Berry Wins Final ProSolo Super Challenge, Overall Challenge Point Championship in Topeka TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 13, 2004) -- Tom Berry, of Alta Loma, Calif., captured the last SCCA ProSolo Hawk Performance Super Challenge of the year Sunday at...
Berry Wins Final ProSolo Super Challenge, Overall Challenge Point Championship in Topeka
TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 13, 2004) -- Tom Berry, of Alta Loma, Calif., captured the last SCCA ProSolo Hawk Performance Super Challenge of the year Sunday at Forbes Field, and he needed every bit of help he could get find to do it.
Berry had to overcome several mechanical issues suffered by his Kumho/Ankeny Racing Enterprise 1996 Chevrolet Corvette spread out over weekend, but had it not been for Dan Chadwick, of Smyrna, Tenn., lending him a spare Corvette part, Berry wouldn't have earned his second Super Challenge win of the year, or more importantly, the season's overall Super Challenge point title, the crown jewel of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo National Series.
His car repaired, Berry beat out the McGeorgeToyota.com/Skittles 2002 Toyota MR2 driven by C Street Prepared competitor Tim Aro, of Richmond, Va., in this weekend's Challenge final, earning him 56 points and virtually doubling his overall point total from 63 to 114. The new total put him just three points ahead of C Stock soloist Steve Telehowski, of Auburn Hills, Mich., who earned 50 points with a third place finish in the Challenge in his 1999 Mazda Miata and ended the year with 111.
Beth McClure-Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, nailed down the Ladies Challenge Point Championship this weekend by finishing second Sunday behind late-season hard charger Patty Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., who won her first Challenge of the season and earned her fifth class podium in the last six events.
Leslie Cohen, of Encinitas, Calif., also capped off a successful ProSolo Ladies Challenge season, finishing third in the Challenge and second in the point standings to McClure-Strelnieks, 184-175.
The point championships were decided in nearly perfect conditions over the weekend. Except for a consistent, moderately strong breeze, sunny and dry conditions allowed all ProSolo finale competitors ample opportunity to finish the ProSolo season while making final preparations for this week's The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships.
Several soloists continued personal hot streaks as they head into Championship action beginning Tuesday.
Before watching wife Beth win her point championship, Eric Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, drove the couple's Jungle Cat Racing/Soul Speed 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to the Super Stock win, Strelnieks' third straight SS win, fourth straight class win (he was bumped to A Street Prepared in Oscoda) and fifth win overall.
Kevin Dietz, of Federal Way, Wash., finished second in his Jim's Detail/Evolution Schools 2004 Corvette, 0.356-sec. behind the winner. Stacey Molleker, of Granite Falls, Wash., settled for third while co-driving for Dietz.
There is no one hotter going into the National Championships than B Stock's Jason Saini. Driving his speedniche.com/Moton/+6r 2001 Honda S2000, Saini, of Lake Forest, Ill., breezed to the win by 0.583-sec. over Joe Goeke, of Kirkland, Wash., and picked up his fifth-consecutive B Stock win. Goeke's silver finish in his Team Butt Heat!/Big-O Tires! S2000 matched his best class effort of the year, while James Yom, of Palatine, Ill., in his Cobalt Friction/LPhiE Racing S2000 just missed Goeke, winding up third by 0.018-sec.
Last year's C Stock National Champion, Telehowski proved he's ready to defend his title, taking the class win by a large 1.176-sec. margin over Donald Barnes, of Chapel Hill, N.C.
The battle for second between Barnes' Timeless Machines 1999 Miata and the The Tire Rack® 1999 Miata driven by Chris Harvey, of Osceola, Ind., was much tighter, with the nod going to Barnes by just 0.060-sec.
Jeff Cashmore, of New Berlin, Wis., began 2004 with a ProSolo E Stock win in Atlanta, Ga., and finished doing the same in Topeka. The 2003 ES National Champion, in his Inacom Information Systems 1993 Toyota MR2, edged out Paul Brown, of Los Alamos, N.M. by 0.239-sec. for the victory. Brown finished comfortably in second in his Isotope Wheels/Automotive Pros 1993 MR2, 0.351-sec. ahead of the Team Underdog 1993 MR2 driven by Jesse Naughton, of Gainesville, Fla.
While he eventually walked away as the Super Challenge winner, Berry couldn't say the same for his B Street Prepared efforts. Bill Buetow, of Puyallup, Wash., in his Kumho/NayKid Racing 1989 Corvette, overcame cone issues and last-run red light to escape with the BSP win by a miniscule 0.008-sec. Next to that time difference, Berry finished second by a comparatively large margin over Harold Olsen, of Folsom, Calif., who just missed a silver trophy by 0.024-sec. in his Les Schwab Tire 1996 Corvette.
