Henes Gets Second Season Win at Kil Kare

Kil Kare SpeedwayAnother bitter sweet weekend for the May Motorsports Racing Team. Both of our cars clocked both 1st and 2nd fastest qualifying positions, but only one of our cars would see the drop of the checker flag.  Interesting enough though, we have now taken both the 1st and 2nd positions in points with our racing organization which is Midwest Supermodified Association (www.midwestsupers.com) #7 Charlie Schultz @497 Points, #77 Tim Ice@ 494, #19 @ 493 and #49 @ 491.  Our organization scores points for qualifying, heats, and features.  So the season certainly is heating up for a points battle with three MSA “wing” races remaining in our season.  So stay tuned as we continue on with our season! Up next for the team, Sandusky Hy-Miler which is an International Supermodified Association sanctioned race next weekend, but first we have one wrecked race car to get back into race ready condition!

Now on with the recap:

A first time visit to a new playground turned fun for Jon Henes as he became the first repeat winner on the tour in 2010. Henes took his No. 36 family owned Supermodified to the front, battled all challengers, and hung on to get his second seasons victory on the 2010 Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) campaign. Those challengers drove hard and fast lap after lap gunning for the determined veteran leader. It was the first time the MSA had ever visited Kil Kare Speedway in Xenia Ohio and 15 cars would take the green flag for the 30 lap feature race.

Randy Burch and Henes would bring the 15 car field to the drop of the green for the start only to see the caution fly before the first lap could be completed when Bobby Dawson spun in turn one scattering the field. In the confusion fast qualifier Charlie Schultz had some contact which caused front end damage ending his night before one lap could be scored.

Realigned and in formation the field would once again take the start only to see another yellow flag before the first lap was in the books. This time it was a whole may lay of cars spinning on the back stretch ending with Matt Palmer against the outside wall ending his night (see top photo).

Kil Kare SpeedwayThe third time was a charm as the field raced through the first lap with Henes getting to the point. Henes tried to stretch the lead out setting a blistering pace but the Stout team cars of Trent Stephens and Liquid Lou Cicconi would have nothing to do with it. Cicconi and Stephens both where coming fast from their eighth and tenth starting positions and by lap 15 were bearing down on the Henes 36. Tim Ice was also on the move swinging through cars and coming to the front in his May Motorsports No. 77 entree.

At lap 20 Stephens would spin and a yellow flag was displayed. Coming to the restart with just ten laps to go it was Henes, Cicconi, and Ice. When the green dropped Cicconi instantly went to the inside and blasted past Henes under the flag stand to nab the lead for the first time. As fate would have it the yellow would once again be displayed as the new leader developed problems. Getting a push back to the pit area Cicconi’s night came to an end with a broken race car after leading just one lap. Giving the lead back to Henes the field would move into the final laps as Ice would now go to work. Ice would go the outside and challenge for a couple laps pushing his red racer a nose in front. However, Henes maintained the preferred line and was able to muscle the lead away from Ice as the two made contact and raced very close.

At the checkered flag it was Henes over Ice, with Stephens coming from the tail to regain a third place finish followed by Gene Lee Gibson fourth and Denny Fisher rounding out the top five. Dawson was sixth, Rich Reid seventh, Cicconi settled for eighth, Brandon Fisher ninth, and Burch rounded out the top ten. The race was slowed by five cautions and heat winners included Schultz and Denny Fisher. Schultz set fast time with a lap of 11.136.

“We showed up here and never been here before,” stated Henes. “It’s a neat little track, and I knew the first time I got on it I’d like it. I couldn’t figure it out but, I knew once I did figure it out I would be ok. It was just getting seat time and finding a groove I was comfortable in. We really didn’t adjust the car all day. I told the guys earlier today I am not going fast enough to adjust the car, I can’t tell you what it is doing. We are not going fast enough to make it push or make it loose. We just thought we might hang around get a top five out of it and have a decent point’s night, put a little money in our pocket. It couldn’t have turned out any better. We got as much money in our whole car as ninety percent of these guys have in their engine. We put one tire on all day; the old tires just seemed to work out good. We didn’t want to spend a bunch of money and the right rear worked out good,” concluded the race winner.

Runner up Ice raced hard but for the second race in a row he came up just a little short. “I just missed all that stuff on those couple starts and just couldn’t get going very good,” noted Ice. “Once I got going the car was really good. I got to the outside of Henes for the lead two or three times and down the backstretch with just two or three laps to go his car quit and just hesitated, I hit him bending up my wing. Then I got tight in the front, I got up beside him all the way down the backstretch and he got up into me in the corner, I just couldn’t clear him. But, good job for everybody, it was great, we had a good car all day,” finished Ice.

“I had a real fast car, I know that,” said Stephens. “I started in the back and got all the way up to third battling my teammate on the outside for second and then just lost it. I think I just got the rear tires to hot and it just spun on me. So, I came back up through and I just lost the right rear. I was just driving it too hard for too long. Tim and Jon where going at it, I seen them up there hit each other a couple times. All in all a good night it’s all in one piece,” finished third place Stephens.

Follow Charlie and Tim of May Motorsports throughout the 2010 season!