RECAP: Father's Day Weekend Kids Night at Flat Rock

RECAP: Father's Day Weekend Kids Night at Flat Rock

At Martin Tire/Big #1 Auto Sales Kids Night, Flat Rock Speedway raffled off bikes to kids in the audience who attended an incredible night of action under the lights.

Bicycles were given away courtesy of sponsors Martin’s Tire and Sales, 20230 Telegraph Road, Brownstown, Big #1 Auto Sales, also at 20230 Telegraph Road in Brownstown, the Flat Rock Meijer store on Vreeland Road and Flat Rock Speedway.

In Moran Chevrolet Outlaw Super Late Models qualifying, Harold Fair Jr. led the pack with a qualifying time of 13.369 seconds.

In DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock qualifying, Kenyon Knight set fastest time with a lap of 13.369 seconds.

In the Midwest Classic Racer Dwarf Series, Matt Kemp - going for six wins in a row at Flat Rock - set the fastest time in qualifying with a lap of 12.617 seconds.

Moran Chevrolet Outlaw Super Late Models

Heat Winners: RJ Cornett, Lenny Roberts

RJ Cornett maintained a strong lead at the beginning of the 50-lap feature over Chris Benson and Paul Pelletier. Pelletier and Benson would battle for second beginning on lap 5, the two drivers side-by-side for almost ten laps before Benson would power on the outside to hold second place.

The second groove at Flat Rock would have some power on Saturday, with Chris Benson closing in on Cornett on lap 18, taking the lead on the outside on lap 22.

Cornett fought back on the bottom on lap 24, clearing for the lead on lap 26 while using the inside lane.

Harold Fair Jr, the day's fast qualifier, began to make his charge on lap 25, passing Hayden Sprague, Conner Zbozien, and Paul Pelletier in a tight battle before beginning to close in on Chris Benson at lap 31. At lap 34, the entire top five would go nose-to-tail, led by Cornett over Fair Jr, Benson, Pelletier, and Zbozien.

The first caution of the race came out with just 13 to go, as Hayden Sprague and Dennis Reiderstorf would have contact, the #25 car ending up turned around.

On the restart, Cornett and Harold Fair Jr would battle side-by-side for the win, neither driver giving an inch. Fair would pull through on the outside, taking a huge win at Flat Rock - his first of the year.

This is Fair Jr.’s tenth feature win at Flat Rock in the Outlaw Super Late Models, moving him into rarified air with a number of Flat Rock legends on the All-Time Wins List with double digit late model wins. He joins a club of Ed Hage, Steve Cronenwett Sr, Jim Thiel, and Stan Yee Jr.

RJ Cornett would come home second, followed by Paul Pelletier, Stan Yee Jr, and Conner Zbozien closing out the top five. Chris Benson would come home sixth, followed by Joe Hawes. Steve Hawes, Rob Randa, and Allen Jones would close out the top ten.

The Moran Chevrolet Outlaw Super Late Models division is racing up next on June 29th as a part of Jac LED Autograph Night! Click below to learn more about this big event.

DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stocks

Heat Winners: Jonny Rangel, Craig Lange, Lonnie York

Evan Batkins and Jeremy Vanderhoof battled hard to begin the 50-lap DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock race under the setting Monroe County sun. Using the 50 of Rich Abel as a pick, Vanderhoof would power on the high side to take the lead on lap five.

With double-wide racing all around the track, Vanderhoof and Kyle Worley would have a large breakaway for the lead pack. Defending champion Kenyon Knight and Greg Studt would pull past Batkins to slot into third and fourth place, respectively.

The first caution of the day would come on lap 14, as Dillon Zalenski would spin on the backstretch. This would be the first of two cautions in quick succession, as Riyan Smith would then spin on lap 17 during the ensuing restart.

On the lap 17 restart, Vanderhoof and Kenyon Knight would start side-by-side for the lead. Kyle Worley, starting third on the restart, would pull by Knight for the second place position.

Another pair of cautions would take place after a lap 37 spin by David Fisher, and on lap 40 Lonnie York and Craig Lange would come together. 

Vanderhoof would pull ahead on the ensuing restart, with Landon Schuster pulling into second place ahead of Kenyon Knight. Vanderhoof held on at the finish, and would take another feature win on Father's Day Weekend.

Landon Schuster came home second behind Vanderhoof, and Greg Studt, Kyle Worley, and Jonny Rangel would fill out the top five. Kenyon Knight came home sixth followed by Evan Batkins. Lonnie York, Craig Lange, and Ian Jezylo would fill out the top ten.

The DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock division comes back to Flat Rock on June 29th as a part of Jac LED Autograph Night! Click below to learn more about this big event.

Midwest Classic Racers

Heat Winners: Derek Nolan, Troy Hoffman

3 and 4 wide racing would mark the start of the Midwest Classic Racers Dwarf car 25-lap feature.

Matt Kemp, who came to Flat Rock fresh off five consecutive wins at Flat Rock, started tenth in the 25-lap feature race. In a race that looked similar to that of one at Daytona or Talladega, the racing was chaotic, and short-lived. The first caution came out on lap 3 before even more wild racing on the restart.

Troy Hoffman led the first portion of the race, but after a quick slew of cautions in the mid-part of the feature, the 44 of Zack Nichols and the 5 of Matt Kemp began crawling up the order. Nichols would make his move near lap 18, taking the lead from Hoffman in a 4-car battle for the win.

On the final restart, Kemp would be on the high side of Nichols in a short showdown to the finish. Nichols would begin to pull away as Kemp pulled in for a tight finish. Kemp crossed low out of turn 4 to try and beat the 44 to the finish, but Nichols had just enough to keep him at bay. Nichols becomes the first MCR driver to win at Flat Rock not named Matt Kemp in over two years.

After Nichols and Kemp, Troy Hoffman would come home in third. Parker Tatro and Greg Rudzik closed out the top five, followed closely by Eric Hoffman and Mike McManMan. Steve Shlater Jr came home in eighth, and Steve Chartrand and Jeff Slayton would close out the top ten.

The MCR Dwarfs return to Flat Rock on August 10th as a part of the Corrigan Race Fuels DETROIT 100. You'll see 100 Lap Street Stock Feature, Figure 8's, and the MCR Dwarfs in a wild night of action. Click below to learn more!

Up Next

The CRA JEGS Tour RETURNS to Flat Rock next Saturday Night with the running of the VanDoorn Racing Development CRA Jegs Super Series 125 presented by the Monroe County Convention & Tourism Bureau. This race will be a HUGE one featuring stars of late model racing across Michigan and the Midwest. Also on deck for this anticipated event will be the R&M Recycling Figure-8 Divison, and the third 100-lap leg of the Factory Stock 500 Series at Flat Rock Speedway after the second round at Toledo Speedway on May 24.

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