By Duane Turner, Mason, MI: With the winter season finally breaking in to spring, Corrigan Oil Speedway came to life for the 2018 racing season. Mason Surgener picked up where he left off in 2017 with his win in The Parts Place Napa Bandoleros. Tony Monge was away from driving for a couple years, but showed he did not forget where victory lane was with his win in the Sawyers Superstore Michigan legends. William Larner ran away and hid from the field in the Boss Snow Equipment Outlaw Pony stocks, while Randy Kretzinger Jr led flag to flag in the pony stock class. In the Performance Automotive Northwest Spartan Stocks, Bob Bauer took the “A” class win after a back and forth battle with Scott Pemberton. In the “B” class, Nate Jenkins held on for the win after a great battle with Jamie Larner.
Up first for Corrigan Oil Speedway in the 2018 racing season, The Parts Place Napa Bandoleros feature. At the drop of the green, Mason Surgener quickly jumps out to the lead. Caiden Bailey and Logan long battle for second as Katie Martin is fourth. With the laps winding down, Surgener increases his lead, and picks up where he left off in 2017 with a win. Caiden Bailey was second, with Logan Long, and Katie Martin in the top four.
The Performance Automotive Southwest Spartan Stock “A” feature saw Lex Jarecki take the early lead with Troy Andrews right beside him as the caution waved on lap two. When the race resumed, Scott Sigman took over second, followed by Bob Bauer in third. On lap six, Bauer took second away from Sigman, then took the lead on lap 10. Fast timer Scott Pemberton tries to keep pace as he takes over second one lap later. Caution on lap 14 for Scott Sigman would force him pit-side. On the restart, Bauer sets the pace with Pemberton in tow. On lap 20, Pemberton uses the high-side to take over the lead. With five to go, Bauer gets under Pemberton as the duo race side by side for the lead. With three to go, Bauer takes command, and holds on for the win over Pemberton, Jarecki, John Ward Jr, and Andrews. In the “B” Feature, Nate Jenkins jumps to the early lead, but Jamie Larner takes over on lap four. With 10 laps to go, Jenkins catches Larner as they race side by side, with each taking turns leading laps. With five to go, Larner gets loose in turn two, allowing Jenkins to pull away. At the finish, Jenkins takes the win with Larner a close second. Art Pitchford, Robert Blandino, and Tom Goward round out the top five.
DJ Marciniak led the Boss Snow Equipment Outlaw Pony Stocks to the green flag. On lap four, William Larner takes the lead from Marciniak as Ryan Hollister moves in to third. An intense battle between Marciniak and Hollister for second during the middle of the race, with Hollister finally getting the position on lap 17. At the finish, William Larner takes the win, with Hollister, DJ Marciniak, and Jarin Larner the top four. In the Pony stock feature, Randy Kretzinger Jr grabs the early lead, as Wayne Parkhurst II and Jimmy Burchett follow in second and third. At the half way mark, Burchett slips under Parkhurst for second. At the finish, Kretzinger takes the win, followed by Burchett and Parkhurst.
Ed Genord set the early pace in the Sawyers Superstore Michigan Legends feature event. Kenny Howard took the lead on lap three, as Tony Monge follows in to second. Monge takes over command just two laps later, but Howard takes it back on the next circuit as caution waves. On the restart, Monge grabs the top position with Howard in second, as Rich Michalak takes third. With five laps to go, Howard slows down, and heads to the pits handing second to Michalak. At the finish, Monge dominates in his return to racing driving for Lori and Lyn Hall. Michalak holds on for second, with Tyler MacKenzie in third.
Up next at “The Track the Stars Call Home”, Friday, May 4th, will highlight a return of the modifieds. The Sawyers Chevrolet Modifieds will hit the track for the first time in 2018, along with the Boss Snow Equipment Pony Stocks, Sawyers Superstore Michigan Legends, and The Parts Place Napa Bandoleros. For more information, log on to the official website at www.corriganoilspeedway.com.
Spartan Stock “A” Class Winner Bob Bauer
Bandolero Feature Winner Mason Surgener
Spartan Stock “B” Class Winner Nate Jenkins
Pony Stock Feature Winner Randy Kretzinger Jr
Michigan Legends Feature Winner Tony Monge
Outlaw Pony Stock Winner William Larner