Rules, Announcements ... and More.

The Season Begins! 
The first winner of the night was in the Port City Racing Pro Stock division with Rusty Seaver taking the win. Scott Phillps took the top spot in a tight race in the KFC Late Model main event. Nate Jones continued his 2013 championship form as he won the Engine Pro Pro Truck feature. AJ Ward grabbed the  IMCA Modified feature, while a barn burner in the Smokers Club Street Stock feature was taken by Jasen Wiley. The races On The Web Flinn Stock event was taken by Johnny "Showtime" Miller.  More later Sunday morning!

 

 

Racing begins as close to 7:30 as we can make it with the pit gates opening about 4:30 and the main stands opening at 5PM. Front gate adult admission will be $12 on 'regular nights' and $15 on 'special nights.' Kids will remain at $5. A season grandstand pass can be obtained for $220. Pit passes remain at $25. In probably the best deal of the year, a family pass for two adults and two kids is only $25! If you have questions you can drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can call the office at 989.235.5200.

When I sent out the email blast to tell people that practice had been cancelled, I got roughly 20 emails bounces. If your email has changed, drop me a note. Please tell me what it was and what it is now. Thanks!

SPECIAL NOTICE!!!!
It probably won't come as a surprise to you after the winter we've had but the extended forecast says the endless winter and its cold weather won't abate until almost June. After careful consultation amongst the Ron and the staff, after the first night of racing, start time will move to 7PM to help get everyone home before the 'really' cold weather hits at night. Please come prepared during Test and Tune to finish your registrations and such to help speed things up for opening night.

Starting on the second night, drivers and their cars must be checked no later than 5:45PM. Due to the tight time schedule, you may only 'call in - check in' once a month. Opening night, we will start as soon as possible, trying to maybe start before 7:30 on opening night. We hope this will help keep the fans in the stands as long as possible. In June, the start time will revert to 7:30PM.

Unfortunately, front gate admission prices will rise to $12 on 'regular nights' and $15 on 'special nights.' Kids will remain at $5. A season grandstand pass can be obtained for $220. Pit passes remain at $25. In probably the best deal of the year, a family pass for two adults and two kids is only $25!

I have received draft versions of the revised versions of the the Pro Truck rules, Street Stock rules, and the Pro Stock rules.

As announced at the banquet, there is a new rule for the Pro Trucks:

OPTIONAL TRANSMISSION RULE Bert type transmissions will be allowed. If a Bert type transmission is used, you must add an additional 50 lbs on each side in front of the engine plate. Weight may be adjusted for competitive quality. NO BALL SPLINE TRANSMISSIONS WILL BE PERMITTED.

If you can't make it to the track, you can use our exclusive DVR option to see all of the LIVE action or see the replay immediately after the race by visiting this page and then using the slider bar to jump around by visiting this LINK

Special thanks to our long time partners,Engine Pro and ARP for their continued support in bringing you live coverage of the race night events. If you haven't filled out your "Pay Dirt" application from Engine Pro, now is a good time to do so! CLICK HERE for info!


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 30, 2011 Highlights

Written by Trevor Hollis.

 Crystal, MI - With the evenings sponsor ASAP Sales and Service in the house, it took a little bit longer than usual to get the racing action started as some brand new clay and a lot of recent rain really made things sloppy., but thanks to the hard work of Ron Flinn and his crew, and the generosity of a number of drivers, the racing action was the fastest we have seen this late in the year.

The Engine Pro IMCA modifies started the night off and things we a bit slow going through out the feature. As everyone attempted to win on the first lap, a couple of cautions on lap one earned the field nothing but a few tore up cars and a very stern warning from the flagman but once things started going the field was able to click off a number of laps. Myron DeYoung was fast from the drop of the green flag and led a number of the early laps and looked like the former Crystal Motor Speedway IMCA champion would be able to pick up another feature win in 2011, but it was not to be. At the half way point Myron slowed while leading and forced the rest of the field to take evasive action causing a bunch of the cars to suffer damage and ending the night for a few of them. Bob Hutson, back with us after a couple of years running UMP across the state was able to inherit the lead and drive on to a Victory over Dan Minikey Jr, AJ Ward, Chad Maurer, and Rusty Ziegler. Heat race wins went to Myron DeYoung, Jason Borton, and Brody Bowser.

Our traveling visitors, the McNeese Manufacturing MORA Mini-Outlaws rolled out for their very eventful feature next. An early Spin by the pole sitter on the green flag lap collected a couple of other cars and forced them to the pits, basically cutting the field in half before we even got a lap in the books. Once the field was reset they were able to click off a few laps on a track a lot faster than they are used to and the threat of a big wreck hung in the air. It finally happened when Nate Jones jumped a tire of a slower car and wrecked off the track in a big way. Rolling a couple of times and eventfully ending up well off the track on the back stretch. Nate was OK. Cycle McNeese was untouchable as he cruised along to a feature win over Nick Holden and Bud Schrader. The heat race also went to McNeese.

