ELKHART LAKE, Wis., (June 23, 2007) – Brad Stout’s photo finish win in Formula Vee highlighted the first day of race action at the Piggly Wiggly 52nd Annual Chicago Region June Sprints at Road America.
Brad Stout, of St. Louis, Mo., traded the lead often with polesitter Michael Varacins, of Burlington, Wis., for the first 11 laps of their 12-lap race around the four mile circuit. Their battle allowed the cars of Bruce Livermore and Chris Jennerjahn to join the fight for the lead, and on the last lap, Livermore made a run at Stout coming to the finish. Stout was able to keep his Vortech inches in front.
Stout, already the only three-time winner of the Chicago Region SCCA Triple Crown®, is now one-third of the way to his fourth. He now needs to win his Divisional Points Championship and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® in Formula Vee.
Brian Novak, of Dearborn, Mich., who started race group one first overall and in Formula 500, breezed away from the field in his Novakar, beating Steve Jondal, of Somerset, Wis., to the checkered flag by 26.228 seconds. Novak also set a new Formula 500 track record with a best lap of 2:24.850.
Defending National Champion Jim Goughary Jr., of Jupiter, Fla., survived a pair of restarts to win race two overall and the Formula Mazda class by 0.483-second over Robert Kaminsky, of Homer Glen, Ill. Cliff Johnson, of Leawood, Kan., won the Formula Ford portion of the race after early leader Tony Coello retired after 10 laps. Gerald Barrett, of Edmond, Okla., finished second.
The race was slowed by a pair of cautions, the final one to retrieve the car of Mishael Abbot, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Abbot was running fourth in Formula Mazda when her car touched wheels with another and rolled through the turn three gravel trap. Abbot, who is also scheduled to race in C Sports Racing on Sunday, was uninjured.
Defending E Production National Champion Lawrence Loshak, of Glendale, Wis., led flag-to-flag to win the day’s closer in his Honda Prelude by 7.441 seconds over Tom Thrash, of Houston, Texas. Both drivers overcame engine concerns after qualifying, changing motors before the race began.
Steve Sargis, of Frankfurt, Ill., scored a runaway victory in F Production over the similar Triumph Spitfire of Dieter Griesinger, of Maple Park, Ill. In G Production, defending National Champion Chuck Mathis, of St. Jacob, Ill., recorded his second-straight win at the June Sprints in his Volkswagen Rabbit, topping polesitter Bill Wessel by nearly 12 seconds.
Chris Bovis, of Lawrence, Kan., inherited the GT-Lite lead on the final lap when race-long leader Jim Dentici’s Honda CRX fell by the wayside. Bovis’ Honda Civic was the only of the five GT-Lite starters to complete all 13 laps. Dentici was classified second, and set a new class track record with a 2:35.920 during the race.
Richard Root, of Kenosha, Wis., won the H Production portion of the race in his Volkswagen Rabbit over John Salisbury Jr., but it was third finishing Dan Meller, of West Allis., Wis., who broke the 22-year old track record, with a fast time of 2:47.469.
The final six races of the Piggly Wiggly 52nd Annual Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints begin at 10:50 a.m. (CDT).
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– Top five race results from Saturday’s three races at the Piggly Wiggly 52nd Annual Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints at Road America with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete. Race course is 4.0 miles in length.
1, (1), Brian Novak, Dearborn, Mich., Novakar, 13.
2, (4), Steve Jondal, Somerset, Wis., Red Devil, 13.
3, (5), Kenny Price, Dewey, Ill., Scorpion, 13.
4, (9), Aaron Ellis, Farmington, Minn., Red Devil, 13.
5, (10), Tom Shaughnessy, Waterton, N.Y., Invader, 13.
Time of Race: 36 minutes, 29.329 seconds
Margin of Victory: 26.228 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Brian Novak, 2:24.850 (99.413 mph), Record
1, (2), Brad Stout, St. Louis, Mo., Vortech, 12.
2, (9), Bruce Livermore, Stilwater, Minn., Mysterian, 12.
3, (1), Michael Varacins, Burlington, Wis., SpeedSport, 12.
4, (5), Chris Jennerjahn, Hartford City, Ind., 12.
5, (6), Ron Whitston, Neenah, Wis., Protoform, 12.
