September 3, 2006 Results
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Pontoon Beach, IL - (September 3, 2006) Craig Smith of Godfrey, IL won the biggest late model event of his young career as he captured the $2,000 top prize in the Gear Changer 50 at Tri-City Speedway. The unique event that featured ten laps on the big half mile oval followed by a required gear change in the rear end by the team's crew and then twenty-five more laps around Tri-City Speedway's quarter mile oval. The first ten lap segment on the half mile was claimed by Steve Sheppard which earned him a $500 bonus for leading at the end of that segment. The gear changing competition was won handily by the crew of Rickey Frankel as they completed the gear change and added five gallons of fuel in just over three minutes. The final stage of the event was the twenty-five laps around the quarter mile over and it was lined up in the order that the crews finished changing the gears. Craig Smith was 8th at the end of the 10 lap segment, and his crew gained him five positions by performing the gear change and fuel service on the car, which started him 3rd in the final segment. When the green flag dropped for the final twenty-five laps, it was Steve Sheppard taking the early lead from the outside front row. Sheppard led the first five laps before Mark Voigt found a faster line around the top and drove past Sheppard for the lead. Voigt led the next twelve laps as Smith worked his way through traffic to the front. Voigt's machine suffered mechanical problems with just eight laps remaining which turned the lead over the second place running Smith. Smith pulled away to a half-track victory. Tim Manville had one of his best finishes of the season as his strong performance yeilded him a second place finish. Steve Sheppard held on to the third spot. Jayme Zidar also came from the rear of the field and raced to a fourth place finish. Mike Bryant came home with a top five finish as he came from the back as well. Bryant had a great night as he won his heat race and the dash earlier in the night.