Midvale Speedway
Midvale Speedway... Thunder In The Valley 2018...
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Ohio's Fun Place to Race!!
2018 Race Season
"Spring 65" in the Books
May 27, 2018
The third time was the charm to get our first special event of the year in the books. Beautiful weather blessed us for the "Spring 65" and Salute to Fallen Heros Night presented by TJ's Gas n Go. A good amount of cars were pits side, 95 to be exact. There was great side by side racing throughout the evening as cars were coming from mid-pack in heats, B-mains, and even in the features, to battle for the win. A very Special Thanks goes to our fans, drivers, crews and officials for coming out and enjoying a great night of racing and braving the record setting temperatures. Also, a special thanks to May Motorsports, Owners of the MSS Supermodifieds, for having 2 on hand and shaking the cars down at Intermission.

The first feature to hit the Speedway was the Open Compact 25 lap event. Dan Buckey in the #69 started on the pole with Tyler Nign in the #55 starting along side. Buckey led the opening circuit as Nign fell into the clutches of Bart Busby in the #31. Oliver, Eric Feister, and Josh Feister were on the move in the outside lane. Buckey started to inch away, but Busby had other ideas. On lap 5, the first caution flew as the #38 of Brandon France and the #14 Likens got together in turn one. On the restart, Buckey and Busby were going at it. Busby got stuck high as Oliver started to make a run on the inside. On lap 7, the second caution flew as the #55 of Nign and #14 of Likens made contact as Liken went hard into the back straightaway wall. Nign admitted fault and pulled off the Speedway. Buckey and Busby continued to set the pace up front. Oliver stayed all over the bumper of Busby. Both Feisters, Britt Vanmeter, Don Rufener III and Brent Shreffler started to make their way to front with clean inside and outside passes. On lap 9, Oliver gave a little bump and run to Busby for the second spot and used the outside lane to try to make the pass. But Busby would battle back on the inside to hold on to the spot. On lap 14, the last caution flew as the race leader Buckey slowed in turns three and four. As Buckey slowed, Busby made contact with the #69, spinning him. Busby, Oliver and Feister went three wide as they tried to avoid the spinning Buckey and everyone made it out clean except for Buckey who's night was over after he lost power. On the restart, Busby and Oliver started side by side up front. Both battled hard all the way to the end. Rufener and Vanmeter tired to catch up and on the white flag lap, Eric Feister had something go wrong as he pulled from 4th to the pits, but Busby was just too strong. Picking up the Open Compact Feature was the Bowerston OH driver in the Keiths Cars, DeFrank & Sons, Buckey Mowing sponsored #31 of Bart Busby. Following was Oliver, Josh Feister, Rufener and Vanmeter. Heat Wins went to Buckey and Nign. B-Main winner was Marcus Cox. Top Qualifier was Josh Feister

The second feature of the evening was the Open Modified 40 lap feature. Lucas Ripley in the #0 and Dave Dobbins started on the front row. As the green waved, Ripley would take the lead as Dobbins stayed right behind him. I he first caution flew on lap 1 as the #32 of Norm Taylor got a flat tire in turn one and two. Ripley and Dobbins were on the front row for the restart. Ripley started to check out off turn two as Dobbins seemed to have a loose car. Nathan Embree in the #10 and Matt Marlowe in the #37 started to challenge Dobbins for second. Ripley continued to check out as Dobbins got up the track in turns one and two and Embree took over the second position with Marlowe following. Spencer Stineman and Rich Groetech were moving up through the field as well. Preston Walker in the #30 and Doug Meyer in the #31 were on the move early but were also being very patient. On lap 11, the caution came out as the #54 of Doug McMillen and #31 of Meyer got together going into turn one. McMillen admitted fault for the accident and Meyer got his spot back. Ripley now had Embree to his outside on the restart. Ripley and Embree stayed side by side for couple laps, but Ripley finally cleared and pulled away by a couple of car lengths. Embree and Ripley got together a couple laps later but the field stayed under green. At the half way point, Ripley was ahead of Embree, Marlowe, Stineman, and Dobbins. A couple laps later, the caution came out for #33 of Taylor as he had a flat tire in turn three and four. Ripley and Embree again set pace with 15 laps to go. Both battled hard as they keep going back and forth for the lead. On lap 29, the "big one" happened as Ripley and Embree got together on the back straightaway collecting Craig Phillips, Rick Elkins, Brandon Bailey, Marlowe, and Bob Sibila Jr. Elkins and Phillips were able to continue. On the restart, both the #37’s with Marlowe and Stineman made contact going into turn one. Both would be stopped on back straightaway to see who would fess up, but neither did sending both to the tail. Elkins and Phillips found themselves on the front row for the restart. Phillips pulled ahead using the outside lane after the green. The final caution flew on lap 30, as Stineman and Jones get together in turn three. Elkins and Phillips set the pace again for the final restart. Elkins was able to check out as Phillips followed just behind. Picking up his first career Open Motor Modified Win was the driver from Canton OH in the Ron Ruegg Automotive sponsored #51 was Rick Elkins Jr. Following was Phillips, Brandon Short, Brad Copen, and Marlowe. Heat Wins went to Ripley and Dobbins. B-Main Winner was Todd Ripley. Top Qualifier was Doug Meyer.

