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Minutiae RACETEMBER 13, 2010

THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS WINGED SPRINTERS SHOWED UP IN CHICO, MEXIFORNIA OVER THE WEEKEND FOR THE 50TH ANNUAL ”PLUS 3” (THAT WOULD BE…”53RD) GOLD CUP–RACE OF CHAMPIONS”…PAYING $50,000. GRAND TO THE WINNER OF THE 3 NIGHT…BASH ON THE QUARTER MILE AND IN THURSDAY NIGHT’S OPENER WITH 52 SPRINTERS CHECKING IN…IT WAS THE AGING SAMMY SWINDELL EARNING HIS 1ST”A” MAIN EVENT WIN…AT THIS TRACK SINCE 1981 AS HE SURVIVED…A PAIR OF YELLOWS AND THREE RED FLAG PERIODS TO EARN THE WIN AHEAD OF…JOSH ALLRAD…2ND…AND…BRAD SWEET …3RD

GLENDALE’S…BEN GREGG…QUALIFIED…20TH…RAN 2ND IN HIS HEAT…

12TH IN THE DASH AND FINISHED THE NIGHT WITH A 20TH PLACE RUN… IN THE…”A” MAIN…

ON FRIDAY…THE “MEAT RACE” OF THE GOLD CUP SANDWICH…IT WAS IT WAS A PAIR OF RR-AZ ALUMS…TAKING THE TOP TWO SPOTS AS DONNY SCHATZ PICKED UP JUST HIS…4TH WIN OF 2010…AHEAD OF FELLOW RR-AZ ALUM PAUL MC MAHAN…2ND…AND…NEW SERIES… POINT LEADER…JOEY SALDANA …3RD

GLENDALE’S BEN GREGG HAD A FORGETTABLE NIGHT QUALIFYING 27TH RUNNING 8TH IN HIS HEAT AND PACKING IT IN FOR THE NIGHT FOLLOWING A 14TH PLACE RUN IN THE…“B” MAIN WITH…NO TRANSFER TO THE FEATURE…

AND THEN IN…SATURDAY’S 40 LAP FINALE FOR THE $50,000. DOLLAR ”GOLD CUP – RACE OF CHAMPIONS” PAYDAY…JASON MEYERS PICKED UP THE WIN AND IN THE PROCESS…MOVED TO WITHIN –8 POINTS OF POINT LEADER JOEY SALDANA AS HE PICKED UP HIS 10TH CHECKERED FLAG OF THE SEASON AHEAD OF STEVE KINSER…WHO TRANSFERRED TO THE FINAL…VIA A ”B” MAIN …PODIUM FINISH…WHILE …RR-AZ ALUM…PAUL MC MAHAN…RAN 3RD

GLENDALE’S BEN GREGG RAN 7TH IN THE “B” MAIN AND DID NOT TRANSFER TO THE FINAL…

THE OUTLAWS LEAVE…MEXIFORNIA NOW AND HEAD BACK TO THE MIDWEST FOR A FRIDAY NIGHT CLAY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS “CLASH” IN SPENCER, IOWA FOLLOWED BY A SATURDAY NIGHT “SPECIAL” IN MINNESOTA AND HERE’S WHAT THE CHAMPIONSHIP POINT CHASE LOOKS LIKE WITH…59 DOWN…AND…10 SHOWS TO GO.

DRIVER PTS. BACK $$$ WINS T-5 T-10
1. JOEY SALDANA 7916 $251,575 12 35 45
2. JASON MEYERS 7914 -2 $262,300 10 31 47
3. STEVE KINSER 7861 -55 $278,700 8 35 51
4. DONNY SCHATZ 7797 -119 $179,600 4 31 46
5. JASON SIDES 7745 -171 $164,325 4 24 46

THE U.S.A.C NATIONAL SPRINTERS KEPT IT IN INDIANA OVER THE WEEKEND AS THEY RAN A PAIR IN HOOSIER-LAND BEGINNING FRIDAY NIGHT IN PUTMANVILLE…WHERE IT WAS JON STANBROUGH …TAKING THE LEAD AND THE WIN WHEN RACE LEADER CASEY SHUMAN ”DROPPED OUT”…ON LAP 29…OF THE 30 LAPPER…

NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT LEADER LEVI JONES RAN 2ND AHEAD OF BRYAN CLAUSON…3RD

SHUMAN WHO HAD WON THE NIGHT’S 1ST HEAT RACE WOUND UP 19TH IN THE MAIN WHILE TUCSON’S…JERRY COONS, JR…RAN 6TH…IN THE FEATURE…

ON SATURDAY NIGHT THE NATIONAL SPRINTERS HEADED TO THE 1/2 MILE ”ACTION TRACK”  IN TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA FOR A 30 LAPPER THAT SAW JON STANBROUGH…MAKE IT BACK TO BACK WINS AS HE WON THE JIM HURTIBUSE CLASSIC FOR THE 2ND CONSECUTIVE YEAR FINISHING AHEAD OF…DAVE DARLAND…2ND…AND…HUNTER SCHUERENBURG…3RD

JERRY COONS, JR…FOR THE 2ND NIGHT IN A ROW…RAN 6th

NEXT UP FOR THE NATIONAL SPRINT CARS WILL BE SEPTEMBER 24TH AND 25TH AT TONY STEWART’S ELDORA SPEEDWAY IN ROSSBURG, OHIO WHERE THEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE…”4 CROWN NATIONALS”…

THE A.R.C.A. BUNCH SHOWED UP AT HOLY TOLEDO SPEEDWAY IN OHIO SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR A 200 LAPPER WHICH SAW ROUSH DEVELOPMENT DRIVER CHRIS BUESCHER WHEEL HIS ROULO BROTHERS…FREE MARKET – FORD TO THE 2nd WIN OF HIS CAREER AHEAD OF CRAIG GOESS’…TOYOTA…2ND…AND THE FIAT OF PATRICK SHELTRA…3RD

JUST A “TRIO” OF RACES REMAIN ON THE 2010 A.R.C.A. SCHEDULE WITH THE NEXT ROUND SCHEDULED FOR THE SHORT TRACK HIGH BANKS OF SALEM, INDIANA SPEEDWAY NEXT SATURDAY…AND IT’S TIME TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS SERIES AS WITH JUST 3 TO GO…THE CHAMPIONSHIP…POINT CHASE…IS ON…AND IT’S…TIGHT!!!

DRIVER POINTS
1 PATRICK SHELTRA 4065
2 CRAIG GOESS 4060  (-5)
3 TOM HESSERT 4050  (-15)
4 FRANK KIMMEL 3925  (-140)
5 JUSTIN MARKS 3880  (-185)

THE NASCAR WEST SERIES TOOK THEIR 2ND STAB OF 2010  ”LEFTY-RIGHTY”…ROAD RACING IN TOLLE, UTAH ON SUNDAY WHERE IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE 2ND CAREER SERIES WIN FOR ”FREE MARKET FORD” DRIVING GREG PURSLEY…WHO LED A TRIO OF TIMES…INCLUDING THE FINAL TWO LAPS…OF THE 36 LAPPER…

ERIC CURRAN IN A TOYOTA RAN 2ND WITH PAULIE HARRAKA’S… TOYOTA…3RD AND PHOENIX’S MOSES SMITH… 4TH…ALSO…IN A TOYOTA…

FINEST DRIVE OF THE DAY HAD TO BE THAT OF HERSCHEL MC GRIFF THE…83 YEAR OLD WHEELMAN…WHO STARTED DEAD LAST (28TH) BUT FINISHED…17TH…ON THE LEAD LAP…

THE PENULTIMATE ROUND OF THE NASCAR WEST 2010 CAMPAIGN WILL BE IN A MONTH WHEN THE SERIES SHOWS UP AT MEXIFORNIA’S ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY ON OCTOBER 16TH.

