May Motorsports - Week 8
Hello May Motorsports fans,
We are checking in with our race weekend recap. The supers hit Midvale Speedway with many cars breaking the track record from last year and both of our cars were part of that group. Our cars qualified 3rd and 4th and feature line up had them at 7th and 13th. #77 Matt Marlowe car ended up getting taken out during his heat and getting taken off the track on a hook. Well the team thrashed and finished just in time for the feature and thus the reason for the last place feature starting position. Our 30- lap feature ended with a 4th and 7th place finish.
Next up for our team is this upcoming Saturday the 24th at Sandusky
The following is the official race recap:
Shullick Midvale Master, Wins Memorial Race
Area Auto Racing News
August 17, 2013
MIDVALE, OH – Dave Shullick, Jr. worked his way to the front of a wild 30 lap Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) presented by Adkins Glass feature event at Midvale (OH) Speedway last Saturday night and had the crowd standing as he sailed under the checkers, his second MSA victory of 2013. A full moon filled night saw a whole lot of take, and very little give as the MSA made there only appearance of the season at the eastern Ohio facility in the Baldy Baker Jr./ Sr. Memorial event. Shullick Jr.’s car seemed on a rail, but getting to the front was a task in itself.
Veteran Jon Henes and MSA Rookie Kevin Jaycox Jr. would bring the field to the start with the field in tow. Henes would blast out to the point as Mike McVetta would wrestle his way to the inside from his third starting spot and settle right in under Henes as the blasted down the backstretch. Jaycox stuck on the high side and getting shuffled back would find himself in the marble as the car would do a loop sliding up against the turn three wall just a handful of laps after the start. The restart would be one for the ages as McVetta would try the outside just after the drop of the green only to fall back behind Henes coming off turn four. By the time the pair got around turn two McVetta found the inside line and was able to get the bite he needed pushing to the lead. As the front two was setting pace, nobody was setting behind. The smell of rubber filled the air as cars would rub, shove, and bump their way around the 1/3 Ohio oval. Something would have to give, and that give was MSA Champion Trent Stephens spinning through the turn three infield grass. To the tail he would go refired and back under race conditions. Shullick Jr. now was within striking distance in third but still had work to do. The restart lasted two laps as Henes and last week’s winner Danny Shirey would bump their way around turn three until Shirey would spin off track. On this restart Shullick Jr. would get a head of steam and blister by McVetta to take command. And command he did sailing out front immediately opening up on the rest of the field, seemingly in his own zip code. Another handful of laps and a three car get together again in turn three involving Kyle Edwards, and two former Champions Charlie Schultz and Stephens again. All three to the tail and back racing we went. With five to go Shullick Jr. and his Bodnar ride was outlasting McVetta as Bobby Dawson with his Reed Salvage machine toured in third and Rookie driver Trevor Berry was fourth with the Steve Stout No. 49 holding off the charge of “Charging” Charlie Schultz in the May No. 7 Machine. That is how it would finish as the checkers flew for a thrilling, on the edge of your seat temper filled, tire rubbing 30 lap fire breathing night at Midvale Speedway.
“I was on a rail today, there is nothing else I can say,” said Shullick Jr. “In qualifying I just missed fast time by a little bit. The heat race was really good, we just cruised. In the feature it was a lot of fun racing those guys. It was pretty heavy racing out there in the middle of the pack. Once I got in front it was just taking it easy to make it to the finish. I have a great group of guys behind me. This car got crashed a week ago and they did a great job putting it all back together. Jim Bodnar, he does everything goes over every nut and bolt. I get a lot of support from my Wife and Daughter, my Dad, they all put up with this and allows me to come out and do this. The Gannons come out every week and support us, I can’t thank them enough. It’s just a great night,” finished the 31 year-old race winner.
In a turn of events Rookie driver Trevor Berry was moved from fourth to third when the MSA officials deemed Dawson jumped the last restart and penalized him two positions back to fifth moving both Berry and Schultz up a position. “I just can’t thank my crew enough,” noted Berry. “I have to thank my crew after that heat race crash the completely rebuilt the front of the car and got me out there to start on the tail. Luckily I missed a few wrecks and got my first podium finish. I don’t know how I got there; a couple times there was so much smoke I couldn’t even see where the other cars were. I have the best group of guys to work with, Shaffer oil and all of ACME Racing is just the best and I am blessed to race for them,” finished the 20 year-old second generation Michigan driver.
His best finish of the MSA season, McVetta was joyed. “You know, D J is tough. That car has been a rocket since they unloaded it, hats off to them. We had the best car we could have; we struggled all day through the heat race and qualifying. So, this is a good finish for us and we will take it. One thing we definitely needed was for the car to stay together, its nonstop in the shop working all the little gremlins out of this car. Hopefully we got them all now,” finished the 28 year-old Wellington Ohio racer.
13 cars wrestled their way around the tricky Midvale oval as defending series Champion Stephens would better his old track record of 12.331 setting a new record of 11.865 in qualifying. In all six cars where under the old track record. Both Shullick Jr. and Stephens would get heat race wins. With Midvale a history note, the MSA group now moves back to their home track of Sandusky (OH) Speedway August 24 to race the Jaycox/Reed Memorial event.
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