Week 4 - May Motorsports Recap

Checking in with this past weekend racing recap which took place at Lorain County Speedway.  Lots of high fives going around the team as our newest driver in the #77, Matt Marlowe landed himself a podium finish picking up a 2nd place.  While Charlie Schultz’s finish in the #7 car was so close that he too pulled onto the front stretch thinking he had grabbed 3rd.  IT WAS THAT CLOSE!!!  But that photo finish showed #12 car of Brandon Fisher would end up in the books as the 3rd place finisher with Charlie getting 4th.  All in all, the team was encouraged with the progress from the previous few weeks of racing. There were many late nights prior to Saturday’s race,  strategizing on set up and changes that needed to take place to get back to being more competitive.  We do believe we are off to a good start.  The following is the official racing recap:

Stephens now two in a row in MSA action
Todd Ridgeway
MSA Media
June 11, 2012

2011 Town Money Saver Midwest Supermodified Ass. (MSA) Champion Trent Stephens made it two races in a row, and two weeks in a row, last Saturday night when he once again came through the field making a late race pass for the top spot and just took off from there to get the MSA victory. For the MSA group this was their first of two stops at the Lorain County (OH) Speedway. A place where things have not always went the best for Stephens, this time, however, he would not be denied.

18 machines would line up for the 30 lap MSA feature race on a very hot evening. Outside front row starter rookie candidate Matt Marlowe would blast to the point from that starting position as the field filed off the first corner and down the backstretch. Coming from the very popular E-Mod ranks, a winner the night before at Barberton (OH) Speedway at the second leg of the Ohio 500 and with only three ever Supermodified starts to his name, Marlowe was the man on point for the first 19 laps laying down some very impressive lap times. Driving the red No. 77 vacated by Tim Ice and owned by May Motorsports, Marlowe navigated the Lorain pavement like the pro he is. But, just like the three MSA events before this one, all at Sandusky, Stephens was coming to life at mid-point and in high gear dusting the field on his way to the front. Two laps after a restart Stephens was able to get a great bite and sail by on the outside putting the burnt orange No. 19 of team Stout on the point with a very well timed pass at lap 19 and set sail. From there it was catch me if you can, and they did not. Marlowe meanwhile, as he watch Stephens sail out front, had his hands full with young second generation driver Brandon Fisher and his May Motorsports teammate Charlie Schultz. Just after the white flag they ran up on the 21 car of Matt Palmer. Marlowe was able to do a crossover pass and get by. As Schultz and Fisher came down to take the checkers they would split Palmer. Schultz low, and Fisher high. Fisher was able to nip Schultz for third position, however contact between himself and Palmer sent both cars spinning just after the finish. Fisher, making his first MSA start of 2012, and in a small block engine car, was third, 2010 MSA Champion Schultz fourth, and Moe Lilje rounded out the top five.

When asked two in a row, how does it feel? “It feels great,” explained Stephens. “Especially getting the 2nd one at Lorain, I have struggled here the past few races and we ended that slump with bringing one bad fast race car. Two 2nd place finishes then 2 wins is a great start in anyone’s book. Even in the 2nd place finishes the leader was in my sights, I just ran out of laps. I was watching Matt for a few laps once I got to 2nd, and he was pretty quick. He wasn't slipping up anywhere so I knew it'd be tough. Him being a rookie, I thought I'd have the advantage on the restart and I threw it in on the outside and made it stick. Coming up through was pretty tough because everyone runs real hard and the top 10 cars are always fast at Lorain. But, once my tires got hot, I had a lot better bite off the turns than a lot of the guys and used that to my advantage on the outside groove and inside,” finished Stephens.

“It was really nice leading some laps in the Supermodified,” noted Marlowe. “These cars are way more stable than anything else I have ever driven. They just have more horsepower, down force, and a whole lot more tire. My goal this year was to learn the cars and the tracks. I just hope to make progress and earn the respect of my fellow racers. I do think I did that tonight. A lot of teams have come over and congratulated me, letting me know they appreciated me racing them clean and giving them room,” finished Marlowe.

Heat winners included Dave Shullick Jr. and Marlowe. Stephens set fast time in qualifying and rolled a ten for the invert of the feature race. This Friday night will be the annual Toledo (OH) Speedway “Fastest Short Track Show in the World”. Starring the Town Money Saver MSA group and the Winged Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints (AVBBSS), the event has become one of the top open-wheel pavement races in the country. Time trials have taken on a name of its own, as the 2 groups vie for supremacy---who has the fastest race car on the planet! The date is Friday, June 15. The MSA Super Modified portion of the event includes the entry of defending race winner Bobby Dawson of South Amherst, OH. 2008 NASCAR Truck and 2005 Nationwide Series champ Johnny Benson of Grand Rapids, MI is also on the entry list, piloting a team car to Canadian Mike Lichty. 2011 Series champ Stephens is also on the list, as is his Stout racing teammate and second-generation driver Dave Shullick Jr. International Super Modified Association (ISMA) tour regular Mark Sammut will make the tow to Toledo for the race. Charlie Schultz of Lorain, OH, who set fast time for both divisions in the 2011 event, and is the 2010 MSA Champion, is also entered.

Next up for our race team is Toledo Speedway this Friday night.

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David & Lori May
May Motorsports