By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (July 27) – Nate Jones won his fifth IMCA Modified feature of the season at Tri-City Motor Speedway on Friday, beating Matt Szecsodi to the checkers on autograph night. The Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified division took to the track for a 20-lap main event and Todd Matheson and Kevin McFarland brought the field of 20 to the green with Matheson immediately jumping to the front. Matheson looked as if he was going to run away with the win until an issue with his car caused him to suddenly spin in turn four with just four laps remaining. That spin also ended the night for third-running Chris Cohoon as he was unable to avoid Matheson. With Matheson out, Jones was handed the lead and held off Szecsodi for his fifth feature win of the year. Chad Wernette, Gavin Hunyady and Chaz Pray wrapped up the remaining top five positions at the finish.
By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (June 29) – Chad Wernette made his final move to the front in the waning laps in winning Friday’s Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature at Tri-City Speedway. Garrett Bennett led the opening lap before Mitchell Hunt took his turn at the point. Hunt led the majority of the event but Wernette refused to let Hunt get away. For numerous laps, Wernette and Hunt swapped the lead position. With just a few laps remaining, the Sheridan driver cleared Hunt to earn a victory lane visit for the first time this season. Hunt, Matt Szecsodi, Nate Jones and Kody Johnson completed the top five.
AUBURN, Mich. – On Friday, June 22, a member of the Tri-City Motor Speedway safety crew was injured during a rain delay in the regular Friday night race show. After a brief, unexpected rain shower, race officials announced a rain delay until the track conditions could be brought back to a safe racing condition. It was during this process where a worker, Pete Badgero, was injured after falling off the tractor he was driving. The safety crew saw this happen and immediately tended to Badgero with emergency medical attention. With the tractor still in gear, it continued across the track, which is where a video circulating the Internet picks up the event. This process of prepping the track is not very exciting so many people in the stands never saw Badgero fall. Their attention only turned when the suddenly unmanned tractor careened across the track into the retaining wall. Laughter can be heard on the video as track staff attempted to chase down the rouge tractor. The crowd was not aware of the injury that [Read More]
By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (June 15) – The first race in the new dirt track era of Tri-City Motor Speedway took place in mid-June back in 2011. Each year, Tri-City commemorates the occasion with the annual Greased Pig special for the IMCA Modifieds. On Friday night, A.J. Ward won the event for the fourth time and earned $2,018. Chris Cohoon started on the pole and led the field to green flag but his night ended early because of mechanical problems. With Cohoon out, the lead was handed to Matt Szecsodi, who took advantage of a long green flag run and began to pull away from the field. However, with 31 laps down and 10 to go, a caution bunched up the field and put the ninth starting Ward and defending track champion Kody Johnson on Szecsodi’s rear bumper. Ward fought Szecsodi using the bottom groove as the two tussled over the final seven circuits. The two-time defending Dirt Works Eastern Region champion, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, was finally able to [Read More]
AUBURN, Mich. (June 8) – Matt Szecsodi made his second visit of the season to victory lane at Tri-City Motor Speedway after taking over the lead of the Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature on the 10th lap. The start of the feature was dominated by Craig Vance as he drove the bottom line to pace the field. At lap nine, it was Chad Wernette who fought his way from mid -pack to lead. His turn up front would only last a lap as Szecsodi took over the lead. Nate Jones also fought his way through the field and got to second. But without the help of any caution flags, Szecsodi’s lead was too big to overcome. Szecsodi parked in victory lane with his second feature win of 2018. Jones grabbed his third runner-up finish of the season. Jones was followed by Wernette, Drasco, Ark., driver Heath Grizzle, and 19th starting Chris Cohoon. Next Friday night, June 15 is the eighth anniversary of Tri-City’s first dirt race and features the Greased Pig 8.0 [Read More]
By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (June 1) – Tri-City Motor Speedway’s Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified division has been dominated as of late by rookie driver Nate Jones. He was looking for his fourth feature win in a row Friday night but had to start from row five in order to do so. Chris Cohoon overtook the front row on lap one and continued to lead the field until lap seven when defending champion Kody Johnson took his turn at the front. With few cautions, Johnson was able to keep the field behind him and was the first to finish the 20-lap feature. Jones fought his way up to second at the finish. Cohoon, Chad Wernette and Matt Szecsodi clawed their way into the top five.
By Eric Young AUBURN, Mich. (May 25) – Nate Jones took home his third straight Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature win, in front of a packed house Friday night at Tri-City Motor Speedway. Jones battled through the field during the 20-lap main event from the eighth starting spot while A.J. Ward made his return to the Auburn track, methodically moving through the field and gaining 12 positions from his 14th place starting spot to finish second. Ward closed in on Jones with just a few laps to go but ran out of time before the checkered flag. Toby Steele came home in third place. With 27 cars on hand for the evening, the feature was set through the heat races and the ‘B’ main. Matt Szecsodi won the ‘B,’ then gained 12 positions in the feature to finish fourth. Craig Vance was fifth.
By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (May 4) – Nobody could keep up with Nate Jones Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway, as the Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified rookie raced to his first career win in the class. A former pro stock champion, Jones made what became the winning pass just shy of halfway and dominated the rest of the way. At the finish, Jones was closely followed by last week’s winner Matt Szecsodi and Chris Cohoon.
By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (April 27) – Matt Szecsodi was a convincing winner in the opening night Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified main event Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway. Chad Wernette paced the field for the opening pair of laps before Szecsodi took away the top spot. Szecsodi dominated the event with the best racing taking place within the top five positions. Wernette battled IMCA rookie and former pro stock champion Nate Jones, Chris Cohoon and Kody Johnson. Szecsodi took the checkers followed by Jones from 13th, Johnson from 11th, Wernette and Cohoon.