Jason Blonde Gets Second Win of 2018 at New Parisadmin
It was a beautiful day of racing at New Paris Speedway as the Auto Value Super Sprints came to town to run the tight ¼ mile oval. After the New Paris Night od Destruction earlier in the week, the track was clear of all the auto parts, mattresses and trailers and ready for a night of the “World’s Fastest Short Track Cars.”
Qualifying for the day had London Ontario veteran driver Ryan Litt falling just short of the track record, but enough to be the fast qualifier with an 11.549 or 78mph lap. Nine other cars were within 9/10ths of a second to give the fans a very tight and competitive field. Ryan pulled an eight out of the bag to set the fields for the heats and feature.
The first heat race gave a taste of how the evening was going to play out with Jason Blonde winning in an impressive 8 lap, race in 1:52 minutes of action. He was followed by Jason Cox, Derek Snyder respectfully to finish out the top three.
The second heat race was also a quick clean race with home State of Indiana veteran driver Aaron Pierce winning in his first appearance of the 2018 season in a quick 1:43 minutes. Brian Gerster and Tom Geren Jr. rounded out the top 3.
The feature line up had Jerry Caryer starting on the pole with Jason Blonde on his right shoulder. As they rounded turn 4 and came to the line Caryer and Blonde were nose to nose to start the 30 lap feature. It was Blonde who took the lead early on in the back stretch and never gave up the lead even though he had challenges from Caryer. Most of the action for the race was in the competition for the 3rd through 7th spots. Jeff Bloom and Derek Snyder held their 3rd and 4th starting places for the first half of the race Brian Gerster, Ryan Litt, and Aaron Pierce were fighting to move up from the middle of the pack.
As Pierce was just getting past Snyder, Pierce tangled with Jim Payne, causing both to spin out and bring out the only caution of the night. On the restart, Blonde, Caryer, Bloom, Snyder, Gerster, and Litt led a tight restart to the line. Pierce quickly started working on the field again from the back of the field as Gerster was working the middle of the pack to get past both Snyder and Bloom. This set up the win for Blonde, Caryer second, Gerster third, and Bloom 4th. As the final laps were coming to a close, Litt was able to get past Snyder to finish 5th, Snyder was able to hold off Pierce for the 6th spot, leaving pierce 7th. Chris Neuenswander finished 8th, followed by Geren, Don Dietsch, Chris Jagger, Jim Payne, Jason Cox and Doug Dietsch.
Both of the Dietsch brothers had several problems with their cars over the day and worked hard to get them through qualifying, heats and the feature. They both showed a true dedication to the sport of Sprint Cars and their desire to provide a show for the fans of the Auto Value Super Sprints.
The points battle for the 2018 season at the half way point is showing that consistency is paying off for the top four of Ryan Litt (339), Brian Gerster (333), Derek Snyder (303) and Don Dietsch (268). However at this mid-point in the season, any thing can change as the Auto Value Super Sprints make two stops in Baer Field in Indiana (July 11, and August 25) and two Eastern Michigan stops at Auto City (July 21) and Birch Run (July 27).