PTN Cleves May '10 Race RecapThe Pro Truck Nationals series kicked off its 2010 race season at the IOK 4-Wheelers “Gravelrama” Grounds in
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Round one saw some big upsets as MI’s Tom Hartman turned on the red bulb against Rich Simon and #4 qualifier Trent Everett lost a close battle against 2009 PTN Fastest 4x4 Champion Ryan Wilson. Round two saw some extremely close racing with two pairs, Kyle Harney over Ryan Wilson & Kip Martin over Brent Lokker, decided by less than one-thousandth of a second.
In the quarter final round, things started to look real familiar as Ben Dozeman laid down another solid pass to defeat Kyle Harney, which would send him straight to the finals with a semi-final round bye run. In the other pairs, MI’s Dave Kramer won a close .035 decision over KY’s Justin Williams and MI’s Kip Martin defeated first time PTN competitor Mike Orness, who made the haul all the way from
The final would set up to be the Defending Champion Ben Dozeman in the Bad Company Jeep against Mr. Cascade 4WD himself, Dave Kramer in his “Super Toy” Jeep. Dozeman would take a .452 to .481 advantage off the line and drive around Dave at the very end running a 3.611 (3.60) for the first Pro Truck victory of the 2010 race season.
In 2010, the 3.5 Index is a point series class in the PTN series for the first time. This should strengthen this growing class even more. 11 entries showed up to do battle at
This would set up a final round between the Dreher Race Cars Altered of Dreher & the Bad Company Jeep of Dozeman. However, this final didn’t turn out the same as in 2009, Dreher would take a slim hole shot and hold the lead through the finish line for a 3.60 to 3.64 victory to kick off the 2010 race season.
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Round two would start off with a David vs. Goliath match up, as the Screw-Blown Funny Jeep of McWethy’s faced off with the Nitrous-assisted SBC Altered of Kathy Ellington. Ellington would take nearly two tenths on the starting line and take a narrow 3.36 to 3.23 victory as McWethy did an amazing job saving the car as it headed for the wall in a big way down track. Rounding out the round would be another similar match up as the Blown Altered of Ambs would face off with the N/A SBC of Steele. Ambs would run his best pass of the weekend with a 3.13 to defeat Steele’s 3.65.
This would set up a great final round match up between MI’s Ambs & OH’s Ellington. Ellington would take a slight starting line advantage, but just didn’t have the power to stay ahead as Ambs would drive around in the lights for a 3.25 to 3.34 victory to kick off the 2010 race season.
The ATV classes put on a great show at the PTN Season Opener. In the Pro ATV class, Brad Ellington pulled out a tough win over “Shocker Father” Steve Ewing. Sarah Ems pulled out a tough victory in the regular ATV category over MI’s Brad Adams. Ellington pulled off his second win of the day in the ATV Heads-Up 1 class over Kevin Persinger while
IOK typically runs two bracket classes with a Fast/Slow split determined by the dial-times. In the Fast class, Darryl Silvers would take his Altered to the victory, defeating Justin Ball in the final round. Bryce O’Dell shoed his “All Throttle Racing” Ford Truck to the Slow class win over Krista Randolph in an all-Ford final round.
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