|Leg #9 of the 2005-Main Event Racing Series was held at Midvale Speedway this past Friday, August 19 at Midvale Speedway. 18 Super Late Models were joined by Sport Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Compacts to fill the night’s card.|
In the evening qualifying session, Gary Whipkey completed his season sweep of top times in Midvale Main Events, as the Doylestown, Ohio driver set a blistering lap of 13.71. Don Harvey, Jr., Joe Bush, Cord Ehrhart, and point leader Bobby Parsley completed the top five. After the session, Whipkey pulled the number 10 pill which put John Crumrine and A.P. Ren on the front row for the 75 lap event.
After a couple of failed restarts, action turned fast and furious. Akron, Ohio driver, John Crumrine, who picked up the Main Event victory in July, raced into the lead to set the early pace. Third place starter, Rich Rohrer moved into the second spot, while A.P. Ren dropped back in the outside lane. In the first ten laps, Crumrine and Rohrer pulled away, as Doug Sommers ran in third with Bobby Parsley fourth, and Ren fifth.
After the first official lap was completed, the next yellow did not come out until lap 29. During that green flag period, several drivers were already feeling the effects of hot brakes. Meanwhile, Parsley, making his second career start at the track, worked by Sommers for third by way of the outside lane. Back to green though, Crumrine and Rohrer were still the class of the field as they stretched things out over the rest of the competitors.
After several laps of green flag racing during the middle of the race, Crumrine’s car started to go away, while the car of Rohrer’s looked stronger. Once or twice, the duo made slight contact while battling for the top spot. Eventually, after a handful of laps nose-to-tail, Crumrine’s car slid up the banking in three, and as the duo exited four, Rohrer was out front.
A few moments later, Parsley took over the second spot, as Crumrine faded. Next it was Whipkey’s turn to move by on the lowside. Whipkey, coming from his tenth starting position, moved into third with the pass.
The race’s final caution came out on lap 72. With three laps to go, Rohrer lined up in front of Parsley, Whipkey, Lee Anderson, and Crumrine. When the green waved, Rohrer, who had used up most of his brakes, was able to keep the advantage and pick up his first Main Event victory of the season and his second feature win of the year at Midvale.
Parsley came home an impressive second, while Whipkey, Anderson, and Crumrine completed the top five. Harvey, Sommers, Bush, Johnson, and McKnight finished off the top ten.
In the Tusco Net Sport Stock 20 lapper, the polesitter, Kevin McClintock led the early laps of the event. However, top qualifier Keith Thomas was on the move and looking for his fourth feature win in a row. Once Thomas caught McClintock, the leader looked strong enough to hang on. However, close to the halfway point, McClintock pushed up the banking in turn four, allowing Thomas to race low and into the lead. At that point, the race was over and Thomas claimed his sixth win of the season, extending his point lead. Following the American Payroll Advance/Hoop Design #34 were Wes Gilland, Roger Linard, McClintock, and Josh Grove. Gabe Pringle, Bill Aubihl, Nick Grubbs, Don Rufener, Jr., and Chris Kail. Pringle and Aubihl won the heats.
Blake Mackey and Chuck Elkins brought the Papa John’s Pure Stocks in for the green in the 15-lap feature. By turn one, Elkins had shut the door and raced in front of the field. On the move was Canton, Ohio driver Joe Oliver. Later, Oliver sped into the lead, after using the outside lane, while Rick Elkins, Jr. took second. At the checkered, Oliver was followed by Elkins, Jr., Elkins, Doug Higgins, and Randy Smart. Mackey, Rich Schweitzer, Bubba Smith, Bryant Smith, and David Breehl completed the top ten. Oliver, driving the Pittman Performance/Smith’s Auto Sales #50, dedicated the win to his father who had passed earlier that week. Mackey, Bryant Smith, and Randy Rice won the heats. Elkins, Jr. was top qualifier.
Musick & Myers Heating & Cooling Compact racing was again exciting, as this week, the top six qualifiers started up front. With top qualifier Kelly McNutt in the sixth starting position, everyone knew that this was his best chance at a feature win this season. Normally, due to good qualifying efforts, McNutt is relegated deep in the starting field. On this night though, the New Philadelphia, Ohio veteran was able to pick his way to the front and cross the line victorious. Jack Grove, Adam Mishler, Don Rufener, Jr., and Josh Irwin completed the top five. The rest of the top ten were Tad Grove, Eric Anderson, Kenny Ford, Tom Barrett, and Perry Nave.
