Eric Lee Wins Sixth Flat Rock Championship; Brad Smith reaches ARCA milestone – The News Herald

That’s half a dozen for Eric Lee.

The Macomb Township driver won his sixth late-model track championship at Flat Rock Speedway on Saturday night.

Lee finished first in the ARCA Moran Chevrolet Outlaw Super Late Model feature race to clinch a second straight title.

Driving the No. 5 Lee Motorsports car, Lee won six races this season on the quarter-mile paved oval that marked its 70th birthday.

He also won championships in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Hazel Park’s Conner Zbozien, in his first year driving the No. 45 car for Moran Automotive, finished second. Lee had 2,250 points and Zbozien 2,105.

George Rangel, Chris Benson and four-time champion Paul Pelletier rounded out the top five.

Other Champions: Derrick Sheppard, Fraser resident, The Vault ARCA Enduro division; Billy Early, ARCA R&M Recycling Figure 8; Jeremy Vanderhoof, ARCA DTS Drivetrain Specialists, Inventory Principal A, and Mike Miller, Inventory Principal B.

Sheppard finished third in the Enduro race on championship night, giving him the title in the four-race series. He also won the 2018 title.

Benson led the early stages of the 50-lap late-model race. Lee, who started fourth, used the outside rut to pass Benson on lap 33 and cruised to victory.

Two-time champion Dennis Strickland finished second, Zbozien third, Pelletier fourth and Hayden Sprague fifth. Zbozien had the fastest qualifying lap at 11.897 seconds.

Romulus’ Early led Dennis Whisman Jr. by 20 points heading into the final Figure 8 event, but a blown engine on lap two ended defending champion Whisman’s night and his hopes of another championship. Early won the championship night race.

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Temperance resident Vanderhoof finished fifth in his career and clinched the championship. Greg Studt won for the sixth time this season, but finished 30 points behind Vanderhoof.

Lincoln Park’s Miller had won the B Main championship prior to the race, which was won by rookie Jeremy Cronenwett.

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Shelby Township’s Brad Smith became the third driver to start 400 starts in the ARCA Menards Series on Sunday. Smith finished 21st in the Sprecher 150 at the Milwaukee Mile. The 53-year-old was presented before the race with a checkered flag signed by the other drivers in the field. Frank Kimmel and Iggy Katona were the others to start the 400.

Brad Smith, left, receives a flag signed by other drivers from series president Ron Drager at Sunday's ARCA Menards race.  The event at the Milwaukee Mile was Smith's 400th start in the series.  (photo sent)
Brad Smith, left, receives a flag signed by other drivers from series president Ron Drager at Sunday’s ARCA Menards race. The event at the Milwaukee Mile was Smith’s 400th start in the series. (photo sent)

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