Rice takes Lucky #7 at Owosso in Legends
By: Dave DeHem
This past Saturday, August 27 the Turbo Blue Michigan Legends Series presented by Edgewraps Graphics of nearby Ovid, Michigan made their final appearance of the season at the Owosso Speedway owned and promoted by Jennie & Rick Miracle.
20 cars and a contingent of racers from Columbus, Ohio made their way to the track this night that saw former series champion and this year’s “Hot Dog” Chance Rice take feature win #7 for the season here in Michigan. Heat races were the first order of business with Rice grabbing the win in Heat #1 over Ben Rouster and Timmy Near. Heat Race #2 saw the 12 of John Turnbull Jr. get to the checkers first over Loren Short and Grant Quinlan. Heat #3 went to the 8 car of Matt Todd ahead of Columbus Ohio’s Bryan Nuckles and the 24 of Canadian driver Cody Falkner.
Cody Falkner and Sean McPherson would lead the field down for the start of the 30-lap feature. McPherson grabbed the point at the drop of the green with Loren Short in tow back in second and Falkner back to the third spot. Short would take the lead from McPherson on the second go round with the caution flying shortly thereafter for a three car tangle that saw one car go to the rear while the other two would regain their positions. Short would continue to hold down the number one spot until the Owosso Option restart placed Matt Todd right to his outside.
Matt Todd would take over the second spot at the restart while Chance Rice was working his way up to through the pack while Timmy Near, Sean McPherson, Cody Falkner, Bryan Nuckles and Ben Rouster Would battle it out behind Todd’s back bumper. The caution would fly on lap seven as one car drove off the backstretch and came to rest just outside of turn three. During the caution and prior to the re-start Loren Short began to smoke heavily and was forced to pull off the track. This put Bryan Nuckles to the lead with McPherson on his tail in the second row while Matt Todd would start outside front row at the re-start. The caution would fly on lap 8 for a tangle near the front of the pack that saw 4 cars unable to continue the rest of the way.
Matt Todd would restart from the pole on lap 8 with Bryan Nuckles to his outside with Rouster and Tony Monge in the second row and Chance Rice and Cody Falkner making up the third row. Todd would grab the lead with Rouster on his tail followed closely by Monge, Nuckles and Rice all in a dogfight for the lead. Lap 10 saw Rice get the lead away from Todd with Nuckles challenging each other for second with Monge and Rouster fighting it out for the fourth spot.
Lap 15 saw the caution come out for a one car spin which allowed the field to gather up behind Rice one more time. At the restart, Rice would choose the outside with Todd down low. The field would settle in for the haul to the end of the race with Rice back in the lead over Todd Nuckles, Monge, and Rouster,
Rice would pull further and further away from the pack while Todd would race along unchallenged for the second spot with the race of the night taking place between Nuckles, Monge, and Rouster for the third spot. This trio would go back and forth in a see-saw battle that looked like a ballet at high speed. Unfortunately on lap 27, the engine in Nuckles car let go in a shower of flames and the race was red-flagged. Nuckles was all right however the engine in the #59 was not going to run again and with the amount of oil laid down on the race track the race was given the checkered flag at that point. Rice was declared the winner with Matt Todd in second while Tony Monge, Ben Rouster, and Jerry Warden rounded out the top five. Cody Falkner, Guy Fire, Trenton Besgrove, Grant Guinlan, and Sheldon Lambert finished out the top ten.
Next up for the Turbo Blue Michigan Legends Series is the Dixie Motor Speedway on Friday night, September 2, 2011 to get the long holiday weekend started. For complete results and the current point standings please check out the official website of the Michigan Legends at www.michiganlegends.com and “We’ll See You at the Races”
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