The one and only Test & Tune of the new season is in the record books. Teams from seven different divisions including 16 UMP Modifieds made the early season trip to Lake Odessa, Michigan to get their machines dialed into the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked paved oval on Saturday, April 9th.
All four weekly divisions of UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Sport Compacts (Formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) were represented as well as teams focusing primarily on traveling with the Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour Powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners, as well as teams representing the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP, and even some teams representing divisions who are not scheduled to race at the track at all this season were on hand as well.
Two of the premiere UMP Late Models in the state of Michigan, Defending I-96 Speedway Track Champion, Eric Spangler along-with 2010 Mt. Pleasant Speedway Track Champion, Sammy Epling were two of the fastest cars overall throughout the day as they took turns fine tuning their rides as Spangler, out of Lake City, Michigan in his #27 Spangler Heating & Cooling Ford Mustang and Perry, Michigan’s Epling and his #29 Northside Service Pontiac GTO were amongst the more popular stops as observers and others made their way through the pit area.
Only one significant incident occurred as Windsor, Ontario / Canada driver, Dan McIntyre rolled his #77 Evoy’s Service Garage UMP Modified in turn one. He went back to the pits under his own power, fixed the damage and came back out and was one of the fastest cars in Practice. McIntyre, along-with the #71 Ovid Iron & Metal UMP Modified driven by Ovid, Michigan’s Pat Ehlert were two of the fastest cars overall in UMP Modifieds Practice amongst a strong field on hand for the first Test and Tune.
Another I-96 Speedway Defending Track Champion, UMP Street Stocks reigning champ, Gary Vandermark took to the track for the first time as the Lowell, Michigan veteran in his #10 Showboat Automotive Chevrolet Monte Carlo was amongst the quickest cars of the day in this division as was the #65 Zylstra Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Lake Odessa’s own, Bill Brandt Jr., who kept pace with the reigning track champion according to unofficial times.
Finally in the UMP Sport Compacts (Formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) 2010 Rookie of the Year (18 and Over), Rick Peck was the class of the field as the Hastings, Michigan driver in his Bob’s Repair Saturn SC-2 looked very strong throughout the day. Also another Lake Odessa, Michigan representative, Steve Wawiernia in his #88 Polly Products Chevrolet Cavalier was quick as well.
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