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  1. "Results" - Crystal Motor Speedway

    Posted 30 Jun 2018

    With the prospect of the heat index reaching 100 degrees, Crystal Motor Speedway has cancelled events planned for Saturday, June 30, 2018.

    Tuesday, July 3rd, the track celebrates Independence Day with all of the regular divisions plus fireworks! Adults are $15, kids 5-11 are $5, and pit passes are $30. Gates open at 4:30 PM with racing getting started at 7:30. Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200 or visiting the website at crystalmotorspeedway.com




    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

    This is Verwayne speaking on my own behalf. This is quite probably the last mailing that you will get from me. I recently discovered that the pancreatic cancer that I beat back in the fall of 2013 has returned. The last episode was treated at a specialty clinic in a hospital in Florida, but due to the sudden health issues my wife suffered that has led her into the depths of dementia and beyond, I am not able to get back to that facility. They are working with the hospital I am currently in here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It's nice they are doing that, but I can see that it isn't the same as the Florida specialty clinic.

    I started doing this 'results column' for Ron Flinn back in 1993. Other than one column that was written by a friend of mine (now living in North Carolina,) I have penned this column for every event done at CMS in that time. Back in mid 2001, I told Ron Flinn that I would no longer take a pay check from him, as I found it an honor just to be able to report on my favorite race track.

    I traveled the nation following the ASA Late Model Series in 2005, visiting roughly eighteen big tracks. I had press credentials at Michigan International Speedway, and interviewed a lot of drivers on the circuit. Of all of my interviews, the one I remember best was talking with Danny "Chocolate" Myers, the gas man for Dale Earnhardt in August of 2000, the last time that Dale raced at MIS. I met with Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, a man I met again in July of 2014. Tony will never be remembered for his friendliness. He was entirely focused on his racing... as well as he should have been. He wasn't talking to anyone at CMS that day, but as he drove by me on his quad, he stopped, looked at me, and then asked me, "Why do I know you?" I reminded him where we had met, and he spoke with me for about ten minutes. He took off, and I was flooded with people in the pits asking me 'You know Tony Stewart?' I would talk with him one more time that night on the front stretch of the track when they drew lots for the top eight starting positions. When he was relaxed, Tony was an easy guy, you just didn't mess with him on race day.

    After his accident in New York, late one Sunday night, I got a call from WJR -760, the power house AM station in Detroit. I don't know how, but they had heard that I had spoke with Tony that night, and asked if I would do a four minute conversation with them the next morning. I told them that I would have to get permission from Mr. Flinn to do that, but that I would call them back shortly. In all candor, I have the greatest respect for Ron Flinn, and I didn't want to do something on a radio station with the range of WJR without his permission and blessing. I called him, and explained what was happening, and Ron gave me the permission to speak to them. The next morning, they told me to call in at a specific time, and to 'just answer the questions I was asked.' The scheduled four minute interview ended up lasting 32 minutes. I was honored.

    I'm a story teller and an author. I could go on for days about everything that I've experienced and enjoyed while in the employ of Mr. Flinn. There is a reason that he is in the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame, and one of those reasons is he only takes on the best person to do the job. It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to have worked so closely with him all of these years. If I am lucky enough to beat this cancer again, I'll try to come back in some form or another. In the mean time, I'll keep writing books to keep my mind cleared.
    Thanks for putting up with me so long!
    Kindest regards,
    Verwayne Greenhoe
    Box 320
    Newberry Michigan 49868
  2. Crystal Motor Speedway Results

    Posted 23 Jun 2018

    A beautiful Saturday night at Crystal Motor Speedway found the Great Lakes Super Sprints on hand for their second event of the season, giving the Late Model class a night off.

    In the Great Lakes Super Sprints, Max Stambaugh of Lima, Ohio set a new track record in time trials, and then swept to the feature win. Phil Gressman of Helena Ohio grabbed second, followed by Danny Sams III, Englewood Florida, Dustin Daggett, Grand Ledge, and Gregg Dalman of Bellevue. Kyle Poortenga of Woodland grabbed the B feature with heats being taken by Sams, Gressman, and Daggett.

