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Trevor Berry and William Sawalich score Glass City 200 wins

Toledo Speedway hosted their signature event, the Glass City 200, on Saturday September 17. The race format had the Outlaw Super Late Models and the ARCA/CRA Super Series template bodied cars each competing for 100 laps at the lightning fast Toledo half mile.

For Berry, it was a race he had dreamed of winning, as he had grown up at Toledo watching his dad Dennis win three consecutive Iceman Series championships.

Sawalich, who is a 15 year old from Eden Prairie , Minnesota, was competing at Toledo for the first time, and passed Jesse Love in the closing laps to take the win.

Winners were;

  • Trevor Berry #16 in the Outlaw Super Late Model 100 lap portion
  • William Sawalich #24s in the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100 lap portion

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Put-In-Bay Vintage Road Racing fun

Put-In-Bay, an island located in Lake Erie in Ohio,  was the site of vintage road races in the 50’s. This tradition was restarted in 2009 as homage to the events of the days past.  While the original course was run through the street of the town, it is now located on the airport runways, which was common in road racing in the 50’s. In another throw back to that era, the course is delineated with hay bales.  The race cars are divided into several race groups depending on speed.  This is my 2nd visit and it looks like I am making it an annual event.

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Flat Rock Speedway crowns 2022 season champions

Flat Rock Speedway crowned their 2022 track champions on August 27, 2022 after a great season at the “Level Pebble”

Champions were as follows; 

  • Eric Lee #5 in Moran Chevrolet ARCA Outlaw Late Models
  • Jeremy Vanderhoof  #46 in the Drive Train Specialists ARCA Street Stock division
  • Mike Miller #58 in the DTS ARCA Street Stock “B” division
  • Bill Earley #09 in the ARCA Figure 8 division
  • Derrick Sheppard #2 in The Vault Antiques & Treasures Enduro Series

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Corrigan Oil Speedway crowns 2022 season champions

It was a hard fought season of racing at Corrigan Oil Speedway as “The Track the Stars Call Home” crowned their 2022 season champions in a pair of late August features.

Long time campaigner Dave Stehouwer #33 in Outlaw Super Late Models announced that this night was the final race of his long and illustrious career.

Championship winners were as follows ;

  • Justin Claucherty #7 in the Outlaw Super Late Models
  • Brian Nester #11 in Modifieds
  • Tyler Hufford #5 in Pro Late Models
  • Tim Lahar #20 in Street Stocks
  • Lonnie Samier #15 in Pure Stocks
  • Gord Alblas #91 in Outlaw FWD 
  • Randy Kretzinger Jr #47 in Pony Stocks

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Full House packs “The Rock” for School Bus Figure 8

Sell out crowd packed Flat Rock Speedway on September 3 for a carnage filled night of destruction highlighted with a School Bus Figure 8. The raucous crowd was also treated to Boat Figure 8, Flagpole, ARCA Street Stocks, and ARCA Factory Stocks.

Winners were as follows;

  • Dennis Whisman Jr School Bus Figure 8
  • Dennis Whisman Jr #2 Boat Figure 8
  • Tom Cronenwett #11 Flagpole Race
  • Dave Lambert # 02 Flagpole Race
  • Dale Buttrey #70 The Vault Antiques & Treasures ARCA Factory Stock feature
  • Greg Studt #33 DTS ARCA Street Stock feature

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Corrigan Oil Speedway caps season with Night of Destruction II

Corrigan Oil Speedway -September 9, 2022

It was an action packed show at Corrigan Oil Speedway as the packed house was treated to Night of Destruction II. The track featured Enduro Figure 8, Road Rage, Flagpole, School Bus Figure 8 and Trailer Figure 8.

Championships were awarded in Enduro Figure 8 and also an overall 2022 Destruction championship winner.

Champions were follows;

  • Dakota Davis #6 won the Enduro Figure 8 championship in a nailbiter with Tony Williams #97, winning by a mere 5 points.
  • Tyler Smith #22 was the overall Destruction champion for 2022

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Corrigan Oil Speedway Awards Banquet

Corrigan Oil Speedway racers, families, crew, staff, and fans celebrated the 2021 race season in style at the Michigan State University Kellogg Center on Saturday January 8. Congrats to all !

Performing as Master of Ceremonies for the evening were track announcers Matt Prieur and Sean Sprague, with the band Radio Tokyo providing the post award entertainment.

This was the inaugural season for track owners/promoters Tom & Tracey Hernly and they greeted all those in attendance with the 2022 season schedule and what was in store for the upcoming season. The overwhelming consensus was by all that it was an outstanding season and everyone can’t wait for 2022 !

I will be the track photographer for 2022 and looking forward to getting to know everyone. I did work for the track from 2012-2014 as the website writer, so happy to be back.

All photos are available for sale hi resolution and unwatermarked. Details on ordering on the “Order” tab on the top of the website home page.

There is no method to order on line, but contact me by email or message me if there is something you want. Each picture has a number associated with it if you hover over it with a mouse, send me a screenshot, or just tell me “Row 8, Picture 2” etc.

If you want to order a picture of a driver with trophy, just let me know what division and what place they finished in points and I can find it that way.

Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame inducts Classes of 2020 & 2021

Racing, legends encompassing all types of motorsports were inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame in n induction ceremony in Mt Pleasant, Mich. on November 13, 2021. 

