Announcements and More

Catching Up and Getting Ready for 2015 

Hurrah! Breaking news! I just heard from Ron Flinn and was told the following: A) The annual drivers meeting in March 14th at the old elementary school in 'down town' Crystal next to the Post Office from 1 PM to 5 PM.  B) Test and Tune will be April 11th and 12th at the usual 1 PM to 5 PM times. C) We will continue to use the American Racer 970's and they should be in stock at the track by Tuesday. I would call the track at 989.235.5200 to make sure someone will be there to help you. Ron says he expects that the IMCA Mod tires will be in stock on or about March 20th. He will let me know if and when that is definite.

D) Opening night will be April 18th at 7:30 PM. E) Memorial Day Weekend racing will be May 23rd and 24th. F) The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday and in order to keep from hurting the regular Friday night tracks that surround us, CMS will only run the night of the Fourth. The Government doesn't plan on 'celebrating' on July 6th. F) The Labor Day Weekend will be September 5th and 6th and finally, G) The Great Lakes Nationals will be run on Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th.
NOTE: Yes, the Labor Day Weekend date was originally listed improperly. I was using the dates given to me and I didn't check them out myself.

As soon as I am given a printable schedule, I'll have it posted here. Thanks!

In addition to all of that, I have been told that my weekly column will re-appear in the Mid West Racing Scene and I will not be talking about racing but rather racers. If you know of a racer or a dedicated race fan doing something extraordinary beyond the scope of racing, drop me a note. I also intend to do a live pre-race 'show' of sorts that will consist of talking to racers and their crews every week. Watch for more soon!

We had an issue with the server caching and somehow, two copies of the website had been saved and it was reverting back to an older copy of the site. That problem is solved. I have to go back and make some additions that apparently were saved on the other copy so begin to watch here for updates. You can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as you have been able to reach me since this site started back in 1993. I have or can get you the honest answer far more often than you can get it on FaceBook. You may find this hard to believe but not everything you read on FB is true.

Right about here, I need to apologize for my inattentiveness during the majority of the 2014 season. My wife began to have neurological (brain) issues early in February of 2014 and by the time things got sorted out, things had spiraled out of control and my attention was not on racing. Things haven't improved with her but they have at least stabilized. I will try to do better this season. Without my crew at the track picking up and carrying my load, things would have really been bad. I appreciate the work they did under some bad circumstances.

 

You can find new Pro Stock and Street Stock rules in PDF form at the links. We will have them spelled out for those not owning or using a computer shortly under the normal rules links. You can find the text version of the new rules here. Each division now has the latest updates available. Click on the "TRACK DATA" tab and select your division. 

For those of you who have Apple products that have had issues watching our live and recorded broadcasts, try downloading the Puffin browser on your I-pad, I-pod, Mac or what ever and see if it helps you. They have a free version which I understand from those who have tested it for me has a bandwidth limit of about half a race. I think the full version is $4 for whatever you need but they also tell me the new browser was quite fast and after you learned its interface, they liked it better than the standard OS browser. After you download it, reboot and then go to the ROTW site and see if the video flows for you. Check out this new browser at puffin.com

Thank you for a great 2014 season at Crystal Motor Speedway. Seasons come and seasons go and 2014 was one of the memorable ones. Promoter Ron Flinn would like to thank all the fans, drivers, crew members, and sponsors for making this season worthwhile. The next 'event' is the awards banquet, held on January 10th, 2015. Watch this website or call the office at 989.235.5200 for further information. More info and photos iside!


In case you wanted to watch the replay of the latest race, GO HERE.  You can use our exclusive DVR function to jump to any point of the race by clicking on the line directly below the video.


For those that intend to have minors entering the pits, here is the minor release form to have pre-filled out. PLEASE NOTE! "Legal" people say you need to do one of two things. Fill it out and have it notarized or fill it out but don't sign it until you are at the track so track officials can countersign it. Other forms will be posted here shortly.

 

July 23, 2011 Highlights

Written by Trevor Hollis.

