Week 3 - May Motorsports Recap

May Motorsports checking in with a racing weekend update.  Not one of our more stellar performing weekends that is for sure, finishing up with a 5th and 9th.  Off season changes to the cars aren’t living up to our expectations and we now need to go back to the drawing board and regroup.  That's racing … sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't!   You just never know until you try.   On a positive note, we have started three races with two cars and have finished three races with two cars. So on to the racing recap …

Runner up no more, Stephens nails down Sandusky
Todd Ridgeway
MSA Media
June 2, 2012

2011 MSA Champion Trent Stephens had started the year with two second place finishes at Sandusky (OH) Speedway, but that all changed last Saturday night. Coming from outside fourth row Stephens got to the top at race mid-point and never looked back to score his first victory of the season and ACME race teams third, this gives the two car team a sweep of the first three races at Sandusky as the organization now moves to Lorain (OH) County Speedway and then to the banked track of Toledo (OH) Speedway.

Presented by Town Money Saver the Midwest Supermodified Association field would come to life for their 30 lap feature race. Young Rookie driver A J Lesiecki and veteran shoe Jon Henes would bring the field of powerful supers to the drop of the green. As the field thundered down into turn one the race for position was tight. Coming thru turn two a scary moment would set in when Bobby Dawson got caught up in the mix and coming off turn two he shot up the track hitting the concrete wall at a very awkward angle almost head on very hard. Immediately the red flag would fly. Thankfully Dawson was able to climb from his mangled race car. Once the rollback removed the car from the racing surface it was a complete restart. This time Henes managed to blast to the lead with Charlie Schultz in tow as they started laying down some wildly fast lap times. As the field straightened out Moe Lilje would begin his assault to the front. Charging past Schultz, Lilje went after leader Henes. At lap ten Lilje got the bite he needed as the No. 08 racer sailed to the point assuming command. As Lilje began to make some pretty good lap times himself he was quickly joined by Stephens and Mike Lichty. It took three hard laps of side by side but Stephens was finally able to get the lead. Once in front it was clear sailing. With the exception of a yellow with just two laps to go, that only seemed to give Stephens time to catch his breath, it was all Stephens coasting to the checkers on the restart. Lilje hung on for second as his Reed Salvage teammate Lichty was right by his side third, Henes got fourth and 2010 series Champion Schultz rounded out the top five.

“The car was really, really good,” stated the winner Stephens. “We were pretty quick in practice and then changed some stuff to make it faster. Qualifying did not go our way, but when we got to the feature it did. I changed my line around out there a little bit; we were off on the stager a little. Tonight went a lot smoother the car was really good on the outside. I got a little worried with Moe and Lichty when I caught them they were just really fast. I started playing around, the car was really maneuverable and I was able to get by them. Sometimes there is not a whole lot of grip on the outside, but it is easier to pass out there, I definitely like the outside line,” finished the young winner.

Lilje was very happy with the runner up spot. “Definitely more in line with what we were looking for at the start of the year. We had a couple tough breaks the first two races of the year, but we kept on digging and pulled out a decent finish tonight. We benefited from starting towards the front; the track was a little greasy tonight so that kind of played into our favor. We got some more things we want to change to make the car better for Lorain. Stephens was pretty good tonight, just after I got by Henes I started to get a little free and I knew I was going to play heck staying out front. I knew at that point all I could do was hit my marks and hope for the best,” finished Lilje.

“Well, we finally finished, that’s a good start,” said third place Lichty. “The first two races just didn’t go that good. The car was just not feeling right today so we made some drastic changes. Finally in the heat race the car came around. We just didn’t make enough changes for the feature. The car started loose and finished loose. It is getting harder and harder to pass these guys here. Everybody is just a couple tenths of a second within each other and it makes it extremely hard to pass,” finished Lichty.

Thanks for your support!
David & Lori May
May Motorsports