Thompson “KO’s” the field while Shirey claims MSS points Championship at CMRA Fall Brawl in Indy.
9/14/19 – Indianapolis
The stage was set for the Midwest Supermodified Series points championship to be a shootout among the top five drivers separated by 21 points. The evening challenge was evident as top qualifier (55) Rich Reid set a new club track record with an 18.308 second lap time, (49) Dave Shullick Jr. with 18.445 and (22) Mike McVetta with 18.510.
As these top drivers looked upon each other, little did they know 17 yr old Tyler Thompson (98) would steal the show and throttle his way to his second major win in the supermodified division. The Fulton, NY teenager recently sped to victory lane at the 63rd annual Budweiser Classic, in Oswego, NY to become the youngest driver to win the classic event. Earlier in the day, Tyler and crew spent the entire afternoon thrashing and replacing a broken rear-end during practice as the evening appeared to be doubtful.
The 40-lap feature began with (30) Talon Stephens grabbing the point to be challenged by his brother Trent in the (19) Stout car. By lap five Mike McVetta powered his way to the front and caution was out for #70 Dave McKnight with a broken torsion bar and #49 DJ Shullick pitted with some issues. At that point, Mike McVetta in the “ketchup & mustard” special, looked to repeat as series champion, gained nearly a one-half lap lead. Meanwhile, by lap ten (98) Tyler Thompson had punched through the field to the second spot looking for ways to catch McVetta.
Caution came with 29 laps to go when (55) Rich Reid and (30) Talon Stephens pitted due to issues. The (22) McVetta, (98) Thompson, (19) T. Stephens, (01) Connors, and (49) Shullick rounding the top five.
On the restart, (49) Shullick passed (01) Connors while Thompson was on McVetta’s tail. By lap 27 Thompson muscled past McVetta and two laps later McVetta pitted with fuel issue. With 11 laps remaining, McVetta rejoined the field to try for a comeback. McVetta gained two spots immediately and found himself in the third spot chasing teammate (72) Danny Shirey. Meanwhile, Thompson was writing his destiny as Shirey and McVetta were side by side battling for the second spot with seven laps to go. When the checkered waved, it was Thompson (98), Shirey (72), McVetta, (22) Lesiecki (7), & Joe Gosek (00). Although Shirey finishing 2nd spot snubs McVetta of his repeat series championship, the McVetta racing team claimed it’s dominance in the series.
Congratulations McVetta Racing and Driver Danny Shirey on being our 2019 MSS Champion!
The Midwest Supermodified Series would like to give special thanks to the many teams (70-Morton/McKnight, 01-Connors, 00-Gosek, 98-Simons/Thompson, and others) that traveled many miles and also to those teams that spent countless hours in the shop experiencing issues from Classic weekend (#70 Morton/McKnight, #22/#72 McVetta Racing, and #19/#49 Acme Racing). Your sacrifices and commitment to getting to the racetrack and supporting Supermodified racing is appreciated by all. We would like to send special “well wishes” to Mr. Sammut of the 78 Team. He was released from the hospital on Saturday. Lastly, MSS would like to give a Special thank you to promotor, Dave Duncan for including Supermodifieds on the Fall Brawl schedule!
Next up our end of the year celebration taking place on Sat. 11/9/19, details being communicated shortly and then beginning to plan for our 2020 Season.
Feature: (98) Thompson, (72) Shirey, (22) McVetta, (7) Lesiecki, (00) Gosek, (30) Stephens, (01) Conners, (49) Shullick, (39) Wells, (19) Stephens, (55) Reid, (92) Lehnert, (70) McKnight, (81) Fisher.
