Thursday, September 8, 2011

Special NCS edition of "Cookies Race Recap”

NCS RACE # 5 at the WORLD FAMOUS “Ingalls Motor Speedway " is in the books. We had 42 cars show up for 2 days of great door to door short track action. It was a beautiful Indiana weekend. Track conditions were ideal and the cars were hooked up. Friday went very smooth and we went into Saturday with all 42 cars looking to get a "Madhouse" win. Saturday, we had a live singing of our National anthem by Lilly Barnard and Lauren and Livia Brawner. The bombs were bursting in air, and you could feel the excitement.

"Super Trucks"
We start the weekends action with the super trucks. We only had 3 guys show up with trucks so I will make this short and sweet. The pole was won by the #62 of Randy Brown with a time of 6.991. Orrin Sunde in his 0 truck misses the pole by .009. Herbbie Coulbourne runs a lap of 7.115. Brown backs up his pole run by sweeping both rounds of heat action on Friday. Sunde runs the fastest lap of the weekend in Round #2, as he lays down a lap of 6.182. Brown led most of the Main, but just like in our Tri State race, the Michigan boys were 3 wide swapping the lead for all 100 laps. Brown gets the “Big Clock" and wins a hard fought battle to win back to back truck races at Ingalls. Sunde comes home in 2nd and Coulbourne has to settle for 3rd. Sorry guys I didn't have any video of this race.

"Limited Sportsman" aka " The Busch Boys "
The top qualifier in Fridays time trails was the #12 of Ron Strubbe with a lap of 6.674. Mark Hogue in his 71 takes 2nd with a lap of 6.830 and 3rd was the 60 of Derek Belcher.
Strubbe takes round #1 of Friday’s heat action, and also lays down the fastest lap of the weekend with a 6.384. Round #2 was won by Houge, the 71 making it known he was there to take home the big clock and get his 1st "Madhouse" win.

Saturdays main was a good one Hogue leads the field to green followed by Strubbe, the 5 of Earl Clement in 3rd, 4th was 32 Chris Brawner, 5th was 7 Chad Vollmer and Belcher 6th. All 6 drivers had a shot to get the win. We go green and Vollmer by Brawner for 4th and the 32 spins the 7 on lap 4. We go back racing, and Hogue pulls away from Strubbe by 6 car lengths. Lap 12, Vollmer gets lose on the frontstretch, goes into turn 1 high and spins, collecting Brawner. On the restart Strubbe after Hogue as Clement gets loose on the backstretch and checks up the field but he is able to hang on to 3rd. Strubbe hits backstretch wall and loses ground to our leader. Lap 18, Brawner and Belcher get together in turns 1 and 2. Restart sees Strubbe after Hogue and Clement after Strubbe. The 71 and 12 start to pull away until lap 31, when Vollmer spins in turn 4. We get back after it and Clement gets to the door of Strubbe, the two make contact on the backstretch, sending Strubbe on his lid, the 12 and 5 to the tail. We reset the field with Hogue still out front followed by Belcher and Brawner. Strubbe by Vollmer on the restart, 7 gets into the 12 spinning Strubbe in turn 2. Clement back up to 4th. Lap 48, Clement by Brawner to take over 3rd, as the 7 spins on the backstretch. This takes us to the fuel stop and Hogue has led every lap in the 1st half. We start the 2nd half and Belcher bounces of the backstretch wall, allowing Clement to take 2nd. Lap 55 Strubbe comes across the nose of the 7 spinning the 12 and sending him back to the tail. Lap 60 Strubbe and Brawner get together on the back stretch and its back to the tail again for the 12. Lap 66 Belcher goes after Clement for 2nd but spins the 5 and Earl is forced to the tail. We get back to racing and Hogue is still your leader followed by the 7 and 32. Strubbe gets up to Brawner and as they fight for 3rd, the 12 spins the 32 and both are sent to the tail. Clement back to 3rd. Lap 77 Brawner high in 4 hits the infamous point leading onto pit road. Lap 83 Vollmer drives in deep in 3 and gets into our leader sending Hogue into the turn 4 wall. This hands the lead to Clement with only 15 to go. Strubbe up to 2nd as he bypassed the 60 and 32. Brawner got by Belcher when the 60 spins on the frontstretch. Lap 87 Strubbe for the lead. Lap 90 Brawner clips the inside grass in 3 and 4 spinning the 32 out, Hogue spins to avoid the 32 and Vollmer comes in and blasts the 71. We reset the field with Strubbe leading followed by Clement and Hogue doing all he can to get back to the front with only 5 to go. 3 to go and Clement makes a run at Strubbe but Earl gets lose allowing Hogue and Vollmer to get by for 2nd and 3rd, the two make contact coming across to take the white flag and the 7 is sent into the turn 1 wall. 71 continues on to come home 2nd. Ron Strubbe takes home the "Big Clock" and wins one of the biggest races of his career. Belcher gets by Clement to take home 3rd. All 6 cars finished the race, and all you guys did a good job...

