SOLO: National Championships Friday report

36th Tire Rack Solo Nationals Close With Final Class Championships of 2008 TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 18, 2008) -- The 36th Tire Rack® Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships closed Friday with its fourth-straight day of beautiful weather at ...

36th Tire Rack Solo Nationals Close With Final Class Championships of 2008

TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 18, 2008) -- The 36th Tire Rack® Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships closed Friday with its fourth-straight day of beautiful weather at Heartland Park Topeka, crowning the final 32 class National Champions of the 2008 season.

Fifty-seven Super Stock class drivers saved the best for last, with the Championship going down to the wire. Overnight leader Lance Adams, of Austin, Texas, couldn't find the handle on the quick-transitioning East course with his Corvette, and it looked like reigning Tire Rack ProSolo Super Stock Champ Matthew Braun, of Northville, Mich., might have the field covered with a blistering first run in his Lotus Elise. As the third, and final, run of the season wound down, Pat Salerno, of New Milford, Conn., jumped into the top spot in his Elise. His glory was short-lived though, as Gary Thomason, of Oceanside, Calif., laid down the fast time of the day. Braun was the final competitor to run, and while he improved, it was not enough--0.091-second off Thomason's run in his Kumho Tire Porsche 911 GT3. It was Thomason's eighth National Championship and his first since switching to a Porsche in 2006.

Like Thomason, Ron Williams, of Topeka, Kan., had to come from behind to win H Stock for the second-straight year in his MINI USA/Hoosier Tire Mini Cooper. Other Stock class winners included Vancouver, Washington's Jerry Jenkins, who held his lead from Thursday to take his first title in the America's Tire/FCM Mazda Miata and Ryan Buetzer, of Long Beach, Calif., in C Stock driving his Evo School/Chase Cam Mazda MX-5 MSR. Buetzer had to high-tail it out of town right after capturing his fourth title to make it to Iowa Speedway for Saturday's Volkswagen TDI Cup race.

Mike King, of Jacksonville, Fla., extended his Thursday lead to take his second-straight Street Touring® S2 Championship in his Bridgestone Honda CRX Si.

C and D Street Prepared featured a pair of first-time winners from Arizona. Brian Peters, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., erased over a half second deficit to take his first National Championship in the Blackwatch Racing Mazda MX-5. Doug Rowse, of Phoenix, Ariz., held serve from a Thursday lead in his BMW 330i to take DSP.

Mike Maier, of Livermore, Calif., had a great effort Friday, pulling away from the C Prepared field to take his second title in the Maier Racing/K&N Ford Mustang by 0.541-second over Darrel Padberg. Padberg's wife, Desiree, entered Friday needing only 0.003-second to take over the CP Ladies class lead in their Mustang. She did that and more, taking her second National Championship by 0.711-second over first day leader Kathy Lang.

John Thomas, of Tampa, Fla., captured his open class-record 15th National Championship by winning F Prepared in his ZEE Racing Datsun 240Z.

In Street Modified, Andrew Lieber, of Bay City, Mich., overtook teammate and early leader Jarrod Hoops on his final run in their shared Showcase Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Evo IX R by just 0.008-second to take his second Championship. It tied for the fourth-closest finish in the 36 years of SCCA Solo National Championship competition. Erik Strelnieks, of Cedar Park, Texas, captured his second-consecutive Street Modified 2 class win in his JungleCat Racing/Hoosier/7part three-rotor Mazda RX7, edging fellow two-time class Champion Andrew McKee by 0.139-second.

After being runner-up three times, Dan Wasdahl, of Massillon, Ohio, is finally a National Champion, taking A Modified in his Mid Atlantic Motorsports Special AM and setting the best combined time of the four-day event of 70.398 seconds. In B Modified action, Tommy Saunders, of Southlake, Texas, captured his 12th National Championship. Eric Leichtle, of Coppell, Texas, captured the Formula SAE National Championship for the second-straight year in his University of Texas at Arlington-built machine.

In other Ladies class action, it took Ginette Jordan, of Terrell, N.C., 11 tries, but she finally scored her ninth National Championship, taking F Street Prepared in her Hoosier Tire/Koni/RR-AX Honda Civic. Katie Elder, of Folsom, Calif., drove her Kumho/Bilstein Honda Civic Si to a sixth-straight STSL Championship, giving her 11 overall. Theresa Condict, of Lexington, Mass., came from behind to win D Street Prepared Ladies driving the SoloRacer.com/TCKline BMW 325i and take her first National Championship in only her second attempt.

