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NEXT RACE: SATURDAY AUGUST 2nd, 2014
9100 Leavitt Rd
Elyria, OH 44035
By Jarrett Emmerich
On Independence Day weekend, the BioBased.US Midwest Supermodified Association portion of "Open Wheel Madness" at Lorain County Speedway saw “Chargin Charlie” Schultz as the feature winner. The Bodnar chassis win streak is unscathed for the sixth consecutive race of the 2014 season. Schultz joins the #19 Shaeffer's Racing Oil sponsored ride of three time defending MSA champion Trent Stephens and the #95/ 94 cars sponsored by Elios Financial Group and driven by North Ridgeville's Dave Shullick Jr. "Chargin' Charlie" in the #7 DEI sponsored, May Motorsports ride took advantage of late race trouble for the front runners to lead the final 6 laps en route to his first victory in 2014. Earlier in the day, Shullick had set fast time at 11.875 seconds, just shy of the overall track record set by the #11 BioBased.US sponsored car driven by Kyle Edwards during the June race weekend at 11.858 seconds around the famed three-eighths mile racetrack in South Amherst, Ohio. Denny Fisher won the first heat race from the pole starting position in the Canadian owned Tetzlaff Motorsports #81 over Edwards. Jon Henes pulled off a stunning performance, winning the second heat race with a last lap turn 4 pass in his #36 Perfection Fabricators sponsored rocket ship over the #64 Precision Welding car of Jim Paller.
The feature event started with the Carquest sponsored #81 of veteran Denny Fisher from Elyria, Ohio starting outside of the pole sitting #5 Gillingham Motorsports car driven by Danny Shirey. On the drop of the green flag the #8 BioBased.US sponsored hotrod of Matt Marlowe spun in Turn 2, setting up a scary incident in Turn 3 as the drivers were scrambling to slow down their big block motors as the caution was out. Jim Paller flipped off of the turn, taking with him the #77 Outdoor Option sponsored car of AJ Lesiecki. Paller had colossal damage and Lesiecki was pulled pit side, both done for the night. Fisher and Shirey touched on the restart heading into turn 3, once again slowing the race before there was one lap complete. When the race finally managed to stay green for a length of time, the story was Trevor Berry making quick work of a handful of cars to advance from sixth to second in just a couple of laps chasing leader Fisher. On the ninth lap, Trent Stephens tangled with LaGrange, Ohio driver Jon "Magic Fingers" Henes. Both drivers went pit side and rejoined the tail end of the field.
On the restart, the modified standout making his first start of 2014, Trevor Berry from Clio (MI), snuck around Fisher for the lead with DJ Shullick in tow. Fisher would retire to the pits on lap 16, with the #22 Perfection Fabricators sponsored car of newlywed Mike McVetta dropping out on lap 23. The following lap, Stephens would once again loop his car out of Turn 4, heading to the pits for adjustments and rejoining tail end of the field after the fourth caution of the night. On the restart, Berry in the #49 Kasper Auto Group sponsored ride held off Shullick Jr. to remain in the lead when the caution came out on lap 25 for Shirey spinning. The restart would see leaders Berry and Shullick Jr. come together on the backstretch, causing them both to be done for the evening and handing the race lead to Schultz with only 6 laps to go. Trent Stephens, starting sixth on this final restart, would work his way to fourth in a few laps but ran out of time to catch Schultz, Edwards, and Marlowe for a podium finish. After Stephens were Jon Henes, Kevin Jaycox Jr. in the #07 Rhode Law Offices sponsored super, and Danny Shirey. The post race interview with Schultz hinted at the fact that sometimes it's not the fastest car which wins but the car that manages a steady pace, keeps his nose clean, and finishes the race.
The next MSA race will again be at Lorain County Speedway on August 2nd, as the third and final installment of Lorain’s "Open Wheel Madness" for the 2014 season. The mighty supermodifieds will run a 30 lap feature, accompanied by a 50 lap North Coast Modified Series event, a 20 lap race for the Grand National stock cars, a 15 lap Charger front wheel drive race, and Parking Lot Drags.
1)DJ Shullick 11.875
2)Kyle Edwards 11.975
3)Charlie Schultz 12.08
4)Trent Stephens 12.091
5)Mike McVetta 12.191
6)Trevor Berry 12.254
7)Jon Henes 12.267
8)Kevin Jaycox Jr. 12.451
9)Jim Paller 12.51
10)AJ Lesiecki 12.611
11)Matt Marlowe 12.632
12)Denny Fisher 12.748
13)Danny Shirey 12.814
14)Brandon Fisher 13.117
D. Fisher (81), Edwards (11), Lesiecki (77), Berry (49), Stephens (19), Shirey (5), Jaycox (07)
Henes (36), Paller (64), Shullick (95), McVetta (22), Schultz (7), B. Fisher (PI), Marlowe (8)
Charlie Schultz-7, Kyle Edwards-11, Matt Marlowe-8, Trent Stephens-19, Jon Henes-36, Kevin Jaycox Jr. -07, Danny Shirey-5, Trevor Berry-49, Dave Shullick Jr-95, Mike McVetta-22, Denny Fisher-81, AJ Lesiecki-77, Jim Paller-64, Brandon Fisher-Pi