Oct. 15, 2003 -- The racing season is winding down for most local racers across America and several men and women are battling for the Valvoline Cup national driver point's championship. The top driver from across the country in each of the ...
Oct. 15, 2003 -- The racing season is winding down for most local racers across America and several men and women are battling for the Valvoline Cup national driver point's championship.
The top driver from across the country in each of the thirty-one Valvoline Cup classes will be crowned national champions in 2003.
Valvoline Cup winners last season took home more than $400,000 in cash and prizes.
Nascar Winston Cup driver Johnny Benson says the prize money goes a long way in Saturday night racing.
"This program targets the drivers who can use the money the most in racing," Benson said. "These drivers don't get a lot of financial support, but they are important to the sport. They put on the shows where most of us first started racing. If you look at a list of the top drivers in the country most come from Saturday night racing families."
The Valvoline Cup is contested by virtually all drivers in all types and classes of wheel to wheel competition in all sanctioned racing or track sponsored weekly racing programs throughout the U.S. Every driver is awarded points for finishing positions in his or her own racing series.
There are no Valvoline Cup rules with respect to the cars, tracks and racing. The rules of the tracks and sanctioning organizations under which each driver competes will govern that driver and the car. The Valvoline Cup is a measure of the success of a driver within his or her racing program relative to the success of other drivers in similar cars within their program. Every driver will be awarded points for finishing positions in his or her own racing series.
As the championship battles draw to a close follow the results through weekly updates posted on a special Web site, www.valvolinecup.com.
Here are the current leaders in the 2003 Valvoline Cup competition:
Asphalt Stock -- Ross Meeuwsen, Zeeland, Mich.
Midget -- Jamie Williams, Columbus, Ind.
Modified and Supermodified -- Ron Barker, Dubuque, Iowa
Sprint Cars -- Jon Stanbrough, Jamestown, Ind.
4-Cylinder Dirt or Paved -- Waylon Flynn, Newton, N.C.
Entry Level - Stocks - Bill Bonnett, Knoxville, Iowa
Dirt Late Model - Booper Bare, Rockbridge Baths, Va. .
Dirt Stock - Steven Young, Amarillo, Texas
Paved Late Model - Bo Miller, Bowling Green, Ky.
Scaled Stock - Will Kimmel, Sellersburg, Inc.
Truck - Mack Little, Kernersville, N.C.
Class Drags - Audri Acton, Muncie, Ind.
ET Bracket Foot Brake - Allen Reno, Gardendale, Ala.
ET Bracket Street -- Jeff Seither, Fairfield, Ohio.
ET Bracket Super Pro/Top ET - Joe Dickinson Nauvoo, Ala.
Import & Compact Drag -- Roger Williams, Elk Grove, Cal
Junior Dragster -- Brian West, Pell City, Ala.
Motorcycle Drag -- Liz Davis, Marysville, Cal.
Nostalgia Drag - Bill Wayne, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Pro Heads Up - Todd Veney, Centerville, Mass.
Superclass Drags - Mike Sawyer, Acton, Mass.
Full Bodied Sports Cars - Anthony Serra, N. Salem, N.Y.
Open Wheel Sports Car - Nichola St. Laurent, Austin, Tex.
Rally - Ronald Johnstonbaugh, Wadsworth, Ohio.
Time Trials - Steven Telehowski, Novi, Mich.
Karts Junior Speedway - Daniel Armstrong, Davidson, NC
Karts Junior Sprint -- Justin Larson, Pinellas Park, Fla.
Karts Senior Speedway - Corrie Matthews, Overland Park, Kan.
Karts Senior Sprint - Allen Redman, Ball Ground, Ga.
Micros - Sean Good, Middlesburg, Pa.
Motorcycle - Jerry Van Horn, West Liberty, Ohio.
Off Road - William Phee, Alpharetta, Ga.
Power Boats - Robert Kennedy, Bear, Del.
Open - Shawn Bagby, Denver, Col.
Pulling - Thomas Lindsey, Duncansville, Pa.