ARCA

Minutiae AUGUST 31, 2010

THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS WINGED SPRINTERS SLIPPED ACROSS THE BORDER INTO  EDMONDTON, CANNUCKADA FOR THE 3RD ANNUAL TWO NIGHT OIL CITY CUP …WHICH SAW THE OPENER GO TO JASON MEYERS WHO COLLECTED WIN # 9 OF 2010 AND THE 44TH OF HIS CAREER AS HE FINISHED AHEAD OF KERRY MADSEN 2ND AND RR-AZ ALUM DONNY SCHATZ 3RD

GLENDALE’S BEN GREGG QUALIFIED 8TH QUICK…WON HIS HEAT RACE AHEAD OF STEVE KINSER…2ND…FINISHED…10TH…IN THE DASH AND CLOSED OUT THE NIGHT WITH A 17TH PLACE FINISH IN THE MAIN…

ON SATURDAY NIGHT STILL IN CANNUCKADA POINT LEADER JOEY SALDANA…REPEATED LAST YEAR’S WIN FINISHING AHEAD OF DONNY SCHATZ 2ND AND SAM HAFERTEPE…3RD

THE WIN GAVE SALDANA SOME BREATHING ROOM IN THE POINT STANDINGS AS HE NOW LEADS 20 TIME SERIES CHAMP STEVE KINSER…BY 26 MARKERS AND JASON MEYERS BY 38 POINTS… WITH 17 SHOWS TO GO TO DECIDE THE 2010 CHAMP…

BEN GREGG QUALIFIED 18TH…WON THE “B” MAIN AND FINISHED 14TH …IN THE…”A” MAIN…

THE OUTLAWS NOW RETURN TO THE GOOD OL’ U.S.A. AND CONTINUE WESTWARD TO COTTAGE GROVE, OREGON…ON SEPTEMBER 14TH

THE U.S.A.C…NATIONAL MIDGETEERS HEADED TO…SUN PRAIRIE, WISCONSIN’S LEGENDARY ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY…ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY FOR THE TWO NIGHT ”MIDGET HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”… WHICH SAW THE OPENING NIGHT WIN GO TO U.S.A.C. NATIONAL POINT LEADER…BRYAN CLAUSON WHO TOOK THE LEAD FROM JERRY COONS, JR…ON LAP 22 OF THE 30 LAPPER…TO EARN THE WIN…

COONS, JR…SETTLED FOR 2ND…WITH DAVE DARLAND…BRINGING IT HOME…3RD

ON SUNDAY NIGHT STILL AT ANGELL PARK WITH 24 OF THE LITTLE SUCKERS TAKING TO THE TRACK FOR THE 2ND CONSECUTIVE NIGHT IT WAS JERRY COONS, JR. SHOWING THE WAY FOR THE OPENING 20 LAPS…BEFORE BRYAN CLAUSON WOULD PASS HIM FOR THE LEAD  AND 10 LAPS LATER…THE WIN…TO…“SWEEP” THE TWO NIGHT HALL OF FAME CLASSIC.

COONS, JR HELD HIS POSITION TO FINISH 2ND AGAIN WITH BRAD KUHN…COMPLETING THE PODIUM.

THE NATIONAL MIDGETEERS WILL HANG AROUND WISCONSIN FOR THE WEEK IN ORDER TO CONTEST THE…”FIREMAN’S PARK” NATIONALS NEXT WEEKEND…

THE WEST COAST U.S.A.C…C.R.A…”CAL SPRINTERS” WERE IN ACTION AT WEASLEY NAMED PERRIS SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT WHERE IT WAS C.R.A. POINT LEADER…FAST QUALIFIER AND HEAT WINNER MIKE SPENCER “SWEEPING THE SHOW” AS HE HALTED DAVID CARDY’S…
4 RACE…PAREE…WIN STREAK…

RR-AZ ALUM…CORY KRUSEMAN…RAN 2ND WITH TONY JONES CLAIMING THE FINAL PODIUM SPOT…

PHOENIX’S R.J. JOHNSON…THE ONLY “ZONIE” IN THE FIELD…RAN 2ND IN HIS HEAT AND FINISHED…9TH IN THE MAIN…

NEXT UP FOR THE ”CAL SPRINTERS” WILL BE A PAIR ON SEPTEMBER 4TH & 5TH AT CALISTOGA SPEEDWAY…IN THE…”LOUIE VERMIEL CLASSIC”…

