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Main Event Racing Series Offseason Update

     The Main Event Racing Series schedule for 2013 is almost complete. We have 13 races scheduled and we would like to be between 12-15 events this year. With that being said, we also understand with that many races it is very tough on our car owners to do that many events.  In our series the car owners always come first.  Starting in 2013, we will have a point system tailored to the car owner.  We are going to allow you to drop 2-3 races depending on how many races are on the schedule. Ex.. if we have 14 races we will take your best 12 as points. If we would have over 14 we would let you drop your 3 least point events.  This way if you can not attend a show you can still be in the point chase.  Also, even with more races, we kept the contract entry the same at 400.00.  Remember that includes your entry fees for the year.  We are in the process of getting a title sponsor and we should have news coming out soon.  As always if you have any questions contact Kevin or Chris.

2013 Entry Form
 


Ganus Rebounds From Tail For Dominant ME XXV Victory
By Todd Ridgeway

                Constantine Michigan driver Jeff Ganus came to Sandusky (OH) Speedway last Sunday afternoon and took the late race command and never looked back. A race that saw a whole slew of yellow flags, as Ganus was the second yellow of the day when his car rolled to a stop on the backstretch. Once refired and moved to the tail Ganus put on a clinic as he mastered his way to the front picking off one competitor at a time. And, by lap 56 of the 100, he was on point and sailing away.
                NASCAR Champion driver Johnny Benson Jr. and Marcus Malcuit would bring the field of 24 well prepared Super Late Models down for the start of the 100 lap marathon. However, two consecutive yellow flags would require two complete restarts. The second of those yellows was for Fast Qualifier Ganus as his car rolled to a stop after he accidentally hit the engine kill switch. Cars would jockey for position as the yellow flag would make frequent appearances. Malcuit would take the early pace, but Harold Fair Jr. would move up and take the point as JR Roahrig followed Fair through to get the second position these two would race hard leading the way until Roahrig decided he wanted on point and over took Fair to get there. While the race was at the front Ganus was making head way coming from the back. By the halfway point Roahrig was followed by Fair Jr, Ganus, Jimmy Carter, and Jack Varney Jr. Ganus would get his opportunity just past the halfway mark when the No. 72 car of Frank Kimmel II would come to a stop on the backstretch. The yellow gave the track position back to Ganus in which he was seeking. On the lap 56 restart Ganus wasted little time and effort as he immediately went to the top of the track and sailing through turns one and two he went past both the front runners and began to set the race pace. That pace amounted to no more than “catch me if you can,” and they could not. Ganus rolled to victory followed by Varney Jr., Steve Needles, Rich Rohrer, and Todd Rosebrugh rounded out the top five positions.
                “We had a great car all weekend,” stated Ganus. “We came here in September and tested, we had a pretty good car then. So, we came back this weekend and made some changes we thought we needed. The car was just so good, I mean at the end I was just riding around. The car just never fell off the whole race, it is the best car I have had all year. The main ignition switch is positioned right behind the driver. I just accidently bumped it and killed the motor. It’s the second time I have bumped it, it is going to have to get moved that is for sure. I just had an awesome car all weekend,” finished the happy race winner.
                33 cars where in the Sandusky Speedway pits fighting for the 24 100 lap starting positions. Ganus would not only set fast time but a new Sandusky track record as well with a lap of 16.001. Kimmel II won the B Main to advance into the starting field. Edgerton Ohio and “Ohio Posse” member Bud Perry locked up the 2012 MERS Championship for the second year in a row. Ron Sauders would get his first ever Sandusky Modifieds checkers after besting the 40 lap Modified field.
                “This is a tough series,” stated Perry. “I had one win at Columbus this year and should have won at Shady Bowl but that’s the way it goes. I usually run well here, but today man was it tough. Man, if you could have a miserable day, we had it today. Hats off to the crew for making the call to bring me in and work on the car a little bit. I hope to come back next year and try to win three in a row. You just never know about these guys (Red Skin Motorsports) and what they want to do. But, if they want to come back and try it again, I will do it,” finished the now two time MERS Champion.

Main Event XXV Complete At Sandusky Speedway
By Daniel Smith

            It was a cold Saturday but the racing in the 1/2 mile speedplant was hot as 31 of the best Outlaw Super Late Models in the country would take to the track for their qualifying. The track record fell 5 times with the #16 of Jeff Ganus on top of the charts with a blistering lap of 16.001! The other four drivers that also broke the record were #14 of Steve Needles 16.099, #16 J.R. Roahrig 16.197, #28 Jimmy Carter 16.340, and the #0 of Donnie Hill with a 16.383. Now that the qualifying was done for all three classes there would be 2 heat races in the Modified class, 18 would qualify and to in the MSA Super modified class where 17 qualified.

            First heat in the modified class would see the #16 of Steven Klinect take the checkers and the second would see the #2 of Joseph Morrisette win his heat. MSA Modifieds were out next for their heats The #7 of Charlie Schultz would take the first while The #72 of Johnny Benson would take the 2nd heat. Both Charlie and Johnny will do double duty in both the MSA Modifieds and Main Event Outlaw Late Models! The Main Event Late Models are out next for thier 3 Heat races. The top 2 from each heat will transfer to the Main Event IIV First heat saw the #116 of Jack Varney take the win over #10 Bud Perry, Heat 2 was a little more interesting as Leader Tim Ice in the #65 go off turn 3 and bring out the yellow and go to the rear and with 3 laps to go he will have to go to the Last Chance race on Sunday. Tough break for the veteran Driver! The #1 of Justin Schroder would take the win over the #21 Of Drew Charlson. Heat 3 #7 Rich Rohrer and the #4 of Scott Baker would transfer to the Main Event on Sunday..

            With warmer temps and some exceptional racing and a huge crowd in the stands it was time for the Main Event XXV!!! First up was the Last chance race for the Late Models, 12 cars would start and only 6 will advance to the Feature Race. The six that advanced from the Last chance were #72 Frank Kimmel II, #7 Charlie Schultz, #2 Alex Rosenberry, #63 Rick Sibila, And the #11 of Randy Day. Point provisionals that would advance are #81 Scott Drake, #50 Jeremy Dennis, #26 John Flynn, and the #1 of Craig Everage.

            Next out was the 40 lap feature for the Modifieds. Steven Klinect and Kevin Jaycox brought the field to the green with Klinect jumping out to the lead, Klinect would get a huge lead in front of Jaycox and then the driveshaft let go on him and he was done for the day. At the restart it would be Robbie Sauders who is the point man and now that he was in front there was no catching him. Sauders #06 car would take the win over the #0 of Phillips, #31 of Meyer, #13 of Purvis, And the #17 of Sharp.

            MSA Super Modifieds are up next for their feature race. Lap 1 would see McKnight and Henes come to the green and before the first lap was complete points leader #19 Trent Stevens would go off turn 2 and hit the tire wall head-on and destroy the front end, but was ok and still won the championship as all he had to do was start the race. At the restart McKnight and Henes would run side by side for the first lap, and then on the backstretch Henes would take the lead on the outside groove. As the laps were winding down Johnny Benson Jr who started 10th and Schullick who started 12th were on the move, meanwhile Mike Lichte would get around Henes to take the lead. With 12 laps to go thwe yellow would come out for Henes spinning off turn 3 and 4. At the green Litbe would maintain the lead as Benson was catching him. But Benson ran out of time and Lichte (also the IMSA Champion for 2012) would take the checkers over Benson, Schullick, Marlowe, and McKnight.

            Up next is the Main Event # IIV. 24 of the best Outlaw Late Models will take the green. Johnny Benson Jr and Marcus Malcuit brought the field to the green. Lap 1 yellow comes out for 15 yr old and rookie #2 Alex Rosenberry spins in turn 4. On a complete restart Marcus Malcuit would lead the field into turn . On lap 7 New track record holder Jeff Ganus would slow down and come to a rest on the backstretch as his window net come undone. Ganus will have to restart at the rear for bring out the caution. Field goes green again until lap 11 when Rosenberry would get into the side of Charlie Schultz and bring out the yellow. Malcuit, Harold Fair Jr, and Benson would be your top 3 at the restart. Malcuit would lead over Fair and then another yellow on lap 28 as Drake, Flynn and Rosenberry get together in turn 3. Rosenberry with heavy front end damage would go to the pits. We go green again then lap 29 Steve Needles and Donnie hill come together on the front stretch and Needles spins in turn 1 to bring out another caution. We go green again and on lap 30 Jack Varney and Jeremy Dennis in a synchronized spin in turn 1 to bring yet another yellow. Top 5 at this point are Roahrig, Fair, Malcuit, Benson, Hill. As the green fell Roahrig and Fair would start to leave the field. Lap 38 saw another yellow as Hill blew a tire. At this point Ganus is up to 7th after starting at the rear on lap 7. We would go green for another 9 laps when Dennis spins. On the restart Roahrig and fair would run 1 and 2 but Roahrig was starting to put distance between he and Fair. Lap 50 another yellow for Malcuit and Needles. Went green again but a few laps later would see Harold Fair Jr and Jimmy Carter crash in turn 1 and 2 and both would be done for the day. At the restart It was Ganus who had a great run through 2 and on the outside groove made a bold move to go from 3rd to First going into turn 3. With 38 laps to go Ganus would start to leave the field. With 8 laps to go Roahrig would lose Power and dropout. That would leave 8 cars out of 24 on the track at that point. #16 of Jeff Ganus would never look back and go on to win the Main Event IIV over #116 Jack Varney, #14 Steve Needles, #7 Rich Rohrer, #1 Todd Rosebrugh, #50 Jeremy Dennis, And Randy Day would finish in the 8th spot.

Main Event Racing Series
               
Sunoco Race Fuels $200 Top Qualifier - Jeff Ganus 16.001
                Lap Leaders - Marcus Malcuit 1-17, Harold Fair, Jr. 18-28, J.R. Roahrig 29-56, Jeff Ganus 57-100
                Brakeman Award - Scott Drake
                Longacre Certificate - Bud Perry
                Joe's Racing Product Award - Donnie Hill
                Sunoco Race Fuels $200 1/2 Way Leader - J.R. Roahrig
                Heat Winners - Jack Varney, Jr., Justin Schroeder, Rich Rohrer
                Last Chance Winner - Frank Kimmel, II
                Main Event XXV - Jeff Ganus, Jack Varney, Jr., Steve Needles, Rich Rohrer, Todd Rosebrugh, Bud Perry, Jeremy Dennis, Randy Day, J.R. Roahrig, Harold Fair, Jr., Jimmy Carter, Frank Kimmel, II, Marcus Malcuit, Johnny Benson, Justin Schroeder, Donnie Hill, Scott Drake, Drew Charlson, John Flynn, Alex Rosenberry, Scott Baker, Craig Everage, Rick Sibila, Charlie Schultz
 


Main Event XXV Updates

6:16 PM Sunday - Congrats to Jeff Ganus on his Main Event XXV victory.  Jack Varney, Jr., Steve Needles, Rich Rohrer, and Todd Rosebrugh were top five finishers.  Complete rundown on Main Event facebook page.

12:36 PM Sunday - Main Event cars are on track for their final hotlap session of the day.  Racetime is set for approximately 1:30.  It will start with the Main Event last chance race.  The feature lineup is the Modified 40, MSA Supermodified 40, and the Main Event XXV 100 presented by Pat O'Brien Chevrolet.  Join our Main Event Racing Series Facebook group for further updates this afternoon. 

11:30 AM - Main Event Super Late Model practice got the day started at 11:00 AM.  Beautiful weather conditions and a great race are forecasted.

12:32 AM - Transfers from Saturday night's heats were Jack Varney, Jr. and Bud Perry in the first heat, Justin Schroeder and Drew Charlson in heat #2, and Rich Rohrer and Scott Baker in the third heat.  That brings Sunday's starting field to 14.  6 drivers will come from the last chance, while 4 will be point provisionals to finish up the 24 positions.

Pits open at 10 Sunday, while practice and grandstand opening are at 11.  Racing action is set to begin at 1:30.  Come out and enjoy the nice weather and see some great racing action for Main Event XXV.

8:13 - Practice and qualifying are complete.  The time trial was exciting to the finish.  Jeff Ganus, from Constantine, MI, set the fast time and track record with only one car left to qualify.  That car was Steve Needles, a two-time ME winner at Columbus.  Needles just missed and ended up second.  The top eight are locked into the Main Event, while the rest will run heats later tonight.  The top two will come out of each heat race and transfer to the feature.  Complete rundown listed below.

Main Event Qualifying

  Car # Driver Hometown Sponsor  
1 16 Jeff Ganus Constantine, MI Senneker Performance/Sweet MFG/GT Products/Landrum Springs 16.001
2 14 Steve Needles Berrien Springs, MI TA Gentry Supply/Crown Motors/Weller Auto Parts/Pinnacle Investments Andy Wesner 16.099
3 16 J.R. Roahrig Plymouth, IN Senneker Performance/Sweet MFG/GT Products/Landrum Springs 16.197
4 28 Jimmy Carter Strongsville, OH C&C Wholesale/Medina Mountain Motors/FLF Racecars 16.34
5 0 Donnie Hill Columbus, OH Jeg's/Architect Glass 16.383
6 71 Harold Fair, Jr. Milan, MI Royal Truck & Trailer 16.409
7 75 Marcus Malcuit Strasburg, OH McIntosh Oil Company/VP Race Fuels 16.484
8 10 Johnny Benson Grand Rapids, MI Berger Chevrolet/Benson Speed Equipment/Scott's Sport Cards/Sweet Manufacturing 16.536
9 10 Bud Perry Edgerton, OH Continental Express/Dickman Supply/Boerger Electric/Meyer's Garage 16.543
10 4 Justin Schroeder Canton, MI G Michael Cabot Orthidontics/Health Plus/Top Notch Garage/Glass Limited 16.553
11 7 Rich Rohrer Canton, OH Miller 64/Esber Beverage 16.56
12 116 Jack Varney, Jr. Mt. Morris, MI Great Lakes Helicopter/Port City Racecars/RJS Equipment/Kreiger Racing Engines 16.594
13 65 Tim Ice Seville, OH Ice Oil Company/Frank May Garage/Northeast Lubricants 16.683
14 4 Scott Baker Monroe Falls, OH Custom Color & Collision/Baker Racecars/FLF/Powerline Racing Engines 16.689
15 9 Charlie Schultz Lorain, OH Ice Oil Company/Northeast Lubricants/Bell Helmets/Howe Enterprises/Landrum Springs 16.737
16 21 Drew Charlson New Bremen, OH Alumma Aluminum Trailers/Agrigold Corn Specialist/Heitkamp Crop Ins./Amsoil/Sandusky Spw. Graph. 16.746
17 72 Frank Kimmel, II Clarksville, IN Mars Trucking/Custom Color & Collision/Ron Davis Racing Radiators/Shaker Valley Foods 16.782
18 2 Alex Rosenberry New Philadelphia, OH Rosenberry Towing/Navigate 16.837
19 33 Dave Stehouwer Wyoming, MI Rusche Trucking/Threadlines/Precision Collision 16.864
20 1 Craig Everage Angola, IN EverageAuto.com/Krieger Racing Engines 16.913
21 50 Jeremy Dennis Columbus, OH Private Dancer of Columbus/Architect Glass 16.925
22 81 Scott Drake Xenia, OH Kalvinator Engines/S&S Racing & Fabrication 16.942
23 63 Rick Sibila Massillon, OH Francis Engineering/McIntosh Oil 17.004
24 29 Nick Chmara Medina, OH Hotcards.com/Quality Automotive 17.037
25 12 Bubba Smith Canton, OH Smith's Auto Sales/Freedom Auto Finance 17.057
26 90 Dennis Strickland Carleton, MI Canton Tree Cement/Strategy One Computer/Trenton Forging 17.188
27 1R Todd Rosebrugh West Branch, MI Schmitt Tire & Gas/TR Timber/Moore's Truck & Trailer 17.225
28 87 Mike Mazzagatti Copley, OH Shaker's Auto Recycling/Holub Recyclers/American Thunder/Ambrose Fabrication 17.273
29 26 John Flynn Aurora, OH Baker Racecars/The Farrow Group Fire Restoration/Four Leaf Real Estate/Clover Contractors/Griff Eng. 17.278
30 11 Randy Day Suttons Bay, MI Midwest Powerline Inc/True Force Outlaw Noses/99 Signs 17.329
31 O1 Bob Gainer Stow, OH Distillata Water Company/Baker Racecars/Wounded Warriors 17.749
32 11 Tim Felver Owosso, MI Great Lakes Helicopter/Port City Racecars/RJS Equipment/Kreiger Racing Engines DNQ
33 5 Steve Lee Canton, MI Action Drywall Service/Arrow Uniform Rental/D&E Landscaping/Applied Roofing DNQ

