Ames takes Peavey Super Challenge win in Oscoda, OSCODA, MI With a win in the sixth round of the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Championship John Ames has drawn even with Erik Strelnieks atop the Peavey Challenge points race. Ames Defeated BMW driver...
Ames takes Peavey Super Challenge win in Oscoda,
OSCODA, MI With a win in the sixth round of the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Championship John Ames has drawn even with Erik Strelnieks atop the Peavey Challenge points race. Ames Defeated BMW driver Russell Blume in the top eliminator to take the over all win.
Tim Aro again seemed poised to win his first Peavey Super Challenge before meeting bad luck in the quarter finals against Bob Tunnell. Tunnell coned on his first side but the cone was not reported until after the pair left the line for their second passes. Aro should have had an easy advance to the semifinal round but instead broke out by over a half a second. The break out would haunt Aro as he was defeated by Ames by less than the difference between his original and adjusted dial in. Aro did manage to salvage a third place, his second of the year, after Stacey DeSpelder collected a cone in the runoff round.
Coming into the weekend, Ames was looking toward the year-end championship. With a strong finish in the second round, he needed the win to draw even with Strelnieks. After taking the win in Super Stock, Ames focused on consistent driving and not giving the win away. With plans to compete in the Wendover ProSolo event he has the potential to claim sole possession of the Peavey Super Challenge Points lead. Currently Ames has two overall ProSolo Championships to his credit.
Jeleskovic defeats West in Honda Street Challenge
Richard West took top Honda Street Challenge points in Oscoda with a one-second win in Street Touring S. However a red-light by West gave the Shoot-out win and $250 pay out to Eagle Talon Driver Fedja Jeleskovic. Jeleskovic earned a spot in the shoot-out with a one tenth win over Dennis Grant in Street Modified. The one-two finish moves West and Jeleskovic into a three-way tie with Grant atop the Honda Street Shoot-out points.
McClure takes second Ladies Challenge of the season
Beth McClure drove her Z06 Corvette to a Ladies Challenge win for the second time this year. The Ladies Challenge saw both the Ladies 1 winner Patty Tunnell and Ladies 2 winner Paula Whitney fall to lower seeds. Kathleen Fitzpatrick advanced to the finals by defeat Tunnell in a battle of BMW products to meet McClure. The third place finish moves Tunnell into a tie with McClure for the Ladies Challenge points lead. Katie Elder is holding on to the third spot with 49, nine ahead of Whitney and Fitzpatrick.
Special awards go to Merideth, Wurzer and Lamont
Jennifer Merideth had never in seven years of Autocrossing stopped for a down cone on Course until she did in the top eliminator of the Bonus Challenge. Doing so gave her another shot at the round and ultimately the win. Merideth gave the credit to her husband Marcus not merely for support, but for all the effort he has put into their E-Street Prepared Mustang. Dan Wurzer joined Merideth on the list of award winners as the Rookie of the event. Impressively Wurzer, normally a D-Stock Prelude driver, drove the unfamiliar S2000 of Peter Berta to take the award. Brad Lamont, also in a S2000, was the first to hit the perfect .500 reaction time though he was far from alone. Lamont's mark was later matched by Mark Sipe, David Hill, Billy Brooks and by his own tire warmer, Jason Saini.
Marcus Merideth wins E-Street Prepared, earns top qualifier
Event chair Marcus Merideth's dominating performance in E-Street Prepared earned him the top qualifier spot for the Peavey Super Challenge. Merideth took the class win by just over a second and a half to qualify just ahead of Formula 125 winner Alan Sheidler. Daniel Popp and Richard West rounded out the top four with one second wins in A-Street Prepared and Street Touring S.
Fitzpatrick, Ott, Popp and West take control of class points races
On the strength of his win in D-Stock Brian Fitzpatrick has claimed sole possession of the class points lead with the maximum 40 points. The BMW driver now leads Larry Fine and Kevin McCormick who are tied with 36 each. With a win over Rene Cardenas, Daniel Popp has taken the points lead in A-Street Prepared also with a 40 point total. Cardenas is tied with Mark Sipe for the second spot. Scotty White, Gary Thomason and Doug Hebenthal with one win each can still tie Popp before the finale. Richard West's second win of the season moved into the lead of the Street Touring S points with a total of 40. West now has a four point lead over fellow Subaru driver Eric Kreimelmeyer.
Barry Ott reached the 40 point mark with his second win of the season. Though Ott is the only driver with 40 points in E-Stock, Doug Newhard, Paul Brown and Randy Noll all have a mathematical shot at the championship. F-Stock is stacking up much the same way. Sam Strano and Junior Johnson exchanged first and second place finishes in the last two rounds. The pair are now tied for second along with Kevin Youngers. Dave Schotz leads the class with 40 points, but any of the four can win the championship.
With a win in Street Modified in each of the last two rounds Fedja Jeleskovic has drawn even with Dennis Grant for the points lead. Grant's second place finish prevented the rest of the class from making any significant ground on the lead pair. However, West Coast drivers Corey Smith and Brett Norgaard each have the ability to catch the leaders with a win in Wendover.
In Ladies classes, Patty Tunnell and Paula Whitney each claimed points leads. Tunnell's win in Ladies 1 gives her a four point lead over first round winner Diane Lapusnak. Whitney drove her D-Prepared Miata the Ladies 2 win to give her 40 points and the class lead over Beth McClure and Laura Molleker. Molleker and Jodi Fordahl each have one win and can tie Whitney with an additional win.
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