By Mike Strevel
Mich. (July 19, 2003) –
The Auto City Speedway in Flint
MI hosted the Auto Value/Bumper
to Bumper Super Sprint Series
Saturday evening and taking his
third straight feature win at
the tricky 7/16 mile oval was
Tom Fedewa of Leslie MI. The
driver of the Katz Well Drilling
20 car was able to pass leader
Hank Lower for the lead on lap
11 of the 30 lap feature and was
not to be stopped.
The day started with 24 AVSS
teams checking into the pits
with Hamilton trucking
qualifications first on the
agenda. A great surprise when
Johnboy Hotchkiss of Charlotte
MI set the quick time with a
13.00 lap. This is just one
tenth off the track record. It
was second quick Curt Shumaker
at 13.08 and Troy Underwood
third at 13.21.
The United Trailers heat race
went to Jason Blonde, the Dowker
Engines heat went to Brian Lay
and Chris Hayes took the
Wolverine Steel heat race. The
B-main was dropped in favor of
all 22 cars starting the
The field started the feature
with Kevin Feeney and Hank Lower
leading the field to the green.
In front of a huge Auto City
crowd it was Feeney taking the
early lead. On lap five Shumaker
looped his car bringing out the
first caution. The restart was
quickly slowed when on lap six
Chris Hayes hit the front
stretch wall hard with the left
side of the car and the red flag
was thrown to help Chris out of
the car. He was shaken up and
later the night was taken to the
hospital for a check up.
The race restarted and other
than a quick caution on lap 10
for Doug Stepke and Ryan Davis
spinning the race was caution
free the rest of the way. With
Feeney leading the first five
laps it was veteran Lower making
his move on lap six passing
Feeney and holding the lead for
five laps before T.Fedewa made
his move on lap 11. That was all
it took for the current point
leader to take off from the
field and win his sixth AVSS
feature of the year. In an
incredible run from his 12th
starting position it was Jason
Blonde flying through the field
to take second. He made several
daring moves to take second
including a three wide pass for
second that stunned the Auto
The Leslie MI driver Fedewa
thanked Mike Katz and all of his
great crew in victory lane and
told the crowd that they have
used the same car set up for all
three races and don’t plan on
changing it any time soon as the
are three for three at Auto City
this season. The top ten
finishers were Tom Fedewa,
Blonde, Lower, Jeff Bloom, Jimmy
McCune, Feeney, Troy Underwood,
Rick Baker, Hotchkiss and Gary
Fedewa. The Suspension Spring
Specialist Driver of the race
was Underwood and Hotchkiss
picked up the $100.00 from
Hamilton Trucking for fast time.
The AVSS next appears at Baer
Field Speedway in Fort Wayne IN
on Saturday July 26. The pit
gates open at 2, hot laps at 3,
qualifying at 5 and racing at 7.
This is the last appearance at
Tom Isch’s fine facility this
year for AVSS so don’t miss the
great action on the ½ mile oval.
The AVSS website is
www.supersprint.com for more
RESULTS 7-19 AUTO CITY SPEEDWAY
Qualifying- 1. JB Johnboy
Hotchkiss 13.00 2. 71 Curt
Shumaker 13.08 3. 4 Troy
Underwood 13.21 4. 44j Bill
Jacoby 13.23 5. 20 Tom Fedewa
13.23 6. 26 Jeff Bloom 13.23 7.
37 Hank Lower 13.24 8. 98 Kevin
Feeney 13.26 9. 61 Jimmy McCune
13.29 10. 4B Rick Baker 13.31
11. 33 Jay Rohrback 13.32 12. 11
Chris Hayes 13.34 13. 55 Jason
Blonde 13.36 14. 42 Gary Fedewa
13.39 15. 24 Bill Tyler 13.41
16. 35 Ryan Katz 13.41 17. 45
Brian Lay 13.43 18. 66 Doug
Stepke 13.55 19. 2 Tim Angello
13.64 20. 97 Ben Hidy 13.70 21.
27 Rick Toncray 13.79 22. 69
Ryan Davis 13.91 23. 99 Mike
Katz (subing for Kevin Newton
who was sick) N.T. 24. 70 Dennis
United Trailers Heat- 1. Blonde
2. Katz 3. Lower 4. Baker 5.
Hotchkiss 6. Jacoby 7. Davis 8.
Dowker engines Heat- 1. Lay 2.
Feeney 3. G.Fedewa 4. T.Fedewa
5. Shumaker 6. Hidy 7. M.Katz 8.
Wolverine Steel Heat- 1. Hayes
2. McCune 3. Stepke 4. Tyler 5.
Underwood 6. Bloom 7. Toncray
30 lap feature- 1. T.Fedewa 2.
Blonde 3. Lower 4. Bloom 5.
McCune 6. Feeney 7. Underwood 8.
Baker 9. Hotchkiss 10. G.Fedewa
11. R.Katz 12. Lay 13. Jacoby
14. Tyler 15. Angello 16.
Rohrback 17. Stepke 18. Shumaker
19. M.Katz 20. Davis 21. Toncray