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2. GT, (7), Johnny O'Connell, Flowery Branch, Ga., Cadillac CTS-V R, 19, -1.347.
3. GT, (1), Mike Skeen, Charlotte, N.C., Audi R8 Ultra, 19, -1.396.
4. GT, (5), Anthony Lazzaro, Atlanta, Ga., Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, 19, -4.612.
5. GT, (8), Andrew Palmer, Chicago, Ill., Audi R8 Ultra, 19, -5.718.
6. GT, (10), James Sofronas, Villa Park, Calif., Audi R8 Ultra, 19, -10.596.
7. GT, (9), Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V R, 19, -10.876.
8. GT, (12), Michael Mills(A), Angleton, Texas, Porsche GT3R, 19, -14.585.
9. GT, (15), Jim Taggart(A), Cary, N.C., Porsche GT3 R, 19, -18.860.
10. GT, (11), Albert von Thurn und Taxis(A), Regensburg, Germany, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 19, -21.602.
11. GT, (24), Alex Lloyd, Westfield, Ind., Chevrolet Corvette, 19, -22.073.
12. GT, (6), Butch Leitzinger, State College, Pa., Bentley Continental GT3, 19, -23.847.
13. GT, (20), Bill Ziegler(A), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Audi R8 Ultra, 19, -32.773.
14. GT, (17), Dan Knox(A)(R), Pilot Point, Texas, Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, 19, -33.134.
15. GT, (19), Alex Welch(A), Englewood, Colo., Audi R8 Ultra, 19, -34.842.
16. GT, (3), Robert Thorne, Littleton, Colo., McLaren 12C GT3, 19, -57.046.
17. GT, (2), Alex Figge, Denver, Colo., McLaren 12C GT3, 19, -1:15.711.
18. GT, (16), Jeff Courtney(A), Milwaukee, Wis., Audi R8 Ultra, 19, -1:16.668.
19. GT, (14), Henrik Hedman(A)(R), Ft Lauderdale, Fla., Ferrari 458 GT3, 19, -1:19.409.
20. GT, (18), Tim Pappas(A), Boston, Mass., Mercedes AMG SLS GT3, 18, -1 lap.
21. GT, (21), Fred Roberts(A), Toronto, Ontario, Dodge Viper Coupe, 18, -1 lap.
22. GT, (22), Walt Bowlin(A), Tarpon Springs, Fla., Audi R8 Ultra, 17, -2 lap.
23. GT, (23), Peter Cunningham, Milwaukee, Wis., Acura TLX-GT, 16, -3 lap.
24. GT, (13), Marcelo Hahn(A), Sao Paulo Brazil, BR, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 1, Mech.
25. GT, (25), Bret Curtis(A), Austin, Texas, Audi R8 Ultra, DNS.
2. GTS, (4), Alec Udell, The Woodlands, Texas, Ford MustangBoss302S, 19, -23.352.
3. GTS, (3), Nic Jonsson, Buford, Ga., Kia Optima, 19, -29.081.
4. GTS, (7), Mark Wilkins, Toronto, Ontario, Kia Optima, 19, -31.292.
5. GTS, (11), Joey Atterbury, Rochester, N.Y., Ford MustangBoss302S, 19, -39.186.
6. GTS, (9), Tony Gaples, Libertyville, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 19, -40.524.
7. GTS, (13), Nick Esayian, San Diego, Calif., Aston Martin GT4, 19, -42.207.
8. GTS, (21), Larry Funk, Oberlin, Ohio, BMW M3, 19, -2:03.461.
9. GTS, (2), Andy Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo., Chevrolet Camaro, 19, -3:00.482.
10. GTS, (24), Buz McCall, Boca Raton, Fla., Porsche Cayman S, 18, -1 lap.
11. GTS, (6), Dean Martin, Westland, Mich., Ford MustangBoss302S, 18, -1 lap.
12. GTS, (8), Jack Roush Jr, Livonia, Mich., Ford MustangBoss302R, 18, -1 lap.
13. GTS, (18), Brad Adams, New Orleans, La., Ford MustangBoss302S, 18, -1 lap.
14. GTS, (16), Brian Kleeman, Baltimore, Md., Nissan 370Z, 18, -1 lap.
15. GTS, (27), Jay Matus(R), Houston, Texas, Porsche 996, 17, -2 lap.
16. GTS, (22), Geoff Reeves(R), Cleveland, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 17, -2 lap.
17. GTS, (5), Jack Baldwin, Marietta, Ga., Porsche Cayman S, 15, -4 lap.
18. GTS, (10), Drew Regitz, Denver, Colo., Aston Martin GT4, 15, -4 lap.
19. GTS, (19), Jorge De La Torre(R), McAllen, Texas, Aston Martin GT4, 15, -4 lap.
