Williams wins opening night at Jackson Speedway

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From Jamie Braithwaite

Jackson, MI — (May 2, 2015) — It was a beautiful night for racing as the Mini Sprints made their season debut at Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Michigan. The Kid Sprints would kick the night off with Dylan Canine leading the race from flag to flag. He would like to thank his sponsors Auto Images and K9 Rod and Cycle. He would also like to thank his Mom, Dad and Grandma.

The 600 Open Winged class would hit the track next, with the 42 of Boston Mead and the X of Lexi Adgate leading the field to the green. Mead would jump to an early lead and begin to pull away when the caution flew for the spinning car of Cody Tyler in turn two. Adgate would take the lead on the restart and hold it until the caution flag flew once again, this time for the 6 of Toby Tyler’s spinning car. Under the yellow, Adgate’s car would develop a flat tire and she was unable to continue the race. On the restart, the 6 of Tyler would make a valiant effort to take the lead from Mead, but was unable to make it stick, and it would be the 42 of Mead taking the win. Toby Tyler was second, followed by Lexi Adgate and Cody Tyler. Boston would like to thank his sponsors OSR Engines and Irish Hills Collision. He would also like to thank Roger Sadowsky.

Up next would be the 600 Non-wing Sportsman for their feature event. Wauseon, Ohio’s Tyler Hershberger and Brooklyn, Michigan’s Andrew Church would lead the 7 car field to the drop of the green. As the green flag flew, the 38 of Kyle Murphy and the 57 of Robert Pell got tangled up in turn one, bringing the yellow out and bunching the field back up for a complete restart. Hershberger jumped out into the lead when the green flew again, but a raging battle heated up behind him. The 49 of Carl Peterson battled for second place with Murphy, allowing Hershberger to pull away from the field. Peterson slid high on the track, allowing Murphy to make the pass, but Peterson slid back by and the 14 of Church made a pass on Murphy as well, but could not hold the position and spun in turn 4, bringing out the caution. On the restart, it was Hershberger and Murphy bring the field back to the start finish line. Hershberger claimed the lead once again, with Peterson attempting to take the second spot away from Murphy, but was unable to make it stick. A 3-way battle ensued for the third position between Murphy, Church and Peterson, with Church taking the spot. Hershberger had a half straightaway lead on the field as the caution would wave one last time. When the green flew for the final time, Hershberger pulled away yet again and brought home the win. He was followed by Murphy, Church, Peterson and Rob Pell. Tyler would like to thank his sponsors Rupp Seeds, Pettisville Grain Company, Complete Wireless Solutions, Emory Hershberger Trucking, Marie Hershberger Cosmotologist, Rychener Speed and Fab and Rodney Stealy and Brad Nichols at Concept Chassis. He would also like to thank his mom, dad, sisters, brother, Brandon Oyer, JR Hunt, and the Lord.

The 250 Ninja class hit the track next for their feature event. The all-girl field was led by Brianna Sloan. Sloan would take the early lead, but was slowed by a lap car and the 7 of Olivia Smith made a pass for the lead. Sloan battled back and reclaimed her lead and never looked back. She was followed at the line by Smith and Trinity Wheaton. Brianna would like to thank her sponsors Virginia Coney Island, Don Marsh Service, Phelps Towing and 23M Racing.

The 600 Restricted Winged class was up next with the 56 of Nolan Monroe taking the early lead and never looking back. With a straightaway and a half lead on the field, Monroe would take the win, followed by Mackenzie Yeo-Brown in second and Keith Sheffer II coming home in third. Nolan would like to thank his sponsor American Wall Systems. He would also like to thank his parents and Randy Mathews.

The final event of the night was the 600 Open Non-wing class with Danny Williams in the 7W and Tyler Hershberger in the 91 leading the filed to the drop of the green. Williams took the lead, with Hershberger and the 49 of Carl Peterson battling for second. Hershberger would pull away from Peterson and begin stalking Williams for the lead, but was unable to make a pass. The 86 of Keith Sheffer I sneaks into the battle and the top 3 cars are nose to tail, all trying to make a move for the lead. The yellow comes out just as the flagman showed the half-way signal for the slowed 55 of Michael Archer. Williams and Hershberger would again lead the field to the green. Williams jumped to the top spot, and Peterson made a move under Hershberger and tried to make a move for the lead. Hershberger bumped Peterson, causing him to spin and collect several other cars. The field would line up double file one last time, with Williams and Archer bringing the field back to speed. An intense battle ensued behind Williams between Archer, Sheffer and Peterson, allowing Williams to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. As the checkered flag waved for Williams, Archer would spin coming out of turn four, giving second place to Sheffer. Peterson crossed the line in third, with Hershberger and Archer rounding out the top five. Williams would like to thank his sponsors Jim Winters, Huff’s Auto Scrap, Pro Designs, Jimmie’s Towing and Williams Sealcoating. He would also like to thank Rodney Stealy and Brad Nichols at Concept Chassis.

Please join us next Saturday night for another exciting night of racing at the new Jackson Speedway! Pit passes are $12 for all ages, General Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are FREE! Hot laps begin at 5:30 and Racing begins at 7:00.