Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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Multiple race-team owner Chip Ganassi on Thursday will receive the inaugural Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for his outstanding contributions to motorsports. The award will be given by the International Motor Racing Research Center at the 2014 IMRRC Award Dinner honoring Chip Ganassi presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation and Watkins Glen International.

 Some of racing’s top figures, including NASCAR President Mike Helton, will be honoring Ganassi, who fields teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Verizon INDYCAR and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. 

The event will be held on Aug. 7 at the Corning Museum of Glass, One Museum Way, Corning, N.Y. 14830.

 Ganassi Racing driver Jamie McMurray, who will be competing in the weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International, also will take a turn at the podium, as will Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR senior vice president, competition, and SCCA president and CEO, Lisa Noble.

 ESPN commentator Dr. Jerry Punch will be the master of ceremonies, and 1986 Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal will speak as chairman of the IMRRC Governing Council.

 The proceeds of the dinner will benefit the IMRRC, an archival library dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of motorsports, covering all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials. The IMRRC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

 The Cameron R. Argetsinger Award is named for the man who is often referred to as the father of American road racing. Argetsinger was a visionary who, in 1948, conceived, organized, and drove in the first post-war road race in America through the roads of Watkins Glen. He brought Formula One to Watkins Glen International in 1961, and the circuit hosted the United States Grand Prix for 20 years. 

 “It is significant that Chip Ganassi, as the first recipient of this award, has demonstrated the same type of determination and commitment to excellence,” IMRRC President J.C. Argetsinger said. 

 Cameron Argetsinger was president of the IMRRC for five years, until his death in 2008.

 The Paul Revere-style, glass-bowl trophy created for the Cameron Argetsinger Award is reminiscent of the sterling silver bowls Argetsinger would present to winners decades ago. The trophy was designed and created by Daniel Sherlock of Hawke + Axel in Corning, N.Y. The permanent trophy will be displayed at the IMRRC.

 Motorsports artist Bob Gillespie was commissioned by the IMRCC for a painting depicting Ganassi’s career. The piece, named “Crimson Cloud,” will be auctioned at the dinner.

 To date, Ganassi's teams have won 17 championships in his 24 years of ownership, including four Indy 500 titles. In 2012, the Duquesne University graduate and former part owner of his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates, was named one of the “50 most influential people in the Auto Industry” by Complex Magazine.

 For information about availability of tickets for the IMMRC Award Dinner and the Racing Research Center’s work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044. The Center also is on Facebook at International Motor Racing Research Center.

 Much of the support for the 2014 IMRRC Award Dinner comes from NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International, Sahlen Packing Co. Inc., Corning Incorporated, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Chevrolet, SCCA, Welliver, Elmira Savings Bank, Glenora Wine Cellars, and others.

 When the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge field gets the green flag at Road America on Saturday, August 9, it will be the debut professional race for 16-year-old Britt Casey, Jr. Casey will be co-driving the No. 27 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 with Mark White. Most recently, Casey finished second in the Spec Miata Cup Championship with an impressive 11 podiums, seven wins and two poles. His competitors voted him “Most Improved Driver” for two consecutive seasons.

 With such an auspicious start in a Mazda, choosing to join forces with Freedom Autosport was natural. The Inverness, Illinois, resident tested with the team at both Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway, clicking right away with the crew and drivers. 

“I am very excited to be part of the Freedom Autosport team and to be driving with such a well-established driver as Mark White,” said Casey. “I have tested with Mark and I really appreciate his coaching and driving style. This is really a dream come true to be racing at this level in my fourth year of competitive driving. I started testing with Freedom Autosport early this year, and things have been going extremely well. I’m excited to be part of such a successful team along with my sponsors: ClothingShop Online, Dent Recon, EMCO Gears and Keeley Construction.” 

In addition to Casey and White in the No. 27 Mazda, Freedom Autosport’s Road America entries include Mark and Mat Pombo in the No. 25 and Randy Pobst and Andrew Carbonell in the No. 26 Mazda MX-5. The Pombo brothers finished fourth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway two weeks ago, and they are hoping to carry that forward momentum into Road America.

 Fans can see Casey’s IMSA debut and the rest of the Freedom Autosport lineup on Saturday, August 9, at 12:15 p.m. ET. The race will also be broadcast on Fox Sports 1, with coverage beginning at noon on August 17.

 

John Force earned his third win of the season by racing to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Seattle.

 Force defeated former teammate Gary Densham in the final round for his 141st career win. Force registered a run of 4.173 seconds at 302.48 mph in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to defeat Densham’s trailing Chevy Impala, which lost traction early in the run and finished in 5.808 at 120.44. Force has raced to four consecutive finals and has won twice in that stretch.

 “I want to win, that is what it is all about,” Force said. “But we were having so much down there in the staging lanes. I know you are supposed to be serious because it is race day but you are racing a friend. He comes up here on a budget. Look how good he does. Steps up and races with these guys after only being out a few times all year and gets in the finals. I always say ‘If I lose to my teammates I didn’t lose’ and if I had lost to Gary Densham I would not have lost.” 

 With Sunday’s win, John Force Racing swept the daunting Western Swing with its Funny Car teams winning all three events. Robert Hight took home the title in Denver while Courtney Force won in Sonoma.

 Kalitta recorded his second win of the season in Top Fuel, defeating Antron Brown when he powered his Mac Tools dragster to a winning pass of 3.844 at 318.84 to the 3.887 at 311.70 for Brown’s . This is the 35th career win for Kalitta, which ties him with Don Garlits for fifth on the all-time Top Fuel wins list.  

 “I’m real proud of [crew chief] Jim [Oberhofer] and my crew; they’ve given me a consistent car and I just try to do the best I can do,” said Kalitta who also has six runner-up finishes this season.  “The competition out here is tough; it’s really something to even make it to a final. We’ve been banging on the door trying to get another win. Beating Antron for this one was big for us. We’ve just been trying to win rounds but Antron’s been winning a lot, too. He’s got five wins this year, so I’m glad we were able to get another one here today. We’ve got some momentum going into the next few races.”

 Tony Schumacher, who qualified No. 1 was defeated in the semifinals by teammate Brown, but was able to secure his berth in the Countdown to the Championship. He was the only Top Fuel driver to clinch a position in the playoffs at the event.

 In Pro Stock, Line ousted teammate Greg Anderson in the finals to claim his third career win at Seattle. Line, in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro, defeated Anderson on a holeshot with a run of 6.611 at 210.67 to Anderson’s losing effort of 6.608 at 210.54. Anderson, on the strength of his runner-up finish moved into the Top 10 in the Countdown to the Championship point standings for the first time this season. Anderson missed the first five events of 2014 recuperating from open heart surgery.

 “It was a very good day for KB Racing,” Line said. “We got both cars to the final and Greg got in the top 10. He’s not going to look back from there. He’s got a great car. I was good when I needed to be today. The car wasn’t great, but it was good enough. I guess the racing gods owed me one today. It feels good to get another win. I’ve never won three races in a row though, so we’ll see what happens at Brainerd.”

 Pro Stock drivers Shane Gray and Vincent Nobile also secured positions in the Countdown during the event.

Below is the final finish order (1-16) at the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways.  The race is the 16th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

 

TOP FUEL:

1.  Doug Kalitta; 2.  Antron Brown; 3.  Tony Schumacher; 4.  Shawn Langdon; 5.  Steve Torrence; 6.  Troy Buff; 7.  Khalid alBalooshi; 8.  Richie Crampton; 9.  Brittany Force; 10.  Clay Millican; 11.  Spencer Massey; 12.  Terry McMillen; 13.  Mike Salinas; 14.  J.R. Todd; 15.  Bob Vandergriff; 16.  Jenna Haddock.

