SOUTH AMHERST — The Vintage Racing Organization of America made its first trip to Lorain County Speedway on Saturday night and one of the Michigan-based series veterans took the checkered flag in the 25-lap feature.
Defending VROA series champion Don Deyman took advantage of a late-race mechanical failure by series points leader Tom Boorsma with five laps to go to pull away and beat Bill Eppink by less than a second.
“I had some good luck tonight,” Deyman said. “This the first time I’ve been in victory lane in the feature all year.”
The series, which features pre-1948 stock bodies on a modern racing chasse and races across the Midwest, brought 14 cars to the 3⁄8-mile oval. Only eight of those racers were still on the track at the end of the race.
“I was a little skeptical of the track when we first got here, but once we got dialed in I had no complaints about the racing surface,” Deyman said.
In the Chargers Division, Kevin Broski was so eager to begin racing that he jumped the green flag twice from the inside of Row 2 at the start of the race. Once the green flag finally flew, Broski only needed four laps to work his way to the front in the 15-lap feature. He took the checkered flag .485 seconds in front of Dan Smith.
“I’m sorry about jumping the green,” Broski told the crowd over the track’s public address system after the win.
Smith worked his way back to second place, going into Turn 3 for the final time after relinquishing the position to Brandon Halcomb. Halcomb, who won the dash race earlier in the evening, finished third in the main event.
Bobby Schramm worked his way up from the rear of the field to take the win in the Grand National Division by a margin of .045 seconds over Ryan Chapman. Schramm took the lead from Parker Ennes with five laps to go.
“It was a little rough out there tonight … everybody beating and banging on each other,” Schramm said. “That’s what makes a good show for the fans though.”
Bob Lusetti started the Grand National feature on the outside of the front row only to have a plume of white smoke come streaming out of his exhaust as the green flag flew. Lusetti, who led flag-to-flag in the heat race, was one of three drivers to fall out of the race in the first three laps.
The Modifieds feature proceeded at the pace of rush hour traffic on Abbe Road, thanks to 12 cautions, 11 of which fell in the first 16 laps of the 30-lap feature.
In the end, Kenny Philips, one of six drivers out of 19 to finish the race, held off Joe Quinn by .732 seconds to win his first modifieds feature at the speedway.
“That sure was a long race,” Phillips said. “I need a nap.”
It was a dramatic reversal of fortune for Phillips, who retired after two laps in his heat race. He started the day as the fastest qualifier with an 89.451 mph lap.
“The way the night started I didn’t think the car was gonna be that good,” he said.
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