LINCOLN, Neb.(September 4, 2012) – The40th running of the Tire Rack Solo National Championships completed opening dayon Tuesday, setting the stage to crown the first round of NationalChampionships after the second day of competition at the Lincoln (Neb.)Airpark.
At the Solo National Championships,competitors get three runs on both the East and West course, with each driver’ssingle best time on each course added together to determine the Champion.
Tuesday opened withdefending Street Touring S Ladies champion Kim Whitener, of Fort Worth, Texas,opening up a commanding 2.568-second lead in her Texas Track Works/MotionControl Suspension Honda CRX on the East course as the first leader to set atime during the weekend.
One year ago in FStreet Prepared, two-time National Champion Ron Williams, of Topeka, Kan., hadcar trouble with his Honda/Hoosier Tire Honda Civic, moving to a Volkswagen onhis second run and finally the BMW 2002 of multi-time Champion Kevin Wenzel, ofLongmont, Colo. Wenzel and Williams battled to the final run, with Wenzeltaking his fifth title by the closest of margins. One year later, Williams andWenzel picked up their battle on the West course. Heading into Wednesday’sfinal three runs on the East course, Wenzel’s Oh, there you are Perry! BMWleads Williams’ Honda by just 0.014-second.
Only 0.553-secondseparates Street Touring S leader Tom O’Gorman, of Mason, Ohio, fromseventh-place Andrew Hahn in the class. O’Gorman’s Full Throttle Indoor KartingHonda CRX Si leads Darrin DiSimo, of Coral Springs, Fla., by just 0.053-second.DiSimo is the first Mazda Miata in the class, with four Miatas and three HondaCRX’s in that top seven.
The East Course endedwith a class as close as predicted. In last year’s debut of the Street TouringRoadster class, the final margin of victory was the ever-so-close 0.002-second.After Tuesday’s round one, Nick Bjoin, of Burbank, Calif., holds the point byjust 0.043-second in the OS Giken/ARE/BJoinFilms.com Mazda MX-5 over fellowGolden Stater Jonathan Lugod, of Oceanside. Lugod’s ARE/The RacersStore/MoreGreeks Honda S2000 is the closest of five cars within 0.579-second of the leadentering Wednesday’s finals.
Brianne Corn, of SanMarcos, Texas, made headlines in 2011, becoming just the third woman to win anopen class title, but she will have to come from behind if she intends to scoreback-to-back B Modified National Championships. Clemens Burger, of Noblesville,Ind., who was runner-up to Corn in 2011 holds the overnight lead in his LeGrandMk 18 by 0.214-second over teammate Daniel Stone, of Sheridan, Ind. Corn isthird, another 0.139-second back in her Hoosier Tire LeGrand Mk 25.
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LINCOLN, Neb. – Thetop two runners in each of the 35 classes competing Tuesday and Wednesday inthe 40th Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships at Lincoln Airpark withclass, leading driver, hometown and car; second place driver, hometown, car andgap behind first place. *Denotes Supplemental Class.
A Stock: Lane Borg,San Angelo, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette; Tony Savini, Cochranville, Pa.,Chevrolet Corvette, -0.026.
C Stock: Bud Collins,Berlin, Mass., Pontiac Solstice; Chris Fenter, Appleton, Wis., Mazda MX-5,-0.257.
C Stock Ladies: LearicCramer, Columbia, Md., Nissan 370Z; Lynn Collins, Berlin, Mass., PontiacSolstice, -0.198.
D Stock: Mark Smith,Denver, Colo., Audi TT; Craig Wilcox, Blue Springs, Mo., Mini Cooper S, -0.497.
D Stock Ladies: ConnieSmith, Santa Fe, N.M., Audi TT; Ann LaRandeau, Omaha, Neb., Audi TT, -0.535.
G Stock: StephenHaupt, Fletcher, N.C., Toyota Celica; William Loring, Osceola, Ind., ToyotaCelica GT, -0.721.
G Stock Ladies: WendiAllen, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Honda Civic Si; Julie Heaton, Omaha, Neb.,Mazdaspeed Protégé, -0.401.
A Street Prepared:Meredith Brown, Los Alamos, N.M., Chevrolet Corvette; No other drivers., , , .
E Street Prepared:Mark Madarash, Red Oak, Texas, Pontiac Trans Am; Britt Dollmeyer, Carefree,Ariz., Ford Mustang GT, -0.491.