Lucas Oil Sponsors & Recipients,
Fastest Qualifier – Courtesy Shullick Wings and Fabrication
$50 to #55 Rich Reid
Heat Winners – Courtesy of Dennis & Randy Nader of Precision Welding (#64 Team)
1st $60 / 2nd $40 / 3rd $30
Halfway Leader – Courtesy of The Hollifield Family
$200 to #22 McVetta Racing
4th Place Feature
Simpson Performance Products
Set of SFI 16.1 Seat Belts to #7 May Motorsports
5th Place Feature
Simpson Performance Products
1 Set of Carbon X Underwear to #00 Joe Gosek
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Place Feature
Landrum Performance Springs
Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Coil Springs to Teams #30 Talon Stephens, #01 Dan Conners, #49 Acme Racing, #39 Ed Cote and #19 Acme Racing
11th Place Feature
Schaeffer Racing Oil
Certificate One case of Motor Oil to #55 Rich Reid
$130 Precision Welding Last Car Running to #00 Joe Gosek.
$100 4th Turn Crazies In Honor of Super Dave Hard Charger Award to #7 AJ Lesiecki
Paller Stellar at Auto City Speedway
MSS supermodifieds did not disappoint fans on Saturday night as a very well run night of racing and drivers had put on an intriguing show at the ½ mile paved oval, Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan. For some drivers, this track is a challenge at high speeds. After interviewing several drivers, some discussed how the track is a bit “goofy” with turn 1 & 2 being a bit wider than turn 3 & 4. The drivers given their 2 hot laps sessions to shake down this egg-shaped oval was not the only challenge for MSS drivers. Given MSS had a 10 car count (recent bad luck with few teams having motor & health issues) for the day, there still is a tight points race. Without a doubt, Auto City fans that witnessed one captivating race. With evening setting, #22 Mike McVetta, had the fastest qualifying time with a 13:242 and #64 Jim Paller, with a 13:363.
The feature was a 30 lap main event, with a very competitive lineup. #7 May Motorsports owned supermodified pilot, AJ Lesiecki, paced and led the field the first 10 laps. #64 Jim Paller reeled in A.J. on lap 12 after darting through tight competition to take the lead. Meanwhile, ensuring his podium finish #19 Trent Stephens was on the move slipping by #72 Danny Shirey for the 3rd spot. By lap 20 after passing Lesiecki , Trent set his sights on chasing Paller down. Shirey getting challenged by #22 McVetta in the “ketchup & mustard” special but lap 22, McVetta coasted to a stop on the front straightaway which led to the 1st and only yellow caution of the night. McVetta returned to the field before the restart. As soon as the green flag was waved, #19 Trent Stephens challenged Paller but the #64 CMC Trucking sponsored roadster was set on rails as Jim Paller rocketed to a “straight-away” lead. By lap 27, after passing #30 Talon Stephens, #72 Danny Shirey, moved to 4th and set his target on #7 A.J. but it was too late. When the dust settled, there was no denying Paller to his stellar finish with #19 Stephens, and #7 A.J. to round the top 3.
MSS graciously sends their gratitude to Kevin Lincoln of Lincoln Racing donating $100 to the 5th place finisher.
Special Thanks to Mr. Joe DeWitte – Track Owner for including MSS on his 2019 schedule and Sharon Fischer for all the great marketing for our show.
MSS would also like to give special thanks to Mr. Mark Strpko of Strypko Engineering for driving the honorary pace car in the #83 1975 Dowker built Supermodified. This supermodified was driven by West Michigan legend Wayne Landon who passed away this morning August, 4th and is survived by his grandson Nick Landon. MSS sends condolences to the Landon Family.
Official Race Results:
Honorary Junior Grand Marshall: Bailey Preslee
Butler Auto / Adkins Glass Bike Raffle winner: Kelsey Rowe
Top Qualifier: M. McVetta (22) - 13:242
Heat 1 results: D. Shirey (72), J. Paller (64), A. Lesiecki (7), L. Lehnert (92), and R. Wedell (71).
Heat 2 results: Trent Stephens (19), Talon Stephens (30), M. McVetta (22), J. Wells (39), and D. Fisher (81).
Feature Event Results: J. Paller (64), T. Stephens (19), A.J. Lesiecki (7), D. Shirey (72), T. Stephens (30), M. McVetta (22), D. Fisher (81), J. Wells (39), L. Lehnert (92), R. Wedell (71)