20. GTS, (26), Scott Bove, Conifer, Colo., Ford Mustang Boss, 12, -7 lap.
21. GTS, (14), Mitch Landry, Lake Charles, La., Ford MustangBoss302S, 1, Crash.
22. GTS, (17), Craig Capaldi, Richmond Township, Mich., Ford MustangBoss302S, 1, Crash.
23. GTS, (20), Ric Bushey, Virginia Beach, Va., Nissan 370Z, 0, Crash.
24. GTS, (23), Robert Stout, Brownsburg, Ind., Scion FR-S, 0, Crash.
25. GTS, (12), BJ Zacharias, Milford, Ohio, Nissan 370Z, DNS.
26. GTS, (15), Mark Klenin, Denver, Colo., Aston Martin GT4, DNS.
27. GTS, (25), Ray Mason, Columbus, Ohio, Subaru WRX-STi, DNS.
Fastest qualifier: #2 Mike Skeen, 1:20.725 (100.697 mph) (GT); #1 Lawson Aschenbach, 1:27.557 (92.840 mph) (GTS)
In life, there are a few things you can almost always count on: death, taxes and Peter Gallen being at or near the top of the charts at Pittsburgh Raceway Park.
The Pennsylvania native has had a stranglehold on the Nitro Funny Car class the past two years in Pittsburgh and the three-time IHRA champion doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Gallen once again rocketed to the top of the charts Friday Night in claiming the No. 1 qualifying position during the fourth annual IHRA Nitro Jam Pittsburgh Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports.
Gallen was joined by Mark Cox, who was tops in Nitro Harley, along with top qualifiers Dean Goforth (Pro Stock), Don Blackshear (Nitro Altered) and Kat Moller (Jet Dragster).
Gallen made the jump to the No. 1 spot in the final nitro pass of the night, overtaking Bruce Litton who had taken the top qualifying position just one pair earlier. Gallen, driving the "Poverty Stricken" 1977 Monza, wrapped up Friday's professional qualifying with a 4.971-second pass at 223.33 mph in 1,000 feet of real estate, just ahead of Litton's 4.981 at 224.66 pass.
Local favorite Mike McIntire Jr., in the "McAttack" '69 Camaro, qualified third with a 5.044 at 214.90, followed by Jake Crimmins and Jason Rupert. John Hale, Ronny Young and Gary Kraus round out the Nitro Funny Car field.
In a surprising turn, perennial favorites Tim Boychuk and Mark Sanders both failed to qualify for Saturday's final eliminations in Nitro Funny Car.
Mark Cox led the way in IHRA's Nitro Harley category, putting down a 5.679 at 200.71 mph in the event-shortened 1,000 foot distance. Alvin Kobernusz was second with a 6.013 at 177.80, followed by Rocky Jackson, Bob Malloy and Mike Pelrine. The top three drivers in points - Mike Scott, Randal Andras and Jay Turner - all qualified in the bottom half of the field.
In Pro Stock, Dean Goforth followed up his surprising win two weeks ago in Cordova with the quickest lap Friday night as the entire Pro Stock field struggled to get down the tricky Pennsylvania track. Goforth put down a 4.617 at 118.45 in the eighth mile, followed by John DeFlorian Jr., Scott Hintz, Todd Hoerner and Pete Berner. The Pro Stock teams will get one more shot at qualifying Saturday afternoon.
Don Blackshear was top qualifier in Nitro Altered, putting the "Bullet Bob" machine securely in the No. 1 qualifying position with a 5.492 at 195.06. Shane Harter in "Nasty Benjamin" was second with a 5.541 at 199.20, followed by Kyle Hough, Ron Maroney and Mike Hilsabeck.
Finally in Jet Dragster, Kat Moller, just two weeks removed from her first career win, blasted to the top spot in the Matrix-sponsored jet dragster with a 4.980 at 244.96 pass. Newcomer Allison West, in only her second career start, was second with a 4.980 at 244.57.