 

FUNNY CAR:

1.  John Force; 2.  Gary Densham; 3.  Alexis DeJoria; 4.  Matt Hagan; 5.  Cruz Pedregon; 6.  Tim Wilkerson; 7.  Robert Hight; 8.  Jack Beckman; 9.  Tommy Johnson Jr.; 10.  Ron Capps; 11.  Jeff Diehl; 12.  Del Worsham; 13.  Terry Haddock; 14.  Tony Pedregon; 15.  Bob Tasca III; 16.  Courtney Force.

 

PRO STOCK:

1.  Jason Line; 2.  Greg Anderson; 3.  Shane Gray; 4.  Allen Johnson; 5.  Dave Connolly; 6.  Jonathan Gray; 7.  V. Gaines; 8.  Jeg Coughlin; 9.  Chris McGaha; 10.  Deric Kramer; 11.  Matt Hartford; 12.  Larry Morgan; 13.  Vincent Nobile; 14.  Mark Wolfe; 15.  Travis Mazza.

 

Sunday's final results from the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways. The race is the 16th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- Doug Kalitta, 3.844 seconds, 318.84 mph  def. Antron Brown, 3.887 seconds, 311.70 mph.

 

Funny Car -- John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.173, 302.48  def. Gary Densham, Chevy Impala, 5.808, 120.44.

 

Pro Stock -- Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.611, 210.67  def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.608, 210.54.

 

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Joey Severance, 5.238, 273.11  def. Chris Demke, 5.251, 273.00.

 

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Doug Gordon, Ford Mustang, 5.609, 256.55  def. Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.650, 254.38.

 

Competition Eliminator -- Brandon Huhtala, Pontiac GXP, 7.600, 146.89  def. Ryan Warter, Chevy Camaro, foul.

 

Super Stock -- Terry Anderson, Chevy Nova, 10.076, 131.28  def. Alan Falcone, Chevy Cavalier, 9.380, 134.97.

 

Stock Eliminator -- Tim Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 11.148, 110.09  def. Mick Alley, Camaro, 10.488, 126.27.

 

Super Comp -- Marc Heritage, Dragster, 8.899, 174.17  def. Rodger Comstock, Dragster, 8.884, 176.51.

 

Super Gas -- Mike Shannon, Chevy Corvette, 9.920, 145.66  def. Tanner Hiatt, Corvette, 9.914, 159.51.

 

Super Street -- Kyle Colletti, Chevy, 10.899, 147.52  def. John Ermish, Chevelle, broke.

 

These are the final round-by-round results from the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways, the 16th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Khalid alBalooshi, 3.809, 319.22 def. Brittany Force, 3.841, 314.31; Richie Crampton, 3.843, 317.27 def. Terry McMillen, 3.898, 316.75; Shawn Langdon, 3.787, 317.12 def. Clay Millican, 3.870, 309.77; Tony Schumacher, 3.828, 319.37 def. Jenna Haddock, 13.039, 76.94; Doug Kalitta, 3.794, 320.36 def. Mike Salinas, 4.114, 293.41; Antron Brown, 3.828, 317.79 def. Bob Vandergriff, foul; Troy Buff, 3.816, 312.78 def. Spencer Massey, 3.880, 292.39; Steve Torrence, 3.932, 310.55 def. J.R. Todd, 4.140, 211.36;

QUARTERFINALS -- Brown, 3.866, 309.77 def. Crampton, 10.822, 70.61; Schumacher, 3.840, 313.88 def. Torrence, 3.909, 310.70; Kalitta, 3.864, 314.09 def. Buff, 3.996, 294.69; Langdon, 3.983, 240.89 def. alBalooshi, 3.997, 299.86;

SEMIFINALS -- Kalitta, 4.032, 268.17 def. Langdon, 4.112, 262.39; Brown, 3.883, 312.13 def. Schumacher, 3.944, 295.66;

FINAL -- Kalitta, 3.844, 318.84 def. Brown, 3.887, 311.70.

 

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.102, 307.58 def. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.354, 282.36; Gary Densham, Chevy Impala, 4.314, 286.86 def. Courtney Force, Mustang, 6.564, 98.66; Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.109, 306.26 def. Terry Haddock, Impala, 4.583, 209.88; Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 4.140, 300.40 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.663, 171.23; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.176, 295.59 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.164, 302.75; Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.112, 305.98 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.918, 161.23; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.134, 302.75 def. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.457, 219.44; Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.109, 304.05 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.171, 297.02;

QUARTERFINALS -- DeJoria, 4.202, 293.22 def. Beckman, 4.385, 230.45; J. Force, 4.161, 302.48 def. C. Pedregon, 4.184, 296.37; Hagan, 4.241, 278.98 def. Hight, 4.287, 263.20; Densham, 4.184, 278.46 def. Wilkerson, 4.228, 294.69;

SEMIFINALS -- Densham, 4.236, 288.89 def. Hagan, 4.285, 283.67; J. Force, 4.301, 258.42 def. DeJoria, 4.252, 277.72;

FINAL -- J. Force, 4.173, 302.48 def. Densham, 5.808, 120.44.

 

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Dave Connolly, Chevy Camaro, 6.560, 210.73 def. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.666, 209.26; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.578, 210.83 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.605, 210.08; V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.581, 210.93 def. Matt Hartford, Dodge Avenger, 6.622, 209.65; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.556, 211.63 def. Deric Kramer, Avenger, foul; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.555, 211.16 def. Mark Wolfe, Ford Mustang, 6.810, 205.94; Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.546, 211.30 was unopposed; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.544, 211.43 def. Travis Mazza, Mustang, 7.543, 133.88; Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.565, 210.67 def. Larry Morgan, Mustang, 6.646, 208.17;

QUARTERFINALS -- Anderson, 6.571, 211.30 def. Coughlin, 12.185, 54.52; Line, 6.579, 210.73 def. Gaines, 6.593, 210.77; Johnson, 6.569, 210.87 def. Connolly, 6.589, 210.28; S. Gray, 6.574, 210.87 def. J. Gray, 6.591, 210.24;

SEMIFINALS -- Line, 6.606, 210.24 def. S. Gray, 6.625, 210.05; Anderson, 6.586, 210.90 def. Johnson, 16.159, 51.08;

FINAL -- Line, 6.611, 210.67 def. Anderson, 6.608, 210.54.

 

Here are the point standings (top 10) following the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways, the 16th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

Top Fuel

1.  Doug Kalitta, 1,345*; 2.  Antron Brown, 1,269*; 3.  Shawn Langdon, 1,146*; 4.  Tony Schumacher, 999*; 5.  Steve Torrence, 920; 6.  Spencer Massey, 895; 7.  Brittany Force, 856; 8.  Khalid alBalooshi, 855; 9.  Richie Crampton, 808; 10.  J.R. Todd, 774.

 

Funny Car

1.  Robert Hight, 1,271*; 2.  John Force, 1,224*; 3.  Ron Capps, 989; 4.  Courtney Force, 980; 5.  Tommy Johnson Jr., 975; 6.  Alexis DeJoria, 961; 7.  Matt Hagan, 949; 8.  Cruz Pedregon, 894; 9.  Del Worsham, 848; 10.  Tim Wilkerson, 815.

 

Pro Stock

1.  Erica Enders-Stevens, 1,229*; 2.  Allen Johnson, 1,197*; 3.  Jason Line, 1,192*; 4.  Jeg Coughlin, 1,128*; 5.  Dave Connolly, 1,075*; 6.  Shane Gray, 1,015*; 7.  Vincent Nobile, 959*; 8.  V. Gaines, 742; 9.  Chris McGaha, 718; 10.  Greg Anderson, 647.

 

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has the weekend off but NHRA fans can still get their fill of their favorite sport with three programs airing on ESPN2 Aug. 9-10. Action from the recent NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Seattle airs Sunday, Aug. 10, at noon ET. In addition, episodes of NHRA Thrills and Spills air on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. and on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues Aug. 14-17 with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.


How would you like to support green energy as well as charity? In our new environmentally conscience world, race fans now have a way to help protect the environment, and help out an up and coming racer in the process. 

