Lichty & Cox Fly At Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio — Jason Cox and Mike Lichty were the big winners in Friday night’s All American Coach “Fastest Short Track Show in the World,” for the Town Money Saver MSA Winged Supermodifieds and the winged Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints at Toledo Speedway.
The 30-lap AVBBSS Super Sprint feature saw several yellow flags for stalled cars, with no serious mishaps. Local favorite Dave Baumgartner took the lead and held it for nine laps, but had an early battle with Ryan Litt. Litt faded and after several restarts, Jason Cox was on the fly. Starting 10th, Jason, the fast qualifier, moved to fourth on lap eight.
By lap 10, Cox sailed by on the outside lane and never looked back. Randy Sweet lost his wing on lap 26, which brought out the yellow and gave Baumgartner and Jimmy McCune one last shot at the win. Cox was up to the task as he grabbed the victory, McCune, moving from the 15th starting spot, zipped into second on the last restart to take the spot from Baumgartner. Fourth was Cody Gallogly and Joe Swanson was fifth.
Canadian Mike Lichty checked out on the 17 car MSA Super Modified field on lap 18 and despite a yellow flag with just six laps to go, stormed to the victory in the 40 lap main event. Fellow Canadian resident Mark Sammut took the start at the green and stayed there for the first 14 laps. On the following lap, Dave McKnight upheld the Maple Leaf charge and took over the top spot. Lichty got by several cars on a restart, pulled into contention and took charge on lap 18, after a great three-car battle between the Canadians.
McKnight slowed on that lap 34 yellow but there was no stopping Lichty as he pulled away for the win. Trent Stephens, the fast qualifier at 13:072, put on a show and got to the front with 10 laps to go, taking the second spot at the stripe. Sammut was third, Bobby Dawson fourth and DJ Shullick Jr. fifth.
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