Michigan native Steve Dorer usually calls the Midwest home for the summer months while chasing down big short track racing wins in the region, but this summer those plans changed. Sandy Dorer, Steve’s mother, had been battling cancer for the past eight years and within the past few months her health began to worsen. Putting family first, Steve stayed in Florida for the summer to be with her while putting his racing schedule on hold.
Sandy Dorer succumbed to cancer just three short weeks ago on August 25. Saturday night’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event at Springport Motor Speedway (MI) was the first appearance in a race car for Dorer since her passing.
He honored her by doing what he knows best: visiting victory lane in a Late Model. Emotions were running high all around from Dorer and his crew as they flooded victory lane.
“She was a fighter, I am so proud of her, what she is, and what she stood for.” Steve Dorer told Speed51.com presented by JEGS. “I am so thankful to be able to be here tonight, I have never won at Springport and this one is for her.”
Dorer started deep in the field after a poor qualifying effort. He proved to have a fast car early on and within the first 20 laps he had gained five spots.
Jordan Dahlke led over half of the event until Quinnton Bear charged through the field and took the lead after a hard battle for a few laps. Bear and Dahlke made contact resulting in them both drivers going to the tail.
That put Chris Koslek in the lead and Steve Dorer in the runner-up position. After another caution the two dueled again for the lead, and this time Dorer took control of the race for the remaining laps.
“Chris (Koslek) runs good and he is aggressive on the restarts. I got a run down into one and the car was good on the outside and we were able to get around him,” Dorer said of his winning pass.
Koslek followed Dorer across the stripe at the end of 100 laps with Phil Bozell rounding out the podium. Tristan VanWieringen and Andy Bozell completed the top-five.
Upon climbing from his car, Dorer looked to the sky with hands in the air and yelled, “This one is for you Momma!” He also sported a large decal on the hood of his No. 10 in memory of mom.
“I’ve learned a lot over the summer with my mom, just how important people, things and times like this really are. “I just want to live to appreciate every moment of it.”
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-By Mikayla Kugler, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent – Twitter: @MikaylaKugler
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Michigan Cup 100 presented by JEGS.com Unofficial Results
Springport Motor Speedway (MI) – September 19, 2015