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Auto City Speedway Results 5/22/21
This past Saturday, Auto City Speedway had a full night of racing for the 2021 season and it was not a disappointment at all. The night started out pretty warm with a steady breeze and some overcast, but was perfect for the nights racing.
The new format of qualifying started the night. Qualifying is now done with transponders and in groups for 8 laps. The best time in each group is tabulated and then the overall fastest among all groups is then determined.
First up was the Muffler Man All American Truck series. After the three groups of the trucks completed their rounds, it was Josh Delong (#067) getting fast time with a 17.73. There were a total of twenty-three trucks total this night.
It was the Herald Pure Stocks up next and Bruce Dunton Jr. (#19) took the top spot with a 16.20 out of the fifteen competitors on hand tonight.
The Modifieds made their return in quite some time and once qualifying was finished, it was Travis Eddy (#78) turning a 15.95 on the ½ mile track
The new “City 6 Cylinders” were on the schedule and their feature was first up. This is a brand new class and debuted tonight. It is an introductory class for youths 12-17 years old. The competitors had some awesome looking rides and for their first time being on the track did well. After the 10 laps, when the checkered flag flew, it was Cameron Delong (#95) in his ‘Lighting McQueen’ replica car getting the win over Emily Clayton (#2) and Silas Clayton (#12).
The Herald Pure Stocks were up next for their thirty lap feature and when the green flag flew, it was on, well for a quick moment as Amanda Clayton (#53) had a motor issue putting down some oil. After the yellow flag and a cleanup, it was a complete restart. Chad Lamson (#888) and Michael Hayes (#12) were on the front row leading the pack to the green. When the green flag flew, the drivers didn’t let up from the very first lap. It was side by side racing from the front to the rear of the field. Lamson had the early lead being pursued by Hayes, Tony Williams (#97), Dunton Jr. and Andrew Burton (#05).
As the laps ticked away, at lap fifteen, it was Lamson and Burton battling, but Burton lost a motor making Rick Smith (#98) spin out in turn two. Then it was Lamson and Williams the ones battling for the lead being trailed by Hayes and Dunton Jr. At lap twenty it was Williams getting the top spot with Lamson, Hayes and Andrew Shelters (#0-note-driving Nathan Rowe’s car) all in tandem. When the checkered flew, it was Tony Williams for the win.
It was now time for the thirty five lap feature for the Modifieds on the big track. The field was filled with some very reputable drivers, in fact, some of the best of the best in the tristate area, with the likes of Trevor Berry (#43-note; driving Ken O’Conner’s car), Scottie Lamp (#2), David McManus (#7), Kyle Hayden (#22), Robbie Johnson (#21), Travis Eddy (#78), Chris Sterns (#M15) and Rick Wiecorek (#1).
As Johnson and McManus lead the field to the green, it was great to hear the roar of the horsepower resonating in the stands again. Wiecorek led the early laps, but Sterns and Berry were working their way up to battle for that lead. By lap ten, it was Chris Sterns getting the lead with Berry in tow, but working his way up from the rear was Travis Eddy getting up to third by lap thirteen. As the laps counted down, Eddy did get up to the second spot, but Sterns had a pretty good size lead. Regardless, Eddy as the driver he is, had his sights set on that #M15 machine. By lap thirty, Eddy was close trying to figure a game-plan to get around Sterns. When they crossed the finish line, Chris Sterns held on for the win, followed by Travis Eddy and David McManus. During the interview, you could tell Sterns had to work for that one, but he did show that he still knows how to get it done at Auto City, being a past champion in 2011.
Now it was time for the Muffler Man All American Truck thirty lap feature. With twenty three competitors, you knew this race was going to be good. In the front row leading them around to the green flag was Greg Long (#21) and Danny Smith (#06). When the green dropped, it was Smith jumping to an early lead followed by Long, Paul Rigda III (#43), Zach Lopez (#18) and Josh Delong (#067). As the lead pack started to encounter lapped traffic, it was Rigda getting the lead away from Smith. By lap ten, Delong had worked his way up to second followed by Long. At the halfway mark, Delong got past Rigda and didn’t look back. When all was said and done, it was Delong, Rigda, Long, Greggy Long (#38-note; Greg Longs son). The Auto City Figure 8 was the last race of the night and it was not to disappoint. With nine drivers taking the green, it was past multi-time champion Chad Lamson jumping to an early lead of the fifteen lap race, with Dave Marsh (#36) in second. As the field started to separate a bit, it was Tony Williams working his way up to second. At lap eleven, Williams was following right in Lamson’s tire tracks and right at his back bumper. The two battled big time with both having smoke coming off their rear tires at each end of the track as they were to the point of power sliding around the turns. These two are two of the best in the AC figure 8.
As Williams put the pressure on, at lap twelve, he did get by Lamson and held him off for the last three laps for the win.
Next Saturday, May 29th, is the “Mega-Monster Memorial Day Maximum Destruction” sponsored by Muffler Man of Michigan with a special guest of MEGASARSUS, the fire breathing, car eating Monster Robot. All the action starts at 6:00pm. Check out all the details on upcoming events at www.autocityspeedway.com and “We’ll See You at the City”.