By T.J. Buffenbarger
Marne, MI – (June 4, 2011) – Travelin’ Troy DeCaire won Saturday night’s Must See Racing X-Treme Sprint Car Series feature in spectacular style. DeCaire, driving a 25 year old race car owned by Ron Koehler, passed Jason Blonde after losing the lead earlier in the race with a spectacular three wide pass in lapped traffic and held on for the victory.
“I was trying to save some tires and got passed (by Blonde),” said DeCaire after the event. “I kept (Blonde) in sight and saw him hazing the tire. I went to the bottom when we came into that traffic, the car stuck, and I drove out with the lead. We really needed this win.”
Mike Larrison and DeCaire started on the front row for the 30-lap feature, but were soon joined by Blonde racing three wide into turns one and two. DeCaire came out with the lead. Meanwhile in the back of the field Jacob Wilson was making an incredible charge from 18th starting position after having to change a tire before the feature. Wilson was instantly into the top ten by the end of the first lap and cracked the top five on lap 12.
Even through two cautions for spins by Mike Larrison, DeCaire was able to pull away from Blonde. The final restart Blonde held tight to DeCaire’s back bumper and made his move on lap 19. DeCaire and Blonde raced wheel to wheel for a full lap before Blonde came out with the win. Blonde opened up about a five car length lead while DeCaire had to hold off Wilson, who had moved past Jeff Bloom and Ryan Litt to move into the top three.
As the laps clicked down slower traffic became an issue. DeCaire was able to close in on Blonde as the laps wound down. With two laps to go Blonde and DeCaire came up on a pair of slower cars racing for position going into turn three. Blonde went high just as the traffic drifted up. Blonde had to hesitate for a split second as the bottom opened up for DeCaire for shoot into the lead. From there DeCaire motored away for his first win of the 2011 season. Blonde finished in the runner up spot with Wilson picking up hard charger honors for advancing 15 spots to finish third. LItt and Bloom rounded out the top five.
Jason Cox was the fastest qualifier over the 20 car field with a lap of 13.256 seconds around the 7/16 mile oval. Aaron Pierce, Tim Cox, and Kyle Flint won heat race events. Larrison won the Fast Car Slash.
Berlin Results courtesy of MyLaps.com