 

Overall Saturday Main Event Practice Times

  Car # Driver Hometown Sponsor  
1 14 Steve Needles Berrien Springs, MI TA Gentry Supply/Crown Motors/Weller Auto Parts/Pinnacle Investments Andy Wesner 16.08
2 16 Jeff Ganus Constantine, MI Senneker Performance/Sweet MFG/GT Products/Landrum Springs 16.185
3 16 J.R. Roahrig Plymouth, IN Senneker Performance/Sweet MFG/GT Products/Landrum Springs 16.218
4 28 Jimmy Carter Strongsville, OH C&C Wholesale/Medina Mountain Motors/FLF Racecars 16.28
5 71 Harold Fair, Jr. Milan, MI Royal Truck & Trailer 16.298
6 10 Johnny Benson Grand Rapids, MI Berger Chevrolet/Benson Speed Equipment/Scott's Sport Cards/Sweet Manufacturing 16.308
7 0 Donnie Hill Columbus, OH Jeg's/Architect Glass 16.378
8 75 Marcus Malcuit Strasburg, OH McIntosh Oil Company/VP Race Fuels 16.407
9 50 Jeremy Dennis Columbus, OH Private Dancer of Columbus/Architect Glass 16.45
10 7 Rich Rohrer Canton, OH Miller 64/Esber Beverage 16.454
11 10 Bud Perry Edgerton, OH Continental Express/Dickman Supply/Boerger Electric/Meyer's Garage 16.46
12 116 Jack Varney, Jr. Mt. Morris, MI Great Lakes Helicopter/Port City Racecars/RJS Equipment/Kreiger Racing Engines 16.495
13 2 Alex Rosenberry New Philadelphia, OH Rosenberry Towing/Navigate 16.499
14 4 Justin Schroeder Canton, MI G Michael Cabot Orthidontics/Health Plus/Top Notch Garage/Glass Limited 16.507
15 4 Scott Baker Monroe Falls, OH Custom Color & Collision/Baker Racecars/FLF/Powerline Racing Engines 16.521
16 11 Tim Felver Owosso, MI Great Lakes Helicopter/Port City Racecars/RJS Equipment/Kreiger Racing Engines 16.546
17 9 Charlie Schultz Lorain, OH Ice Oil Company/Northeast Lubricants/Bell Helmets/Howe Enterprises/Landrum Springs 16.577
18 72 Frank Kimmel, II Clarksville, IN Mars Trucking/Custom Color & Collision/Ron Davis Racing Radiators/Shaker Valley Foods 16.592
19 65 Tim Ice Seville, OH Ice Oil Company/Frank May Garage/Northeast Lubricants 16.594
20 1 Craig Everage Angola, IN EverageAuto.com/Krieger Racing Engines 16.705
21 90 Dennis Strickland Carleton, MI Canton Tree Cement/Strategy One Computer/Trenton Forging 16.785
22 33 Dave Stehouwer Wyoming, MI Rusche Trucking/Threadlines/Precision Collision 16.788
23 29 Nick Chmara Medina, OH Hotcards.com/Quality Automotive 16.834
24 81 Scott Drake Xenia, OH Kalvinator Engines/S&S Racing & Fabrication 16.839
25 26 John Flynn Aurora, OH Baker Racecars/The Farrow Group Fire Restoration/Four Leaf Real Estate/Clover Contractors/Griff Eng. 16.851
26 12 Bubba Smith Canton, OH Smith's Auto Sales/Freedom Auto Finance 16.866
27 1R Todd Rosebrugh West Branch, MI Schmitt Tire & Gas/TR Timber/Moore's Truck & Trailer 16.885
28 21 Drew Charlson New Bremen, OH Alumma Aluminum Trailers/Agrigold Corn Specialist/Heitkamp Crop Ins./Amsoil/Sandusky Spw. Graph. 16.913
29 87 Mike Mazzagatti Copley, OH Shaker's Auto Recycling/Holub Recyclers/American Thunder/Ambrose Fabrication 16.941
30 63 Rick Sibila Massillon, OH Francis Engineering/McIntosh Oil 16.986
31 11 Randy Day Suttons Bay, MI Midwest Powerline Inc/True Force Outlaw Noses/99 Signs 17.297
32 O1 Bob Gainer Stow, OH Distillata Water Company/Baker Racecars/Wounded Warriors 17.75
33 5 Steve Lee Canton, MI Action Drywall Service/Arrow Uniform Rental/D&E Landscaping/Applied Roofing Scratch

3:20 - Main Event Saturday is underway at Sandusky Speedway.  Two rounds of practice have been completed.  33 cars are pitside for tomorrow's 100.  Practice speed updates have been posted on the Main Event Racing Series facebook page.  The Blount #16 teammates of J.R. Roahrig and Jeff Ganus have been the fastest in each session.  Final practice is coming up.
 


Former NASCAR Truck Series Champion To Compete In Sandusky Main Event
By Adam Mackey

                Entries continue to come in for the Super Late Model portion of Main Event XXV at Sandusky OH Speedway.  The event, originally postponed in September due to inclement weather, is now on tap this coming weekend, October 20-21.  While the Main Event Racing Series Super Late Models will be running a 100 lap feature for $6,000 to win, the MSA Supermodifieds, and Open Wheel Modifieds will also be in action.

                Leading the list of newly added entries for the Super Late Model Main Event, is former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and 2008 NASCAR Truck Series Champion, Johnny Benson, Jr.  Benson, who was a former winner on the Cup circuit, has run Sandusky in the past in a Supermodified, but will be running in his full bodied Late Model this weekend.

                2002 series champion, Tim Felver, has also filed an entry for this weekend's event.  Second on the list of all time winners in Main Event history, Felver will be piloting a car as a teammate to Jack Varney, Jr.  Other new additions that will be making the trip to Sandusky are Michigan drivers Dennis Strickland, Eric Lee, Chris Benson, Dave Stehouwer, and John Long.  Medina, Ohio drivers Nick Chmara and Tyler Strickland are also now committed to the event.

                Open wheel fans are excited about a new addition to the Supermodified line-up to the weekend.  2012 ISMA champion, Mike Lichty, will join the MSA regulars as the battle for the final time this season.  Point leader Trent Stephens will look to clinch the championship, while Dave Shullick, Jr., Charlie Schultz, Bobby Dawson, and Matt Marlowe come into the event with top five point runs.  They, along with many others, will compete in a 40-lap, $1,7000 to win main. 

                Like the other two classes, the Modified field was strong on the original weekend.  However, with most tracks done for the season, an even better field is expected this weekend.  Stars from all over the midwest should make this unsanctioned Modified show one to behold.

                The special event for the touring series has called Columbus Motor Speedway home for 21 of the last 22 years, with only the 2003 edition held elsewhere, at Mansfield. This year's event will be a homecoming of sorts, as the event started at Sandusky during the 1988 season. Michigan driver Dennis Berry claimed the trophy during the inaugural event, while Canadian driving ace Junior Hanley claimed the top prize in 1989. It was in 1990 that the series moved the event to Columbus.

                While many will miss the Columbus speedplant, the event could see a new winner in victory lane at Sandusky. It took 22 years before the season ending Main Event race saw a repeat winner. While a number of drivers were close to doing it, Terry Senneker, Jr. became the first repeat winner in 2009 when he claimed his second trophy. His first came in 2007. From 2007-2011, the events were all won by the Terry Gentry funded teams of Senneker and Steve Needles. Needles claimed two, while Senneker has won three of the last five.     

                The Main Event 100 will pay $6,000 to the winner and $1,000 to start. The MSA Supermodified 40 lap race will pay $1,700 to win and $400 to start. $1,200 is on the line to win the Modified 40 lapper, while starters will receive $150. Sunoco Race Fuels has put up additional bonuses of $200 for fast time and $200 to lead halfway in the Super Late Model portion of the event.

                The weekend gets underway on Friday, October 19 with an open practice day for all divisions. Pits will open at noon, while practice will run from 1:00-Dark. On Saturday, pits open at 9:00, while practice will run from 11:00-2:30 and qualifying will take place at 3:00. Racing Saturday night will take the green at 6:30. On Sunday, practice will be from 11:00-12:30 with racing scheduled to begin at 1:30.
Saturday's program includes practice and qualifying for all classes, plus Main Event, MSA, and Modified heats.

                Sunday's events will include last chance races and features for the Super Late Models, Supermodifieds, and Modifieds.

                Admission prices for adults are $18 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday, while children at $7 each day. Pit admission is $40 per day or $60 for a 2-day pass. Pit admission for Friday's practice is $10 per person.

                Complete info and rules are available at maineventracingseries.com.
 


Outlaw Super Late Main Event XXV At Sandusky October 19-21
By Adam Mackey

                The season ending specials across the country are starting to shift into high gear and one that many mark on their calendars has a change of venue in 2012.  The Main Event Racing Series, holding its 25th annual season ending Main Event for Outlaw Super Late Models, is scheduled to run a 100-lap, $6,000 to win race Sunday, October 21st at Sandusky (OH) Speedway.
                The special event for the touring series has called Columbus Motor Speedway home for 21 of the last 22 years, with only the 2003 edition held elsewhere, at Mansfield.  This year's event will be a homecoming of sorts, as the event started at Sandusky during the 1988 season.  Michigan driver Dennis Berry claimed the trophy during the inaugural event, while Canadian driving ace Junior Hanley claimed the top prize in 1989.  It was in 1990 that the series moved the event to Columbus.
                While many will miss the Columbus speedplant, the event could see a new winner in victory lane at Sandusky.  It took 22 years before the season ending Main Event race saw a repeat winner.  While a number of drivers were close to doing it, Terry Senneker, Jr. became the first repeat winner in 2009 when he claimed his second trophy.  His first came in 2007.  From 2007-2011, the events were all won by the Terry Gentry funded teams of Senneker and Steve Needles.  Needles claimed two, while Senneker has won three of the last five.
                This year's three day show will see two premier divisions of racing in the midwest.  In addition to the Outlaw Super Late Models of the Main Event Racing Series, the MSA Supermodifieds will be in action.  Competing at a number of tracks throughout Ohio and surrounding states, the winged cars will turn wicked fast times around the Sandusky 1/2-mile and fill an additional need for speed during the weekend.  Modifieds and Street Stocks are also on the card for a can't miss show.
                The Main Event 100 will pay $6,000 to the winner and $1,000 to start.  The MSA Supermodified 40 lap race will pay $1,700 to win and $400 to start.  $1,200 is on the line to win the Modified 40 lapper, while starters will receive $150, and the Street Stock event will pay $300 to win and $100 to start.  Sunoco Race Fuels has put up additional bonuses of $200 for fast time and $200 to lead halfway in the Super Late Model portion of the event.
                The weekend gets underway on Friday, October 19 with an open practice day for all divisions.  Pits will open at noon, while practice will run from 1:00-8:00.  On Saturday, pits open at 9:00, while practice will run from 11:00-2:30 and qualifying will take place at 3:00.  Racing Saturday night will take the green at 6:30.  On Sunday, practice will be from 11:00-12:30 with racing scheduled to begin at 1:30.
                Saturday's program includes practice and qualifying for all classes, plus Main Event, MSA, and Modified heats.  The Street Stocks will run their full program.
                Sunday's events will include last chance races and features for the Super Late Models, Supermodifieds, and Modifieds.
                Admission prices for adults are $18 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday, while children at $7 each day.  Pit admission is $40 per day or $60 for a 2-day pass.  Pit admission for Friday's practice is $10 per person.
                Complete info and rules are available at maineventracingseries.com.
 


Mahaffey Main Man At Shady Bowl
By Earl Isaacs 

            Saturday night marked the return of the Main Event Racing Series to Shady Bowl Speedway. The event was rescheduled after an August 4th rain out. Columbus driver Donnie “Zero” Hill paced the field during time trials with a 12.604 lap in his Architect Glass sponsored racer.
            Local fan favorite Don Mahaffey Jr. started from the pole in the Hot Rodz Auto Sales 75. Mahaffey turned in his officials headset for a helmet on this night as he burst out front at the drop of the green flag on a track owned by his family. The race was slowed on lap two when Craig Everage spun, eliminating him from the nights action. Hill's night looked to have ended early, when smoke billowed from his #0 on lap 32. Hill was able to continue however as the problem was power steering pump related, not engine. Mahaffey, in his Hanger 18 backed stocker was able to enjoy the home cookin as he led lap after lap with Drew Charlson and Scott Drake unable to close up ground on the fleeing Mahaffey. Mahaffey went on to take the checker leading all 75 laps and taking home $2000.00 for his nights effort. Charlson was second, with Drake third, Bud Perry fourth and Marcus Malcuit fifth. 

Main Event Racing Series
            Top Qualifier - Donnie Hill 12.604
            Lap Leader - Don Mahaffey, Jr. 1-75
            Brake Man Certificate - Jeremy Dennis
            Joe's Racing Products Certificate - Donnie Hill
            Jaycox Hoosier Tire Award - Bud Perry
            Longacre Certificate - Marcus Malcuit
            Hot Rodz 75 - Don Mahaffey, Jr., Drew Charlson, Scott Drake, Bud Perry, Marcus Malcuit, Harold Fair, Jr., John Stroble, John Flynn, Matthew Parsons, Jeremy Dennis, Brock Coyer, Donnie Hill, Bob Gainer, Craig Everage
 


VanDoorn = Stan Donner At Dixie Motor Speedway

     Johnny VanDoorn picked up his second straight Main Event Racing Series with a dominating appearance at Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, MI.  VanDoorn set fast time and claimed his second career Main Event win in the new Port City house car.
    
The Main Event Racing Series will next be in action this coming Saturday, September 8 at Shady Bowl Speedway.