    Myron DeYoung of Stanton took the early lead and then cruised to take the Lane Automotive IMCA Modified. Kody Johnson of Vestaburg was second, followed by AJ Ward, Ionia, Mitchell Hunt, Greenville, and Nick Stormzand of Lowell. Milt Montgomery of Sheridan and Ovid's Ken Zeigler.

    The Port City Racing Pro Stock feature was all Kyle Hunt of Bannister, despite a race-long battle with Chris Malek of Alma. Andrew Fidler, Elwell, Brandon Cunningham, Sheridan, and Jeremy Spencer of Deford. Malek picked up the heat event.

    In the Engine Pro Pro Truck event, Tim Sooy, Stanton, and Ashlee Scott of Vestaburg battled for several laps for the lead, with Scott finally taking the lead. Her pass allowed Muskegon's Curtis Rice to get a leg up on the front pair, and he freight trained himself to the lead, and then the win. Scott brought home second, followed by Paul Grosnickle, Lansing, Jim Beltz, Kent City, and Rob Putt of Fenwick. Sooy scored the heat win.

    Next Level Graphics & Design LLC Street Stocks saw George Wease take his second feature of 2018, moving up from his tenth place starting position. Gabe Gesselman of Muir followed in second with David Dancer of Riverdale on his bumper for third, followed by Tim DeGroft Jr., and Dustin Weber of Riverdale. James McKeown, Sidney, Geselman, and Wease all took checkered flags in the heat events.

    Kolby Rohn took the Races on the Web Flinn Stock feature after a fierce battle with Collin Schafer of Muir. Mike Currier, Fenwick grabbed third, followed by Jason Barrus, Sheridan, and Johnny Miller of Orleans. Rohn and Schafer picked up heat wins.

    The Greenville Daily News Mini Wedge beginner's division saw Delano Hale win his first 6-9-year-old feature, followed by Teegan Williams, Stanton, Zayden Buskirk, Crystal, Eli Fellows, Crystal, and Jazzlyn Hale. Mikah Kurkowski of Sidney grabbed the heat win.

    The 10 to the 14-year-old event went to Brent Wonch of Stanton. He was followed by Lilyann Montgomery, Crystal, Ryan Read, Stanton, and Andrew Bogart of Howard City. Bogart picked up the preliminary hat event.

    Next week at Crystal Motor Speedway is a regular night with all seven of the regular divisions in the pits. Adults are $12, kids 5-11 are $5, and pit passes are $30. Gates open at 4:30 PM with racing getting started at 7:30. Then on Tuesday, July 3rd, the track celebrates Independence Day with all of the regular divisions plus fireworks! Adults are $15, kids 5-11 are $5, and pit passes are $30. Gates open at 4:30 PM with racing getting started at 7:30. Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200 or visiting the website at crystalmotorspeedway.com
  3. Results From Crystal Motor Speedway

    Posted 17 Jun 2018

    Saturday night at Crystal Motor Speedway was the Mid-Season Championship night with 128 cars in the pits, all sponsored by Engine Pro.

    One of the annual fan favorite events, the 'Twin Flinn' race was also held. This race is two different races being run at the same time, in opposite directions. Jeremy Sheets and Robert Zeigler took the features.

    In the KFC Late Model event, Zack Olger set the pace until he suffered mechanical problems after a duel with Ryan VanderVeen. VanderVeen held the lead until only nine laps were remaining, handing the lead off to Kyle Borgman of Muskegon who went on to take the event. Josh Borton, Crystal, took second, followed by Logan Love of Vestaburg, Mike VanderMark Jr., Cedar Springs, and David Hilliker of Midland. Rob Taylor of Muskegon and Borgman grabbed B Main wins, with heats falling to VanderVeen, Six Lakes, Tyler Norton, Midland, and Ryan Lanphierd of Midland.

