Fun Night #1 took place a little earlier than normal at Corrigan Oil Speedway, but the excitement level was still high. In the Bandolero Junior Bandit division, Logan Long took his first career feature win by besting Caiden Bailey in the final laps. Mason Surgener scored his second win of the season in the senior bandit division. In the pony stocks, Randy Kretzinger Jr took his third win of the year, as William Larner won his third in the outlaw class. In the destruction event, Chris Taylor won the school bus figure 8’s, while TJ Hurrel and Wayne Parkhurst II won the flagpole events. Wayne Parkhurst II also won the trailer figure 8 event.
The first event of the evening to take the track is the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks. At the drop of the green, Randy Kretzinger Jr made it three wide in turn one, and quickly took the lead from his sixth starting position. Wayne Parkhurst II and Jimmy Burchett followed in to second and third, but Kretzinger Jr quickly pulled away. As the race continued, Kretzinger Jr continued his dominance in the division leading all 20 laps and taking the win. Parkhurst II and Burchett were the top three. William Larner grabbed the early lead in the Outlaw division as DJ Marciniak and Ryan Hollister battled for second. Hollister takes second on lap four, and begins to chase Larner down for the race lead. Hollister would gain ground on Larner, but at the finish, Larner would take the win. Hollister settled for second, with Marciniak in third.
The Parts Pace Napa Bandolero division had a smaller field than normal with the only race in the Junior Bandit Division. Logan Long, fresh off his first ever checkered flag after winning the heat race would lead the field to the green flag. Caiden Bailey took the early lead, but Logan Long would stay close. On lap seven, Long takes the lead using the high side of the speedway. At the finish, Logan Long scored his first ever feature finish. Mason Surgener would be credited with his second win of the season in the Bandit division.
In the 8-cylinder flagpole race, Timothy Hurrell quickly took the lead, and pulled away leaving the rest of the field to fight around the first flagpole. Wayne Parkhurst Sr emerged from the calamity to claim second with Ryan Fillingham in third. With two laps to go, Hurrell picked his way through lapped traffic to take the win. Parkhurst Sr and Fillingham were the top three. In the 4-cylinder class, John Ward Jr exits the first flagpole with the lead, but Brian Boesel takes over at the second flagpole. Ken Dollarhite Jr takes over the lead on lap two, as Wayne Parkhurst II takes over on lap three. Bobby Prather spins Dollarhite to take over second just one lap later. Randy Kretzinger made his way to second place on lap five, as attrition left just three cars over the final laps. Parkhurst II pulled away for the win, as Kretzinger Jr and Prather were the top three.
Brian Boesel took the early lead in the school bus figure 8 race, but Trina Newman took over before they completed the first lap. William Larner and John Ward Jr quickly caught Newman making it three wide for the lead. Ward Jr emerged with the lead one lap later, with Larner in second. Intersection calamity on lap four as Larner made contact in the intersection with a lapped bus ripping the bumper off, resulting in a red flag to clear the intersection. After the red flag, Chris Taylor moved in to second, but Ward Jr had a sizable lead. Half way in, Taylor is slowly catching Ward Jr. With five laps to go, Ward Jr increases his lead, as the third place bus of Newman loses a motor. One lap later, Ward Jr makes hard contact with Newman handing the lead to Taylor. With all the destruction, only two buses were left running at the checkered flag. Chris Taylor takes the win followed by Aaron Hurst.
The final event was the trailer figure 8 race. Wayne Parkhurst II grabbed the early lead, with TJ Hurrel on his rear bumper. Wayne Parkhurst Sr quickly moved in to third from the tail, and then spins Hurrel to take over second. With five laps to go, just four cars remain as the Parkhurst duo continues to dominate. At the finish, Parkhurst II showed the way as Parkhurst Sr held on for second. John Davis was third followed by Bob Prather in fourth.
Up next at “The Track The Stars Call Home” will be autograph night on Friday June 1st. The first event of the 2018 season that will play host to all the regular classes on the same night. Modifieds, ABC Spartan Stocks, Pony Stocks, Michigan Legends, and Bandoleros. For more information, log on to the official Corrigan Oil Speedway website at www.corriganoilspeedway.com