Friday's results after qualifying from the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Pittsburgh Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports at Pittsburgh Raceway Park.
Nitro Funny Car - 1. Peter Gallen 4.971, 223.33; 2. Bruce Litton 4.981, 224.66; 3. Mike McIntire Jr. 5.044, 214.90; 4. Jake Cimmins 5.086, 220.80; 5. Jason Rupert 5.140, 215.93; 6. John Hale 5.154, 217.08; 7. Ronny Young 5.422, 205.86; 8. Gary Kraus 5.461, 197.46; 9. Tim Boychuk 5.502, 177.03; 10. Mike Smith 5.588, 166.91; 11. Mark Sanders 5.716, 132.55; 12. Greg Jacobsmeyer 5.856, 148.66
Pro Stock - 1. Dean Goforth 4.617, 118.45; 2. John DeFlorian Jr. 4.664, 120.32; 3. Scott Hintz 6.105, 94.40; 4. Todd Hoerner 7.980, 56.15; 5. Pete Berner 9.033, 48.14; 6. Cary Goforth broke
Nitro Harley - 1. Mark Cox 5.679, 200.71; 2. Alvin Kobernusz 6.013, 177.80; 3. Rocky Jackson 6.039, 165.75; 4. Bob Malloy 6.061, 153.48; 5. Mike Pelrine 6.368, 125.80; 6. Randal Andras 6.396, 137.70; 7. Mike Scott 6.569, 123.15; 8. Larry Brancaccio 6.731, 139.93; 9. Jay Turner 6.742, 111.94
Nitro Altered - 1. Don Blackshear 5.492, 195.06; 2. Shane Harter 5.541, 199.20; 3. Kyle Hough 5.693, 193.38; 4. Ron Maroney 5.874, 188.05; 5. Mike Hilsabeck 5.923, 132.86; 6. Troy Martin broke
Jet Dragster - 1. Kat Moller 4.980, 244.96; 2. Allison West 4.980, 244.57; 3. Marisha Falk 5.016, 228.31; 4. Elaine Larsen 5.021, 229.01
The IHRA Nitro Jam Pittsburgh Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports will continue on Saturday with sportsman racing throughout the day followed by Nitro Jam eliminations beginning at 6 p.m.
Tony Schumacher, John Force and Allen Johnson race to provisional No. 1’s at O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals
John Force raced to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car during Friday qualifying at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Seattle.
Force ran a 4.085-second pass at 308.07 mph in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to top the leaderboard after the first day of qualifying. Force, the driver with the most professional victories at Pacific Raceways with seven, is looking for his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season and sixth at the facility.
“[Crew chief] Jimmy Prock’s been real consistent with this Ford,” said Force, whose hot rod has been to three straight finals. “It’s running real good. Temperatures started dropping real fast and Jimmy stepped it up.”
Defending event winner Matt Hagan sits second after the first day with a 4.100 at 302.41 in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger. Two-time season race winner Alexis DeJoria drove her Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry to a 4.101 at 303.23, good enough for the provisional No. 3 spot. Sonoma winner Courtney Force sits fifth with a 4.125 at 301.60 in her Traxxas Ford Mustang.
In Top Fuel, Schumacher claimed the top spot on the last run of the day with his 3.804 at 318.32 in his U.S. Army dragster. Schumacher, a seven-time world champ, is two sessions away from securing his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and third career in Seattle.
“The car was excellent on that last run,” Schumacher said. “To go out and qualify No. 1 with all those stout cars, everyone within a hundredth or a hundredth and a half in the top eight, that’s pretty impressive.”
Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta ran his Mac Tools dragster 3.805 to 320.28 to claim the No. 2 position. Reigning Top Fuel world champ Shawn Langdon was the top qualifier following the first session but sits third in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster with a 3.807 at 317.05. Sonoma winner Khalid alBalooshi is provisionally sixth with a 3.813 at 319.22 in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster.
Johnson is going for his fourth No. 1 of the season in Pro Stock following his 6.535 at 211.86 in the Magneti-Marelli Team Mopar Dodge Dart. Johnson has one career victory at Seattle coming in 2006.
