Jason Blonde Wilds Wild Feature at Kalamazoo

By Duane Turner

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (August 21, 2004) –
Jason Blonde from Litchfield, MI took the lead from Dave Baumgartner on lap 15, then ran away with his fourth victory of the season. “I thought we had a third place car tonight.” Stated Blonde in victory lane. “When I saw the 14 car take out the four car in front of me, I knew we were back in it. I moved the wing back under the caution, and went to the topside of the track. I ran the dirt car last night, so I thought I would go to the top and try to find the cushion here as well. I am really not trying to worry about points right now; I just want to win races. If we do that, the points will come. I really need to thank MO, Tal, Steve, Roger, Darren, Tyler, and of course Marv Carmen. Along with our sponsors Carman Farms, Caudills Scrap Metal, Sintered Metal Products, Bailey’s Engines, City Glass and Courtesy Car and Truck.”

Dave Baumgartner and Troy Underwood would bring the field out of turn four to start the 30-lap affair. Baumgartner held a slight advantage over Underwood as the duo exited turn two. Heading in to turn three, Baumgartner was able to solidify the top position as he surged ahead on the low side of the track. Two laps later, Baumgartner and Underwood were again side-by-side once again battling for the lead. One lap later, Underwood used the high side of the track to move past Baumgartner in turn one to take the top position. On lap six, Underwood entered heavy lapped traffic, but held a 15-car length lead over Baumgartner. One lap later, Underwood encountered lapped cars that were two wide, racing for position. Troy Underwood moved to the top side of the track but the lapped car of Tyler Underwood slid up in front of the leader and made contact sending the younger Underwood for a spin in turn one.

On the lap seven restart, Troy Underwood led Baumgartner with Curt Shumaker, Jason Blonde, and Mike Ling in the top five. Underwood once again began to pull away on the top of the track. On lap eight, Bill Tyler moved past Ling to claim fifth, while Larry Gibson, who started tenth, took advantage and moved past Ling as well. One lap later, Gibson would move past Tyler to claim the fifth position.

On lap 13, Underwood once again closed in on the back markers. Heading into turn three, Baumgartner drove into the corner underneath Underwood, then slid up the racetrack and got into the side of Underwood. The heavy contact resulted in Underwood sustaining front-end damage sending him hard into the turn four wall. Underwood emerged from the wreckage uninjured, but was done for the evening.

At the restart, Baumgartner lead over Blonde, Shumaker, Gibson, and Tyler in the top five. On lap 14, Gibson continued his charge to the front with a pass on Shumaker to take over third. One lap later, Blonde moved to the outside of Baumgartner, and began a battle for the lead. Blonde took control of the event with a turn four pass, and began to pull away. A few laps later, Gibson closed in on Baumgartner, and made the pass on lap 20. With 10 laps remaining, Gibson was closing in on the race leader Blonde. As Blonde entered lapped traffic on lap 21, Gibson would close the distance to 10 car lengths. Gibson’s charge was slowed a lap later as he also entered the heavy lapped traffic. Blonde was able to move past the lapped cars and increase his lead over the final eight circuits.

As Blonde was pulling away out front, a battle was shaping up between Shumaker, and Ling for the fifth position. Right behind them, Gary Fedewa, and Brian Lay were side by side for the seventh position, with Lay taking the spot for good on lap 28. As the Checkered flag waived, Blonde took his fourth win of the season, and 29th win over all, by ¼ track over Gibson. Baumgartner, Tyler and Shumaker completed the top five. Ling, Lay, Fedewa, Ryan Katz and Stan Butler rounded out the top 10. Curt Shumaker set a new 3/8-mile oval world record in Hamilton Trucking Time Trials with a lap of 10.847, or 124.458. Larry Gibson, Ryan Davis, and Tyler Underwood took the checkers in the three heat race events.

Up next for the fastest short track cars in the world, a trip to Auburn, MI and the “Trick Track” of Tri-City Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 29. Bill Tyler is the current track record holder with a lap of 15.24, set in 1996. Gates open at 11:00 am, Hamilton Trucking Time Trials at 2:30, and racing at 4:30. For more information on the Auto Value/ Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints, log on to the official web site at http://www.supersprints.com

Hamilton Trucking Time Trials: 1) 71 Curt Shumaker 10.847 (124.458 mph) NTR 2) 24 Bill Tyler 10.908 3) 61 Jason Blonde 11.010 4) 99 Mike Ling 11.058 5) 4 Troy Underwood 11.062 6) 14 Dave Baumgartner 11.094 7) 26 Jeff Bloom 11.139 8) 20 Brian Lay 11.156 9) 10 Shane Butler 11.234 10) 8m Larry Gibson 11.283 11) 42 Gary Fedewa 11.311 12) 33 Kevin Feeney 11.385 13) 70 Dennis Craft 11.418 14) 3a Mike Astrauskas 11.442 15) 35 Ryan Katz 11.472 16) 18 Stan Butler 11.484 17) 8 Ryan Davis 11.536 18) 7 Tyler Underwood 11.723 19) 69 Davey Brown 11.787 20) 11 E.J. Calloway12.083

United Trailers Heat #1 (1:34.189): 1) 8m Larry Gibson 2) 18 Stan Butler 3) 99 Mike Ling 4) 71 Curt Shumaker 5) 69 Davey Brown 6) 26 Jeff Bloom 7) 70 Dennis Craft

Dowker Engines Heat #2 (1:37.201): 1) 8 Ryan Davis 2) 42 Gary Fedewa 3) 24 Bill Tyler 4) 20 Brian Lay 5) 4 Troy Underwood 6) 11 E.J. Calloway 7) 3a Mike Astrauskas

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat #3 (1:37.326): 1) 7 Tyler Underwood 2) 61 Jason Blonde 3) 35 Ryan Katz 4) 33 Kevin Feeney 5) 10 Shane Butler 6) 14 Dave Baumgartner

Auto Value/ Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints A-Main, 30 Laps (No Time): 1) 61 Jason Blonde 2) Larry Gibson 3) 14 Dave Baumgartner 4) 24 Bill Tyler 5) 71 Curt Shumaker 6) 99 Mike Ling 7) 20 Brian Lay 8) 42 Gary Fedewa 9) 35 Ryan Katz 10) 18 Stan Butler 11) 33 Kevin Feeney 12) 8 Ryan Davis 13) 10 Shane Butler 14) 69 Davey Brown 15) 7 Tyler Underwood 16) 11 E.J. Calloway 17) 26 Jeff Bloom 18) 4 Troy Underwood 19) 70 Dennis Craft 20) 3a Mike Astrauskas

Lap Leaders: Dave Baumgartner 1-3, Troy Underwood 4-12, Dave Baumgartner 13-14, Jason Blonde 15-30

Hard Charger: Larry Gibson +8

Hamilton Trucking Fast Time: 71 Curt Shumaker 10.847 (124.458 mph)