Results June 2nd 2018autocity
Auto City Results 6/2/18
This past Saturday night at Auto City Speedway was packed full of excitement, racing, Mardi Gras fun and a splash of destruction. Mother Nature decided to bless all in attendance with some decent weather, so it was a perfect night for all the activities. Plus it was one of two nights that the ICAR Modified Series was going to be at Auto City.
Qualifying started with the All American Truck Series and it was the familiar #067 Josh Delong taking the pole with a 17.94. The ICAR Mod’s qualified next on the big track and it was the #14 of Buddy Gray taking the number one spot with a 16.11. Then the popular Herald Pure Stocks came out and when it was all said and done, it was hot shoe, Jim Miller Jr. #9 with a time of 16.29.
With the Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club (M.A.R.F.C.) in attendance, they opened the night with a presentation of a driver’s helmet bag to the Herald Pure Stock driver #3W Jeff West.
So it was onto racing for the night opening with the Pure Stock heat races. The heat races were a true showing of how the night was going to progress. In the first heat, it was first time winner in the Pure Stocks, Greg Long #21 taking the win from a challenging Roy Long III #14 as he did everything he could to get by Greg. In the third spot was Brent Mars #27.
The second heat was just as exciting, but it was the fast qualifier Jim Miller Jr. taking the win over Josh Delong #067 and Bruce Dutton #19 respectfully.
There were two scheduled heats for the All American Truck Series and the first heat went to Greg Long #21 doing double duty and his first win in the truck series followed by Brad Reseigh #7 and Nick DeBoer #74.
The second heat was an intense battle with Jimmy Bass #116, Josh Delong #067 and Anthony Richardson #422 as they exchanged the lead a few times. But it ended up being Josh Delong taking the win over Jimmy and Anthony.
The ICAR Mods came out to do some final hot laps to get their rides shook out for their 50 Lap feature, as is was a stout field who showed up. A couple honorable mentions would go to Darrel McManus #78 who had not been in a race car in seventeen years and was also going to be racing with his son, David McManus #7. Also Don O’Guinn, who has not been in a race car for a few years in competition, ended up piloting the #34 normally driven by Nick Clemens.
Intermission was fun filled with the drivers coming out on to the front stretch on top of race trucks and the mean green machine bus tossing over 8,000 beads to the fans while Cajun music added to the ambiance.
So the Herald Pure Stock 30 lap feature was next up and it was so exciting. With fifteen cars starting, it was anybody’s race. Fast qualifier Jim Miller Jr. had to start in the tenth position due to the inversion. When the green flag dropped, it was intense from the start. As the drivers were slicing and dicing through the pack, Jim Miller Jr., Andrew Burton #05, Chad Lamson #888, Josh Delong #067, Michael Hayes #12 and James Clayton #54 were all battling side by side for position. As the laps wound down, it was a three way battle with the #9, #05 and #888 all challenging for the lead. Jim Miller Jr. kept it up front with the two others on his outside and inside. As they got to the last 5 laps, the #05 got into the back of the #9 and had to start back at the rear. That left Chad Lamson and Jim Miller Jr. to battle for the #1 spot. As they battled side by side for the last few laps, it was Jim Miller Jr. getting the win with Chad coming in second, then Josh Delong, Tom Logie #71 making his way up to fourth and Andrew Burton getting back up to finish in the fifth spot.
The ICAR Modifieds 50 lapper was next on the schedule and with the sun going down, plus cooler temps, the track was in perfect shape. When the green flew, it was the #4 of Joey Morisette leading the way for most of the race, but as the field shuffled out, he was joined by a few competitors who eventually made their way around him. With the completion of the 50 laps with no yellows, it was Australian native, Greg Fullarton #05 taking the checkered followed by fast qualifier Buddy Gray #14, David McManus #7, Kyle Purvis #13 and Joey coming home fifth.
The All American Truck 25 lap feature was next and with fourteen trucks starting, it was the making of a good feature. With the start of the race, going down the backstretch Ryan Cudd #121 truck got loose and ended up on his side. He climbed out OK, but did not continue. There was some awesome side by side racing in this feature as well. Greg Long #21, Anthony Richardson #422, Jimmy Bass #116 and Josh Delong #067 were all up at the front one time or another. By lap ten it was a three way battle with Richardson, Delong and Bass. Then, Jimmy Bass was coming out of turn four and ended up hitting the front stretch wall big time, which drew a red. He got out a bit shaken and sore, but his truck was done for the night. That left the #067, #422 and the Michael Meyer #12 trucks battling for the lead. At the end of the 25 laps, it was 2017 AAT Series Champion Josh Delong taking the win over Richardson, Meyer, Nick DeBoer #74 and Greg Long.
Next was the Auto City Figure 8 fifteen lap race. With twelve competitors, which included Jim Miller Jr. (only his second F8 race ever at Auto City), Josh Delong, Andrew Burton and a host of others, you knew this was going to be exciting. As the field jockeyed for position, it was a two way battle with Burton and Chad Lamson, who brought out his white Cadillac #888 for this one. As Chad was all over Andrews’s bumper, he eventually did get by him for the win and Josh Delong came home third.
The final race of the night was a Trailer Figure 8 Race and the one word that describes it best was WOW. With all kinds of decorated trailers, sixteen to be exact, it was total carnage from the start. Dillon Eaton #J03 was towing a huge travel trailer and was leading the pack from the pace lap. As the race progressed the weight of the trailer got the best of him and teetered back and forth until it ended up on its side. Thing was, all the racers behind him had nowhere to go as the trailer blocked the end of a straightaway. Which in turn, Cam King #116 (driving Jimmy Bass’s other truck) got flipped onto his side. This brought out a red flag and Cam climbed out OK, but not so much for the cars into the trailer. As the Auto City Safety crew cleared most of the vehicles and the track, the race went back to green. As attrition wore on, the trailers became less and less. At the end of the 10 laps, it was Josh Delong #067 getting the win. Then the long process of cleaning up the mess ensued and what a mess it was.
So the fans got to see an exciting night of racing and wrecking and now onto the next one. Please go to www.autocityspeedway.com for the full schedule of events to come and we’ll “See You At The City”.