Blake Rowe Still The Hot Shoe at Springport

After a year hiatus, the Hot Shoe 100 returned at a new track.  After the 2019 edition was held in the Upper Peninsula at Kinross Speedpark, 56 Modifieds made the trip to Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway for one of the premier Modified races in the country.


While some things changed for the seventh running of the event, at least one thing stayed the same.  Blake Rowe took the lead from David McManus in lapped traffic on lap 63 and led the rest of the way to go back-to-back in the event and pocket $10,031.


We got really lucky in lapped traffic while racing David McManus for the lead.  Being at the right place at the right time is what it took but I really thing we had a race car that was capable of doing it,” Rowe told Speed51.  “David had me worried there on a couple restarts, he was wearing me out on the backstretch.  We knocked the front end out of it with 20 to go but it didn’t hurt us too bad.


After setting fast time in qualifying earlier in the afternoon, Rowe drew a six for his starting spot. With the twelve redraw drivers all qualifying within a tenth and a half of each other, he says that six was important for him to have a chance at getting up front.


“We drew the six after setting fast time so I was comfortable.  I really thought that if we started in the first three rows that we would have something for them.  It kind of felt like we didn’t have the race car to do it, it felt like we were on top of the racetrack all night.  We picked through them a lot of guys were really wicked tight and we had a car that could turn really good and turn underneath them when we needed to.”


McManus started on the outside front row after qualifying second and led from the onset.  It would be two lapped car battling for position in front of him that would ultimately see him lose the lead near the two-thirds mark of the race.  The Auto City and Birch Run Speedway points leader would never be able to run back down Rowe once losing the lead, settling for second in his second Hot Shoe 100 start.


“We had a real good starting spot up front but the top 12 guys were within a tenth, so it was about being smart and not using up the right rear too soon and we did a good job with that,” he said.  “We got to the lapped cars and I’m afraid that costed me about $10,000 tonight.


“They have the move-over flag waving, shaking it.  I was afraid the flagman’s arm was going to fall off he was shaking it so hard.  Those guys weren’t having it, they stayed side-by-side and I think they costed us the win.”


Trevor Berry made a late charge to take the final podium spot.  Curtis Spencer and defending Springport Outlaw Super Late Model track champion Jeff Ganus rounded out the top-five.


-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3

-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo


Hot Shoe 100 Results:


  1. Blake Rowe
  2. David McManus
  3. Trevor Berry
  4. Curtis Spencer
  5. Jeff Ganus
  6. Walt Obrinske Jr
  7. Derrick Griffin
  8. Brian Nester
  9. Nick Clemens
  10. Bubba Brooks
  11. Phil Bozell
  12. Kenny Phillips
  13. Bubba Smith
  14. Alex Donnert
  15. Jason Parish
  16. Mike Occhipinti
  17. Brad Springer
  18. Brock Ganus
  19. Scottie Lamp
  20. Todd Gearhart
  21. Bily Hutson
  22. Tom Rutherford
  23. Buddy Gray

Blake Rowe Still The Hot Shoe at Springport