From Dixie Motor Speedway
Birch Run, Michigan (Friday, July 2, 2010): The Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints Series were making their first of three appearances of the 2010 racing season in Birch Run, Michigan and it would be Troy DeCaire and Jim Swain leading the 19-car field to AVBBSS Chief Starter, Tony Postma’s green flag to start their 30-lap Feature and it would be DeCaire beating Swain to the first corner.
On lap three, DeCaire suddenly slowed to bring out the first caution flag of the night. He came to a rest in the middle of the backstretch and had to be pushed off the track as he was done for the night. This handed the lead to Swain who would try in vain to pull away from the rest of the field.
Three-Time Defending Series Champion and Fast Qualifier, Jason Blonde, who started fifth, steadily worked his way into second place and chased down Swain. As he got to him, Blonde kept going even further and as the crossed flags were shown signifying the ½ way point of the feature; Blonde motored by to grab the lead for himself on lap 16.
Ryan Litt, calmly followed Blonde by Swain and a caution with five laps to go would bring him right up to Blonde’s back bumper. On the restart, Litt made his move and maneuvered around the reigning champion on lap 26 but Blonde didn’t give up so easily and pulled back along-side the Canadian as the near capacity crowd had risen to their feet by this point.
Litt was determined however as the Lyons, Ontario / Canada driver in his BS-B Radiator Chevrolet would in the end fight off Blonde’s advances to score his first Feature Win of the 2010 Racing Season. Blonde settled for second while Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame driver Jeff Bloom picked up the last podium position in Third.
Derek Snyder finished fourth over Swain who completed the Top Five. Kevin Feeney was sixth as another Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Hank Lower, Kyle Flint, a Third Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Driver Bill Tyler, and Jeff Rankin would finish off the Top 10.
Blonde recorded the Fast Qualifier Award for the Super Sprints around the 4/10s (0.400) mile progressively banked d-shaped paved oval with a lap measured at a 12.488, which is 0.305 Seconds off the Track Record and equals out to 108.103mph.
The Track Record for the Super Sprints was set by Former Series Champion Cameron Dodson back on July 1st, 2005 when he turned a blistering 12.183. Geoff Kaiser, Tyler, and Flint won the Heat Races.
Litt will try and make it two for two over the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend as the Auto Value Super Sprints are right back in action on Saturday, July 3rd, at Dixie’s sister track to the Southwest, the Owosso Speedway in Ovid, Michigan where he is the defending race winner at the Big “O”
The next appearance at Dixie for the Three Rivers, Michigan based series will be on Friday, August 6th during the Biggest Single Day Race in the Midwest; BIG ONE VIII featuring the Super Sprints and the third jewel in the Dixie Cup Triple Crown Series for Super Late Models, the Great Lakes 100.
The third and final appearance for the fire breathing, winged warriors on the 4/10s mile will be on Friday, September 3rd during the Labor Day Holiday Weekend Celebration and 2010 Season Championships Part II.