SBRS: Andrews takes Midwestern Championship

Curt Andrews left no doubt that he deserved to win the Formula Dodge Midwestern Championship at Road America. Andrews, a Wisconsin native from nearby Plymouth, scored a perfect weekend at the Elkhart Lake track, going two-for-two, to edge out...

Curt Andrews left no doubt that he deserved to win the Formula Dodge Midwestern Championship at Road America. Andrews, a Wisconsin native from nearby Plymouth, scored a perfect weekend at the Elkhart Lake track, going two-for-two, to edge out rival contender Grant Maiman for the title. Andrews finishes the season with seven wins in 14 outings. Maiman's second place is followed closely by Gary Longo. Roland Isra was swiftest among the Master's class, taking the title ahead of consistent front runner Mark Barrens. John Greist was third best in the 40-plus category.

In the weekend's first match-up, John Dubbs, Brett Fenske and Lauren Greene maintained their 1-2-3 positions at the start to finish in that order. Greene turned in fastest lap of the group with a time of 1:32.114 sec. John Dickman was the most progressive driver in the race, finishing sixth after starting tenth.

In Group 2 Race1, polesitter Andrews tangoed with Grant Maiman before assuming the point over the last two laps. Gary Longo and Tim Rose went on to finish second and third, respectively. Hirotoshi Takeuchi leapt the field in bounds to finish fifth after a start position of 11th.

Juan Manuel Polar led all 14 laps of the day's final race, holding off an aggressive drive by Keith Green and John Kramer, en route to victory in Group 3 Race 1. Kramer had the furthest to come for the final podium spot after starting from the seventh spot.

On the last day of Midwestern Regional racing, Brett Fenske secured the win that had alluded him a day earlier. He had to get by polesitter John Dubbs and it wasn't easy. The two diced early and volleyed the lead four times before Fenske secured the point for keeps. Lauren Greene came home in third place.

In Group 2 Race 2, Andrews, once again starting from pole, took his second win of the weekend in flag-to-flag fashion. Gary Longo finished behind the champion in second place, with David Weiringa in third. Hats off to Raphael Martin for this fourth place result after starting from last (17th) on the grid.

Juan Manuel Polar won his second consecutive race in wire-to-wire style, beating Keith Green and Greg Engelsman to the final flag in Group 3 Race 2 action. Polar shaved 0.5 sec. off his time a day earlier to set fastest lap in the contest (1:31.161 sec.).

In the Masters Race, Roland Isra put an exclamation point on his championship season with a final win. On lap 8, the New Yorker jumped the point from polesitter John Greist and then fought off runs by Michael Edwards and John Dubbs, who would go on to finish second and third, respectively.

Lastly, the team of Longo, Andrews and Arnold overcame a ninth starting position to win the 25-lap Tim Todd Memorial.

Congratulations to all our competitors!

-Andrew Torres

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Roland Isra , Grant Maiman , Juan Manuel Polar , John Kramer