Main Event Racing Series
     Top Qualifier - Johnny VanDoorn 14.585
     Lap Leaders - Dakota Carlson 1-28, VanDoorn 29-100
     Brakeman Award - Harold Fair, Jr.
     Longacre Certificate - Marcus Malcuit
     Jaycox Tire Award - John Flynn
     Joe's Racing Product Award - Jack Varney, Jr.
     Port City/Great Lakes Helicopter 100 - Johnny VanDoorn, Dakota Carlson, Harold Fair, Jr., Eric Lee, Marcus Malcuit, Mike Root, Jack Varney, Jr., Justin Schroeder, Craig Everage, Scott Drake, Steve Sauve, Jason Laduke, Bud Perry, Dave Stehouwer, Charlie Schultz, Mike Beach, Chet Allen, Sam Coulter, Jeff Reamer, Scott Pemberton, Mickey Maier, Todd Rosebrugh, Nick Clemens
 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Shady Bowl Speedway
DeGraff, OH
www.shadybowl.com

Main Event Racing Series
+ Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Dwarfs, And Tuners

Times
Pits 2:00
Grandstands 4:00

Practice 4:00

Qualifying 5:30

Racing 7:00

Admission
Contact Track For Admission Prices

Pit Passes
Contact Track For Admission Prices
 

Additional Practice
Wednesday Nights From 4:00-8:00

 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Dixie Motor Speedway
Birch Run, MI
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Main Event Racing Series
Great Lakes Helicopter/Port City Racecars 100
+ Factory Stocks, Bombers, & Figure 8's

News For August 31 Dixie Motor Speedway Event!!!

Great Lakes Helicopter/Port City Racecars 100
Extra Purse Money For This Event

Payoff: 3000-2000-1500-1100-900-800-750-700-650-600-550-525-500 on back
 

Times
Pits 2:00
Grandstands 5:00

Practice 3:30-4:30

Qualifying 6:30

Racing 7:30

Admission
Adults - $20
Seniors - $18
Teens - $15
Kids  - $5
5 & Under - Free

Pit Passes - $30
 

Additional Practice
Wednesday, August 29 2:00-7:30

 


VanDoorn smothers Toledo field with Domination
By Todd Ridgeway 

            Any time Johnny VanDoorn pulls into the pit area to unload he is a factor, any race, any racetrack. And this showed at Toledo (OH) Speedway last Friday night as VanDoorn set a blistering lap in qualifying and then drew the invert of 14 for the race line up. Not to be denied VanDoorn sailed to the front and by lap 21 he was on point and never looked back. His third win of the week was not easy, but he sure made it look like it.
            With a special set of Hoosier rubber on for this race only, a harder tire 45 compound on the left and 56 compound on the right, the combined ARCA Allegiant Gold Cup Series and Main Event Racing Series cars would come to the green for the start of the Miller Lite 100. The first time combined groups of well prepared bullets where led to the start by pole sitter Jimmy Carter with Chad Guinn alongside. Carter would dart to the point with Guinn right there challenging every lap with the other 25 cars in tow. At lap 13 the first of four yellows would fly when Guinn slipped up out of the groove and smashed the turn one wall. VanDoorn had steered his way to fourth and as the field was brought together for the double file restart valuable track position was gained. As the racing went back under the green VanDoorn started making some serious moves to get up front. At lap 15 he went past Jack Varney Jr. for third, lap 18 he cruised past the 33 car of Jake Francis into second and set his sights on the leader Carter. At lap 20 VanDoorn made the move as the two top runners went door to door until at lap 21 VanDoorn was able to clear and get back on the bottom of the race track. From there it was a blistering pace from the VanDoorn Machine. Making his first start of the 2012 season Johnny Beloit had started 13th and made his way to second with Harold Fair Jr. third as the laps winded down. A lap 91 yellow for a crash with Varney Jr. and Francis on the back stretch would create a final double file restart giving Beloit a shot at VanDoorn. They ran together for one lap but, VanDoorn just pushed the peddle harder and sailed out to a several car length lead. As VanDoorn set sail for the checkers, Fair Jr. was applying the heat to Beloit in a strong battle for the runner up spot. At one point the two touch getting sideways but they would both follow VanDoorn across the line with Beloit second and Fair Jr. third. Dakota Carlson was fourth and Barry Hartwell rounded out the top five finishers in a 100 lap race that took just one hour to complete.
            “I really had an awesome night,” started VanDoorn. ‘You just dream about these kinds of nights, I could just drive it wherever it needed to go. I just picked and choose where I wanted to go. This is a brand new house car, Port City racecars are just a really good piece. It is never easy, but this car was hooked up tonight. It just made it easy to drive and just being smart keeping the fenders on it. And then going at a pace to keep the tires on it. A 100 lap race around here can eat up your tires. The harder I drove, the better it stuck. This is three in a row. I won at Dixie (MI) two weeks ago, Kalamazoo (MI) Wednesday, and then here tonight. I have been dreaming of winning three races in a row and finally did it. This by far is my favorite track; it has been since the first time I ever tested here. I always enjoy coming here, hopefully I will have enough points lead in the CRA Series that I can get a break and come here to run the Glass City race, I really want to win that race,” finished Miller Lite 100 Champion.
            “Pretty good run for the first race of the year,” said Beloit. “We actually had 20 laps of practice before the qualifying lap. Harold runs good here, it was tough, I enjoyed it. I have three kids at home, I don’t need to race that much. I will be back at the Glass City and there are a couple more, Owosso (MI) is supposed to have one this year I will run,” finished runner up Beloit.
            “We just came up a little short,” noted Fair Jr. “We were not running on full power, we lost a cylinder or two. It was a really good car. The car was awesome in the corners. This Royal Truck and Trailer Chevy is really good. There was a little vibration, but still a pretty good car. Down that far on horsepower here at this Toledo track, I would have thought I would have gotten lapped,” finished fair Jr. 

Main Event Racing Series/Gold Cup
          Top Qualifier - Johnny VanDoorn 14.944
          Miller Lite 100 - Johnny VanDoorn, Johnny Belott, Harold Fair Jr., Dakota Carlson, Barry Hartwell, Mike Root, Bud Perry, Justin Schroeder, Charlie Schultz, John Flynn, Frank Kimmel II, Jake Francis, Jack Varney Jr., Jimmy Carter, Kenny Phillips, Steve Cronenwett Jr., Chris Benson, Scott Drake, Strickland, Marcus Malcuit, Guinn, Rick Sibila, Hantz, Ron Allen, Craig Everage, Brent Jack

 

Friday August 17, 2012

Toledo Speedway
Toledo, OH
www.toledospeedway.com

Miler Lite 100
Combined Show For Gold Cup & Main Event
 

Times
Pits 2:00
Grandstands 4:30

Practice 4:30

Qualifying 6:30

Racing 7:30

Admission
Adults - $20
Kids 6-12 - $3
5 & Under - FREE

Pits - $30

Pit Rules: Shorts Permitted, No Open Toed Shoes
Minimum Age 14, With Minor Release Signed By Parents At Registration Area
 

 


Shady Bowl Event Postponed Due To Rain
By Earl Isaacs

            Shady Bowl Speedway endured a rough night of racing Saturday (8/4).Rain played havoc with the scheduled program. The Main Event Racing Series were to be the stars of the nights action, but Mother Nature had other ideas. A heavy rain with high winds and lightning hit the speedway just after time trials causing a two hour delay as officials did a great job of getting the track dried out and ready for racing.
            It was finally determined the surface was race able and the street stocks took to the speedway for a 40 lap $500.00 to win feature. Greenville's Brian Reeser took the lead at the drop of starter Roger Wingets green flag. Reeser held the top spot until lap 27 when Buck Purtee took over the lead. Purtee led the next four counters before Springhills driver Mike Snapp got by with an inside move. Snapp was able to hold off Purtee the final laps to take the win. Snapp was behind the wheel of the Heath Farms/Winget Race Cars Monte Carlo. Purtee, Scott Sullenberger, Reeser and Chris Abbott rounded out the top five. Ricky Young celebrated his birthday by setting quick time.
            The compacts were up next, with newcomer Randy Shannon Jr. of Columbus edging Matt Jackson to post his first feature win in his Scottscape Tree Service Cavalier.
            The Main Event Racing Series was the next event, but once again Mother Nature took over top spot by turning loose a downpour. Officials were forced to cancel the event, rescheduling it for September 8th.
            Linda Young, Shady Bowl Speedway owner made a decision that the fans were not to be put out by the rain. It was announced that tickets would be honored for the make-up event. What this means is that fans were basically guests of the speedway for Saturday's action (qualifications for all classes, street stock and compact features) .

Main Event Racing Series
            Fast qualifier: Marcus Malcuit 12.380
 


Scott Baker Cruises To Sandusky Main Event Victory
By Bob Stascak

            The Main Event Racing Series (MERS) Super Late Models were lined up on the front straight for the drivers introductions.
            Pacing the field to the green flag was a pair of veteran drivers in the Super Late Model wars, polesitter Marcus Malcuit and Scott Baker. The caution flag waved before on lap was completed when Harold Fair Jr. and Jake Francis spun in turn three.
            There was another caution on this restart when Jeremy Dennis tapped the backstraight wall. Nick Grodi and Tyler Strickland also spun. Strickland spun again in turn three and would be hooked and taken to the pit area, out of the race on the following restart attempt.
            Baker led followed by Malcuit briefly then Bud Perry took over second position. Running third would be Malcuit followed by Fair Jr. and Francis. The caution flag was out again on lap seven for Rich Rohrer who went off of turn one.
            Baker led on the restart until the next caution which came on lap eleven when Donnie Hill spun in turn one. There was oil all the way around the track and the race was red flagged at this point.
            When racing resumed it was Baker leading followed by Perry, Fair Jr., Francis and Jimmy Carter. Baker had a comfortable lead until lap twenty seven when John Sandquist Jr. was off of the pace and headed into the pit area, bringing out the caution flag once again.
            It was green flag racing for the next eleven laps as Baker resumed his comfortable lead over Perry. The caution flag waved on lap thirty eight when Drew Charlson hit the inside guard rail, Charlson was not injured, Scott Drake was also involved.
            The final caution of the race came on lap forty one when John Flynn spun in turn four.
            Baker once again put his car far enough ahead of Perry to remain unchallenged for the remainder of the race. Scott Baker, a thirty one year veteran driver, took the checkered flag in convincing fashion tonight leading all seventy five laps.
            Bud Perry, Harold Fair, Jr., Donnie Hill, and Jake Francis completed the top five.  Others in the top ten were Jimmy Carter, Justin Schroeder, Craig Everage, Jack Varney, Jr., and Charlie Schultz.
            The Main Event Racing Series will next be in action on Saturday, August 4 at Shady Bowl Speedway in DeGraff, OH.

Main Event Racing Series
            Diamond Products Top Qualifier - Harold Fair, Jr. 16.501
            Lap Leaders - Scott Baker 1-75
            Longacre Award - Scott Drake
            Joe's Racing Products - Jeremy Dennis
            Brakeman - John Flynn
            Jaycox Tire - Nick Grodi
            OE Meyer 75 - Scott Baker, Bud Perry, Harold Fair, Jr., Donnie Hill, Jake Francis, Jimmy Carter, Justin Schroeder, Craig Everage, Jack Varney, Jr., Charlie Schultz, John Flynn, Drew Charlson, Nick Grodi, Scott Drake, John Sandquist, Dan Burden, Tim Ice, Rich Rohrer, Marcus Malcuit, Bob Gainer, Jeremy Dennis, Tyler Strickland
 


Dixie Classic 100 To Its Root In Birch Run
Story Courtesy Of The Saginaw News

            Former Dixie Cup Series champion Mike Root made a late run and came away with the win Friday in the 47th annual Dixie Classic 100 at Dixie Motor Speedway.
            Root waited to make his charge with just 10 laps remaining, snaring the lead and cruising to the win in the event, which was sanctioned by the Main Event Racing Series and the Dixie Cup Series.
            The Super Late Model race featured 20 drivers, with Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Steve Sauve taking the lead for the first 16 laps before losing the lead to AuGres driver Mike Luberda Jr.
            Harold Fair Jr., who was coming off wins at Flat Rock, Toledo and Shady Bowl, took the top spot on lap 20 and take control through lap 75 when fluid on the track brought out the caution flag.
            When racing resumed, Luberda jumped in front until Root made the final charge to the checkered flag.
            Justin Claucherty, Justin Schroeder, Mike Luberda, Jr., and Mickey Maier completed the top five.  Todd Rosebrugh, Marcus Malcuit, Dakota Carlson, Scott Pemberton, and Dominic Van Wieringen completed the top ten.
            The series will next be at Sandusky Speedway this coming Saturday, July 21 for a 75 lap feature.  Full details of the event are posted at www.maineventracingseries.com.

Main Event Racing Series
            Top Qualifier - Mike Root 14.605
            Lap Leaders - Steve Sauve, Mike Luberda, Jr., Harold Fair, Jr., Mike Root
            Dixie Classic 100 - Mike Root, Justin Claucherty, Justin Schroder, Mike Luberda, Jr., Mickey Maier, Todd Rosebrugh, Marcus Malcuit, Dakota Carlson, Scott Pemberton, Dominic Van Wieringen, Jeff Reamer, Jack Varney, Jr., Steve Sauve, Harold Fair, Jr., Ron Coulter, Craig Everage, Bud Perry, Scott Drake, Nick Clemens, John Flynn
 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sandusky Speedway
Sandusky, OH
www.sanduskyspeedway.com

Main Event Racing Series OE Meyer 75
+ Modifieds & Street Stocks

Times
Pits 1:00
Grandstands 4:00

Practice 4:00

Qualifying 5:30

Racing 7:00

Admission
Adults - $20
Seniors - $18
Kids 6-12 - $5
5 & Under - Free

Non Sandusky Member Pit Pass - $30
Sandusky Member Pit Pass - $25
 

Additional Practice
Friday, July 20 10:00-4:00
(Track Has Go Cart Racing During The Evening)

 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Dixie Motor Speedway
Birch Run, MI
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Main Event Racing Series Dixie Classic 100
+ Factory Stocks, Bombers, & Figure 8's

Times
Pits 2:00
Grandstands 5:00

Practice 3:30-4:30

Qualifying 6:30

Racing 7:30

Admission
Adults - $20
Seniors - $18
Teens - $15
Kids  - $5
5 & Under - Free

Pit Passes - $30
 

Additional Practice
Wednesday, July 11 2:00-7:30

 


Rohrer Captures Midvale Main Event Win In Front Of Capacity Crowd
By Adam Mackey

                One of the biggest crowds in Midvale Speedway history gathered to watch a thrilling night of racing action and a gigantic firework display, this past Tuesday, July 3.  The line of fans coming into the track was the longest in history, as it was three rows wide and spilled through the parking lot and onto the adjacent State St.  In action was the Main Event Racing Series, joined by Economy Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Compacts, and Stock Compacts.
                A full field of Main Event Racing Series Super Late Model stars were on hand to compete for the Downtown Ford 100 victory.  In qualifying, five-time MERS point champion Gary Whipkey, driving his former championship winning racecar now owned by Jeff Taylor Racing, set quick time with a 13.628.  Harold Fair, Jr. 13.636, Rich Rohrer 13.677, Justin Schroeder 13.724, and Charlie Schultz 13.725 were the rest of the top five.  After the session ended, Whipkey pulled the number ten pill, putting himself tenth and Rick Sibila and Tim Ice on the front row.
                When the green waved, current Midvale Speedway point leader Rick Sibila took the early lead with Ice dropping into the second spot.  Over the first five laps of green, Rich Rohrer and Gary Whipkey, two of the favorites, started making their way forward by picking up a few spots to move into fifth and sixth spots respectively.
                The first yellow came out on lap five for an accident between top five competitors Bob Sibila, Jr. and Marcus Malcuit.  The two made contact in a battle for real estate coming onto the frontstretch with Sibila spinning and Malcuit breaking the spindle on the right front.  Malcuit retired immediately, while Sibila came back onto the track only to have a related failure cause a crash.
                It was also during this stage of the race that second place driver, Tim Ice, had extreme overheating problems caused by mechanical failure.  Ice retired to the pits after his strong qualifying effort.  That moved Rohrer up to third, Whipkey to fourth, and Charlie Schultz into fifth.
                As the green again came back out, Rohrer started to apply major pressure on Bud Perry for the runner-up spot.  Rohrer looked low a few times but had to check up as he wasn't able to get far enough alongside.  That all changed on lap ten, though, as he got a great run off the turn and shot past the 2011 series champion.  Three laps later, the Canton, Ohio driver made quick work of Sibila, and shot into the lead.
                As the long green flag run continued, 41 laps to be exact, fans were watching Rohrer put on a clinic as he pulled to a lead that was over half the track.  It was also during this period of time that Perry was working hard to get by Sibila for second and Jimmy Carter was picking off one car at a time to recover from his subpar qualifying lap.  Carter started the race in 14th, but found himself in the top five by the lap 46 caution.
                The caution not only eliminated Rohrer's lead over Perry and Sibila, it saved a lot of drivers from going down a lap.  Rohrer was just catching the 2nd-8th place cars when the yellow came out.
                After a few cautions around the midpoint of the race, another long green flag run from lap 70 to the end would settle the finish.  Rohrer again pulled to a comfortable lead, while Perry fended off a strong challenge from Carter, before the latter's brakes started to fail. 
                In the end, it was the Miller 64/Freedom Harley Davidson #7 of Rich Rohrer claiming his series leading 19th career victory.  The many-time Midvale Speedway point champion's Hutter Powered-Port City was followed by Perry, Carter, Harold Fair, Jr., and Justin Schroeder.  Others in the top ten were Scott Drake, Jeremy Dennis, Rick Sibila, Charlie Schultz, and Jack Varney, Jr.
                The top three finishers picked up an additional $100 each courtesy of Custom Color & Collison Center of North Royalton.  The fifth place finisher, Justin Schroeder, also took an additional $100 thanks to Norm Taylor at Taylor Painting.
                The Main Event Racing Series will next be in action on Friday, July 13 at Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, MI.  The Dixie Classic will be 100 laps paying $2,500 to win.  Info is available at www.maineventracingseries.com.

