August 9, 2001
Wisconsin Driver Mike Spaulding Bests 40-Car Field In USMTS Stop At SCR
On Saturday night the USMTS drivers took their rigs to the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis for the final stop in a five-day special Super Modified Week benefit for youngster Darrell Vice, who was left paralyzed by a violent attack upon him and his father.
Mike Spaulding started the Simpson Race Products A-main from the pole position in the 17 car and led all thirty-five laps.
Spaulding did have lady luck on his side as at the end the right rear axle to his car was about to fall out but the car held together to make it two straight wins for the Wisconsin driver. Spaulding had picked up the USMTS win the night before at Quincy, IL.
It took three tries to get the race rolling as the 24-car field was narrowed by several entries before an official lap was completed.
The first yellow flew when Jardin Fuller's number 33 car spun in turn one sending the Memphis driver to the back of the pack for the restart.
The second caution flag was the most costly. The 33 car broke in the front stretch bringing out the yellow flag. But the main action came in the backstretch where the 13 car of Jim Roach got together with Kelly Shyrock's 16 car. As Roach's car came down the track after contacting the wall the 66 car of Tim Weaver's rear tire jumped with the Roach car sending Weaver airborne. The 66 car flipped end-over-end down the backstetch before coming to rest in front of the pit grandstands with a small fire burning in the engine compartment where oil contacted the hot motor. The car was a mangled mess but Weaver escaped uninjured.
At the restart Spaulding jumped out into the lead and was pulling away with some very tough drivers chasing him down. Mike Chasteen worked his way from fifth up to second place in the 40 car and was chasing down Spaulding when the motor got sick and the car was forced to retire.
Mike Delozier started on the front row and maintained a firm grasp on the second spot for most of the race after Chasteen's short stint as runner-up.
Mark Burgtorf had something to say about that though. After starting beside Roach on the second row, Burgtorf saw his position go up and down early. He held third place to start but then fell back as far as seventh place as the likes of Kelly Shryock in the 3 car, Ron Schreiner in the 97 and Tony Fraise in the 45 worked their way into the top five.
The race took on a different look with just two laps to go as the final caution of the race came out.
The last caution of the night was displayed on lap thirty-three, which put all drivers back on the tail when the 2 car's engine called it quits on turn four.
Spaulding had built a comfortable lead but the yellow put the rest of the group right back on his tail. The drivers took advantage of the delay to pack the top of the track on the parade laps as the track was cleared.
When the green flag flew it was Spaulding (17), Delozier (16), Ron Schreiner (97), Shryock (3), and Tommy Myer (69) in that order.
Burgtorf was following these drivers in sixth place in the 69 car. When the green flag flew so did Burgtorf driving by all but Spaulding on the white flag lap. When Spaulding came out of turn four Burgtorf had pulled to the rear bumper of Spaulding, but needed one more lap to take the win. The race to the finish was very exciting as Myer followed Burgtorf and had a strong fourth place finish behind Delozier with Schreiner and Shryock rounding out the top six.
Winning the Harris Auto Racing Heat Races were Bruce Hanford, Schreiner, Shryock, Roach, and Burgtorf. The Midwest Motorsports B-mains were won by Rick Hixson and Myer.
Chasteen will maintain the USMTS point lead after these two races, but the margin will be much smaller after a 17th place finish. For more information call the USMTS office at 515-832-7944.
Heat 1- Bruce Hanford, Mike Delozier, Mike Chasteen, Jeff Waggoner, Lynn Monroe
Heat 2- Ron Schreiner, Kevin Peters, Jason Hughes, Tommy Myer, Michael Long
Heat 3- Kelly Shryock, Tony Fraise, Mike Spaulding, David Holder, Randy Mauzey
Heat 4- Jim Roach, Ryan Meyer, Jardin Fuller, Rick Hixson, Bob Test
Heat 5- Mark Burgtorf, Paul Lawson, Mike Hughes, Jim Fuller, Larry Winn
B-main 1- Rick Hixson, Jim Fuller, Paul Lawson, Tim Weaver, Willy Kraft
B-main 2- Tommy Myer, Bob Test, David Holder, Curt Rackers, Dennis Elliott
A-main- Mike Spaulding Bemidji, MN, Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL, Mike Delozier Carthage, IL, Tommy Myer Blooming Prairie, MN, Ron Schreiner New Richmond, WI, Kelly Shryock LeMars, IA, Tony Fraise Montrose, IA, Kevin Peters Monmouth, IL, Bruce Hanford Davenport, IA, Jason Hughes Colcord, OK, Justin Boney Desota, KS, Jardin Fuller Memphis, Bob Test Jefferson City, Lynn Monroe, Memphis, Ryan Meyer Liberty, IL, Rick Hixson Orion, IL, Willy Kraft Lakefield, MN, Mike Chasteen Creve Coeur, IL, Curt Rackers Holt Summit, David Holder Clarence, Jim Fuller Memphis, Dan Helm Milan, IL, Tim Weaver Westville, OK, Jim Roach Kahoka, Paul Lawson West Point, IA.
Two other classes performed at the track Saturday August 4 as part of the USMTS main event.
Thirteen cars took to the track in the B-Modified feature race. Chris Larson (67) and Larry Winn (19) opened on the front row courtesy of heat race wins.
Winn pushed the 19 car out to the lead at the drop of the green flag and he led wire-to-wire for the victory. Larson held a comfortable cushion for second place. He put on a push on the final circuit and pulled even with the 19 car in turn two before Larson edged him out of the final corners to take the win.
The main action was in third to fifth position where Kelly Smith eventually held off the rest of the pack to post a third place finish in the 41 car.
Jerry Reese moved the 2R car up to fourth place early in the race but he went to the back of the pack after spinning out in turn three. The 8Z car took home fourth place while Jerry Poor finished fifth in the 86 car.
They might be considering changing the name of the Hobby Stock class to Roger Dresden's division as the Keokuk, IA driver won for the fifth straight time at SCR, keeping his new #1 car perfect this season.
Jeff Soper held the early lead as he took the 43S car to the front. He held off Dresden for longer than most before finally relinquishing the lead after spinning in turn three.
Soper started to climb back to the front of the pack on the restart before the car lost its drive shaft and went to the infield.
That cleared the way for Dresden to cruise to the victory. He was followed to the checkered flag by Tony Becerra in the 2 car. Jim Hooper finished third in the 23 car.