“The track’s awesome,” Johnson said. “NHRA’s done a great job. My crew made some real wholesale changes with the car coming here from Sonoma on Sunday. To go out and do what we did, hats off to the team.”
Shane Gray ran a 6.538 at 211.96 in his Gray Manufacturing Chevy Camaro to sit second with two sessions remaining. Recent Sonoma winner Jason Line continued his positive momentum, driving his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro to the current No. 3 spot with a 6.549 at 211.36.
Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 27th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways, 16th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.
Top Fuel -- 1. Tony Schumacher, 3.804 seconds, 318.32 mph; 2. Doug Kalitta, 3.805, 320.28; 3. Shawn Langdon, 3.807, 317.05; 4. Richie Crampton, 3.809, 317.19; 5. Bob Vandergriff, 3.812, 318.77; 6. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.813, 319.22; 7. Spencer Massey, 3.815, 318.09; 8. J.R. Todd, 3.827, 314.83; 9. Steve Torrence, 3.834, 316.45; 10. Troy Buff, 3.845, 311.41; 11. Brittany Force, 3.868, 309.34; 12. Antron Brown, 3.884, 309.34.
Not Qualified: 13. Clay Millican, 3.942, 300.53; 14. Mike Salinas, 4.195, 219.12; 15. Jenna Haddock, 4.210, 244.74; 16. Terry McMillen, 4.628, 166.11.
Funny Car -- 1. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.085, 308.07; 2. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.100, 302.41; 3. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 4.101, 303.23; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.123, 297.94; 5. Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.125, 301.60; 6. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.131, 300.53; 7. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.136, 298.34; 8. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.156, 299.26; 9. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.170, 291.57; 10. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.183, 294.18; 11. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.197, 286.92; 12. Terry Haddock, Chevy Impala, 4.199, 292.46.
Not Qualified: 13. Gary Densham, 4.201, 291.76; 14. Robert Hight, 4.204, 280.89; 15. Jack Beckman, 4.256, 288.52; 16. Paul Lee, 4.558, 204.20; 17. Bucky Austin, 4.922, 186.79; 18. Jeff Diehl, 6.782, 110.51.
Pro Stock -- 1. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.535, 211.86; 2. Shane Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.538, 211.96; 3. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.549, 211.36; 4. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.553, 211.13; 5. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.561, 211.30; 6. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.561, 211.10; 7. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.562, 211.46; 8. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.569, 210.73; 9. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.588, 210.57; 10. Matt Hartford, Dodge Avenger, 6.597, 210.67; 11. Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.613, 209.14; 12. Deric Kramer, Avenger, 6.615, 209.39. Not Qualified: 13. Mark Wolfe, 7.154, 204.66; 14. Travis Mazza, 7.845, 129.28; 15. Larry Morgan, 14.308, 66.42.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying concludes Saturday with sessions beginning at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Friday Crowns 19 National Champions From the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The 33rd Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL crowned 19 National Champions on Friday as the penultimate day of racing took place in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. The Loretta Lynn Ranch hosted another perfect day for racing as temperatures and track conditions were nothing short of ideal for the start of the final set of motos.
RJ Hampshire en route to a historic 6-0 sweep in the premier A class divisions, something that hasn't been done in 19 years
Factory Connection/AMSOIL Honda's RJ Hampshire is well on his way to earning the coveted AMA Horizon Award after posting a flawless 6-0 win record. Hampshire came into the final set of motos with a load of confidence behind him, putting forth a dominant performance in Open Pro Sport after inheriting the lead from Bell Holeshot winner Jerry Robin early on. Monster Energy/Team Green Kawasaki's Colt Nichols took second in Moto 3, which was good enough for second overall in the class (3-2-2). Yamaha/bLU cRU's Aaron Plessinger had a tough run earlier in the week after a big crash in the 250 A class knocked him out of title contention, but the Ohio native bounced back in Open Pro Sport to capture third overall with 2-3-3 moto scores.