Main Event Racing Series
                Diamond Products Top Qualifier - Gary Whipkey 13.628
                Lap Leaders - Rick Sibila 1-15, Rich Rohrer 16-100
                Contingencies - Brake Man Award - Scott Baker,  Joe's Racing Products - Scott Drake, Longacre - Marcus Malcuit, Jaycox Tire Award - Jack Varney, Jr.
                Downtown Ford 100 - Rich Rohrer, Bud Perry, Jimmy Carter, Harold Fair, Jr., Justin Schroeder, Scott Drake, Jeremy Dennis, Rick Sibila, Charlie Schultz, Jack Varney, Jr., Nick Grodi, John Flynn, Emerson Huffman, Gary Whipkey, John Stroble, Don Harvey, Jr., Rich Marcum, Bob Gainer, Scott Baker, Donnie Hill, Tim Ice, Bob Sibila, Jr.
 


Harvey Is Superman At Barberton With MERS Fast Time & Win
By Adam Mackey

                (6-15-16) The long awaited return for the Main Event Racing Series Super Late Models ended this past Friday, June 15 at Barberton OH Raceway Park.  The Outlaw cars were joined by the Northern Ohio Legends, Rittzman Muffler Sportsman, Copley Car Care Hobby Stocks, Habco Tool & Development Pure Stocks, and the Canal Fulton Tire Mini-Trucks for an action packed night in front of a near capacity crowd.
                In Main Event Racing Series qualifying on the newly widened and paved 1/4-mile oval, Don Harvey, Jr. set fast time with a 13.643.  He pulled the "8" pill, which sent him to the eighth starting position and put Bud Perry and Marcus Malcuit on the front row for the 100-lap event.
                When the green waved, it was 2011 champion, Bud Perry taking the lead, while Malcuit settled into second.  Entering the turn on the second lap, a couple of drivers at the front of the pack got together, checked up, and created a chain reaction mishap behind them that saw Tim Ice, Jimmy Carter, and Rick Sibila involved.  All were able to continue.
                Racing got back underway with Perry continuing out front.  With five laps in, as the field exited turn four, contact ensued between Perry and second place driver, Mike Mazzagatti.  Both drivers felt the other was at fault and both restarted at the tail.
                That handed the lead to 2010 champion, Jimmy Carter, who was driving the Frank Oriti owned #72 for the first time.  Carter, who ran a lot of practice laps two nights earlier to get the car dialed in, looked smooth at the front of the pack and led Gary Whipkey, the next 25 laps.  However, one lap after a lap 30 restart, Carter pushed up entering turn one and Whipkey shot by to the lowside.  Moments later, Carter retired from the event.
                The five time champion nearly lulled the crowd to sleep over the next 58 laps, as he dominated the race out front.  However, around the lap 85 mark, it was clear to see trouble was looming.  Whipkey's car started to show an extremely loose condition entering the turns and looked to be just hanging on.  Just after the completion of lap 88, Whipkey entered turn one with Harvey right on his tail.  The Jeff Taylor Racing #39 slid sideways and, this time, wasn't correctable as Harvey cruised by and caution waved.  Whipkey retired with brake failure.
                Over the final twelve laps, Harvey pulled away to clinch his fourth feature victory of the season at Barberton.  This one, though, was definitely the biggest, paying $2,500 to win with an additional $200 coming from track and car sponsor Rittzman Muffler for the fast qualifier award.  Harvey was elated in victory lane, at one point asking if this was a dream.  It was not, as he claimed the win from the eighth starting position.
                The Akron Auto & Truck Tire/TNR Drywall #112 was followed by Tim Ice, who rallied from the second lap caution to finish second in the Francis Engineering #33.  Malcuit avoided the cautions to finish third, while Scott Drake had a solid fourth place run, and Perry finished fifth for a good points night.  Jack Varney, Jr., John Flynn, Whipkey, Bob Gainer, and Sibila were top ten finishers.
                The Main Event Racing Series will be in action this coming Friday, June 22 at Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, MI for a 75-lap grind.  Information will be available at maineventracingseries.com and dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Main Event Racing Series
                Jaycox Tire Award - John Flynn
                Longacre Award - Bud Perry
                Joe's Racing Product Award - Jimmy Carter
                Diamond Products/Rittzman Muffler Top Qualifier - Don Harvey, Jr. 13.643
                Lap Leaders - Bud Perry 1-5, Jimmy Carter 6-31, Gary Whipkey 32-88, Don Harvey, Jr. 89-100
                Main Event 100 - Don Harvey, Jr., Tim Ice, Marcus Malcuit, Scott Drake, Bud Perry, Jack Varney, Jr., John Flynn, Gary Whipkey, Bob Gainer, Rick Sibila, Mike Mazzagatti, Dave Martin, Dwain Willis, Jimmy Carter
 


Star Studded Field To Race Friday At Barberton Raceway Park
Main Event Super Lates Making Only 2012 Visit Friday Night
By Adam Mackey

                For the first time since 2009, the Main Event Racing Series will be making a visit to Barberton Raceway Park in Norton, Ohio.  It will also be the first time the Super Late Model touring series has competed at the 1/4-mile asphalt oval since the renovation project widened and repaved the speedway.
                It will be the fourth event of the season for the Outlaw cars, with Justin Schroeder claiming the season opening win at Sandusky, 2011 champion Bud Perry winning at Columbus, and current point leader, Harold Fair, Jr. winning last weekend at Shady Bowl.
                Barberton, known for a longtime as one of the toughest tracks on the circuit to maneuver, is expecting to see a field of stars in the neighborhood of 22 for the 100-lap grind. 
                Leading the list of potential winners is five time MERS point champion Gary Whipkey.  The Doylestown, Ohio driver will be driving his championship winning car that is now owned by Jeff Taylor.  Whipkey won the season opener with the car at BRP in the Late Model division. 
                Three-time series champion Tim Ice has landed a ride with the Francis Engineering race team and will be driving the #33 on Friday night.  Ice badly damaged his own ride at the Columbus event two weeks ago.
                Late Model division point leader, Don Harvey, Jr. will be making his return to the series as well.  Harvey is hoping that he got his bad luck out of the way last Friday night, after getting caught up in a grinding crash on the frontstretch.  Harvey won the 2009 MERS race at the track.
                After missing last week's race at Shady Bowl to run, and win, the Late Model division feature at Midvale Speedway, former series champion Jimmy Carter will return to action at Barberton.  Carter will be piloting the Frank Oriti owned #72 that Frank Kimmel, II drove at the Sandusky opener. 
                In addition to some of the names above, expect all of the frontrunners in this year's series championship race.  Harold Fair, Jr. will be looking to extend his point lead after three straight top fives to start the season including the Shady Bowl win.  Fellow Michigan native, Jack Varney, Jr. will try to continue his solid start as he enters second in the standings.  Bud Perry, Shawn Stroble, and Donnie Hill enter the event top five in points.  Six through ten in this year's points are Nick Grodi, Marcus Malcuit, Jeremy Dennis, Scott Drake, and John Stroble.
                In addition to the Main Event Super Late 100, Legends, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Mini-Trucks will be in action.
                Pits will open at 2:00, grandstands and hotlaps at 4:00, MERS qualifying is at 6:20, and racing will see its first green flag at 7:30.  Admission is $18 for adults and seniors, $10 for kids 6-12 and active military members, and children five and under are free.  Pit admission is $30 for Barberton NASCAR members and $35 for non members.
                More information on the event may be available at barbertonracewaypark.com and maineventracingseries.com.
 


A Fair Night At Shady Bowl MERS Race
By Earl Isaacs 

            Shady Bowl Speedway opened its gates for a huge crowd Saturday, as the Main Event Racing Series made its first of two stops this season. The ever popular full bodied racers are a fan favorite, as the cars are the fastest pavement stocks in the Midwest.  
            It became quite clear early in the evening that the track was quick, as Columbus driver Donnie Hill set a new track record with a 12.314 lap. The time broke the existing track record held by Mike Stacy that was set in 1998. 
            The Hot Rodz 75 feature for the cars was great race for the fans and drivers alike. Don Mahaffey Jr. broke out front at the drop of the green in his Hanger 18 backed racer. The race was red flagged on lap thirteen when Shawn Stroble and Donnie Hill made contact on the backchute. The crash eliminated both cars, with both drivers uninjured. When racing resumed Mahaffey took his top running spot with 2011 MERS champion Bud Perry in tow.
            The run came to an end on lap 42 when Mahaffey and Perry made contact on the front chute. Mahaffey spun off the track from the contact. The crash also collected Marcus Malcuit and Drew Charlson. All the cars were able to continue with the exception of Malcuit. Officials determined that Mahaffey and Perry would both restart at the rear of the field on the restart.
            When the green flew again Michigan driver Jack Varney took over the helm. Varney held the point until lap 62 when Harold Fair took charge. The Milan, MI veteran then set sail for the checker in his Royal Truck and Trailer sponsored ride. The second generation driver went on to post his first win of the season. Varney held on for second, with Eric Lee third, Nick Grodi fourth and Jeremy Dennis fifth.
            The Main Event Racing Series will be in action this coming Friday, June 15 at Barberton Raceway Park in Norton, Ohio for a 100-lap grind.  Legends, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Mini Trucks will also race.
            Pit gates open at 2:00, hotlaps at 4:00, qualifying at 6:20, and racing action will start at 7:30.  More info is available at www.maineventracingseries.com and www.barbertonracewaypark.com. 

Main Event Racing Series
            Top Qualifier - Donnie Hill 12.314 NTR
            Lap Leaders - Don Mahaffey, Jr. 1-42, Jack Varney, Jr. 43-62, Harold Fair, Jr. 63-75
            Jaycox Tire Award - Marcus Malcuit
            Longacre Certificate - John Flynn
            Joe's Racing Products - Shawn Stroble
            Hot Rodz 75 - Harold Fair, Jr., Jack Varney, Jr., Eric Lee, Nick Grodi, Jeremy Dennis, Don Mahaffey, Jr., Tyler Strickland, Drew Charlson, Bud Perry, Paul Pelletier, Mike Kennedy, Marcus Malcuit, John Flynn, Shawn Stroble, Donnie Hill, John Stroble, Brian Fries
 


Bud Perry Smokes Main Event Field At Columbus
By Jeff Nuckles

     The Main Event Racing Series only appearance of the 2012 season at the facility that witnessed the series thrive beyond anyone’s expectations for the 22 years witnessed Bud Perry securing victory in a 75-lap affair. The pride of Quincy, OH Josh Smith surged ahead of polesitter, Jake Francis from the outset of the contest holding court over the 19-car field through lap-10 when Hill swept around the leader in the very fast outside lane. Following the multi time track champion around was Perry who had hounded Smith early on. Next around the early pacesetter was fast qualifier Harold Fair Jr as the fleet trio checked out on the field. As the laps click off, what began as a wisp of smoke from Hill’s Architect Glass entry became thicker eventually sidelining Hill with engine problems on lap-31. Perry led Fair and Smith back to the green flag with the top two stretching their margin at will. Smith eventually retired from the event but not before Jack Varney and series point leader Justin Schroeder drove past on the top shelf in the closing stages of the contest. Fair closed on Perry in the final ten counters but could not mount a challenge as Perry streaking under the checkered flag. Fair, Varney, Schroeder and Jamie Hunt rounded out the top five.

