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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.

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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 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.  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.
               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.
 


Overall ME XXV Practice Times From September Rain Out

Car # Driver Hometown Sponsor  
1 4 Scott Baker Monroe Falls, OH Custom Color & Collision/Baker Racecars/FLF/Powerline Racing Engines 16.361
2 28 Jimmy Carter Strongsville, OH C&C Wholesale/Medina Mountain Motors/FLF Racecars 16.402
3 72 Frank Kimmel, II Clarksville, IN Mars Trucking/Custom Color & Collision/Ron Davis Racing Radiators/Shaker Valley Foods 16.449
4 0 Donnie Hill Columbus, OH Jeg's/Architect Glass 16.452
5 116 Jack Varney, Jr. Mt. Morris, MI Great Lakes Helicopter/Port City Racecars/RJS Equipment/Kreiger Racing Engines 16.456
6 14 Steve Needles Berrien Springs, MI TA Gentry Supply/Crown Motors/Weller Auto Parts/Pinnacle Investments Andy Wesner 16.459
7 16 Jeff Ganus Constantine, MI Senneker Performance/Sweet MFG/GT Products/Landrum Springs 16.462
8 7 Rich Rohrer Canton, OH Miller 64/Esber Beverage/Freedom Harley Davidson 16.561
9 4 Justin Schroeder Canton, MI G Michael Cabot Orthidontics/Health Plus/Top Notch Garage/Glass Limited 16.598
10 71 Harold Fair, Jr. Milan, MI Royal Truck & Trailer 16.62
11 2 Alex Rosenberry New Philadelphia, OH Rosenberry Towing/Navigate 16.647
12 9 Charlie Schultz Lorain, OH Ice Oil Company/Northeast Lubricants/Bell Helmets/Howe Enterprises/Landrum Springs 16.656
13 10 Bud Perry Edgerton, OH Continental Express/Dickman Supply/Boerger Electric/Meyer's Garage 16.759
14 8 Dakota Carlson Cedar Springs, MI Performance Engineering/Express Signs 16.807
15 26 John Flynn Aurora, OH Baker Racecars/The Farrow Group Fire Restoration/Four Leaf Real Estate/Clover Contractors/Griff Eng. 16.815
16 50 Jeremy Dennis Columbus, OH Private Dancer of Columbus/Architect Glass 16.886
17 1 Craig Everage Angola, IN EverageAuto.com/Krieger Racing Engines 16.891
18 21 Drew Charlson New Bremen, OH Alumma Aluminum Trailers/Agrigold Corn Specialist/Heitkamp Crop Ins./Amsoil/Sandusky Spw. Graph. 16.891
19 87 Mike Mazzagatti Copley, OH Shaker's Auto Recycling/Holub Recyclers/American Thunder/Ambrose Fabrication 16.974
20 65 Tim Ice Seville, OH Ice Oil Company/Frank May Garage/Northeast Lubricants 16.989
21 63 Rick Sibila Massillon, OH Francis Engineering/McIntosh Oil 17.047
22 12 Bubba Smith Canton, OH Smith's Auto Sales/Freedom Auto Finance 17.11
23 81 Scott Drake Xenia, OH Kalvinator Engines/S&S Racing & Fabrication 17.134
24 O1 Bob Gainer Stow, OH Distillata Water Company/Dillon Racecars/Wounded Warriors 17.346
25 11 Randy Day Suttons Bay, MI Midwest Powerline Inc/True Force Outlaw Noses/99 Signs 17.56
26 75 Marcus Malcuit Strasburg, OH McIntosh Oil Company/VP Race Fuels  


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
 


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

 


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. 
 


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
 


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.
 


2012 Rules Are Posted
Online
(They were reposted on November 8th, with a couple of minor adjustments)

     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.


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