Flat Rock, MI—July 6, 2019: Mother Nature once again tried its best to stop the action at Flat Rock Speedway Saturday night for the Firecracker 150 and Monroe Superstore Fireworks show. A pair of rain delays slowed things, but the show was completed and the nice crowd on hand enjoyed the Fireworks finale’. Eric Lee, Ethan Stadniczuk, Jerry Farmer, Billy Earley and Mason Surgener took feature wins and visited the Monroe Asphalt Winner’s Circle.
The first rain began to fall just as qualifying was about to start, backing things up. Each class drew for their starting position for the feature events in the features-only format. Things clicked off in good fashion until the rain came back on lap 27 of the Late Model feature race. The track crew once again went to work and dried the surface and the race card was completed, along with the fireworks show.
The ARCA Moran Chevrolet Late Model 50 lap feature saw Steve Cronenwett Jr. dart into the lead at the green. The rain stopped the action on lap 27, with Steve still in command. When the race resumed, Steve held the point but had pressure from Eric Lee. Eric dipped under Steve on lap 34 and zipped to the win. Frank Jiovani was in second on the last lap, but a mechanical issue slowed the #45, allowing Harold Fair Jr. to grab the runner-up spot at the stripe. Jiovani was hung on for third, Cronenwett Jr. was fourth and Stan Yee Jr. fifth, followed by Craig Everage, Paul Pelletier, Dennis Strickland, Hayden Sprague, Connor Zbozien, Chris Benson, Steve Hawes, Joe Hawes and Dan Trosen Jr.
The 20 car field for the ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock A Main saw great competition throughout the pack. Rob Randa took the lead at the start and had company as youngster Ethan Stadniczuk gave chase. The duo battled side by side for several laps. On a lap 20 restart, Ethan charged strong in the outside lane, taking the number 1 spot. The duo to watch was Greg Studt, who started 19th, and Scott Selmi, who started 17th, as they picked their way to the front of the pack. Stadniczuk was gone as he sailed to the checkered flag, the first Street Stock win for the rookie. Jim Froling was second in the #26, third was Studt with a great run, in his tracks for 4th was Selmi in another great charge, while Randa held on for fifth. Rob Moore Jr. raced his way to sixth, David Liaeff was seventh, Kyle Worley eighth, Nick Shanks ninth and Guy Fire tenth. Clarity Patton, Jeff Metdepenningen, Max Fair, Caleb Barron, Vaughn Chambless, Chris Diovardi, Lonnie York, Trevor Farmer, Landon Schuster and Doug Litogot were next in line at the finish.
Jerry Farmer led all 20 circuits to win the ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock B Main race. Ian Jezylo tracked down the leader in the late stages and grabbed second, Wilburn Parks was also on the move and took third, L.J. Farmer fourth and Taylor Papineau fifth. Gary Navarre, Rich Abel, Adam Jezylo, Cody Hall and Leroy Farmer completed the top ten.
An exciting 2 car battle for the top spot ensued for all 30 laps of the ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8 feature, the Michigan Figure 8 Championship. Billy Earley held back the hard charging Jeremy Vanderhoof to take the big win. The lead pair began the battle right from the green flag, dodging intersection traffic and slipping and sliding on the slick track. Earley held on for the victory, Vanderhoof was second, Jeremy Miller third, early leader Joe Vanderhoof fourth and Dennis Whisman fifth, followed by Dennis Whisman Jr., Ethen Lambert, James Vanderhoof, Dave Lambert, Stephanie Bradley, Jacob Lee and Jimmy Thiel.
Mason Surgener topped Joel Smith and Killian McMann to win the 12 lap Bandolero feature race.
Saturday, July 13 is R & M Recycling Autograph Night at Flat Rock Speedway! A big night of racing will follow the on-track autograph session, which begins at 6:15. Race time is 7 p.m. The ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stocks, ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8’s, the Vault Antiques and Treasures ARCA Factory Stocks, the ARCA Late Model Sportsman and Bandoleros will provide the on-track action.