SBRS: Ryan Howe Clinches Championship With Victories in Vegas

Ryan Howe completed his run to the Formula Dodge Western Race Series championship with pair of victories at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Howe, a Skip Barber Karting Scholarship winner, posted his ninth and 10th wins of the season to clinch the ...

Ryan Howe completed his run to the Formula Dodge Western Race Series championship with pair of victories at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Howe, a Skip Barber Karting Scholarship winner, posted his ninth and 10th wins of the season to clinch the championship with one race weekend remaining. The Formula Dodge Western Race Series concludes the 1999-2000 campaign at Laguna Seca Raceway April 8-9.

Damian Della-Santina, Christian Szymczak and Jon Van Caneghem also doubled up in the victory column. In the Masters Division, Peter Ponder-Pistor racked up three victories in four starts, Quentin Wahl posted two wins and John Browne captured the final race.

Howe’s main competitor Patrick Long ran into trouble in both races in Group 4.

Howe was in place to take advantage when Long spun while leading on lap 10. He went on to an easy victory over John Knudsen and Leonard Maia. Long had mechanical difficulties 12 laps into Sunday’s race as Howe again pulled away from Knudsen and Maia.

Della-Santina led the entire way during his victorious runs in Group 1. Knudsen and Van Caneghem (who started 12th) finished in second and third in Race 1. Ponder-Pistor and Sarah Wahl rounded out the podium in Race 2.

Szymczak faced several top competitors in Group 2, but was able to distance himself from the field twice. Brian Angen was the runner-up on both occasions. Brett Arsenault was third on Saturday while J.J. Fischer took third-place on Sunday.

Van Caneghem produced two wire-to-wire victories in Group 3. Sarah Wahl turned in two impressive runs to finish behind Van Caneghem in both races. Third-place honors went to Brian Johnson and Browne.

-Roy Hasty

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers J.J. Fischer , Christian Szymczak , Patrick Long , Skip Barber , John Knudsen , Brian Johnson , Quentin Wahl