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Pro Late Model – Championship Standings

O’Guinn Modified – Championship Standings

Pure Stock – Championship Standings

An Cuig Consulting presents more bonuses for the next two late model shows at Birch Run Speedway. This Friday, July 20th, Pro Late Models will race for $1,050 to win, $300 more than the standard purse.  If more Pro Late Models register this week than the previous race, on Friday, July 6th, there will be a $100 fast time bonus for the fastest qualifier. On Friday, July 27th, the Outlaw Super Late Models will be racing for $2,500 to win. Addition bonuses from An Cuig Consulting include $100 for the fastest qualifier and $100 for the Hard Charger.

Heat Races for all Birch Run Speedway House Divisions are sponsored by The Dixie Bar and will now pay $50 to the winner, $30 to the second place finisher and $20 to the third place finisher.

Friday, July 20th races at Birch Run Speedway & Event Center features the Vores Compact Touring Series in the running of the Vores Cup, along with Pro Late Models, O’Guinn Family Funeral Homes Modifieds and Pure Stocks. The Pit area opens at 3:00, Grandstands open at 4:30, Hot Laps begin at 5:00 with Racing at 8:00.

The “Big One” is Friday, July 27th. This traditional event features the Outlaw Super Late Models and Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series.

As the 70th Season of Racing at Birch Run Speedway & Event Center progresses, the Championship battle is starting to take shape. The most competitive points fight lies within the O’Guinn Family Funeral Homes Modified Division. Area veteran Modified racer Robbie Johnson has held the top spot in the Championship Standings for several weeks now but with a win last Friday night, Scott Quaal has narrowed the margin to just two points. Lonnie Saumier Jr. remains undefeated in the Pure Stock division and has since stretched his lead to 80 points over second place Hunter Doutre. Dan Leeck holds a commanding 153 point lead in the Pro Late Model Championship Standings.

Pro Late Model – Championship Standings

O’Guinn Modified – Champion Standings

Pure Stock – Championship Standings

The next event at Birch Run Speedway & Event Center is an Open Wheel Spectacular, Sunday, July 1st at 2:00pm. The event features the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series Xtreme Speed 30, Lightening Sprints, O’Guinn Modifieds and Pure Stocks.

Photo By: Dennis Freeman

Pro Late Model A-Main
1. 18 Alex Hagen
2. 74 Dan Leeck
3. 12 Tony Hoose
4. 11F Jason Felver
5. 97 Josh Hahn
6. 28 Brian Kirksey
7. 20 Rob Sullivan
DNS – 33 Blake Childers
DNS – 5 Jimmy Smith

O’Guinn Family Funeral Homes Modifieds A-Main
1. 4 Joey Morisette
2. 68 Adam Rowe
3. 39 Dave Christensen
4. M15 Chris Sterns
5. 30 Mike Luberda Sr.
6. 1Q Scott Quaal
7. 68 Steve Rollins
8. 7 David McManus
9. 4C Jason Congdon
10. 21 Robbie Johnson
11. 1W Rick Wiecorek

Pure Stock A-Main
1. M15 Lonnie Saumier Jr.
2. 73 Hunter Doutre
3. 05 Andrew Burton
4. 96 Josh Banister
5. 66 Bryan Thompson
6. 79 John Pollion
7. 9 Greg Kidd
8. 83 Scott Mockerman
9. 32 David Leach
10. 2 Duane Damon
11. 78 Rob Bohnsack

Australian Pursuit
1. M15 Lonnie Saumier Jr.
2. 05 Andrew Burton
3. 9 Greg Kidd (out)
4. 73 Hunter Doutre (out)
5. 66 Bryan Thompson (out)
6. 96 Josh Banister (out)

Heat Winners
Pro Late Models – 12 Tony Hoose & 74 Dan Leeck
O’Guinn Modifieds – 21 Robbie Johnson & M15 Chris Sterns
Pure Stocks – 05 Andrew Burton & M15 Lonnie Saumier Jr.

