Good afternoon! Well just like that, our big World of Outlaws weekend is behind us. The season has continued to cruise on by and now we’re down to just one points weekend of 2017 remaining.
Last Saturday night we had beautiful perfect weather, with sunshine and mid-70’s all day long. Thank you to the fans that joined us Saturday, and were treated to some great racing.
Chris Madden did everything he could on Saturday to get to victory lane, but Shane Clanton had other plans muscled his way past on the very last lap to claim the victory in the Keyser’s 30. Series officials made claims that the racing on both Saturday and Sunday were some of the best they’ve seen all season long on the tour, which was great to hear!
Jacob Poel returned to victory lane in the UMP Modified division, fending off last weeks winner Chad Bauer, while David Mielke, Joe Rokos and Dave Baker rounded out the top 5. First time winner Scott Flees got it done in what turned out to be a more challenging than usual race race for the Lightning Sprint class. Nevertheless, congrats to Scott and his team on getting to victory lane on Saturday, over Johnny Roberts and John Norder.
The Factory Stocks always bring the crowd to their feet once or twice in their feature, and that happened again Saturday as Rick Spencer drove up from seventh, to the lead and eventual win. Jim Miller Jr is always up front, and came home second, over Mike Currie and Jake Thompson. The Four Cylinders had a great car count and everyone started the feature, with Chad Tomczak claiming the victory over Jeremy McCracken and Willard VanHaitsma. Great racing throughout in their feature. Our Mini Wedges were able to race on their permanent track this weekend, and congratulations to Nathan Winters on getting his first big win of the year in the unrestricted division. Marshall Krajniak also got his first victory of the year in the restricted division and congrats to his entire group and that young man!
Sunday, the weather did not play to our favor and was very overcast and sprinkled at about 5:30. We didn’t get the crowd that wouldn’t been nice for this event, especially with how good the track turned out to be all night which made for spectacular racing.
The roles were reversed in the 75-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Feature, as Chris Madden captured the $15,000 pay day over Shane Clanton (Sat night winner). The most impressive part was that this race went 75 laps without a single caution flag, with 2 and 3 wide racing around the whole track all event. Thank you very much to every WoO driver that came up, to our regular Late Model guys who ran with the series and all the folks that helped make it a success. Tip of the cap to Brandon Thirlby who raced his way to a 6th place finish, with Dona Marcoullier 9th and Eric Spangler 11th.
The UMP Modified feature saw David Mielke get the victory over Chad Bauer who was runner-up in back-to-back nights, with Jacob Poel third after started last in the feature following heat races issues. We had a nice field of UMP Mods both days and would really love to see this continue.
Myron DeYoung had to work for it, and he earned the B Modified feature win over a charger Cody Bauer who finished second, with Mike Shanteau third. We had 22 B Modifieds on the property and were happy to start them all in the feature race as they put on a stout show for the fans. Thanks to all the B Mod people for racing at Merritt Speedway and we’re proud to provide a great option for Saturday/Sunday night racing with your division.
Mike Vandermark Jr again showed his muscle in the Pro Stock feature event, driving up and around everyone and claiming another feature win. TJ Erickson finished second, over Josh Loomis. Logan Proctor got his first Merritt Four Cylinder win of the year, fending off Austin Harnick who was quick all weekend and finished second, over Buddy Palahnuk, Willard VanHaitsma and Chad Tomczak rounding out the top five.
Sincere thank you to Keyser Manufacturing for making it possible for us to host the World of Outlaws again this year. During the offseason, remember to get ahold of Keyser Manufacturing and their other brands and products.
This coming weekend we close out our 2017 regular season with two full nights of racing. Saturday, we welcome back the American Ethanol Modified Tour, who will join all of our divisions. Reminder to Mini Wedges, you will be OFF on Saturday next week, and are invited to race at Crystal for their Wedge finale. Saturday will be the points finale for our Keyser Manufacturing UMP Late Models as well.
On Sunday, the American Ethanol Late Model Tour joins all of our classes, where we will settle all the remaining division point battles! We will be host to the American Ethanol Mini Wedge Association final points event of the year as well. A nice fireworks display will cap off the night, with racing beginning on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
For our ‘Indian Summer’ event on either October 14 or 21… we would like to get a true feel as to how many drivers are interested in participating in this event. If you aren’t familiar with this yet, we would love to host a mid-afternoon fun day of racing, if the weather cooperates nicely on one of those two days. Please send us a Facebook message to indicate your interest.
All division last weekend were paid in cash, and we’ll do the same this weekend again to close out the year J haha. We look forward to seeing you all Saturday and Sunday this weekend, to make it a great last event to remember 2017 by. Until then,