Hernley Wins First on Championship Night

In Race Results by Duane Turner

With the 2018 racing season starting to wind down, Corrigan Oil Speedway would crown nine track champions while fighting the weather. Tight point battle were the story of the evening, and the racing would not disappoint. Tim Lahar took the Spartan Stock “B” feature while Scott Pemberton used a late race restart to claim the “A” feature. Ron Maynard Jr won his first in the street stocks. In the modifieds, Tracey Hernley took her first career modified feature win. Mason Surgener and Caiden Bailey won the Bandolero events. Rain moved in to the speedway at the conclusion of the modified feature, cancelling the Legends, and both Pony Stock features.

The Performance Automotive Spartan Stocks had Tom Williams lead the field to the green flag. Art Pitchford lead at the line on the opening lap, but Tim Lahar quickly took over with Lex Jarecki in tow. Steve Prucnell took over third on lap seven as the front duo distanced themselves from the field. With the laps winding down, Jarecki made a bid for the lead with the white flag in the air, but could not make the pass. Lahar hangs on for the win, followed by Jarecki and Prucnell. Lex Jarecki wins the “B” class track championship. In the street stocks, Ron Maynard Jr led the opening lap with John Kennedy and Ron Heeney in tow. Robert Blandino inherits third on lap three when Heeney goes pit-side with a broken rear end. Maynard Jr holds on for the win, followed by Kennedy and Blandino. Robert Hiney is the 2018 street stock track champion.

Nate Jenkins paced the Spartan Stock A feature, but Troy Andrews led early from the outside. Jenkins fought back to lead lap six, as Bob Bauer takes over second one lap later. With ten laps in, Andrews comes back to take over second, then leads lap 15. Caution waves on lap 20, as Jenkins will have to restart at the tail. On the restart, Andrews pulls ahead with Bauer and Jordan Harvey in tow. With two laps to go, Bauer spins in turn two, collecting Harvey and Logan Haughton. On the restart, Scott Pemberton takes the lead from the outside, and holds on for the win. Troy Andrews and John Ward Jr are the top three. John Ward Jr is crowned the 2018 Corrigan Oil Speedway track champion.

The Sawyers Chevrolet Modifieds saw Bill Heeney Jr lead the opening lap. Jon McNett followed in to second and quickly put pressure on Heeney for the lead. On lap nine, calamity ensued as Heeney, McNett and Kyle Drake all make contact ending their evenings. Tim Lahar inherits the lead for the restart, and leads the field in to turn one. Tracey Hernley takes over using the high side on lap 18, and quickly begins to pull away. Tony Pastorino took over third one lap later, and quickly put pressure on Lahar for second. With rain starting to fall, Hernley takes her first career win followed by Lahar and Pastorino. Jason Parish wins the 2018 track championship.

At the conclusion of the modified event, rain began to fall harder, and track officials were forced to cancel the rest of the evening. With three feature races left, the Michigan legends, pony stocks, and outlaw pony stocks would fall back on points after last weeks event. Greg Rudzik wins the Sawyers Superstore Michigan Legends. In the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks, Randy Kretzinger had locked up the points championship after last week, while William Larner is crowned the champion in the Outlaw Pony Stocks.

Up next at Corrigan Oil Speedway is the Harvest Plus on Sunday, September 2nd. Modifieds, Spartan Stocks, Street Stocks, Pony Stocks, and legends will take to the ¼ mile. A 30 lap enduro figure 8 will cap off the 2018 Harvest Plus. For more information, log on to the official Corrigan Oil Speedway website at www.corriganoilspeedway.com.