    Milt Montgomery of Sheridan took the Lane Automotive IMCA Modified feature only to be disqualified after losing a muffler in a tight battle with Greenville's Mitchell Hunt. Hunt was followed by AJ Ward, Ionia, Matt Szecsodi, Clio, Casey Tasker, Fenwick, and Chad May of Rockford. Heats went to Tasker, Montgomery, and May.

    The Port City Racing Pro Stock feature was a battle between Greenville's Blake Hollenbeck and multiple division champion Jeff Kohn of Sheridan. Hollenbeck managed to keep Kohn behind to pick up the win. Kohn brought home second, followed by Rob Brillhart, Crystal, Andrew Fidler, Elwell, and Brandon Cunningham of Sheridan. Kohn won the heat event.

    In the Engine Pro Pro Truck event, Lansing's Paul Grosnickle held off a hard-charging Curtis Rice from Muskegon for the win. Kenny Dittenber, Carson City, picked up third, followed by Ashlee Scott, Vestaburg, and Jim Beltz of Kent City. Grosnickle also scored the heat win.

    Next Level Graphics & Design LLC Street Stocks saw Robbie Sternberg of Muskegon edge out Dustin Weber coming out of turn four to take a hotly contested race. George Wease of Hubbardston was third, followed by Dale Kaake, Cass City, and Tim DeGroft Jr, Carson City. Wease picked up the B Main win, with heats being chalked up by Jarrett Monk, Alma, DeGroft Jr., and Kaake.

    Collin Schafer of Muir took the Races on the Web Flinn Stock feature after a race-long fight with second place Al Ridgeway of Sheridan. Jarred Wonsey of Sumner brought home third place, followed by James Bannister, St. Johns, and Ronald Fuhrman of Belding. Jason Barrus of Sheridan and Schafer picked up wins in the heat events.

    The Greenville Daily News Mini Wedge beginner's division saw Saginaw's Landyn Neitling take the 6-9-year-old feature, followed by Eli Fellows, Crystal, Jazzlyn Hale, Crystal, Teegan Williams, Stanton, and Mikah Kurkowski of Sidney. June Dora of Fenwick and Neitling grabbed heat victories.

    The 10 to the 14-year-old event went to Andrew Bogart of Howard City, beating out Zayden Olger, St. Johns, Bryant VanderMark, Greenville, Lilyann Montgomery, Crystal, and Brent Wonch of Stanton.

    Next week at Crystal Motor Speedway finds the Great Lakes Super Sprints for their second event of the season. The Late Models will have the night off. Adults are $12, kids 5-11 are $5, and pit passes are $30. Gates open at 4:30 PM with racing getting started at 7:30. Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200 or visiting the website at crystalmotorspeedway.com
  4. The Rain Kills The Clay At Crystal Motor Speedway

    Posted 10 Jun 2018

    Heavy morning rain led to wet conditions at Crystal Motor Speedway Saturday, causing the cancellation of racing events. The MARFC (Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club) Night has been rescheduled for August 11th.

    In other noteworthy news, long time CMS scorer, Sue Lincoln, has been elected into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame. That induction will be in early November in Mt. Pleasant.

    Next week at Crystal Motor Speedway is the Mid-Season Championship night, sponsored by Engine Pro. It's also the 'Twin Flinn' race where two simultaneous races are going on at the same time in opposite directions.

    Adult admission is $12, kids 5-11 are $5, and pit passes are $30. For further information, call the track office at 989.235.5200 or visit crystalmotorspeedway.com
  5. Crystal Motor Speedway Results

    Posted 3 Jun 2018

    A beautiful late spring Saturday night gave an excellent setting for racing at Crystal Motor Speedway. Over 135 cars were in the pits to compete in front of a friendly crowd.