On August 3, North American Power agreed to base their partnership with Josh White Racing upon customer growth and production. The organization donates a $1 from every customer paying for its service each month. 

“I would like for my fans to try this, its very inexpensive, its good for the environment, good for them because they save money, then give to charity and it helps put me in a race car,” added White. “If I get NAP 350 customers then it puts me in a race car at Daytona for Daytona Testing, and NAP is donating to charity every time a customer signs up or pays their bill.”

North American Power is cheap, affordable, and reduces your energy bill dramatically. If you join, and get 20 of your friends to join, you have free energy for life! 

“They can try it for as low as $10 a month,” White continued. “It doesn't matter where you are, NAP could save on your energy bills and they will work with your current energy companies! You will still get the same bill you've always got. I can't wait to introduce NAP to my program, I can't wait for my fans to go green so I can go green at Daytona.”

The SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour came to a close on Sunday at Summit Point Motorsports Park, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program, after 14 rounds of racing.
 
Weather conditions played into the finish of many classes on Sunday as temperatures and the dew point was higher than any other point this race weekend at the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit. The increased heat produced increasingly slick conditions throughout the day for each of the seven race groups. Hardware for 12 Conference Championship winners was given out during each race group’s podium ceremonies.
 
Group One: Mark Vultaggio, of Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, completed the weekend sweep in Spec Racer Ford. Starting in fifth, Vultaggio got his No. 43 Dinosaur Racing Spec Racer Ford toward the front in quick order. Vultaggio and Jeffrey Lehner then spent nearly 20 laps trading the lead amongst themselves. On the final lap, Vultaggio was able to get his machine in the right position to win the race to the line.
 
Myers, of Greenland, New Hampshire, claimed the Eastern Conference title with his fifth place finish. At the wheel of the No. 28 Seacoast Physiatry Spec Racer Ford, Myers rode around in third for most of the race. To seal the Championship Myers needed to finish in seventh or higher. On the final lap, Myers spun in Turn Five. He quickly regained control of his machine and was able to hold onto a fifth-place finish.
 
Group Two: Jonathan Weisheit, of Baltimore, Maryland, did the double at Summit Point by winning the final Eastern Conference Formula Vee race of the season in his No. 72 JK Technologies JK Tech SP-1. However, it was the race for second, between Richard Shields and Roger Siebenaler that was most intriguing. The two drivers were nose-to-tail for much of the 25-lap race, trading spots regularly. When it came down to it, Shields got to the line first by 0.001-second.
 
Jeremy Grenier (No. 12 Ski Motorsports/Hoosier Tire Citation F1600), of Charles Town, West Virginia, completed the weekend sweep in Formula F. Also sweeping the weekend in Formula 500 was Jay Beckley, of Marlton, New Jersey, in the No. 60 Frenzinta Racing QRE Invader QC-1.
 
Group Three: Mike Collins, of Woodbine, Maryland, eked out a closely contested win in Spec Miata. Collins, at the controls of the No. 75 Meathead Racing/Tri-Speed Mazda Miata, got the win over Sebastian Landy. Landy spent much of the race hounding Collins, but was unable to make the pass for the lead happen. Saturday’s winner, Tyler Kicera, completed the podium.
 
Group Four: Until lap 15, it looked like GT-Lite was going to be a close race to the end between eventual winner Kyle Disque, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Robert Lenz II. Those drivers were involved in an intense fight for the lead that saw the two cars separated by less than two seconds as they diced through traffic. At the control of his No. 92 Toyota/Hoosier/71 Crowd Toyota Tercel, Disque was able to win the battle of attrition as Lenz was forced to drop out before the checkered flag fell with a mechanical issue.
 
The win helped Disque claim top honors in the Eastern Conference GTL points. Also taking home hardware for a Conference title was Joe Kelly in E Prepared, as his friend Minor Wilcox (No. 65 Checkered Flag Farm Caterham Seven America), of Wingina, Virginia, went two-for-two at Summit Point in the same class. Ron Bartell (No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget), of Madbury, New Hampshire, and Jerry Hinkle (No. 66 Element One Associates Lotus Seven), of Catonsville, Maryland, were also double winners.
 
Group Five: The interfamily race between Formula Atlantic pilots Conner and Gaston Kearby, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, took center stage. While the Eastern Conference title had been decided after Saturday’s race in Gaston’s favor, Conner still had the opportunity for the weekend sweep. When the checkers fell, Conner was able to finish 0.160-second ahead of his father in his No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/GK Motorsports Mazda Swift 016.
 
Also claiming Conference hardware following the race was Doug Piner, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in Prototype 2 and Paul Schneider, of Charlotte, North Carolina, in Formula Enterprise.
 
Group Six: The Big-bore class, again, saw a pair of Aquilantes win. Amy (No. 50 Tom Aquilante Racing Pontiac Firebird), of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, took the win in America Sedan while Joe (No. 32 Phoenix/Hawk Performance/Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Corvette), of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, was the winner in Touring 1. With the win, Amy finalized her bid for the Eastern Conference Championship.
 
GT-1 winner Scott Quaile, of Copake Falls, New York, was the overall leader of the race until he ran into mechanical issues with only two laps remaining in the race. While Quaile completed the GT-1 sweep in his No. 89 Davis Auto Body Chevrolet Camaro, his early retirement allowed GT-2 class winner James Goughary, of Houston, Texas, to take the overall group victory in his No. 46 Redline Oil/Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z.
 
Group Seven: Rob Hines, of Arlington, Virginia, left Summit Point as a double race winner and Touring 3 Eastern Conference Champion. In his No. 4 Nissan/Hoosier/Redline Oil/Carbotech Nissan 350Z, Hines was able to beat his class rival, Kevin Boehm, to the finish line by 0.505-second.
 
Preston Calvert (No.77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Ford Mustang GT), of Potomac, Maryland, and Chris Collins (No. 57 Meathead Racing/Coca Mazda Miata), of Darnestown, Maryland, scored weekend sweeps and Conference Championships in Touring 2 and Touring 4, respectively.
 
 
Race winners for Sunday’s Eastern Conference Majors Tour Round 14 at Summit Point Motorsports Park. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car. (*) - Denotes repeat winner.
 
American Sedan: Amy Aquilante, Phoenixville, Pa., Pontiac Firebird (*)
B-Spec: Peter Schwartzott, White Plains, N.Y., Chevrolet Sonic
Formula 1000: Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Penn., JDR F1000 (*)
Formula 500: Jay Beckley, of Marlton, N.J., QRE Invader QC-1 (*)
Formula Atlantic: Conner Kearby, Corpus Christi, Texas, Mazda Swift 016 (*)
Formula Continental: Chuck Moran, Oakton, Va., Van Diemen RF99 (*)
Formula Enterprises: Paul Schneider, Charlotte, N.C., Formula Enterprise Ford (*)
Formula F: Jeremy Grenier, Charles Town, W.Va., Citation F1600 (*)
Formula Mazda: Stuart Rettie, Houston, Texas, Star Mazda FM (*)
Formula Vee: Jonathan Weisheit, Baltimore, Md., JK Tech XP1 (*)
E Production: Miner Wilcox, Wingina, Va., Caterham 7 America
F Production: Jerry Hinkle, Catonsville, Md., Lotus Seven
H Production: Ron Bartell, Madbury, N.H., MG Midget
GT-1: Scott Quaile, Copake Falls, N.Y., Chevrolet Camaro (*)
GT-2: James Goughary, Houston, Texas, Nissan 350Z
GT-3: Rick Ricker, Waterford, Va., Volkswagen Jetta
GT-Lite: Kyle Disque, Philadelphia, Pa., Toyota Tercel
Prototype 2: Dennis Hanratty Jr., Mechanicsburg, Pa., West WR-1000
Spec Miata: Michael Collins, Woodbine, Md., Mazda Miata
Spec Racer Ford: Mark Vultaggio, Swiftwater, Pa., SCCA Spec Racer Ford (*)
Super Touring Lite: Greg Amy, Middletown, Conn., Acura Integra GS-R (*)
Super Touring Under: Alex Ratcliffe, Leesburg, Va., Mazda MX-5 (*)
Touring 1: Joe Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Chevrolet Corvette (*)
Touring 2: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang GT (*)
Touring 3: Rob Hines, Arlington, Va., Nissan 350Z (*)
Touring 4: Christopher Collins, Darnestown, Md., Mazda Miata (*)
 
The next stop for many of these same racers will be the SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, to take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Oct. 6-12.
 
