By Kendra Jacobs TERRE HAUTE, IN (Oct. 26)-Craig Dollansky fought off Jeff Shepard, and the late season charge by Paul McMahan to claim the first Gumout Racing Series Point Championship. Dollansky, who won the championship by 94 points over...
By Kendra Jacobs
TERRE HAUTE, IN (Oct. 26)-Craig Dollansky fought off Jeff Shepard, and the late season charge by Paul McMahan to claim the first Gumout Racing Series Point Championship. Dollansky, who won the championship by 94 points over McMahan, accepted the $50,000 prize with Karavan Trailers representative Scott Boyd. Dollansky was also awarded with the championship trophy as well as a crystal World of Outlaws Gumout Racing Series miniature globe.
Dollansky also received several contingency awards during the year-end banquet. Chuck Merrill awarded Dollansky with a new Maxim chassis for winning the most heat races in a Maxim chassis throughout the season. Dollansky also won the most dashes during the inaugural season, earning a complete set of Weld Wheels. While Dollansky won eight feature events, led 290 "A" Feature laps, including one four-night stretch where the champion led 121 out of a possible 125 laps, and led the series in point standings, he also was unable to finish more feature events than any other Gumout Racing Series competitor. Frankland Rear-Ends therefore awarded Dollansky with a new Frankland Rear-End for acquiring the most Frankland Hard Luck Awards throughout the season.
Paul McMahan, joined by car owner Warren Johnson and engine builder Earl Gaerte, accepted his second place $30,000 prize. After suffering consistent bad luck during the first half of the racing season, McMahan came back to win an impressive three out of four feature events in the month of September. McMahan took over the second-position in point standings with only one race remaining in the season, and went on to edge out Jeff Shepard by 19 points.
Jeff Shepard won the second most feature events of the season with six wins, and also posted the second most laps led. Shepard was awarded with $18,000 for his third place finish in the point standings. Steve Huggins also presented Shepard with a complete Huggins Cam kit for acquiring the most Huggins Fast Time Awards in the Double L Racing #4J. Shepard posted nine fast times, including a stretch of four fast times in a row.
Jason Meyers in the Carter Racing #14M finished fourth in the 2000 Gumout Racing Series point standings, earning the Brodix Rookie of the Year Award. Brodix honored Meyers a full set of Brodix Heads. Chuck Merrill, president of Maxim Chassis, also awarded Meyers with a $1,000 gift certificate for Maxim Chassis due to his impressive performance throughout the season. Meyers also earned a KSE steering unit for posting nine KSE Hard Charger Awards during the season. Meyers finished the year with an average start of tenth and an average finish of sixth.
Shane Stewart in the Holbrook Motorsports/Gotta Race #9H finished the Gumout Racing Series inaugural season with a seventh place finish in the point standings. Stewart was awarded with an Eagle Chassis for winning the most heat races in an Eagle Chassis this season.
Jimmy Carter, who joined the Gumout Racing Series partway into the season, finished the year with an eleventh place point standings finish. Carter, tied with Jason Statler and Brad Furr in Hank's Performance Products "B" Feature wins, was the lucky driver to be randomly chosen as the winner of the Hank's Performance Products $500 gift certificate.
The Gumout Racing Series enjoyed an impressive inaugural season. The series competed at 23 different tracks in 14 states, with ten different winners. The average car count per race was 35 cars with 1,071 cars drawing pills this season. The Gumout Racing Series is looking forward to its sophomore year, with a 2001 schedule is to be released in the near future.
Gumout Racing Series 2000 Final Point Standings: 1. Craig Dollansky, 5421; 2. Paul McMahan, 5327; 3. Jeff Shepard, 5308; 4. Jason Meyers, 5086; 5. Brad Furr, 4926; 6. Ronald Laney, 4739; 7. Shane Stewart, 4700; 8. Randy Kinser, 4534; 9. Bob Bennett, 3827; 10. Brian Carlson, 3612; 11. Jimmy Carter, 3102; 12. Kraig Kinser, 2411; 13. Jason Statler, 2283.