The third feature to hit the 3/10th mile oval was the Outlaw Super Late Models as they prepared to do battle for 65 laps. Bryant Smith in the #1 started on the pole with #88 of Tony Urdiales to the outside. As the green flag waved, Urdiales battled hard in the outside lane, but Smith started to pull out front off of turn two on lap 2. Bryant Smith started to inch away from the field. Bubba Smith in the #12, "Smokin" Bud Perry in the #10 and Albert Francis in the #33 were on move through the pack. Urdiales started to get challenged from Rich Rohrer in the #7 and Billy Roberts in the #88. On lap 9, Roberts had some sort of problems that forced him off the pace and had to head to the pits. Ryan Tedesco in the #701 started 19th and slowly took his time making his way into the top 10. A battle for the lead was heating up between the brothers Smith. Bubba Smith was able to wrestle the lead away off of turn two. Perry and Urdiales would start to make charge to the front as they took over the third and fourth position respectively. On lap 19, we saw our first caution as the #17 of Bob Schneider Jr spun on own in turn one. Francis got on the brakes hard to miss Schneider, but locked up the wheels and backed right into the right front of Schneider’s car in turn one. Smith and Perry were set for the restart on the front row. Perry uses the outside of turn two to take the race lead from Bubba. #42 of Tom Stankiewicz was forced to pull off as he got into the wall just a past the flag stand. At the half way point, Perry leads Bubba Smith, Bryant Smith, Emerson Huffman, and Tedesco. As Smith started to close in on Perry slowly, the second and last caution waved on lap 45, as third place Bryant Smith broke a rear end going into turn three right in front of Huffman and Tedesco. Perry and Smith brought the field to green for the final 20 laps. Perry got a good start over Smith as he started to check out once again. Perry had the #10 in Cruze control to the finish. Rohrer and Justin Schroeder put on a good battle for the third position. Picking up the Spring 65 Victory, in the Boger Electirc, Keyhole Pizza, Sefer Trucking, Logan Service, Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, and Spida Software sponsored #10 of Edgerton OH driver Bud Perry. Finishing the top 5 was Bubba Smith, Schroeder, Rohrer, and Francis. Top Qualifier was Albert Francis.

