The Midwest TQ Racing League presented by Jenmarco.com opened their 2013 race season on Saturday evening June 15th at the Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Ind.
Four-time and defending champion Tate Martz entered the event on a five race win streak but it was Muncie’s Nick Speidel who opened the year strong by winning both the feature and his heat race. Speidel started the feature in third place but motored by Elwood Sanitarium Haunted Attraction polesitter Brett Hankins and Devin Fairchild on the opening lap and went on to lead all twenty circuits for the ninth win of his career.
Martz, who had issues in his heat, started the feature in 15th place and drove through the field to place second followed by Brett Hankins, Rick Robinson and Jon Steed. Devin Fairchild, Bobby Walton, Cody Kiewitt, Logan Arnold and Rex Griffin rounded out the top ten.
By improving thirteen positions Martz was named the Indy Race Parts Hard Charger and Griffin, who had the best finish of four rookie drivers, was the Tony Stewart Racing Rookie of the Race. Griffin also won the American Racer Tires gift certificate. Robbie Roland was the Duane & Sonja Alexander Hard Luck Driver and Perfect North Slopes heat winners were Robinson and Speidel.
The next event on the MTQRL schedule will be Saturday June 22nd at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelbyville, Ind. The grandstand gates will open at 5:00 pm, with practice at 6:00 pm, qualifications at 6:30 pm, and racing set to begin at 7:30 pm. Racing will feature the MTQRL three-quarter midgets and as an added bonus the 600cc sidewinder micro sprints.
Adult general admission is $8, children 7-12 are $5, and under 6 are free. On Friday evening June 21st from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Steed Motorsports, with drivers Jon Steed and Bobby Walton, will have their cars displayed at Dusty Flannery State Farm Insurance at 1514 N. Main Street in Rushville, Ind. Coupons good for free children’s admission to the Shelbyville race will be available (ages 7-12).
PHOTO BY JANET SMITH
Nick Speidel & daughter Skylar in Victory Lane at Montpelier