By Mike Strevel
Mich. (September 15, 2002) –
The Owosso Speedway in Ovid MI
was the host of the Auto
Value/Bumper to Bumper Super
Sprint Series Saturday night.
This was the rained out and
rescheduled race from May 11.
The driver who is most happy the
track was able to reschedule is
Toledo OH driver Jimmy McCune.
The racer in his first AVSS
season captured his third AVSS
feature of the year.
The afternoon started with very
hot conditions on the track and
the hottest driver of the 25 in
qualifying was Parma MI driver
Bill Tyler. The current AVSS
point leader ran a blazing lap
of 13.123. This earned Tyler a
$100.00 bonus from Hamilton
Trucking for quick time. The
young driver from Terre Haute IN
Kevin Newton was second quick at
13.156 and Doug Stepke was third
fastest at 13.235 in his first
race back since June 29th.
The skies started to darken as
heats were run off in quick
fashion and the three racers
taking the checkers were Rick
Baker, Tom Fedorczyk and Troy
Underwood. The weather was
threatening and the decision was
made by AVSS and Owosso Speedway
to cancel the B-Main and start
all 24 cars in the 30-lap
The feature was ready to go
green, but could not start
without the traditional AVSS
three-wide salute to the
tremendous crowd at the fast
3/8-mile oval. The crowd did an
incredible job in cheering on
the field that was being lead by
Jeff Bloom and Jimmy McCune.
The feature started with Bloom
taking the lead and looking like
the car to beat. It took until
nearly half way through the main
event for McCune to gain on
Bloom and use some lapped
traffic to his advantage and
pass Bloom going into turn one.
This was the chance the young
Ohio driver needed and he was
able to stay out in front the
remainder of the race. There was
only one caution for the feature
on lap 26 when Mike Ling’s car
stopped on the track in turn
three. This was quickly cleaned
up and the race was restarted
with McCune still the leader and
The young driver of the Benny
Rapp owned car was very excited
in victory lane taking his third
AVSS feature of the season. The
leading Owens Petroleum rookie
of the year contender is solidly
in fourth in the national points
and is leaning on returning in
2003 to take a run at the AVSS
The staff of the AVSS would like
to thank everyone involved with
Owosso Speedway in trying so
hard to get the races in
Saturday night. The track hosted
two AVSS shows this year and
both were among the best events
this year on the AVSS calendar.
The top ten finishers at Owosso
were McCune, Bloom, Tom Fedewa,
Stepke, Dennis Craft, Tyler,
Hank Lower, Kevin Feeney, Gary
Fedewa and Newton. There were
some incredible battles in the
middle of the feature Saturday
and the close race for points
continued as Tyler finished
sixth and Tim Cox 11th. The
entire 24-car field is to be
congratulated for an incredible
feature run and no equipment was
damaged as we ready for Salem.
The Suspension Spring Specialist
driver of the race was Dorman
final event for the 2002 AVSS
season is at Salem Speedway in
Salem IN on Saturday night
September 28. This finale will
crown the 2002 AVSS national
champion. It was the most talked
about AVSS feature of 2001 and
is expected to be an incredible
race again at the legendary
highbanked oval. The action will
begin at Salem with pit gates
opening at 1, hot laps starting
at 3:30, qualifying at 5:30 and
racing starts at 7. The official
website of the AVSS is
www.supersprints.com for more
OWOSSO QUALIFYING 9-14-2002- 1.
24 Bill Tyler 13.123 2. 99 Kevin
Newton 13.156 3. 66 Doug Stepke
13.235 4. 20 Tom Fedewa 13.306
5. 70 Dennis Craft 13.317 6. 98
Kevin Feeney 13.327 7. 14 Jimmy
McCune 13.331 8. 26 Jeff Bloom
13.345 9. 61 Mike Ling 13.347
10. 37 Hank Lower 13.367 11. 98c
Tim Cox 13.405 12. 42 Gary
Fedewa 13.416 13. 4b Rick Baker
13.457 14. 8 Ryan Davis 13.466
15. 9 Dorman Snyder 13.470 16.
55 Chris Hettinger 13.512 17.
61f Tom Fedorczyk 13.525 18. 4
Troy Underwood 13.587 19. 11
Chris Hayes 13.678 20. 33 Jay
Rohrback 13.727 21. 35 Ryan Katz
13.732 22. 11v Dennis Venia
13.942 23. 92 George Gustafson
13.956 24. 71 Curt Shumaker
14.034 25. 69 Tracy Rice 14.191
HEAT RESULTS Heat 1- 1. Baker 2.
McCune 3. Hettinger 4. T.Fedewa
5. Tyler 6. Lower 7. Hayes 8.
Heat 2- 1. Fedorczyk 2. Cox 3.
Bloom 4. Craft 5. Davis 6.
Newton 7. Rohrback 8. Gustafson
Heat 3- 1. Underwood 2. Ling 3.
G.Fedewa 4. Stepke 5. Feeney 6.
Snyder 7. Katz 8. Shumaker
B-MAIN cancelled all 24 cars
A-Main 30 laps 1. McCune 2.
Bloom 3. T.Fedewa 4. Stepke 5.
Craft 6. Tyler 7. Lower 8.
Feeney 9. G.Fedewa 10. Newton
11. Cox 12. Baker 13.Snyder 14.
Hettinger 15.Underwood 16. Hayes
17. Shumaker 18. Fedorczyk 19.
Rohrback 20. Davis 21. Ling 22.
Venia 23. Rice 24. Gustafson