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Lorain County Speedway ISMA Summercade Night One Friday Night June 24, 2016

McVetta Lorain County Summercade ISMA Master

Todd Ridgeway
Area Auto Racing News
June 24, 2016

AMHERST (OH) – Fast and on the gas, driver Mike McVetta would drive to his second career ISMA victory last Friday night on the first night of the Lorain County Speedway (OH) ISMA Summercade two day event. A 50 lapper, McVetta would lead all 50 laps, just as he did a year ago in this very same race. McVetta would with-stand a slew of yellow flags, and two red flags, as the very fast field charged after him all race long.

Dan Bowes and McVetta would make up the front row as they charged under the green for the start. Wasting no time McVetta went right to the point before they reached turn one and set sail. At lap eight entering lapped traffic McVetta already had a very strong lead as lap nine would see the first of seven yellow flags on the night fly. The field would never really get a rhythm going as it seemed just as they would get rolling the yellow would fly. Finally, after a lap 17 restart the field would set sail past the half with McVetta showing the way over Ben Seitz and Trent Stephens whom had just passed three cars in less than two laps and was flying up to the leaders. The longest run of the race would come to a halt at lap 36 when the yellow would drop as a car lost an engine and stopped in turn two. This yellow turned red for the long cleanup and allowed the teams to add fuel for the run to the finish. Back to green and off McVetta would go just like he had all race long and all the field could do was watch. The last 15 laps went all green as McVetta sailed under the checkers. Seitz held off a charging Stephens for second, Stephens third, with teammates Rob Summers fourth as Mike Lichty rounded out the top five in fifth.

“The car was just amazing,” said McVetta. “It’s just unbelievable. I got such a great group of people behind me that make it possible. We trashed this car two weeks ago at Toledo, and everybody pitched in to get it back together. I think we got it back together right. I was happy with all those yellows, this car was not a second groove car tonight. I struggled when I got to lap traffic a little bit. The first ten laps the car was amazing after the restart until I got to lapped traffic. We will do a little tweaking tonight to get ready for tomorrow, I just could not get to the top of the track like I should. We now know what the car will do day to night so we can take that information and use it for tomorrow to make proper adjustments to get it to go to the top side of the track,” finished McVetta.

“He had a real good car on those restarts,” said Seitz. “He had us beat, he was just faster than we were. We should be a lot better tomorrow night, we got a lot of information tonight for tomorrow. The car was really good, this is a new car and it was the first time it was really this good. My crew worked hard all week, we will come back tomorrow and try it again,” finished Seitz.

“After Delaware I cannot thank my guys enough,” said third place Stephens. “We junked this car two weeks ago and we had to rebuild the whole back end. We had a lot of new components on here and was not sure how the car was going to react. We were off during the day but we tuned on it all day and it was good tonight. The restarts got me up here, but the car was really fast and consistent the whole 50 laps. The car was real drivable, I could drive inside outside, I was not holding on I could drive it, it was racy and I could do things with it. We drove a lot harder tonight then we will tomorrow night. We will try to save some stuff for the finish tomorrow. Third from fourteenth is not too bad, I am happy, I will take it,” finished Stephens.

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