2017-07-13 / Sports

New Racers Find Victory Lane at Kinross Speedpark; Next Race Will Be July 23

By Erich T. Doerr

The sounds of raw horsepower echoed through the Kincheloe area Sunday, June 25, as the Kinross Speedpark hosted the third races of its 2017 season. The event featured seven feature races after three extra ones were added the day’s schedule to make up for a Sunday, June 11, rainout. The next races at Kinross will be Sunday, July 23.

The modified feature could be summed up as a “Jackson versus Jackson” shootout as Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s Todd Jackson and his #43M ended up pitted against Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario’s Dustin Jackson and his #4. The day started with Dustin Jackson as the fast qualifier, but Todd Jackson won the four-car dash, then came back to win the feature. Dustin Jackson finished second, with heat race winner Buddy Gray IV of Petoskey third. Wolverine’s Michael Evans, Jr. was fourth, with Mike Wieman, Mike Babcock, Leila Uhlman, Mark Porpelia,

Tony Padgett, and Roddy Bolduc completing the top-10. Pickford’s Tyler Rye picked up a heat race win, but ended up last in the feature after a spectacular moment that saw him spin off his #34 car over the top of the turn four banking. Kinross doesn’t have an outside wall like many other tracks, so his car escaped serious damage, but the #34 was done for the day. Dustin Jackson lost the battle, but he’s winning the war as he leads Mr. Gray by 10 points atop the track’s season championship standings.

The ABC Stock Car A-Division race saw another Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan racer conquer all opposition as Dennis Aho won the feature in his cherry red-and-white #75 Chevrolet. Mr. Aho was the day’s fast qualifier and bounced back from issues that kept him sidelined in his heat race to win the main event. Boyne City’s Keith McBee and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario’s Jason Praysner completed the podium, with Tod Furguson, Brandon Carson, heat race winner John Carter, Kyle Loshaw, and Tony Rankin rounding out the field. Keenan Spurway won the four-car dash, but mechanical issues during his heat race prevented him from starting the feature. Earlier in the day, Mr. Spurway had won the bonus makeup feature in front of Mr. Rankin, Mr. Aho, and Mr. Praysner. Jon Boyd and Grant Howard did not return for the race after the rainout. Mr. Aho’s victory gave him the lead in the championship standings and he now holds a four-point edge on Mr. Praysner.

The ABC Stock Car B-Division saw Goulais River, Ontario’s Buddy Palahnuk take his first feature victory of the season at the wheel of his classic white #26B Chevrolet Camaro. He also won the heat race on his way to the bigger victory. It was a 1-2-3 finish for Ontario Chevrolet racers as Echo Bay’s four-car dash winner Jerry Ross took second place and Sault Ste. Marie’s Mike Corbett was third. Boyne City’s Jacob McBee crossed the line in fourth. Chris Ogden and Tristen Hurley completed the field while Mr. Howard and Chris Brady were not able to start the feature. Mr. Carson, a Petoskey racer, won the makeup feature earlier in front of Mr. Ross, Mr. Palahnuk, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Carter, Mr. Brady, and Mr. Hurley. John Lowery II, Jacob Heimonen, and Steve McDonald had spots in the feature, but were not able to race Sunday. Mr. Carson leads Mr. Carter by three points atop the track’s championship standings.

The zippy four-cylinder division saw Canadian Soo racer Anthony Mannarino taking control. His black-and-blue #12 Neon won the four-car dash then came back to win the day’s main feature in front of Michigan Soo racer Don Dangler III and Desbarats, Ontario’s Rob Wagner. Canadian Soo racer Brent Fewchuk and his sister Rebecca Fewchuk, a heat race winner Sunday, completed the top five with heat race winner Jon Diodati, Megan Hayes, Ken Fewchuk, Ben Cushley, and Brandon Williams rounding out the rundown. Kyle Clement did not qualify. The makeup feature earlier in the day saw Brent Fewchuk take the win in front of Rebecca Fewchuk, Mr. Dangler III, Mr. Wagner, Ms. Hayes, Ken Fewchuk, Mr. Cushley, and Mr. Williams. Gillian Howard and Jack Wieman did not return to be in the race. Brent Fewchuk leads the point standings after three races by 10 points in front of Mr. Dangler III.

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