The final feature for the evening was the Open Street Stocks. 17 Street Stocks took the green flag for the 30 lap feature. Bill Aubihl in the #31 started on pole with #25 of Shawn Marder to the outside. The green waved as Aubihl and Marder headed into turn one and two. Off of turn two, Aubuil spun and got into the right rear of the #04 of Bailey Delfosse, sending him spinning thru the grass. Delfosse had to go to the pits to change a flat tire. That sets up a complete restart as Aubihl and Marder led the field back to take the green. Teddy Oliver in the #44 was trying to make moves inside and outside on the first lap, but in turn three, Oliver breaks a rear end right in front of Mark Lushes in the #21, ending Oliver's night early. Aubihl and Lushes set the front row with 29 laps to go. Lushes was pulling to the advantage by half a car off turn two but Aubihl stayed right there with him. Lushes had some trouble as he had something dragging and had to go to the pits to get it repaired. Bear Schwartz in the #77 would take the second spot. Jeff Kuykendall in the #12 and the #22 of Dennis Wood were making their moves toward the front as they were sitting third and fourth. Bob Sibila Jr was in the #52 and was battling with the #7 of Gabe Pringle, the #8 of Kyle Grove and the #88 of Roger Arbogast for position. The man on the move from the back was #03 of Matt Wilson, the top qualifier, and the #3 of Ryan Tedseco, pulling double duty despite feeling ill. Kuykendall made a move to the inside of Aubihl off turn two to take the lead into turn three. Kuykendall started to put some distance between himself and Aubihl, Grove, Schwartz and Wood. The caution came out on lap 12, as Schwartz was leaking oil from turns three and four down front straightaway to the pit entrance. Wood spun in turn four and broke a rear end, ending his night. Kuykendall and Aubihl brought the field to the green for the restart. Kuykendall started to pull away as he snatched the lead from Aubihl. Wilson was able to catch Kuykendall and take over the top spot on lap 22. Pringle, Marder, and Arbogast battled hard for the fourth, fifth and sixth spots. Grove was sitting third and was trying to catch up to the duo up front. But nobody could catch Wilson as he passed under the double checkered flag. Following the Jordan’s Country Kitchen, Homenik Doors, sponsored #03 of Wilson was, Kuykendall, Grove, Aubihl, and Pringle. Heat Winners were Wood and Aubihl. Top Qualifier was Matt Wilson

Was a great night of action all around in all four divisions. Thank you again Fans, Drivers, and Crews for all your hard work and coming out to support Midvale Speedway and putting on a great show! Coming up this Saturday, June 2nd is the Super Cup Stock Car Series as they make their return to "Thunder In The Valley" with LM, Mods, C, and MT all on hand, presented by McInturf Realty.
Sunday, June 3rd, we will have our first Enduro race in many years, The Canton Auto Slavage Enduro 250. Check out midvalespeedway.com pr on FB for details about both events.

-------------------------------------------- Super Late Models:
Top Qualifier: #33 Albert Francis
"Spring 65": #10 Bud Perry, Bubba Smith, Schroeder, Rohrer, Francis, Whipkey, Huffman, Tedesco, Bryant Smith, Stankiewicz, Urdiales, Schneider Jr, Eichel, Gainer, Ice, Roberts, Rufener III, Burcher, DNS Grudier

Open Modifieds:
Top Qualifier: #31 Doug Meyer
Heat 1: Lucas Ripley, Stineman, Marlowe, Elkins, Groetsch, Phillips, McMillen, Allensworth
Heat 2: Dobbins, Embree, Bailey, Copen, Sibla Jr, Meyer, Walker, Taylor
B-Main (Top 8 Transfer to A-Main): Todd Ripley, Jones, Short, Shaffer, Gullatta, Miller, Prater, Willison Jr, Womack, Mays, Booten, Devore, Beatty
40 Lap Feature: Elkins, Pillips, Short, Copen, Marlowe, Willison, Allensworth, Miller, Shaffer, Jones, Prater, Stineman, Bailey, Sibla Jr, Gullatta, Embree, L. Ripley, Groetsch, Meyer, Taylor, Dobbins, T.Ripley, McMillen, Walker

Open Street Stock:
Top Qualifier: #03 Matt Wilson
Heat 1: Wood, Kuykendall, Arbogast, Wilson, Nyznick, Pringle, Sibla Jr
Heat 2: Aubihl, Lushes, Barnard Jr, Tedesco, Marder, Hartline, Oliver, Schwartz, Delfosse, Lynn
30 Lap Feature: Wilson, Kuykendall, Grove, Aubihl, Pringle, Arbogast, Marder, Tedesco, Hartline, Sibla Jr, Wood, Schwartz, Lynn, Lushes, Oliver, Nyznick, Delfosse

Open Compact:
Top Qualifier: #28 Josh Feister
Heat 11: Buckey, Busby, France, Likens, Shreffler, Rufener III, Swaney, Phillips
Heat 2: Nign, Oliver, J. Feister, E. Feister, Vanmeter, McDonald, James
B-Main (Top 4 Transfer to A-Main): Cox, Hillker, Rohrer, Cook, Gainer, Peebles, Clark, Scott, Tulley, Migdol, Espenschied
25 Lap Feature: Busby, Oliver, J.Feister, Rufner III, Vanmeter, Shreffler, Swaney, Rohrer, McDonald, Cox, Cook, Phillips, Gainer, E.Feister, Buckey, Hilliker, Likens, Nign, France

Written by: Matt Helms