Main Event Super Late Models
            Diamond Products Top Qualifier - Harold Fair, Jr.
            Longacre Award - Donnie Hill
            Race Leaders - Josh Smith, Donnie Hill, Bud Perry
            Feature -  Bud Perry, Harold Fair, Jr., Jack Varney, Justin Schroeder, Jamie Hunt, Marcus Malcuit, Shawn Stroble, Jimmy Carter, John Stroble, Nick Grodi, Jake Francis, Scott Drake, Josh Smith, Jeremy Dennis, Donnie Hill, John Flynn, Bob Schneider, Jr., Rich Rohrer, Tim Ice

 


Schroeder Dominates MERS 2012 Opener
By Todd Ridgeway

            A yellow streak. That is about all the stellar field of Main Event Racing Series (MERS) Super Late Models drivers saw as Justin Schroeder kicked down the door to open the new season. Streaking to the checkered flag, Schroeder set a very fast pace in the 75 lap 2012 opener for the Super Late Model warriors at Sandusky (OH) Speedway Saturday night, taking off from the word go and never looked back. 27 very fast race cars filled the Sandusky pit area for the opening party in northern Ohio.
            Schroeder and pole sitter Shawn Stroble would bring the field to the green flag as the distinct sound of the Super Late Models would entertain the Northern Ohio night and fill the air. With a beautiful night and nice crowd on hand the race was on. With 23 other top notch beautiful racers in tow the field would blast into turn one fighting for position. Schroeder got an excellent start as he jumped off turn two and down to the bottom grabbing the lead. Immediately a very serious pace was set as the top five dropped in line while the others scattered for positions. Two minor yellows would fly before the halfway point as Schroeder laid down some amazing laps. At the half Jimmy Carter, Harold Fair Jr., and 2011 MERS Champion Bud Perry would come up to join Schroeder and Stroble in the top five. Schroder would work the lapped traffic perfectly as he moved through smooth as can be and off the corners like a rocket. The third yellow would fly just a handful of laps from the finish to put the field back together for a final single file restart. When the green was displayed it was no surprise to see Schroder check out on the field untouched. Stroble now had his hands full with Carter as the Cleveland driver was able to get inside Stroble’s quarter panel. However, it was not enough as Stroble warded him off and moved in on the leader with but three laps to go. On the final lap Stroble was there as he got to the inside and up to Schroder’s rear tire. But in the end Schroder proved to have too much horsepower cruising to the checkers and securing the victory. Carter would settle for third, Fair Jr. got fourth and Championship driver Donnie “Zero” Hill mustered up the fifth position.
            “The start was huge,” said Schroder. “We got out front and could just ride there and pace myself. The crew kept telling me how far back he was. We just wanted to make sure we had something there at the end, the car was flawless. He raced me clean, I’ve never had a problem with him, I appreciate everyone running clean,” finished the happy winner.
            Stroble was very happy to get the runner up spot. “He got me on the start; I was sleeping on the start. I want to congratulate him on the win. He started to pull away, then I would catch him, I don’t think I could do anything with him unless I moved him. I don’t race that way, we almost made a last move, and he came down a little bit. But, we are racing for the win, he is supposed to, it’s his race to lose. That’s what I expected him to do. I am just tickled to death with second in this field. I have never seen a field like this. The caliber of cars, it’s unlike any MERS I’ve ever seen. I only had about 30 laps in this car before, so I am really happy,” finished Stroble.
            “We just totally missed it,” said third place Carter. “We broke a rear end up here last night testing, we went home and changed it. We were really tight, we just totally missed it,” finished Carter.
            27 cars filled the Sandusky (OH) Speedway pit area, as 24 would take the green flag. A three caution 75 lap race was in the books in less than one hour, and no cars toted off on the hook. Defending MERS Champion Bud Perry set fast time with a lap of 16.366 and an inversion of eight was implemented on the field. Brian Short started 18 and sailed to an eighth place finish and first time Late Model driver Frank Kimmel II started 14 and finished in tenth. This was the first of 13 stops for the MERS 2012 campaign. Next week will be Auto City in Flint Michigan.

Main Event Racing Series
            Top Qualifier - Bud Perry 16.366 NTR
            DNS - Tyler Strickland
            Lap Leader - Justin Schroeder 1-75
            Direct Detail 75 - Justin Schroeder, Shawn Stroble, Jimmy Carter, Harold Fair, Jr., Donnie Hill, Craig Everage, Bud Perry, Brian Short, Jack Varney, Jr., Frank Kimmel, II, Josh Smith, Tim Ice, Dennis Strickland, John Stroble, Nick Grodi, John Flynn, Ron Allen, Jeremy Dennis,  Brock Coyer, Jake Francis, Charlie Schultz, Marcus Malcuit, Scott Drake, John Sandquist
 


Main Event Racing Season 2012 Tour Opens Up This Saturday
Season Opener Part Of Sandusky Speedway's Super Nationals

                Reed's Salvage and Direct Detail will be presenting the 2012 Super Nationals at Sandusky Speedway this coming Saturday, May 19.  Fans will be treated to the MSA Super Modifieds, the Sandusky Speedway Street Stocks, and the Main Event Racing Series season opener.
                A stout list of Super Late Model drivers have pre-entered to run the full season in 2012.  Included are former Main Event champions Jimmy Carter and Bud Perry, many time Columbus Motor Speedway winner and champion, Donnie "Zero" Hill, former Iceman Series champion Scott Baker, longtime Midvale Speedway standout and former Main Event competitor Marcus Malcuit, and son of many time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel, Frank Kimmel, II.  Others on the list looking to claim a victory are Brian Short, Jeremy Dennis, Brock Coyer, Tyler Strickland, Justin Schroeder, John Flynn, and Scott Drake.  Those are drivers who took advantage of the discounted pre-entry rate for the complete season.
                As always with the series, many drivers show up to enter at the track and that will make for a great field to start the 2012 campaign.  In fact, Main Event Racing Series managers Kevin Jaycox and Chris Tolloty, expect the field to be in upwards of close to 30 cars for the opener.
                Pit gates Saturday open at 12:00 as well as the mandatory tech line, grandstands open at 3:00 for practice, qualifying will start at 5:30, and racing will begin at 7:00.  Adult admission is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors 65+, $5 for kids 6-12, and children five and under are free.  Pit admission is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.  There will be an open practice Friday from 12:00 to dark with $10 admission into the pits.
                For more information, go to sanduskyspeedway.com or maineventracingseries.com.
 


Coyer Enterprises Again Steps Up To Sponsor Contingency Program

                Coyer Enterprises of Bellefontaine, OH, has again stepped up to help the Main Event Racing Series competitors out with the 2012 contingency sponsorships.  After each race, several gift certificates will be handed out to competitors.
                This season, Joes Racing Products, Landrum Springs, Longacre, The Brake Man, and Motorstate will be presenting drivers with product certificates to use toward their purchases.  At the end of the season, a Lefthander Chassis will be presented to one competitor courtesy of Lefthander and Coyer Enterprises.
                Coyer Enterprises has a huge selection of Longacre and other racing products on hand below catalog prices.  For more information, go to www.coyerracing.com.
 


MERS Cars Needed For Midvale Speedway Mall Show

     The Midvale Speedway car show at the New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia, Ohio is coming Friday, March 30-Sunday, April 1.  We would like to see a couple Main Event Super Lates there.  If interested, please call 330-340-1566.
 


Perry Crowned 2011 MERS Champion At Banquet
By Todd Ridgeway

                24 years is how long the Main Event Racing Series (MERS) has been around and it was celebrated in Westlake, Ohio Saturday night January 21. In his first full season on the grueling MERS schedule, Edgerton Ohio’s Bud Perry was honored as the series Champion for 2011 at a very well put together banquet. The 40 year-old Perry accepted his award in front of a packed house and was quick to thank all those who helped him achieve this goal.
                “I would like to thank my girlfriend Stephanie for all she does at the race track and off. And I would like to thank Redskin Motorsports. I have been with them eight years now, and there is nobody I would rather drive for than Redskin Motorsports. The Main Event Series was something new, new people, new tracks, but we just went out and had fun like we always do. To race with guys like Tim Ice, Donnie Hill, and Rich Rohrer is just great. These are guys my Dad raced with back in the day and now I am racing with them. This is just fantastic,” finished the happy Champion.
                Starting in 1989 fresh out of High School in the Go Kart divisions, Perry has now driven for the Redskin Motorsports team for eight solid years. Starting in 2006 with the team headed up out of Ft Laramie Ohio they quickly found success at Shady Bowl Speedway capturing the Late Model track Championship in 2007. Before Perry started driving for the team of veterans he had their attention as he was crowned the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Spartan (MI) Speedway Modified Champion. In those years Redskin Motorsports built his engines. Racing the Modified and at the local tracks when not on the MERS schedule this team is very hard to beat and always seems to run in the front.
                It was announced that in 2012 the MERS series Champion will receive a point’s check of at least $2500. A ten race schedule for 2012 has also been put into place with a very good possibility of three more to be added. The series will visit Auto City (MI), Columbus Motor, Shady Bowl twice, Barberton, Midvale, Toledo, and Sandusky three times. It all kicks off May 19th at Sandusky and ends September 21-23rd at Sandusky for the final event.
 


2012 Rules Are Posted
Online

     Rules will also be available this weekend at the Stark County Fairground swap meet and Kevin Jaycox & Chris Tolloty will be at the Sandusky booth Sat 9-3 and Sun 9-12 for any questions you may have.  Also Main Event drivers are welcome to attend the Sandusky banquet on Sat, Jan 21 where top 10 point money will be awarded along with a few other awards for the race teams. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance from Sandusky.  Call Kevin for info at 419-625-4084
 


Main Event XXIV On DVD

     Didn't get a chance to see Main Event XXIV or want to check it out again?  No problem.  Racingvids.net was on hand at Columbus Motor Speedway this past weekend and captured all of the footage on video.  The DVD includes all races in all divisions with several different camera angles.  The cost is just $20 and will be shipped to your address.


Senneker Hits Trifecta In Columbus
Gentry Five In A Row
By Todd Ridgeway

            He was the first repeat winner, now he is the first three-peat winner. Michigan Super Late Model veteran driver Terry Senneker sailed to the front of the Main Event Racing Series finale at Columbus (OH) Motor Speedway at lap 61, wrestling the point from Johnny Jenkins, and led the last 39 markers to get his third career victory in this race. Teammate Steve Needles followed Senneker across the line in second to give team Gentry a one, two punch finish. For team Gentry this was five wins in a row and sixth overall in this race. Senneker three in 2007, 2009, and 2011, Needles two in 2008 and 2010, and the late Lee Anderson gave the team a win as well.
            Jenkins and Harold Fair Jr. would bring the field of 26 fire breathing MERS Super Late Models to the green flag and start of the 100 lap marathon. The front duo would dive down in turn one door handle to door handle and off two down the backstretch. Going into three Jenkins would start to pull out and off four he had the point. The first caution would fly on the second lap as a lone spinner was the culprit. Quickly put back in line, the field would go green with Jenkins showing the way. Followed by Fair, Tyler Roahrig, Bud Perry, and Needles the top five would set pace. At lap nine Scott Baker and Jeremy Dennis would get together sending Dennis hard into the outside turn four wall and Baker in the infield, both on the hook and finished for the day. Back to green the field would set a torrid pace as Jenkins continued to show the way and by lap 35 Senneker pulled into the top five. At the halfway point Jenkins still showed the way but Senneker and the No. 37 car where coming on fast and moved into second followed by Donnie Zero Hill and teammate Needles as Fair rounded out the top five. At lap 61 Senneker was finally able to wrestle the point away as he and Jenkins went wheel-to-wheel for several laps. At lap 75 Needles moved into second getting past Jenkins and Fair moved up to fourth. It was too late for Needles however, as his teammate checked out on the field now putting some very good race cars a lap down. At the finish line it was Senneker blistering under the checkers followed by Needles, Jenkins, Fair, and Roahrig rounding out the top ten.
            “It started out real good,” said runner up Needles. “The car was real good for about the first 30 laps, then it freed up on us for a little while. Then I kind of got to the outside of some of those guys and made a run to the front. But, then it got a little loose and wiggled up the race track and that left the door open for a few of them guys and we lost a couple spots. We race on tracks like this every week and for us to come here it’s kind of in our element. It's just one of those things where we are comfortable on a track like this. We have a lot of experience at tracks like this and for the guys who come here once a year it is kind of a struggle for them. We are just kind of used to it. I am happy with coming up to get second,” finished the two-time winner Needles.
            Race winner Senneker was happy as well with his Gentry ride and team. “The car was really good early on,” stated Senneker. “As we were approaching the center the car was about as good as it was all day. Then as I approached the 2 car it got a little tight on me. And getting by the 2 car I was tight, plus he was making his car wide in the corner so that made it even tougher to get through the middle of the corner and then beat him off. But, after I got to the lead I could just roll the car, I did not have to pinch the car and drive it as hard.  Towards the end when we got into heavy traffic I did lose the front end and Steve was able to gain on me there. I was lucky we didn’t have a caution because it would have been a real race then. We work really hard up north as our tracks are in similar shape. That being a momentum track. These guys only travel to these kinds of tracks a couple times a year and this track in particular is the only track in this series that is similar to Berlin or Kalamazoo where we race on a weekly basis. So, we get a whole season to dial our cars in and tune them in to a track similar to this, and then when we come here our cars are usually fairly good right out of the box,” explained the now three time winner of the Main Event Series final.
            The year long MERS war ended with Bud Perry, on the heels of a sixth place run at Columbus, as the now 2011 MERS Champion. Along with his Redskins Motorsports No. 10 team the Edgerton Ohio veteran driver was very happy to win the Championship. “We were pretty good wherever we went all year,” stated Perry. “Other than today and Sandusky (OH) our very first race was the only races we finished out of the top five. The car just stayed good the whole race and we were just kind of hanging in there, it felt really good on long runs. Obviously you don’t get a lot of long runs in this series once in a while. The car usually stays pretty good and it will come back to me a bit. I am really happy with my sixth today and qualifying effort of fifth yesterday. So, for never making the show before to doing this it is a great accomplishment for Redskin Motorsports. The car usually gets tight on us so we made adjustments to free it up a little and then with that long green flag run there the last 30 or 40 laps the car really tightened up on us. I had to slow down a little bit and keep it on the bottom to pretty much hold my own. Whoever wanted to go to the outside they could have it, all in all just a good day,” finished the 2011 MERS Champion. In closing Perry did note that he will be back in 2012 to defend his title.
            The race itself was slowed by just seven yellow flags with four coming in the first nine laps. The three heat winners consisted of Travis Eddy, Jamie Hunt, and five time former track Champion Zero Hill. The fast qualifier was Senneker with a lap of 12.840 and the inversion was eight. The race took just over an hour to complete.

Rundowns Courtesy Of Jeff Nuckles...
Main Event Racing Series

            Top Qualifier - Terry Senneker 12.840
            Top Eight Qualifiers Lock-In: Terry Senneker, Trent Hellenga, Jimmy Carter, Steve Needles, Bud Perry, Tyler Roahrig, Harold Fair Jr., Johnny Jenkins
            Heat: 1) Travis Eddy 2) Rick Sibila 3) John Stroble 4) Scott Baker 5) Bob Gainer
            Heat: 1) Jamie Hunt 2) Tim Ice 3) John Flynn 4) Jack Varney 5 Burgess White
            Heat: 1) Donnie Hill 2) Drew Charlson 3) Charlie Schultz 4) Jeremy Dennis 5) Bob Sibila, Jr.
            Feature - 1) Terry Senneker 2) Steve Needles 3) Johnny Jenkins 4) Harold Fair 5) Tyler Roahrig 6) Bud Perry 7) Jimmy Carter 8) Donnie Hill 9) Brian Short 10) Travis Eddy 11) Jack Varney 12) Drew Charlson 13) Burgess White 14) John Stroble 15) Rick Sibila 16) Bob Gainer 17) Brian Fries 18) Trent Hellenga 19) Jeremy Dennis 20) Scott Baker 21) Bob Sibila, Jr. 22) Tim Ice 23) Jamie Hunt 24) Josh Smith 25) Rich Rohrer

Main Event Modifieds
            Top Qualifier - Mike Rush 14.183
            Top Eight Qualifiers Lock-in: Mike Rush, Kyle Jones, Shane Shirk, Greg Stapleton, Kyle Purvis, Chad Pendleton, Jason Timmerman, Buddy Townsend
            Heat: 1) Terry Humphrey 2) Dave Disinger 3) Jason Mahaffey 4) Derek Barnett 5) David Hill
            Heat: 1) Tyler Nuckles 2) Jason Wells 3) Daryl McK ay 4) Arnold Muncy 5) Bill Burba
            Heat: 1) Bob Grubaugh 2) Ryan Fleming 3) Chris Linley 4) Donald Parsons 5) Aaron Timmerman
            Last Chance: 1) Daryl McKay 2) Chris Linley 3) Aaron Timmerman 4) Adam Stewart 5) Donnie Nash
            Feature: 1) Buddy Townsend 2) Jason Timmerman 3) Chad Pendleton 4) Greg Stapleton 5) Kyle Jones 6) Mike Rush 7) Shane Shirk 8) Terry Humphrey 9) Tyler Nuckles 10) Bob Grubaugh 11) Ryan Fleming 12) Kyle Purvis 13) Daryl McKay 14) Donald Parsons 15) Aaron Timmerman 16) Jason Wells 17) Jason Mahaffey 18) Alex Rosenberry 19) Donnie Nash 20) David Hill 21) Adam Stewart 22) George Lindsay 23) Dave Disinger 24) Chris Linley

