By Mike Strevel
WAYNE, Ind. (October 11, 2003) –
The Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper
Super Sprint Series wrapped up
its 2003 season at the Baer
Field Speedway in Fort Wayne IN
Sunday afternoon and taking his
second feature win of the season
was Holt MI racer Gary Fedewa.
The morning started with 27 AVSS
teams checking into the crowded
Baer Field pit area. In Hamilton
Trucking qualifications it was
Litchfield MI driver Jason
Blonde setting quick time for
the seventh time in 21 races
this year. He went 14.834 for
the $100.00 bonus. It was Denny
England second quick at 14.960
and Bill Tyler third at 14.992.
The United Trailers heat race
win went to Ted Hines, Hank
Lower took the Dowker Engines
heat race and Ryan Katz picked
up the Wolverine Steel heat
victory. The B- Main was dropped
in favor of starting all 24 cars
in the feature.
The 30 lap main event had the
top ten qualifiers being
inverted for the final feature
of the season. This place rookie
Nathan Bevard and veteran Gary
Fedewa on the front row. The
vocal crowd cheered on all 24
starters as they saluted the
crowd with the AVSS three-wide
salute. The race started with
G.Fedewa taking the early lead.
On lap four Hank Lower moved in
to the runnerup position and put
the pressure on Fedewa the
entire race. There was a couple
of minor cautions for spinning
cars and one major accident on
lap 15 when Kevin Feeney and
Danny Williams JR got together
in turn four. It took great
driving skill by many of the
AVSS drivers to avoid the cars
and eventually three others cars
were involved. A red flag was
thrown to aid with clean up and
only Williams and Billy Wease
was not able to continue.
The race restarted with Lower
seriously putting pressure on
G.Fedewa and actually getting
along side of him on a couple of
occasions. The three time AVSS
champion was not to be stopped
in taking his second feature win
of the year in the AVSS finale
for 2003. The Holt MI racer
thanked Butch Dowker, McClures
Pub, Annie Rae Chevrolet and all
of his other crew and car owner
T&T Promotions. The top ten
finishers were G.Fedewa, Lower,
Troy Underwood, Brian Lay, Ryan
Katz, Tom Fedewa, Jimmy McCune,
Jason Blonde, Bill Tyler and
Denny England. The Suspension
Spring Specialist Driver of the
race was Curt Shumaker.
The officials of AVSS would like
to thank Tom Isch and Dick Beebe
for getting this fall finale in
for AVSS and look forward to
more great racing at the Fort
Wayne ½ mile in 2004. The AVSS
banquet is the final event in
2003 and it will be held
November 1, in Lansing MI at the
Holiday Inn south convention
center. The official website of
AVSS is www.supersprints.com for
more information about the
fastest short track cars on
pavement in the world.
Qualifications- 1. 55 Jason
Blonde 14.834 2. 84 Denny
England 14.960 3. 44j Bill Tyler
14.992 4. 4 Troy Underwood
15.025 5. 81 Billy Wease 15.026
6. 45 Brian Lay 15.035 7. 65
Danny Williams JR 15.062 8. 37
Hank Lower 15.066 9. 42 Gary
Fedewa 15.110 10. 69 Nathan
Bevard 15.111 11. 20 Tom Fedewa
15.117 12. 19 Jimmy McCune
15.120 13. 6 Ted Hines 15.174
14. 4B Rick Baker 15.258 15. 35
Ryan Katz 15.286 16. 11 Curt
Shumaker 15.300 17. 61 Tim Cox
15.322 18. 33 Kevin Feeney
15.393 19. JB Johnboy Hotchkiss
15.408 20. 92 George Gustafson
15.414 21. 10k Ron Koehler
15.446 22. 26 Jeff Bloom 15.465
23. 8 Ryan Davis 15.530 24. 35k
Ray Kenens 15.707 25. 10x John
Witter N.T. 26. 14 Dave
Baumgartner N.T. 27. 61EJ E.J.
United Trailers heat- 1. Hines
2. Shumaker 3. Blonde 4. Bloom
6. Hotchkiss 7. Bevard 8.
Dowker Engines heat- 1. Lower 2.
T.Fedewa 3. Baker 4. Cox 5.
England 6. Wease 7. Davis 8.
Wolverine Steel heat- 1. Katz 2.
Feeney 3. McCune 4. Lay 5.
G.Fedewa 6.Tyler 7. Koehler 8.
A-Main 30 laps- 1. G.Fedewa 2.
Lower 3. Underwood 4. Lay 5.
Katz 6. T.Fedewa 7. McCune 8.
Blonde 9. Tyler 10. England 11.
Hines 12. Shumaker 13. Cox 14.
Bloom 15. Baker 16. Hotchkiss
17. Koehler 18. Bevard 19.
Feeney 20. Gustafson 21. Kenens
22. Williams JR 23. Wease 24.