Additional information on the Summit Point Majors, including full results and entry list, can be found at http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6896.
 
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On Sunday, August 3, Ryan Dalziel (GT), Michael Mills (GT-A) and Lawson Aschenbach (GTS) completed a weekend sweep for Pirelli World Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, following a win in Round 12, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge Presented by StopTech.

Sunday's 50-minute sprint race ran with two yellow flag interruptions but compared to Saturday's rain-shortened event in mixed conditions, it was a welcome change of pace with a clear, sunny afternoon.
 
Dalziel, of Winter Park, Fla., launched cleanly from the pole position in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3 R; he'd garnered the pole as a result of setting the fastest race lap in Saturday's Round 11.
 
From the lead, he was able to complete a flag-to-flag victory over Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, N.C., in the No. 2 Hawk Performance Audi R8 Ultra. Skeen was within one to two seconds for most of the race and ultimately finished 1.547 seconds behind by the checkered flag.
 
Dalziel had won his first ever Pirelli World Challenge start at St. Petersburg 2013, only to have had his car be found out of compliance in post-race technical inspection. Then he won Saturday's race after it was red-flagged, so this marked a far more straightforward and simple victory – ultimately his second of his career.
 
"Conditions wise I thought it was harder today. It was harder racing today," Dalziel said. "Mike kept me on my toes the whole time. Definitely didn't want that last restart. There was a lot of pickup on the tires. I think both of us (Skeen) almost went off on the first lap trying to push to get away."
 
Skeen finished second, for his second podium of the weekend. Despite the near miss on Saturday, Skeen was able to gain points in the championship on Sunday.
 
Third and on the podium for the sixth time this season was Anthony Lazzaro, of Atlanta, Ga., in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. Lazzaro passed both Johnny O'Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Andrew Palmer, of Chicago, in one fell sweep on Lap 12 to move into his ultimate finishing position, in what was awarded the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race.
 
Palmer, in the No. 21 GMG Racing Audi R8 Ultra finished fourth after a move of his own on O'Connell, on Lap 28. Points leader O'Connell, in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R, finished fifth.
 
In GT-A, Mills, of Angleton, Texas, delivered another dominant performance in the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3 R en route to his fourth GT-A win of the season, and third consecutive. He will retain the points lead he captured on Saturday, following a 10th place overall finish. 
 
"You couldn't have asked for a better weekend for us," Mills said. "We are blessed. I can't say enough about EFFORT, Porsche, my teammates, Chuck, and my family. A real solid weekend for us."
 
The same two drivers completed the podium as they had on Saturday, except in a different order. Albert von Thurn und Taxis, of Regensburg, Germany, finished second in GT-A in the No. 24 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 with Jim Taggart, of Cary, N.C. third in the No. 7 Absolut/Porsche Porsche GT3 R.
 
GTS was also fairly straightforward, although Aschenbach, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in the No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, required a pass of Dean Martin, of Westland, Mich., in the No. 50 Picture Cars East/Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S for the lead on Lap 7 to regain the top spot after starting from his second straight class pole. That was awarded the Cadillac CTS-V Move of the Race.
 
Martin had got into the lead anyway courtesy of a stellar standing start, where he gained 11 positions off the line to capture the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start. Several cars needed to take evasive action as two cars (Dan Knox, Butch Leitzinger) stalled and had to recover, and Martin made it through to the GTS lead. 
 
The rest of the GTS pack had a chance to catch Aschenbach following the second full-course caution of the race that flew with 16 minutes to go when Jorge de la Torre, of McAllen, Texas, was stopped off course at Turn 11 in the No. 04 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4. 
 
Nic Jonsson, of Buford, Ga., in the No. 36 DonorsChoose.org Kia Optima had passed Martin for second just before the yellow. After the yellow, Jonsson's Kia Racing/Kinetic Motorsports teammate, Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, in the No. 38 PutOnTheBrakes.org Kia Optima made the move on Martin for third.
 
Aschenbach though, was thrilled with the win, his third of the season.
 
"Any time you can clean sweep a weekend that's a big weekend for the team and Chevrolet," he said. "I gotta say a big thank you to everyone at Blackdog Speed Shop. These guys have been working hard all year, we haven't had the results we wanted. We had a really fast Camaro, the thing was on rails all weekend. I kept telling everybody we are not out of it this thing yet. We had a mountain to climb last year and we climbed it. We can do it again."
 
Martin fell to fourth by the flag with Joey Atterbury, of Rochester, N.Y., fifth in the No. 33 Capaldi Racing/Ford Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S for the second straight race.
 
As on Saturday, the Capaldi Racing No. 55 entry ran for charity, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. In his series debut, 15-year-old Austin Cindric, of Mooresville, N.C., finished 14th in GTS in the No. 55 Ford Mustang Boss in what was a clean drive and his fourth race of the Mid-Ohio weekend. He also raced in all three USF2000 open-wheel races.
 
Of note, Mitch Landry, of Lake Charles, La., was the Sunoco Hard Charger with a gain of 14 positions from start to finish in the No. 97 VersaCrane/DeepSouth Ford Mustang Boss 302S. Landry finished 11th in GTS, one spot ahead of Mark Klenin, of Denver, Colo., who'd also turned in an excellent carve through the field to get up to 12th from the rear of the field in the No. 62 Invisible Glass/Premiere Copier/SCHOMP Aston Martin GT4.
 
Results from Sunday's 32-lap 72.256 mile Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTS Round 12 race, part of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge at Mi-Ohio Sports Car Course, with finishing position, class, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown,  car, laps and reason out (if any).
 
1. GT, (1), Ryan Dalziel, Winter Park, Fla., Porsche GT3R, 32.
2. GT, (2), Mike Skeen, Charlotte, N.C., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -1.547.
3. GT, (6), Anthony Lazzaro, Atlanta, Ga., Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, 32, -3.082.
4. GT, (5), Andrew Palmer, Chicago, Ill., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -3.842.
5. GT, (4), Johnny O'Connell, Flowery Branch, Ga., Cadillac CTS-V R, 32, -5.432.
6. GT, (10), Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V R, 32, -7.315.
7. GT, (9), James Sofronas, Villa Park, Calif., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -8.140.
8. GT, (8), Butch Leitzinger, State College, Pa., Bentley Continental GT3, 32, -8.743.
9. GT, (7), Alex Figge, Denver, Colo., McLaren 12C GT3, 32, -9.018.
10. GT, (13), Michael Mills(A), Angleton, Texas, Porsche GT3R, 32, -11.068.
11. GT, (14), Albert von Thurn und Taxis(A), Regensburg, Germany, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 32, -11.934.
12. GT, (15), Jim Taggart(A), Cary, N.C., Porsche GT3 R, 32, -25.437.
13. GT, (18), Tim Pappas(A), Boston, Mass., Mercedes AMG SLS GT3, 32, -30.804.
14. GT, (12), Dan Knox(A)(R), Pilot Point, Texas, Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, 32, -31.329.
15. GT, (24), Marcelo Hahn(A), Sao Paulo Brazil, BR, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 32, -31.690.
16. GT, (16), Jeff Courtney(A), Milwaukee, Wis., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -32.173.
17. GT, (20), Alex Welch(A), Englewood, Colo., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -38.190.
18. GT, (22), Henrik Hedman(A)(R), Ft Lauderdale, Fla., Ferrari 458 GT3, 32, -39.369.
19. GT, (19), Peter Cunningham, Milwaukee, Wis., Acura TLX-GT, 31, -1 lap.
20. GT, (17), Bill Ziegler(A), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Audi R8 Ultra, 31, -1 lap.
21. GT, (3), Robert Thorne, Littleton, Colo., McLaren 12C GT3, 30, Mech.
22. GT, (11), Alex Lloyd, Westfield, Ind., Chevrolet Corvette, 23, -9 lap.
23. GT, (23), Walt Bowlin(A), Tarpon Springs, Fla., Audi R8 Ultra, 8, Mech.
24. GT, (21), Fred Roberts(A), Toronto, Ontario, Dodge Viper Coupe, 1, Crash.
 