GLS Mini Cup Series
Feature Winner – 1 Jarrod Pritchett
Heat Winners – 9 Elliott Pritchett & 1 Jarrod Pritchett

Salem, IN. (June 9, 2018) – Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard made the long haul to Northern Michigan to compete in Friday night’s $11,000 to Win Masters of the Pro’s 200, Pro Late Model event sanctioned by the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance at Birch Run Speedway, located in Birch Run, Michigan, and the trip was worth it as Pollard came away with his first ever victory in the highest paying Pro Late Model event in the country.
The 200 lap green flag event featured intense racing action from the front to the back, five different leaders with six lead changes, but Pollard had the fastest car when it counted at the end of the race.
“Man, this car was good tonight,” remarked Pollard in victory lane. “I knew if I could get track position and get out front that it would be tough for them to pass me. It feels good to come in here, a place I’ve never been, against VanDoorn and Campbell and all of these guys right here and get the win. That’s awesome. It makes me feel good.”
Three time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Johnny VanDoorn was the Lisa Thomas Salon Fast Qualifier over the 32 cars on hand and got to start on the pole and took full advantage grabbing the lead at the drop of the green flag over Carson Hocevar. VanDoorn kept the lead over several restarts over the first part of the race before a caution at lap 89 brought most of the field to the pits for their first pit stop shuffling up the front runners.
2014 series Champion and Birch Run native Dan Leeck stayed out to get the lead under yellow, and kept that lead at the drop of the green flag, but Pollard was soon in second, he had pitted under an earlier caution. Pollard passed Leeck for the race lead on lap 94 and kept that lead until VanDoorn, on fresher tires, was able to slip by to grab the lead back on lap 110, but another caution came out at lap 115, which again brought most of the field to pit road for service and two more tires.
2017 series Auto City Speedway winner Kyle Hayden did not pit and picked up the lead. Hayden had much older tires than all the other racers behind him, but he was able to hold the lead until Florida racer Steve Dorer, also on older tires, got by to take the lead on lap 130.
Pollard was quickly on the move working his way to the front with a car that looked dominant. Pollard was able to make the pass on Dorer on lap 134, but still had challenges over the last portion of the race including having to fight off VanDoorn on a couple of restarts, but Pollard was up to the challenge and cruised to take the checkered flag and join the list of Masters of the Pro’s winners that includes fellow Georgia natives Chase Elliott and Anderson Bowen as well as John Hunter Nemechek and Cole Williams.
Pollard picked up the $10,000 first place payoff, plus a couple of nice bonuses. Pollard picked up the $1000 JAS Expedited Trucking Winners Bonus in the second event of the JAS Expedited Trucking Michigan Cup mini-series. He also picked up a $500 bonus for the highest finisher who had never raced at Birch Run Speedway prior to the 2018 season. Pollard received the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race for his pass of Dorer to grab the lead for good on lap 134.
VanDoorn finished in second, picking up the $5,000 second place payoff and the FLUIDYNE Cool Under Pressure Award. VanDoorn’s sponsor Lisa Thomas Salon, also the Fast Qualifier Award sponsor, declined to receive the $200 bonus for fast time, instead added it to the series next event Fast Qualifier Award at Salem Speedway on June 16, making that award worth $300.
2017 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion Jack Dossey III had and an interesting night. Dossey III showed speed early working his way from his eighth place starting position to the front, to get caught up in an incident on the track. His crew made quick repairs to the car getting him back in the race, Dossey III then charged to the front over the closing laps of the event to grab a third place finish. Dossey’s crew picked up the PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award for their efforts.
West Palm Beach, Florida racer Jeff Choquette overcame an early pit stop and some damage in the same incident Dossey was caught up in, to get a fourth place finish. Choquette picked up a couple of nice bonuses including a $500 bonus for the highest finishing driver who had never raced in the Masters of the Pro’s event and a $500 cash bonus for the driver traveling the furthest to come to race in the event.
Dorer made a late charge through the field after pitting for his last two tires with 30 laps to go to get a fifth place finish. Dorer picked up a Great Lakes Tire/Hoosier Performance Award.
Hayden hung on to get a hard fought sixth place finish. Hayden was one of the last drivers to get in the feature event, transferring from the last chance race. Hayden used pit strategy to get to the front of the field, pitting early in the event before most of the field even made their first stop after being involved in a couple of early yellows. Hayden ran the rest of the race on those tires and ending up with a hard earned sixth place finish after starting in 28th. Hayden picked up a Great Lakes Tire/Hoosier Performance Award and the Racing Electronics Hardcharger Award.
2017 series Rookie of the Year Carson Hocevar finished in seventh with a damaged car. Texas racer Chris Davidson finished in eighth. Birch Run series season opener winner Brian Campbell raced in the front most of the race, but a late pit stop put him in the back of the field and he was able to come back and get his ninth place finish. Leeck rounded out the top ten.
Tyler Hufford picked up his first DGR-CROSLEY Rookie of the Race Award with his 18th place finish. Chris Koslek was the winner of the 15 lap last chance race.
The next event for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will be the Midwest 100 at Salem Speedway on Saturday, June 16th. More information on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance is available at www.cra-racing.com.

