Flat Rock, MI-July 27, 2019: Brian Bergakker zipped to victory in Saturday night’s Moran Chevrolet/Stan Yee Memorial 150 Late Model feature Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway. Caleb Barron, Wilburn Parks and Billy Earley also took feature wins and visited the Monroe Asphalt Winner’s Circle. Pat Moran of Moran Chevrolet and Ann Yee, Stan Sr.’s widow, presented the Gold Cup to Brian.
Bergakker took the lead on lap 49 and stayed in command the rest of the way in the 150 lap contest, which was leg #4 of the ARCA Late Model Gold Cup Series and a track point race for the Moran Chevrolet ARCA Late Model contest and a Main Event Late Model Series event. The 10 car inversion put Frank Jiovani on the pole. Jiovani grabbed the lead on the green and edged out front for 26 circuits. Dan Trosen’s #95 went up in a cloud of smoke on lap 27, and the field slowed but the green remained out. Jeff Vrsek zipped by Jiovani to take the point. Bergakker was up to 3rd by lap 40 and at lap 49, Brian grabbed the lead and set sail. The yellow came out on lap 61 when Harold Fair Jr.’s car came to a stop in the backstraight. When the race restarted, the next 64 laps went all green as Begakker stayed out front with a comfortable margin. Craig Everage got around Vrsek and got to second spot on lap 75. While Everage was able to gain a bit of ground on the leader, Bergakker pushed the #12 a bit harder to re-build his lead and sailed to the checkered flag. Everage was second, Vrsek was third, while Dennis Strickland made a run to the front in the final 50 laps to take fourth and Jiovani was fifth. Stan Yee Jr., Hayden Sprague, Justin Schroeder, Eric Lee and Paul Pelletier rounded out the top 10. Connor Zbozien, Steve Cronenwett Jr., Chris Benson, Scott Pemberton, Fair Jr., Steve Hawes, Trosen, Joe Hawes and Tom O’Leary IV were next in the finishing order. Mike Root encountered mechanical problems in practice and did not start the event. The race saw 4 yellow flags over the 150 lap distance. Bergakker set the Moran Chevrolet quick time at 11:583. With lap money at $5 per lap and the Moran Chevy $50 Most Improved position bonus, Bergakker took home $3313 for his victory.
A wild ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock 25 lap A Main had a tough time getting laps in. On the first try, Max Fair spun down the back stretch, scattering the field. Jeff Luttermoser tagged the wall and Clarity Patton slid through the infield and made contact with Fair’s machine. The next shot saw 6 laps complete when Craig Lange’s engine exploded, coating the turn 1 area with oil. Again, several cars sustained damage in the incident. Caleb Barron and Landon Schuster battled up front for the lead when the green came back out, with Scott Selmi using the high groove to challenge Barron for the number 1 spot. Selmi worked hard in the outside lane, but Caleb had enough to grab his second win. Selmi just nosed out Schuster for second, Greg Studt was fourth and Guy Fire fifth, followed by Jeff Metdepenningen, David Liaeff, Rob Randa, Fair and Nick Shanks.
Wilburn Parks and Rich Abel battled door to door in the final 8 laps, with Parks grabbing the advantage on the final lap to win the ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock 15 lap B Main event. Trevor Farmer, Jerry Farmer and early leader and current B Main point leader Ian Jezylo completed the top five, followed by Adam Jezylo, L.J. Farmer, Taylor Papineau, Troy Brehmer and Gary Navarre. Studt set fast time for the 34 car field at 13:368, while James Baber led the B field at 13:819. Lange, Randa, Vaughn Chambless, Trevor Farmer and Taylor Papineau took heat wins. Taylor’s win was his first-ever checkered flag.
It appeared that Jeremy Vanderhoof was headed to victory in the 20 lap ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8 contest as he built up a straight-away lead over Billy Earley. Traffic was wild at the intersection lap after lap. At lap 14, Jeremy got tangled up with Dave Lambert and the duo got hooked together, spinning both cars through the cross-over. Earley zoomed by and took the point and notched the win. Vanderhoof recovered for second, Dennis Whisman was third, Dennis Whisman Jr. fourth and James Vanderhoof fifth. Joe Vanderhoof, Ethen Lambert, Dave Lambert, Stephanie Bradley, James Pankow, Jacob Lee and Joe Whisman completed the finishing order. Earley set fast time at 20:313. Whisman and Ethen Lambert took the heat wins.
The biggest race of the season for the ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stocks is set for Saturday, August 3. The Corrigan Race Fuels 100 lap feature will see the winner take home $1000 for the victory. A 25 lap B Main is also on the race card. The ARCA Late Model Sportsman, Bandoleros, TKC Go-Karts and a Kids Power Wheels Derby are also included for this night of great family fun.
The pit gates open at 2:30, practice is at 4:30, followed by qualifying and the go-karts at 6:45 p.m. Race time is 7 p.m.