2013 Season Ends With a Bang at South Bend Motor
By Scott Binkley
South Bend, IN (10-26) On a cold night, the South Bend Motor Speedway closed the books on the 2013 racing season with a huge display of motorized mayhem as they hosted the final Night of Destruction for the year. Steven Hensley, Mike Long, Justin Lintz, Scott Breeding Sr., Nick Newgent, Norm Sprow and Paul Mester all took home first place honors as 119 entries crammed the pit area.
The night opened with the popular Front Wheel Drive Enduro. Nineteen drivers took the green from starter, Doug Fox. When the smoke cleared, it was Mike Long of South Bend crossing the line first. Ryan Lagestee of Schererville topped South Bend drivers, Ronnie Holloway, Brad Hodges and Terry Britain Jr. David Britton of Bremen led Rich Boal of Plymouth, Joe Merrill of South Bend, Tim Fredericks of South Bend and Scott Marshall of Granger who was tenth.
In the long anticipated return of the Train Races, there were four entries. Each train contained an engineer in the lead car, a conductor in the third car with an empty car in the middle. Paul Mester of Walkerton topped the train of Josh Foreman from Rolling Prairie with Dalton Winterowd of South Bend heading up the third place train.
Up next came the crashing and smashing with the full size trucks taking to the front stretch. As the drivers maneuvered their vehicles back and forth, Nick Newgent of South Bend outlasted the rest of the field with Jimmy Kuta of LaPorte holding out for 2nd over Ryan Bulger of Westville, Mike Straka of Granger and Scott McLane of Niles. Michael Mccully of Cassopolis was next with Kyle Heider of LaPorte, Clinton Stremme of Decatur, MI, Justin Peppers of Mishawaka and Nick Sanford of Elkhart rounding out the top ten.
While the trucks were crashing on the frontstretch, the Pro Mod Demo cars were busy on the backstretch. Norm Sprow Jr of Elkhart topped Dennis Harrier of Lakeville, Terry Burgess of Elkhart, Nick Patrick of LaPorte and Steven Pena of Coloma, MI.
The Mini Cars saw 19 drivers determined to be the last one running as cars took to both sides of the track. In the end, Scott Breeding Sr of New Carlisle proved too much to handle as he took the top spot. Chris Seadorf of LaPorte ended up 2nd over Ed Minix of Niles, Sara Breeding from New Carlisle, and Mike Hinegardner of Niles. Anthony Colcord of Niles, Jacob McGowan of South Bend, Scott Breeding Jr of New Carlisle, Dennis Nelson Jr and Dennis Nelson Sr of LaPorte rounded out the top ten.
In the Sedan Demo portion of the program, 23 drivers drove onto the speedway with each one eying the first place trophy. However, Justin Lintz of South Bend proved too much for the other drivers as he battled J.C. Newgent of South Bend and Loni Bush of LaPorte for the win. Zachery Newgent of South Bend and Niles Stickler III of Walkerton completed the top 5 as Curtis Lindsley of Rolling Prairie, James Click of Mishawaka and South Bend drivers, Michael Newgent Jr, Austin Powell and Steven Meredith rounding out the top ten.
In the final event on the program, the popular Trailer Race, 30 drivers were entered. Chris Primley of Dowagiac jumped out to the early lead and appeared headed to an easy victory. A red flag near the halfway point because the back stretch was completely blocked bunched up the field. With just 2 laps to go, Steven Hensley of Mishawaka slipped past Primley and went on to take the win. Primley held on for 2nd over Jason Dobosiewicz of South Bend, Tim White of Plymouth and Ray Matlock of Niles. Dale Lambert of South Bend was next with Zock Johnson of LaPorte, Jim Jaynes of Niles, Jim Merrill of South Bend and Cody Phillips of Elkhart completing the top ten.
The staff and management would like to thank Doug Fox for his hard work and dedication with the Demolition Derbies and Nights of Destruction the past 3 years. Doug announced that he was stepping down as director of activities for the demo events in order to concentrate on his own racing career. We appreciate all that Doug has done and wish him continued success in all that he does.
As the weather turns colder and winter moves ever closer, we’d like to take a moment to thank all the drivers, crew members and especially the many fans who helped to make 2013 our best season yet at the South Bend Motor Speedway. Without your support we could not continue to do what we all love. The 2014 schedule and rules are available by visiting www.racesouthbendmotorspeedway.com. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and we look forward to next April when, once again, we’ll see you at the races.