Not the weekend Aaron Plessinger had planned, but he still managed a top three finish in the Open Pro Sport Class
The final 250 A moto showcased perhaps some of the most exciting action within the A divisions, capping off with a close battle for the lead between Hampshire and Luke Renzland. In attempt to end Hampshire's perfect record, Renzland dug deep in Moto 3 and applied pressure on the newly crowned champion but it wasn't enough to seal the deal in the end. With moto scores of 4-2-2, Renzland secured second overall, while Monster Energy/Team Green Kawasaki's Chris Alldredge rounded out the podium with moto scores of 2-8-4.
week that RJ Hampshire had going
Lorenzo Locurcio dominated the 450 B moto to the tune of 1-2-1 scores to capture his first title at Loretta Lynn's. Later in the day, Luocurcio capped his week by finishing second in 250 B. Yamaha made it a clean sweep in 250 B, with Tristan Charboneau (2-1-1) capturing the title and Ryan Surratt (5-6-3) rounding out the podium.
After sweeping the first two motos of the College B/C class, Stone Edler held a commanding lead over the field as they entered the final moto. RJ Wageman made a last ditch run for the championship by grabbing the Bell Holeshot, while Elder sat in 29th following a bad start. Ashton Hayes eventually passed Wageman for the lead while Elder worked his way all the way up to sixth, which was good enough to keep the championship. Wageman (6-4-2) finished second overall, with Salvatore Colangelo (2-7-4) in third.
Stone Edler didn't win the final moto but a pair of victories in the first two
motos helped him secure the College B/C title
In Two-Stroke B/C 16+, Carlen Gardner finished strong to claim the title with 3-1-2 scores. Timmy Badour (1-2-4) and Bennett Mantooth (2-5-3) finished second and third.
Tristan Charboneau secured the 250 B title with 2-1-1 moto scores
In a crazy battle for the Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C championship, consistency proved to be the key. Dylan Merriam (4-5-2) didn't win a moto all week, but the Honda mounted rider was consistent enough to secure the title after three motos with scores of 7-7-1, Chase Marquier landed the second place position and Rookie White rounded out the overall podium with moto scores of 8-1-6.
In Vet action, Ricky Renner continued his perfect run in the highly competitive Junior 25+ to secure the championship on Friday. Robbie Reynard (2-5-3) stayed consistent in all three motos to lock in second, while James Povolny captured third with 3-2-6 moto scores. Reynard bounced back in Vet 35+ to capture his tenth career title at Loretta Lynn's. James Povolny grabbed another podium finish with solid 2-2-2 finishes for the week and Tony Lorusso (5-3-3) rounded out the overall podium.
Lorenzo Locurcio captured his first ever title at Loretta Lynn's with the
450 B championship
In minicycle, Stilez Robertson was the man on top after taking home two titles on Friday: the 85 (9-11) Limited with 1-2-1 scores and 85 (9-11) with a 2-1-1. Pierce Brown captured second overall with moto scores of 11-1-2 and Ethan Mann (5-5-4) rounded out the podium.
In Mini Sr. 2 (12-14), Garrett Marchbanks (1-1-2) outlasted his fiercest competition, Chase Sexton (2-2-1), to win his first title of the week.
Pierce Brown battled through injury to secure second overall in 85 9-11
Nicholas Romano (1-1-1) made it a clean sweep in the 51cc (7-8) Limited class, followed by Noah Geyer (4-3-2) in the second place spot. Daxton Bennick went 5-9-5 to capture third overall for the week. In 51cc (4-6) Limited, Kace Evans held on for the title with 1-2-2 moto scores, topping Mason Dixon (3-5-1) and Evan Woody (5-4-3). Wyatt McGrath swept the 51cc (4-6) Special Limited title over Reed Harrison (4-5-4) and Braxton Black (2-6-9). In the final 51cc class-(4-6) Shaft Drive Limited-Aiden Eyler (2-2-2) held off Holland Purser (5-3-4) and Tyler Mollet (6-4-3).
The calm before the 50cc storm
In the 65 divisions, Joshua Varize swept all three motos for the (10-11) Limited championship. Jett Reynolds (9-1-1) emerged victorious in a wild finish to the end, capturing the 65 (7-9) Limited title.
All four 51cc classes crowned champions on Friday. The rest of racing will
resume on Saturday morning
The final day of racing will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, crowning the remainder of National Champions. Live streaming coverage begins Saturday morning at 10 a.m. CT / 11 a.m. ET on RacerTV.com.
Archived coverage is now available from the first four days of racing on RacerTV.com, to view please click HERE.
The 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL will take place July 27 - Aug. 2 at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. For more information, visit the series website atwww.mxsports.com.