Inductees represented Oval Racing, Drag Racing Road Racing, Rally Racing, Snowmobile Racing, and involvement as Officials, Crew Members, and Speed Shop owners. 

Class of 2020

  • Ron Allen
  • John Bugenski
  • Dick Crup
  • Rusty Daggett
  • Scott Diehl
  • Arlen Fadely
  • Danny Kellermeyer
  • Brett Mann
  • Chet Miller
  • Eldon Schrader
  • Dana Wiltse

Class of 2021

  • Joe Boyer Jr.
  • Angelo Giampetroni
  • Scott Harvey
  • Gary Howe
  • Ed Inloes
  • Poncho Rendon
  • Doug Shepherd
  • Gorilla Racing (Chris & Chuck Silva)
  • Billy Simmons
  • Ben Snider

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Armani Williams fulfils childhood dream in ARCA Menard’s Series start at MIS

While my home town track of Michigan Intl. Speedway was closed to all but essential personnel last August, I was fortunately able to attend the Sunday ARCA Menard’s Series and NASCAR Cup events.

While there, I was very excited to see that Grosse Pointe Michigan racer Armani Williams was making his very start in the series at his home track of MIS. Armani was there with his dad Del, and this was a fulfillment of his childhood dream of getting able to compete there. He had attended races there as a youngster and always dreamed of racing there some day.

Armani had previously competed at local tracks in the GLS Mini Cups, and had won a race at Flat Rock Speedway in 2015 when I was there as photographer. He was diagnosed with autism as a very young child , and along with parents, Del & Irena, serves as a role model for others with autism. He is the first autistic racer to ever compete in a NASCAR series, and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Mi. I was honored to be there to take some pictures of Armani on his big day.

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Where it all started (or how I became a race fan)

     I have had people ask me over the years, exactly how I became interested in racing?  I didn’t know anyone who raced and in fact, I don’t think I knew anyone who had ever been to a race either. My parents had, what I like to say, less than zero interest in the sport, so it was something I had developed from within myself.  That being said, I knew exactly how it all started.

     I was always a big car lover since I can remember. My mother says that when I was around 4 yrs old, that I would shout out the makes of cars that I saw driving on the road. My parents divorced when I was just a couple years old, and I would spend a month every summer visiting my dad in Columbus Ohio. I was an avid reader, so I would always look forward to stopping at a Truck stop in Findlay, Ohio where my dad would let me select a magazine to read in the car. When I was 11, I picked out a racing magazine called Circle Track & Highway, and little did I know what an impact that decision would have on my life. I devoured every single word, and after reading a feature article about Indy 500 veteran Lloyd Ruby, decided right then & there, he would become my favorite driver. Racing appealed to me, I guess, as the epitome of what cars were supposed to do.

     Now keep in mind I really had no other exposure to the sport. The only races that were televised was the Indy 500 and short snippets on ABC Wide World of Sports. (usually months after the races were run) All I knew about were the major racing series like Indy, NASCAR, Formula 1 and NHRA. During my visits to Columbus every summer, my dad was always trying to find fun activities for us to do. I was a big baseball fan and loved the Cincinnati Reds, so we went to a couple games every year, but in the summer of 72, I must have worn him down, as he announced we would be making a trip to see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. I was so excited to see all those cars and take a lap around the track in a van seeing the names of the drivers still lettered on the pit wall, that on the way back to Ohio, he told me that we would get tickets for the Indy 500 the following year!  

     While my parents had been divorced as long as I could remember, I had a great relationship with both of them. My dad, Marc, owned his own wallpaper hanging business and was a jazz drummer for all his life. As a child, I went through all kinds of phases; collecting coins, stamps, fishing, slot cars, model kits, gas powered model airplanes, you name it. I never did anything halfway however, I went all in, and would be obsessed, but after a couple years, would move to the next great thing. I’m sure both my parents were convinced this would just be another passing phase like the rest.

    I waited all year for May to come when we would be going to the race  and as the day got closer, got more and more excited. Finally, we packed up his 1962 Econoline Van and headed to Indianapolis. Unfortunately, the 1973 Indy 500 was considered the worst in the history of the race, and it just rained and rained. There were no jet dryers, so the method of drying the track was tow trucks driving around lap after lap. Finally, the rain stopped, the track dried, and after driver introductions they got ready to start the race.  One of the cars, driven by Rick Muther, failed to start, and finally, urged on by the pleas of the massive crowd, it fired up, and sped up to catch up to the field. It came screaming around the 4th turn where we were sitting and you could have convinced me it was going 200 mph!

     The field of 33 came around on the pace lap, all lined up in rows of three, and all I could think was; “This is the greatest thing I have ever seen!”  The field took the green for the start and out of our view, there was a major crash in Turn 1 with Salt Walther getting upside down and on fire with about 10 cars involved. Before they could clear the track, the rain resumed and that was it.  We came back the following day, which was also rained out, & due to work commitments, my dad had to head back, so that was all I ended up seeing. Well, maybe not entirely, as that night, when we were parked in the A&P parking lot camping, a young lady on top of a van took her top off. Keep in mind I was 14, so twice in the same day, I said “This is the greatest thing I have ever seen!”

I’m not sure if that was when I decided I could really learn to love this sport, but it certainly didn’t hurt. We were able to return the following year for the race which was a classic, and my dad & I looked forward to going for the next several years. I eventually did get to go to MIS in a couple years, and didn’t really know about short track racing for a while longer, but that will be another chapter.