RACE: Valvoline Runoffs: Daughtery takes sixth SSB championship

RACE: Valvoline Runoffs: Daughtery takes sixth SSB championship
Thirty-eight Showroom Stock B's took the green flag for the second SCCA National Runoffs at Mid-Ohio. Not wasted any time, the drivers were easily going side-by-side bumper-to-bumper on the first lap. Providing plenty of excitement, David...

Thirty-eight Showroom Stock B's took the green flag for the second SCCA National Runoffs at Mid-Ohio. Not wasted any time, the drivers were easily going side-by-side bumper-to-bumper on the first lap. Providing plenty of excitement, David Roush lead the field with David Daughtery and Eric Morehouse chasing him for the overall lead.

The start.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.

Going into the "keyhole" on the second lap, Joseph McClughan was three abreast with two other top six challengers and ended up too wide on the outside putting him on the wet grass. McClughan continued. Several of the SSB's ended up in the grass during the race.

Daughtery took the lead from Roush. By the next turn, the top three were battling for the top positions. Daughtery stayed in front as Morehouse tried for second. Morehouse took the lead as the three Mazda's continued to work their way around the 2.28 mile road course.

Roush slipped and slid his way around Daughtery with one giant wiggle and before the lap was completed, he put an unsuccessful move on Morehouse. As the second- and third-place drivers played position changes, the leader pulled away.

David Roush and David Daughtery.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.

The rest of the field was closing the gap on the top three with plenty of action of their own. This was the SSB race for bragging rights - being on the podium was the main objective.

Halfway into the race, the top ten were: Morehouse, Daughtery, Roush, Toby Gravohec, Ken Simonson, Harry Manning, Chris Puskar, Jim Clark Ebben, Jack Tippens and John Phillips III.

Morehouse spun on lap ten with minor damage as his Mazda slid into the guardrail. Daughtery took the lead. He returned to the track in eighth place. Gravohec is one of the contenders for the Chicago Region Triple Crown award.

A very happy Daughtery took his seventh Valvoline Runoffs win (Six in SSB and his first win in SSA). Roush was second and Gravohec took the third spot on the podium.

"Great start, worried about Toby at the start with the power he has on the straights. Knew, we could get him in the corners," stated the winner Daughtery. "We had a great race."

The podium: race winner David Daughtery with David Roush and Toby Grahovec.
Photo by Denise Davidson.

Roush said, "I tried to divebomb Dave at the end of the backstraight going into "Madness" and hit the curbing causing Eric to slip passed both us into the lead. I watched Dave to see if he would make a mistake and I could take the lead back after Eric when off. I ended up making them instead and lost ground."

Firtst time on the podium, Gravohec stated the he knew the Miatas had the advantage here. "I could get them on the straights but the Miatas could get me back in the turns. I was happy to finish where I did as I was hoping for at least fifth."

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