(Flat Rock, MI—July 15, 2017): 16 year-old Rob Moore Jr. backed up a string of strong finishes with his first-ever victory in the 25 lap ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock A Main Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway on R & M Recycling/UAW Local 3000 Autograph Night. Ed Schroeder from Local 3000 presented Rob the trophy in victory lane ceremonies.
Tommy O’Leary IV was the victor in the 35 lap ARCA Aramark Late Model Sportsman feature race, while Wilburn Parks notched the win in the 15 lap B Main event. Fans walked onto the track and met the drivers during the autograph session held prior to Saturday’s race card. The first Power Wheels Demo was also held for the youngsters.
A great 4-car battle for the entire distance in the 25 lap A Main saw Moore Jr. lead a parade of challengers-Dan Ford Jr., Ray Morneau Jr. and Guy Fire. The first 20 laps ran non-stop as that group trailed the youngster Moore, who stayed in command. Ford Jr. jumped to the outside lane and got to the door of Rob when the first yellow flew. Bunching the field for the restart, Ford again charged hard in the 2nd groove and entering turn 4, the duo made contact, sending both cars spinning. Ford was done for the night with damage to his car and took responsibility for the incident, which put Moore Jr. back in the top spot. Guy Fire took his turn looking for the win, as he looked high and low to get around the leader. Rob stay in control of the event and took his big win and set off an emotional victory lane, where he was greeted by his father, Rob Sr., who finished 4th and had a great view of his son’s victory. Morneau Jr. snuck under Fire on the last lap to take second, Fire was third, Moore Sr. fourth and Greg Studt came from 19th spot to take fifth in Rob Randa’s #67. Studt encountered engine trouble after the heat race and Rob graciously put Greg at the wheel of his machine. Grant Hedges, Jeff Metdepenningen, Robbie Loving (driving Craig Lange’s #76), Collin Barron and Jeff Luttermoser completed the top ten.
A caution-free 15 lap Street Stock B main was a great contest as Wilburn Parks nosed out a determined Jerry Farmer to win the race, his 3rd of the season. Again, a pack of cars up front kept things exciting the entire distance with Parks low and Farmer in the high groove. Troy Brehmer was right of the bumper of the pair for third, Chris Diovardi zipped up from his 8th starting spot and joined the battle to take fourth, with Ian Jezylo right there in fifth, followed by James Baber, Adam Jezylo, Alan Kennedy, Rich Abel and Brian Moore.
Morneau Jr. set the Fastime Racing Engines and Parts fast time for the 33 car field with a lap of 13:685. Diovardi led the B cars at 14:170. Fire, Loving, Luttermoser, Adam Jezylo and Parks took the heat wins.
Tommy O’Leary IV led every lap on the way to the win in the 35 lap ARCA Aramark Late Model Sportsman feature event. Fast qualifier Jim Froling (13:379) started 8th and worked his way to the front to go after the lead, using the outside lane. After a re-start, Jim faded a bit as Ron Allen and Mike Young worked their way under Froling to move up. O’Leary had a comfortable margin and sailed to the win over Allen, Young, Froling, Greg Stilwell, Howard Kelley Jr., Kent McCloskey, Chris Hebert, Gerald Wheaton, Craig Osenbaugh, Landon Schuster, Dan Grigsby and James Potter. McCloskey and Grigsby were involved in a wild skirmish during the heat race, but great work by their crews had them ready for the feature event. Kyle Worley scratched from the event. Kelley Jr. and O’Leary took the heat wins.
Flat Rock Speedway’s biggest race of the season, the Moran Chevrolet-Stan Yee Memorial 150 for the ARCA Moran Chevrolet Late Models, is set for Saturday evening, July 22. The race is leg number 4 of the 6-race ARCA Super 6 Gold Cup Series, as well as part of the Sweet Manufacturing Outlaw Late Model Series.
Fans can save $5 on an advance ticket purchase for the event by calling the track at 734-782-2480, stopping at the track office or by downloading the form at www.flatrockspeedway.com. All seating is general admission for this race. The advance sale ends at 5 p.m. Friday, July 21.
Past winners of the Yee Memorial race include Justin Schroeder (2008), Mike Luberda Jr. (2009), Mike Root (2010, 2012), Eric Lee (2011), Phil Bozell (2013), Harold Fair Jr. (2014), Jeff Ganus (2015) and Dakota Carlson (2016).
An optional practice session is set for Friday evening, July 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The pit area will open at 3:30.
Race day on Saturday will see the pit area opening at 1, practice begins at 3 p.m. and the front gates will also open at that time. All tickets will go on sale race day at the track at 3 p.m. The track’s ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8 division will also be in action. Time trials begin at 5:30 and racing gets the green flag at 7 p.m.