MORRIS — The racing season at Grundy County Speedway so far has been highlighted by close finishes. The 30-lap late model feature on Friday continued the trend of down-to-the-wire chases.
Larry Schuler finished a scant 0.257 seconds ahead of second-place James Gregait and just 0.652 ahead of third-place Nathan Bertino to cap the evening's action.
Jim Weber finished fourth, 1.380 seconds off the lead, and Christy Penrod took fifth, 1.691 seconds back. Rounding out the top 10 in the Late Model event were Garrett Schwartz, Joe Vinachi, Keith Tolf, Anthony Danta and Rich Bickle.
The 25-lap mid-american feature also provided a close finish, as Kevin Gentile crossed the line just 0.722 seconds ahead of Matt Clemens, with third-place Cody Clubb 1.154 seconds off the lead in third. Aaron Shelton was 1.354 seconds back in fourth and Chad Proctor was 1.675 seconds behind in fifth. Making up the rest of the top 10 were Kevin Murphy, Jim Kachel, Cory Clougherty, Seth Bloomaert, and Jason Semlar.
In the 25-lap street stock feature, the margin of victory again was less than a second, as Rick Dawson outran Randy Weese to the finish line by 0.7. Chad Bayuk was third, 1.386 seconds back, followed by Derick Vertheen (2.248) and Spencer Leake (2.455). Rounding out the top 10 were Brandon Reed, Mitchell (Nar) Nelson, Dallas Frueh, Cheryl Hyrn and Alex Gay, with Craig Matteson, John Senerchia and Chris Mihalski also finishing on the lead lap.
In the 30-lap four-cylinder feature race, Bryce Leake and Michael Tobuch staged a battle ahead of the rest of the pack, with Leake finishing 0.422 seconds ahead of Tobuch at the checkered. Zack Latimer took third place, 1,750 second off the lead, with Dan Schmeissing 1.872 seconds back in fourth and James Dean 2.191 seconds back in fifth. Making up the rest of the top 10 were Scott Ingram, Alex Treptow, Austin Blackwell, Trevor Starek and Cirk Lindemuth, with Krisi Odum also on the lead lap in 11th.
Racing continues Friday with an on-track autograph party at 7 p.m., featuring a full program of late model, mid-American, street stocks, pure stocks, and super cups. Pits will open at 3:45 p.m., with practice starting at 4:30. The stands will open at 5. Qualifying begins at 6:10 p.m., with the first race scheduled to have the green flag drop at 8. Drivers are asked to please note the earlier pit, practice, and qualifying times.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 12-17 and kids 11 and under are free. The Grundy County Speedway at 8890 N. Route 47, Morris, is located a mile north of Morris at the Grundy County Fairgrounds.