ROCK, Michigan - August 18, 2012) - Trenton,
MI resident Paul Pelletier recorded his 5th win of 2012, taking the
victory in the 50 lap ARCA Moran Chevrolet Late Model feature Saturday night at
Flat Rock Speedway. Saturday was
arguably the best weather of the season that greeted a good crowd that attended
the Leppen Chiropractic/UAW Local 3000 Autograph Night. Fans had the chance to walk on the track and
meet the drivers prior to the start of the show. Dr. Cecilia Leppen, together with her son and
grandson, presented trophies to the winners, which also included Tim Moore,
Rich Abel and Dennis Whisman. The
speedway also honored members of the military for Armed Forces Night, as all
military personnel were guests of the track Saturday evening.
Pelletier, the current point leader with one race left in
the season, zipped to the outside groove to reel in the leaders early in the 50
lap contest. Lori Hall became the first
female to lead a Late Model feature race at Flat Rock, as she set the pace and
held off heavy pressure from Derek Wiley and Dennis Strickland in the early
going. Lori, the daughter of former
3-time Late Model champ Steve Bunge, gave Wiley a look at the bottom groove for
the first 15 laps. Derek could not quite
get his car to stick to get by Lori, and then Strickland charged up on the
outside to wage a fabulous 3-car battle for the lead. When Wiley would drop back a bit, Dennis
would pull up on the outside and look to get by Hall for the lead. Pelletier, from 8th spot, zoomed
to the front as the crowd cheered for the great competition. The top 3 bobbled just a bit and Paul grabbed
2nd spot on the high lane. A
lap 15 yellow brought the double-file restart into play and Pelletier charged
to the number 1 spot on the restart and never looked back. He showed his speed as the final 30 laps ran
without a yellow, allowing Pelletier to build a big lead on the way to the
win. Eric Lee, who started 4th
and got shuffled back as far as 16th at one point as he got trapped
several times in the pack, recovered and was very strong as he got to second
spot at the checkered flag, taking that position from Steve Cronenwett Jr. on
lap 42. Cronenwett came home with a fine
third place run, with Stan Yee Jr. coming home with 4th place, as he
continues to show progress late in the season, while Chris Benson brought his
new ride home to a solid 5th place run. Jim Bailey was very impressive with 6th
spot, followed by Joe Hawes, Ron Allen, Terry Bogusz and Strickland, who
encountered a problem in the late stages and fell back to 10th.
Wiley set fast time for the 20 car field at 11:692. Heat race wins went to Joe Hawes, Dan Trosen
and Jimmy Alvis.
Defending ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock
champ Tim Moore has had a tough season, but came back on the right foot by
leading every lap to win the 25 lap A Main.
Tim held on despite several yellow flags in the final 10 laps, which
erased his lead each time and set up the double file restarts. Clyde McKee pushed Tim for pretty much the
entire race, but Rob Moore, Tim’s brother and last week’s winner, snuck under
Clyde in the final 3 laps to grab second, with McKee third, current point
leader Frank Jiovani fourth and Tadek Stadniczuk fifth, followed by Kyle
Worley, Grant Hedges, Landon Schuster, Darrell Krause and Rich Frantz.
Rich Abel topped Anthony Camilli, Don Roberts, Aaron
Greathouse and Mark Lavoie to win the 15 lap B Main event. The heat races provided plenty of action and
excitement. The wildest wreck of the
night saw Mike Isler take Greathouse and Rick Bennett into the turn 1 wall,
with Isler flipping his machine on the hoods of the other cars. All drivers were ok, but a 20 minute delay
took place to clean up the mess and turn over the flipped car. The Fastime Racing Engines and Parts Fast
qualifier was Tim Moore at 13:535. Heat
race wins went to Rob Moore, Steve Searles, Matt Bunting and Abel.
Dennis Whisman sailed to victory in the 20 lap ARCA Parts
Galore Figure 8 feature race that ran non-stop.
The top 10 qualifiers drew for start position and the fast Whisman
grabbed the number 1 spot, took off at the green and dodged intersection traffic
to take the win. Danny Gaddis was
second, Gary Cronenwett was third, Robbie Loving fourth and Scott Apperson
fifth. Jeremy Miller, Billy Earley, Greg Studt, Dan Apperson and Ian Jezylo rounded out the top ten. Nick Bradley, Stephanie Bradley, Steve
Chartrand, Allen Bland Jr., and Anthony
Terris were next in the finish.
Quick time was set by Anthony Terris in Greg Studt’s backup car at 20:753. Heat race winners were Whisman and Dan
Saturday, August 25 is the first of Flat Rock’s “Final
Four Fun Nights” of the season. Action
Exteriors will sponsor Kids Night, with all kids to age 14 admitted FREE, and
each child will also receive a FREE hot dog, chips and a drink, courtesy of
Jim’s Butcher Shop, Sherwood Foods, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Herr’s Potato
The ARCA Parts Galore Figure 8’s, the DTS Drive Train
Specialists Street Stocks and the ARCA 4 Cylinders will be in action. The TKC Go-Karts will also stage several
exhibition races prior to the start of the show.
The pit area will open at 3:30 p.m., practice begins at
4:30, time trials are at 5:45 and racing begins at 7 p.m. tickets will go on sale at 4:30 p.m. race day
at the track. Fans may purchase their
tickets online at www.flatrockspeedway.com.
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