MCRP Provides Services for Two Tracks Hundreds of Miles Apart
Sterling Heights, MI (Tuesday, June 2, 2020) - Officials from Motor City Racing Promotions (MCRP) embarked on their first split double-header weekend of the 2020 season, one in which officials were stationed at tracks in two different states some 720 miles away. Saturday, May 30th proved to be one of the first major tests of the 2020 season for both the MCRP Timing and Scoring crew as well as the MCRP Safety Team.
An exciting event from Lebanon I-44 Speedway kicked off the weekend in Lebanon, MO alongside Champion Racing Association and their ARCA/CRA Super Series, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks. The MCRP Safety Team was on hand providing entire event safety with their Safety 1 and Chase vehicles in addition to the I-44 Speedway safety officials. Their weekend of services began on Friday with an open practice session for all divisions that saw minimal slowdowns.
On Saturday, the MCRP Safety Team of Jake Steele, Terry Kizer, Kyle Whitman, Tara Miller and guest official from the SERTS Safety Crew Mike Myers, began preparations for a full day of racing that included two practice sessions per division, qualifying and 300 laps of green flag racing. Through the first 175 laps of competition, the racing was exciting while the incidents were minimal for the Safety Team. That all changed during the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of the show when suddenly it was all hands on deck. On lap 40 of the event, Augie Grill’s number 112 machine went up in flames as he worked his way through turns 3 & 4. By the front stretch, the flames continued to build and had reached a climax by the time the car came to rest at the entrance of turn one. In just seconds, the MCRP Safety Team was on scene, beginning efforts to contain the blaze - just seconds later the flames were extinguished and the car was being hooked by the wrecker and was returning to the hauler. The initial look at the incident indicated that Grill’s car would likely be a substantial loss, however thanks to the quick action of the SFI Certified Safety Team and the use of the fire suppressant FireAde, the damage was kept to a minimum. Other minor slowdowns including single and multi-car incidents unfolded throughout the remainder of the event.
In Lake City, Michigan, the MCRP Time and Scoring crew had their work cut out for them during the second weekend of racing from Merritt Speedway. The full 5-in-1 program featured nearly 200 cars on property and over 40 events scored; ranging from the Mini-Wedge program to Late Model Qualifying, and multiple B & A-Mains. Alternate members of the MCRP Safety Team were also on hand at Merritt, with their major incident coming in the final event of the evening during the Pro-Stock Feature when TJ Gilbert flipped bringing out the red flag. Both drivers from each event were A-ok.
The next event for both the MCRP Safety Team and MCRP Timing and Scoring crew is back in Lake City at Merritt Speedway for another full 5-in-1 program featuring DIRTcar UMP Late Models racing for $2,000 and Pro-Stocks racing for $500 to win. Pre-event tickets are available on Merritt’s website, www.merrittspeedwaymi.com.
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