Rice and McPherson Make the Holiday Sweep
By: Dave DeHem
The fourth of July Holiday weekend started off with a bang at the Dixie Motor Speedway with some great racing as well as a spectacular Fireworks show. The cars and stars of the Turbo Blue Michigan Legends Series kicked off a double header weekend on Friday July 1st with the first night of racing held under beautiful weather conditions. After a very hot day, the clouds moved in and cooled everything off so the drivers would be a bit more comfortable in the cars.
Heat races were the first order of the day with Sean McPherson grabbing the win in Heat #1 over Tony Monge and Loren Short. Heat Race # 2 saw Matt Todd grab the win over Chance Rice and John Turnbull Jr. while Heat Race #3 went to Levi Rouster over Rick Kilbourn and rookie contender and second generation driver Josh Indig out of Canada.
After a front stretch autograph session along with the Auto Value Super Sprints a stellar field of 15 Michigan Legends answered the call to green with Tony Monge leading from the drop of the green flag. Monge held the lead until just before the caution flew on lap 17 with Chance Rice getting by for the lead.
Rice would lead at the restart with Monge in hot pursuit followed by the trio of Matt Todd, Levi Rouster, and Loren Short all vying for the third spot. As the laps wore down, Rice pulled out a five car length lead over Monge while 4 car lengths back there was a four car battle for positions 3 – 7 between Todd, Rouster, Short, Kilbourn, and Turnbull. In the end though Rice took the win in the 30 lap feature over Monge, Levi Rouster, Todd, and Rick Kilbourn. Positions 6-10 went to John Turnbull Jr., Loren Short, Sean McPherson, Trenton Besgrove, and Guy Fire.
So with one race under their belts and Chance Rice being the big winner the group would load up and head for the Angola Motor Speedway the very next day for the second half of a Double header weekend. The race at Angola was scheduled to be a National Qualifier for the INEX Asphalt Nationals to be held later this year. With the winner of the feature race receiving a provisional starting spot at the Nationals this would be another of those important nights for all the drivers in the series as well as those drivers that make a special effort to join up with the Michigan drivers for this race.
Three heat races were held to determine the starting order of the feature race with heat race number one going to Sean McPherson over Andy Jones and Loren Short. Heat race number two saw John Turnbull Jr. grab the win over the Rouster Brothers Levi and Ben in that order. Chance Rice picked up where he left off at the previous night by grabbing the top spot in Heat race number three over Matt Todd and Tyler Turner.
With high anticipation of a great feature event, the question of the day was whether or not Chance Rice could continue his winning ways or would someone else find their way to victory lane. Well, Chance Rice looked to be the sure winner as he led for nearly the entire race while the field behind him was battling two and three wide on the fast Angola 3/8 mile facility. Indeed it appeared that Chance was going to cruise to his second feature win in as many nights but after starting in the sixth spot, Sean McPherson was working his way to the front.
Coming out of turn two as the field got ready to take the white flag, McPherson was able to get by Rice and hold on for the last lap to grab his first ever feature win in a Legends Car. McPherson has been with the Turbo Blue Michigan Legends Series for three seasons and prior to that had raced Legends Cars for a year in Georgia before moving to Michigan. McPherson’s early racing career was in ¼ Midgets where He earned numerous Championships in those types of cars. The win was sweet for McPherson and his family as they support second generation driver Sean in all of his racing endeavors while traveling together as a family with Father Tom as Crew Chief.
Following McPherson to the line were Chance Rice, Matt Todd, Andy Jones, and Levi Rouster rounding out the top five. Positions six through ten went to Ben Rouster, Andrea Hans, Loren Short, Trenton Besgrove, and Guy Fire.
Next up for the Turbo Blue Michigan Legends Series is a trip to the famed Owosso Speedway on July 9, 2011. Owosso has long been a supporter of the series and always produces excellent racing action on its progressively banked 3/8 mile asphalt surface. So come on out to the Owosso Speedway located on M-21 between Ovid and Owosso to see the Turbo Blue Michigan Legends Series. For complete results, driver profiles, points, and schedule check out the official website of the Turbo Blue, Michigan Legends Series at www.michiganlegends.com and “We’ll See You at the Races”.
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