(June 4) - It was a day of redemption for "Racin'" Ralph Nason as he picked up the checkers in the Whelen 150, event number three on the 2000 International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) 2000 schedule. Nason, driving the No. 10 Jim's Salad Company...
(June 4) - It was a day of redemption for "Racin'" Ralph Nason as he picked up the checkers in the Whelen 150, event number three on the 2000 International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) 2000 schedule. Nason, driving the No. 10 Jim's Salad Company Ford Taurus, rebounded from two last-place finishes in the first two races of the season on the tour.
"It was our day today," said the veteran racer. "We had a perfect car and the team did a great job figuring out our problems after the first two shows."
Nason retired from both the May 6th race at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the May 21st race at Speedway 95 in Bangor, Maine with overheating problems.
"We had some ceramic block sealer break loose and clog up the radiator," said Nason. "The pieces were so small we didn't catch them after the first race. We've got it figured out now."
Pole sitter Ben Rowe led the first 35 circuits around the fast oval before Nason squeezed by on the low side coming off turn two.
"I had a ball racing Ben," said Nason. "It was clean and fun."
Kenny Wright from Woolwich, Maine was the runner-up behind Nason, with Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH, third, Norwood, Ontario's Derek Lynch fourth and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia's Mike MacKenzie fifth. Rowe finished ninth.
Nason set the tone for the day by setting a new track record in the Snap-on Tools Time Trials with a lap of 16.369 seconds around the oval. Rowe won the Motor Mart Dash For Cash. Chuck Lachance won the Motor Mart Heat Race.
Just two cautions slowed the race, the most serious of which came when second and third place runners Adam Friend and Shaw got together. Friend went to the pits, Shaw was sent to the rear of the field. 150 circuits were completed in 40 minutes, 17 seconds.
The IPSC moves to Scotia Speedworld for event four on the 2000 season with the Forbes Chev Olds 150 on June 17th. <pre>
FIN./ST./DRIVER/HOMETOWN/SPONSOR/MAKE/LAPS/ REASON OUT/ WINNINGS*
1. 4 Ralph Nason, Unity, Maine Jim's Salad Co. Ford 150 $5,450.00 2. 3 Kenny Wright, Woolwich, Maine Newmarket Sand & Gravel Chev 150 $2,500.00 3. 8 Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH Chev 150 $1,625.00 4. 9 Derek Lynch, Norwood, Ontario C.J. Richards Chev 150 $1,000.00 5. 2 Mike MacKenzie, Dartmouth, NS Forbes Chev Olds Chev 150 $900.00 6. 11 Chuck Lachance, Cushing, ME Rockland Ford Ford 150 $800.00 7. 6 Gary Smith, Bangor, Maine Uncle Henry's Swap & Sell Chev 150 $700.00 8. 13 Sam Sessions, S. Paris, Maine Auburn Metal Fabrication Chev 150 $600.00 9. 1 Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine Hi Tech Insulation Chev 149 $850.00 10. 14 Kirk Thibeau, Fort Fairfield, Maine R.H. Foster Ford 148 $500.00 11. 7 Larry Gelinas, Scarborough, Maine Cushman Competition Ford 147 $450.00 12. 12 John Flemming, Halifax, NS Zenith Chrome Chev 146 $485.00 13. 10 Tom Mayberry, Naples, Maine Rhode Concrete Chev 145 $400.00 14. 15 Mike Riley, Halifax, NS Motor Mart Pont 142 $375.00 15. 16 Leo Cochrane, Halifax, NS Shep's Auto Body Pont 140 $350.00 16. 5 Adam Friend, Detroit, Maine Ford 113 Accident $375.00
*Contingency programs listed below are included in total winnings.
Margin of Victory: 10 car lengths Time Of Race: 40 minutes, 17 seconds # Entries: 16 Lap Leaders: Ben Rowe (grid-35), Ralph Nason (36-150) Caution Periods: 2 Snap-on Tools Time Trials ($300): Ralph Nason TRACK RECORD 16.369 seconds Motor Mart Dash For Cash ($300): Ben Rowe Motor Mart Heat Race Winners: Chuck Lachance Bassett Racing Wheels Hard Luck Award ($50 voucher): Adam Friend Linco Fisheries Halfway Challenge ($150): Ralph Nason Snap-on Tools Teamwork Award ($125): Andy Shaw
DRIVER POINT LEADERS: t.b.a.
NEXT EVENT: FORBES CHEV OLDS 150 - Scotia Speedworld, Halifax, Nova Scotia - June 17, 2000