May Motorsports Update for June 26, 2011

Hello everybody! … May Motorsports checking in with a race weekend update.  Tim Ice in our #77 finished 2nd and Charlie Schultz in our #7 race car finished 4th with a photo finish mere .13 seconds behind 3rd place finisher.  Overall good racing weekend.  We will take next weekend off and then we are off to Oswego Speedway for the King of Wings race on July 9th.  The following is the official press release of the Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) ( racing recap.  Both of the drivers moved up one spot with Charlie now being in 3rd and Tim 5th in points.

MSA Points leader Stephens gets first checkers of 2011
Todd Ridgeway
MSA Media
June 26, 2011

Young driver Trent Stephens swept to the front late in the going of the MSA presented by Town Money Saver feature race at Sandusky (OH) Speedway last Saturday night and hung on to get the checkered flag. Coming into the third Sandusky event of 2011 Stephens was the series points leader with solid top three finishes all season long, but the win had escaped him until now. Coming from the back with less than ten laps to go the hard charging young gun shot past the cagey veteran racer Tim Ice to put his ACME Racing Stout team car in victory lane. This may have been the first checkers of 2011 for Stephens; however, it was team ACME racings third series victory of the season.

With an officials roll of the dice the 30 lap feature inversion was set at ten putting young Matt Palmer on the pole with Pennsylvania visitor Chris DeRitis on the outside front row. Palmer’s pole position start was short lived as just after the green flag dropped a three wide move under the flag stand sent Palmer up the track hard into the outside barrier as he rode the wall all the way down to the track exit before coming to a stop. The red would fly as clean up was made and a complete restart would ensue with Jack Smith now moving up to the front row. After two restarts the field was finally in motion. However, the 28 car of three time series winner this season Bobby Dawson would get crossed up in traffic and spin up the track in turn one, his night was finished with a broken racer. Once back to green Smith set a torrid pace with some outstanding lap times. Both Ice and Mike Lichty where coming hard as the field sailed to the half way point. At the crossed flags it was Ice, Lichty, and Smith as the top three. As Ice set the pace, Stephens now pulled up into fourth from his tenth starting position and began to pour it on as the laps clicked off. Once Stephens caught up to Ice the chess match was on. Lap after lap Stephens would try a new line and pull up beside Ice. Finally, with just five laps to go Stephens was on the point and drawing away it seemed in cruise control. At the wire it was Stephens, Ice, Lichty, 2010 MSA Champion Charlie Schultz drove to fourth, and Smith held on to round out the top five.

Stephens set fast time on the night with a lap of 14.510 in his first lap and had to let the second lap go as he broke the right rear hub. “All I got to say is my car was awesome,” stated the happy winner. “Ice had a really good car, I just kept working the outside and working the outside figuring where my car would and would not stick. I finally got it right and when I finally got around him I never looked back. The car was perfect. I got the best crew in Supers. They do anything I want, they fix anything, and probably faster than anyone. My car owner Steve ran back to our shop and welded something today because it broke and did it and was back here within 45 minutes. I have been so close this year; this is the first race I feel everything has gone right. Let’s hope they keep coming. Everything went right and I drove a smart race so to hang on to this points lead now we have to keep finishing races,” finished the hard charger.

“He has been really running well this year, he has matured a lot,” said runner up Ice. “Trent has matured and I think he has really got a feel for what he is trying to do. I would have had to really run him hard, he got there and I just didn’t have much for him. If I moved up where I really needed to be I got a little tight. I had to run right around the bottom and that was my best line. I was making some pretty good time and was just hoping nobody would get out there, but he did and I couldn’t hold him off. We had a good car and a good finish. We have just been struggling with a real tight race car this season, and no luck to go along with it. We did pretty good tonight, we made a big change just before the feature and it showed,” finished the cagey veteran.

The 30 lap race was slowed by just the one red flag on the initial start and two other cautions, both coming just before three laps where complete. The heat winners where Jack Smith and the other ACME Stout team car of “Liquid” Lou Cicconi. In qualifying seven of the 18 cars on hand went under the 15 second mark.

Follow Charlie and Tim of May Motorsports throughout the 2011 season!