Sport Stock
            Top Qualifier - Josh Cahill 15.996
            Feature: 1) Scott Allen 2) Joe Hensel 3) Mike Litchfield 4) Josh Cahill 5) Rich Gleason 6) Ralph Vinson 7) Arnold Muncy 8) George Lindsay 9) Phil Gussler 10) Chris Meier 11) John Smith 12) Chad Butcher 13) Aaron Prater 14) Mark Lushes 15) Ed Lorents 16) Tyler Mahaffey 17) Jeremiah English 18) Randy Littler 19) Landon Sciacca 20) Nick Nunamaker

Crazy Compact
            Top Qualifier - John McNutt 17.039
            Top 16 Qualifiers Lock-in: John McNutt, Jason Dennis, Jimmy Devuono, Mike Smith, Tom Williams, Cory Kyer, Ryan Tamburro, Christian Bullock, Josh Mecum, David Lucas, Michael Robison, Tom Colley, Bryon Bivens, Bill Ott, Dan Kalminer, Bill McElfresh
            Last Chance: 1) Lonnie Brown 2) Tim Fredrick 3) Brandon Coleman 4) Ed Smith 5) Glen Jenkins
            Last Chance: 1) Jason Parsons 2) Danielle Brown 3) Seth Rager 4) Tom Barrett 5) Brad Ramey
            Feature: 1) Christian Bullock 2) Tom Colley 3) Mike Smith 4) David Lucas 5) Tom Williams 6) Cory Kyer 7) Josh Mecum 8) Lonnie Brown 9) Jason Parsons 10) Bryon Bivens 11) Bill McElfresh 12) Seth Rager 13) Danielle Brown 14) Bill Ott 15) Brandon Coleman 16) Tim Fredrick 17) Ryan Tamburro 18) Ed Smith 19) Tom Barnett 20) Gary Smallwood 21) John McNutt 22) Jason Dennis 23) Jim Devuono 24) Dan Kalminer

 


Main Event XXIV Info HERE

Main Event XXIV Rules HERE
pdf file
 

Main Event XXIV Weather Update

     Things are looking much better from a weather standpoint for the weekend.  Both the National Weather Service and Weather Channel forecasts for Columbus have improved for Saturday and Sunday.  Below is the forecast courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Tonight: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Light southeast wind.

Sunday: A chance of showers, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Light southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
 


Tight Point Battle A Topic At Columbus Main Event XXIV
By Adam Mackey

                All eyes in the Outlaw Late Model world will be turned toward Columbus Motor Speedway this coming weekend.  Main Event XXIV is slated to be run Saturday and Sunday, September 24/25 with an open practice set for Friday from 1:00-5:00.  Not only will there be plenty of stars shooting for the $6,000 top prize, but a number of drivers have a shot at the overall championship.
                Edgerton, Ohio driver Bud Perry leads the standings in his first full season with the series.  Canton, Ohio driver, Rich Rohrer, a three-time champion with the circuit, claimed a large amount of points at Midvale with fast time and the win to catapult into the second spot.  Third in the standings is 2010 series' champion, Strongsville, Ohio driver Jimmy Carter who has won two of the five races this season.  Quincy, Ohio driver Josh Smith, who has been really strong the last two races, New Bremen, Ohio driver Drew Charlson, Brookpark, Ohio's Brian Short, and Columbus, Ohio driver Donnie Hill round out the top seven competitors.
                Entering the event, those seven drivers all have a mathematical shot at the point title.  Not counting the bonus points that everyone gets for attending an event, it is possible to garner 140 points via qualifying, laps led bonuses, and race finish.  Hill, who is seventh in the standings, is just 85 points out of the first position held by Perry.  Realistically, most think the battle will be won by one of the top three, as they are separated by just 22 markers.
                The season ending Main Event, which took 22 seasons before someone repeated as winner, started at Sandusky in 1988.  After two seasons at the 1/2-mile, the Main Event moved to Columbus Motor Speedway where it ran until 2003.  That season it was held at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway but moved back to Columbus the year after, where it is still held today.
                A number of big name drivers will join the Main Event regulars trying to steal the $6,000 top prize.  At the top of the list will be two repeat winners, Terry Senneker and Steve Needles.  The TA Gentry Supply cars have claimed the last four events at Columbus Motor Speedway and will be the favorites again this year.  Indiana's J.R. Roahrig, who has won a few big events this summer will be coming to Columbus this year along with his son, Tyler.  2011 Kalamazoo Klash top qualifier, Trent Hellenga and veteran Late Model racer, Harold Fair, Jr. are also entered.
                Former winners of the Main Event that have already committed are Senneker, Needles, Rohrer, and Tim Ice.
                In addition to the 100-lap event for the Super Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Stocks, and Compacts will all be in action.
                Saturday's events will include practice at 10:00 for all divisions, qualifying at 2:30, and racing action at 6:00.  Super Late Models and Modifieds will be running their heats to determine additional starters into the field, while the Sport Stocks and Compacts will run their full program of last chance races and features.
                Sunday will have practice at 11:00 and racing at 1:30.  Last Chance races and Features will be run for the Super Lates and Modifieds.
                Full information for all divisions, including rules, payoff, times, etc. can be found at www.maineventracingseries.com.
 


Main Event XXIV Entry List

As usual, expect another 10 or so to show up at the track without pre-entering.
If you are a driver that will be attending and are not listed, let us know.

info@maineventracingseries.com

0 Donnie Hill Columbus, OH
01 Bob Gainer Stow, OH
2 Johnny Jenkins London, OH
4 Scott Baker Akron, OH
4 Justin Schroeder Canton, MI
7 Rich Rohrer Canton, OH
10 Bud Perry Edgerton, OH
14 Trent Hellenga Lawton, MI
14 Steve Needles Berrien Springs, MI
18 Don Mahaffey, Jr. Dayton, OH
21 Drew Charlson New Bremen, OH
24 Tyler Roahrig Bremen, IN
25 J.R. Roahrig Bremen, IN
26 John Flynn Aurora, OH
26 Bill Cantley Columbus, OH
28 Jimmy Carter Strongsville, OH
37 Terry Senneker Dorr, MI
44 Josh Smith Quincy, OH
44 Paul Pelletier Trenton, MI
45 John Stroble London, OH
50 Jeremy Dennis Columbus, OH
58 Burgess White Columbus, OH
64 Brian Fries Christianburg, OH
65 Tim Ice Seville, OH
65s Charlie Schultz Lorain, OH
71 Harold Fair, Jr. Milan, MI
75 Marcus Malcuit Strasburg, OH
78 Travis Eddy Midland, MI
81 Scott Drake Xenia, OH
88 Jamie Hunt Ashville, OH
112 Brian Short Brookpark, OH
116 Jack Varney, Jr. St. Clairshores, MI
212 Brock Coyer Bellefontaine, OH

 


Rohrer Finds Victory Lane In Midvale Speedway Main Event
By Adam Mackey

                The Main Event Racing Series was at Midvale Speedway this past Saturday, September 3 to run its final tune-up before the season ending Columbus Main Event.  In addition to the Super Late Model 75, the Economy Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Outlaw Compacts, Stock Compacts, and the first ever Midvale Skid Plate race put on a thrilling show for fans.
                In Main Event Super Late qualifying, Canton, Ohio driver Rich Rohrer picked up the clean sweep in fast time, by setting the quickest lap once again.  His lap of a 13.719 was followed by Josh Smith 13.725, Donnie Hill 13.741, Jimmy Carter 13.780, and Brian Short 13.850.  Rohrer drew the six pill which put sixth fast qualifier, Scott Baker, on the pole with Short on the high lane.
                When the green dropped, Baker raced into the lead, while Carter followed him into second.  Baker crossed the line as leader on lap one, but Carter drove to the inside coming off of turn two.  He pulled alongside as the two went down the backstretch.  Going into turn three, the two drivers got together with both breaking components under the rear of the car.  Carter attempted to return, but eventually retired for good.
                With the misfortune for Baker and Carter, Smith inherited the lead, while Short and Rohrer moved into second and third.  After three failed attempts to complete a second lap because of shoddy decisions back in the pack, the race became much cleaner and fast paced.
                During the ensuing 15 lap green flag run, Josh Smith built up a sizable lead, while Rohrer hounded Short for second.  Caution bunched up the pack with 16 laps in.
                The green flag was a little bigger and went 21 laps without a caution.  During this run, Smith's car started to show some signs of slowing down as his lead was evaporating over Short and Rohrer.  Meanwhile, those two continued to battle it out for the runner-up spot with Short holding Rohrer off for a number of circuits.  On lap 33, Rohrer got the run he needed coming down the backstretch to dive underneath Short in turn three.  Over the next few circuits, Rohrer cut into Smith's lead quickly, as his car was, some laps, one to two tenths quicker.  Caution totally bunched the field on lap 38.
                The race saw a short five lap run to take the event to lap 43 with Rohrer on Smith's bumper for those five laps, but it was after the next restart that Rohrer was ready to pounce.  With the green back out on lap 44, Rohrer kept nosing under the left rear of Smith, but Smith was able to close the door each time.  With 47 laps in, Rohrer decided to try the outside lane, something that no one had successfully done in the race to that point.  In the blink of an eye, Rohrer made it work and was out front leading the J.D. Byrider 75.
                Only a couple of more short cautions bunched the field, but on each ensuing restart Rohrer was able to gap the field.  Smith, who was strong too, never was challenged for the second position as he was running his own race in that spot.
                As the checkered waved, Rohrer broke into Midvale Speedway victory lane and ended his 1,156 day winless streak.  For the veteran driver, it was his series' leading 18th victory, which is now up by five wins over Tim Felver and seven over Gary Whipkey the two closest on the all time list.
                Smith backed up his Shady Bowl win with an impressive second place finish.  Short, Hill, and Bud Perry were top five finishers.  By way of their strong Midvale runs and Carter's misfortune, Perry took over the point lead, while Rohrer moved into second.  It should be a fun point counting weekend at Columbus.

Main Event Racing Series
     Top Qualifier – Rich Rohrer 13.719
     Lap Leaders – Scott Baker 1, Josh Smith 2-47, Rich Rohrer 48-75
     J.D. Byrider 75 – Rich Rohrer, Josh Smith, Brian Short, Donnie Hill, Bud Perry, Drew Charlson, Brock Coyer, Jeremy Dennis, John Stroble, Charlie Schultz, John Sandquist, Jr., Marcus Malcuit, Ron Jaberg, Jr., Johnny Jenkins, Tim Ice, John Flynn, Derek Grewell, Burgess White, John Sandquist, Bob Gainer, Jimmy Carter, Scott Baker

 


Midvale Speedway Contingency Prizes

    Longacre $50 Certificate - Johnny Jenkins
R2C Filter - Donnie Hill
Dominator Noses $50 Certificate - Jimmy Carter
Landrum Springs Spring Certificate - John Stroble
Jaycox/Hoosier 1 Tire - Burgess White
Joe's Racing Products $50 Certificate - Drew Charlson
Brake Man $50 Certificate - Bud Perry
All Star Performance $100 Certificate - Scott Baker
 


Super Lates & Skid Plate Race Headline Big Midvale Speedway Show
By Adam Mackey

                The Main Event Racing Series Super Late Models will be racing in their final tune-up before the season ending Main Event at Columbus, this coming Saturday, September 3 at Midvale Speedway.  In addition to the wicked fast Super Late Model division, fans will be treated to the Economy Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Outlaw Compacts, and Stock Compacts and the first ever Midvale Skid Plate Race.
                The MERS competitors have had a rough season in 2011, mainly due to the weather.  A number of events have been canceled, while a couple of others were postponed to make-up dates.  In all, the series has completed just four events with races at Sandusky, Midvale, Angola, and Shady Bowl.
                Entering the fifth event of the season this weekend, 2010 point champion Jimmy Carter, of Strongsville, OH leads the list of drivers in the championship chase.  With wins at Midvale and Angola and a top five finish at Shady Bowl, Carter has only built up a 19 point advantage over Edgerton, OH driver Bud Perry.  Perry, running the complete schedule for the first time in his career, has logged three top fives to stay right in the battle.  Three time champion, Rich Rohrer has moved up to third in the standings after a couple of top ten runs, while Drew Charlson and Josh Smith are close behind.
                Carter and Rohrer are expected to be the favorites this weekend, after what everyone saw during the July 1 show at Midvale Speedway.  Carter started up front in the event and went on to win, while Rohrer was top qualifier and started tenth.  Rohrer quickly moved through the pack and took the lead on lap five of the event, only to have a caution put him back in second.  He retired in the first half of the race due to overheating issues.  Carter was never again seriously challenged and cruised to his first Midvale Speedway MERS victory.
                There were 31 cars at the first Midvale race and a field close to that is expected this coming Saturday.  While a few drivers that competed won't be there this weekend, Bob Gainer, Marcus Malcuit, and Rich Marcum are among the new crop that will be there Saturday.
                Fans will also be treated to the first ever Midvale Speedway Skid Plate race.  The event will feature front wheel drive vehicles, cars and vans, with skis instead of tires on the rear.  While not fast, the cars are extremely tough to drive and a lot of interest has been shown in the event.  The field is expected to be in the double digits and should be wild.  Among those entered are Ryan Tedesco, Max McCartney, Bubba Smith, Randy Smith, Bryant Smith, Justin Courtney, Kevin Herron, Don Boron, Mike Martin, Jason Grewell, Derek Grewell, Corey Evey.
                As if that is not enough entertainment, the Summit Racing Economy Modifieds are on schedule to run heats and a feature as well.  The Modifieds arguably put on the best race of the season this past Saturday night as they went caution free and had plenty of side-by-side racing and passing.  Top Qualifier Ryan Tedesco started deep in the field and raced through the pack.  The point battle also tightened up and now has Dave Dobbins on top by only 20 points over Scott Archer.  Should be a thrill watching those two race to the finish.
                The closest point battle is in the Midvale Speedway Pure Stock division and it has been that way all year long.  Entering this Saturday's action, Mike Martin has just a five point lead on Teddy Oliver.  Martin had mechanical issues all night last week, while Oliver set fast time but destroyed his car in a feature crash.  Oliver will be in a new car this week trying to gain points running for his second consecutive championship.
                Kyle Grove looks to have the championship wrapped up in the Outlaw Compact division but the racing last week was anything but boring as he and John McNutt put on a display.  The two drivers were top two in qualifying and raced quickly to the front.  McNutt set fast time with a new track record and won his fourth feature of the year, but Grove was hot on his heels all night long.  Look for more excitement between the two cars this week.
                The final division that will be on hand is the Stock Compact class.  Usually a pretty clean division, the drivers had a rough feature last Saturday night with two red flag periods and several other cautions.  Young rookie driver Braden Swaney has amazed most this season and leads the standings by just 40 over Colton Cottis and Dan Buckey by 43.  That battle is far from over.
                Pit gates will open Saturday at 1:30, while the grandstands will be opened at 2:30.  Hotlaps for Main Event competitors will be 2:30-3:00, 3:00-3:30, and 4:30-4:40.  Midvale division hotlaps are from 3:00-3:30 and 4:00-4:30.  Qualifying will begin at 4:40 and racing will see the green at 6:30.
                Grandstand admission for this action packed event is $18 for adults and seniors, $10 for kids 6-15 and children five and under are free.  Pit admission is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.
                More information on this event may be found at midvalespeedway.com or maineventracingseries.com.
 