"Sportsman guys"
We now set our sights on the nonstop action in the Sportsman class. Paul Hilber in his 83 car grabs the pole with a lap of 6.332. The 67 of Brett Gottfried takes 2nd with a 6.339 and the # 44 of Nick Ellis runs a 6.372 to take 3rd. Top 3 separated by .040. Friday we were able to sit back and watch 4 heats per round and the action was superb. Paul wins both of his rounds and the # 81 of Matt Hilber sweeps heat #2, Greg Hilber in his #38 takes heat #3 and the #7 of Jon Smith dominates heat #4.

C Main…The race to keep racing.

8 cars rolled to the green with all having a shot at the B. Jerry Brawner got his #88 out front and never looked back. The 27 of Steve Riddle, Jim Bell in his 31 and hired gun Dave Pirrello in the 32 all earn themselves some more racing. Honorable mention goes out to Jon Mason in the 87 car, who was in a transfer spot late until he spun himself out in order to avoid spinning the 2nd place car. Great race guys.

B Main
I don't normally do a complete recap on lower mains, but the B was a good one, with 10 cars that not only had a shot to win the B, but could very well go on to take home the Big Clock. Starting lineup: #29 Rick Liehr leads us to the green followed by the #44 of Ellis 2nd, #6 Jason Cook 3rd, #4 Kevin Ligon 4th, #15 Sonny Brown 5th, and #7 Jeremy Brawner 6th. The Top 4 from the C-main round out our 10 car field. We take the green and Brown wastes no time getting 4th from Ligon and the 15 goes on and grabs 3rd from Cook. Lap 7 Ellis inside of lap car of Riddle, the two make contact, Riddle spins and collects Brown. Race Director made the call the Riddle was already coming around and the 44 and 15 were allowed to fall back in line. Brown continues his early march to the front and gets around Ellis for 2nd, as the two come off turn 2, I couldn't tell if contact was made, but Brown spins and is forced to the tail. Cook and Ligon back in 3rd and 4th with C Main winner Jerry up to 5th. Lap 16 Ellis by Liehr for the lead. Lap 17 Bell and Brown get together off turn 4. Restart Ligon by Cook for 3rd but Cook fights back as Ellis pulls out to a big lead. Lap 25 Jeremy into Brown. Lap 27 we go green but Riddle gets into Pirrello off turn 4. Lap 32 are back to racing. Bell gets an early jump on Jerry, the 88 is forced high out of turn 2 where he gets loose and gets into Bell, Jerry spins and collects Riddle. Jerrys day is done. Top 4 remain the same as Brown is up to 5th. Back at it and Cook after Liehr for 2nd but is unsuccessful and Brown by Ligon for the transfer spot. Lap 43 Bell loose off 4, 31 overcorrects and goes head on into frontstretch wall. On the restart, Ligon gets into Brown, collecting Pirrello. The 7 of Brawner up to the transfer spot with Bell in 5th. We get 2 laps before the fuel stop and Cook gets high off turn 4 and Jeremy gets into the 6 and both spin coming to the Yellow. 2nd half Ellis leads, Liehr holding down 2nd, Bell and Brown in transfer spot. Pirrello up to 5th. 8 of the 10 cars are still on the lead lap. Green is out and Brown with a big jump on Bell, 15 inside of the 31 with Riddle, Bell gets into Brown and both are sent to the tail. Pirrello is handed 3rd and Ligon is back in the transfer spot. Ellis gets a late start and this checks up the field. Liehr gets into the back of Ellis and our leaders are sent to the back. Ligon got by Pirrello for 3rd, so this hands the lead to the 4 car. Cook and Brawner back in the transfer spots with Brown back to 5th. Coming to the green, Brawner spins off turn 4 handing 4th back to Brown, with Bell in 5th. Ok this one will be tough. Green Green Green and the action gets good. Brown by Cook, Cook by Brown, etc, etc, etc. Cook gets to the inside of Brown in turns 1 and 2, Bell decides to stick his headlights into the battle and gets into Cook, they all check up and climb the hill allowing Ellis to come in and take 3rd. Bell up to 4th and Brown back to 5th. Cook under pressure from Jeremy, 6 gets into the 7 and we get yet another caution on lap 75...WHEW!!! 23 TO GO and Pirrello takes the lead away from Ligon as the two battled lap after lap for the top spot. Ellis by Ligon for 2nd just as the yellow flies again. Ligon back to 3rd and Bell is in 4th. Bell gets another big jump on the restart and gets into Ligon and this stacks up the field, 4 and 31 to the tail with Brown and Liehr now in the transfer spots. Brawner gets by Liehr for 4th but the 29 fights back and walks away. Up front Ellis grabs the lead from Pirrello, few laps later Brown by the 32 for 2nd. Dave back to 3rd. 10 to go and on lap 91, Ligon into Bell in turns 3 and 4. We go back green and the 29 of Liehr appears to get loose and Jeremy gets into the 29 and both are sent to the tail. This hands 4th to Cook as we try to go back green but are unable and the 6 is lucky enough to race a little more. 8 Cars on the lead lap and Ellis gets the win as the kid runs the fastest lap of the race with a 6.256. Pirrello gets by Brown to come home 2nd after starting 10th, Brown 3rd.

