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September 3rd racing
Stan Kalwasinski Photos

 

Grundy County Speedway, Morris, Ill.
 September 3, 2016
 
Critchett wins Illinois State Midget Championship
By Stan Kalwasinski
 
Morris, Ill.-Getting over a four-year winless drought, Lamont Critchett won the Illini Racing Series-sanctioned 30-lap Illinois State Midget Championship for D2-type midgets at the Grundy County Speedway Saturday night.
 
Wheeling his Direct Delivery/PBH Racing Engines/Beyta Gear Service/PSE Corp.-sponsored, Honda-powered, midget, the 40 year-old speedster, from DeMotte, Ind., took the lead from Scott Koerner on lap 3 and raced to the checkered flag with about a half straightaway advantage over second place-finishing Billy Hulbert, last year's Illinois championship race winner.
 
Lining up fourth in the 14-car field after setting fast time during qualifications, Critchett wasted little time getting to the front and seemed in control the all the way with Hulbert mounting a challenge around the 12-lap mark that lost steam after a few laps.
 
Finishing behind Critchett and Hulbert at the finish were Koerner, Jordan Caskey, Erica Ensor and Ray Seach.
 
''I've gone through several bad seasons here, a couple of blown motors and wrecked race cars,'' said Critchett after his win.  ''I had that monkey on my back and was wondering if I could still do it (win).  Is it time to hang it up or keep doing it? 
 
''Tony D'Ambrose from T1 Racing with the chassis dyno is the main reason we're here.  One of my former competitors Joe Knippel bought us tires or I had no tires for tonight. Skeet Bushor from PBH Racing Engines in Indy built the Honda motor and it's his car too.  He believed in me and said put this thing together and go run it.  Tonight is the first time this car has turned laps.''
 
Third generation racer, Joliet's Zach Sontag was the winner of the 25-lap Street Stock feature race with the 17-year-old racer scoring his first win of the season.  A last lap, rubbing-is-racing, pass on John Senerchia in turn three got Sontag in position to score the victory.
 
Finishing behind Sontag were Senerchia, who leads the division's points standings, Cheryl Hryn, Chad Proctor, Timmy Stewart and Bill Serviss.
 
Jacob Thiessen of Seneca claimed his first four-cylinder division feature race as he defeated Michael Tobuch and Danielle Dobczyk in the 15-lap chase.  Tyler Brown of Carol Stream was the winner of the 15-lap main event for Allison Legacy cars.
 
A late-race battle saw 14-year-old Trevor Addams, from Machesney Park, come out on top and claim the win in the 15-lap Mini Cup feature in a close finish over Zachary Tinkle with Jamie Domski finishing third.

 


Lamont Critchett keeps his No. 14 in the lead and on his way to victory in the 30-lap Illinois State Midget Championship at Grundy County Speedway
 in Morris, Ill., on Saturday night.  
It was Critchett's first midget victory in four years


Lamont Critchett poses in victory circle after winning the Illinois State Midget Championship for D2-type midgets.


Hard to tell them apart - teammates Billy Hulbert (inside) and Austin Smith battle during the Illinois State Midget Championship 30 lapper. 
 
Hulbert, last year's event winner finished second while Smith dropped out of the race.


Zach Sontag and crew enjoy the victory moment after Sontag won his first Street Stock feature race of the season at Grundy.


Rick Dawson (21) leads the dueling pair of Zach Sontag (3) and John Senerchia (77) during the Street Stock feature.


Street Stock feature action finds Bill Serviss (17) tangling with Chad Proctor (16).


A late race battle sees Zachary Tinkle (53) racing hard with eventual winner Trevor Addams (2) during the evening's Mini Cup feature.


Dylan Marshall (98.6) races inside of Matt Chester (73) during four-cylinder division competition.  Marshall has also been trying his luck
 in Grundy's Mid American Sportsman class here during the late-season.


Jacob Thiessen was the winner of the 15-lap four-cylinder division feature, his first of the season.


Trevor Addams poses with the checkered flag after winning the 15-lap Mini Cup main event.


Tyler Brown claimed top honors in the 15-lap feature for Allison Legacy cars.


Eventual winner Tyler Brown (20) works inside Jordan Caskey during the Allison Legacy 15 lapper.