Juan Montoya, Jeff Burton and Townsend Bell scored a tri-fecta among Skip Barber trained drivers this weekend, registering wins in their respective races. Though they participate in three distinct series', the three displayed a similar approach to racing once on the track: dominance.
In Winston Cup action, Jeff Burton became the first NASCAR racer in over two decades to record a win in flag-to-flag fashion. He just couldn't have raced any better if he tried. Normally that would be an overstatement, but not when you lead every lap. Burton handily won Sunday's Dura Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, edging out fellow Skip Barber grad, Bobby Labonte. Labonte's second place result pads his lead in the overall Championship tally. Jeff Gordon (6th), John Andretti (7th), Joe Nemechek (9th) and Ken Schrader (10th) rounded out the other Skip Barber trained drivers who finished the race in the Top-10.
The 1994 Pro Series veteran Montoya scored his third victory of the Champ Car season at Gateway International Raceway. The Columbian lapped the entire field bar one and went on to win on the 1.27 mile oval with a record pace of 155.519 mph. The win puts him back into Championship contention with three races to go. Fellow Skip Barber grad Helio Castroneves, himself a contender for the title, joined Montoya in the Top-10 with a ninth place result.
Also at Gateway, Pro Series veteran Townsend Bell won convincingly in CART Dayton Indy Lights Series competition. While the series rookie has had his ups and downs this season, yesterday was clearly a good day. Bell led every lap of the race and took the checkered flag over the second place finisher by a margin of over six seconds. The win is his second of his rookie campaign. Fellow Barberites Tony Renna (4th) and Chris Menninga (5th) also finished in the Top-10.
In Toyota Atlantics, Skip Barber trained Rocky Moran Jr and Daniel Wheldon earned top-10 spots in Saturday's Championship race at Gateway. Moran Jr. took a fourth place result, while Wheldon took seventh in the race.
- Andrew Torres