Klima early leader in O'Reilly/NCRA Modified Rookie standings TULSA, Okla. (April 15, 2005) -- Darrick Klima of Belleville, Kan., holds the early lead in the O'Reilly/NCRA Modified Series Rookie of the Year standings after the first weekend of...
Klima early leader in O'Reilly/NCRA Modified Rookie standings
TULSA, Okla. (April 15, 2005) -- Darrick Klima of Belleville, Kan., holds the early lead in the O'Reilly/NCRA Modified Series Rookie of the Year standings after the first weekend of racing.
Klima recorded a fourth place A feature finish Friday at Tulsa Speedway and followed that up with a third place run at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on Saturday. Klima leads second place Jason Friesen of Sutton, Neb., by eight points.
Mark Zorn (Russell, Kan.) and Joe Cleveland (Bennington, Kan.) are tied for third with 30 points while Loren Dauer (Lindsborg, Kan.) is fifth with 25 points. Other drivers competing for the 2005 rookie title are Dustin Briley, Goddard, Kan.; Troy Johnson, Concordia, Kan.; and Bud Longpine, Drummond, Okla.
For the first time rookie standings are being compiled with a separate point system. The highest finishing rookie of the night at each show, regardless of which feature they run in, will receive 20 points towards the rookie standings (in addition to the points they earn towards the overall series championship). The next highest finisher will receive 18 points, and so on down the point scale. The rookie point system is as follows: 20-18-16-14-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.
Six corporate sponsors will provide more than $1,100 in cash and prizes for the top rookie modified driver in 2005.
"Through the generosity of our sponsors, contingency awards provide a great opportunity for our drivers to receive additional prizes for their efforts," said NCRA president C. Ray Hall.
"Without a doubt, this is the best year ever for awards to our modified rookie driver of the year," Hall said. "We encourage our race family to loyally support our contingency sponsors."
Last year only the series title sponsor, O'Reilly Auto Parts from Springfield, Mo., and Arizona Sports Shirts, of Indianapolis, provided awards for the NCRA's top modified rookie.
This year, O'Reilly will continue to give $500 in cash to the top modified rookie. Arizona Sports Shirts is still on board and will provide a certificate worth $600 of free artwork to the top rookie in the division. RCI (Racer's Choice Inc.) of Tyler, Texas, will also award a fuel cell to the top modified rookie.