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Stephens Scorches MSA Field at Toledo

By – Chris Meyers

Toledo, Ohio- After winning his first feature in a supermodified at the Oswego Speedway, one could tell that Trent Stephens was going to be a great supermodified driver. The rookie continued his up and down season with an impressive performance holding off veteran hot shoes Timmy Jedrzejek and Charlie Schultz at Toledo Speedway on Friday night. Lagrange, Ohio’s Jon Henes and Sandusky, Ohio’s Gene Lee Gibson paced the PPG Vibrance Collection Super Series to the green flag with Henes out to the early lead. His lead was short lived as Bobby Dawson would take over the lead on the second lap from his fourth place starting position. Charlie Schultz and Timmy Jedrzejek immediately went to work and wasted no time moving up from the fourth row. At the end of lap four, Jedrzejek was up to the third spot. Schultz would crack the top five on lap four by motoring around Gibson. Stephens would flex his muscle and take over the point on lap seven with a daring low move on Dawson on the rumble strip in turn one.  Jedrzejek would pass his teammate Dawson for second on lap ten. A lap later, Schultz would pass Dawson for third. Tim Ice would work into the fourth spot getting around Dawson on lap sixteen.

The only caution of the feature would occur on lap twenty-three when the rear end broke on Kyle Edwards’ machine, sending him for a spin in turns three and four, ending his night. Stephens had two lapped cars between him and Jedrzejek with Schultz sitting in third. One of those lapped cars, Jack Smith pulled into the pit area on the restart ending his night. Schultz and Jedrzejek were each trying to figure out how to clear Gibson. Jedrzejek was working the low side while Schultz took the high side. Jedrzejek was able to clear Gibson first as Schultz cleared him a lap later. As the remaining laps unfolded, Jedrzejek was unable to mount a challenge on Stephens who took his second win of the season.

After seeing his teammate Randy Burch suffer a tough hit at the end of his qualifying lap, Stephens’ win made the night a little bit better for the ACME Racing team. The Ravenna, Ohio rookie did a spectacular job of working and weaving his way thru lap traffic. “The ACME Racing crew gave me a great car. I knew I had a great car and just had to get out in front between Charlie and Timmy did. I got up there and made a daring move on Bobby (Dawson). I was able to get around him and set sail. Luckily, the lapped cars held their line. I’d like to thank my sponsors, The Chevy Network, PPG Vibrance Collection, Prostar Specialties, Delta Computers, Domino’s Pizza, and Speedmeetsart.com. A big thanks to Steve and Rich Stout and the entire crew. These cars are just awesome. Unfortunately, Randy broke his axle in hot laps but I think this might have helped out the night a little bit.”

Jedrzejek was in the Reed’s Salvage number 8 that he drove to a championship in 2008. Timmy was happy with the second place finish. He explained, “The 19 was awfully strong. We didn’t have anything for him. Our guys did a great job of preparing this car in a couple of days. We had a second place car and ran strong. I’m real happy with the way the car was tonight. It’s in one piece and in the trailer. We’ll go home and get ready for the Classic.”

Third place finisher “Chargin” Charlie Schultz was content with third. He stated, “Trent got out to clean air before we did. Timmy and I had a pretty good battle going on there. It was just a matter of which one of us could get around Gene first. I got to the outside of Timmy and even Gene but just got ran up to the third groove and Timmy got back by. We just played cat and mouse the rest of the race.”

Charlie Schultz and Timmy Jedrzejek won heat races. Jedrzejek and Schultz were the two fastest qualifiers. The Midwest Supermodified Associations will take a month off and return to racing action at Oswego Speedway on Friday September 4th, 2009. For more information on the MSA, check out the website at www.midwestsupers.com

Top Qualifier: Timmy Jedrzejek 13.331

Heat One Results: Charlie Schultz, Bobby Dawson, Jon Henes, Tim Ice, Kyle Edwards, Matt Palmer, Rich Reid

Heat Two Results: Timmy Jedrzejek, Gene Lee Gibson, Trent Stephens, Jimmy Paller, Jack Smith, Brandon Fisher, Danny Shirey

Feature (30 laps 8 car inversion): Stephens, Jedrzejek, Schultz, Ice, Dawson, Gibson, Henes, Palmer, Reid, Shirey, Edwards, Smith, Paller, Burch (DNS-crash), B. Fisher (DNS-motor)

Lap Leaders: Henes (1), Dawson (2-6), Stephens (7-30)

Top Five in MSA Points: Jedrzejek (323), Schultz (314), Ice (306), Stephens (299), Dawson (291)