By Mike Strevel
Mich. (August 23, 2003) –
The Auto City Speedway in Flint
MI was the host of the Auto
Value/Bumper to Bumper Super
Sprint Series Saturday evening
and taking his fourth win there
in four tries this season was
Leslie MI racer Tom Fedewa.
The driver of the Mike Katz
owned 20 car is now perfect at
the 7/16-mile oval this year
with victories in all four AVSS
events run this season here.
The beautiful day started with
21 AVSS teams checking into the
pits and after hot laps it was
time for Hamilton Trucking
qualifications. The fastest of
the fast was Jason Blonde with a
12.94 lap only 4/100 off the
track record. It was Dave
Baumgartner second quick at
13.03 and Curt Shumaker third
fastest at 13.05.
The three heat races were hotly
contested and taking the United
Trailers heat was Tom Fedewa,
the Dowker Engines heat went to
Gary Fedewa and Jimmy McCune
took the Wolverine Steel heat
win. The B-main was dropped in
favor of starting all 21 cars in
the 30-lap feature.
The feature had Johnboy
Hotchkiss and Troy Underwood on
the front row as the inversion
for the feature was eight. The
21-car field saluted the great
Auto City fans with the
traditional AVSS three-wide
salute and then it was time to
get down to business. The early
leader was Jackson MI driver
Underwood, who looked great in
his Thunder chassis and was
hunting for his first ever AVSS
feature. He did a great job of
holding off all challengers
until nearing the halfway point
of the race. There were a couple
of minor cautions early in the
race, but the fifth place
starting Fedewa was on the move
trying to chase down Underwood.
It took until lap 14 for Fedewa
to make his move and he passed
Underwood down the long Auto
City front stretch to take the
lead and eventual victory. The
battle for second was hot and
heavy as Underwood fought off
eighth place starter Blonde the
second half of the race and did
hold him off to match his best
ever AVSS finish in his career.
The driver of the Katz Well
Drilling, Allegra Printing,
Gymer Chiropractic 20 car
thanked his hard working crew in
victory lane and dedicated this
win to the great Auto City fans
who support AVSS so greatly at
the tricky 7/16 oval. The top
ten finishers were Tom Fedewa,
Underwood, Blonde, Baumgartner,
Hank Lower, Jeff Bloom, Kevin
Newton, Curt Shumaker, Kevin
Feeney and Brian Lay. The winner
of the $100.00 Hamilton Trucking
fast time award was Blonde and
Hank Lower picked up the
Suspension Spring Specialist
drive of the race award
. The AVSS stars get busy for a
big doubleheader next weekend
with Saturday night August 30 at
the Berlin Raceway in Marne MI
and Sunday night at Angola
Speedway in Angola IN. These
Labor Day weekend races are
always hotly contested affairs
with large car counts and
incredible action. It was Tom
Fedewa taking the honors back in
June at Berlin and hopefully
this time the AVSS stars will be
able to capture the track record
at the fast 7/16-mile oval,
which is currently 13.080 held
by Tom Fedewa. The action begins
at Berlin with pit gates opening
at 11; hot laps start at 1,
qualifying at 4 and races at 7.
The next day at Angola the pit
gates open at 2cst, hot laps at
3, qualifying at 5 and racing at
7:15. The news can be found at
www.supersprints.com for more
RESULTS 8-23 AUTO CITY SPEEDWAY
Qualifying- 1. 55 Jason Blonde
12.94 2. 14 Dave Baumgartner
13.03 3. 71 Curt Shumaker 13.05
4. 20 Tom Fedewa 13.10 5. 37
Hank Lower 13.10 6. 44j Dennis
Craft 13.17 7. 4 Troy Underwood
13.18 8. JB Johnboy Hotchkiss
13.23 9. 45 Brian Lay 13.26 10.
11 Jerry Kelley 13.26 11. 35
Ryan Katz 13.28 12. 27 Bill
Tyler 13.35 13. 26 Jeff Bloom
13.38 14. 33 Kevin Feeney 13.39
15. 8 Ryan Davis 13.41 16. 99
Kevin Newton 13.41 17. 42 Gary
Fedewa 13.44 18. 92 George
Gustafson 13.55 19. 3A Mike
Astrauskas 13.71 20. 69 Doug
Stepke 13.84 21. 61 Jimmy McCune
United Trailers heat-1. T.Fedewa
2. Blonde 3. Newton 4. Kelley 5.
Astrauskas 6. Underwood 7. Bloom
Dowker Engines heat- 1.G.Fedewa
2. Lower 3. Stepke 4. Katz 5.
Baumgartner 6. Feeney 7.
Wolverine Steel heat-1. McCune
2. Tyler 3. Davis 4. Shumaker 5.
Lay 6. Craft 7. Gustafson
30 lap feature- 1. T.Fedewa 2.
Underwood 3. Blonde 4.
Baumgartner 5. Lower 6. Bloom 7.
Newton 8. Shumaker 9. Feeney 10.
Lay 11. McCune 12. Katz 13.
G.Fedewa 14. Astrauskas 15.
Kelley 16. Stepke 17. Tyler 18.
Craft 19. Hotchkiss 20. Davis