225 Laps of Great “Mini-Madhouse” A Main action
Starting Line Up. Paul leads us to the green. 2nd Matt, 3rd Smith, 4th Greg, 5th Gottfried and 6th the #2 of Todd Holloway. The top 4 from the B round out our 10 car feature. Best action at the start was at the back as we watch Brown and Cook bypass Pirrello and Ellis. Paul pulls out to a huge lead under a 37 lap green flag run. The 83 laps Pirrello, Ellis, Cook, Brown and Holloway. Lap 37, while trying to put Gottfried down a lap and Cook 2 laps down, 67 into the 6 and Cook spins in front of the leader. Gottfried remains on the lead lap. After only 40 laps the leader has lapped half the field. Lead laps cars are the 3 Hilbers, Smith, and the 67. Lap 45 Smith gets inside the lapped car of Holloway, Greg follows the 7 by but Gottfried comes in, making it 3 wide. The 67 gets into the 7, spinning Smith and the result is a 5 car mess in turn 2. Greg limps back to the pits and one Hilber is forced to the hauler. Only 4 cars left on the lead lap. 25 laps of racing and we watch Paul and Matt pull away. 83 puts Gottfried and Smith down a lap just before the first of two fuel stops. 2 cars left on the lead lap. Back to racing and Ellis roughs up Brown and Sonny pays the kid back in 3 and 4. 15 ends up on his lid. We go green for 30 laps of fast pace action and Smith gets up to 2nd in line and tries his best to get his lap back. Paul proves too strong and pulls away from the 7. Lap 120 Gottfried and Holloway get together. Lap 127 Smith gets into Pirrello the two spin and Holloway comes in a blasts the 7, putting Smith on his top...Lap 132 Cook gets into our 2nd place car of Matt, Cook continues and the 81 loses it in turns 1 and 2. Green stays out for 15 laps to the final stop. Lap 156 Ellis spins in 3 and 4. 20 more green flag laps until Matt hits the frontstetch wall and is slow going into turn 1. Gottfried is unable to avoid the 81 as he tries to gather it up. Matt spins and goes to the tail. Lap 186 Cook into Ellis. Lap 190 Ellis lose off turn 4 and Cook spins the 44 again. We get back at it and Paul drives away from the rest of the field as Matt must deal with traffic. Lap 196 Brown and Holloway touch on the frontstretch. 29 to go and Paul continues to dominate as Matt works his way past Ellis to get up to 4th in line on the track but Paul pulls out to a half track lead. Lap 218 Gottfried gets into Pirrello. 7 to go when we take the green and Gottfried gets into Ellis, collecting Brown and Cook. So let's reset the field with just 4 laps to go. Paul leads followed by Smith (- 1 lap), Holloway (-5 laps), 2nd place Matt and Cook (-5 laps). We take our final green flag and after leading all 221 laps Paul has a problem off turn 2 and the entire field gets by, Smith gets his lap back and Matt leads the final 3 laps to snag the win from his brother. Paul makes it to the end to take 2nd, with Smith rounding out the podium. Ellis and Holloway round out the top 5. The story does not end here...In post race inspection Matt was found to have gasket sealer on his crank case and was stripped of his win. Paul, after dominating the event and running the fastest lap of the weekend with a 5.880, is given the win and takes home the Big Clock.

