Strelnieks, Seelig Win Soaked Sixth Round of The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries TOPEKA, Kan. (June 8, 2004) -- Had he been able, Super Stock driver Erik Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, might have opted for a Saturday mid-afternoon...
Strelnieks, Seelig Win Soaked Sixth Round of The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries
TOPEKA, Kan. (June 8, 2004) -- Had he been able, Super Stock driver Erik Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, might have opted for a Saturday mid-afternoon matinee instead of competing during a rain-soaked, chilly first day of competition at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., sixth-round site of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries.
Similar to what happened during Round One in Atlanta, Ga., the rains (which rendered the area's cicadas mute for most of the weekend) tapered off Sunday morning, and the sun broke through during the early rounds of the Hawk Performance Super Challenge.
Strelnieks took full advantage of the drying conditions, overcoming two breakouts and winning his first Super Challenge of the season in his Jungle Cat Racing/Soul Speed 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. Jesse Naugton, of Gainesville, Fla, who had never reached the finals previously, red-lighted in the final with a start of 0.456-sec. and finished second in his E Stock Team Underdog 1993 Toyota MR2. Sam Krauss, of Stratford, Conn., wound up third in his D Stock Ileagle Racing 1998 Eagle Talon.
Michelle Wyant-Seelig, of Edmond, Okla., saved her best for the end of the weekend as she topped Patty Tunnell, of Superior, Colo. Seelig, in her Kumho Red Line 1990 Honda Civic, nailed her dial-in time in the final, while Tunnell, in a BimmerHaus/CR Racing/Hoosier 2002 BMW 330Ci, fell victim to an earlier breakout and could not match her new dial-in time. Donna Frank, of Durham, N.C., captured the Ladies 1 class (her first class win ever) in her Charles Frank/Goldsmith 2002 Toyota Celica GT and finished third in the Ladies Challenge.
Strelnieks had problems of his own during Super Stock class competition. During Saturday's washout, he posted four DNF marks out of six runs, but was still able to beat out Jerry Onks, of Smyrna, Tenn., in his Eckler's/VetteSport/Raft, by 0.271-sec. Richard Beecher, of Davie, Fla., had a chance to move up in the rankings in his CSC Motorsports 2004 Chevrolet Z06 after the course dried a bit, but settled for third.
In A Stock, class-winner Paul Kozlak, of Harleysville, Pa., showed how much difference a drier surface can make as he posted the only times under 30 seconds in the class on Saturday. He was given the better conditions as his wife, Lynne, drove their Red House Racing 1997 Porsche 993 in the wet and wound up fourth. Larry Fine, of Addison, Pa., in his Kumho/Strano/Langston 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, nabbed the silver trophy as he finished 0.847-sec. behind Kozlak. Burak Tuglu, of North Bethesda, Md., in another STi, came in third.
G.H. Sharp showed off his new ride in grand style as he took the D Stock title in a SF Motorsports 2002 BMW 330 Ci. Recently purchased from a private owner, Sharp's BMW was 0.246-sec. better than Super Challenge third-place driver Krauss and 0.485-sec faster than the Bimmerhaus/CR Racing/Youngers 2002 BMW 330Ci driven by Kevin Youngers, of Greeley, Colo.
Just 0.043-sec. was all that separated E Stock winner Mark Davis's WolfSport 1993 Toyota MR2 from class runner-up Naughton. Davis, of Atlanta, Ga., was able to hold off Naughton and third-place finisher Michael Eckert, of Powell, Ohio, even though his group was part of the early morning heats that ran in the rain.
Rod McGeorge, of Richmond, Va., bested his co-driving partner Tim Aro, of Richmond, Va., in C Street Prepared over the weekend. McGeorge, in his McGeorge Toyota Spyder, grabbed his first ProSolo win since the third round in Topeka, finishing 0.114-sec. ahead of Aro. Robert Sereny, of Hartford, Conn., in his AdrenalineRacing 2000 Mazda Miata, walked away with the class' bronze trophy.
In Street Touring S, three Subaru Impreza 2.5 entries swept the podium as Billy Brooks, of Park City, Utah, drove his Crazy Monkey Racing/Team ARG! 2000 model to the win by 0.201-sec. over Corey Ridgick, of Allentown, Pa., who was driving his RedShift Motorsports-sponsored 2000 car. Dan Shalkowski, of Souderton, Pa., ran a 1999 model and finished third.
Courtney Cormier, last year's National Championship Runner-up in Street Touring X competition, got his first win of 2004 this weekend as his Mini Motorsport/KW/Helix 2003 Mini Cooper S topped the Subaru SE Region/www.sojax.com 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX driven by Mike King, of Jacksonville, Fla., by a scant 0.052-sec. King had won the two other events he entered this year. Shawn Whipple, of Fuquay-Farina, N.C., in his boxer4racing.com/Subaru 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX, earned third.
Competitors have little time to make adjustments in preparation for the seventh round of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries, which is slated for Toledo's Express Airport, in Toledo, Ohio, June 12-13.
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