The 2013 Racing Season will begin Saturday May 25 at Whittemore Speedway.
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September 16th, 2012 – OwossoSpeedway.com
The next feature of the evening would be the inaugural appearance for the Bishop Performance Legends Series, running a 25-lap main event. Newly crowned 2012 Series Champion Rick Kilbourn would lead the field down for the start. Kilbourn would battle in the early running with Ben Rouster for the top spot. The two drivers would race side by side for several laps, until fast qualifier Loren Short made it to the front. Short had set the mark in qualifying earlier that afternoon and had elected to start in the back of the field for a $100 bonus from Fast Track Promotions Inc. Short would work past Kilbourn on lap eight, and by lap 10 was at the front of the pack. Short would go on to set a torrid pace, as he picked up the big win. Kilbourn was second with Donny Matteson Jr., Chris Metdepenningen, and Derek Lacey rounding out the top five. Mitchell Huber won the heat race, with Short claiming the Dash and Derek Lacey winning the Australian Pursuit. Short set the mark in qualifying, laying down a 17.924.
Kilbourn claimed the victory in the feature when Short was DQ’d for being under weight. Short took the DQ in stride and will be back to race again with Bishop Performance. A busy work week kept Shorts from spending as much time on the car as they would have wanted. They added some weight but still came up 2 lbs short. Donny Matteson Jr. was also DQ’d for being under weight. Donny Matteson filled in for Bobby Murany in the 10 car. Donny is about 75 lbs lighter than Bobby. The car owner also had a busy week and forgot to set the car up right. OOPS! Donny had fun, and that’s all he was after.
Great job guys. Great sportsmanship and best of all, it was great racing with you this year.
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INEX LEGENDS RETURN TO WHITTEMORE SPEEDWAY
LJ Trinklein 8/20/12
With an autumn chill in the air and autographs signed by the Modified and Legend drivers, the race fans returned to the stands for the feature races.
Last up for the evening were the Inex Legends. Skip Krassa and Chris Metdepenningen would bring the field to the first green. Karassa took the early lead with Bobby Murany and Cole Landau second and third. Murany passed Karassa on the outside for the lead bringing Landau along into second. As Landau looked for a way around Murany for the lead, top qualifier Loren Short was blasting his way through the pack. Running the high line heat winner Short made his way to the leaders and the race was on. At the halfway pursuit winner Short took the lead and was trying to pull away when a malfuntion put the leader up in a cloud of smoke and a small fire bringing out a red flag. When the race restarted Murany was the leader again. Landau was second. Rick Kilbourn was third and Karassa was fourth. Short made repairs and would start in the back of the field. At the drop of the green Murany, Landau and Kilbourn mixed it up for the lead with a slight edge going to Murany. As Landau worked on Murany for the lead Short was flying through the pack one more time. , Mitchell Huber spun on the front stretch bringing out another yellow grouping up the field. The restart had Murany, Landau and Kilbourn all choosing the inside line and Short taking the outside. This choice brought Short back to the leaders for a shoot out style finish. The green flew and Short grabbed the lead and held off Murany for the win. Landau was third.
509 S. Bullock St., Whittemore, MI 48770
LJ Trinklein 7/30/12
With the kid’s bike races finished and and everybody safely back in their seats, with a smile on their face. We all settled in for the main events.
It was another beautiful Saturday night for racing at Whittemore Speedway, and the INEX Legend cars sponsored by Bishop Performance and Walker’IN Driver’OUT Auto Repair of Lapeer took to the track first. Rick Kilbourn (No.54) and Ben Rouster (No.21) brought the field down to the green flag, with Rouster getting the early jump. Rouster and Kilbourn started to distance themselves from the field, but Rouster bobbled in turns one and two allowing Kilbourn to get a run on the inside for the lead. The side by side battle up front allowed Skip Krassa (No.9) and top qualifier, and pursuit winner Cole Landau (No.74L) to begin to close in on the leaders. A spin just before the halfway mark brought the field back together, and the Bishop Legends unique lineup process jumbled the running order up front. At the restart it was Kilbourne leading followed by Landau, Rouster, heat race winner Bobby Murany (No.10), and Krassa the top five. Murany wasted no time jumping to the outside and moving into the third spot, with his eye on the lead duo. The top four pulled away from the rest, and towards the end of the race the Murany machine started to fade allowing Rouster to get back by for third. At the checkers it was Kilbourne the winner, Landau second, and Rouster third. Kyle Maki (No.81) and Bobby Murany picked up a heat wins.
The 2011 Legends Nationals are in Las Vegas this year. We decided to make the trip and connect with some friends like Ken Joyce, the Moyes and Bob and Chance Rice.
Follow all the results on LegendsNation.com
David Beatty started the season off in the hole by missing the very first race. The next was rained out and by the 3rd race, David was chomping at the bit. The 16 car had been rebuilt over the winter at the Bishop Performance shop and the setup looked very good. David, Randy Gallagher and Chris Metdepenningen spent several nights working on sprucing up the new chassis.
The first event for David did not have a qualifying round and the 16 won the feature event. No one knew how fast David really was. Then at the next 5 event, David was fast qualifier and the winner of the feature races. It became apparent he was headed for a championship. Skip Krassa and Matthew Randall were staying in close pursuit in second and third spots in points.
David let the group know he would be missing the August 13th race at Springport for work. He had already missed the first race so this race would not count as his one allowed drop. After dropping to third, Matthew Randall pulled back into second and knew this race would be his best chance to catch David. This race and the next were called due to rain and Randall championship hopes were dashed.
The next race Beatty needed to break in a new set of tires and his night was about 1/2 a second off his normal times. He would finish fourth in the feature followed again by Randall and Krassa. The championship points battle remained the same.
That left the final night at the famed Michigan Cup to decide the champion. Mathematically, Beatty only had to qualify to ensure the championship was his. He would have to be a no show and Randall would need to dominate the event to win.
As he did for most of the season, Beatty set fast time. His friend Chance Rice, showed up on Sunday to give David a run for his money after winning a championship in another series the night before. The two were playing tag when Beatty’s car began to miss. He pulled off and finished 6th but the championship was his. 6 feature wins, 5 heat wins, 2 pursuit wins and 7 fast qualifying attempts did the job. Congratulations to our 2011 Champion, DAVID BEATTY.
2011 Champion David Beatty with one of many checkered flags
As mentioned above, Matthew Randall was in close pursuit of eventual champion David Beatty all season. Matthew started the season off with a feature win and was always in the top 5. One slip from Beatty and Randall my have been this years champion. He was able to stay in contention all year in the Bishop Performance prepared machine and was the highest point rookie and 2nd in championship points. 1 feature win, 1 pursuit win, and 8 top 5′s did the job. Congratulations to the 2011 Rookie of the Year, MATTHEW RANDALL.
2011 Rookie of the Year, Matthew Randall at the Springport Speedway season opener
In the last 3 years, 59 different drivers have made a better choice and have chosen Bishop Performance Legends Club.