RALLY: Inaugural RallyCross summary

First Winners Crowned At Inaugural SCCA RallyCross National Challenge in Hastings TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 19, 2005) -- All last week, there was an unmistakable buzz surrounding the SCCA RallyCross National Challenge -- the Club's first-ever ...

First Winners Crowned At Inaugural SCCA RallyCross National Challenge in Hastings

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 19, 2005) -- All last week, there was an unmistakable buzz surrounding the SCCA RallyCross National Challenge -- the Club's first-ever national-level RallyCross competition. As it turns out, the pre-event buzz was well warranted as the 65 competitors (from as far away as California and Massachusetts) who took part in the inaugural event this past weekend at Motorsports Park Hastings (MPH) in Hastings, Neb., were privy to a fantastic weekend full of dirt-flying action.

The weather cooperated, as expected, only threatening rain early on Sunday but never producing. So, as the Saturday 0.6-mile and Sunday 0.8-mile dirt courses remained dry, drivers in each of the 10 classes showcased their off-road talents in front of thousands of spectators, challenging for the right to call themselves the first-ever winners of a RallyCross National.

Tim Chevalier made the 25-hour trek from his North Grafton, Mass. home well worth it as he left the heartland as winner in the Rally Prepared Four-Wheel Drive class. Driving a 1992 Volkswagen GTi, Chevalier turned the fastest time both days, eventually taking the win by 6.629 seconds over Nathan Conley, of Monument, Colo., who drove the Redline Pipeline 1998 Volkswagen GTi. Shawn Whitney, of Littleton, Colo., was third, almost 10 seconds behind Conley.

"The course was awesome!" Chevalier said. "Competition was fierce to say the least. The battles in all of the classes were very close. In [Rally Prepared Two-Wheel Drive], we went into Sunday with four cars within 1.3 seconds of each other. From what I heard, the other classes were just as tight.

"It was an awesome event. The support the town threw behind the event was fantastic. I'm already looking forward to next year's event!"

Marek Gorecki, of Palo Alto, Calif., and Peter Cowan, of Fremont, Calif., drove countless hours to take part in the groundbreaking event, and by the end of the six accumulated run times, only 0.505-sec. separated the two in Rally Modified Four-Wheel Drive. Gorecki, sharing the Team Go Big 2004 Subaru WRX STi with Cowan, earned bragging rights between the two drivers, taking the win with a blistering time of 104.367 (1 minute 44.367 seconds) on his next-to-last run Sunday. Cowan tried to answer, but fell short on his last attempt, posting a personal best 105.821. Ben Sagenkahn, of Woodland Park, Colo., finished third in his 1992 Subaru Legacy, 8.978 seconds behind Cowan.

Cole Ones, of Golden, Colo., overcame a first-day, two-second deficit in Rally Street Front-Wheel Drive and took top honors with a in his 1985 Chevrolet Spectrum. Ones wound up taking the class by 3.304 seconds over Scott Cannon, of Lisbon, Neb., who led the class for most of the weekend but couldn't wrap things up late in his Market Street 2000 Ford Focus ZX3. Cannon hit a cone on his final run, giving him a five-second penalty, thus a run time of 114.602 and a total time of 593.136 seconds. Without the cone, Cannon would have had a 109.602 and a total time of 588.136, which would have beat Ones' 589.832.

Chad Ones, of Pueblo, Colo., finished third, but barely. Sharing the 1985 Chevrolet Spectrum with his brother, Chad finished with a time of 593.146 -- just .0.010-sec. behind Cannon.

Ken Cashion, of Denver, Colo., earned two honors over the weekend. Driving a 2000 Audi S4, Cashion handily won the Street Stock All-Wheel Drive class by 14 seconds over John Kunkle, of Ceresca, Neb. Cashion then proceeded to beat out seven others in the Spady Auto Dealers RallyCross shootout, which brought the winners from each class together for a single run.

Cashion's time of 72.212 was nearly two seconds better than runner-up Cole Ones, who finished 0.166-sec. ahead of Scott Leonard, of Carbondale, Colo.

For more information about SCCA RallyCross, visit www.scca.com.

-scca-

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