Lake Odessa, Michigan (Saturday, May 26th, 2012): A special five in one night of racing celebrated the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend on Saturday, May 25th at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan as the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models highlighted the night and were joined by the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds, who returned after a weekend off. The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts and Spectator Drags were also in action.
The chases for those coveted UMP DIRTcar Racing Series National & State Points as well as the 2012 Track Championship title chases for all four weekly UMP divisions continued and were led off by the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks for their 20 lap A-Main, with Mike Vandermark Jr., and Aaron Wolf leading the field to green. Bill Brandt Jr. would take the opening lead and never look back the entire race.
For the second time this season, the Lake Odessa, Michigan native would take the #65 Zylstra Construction / Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the P.A.T. Landscaping & Restoration Victory Lane. Current Points Leader, Josh Frye would finish second as Sadie Klein, Jim Beltz, and Ron Harper rounded out the top five. 17-year-old Carlind Forsythe was sixth as Bill Brandt Sr., Max Ake, Duane Nelson, and Randy Wellman completed the Top 10. Frye and Brandt Jr. would take home the Heat Race Wins.
Next to roll out were the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts for their 20 lap main event as Chad Tomczak and Defending Track Champion Rick Peck lead the field to the green. Peck would manage to take the early advantage and throughout the event, he would never relinquish the top spot and the Hastings, Michigan driver in his #14 Frisbee & Sons Plastering / Saturn would go on to win the feature, his first of the season, he takes over the Points Lead, and snaps Dan Reimersma’s win streak at two.
Rookie Nick Jenema was able to finish second while 18-year-old Terry Henderson Jr., Scott Rumsey, and 10-year-old Christopher Joyce completed the top five. 14-year-old Harper Hotchkiss would be show sixth in the final run down while Bob Wolf, Jim Harbenski, Travis Dewitt, and Tomczak would make up the Top 10. Jenema and Peck would win the Heat Races.
The next division would be the Accurate Engines UMP Modified’s competing in their 25-Lap Feature event. It would be Shannon Fisk and Travis Stemler that would make up the front row. Stemler would be the one to take the early lead, and hold onto it until lap 23 when Fisk would take the lead as the white flag flew and from there, the Lowell, Michigan veteran, the 2007 Track Champion in his #60 Fisk Trucking / Laser Chassis machine driven by would go on to pick up his first Feature Win of the season.
Stemler finished second and in the process grabbed the Points Lead in the chase for the 2012 Track Championship. Former Two-Time Track Champion Todd Feutz was third as Jared Guinn and Kevin Cavanaugh completed the top five. Travis’ Father, Tim Stemler was sixth with Nick Curtis, Steve McClees, 18-year-old Nick Kurtz, and Ken Beutler rounding out the Top 10. Fisk and Stemler won the two Heat Races.
The final event of the night was the 30-Lap A-main for the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models who would be led to the green flag by Defending Track Champion, Tom Sprague Jr., and Current Points Leader, Zack Olger. After a close battle up front on the opening lap, Olger would jump to a very healthy lead and manage to hold on for the entire event and in the end, take his #0x Mid-State Sales & Service / Rocket Chassis machine to victory lane for the first time at I-96 in 2012.
Rich Neiser finished second while Dan Hubble had a great run finishing on the podium in third. Brandon Thirlby and Dale Sheehy would wrap up the final top five. Scott Haney would come home sixth while Sprague Jr., Jasen Wiley, and Billy Bray would round out the final Top 10. The Heat Race victories went to Sprague Jr., and Olger.
One of the biggest shows of the season is next on the 2012 calendar for I-96 Speedway as “The Greatest Show on Dirt”; The Fire Breathing, Winged Warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series make their ONLY stop in the state of Michigan on Saturday, June 2nd for the “NAPA Presents; The Rumble In Michigan”! 20-Time Series Champion, the legendary Steve Kinser will lead a field of the greatest Sprint Car Drivers in the World into Lake Odessa, Michigan in their ONLY appearance in the Great Lakes State in 2012.
Also expected to compete includes more of the world’s best Sprint Car Drivers including; Defending Race Winner Jason Sides as well as Sammy Swindell, Donny Schatz, Craig Dollansky, Joey Saldana, Kraig Kinser, Chad Kemenah, Cody Darrah, Kerry Madsen, Lucas Wolfe, Danny Lasoski, Jac Haudenschild, Paul McMahan, Bill Rose, Terry McCarl, Daryn Pittman, David Gravel, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Stevie Smith, and many more.
Tickets are available through S.L.S. Promotions and are going fast! So get yours now! In addition, get $5.00 off of your tickets at all participating NAPA Auto Parts Stores For Ticket and Other Information, please go to: www.slspromotions.com or call S.L.S. Promotions at: 1 (815) 344-2023 (8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Central Time) Joining the World of Outlaw Sprints Series will be the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Weekly Divisions of Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts.
For Saturday, June 2nd, the Pit Gates will Open an hour earlier at 2:00p.m., to accommodate the travelers making the long haul into Lake Odessa, Michigan. The Grandstand Gates will also open an hour earlier than normal at 4:00p.m., as Practice will start at 5:30p.m. World of Outlaws Sprints Qualifying is scheduled for 6:30p.m., and then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing will begin at approximately 7:00p.m.
The next events after the Sprints leave town will be on Friday & Saturday, June 8-9th as it’ll be racing of the two-wheeled variety as it’s AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles Weekend featuring the Bikes and Riders of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Series who will spend the weekend in Lake Odessa, Michigan taking on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval as the AMA D14 Flat Trackers will be running in complete shows both days.
Both Days’ Schedules will be the same as the Pit Gates will Open at 4:00p.m. The Grandstands Open and Practice Starts at 6:00p.m., and Racing both days begins at 7:00p.m. Get your tickets for both days through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway in advance and SAVE! Just click on the links provided: For Friday, June 8th: http://www.showclix.com/event/223091 AND For Saturday, June 9th: http://www.showclix.com/event/223093
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