4th Annual Battle Of The Bullring
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Cherry Beats Mother Nature and See’s Six Feature Winners on Dash For Cash Night
Fife Lake, Michigan (Friday August 29th, 2014): The summer racing season continued to wind down this past Friday night at the fast 3/8ths (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake, Michigan. It was dash for cash night where the top four inverted from the heats and the winner would receive $100 cash. The show was highlighted by the high-powered UMP DIRTcar Late Models making their return after a short break. The Stock Cars, Factory Stocks, Four-Cylinder Warriors, and Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts were all in action as well.
The night’s main event features began with the Factory Stocks 15-lap A-main. Richard Cebula Jr. would be the early benefactor taking the early lead. He would actually be able to lead the entire event no matter what anyone tried to do, there was no stopping Cebula from making his way to victory lane.
This was the fifth win of the year for the 52-year old driver from Grawn, Michigan driving the Dick’s Repair Shop / Oldsmobile. 2011 track champion Emery Smith finished just behind in second. Dan Wireman, Peni LaLonde, and Robert Hittle rounded out the top five. Smith won the heat, and Cebula won the four-car dash for cash.
The Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts were out next for a 15-lap feature event. The 2012 track champion 15-year old Chris Casey would lead the first lap. Then he would suffer a flat tire which forced him to leave to the pit area. This gave the lead to 17-year old Calvin Ingleston. Ingleston would maintain the lead for the rest of the race despite a challenge from 2011 track champion 15-year old Autumn Beeman in the final laps.
This was the first ever career win for the Benzonia, Michigan driver of the L&M Builders / Ford. 15-year old Dalton Bouschor was the runner up finisher. Beeman, 17-year old Rheanna Doberstein, and 13-year old Amber Beeman made up the top five. Ingleston also won the heat.
The Hirams Lightning Sprints hit the track for their 15-lap feature event. Mack Erickson would take the early advantage. He would pull out to an outstanding lead, and would lead the entire event from start to finish.
The South Bordman, Michigan Driver picks up his second win of the year at Cherry Raceway in his Chaney Creek Construction #38. Justin Ward finished second. Josh Ward, Randy Plamondon, and Ron Ramoy capped off the top five. Justin Ward won the heat, and Erickson won the Dash for Cash.
The 20-lap Stock Car feature event made its way out next. The green flag dropped and that was when Brian Abernathy took off with the lead with everyone shuffling for position in his rear view mirror. On lap seven he would see a protest from Joe Fisher. Fisher was able to power his way past and would gain the lead. He would never look back from there going to make the visit to the winners circle.
The 44-year old Fisher picked up his third win of the season behind the wheel of the Great Lake Forge / Chevrolet. Two time and defending track champion Allen Oyer finished in second. Kevin Newberry, Jim Durga, and Thomas Poley finished off the top five. The heat race wins went to Newberry and Durga. Fisher also won the Dash for Cash.
The Auto Value UMP DIRTcar Late Models competed in a 20-lap main event. 18-year old Andy Nickerson III took the early race lead. He would hold that spot until lap 5 when the defending UMP DIRTcar Late Model Michigan State Champion Eric Spangler would make the pass for the lead and never look back from there going on to take home the checkered flag.
The 45-year old Lake City, Michigan driver of the Spangler Heating & Cooling / Mastersbilt Racecar picks up his seventh win of the season. 2010 track champion Greg Gokey finished second. Scott Phillips, Jacques Julian, and Nickerson completed the top five. Spangler and Gokey won the heats and Phillips won the Dash for Cash.
Finally, the Four-Cylinder Warriors concluded the night with the running of their 20-lap feature. 17-year old Jackson White shot off with the lead at the start of the action. He would lead until lap 7 where there would be a caution and right then Jackson’s car would suffer mechanical issues causing him to relinquish the lead to Jeremy Wood. Wood would not be denied the win as he lead the remainder of the race getting the win.
This was the 31-year old Manton, Michigan native’s fifth win on the year in the A&W Racing / Chevrolet. Defending track champion Andrew Austin had to settle for second. Jeremy Tulick, Bob Wood, and Arlie Cooper rounded out the top five. Tulick and Austin won the heats. Wood won the Dash for Cash.
This Friday and Saturday the Cherry Raceway will be running a two day show for the 4th annual Battle of The Bullring where all classes will compete for special prizes. The UMP DIRTcar Late Models will be facing off for $1700 to win, UMP DIRTcar Modifieds will run for $1000 to win, Stock Cars will run for $650 to win, Factory Stocks will go for $300 to win, The Four-Cylinder Warriors will square off for $400 to win, The Lightning Sprints, and Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts will also be in action. Friday night will consist of qualifying and heat races, plus the entire UMP Modifieds show ending with the 40-lap feature. The Lightning Sprints will join the fun on Saturday for the running of the B-Mains and the remaining feature events.
Ticket Prices for Friday September 5th and Saturday September 6th are: Adults (13-59): $17.00 – Seniors (60 and Over): $15.00 – Children (6-12): $5.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Pit Passes: $30.00. Friday The Pit Gates Open at 5:00p.m. Grandstand Gates Open at 6:00p.m. Practice also starts at 6:00pm. Qualifying for all classes will be at 6:30pm. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing Begins approximately at 8:00pm. On Saturday, both the Pit Gates and Grandstands will open at 3:00pm. Practice begins at 4:00pm. Qualifying for the Lightning Sprints will take place at 4:30pm. Then after pre-race ceremonies / Invocation/ national anthem(s) the green flag is set for 6:00pm.
Cherry Raceway is located at: 8649 East M-113 in Fife Lake, Michigan. For more information, please call: 1-(231)-468-1477. Don’t forget to check out the track website at: www.cherryraceway.com you can also follow us on Facebook by going to: www.facebook.com/cherryraceway and clicking on the “Like” button as well as on Twitter by going to: www.twitter.com/cherryraceway
Saturday September 20th: Demolition Derby, Off Road Derby, and 4WD Tug of War
Saturday, September 20th, Cherry Raceway will host a 3 for one show. Demolition Derby, Off Road Derby, and 4WD Tug of War. Trophies for all classes. Demolition will pay $1000.00 to win $300.00 for 2nd and $100.00 for 3rd. Off Road Derby will pay $500.00 to win $200.00 for 2nd and $100.00 for 3rd. Tug of War trophy only. You will be allowed to run your Off Road Derby car in the Demolition also. The first 20 cars, there will be no registration fee and you will get one free pit pass. To get registration form just go to Cherry Raceway.com, print off registration (below). Where it says chassis just put Demolition. Any questions, call Roger at 231-578- 2072 or Ed at 231-335-8121.
Pit gates open at 3 o'clock, Grandstands open 4:30.
Registration for the event is $30.
2014 Registration Form
The 2014 Cherry Raceway Driver Registration Form is now available for download. The form also contains season pass information & pricing.
To download registration form (PDF), visit the Track Info Page or CLICK HERE.