posted May 06, 2001 02:14 PM
Reid, Sroufe and Wilson capture Butler features!
Quincy MI (May 5, 2001) - Butler Motor Speedway opened the regular season with a great field of 38 Sprint cars, 38 Late Models and 34 Street Stocks with four different states being represented. 18 year old Boston Reid out of Logansport Indiana captured the 25 lap Sprint feature. Huntington Indiana driver Terry Sroufe took the Late Model feature and Litchfield Michigan's Eric Wilson also 18 years old took the Street Stock Feature.
Cherry Illinois driver Bill Waite Jr started on the pole for the Sprint feature and jumped out to the early lead until Sean Robinson went around for the lead on the fourth turn on the first lap. A lap 4 caution for the spinning car of Ken Quimby bunched up the field for the restart as Mark Stemen had made his way to 2nd with Waite and Mike Stemler in tow.
Reid worked his way to the 3rd position from his 9th starting position as Robinson had built a 1/2 straightaway lead before a lap 9 caution for the car of Bob Thoms who lost a wheel and axle. On the restart Reid passed Stemen to take over the 2nd position. Reid was finally able to find his way around Robinson on lap 11. With Robinson now running in the 2nd place he had the wing mounts break sending him to the pits.
Chuck Wilson worked his way to the 3rd position by lap 16 from his 14th starting position. Meanwhile Reid was moving through lapped traffic and lengthened his lead to a full straightaway by lap 18.
A lap 21 caution for the car of Quimby bunched the field back up but nobody was able to make a move on Reid. Reid, an 18 year old high school senior, took the feature win over Stemen, Waite, Wilson, Ken Mackey, Greg Wheeler, Todd Wohlford, Doug Zimmerman, Chad Blonde and Mike Stemler rounded out the top 10.
Heat races were won by Charlie Baker, Todd Wohlford, Gerry Hart and Boston Reid. Chad Blonde and Greg Wheeler took the B Mains.
George Lindsey started on the pole with Jeff Pember beside for the 25 lap Late Model Feature. Pember jumped out to the early lead with Tom Krankel in tow. Tim Wilber started in the eighth position and but quickly moved his way to fourth by lap three.
Rod Patterson spun off of turn four to cause a caution and bunch up the field. Sroufe was able to find his way around Krankel on lap 10 to take over the second position. Pember, Sroufe and Krankel were nose to tail coming down the front stretch but Sroufe was able to finally make the pass for the lead on lap 13.
A caution on lap 14 for John Olsen bunched the field once again and on the restart Krankel was able to dive low to take over the second position from Pember and he also took Wilber with him to the third position. By lap 18 Wilber was working on the second position but was unable to get around Krankel.
Sroufe, the 2000 Butler Motor Speedway track champion took the feature win over Krankel, Wilber, Pember, Lindsey, Randy Archer, Bob Dooley, Dave Springer, Rick Swartout, Jim O'Neil rounded out the top 10.
Heat races were won by Mark Dowdy, Tim Wilber and Jim O'Neil with Mike Rogers taking the B Main.
After great features in the Late Models and Sprits it was time for the Street Stocks to shine and that they did! Wilson also a high school senior became the second 18 year old winner of the night as he took the 20 lap Street Stock feature.
Jeff Wadsworth started on the pole position with Don Kittle beside with Kittle jumping out to the early lead but that didn't last long as Wasdworth battled door to door for the lead and was finally able to make that work on lap two with Rick Spieth a close third.
On lap four the car of Chuck Ewing spun coming off of turn four. With the field now nose to tail at the restart. John Kulikowski was able to dive low below Randy Nichols and Kittle and to take over the third position. Nichols was working on Kittle and was able to get around for the fourth position on lap five before mechanical problems forced him to the pits.
Seventh starting Eric Wilson was working his way through the field and by lap six was up to fourth. On lap 12 a caution was thrown for the spinning car of Jeff Beaty. The field once again nose to tail with Wadsworth still leading, Spieth second, Kulikowski third, Wilson fourth and Kittle fifth. On the restart Wilson was able to make it around Kulikowski and the lapped car of Sheryl Dishaw to take over third.
Lap 12 Wilson, Spieth and Kulikowski were racing three wide down the frontstrech as Kulikowski went high into the corner and hit the leader Wadsworth and sent him spinning along with Spieth. Kulikowski was sent to the rear and Wadsworth and Spieth were given their spots back.
On the restart Wilson was able to make the move on Spieth as Spieth bounced off the wall. This moved Spieth back to the fourth position. On lap 15 Wadsworth got loose off of turn two and spun turning the lead over to Wilson.
Wilson took the feature win over Kittle, Donovan Mathe, Randy Patton, Kulikowski, Bill Howard, Jaimie Williams, Wadsworth, Mike Williams and Sheryl Dishaw rounded out the top 10.
Heat races were won by Spieth, J. Kulikowski and Kittle. Mike Williams and Bill Howard took the B Mains.
Next Saturday night will be another full show of Sprints, UMP type Late Models and Street Stocks Be sure to visit us on the web at www.butlermotorspeedway.com.