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05/02 2011

MINUTIAE

MORE NEWS…RUMORS…MINUTIAE…AND…OTHER ASSORTED
PEARLS…OF…RACING WISDOM”…AS USUAL…IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER(FROM THE MAY 2, 2011…SHOW) 

AND NOW… NEWS OF THE GOOD…THE BAD…AND…THE BIZZARE… PREPARE TO BE…”RACE-U-CATED

 THE A.M.A. SUPER-CROSSERS WERE IN UTAHSALT LAKE CITY TO BE EXACT…ON SATURDAY FOR THE PENULTIMATE ROUND OF THEIR 17 RACE SEASON WHICH SAW POINT LEADER RYAN VILLOPOTO COLLECT HIS SERIES LEADING 6TH WIN OF 2011 AHEAD OF 2ND IN POINTS CHAD REED….2ND AND 3RD IN POINTS…RYAN DUNGEY…3RD 

JAMES “BUBBA” STEWART…THE NIGHT’S FAST QUALIFIER AND HOLE SHOOTER LIKELY SAW HIS CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES FALL BY THE WAYSIDE…AGAIN AS HE BIT THE DUST…NOT ONCE…BUT TWICE WHILE LEADING ON LAP 8 AND ENDED THE NIGHT WITH AN 11TH PLACE FINISH. 

WITH JUST THE SEASON FINALE REMAINING IN LAS VEGAS NEXT WEEKEND…HERE IS WHAT THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE…LOOKS LIKE… 

                                          PTS   WIN AVEFIN.    AVE ST.    LAPS LED H-SHOT

1 Ryan Villopoto          (K) 318    6        2.8      5.9              80                   1
2 Chad Reed                   (H) 309    1        3.6      5.6              33                   2
3 Ryan Dungey            (S) 306    1        3.9      5.3              21                   0
4 James Stewart         (Y) 295    5        4.9      4.4            118                   5
5 Trey Canard             (H) 255    3        4.4      8.4              53                   0 

IN THE 125cc LITES” CLASS…IT WAS ELI TOMAC ATOP HIS KAWASAKI EARNING HIS 2ND WIN OF 2011 AHEAD OF KEN ROCZEN’S HONDA…2ND AND THE KAWASAKI OF POINT LEADER…BROC TRICKLE…3RD

 HEADING INTO NEXT WEEK’S VEGAS SEASON ENDER…TRICKLE  LEADS TOMAC BY A MERE 2 POINTS TO DETERMINE THE 2011 A.M.A LITES CHAMP BUT WE CAN TELL YOU WHOEVER THE CHAMP IS HE WILL BE RIDING A KAWASAKI… 

FOLLOWING LAST WEEK’S PAIR OF RAIN-OUTS…THE WINGED SPRINTERS OF THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS HEADED TO SALINA, OKLAHOMA’S HIGHBANKS SPEEDWAY TUESDAY NIGHT WHERE IT WAS MORE OF THE SAME…BUT THEY WILL TRY AND RUN THE SHOW TOMORROW NIGHT MAY 3RD AND IF THEY GET IT IN WE’LL LET YOU KNOW WHO WON NEXT WEEK…

SATURDAY NIGHT SAW THE OUTLAWS IN HAUBSTADT, INDIANA…WHERE IT WAS SMILIN’ SAMMY SWINDELL PICKING UP HIS 3RD WIN OF THE 2011 CAMPAIGN AS HE PASSED FAST QUALIFIER JOEY SALDA 18 LAPS INTO THE 40 LAPPER TO SEAL THE DEAL… 

RR-AZ ALUM PAUL MC MAHAN ALSO GOT BY SALDANA TO FINISH IN THE BRIDESMAID SLOT WHILE SALDANA…SETTLED FOR 3RD

 GLENDALE’S BEN GREGG HAD A 16TH PLACE FINISH IN THE MAIN AFTER QUALIFYING 21ST QUICK AND RUNNING 7TH IN HIS HEAT… 

HERE’S THE W.O.O. POINT STANDINGS AFTER 16 OF 73 RACES ON THE SCHEDULE…

Pos. Driver Total Diff Wins T5 T10 QT
1. Joey Saldana 1,695   2 9 10 3
2. Steve Kinser 1,680 -15 4 5 11 1
3. Jason Meyers 1,627 -68 0 4 9 1
4. Donny Schatz 1,621 -74 0 6 7 1
5. Sammy Swindell 1,618 -77 3 7 7 2