About the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MCAMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 52 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 12 Regional Championships (June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week of August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 20,000 racers attempt to qualify in 36 classes for the 1,446 available positions at the National. Christened "The World's Greatest Motocross Vacation", the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production.
(Rocky Mountain ATV/MCAMA Amateur National Motocross Championship PR)
Drivers in 27 Runoffs-eligible classes took to Summit Point Motorsports Park on Friday to start setting the grid for Round 13 of the SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program. This weekend’s doubleheader event will mark the final two rounds on the conference calendar in 2014.
What started off as a challenging race, weather-wise, the 26-car starting field survived a light to moderate drizzle when the 40-minute timed race began but then all drove cleanly through the remainder of the race as the track dried out and the sun rose once more.
2. TC, (3), Steven Doherty, Plainfield, Ill., Nissan Altima Coupe, 20, -14.102.
3. TC, (4), Bryan Heitkotter, Fresno, Calif., Nissan Altima Coupe, 20, -1:05.735.
4. TC, (7), Tony Rivera, Lake Jackson, Texas, Scion FRS Coupe, 20, -1:12.949.
5. TC, (2), Adam Poland(R), Mt. Vernon, Texas, Mazda MX-5, 20, -1:19.353.
6. TC, (8), Ron Yarab(R), Youngstown, Ohio, Honda Civic Si, 20, -1:26.507.
7. TC, (10), Branden Peterson, Breckenridge, Colo., Honda Civic SI, 19, -1 lap.
8. TC, (5), Emilee Tominovich(R), Laurel, Md., Volkswagen Jetta GLI, 19, -1 lap.
9. TC, (6), Kevin Anderson(R), Huntington Station, N.Y., Mazda RX8, 0, Mech.
2. TCA, (2), Ernie Francis_Jr, Dania, Fla., MAZDA MX-5, 19, -1 lap.
3. TCA, (3), Jason Cherry(R), Gambrills, Md., Mazda MX-5, 19, -1 lap.
4. TCA, (1), Shea Holbrook, Groveland, Fla., Honda Civic Si, 19, -1 lap.
2. TCB, (1), John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., Chevrolet Sonic, 19, -10.419.
3. TCB, (5), Glenn Nixon(R), Mission, British Columbia, MINI Cooper, 19, -14.480.
4. TCB, (4), PJ Groenke, Toronto, Canada, Honda Fit, 19, -27.486.
5. TCB, (13), Chase Pelletier, Brampton, Ontario, Honda Fit, 19, -38.133.
6. TCB, (10), Austin Snader(R), Fulshear, Texas, FIAT 500, 19, -43.891.
7. TCB, (9), Jason Fichter(R), Jupiter, Fla., MINI Cooper, 18, -1 lap.
8. TCB, (11), Tom Noble(R), St. Louis Park, Minn., MINI Cooper, 18, -1 lap.
9. TCB, (2), Brian Price(R), Middletown, Va., Honda Fit, 18, -1 lap.
10. TCB, (7), Nathan Stacy(R), Owassa, Okla., Ford Fiesta, 18, -1 lap.
11. TCB, (12), Leo Parente, New York, N.Y., Fiat 500, 18, -1 lap.
12. TCB, (6), Paul Holton(R), Tallahassee, Fla., Honda Fit, 17, -2 lap.
13. TCB, (3), Andrei Kisel(R), N. Vancouver, British Columbia, MINI Cooper, 17, -2 lap.
Average speed: 68.574 mph
(Pirelli World Challenge PR)
An example of arguably the most famous and sought-after classic race car ever – the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – will be previewed by Bonhams at the Monterey Pre-Reunion August 9 and 10. The classic race car, of which only 39 were constructed, will be shown in the Bonhams hospitality area at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where the historic car racing is taking place.
The Ferrari, chassis number 3851GT, is from the Maranello Rosso Collection and has been in one family’s care for the past 49 years. Bonhams will sell the car and nine other Ferraris from the collection at its Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction August 14.
“Collectors around the world are eagerly awaiting auction day to see what the market will command for such a historically significant and rarely available automobile,” said Mark Osborne, head of motoring for Bonhams in the U.S. “There is no reserve on this car, meaning that it will be sold to the highest bidder regardless of what that bid is. And what better way to showcase it than in front of racers and collectors who are at the Monterey Pre-Reunion.”
