Another trip to the Great Lakes region, where racing continues strong for 50+ years. From the Bonanza foothills of Berlin to Michigan International Speedway, high horsepower and mass durability will be the key. Ryan Heuser is on the pole for the third time this season, looking to strike first for a sixth different event in 2022.
Rick Jackson and Ryan Heuser raced side-by-side for the opening two laps. Ken Pettit made a charge on the #138 on lap-5 but to no avail, dropping to 7th while stuck on the inside lane. Heuser would continue to lead the field to the first caution involving Bink Lucas and Steven Spears on the frontstraightaway.
Dave Miller took charge two laps after the restart, bolting past Heuser with draft help from Zakk Miller on the inside lane. He would continue the pace through the next green flag stop and onward despite multiple charges from Ben Geer. Alex Crapser also ventured for the lead numerous times but to no avail.
Dave Miller led through the halfway point before a miscue through lapped traffic gave Crapser his first lead of the race. He would lose his advantage after green flag pit stops, handing Miller the short-pit advantage with a 2+ second lead. He would be caught by the pack by lap 130 with Ryan Heuser, Tim McDonnell and points leader Johnny Reed Foley attacking the inside line.
Foley wound up with the lead after a failed pass attempt by his teammate Tim McDonnell. The #3 would sit atop the board through lap 147 before Miller passed him back in a draft line with Tony Pizzaro. Foley took the spot back six laps later, racing side-by-side with Rick Jackson for the lead before the final green flag stops halted their progress.
The #90 Marlboro machine gave the Michigan crowd a roar for the ages after another excellent pit stop put him back at the heap. Miller dropped back to third after a freight-train power move by Crapser and Heuser sent them to the top. These two would pull away from the field and race for the victory.
Alex Crapser hasn't led more than 10 laps in an Extravaganza Series event all season, and has failed to record a top-3. He is looking to conquer those demons at his home Superspeedway in grand style, racing and edging out the dominator during the final green flag stretch. He would lead all of his 36 laps on the day, squeezing through lapped traffic with ease en route to what could be his first victory of the season!
A horrifying occurrence coming to seven laps to go, initiated with contact between Ken Joynt and Rob Scarberry. The two cars collided into the leader in a desperate attempt to remain on the lead lap. Crapser spun upwards into Rod Weston, knocking the #04 downward into a violent collision with Steven Spears directly on the racing groove.
Ben Geer and Adam Crapser atom-bombed the rear end of the Pennzoil machine, knocking him up the track once more into the path of Jimmie Stevens. The blow to the AMPIO ford sent him for a 107 mile-per-hour ricochet from hell, helicoptering from one direction to another within milliseconds. Surprisingly, a concussion and a broken heart were his only serious injuries.
Johnny Reed Foley, Adam Crapser, Jimmie Stevens and Ben Geer all went from a top-11 run to a DNF after 190+ laps of work. Foley would drop to fourth in the standings after leading the points for ages. Rick Jackson would narrowly miss the wreck and finish 10th, taking the points lead for the first time in years. Somehow second place Ryan Heuser was able to miss the wreck entirely after a bold move to the inside lane. He and Dave Miller would race to the checkered flag in a three-lap dash for the cash.
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