Post by Racerchaser on Nov 6, 2006 18:13:02 GMT -5
CUMBERLAND, Md. (November 4) - Rick "The Rocket" Elliott, Seaford, DE, garnered his career first Mid-Atlantic Championship Series win in the Big Kahuna VI finale at Rick and Ernie Jones', "The Rock" Allegany County Speedway, Cumberland MD.
In victory lane Elliott commented on his win "I knew Jason (Covert) was running second to me for the longest time and I knew he was point racing so I figured he would be pretty conservative, So I figured I'd be in pretty good shape. Congratulations to him, I see he won the MACS point championship. But, I knew if we stayed in the groove we'd be in pretty good shape. I just want to thank all of the fans for coming out as cold as it is, I know we all don't want to see the season end but, its here."
Tension filled the moon lit sky, not only for the upcoming 44-lap Big Kahuna finale, but also the MACS championship title was at stake. Jason Covert led the season long points battle going into the event by a scant 30 points over defending Series champion Mike Balzano. Covert was third on the grid while Balzano was locked in fifth.
The drama was unfolding as Elliott, and Big Kahuna opening night winner, Steve Shaver paced the 26-car field starting field to green. The crisp night air was soon filled with high octane excitement as Elliott bolted into the lead followed by Covert, Shaver, Jeff Rine, and Balzano.
Elliott was awesome as he set a blistering pace. Covert did everything within his power to keep up with the fleet Elliott but was also attempting to keep breathing room between himself and Balzano for the title.
The first of four cautions appeared on lap 10, for former Series champion, Jack Pencil, as Elliott had already caught the tail of the field. As the field was reset for the double file restart, Steve Casebolt, who had started eighth as well as former Series champion, Chuck Harper retired from the event.
Elliott gathered the field and was flanked by Covert who was followed by Rine, Balzano, Stuhler, and Donnie Moran, from ninth. Elliott and Covert started the race again at the cone with Elliott flexing his PRO Power muscle and he vaulted ahead of the pack.
Opening lap 11, Rine in a dazzling move, catapulted past Covert taking second with Stuhler now fourth over Moran as Balzano slid to sixth. The second caution flew on lap 12 for Jeremy Miller, as his steering broke just short of the start finish line sending him into a wild spin. Luckily, everyone was able to take evasive action completely missing the disabled Miller. Jeremy's night came to a disappointing conclusion.
Elliott remained on point for the final double-file restart. Rine sat to his right followed by Covert, Stuhler, Moran and Balzano. As the green flew again, Covert proved he wasn't settling for anything as he passed Rine for second on lap 13.
As Elliott was dominating he was being fiercely chased by a quartet of contender. With halfway being shown, Elliott created a sizable cushion between himself and Covert who was contending with Rine, Moran, Moran, and Stuhler.
Elliott entered heavy lapped traffic on lap 24 and was working it to near perfection, but so was Covert. Moran snuck by Rine on lap 31 while the duo was engaged in a spirited battle with several lapped machines. Moran netted second from Covert just prior to the final caution appearing on lap 38 for Rine who exploded a tire at the flagstand evaporating a great run.
For the final time, Elliott regrouped the field behind him. Moran was now firmly on his rear bumper followed by Covert; Stuhler; Bernheisel, from 17th; and Balzano. Elliott fired the field at the cone and took off like a streak with Moran desperately trying to real the lead back in. Moran had Covert swarming around him as he tried to fend off his challenges. Elliott led the rest of the distance to the checkers followed by Moran, Covert, Stuhler and Bernheisel. The next tier of five included Balzano, Andy Anderson, from 14th; Tim Dohm form 11th; Devin Friese, from 15th; and "Hot Rod" Rod Conley, from 21st.
After his third place finish and clinching the Championship Covert commented, "It is great racing with all of these guys especially with Mike (Balzano) and Jimmy (Bernheisel) they taught me a lot but I still have a lot to learn yet and this guy (Balzano) is nothing but class, he's the classiest guy I've ever raced with."
