Special from DuroByte Motorsports: (June 27, 2018) – After taking some time to regroup, DuroByte Motorsports and 15 year old Ortonville, Michigan teenager Michael Clancy Jr. are ready to hit the track and race in Saturday’s Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales 100 at Baer Field Motorsports Park, just south of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Saturday will the first ever JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance event held at Baer Field Motorsports Park, the series was scheduled to race there last season, but the event had to be postponed twice because of weather, and then finally cancelled on the third attempt again because of weather.
The team took off the series last event at Salem Speedway on June 16th after suffering heavy damage to their primary car at the Masters of the Pro’s 200 at Birch Run Speedway, after contact from another racer caused Michael to make heavy contact with the outside retaining wall. Michael was fine, but his racecar was done for the night and needed extensive repairs. With the Salem event less than a week away, the team and driver decided to sit out the Salem event, regroup and get their primary car fixed properly and be ready to race at Baer Field.
Clancy Jr. has had fast race cars and been in position for some great finishers so far this season, but has had a steak of bad luck that has given the teams three DNF’s in three events. While trying to make a pass for second place the Dixie 100 series season opener on April 29th at Birch Run Speedway, contact from another car caused damage that was too much to continue racing in the event. Then while battling with leader Jack Smith on lap 92 of the WCIParts.com 100 at the Short Track U. S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 18th, another car made contact with Smith putting him into Clancy Jr., again causing too much damage to continue.
With the series using the Chase Championship system, the team and driver will still have the ability to compete for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 2018 Championship. The team and driver are more motivated than ever to end their streak of bad luck and compete for series wins and the 2018 series Championship.
“I’m really hoping we have better luck with weather this year for Baer Field,” remarked Clancy Jr. “We didn’t get to run the race at Baer Field last year but we did test there and I really liked the track. The forecast looks good so we are really looking forward to heading there this weekend!”
“Baer Field Motorsports Park is a track that should make for some great racing,” remarked Jimmy D Smith. “Even though we didn’t get to race last year due to rain, we did test at the track and really liked it. Sounds like it will be a warm weekend, but dry, so it will be a great weekend for racing!”
DuroByte Motorsports, owned by Murray Van Wieringen and spear headed by Crew Chief Jimmy D Smith, has a proud history of fielding competitive racecars with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series since the 2013 season. DuroByte Motorsports has fielded cars for former NASCAR K&N Pro East Series competitor and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event winner Dominique Van Wieringen, her younger brother Tristan Van Wieringen and Michael Clancy Jr. during the 2017 season. Tristan Van Wieringen will compete in selected ARCA/CRA Super Series events during the 2018 season.
2018 will be Clancy Jr.’s third season to compete with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, his second with DuroByte Motorsports. Clancy finished second in the series 2017 Championship Chase after getting a season high fifth place finish in the series Season Championship event at Winchester Speedway. Clancy had eight total top ten finishes with the series in 2017, including a streak of six straight top ten finishes, that helped them get into the Chase final four to race for the Championship. Clancy Jr. was the Fast Qualifier at two series events during the 2017 season, once at the Masters of the Pros 144 event at Lebanon I-44 Speedway and at the legendary Lucas Oil Raceway at the CRA Fall Brawl event.
DuroByte Motorsports and Clancy Jr. will campaign Howe Racing Chassis Ford’s again in 2018 with Ford engines by Phil Harper. The team will have primary sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts and the support of Made In Detroit for the entire 2018 season.
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