SBRS: Barber Graduates do well around the world

Skip Barber Racing School graduate Scott Sharp became the all-time win leader in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series five-year history. Sharp in fact set several records en route to career victory number five in the Casino Magic 400 at Texas...

Skip Barber Racing School graduate Scott Sharp became the all-time win leader in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series five-year history. Sharp in fact set several records en route to career victory number five in the Casino Magic 400 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Tex. His margin of victory over fellow Skip Barber alumnus and current IRNLS Rookie of the Year Robby McGehee was the smallest in series history at 0:059 sec. His average race speed of 169.182 mph established a series record. All this occurred during phenomenally close race which saw 31 lead changes, also an IRNLS record, and the Top-5 cars crossing the finish line within 6.2 seconds.

McGehee charged to the front of the field with seven laps remaining and found himself alongside Sharp several times. Alongside however doesn’t count in the end, and thus Sharp, by whisker, drove into victory circle while McGehee was consoled by the fact that he fought the good fight.

Buzz Caulkins in fourth place was just two-tenths of a second short of making it an all Skip Barber trained podium.

If Bobby Labonte does not win the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup, it certainly won’t be from a lack of consistency. A third place at the Kmart 400 at the Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. saw Labonte take his seventh top-3 finish in 15 Winston Cup races run thus far. That consistency has kept him atop the Winston Cup points tally for most of the season. Labonte now enjoys a 98-point lead in the hunt for the Winston Cup as the series edges closer toward the mid-point.

Ward Burton (6th), Bill Elliot (8th) and John Andretti (9th) joined Labonte in the Top-10 as the other Skip Barber trained drivers.

The Craftsman Truck Series also raced at the Texas Motor Speedway for the Pronto Auto Parts 400. Skip Barber grads Mike Wallace and Randy Tolsma completed the podium in that event with a second and third-place finish respectively.

In Europe, American Matt Turner continues to turn in impressive performances. This time he took a strong fourth-placed finish in the Lotus Elise Championship at the legendary Silverstone Circuit in England.

-George Tamayo

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers John Andretti , Ward Burton , Bobby Labonte , Mike Wallace , Robby McGehee , Scott Sharp , Randy Tolsma , Skip Barber , Matt Turner