E Street PreparedLadies: Amy Fair, Fairview, Texas, Ford Mustang GT; Jessica Gauthier, Lynnwood,Wash., Ford Mustang, -3.615.
F Street Prepared:Kevin Wenzel, Longmont, Colo., BMW 2002; Ron Williams, Topeka, Kan., HondaCivic Si, -0.014.
F Street PreparedLadies: Nikki Edwards, Thomasville, N.C., Mazda Protégé; Jamie Yost, Windsor,Colo., BMW 2002, -0.063.
B Modified: ClemensBurger, Noblesville, Ind., LeGrand Mk18; Daniel Stone, Sheridan, Ind., LeGrandMk 18, -0.214.
C Modified: BrandonLavender, Indianapolis, Ind., Dulon MP15; Barry Ott, Elizabeth, Colo., VanDiemen FF, -0.083.
C Modified Ladies:Avril Morrison, Vancouver, B.C., Swift DB1; Carol Wong, Vancouver, B.C., SwiftDB1, -1.085.
D Modified: JeffCashmore, New Berlin, Wis., Sprinto YC-3; Peter Raymond, Loveland, Colo., LotusSuper 7, -0.419.
D Modified Ladies:Ericka Pieracci, Livermore, Calif., Lotus Caterham; Lisa Garfield, Mount Airy,Md., Cateram, -6.833.
E Modified: JeffKiesel, Poway, Calif., KFR Turbo Sprite; Mark Kiesel, Poway, Calif., KFR TurboSprite, -2.589.
E Modified Ladies:Shawn Kiesel, Poway, Calif., KFR Turbo Sprite; Patty Tunnell, Superior, Colo.,BMW M3, -1.918.
E Prepared: ChrisDorsey, Littleton, Colo., Toyota Corolla; Tim Smith, Tucker, Ga., Honda Civic,-0.394.
E Prepared Ladies: AmySmith, Tucker, Ga., Honda Civic; Charina Hansen, Canton, Mich., Honda Civic Si,-1.864.
G Prepared: AllenKugler, Springtown, Pa., Honda CRX; Mike Feher, Marengo, Ohio, Honda Civic Si,-0.157.
G Prepared Ladies:Denise Kugler, Springtown, Pa., Honda CRX; Kim Bollinger, Granger, Ind., A-HSprite, -1.997.
Kart Modified Ladies:Suzanne Segal, Las Vegas, Nev., Tony Kart; Neva Hoover, Columbus, Ohio, AMVKart, -2.666.
Kart Modified: LarryMcLeod, Ypsilanti, Mich., Honda Birel; Paul Russell, San Diego, Calif., TonyKart, -0.209.
Street Touring R: NickBjoin, Burbank, Calif., Mazda MX-5; Jonathan Lugod, Oceanside, Calif., HondaS2000, -0.043.
Street Touring R Ladies:Kyung Wootton, Austin, Texas, Mazda Miata; Terri Mayo, San Diego, Calif., HondaS2000, -1.892.
Street Touring S: TomO'Gorman, Mason, Ohio, Honda CRX Si; Darrin DiSimo, Coral Springs, Fla., MazdaMiata, -0.053.
Street Touring SLadies: Kim Whitener, Fort Worth, Texas, Honda CRX; Mikaela Walker, Omaha,Neb., Honda CRX, -2.568.
Street Touring X:Brian Heitkotter, Fresno, Calif., BMW 325is; Jeff Stuart, Santa Barbara,Calif., BMW 325i, -0.889.
Street Touring XLadies: Taylor Jordan Towns, Auburn, Ala., Mazda RX-8; Teddie Alexandrova, FortLauderdale, Fla., Mazda RX-8, -0.246.
Street Touring Under:Tristan Littlehale, Saratoga, Calif., BMW M3; Joshua Salvage, Soquel, Calif.,Mitsubishi Evo IX, -0.368.
Street Touring UnderLadies: Michelle Miller, Federal Way, Wash., Mitsubishi Evo IX; Christy Vehe,Bolingbrook, Ill., Subaru 4x4, -0.885.
*Formula Junior A:Julian Garfield, Mount Airy, Md., Arrow AX-9; Kate Regganie, Joliet, Ill., BRM,-0.599.
*Formula Junior B: TomRegganie, Joliet, Ill., Margay; Zak Kiesel, Poway, Calif., Nelson Spl., -0.160.
Image: Kevin Wenzelleads F Street Prepared after opening day.
Credit: Rupert Berrington