Springport's "Super" Saturday
By Michelle Sprague
The Springport Motor Speedway welcomed the Andrews Chevrolet Super Late Models back to the 3/8 mile high-banked oval after a two year hiatus. Many of the driver's race regularly at other tracks, but fifteen SLMs made the show. A past track champion, Brian Huntley, proved that he still remembered how to get around the asphalt oval, as well as local favorite, Phil Massuch. Others brought cars out of retirement, debuted new "radical" paint schemes, made the long haul from OH and IN, or borrowed cars to drive at Springport.
John Dunivon and Brian Huntley made up the front row of the 40-lap feature. It was like deja vu to see the #43 out in front of the pack on lap one. Dunivon, Brent Jack, Doug Finley and Jon McNett were all running in a pack behind Huntley. Jack broke away from the pack and he and Huntley battled for the top spot. Jack got around Huntley and proceeded to drive away from the field, as Dunivon, Massuch, and McNett vied for the third position. Massuch and Dunivon ran side by side as McNett waited for an opening. Caution flew for McNett, and on the restart, it was Jack pulling away once again. Jeff Hackworth had jumped into the mix with Dunivon, Massuch, and Finley. Massuch used the high-side to his advantage and got a good run on Huntley to take the lead. Massuch tried to reel in Jack, but ran out of laps, and at the end of 40-laps, it was Jack, Massuch, Huntley, Dunivon, and Finley. Stan Perry and Dunivon scored heat wins.
The WMMQ Classic Rock 94.9 MI Modifieds came out in full-force for the July 4th weekend. Gary Sherman made his return to the "Mod Squad" in Trei Deubel's #31 (which was owned by Sherman.) Darel Woolsey and Dan Loughan sat on the front row as they came down for the green flag. Loughan jumped into the lead with Jason Parish making short work of Sherman and Woolsey to sit in second. Parish went to work on Loughan for first, as Woolsey, Brian Heeney, and Larry Wallace sat third through fifth. Caution flew, closing up the field, and on the restart, the top ten ran nose to tail, with Ellis using his signature high line. Caution flew again, as Craig Willet slammed the turn one wall. Loughan and Parish once again pulled away from the rest of the pack, while Heeney, Wallace, Terry Trost, and Chris Ozanich battled for position. Parish dove to the inside of Loughan to take the lead at the halfway point. Wallace tried the second groove to get around Trost, with Ozanich in tow. Not able to make it work, Wallace settled back in behind Trost, while Heeney drove under Loughan, bringing Trost along with him. Parish had opened up a good deal of daylight between himself and the rest of the lead pack, as Heeney and Trost tried to keep him in their sights. Wallace, Ozanich, Sherman, and Miles continued their march to the front by slipping under Loughan. At the line, it was Parish, Heeney, Trost, Wallace, and Ozanich. Earl Miles and Parish won their heats.
The Performance Automotive NW Street Stocks saw thirteen cars time in to make the 25-lap feature. On the front row, JL Smith and Ian Sprague brought the field down for the start. Smith led lap one, with Bob Neveau Jr. and Walt Obrinske Jr. clawing their way to the front. Rich Kinch assumed the lead after a speeding ticket was issued to Smith. Neveau, Obrinske, Sprague, and Matt Kirchen were sitting in the top five, as Dan Lewis and Scott Sigman worked their way to sit third and fourth after seven laps. The top four battled tooth and nail for ten laps, with Lewis coming out on top. Lap nineteen was the magic number, as Neveau lost an engine, Sprague retired to the pit with electrical problems, and Obrinske uncorked a motor. At the checker, it was Lewis, Sigman, Kinch, Kirchen, and Smith. Smith and Lewis took heat wins.
Brent McCort and his Holiday Powersports Pony Stock looked as if they might be going to hand Jimmy Scavarda his first defeat, at the Springport Motor Speedway, for 2006. McCort led all of the laps except for the important one, as he and Scavarda ran side by side to the stripe. Scavarda crossed the line by just inches ahead of McCort. John Conroy, Randy Kretzinger Jr. and Jacob Newman rounded out the top five after 15 laps. Scavarda won his heat.
Wayne Parkhurst II took another feature win in the Pure Stock division over Russell Potter IV and Bryan Passick Sr. Potter led six of the eight laps, with Parkhurst using the high groove to keep up his momentum. He moved into the lead on lap seven and the checker waved on lap eight.
Please join us July 8th as the Springport Motor Speedway presents "Racin' and Rockin' II". The Racin' program will start a little earlier than usual (6:30 PM) so we can get to the Rockin' portion sooner. There promises to be good food, great music, and tons and tons of fun. Camping is available on-site and a dish to pass would be welcomed. This is an event that you won't want to miss. Featured racing for the evening, sponsored by Lipari Foods, will be SuperPros, MI Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pony Stocks, Open Pure and 4 Cyl. Hope you can join us and as always, we'll see you at the races!