This car was the 19th Ferrari GTO to be completed. Since two of the preceding examples had been 330 GTOs with 4-litre engines instead of the GT-homologated 3-litre '250' units it may be regarded as the 17th 250 GTO. It was collected by its first owner, the experienced and rugged 34-year-old French privateer Jo Schlesser, who immediately entered it in the 1962 Tour de France Automobile, with co-driver French skiing champion Henri Oreiller. The duo covered 3,418 miles and finished second overall.
The Monterey Pre-Reunion kicks off the Monterey Classic Car Week of activities including the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 14-17), Quail Motorsports Gathering (August 15) and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (August 17).
Bonhams returns to the Monterey Pre-Reunion for the fifth consecutive year showcasing auction cars at its Turn 4 chalet in the race paddock. Several other cars will join the Ferrari 250 GTO for visitors to inspect before they go on final display prior to the auction beginning.
“We are thrilled Bonhams has selected the Monterey Pre-Reunion to preview this superb race car to our guests,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “It is a privilege to be working with Bonhams on enhancing the experience for our drivers and wish them great success in the auction of these very important cars.”
Admission to the Monterey Pre-Reunion August 9 and 10 is just $20 at the paddock entrance of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Advance purchase tickets for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 14-17, featuring 550 historic race cars and the centennial of Maserati, are still available online at www.MazdaRaceway.com or by calling 800-327-7322.
The 74th DAYTONA 200, which will showcase the return of the AMA Pro SuperBike class to America's most historic motorcycle race, will be held on Saturday, March 14. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m.
Earlier this year, AMA Pro Racing announced that its premier AMA Pro SuperBike class will return to the DAYTONA 200 in 2015. The season-opening event will be a 69-lap race contested on Daytona International Speedway's 2.91-mile short course. Since 2005, the smaller-displacement motorcycles of Formula Xtreme and GoPro Daytona SportBike have been showcased in the prestigious event. With the 2015 return of the AMA Pro SuperBikes, the top teams and riders will again headline the historic event.
"The DAYTONA 200 has a long and storied history on both the sands of Daytona Beach and on the high banks of the Speedway," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "We're looking forward to witnessing a new chapter in the event's history as the powerful SuperBikes from AMA's premier class return to compete in motorcycle's most historic and demanding race."
In addition to the Daytona 200, the Speedway will host a full complement of AMA Pro Road Racing classes March 12-14 with the GoPro Daytona SportBike and the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. The AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader is scheduled for March 12-13.
The roots of the DAYTONA 200 can be traced back to the sands of Daytona Beach with Ed Kretz Sr. winning the inaugural event back in 1937 aboard an Indian. The DAYTONA 200 moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961 and is the only endurance race on the AMA Pro schedule.
Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated the 2014 edition of the DAYTONA 200. Eslick became the first rider to win the DAYTONA 200 aboard a Triumph since the late Gary Nixon in 1967 and joined a long list of motorcycle legends that have conquered the grueling race including Scott Russell, Miguel Duhamel, Mat Mladin, Kenny Roberts and Dick Klamforth.
Kicking off DAYTONA 200 Week on Saturday night, March 7 will be the prestigious Daytona Supercross- the only AMA Supercross event in Florida in 2015. The tough and challenging course will once again be designed by Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.
Following the Daytona Supercross will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross on Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9 where amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross.
Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram andPinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the "World Center of Racing" by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.
Jet dragster drivers Elaine Larsen and Marisha Falk, from Daytona Florida based Larsen Motorsports, will make a new kind of Fire Ball for them this year without their jet dragsters.
The dynamic duo has been selected to participate in this year’s Fireball Run Adventure-Rally where America is literally the game board. The event will take them across North America on an eight day adventure through America's frontier covering thousands of miles. An actual trivial pursuit challenge, where America is the game board.
Providing support for Elaine and Marisha are multi-year sponsors of the Larsen Motorsports Jet Racing Teams, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Miller Welding, Simpson Race Products and Carlisle Events.
The core purpose of the event is to help find lost or missing children. Covering over 2000 miles, the teams will spread awareness and hand out flyers of missing children across America. Specifically, Elaine and Marisha will be racing to help bring home 17 year old Gloria Alvarado, missing from Sanford Florida who was last seen July 30, 2012.
Information about Gloria or any other missing children can be reported to any law enforcement agency or to the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children.