Time of Race: 38 minutes, 22.318 seconds
Margin of Victory: About six inches
Fastest Race lap: Michael Varacins, 2:44.259 (87.666 mph)
1, (1), James Goughary Jr., Jupiter, Fla., Formula Mazda, 13.
2, (4), Robert Kaminsky, Homer Glen, Ill., Formula Mazda, 13.
3, (2), Jason Vinkemulder, Spring Lake, Mich., Formula Mazda, 13.
4, (7), J.R. Marchand, South Haven, Mich., Formula Mazda, 13.
5, (5), Lucas Downs, Largo, Fla., Formula Mazda, 13.
Time of Race: 39 minutes, 21.961 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.483-second
Fastest Race Lap: James Goughary Jr., 2:18.247 (104.161 mph)
1, (2), Cliff Johnson, Leawood, Kan., Piper, 13.
2, (3), Gerald Barrett, Edmond, Okla., Swift DB-6, 13.
3, (8), Arthur Foster, Salem, Conn., Van Diemen, 13.
4, (12), C. William Kephart, Colorado Springs, Colo., Vestal, 13.
5, (7), Jim Roberts, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 13.
Time of Race: 39 minutes, 53.456 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.347 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Anthony Coello, 2:23.812 (100.130 mph)
1, (1), Lawrence Loshak, Glendale, Wis., Honda Prelude, 13.
2, (6), Thomas Thrash, Houston, Texas, Mazda RX-7, 13.
3, (2), John Brakke, Fargo, N.D., Mazda Miata, 13.
4, (4), Michael Sturm, Grafton, Wis., Honda Prelude, 13.
5, (5), Terry Jesk, Mokena, Ill., Mazda Miata, 13.
Time of Race: 32 minutes, 57.120 seconds
Margin of Victory: 7.441 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Lawrence Loshak, 2:30.485 (95.690 mph)
1, (1), Steve Sargis, Frankfurt, Ill., Triumph Spitfire, 13.
2, (2), Dieter Griesinger, Maple Park, Ill., Triumph Spitfire, 13.
3, (7), Roy Carrera, Milwaukee, Wis., Honda CRX, 13.
4, (4), Mike Gnadt, Kiel, Wis., MG Midget, 12.
5, (5), Rob Keller, Algonquin, Ill., Volvo P1800, 12.
Time of Race: 34 minutes, 14.630 seconds
Margin of Victory: 31.719 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Steve Sargis, 2:36.437 (92.049 mph)
1, (2), Chuck Mathis, St. Jacob, Ill., Volkswagen Rabbit, 13
2, (1), Bill Wessel, Madison, Wis., Datsun SPL 311, 13.
3, (5), Bob Kelly, Crystal Lake, Ill., Volkswagen Scirocco, 12.
4, (4), Greg Gauper, Hubertus, Wis., Honda Civic, 12.
5, (6), Steve Nagle, Westmont, Ill., Volkswagen Scirocco, 12.
Time of Race: 35 minutes, 17.908 seconds
Margin of Victory: 11.460 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Chuck Mathis, 2:39.605 (90.223 mph)
1, (3), Richard Root, Kenosha, Wis., Volkswagen Rabbit, 12.
2, (2), John Salisbury, Gurnee, Ill., A-H Sprite, 12.
3, (1), Dan Meller, West Allis, Wis., A-H Sprite, 12.
4, (4), Kris Larsen, Kewaunee, Wis., A-H Sprite, 11.
5, (5), Don Cross, Whitefish Bay, Wis., A-H Sprite, 11.
Time of Race: 34 minutes, 41.532 seconds
Margin of Victory: 16.528 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Dan Meller, 2:47.469 (85.986 mph), Record
1, (2), Chris Bovis, Lawrence, Kan., Honda CRX, 13.
2, (1), James Dentici, Oconomowoc, Wis., Honda CRX, 12.
3, (3), Robert Clark, Glendale, Wis., Honda CRX, 12.
4, (5), Darryl Wessel, Waukesha, Wis., Fiat 131, 12.
5, (4), Mike Alexander, Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Nissan Sentra, 7.
Time of Race: 34 minutes, 49.043 seconds
Margin of Victory: greater than one lap
Fastest Race Lap: James Dentici, 2:35.920 (92.355 mph), Record