Week 14 - May Motorsports Recap

Hello May Motorsports fans,

We are just checking in with a race weekend update.  Another “W” gets away from us again this race, which was quite disappointing.  #7 Charlie Schultz piloted red supermodified quickly made his way to the front in dominating fashion only to go pit side on lap 13 of a 30 Lap race due to the yoke on drive shaft flange broke.  #77 Matt Marlowe continued to battle out on the race track finishing 5th.  As we head into the final MSA race for the season we are positioned at 3rd and 5th in the points.  The following is the official race recap.

Stephens flies to MSA checkers, Gibson Honored

Todd Ridgeway
Area Auto Racing News
Sept. 9, 2012

Midwest Supermodified Association (MSA) presented by Town Money Saver points leader Trent Stephens did nothing more than pad his series points lead by giving yet another dominating performance at Sandusky (OH) Speedway last Saturday night. Coming from the eighth starting spot Stephens traveled to the front in a hurry. Once on point with clean air Stephens set his own pace and stretch his points lead with just one series race left on the 2012 schedule before it becomes official. It was a somber night as one of their Supermodified alumni, Jeff Gibson, had passed away earlier in the week. Jeff is the son of famed Supermodified driver Todd Gibson.

Veterans Jon Henes and Denny Fisher, making his first start of the season, would bring the field of thunder to the drop of the green to start the 30 lap contest. Side by side the first lap Fisher would push to the front as the field scattered for positions behind. The first of two yellows would fly at lap three and bunching the fast field back up for a restart. Charlie Schultz had made his way to second from sixth and on the restart whipped to the outside sailing past Fisher going on point. Schultz maintained a very comfortable lead until Stephens cleared into the second position and began his hunt. At lap 13 Stephens was there, then suddenly Schultz car gave up as the drive shaft had expired, ending his great run. Now for the restart it would be Stephens, Moe Lilje, Fisher, and D J Shullick, Jr. As the cross flags flew demonstrating the halfway point Stephens set sail. Shullick Jr. would eventually clear Fisher for third and get in the chase in the races late stages. Lilje would chase after the leader but had his hands full with Shullick Jr. and was never really able to mount a charge for the lead as the checkers flew. Following Stephens, Lilje, and Shullick Jr., Fisher would hang onto fourth with Matt Marlowe rounding out the top five.

“The car was really good,” started Stephens. “I didn’t expect the car to be that good; it was a little squirrelly in the heat race. It came right in and never changed, I knew what the car was going to do every lap, and that felt good. We still have one race left and it is looking pretty good for two Championships in a row. We will definitely have to do some changes on the car for the last race to keep it fast during the day time race” finished Stephens who delivered ACME team Stout Racing their eighth MSA checkers of the 2012 season.

“I think I would have liked to start a couple rows forward,” said runner up Lilje. “We fought through the first yellow was kind of untimely for us, it put two cars back in front of us and behind Trent (Stephens). I don’t know if that would have made a difference or not, but, it sure would have been nice to be on his bumper going through traffic. Good run for us, we are knocking on the door, but running out of races. We brought the car home in one piece, we are trying to get it done before the end of the year, and we are running out of races. Just thanks to Mr. Reed and everybody here at Reed Motorsports, Accounting Services, Stewart Appliance, PBS, and level performance for the awesome horse power under my hood,” finished Lilje.

“It was just a long night,” said Shullick Jr. “We had a really fast race car setting fast time and winning the heat driving away. In the race we just missed the stager, and did not have the race car we hoped for. We will have to make a few small changes for the next race, hopefully we will have a better car for that race,” finished a dejected Shullick Jr.

With only the MSA Championship weekend remaining at Sandusky Speedway September 22 and 23 Stephens now holds a commanding lead over teammate Shullick Jr. and third place Schultz. The 30 lap feature race saw just two yellows and concluded in less than 20 minutes. Heat winners included both Shullick, Jr. and Schultz, as Shullick Jr. set yet another fast time; this one was a fast lap of 14.522. To honor their competitor and fellow racer Jeff Gibson the group did the missing man wave lap before the start leaving the pole position open. At the finish the group took one extra lap and stopping short of the checkered flag leaving and open track. Gibson passed away of a heart attack just two days prior to this race.

Up next for May Motorsports…Midwest Supermodified Association Championship weekend at Sandusky Speedway 9/22 and 9/23.

David & Lori May
May Motorsports

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