Series crew chief, engine mechanic awards report

Venturini Motorsports' Reed, Bartlett Sweep Cometic Crew Chief, Klotz Engine Mechanic of the Year Awards in ARCA Racing Series (TOLEDO, Ohio) - Kevin Reed and Mike Bartlett of the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports team in the ARCA Racing Series ...

Venturini Motorsports' Reed, Bartlett Sweep Cometic Crew Chief, Klotz Engine Mechanic of the Year Awards in ARCA Racing Series

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Kevin Reed and Mike Bartlett of the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports team in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards have swept the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year and Klotz Engine Mechanic of the Year Awards for the 2010 season.

Reed finished with 6380 points in the crew chief division, which awards $3000 at year's end and tabulates points from qualifying and race action. The crew chief of the fastest-qualifying car earns 200 points, with descending positions earning five fewer points per position, and the same scoring system is in place for race finishes. Competing crew chiefs must register at the beginning of the season and carry the decal of Cometic Gasket, Inc. on the car to be eligible to score. A maximum of 400 points is possible in each event weekend.

Reed and the No. 25 team cemented a position among Cometic Crew Chief of the Year contenders in an eight-day span in early June, as driver Mikey Kile won the pole and finished second at Pocono Raceway before qualifying second and winning at Michigan International Speedway. Each weekend yielded 395 points.

Similarly, Reed enjoyed success in the competition later in the season, as Kile started and finished second at Springfield, Ill. for 390 points, and then won the pole at Kansas Speedway before finishing fourth for 385 more points. Reed was the highest-scoring crew chief in each of the four races, earning the $250 Cometic Crew Chief of the Race Award every time.

Cometic Gasket, Inc., a Concord, Ohio company, creates the Official Gasket of the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards and also contributes $3500 to the year-end championship point fund.

Jon Wolfe of the No. 60 Sheltra Motorsports team finished second in the competition with 6160 points and two race awards. Johnny Allen (No. 81 Eddie Sharp Racing) was third with 6155 points and five race awards. Bill Kimmel (No. 44 Kimmel Racing; 6080 points) and Harold Holly (No. 16 Coulter Motorsports; two race awards and 5990 points) rounded out the top five.

Other Cometic Crew Chief of the Race winners included: Mike Chaffee (No. 32 Win-Tron Racing, three); Paul Andrews (No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports, two); and Tony Liberati (No. 55 Venturini Motorsports, two).

Bartlett finished with 1035 points in the mechanic division, which awards $2500 at year's end and tabulates points from qualifying and race action, albeit in a manner different than that of the crew chief system. Each race weekend gives mechanics two chances to earn points. The first is an inversion of the starting grid, excluding provisional starters, and the second is an inversion of the finish. (For example, the winning car in a 41-car field would earn 41 points.) Competing mechanics must register at the beginning of the season and carry the decal of Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Inc. on the car to be eligible to score.

Like Reed, Bartlett made a major impact at Pocono and Michigan in June, scoring 67 and 72 points on those weekends, respectively. The two-race total of 139 points was the best by any entrant in the series this season. Bartlett won the $250 Klotz Engine Mechanic Award of the Race five times, with wins at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Berlin Raceway, and Kansas also in his haul.

Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Inc., a Fort Wayne, Ind. company, is the Official Synthetic Lubricant of the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards and contributes $2000 to the year-end championship point fund.

Drew Barbour (No. 81 Eddie Sharp Racing) finished second with 998 points and four race awards. Wolfe was third (992, two), Kimmel was fourth (949), and Dan Brzozowski (No. 55 Venturini Motorsports) was fifth (940 points, three).

Additional Klotz Engine Mechanic of the Race winners included Chaffee, who won five times, and Thomas Harris (No. 16 Coulter Motorsports), who won once.

The 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards Championship Awards Banquet will take place Saturday, December 4 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., near Cincinnati.

-source: arca

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