AMHERST TWP. — Not a lot of cars turned out for the third Saturday of Lorain County Speedway’s season. And, due to the cold weather with threats of rain, not a lot of fans came out either.
That didn’t stop a pair of Lorainites from having a great night. Ryan Chapman (Grand Nationals) and Corey Phillips (Chargers) each set track records in qualifying, then went to win their third features in as many weeks.
Medina’s Tigh Shaffer won his second Modified feature of the season, while rookie Nick Wiery outran last week’s feature winner Roland Sheppard Jr. in the Sportsman main.
A wreck on the first lap of the Grand National feature knocked out one of the five entries, prompting officials to shorten the race from 12 laps to 10. Another accident in the fourth lap sliced the field to three with six laps to go.
Chapman edged fellow Lorainite Ed Kerman on a restart with two laps to go and held on for the win.
“Being dry helped,” said Chapman. “I got the high spots working there in the feature. I’m glad I got a ‘turkey.’ Never got one in bowling, but I’ll take three feature wins in a row.”
Like the Grand Nationals, the other stock car divisions saw limited fields — three cars competed in the Sportsmen and seven in Chargers. Spectator Stock races were canceled because only one car entered — Bob Lusetti.
Lusetti was recognized as the winner of every event and was awarded the prize monies.
Phillips won his 10-lap feature in dominating fashion, finishing 2.486 seconds ahead of runner-up Neil Broski.
A three-car spinout on the second lap of the 10-lap Charger feature sent Mark Fisher to the pits.
It was all Phillips when action resumed as he finished 2.486 seconds ahead of runner-up Neil Broski.
“I want to thank all my sponsors,” Phillips said. “I also want to thank the fans for coming out and my family for all the support. Especially my mom for Mother’s Day.”
Shaffer led the majority of the 30-lap feature and edged North Royalton’s Joe Quinn by 0.266 seconds at the finish line.
“Joe is one of my best friends,” Shaffer said. “We’ve been racing together for years, and we work together good. I think it’s time for me to stop helping him out a little bit. Joe is a wonderful guy and I want to tell him he did a great job.
“I want to thank all the competitors in this race. They were all on my back — especially T.J. (Stineman) and Joe. I seen ’em there.”
Shaffer started 10th and took the lead on the sixth lap. A caution for the spin of Terry Groner closed the field. Another yellow flag slowed the race on Lap 16 when Tim Gullata Jr. spun out.
Stineman nosed ahead of Shaffer off the restart, but wound up falling to fourth by the 19th lap. He held that position for the finish.
Jeremie Wiggins finished third and Vermilion’s Tyler Shullick took fifth.
“I felt him (Stineman) right there, and I was a little tight getting in there,” Shaffer said. “I tried not to run him up or anything. I thought it was a good race.”
Shaffer will have some new competition in the near future, ironically, from his own car.
“I built this car from scratch, but my old car’s in the garage,” he said. “Ol’ Betsy is getting ready to do some more rounds. The new car’s running great, but the old car’s coming back. I’m going to put a few drivers in it, and we’ll see what it can do.”
Wiery won the first feature race of his short career. The 16-year-old, who has been racing go-karts since he was 7, held off Sheppard Jr. and Bailey DelFosse to win the 10-lapper.
“This is only my third night here, and it’s been a blast,” said Wiery, whose win in last week’s dash was the first checkered flag of his career. “I won a WKA (karting) National Championship last year, and I’ve been racing for nine years.
“My dad, Dallas Hayes and Dustin Hayes have gotten my car started up and have got me going. They’ve been a real help, and this has been a lot of fun.”
The scheduled Powder Puff race was postponed due to rainy conditions and will be made up as part of next Saturday’s Family Night.
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TOP QUALIFER: Roland Sheppard Jr.
DASH: Nick Wiery, Bailey DelFosse, Sheppard Jr.
HEAT: Sheppard Jr., DelFosse, Wiery.
FEATURE (10 laps, 3 cars): Wiery, Sheppard Jr., DelFosse.
TOP QUALIFER: Jeffrey Fade Jr., track record
DASH: Joe Quinn (North Royalton), T.J. Stineman (LaGrange), Jeremie Wiggins, (Spencer), Fade Jr.
HEAT 1: Shawn Bubsey, Jeremy Hummrich, Steve Dressler, Tim Gullata Jr. (Akron), Bill Petrie, Terry Groner (Elyria), Chad Duensing.
HEAT 2: Mark Smith (Grafton), Tigh Shaffer (Medina), Tyler Shullick (Vermilion), Stineman, Wiggins, Brad Copen (Wooster), Quinn.
FEATURE (30 laps, 16 cars): Shaffer, Quinn, Wiggins, Stineman, Schullick, Smith, Fade Jr., Copen, Petrie, Gullata Jr., Hummrich, Bubsey, Dressler, Groner, Duensing, Andy Hoskinson (Elyria).
TOP QUALIFER: Ryan Chapman (Lorain), track record.
DASH: Bobby Justice (Lorain), Ed Kerman (Lorain), Chapman, Matt Wilson.
HEAT: Justice, Kerman, Chapman, Wilson, Chapman Sr.
FEATURE (10 laps, 5 cars): Chapman, Kerman, Wilson, Justice, Chapman Sr.
TOP QUALIFER: Corey Phillips (Lorain), track record.
DASH: Phillips, Neil Broski (Cleveland), Lindsay Fade (Northfield), Jay Teague.
HEAT: Phillips, Broski, Rick Kovac, Fade, Mark Fisher, Joe Brooks (Wellington).
FEATURE (10 laps, 7 cars): Phillips, Broski, Brooks, Kovac, Teague, Fade, Fisher.