It was Championship night for six of the seven divisions at Crystal Motor Speedway Saturday night. Despite some early rain, there were 147 cars in the pits with another nice crowd on hand to watch the fight for season crowns.
The GLOW Vintage Modifieds were on hand with their Forties-style bodied machines. In the feature, Lou Caposey of Sturgis picked up the win over Brent Drobny and Jeremy Hamilton. Drobny picked up the earlier heat event.
In the Kentucky Fried Chicken Late Model event, Garrett Wiles of Hubbardston moved up from his fourth place starting position to take the win over Kyle Borgman of Muskegon, and Travis Stemler of Ionia. David Hilliker of Midland advanced to the main feature by winning the B Main. Heat wins were scored by Tom Dusen of Muskegon, Kurt Mesman of Wyoming, and Steve McClees of Muskegon. Hilliker also picked up the 2018 season championship in the division over Josh Borton and Ryan Lanphierd. All point races will be reviewed and finalized in the next two weeks.
The Lane Automotive IMCA Modifieds feature win was picked up by Chad Wernette of Sheridan, after fending of AJ Ward of Ionia who had moved up from his twelfth place starting position. Jeff Reay of Portland took the third place position. Heat wins fell to Ward, Nate Jones of Alma, and Taylor Wiles of Hubbardston. The points race for the IMCA Mods continues until September 16th. Ward currently holds a commanding lead over Austin Wonch and Mitchell Hunt.
The Next Level Graphics & Design LLC Street Stocks was a barn burner with Josh Loomis of Weidman picking up the win over Shane Spencer of Alma and Mickey Currier of Sidney. Jarrett Monk of Alma and Ryan Nethers of Mt Pleasant grabbed B main wins while heats were taken by Dustin Weber of Riverdale, Spencer, Loomis, and Robert White of Fenwick. In the points race, George Wease picked up the crown with Monk and Tim DeGroft Jr rounding out the top three.
In the Races On The Web Flinn Stock division, Stanton’s CJ Denman picked up the win over Estevan Martinez of Muskegon and Mike Currier of Fenwick. Kolby Rohn of Sheridan and Currier took the heat wins. The battle for the season championship was won by Rohn, with Currier and James Bannister following.
Jeremy Spencer of Deford picked up another feature win in the Port City Racing Pro Stock event. Chris Malek of Alma and Kyle Hunt of Bannister completed the top three. Greenville’s Blake Hollenbeck and Malek took heat wins. In one of the tightest points races of the season, Malek claimed the division crown over Hunt and Ryan Teeter of Crystal.
Curtis Rice of Muskegon picked up yet another win and another season championship as he pulled off a last-lap pass on Stanton’s Vern Buskirk and Jim Beltz of Kent City. Buskirk picked up the heat event. Rice picked up another season crown with an eleven point win over Kenny Dittenber and Paul Grosnickle.
In the Greenville Daily News Mini Wedge beginners divisions, Zayden Buskirk moved from his sixth place starting position to win over Jazzlyn Hale and Eli Fellows, all of Crystal, in the six to nine-year-old division. Peyton Cunningham of Sheridan and Delano Hale of Crystal picked up the heat wins. The season championship saw Buskirk taking the crown over Jazzlyn Hale grabbing second and Delano Hale taking third.
The ten to the fourteen-year-old event was picked up Lilyann Montgomery of Crystal over Andrew Bogart of Howard City and Kaitlyn Minikey of Fenwick. Bryant VanderMark of Greenville claimed the heat event. Bogart picked up the season championship title over Ryan Read and Brent Wonch.
The speedway now enters its post-season events with two two-day events scheduled. The first event is set for Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd. The Saturday event sees the last visit from the SOD Sprints, giving the Late Model division the night off. The night will also see the annual fireworks display.
On Sunday, the Outlaw Late Models make their last run of the season, allowing the IMCA Modified drivers to take the night off to head to the big IMCA event in Boone Iowa. The admission for both nights will be $15 for adults, $5 for kids 5-11, and pit passes costing $30.
Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200 or visiting the website at crystalmotorspeedway.com.