Bryan Thompson #66 and J.T. James Clayton #54.
As the laps wound down it was Jim Miller Jr. starting off where he left off from last year and getting the win, with J.T. James Clayton second and Adam Rhodes third.
There was a very good field of All American Trucks (18) for the thirty lap feature truck race. Jacob Zervan had to start in the 8th spot as well due to the “wheel spin” invert (just coincidence both fast qualifiers spun an 8). The early laps were led by the orange #98 truck piloted by Josh Beechler. A tire issue would take him out of the running. This let Nick DeBoer #74, Danny Smith #06 and defending champion Josh Delong, in his new #067 truck, to battle for the top spot. When the checkered flag waved, it was Josh Delong getting the win followed by Smith and DeBoer.
The Lipstick Ladies (Auto City’s Powder Puff division) was up now, and as the ladies got going for their 10 lap race, it also was defending champion, Amanda Clayton, in a new bright pink #53 ride, getting the win.
Now the sun was starting to set and it was time to get started with the destruction part of the night. The Chain-Gang race was next and with nine teams (eighteen vehicles) it was the familiar #067 team getting the win. Josh Delong as the tow driver and James Rifki as the towed driver.
The I-75 race (a race developed last year) was next and with twenty two competitors and two buses as obstacles per-say, it was the #116 of Jimmy Bass making his way to the front for the win.
Going into the 11th year, it was now time for the Auto City Figure 8 Division to take the track and with the draw being Chad Lamson #888 getting the pole position for this race, you knew it was going to be tough for the rest of the field. One competitor that has not been in the running for a while was hoping to make it a battle, but Anthony Williams #97 fell out due to mechanical issues. When the fifteen laps were complete, it was Chad Lamson getting the win. On a side note, Chad has won the last 10 F8 Championships since the development of the figure eight back in 2008.
A new race was getting tested this night called “Blind as a Bat Race”, which was drivers having their hoods in a locked UP position for ten laps. As this did pose for a challenge for some, it was Shane Fogarty in his red #87 getting the win followed by Tommy Stacey #616.
The Push Race was set and with ten teams (twenty vehicles) it was the familiar #067 team of Josh Delong and James Rifki getting the win in the twelve lap race. They were followed by a hard charging #57 team of Maverick Marrow and Shane Fogarty.
Next was the sixty lap Enduro Race, which in past years use to be only fifty laps, and that did play into an unforeseen outcome. The forty competitors were lined up three wide for a standing start, and it was wild and wooly for sure when the green dropped. As attrition set in, it definitely thinned the field. A familiar name, Gerald Persails Jr. #80, was up front leading the way, slicing and dicing through traffic. But as the laps wore on, his tire developed a problem and slowed his car down right about at that fifty lap mark. That created a break for Nick DeBoer #74 truck to get the lead away, but as the last laps were being counted, it was Josh Delong’s Crown Vic #067 getting the win coming out of turn four on the last lap. DeBoer finished second with Persails Jr. third.
Skid Cars were on the schedule next and it was a fierce battle between Shane Fogarty #87 and Tommy Stacey #616 going side by side and both even spinning at times with plenty of sparks flying. On one of the last go rounds of the six lap race, Shane got hung up on the brim of turn two and was locked there for a bit which ended up giving the win to Stacey for his first win ever. Also on a side note, that was the first time Shane has been beaten in this race in a very long time.
The School Bus Figure 8 race was next and as the buses were battling for position, when it was said and done, Jeff West #X23 got his first bus win in only his second time driving one.
The last race of the night was the trailer race. After the ten laps were complete, it was that #067 truck getting the win with Josh Delong at the wheel.
Next Saturday, May 11th will be a Mother’s Day celebration with a special deal for moms.
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