Saturday, September 3
Midvale Speedway

Main Event 75 Laps - $2,000 To Win
Economy Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Outlaw Compacts, & Stock Compacts
+ Skid Plate Race!!

Times
Pit Gates 1:30
Grandstands 2:30

MERS Practice 2:30-3:00
Midvale Practice 3:00-3:30
MERS Practice 3:30-4:00
Midvale Practice 4:00-4:30
MERS Scuff Session 4:30-4:40

Qualifying 4:40
Racing 6:30

Admission Prices
Adults $18
Students $18
Kids 6-15 $10
Children 5 and Under Free

Pit Prices
$30 Members
$35 Non-Member

Additional Practice
Friday, September 2 From 4:00-Dark.  $10 Pit Admission
 


Shady Bowl Speedway Contingency Prizes

    Longacre $50 Certificate - John Stroble
R2C Filter - Jeremy Dennis
Dominator Noses $50 Certificate - Donnie Hill
Landrum Springs Spring Certificate - Burgess White
Jaycox/Hoosier 1 Tire - John Flynn
Joe's Racing Products $50 Certificate - Brian Short
Brake Man $50 Certificate - Rich Rohrer
All Star Performance $100 Certificate - Drew Charlson
 


Promoter Chris Tolloty Injured At The Bowl

     Fans witnessed a scary moment at Shady Bowl Speedway on Sunday, as series' promoter Chris Tolloty was struck by a car during a caution period.  Tolloty was trying to pull a car over to check it for a possible leak, while another car was coming on the highside to get back into his spot.  Tolloty saw the oncoming car and tried to dance out of the way, but was struck by the left front fender, went onto the hood, and came down hard on the track.
     Paramedics were on the scene within seconds to attend to the fallen official.  He was alert and talking to them the whole time.  A transport ambulance came to the track to take him to an area hospital to be checked over.
     We are pleased to report that he was released last night and is starting the recovery process.  He had a bump on his head and two broken wrists but will be just fine.  Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and concern.
 


Smith on familiar grounds gets second career MERS victory
By Todd Ridgeway 

            What started out as a 75 lap grind it out Main Event Racing Series slug fest at Shady Bowl Speedway in DeGraff, Ohio turned into a catch me if you can on a restart with just seven laps to go. Josh Smith has won many races at the Bowl, including his first ever MERS win two years ago when he drove a car for Tim Ice. Coming from his fifth starting spot Smith stayed in contention until the closing laps when he wrestled the lead away from veteran racer Rich Rohrer. With ten to go Smith got to the inside of the leader Rohrer coming down the back side but going into three the two leaders made contact and both went spinning. Having admitted fault for coming down on Smith, Rohrer was relegated to the tail and Smith given his position back.
            The front row starters of John Flynn on the pole and Paul Pelletier would bring the field to the start, but no sooner than the field start making their way towards completing lap one two cars at mid pack would get together and bring out the races first yellow. This turned significant as when the yellow flew and cars checked up Jimmy Carter and Mike Stacy would get together and both spin. Stacy regained his position, but Carter would eventual have to go to the pits to get sheet metal pulled off a tire, he restarted on the tail of the 22 car field. Once racing resumed it was a slug it out take what you can type of race as car after car experienced bent sheet metal. At one point both veteran drivers Mike Stacy and Tim Ice would get together and spin sending both to the tail. By the end of the day 14 yellows would fly for various reasons. In the closing laps as Rohrer and Smith battled for the top spot Bud Perry and Jimmy Carter where battling for the third spot as Carter moved up from his early race mishap and tail restarting position. Just after the two leaders got together and spun bring out the yellow flag, the red flag would fly for a very serious reason. While attempting to point out instructions to a car to go to the tail under the yellow flag MERS front man Chris Tolloty would take a hard tumble when the car drove into him. Tolloty tried to jump up out of the way but tumbled over the hood and onto the race track. Tolloty had to be transported to the hospital for observation. The race would resume with just seven to go and the rest was history as Smith set sail for the checkers. Following Smith and Perry across the line was Carter third, Ice came back up to fourth, and Mike Stacy rounded out the top five. Donnie Zero Hill was the fast qualifier with a lap of 12.651 and would get as high as third from his inverted starting spot of eighth, before the car experienced problems and Hill was forced to retire from the race.
            “This is my home track,” said the happy race winner. “This is where I cut my teeth; I have many laps around this place. I have to thank my dad, he is a wizard with this car, when he says he will get it to go, he will get it to go. Rohrer left the door open and I drover it on up in there. I thought I was far enough up in there for him to see me, but we both spun. But, he is the class act and admitted fault giving me my spot back. I knew Bud was back there on that restart. We both have many laps around here and I knew I had to keep it on the bottom. He was going to have to go to the top to beat me. This is a big win for me I want to dedicate this win to Bruce Meihls who passed away,” finished Smith.
            “We had a good day,” said runner up Perry. “We tried to keep our nose clean, but got dumped early; I don’t know what happened there. We survived that, and let everyone else take care of themselves and went on keeping our nose clean. I just kind of hung in there till the end, the car was getting tight. All in all, a second here, a good point’s day, it’s good to come out of here and we are now ready to go to Midvale. When we had a long green going I was pretty good behind Smith and Rohrer, but then when the leaders got together it closed up the gap and Carter was right on me. From there it was pretty much defensive driving to keep my position; I just kept it on the bottom. So, we just did what we had to do and thank goodness Jimmy didn’t dump me because I know I was holding him up. Anytime you can come away from a Main Event show with a second you have to be tickled with it,” finished Perry.
            “It was good,” stated third place finisher Carter. “I mean the car was really good. The car was real fast, I just ran out of laps, I mean it is so hard to pass here. You can’t go to the outside, you kind of have to muscle your way on the bottom to the front and we did. I just wish we wouldn’t have got tore up that first lap there, I think we could have won. Or if we would have had 100 laps we would have won. The tire was rubbing real bad and the crew wanted me to come in but I kept saying no, no, no, it will work its way out. I kept trying to like spin the car sideways so it would push its way out and break free but it never did. They where arguing with me to bring it in so I did. And it was the right call,” finished Carter.

Josh Smith Main Event Winner At Shady Bowl
By Earl Isaacs

            A full field of Main Event Series and a packed grandstand made for a great Sunday afternoon of racing at Shady Bowl Speedway. The 75 lap Oakley Blacktop feature was originally set for August 7th, but rain forced the event to be rescheduled.
            The race was a wild event with more twists and turns than a Stephen King novel. It started off on the rough side with two complete restarts before the first lap was completed. John Flynn led the first two counters before Charlie Shultz spun to bring out the yellow. Canton Ohio's Rich Rohrer took command on the restart before a spin by Jeremy Dennis slowed the field. Rohrer took command again on the restart and led thru lap 13 when Tim Ice and Mike Stacy spun in turn one, with Ice being sent to the tail.
            Rohrer was still out front on lap 22 when Brian Short spun and Jamie Hunt stopped on the frontchute. The halfway marker saw Rohrer being chased by Josh Smith, Scott Drake, Bud Perry and Stacy. A couple more yellows for debris and minor spins kept the field bunched up.
            At the 65 lap mark it was Rohrer still leading, with Smith, Perry, Jimmy Carter and Ice having a great battle behind him. The story line took a serious twist on lap 66 when Smith got under Rohrer in turn three in a battle for the win. The two made contact with both spinning out to bring out the yellow flag. MERS officials stopped both drivers and Rohrer took the blame for the melee putting Smith out front with Rohrer going to the tail.
            The final yellow came on lap 67 when Brock Coyer spun on the front chute. A serious incident took place under the yellow when MERS leader Chris Tolloty was struck by Coyer as he stepped out on the track. The event was redflagged as officials and medical crews rushed to the crash scene. Tolloty was removed via ambulance to a local hospital to be treated for what was thought to be a wrist injury.
            When racing resumed it was Quincy driver Smith out front. he was able to lead the final counters in his RT Sales backed racer to notch his second MERS feature win. Perry, Carter, Ice and Stacy rounded out the top five. Donnie Hill set fast time with a 12.651 lap.

Main Event Racing Series
            Top Qualifier - Donnie Hill 12.651
            Lap Leaders - John Flynn 1-2, Rich Rohrer 3-66, Josh Smith 67-75
            Oakley Blacktop 75 - Josh Smith, Bud Perry, Jimmy Carter, Tim Ice, Mike Stacy, Charlie Schultz, Rich Rohrer, Drew Charlson, John Flynn, Burgess White, Brock Coyer, Jamie Hunt, Scott Drake, John Stroble, Donnie Hill, Brian Short, Bill Cantley, Paul Pelletier, Jeremy Dennis, Brian Fries, Marcus Malcuit, Kenny White
 


Jimmy Carter Cruises To MERS Win At Angola
By Angola PR

            (Fremont, IN) The Angola Motor Speedway played host to the Main Event Super Late Models that packed the pits with 27 Super Late Models. The Everage Auto Mini Stocks and Superior Auto Modifieds rounded out the show. The Angola Motor Speedway braved the weather and got a complete program in while all other local race tracks were forced to postpone their events. 
            The Main Event Super Late Models saw Harold Fair, Jr., set fast time with a lap of 13.672 at 98.742 MPH. Jimmy Carter was the class of the field getting out in front early and never really being tested. The rest of field the battled through the entire 75 lap main event that saw a battle between Scott Hantz and Jeff Parr for many laps for the 3rd spot that saw both guys go to the rear of the field after Parr tagged Hantz in the rear causing a spin.. That left the door open for Brent Jack and Mike Kugler battling it out for 2nd and 3rd with Jack winning that battle. Carter took the win and $2,500 purse over Jack, Kugler, Bud Perry, Marcus Malcuit, Rich Rohrer, Brian Rievley, Hantz, Brian Short, and Donnie Hill rounding out the top 10.
            The Main Event Racing Series will next race at Shady Bowl this coming Sunday, August 21.

Main Event Racing Series
            Top Qualifier - Harold Fair, Jr. 13.672
            Lap Leaders - Brian Rievley 1-2, Jimmy Carter 3-75
            DNS - Robby Henderson, Dave Stehower
            Farmer's State Bank/Howe Racing 75 - Jimmy Carter, Brent Jack, Mike Kugler, Bud Perry, Marcus Malcuit, Rich Rohrer, Brian Rievley, Scott Hantz, Brian Short, Donnie Hill, Jasper Case, Drew Charlson, John Flynn, Jeff Parr, Tom Blackburn, Harold Fair, Jr., Scott Baker, Justin May, Josh Smith, John Gearhart, Joe Ellert, Larry Zent, Justin Schroeder, Johnny Jenkins, Jeremy Dennis
 


Angola Motor Speedway Contingency Prizes

    Longacre $50 Certificate - Drew Charlson
R2C Filter - Johnny Jenkins
Dominator Noses $50 Certificate - Jeremy Dennis
Landrum Springs Spring Certificate - Scott Baker
Jaycox/Hoosier 1 Tire - Donnie Hill
Joe's Racing Products $50 Certificate - Josh Smith
Brake Man $50 Certificate - Justin Schroeder
All Star Performance $100 Certificate - John Flynn
 


 

Saturday, August 13
Angola Motor Speedway

Main Event 75 Laps - $2,000 To Win
Modifieds & Mini-Stocks

Times
Gates 1:00
Practice 3:00
Qualifying 5:00
Racing 7:00

Admission Prices
Adults $20
Students $10
Kids Under 10 Free

Pit Prices
$30

Additional Practice
Friday, August 12 From 5:00-8:00.  Pit Admission Adults $14-Under 14 $10
 


Shady Bowl Event To Be Sunday, August 21

            DeGraff OH (8/9) The makeup date for the Main Event race at Shady Bowl will be on Sunday, August 21, as announced last weekend.  As done in the past, practice and qualifying will be re-done as new cars will be permitted to show up.
 


Rain Ruins Day At Shady Bowl
By Earl Isaacs

            DeGraff OH (8/7) The stage was set for a great day of racing at Shady Bowl Speedway as the Main Event Racing Series Super Late Models were on hand and qualified and were ready to race when the rains moved in. The 23 car field was paced by New Bremen's Drew Charlson during time trials, but were never able to take to the track before the clouds opened up. The event will be rescheduled with wristbands good for that day.
             This Sunday ( 8/14) will be the Ronald McDonald House Day at The Races. Fans will be treated to a full afternoon of racing for the Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Compacts. The full proceeds of all grandstand ticket sales will go the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton.
            Pit gates will open at 10:30, with qualifying at 1:30 and racing at 3. The grandstand gate will open at noon.
 


Midvale Speedway Contingency Prizes

    Longacre $50 Certificate - Rich Rohrer
R2C Filter - Burgess White
Dominator Noses $50 Certificate - Johnny Jenkins
Landrum Springs Spring Certificate - Don Harvey, Jr.
Jaycox/Hoosier 1 Tire - Josh Smith
Joe's Racing Products $50 Certificate - John Flynn
Brake Man $50 Certificate - Brian Short
All Star Performance $100 Certificate - Donnie Hill
 


Jimmy Carter Elected In Midvale Main Event
By Adam Mackey 

            Midvale Speedway put together a stellar show this past Friday, July 1.  31 Super Late Models were pitside for the running of the Downtown Ford 100, forcing officials to run a last chance to set the field.  It was the first consy for a Midvale Main Event race in at least a decade.  Economy Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Outlaw Compacts, and Stock Compacts also raced in front of a near capacity crowd.
            In MERS qualifying, Canton, Ohio driver Rich Rohrer set quick time of the afternoon with a 13.623.  Brian Short, 13.683, Bud Perry 13.715, Johnny Jenkins 13.717, and Josh Smith 13.780 were the top five.  In all, 14 drivers were locked into the 100-lap race, while the rest were headed to the last chance.
            The Consy event had Don Harvey, Jr., Mike Stacy, Ron Jaberg, Jr., Emerson Huffman, John Sandquist, Jr., and Burgess White transferring into the feature event.  John Stroble, Bob Schneider, Jr., Scott Drake, Jamie Hunt, Derek Grewell, Jonathan Reitter, and Gene Molnar, Jr. were drivers that did not make the show.
            Rick Sibila and Jimmy Carter lined up on the front row for leg #2 of the 2011 tour, as they just made the invert as the 10th and 9th fast qualifiers, respectively.  When the green dropped, Carter shot into the lead, while Sibila followed him into turn three.  Behind them, top qualifier Rich Rohrer was putting on a clinic.
            Rohrer, who took the 2010-season off to work full-time on his NASCAR Fantasy Racing League team, used the outside lane to pick off no less than 5 spots on the race’s first lap.  On lap 2, caution waved and the field was lined up for a single file restart.  Rohrer made quick work of Drew Charlson and Rick Sibila and set his sight on the race leader.  By lap 5, Rohrer had caught Carter and seconds later drove to the inside and passed him.  His amazing run from tenth to first in five laps was erased moments later when a caution came out, putting Carter back ahead.
            Over the next few restarts, Rohrer would pressure for a while then drop back, trying to cool his engine.  Suffering from overheating problems, Rohrer would eventually retire during the race’s first half after he and Carter raced away from the field under each green flag run.
            Over the second half of the race, Brian Short, Bud Perry, Tim Ice, Charlson, and Bob Sibila, Jr. all had pretty good cars and raced around the 3/10-mile in the top five to ten spots.
            While some shuffling took place in the top ten, all fans’ eyes were on the battle for the final two spots on the track.  Mike Stacy, driving a brand new FLF car and Ron Jaberg, Jr., a Midvale regular were not being kind to one another.  Stacy, who was close to the top five around the race’s middle stage, got shuffled back when a car in the low lane slid sideways.  From that point on it was a nightmare for the Enon, Ohio driver as he and Scott Baker had a couple of run-ins and the Jaberg/Stacy roughhousing tallied about three or four yellows.
            As the laps wound down, it was Strongsville, Ohio driver Jimmy Carter claiming his first Main Event win at Midvale and his first outlaw Late Model win of the year.  He had claimed four template wins leading up to the event.
            Drew Charlson claimed his best finish of second, Ice was third, Bud Perry claimed fourth, and Bob Sibila, Jr. was fifth.  Charlie Schultz, Scott Baker, Rick Sibila, Justin Schroeder, and Jaberg finished off the top ten.
            The Main Event Racing Series will next be in action at Sandusky Speedway on Saturday, July 23.