You can follow the teams on Fireballrun.com as well as on Elaine and Marisha’s Facebook where you can help the girls solve the clues and be a part of their adventure.
With only three races remaining in the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season, championship points are at a premium.
And that couldn't be any more true than at this weekend's pivotal stop at Pittsburgh Raceway Park as the stars of the IHRA return to the Steel City for the fourth annual IHRA Nitro Jam Pittsburgh Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports this Friday and Saturday.
Following a compelling race at Cordova Dragway Park two weeks ago that saw first-time winners in every professional category except one, fans and drivers are buzzing as the IHRA returns to the track this weekend with only three events remaining.
"We saw an exceptional race at Cordova earlier this month and that has created a lot of attention on the IHRA and the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series. After what we saw in Illinois, I would expect similar results this weekend in Pittsburgh with another superior lineup heading to Pennsylvania," said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports. "I expect, with only a few races left, the competition and intensity will be at an all-time high which should make for an extremely compelling race this weekend."
Adding to the racing excitement itself, two unique variables will play a key role at this weekend's event at Pittsburgh Raceway Park - track length and the crunch being placed on IHRA's Nitro Funny Car teams.
First up, Pittsburgh Raceway Park will host IHRA's only event not contested on the quarter-mile this season. For safety reasons, the IHRA Pittsburgh Nationals will be shortened to 1,000 feet for all nitro classes creating an extra challenge for IHRA teams. While 320 less feet doesn't sound like a lot, it could play a major role in the final outcomes with some teams better suited to shorter attacks.
The second variable is the Nitro Funny Car schedule. With one less event on the schedule than all of the other pro classes, the IHRA Pittsburgh Nationals will serve as the next-to-last race of the season for Nitro Funny Car competitors, meaning championships can be clinched this weekend.
Breakout star Jason Rupert in the Bays and Rupert "Black Plague" '69 Camaro can clinch his first IHRA Nitro Funny Car championship this weekend with a strong performance at the Pittsburgh Nationals as he holds a commanding 177-point lead over second place Mark Sanders. With four national event victories and a trip to the final round at every national event entered except one, Rupert can seal his first IHRA title and fourth career Nitro Funny Car championship in Pittsburgh.
But it won't be an easy task. Fellow 2014 national event winners John Hale in the "Mike Burkhart" tribute Camaro and Mike McIntire in the "McAttack" Camaro will join IHRA record holder and multi-time Pittsburgh winner Peter Gallen in trying add another Ironman to their collection. They will be joined in Pittsburgh by Sanders, Tim Boychuk, Bruce Litton, Mike Smith, Ronny Young, Greg Jacobsmeyer, Gary Kraus, John Crimmins and more.
The remaining professional classes still face three races, giving them extra time to lock up their respective championships.
One of the closest battles of 2014 is in Nitro Harley as Canadian Mike Scott sits just 15 points ahead of Louisiana native Randal Andras and a little over 100 points clear of fourth place Mark Cox. Multi-time IHRA champion Jay Turner sits in the middle in third. Scott leads the quartet with three wins this season, though he hasn't hoisted an Ironman trophy since early June. Cox has two wins, while Andras has one.
In Pro Stock, Oklahoma's Cary Goforth leads the championship standings by 32 points over John DeFlorian. Goforth and DeFlorian began the season as the class of the field, but have not visited the winner's circle since early April. They will look to regain momentum this weekend.
Goforth teammate Todd Hoerner sits third in the championship standings, followed by Kevin Bealko and Pete Berner. Dean Goforth is the most recent winner in the class, winning the Summer Nationals at Cordova earlier this month.
Rounding out the pro classes are Nitro Altered and Jet Dragster as Ron Maroney brings a healthy lead in the AA/FA category in the "Blind Faith" machine over Don Blackshear in "Bullet Bob." In Jet Dragster, Elaine Larsen leads the all-female lineup, just ahead of Dawn Perdue. 20-year-old Kat Moller, fourth in points, won her first career race last weekend in Cordova giving all four girls at the top of the standings a win this season.
The 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Pittsburgh Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports will take place this Friday and Saturday at Pittsburgh Raceway Park. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nitrojam.com or at the gate on the day of the show. For more information, visit www.nitrojam.com or call Pittsburgh Raceway Park at (724) 668-7600.