1. GTS, (1), Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Chevrolet Camaro, 31.
2. GTS, (6), Nic Jonsson, Buford, Ga., Kia Optima, 31, -2.367.
3. GTS, (3), Mark Wilkins, Toronto, Ontario, Kia Optima, 31, -8.769.
4. GTS, (9), Dean Martin, Westland, Mich., Ford MustangBoss302S, 31, -8.977.
5. GTS, (4), Joey Atterbury, Rochester, N.Y., Ford MustangBoss302S, 31, -8.981.
6. GTS, (2), Andy Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo., Chevrolet Camaro, 31, -9.308.
7. GTS, (5), Tony Gaples, Libertyville, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 31, -9.806.
8. GTS, (11), Jack Roush Jr, Livonia, Mich., Ford MustangBoss302R, 31, -10.415.
9. GTS, (7), Alec Udell, The Woodlands, Texas, Ford MustangBoss302S, 31, -11.504.
10. GTS, (12), Nick Esayian, San Diego, Calif., Aston Martin GT4, 31, -12.503.
11. GTS, (22), Mitch Landry, Lake Charles, La., Ford MustangBoss302S, 31, -13.390.
12. GTS, (23), Mark Klenin, Denver, Colo., Aston Martin GT4, 31, -15.675.
13. GTS, (16), Brad Adams, New Orleans, La., Ford MustangBoss302S, 31, -22.285.
14. GTS, (24), Austin Cindric(R), Mooresville, N.C., Ford Mustang Boss, 31, -24.725.
15. GTS, (18), Geoff Reeves(R), Cleveland, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 31, -25.496.
16. GTS, (19), Buz McCall, Boca Raton, Fla., Porsche Cayman S, 30, -1 lap.
17. GTS, (21), Ric Bushey, Virginia Beach, Va., Nissan 370Z, 28, -3 lap.
18. GTS, (10), Jack Baldwin, Marietta, Ga., Porsche Cayman S, 25, -6 lap.
19. GTS, (13), Jorge De La Torre(R), McAllen, Texas, Aston Martin GT4, 19, -12 laps.
20. GTS, (14), Brian Kleeman, Baltimore, Md., Nissan 370Z, 27, Mech.
21. GTS, (17), Larry Funk, Oberlin, Ohio, BMW M3, 8, Mech.
22. GTS, (15), Jay Matus(R), Houston, Texas, Porsche 996, 7, Mech.
23. GTS, (22), Robert Stout, Brownsburg, Ind., Scion FR-S, 7, Mech.
24. GTS, (8), Drew Regitz, Denver, Colo., Aston Martin GT4, DNS.
 
Time of race: 50 minutes, 36.088 seconds.
 
Average speed: 85.676 mph
 
Margin of victory: 1.547 Seconds (GT), 2.367 Seconds (GTS)
 
Lap leaders: Laps 1-32, #31 Ryan Dalziel (GT), Laps 1-6, #50 Dean Martin, Laps 7-31, #1 Lawson Aschenbach (GTS)
 
Fastest race lap: #31 Ryan Dalziel, 1:22.409 (98.639 mph) (GT); #1 Lawson Aschenbach, 1:29.376 (90.950 mph) (GTS)
Fastest qualifier: #31 Ryan Dalziel, 1:22.286 (98.787 mph) (GT); #1 Lawson Aschenbach, 1:28.435 (91.918 mph) (GTS) 
 
Results and points are provisional until posted as final.
 
O'Connell will still lead the GT points over Skeen, but Skeen gained 30 points as a result of his second place finish and O'Connell's fifth in Round 12 (1228-1146). Cadillac should retain its lead in the Manufacturer's Championship over Audi. 
 
Mills has an unofficial 27-point lead over Henrik Hedman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in the No. 10 DragonSpeed Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in GT-A. Hedman finished ninth in GT-A in Sunday's Round 12.
 
In GTS, Kia teammates Wilkins and Jonsson are 1-2 with Kia leading Ford in the Manufacturer's Championship. 
 
The Mid-Ohio rounds air at 1:30 p.m. on NBCSN on August 10. Next up for the Pirelli World Challenge GT, GT-A and GTS is a trip to Sonoma Raceway, August 22-24, for Rounds 13 and 14. 
 

Torrential rain and a less than favorable weekend forecast have forced the cancellation of the remainder of the IHRA Nitro Jam Pittsburgh Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports at Pittsburgh Raceway Park.The professional classes will complete the race at a Nitro Jam event to be determined later this year. Spectators can hold on to their tickets in a two-for-one deal in which every ticket will get in two people at an IHRA event at Pittsburgh Raceway Park in 2015.

"We really wanted to get this event in for the great fans here in Pittsburgh; unfortunately mother nature had other plans. With the storms we saw this evening, combined with an awful forecast for Sunday, we really had no choice but to call the race," said Skooter Peaco, IHRA Vice President. "We saw some tremendous racing during the afternoon and were set for a great evening of racing. To make it up to the fans, we are offering a special two-for-one deal in 2015 where fans can bring their ticket back to an IHRA event next year and get themselves and a friend into the event. It is our little way of saying thank you for supporting IHRA and Pittsburgh Raceway Park.

"All of us at IHRA and PRP want to thank the great fans for coming out this weekend."

IHRA's professional classes completed two rounds of competition on Saturday before the rains came. Those classes, plus all additional Nitro Jam categories, will finish their respective races at a Nitro Jam event later this year.

In Nitro Funny Car, the top four drivers in qualifying all advanced to the second round. Top qualifier Peter Gallen bested Gary Kraus with the best pass of the afternoon with a 4.923-second pass at 224.10 miles per hour to move on to the semifinals. In other Nitro Funny Car action Bruce Litton defeated Ronny Young, Mike McIntire Jr. defeated John Hale and Jake Crimmins defeated recently crowned IHRA World Champion Jason Rupert.

Rupert locked up the IHRA Nitro Funny Car World Championship Friday night when Mark Sanders, the closest driver to him in points, failed to qualify for the race. By qualifying in the top five, Rupert locked up his first IHRA championship and his fourth nostalgia Nitro Funny Car championship in a row, adding three titles in the Hot Rod Heritage Series.

"It feels great to win this championship. Everyone out here tries so hard and all of these guys are such great drivers, with such great cars and tuners, it is truly an honor to be the champion of this group," Rupert said. "I have a lot of heroes in drag racing, but the guy I really look at is Frank Manzo. He has won so many championships and he is so humble about it and I now understand why. Success is not going to last forever, and knowing that makes this mean so much more. When you are chasing others you have nothing to lose, but when you are being chased you have everything to lose. All of these guys are great drivers, it was just our year."

Nitro Harley was the other class to complete its runs on Saturday, with Bob Malloy, Rocky Jackson, Mike Scott and Larry Brancaccio advancing to the semifinals.

Sportsman competitors will complete their competition for an IHRA Ironman trophy at a PRP event later this year.

For more information, please visit the International Hot Rod Association at www.ihra.com or visit us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also visit Pittsburgh Raceway Park at www.pittsburghracewaypark.com and on social media for additional information.