The ecstatic champion continued about his season, "The main thing was that we qualified every night; we didn't have to start in the back very often. We got in through our heats and got into the dashes a lot and that always gave us a good starting position for the feature. (Traveling with the Series) We got to go to a lot of different tracks which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. The decision to travel was made after Hagerstown when we were in fourth or fifth in points so we decided to follow (the Series) since we were high in points. Then after a while we were leading so that made us really put our foot down and give it a shot. I really got to thank Barry who owns everything for giving me an opportunity; what else can I say, I appreciate everything he has done, (as well as) Brian, and the whole crew for working diligently on this thing. I want to thank Rick Eckert, my wife, my whole family, Red Wing Shoes; Pre-Mach, Inc.; Hershey Racing Engines; Kuppy's Diner, Bam's Auto Center, American Racer, Rocket Chassis, Ohlins Shocks, Autolite; Mazak; and Rick Kaylor, Jr. Computer Consulting. We're just really pleased and I also want to thank the MACS guys for putting on a real classy deal this year."
Event Recap: Sue Stevenson Photography presents the AFCO Racing Products "Shock the Clock" MACS Time Trials Impact Graphics provided a $100 Gift Certificate to Fast Qualifier Steve Shaver.
Track Record: 18.097 Jackie Boggs Car # - Driver Name 30 - Steve Shaver 19.400 24M - Jeremy Miller 19.661 91 - Rick Elliott 19.817 90 - Gary Stuhler 19.851 19 - Steve Casebolt 19.915 92 - Jeff Rine 19.997 43A - Jason Covert 20.003 E1 - Mike Balzano 20.101 RG3 - Robert Salathe 20.170 79A - Rick Aukland 20.178 6T - Tim Dohm 20.188 14P - Jack Pencil 20.201 H1 - Jarred Miley 20.223 99M - Donnie Moran 20.231 7T - Dave Troutman 20.320 72M - John Mason 20.353 71R - Rod Conley 20.365 12 - Devin Friese 20.370 25A - Andy Anderson 20.413 119 - Jim Bernheisel 20.547 5E - Chuck Clise 20.555 11J - Keith Jackson 20.563 14G - Robbie Garlock 20.619 39F - Greg Fetters 20.660 40T - Travis Dillman 20.670 3B - David Bloss 20.710 06 - Mike Lupfer 20.710 25D - Len Dobrosielski 20.791 17 - Nick thingyson 20.818 88D - D.J. Troutman 20.849 B2 - Brian Booze 20.890 5F - Jerry Foster 20.890 07C - Scott Cross 20.977 15X - Shane Beegle 21.162 00H - Chuck Harper 21.244 22D - Darius Deneene 21.274 82G - Ted Gallagher 21.865 88Z - Dan Zechman NT
"Big Kahuna VI" 44-laps Night #2 Fin. STR Car # Driver Name Payoff Total for the weekend 1. 1. 91 Rick Elliott $5,000.00 $5,850.00 2. 9. 99M Donnie Moran $3,000.00 $4,500.00 3. 3. 43A Jason Covert $2,000.00 $3,250.00 4. 7. 90 Gary Stuhler $1,500.00 $2,000.00 5. 17. 119 Jim Bernheisel $1,250.00 $1,825.00 6. 5. E1 Mike Balzano $1,100.00 $3,100.00 7. 14. 25A Andy Anderson $1,050.00 $2,050.00 8. 11. 6T Tim Dohm $1,000.00 $1,500.00 9. 15. 12 Devin Friese $900.00 $1,500.00 10. 21. 71R Rod Conley $850.00 $1,950.00 11. 19. 5F Jerry Foster $800.00 $900.00 12. 12. RG3 Bob Salathe $750.00 $850.00 13. 22. 