Rough Road Ahead: Field Stocked With Champions at Atwater ProSolo This Weekend TOPEKA, Kan. (April 21, 2004) -- For the second and final time in 2004, The Tire RackÂ® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries will be in California; this time in the San ...
Rough Road Ahead: Field Stocked With Champions at Atwater ProSolo This Weekend
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 21, 2004) -- For the second and final time in 2004, The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries will be in California; this time in the San Joaquin Valley as Atwater's Castle Airport hosts Round Four of the ProSolo NationalSeries.
Atwater marks the beginning of the middle portion of the season's slate, and competitors are buckling down, knowing that September's The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo finale in Topeka, Kan., are already looming on the horizon.
Appropriately, for those trying to earn much-needed championship-qualifying points, the road to Topeka may not get much tougher than this weekend as several classes are loaded with the nation's best talent.
In Super Stock, heavy hitters Tom Kotzian, of Gladstone, Ore.; Erik Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas; and Kevin Dietz, of Federal Way, Wash., headline a field of Corvette Z06s and each will have to fight to earn the right to drive away in his own Z06 as the victor.
Joe Goeke's Team Butt Heat!/Tires Plus Honda S2000 will be one to watch this weekend in B Stock as the Kirkland, Wash.-native goes for his first win of 2004. His best finish so far this year was a B Stock silver at Round Two of the ProSolo NationalSeries in San Bernardino, Calif. A couple of California guys might deter Goeke from his goal, however. Ralph Elder, of Folsom, and Mitch Fagundes, of Fresno, are sharing Fagundes' Dad Racing 2000 Honda S2000.
Last year, Kevin Youngers, of Greeley, Colo., had five first-place and five second-place class finishes in D Stock in his Bimmerhaus/CR Racing/Youngers 2002 BMW 330Ci. This year, he hasn't enjoyed the same success as his best finish in 2004 is a third in last round's ProSolo event in Topeka. To change the current streak, Youngers will have to face off with, among others, Ron Bauer, of Renton, Wash., who is in his 1998 Acura Integra. Bauer took home the D Stock National Championship last year.
At the last event in California, two rounds ago, Tom Berry, of Alta Loma, Calif., L.J. Moffet, of Puyallup, Wash. and Bill Buetow, of Puyallup, finished first, second and third, respectively, in B Street Prepared. The three are matched up again in the class (Berry in his Kumho/Ankeny Racing Enterprise 1996 Chevrolet Corvette, Moffet and Buetow in Moffet's Kumho/NayKid Racing 1989 Corvette) ready to duke it out again.
Another notable to keep an eye on this weekend include the Street Modified 2 match-up between 2003 National Champions Steve Telehowski, of far-away Novi, Mich., and Scotty B. White, of Puyallup, Wash. Telehowski won C Stock a year ago and has a pair of wins in that class in 2004, but is entered in SM2 in a 2001 Corvette. White, the SM2 champ last year, is out to protect his territory this weekend in his Kumho/Redline Oil/Corsa 2002 Corvette Z06.
The ladies' side of the Atwater ProSolo will be every bit as challenging as the guys', if not more so. Six national champions are part of a field that features 11 podium finishers overall from a year ago.
Five of the current champs are competing in the Ladies 1 class. Jennifer Isley, of Chino Hills, Calif.; Dawn Maxwell, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Katie Elder, of Folsom, Calif.; Meredith Brown, of Los Alamos, N.M.; and Kyung Wootton, of Austin, Texas, are all set to compete against one another.
If one of these competitors falters by just a bit, Anna Goeke, of Kirkland, Wash. could sneak in as a dark horse as well. Goeke finished second a year ago at the National Championships in G Stock Ladies competition.
The first car is due off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 24. Sunday's runs begin at 8 a.m. and the event will wrap up with the completion of the Hawk Performance Super Challenge, which begins at 1 p.m.
For more information about The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries, visit the newly-remodeled SCCA website at www.scca.com.