On Saturday, August 2, John Force raced to his 150th No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Seattle.

 Force entered Saturday as the top qualifier but briefly lost the top spot to his daughter Courtney in the final qualifying round. John rallied with a track record run of 4.057 seconds at 307.86 mph in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang Funny Car on the final run of the day to take the top position from his daughter. This is Force’s fourth No. 1 of the season and sixth at Pacific Raceways. 

 "I was overloaded today, had too much on my plate," said Force. "And then she bumped me. I figured Robert (Hight) would do it, he didn't. (Crew chief) Jimmy (Prock) turned around and said, 'What do you want to do?' I said, 'Turn 'er up.' We knew what it would do, but you really don't want to show the competition what you have. If you can hold your cards and get them in the evening, then you can step on it.”

 Courtney, who won last weekend in Sonoma and moved to the number two position with her run of 4.082 at 306.33 in her Traxxas Ford Mustang, will face Gary Densham on Sunday. The 2011 Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan qualified third with a run of 4.100 at 302.69 in his Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger and will aim for his second win of the season when he faces Terry Haddock.

 Piloting his U.S. Army dragster, Schumacher retained his No. 1 qualifying position from Friday and will lead the Top Fuel category into eliminations. Schumacher will make his 400th NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series start against rookie Jenna Haddock in the opening round.

 “We have a great car,” Schumacher said. “I wouldn’t want to race me tomorrow. The fact that we went down both lanes just shows what (crew chiefs) Mike [Green] and Neal [Strausburg] have been looking for for a long time. We just didn’t go down the track but we were first or second each session and had some .820 60-foot times. They’re making some great calls. Our initial launch is what we’ve been longing for. Everyone knows that if you get the car moving, you can apply clutch quicker.”

 Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta qualified second in his Mac Tools dragster with a run of 3.805 at 320.28 and is paired against Mike Salinas in the opening round. Shawn Langdon will begin eliminations in the third position with his run of 3.807 at 317.05 and will face Clay Millican. Most recent event winner Khalid alBalooshi qualified sixth in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster with a run of 3.813 at 319.22 and faces Brittany Force.  

 Pro Stock’s Johnson retained his No. 1 qualifying position with his Friday effort in his Mopar / Magneti Marelli Dodge Dart, with his run of 6.535 at 211.86. It is the 35th No. 1 of his career and his third at this event. He has four No. 1 qualifying positions this season, but has yet to win when he starts from the top spot.

 “The guys did an awesome job here,” Johnson said. “All four rounds low and building up them baby points. That last round the track was representative of what we will see tomorrow. We made a really good run and we just need to keep doing what we are doing and be very consistent. If the driver does his job, we can get this thing done.”

 Teammate to Johnson, Jeg Coughlin qualified fourth with a run of 6.553 at 211.13 and he will face Larry Morgan in eliminations. Shane Gray, who was the No. 1 qualifier at the most recent event, qualified second at 6.538 at 211.96 in his Gray Manufacturing Chevy Camaro and will race Travis Mazza in the opener. 

Sunday's first-round elimination pairings for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways, the 16th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel -- 1. Tony Schumacher, 3.804 seconds, 320.20 mph  vs. 16. Jenna Haddock, 4.176, 273.44; 2. Doug Kalitta, 3.805, 320.28  vs. 15. Mike Salinas, 4.158, 283.79; 3. Shawn Langdon, 3.807, 317.05 vs. 14. Clay Millican, 3.967, 305.77; 4. Richie Crampton, 3.809, 317.19  vs. 13. Terry McMillen, 3.931, 313.73; 5. Bob Vandergriff, 3.812, 318.77  vs. 12. Antron Brown, 3.884, 309.34; 6. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.813, 319.22  vs. 11. Brittany Force, 3.848, 310.84; 7. Spencer Massey, 3.815, 318.09 vs. 10. Troy Buff, 3.845, 311.41; 8. J.R. Todd, 3.827, 314.83  vs. 9. Steve Torrence, 3.834, 316.45. Did Not Qualify: 17. Ron Smith, 4.339, 269.83.

 

Funny Car -- 1. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.057, 308.07  vs. 16. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.361, 283.49; 2. Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.082, 306.33  vs. 15. Gary Densham, Chevy Impala, 4.303, 292.46; 3. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.100, 302.69  vs. 14. Terry Haddock, Impala, 4.199, 292.46; 4. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 4.101, 303.23  vs. 13. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.175, 294.18; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.102, 304.19  vs. 12. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.156, 297.29; 6. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.107, 303.91  vs. 11. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.150, 301.40; 7. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.120, 306.40  vs. 10. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.136, 298.34; 8. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.126, 296.18  vs. 9. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.131, 300.53. Did Not Qualify: 17. Bucky Austin, 4.398, 276.63; 18. Paul Lee, 4.979, 204.20.

 

Pro Stock -- 1. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.535, 211.86  vs. Bye; 2. Shane Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.538, 211.96  vs. 15. Travis Mazza, Ford Mustang, 8.038, 129.28; 3. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.549, 211.36  vs. 14. Mark Wolfe, Mustang, 7.060, 205.57; 4. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.553, 211.13  vs. 13. Larry Morgan, Mustang, 6.695, 207.82; 5. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.556, 211.56  vs. 12. Deric Kramer, Dodge Avenger, 6.615, 209.85; 6. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.561, 211.26  vs. 11. Matt Hartford, Avenger, 6.597, 210.67; 7. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.562, 211.46  vs. 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.588, 210.57; 8. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.569, 210.73  vs. 9. Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.587, 210.60

The 33rd Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL came to a conclusion on Saturday with the fifth and final day of racing in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Thirty-six National Championships were awarded upon completion of the third set of motos with six dominant riders emerging victorious in two different classes.

 

The AMA Award recipients: (left to right) Garrett Marchbanks, RJ Hampshire,  

Tristan Charboneau, John Grewe 

 

Perhaps the rider who finished with the highest honors after the week's racing was Factory Connection/AMSOIL Honda rider of RJ Hampshire, who managed to win all six motos that he entered in both the 250 A and Open Pro Sport classes, along with two Bell Holeshot Awards. Hampshire's impressive performance throughout the week led up to the highest accolade of them all, the coveted AMA Horizon Award that's given to the A rider who shows the most promise as they prepare to enter the professional ranks. The newly crowned 2014 AMA Horizon Award winner plans to compete in the upcoming round of the Pro Motocross Championship at Unadilla.

 

Tristan Charboneau earned the all-new Amateur Rider Award with two titles in 2014

 

The AMA Motocross Amateur Rider Award, which is new for 2014, is presented to an outstanding non-A-class rider at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. It is designed to recognize those who are ready to make an immediate impact in A-class competition. This year's recipient, Tristan Charboneau, scored a perfect 1-1-1 score en route to a 450 B title, in addition to an impressive 2-1-2 performance to capture the 250 B championship as well.

 

Garrett Marchbanks won 5 of 6 motos to capture two championships  

and the Youth Rider Award 

 

The AMA Motocross Youth Rider Award goes to a rider under the age of 16 chosen for his or her performance in the youth classes at the motocross nationals. Youth riders who also participate in amateur classes will be considered, but only their youth class results will be factored into the selection. This year's recipient of the in the Youth division is Garrett Marchbanks, champion of both Mini Sr 1 (12-13) and Mini Sr 2 (12-14).

   

The AMA Motocross Vet/Senior Rider Award acknowledges an outstanding rider over the age of 30 at the AMA Motocross National Championships. Results from all classes ridden are taken into consideration in selecting the winner. In an ultra-competitive Vet division, John Grewe topped both the Senior 40+ and Senior 45+ classes to capture not only two titles, but also the coveted Vet/Senior Rider Award.