"Crazy Sprint Car Class"
We wrap up this special edition of Cookie’s Race Recap with the "Off the hook" action in the sprint car class. The top spot in qualifying was won by the #6 of D.C. as he laid down a lap of 6.084. Mike Sadler in the #24 takes the 2nd spot with a time of 6.139 and a 6.248 was put down by the 77 of Jerry Brawner. Friday’s heat action was intense and fast. We had 3 heats per round to set up Saturday’s Mains. Dave Brawner in the #16 sweeps heat #1. D.C. sweeps heat #2. Sadler and the #82 of Randy Baker split heat #3. D.C. runs the fastest lap in both rounds on Friday as he put down a 5.852 in round 1 and a 5.811 in round 2.

B Main
The B Main was dominated by the #2 of Todd Holloway followed by the #9 of Vinnie Krezinski, Jeremy Brawner in the #7 and the final transfer spot goes to the #11 of Fred Murry. Krezinski runs the fastest lap of this race as he runs a 5.984.

This was a battle of survival. Starting lineup: 1st #6 D.C., 2nd #16 Dave, 3rd #82 Baker, 4th #24 Sadler, 5th #77 Jerry and 6th #4 Kevin Ligon. Top 4 from the B round out the 10 car field. Green is out for the first 25 laps and the pace was super quick. Lap 5, Sadler by Baker for 3rd, 1 lap later the 24 runs down Dave and grabs 2nd. D.C. puts Murry and Ligon down 1 lap as Krezinski and Jeremy got past Ligon to move the 4 back to 9th. The 6 pulls out to a huge lead and on lap 20, D.C., while trying to put Jeremy down a lap, gets into the grass in 3 and 4 and slides it sideways but keeps it going and this allows the 7 to stay on the lead lap. Lap 25, Holloway spins off turn 4. We go back green and on lap 30, Dave gets loose off turn 4 and it causes him to go into turn 1 slow as he tries to gather it up, Baker runs into the back of the 16 sending both to the tail. We reset the field with D.C. and Sadler up front followed by Murry (-1 lap) and Jerry 3rd. Green flies and Jerry by Murry and the 77 sets his sights on the leaders. Lap 34, Krezinski spins going into turn 3. Holloway is up to 5th. This restart was an ugly one. Lap car of Murry gets to the inside of Jerry and makes the pass in turn 1. Going into turn 3, Jerry and Jeremy have to check up to keep from running over Murry. Jerry goes to the inside of the 11 on frontstretch, Murry hooks the 77 and Jerry goes head on into the wall. Jerry’s day is done on lap 39. Jeremy gets by to take over the 3rd spot, Holloway up to 4th and Baker 5th. Restart, Sadler hits backstretch wall, this allows Jeremy to take over the 2nd spot. 2 laps later Sadler runs the 7 back down and takes the runner up spot back. 6 pulls away. Lap 51, Ligon spins in turn 4. 23 to go as we take the green and Baker gets high going into turn 3 and this allows Dave to take 5th. Field spreads themselves out and D.C. pulls out to a 6 car length lead. Lap 62 the #9 backs it into the backstretch wall. Lap 66 Baker gets a early jump and gets to the inside of Dave, 82 bangs wheels with the 16 in 1 and 2, the two continue the battle down the backstretch, contact is made and Dave spins. Both go to the tail. Caution out again for Krezinski. 5 to go and green is in the air, Sadler gets low in 3 and 4, 24 clips the grass and starts to spin, Jeremy right on the bumper of Sadler makes contact with the 24 and the 16 and 9 are collected. Jeremy is forced to the tail. Sadler is forced to pull out of the race. This one ends with the yellow accompanied by the checker. D.C. takes home the Big Clock, as he blisters the field all weekend. B Main winner Holloway comes home 2nd and Dave Brawner rounds out the podium.

From this reporters eyes it was a great opportunity for the “World Famous Ingalls Motor Speedway" to show the country that we can put on a Great show. We are all very proud of our race track and the people that make it great. We had a large crowd to watch us go at it door to door all weekend. We are all very motivated on making our track one of the best in the great US of A. Thank you to all that made this event possible. QSAC, IQSR, VP Racing Fuel, Small Town Pizza, Mainsource Bank, Holloway Vinyl Signs and Graphics, Sonny Brown and Spectrum, Jeremy Brawner and Herta Motorsports, Relentless Racing, Jerry and Penny Brawner and all of Crown Racing, All our local racers, Bob, and last but not least our Prez Jon Mason..............6

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