Vic Sias, of Santa Clara, Calif., proved why he was worthy of winning the 2004 overall Honda Street Challenge point Championship by disposing of the rest of the Street Modified class. Sias, in his Sias Tuning/Kumho 1995 BMW M3, soundly defeated the BimmerHaus/Hoosier/H&R Springs 1995 M3 driven by Bob Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., by 0.814-sec. Matthew Braun, of Farmington Hills, Mich., wound up third in his PowerPlug 1995 M3, 0.427-sec. behind Tunnell.
Both the Street Touring S and Street Touring X classes were witness to classic battles as the top spots in each class were decided by less than five hundredths of a second.
Ken Motonishi emerged the victor in his STS Kumho 1989 Honda Civic Si, clipping Corey Ridgick, of Allentown, Pa., by 0.026-sec. Ridgick battled red light issues and a DNF in his Phoenix Performance 2000 Subaru Impreza RS and fended off a strong effort from Billy Brooks, who earned the class bronze in his Crazy Monkey Racing/Team ARG! 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 after finishing just 0.051-sec. behind Ridgick.
Josh Sortor, of Glendale, Ariz., proved his 5zigen/Progress/BFGoodrich 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX could handle dry conditions, and a host of other WRX entries, by taking the STX win by 0.046-sec. over Tom Hoppe, of Raleigh, N.C. Hoppe's Boxer4Racing.com 2002 WRX nabbed second place honors after clipping Mike King, of Jacksonville, Fla., and his 2004 WRX, by a scant 0.067-sec.
Dawn Maxwell, of Phoenix, Ariz., turned in a full weekend of error-free runs and earned top honors in Ladies 1 for the fourth time in 2004 as she topped Denise Cashmore, of New Berlin, Wis., by 0.765-sec. Behind Maxwell's MiniUSA.com 2002 Mini Cooper and Cashmore's Inacom Information Systems 1993 Toyota MR2, Kyung Wootton, of Austin, Texas, finished third in her autostradausa.com 1999 Mazda Miata, 0.801-sec. in back of Cashmore.
LiNay White, of Puyallup, Wash., turned in a solid performance in the year's final ProSolo in her Kumho/Redline Oil/Corsa 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, taking the Ladies 2 class by 0.850-sec. over Paula Whitney, of Sherwood, Ark. Whitney, in her Dragon Racing/Mazda 1993 Mazda Miata, finished comfortably in second, 0.850-sec. over eventual Ladies Challenge winner Tunnell.
With the 2004 ProSolo schedule now complete, all attention now turns to The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships, where, starting Tuesday, over 1130 competitors from 47 states and four Canadian provinces will go against one another for the right to call themselves National Champions.
For more information about The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships, including daily recaps and results, visit www.scca.com.
2004 Individual Class Point Champions
SS -- Erik Strelnieks; Austin, Texas
AS -- Paul Kozlak; Harleysville, Pa.
BS -- Jason Saini; Lake Forest, Ill.
CS -- Steve Telehowski; Auburn Hills, Mich.
DS -- G.H. Sharp; Kernersville, N.C.
ES -- Jeff Cashmore; New Berlin, Wis.
FS -- David Schotz; Granada Hills, Calif.
GS -- Mark Chiles; Rocky Mount, N.C.
HS -- Michael Potocki; Buffalo, N.Y.
ASP -- Danny Popp; West Chester, Ohio
BSP -- Tom Berry; Alta Loma, Calif.
CSP -- George Doganis; Lakeside, Calif.
DSP -- David Fauth; Centennial, Colo.
ESP -- Conor Botkin; Jamul, Calif.
FSP -- Jim Harnish; Prescott Valley, Ariz.
STS -- Kevin McCormick; Lincoln, Calif.
STS2 -- Jonathan Roberts; Richmond Hill, Ga.
STX -- Joshua Sortor; Glendale, Ariz.
STU -- Kiko Seibt; Coconut Creek, Fla.
SM -- Vic Sias; Santa Clara, Calif.
SM2 -- Gary Thomason; Oceanside, Calif.
Ladies 1 -- Dawn Maxwell; Phoenix, Ariz.
Ladies 2 -- Paula Whitney; Sherwood, Ark.
Modified Index -- Tom Harrington; Las Vegas, Nev.
Prepared Index -- John Brown; Maynardville, Tenn.