THE INDY LITE SERIES TAGGED ALONG WITH THE I.R.L.-ER’S TO  JOLIET-LAND SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY…WHERE…JAMES HINCH-CLIFFE MOVED FROM HIS 13TH STARTING SPOT IN THE 15 CAR FIELD TO CLAIM HIS 3RD WIN OF THE SEASON AND HIS 1ST WIN ON AN OVAL TRACK WHEN HE EDGED MS. PIPPA MANN…2ND…AND PHILIP MAJOR…3RD

SCOTTSDALE’S…ARIE LUYENDYK, JR…FINISHED…7TH

THE INDY LIGHTS SERIES WILL CONTEST TWO MORE EVENTS BEFORE DECLARING J.K. VARNAY THEIR ”OFFICIAL” CHAMPION AT THE SEASON ENDER…AT HOMESTEAD ON OCTOBER 2ND

THE…A.R.-CARIANS ALIGNED THEMSELVES WITH THE I.R.L. AND THE NASCAR TRUCKERS FRIDAY AFTERNOON…LAUNCHING A F.I.B.-LAND THREESOME – WEEKEND AT ILL-ANNOYING’S JOLIET-LAND SPEEDWAY…WHERE IT WAS PATRICK SHELTRA COLLECTING HIS…2ND CONSECUTIVE SERIES WIN THIS WEEK ON AN ASPHALT OVAL…WHICH FOLLOWS HIS WIN LAST WEEK…ON A ONE MILE…DIRT TRACK…

SHELTRA TOOK THE TOP SPOT FOR THE FINAL TIME WHEN HE PASSED STEVE ARPIN WITH 33 TO GO…TO RECORD THE WIN AHEAD OF ARPIN…2ND AND LAST YEAR’S BRIDESMAID GRANT ENFINGER…3RD

IN ADDITION TO WINNING THE RACE SHELTRA MOVED TO 3RD IN THE POINTS JUST –5 BEHIND 2ND IN POINTS…9 TIME SERIES CHAMP FRANK KIMMEL WHO IS JUST…-5 POINTS BEHIND LEADER…CRAIG GOESS…

BOTTOM LINE…THE TOP 4…IN THE POINTS BATTLE…ARE SEPARATED BY JUST…25 MARKERS AS THE A.R.C.A. FOLKS WILL TAKE THEIR SHOW TO THE ONE MILE DIRT TRACK AT DUQUOIN, ILL-ANNOYING…NEXT MONDAY AFTERNOON…FOR A 100 MILER…

THE GRAND AM SERIES TEAMED UP WITH THE NASCAR JOURNEYMEN IN WEASLY FRENCH TALKIN’ MONTREAL, CANNUCKADA…EH?… WHERE IT WAS SCOTT PRUETT BEATING RACE LEADER…ALEX GURNEY OUT OF THE PITS ON THE FINAL STOP AND THEN STAYING OUT FRONT TO COLLECT THE GNASSI TEAM OF PRUETT & MEMO ROJAS’ 8TH WIN OF THE SEASON AND IN THE PROCESS CLINCHED THE TEAM’S 2ND GRAND AM DAYTONA PROTOTYPE CHAMPIONSHIP…IN THE PAST 3 SEASONS…

GURNEY AND JOHN FOGARTY SETTLED FOR 2ND IN THEIR OBAMALET…WHILE MAX “THE AX”…ANGELLELLI & RICKY TAYLOR… BROUGHT THEIR ”FREE MARKET” FORD…HOME…3RD

PHOENIX’S PORSCHE PILOTS DARREN LAW AND BUDDY RICE FINISHED…4TH AND…5TH

THE G.T. PIECE OF THE CANNUKADA SHOW…WAS CAPTURED BY 1ST TIME SERIES WINNERS PAUL EDWARDS & SCOTT RUSSELL…WHO’S CORVETTE CAME FROM NEARLY A LAP DOWN AND TOOK THE LEAD AFTER RACE LEADER ROB LIDDELL BROKE HIS…“SPLITTER”…WITH LESS THAN 5 MINUTES TO GO IN THE TWO HOUR TIMED EVENT…

RONNIE BREMER & GUNTER SCHALDACH RAN 2ND IN A CAMARO WHILE  EMIL ASSENTATO & JEFF SEGAL COMPLETED THE PODIUM IN THEIR …”ZOOM-ZOOM” MAZDA…

THE GRAND AM-ER’S…WILL NOW HEAD TO TOOLE, UTAH ON  SEPTEMBER 11TH…FOR THE ANTI-CLIMATIC SEASON ENDER BUT WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP ALREADY DECIDED…IT SHOULD BE A…FUN SHOW… TO WATCH…

