Whittemore Speedway update
Halfway through the season
It felt like the end of the season instead of the halfway point as the Lead Sleds took the stage. Heat winner, Lonnie Saumier, # M15, jumped to the outside and grabbed the lead. Heat winner, Chris Sterns, #M5 from Flint, worked his way through the field from his fifth starting spot to battle with the leaders. First-nighter, Nick Johnston, #7, from Flint, held on to the number three spot as points leader, Kris Edmonds, #K1 from AuGres and Scott Beach, of Davison drove each other hard. At the checkers, it was Saumier, Sterns and Johnston, the top three.
The Bishop Legends hit the track next. Their second visit to the speedway for 2009 and the fans love the vintage replica coupes and sedans. Heat winner, Danny Leeck, #10, from Birch Run and Jake Dunsmore, #86, of Riley, lead the field for the start. Pursuit winner Leeck grabbed the point and tried to drive away. At the finish it was Leeck with the win. Jake Dunsmore and Jeremy Metdepenningen were second and third.
Factory Stocks ran next with first-nighter, Adam Rowe, #M15, from Flint, and James Farleym #21, of West Branch, were up front for the start. The race ran door handle to door handle until Rowe became the meat in a Farley sandwich as J. Farley and heat winner, Bob Farley, #2, tried to get by. Rowe held on to the lead as J. Farley, B. Farley, Top Qualifier (TQ), John Zawacki of Bentley snipped at his heels. As the laps ticked away, J. Farley got by Rowe and brought brother Bob with him. At the flag it was J. Farley, Zawacki and B. Farley the top three. Jim Dorman, #00 picked up a heat win.
Mini Stock feature ran next with fifteen cars taking the green. Heat winner, Derek Moe, #11, from National City, tried to poke his way through Tom Rivers and Dave Moore with TQ, Mike Muckenthaler, #17, of Long Lake, looking to the outside. Muckenthaler passed Rivers on the outside and brought Moe and heat winner, Kevin Peek, #3, of Omer, along with him. Moe’s racecar got loose and let Peek move into second. The checkers saw Muckenthaler, Peek and Moe, one, two and three.
Modified action was next. Jeff Heri, #71, from Hale and heat winner, John King, #23, of Tawas brought the pack to the start. King grabbed the early lead with Robbie Johnson, #X40, of Birch Run, and Karl Edmonds, #K2, close behind. Edmonds got to the lead as King and Johnson tried to hold off pursuit winner, Buck Harsen, #40, from Millington, and TQ, Andy Hess, #37, of Whittemore. Edmonds grabbed this win as Hess got by King but could not get by the leader. Edmonds, Hess and King, one, two, three.
Next week is Standish Pharmacy Limited Late Models autograph night. For more information visit www.whittemorespeedway.net.