RACE: Day one at the 2000 Valvoline Runoffs

LEXINGTON, Ohio (October 6, 2000)– Under mixed weather conditions, day one of the 2000 Valvoline Runoffs had eight new National Champions crowned. Considered the Olympics of Motorsports, the 2000 edition of the Valvoline Runoffs...

LEXINGTON, Ohio (October 6, 2000)– Under mixed weather conditions, day one of the 2000 Valvoline Runoffs had eight new National Champions crowned. Considered the Olympics of Motorsports, the 2000 edition of the Valvoline Runoffs began under damp and cold conditions. First on the track was T1. Starting from pole, Fred Baker, of Bedford, Ohio, in a Porsche 996, fell as far back as third before grabbing the win ahead of defending champion, Jeff Altenburg, of Baltimore, Md., in Chevrolet Corvette and David Farmer, of Albermarle, N.C., in a Chevrolet Corvette. The win is Baker’s fourth National Championship.

Race two of the day, H Production, was run in wet conditions. Like in race one, the polesitter, Ron Bartell, of Madbury, N.H., in a MG Midget, captured the win after falling back at the start. Completing the top-three was Dan Collishaw, of Noblesville, Ind., in a Austin Healy Sprite and Anthony Chiles, of Hopkinsville, Ky., in a Austin Healy Bugeye.

In the third race of the day, T2, competed on a drying track, Thomas Oates, of Chester Springs, Pa., won. Oates, took the win after starting second in a Chevrolet Camaro Z. Kumar Viswalingam, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in a Ford Mustang and Michael Patterson, of Plano, Texas, in a Chevrolet Camaro, completed the top-three.

The fourth race of the day, Showroom Stock B, proved to be the rather exciting. Starting third, J. Randolph Saucier, of Oklahoma City, driving a Mazda Miata grabbed the win. Moving up to finish second, from 11th place on the grid, was T.C. Kline, of Hilliard, Ohio, in a BMW Z3, while teammate Shauna Marinus, of Folsom, Calif., finished third.

Race five of day was Formula 500. Aaron Ellis, of New Palestine, Ind., used his front-row starting position to capture the win. Moving up to the front, following a first- turn incident, Jim Schultz, of Philadelphia, Pa. and Rusty Cook, of Stone Mountain, Ga., completed the top-three.

In race six, GT4 took to the track. Out dueling the two-time National Champion, John Olsen, of Monterey, Calif. captured the win. Driving a Nissan 200SX, the win gave Nissan 80 National Championships, the most of any major manufacturer. Completing the top-three was polesitter and defending champion Wilson Wright Jr., of Stockbridge, Mass., in a Nissan 200SX and Russ Theus, of Southfield, Mich., in a Toyota Tercel.

The largest field of the day took to the track for race seven, E Production. Following numerous on-course incidents, John Baucom, of Charlotte, N.C. won in a Fiat Spider. Roger Cook, of Zephyrhill, Fla., in a Mazda Miata and John Schmitt, of Sunbury, Ohio, in a Honda Prelude finished second and third respectively.

The final race of the day was GT5. Leading flag-to-flag Joe Huffaker, of Petaluma, Calif., in a Huffaker Mini grabbed the win. The win is Huffaker’s fifth National Championship, and first in GT5. Completing the top-three was Doug Petersen, of Rescue, Calif., in a Fortech Mini and Jack Baumgardner, of Mansfield, Ohio, in a Austin Mini S.

Day two of the Valvoline Runoffs at Mid-Ohio begins with race nine, Formula Mazda, at 10:15 a.m. (ET). All results are provisional.

<pre> Top five race results for Friday's 20-lap, 45.60 mile 2000

Valvoline Runoffs T1 Race with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis,driver, hometown, region, class, car, laps completed and reason out.

1. (1), Freddy Baker, Bedford, Ohio, NeOh, T1, Porsche 911, 20. 2. (2), Jeff Altenburg, Baltimore, Md., CFla, T1, Chev Corvette, 20. 3. (6), David Farmer, Albemarle, N.C., CCar, T1, Chev Corvette, 20. 4. (4), Henry Van Vurst, Pompano Beach, Fla., CFla, T1, Dodge Viper, 20. 5. (9), Caroline Wright, Shoreacres, Texas, Hous, T1, Ferrari 355, 20.

Time of race: 40 minutes, 07.952 seconds. Average speed: 68.174 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 3.3619 seconds Fastest race lap: Freddy Baker, 1:56.888 (70.221 mph)

Top five race results for Friday's 20-lap, 45.60 mile 2000 Valvoline Runoffs HP Race with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver,hometown, region, class, car, laps completed and reason out.

1. (1), Ron Bartell, Madbury, N.H., NEng, HP, MG Midget, 20. 2. (2), Dan Collishaw, Noblesville, Ind., Glen, HP, A H Sprite, 20. 3. (5), Anthony Chiles, Hopkinsville, Ky., StL, HP, A H Bugeye, 20. 4. (7), Jay Lutz, Milford, Mich., FtWn, HP, A H Sprite, 20. 5. (19), Raymond Yergler, Ankeny, Iowa, GtRv, HP, MG Midget, 20.

Time of race: 40 minutes, 24.665 seconds. Average speed: 67.704 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 1.6849 seconds Fastest race lap: Anthony Chiles, 2:00.526 (68.101 mph)

Top five race results for Friday's 20-lap, 45.60 mile 2000 Valvoline Runoffs T2 Race with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, region, class, car, laps completed and reason out.

