Bud Perry stands in victory lane after winning the Rob Natole Memorial at Sandusky Speedway. (Speed51.com photo)
Jimmy Carter took the lead early in the 75 lap feature from Randy “Bubba” Smith II, before battling with a charging Herold Fair Jr. Lapped traffic caused a check-up for the leaders, knocking Fair Jr. out of the race. Bud Perry made his move before halfway, passing Carter to take the lead. Perry never looked back, winning the race by more than half a lap.
The Main Event Racing Series is running this season using American Racer tires, a change from the Hoosier compounds they have run in previous years. Tonight’s race kicks off the 2017 season for the series, which sees a few weekly racers from Northeast Ohio tracks joining the Championship. Many names are returning, including Bud Perry and Harold Fair Jr.
The Spring Supernationals at Sandusky Speedway will now be known as the Rob Natole Memorial, named after a longtime Sandusky Speedway friend and employee who passed away recently.
John Sandquist Jr. battled a power steering issue throughout practice, and missed qualifying. Tony Urdiales had a persistent water leak that needed to be fixed, requiring him to miss qualifying as well.
The Main Event Racing Series will be the last feature run tonight, and will be 75 laps.
The inversion for tonight’s Main Event Racing Series Feature is six.
|1||12S||Randy “Bubba” Smith II|
|6||71||Harold Fair Jr.|
|8||32||Glenn Gault Jr.|
|10||99||John Sandquist Jr.|
Time Trial Results:
|1||71||Harold Fair Jr.||16.452|
|6||12S||Randy “Bubba” Smith II||16.960|
|8||32||Glenn Gault Jr.||17.498|
|10||99||John Sandquist Jr.||99.999|
11 Main Event Racing Series Outlaw Super Late Models.
|12S||Randy “Bubba” Smith II|
|32||Glenn Gault Jr.|
|71||Harold Fair Jr.|
|99||John Sandquist Jr.|
Drivers will attempt two laps at speed to set their qualifying time. A random invert will be announced following qualifying to set the field. The Main Event Racing Series does not run heat races.
3 PM – Pits Open
4 PM – Hot Laps Start
6 PM – Qualifying Starts
7 PM – Heats and Features Begin (All Divisions)
Main Event Racing Series
Who to Watch For:
Harold Fair Jr. comes to Sandusky after a strong second-place finish in the Spring 200 ARCA Gold Cup Super 6 Series Feature at Toledo Speedway several weeks ago. Bud Perry is looking to start off his pursuit of a fourth Main Event Racing Series Championship with a win tonight. Barberton Speedway Outlaw Late Model Champion Glenn Gault has moved up and looks to contend for the 2017 MERS Title. Also moving up is Midvale Speedway Outlaw Late Model Champion Randy “Bubba” Smith II, who is looking to run select races this season.
This is the first Main Event Racing Series Feature of the year, but many strong Outlaw Super Late Model Teams appear poised to contend for the championship throughout the eight race season.
Sandusky Speedway is a half-mile asphalt short track located in Perkins Township, OH. The facility is home to the second “crown jewel” of the ISMA Triple Crown, hosting the Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals every July. Sandusky Speedway is also known for the Wild Bill Hangover Race (held on January 1 each year), and the Main Event Racing Series Championship.
Just down the road from the racetrack is “America’s Roller Coast”, Cedar Point Amusement Park. Fans can enjoy the Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster by day and racing action by night. Also, Camping World Truck Series team ThorSport Racing has their shop just down the road. Sandusky Speedway was used by several NASCAR teams before the testing ban.
Spring has finally sprung in Ohio, granting the state sun and warmer temperatures for the first time in several weeks. While rainouts have been an issue across the region the last few weeks, there is no risk of a washout tonight. The skies are partly-cloudy, giving Sandusky a high of 72 degrees. Temperatures are expected to settle around 53 degrees overnight. Slight winds blowing to the Southwest are not expected to increase as the evening continues.
Next Series Race:
The Main Event Racing Series will continue their season on May 27th at Flat Rock Speedway for the Joy Fair Memorial. This will be the series second race of 2017, and will be 100 laps.
What Won the Race:
Bud Perry took advantage of Fair Jr. falling out of the race, dominating the last half of the race to win.
Timing and scoring went down before heats. Here are the cares that finished on the lead lap:
|3||12S||Randy “Bubba” Smith II|
|6||32||Glenn Gault Jr.|
2016 Main Event Racing Series Champion Bud Perry passed Jimmy Carter before halfway and won the Main Event Racing Series opener at Sandusky Speedway.
“It’d been fun to race [Fair Jr], but a win like that is kinda boring, like a bit hot lap session. Always hate to see the good guys go out and have nobody to race with. On the other hand, I’ve been the same token, rather be in victory lane”
Winning Crew Chief:
On the Move:
Tony Urdiales started in the rear of the field, but raced his way to a fifth place finish. Patience allowed him to pass several cars, and take advantage of mechanical failures.
Harold Fair Jr. was one of the first cars out of the race following contact with a lapped car while battling for the lead.