Griffin wins Sky is the Limit race at Crystal


By Daily News • Last Updated 9:42 am on Monday, July 23, 2012

A huge crowd was on hand Saturday night at Crystal Motor Speedway to watch a spectacular night of racing sponsored by Engine Pro.

The Engine Pro ASCS SOD Sprints/NRA Challenge presented by ARP feature was all Randy Hannagan despite a strong run from Gregg Dalman and then Dustin Daggett followed by Ryan Grubaugh, Dennis Yoakam, Ryan Ruhl, Ron Blair, Kyle Sauder, Steve Irwin, Hud Horton, and Chris Jones. Hannagan, Yoakam, Tim Allison, Gregg Dalman and Beau Stewart took heat wins with the Mains going to Irwin and Horton. Sauder won the dash.
Chancey Baxter led most of the Races On The Web Flinn Stock A Main with Scott Glidden and Tyson Minier tight in his tracks. The next few positions were a dog fight with the rest of the top ten consisting of Samantha Klaus, Travis DeWitt, Felicia Rohn, Bree Brasington, Kevin Rohn, Jr., Meghan Chapko, and Andrew Weber. Cody Everingham and Brasington took heats. The top three in points are Baxter, Brasington, and Rohn.

Jeramie Raby ran most of the Port City Racing Pro Stock feature with nothing but the cool evening air in front of him. With about five to go, Vern Buskirk and Jason Playter, Jr. began to pull within shooting distance but they were unable to  reel in the high flying Raby. Mike Husted came in fourth, followed by Barry Rinard, Lucas Hubbell, Jacob Headley, Todd Bush, Blake Hollenbeck, and Gordon Snyder. Hubbell and Raby bagged heats. Buskirk, Chaney Newland, and Husted are the top three in points with about five races to go in the season.

The PRW-USA ICA Modified feature was all George Wease with the Carson City driver holding the lead from start to finish. Although the battle behind him raged, no one had anything for Wease. John DeYoung, Jr. grabbed second, followed by Chad Maurer, Myron DeYoung, Josh Borton, Mike Shanteau, Rusty Zeigler, Chad Wernette, Robert Hutson, and A.J. Ward. Hutson made his way into the big show by winning the B Main while Maurer, Hale, and Borton brought home heat gold. Wernette, Hutson, and Myron DeYoung are the top three in season points.

The Smokers Club Street Stock feature saw Mike VanderMark Jr. make his return to the Crystal clay after working out some mechanical issues that had sent him pit side a few weeks prior. VanderMark was nearly untouchable from the start, leaving Ryan Lewis to take second, followed by Chris Wiggins, Chance Allen, Kyle Prochazka, Doug Helsel, Doug McKeown Sr., Matt Clark, Travis King, and Randy Wellman. Shane Spencer and Wiggins triumphed in heat races. Brenten DeYoung, Helsel, and Wiggins are the top three in points.

History is an odd thing… and so is destiny. July 21, 2004, Kesha Griffin, 14 year old daughter of Pro Truck driver Bob Griffin, was killed in a tragic car accident. Every year since, Bob has run a self sponsored special where his family gives money to a division payout in honor of Kesha. She was a huge race fan and supporter of the Street Stocks in particular. In the seven special events prior to this year, Bob has managed to win several of these races, much to the approval of an appreciative fan base.

Last year on July 21st, another 14 year old race fan, Zach Rummer, was killed while riding his bike. Bob added Zach to his memorial of Kesha this year. He started fourth in the Engine Pro Pro Truck feature, a division that has been dominated in points by three other drivers: Ashlee Scott, Dave Peters, and Tim Wood.  With the drop of the green, Griffin quickly motored to the lead with only Gaven Parks within reach. He opened up a sizeable lead but that evaporated during a caution.

Once back to racing, Griffin pulled away with Parks riding shotgun on his tail while the rest of the field battled for position. With the white flag in the air, Parks mounted one last charge but nothing was to stop destiny as Griffin pocketed his second consecutive “The Sky is the Limit” race. Parks came home second, followed by Wood, Peters, Mike Seaman, Scott, Ryan Paradise, Tim Sooy, Chris DeCamp, and Don Prout. Griffin and Prout also won heats. The points leaders are Scott, Peters, and Wood.

Next week at Crystal Motor Speedway is another “Yes 2 Kids Night” with a special driver autograph session being held on the front stretch from 6 to 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand gates opening about 5 p.m. Adults are $10 and kids 5-11 are $4. Pit passes are $25. Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at (989) 235-5252 or visiting crystalmotorspeedway.com.

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