May Motorsports - Week 7 "We're Back"

Hello May Motorsports fans,

Been awhile since our last post, our month of July racing schedule was a little light and add in a rain cancellation and makes for a quiet month.  We did compete in an International Supermodified racing event where we finished Friday night with a 5th and 10th place finish.  On Saturday night finished 4th and DNS as we experienced motor issues following Hot Laps.  When competing with ISMA (International Supermodified Association) this is the best of the best from all over the country including drivers and owners from Canada, California, Tennessee, North Carolina (Johnny Benson former NASCAR truck champion) and many New England, Ohio and New York cars.

This past weekend we competed in our regular racing series Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) at Lorain County Speedway.  We qualified 3rd with Charlie Schultz in the #7 car beating his personal best to date at that track with a 12.1 and Matt Marlowe in the #77 with his personal best at a 12.4.  Feature starting positions 6th and 10th with both moving up three spots.

The following is the official race recap.

Danny Shirey keeps up Family Tradition, gets First Super Win

Todd Ridgeway
Area Auto Racing News
August 10, 2013

Back 37 years ago, in 1976, veteran Supermodified racer Jim Shirey got his first taste of the victory cup at Lorain County (OH) Speedway after he nailed down his first Supermod win. Last Saturday night his son, Danny Shirey, completed the task at the very same spot his Father did so many years ago. The 23 year-old Shirey would start on the outside pole position for the 30 lap Adkins Glass Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) feature race and drove it home to get the checkers, his first in the Supermodified division. With standing two short rain delays and holding of some of the best in the business, Shirey put on a clinic in front of the great Lorain crowd as he blasted to the front and set sail to a very fast finish.

After winning their heat races young guns Brandon Fisher, on the pole, and Shirey would tow the field of 16 fire breathing rockets to the start of 30 action packed laps. By the time turn one came Shirey was setting the pace in front as two other young guns, Mike McVetta and Trevor Berry, would take up the chase with Fisher going after Shirey. Hands down favorite coming into the Lorain event and filling in for Dave Shullick Jr., Johnny Benson Jr. had set fast time and started in the inverted eighth position for the charge to the front. That charge ended on lap four when the red flag would fly as Benson jumped the No. 64 cars wheel of Jimmy Paller and the Bodnar No. 94 sailed off turn four ending almost in the fans parking lot. After a lengthy cleanup and a roll back ride the cars where re-fired and race restarted in single file formation which saw McVetta and Fisher on the heels of race leader Shirey. This would be the only delay in action on the night as the last 26 laps would go event free, other than Shirey wearing out the field. At the halfway point McVetta was still holding second after making several valiant attempts at the top spot, however, defending series Champion Trent Stephens was moving through the field and bring May Motorsports driver Charlie Schultz with him on what appeared better tires and a lot of momentum as the two were now in serious business. Making a tremendous move in lapped traffic Stephens blasted past McVetta and set chase after the race long leader. While all that action was going on, Shirey never wavered. Staying focused; Shirey held the preferred line and hit all his marks without missing a beat. Stephens could get his Steve Stout prepared ride to Shirey, but a series challenge was out of the question. The two former series Champions, Stephens and Schultz, could do nothing but watch as they had the best seat in the house when Shirey took his first MSA winged warrior victory. Berry would finish fourth after staying in the front all race long and Fisher would bring his small block powered ride to fifth in his first race of 2013. McVetta stayed easily with the front group all race long until three laps from the finish he would pull off with a broken race car.

With all the family there Father Jim Shirey was very happy and over joyed that his son got the victory. “It’s amazing,” stated the older Shirey. “It’s almost like a story book dream having your son do this at your home track. How could you request more than a dream? What I am most proud about is these boys work really hard, Danny does not just jump in this thing and drive. Danny really did earn this win; it took all the car had to pull out this win. We have really been tweaking this thing, and his driving, the preparation, the engine, that all makes me very happy,” finished the happy Dad.

“My car started to get really tight towards the end, I knew someone was back there I could hear them,” said the younger Shirey. “I backed off my entry into turns one and two and kept it on the bottom. I just drove my butt off, I knew they were back there; I was just hanging on for the ride. Brandon was real fast, once I got past him I knew it was clear sailing. I knew McVetta was there and he is quick. I just got a really good restart there and hit all my marks staying smooth and every lap within a tenth. We were just good to go. My Dad got his first win here at the county, now I got my first win at the county.  When I saw five to go it was unreal, I could not believe it, I just hung on and drove as hard as I could,” finished the young gun Shirey.

“My car was not where I wanted it,” said Stephens. “I drove my butt off to get there. There was a bunch of oil on the track, some of the guys where dumping some oil. I am pretty sure that screw me up. Every time I would go to the inside or outside my car would jump sideways, and it was already tight. I knew it wasn’t my car doing it and so, unfortunately some oil. But, hey still second and a good run,” finished the series Champion.

“It was pretty tough, everybody was so close together,” stated Schultz. “Danny ran some good times I am sure, the car I was behind I think his motor finally let go. I was just sliding around in his oil and I could not see very well. This place typically gets kind of wet and dewy as the sun goes down, and gets later in the night, it’s in the middle of the woods. I can’t complain too much. Just thanks to Dave and Lori for giving me the equipment, my crew for helping me out today, and all these fans for coming out today. We qualified good, had a good heat race, and got a podium finish. So, we will take it and go to Midvale next week,” finished Schultz.

Todd Ridgeway
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Next up for May Motorsports will be Midvale Speedway next Saturday, August 17th.

Everyone have a good week.
David & Lori May
May Motorsports

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