New Paris braves cold, Thirteen Feature Winners

Sunday, 09 May 2010 07:05 Patrick McNamara

newparis_xsNo doubt about it, the weather was cold with temperatures in the low 40's and a stiff wind swirling through the 1/4 mile speed facility known as New Paris Speedway.

But the racing action was HOT as a hearty crowd of loyal New Paris fans made their way to the race track to watch double features.

Thirteen Feature Winners found their way to victory lane, as Late Models, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks took to the historic Michiana Quarter Mile.

In the Street Stock B-Main being re-run from May 1st, it was Jesse Rush holding off Justin Oberlin at the line to get the win.

In the Street Stock A-Main re-run, Travis Schalbach was the class of the field, as he crossed the line nearly 2 full seconds ahead of 2nd place Nick Pressler and another 2 seconds back to 3rd place Sie Sharp and 4th place Scott Frost.  Keith Powell rounded out the Top 5.

Pure Stocks A-Main saw 12 participants take to the track, with the "Bulldog" Gene Hughes showing off his freshly repainted ride for the 2010 season.  Caleb Woods pulled off the best lap of the race, cracking off a 15.98 on lap 3 but it was Gene Hughes who was first to the finish line, followed by Highbaugh, Howard, Schaffer and Devreese.

Photo by Carl Smith
Mini-Stock B-Main has 10 cars take to the track and 5 cars not able to answer the call.  Nick Huffman who isn't normally a B-Main car was by far the best car in the group as he stomped the field and won easily.

Mini-Stock A-Main was much more competitive as Merle Neff, Rich Hensley and Eric Fraizer went at it for the win with Neff winning in a photo finish over Hensley.  The official margin of victory was .068 seconds, but many in the stands thought the No. 95 got to the strip first.

Late Models feature and it was the No. 35 of Bobby Stremme who rolled off the trailer ready to go fast as he put a hurting on the field in the feature event, breaking off a fast time of 13.71 during the race and winning going way.  Brandon Maynard finished 2nd, followed by Jesse Schaefer, Rick Slusher and Cory Pressler.

Fans were giving a short break to run down to the concession stands and get a hot cup coffee or a snort of something to warm the soul and New Paris Speedway got right back into the action.

Late Models back on the track and with teams having an opportunity to make some adjustments, the field at the front took on a slightly different flavor.

Shawn Amor and his No. 28 found themselves racing on the front of the pack and going for the win, while Alex Pratt also joined the group at the front.  At the finish line, it was Brandon Maynard scoring the win, followed by Shawn Amor, Bobby Stremme, Rick Slusher and Alex Pratt.

In the Mini-Stock A-Main, it was the No. 27 of Jerime Damron who crushed the field.  Running a fast lap of 16.20 during the race, Damron cruised to apparent victory with a nice cushion over the next closest car.  But that next closest car would be the team claiming victory as the No. 27 didn't clear tech and Eric Frazier was awarded the win.  Rich Hensley grabbed another 2nd place finish, while Kevin Grubb made his way to the podium with a 3rd.  Dan Spratt and Lee Atkins rounded out the Top 5.

In the Mini-Stock B-Main, John Ong brought home the victory, Kevin Allen and Chris McGee close behind.

In the Mini-Stock C-Main, it was Brandon Depue getting the win.  A total of 37 mini-stocks were on-hand Saturday Night, congrats to the strong field of cars.

In the 2nd Pure Stock Feature of the evening, Matt Bainbridge got off to the early lead, but it was Caleb Woods and Andy Devreese who'd put on the show as those two dualed down to the end with Devreese getting across the line just in front of the No. 77 of Woods.  Jason Howard finished 3rd, Hughes 4th and Bainbridge 5th.

Thirty street stocks were on hand as the field was broken into an A & B Feature for the final events of the evening.  The B-Feature saw Larry Saunders come home the winner, while Mike Miller nipped on his heels in a very close finish, just five-one-hundredths of a second off.

In the A-Feature, it was very good to see Lou Stremme running back up front.  Lou took a hard hit a couple of weeks ago at Plymouth Speedway, but he was in great spirits and his car was making fast laps.  The fastest lap of the race went to Travis Schalbach who snapped off a 15.45 on lap 24, but that wasn't enough to get him to the front as Lou Stremme took the checkered flag.  Lou was followed by Mark Miller, Dave Coleman, Travis Schalbach and Scott Frost.