September 3rd racing
Stan Kalwasinski Photos
Grundy County Speedway, Morris, Ill.
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
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.
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
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
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.