Katie Hettinger
Katie Hettinger

Katie Hettinger
Dryden, MI

Back to the Bricks Shootout a Success!
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8/3/2021

8/3/2021

Birch Run Speedway


Back to the Bricks Shootout a Success!

Back to the Bricks Shootout a Success!

Hot rods and racecars were the theme of the night as Birch Run Speedway and Event Center played host to the JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour and the Victory Custom Trailers Junior Late Model Series on Saturday July 31st for the Back to the Bricks Shootout 100. Also on the card was an invitational for the tracks Modified and Front Wheel Drive classes.

Preliminary action would see Albert Francis set quick time for the JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour with a 15.539. David McManus paced the Modifieds with a 16.042 while Pat Dent led the way for the Front Wheel Drives with a 17.857 lap time.

The Victory Custom Trailers Junior Late Models ran a 20 lap feature on the ? mile and it was 12 year old Carson Lucas grabbing the win over Kaden White.

Both the Modifieds and the Front Wheel Drives were running a 31 lap feature as a tribute to local racer Trei Deubel, who passed away recently. The Modifeds were up first and 11 drivers made the call for the feature. Mark LaBean, Rick Wiecorek and Jordan Pruitt were all in attendance but had problems in practice. Luke Warhurst and Mathew Jacot led the field to green and it was Warhurst getting the early lead. Warhurst would pace the field while Nick Clemens and fast qualifier McManus started to make their way up from their sixth and seventh starting spots. Mike Luberda Sr. and Terry Trost battled hard for second and third until Clemens and Mcmanus made their way by and set their sights on the #12. Warhurst’s lead was soon erased and Clemens and McManus would get by to battle for the top spot. The duo stayed nose to tail until ¾ of the way through when McManus would use a power move on the high side going into three to pull even out of four and eventually into the lead. The Birch Run resident would then cruise to a sizeable lead and park his Rat-Tech Engine Service, Eddy Performance Solutions #7 in victory lane. Clemens held on for second with Warhurst, Robby Johnson and Terry Trost rounded out the top 5.

After an autograph session on the front stretch. The All Stars Tour would fire off for their 100 lap shootout. Chase Burda and Kyle Crump led the field to green, but an accident just past the flagstand would involve several cars including Burda, Katie Hettinger, Jimmy Tucker and Dan Leeck. Kevin Cremonesi and Steve Dorer were also involved but able to continue. When racing resumed it was Crump that would jump out to the lead followed closely by Carson Hocevar. Crump and Hocevar battled nose to tail around the 4/10 mile with two time winner Cody Coughlin lurking behind. Coughlin would eventually get by Hocevar and then Crump to take the lead until a lap 85 caution. On the restart, Hocevar challenged Coughlin on the high side and led lap 86, but Coughlin would get back by and go on to win his third JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour feature of the season. Trailing Coughlin and Hocevar were Crump, Anthony Danta and rookie Andrew Scheid in fifth.

The final event of the night was the Front Wheel Drive 31 lap feature. A season high 19 cars took the green flag. Robert Hankinson jumped out to the early lead but all eyes were on fast qualifier Pat Dentas he and Craig Cummings started making their way to the front. Dent would get by David Smith and then Jordan Gustin before setting his sights on Hankinson. Dent would get by Hankinson with Cummings in tow. The battle had just started to heat up when Cummings slowed with mechanical issues, dropping him near the back before the HHR came back to life. Hankinson and Gustin battled hard for second and third while Mark Williamson started to make his way to the front. Cummings recovered and was almost back into the top five when mechanical issues forced him to the infield. Dent survived a couple of close calls with lapped traffic and would go on to win in his Allstar Towing, PDI Lawncare #6.

Up next at the Birch Run Speedway and Event Center is the Monster Metal and Gold Eve of Destruction featuring a push cars race, flagpole race, an enduro Double O, school bus figure 8s and trailer figure 8s. General admission seating opens at 5 with action beginning at 7:30 Adult tickets are $15 and all information can be found at www.birchrunracing.com


Article Credit: Chuck Darling

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