17 Nick thingyson $700.00 $1,600.00 14. 20. 11J Keith Jackson $650.00 $1,450.00 15. 24. 39F Greg Fetters $600.00 $1,350.00 16. 16. H1 Jarred Miley $575.00 $675.00 17. 4. 92 Jeff Rine $550.00 $650.00 18. 25. 07C Scott Cross $525.00 $625.00 19. 18. 14P Jack Pencil $500.00 $1,1500.00 20. 2. 30 Steve Shaver $500.00 $5,500.00 21. 13. 7T Dave Troutman $500.00 $1,000.00 22. 6. 24M Jeremy Miller $500.00 $1,000.00 23. 10. 79A Rick Aukland $500.00 $1,550.00 24. 8. 19 Steve Casebolt $500.00 $3,500.00 25. 23. 00H Chuck Harper $500.00 $1,000.00 26. 26. 5E Chuck Clise $500.00 $1,200.00
Car Count: 38 Time of the Event: 30:15 Final 50 lap segment Caution Laps: 10,12, 14, 35 Lead Changes: 0 Lap Leaders: 1-44 Elliott Red Flags: None Chase Decals Hard Luck Driver Jeremy Miller - $100 gift certificate
Malcuit Race Engines Dash King presented by Wildside Custom Racing Trailers: 1. Rick Elliott, Seaford, Del.; 2. Steve Shaver, Parkersburg, WV; 3. Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa.; 4. Jeff Rine, Danville, PA; 5. Mike Balzano, Parkersburg, WV; 6. Jeremy Miller, Gettysburg, PA; 7. Gary Stuhler, Greencastle, PA; 8. Steve Casebolt, Richmond, IN. "Bazell Race Fuels presents the Sunoco Race Fuels 1st B Main: 1. Chuck Clise, Frostburg, MD; 2. Jerry Foster, Pasadena, Md.; 3. Keith Jackson, Odenton, Md.; 4. Rod Conley, Wheelersburg, OH; 5. Greg Fetters, Everett, PA; 6. Scott Cross, Centerville, MD; 7. Mike Lupfer, Shermansdale, PA; 8. David Bloss, Mt. Salvage, MD; 9. D.J. Troutman, Hyndman, PA; 10. Brian Booze, Marion, Pa.; 11. Chuck Harper, Beverly, WV; 12. Shane Beegle, Everett, PA; 13. Robbie Garlock, Three Springs, Pa.; 14. Len Dobrosielski, Kennedy Twp., PA; 15. Nick thingyson, Lewistown, Pa.; 16. Ted Gallagher, Flinton, Pa.; 17. John Mason, Millersburg, OH; 18. Dan Zechman, Littlestown, Pa.. W &W Racing Supplies - Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic presents the Hoosier Tire Heat #1: 1. Gary Stuhler, Greencastle, PA; 2. Steve Shaver, Parkersburg, WV; 3. Rick Aukland, Zanesville, OH; 4. Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa.; 5. Andy Anderson, Martinsburg, W. Va.; 6. Jarred Miley, Pittsburgh, Pa.; 7. Jerry Foster, Pasadena, Md.; 8. Keith Jackson, Odenton, Md.; 9. Travis Dillman, Loysville, PA; 10. Shane Beegle, Everett, PA; 11. Len Dobrosielski, Kennedy Twp., PA; 12. Ted Gallagher, Flinton, Pa.. Dave Poske Performance Parts presents the Rocket Chassis Heat #2: 1. Jeremy Miller, Gettysburg, PA; 2. Donnie Moran, Dresden, OH; 3. Tim Dohm, Charleston, WV; 4. Mike Balzano, Parkersburg, WV; 5. Steve Casebolt, Richmond, IN; 6. Jim Bernheisel, Lebanon, PA; 7. Nick thingyson, Lewistown, Pa.; 8. Rod Conley, Wheelersburg, OH; 9. David Bloss, Mt. Salvage, MD; 10. Brian Booze, Marion, Pa.; 11. Chuck Harper, Beverly, WV; 12. Robbie Garlock, Three Springs, Pa.; 13. Dan Zechman, Littlestown, Pa.. Lias Tire Racing Division presents the American Racer Heat #3: 1. Rick Elliott, Seaford, Del.; 2. Jeff Rine, Danville, PA; 3. Robert Salathe, Bedford, PA; 4. Dave Troutman, Hyndman, PA; 5. Devin Friese, St. Thomas, PA; 6. Jack Pencil, Bedford, PA; 7. Chuck Clise, Frostburg, MD; 8. Scott Cross, Centerville, MD; 9. Greg Fetters, Everett, PA; 10. Mike Lupfer, Shermansdale, PA; 11. D.J. Troutman, Hyndman, PA; 12. Darius Deneene, Bedford, Pa.; 13. John Mason, Millersburg, OH. 2006 Final Championship Points Car # Driver Name 1. 