Jason Morgan held off a charging James Domer to win the second Compact feature of the evening. Mike Hostetler, Derek Grewell a long time leader of the race, and Jesse Page completed the top five. Earl Scranton, Chris Smith, Joe Vanfossen, Tammy Rufener, and Jill Harshey completed the top ten.
Mike Pyle won his first career feature in the third event for the Compacts. Mike Gribble, Johnny Campbell, Jim Campbell, and Travis Mazzoleni rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten were Pat Carnes, Dan Bloom, Tammy Ondo, Howard Bartholow, and John Wissman.
Racing action will continue at Midvale Speedway this coming Saturday, August 27, as the Legend cars will join Late Models, Sport Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Compacts for five divisions of racing for the price of four. Qualifying is at 4, while the racing will take place at 6:30. Heats, pursuits, and features will be run. Admission prices are regular at $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students (6-15) and children five and under are free. For more information, go to www.midvalespeedway.com.
Results For Midvale Speedway
Main Event Racing Series
Burko Trucking Fast Qualifier – Gary Whipkey 13.71
Lap Leaders – John Crumrine, Rich Rohrer
Western Reserve Asphalt ½ Way Leader – John Crumrine
Bob’s Auto Sales/Barberton Automotive Clean Sweep – No Winner
Non Starters – Scott Baker, Dino Long
MERS 75 (Top 10) – Rich Rohrer, Bobby Parsley, Gary Whipkey, Lee Anderson, John Crumrine, Don Harvey, Jr., Doug Sommers, Joe Bush, Robbie Johnson, Joel McKnight, Ryan Tedesco, A.P. Ren, Rich Kirkpatrick, Cord Ehrhart, Mark Willison, Bob Gainer
Tusco Net Sport Stocks
Top Qualifier – Keith Thomas 15.48
Heat #1 – Gabe Pringle, Roger Linard, Wes Gilland, Keith Thomas, Kevin McClintock
Heat #2 – Bill Aubihl, Paul Murray, Don Rufener, Jr., Chris Kail, Steve Lute
Feature – Keith Thomas, Wes Gilland, Roger Linard, Josh Grove, Gabe Pringle, Bill Aubihl, Nick Grubbs, Don Rufener, Jr., Chris Kail, Jerry McNealy, Paul Murray, Doc Dixon
Papa John’s Pure Stocks
Top Qualifier – Rick Elkins, Jr. 17.34
Heat #1 – Blake Mackey, Joe Oliver, Doug Higgins, Randy Smart, Rick Elkins, Jr.
Heat #2 – Bryant Smith, David Breehl, Rich Schweitzer, Bubba Smith, Mike Phillips, Jr.
Heat #3 – Randy Rice, Joe Fewkes, Dan Moore, Matt Wallick, Bob Passwaters, Sr.
Feature – Joe Oliver, Rick Elkins, Jr., Chuck Elkins, Doug Higgins, Randy Smart, Blake Mackey, Rich Schweitzer, Bubba Smith, Bryant Smith, David Breehl, Randy Rice, Mike Phillips, Jr., Tim Oliver, Joe Fewkes, Dan Moore, Keith Anderson
Musick & Myers Heating & Cooling Compacts
Top Qualifier – Adam Mishler 18.31
Heat #1 – Eric Anderson, Josh Irwin, Jack Grove, Tad Grove, Troy McMath
Heat #2 – Mike Hostetler, James Domer, Perry Nave, Jesse Page, Kenny Ford
Heat #3 – Mike Pyle, Michael Keefe, Derek Grewell, Earl Scranton, Joe Vanfossen
Heat #4 – Mike Gribble, Travis Mazzoleni, John Wissman, Paul Stull, Jim Campbell
Feature #1 – Kelly McNutt, Jack Grove, Adam Mishler, Don Rufener, Jr., Josh Irwin, Tad Grove, Eric Anderson, Kenny Ford, Tom Barrett, Perry Nave, Ron Myers, Brad Henry, Troy McMath
Feature #2 – Jason Morgan, James Domer, Mike Hostetler, Derek Grewell, Jesse Page, Earl Scranton, Chris Smith, Joe Vanfossen, Tammy Rufener, Jill Harshey, Michael Keefe, Bob Schneider, Jr., Neil Rolli
Feature #3 – Mike Pyle, Mike Gribble, Johnny Campbell, Jim Campbell, Travis Mazzoleni, Pat Carnes, Dan Bloom, Tammy Ondo, Howard Bartholow, John Wissman, Cody Shuss
Written by: Adam Mackey