Ron Doberstein Sr. Warrior Invitational
For event information flyer (PDF): Click Here
4th Annual Battle Of The Bullring
September 5th & 6th Click Here For Event Information
Spangler & Taghon Headline Victories on Fan Appreciation Night at Cherry Raceway
Fife Lake, Michigan (Friday August 15th, 2014): Race fans made their way out to the Cherry Raceway in beautiful Fife Lake, Michigan for a full night of racing action as part of their “Flyin Friday Night’s”. It was fan appreciation night where all of the fans were able to meet and greet on the track with their favorite drivers. There were also bike give-a-way’s and much more. The racing program was headlined by the high-powered UMP DIRTcar Late Models and UMP DIRTcar Modifieds. The show also featured action from the Lighting Sprints, Factory Stocks, Stock Cars, Four-Cylinder Warriors, and Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts.
The evening’s feature events started off with the running of the 15-lap Factory Stocks main event. Peni LaLonde took the early advantage. She held the lead for the majority of the race. However there would be a late race caution, followed by a restart which then allowed Richard Cebula Jr. to gain enough momentum to make the pass for the lead and go on to pick up the win.
This was the fourth win of the year for the 51-year old Grawn, Michigan driver of the Dick’s Repair Shop / Oldsmobile. LaLonde finished just behind in second. 2011 track champion Emery Smith, Karl McClellan, and Dan Wireman rounded out the top five. Smith was the heat race winner.
The Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts made their way out for their 15-lap feature. 15-year old Dalton Bouschor jumped out to the early lead leaving everyone else to battle for position behind him. He would actually be able to go all the way to the checkered flag leading the entire event.
This was the third win of the season for the Traverse City, Michigan native driving the Van’s Auto Sales / Porsche. 17-year old Calvin Ingleston finished second. 15-year old 2012 track champion Chris Casey, 12-year old Andrea Taghon, and 17-year old Rheanna Doberstein made up the top five. Casey was the lone heat race winner.
The UMP DIRTcar Modifieds made their way out next for a 20-lap feature. Once the green flag dropped it was two time track champion Larry Cade jumping out to the early lead. On lap 3 the defending track champion Dennis Taghon was able to take the lead. However he would lose the lead on lap 5 to the 2011 track champion Joe Rokos, who would lead a much of the race until lap 16. This was when Taghon would see a sudden burst of momentum catching up with Rokos and was able to overtake the race lead, and go on to pick up the win.
Taghon, the 48-year old Empire, Michigan driver of the Taghon’s Garage / Dirt Werx Racecar. Cade was the runner up. Billy Scott, Jerry Kent, and Darrell Lehn were the top five. Rokos won the heat race.
The Stock Cars were out next for a 15-lap feature event next. On the completion of the opening circuit the lead fell to Kevin Newberry. He would remain there until lap 7 when he would get caught up in lap traffic which gave an opening to Joe Fisher who would be the new leader. Fisher went on from there to pick up the big win.
The 45-year old Fisher a native of Kingsley, Michigan picked up his second win of the year in the Great Lake Forge / Chevrolet. Newberry was forced to settle for second. Two time and defending track champion Allen Oyer, Brian Abernathy, and Kim Wagner capped off the top five. The heat race was also won by Fisher.
The Auto Value UMP DIRTcar Late Models hit the raceway for their 20-lap feature event. J.T Anderson was the leader of the opening lap. Lap 4 would see the first lead change to Scott Phillips who would lead until lap 5 where Phillips would spin drawing the caution. This gave the lead back to Anderson. However on the very next lap the five time track champion Eric Spangler propelled himself to the front of the pack. He then went on from there to get the win.
The 45-year old Lake City, Michigan driver of the Spangler Heating & Cooling / Mastersbilt Racecar earned his sixth win of the year. Anderson took the second place finish. Bob Green, Steve Niewenhuis and 15-year old Autumn Beeman completed the top five. Jacques Julian and Spangler were the heat winners.
The Four-Cylinder Warriors hit the track for their 15-lap feature. Defending track champion Andrew Austin shot off with the early race lead. He would actually go on from there all the way to the checkered flag leading the entire race for the win.
The 30-year old from Manton, Michigan picked up his fourth win of the season, behind the wheel of his A& W racing / Chevrolet. Arlie Cooper was the second place finisher. Travis Skaggs, Bob Wood, and Charlie Doberstien made up the top five. Cooper was the heat race winner.
The final event of the night belonged to the 15-lap feature for the Lightning Sprints. Josh Ward was the leader in the early going. But on lap 11 shortly after a restart Mack Erickson would power his way passed Ward and take the lead. Erickson would be able to hold on from there to pick up the win.
This was the first win of the season at Cherry Raceway for the South Boardman, Michigan native. He finished ahead of Ron Ramoy who was second. Randy Plamondon, Justin Ward, and Lyndsey Erickson rounded out the top five. Mack Erickson and Josh Ward won the heats.
This Friday August 22nd The Cherry Raceway will feature another jam packed night of racing. The program will be headlined by the return of the Lane Automotive Michigan Traditional Sprints. The night will also be highlighted by the Ron Doberstein Sr. Memorial for the Warrior division where they will race for $500 to win. The Factory Stocks, Stock Cars, and Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts will be on hand as well.
Ticket Prices for Friday August 22nd are: Adults (13-59): $17.00 – Seniors (60 and Over): $14.00 – Children (6-12): $5.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Pit Passes: $30.00.The Pit Gates Open at 5:00p.m. Grandstand Gates Open at 6:00p.m. Practice also starts at 6:00pm. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing Begins approximately at 7:30pm.
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.