 NEXT UP THE OUTLAWS WILL TAKE A STAB AT RACING A PAIR OF SHOWS WHEN THEY SHOW UP AT TONY STEWART’S ELDORA SPEEDWAY IN ROSSBURG, OHIO NEXT FRIDAY & SATURDAY… 

THE A.R.C.A. ”FENDERED FOLKS” RETURNED TO SHORT TRAKCIN’ ON THE HIGH BANKS OF SALEM, INDIANA SPEEDWAY SUNDAY AFTERNOON WHERE THEY CONTESTED 200 LAPS…A HALF-MILE AT A TIME AND WHEN IT WAS OVER 19 YEAR OLD TEXAN BRENNAN POOLE IN HIS 1ST TRIP TO SALEM AND IN HIS 1ST SERIES START FOUND HIMSELF ATOP THE PODIUM AFTER BATTLING BACK FROM A LAP DOWN TO PASS RACE LEADER TOM HESSERT ON LAP 176 AND THEN PREVAILED IN THE EXTENDED 206 LAPPER TO RECORD THE WIN… 

POLE WINNER AND SERIES POINT LEADER TY DILLON RAN 2ND JUST AHEAD OF FRANK KIMMEL…3RD

 THE ARCARIANS WILL KEEP SHORT TRACKIN’ ON THE IDES OF MAY (15TH) WHEN THEY HEAD TO ”HOLY TOLEDO” SPEEDWAY FOR ANOTHER 200 LAPPER… 

PARKER, ARIZONA’S GREG PURSLEY LED THE FINAL 4 LAPS OF THE 63 LAP ”LEFTY-RIGHTY” NASCAR WEST SERIES SHOW  AT TOOLE, UTAH’S MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK OVER THE WEEKEND TO EARN THE WIN AHEAD OF PHOENIX’S MOSES SMITH IN A RARE BATTLE OF ”ZONIES’… 

PURSLEY’S FORD LED TWO TIMES ON THE WAY TO HIS 2ND WIN OF 2011 IN THREE TRIES…JIM INGLEBRITE DELIVERED HIS OBAMALET TO THE FINAL PODIUM SPOT… 

NEXT UP FOR THE NASCAR “WESTERS” WILL BE A TRIP TO THE  MIDWEST ON MAY 21ST WHEN THEY “HAVE AT” A 175 LAPPER AT IOWA SPEEDWAY IN THE 4TH ROUND OF THEIR 14 RACE 2011 SCHEDULE…

LEGENDARY RACE CAR BUILDER SMOKEY YUNICK’S FORMER GARAGE COMPLEX WAS DESTROYED LAST MONDAY NIGHT AS SMOKE AND FLAMES POURED FROM THE BUILDING ONTO NORTH BEACH STREET IN DAYTONA BEACH FL 

NINA ASHLEY…A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE SAID THE FIRE WAS “INCENDIARY”…WHICH MEANS IT WAS SET INTENTIONALLY. IT HAS NOT BEEN CLASSIFIED AN ARSON HOWEVER, BECAUSE THE INTENT IS NOT CLEAR.

A SIGN WAS POSTED OUTSIDE THE PROPERTY OFFERING A $5,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION…

THE NORTH CAROLINA SENATE HAS VOTED TO ESTABLISH STOCK CAR RACING AS THE OFFICIAL STATE SPORT.

THE SENATE VOTED 46-3…TO MOVE FORWARD AND REPUBLICAN SEN. TOM APODACA SAID LAWMAKERS PUT THE BRAKES ON RIVAL EFFORTS BY DEMOCRATS TO NAME COLLEGE BASKETBALL AS THE STATE SPORT.

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AS USUAL…ALL RESULTS & RECAPS ON RACING ROUNDUP.COM
 

AND THAT’S IT…HAPPY MOTORING