Stephens Becomes Fifth Different MSA Winner

Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) scorer and statistician Jeff Lickfelt will now log winner number five in as many races as the MSA series continues to roll through the 2010 season making its third stop of the year at Sandusky (OH) Speedway last Saturday night. Sophomore driver Trent Stephens put the hammer down on his Steve Stout owned No. 19 driving to the front from the sixth starting spot in a field of 19 fire breathing Supermodifieds to nab his first checkered flag of 2010. When the chips where down and a late race caution flag flew, with just two laps to go, Stephens was able to master the Sandusky pavement holding off a charging, determined Timmy (J) Jedrzejek.

With a 30 lap feature race on tap 15 of the 19 MSA cars in the Sandusky pit area would qualify under the 15.700 mark. At the end of qualifying Timmy J would have the official fast time of 14.797. At feature time Jim Paller and Charlie Schultz would lead the thundering field to the green flag only to see a red flag fly before the completion of the first lap when four cars would tangle up on the front stretch. Once racing resumed, and a complete restart, Schultz would blast to the lead in convincing style setting the early pace. There would be four more cautions before things would settle down. At lap 11 the red was displayed once again when Rookie third generation MSA driver Zach Gibson drilled the front stretch wall toss the car wildly until it finally came to rest on its right side in front of the main grandstand. Thankfully and luckily, Gibson was not injured. Once racing resumed Stephens was able to start stretching the lead he had taken from Schultz, in the laps before the red flag, setting a torrid pace. However, Timmy J had his Hawk car in gear and was coming fast. Catching the leader and passing the leader would be two different things as Timmy J bore down. What appeared to be a break came with just two laps to go as the caution flag flew when Canadian shoe Mark Sammut spun in turn one. With the field closed up and the finish in sight it looked to be a shoot out to the end. As the green dropped Timmy J got the run he was looking for getting to the outside of the young leader but coming off turn two he was unable to complete the pass and Stephens jetted to the point by two car lengths when the checkers flew. Following Stephens and Timmy J across the line were Schultz, Jon Henes, and the other Stout team driver Lou Cicconi rounding out the top five.

“Everyone is tough,” said the race winner. “There’s four or five cars that can win easily every week and then every once in a while someone else will hit a set up and be really fast. I would say there are eight cars that can win every week. The car was great, I have to thank my crew, and they worked for two weeks straight all day and all night to fix the car. I don’t think I ever really touched anyone all night. I was trying outside and it wasn’t working. As soon as I took the low line the car hooked up and I went, so that got me to the front,” finished Stephens.

“We qualified good and thought we had a good car,” noted runner up Timmy J. “The track seemed a little grease, and it’s hot and humid. In the feature I just started picking my spots and worked my way up there getting to second and Trent was out there a ways. I was gaining but it was not going to be enough, I got a big smile when that caution came out. We drove down into turn one I was on the outside thinking this was my best shot. We got a little close coming off turn two and I guess I gave up before he did. So, we’ll take second tonight and move on,” finished the defending and multiple MSA Championship driver.

Schultz held on to a podium finish and had some thoughts. “I was really pretty pleased. We unloaded and kind of struggled in practice, and just kept working on the car. This has been a huge learning curve today. We just kept throwing stuff at the car and it would get a little better. We have a motor that is not built for the wing; it is definitely a non wing motor. I was hoping it would go green the whole way, but it didn’t, it was a good points night,” finished Schultz.

Tim Ice, Pole sitter Jim Paller, Gene Lee Gibson, Mark Sammut, and Rich Reid rounded out the top ten. Both Stephens and Paller won the heat races. Next stop will be the two day King of the Wing show at Oswego New York in July.

Enjoy your upcoming July 4th holiday weekend, May Motorsports will be taking the weekend off.  Next racing for us will be July 10th and July 11th at Oswego Speedway.  This is the King of Wings Race where we took 1st and 2nd last year.  The goal …repeat performance!

#7 Charlie Schultz 3rd place podium finish in the back-up car.
#77 Tim Ice 6th place finish after narrowly missing two major “red flag” car accidents.

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