THE ”OTHER” LEFTY-RIGHTY…SPORTY-CAR…SERIES IN THE BUSINESS…THE AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES ALSO SPENT THE WEEKEND IN CANNUCKADA AT MOSPORT RACEWAY…FOR THE 8TH ROUND OF THEIR 9 RACE SEASON WHERE ROMAIN DUMAS & KLAUS GRAF…PUT THEIR PORSCHE…IN VICTORY LANE…FOR THE…3RD TIME…THIS SEASON…

IN THE…LMP-2 GROUP…GUNNAR JEANETTE & ELTON JULIAN COLLECTED THEIR…4TH WIN OF 2010…IN THEIR… ORECA FLM-09…

IN…GT-2 ACTION…IT WAS ANOTHER 4 TIME SET OF WINNERS AS JORGE BERGMEISTER & PATRICK LONG COMBINED TO WHEEL THEIR… PORSCHE…TO THE WIN…

AND IN THE…G-T3 GROUP…IT WAS THE 3RD PORSCHE WINNER OF THE DAY…DRIVEN BY SHANE LEWIS & LAWSON ASHENBACH TAKING THE CHECKERED FLAG FOR THEIR…1ST EVER WIN…IN…A.L.M.S. COMPETITION…

THE…A.L.M.S…GROUP WILL CONTEST THE FINAL RACE OF THEIR  2010 CAMPAIGN…ON THE ROAD COURSE IN ATLANTA AT THE SEASON ENDING 1,000 MILE…10 HOUR…PETITE LE MANS ON… OCTOBER 2ND

JOURNEYMAN RACE AT MONTREAL…QUESTIONABLE RACING DISPLAY BUT LOTS OF FUN TO WATCH!!!…NASCAR NEED MORE ”CLOSED”…ROAD COURSES LIKE THIS AND FEWER “COOKIE CUTTER”…1 ½ & 2 MILE… ”SNOOZE-WAYS”…

UPDATE…MICHAEL MCDOWELL…WHO IS REPLACING…REPLACED…JJ YELEY IN THE # 46 WHITNEY MOTORSPORTS CUP…FIAT & OBAMALET CHEVY…WILL RUN 4 OR 5 FULL RACES THE REMAINDER OF 2010 MOST LIKELY ATLANTA, PHOENIX, TEXAS, TALLADEGA AND HOMESTEAD AND RUN 15 FULL RACES IN 2011 AND ”STARTING AND PARKING” WHEN NOT FULLY FUNDED.”

MC DOWELL WILL USE EARNHARDT-CHILDRESS ENGINES FOR THIS SEASON’S REMAINING INTERMEDIATE TRACK EVENTS FIELDING OBAMALET’S…AT ATLANTA, KANSAS, CALIFORNIA, CHARLOTTE, TALLADEGA, TEXAS, PHOENIX AND HOMESTEAD AND THE TEAM WILL CONTINUE TO RUN…FIAT CHARGERS…AT RICHMOND, LOUDON, DOVER… AND…MARTINSVILLE.

NASCAR HAS REINSTATED CREW MEMBER AND PART TIME ”REEFER SMOKER”…RANDY LAJOIE UPON HIS SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A COUNSELING PROGRAM FOLLOWING HIS JUNE 22nd SUSPENSION…FOR VIOLATING THE SANCTIONING BODY’S SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY… PARTY ON…DUDE!!!

DALE ARMSTRONG, JOIE CHITWOOD, ALAN KULWICKI, JEREMY MCGRATH, KEN SQUIER, JERRY TITUS AND RICH VOGLER WERE INDUCTED LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THE MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA IN THE ORGANIZATION’S 22ND ANNUAL INDUCTION CEREMONY AT THE FILLMORE THEATER…IN DETROIT…

IN JOURNEYMAN SERIES NEWS…GOVERNMENT MOTORS WILL CONTINUE TO CAMPAIGN IMPALA’S…INSTEAD OF CAMARO’S WHEN THE NEXT-GENERATION CARS WILL BE USED FULL TIME NEXT YEAR  FORD WILL RACE MUSTANGS AND FIAT WILL CAMPAIGN… CHALLENGER’S…

THAT OUGHT TO MAKE THE…”BOW TIE” BRIGADE…HAPPY…

AS USUAL … TONIGHT’S RACE RECAPS…LOCAL…NATIONAL…& THE… MINUTIAE…CAN BE FOUND AT THE…RR-AZ…WEBSITE AT … RACINGROUNDUP.COM

AND THAT’S IT…HAPPY MOTORING…