The Formula Dodge Midwestern Regional Championship made a stop at hot, sultry Grattan Raceway for third and fourth round action. Two Regional race groups sandwiched the National Championship and yielded two repeat winners and nearly identical ...
The Formula Dodge Midwestern Regional Championship made a stop at hot, sultry Grattan Raceway for third and fourth round action. Two Regional race groups sandwiched the National Championship and yielded two repeat winners and nearly identical podiums.
In group 1 race 1, Chris Baker was victorious over Tim Traver and Jared Wilcox. Baker started from pole and led all laps. Brian Kellogg, Traver and Wilcox were engaged in a hotly contested fight for second place. Kellogg was in P2 for most of the challenge but suffered a miscue that pushed him back to fifth on lap 15. That moved Traver up to second where he remained for the final seven laps. Baker set the fastest lap of the group with a time of 1:25.882 sec. Italy's Allessandro Donnini, tapped by many to land a few podiums this season, earned most progressive driver distinction by advancing from ninth to finish in fifth. Bill Swinson drove a strong race, advancing two positions within the first four laps before succumbing to a late pass by veteran Martin Zimmerman. Charlie Hilmer took the Masters win with his ninth place result.
Daniel Lancaster lost a position to Chris Baker before the first lap was done, regained the point on lap 3 and led all remaining laps, cruising to a 0:29.121 sec. margin victory over Baker and Whitney Bellows. Bellows is fresh off two victories at Road America in the opening rounds. Shawn Greene leapt the most positions to earn most progressive driver honors. Greene moved from ninth to finish seventh, just behind sixth place finisher Ryan Johnson.
On the second day of racing, hot, oppressive weather had given way to a cold front, replete with sporadic showers. The cooler weather would be a reprieve for tires and engines that had been taxed on the previous day. Though the weather couldn't have been more different, results of the race action were remarkably similar.
Chris Baker took advantage of his pole position, then led all 21 laps to win for the second consecutive day over Jared Wilcox and Time Traver. Baker set fast lap again with a time of 1:24.955 sec. Wilcox and Traver reversed their positions set the previous day. Dean Patzer applied mostly skill but received a bit of luck in bounding nine positions, the most of any driver on the weekend.
In the day's last contest, Daniel Lancaster won again from pole, losing a spot early and then rebounding to pass Chris Baker and successfully hold him off. Baker was in pursuit of Lancaster on the back half of the course when he was held up by slow traffic, which didn't help his cause. Baker ably sidestepped the backmarker and motored to a second place result over Whitney Bellows, only six seconds off the race winner's pace. John Greist gained the Masters bounty with his sixth place finish and John Dickman came in second in the Masters class.
- Andrew Torres