Week 5 - May Motorsports Recap

May Motorsports 2012May Motorsports checking in with a race weekend update.  We headed South to marry off our daughter and sent the team North to Toledo Speedway to compete.  We understand both cars were fast and heading towards the front.  BUT, #77 car pulled in about halfway into the race when Matt noticed oil pressure dropping.  #7 car with Charlie pulled in with three laps to go due to fuel issues.  So, we have lots to figure out when we unload the cars tonight.  We will get this figured out and move onto the next race, which is at Auto Speedway in Clio, MI this upcoming weekend (6/23).  The following is the official race recap:

Todd Ridgeway
MSA Media
June 16, 2012

For the second straight year a Reed Salvage team owned by Craig Reed has visited the Toledo (OH) Speedway victory circle for the annual Midwest Supermodified Association 40 lap feature race. Team driver Mike Lichty took command at lap 16 of the “All American Coach Fastest Short Track Show in the World” and never looked back securing the win. For both Reed and Lichty this was a welcome win for a season that has started very slow for the veteran racers.

The MSA presented by Town Money Saver Front row starters of Dave McKnight and Mark Sammut would bring the field of 17 fire breathing monsters to life in front of a packed house at the famed Toledo facility. Wasting little time the familiar Canadian No. 78 of Sammut would sail to the point and just like that the first 11 laps where in the books when the yellow flew for a stalled racer. Very quick to get back started the field would file back under green flag condition. Sammut now had company with McKnight and last year’s winner Bobby Dawson in tow. As the field continued to lay down some very quick laps McKnight got the run he needed and on lap 14 went to the front, however, Lichty was also on the move and making way. Coming from the ninth starting spot Lichty had very quietly been making his way through the field along with fast qualifier and MSA point’s leader Trent Stephens. By lap 15 Lichty and McKnight where side-by-side for the lead and at lap 16 Lichty was able to muster up the move and shot past in total command. Now the race leader Lichty started putting up some very serious lap times. At lap 22 Stephens was now in high flying gear and sailed into the second spot with his sights set on Lichty. A late race caution at lap 34 gave Stephens some well needed ground on the leader. But, on this night it was all Lichty as he took the green in full speed mode and never looked back. Stephens would settle for second, Sammut got third, Dawson grabbed fourth, and Dave Shullick Jr. rounded out the top five.

“I really enjoy coming to this race track,” said Lichty. “I been coming here racing for several years, each year it just keeps getting bigger as the fans come out. I see Toledo Speedway has put up some new grandstands and new lighting, hats off to everybody that puts this deal on. We have been gaining on the car; we had a lot of speed the first week but got into an accident. After that the car was just really unbalanced. We have been kind of scratching our heads on where the car was, and thanks to guys in the shop for spending a lot of hard hours getting it straightened out. I could drive the car right down on pit wall, probably three feet off the wall under the rumble strips. I just set there and it hooked up with some phenomenal front bite, with good side bite. So, we are getting closer, the car is just not quite right but we are getting closer,” finished the happy winner.

Driving the Kasper Auto Groups, PPG, Domino’s Pizza No. 19 entry Stephens grabbed another top two finish in MSA action. In five races making up the 2012 MSA season thus far Stephens has finished no worse than second. “The car was fast, but Mike was really fast too,” stated Stephens. “I was just hoping to have something for him, but I sputtered a little there on that last restart and he got half a straight way lead on me. It was just too much and I couldn’t real him in. We got the tires to last which was our main goal, we didn’t expect anyone else’s to, but obviously they did. It has been an awesome year, obviously I still want to win, it is still really good, I can’t complain,” finished Stephens.

“We will take third,” stated Sammut. “We started up front, and the way things started out today we thought we might be putting it on the trailer. We were really going good at the start but then as the race wore on those guys caught up a little bit. But, you have to hand it to them, they were really hooked up,” finished Sammut.

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