43A Jason Covert York Haven, PA 4360 2. E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg, WV 4315 3. 119 Jim Bernheisel Lebanon, PA 4255 4. 24M Jeremy Miller Gettysburg, PA 3955 5. 14P Jack Pencil Bedford, PA 3639 6. 12 Devin Friese St. Thomas, PA 3625 7. 17 Nick thingyson ® Lewistown, PA 3538 8. 71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg, OH 3200 9. 31 Denny Chamberlain Lost Creek, WV 2645 10. 30 Steve Shaver Parkersburg, WV 2395 11. 90 Gary Stuhler Greencastle, PA 2094 12. W11 Robbie Blair Titusville, PA 2065 13. 11J Keith Jackson Odenton, MD 1897 14. 119J Davey Johnson Latrobe, PA 1750 15. 17E Lance Elson ® Wellsburg, WV 1591 16. 91 Rick Elliott Seaford, DE 1563 17. 19 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN 1420 18. 00H Chuck Harper Beverly, WV 1388 19. 04 Bob Close Eldred, PA 1310 20. 79A Rick Aukland Zanesville, OH 1280 21. 75 Bart Hartman Zanesville, OH 1155 22. RG3 Robert Salathe Bedford, PA 1083 23. M7 Brad Malcuit ® Strausburg, OH 1083 24. 3 David Scott Garland, PA 1075 25. 4F Alex Ferree Saxonburg, PA 1073
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MACS FACTS: · 38 drivers from six states including: Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia · Also in the field were 3 of the current or past MACS Champions: Balzano ('05); Harper ('03); and Pencil ('02) · Elliott drivers the Butch Warrington GTO Rocket, powered by a 415 Pro Power Chevrolet mounted with Penske Racing Shocks and shod with American Racers. His loyalist include: BSW Construction, Peninsula Storage, Herring Creek Builders, Warrington Farms, The Villages at Flue Point. · The feature field contained 10 previous MACS A Main winners. · The Series has had 62 different winners thus far in 182 events. · 16 out of the top 25 in points were present. · Career win leader board: 1.) Todd Andrews - 17; 2.) Chub Frank -15; 3.) Gary Stuhler -13; 4) Jackie Boggs, Robbie Blair and Jeremy Miller -10; 6.) Lynn Geisler -8; 7.) Davey Johnson -7; 8.) Mike Balzano - 6; 9.) Bob Close and Bart Hartman - 5 · This was a weekend of first. Elliott and Shaver both took career first victories with the Series and Jason covert won his first MACS championship in his first season on the road. · 2006 Winner's thus far: Jeremy Miller (6), Mike Balzano, Robbie Blair; Scott Bloomquist, Jason Covert, Billy Drake, Rick Elliott; Scott Haus, Chad Hina, Steve Shaver and Gary Stuhler. Also preliminary twin 25 or 50 winners include Andy Anderson, Miller, Bo Feathers and Rick Elliott · The average car count per event is 48 · 347 different drivers have competed in the MACS events this season
® WRISCO Aluminum MACS ROY Final Points 17 Nick thingyson ® 3538 17E Lance Elson ® 1591 79M Brad Malcuit ® 1083