A total of 1072 drivers competed in the 2008 Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships.

For full results visit www.scca.com.

TOPEKA, Kan. -- National Champions from 32 classes competing Thursday and Friday in the 36th Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships at Heartland Park Topeka with class, driver, hometown, car and notes. Drivers in bold with asterisk (*) after class were not the day one leader. Double asterisk (**) and italics denotes that class results are under protest.

Super Stock*: Gary Thomason, Oceanside, Calif., Porsche 911 GT3, Eighth National Championship

Super Stock L: Danielle Engstrom, Frankfort, Ill., Chevy Corvette; Fifth National Championship

C Stock: Ryan Buetzer, Long Beach, Calif., Mazda MX-5 MSR; Second-straight CS Championship, fourth overall

C Stock L: Mary Bahr, West Salem, Wis., Pontiac Solstice; Second National Championship

E Stock: Jerry Jenkins, Vancouver, Wash., Mazda Miata; First National Championship

E Stock L: Meredith Brown, Los Alamos, N.M., Toyota MR2; Third National Championship

H Stock*: Ron Williams, Topeka, Kan., Mini Cooper; Second National Championship. Won GS in 2007

H Stock L: Wendi Allen, Jacksonville Bch, Fla., Mini Cooper; Seventh Championship

Street Touring S**: Andy Hollis, Austin, Texas, Honda Civic Si; Second National Championship

Street Touring S L: Katie Elder, Folsom, Calif., Honda Civic Si; Sixth-straight STSL Championship, 11th overall

Street Touring S2: Mike King, Jacksonville, Fla., Honda CRX Si; Second-straight Championship

Street Touring S2 L*: Michelle Seelig, Edmond, Okla., Honda CRX Si; Second-straight Championship, fourth overall

C Street Prepared*: Brian Peters, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Mazda MX-5; First National Championship

C Street Prepared L: Kathy Wolfskill, Nederland, Colo., Mazda Miata; Third National Championship

D Street Prepared: Doug Rowse, Phoenix, Ariz., BMW 330i; First National Championship

D Street Prepared L*: Theresa Condict, Lexington, Mass., BMW 325i; First National Championship

F Street Prepared: Kevin Wenzel, Longmont, Colo., BMW 2002; Fourth National Championship

F Street Prepared L: Ginette Jordan, Terrell, N.C., Honda Civic; Ninth National Championship

C Prepared: Mike Maier, Livermore, Calif., Ford Mustang; Second National Championship

C Prepared L*: Desiree Padberg, Muskego, Wis., Ford Mustang; Second National Championship

F Prepared: John Thomas, Tampa, Fla., Datsun 240Z; Record-extending 15th Open Class National Championship

F Prepared L: Elizabeth Leckey, Ann Arbor, Mich., Lotus Elise; First National Championship

Street Modified*: Andrew Lieber, Bay City, Mich., Mitsubishi Evo 9; Second National Championship

Street Modified L: Christine Berry, Alta Loma, Calif., Mitsubishi Evo; Second National Championship

Street Modified 2: Erik Strelnieks, Cedar Park, Texas, Mazda 3-Rotor RX7; Second-straight SM2 Championship, sixth overall

Street Modified 2L: Sue Eckles, Malcolm, Neb., Honda S2000; First National Championship

A Modified: Dan Wasdahl, Massillon, Ohio, Special AM; First National Championship, three-time runner-up

B Modified: Tommy Saunders, Southlake, Texas; Legrand Dragon; 12th National Championship

B Modified L: Brianne Corn, San Marcos, Texas, Legrand Dragon; First National Championship

C Modified: Wendell Karr Ake, Yukon, Okla., Citation; Second National Championship

C Modified L: Dawn Odoi, Palatine, Ill., Reynard; Second National Championship

Formula SAE: Eric Leichtle, Coppell, Texas, UTA; Second-straight National Championship

-credit: scca

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Series SCCA
Drivers Jerry Jenkins , Ryan Buetzer , Brian Peter , Brianne Corn
Teams Williams