By Mike Strevel
Mich. (May 17, 2003) –
The Kalamazoo Speedway was host
to the Auto Value/Bumper to
Bumper Super Sprint Series
Saturday evening and capturing
his second win of the season was
Tom Fedewa. The driver of the
Katz Well Drilling car was
nearly perfect at the ultra
quick 3/8 mile oval by
qualifying second fastest,
winning his heat and taking the
checkered flag in the 30 lap
main event. This is after his
father Gary had won the last
five consecutive AVSS races at
The day began with Hamilton
Trucking qualifications and
rookie sensation Brian Lay of
Millbury OH became the fastest
man ever to qualify at Kalamazoo
with an amazing time of 10.928!
This earned the young racer who
picked up his first ever feature
win last week at Owosso a total
of $200.00 for setting fast time
and breaking the track record
set by Bill Tyler in 2000 at
10.999. It was T.Fedewa second
at 10.929 and Kevin Newton third
The three AVSS heat races were
next and they were among some of
the best heat races ever at the
legendary oval. The winner of
the United Trailers heat race
was Jay Rohrback of Belleville.
It is especially gratifying for
Rohrback who crashed hard in
practice and had to replace the
front axle on the car. The
Dowker Engines heat went to Tom
Fedewa in a brilliant pass of
Troy Underwood on the last lap
and the Wolverine Steel heat
went to Kevin Newton who started
sixth and passed all cars in
front of him in one lap and
cruised to the victory.
The B-Main was scratched as Gary
Howe owner of the fine facility
allowed all 23 cars to start the
30 lap main event. It was the
last race of the evening and
what an incredible show it was.
The gigantic crowd saluted the
AVSS three wide salute and then
it was time for Kevin Feeney and
Johnboy Hotchkiss to lead the
field to the green. The race
started with Hotchkiss taking
the lead and Kevin Feeney
following. The yellow was waved
on lap four for the spinning
Hank Lower who stopped on the
front stretch. The race was
quickly restarted and Hotchkiss
continued to lead. A major
accident happened on lap seven
when Mike Astrauskas slowed and
went off the track. As this
happened Marvin Carmen lost a
wheel on the back stretch and
Lay cut a tire and hit the back
stretch wall hard with the back
of his car doing severe damage.
The Dennis Venia car also
suffered a flat and the red flag
was thrown to help with clean up
and let the teams refuel.
When racing restarted it was a
23-lap battle to see if
Hotchkiss could capture his
first ever AVSS victory. He
continued to lead with Dorman
Snyder and Feeney chasing him.
The man with the plan was Fedewa
who was moving up from his
fourth starting position. The
Leslie MI driver passed for
second on lap 11 and was quickly
closing on Hotchkiss. The pass
for the lead was made in traffic
as Hotchkiss had some trouble
with the lapped cars and Tom
Fedewa was able to make the move
on lap 18. This was all she
wrote, as Fedewa was able to
pull away and Hotchkiss had an
incredible battle on his hands
with Feeney for second. He did
hold on to the runner-up
The driver of the Katz Well
Drilling 20 machine was very
excited in Kalamazoo victory
lane as he thanked his great car
owner Mike Katz and all the hard
working crew. This moved Fedewa
into the point’s lead with his
second win in the first four
races of the 2003 season. The
Hamilton Trucking Fast Time
award went to Brian Lay and the
Suspension Spring Specialists
driver of the race was
Hotchkiss. The Sweet
Manufacturing Sweet Move of the
race goes to Jay Rohrback and
his crew for their hard work in
fixing the car and then winning
the United Trailer’s heat race.
The Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper
Super Sprints would like to
thank the hard working staff at
Kalamazoo and remind everyone
that the fastest 3/8 mile oval
in the country will once again
host the AVSS on Saturday August
9th. The AVSS will next return
to action on Saturday May 31 at
Baer Field Speedway in Fort
Wayne IN. This will be the
second of four appearances at
the Tom Isch promoted track. The
pit gates at Fort Wayne open at
2, with hot laps at 3,
qualifying at 5 and racing at 7.
The AVSS website is
www.supersprints.com for more
RESULTS 5-17-2003 KALAMAZOO
Qualifying- 1. 45 Brian Lay
10.928 NTR! 2. 20 Tom Fedewa
10.929 3. 99 Kevin Newton 11.061
4. 44j Dorman Snyder 11.175 5.
JB Johnboy Hotchkiss 11.210 6.
26 Jeff Bloom 11.265 7. 40 Tim
Cox 11.266 8. 98 Kevin Feeney
11.272 9. 42 Gary Fedewa 11.334
10. 55 Jason Blonde 11.403 11.
70 Dennis Craft 11.407 12. 11
Chris Hayes 11.446 13. 33 Jay
Rohrback 11.463 14. 71 Curt
Shumaker 11.479 15. 35 Ryan Katz
11.503 16. 27 Rick Toncray
11.609 17. 4 Troy Underwood
11.619 18. 69 Chris Hettinger
11.621 19. 61 Marv Carmen 11.626
20. 37 Hank Lower 11.644 21. 11
Dennis Venia 11.928 22. 3A Mike
Astrauskas 12.051 23. 66 Doug
United Trailers Heat- 1.
Rohrback 2. Cox 3. Blonde 4. Lay
5. Toncray 6. Carmen 7. Snyder
Engines Heat- 1. T.Fedewa 2.
Underwood 3. Craft 4. Feeney 5.
Hotchkiss 6. Shumaker 7. Stepke
Wolverine Steel Heat- 1. Newton
2. Katz 3. G.Fedewa 4. Bloom 5.
Hayes 6. Hettinger 7. Venia
Feature- 1. T.Fedewa 2.
Hotchkiss 3. Feeney 4. Bloom 5.
Blonde 6. Snyder 7. Newton 8.
G.Fedewa 9. Katz 10. Craft 11.
Hayes 12. Cox 13. Underwood 14.
Hettinger 15. Stepke 16. Venia
17. Toncray 18. Rohrback 19.
Shumaker 20. Lower 21. Lay 22.
Carmen 23. Astrauskas