PTN BRSD Aug '10 Race RecapThe Pro Truck Nationals 2010 season finished on a high note with the Show-Me Pro Truck Nationals at Big River Sand Drags in
A stout field of 20 competitors showed up to wage battle in the Pro Truck class at BRSD. The focus heading into the event was on the points battle as five racers still had a shot at the championship. Dave Kramer, Ben Dozeman, Kyle Harney, Kip Martin, and Ryan Wilson all had mathematical shots at the title. Qualifying shook out with points contender Martin taking the top spot with a stellar .022 RT. The Low ET qualifying points would go to Ben Dozeman, who ran a 3.569. Once the round one pairings came down, there were some intriguing match ups.
The top two points leaders would battle it out in round one as #4 qualifier Dozeman faced off with #14 qualifier Kramer. Another big pair would be the first one of the round between low qualifier Martin & fellow championship contender Kyle Harney. This match up would be a wild one as Harney sprayed his Jeep a little too hard and put it on the bumper off the line causing him to lift; handing Martin the round one victory. Later in the round would be the big battle between Kramer and Dozeman. Dozeman’s shot at a repeat championship went away right on the starting line with a .021 red light, handing the win to Kramer. The championship was far from locked up for Kramer, though, as both Martin and Ryan Wilson advanced past round one.
Round two kicked off with Martin keeping the pressure on Kramer, taking the win over a trouble plagued Steve Barton. This round was doubly important for Martin as it also earned him the bye run in round three.
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With the championship battle decided, it was time to focus on who would take home that last $1000 check on the season. The first semi-final saw Martin and Reynders face off. This one would be decided on the tree as Reynders would go .031 red, handing the win and final round berth to Martin. Kramer would take it easy on his bye to save up for the final round.
At this point, Kramer had locked up the championship and Martin was secured into second place points wise, so the money & bragging rights as the Season Finale race winner were all that was left on the line. Martin would take a .090 to .161 starting line edge, and force Kramer into a 3.679 (3.70) break out. Martin would run a 3.846 (3.80) for his first PTN Pro Truck class victory with his Primal Scream Jeep. Congrats to Martin & the Primal Scream Jeep on the BRSD Season Finale Pro Truck class win as well as to the 2010 PTN Pro Truck Class Champion Dave Kramer & the Cascade 4WD/Super Toy Team.
The 3.5 Index class came into the Season Finale with quite a battle for the season long PTN series championship. The team of JR & John Dreher had swept the season’s first two races, however they were unable to attend the third race of the season allowing the battle to tighten up heading into the season finale. Ben Dozeman’s Bad Company Jeep had a decent shot at surpassing Dreher as did Dan Wies in the Wies Racing Altered. A full field of 16 entries came to play at BRSD, the largest PTN field of the 2010 3.5 Index season meaning that whoever emerged as the champion would have to work for the title.
Round one racing action kicked off with Mike Page’s Chevy Blazer facing off with the potent Altered of Ben Steele. Page would go red, and then proceed to get out of shape down track ending up in Steele’s lane. Both veteran drivers would keep their cool and keep their rides in one piece; Steel would advance on. The first points contender to the line would be Ben Dozeman as he faced off with
The second round kicked off with Steele’s Altered facing off with Dave DeLoof in the Back Draft Dragster. This would be a close battle with Steele coming out on top at the finish line. Next up would see “Black Widow” Kathy Ellington face off with “Dragonfly” Ed Engel in an
A pair of Altereds rolled to the line to start off the semi-final round as Ellington and Steele lined up. Steele would have problems on the line, and Ellington would make another clean win to advance to the final round. The second Wilson/Steele Racing entry in the round, Matt Wilson, would try to play spoiler as he faced off with Dan Wies. With the championship on the line, Wies did not let the pressure get to him and scored the huge victory to secure the 2010 PTN 3.5 Index class championship. Congrats to Dan, Terry, and Versy Wies on the huge accomplishment of being PTN champions.
With the championship decided, all that was left was to decide who would take home the money & the super-sized check. Ellington had nothing to lose, and put it all out on the line, forcing Wies into a slim break out. Kathy win was a repeat of the 2009 3.5 Index class PTN Season Finale. Congrats to Kathy, Mike, and the girls on this accomplishment.
Pro Outlaw FE
The Pro Outlaw FE had a great showing at BRSD with eight entries on hand shooting for that $500 victory & super sized check at the end of the night. The bulls eye was on Brian Ambs, winning both previous Pro Outlaw FE class events in the 2010 PTN season. Qualifying proved tricky for many of the Pro Outlaw FE racers. Case in point, Josh Stephens in the Blown Income BAE-powered Altered had quite a ride in the first qualifying session. The Stephens team tried something a little different at this race, which resulted in a monster wheel stand and hard right turn once the car unloaded on the wheelie bar. Josh did an incredible driving job to save the car once it ended up in the opposite lane. Josh would walk away, but unfortunately the car was not as lucky as some chassis damage would put them out for the weekend. Qualifying would continue on, and it would be Ambs taking the top spot with a 3.066. Following him was Brian McWethy in “The Boss” with a 3.160. Rounding out the top half of the field would be Kathy Ellington’s Black Widow Altered with a 3.32 and the Wies Racing Altered of Dan Wies with a 3.42.
Round one would kick off with Ambs’ Ambs Auto Clinic/Go Fast Energy Drink Altered up against David Risher’s Missouri-based small block Chevy-powered Altered. By the way, Risher’s Altered was named the Best in Show at the Thursday night Racer’s Car Show in Bonne Terre. However, in this battle, Ambs Blown big block Ford power was too much for the SBC, winning a 3.06 to 3.47 decision. The next pair would see Ellington face off with Ben Steele in a battle of small block Chevy-powered Altereds. Steele would take the upset win as Ellington turned on the red bulb by .061. Steele ran a 3.59 in his winning effort. The third pair of round one would see a pair of Blown Michigan-based entries square up as Brian McWethy’s “The Boss” BBC-powered Funny Jeep opposed Gary Verekee’s BBF-powered F-150 Truck. McWethy would leave first and not look back in a 3.29 to 3.32 decision. The final pair of the round was to see a pair of Missourian’s face off as the SBC-powered Altered of Dan Wies would go up against Josh Stephens’ all conquering Blown Hemi Altered. As described earlier, Stephens was unable to continue following his qualifying round incident, handing Wies the round one single. Wies would lay down a 3.45/94mph blast to advance on.
The semi-final round saw a familiar match up start the round as Ambs and Steele would face off for the third time in 2010 Pro Outlaw FE action. Steele would lay down a nice 3.54/92mph lap; however it would not be enough for Ambs, who ran a 3.05/103mph effort to advance to the final round. Up next would be another Blown vs. unblown battle as McWethy would pair up with Wies. On this night, the supercharged route was the way to go as McWethy powered to his best pass of the weekend with a 3.12/111mph run to defeat Wies’ 3.46/96mph effort.
This would set up an all-
BRSD & the PTN series came up with a special 4.99-Faster Bracket class for the racers to compete in on Friday night. The semi-final round saw local racer Will Sutton face off against
The feature BRSD class on Saturday night was the Comp Eliminator, 4.99-Faster Sportsman Tree Bracket class. This class saw a massive 35 entries make the round one call. The quarter-final round kicked off with a pair of local racers facing off as Brad Lunn came up against Friday night victor William Sutton. Sutton would force Lunn into a break out in their battle. Up next would be
Other Bracket Classes
The ATV classes saw some tight racing action at BRSD. On Friday night, Mr. Shocker Racing himself, Matt Ewing took the class win back to
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