 Crystal, MI - On a beautiful night filled with memories of loved ones lost, Bob Griffin picked up what can only be described as one of, if not the most emotional wins of his career as he was able to bring the checkered flag home on the anniversary of the death of his daughter, Kesha Lee.

Griffin was able to hold off an early challenge from second year Truck racer Ashlee Scott to take the victory over Scott, Dave Verhaar, Tim Wood, and rounding out the top five Kevin Deal.

With the absence of Carl Thayer the points for the Engine Pro Pro Trucks were shook up quite a bit at the end of the night with Scott Nieman taking over the points lead over former truck champion Tm Wood and Dave Peters. Heat race winners were Ashlee Scott and Bob Griffin.

Fresh off his win at the Wood Tic race the weekend before, Shepard’s own Justin Robinson carried that momentum to victory lane on Saturday night. Tight racing from second on back help up a lot of the heavy hitters and allowed Robinson to build a very large lead over the field. Kyle Borgman, Roger Wing, and Ryan VanderVeen battled it out for about 15 of the 30 laps but would ultimately finish in that order. Wing continues to hold on to the Kentucky Fried Chicken Late Model points lead over Matt Pickard, Kyle Borgman, Mark Anderson, and Tom Dusen. Heats went to Roger Wing and Dean Huizenga.

Former modified track champion Myron DeYoung was able to make his way to the winners circle in the Engine Pro IMCA modified 20 lap feature event. DeYoung who started outside the top ten was able to use a couple of cautions and early restarts to make his way to the front. The winner on Friday night at the Ionia Free Fair, Chad Wernette, gave it everything he had but was forced to settle for a second place finish, third went to Dan Minikey Jr, fourth was Jerry Hunt, and rounding out the top five was Jason Borton. The three heat race winners were Myron DeYoung, Jason Borton, and Jerry Hunt.

The Smokers club Street stocks were up next and racing action was fast and furious. Will Stanley had to work hard to pick up his checkered flag over Dave Grega, J.R. Schmid, Shane Spencer, and Mike VanderMark Jr. Stanley took over the points from VanderMark jr. by only one point, third is J.R. Schmid, fourth to Prochazka, and rounding out the top five is George Wease. Heat one went to Joel Field and the heat two winner was Doug Helsel.

An action packed racesontheweb.com Flinn stock 15 lap feature saw a lot of good racing and a couple of bad choices. Charles Peterson was able to get out to an early lead and was easily the one to beat in the feature. Peterson had opened up a huge lead but as the laps wound down and the white flag flew, Peterson encountered lap traffic and tried to take evasive action. Peterson went high and so did some lap traffic forcing the 12 machine off the track in turn three and handing over the lead and the win over to Jason Playter. Playter was able to hold on for the final two corners and picked up the win over Alex Richards, Garrett Wiles, Zach Rummer, and Andy Chilcote. Zach Rummer continues to hold on to a lead in the points, Garrett Wiles is second, third is Chris Decamp, Taylor Daniels is fourth and rounding out the top five is Neil Ziegler. Charles Peterson and Garrett Wiles were victorious in their heats.

The final event of the night was the Port City Pro Stocks for their 25 lap feature event. Derek Schestag was looking to pick up his second feature win in as many weeks and things looked to good for the first group of laps until the handling started to go on the 17 machine and he was over taken by Gary Buskirk. Buskirk didn’t look back and rolled to a feature win over Chaney Newland, Schestag, Ryan Kent, and Chad Raby. With his second place finish Newland was able to continue his strangle hold of the points lead over Mike Husted, Vern Buskirk, Kent, and Jacob Headley. Heats went to Blake Hollenbeck and Ryan Kent.

Next week at Crystal Motor Speedway has all six regular divisions plus the huge fan favorite school bus races and the MORA Mini-Outlaw Sprints, all sponsored by ASAP Sales and Service. Pit gates open at 4:30PM and grandstand gates open at 5PM. Adult admission is $12 and kids 5-11 are $4. Pit passes are $25. Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200 or visiting the website at crystalmotorspeedway.com.