The 450 A third moto was one of the most exciting races of the day

In the racing department, Saturday's finale showcased some of the most exciting battles of the week. Tristan Charboneau was flawless in 450 B, going 1-1-1 to capture the championship, with Timmy Badour (3-5-4) and Blake Neiheiser (5-7-3) rounding out the podium. In 250 B Limited, Bradley Taft finished on the podium in the final moto to outlast Ryan Surratt (2-4-1) and Chase Bell (4-2-4).  
   Luke Renzland secured the 450 A title for the second straight year 
 

Jon Ames and Luke Purther entered the final day tied in Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C. Both riders had to work through the pack in order to keep their championship hopes alive, and a late mistake from Purther handed the title to Ames in the end. Jake Masterpool (4-3-1) and Justin Cooper (3-12-2) also took advantage of Purther's crash to finish atop the podium.

Mini Sr. 1 (12-13) belonged to the ultra fast Monster Energy/Team Green Kawasaki of Garrett Marchbanks, who made it a clean sweep on Saturday. Jalek Swoll (4-2-2) and Brock Papi (2-3-4) finished second and third. 

Austin Forkner captured the Super Mini 2 title 

Austin Forkner ended his minicycle days-he's moving to the 250F-with a clean sweep of Super Mini 2 over teammate Sean Cantrell (2-2-2) and Jordan Bailey (3-4-4).

Hannah Hodges dominated her third straight moto on Saturday to make it a clean sweep in Girls (12-16). Danielle Grigoletti (3-2-2) and Gracie Van Horn (2-3-3) joined Hodges atop the podium. In Girls Jr. (9-13), Jordan Jarvis claimed her third straight win to capture the championship, while Jamie Astudillo (2-3-3) and Karly Morgan (3-4-2) finished second and third, respectively.

 

Hannah Hodges and her crew celebrating a 1-1-1 sweep in the Girls Sr class

 

Bad luck struck for Kaitlyn Morrow in the third moto of Women 14+, as she went down early on and wasn't able to finish the moto. Mackenzie Tricker (1-2-5) took full advantage and won the championship, her second straight title, over Marissa Markelon (4-5-2) and Brandy Richards (9-3-1).

All smiles for Jordan Jarvis, the Girls Jr Champion

 

In Vet racing, John Grewe and Trampas Parker had traded moto wins entering the third and final Senior 45+ moto. It was a winner-take-all affair on Saturday and it was Grewe who edged out Parker in the final duel at the Ranch. Barry Carsten (4-3-3) would round out the podium with third overall. Grewe went on to also capture the Senior 40+ championship after a good battle with two-time moto winner Tony Lorusso, who went 1-9-1 for third overall, and the second place finisher of Gregory Pamart (5-2-3). In Masters 50+, Rodney Smith made it interesting by winning the final moto, but Earl May was able to capture the championship following two moto wins earlier in the week.  

John Grewe proved to be the most dominant Vet rider in 2014 

One of the best championship battles of the week to place in Vet 30+ B/C. Entering the final moto Saturday, both Reid Edwards and Chad Murphy had captured a moto win in the class. The slugfest continued in Moto 3, as Edwards passed Murphy just before the white flag dropped, but Murphy struck back on the final lap and won by just 1.03 seconds.

Braden O'Neal captured the 250 C Limited title 

 

In 250 C Limited Braden O'Neal survived a fourth in the final moto to win the championship. Cole Conatser (1-2-6) finished second, with Chad Saultz (4-9-1) in third. Draken Jaynes (1-4-2) would win the final moto of the day-250 C-over Justin Boyd (4-3-1) and Nicholas Rolando (3-6-4).

RacerTV.com provided over 30 hours of LIVE stream coverage of racing throughout the week and the archived footage is now available for viewing HERE.

 

Complete results from the 2014 National Championship can be found HERE.

 

Saturday concludes the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL, which took place place July 27 - Aug. 2 at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. For more information, visit the series website at www.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/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship PR)

On Saturday, August 2, Honda took a triple victory in Round 10 of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car, Touring Car A and Touring Car B-Spec season, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge Presented by StopTech. Following Friday's race in mixed conditions, Saturday's produced an exciting, thrilling, non-stop battle from start-to-finish in the 40-minute timed race.
 
Those who emerged victorious on this occasion included Michael DiMeo, of Toronto, in the No. 71 Grand Alarms Honda Civic Si (TC), Shea Holbrook, of Groveland, Fla., in the No. 67 TRUECar/Lucas Oil/Radium Honda Civic Si (TCA) and Chase Pelletier, of Brampton, Ontario, in the No. 12 ADA/Lilly Diabetes/American Honda Honda Fit (TCB). This marks Honda's third all-class TC win sweep of the season (Round 1, Barber; Round 5, New Jersey).

DiMeo and Adam Poland, of Mt. Vernon, Texas in the No. 11 Texas Track Works/Eastex Motorsports Mazda MX-5 put on an absolute show in battling for the TC class lead. At some sections of the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, DiMeo's car held the edge, while Poland's Mazda had an advantage in other areas.
 
In total, the pair swapped the lead six times officially during the 25-lap race, with more unofficial changes due to the lead exchanging hands on the same lap. One of Poland's moves on DiMeo was awarded the Cadillac CTS-V Move of the Race.
 
What was set up for a thrilling finish ended two laps shy of the checkered flag as Poland had a brief spin from the lead exiting the left-handed Turn 11 on Lap 24. He ran wide, did a 360-degree pirouette and recovered, but lost the lead to DiMeo. Additionally, Steven Doherty, of Plainfield, Ill., in the No. 94 Nissan/GT Academy/Skullcandy Nissan Altima Coupe, was able to get past as well for second. DiMeo beat Doherty by 5.524 seconds, a misleading margin of victory considering DiMeo and Poland were within mere tenths of a second the first 23 laps. DiMeo expanded on his eighth win of the season after the race.
 
"That was the most nerve-wracking 40 minutes of my life, but also the most exciting because to go neck-and-neck with another competitor in a different car was awesome," DiMeo said. "Adam and I traded paint, positions like 10 times. What an awesome race and awesome weekend. I have to dedicate this to Children's Tumor Foundation, I had to win it for those guys. Second was not good enough today."
 
Poland, who sought his second win of the year, was disappointed yet still thankful for the opportunity to wage such a great battle for the win.
 
"That was a great race," Poland said. "Thanks to those guys, and Texas Track Works to let me off work. And thank you to Michael DiMeo for the race he put on. Top three is definitely worth it after a race like this."
 
Kevin Anderson, of Huntington Station, N.Y. in the No. 23 TechSportRacing.com Mazda RX-8 and Emilee Tominovich, of Laurel, Md., in the No. 19 Chesapeake Electrical Systems, Inc./Charter Financial Group Volkswagen Jetta GLI rounded out the top five.
 
TCA was more straightforward with Holbrook able to pass Jason Cherry for the lead on Lap 4, and then run comfortably and cleanly on a dry track to secure her fifth win of the season. She also took home the StopTech Brake Late, Finish First award. 
The win also provided Holbrook a needed bounce back following late-race disappointment in Friday's Round 9. 
 
"Mentally I needed something, and the crew got me there," she said. "For a split second, I was doubting myself. My crew chief Nick Chorley and dad Jeff Holbrook helped me pull it together. I knew I would be strong here in the dry, and I was praying for dry! I put my TRUECar/Lucas Oil/Women's Sports Foundation/Radium Honda Civic Si on the pole, then went to the win. This again puts us that much closer in the points."
 
Ernie Francis Jr., of Dania, Fla., finished second for the second day in a row in the No. 98 Breathless Performance Mazda MX-5.  Jason Cherry, of Gambrills, Md., in the No. 13 Autism Society of America/Avpro/Purposeful Architecture Mazda MX-5, was third. Points leader Jason Wolfe, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, in the No. 36 Wolfe Trucking Kia Forte Koup, was unable to repeat his Friday performance and finished fourth.
 
