36 Solo National Champions Added to the Record Books TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 17, 2008) -- The first 36 Solo National Champions of 2008 have been determined, as the opening rounds of competition for the Tire RackÂ® SCCA Solo National Championships...
36 Solo National Champions Added to the Record Books
TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 17, 2008) -- The first 36 Solo National Champions of 2008 have been determined, as the opening rounds of competition for the Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships came to a close Wednesday at Heartland Park Topeka.
Some of the sweetest victories are the ones that require a driver to pull themselves out of a time deficit, and it's sweeter still when that leads to one's very first Solo National Championship. In the ultra-competitive A Stock class, Gregory Hahn, from Saint Augustine, Fla., pulled the ultimate upset, going from ninth on Tuesday, to a 0.021-second win in his Honda S2000. In his 16th year of Solo National competition, Hahn finally has his title and can boast that he beat 57 other AS drivers to get it.
In F Modified, Brian Ciarlei, of Manlius, N.Y., took his first National Championship though he ended Tuesday's runs in fourth, 0.285-second behind day one leader Tage Evanson, of Phoenix, Ariz. By the close of Wednesday's competition, Ciarlei had made up enough ground to take the win in his Sharlay Machine/Pennon Composite Red Devil F440 by 0.513-second.
Robin Lumb, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa. pulled a similar feat in F Modified Ladies. Driving a Race Ready Technologies Raptor F500, Lumb ended Tuesday's competition in third place, with 0.890-second between herself and leader Michelle Quinn, of Buffalo, N.Y. By the close of competition on Wednesday, however, Lumb had vaulted into first place by more than half a second to take her first National Championship.
So too did Fred Zust, of Tempe, Ariz., going from third in X Prepared after day one to the top spot following Wednesay's runs, claiming his first Solo National Championship in a Blackwatch Racing/ChaseCam Lotus Elise.
Sam Strano, of Knoxdale, Pa., also jumped from third to first following Wednesday's runs. Strano took home his second-consecutive F Stock National Championship in a Strano Performance/Capital Quest Mtg. Ford Shelby Mustang by 0.369-second over day one leader Jason Burns, of Red Lion, Pa., who was also driving a Strano Performance Parts Ford Shelby Mustang. This gives Strano a total of five National Championships.
For some competitors this year's Solo National Championships was business as usual, like Jeremiah McClintock, of Commerce Township, Mich., who took his third-consecutive Formula 125 Championship, or Suzanne Segal, of Las Vegas, Nev., who claimed her claimed her seventh, and fifth-straight, Formula 125 Ladies Championship.
Lorien Feighner, of Howell, Mich., drove a Ford Mustang to her third-straight E Street Prepared L title, making it a total of four career Championships for her. It was Championship number five for Jeff Cashmore, of New Berlin, Wis., who drove a Sprinto YC-3 to the D Modified win, and Tom Berry, of Alta Loma, Calif., recovered from a 0.398 deficit in B Street Prepared to take his second-straight class Championship in the Berry Family Racing/Hoosier Mitsubishi Evo, giving him a total of five Championships.
The Thursday/Friday groups will get the second round of the 36th Tire Rack Solo National Championships underway at 8:00 a.m. (CDT) Thursday morning. For full results visit www.scca.com.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- National Champions from 36 classes competing Tuesday and Wednesday in the 36th Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships at Heartland Park Topeka with class, driver, hometown, car and notes. Drivers in bold with asterisk after class were not the day one leader. Results are provisional.
A Stock*: Gregory W Hahn, Saint Augustine, Fla., Honda S2000, First National Championship
A Stock L: Barbara LeRoy Boehme, San Diego, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette, First National Championship
A Street Prepared: Ken Motonishi, Orange, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette, Third National Championship
A Street Prepared L: Diane Johnson, Glen Allen, Va., Chevrolet Corvette, Third National Championship, Second Straight
B Stock*: Jason Isley, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Mazda RX-8, Fourth Consecutive National Championship
B Stock L: Gretchen Austin, Minneapolis, Minn., Mazda RX-8, First National Championship
B Street Prepared*: Tom Berry, Alta Loma, Calif., Mitsubishi Evo, Fifth National Championship, Second Straight
B Street Prepared L: Theresa Berry, Alta Loma, Calif., Mitsubishi Evo; no other competitors, First National Championship
D Modified: Jeff Cashmore, New Berlin, Wis., Sprinto YC-3, Fifth National Championship
D Modified L: Denise Cashmore, New Berlin, Wis., Toyota MR2 Spyder, Second National Championship
D Stock: Patrick Smith, Edmonton, Canada, Acura Integra, First National Championship
D Stock L: Beth McClure Strelnieks, Cedar Park Texas, BMW 135i, Third National Championship
D Prepared: Charles Shelton, Salt Lake City, Utah, Mazda Miata, First National Championship
D Prepared L: Kim Wilson, Bowling Green, Ky., Toyota MR2 Spyder, Fifth National Championship, Fourth Straight
E Modified: Jeff Kiesel, Poway, Calif., KFR Turbo Sprite, Second Straight National Championship
E Modified L*: Shawn Marie Kiesel, Poway, Calif., KFR Turbo Sprite, Second National Championship
E Prepared: Christopher Raglin, Findlay, Ohio, Honda Civic, First National Championship
E Prepared L: Denise Kugler, Springtown, Pa., Honda Fester, Fourth National Championship
E Street Prepared: Mark Madarash, Red Oak, Texas, Pontiac Trans-Am, Fourth National Championship
E Street Prepared L: Lorien Feighner, Howell, Mich., Ford Mustang, Fourth National Championship, Third Straight
F Modified*: Brian Ciarlei, Manlius, N.Y., Red Devil F440, First National Championship
F Modified L*: Robin Lumb, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Raptor F500, First National Championship
F Stock*: Sam Strano, Knoxdale, Pa., Ford Shelby Mustang, Fifth National Championship, Second Straight
F Stock L: Mary Pozzi, Salinas, Calif., Ford Shelby GT, First National Championship
Formula 125: Jeremiah McClintock, Commerce Township, Mich., Third Consecutive National Championship
Formula 125L: Suzanne Segal, Las Vegas, Nev., CRG Heron, Seventh National Championship, Fifth Straight
G Stock: Craig Wilcox, Blue Springs, Colo., Mini Cooper, Second National Championship
G Stock L*: Kristi Brown, Des Moines, Wash., Mini Cooper S, Second National Championship
G Prepared*: Randy Herrick, Topeka, Kan., Fiat X1/9, Eighth National Championship
G Prepared L: Christine Cutrer, Topeka, Kan., Fiat X1/9; Second Straight National Championship
Street Touring Ultra: Colin Fiedler, Pewaukee, Wis., Subaru WRX STi, First National Championship
Street Touring Ultra L: Annie Bauer, Newport Beach, Calif., Fourth National Championship
Street Touring Xtreme: Greg McCance, Toledo, Ohio, Subaru WRX, First National Championship
Street Touring Xtreme Ladies: Amy Coleman, Renton, Wash., Subaru WRX, Second Consecutive Championship
X Prepared*: Fred Zust, Tempe, Ariz., Lotus Elise, First National Championship
X Prepared L: Valerie Lieber, Bay City, Mich., Mitsubishi Evo, First National Championship