Main Event Racing Series
            Top Qualifier – Rich Rohrer 13.623
            Last Chance – Don Harvey, Jr., Mike Stacy, Ron Jaberg, Jr., Emerson Huffman, John Sandquist, Jr., Burgess White, Jamie Hunt, John Sandquist, Derek Grewell, Jonathan Reitter, Gene Molnar, Jr.
            Downtown Ford 100 – Jimmy Carter, Drew Charlson, Tim Ice, Bud Perry, Bob Sibila, Jr., Charlie Schultz, Scott Baker, Rick Sibila, Justin Schroeder, Ron Jaberg, Jr., Mike Stacy, Don Harvey, Jr., John Flynn, Brian Short, Donnie Hill, Rich Rohrer, Brian Rievley, John Sandquist, Jr., Josh Smith, Emerson Huffman, Jeremy Dennis, Johnny Jenkins, John Sandquist, Burgess White

Midvale Results With Timing & Scoring

MERS Downtown Ford 100 On DVD
Just $15 - Includes Qualifying, Last Chance, & Feature


Midvale Speedway Hosting Show Of The Year Friday
Strong Entry List For Main Event Super Late 100
By Adam Mackey

                The Main Event Racing Series Super Late Models zoom back into action this coming Friday, July 1 at Midvale OH Speedway.  Having two rainouts already this season at Angola and Columbus, the Main Event competitors are excited to get back on the track after racing just one event at Sandusky so far this year.  The Friday event will mark the first of two races at Midvale this season.

                The 3/10-mile asphalt oval will be hosting a huge field of Outlaw Super Late Model competitors, as the possible pre-entry list is stacked with Main Event and Midvale Speedway Late Model racers. 

                Leading the list is Strongsville, Ohio driver Jimmy Carter.  The 2009/2010 Main Event Racing Series point champion, had some bad luck after setting fast time at Sandusky, as he was caught up in an early race wreck.  Fortunately, the veteran driver's bad luck ended there and has been one of the hottest drivers in the state.  He has claimed all three wins this season in the TBRA Late Model Series, one at Midvale and both at Lorain.  In addition, the #28 ride found its way into victory lane at Columbus in the CRA Jeg's All Stars Tour.  He'll be looking for his fifth feature win of the season Friday.

                Claiming the Main Event opener at Sandusky was Scott Baker.  The Akron, Ohio driver will be another competitor expected to challenge for the victory, as he won the July event at Midvale last season in dominating style.  Baker a former regular at the speedway, will be among the top drivers in laps completed over the years at the track.

                Many will also keep an eye on the return of many time track champion and three time Main Event champ Rich Rohrer.  After a year hiatus, Rohrer returned to the series with a top five run at Sandusky.  The Canton, Ohio driver leads the list of all time wins in Main Event history and has claimed a number of those at Midvale.

                Donnie "Zero" Hill, who has claimed numerous Columbus Motor Speedway championships, former Barberton Speedway hot shoe Don Harvey, Jr., standout Shady Bowl Speedway Modified aces Josh Smith and Bud Perry, Midvale Speedway MERS track record holder Harold Fair, Jr., the namesake for the former Iceman Series Tim Ice, top Super Modified pilot Charlie Schultz, and the ever improving Main Event regular Brian Short top the list of other  expected entrants.

                Five time Main Event point champion Gary Whipkey, who was a favorite to find Midvale victory lane the last few years, is not scheduled to be in a racing uniform this Friday.  However, he will be behind a microphone with track and series' announcer Adam Mackey calling the event to the fans in the stands and on Speed51.com for a special radio broadcast.

                In addition to the Downtown Ford 100 for the Main Event Racing Series, Economy Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Outlaw Compacts, and Stock Compacts will all be racing heats and features.  The area's first firework display will be held at the end of the night.

                Pit gates will open at 2:00, hotlaps begin at 4:00, qualifying is at 6:10, and racing action will see the green at 8:00.  Grandstand admission is $18 for adults and seniors, $10 for kids 6-15, and children 5 and under are free.  Pit admission is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

                An additional practice for those looking to shake down their cars is scheduled for Thursday from 4:00-8:00.  $10 per person to enter the pits, while grandstand admission is free.

                For more information on Midvale Speedway's biggest show of the year, go to www.midvalespeedway.com or www.maineventracingseries.com. 

Downtown Ford 100 Possible Entries - 01 Bob Gainer, 0 Donnie Hill, 2 Johnny Jenkins, 2 John Sandquist, Jr., 4 Justin Schroeder, 4 Scott Baker, 6 Mike Stacy, 7 Rich Rohrer, 10 Bud Perry, 12 Don Harvey, Jr., 17 Bob Schneider, Jr., 21 Drew Charlson, 22 Ron Jaberg, Jr., 26 John Flynn, 28 Jimmy Carter, 28 Jonathan Reitter, 41 Michael Scheffer, 42 Tom Stankiewicz, 44 Josh Smith, 45 John Stroble, 48 Gene Molnar, Jr., 50 Jeremy Dennis, 58 Burgess White, 63 Rick Sibila, 65 Tim Ice, 65s Charlie Schultz, 71 Harold Fair, Jr., 77 Bear Schartz, 88 Jamie Hunt, 90 Emerson Huffman, 99 Derek Grewell, 112 Brian Short, 212 Brock Coyer
 


Sandusky Speedway Contingency Prizes

    Longacre $50 Certificate - Bud Perry
R2C Filter - Drew Charlson
Dominator Noses $50 Certificate - Don Harvey, Jr.
Landrum Springs Spring Certificate - John Flynn
Jaycox/Hoosier 1 Tire - John Stroble
Joe's Racing Products $50 Certificate - Jeremy Dennis
Brake Man $50 Certificate - Johnny Jenkins
All Star Performance $100 Certificate - Justin Schroeder
 


Rule Ammendment

    Rules state 4" ledge from window post to C pillar.  Anything more than 4", cars add 50 pounds.  Also, any body considered to be radical may add 50 additional pounds.  Decisions of officials final.
 


Baker Takes Rain Shortened Sandusky MERS Victory
By Todd Ridgeway 

            Veteran Main Event Racing Series (MERS) driver Scott Baker grabbed the victory at Sandusky (OH) Speedway as Mother Nature moved in and put a damper on things. Ten laps into the scheduled 75 laps Baker scooted past pole sitter and then race leader Brian Short to take command and set the pace. This was the first event of 2011 for the popular Super Late Model group as their series opener the weekend before was weathered out.
            A field of 24 very well maintained Super Late Models would adorn the Sandusky pit area as 2010 series Champion Jimmy Carter would set fast time in qualifying. Through the inversion of eight this would put Short on the pole with Baker alongside. When the green dropped Short wasted little time going on the point as the field scattered and fought for positions behind him. Baker dropped in second, but behind was a high speed traffic jam. The yellow would fly when Carter and Johnny Jenkins would get together in turn four causing damage and both FLF Racecars had to be hooked away, done for the night. Just past the half way mark the sky’s would open up and rain started to fall at a good rate. The yellow quickly turned red as crews ran to the track with car covers in hand. A little over an hour later after track drying the race was restarted. The restart saw Baker and Short in front of Josh Smith, Donnie “Zero” Hill, and Rich Rohrer. On the restart Baker picked up right where he left off and sailed out in front with no distractions setting a torrid pace. However behind Smith and Hill where having a big battle for the third spot. Hill eventually got the run he needed on the outside around turn one and two and cleared Smith going down the backstretch. It was a little too late for Hill, however, as at lap 56 Mother Nature opened up again and the race was called complete. Smith would hang on to fourth and Rich Rohrer would round out the top five.
            “Earlier today I did not have a lot of faith in our car, I did not qualify as well as I thought we would,” said the race winner. “The car always races good and we made a couple changes before feature time and it just came to life. I really felt good, I was patient behind Brian letting him take the lead, and then the car just came to me. Brian gave me room on the outside; he didn’t drive me bad at all. I hate it for the fans to win a race like this. After the rain delay the car was right back where it was at before. The car was so good I could run all night like that,” finished Baker.
            Runner up Short was disappointed but up beat. “I had a good run, we where out front for about 20 laps. I just fell out of the seat. I got very hot, the car felt good, I just gave it away. I am going to start working at that Monday getting back in shape and doing the right things. All my guys work hard, and pretty much for free, it’s my fault we did not win today. But, I will make it up to them,” finished Short.
            “I think I had a good run,” started third place Hill. “Last year I had a good car and got into a wreck, this year I had a better car. With out a doubt we had the fastest car, the rain hurt us. We were running faster than we qualified, if not for the rain I think it would have been a different winner. I hesitated a little bit getting around Josh because of the rain, but that is part of it, come back and do it again. My Senneker car was flawless, my guys are amazing,” finished Hill.

Main Event Racing Series
     Top Qualifier - Jimmy Carter
     Lap Leaders - Brian Short 1-18, Scott Baker 19-56
     Maximum Elavator 75 - Scott Baker, Brian Short, Donnie Hill, Josh Smith, Rich Rohrer, Drew Charlson, Tim Ice, Bud Perry, Don Harvey, Jr., John Flynn, Terry Fisher, Jr., Lou Cicconi, John Sandquist, Bob Sibila, Jr., Brock Coyer, John Stroble, Charlie Schultz, Jeremy Dennis, Nick Grodi, Johnny Jenkins, Jimmy Carter, Justin Schroeder, Mike Stacy
     DNS - Burgess White
     


Sandusky Speedway MERS Opener Saturday, May 21
Angola Race Rescheduled For Saturday, August 13

    The details for the Sandusky event are posted in the next event section.  Craig Everage has rescheduled the Main Event race at Angola for Saturday, August 13.
 


Ronald L. "The Dude" Prosperi Obituary

            Age 55, of East Sparta, passed away Sat. evening, April 23, 2011, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Dennison, Ohio, a son of Russell Prosperi, of Dover, and the late Dorothy Maxwell Harper, and had been a resident of the Sandy Valley area 42 years. Ron was a 1974 graduate of Sandy Valley High School. He was a retired Assistant Manager of Advanced Auto at Canton South, and previously worked at the Times Reporter, DLH Industries and Cable Mfg. & Assembly at Bolivar. He was a member of Sandy Valley Eagles. Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling. Most of all, Ron loved stock car racing at Midvale Speedway and was a Main Event Series Official. He was involved in racing as a car owner, driver, and most notably as scorekeeper at Midvale Speedway for years. Preceded in death by a special aunt and uncle, Charles and Mary Watkins.
            Surviving besides his father is his wife, Marcia J. Prosperi, with whom he celebrated their 34th Wedding Anniversary on Oct. 30, 2010; two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Heather Prosperi, of Canton, and Brian and Sarah Prosperi, of New Philadelphia; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Thea and Art Huntsberger, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Lisa and Mike Richards, of Thornville, Ohio; two brothers and sisters- in-law, Rodney and Rose Prosperi, of Dover, and Mike and Christine Melville, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers- in-law, Mike Devine and his wife, Linda, of Dover, and Mark Devine, of East Sparta; two grandsons, Domenic Prosperi and soon to be born, Mason Prosperi.
            Services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia with Rev. Peggy Garner officiating. Interment in Melscheimer Cemetery. Friends may call Wed. 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
 


Richard Lushes Obituary/Arrangements

    CLINTON -- Richard A. Lushes, 60, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 10, 2011.
    A life resident of the Akron area, he was owner-operator of Barberton Speedway for the past 15 years and was an avid NASCAR fan.
    Preceded in death by his father, Tony and grandparents, Tommy and Hettie Campbell; survived by his wife of 10 years, Debra; sons, Richard Jr. (Marcene) and Mark (Denise); five grandchildren; stepchildren, Tammy (Richie) Zimmerman and Joshua Hanna; mother, Mary Peterson; sister, Susie (Dale) Shreffer; brother, Paul (Julie); Sandy (Larry) Kitchen, mother of Richard Jr. and Mark; numerous nieces and nephews and other family members and a host of friends.
    Funeral service will be held Thursday 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203 with Pastor Jim Roma officiating. Burial at Hillside Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
 


Barberton Speedway Owner Passes

            It is with our deepest sympathy to announce that longtime Barberton Speedway track owner/promoter Richard Lushes has passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. It happened just hours after their season opening race this past Saturday night. Richard was truly a great guy to work with and many are glad they had the pleasure of knowing him. Once arrangements are announced, information will be posted here.
 


Thanks To Scott Baker For Displaying His Car At The Midvale Speedway Show

   

Complete Gallery Located HERE
 


Midvale Speedway Car Show Spots Open
Track Looking For A Couple Of MERS Cars To Display

            Midvale Speedway is holding its annual racecar show at the New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia, OH.  While many of the weekly competitors have signed up to display their cars, the track would like to have a couple of Main Event cars on hand as well.  The show runs from April 1-3.  Cars will enter on Thursday, March 31 at 9 PM and leave on Sunday, April 3 at 6.
            To enter your car, email info@midvalespeedway.com.
 


A Tentative 9th Date Has Been Added
Barberton Speedway Adds Possible June 10 Date

            After a year off of the Main Event schedule, Barberton Speedway has been added for a tentative date in 2011.  The event is tentative will become official if some sponsorship is found.
            Interested parties can contact Barberton Speedway or the Main Event Racing Series if interested in helping make this event possible.
 


2011 Schedule Has An Eighth Date Added
Angola Motor Speedway To Host The Season Opener

            For the third straight season, the Main Event Racing Series will open up at Angola IN Motor Speedway.  Promoter Craig Everage has added the event to his exciting 2011 schedule.
            The night's schedule will also feature Modifieds, Dwarf Cars, Figure 8's, Mini-Stocks, and Spectator Drags.
            The Main Event Racing Series would still like to add another date or two to the schedule if possible.  For information on the host track for the season opener, visit www.angolamotorspeedway.com.
 


The Main Event Racing Series Debuts New Website

            The Main Event Racing Series website debuted in 2002.  After several years with the same look, webmaster Adam Mackey decided it was time for a little change.
            Easy navigation to find what you are looking for continues, while the look has been spruced up a bit and archives with series’ history are being built and added.
            Updates with news headlines will now be easily placed on the front page to preview stories in the news and result section.  Another new addition are the video clips from five events last season.  They can be found by scrolling down the homepage.
            If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions about the new site, feel free to email info@maineventracingseries.com.
 


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