JOINING THE NASCAR WESTERS IN UTAH WERE THE FOLKS OF THE GRAND AM SERIES WHO WERE PUTTIN’ A FORK IN THEIR 2010 SEASON AND IN THE DAYTONA PROTO-TYPE PIECE OF THE RACING ACTION…IT WAS SCOTT PRUETT & MEMO ROJAS PUTTING THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP BEEMER INTO VICTORY LANE FOR THE 9TH TIME IN 12 RACES THIS SEASON…AFTER TAKING THE LEAD FROM RUNNER-UPS JON FOGARTY & ALEX GURNEY’S OBAMALET WITH A QUICKER 1ST PIT STOP…AND THEN LEADING THE FINAL 39 OF THE RACE’S…82 LAPS…

MAX ANGELLELLI & RICKY TAYLOR…AFTER LEADING EARLY… COMPLETED THE SEASON ENDING PODIUM IN THEIR FREE MARKET FORD…

SCOTTSDALE’S DARREN LAW FINISHED 9TH…WHILE FELLOW “ZONIE”  BUDDY RICE WAS SHOWN…8TH…BOTH OF WHOM WHO WERE WHEELING PORSCHES…

IN THE SEASON FINALE FOR THE…”GT”…DIVISION OF THE GRAND AM SERIES…ANDY DAVIS AND ROB LIDELL EARNED THE WIN IN THEIR OBAMALET…AHEAD OF THE OBAMALET OF JAN MAGNUSSEN & GUNTER SHALDACH…2ND AND THE MAZDA OF JOHN EDWARDS AND…ADAM CHRISTODOULOU…3RD

EMIL ASSENTATO AND JEFF SEGAL RAN 6TH IN THEIR ”ZOOM-ZOOM” MAZDA…TO WIN THE G.T. CHAMPIONSHIP…

OUR FINAL 2010 WORD…ON THE…GRAND AM SERIES…IS…THAT’S ALL FOLKS

SOME OF THE FINEST DIRT LATE MODEL RACERS IN THE LAND…172 STRONG…CONVERGED ON ELDORA SPEEDWAY OVER THE WEEKEND TO RACE IN THE 39TH ANNUAL…”WORLD 100” WHICH SAW THE $42,000 WINNER’S CHECK WON BY OHIO’S BART HARTMAN AHEAD OF BRIAN BIRKHOFER OUT OF IOWA IN THE 2ND SPOT AND GEORGIA’S DALE MC DOWELL…3RD

THE I.R.L. RELEASED THEIR “TENTATIVE” 2011 SCHEDULE AND THE BIGGEST NEWS ABOUT THE SCHEDULE IS THE…DROPPING OF ALL I.S.C. (READ…NASCAR OWNED) TRACKS…(RAN BY SISTER 3RD BASE  LESA FRANCE KENNEDY…MR. 3RD BASE’S SIBLING AND THIS DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR A RETURN TO PHOENIX BY THE BEST AND MOST COMPETITIVE RACING SERIES IN THE BUSINESS…

AS IF…I.S.C. (NASCAR) DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS… BRUTON SMITH (OWNER OF BRISTOL – ATLANTA – SEARS POINT – LAS VEGAS –KENTUCKY – CHARLOTTE & TEXAS) HAS BLASTED NASCAR FOR ENDING THE SEASON AT HOMESTEAD WHICH HE REFERS TO AS… ”NORTH CUBA”…ARGUING THAT IT IS NOT THE “PROPER PLACE”…FOR THE CUP SERIES TO END THE…CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

SMITH SAYS HE’D PREFER NASCAR TO RUN ITS FINAL CUP RACE AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY…AND WE WOULD AGREE…

GO DADDY.COM…NASCAR SPONSOR OF MARK MARTIN & CUPCAKE DIVA DANICA PATRICK (AND I.R.L. SPONSOR)…IS FOR SALE…AND IF SOLD…THE SPONSORSHIP IS OBVIOUSLY…IN QUESTION MOVING FORWARD…

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

AND THAT’S IT…HAPPY MOTORING…