RACE: Valvoline Runoffs: Second day of racing report

Sixteen down, eight to go as day two of Valvoline Runoffs comes to an end LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 20, 2003) -- Day one set the standard. Day two maintained it as eight more champions were crowned at the SCCA National Championship Valvoline ...

Sixteen down, eight to go as day two of Valvoline Runoffs comes to an end

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 20, 2003) -- Day one set the standard. Day two maintained it as eight more champions were crowned at the SCCA National Championship Valvoline Runoffs at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

H Production got the day started off on the right foot when it wowed the early crowds with a suspense-filled victory by Adam Malley, of Conyers, Ga., outlasted a determined Tom Feller, of Clarkston, Mich., who charged to the front to challenge before fading at the end of the "Carousel," giving Malley the gold trophy by 0.555-second. Pole-sitter Robert Weber, of Kingwood, Texas finished third.

In Showroom Stock B, Randy Saucier, of Oklahoma City, Okla., captured his second SSB National Championship, taking advantage of some bad luck pole-sitter Toby Grahovec, of Palos Park, Ill., had halfway into the 20-lap race. Saucier never trailed again and finished about 1.3 seconds ahead of Harry Manning, of Racine, Wisconsin. John Phillips, of Sealy, Texas nabbed the bronze trophy.

Local racer and fan favorite Jonathan Dick, of Columbus, Ohio, overcame a seventh-place start and used some untimely misfortune by several race leaders to notch his first ever Valvoline Runoffs win. Brian Novak, of Dearborn, Mich., finished second, well behind the leader at 15.73 seconds, while Rusty Cook, of Stone Mountain, Ga., powered his way up the leaderboard from his 16th starting position to finish third.

John Heinricy, of Holly, Mich., never gave the rest of the Touring 1 field a chance as he stormed out of the pole position and led start to finish to capture his third consecutive T1 National Championship. Richard Gilhart, of Cincinnati, Ohio, finished second, and Thomas Oates, of Cape May, N.J. drove to a third-place finish.

It was Grand Touring 5's turn next, and Doug Peterson, of Rescue, Calif., earned his sixth overall gold medal and first GT5 gold since 1989. He got some help as race leader Joe Huffaker, of Petaluma, Calif., suffered a broken throttle linkage and was forced to retire. Local racers Jack Baumgardner, of Mansfield, Ohio, and Jim Rauck, of Grove City, Ohio finished a distant second and third, respectively.

John Heinricy made it a perfect two-for-two on Saturday when he climbed out of his T1 Chevrolet Corvette and got his American Sedan Chevrolet Camaro across the finish line in first place two races later. Brian Wallace, of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Robin Burnett, of Clinton Township, Mich., finished second and third, respectively.

Justin Pritchard, of Granville, Ohio, won his second consecutive Formula Ford National Championship in convincing fashion, blitzing the field and winning by 4.536 seconds over silver trophy winner John Larue, of Muncie, Indiana. Jason Byers, of Livonia, Mich., finished third.

Mike Pinney, of Phoenix, Ariz., proved SportsCar Magazine right as it picked him to win Saturday's final race, F Production. Pinney's second National Championship was a fitting end to a 25-year racing career for Pinney, who announced his driving retirement at the post-race news conference. Harold Flescher, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., finished second and Charles Guest, of Brooksville, Fla., finished third.

The 2003 SCCA National Championship Valvoline Runoffs wrap up tomorrow with the final eight races beginning at 10:00 a.m. For complete results, in-depth coverage of each race and live timing and scoring, visit www.scca.com

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Series SCCA
Drivers John Heinricy , Randy Saucier , Joe Huffaker , Rusty Cook , Jim Rauck , Thomas Oates , Justin Pritchard , Tom Feller , Charles Guest , Toby Grahovec , Doug Peterson