(LOUDON, N.H.) June 4, 2000 -The competitiveness and resulting unpredictability of the Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER kept everyone on the edge of their seats at New Hampshire International Speedway. Two new faces bloomed...
(LOUDON, N.H.) June 4, 2000 -The competitiveness and resulting unpredictability of the Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER kept everyone on the edge of their seats at New Hampshire International Speedway. Two new faces bloomed on the top of the victory rostrum at the conclusion of round 4. Christian Szymczak and Jon Morley took the win in their respective groups, and thereby became the third different winners in the first four rounds of the series.
Oakland, California's Szymczak led this one wire-to-wire yet not without substantial pressure from Canadian Anthony Simone. In the end, Simone's effort though valiant, fell short of the mark. Szymczak drove a picture perfect race, allowing neither pressure from those behind nor pressure from within to put a wheel wrong for the entire race. Ryan Howe took the final spot on the podium with a hard charging third place. He attempted to hook up with Simone in an effort to chase down leader Szymczak, but again to no avail. Round three-winner Damian Della-Santina also turned in a storming drive coming though to fifth place from his ninth starting position.
Morley of Colombus, Ohio, got around pole-sitter Craig Duerson in turn-3 at the start of the race for Group 2, from whence he never looked back. Morley went onto finish the race with a solid drive to the checkered flag to earn his first victory of the National Championship Series. It wasn't over yet for Duerson who after his double win in Grattan, Mich. during the opening rounds, would have to settle for third. Brazilian Levi Simoes, a 1999 Barber Dodge Pro Series 'Big Scholarship' invitee would soon power around Duerson to take over second position. Morley was by then out of reach, but second place was just fine for Simoes after he missed the opening two rounds of the series in Grattan.
As will come to be expected in this series the dicing was not limited to the front runners as both groups hosted some terrific wheel to wheel competition, so close in fact one would have been had pressed to stick a sheet of paper between them.
<pre> Race Results From Round 4, Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER, New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, N.H. June 4, 2000
1/Christian Szymczak/Oakland, Calif. 2/Anthony Simone/Aurora, Ontario 3/Ryan Howe/Temecula, Calif. 4/Bryan Sellers/Centerville, Ohio 5/Damian Della-Santina/Los Angeles, Calif 6/Daniel Di Leo/Markham, Ontario 7/Tophie Stewart/Carmichael, Calif. 8/Kevin Christensen/Castaic, Calif. 9/Michael Rossi/Murrieta Calif. 10/Dan Schmashof/Adair, Ill. 11/Todd Russo/ 12/Jim McCabe/Luzern, Pa. 13/Ryan Jones/Maple Ridge, British Colombia 14/Brian Angen/Campbell, Calif.
1/Jon Morley/Colombus, Ohio 2/Levi Simoes/Itatiba, Brazil 3/Craig Duerson/St. Petersburg, Fla. 4/Jonathan Strohm/Wildwood, Mo. 5/Caio Travaglini/Miami, Fla. 6/Brian Cole/Dumfries, Va. 7/Chris Baker/Austin, Tex. 8/Scott Presti/Naples, Fla. 9//Leonardo Maia/Oakland , Calif. 10/Juan Manuel Polar/Sannisidro, Peru 11/J.J.Fischer/Tyler, Tex. 12/Brian Rivera/Miami Lakes, Fla. 13/Davy Cook/Tallahasse, Fla.
Top 15 Points After Rounds 3 and 4
1/Bryan Sellers/69 2/Craig Duerson/66 3/CaioTravaglini/55 4/Damian Della-Santina/53 5/Jon Morley/52 6/Anthony Simone/50 6/Ryan Howe/50 8/Christian Szymczak/48 9/Tophie Stewart/42 10/ Daniel Di Leo/40 10/Davy Cook/40 12/Leonardo Maia/39 13/Brian Rivera/36 13/Jonathan Strohm/36 15/Brian Angen/34