Benton Race Park
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Weekly champions crowned at Auto City Speedway
by Race Author
CLIO, Mich. -- Champions were crowned in all 5 weekly divisions Saturday night at Auto City in front of a near capacity crowd. On a night were all title chases were tight every event and point earned meant something in the championship chase.
In Modifieds it was 2 veterans going for the 2005 crown, with Tony Brabbs making a late season charge to the front trying to unseat reigning champion Chuck Silva from repeating his feat from 2004. Mark Abee who was third in points going in was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 16:05, while Brabbs took the dash win. Heats were won by Jerry Gifford and Karl Edmunds. The 30 lap Feature event rolled out with Nick Clemens taking the point early and never giving it up taking the win. Two time Auto City champion Buck Harsen was second with Joe Hodgeson Jr., Silva, and Steve Pastarino rounding out the top 5. Brabbs was forced to retire early in the event which gave Silva the cushion he needed to take the 2005 track championship for the second straight year.
Ken O’Conner, in the Pro-Late Model division was the only driver who had his point battle decided coming in to the evenings festivities. Jay Reinbold set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16:06 with Mark Klein taking the dash and Gordon Faille winning his first ever checkered flag in the Heat. In the 25 lap Feature event Jay Reinbold took the lead on lap 3 and was never headed on his way to the win. O’Conner, Klein, Faille, and Cale Wiltse rounded out the top 5.
The Factory Stock division was a tight point battle all season, with many spots coming down to the final night of racing action. Chris Stearns set quick time with a lap of 15:16, while Julian Fluty won his first ever fast car dash.
Tim Malecki, Robby Johnston, Tony Basalone won Heat races while Johnston came back to win the Semi. In the 25 lap Feature event veteran Jay Woolworth grabbed the lead on lap 8 and never looked back taking his 5th feature event of the season, which tied him with Mike Walther for most feature wins by any driver this season in the Factory Stock division. Walther was second this night with 2005 Point Champion Dave Christensen 3rd, and Larry Plamondon 5th, fourth place finisher Mark Findlay was disqualified in post race inspection.
Thirty Eight Led Sleds were on hand to race Saturday as Jimmy Stratton basically had to start the feature event to take the championship. Timmy Near set fast time again with another lap in the 16 second bracket with a 16:92, won the Dash and the 20 lap Feature event. Former champion Sean Saumier was second, with Charlie Thom, Chet Allen, and Ray Derminer rounding out the top 5. Jimmy Stratton’s 6th place finish was enough to give him the 2005 track championship Heat races were won by Amanda Clayton, Craig Bastien, Andrew Burton who also won the Semi and Jordan Lechota.
The tightest point battle was in the Thunder Truck division with only a hand full of points separating the top two. Darren Burton set quick time with a lap of 15:82, while point leader Johnny Hayden won the Dash, the heat was won by Steve Stultz. In the 20 lap Feature event Darren Burton took the lead on lap 16 to win his first feature event of the year with Steve Stultz, Brian Cogswell, Johnny Hayden and Bill Callahan rounding out the top 5. Second generation driver Johnny Hayden was crowned the 2005 Auto City Thunder Truck champion.
The Bandaleros were also on hand with Trevor Berry winning both the Heat and 15 lap Feature event.
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