I-96 Speedway Contact: Mike Mouch
For Immediate Release: 616-642-0555
Mielke Takes Checkers in Dirt Cup Modified Opener @ I-96
Lake Odessa, Michigan (Saturday May 18th, 2013): The United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) sanctioned Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds presented by Lane Automotive made their way to the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Saturday night for their first race of the 2013 season. Meanwhile, the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts continued their battle for the local track championships. The car drivers were also joined by a special Motocross invitational for individuals 16yrs & up.
The Motocross riders were the first to hit the track for features. It would be Dan Petrie who would get the win in the 16yrs and up division, while Gatlin Combs went on to take the 60-85cc division checkered flag. The heats were won by Tyler Neros, and Petrie in the 16 & Up’s and Combs in the 60-85cc.
The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks were out next for their 20-lap main event. The front row was made up of Ben Hidy and Rob Sternberg. Dan Dykman would lead much of the early stretch of the race. Then on lap 12 Josh Frye would fight his way to the front and would go on to victory lane.
This was the second win of the season for the defending track champion Frye in his Driftwood Bar & Grill Chevrolet Monte Carlo. 2011 track champion Bill Brandt Jr. finished as the runner up. Hidy was third, Dykman, and Marty French made up the top five. Robb Sternberg, Ron Wiers, Ron Harper, Jim Beltz, and Robert Erickson capped off the top ten. The heats were won by Ron Harper, Derek Poland, Hidy, and Frye. French won the B-Main.
Up next were the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts for their 20-lap A-Main. Randy Larabee and Nick Jenema made up the front row. Jenema would take the advantage early on. He would trade the lead with 2-time and defending track champion Rick Peck. When it was all said and done it would be Peck vistiting the P.A.T Landscaping Victory lane.
Peck took his Frisbee & Son’s Plastering / Saturn SC2 to the winners circle for the first time of the season. The runner up position was filled by Chuck Peterson II. Jenema followed him in third, Chad Tomczak, and Christian Wynbelt rounded out the top five. Rick Edsall, Kyle Woodward, Christopher Joyce, Randy Larabee, and Dillion Gentry completed the top ten. Jenema and Peck were the heat winners.
The Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Presented by Lane Automotive feature was the last of the night, with $2000 on the line. The field was brought to chief starter Brett Farmers green flag by Andy Sprague and Travis Stemler. Sprague would jump out to the early lead. However on lap 33 David Mielke would make a strategic pass to take over the top spot, and he would go on to get the win in the dirt cup season opener.
This was the first win of the season both for the dirt cup and at I-96 speedway for the Krompetz Elevator / Rocket Chassis of Mielke. Meanwhile, Stemler would end up in the second spot, Jeff Erickson Jr. was third, Sprague, and Joe Rokos were the top five. Jacob Poel finished sixth, with Curt Spaulding, Aaron Morey, Mark Anderson, and Adam Thrush ended the top ten finishing spots. Erickson, Sprague, Rokos, and Stemler won the heats. Poel, and Morey won the B-Mains.
I-96 Speedway will be taking next weekend off, in order to prepare for their next show which will be in two weeks on Saturday June 1st. The show will be headlined by none other than the world famous World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. This will be the outlaws first and ONLY stop in the state of Michigan, and they will take to the famous 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval. All of the top sprint car drivers including; Joey Saldana, Daryn Pittman, Steve Kinser, Craig Dollansky, and defending series champion Donny Schatz will be in attendance. The Carbon Green Bio-Energy UMP Modifieds will also be in action, on what should be a thrilling night of racing. To pre order tickets for this show visit this link:
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