By: Champion Racing Association Photo By: Dennis Freeman – Birch Run Speedway  

Great Racing in Pure Stock Division this Season

  Birch Run, Michigan (Thursday, May 17, 2018) – Great racing resumes at the magnificent Birch Run Speedway & Event Center this Friday evening. May 18th will be the second House Racing event of the 2018 campaign. The first House Night, back on May 4th, was the first night of House or “weekly”, racing at Birch Run Speedway since the 2013 season.   Last event, Dan Leeck, piloting his Helm Electric, Mr. Asphalt number 74 had to battle past Blake Childers’ Motor City Builders number 33 to win the 25 lap Pro Late Model feature event.   Travis Eddy (78) drove to the front of the field early in the O’Guinn Family Funeral Homes Modified division feature race and cruise to victory lane. Scott Quaal (1Q) started scratch in the feature and was able to charge to second place but didn’t have enough to get around Eddy.   Lonnie Saumier’s race day didn’t get off to the best start. Though he qualified his Lonnie’s M15 Towing Pure Stock near the top of the charts, mechanical failure forced him to retire his car for the night. Saumier cut a deal to drive the number 9 car, normally driven by Greg Kidd, for the remainder of the night. In the feature race, Saumier fought his way through the field, battling with front runners, Hunter Doutre, Dave Stern and Andrew Burton. When the checkered flag flew on the entertaining race, Lonnie Sauimer wound up in victory lane, with the barrowed number 9 machine. Heat race wins went to Duane Damon and Hunter Doutre, earlier in the program.   Great weather and more race cars are expected this weekend. The Pure Stock division has set the bar high going into Friday’s race, after two exciting race nights in the books. Lonnie Saumier (M15) has scored 197 of a possible 200 points thus far. Though he has a 19 point advantage over second place, Andrew Burton (05), it hasn’t been easy for the Pure Stock veteran. Dave Stern (17), who’s been traveling down from Whittemore Speedway, currently sits third in the championship standings, 28 points behind leader Saumier. Hunter Doutre (73) is forth, 29 points back and the “Pit Bull” Duane Damon (2) is currently ranked fifth, 47 markers back from the lead.   Highly accomplished Modified ace, Travis Eddy (78) leads the O’Guinn Family Funeral Homes Modified Division championship point standings. Eddy has a marginal 63 point advantage over second place, Jason Congdon (4C). Robbie Johnson (21) sits third, Rick Wiecorek (1W) forth and Blake Rowe (57) fifth.   Dan Leeck (74) leads the way in the Pro Late Model point standings. Blake Childers (33) is currently scored in second, thirteen markers back. Austin Fredwall (18) is third in points, Alex Hagon (18) is forth and Brandon Varney (77) rounds out the top five.  

Full Championship Point Standings – Pro Late Model | Modified | Pure Stocks

  Pit gates open at 3:00pm on Friday, May 18th. Main Grandstands open at 4:30pm, Hot Laps begin at 5:00pm with Qualifying starting at 6:15pm and Racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Tickets are $16 for Adults, Senior Citizens are just $14 and Kids 12 years of age and younger are FREE.   For more information log onto www.BirchRunMISpeedway.com. You can follow Birch Run Speedway on Facebook at Facebook.com/BirchRunSpeedway.   Learn more about Motor City Racing Promotions at www.MotorCityRacing.co. Follow MCRP on Facebook at Facebook.com/MotorCItyRacingPromotions.