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Race 14, Royston Hodges Memorial; Emotional Win
Topic Started: Sep 10 2017, 04:52 PM (83 Views)
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SNRA Race #14 – The Penultimate Round as points draw even tighter, Our prayers to those in Florida and those in the Southern Atlantic Seabord
Royston-Hodges Memorial 100, Shady Bowl Speedway, 3 tenths mile high banked asphalt oval, DeGraff, Ohio, September 9, 2017
Posted Image A very deserving winner, at last!
The result of the move of Saturday night’s Royston-Hodges Memorial from South Carolina to South Central Ohio was a beautiful, comfortable night for racing with high grip and high horsepower on tap. The fans came out in droves, some from Ohio, some who were killing two birds with one stone by moving away from South Carolina to the race, and they were enthusiastic about our unique racing series. While known better for his race setups, T. Monk and his driver Frank the Crank Burval had things just about right for the entire evening with Frank taking the pole position in the Hemi Plymouth. The Desjardins boys decided that the beloved matriarch of the family, Michelle Mrs. D, deserved their utmost attention to deliver her her best finish of the year and they sacrificed fine tuning their own cars to ensure that her low slung Monahaghn special 56 Ford was absolutely dialed in. The efforts were rewarded as she delivered the second fastest time. Brian Conn, in a car well suited to the high banks was third with steady Chris Carman turning in the fourth fastest lap. Chuck Buel rounded out the top 5. With Conn in the best position of the contenders, the rest of the gaggle of potential champs were massed just outside of the top five, with Wisdonm and the big Merc, point leader Kevin Sassman, Chargin Charlie Dave Bayer and Duetshland’s pride, Carl Brenncke all qualifying just behind. Skunky Sunter, Molly Wallace-Sunter and Carl Ross were happy to be out of Florida and Homer was in a fit of disbelief he only turned the 15th quick time, but in fairness, all the cars were within 1.25 seconds of each other in time.
Posted Image Flyin Brian went topless and went fast all night.
Starting order of Royston-Hodges 100
Row 1
Frank Burval Plymouth
Michelle Desjardins Ford
Row 2
Brian Conn Ford
Chris Carman Chevy
Row 3
Chuck Buel Mercury
Wisdonm Mueller Mercury
Row 4
Kevin Sassman Chevy
Dave Bayer Plymouth
Row 5
Curt Brennekce Ford
Marky Desjardins Chevy
Row 6
Kim Johnson Chevy
Molly Wallace-Sunter
Row 7
Skunky Sunter
Carl Ross
Row 8
Homer Shockey
Mark Desjardins Sr.

At 6:30 pm. the race was on. Frank eased ahead of Mrs. D who clung to his bumper not wanting to use up her tires with such a good set up. Chuck Buel began early to suffer rear end shake as if some gears weren’t aligned and chewing on each other, but while not as fast, he hung on gamely throughout the race to discover that he had indeed diagnosed the problem. Brian Conn continued to stay close along with Wisdonm and Charlie who along with Marky had moved up into the top six. On lap 25 the order was Frank, Mrs. D, Brian, Wisdonm, Charlie and Marky with Kim Johnson charging up to their tails. Bulldog nearly spun earlier and was in the infield briefly on lap 15 before rejoining the fray.
On lap 35 Charlie, running low on the track with Marky to his outside hooked the asphalt grass transition and came abruptly back up into his friend and mentoree, striking Marky’s left front. Marky had to pit for a new left front and to straighten a bent upper A arm as best he could, eventually returning to the track but laps down. Charlie did not suffer more than cosmetic damage and even though the caution came out, he stayed on the track. After the race he apologized profusely to Marky saying, “I feel terrible for those guys” and also announced that in spite of his upcoming heart procedure on Monday he still planned to drive in the finale next week at Hickory and if not would have Titus Lafontaine at the throttle. Monk walked over from Franks pit to calm down Charlie after the race, saying “you slid…. ain’t no reason to stay hid”. Surprisingly to everyone but Charlie and Monk, Charlie understood and began to smile again. But back to the race.
The green flew again on lap 38 with Kim Johnson moving around Charlie into firth. Frank began to get a bit loose off and by lap 47 Mrs. D was able to move by him on the outside bit by bit to take the point. Wisdonm was next to get around, then Brian Conn and finally Kim Johnson, who by this time was flying. Posted Image Kim J. may have had the fastest car all night.
Frank was however, still able to fend off the rest of the field and eventually ended up with a fine fifth place finish. Mrs. D now opened up an slowly increasing lead and by lap 75 she was a half straightaway ahead of Conn, Johnson, Wisdom, Frank and Charlie who was being challenged by point leader Sassman. Johnson then worked around Conn, and he hooked up with her to try to run down Mrs. D nose to tail. However, by the checkers they could not close to nearer than 2 full car lengths. Michelle delivered on the help her boys gave her and won a popular victory. Behind Kim Johnson and Brian Conn were Wisdomn, Frank, Charlie, Kevin Sassman, Skunky, Curt Brennecke and Bulldog Carman. The tears flowed from Mrs. D’s cheeks as she announced she would deliver her paycheck for the win to the Salvation Army for storm relief efforts as her boys hugged and hugged her. Everyone in the pits came over at some point to congratulate her. Pops and Big Mike would have been proud.
Posted Image The point leader did little to hurt himself.
So, it’s one more week for all the marbles. I can hardly wait for supergloo K7 to list what are going to be some awfully close point totals for the first 6 or 7 cars.
Results Royston-Hodges Memorial 100
1. Michelle Mrs. D Desjardins 3m 56 Ford
2. Kim Johnson 2 61 Chevy
3. Brian Conn 7 59 Ford
4. Wisdonm Mueller 15 64 Mercury
5. Frank the Crank Burval 3 64 Plymouth
6. Dave Chargin Charlie Bayer 15c Plymouth
7. Kevin Sassman 11 Chevy
8. Skunky Chris Sunter 55 56 Chevy
9. Carl Brennekce 7er 65 Ford
10. Chris Bulldog Carman 7lf 55 Chevy
11. Molly Wallace-Sunter M80 62 Plymouth
12. Mark Desjardins Sr. 19 64 Ford
13. Homer Shockey 6 57 Chevy
14. Carl da bugman Ross 13 63 Plymouth
15. Chuck Buel 56 61 Mercury
16. Marky W9 Desjardins 17 56 Chevy
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Congrats Michelle. fbr

You never forget your first. :)))

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Very nice win Michelle, congrats. fbr fbr fbr
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Way to wheel it Mrs D! maddr
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Great race and congrats!
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