Flat Rock, MI—August 4, 2017: Flat Rock Speedway’s racing program moved to Friday night for this week only, with a 3-division race card and Kids Night on the schedule. Kids to age 12 were admitted free and received a free hot dog, courtesy of the track. Robb Remick, his son, Cody, Guy Fire, Trevor Farmer and Billy Earley took the feature wins on a windy and cool evening.
The Monroe News 250 lap Enduro race saw 20 cars take the green flag. Jimmy Tucker jumped into the lead at the start and cruised out front for the first half of the event. At lap 133, 2 lapped cars got tangled up, and Tucker tried to slide by one of the cars, but clipped it in the process and flattened a tire, sending him to the pits. Robb Remick, who had been running second, now assumed the lead and stayed there for the remainder of the 250 laps, which was completed in 65 minutes of all-green flag racing. Remick built up a half-lap lead and was able to keep that advantage as he scored the win over fast qualifier Kyle Metdepenningen and Derrick Sheppard. That duo swapped second and third spot for the final 25 laps until Kyle secured the position, using the high groove. Sheppard was third, Matt Ringger fourth and Nathan Sprotberry fifth, followed by Ed Case, Cody Remick, Justin Chamberlin, Tony Rumble and veteran Keith Eagle.
The ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stocks were also in action, with Guy Fire picking up his first win of the season. Rob Randa, last week’s feature winner, took the lead at the green and held the point until lap 20, when lapped traffic came into play. Randa got tangled up with a lapped car, bringing out the yellow and sending both cars to the tail of the field. Fire, who had been applying pressure to Randa prior, was now the leader and he took off on the restart to grab the victory over Kyle Worley, Ray Morneau Jr., Dan Ford Jr., Scott Selmi, Rob Moore Jr., Steve Searles, David Liaeff, Greg Studt and Grant Hedges.
A great multi-car battle for the lead entertained the fans in the 15 lap Street Stock B Main contest. Early leader Rich Abel gave way to rookie Trevor Farmer, who snuck under Abel on a restart as the pack ran 3 wide at times going for the lead. Farmer held on for the win, his first-ever at Flat Rock. Abel held on for second, a hard-charging Todd Burtscher nabbed third on the final lap, Ian Jezylo was fourth and Adam Jezylo fifth. James Potter, Alan Kennedy, Justin Rodriguez and Leroy Farmer completed the finishing order. Leroy Farmer got up onto the backstretch wall early in the race, riding the wall all the way into turn 4, knocking down a support post. A brief delay was needed to make repairs, which included turning off the track lights to complete the job. Morneau Jr. set the Fastime Racing Engines and Parts quick time for the 29 car field at 13.530, while Adam Jezylo led the B cars at 14:463. Fire, Hedges, Race Loving (in Paul Duffin’s #54), Kennedy and Ian Jezylo captured the heat races.
Current point leader and defending champ Billy Earley set a very fast pace from the start, leading all 20 laps on the way to a win in the ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8 feature. The action was door to door throughout the pack, with intersection traffic coming into play. In the final 5 laps, Billy hit the brakes, went to the left, then went to the right to avoid a collision at the cross-over. Somehow, Earley snuck through as the crowd went wild and he sailed on to the checkered flag. Dan Apperson was second, Jeremy Vanderhoof was third, Dennis Whisman fourth and Dennis Whisman Jr. fifth, followed by Jeremy Miller, Scott Apperson, Ethen Lambert, Travis Earley and Eugene Worden. Miller and Joseph Vanderhoof took the heat wins. Earley set the Fastime Racing Engines and Parts fast time at 21.128.
The evening wrapped up with the Boat Figure 8 race, and the action started right at the green flag. Eugene Worden had his boat and trailer flip over, then went after Les Syring’s boat and dislodged it from his car. Cody Remick also got into the action as he also applied a hit. AJ Padgett tried to catch Remick but Cody, in his first Boat Figure 8, took the win, giving the Remick family 2 wins on the night.
Racing returns to Flat Rock Saturday night, August 12. And for the first time in the history of Flat Rock Speedway, 2 types of Late Models will race on the same night! It’s the “Level Pebble 200”, featuring a 125 lap feature for the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by Jeg’s stock-bodied Late Models and a 75 lap race for the ARCA Super 6 Gold Cup outlaw-bodied Late Model Series.
Race fans are in for a treat next Saturday as NASCAR on NBC visits the track, featuring complimentary samples from 3 food trucks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., all of which are based around NASCAR’s teams and drivers! Snow cones, loaded nachos and bbq will be available.
Fans can save $5 on an advance ticket purchase for the event by calling the track at 734-782-2480 or stopping at the track office. All seating is general admission for this race. The advance sale ends at 5 p.m. Friday, August 11.
The track’s ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8 division will also be in action with a full race card on the schedule.
Practice begins at 3 p.m., time trials are set for 5:45 and racing begins at 7 p.m.