Next up was the Kentucky Fried Chicken Late Models for their 30 lap feature and it was Scott Phillips and Zach Olger on the front Row. The green flag flew and Olger was off and running stretching it out to a huge lead over Phillips and the rest of the field. As the laps ticked off the 6r of Carl Ries slowly started to reel in Olger in Rusty Seaver's Knights Auto Sales 18 machine. While it was obvious that Olger was fasted with clear race track in front of him, lap traffic was another story for the St John’s native, allowing Ries to get to within 5 car lengths on the white flag lap. It was not to be however for Ries as Olger was able to hang on for the final lap of a caution free feature and make his way to victory lane over Ries, Scott Baker, Justin Robinson, and Ryan VanderVeen. Heat race winners were Zach Olger and Justin Robinson.

The Smokers Club Street Stocks were the next race on the schedule. Multi time feature winner this season Mike VanderMark Jr started the show way back in the field and was fun to watch as he made his way to the front. Doug Helsel started on the front row and was able to jump out to an early lead over the rest of his competitors. The best battle, however, was for second and Will Stanley, Kyle Prochazka, Shane Spencer and a host of others battled for the opportunity to attempt to chase Helsel down. Helsel was able to fend off all challengers and pick up a feature win in his red number 99 machine over Will Stanley, Mike VanderMark Jr, JR Schmid, and Shane Spencer.

Garrett Wiles was able to drive home to a hard earned victory over Taylor Daniels, Zach Rummer, Tristan Winter, and Chris Decamp. Wiles led only a hand full of laps after the leaders had some problems navigating lap traffic handing the lead over to Wiles with about 3 laps to go and all he had to do was hold on to pick up the checkered flag. Garrett was also able to pick up a heat race win in the racesontheweb.com Flinn stock division

As the Port City Pro Stocks rolled out for their 25 lap feature one thing was on the mind of Gary Buskirk and that was back to back checkered flags. He did not fail. Buskirk was able to work his way to the front in a very fast feature event that saw the points leader going into the night Chaney Newland have mechanical problems and get a very rare DNF. Buskirk was able to hold off Barry Rinard, Don Rohn, Chad Raby, and Derek Schestag. Pro stock heat races went to Don Rohn and Blake Hollenbeck.

The final event of the night belonged to the Engine Pro Pro Tucks as they had 20 laps to settle the score and see who would be victorious. Rookie Richard Melton led the first half of the race until a mistake took him out of contention and handed the lead over to Scott Neiman who didn’t look back. Melton showed a glimpse of what is in store for the truck class in the coming season with a very solid run in his rookie season. Neiman was able to hold on for the win over Tim Wood, Dave Dancer, Ashlee Scott, and Dave Peters. Bob Griffin and Richard Melton were victorious in their heats.

Next week at Crystal Motor finds all six of the regular divisions taking to the track, all sponsored by Blake Hollenbeck Auto of Greenville. Adult admission is $10, kids 5-11 are $4, and pit passes are $25. Pit gates open at 4:30 and the grandstand gates open at 5PM with racing starting at 7:30PM. Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200

Late Models Points Leaders

  1. Scott Phillips - 40
  2. Matt Pickard - 39
  3. Ryan VanderVeen - 38
  4. Josh Borton - 37
  5. Keith Gentz - 36
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Pro Stock Points Leaders

  1. Rusty Seaver - 40
  2. Gary VanderMark - 39
  3. Blake Hollenbeck - 38
  4. Josh Loomis - 37
  5. Barry Rinard - 36
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IMCA Mods Points Leaders

  1. A J Ward - 40
  2. Rusty Zeigler - 39
  3. Myron DeYoung - 38
  4. Vern Buskirk - 37
  5. Jimmy Hale Jr - 36
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Street Stock Points Leaders

  1. Jasen Wiley - 40
  2. M VanderMark Jr - 39
  3. Kyle Prochazka - 38
  4. Derek Crandall - 37
  5. D McKeown Sr - 36
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Pro Truck Points Leaders

  1. Nate Jones - 40
  2. Dave Peters - 39
  3. Curtis Rice - 38
  4. Ryan Paradise - 37
  5. Gary Dancer - 36
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Flinn Stock Points Leaders

    1. Johnny Miller - 40
    2. Shane Wiggins - 39
    3. Kyle Woodward - 38
    4. Joe Pironello - 37
    5. Chuck Shaw - 36
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