Hey there race fans!! We have reached the end of August are in home stretch for the season. With only 2 regional events left, many points battles look to come down to the last event. While other have already been wrapped up. As it is in PPAX. James Paulson has been having a dominating season in his Mustang, and has clinched the class championship after winning both August events! The battle still rages for 2 and 3rd with Ryan Otis holding down 2nd at the moment, but both Jerry Jenkins and Myself will be looking to take that away in the final weekend. Carson Orud was able to also lock down the S2 championship with 2 strong wins while his closest competition, Blake Anghilante dealt a broken car at event 6 taking him out of the championship race. He will try and hold onto second in September.
Phil Snodgrass has a commanding lead in the NS3 class. Both Ben Cort and James Keller fresh of his first class win will be looking to steal it away. Many other classes see the points leaders heading in the final weekend with a firm yet tentative lead, Shawn Porter in NS4, Rio Rios in NS5, and Lorrin Mueller in S1.
Rafael Perez holds on to a slim 7 point lead over Garrett Cogburn in NS6. The Honda boys will be battling it out right down to the wire for sure. In Ladies PPAX, Lacey Otis takes the narrowest of margins into the final weekend with a 2 point lead over Mina Ingraham. These ladies will be fighting it out right down to the last run on Sunday and should be a blast to watch!
Our last two events will be the weekend of September 23-24 in Packwood, and you wont want to miss them!
On the National scene, we have a handful of region members heading east to the SCCA Solo Championships in Lincoln, NE. The Week will start off with the PRO Finale on Sept 2-3. Dan Bullis looks to make it back to back wins at the Finale in BS, while Ryan Otis will be looking to claim the win in a tough Cam class. Mina Ingraham and Lacey Otis will be representing the ladies as they hope to battle it out for the top 2 spots in a stacked L3 class. The PRO Finales is capped out at 300 racers along with a handful of juniors. The actions will be fast and furious for sure!!
The main event will start on Tuesday as the 2017 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals kick off. Over 1300 racers from across the globe have signed up to take part in the largest amateur auto racing event in the world! Last year saw 1304 racers take to the two large courses to find out who was the fastest in the country! This year looks to top that number with over 1320 already signed up. The competition will be broken down over 4 days, with racers running either Tues-Wed or Thur-Fri. Oregon region will be sending a number of fast racers down to try and claim the coveted red jacket. Here are the brave ones making the trek back east. May you all be safe in your journey, and kick some butt!!!
Dan Bullis(BS), Carson Orud(ES), James Paulson(FS), Jim Daniels(STR), Tami Daniels(STRL), Ryan Otis(STP), Lacey Otis(STPL), Phil Snodgrass(DP), Andy Howe(CM), Heather Howe(CML)
Des Toups(DS), Zeph Uusitalo(STX), Alex Paraskevas(STX), Mina Ingraham(STUL)Dennis Healy(CAMC)