While the TC lead battle was intense, the action throughout the top five or six all race in TCB. In all, four drivers exchanged the lead four different times over the TCB 23-lap race.
 
PJ Groenke, of Toronto, looked to follow up his fourth place in Round 9 with a podium in Round 10, and led the first two laps in the No. 66 Verax.ca/Tundra/Mulligan Gold Honda Fit. But he slid off track exiting Turn 1 later in the race and eventually dropped back.
 
Points leader Brian Price, of Middletown, Va., in the No. 51 Unlimited Racing/RP Performance Honda Fit then moved to the lead from Laps 3 to 6. Price had started eighth but quickly maneuvered his way to the front following a great start, a gain of seven positions off the line netting him the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start of the race. 
 
Pelletier was able to pass the fellow Honda on Lap 7, before John Heinricy, of Clarkston, Mich., then got past them both by Lap 8 in the No. 35 Matick Chevrolet Chevrolet Sonic.
 
Heinricy held the lead for four laps but Pelletier, like Heinricy in his first Pirelli World Challenge weekend of the season, was able to get back to the lead on Lap 12 to take home the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race. The young Canadian would not relinquish the lead the rest of the race, en route to his first career series victory. 
 
"It was definitely a challenging race. The first standing start I've ever done!" Pelletier said. "Once we got that out of the way, there was a lot of passing, side-by-side driving. Pound out some laps. It was a bit of a challenge, I'm used to open-wheel, so I'm not used to traffic and Touring Cars going by."
 
Behind him, Price, in second and 14-year-old Nathan Stacy, of Owasso, Okla. in the No. 14 MDG/Ford Racing Ford Fiesta engaged with Heinricy and Tyler Palmer, of San Diego, Calif., in the No. 37 MINI USA/Mobil 1/Flying L Racing/ThePainter'sFriend.com/Discount Tire Mini Cooper for a fantastic scrap over the remaining podium positions.
 
Ultimately, Price held on with Stacy third. Stacy, who gained nine spots from start to finish, was the race's Sunoco Hard Charger. For both drivers, it marked their first visit to the podium since Round 6 in New Jersey, when they finished in the same positions.
"That's why I picked this class," Price said. "Everybody raced clean the entire race. There was no touching. It was lead change after lead change, position change after position change."
 
Added Stacy, "It was a ton of fun. Best race I've had all year. The most trading back and forth. It was so clean. Some bruising, but that's TCB racing for you."
 
Palmer and Heinricy rounded out the top five.
 
Of note, Dan Goodman, of Erie, Col., ran 22 laps in the No. 00 FIAT USA/Pirelli Tire/SRT Motorsports FIAT 500 and finished 12th in the TCB class. Goodman took over the car driven on Friday by Leo Parente, for the car that raised awareness and funding for Maxton's Fight.
 
Results from Saturday's 25-lap 56.45 mile Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCA/TCB Round 10 race, part of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with finishing position, class, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown,  car, laps and reason out (if any).
 
1. TC, (2), Michael DiMeo(R), Toronto, Ontario, Honda Civic Si, 25. 
2. TC, (1), Steven Doherty, Plainfield, Ill., Nissan Altima Coupe, 25, -5.524. 
3. TC, (5), Adam Poland(R), Mt. Vernon, Texas, Mazda MX-5, 25, -21.507. 
4. TC, (9), Kevin Anderson(R), Huntington Station, N.Y., Mazda RX8, 25, -51.566. 
5. TC, (7), Emilee Tominovich(R), Laurel, Md., Volkswagen Jetta GLI, 25, -52.301. 
6. TC, (8), Branden Peterson, Breckenridge, Colo., Honda Civic SI, 25, -1:13.829. 
7. TC, (4), Tony Rivera, Lake Jackson, Texas, Scion FRS Coupe, 25, -1:14.724. 
8. TC, (6), Ron Yarab(R), Youngstown, Ohio, Honda Civic Si, 25, -1:16.759. 
9. TC, (3), Bryan Heitkotter, Fresno, Calif., Nissan Altima Coupe, 2, Mech.
 
1. TCA, (1), Shea Holbrook, Groveland, Fla., Honda Civic Si, 25. 
2. TCA, (3), Ernie Francis_Jr, Dania, Fla., MAZDA MX-5, 25, -6.116. 
3. TCA, (4), Jason Cherry(R), Gambrills, Md., Mazda MX-5, 24, -1 lap. 
4. TCA, (2), Jason Wolfe(R), Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Kia Forte Koup, 24, -1 lap.
 
1. TCB, (1), Chase Pelletier, Brampton, Ontario, Honda Fit, 23. 
2. TCB, (8), Brian Price(R), Middletown, Va., Honda Fit, 23, -5.481. 
3. TCB, (11), Nathan Stacy(R), Owassa, Okla., Ford Fiesta, 23, -6.904. 
4. TCB, (2), Tyler Palmer, San Diego, Calif., MINI Cooper, 22, -1 lap. 
5. TCB, (4), John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., Chevrolet Sonic, 22, -1 lap. 
6. TCB, (5), Glenn Nixon(R), Mission, British Columbia, MINI Cooper, 22, -1 lap. 
7. TCB, (10), Paul Holton(R), Tallahassee, Fla., Honda Fit, 22, -1 lap. 
8. TCB, (12), Andrei Kisel(R), N. Vancouver, British Columbia, MINI Cooper, 22, -1 lap. 
9. TCB, (3), PJ Groenke, Toronto, Canada, Honda Fit, 22, -1 lap. 
10. TCB, (9), Jason Fichter(R), Jupiter, Fla., MINI Cooper, 22, -1 lap. 
11. TCB, (7), Tom Noble(R), St. Louis Park, Minn., MINI Cooper, 22, -1 lap. 
12. TCB, (13), Dan Goodman, Erie, Colo., Fiat 500, 22, -1 lap. 
13. TCB, (6), Austin Snader(R), Fulshear, Texas, FIAT 500, 4, Crash.
 
Time of race: 40 minutes, 09.289 seconds.
 
Average speed: 84.348 mph
 
Margin of victory: 5.524 Seconds (TC); 6.116 Seconds (TCA); 5.481 Seconds (TCB)
 
Lap leaders: Laps 1-4, #71 Michael DiMeo(R); laps 5-6, #11 Adam Poland(R); laps 7-18, #71 Michael DiMeo(R); laps 19-19, #11 Adam Poland(R); laps 20-20, #71 Michael DiMeo(R); laps 21-23, #11 Adam Poland(R); laps 24-25, #71 Michael DiMeo(R) (TC); Laps 1-1, #36 Jason Wolfe(R); Laps 2-3, #13 Jason Cherry(R); Laps 4-25, #67 Shea Holbrook (TCA); Laps 1-2, #66 PJ Groenke; Laps 3-6, #51 Brian Price(R); Laps 7-7, #12 Chase Pelletier; Laps 8-11, #35 John Heinricy; Laps 12-23, #12 Chase Pelletier 9TCB)
 
Fastest race lap: #71 Michael DiMeo(R), 1:35.504 (85.114 mph) (TC); #67 Shea Holbrook, 1:38.693 (82.364 mph) (TCA); #12 Chase Pelletier, 1:47.901 (75.335 mph) (TCB)
 
Fastest qualifier: #94 Steven Doherty, 1:37.850 (83.074 mph) (TC); #67 Shea Holbrook, 1:41.380 (80.181 mph) (TCA); #12 Chase Pelletier, 1:49.352 (74.336 mph) (TCB) 
 
Results and points are unofficial until posted as final. 
 
Unofficially, DiMeo has extended his lead in the TC class points standings beyond 600 points. Wolfe leads Holbrook in TCA although Holbrook will have gained ground. Price will continue to lead Stacy in TCB, with Palmer falling back after failing finishing behind the two of them. 
 
At the end of the month, the Pirelli World Challenge TC, TCA and TCB heads to Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota for Rounds 11 and 12 of the season, from August 29-31.