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Friday, May 9 results

Postby Ron Verash » Mon May 12, 2014 6:26 pm

First Time Winners at South Bend

By Scott Binkley
South Bend, IN (5-9) It was a night for first time winners at the South Bend Motor Speedway as a hearty crowd witnessed some great racing action on a cool Friday night. All five winners scored their first wins under the Brown family leadership at the famed speed plant. Charlie Hanna, Brandon Shaw, Doug Fox, Bryan Banta and Jim Newman each notched wins as the speedway introduced a new format to the fans and drivers.

In the Bellman Oil Company Outlaw Late Model main, Charlie Hanna of Goshen took the lead early and never looked back. Hanna scored his first win in several years as he brought the R&B Car Company race car to victory lane. Defending series champion, Mike Tutino of Walkerton took the runner-up position ahead of South Bend’s Mike Shewchuk and Bobby Stremme. Jacob Maynard of Elkhart was fifth over Corey Woods of South Bend and Chuck Lymengrover of South Bend. In heat race action, Stremme topped Shewchuk and Woods.

In the Pro Late Model main, Brandon Shaw of Walkerton scored his first ever feature win by holding off repeated challenges by Elkhart’s Rodney Smith and Plymouth’s Steve Stacy. Rich Boal, also of Plymouth, Greg Gifford of Michigan City, Nick Stremme of South Bend, Billy Stevenson of Rolling Prairie and Cory Brown of LaPorte completed the field. Boal topped Smith and Stremme for the heat win.

For South Bend’s Doug Fox, it was his first feature win since moving to the Street Stock division last season. Fox motored past early leader, James Haisley of South Bend late in the race to take the win, which he dedicated to his father. Haisley held on to second for his best feature finish to date ahead of Mark Swan of Mishawaka, Danny Brown of LaPorte and Rich Hensley of South Bend. Ronnie “Lightning” McLean was next over fellow South Bender, Derek Wunder as Jeff Kaiser of North Liberty, Jay Coffin of Hamlet and Vernon Knight completed the top ten. Knight topped Wunder and McLean for the first heat win as Fox motored to victory in heat two ahead of Kaiser and Tom Taylor of Michigan City.

In Front Wheel Drive action, South Bend’s Bryan Banta took a hard fought win over Sean Stuart of North Liberty and Jason Horton of South Bend. James Austin of South Bend was next over Matt Maurer of Granger as Kyle Plencner of South Bend, Joe Merrill of South Bend, Jasmine Schafer of Bremen, Bobby Alwine of Bremen and Kyle O’Dell rounded out the top ten. Maurer topped O’Dell and Horton for the win in heat one while Stuart took heat two over Craig Ponsler of South Bend and Banta.

Jim Newman of South Bend made his return to action after a year’s absence by taking the Mini Stock win over much improved, Aaron Zimmerman of Shipshewana in his best finish ever at the track. David Raley Jr of Osceola was next over Kevin Davis of South Bend and Howie Fisette of South Bend. Chad Lindsey of LaPorte led Zach Newgent of South Bend, Ryne Balsley of Plymouth and Derek Davis to round out the field. Derek Davis topped Newgent and Balsley for heat one as Kevin Davis took heat two over Raley and Zimmerman.

Racing action returns this Friday with a full show for all five classes. Pits open at 5 pm with grandstand gates opening at 7 and racing action set to get underway promptly at 8. Adult admission is just $12 with kids 6-12 only $5 and under 5 free with an adult. Small coolers are welcome but NO glass containers or alcohol.

Outlaw Late Models:
1) Charlie Hanna - Goshen, IN
2) Mike Tutino - Walkerton, IN
3) Mike Shewchuk - South Bend, IN

Heat 1:
1) Bobby Stremme - South Bend, IN
2) Mike Shewchuk - South Bend, IN
3) Corey Woods - South Bend, IN

Pro Late Models:
1) Brandon Shaw 0 Walkerton, IN
2) Rodney Smith - Elkhart, IN
3) Steve Stacy - Plymouth, IN

Heat 1:
1) Rich Boal - Plymouth, IN
2) Rodney Smith - Elkhart, IN
3) Nick Stremme - South Bend

Street Stocks:
1) Doug Fox - South Bend, IN
2) James Haisley - South Bend, IN
3) Mark Swan - Mishawaka, IN

Heat 1:
1) Vernon Knight - Michigan City, IN
2) Derek Wunder - South Bend, IN
3) Ronnie McLean - South Bend, IN

Heat 2:
1) Doug Fox - South Bend, IN
2) Jeff Kaiser - North Liberty, IN
3) Tom Taylor - Michigan City, IN

Front Wheel Drives:
1) Bryan Banta - South Bend, IN
2) Sean Stuart - North Liberty, IN
3) Jason Horton - South Bend, IN

Heat 1:
1) Matt Maurer - Granger, IN
2) Kyle O’Dell - Plymouth, IN
3) Jason Horton - South Bend, IN

Heat 2:
1) Sean Stuart - North Liberty, IN
2) Craig Ponsler - South Bend, IN
3) Bryan Banta - South Bend, IN
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