Going into the race at Lucas Oil Raceway, Mike McVetta held a narrow 13 point advantage over Jim Paller. Mike made sure that he took care of business. He won both his heat race and the feature wrap up the inaugural Midwest Supermodified Series. But it wasn’t easy. He had to work through a number of problems during the day. He had to replace the magneto and also had a fuel line that had pinch off starving the motor of fuel.
Eighteen supermodifieds took the green flag and Dave McKnight jumped out to the early lead. But Dave Shullick starting from his seventh position and was in front by lap four. AJ Lesiecki found his way to second and running very well. With a lot of racing going on throughout the field, Talon Stephens found himself in third place by lap seven. The yellow came out on lap nine when the 55 of Rich Reid had the rear axle break and sent him in to the back straight wall. Rich was ok, but his race was over for the night. The top five at this time was Shullick, AJ Lesiecki, Talon Stephens, Jim Paller, and Mike Lichty. During the yellow, the number 77 stopped on the front stretch and he was pushed back to the pits. He was pushed back out and restarted at the tail of the field. On the restart, Mike McVetta started ninth and after one lap found himself in fifth. After two more laps he moved up to second and set his sights on the fast moving 95, who was pretty much racing his own race. Another yellow fell on lap 12 for the 19 of Trent Stephens started smoking coming out of turn four, his night was done. The green would come out but yellow would quickly fly again, this time for the 14 of Jonathon Lesiecki when the drive shaft broke and ruptured the fuel cell ending his night. Green came out and Mike McVetta moves around Shullick to take over the lead while Jim Paller took over third place from Talon Stephens. The yellow flag would come out for the last time of the night was for a spin of Dave Danzer. He would restart the race at the tail of the field. Mike Lichty suddenly pulled in the pits while running in fifth place done for the night. The green flag comes out and McVetta was flying and easily pulled away from the rest of the field. But, a possible problem was looming for Mike McVetta. A strut on the wing had given way and the wing was damaged. As the laps counted down Mike was moving, suddenly with a few laps to go, the motor choked and seemed to be fuel starved. But, it was his night as the he found enough fuel to bring the 22 home in victory lane.
Mike was so excited about the win, “I don’t know what to say, the car was so great tonight. On the lap nine restart it was like the light came on in the car and I could drive it anywhere on the track. The championship still hasn’t quite sunk in just yet, and to win at this track is amazing.”
Denny Fisher, the only participant from the 1995 race finished in ninth place tonight, improving on his twelfth from the previous race. When we talked to him earlier in the day he was hoping for a top ten finish. And he did it with a small block motor.
Heat Race 1: 1, Dave Shullick (95) 2, Talon Stephens (30) 3, AJ Lesiecki (77) 4, Rich Reid (55) 5, Preston Walker (7) 6, Jonathon Lesiecki (14)
Heat Race 2: 1, Mike Lichty (84) 2, Trent Stephens (19) 3, Dave Danzer (52) 4, Dan Connors (01) 5, Mark Sammut (78) 6, Jeff West (1)
Heat Race 3, 1, Mike McVetta (22) 2, Dave McKnight (70) 3, Jim Paller (64) 4, Danny Shirey (2) 5, Denny Fisher (81) 6, Larry Lehnert (92)
Feature: 1, Mike McVetta (22) 2, Dave Shullick (95) 3, Jim Paller (64) 4, AJ Lesiecki (77) 5, Talon Stephens (30) 6, Dave McKnight (70) 7, Dave Danzer (52) 8, Danny Connors (01) 9, Denny Fisher (81) 10, Mark Sammut (78) 11, Preston Walker (7) 12, Mike Lichty (84) 13, Jonathon Lesiecki 14, Trent Stephens (19) 15, Danny Shirey (2) 16, Rich Reid (55) 17, Jeff West (1) 18, Larry Lehnert (92)
Fast Qualifier: Dave Shullick – 18.346
Written by: Tim Church