    The Hiram's Lightning Sprints were on hand and got feature racing off and running. Bill Dunham of Belevue took the win from his eighth-place starting position over Tom Hunt, Ithaca, Bud Schrader, Benzonia, Lindsey Erickson, South Boardman, and Rusty Havens. Dunham and Brendon Cascadden took heat events.

    In the KFC Late Model feature, Ryan VanderVeen of Six Lakes got out front about a third of the way in the feature and set sail to claim the win. Josh Borton of Crystal followed for second, with David Hilliker, Midland, Logan Arntz, Vestaburg, and Derrick Hilliker of Midland taking the top five positions. Rod Laney of Kawkawlin grabbed the B main, while Zach Olger of St. Johns, VanderVeen, and Tom Dusen of Muskegon topped the heat groups.

    Ionia's AJ Ward pulled off another feature win in the Lane Automotive IMCA Modified event. Dan Wiggins II from Fenwick took home second, followed by Mitchell Hunt, Greenville, Brenten DeYoung, Crystal, and Chad Wernette of Sheridan rounding out the top five. Heats fell to Nick Stormzand, Lowell and Myron DeYoung of Stanton.

    Jarrett Monk came home with a hotly contested win in the Next Level Graphics & Design LLC Street Stocks, beating out Tyler Brillhart, Crystal, Timothy DeGroft Jr., Carson City, Dustin Weber, Riverdale, and Doug McKeown Sr. of Sidney. Robert White moved on to the feature by winning the B Main. Heats fell to Monk, DeGroft, and McKeown.

    The closest race of the night was in the Races On The Web Flinn Stock event where James Bannister f St. Johns nipped Howard City's Rusty Sowles at the line. Sowles had held a decent lead but lost a left front tire with two laps to go. Sowles managed to keep his car running and moving forward only to be caught at the finish by Bannister. Kolby Rohn of Sheridan came home third, followed by Jarred Wonsey, Sumner, and Kyleah Baker of White Cloud. Rohn and Sowles went home with heat wins.

    Chris Malek of Alma held on to take the Port City Racer Pro Stock event over Rob Brillhart of Crystal and then Don Rohn of Sheridan. Kyle Hunt of Bannister and Ryan Teeter of Crystal closed out the top five. Rohn grabbed the heat event.

    The Engine Pro Pro Truck feature was taken by Curtis Rice of Muskegon, edging out Vestaburg's Ashlee Scott Rob Putt, Fenwick, Kenny Dittenber, Carson City, and Jim Beltz closed out the top five finishers. Paul Grosnickle of Lansing and Jason Omans of Ithaca went home with heat wins.

    In the Daily News sponsored Mini-Wedge features, the 6 to 9-year-old division group saw Teegan Williams of Stanton take the win over Mason VanderVeen, Six Lakes, Zayden Buskirk, Crystal, Jazzlyn Hale, Crystal, and Delano Hale of Crystal. Buskirk grabbed the heat event.

    In the 10 to 14-year-old event, Wayland's Thomas Parker pulled off a feature win over Andrew Bogart, Howard City, Brent Wonch, Stanton, Lilyann Montgomery, Crystal, Bryant VanderMark, Greenville, and Zayden Olger of St. Johns. Parker also picked up the heat event.

    Next week at Crystal Motor Speedway is the Lane Automotive-Optima Batteries IMCA Mod Challenge with the IMCA Mods battling for $1052 to the winner. It's also the 'Twin Flinn' race where two simultaneous races are going on at the same time in opposite directions. You must see it to believe it! It is also the annual MARFC (Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club) night where MARFC members get into the grandstands at no charge with current membership a valid ID.

    Adult admission is $15, kids 5-11 are $5, and pit passes are $30. For further information, call the track office at 989.235.5200 or visit crystalmotorspeedway.com

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    Michianaracin Icon

    16 Aug 2009 - 19:09
    Happy Birthday Sir
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    Guest 

    16 Aug 2009 - 05:55
    Happy Birthday Verwayne!
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