1. (2), Thomas Oates, Chester Springs, Pa., Phil, T2, Chev Camaro Z28, 20. 2. (12), Kumar Viswalingam, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cinc, T2, Ford Mustang, 20. 3. (8), Michael Patterson, Plano, Texas, Tex, T2, Chev Camaro, 20. 4. (3), Rob Hines, Arlington, Va., WDC, T2, Chev Camaro, 20. 5. (5), Brian Kelm, Northville, Mich., Det, T2, Ford Mustang, 20.

Time of race: 39 minutes, 08.632 seconds. Average speed: 69.896 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 2.7669 seconds Fastest race lap: Rob Hines, 1:57.591 (69.801 mph)

Top fove race results for Friday's 20-lap, 45.60 mile 2000 Valvoline Runoffs SSB Race with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, region, class, car, laps completed and reason out.

1. (3), J.Randolph Saucier, Oklahoma City, Okla., Okla, SSB, Mazda Miata, 20. 2. (11), T.C. Kline, Hilliard, Ohio, CSCC, SSB, BMW Z3, 20. 3. (7), Shauna Marinus, Folsom, Calif., CSCC, SSB, BMW Z3, 20. 4. (1), Eric Morehouse, Fountain Valley, Calif., CSCC, SSB, Mazda Miata, 20. 5. (8), Gerald Alaimo Jr., Rochester, N.Y., Fing, SSB, Mazda Miata, 20.

Time of race: 39 minutes, 44.594 seconds. Average speed: 68.841 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 1.1500 seconds Fastest race lap: J.Randolph Saucier, 1:48.378 (75.734 mph)

Top five race results for Friday's 20-lap, 45.60 mile 2000 Valvoline Runoffs F500 Race with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, region, class, car, laps completed and reason out.

1. (2), Aaron Ellis, New Palestine, Ind., Indy, F5, Red Devil T-200, 20. 2. (6), Jim Schultz, Philadelphia, Pa., Phil, F5, Invader QC-1, 20. 3. (12), Rusty Cook, Stone Mountain, Ga., MidS, F5, Maverick, 20. 4. (9), Scott Congdon, Pine City, N.Y., Glen, F5, KBS MK V, 20. 5. (11), Thomas Edwards, Sturgis, Mich., MidS, F5, KBS Mark 7, 20.

Time of race: 31 minutes, 15.528 seconds. Average speed: 87.527 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 11.941 seconds Fastest race lap: Aaron Ellis, 1:33.744 (87.557 mph)

Top five race results for Friday's 20-lap, 45.60 mile 2000 Valvoline Runoffs GT4 Race with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, region, class, car, laps completed and reason out.

1. (3), John Olsen, Monterey, Calif., SanF, GT4, Nissan 200SX, 20. 2. (1), Wilson Wright Jr, Stockbridge, Mass., NEng, GT4, Nissan 200SX, 20. 3. (4), Russ Theus, Southfield, Mich., Det, GT4, Toyota Tercel, 20. 4. (5), Warren Montague, Mandkin Sabot, Va., WDC, GT4, Toyota Tercel, 20. 5. (7), Juan Montalvo Jr, Bella Glade, Fla., Fla, GT4, Honda CRX, 20.

Time of race: 32 minutes, 24.554 seconds. Average speed: 84.420 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 7.9059 seconds Fastest race lap: John Olsen, 1:38.365 (83.444 mph)

Top five race results for Friday's 20-lap, 45.60 mile 2000 Valvoline Runoffs EP Race with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, region, class, car, laps completed and reason out.

1. (10), John Baucom, Charlotte, N.C., CCar, EP, Fiat Spider, 20. 2. (6), Rodger Cook, Zephyrhills, Fla., CFla, EP, Mazda Miata, 20. 3. (12), John Schmitt, Sunbury, Ohio, OhV, EP, Honda Prelude, 20. 4. (8), Buddy Norton, Pelham, N.C., NCar, EP, Caterham 7 Amer, 20. 5. (1), Kim Knapp, Avon, Colo., Colo, EP, Caterham 7, 20.

Time of race: 36 minutes, 51.934 seconds. Average speed: 74.215 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 4.4379 seconds Fastest race lap: Mark Brannon, 1:39.533 (82.465 mph)

Top five race results for Friday's 20-lap, 45.60 mile 2000 Valvoline Runoffs GT5 Race with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, region, class, car, laps completed and reason out.

1. (1), Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., SanF, GT5, Huffaker Mini, 20. 2. (3), Doug Peterson, Rescue, Calif., SanF, GT5, Fortech Mini, 20. 3. (8), Jack Baumgardner, Mansfield, Ohio, NeOh, GT5, Austin Mini S, 20. 4. (9), Andre Zawislak, Monroe, N.Y., NY, GT5, Nissan Sentra, 20. 5. (6), Jack Beck, Omaha, Neb., Neb, GT5, AlfaRomeoGT1300, 20.

Time of race: 33 minutes, 17.376 seconds. Average speed: 82.187 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 10.748 seconds Fastest race lap: Joe Huffaker, 1:40.656 (81.545 mph)

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Series SCCA
Drivers Brian Kelm , Eric Morehouse , Joe Huffaker , Kim Knapp , Jim Schultz , David Farmer , John Baucom , Jeff Altenburg , Aaron Ellis , John Schmitt , Rusty Cook , Thomas Oates , Wilson Wright , Kumar Viswalingam , T.C. Kline , Ron Bartell , Raymond Yergler , Dan Collishaw , Caroline Wright , Mark Brannon , Doug Peterson