Lake Odessa, Michigan (Saturday, June 2nd, 2012): The “Greatest Show On Dirt”; the Fire-Breathing, Winged Warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series made their one and only stop in the state of Michigan for the 2012 racing season to the fast and newly revamped 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Saturday, June 2nd for the NAPA Presents; The Rumble In Michigan.
The legendary Voice of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series, Johnny Gibson got the standing room only / overflow crowd of screaming fans on their feet with the often copied, often imitated, but never duplicated WoO Sprints Traditional Four-Wide Salute / Wave Lap and then it was time to get down to business with their 35-lap main event as the front row of David Gravel and Kerry Madsen led the field down to the green flag and it would be Gravel grabbing the early lead while the rest of the field jockeyed for position.
Craig Dollansky reeled in the early race leader from his third starting spot and was trailed by Chad Kemenah. On lap 10, Dollansky would grab the lead and began using lapped traffic as a pick to pull away from the rest of the field. Gravel and Kemenah hooked together and stalked Dollansky all over the 3/8s mile. The first caution flew on lap 17 when Geoff Dodge went end over end in turn four and collected the third place car of Gravel. Both drivers were ok but done for the evening.
Once the green came back out, the battle was on between Dollansky and Kemenah as Defending Race Winner Jason Sides joined the battle as well. 20-Time World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series Champion Steve Kinser made it a quartet battling for the lead as the four-some had the sold out capacity crowd on their feet as they sliced and diced through lapped traffic while battling for position.
Despite the constant challenges from the trio behind him, it would be Dollansky fighting off all challengers as his #7 Big Game Tree Stands / Maxim Chassis machine would cross the start / finish line first and the Elk River, Minnesota driver would enjoy the accolades of winning the NAPA Rumble In Michigan. His fourth Overall WoO Feature Win of the season. Kemenah finished second as Sides, S. Kinser, and Cody Darrah were the top five. Donny Schatz was sixth as Tim Shaffer, Dale Blaney, Madsen, and Kraig Kinser wrapped up the top 10.
26 World of Outlaws Sprint Cars timed in on the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval as Darrah shattered the existing Track Record as he won the WoO Sprints Fast Qualifier Award with a lap of a 12.119 which measures out to 111.395mph. I-96 Speedway has only held Qualifications one other time since the creation of the 3/8s mile as the UMP Super Late Models Track Record stands at a 16.255 set during the 2011 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour visit.
S. Kinser, Shane Stewart, and Kemenah won the Qualifier Heat Races while Gravel won the Fast Car Dash with Sammy Swindell winning the Last Chance Race over Bryan Sebetto, K. Kinser, Bill Rose, Dodge, and Chad Wilson who all transferred into the NAPA Rumble In Michigan.
Also on the card were two of the weekly divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series led by the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds as well as the tracks “Beginners” Division within UMP, the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts. Unfortunately, Mother Nature paid a visit and wiped out the rest of the night.
Kyle Roberts, Jacob Poel, and Mark Anderson won the Qualifier Heats while Jared Guinn scored the 15-Lap Last Chance Race victory over Ed Reyes, 2007 Track Champion Shannon Fisk, Jeff Erickson Jr., and Luke Olger who all transferred into the 25-Lap Feature. There were 31 UMP Modifieds on the grounds. Rick Peck won the first UMP Sport Compacts Heat Race while the rains came during the second and final Heat. There were 17 UMP Sport Compacts on hand.
A decision will be made very soon regarding the status of the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds Feature as well as the Second Heat and the Feature for the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts in terms of finishing those events. Once that decision is finalized it will be announced on the I-96 Speedway Website as well as the Tracks’ Facebook Fan Page and Twitter Page.
This Friday & Saturday, June 8-9th 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
Friday-Saturday, June 15-16th is “Who’s Your Daddy” Weekend at the track as Friday, June 15th will kick off the Father’s Day Weekend with the first Official Motocross event at I-96 Speedway! The only Stadium-Type course in the state of Michigan! Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and every other Sunday for the rest of the season, there will be Open Practice on the Motocross track so there will be plenty of opportunity to get acclimated to the new track before the first Official event on Friday, June 15th.
For Friday, June 15th, the Pit Gates will Open at 4:00p.m. The Grandstands Open & Practice Starts at 6:00p.m., and Racing Begins at 7:00p.m. Get your tickets for the Inaugural Motocross Event through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway in advance and SAVE! Just click on the link provided: http://www.showclix.com/event/223113
Then on Saturday, June 16th, the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series returns to action with the “Big Daddy” highlighted by the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models. They’ll be joined by the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, and Spectator Drags.
Pit Gates Open at 3:00p.m., Grandstands Open at 5:00p.m., Practice Starts at 6:00p.m., then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem, Racing is set for 7:00p.m. Get your tickets in Advance for the “Big Daddy through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway by clicking on this link: http://www.showclix.com/event/223114
Upcoming events to wrap up the month of June includes the annual appearance by the UMP Summer National Hell Tour on a special Sunday, June 24th as some of the best UMP Super Late Model Teams in North America will invade Lake Odessa, Michigan to take on the tracks Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models. They’ll be joined by their companion touring series, the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals as the best Mod drivers in the country will go head to head with the tracks Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds.
Both touring series’ will be joined by the tracks weekly divisions of Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts. Tickets for this event are available through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway at the link located here: http://www.showclix.com/event/223118
Then the month of June will end on Saturday, June 30th with the second and final appearance by the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive as they’ll try their hand at dethroning the cars and stars of the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models just six days after the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour appearance, giving the great fans of Western Michigan two GREAT UMP Super Late Models shows in just under a week!
The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, Spectator Drags, and a thrilling Stunt Show will also be on the schedule to wrap up the month of June in Lake Odessa, Michigan. Advance Tickets are on sale through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway and you can purchase them by clicking on this link: http://www.showclix.com/event/223128
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