Monday, 18 June 2012
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Fourteen sportsman racers practiced and tuned all day through three practice sessions, but unfortunately mother-nature rained down before qualifying and left the ARCA drivers lined up by points hoping for a break in the weather. The local racers raced through the rain in hopes the track would dry up and a weather window would let the 100 lapper begin. Track drying was a relentless effort by the PGARA team as the never say quit attitude left the track very close to race condition. The OK Tire Sportsman cars pulled onto the track and began as series of hot yellow laps to ready the track. 20 laps in the engine in the 67 car of Jeff Cameron, Red Bluff Pub rookie points leader, had had enough and expired in a cloud of smoke down the backstretch. Another cleanup ensued, and with the help of teams, officials and volunteers the track was ready to start the feature. The 99 Ford of Sarah Cornett-Ching took the field to green and Chris Babcock slipped inside and took the lead. With the high groove still green, the 99 was quickly shuffled to the eleventh place. The laps begin to click off as the drivers tested each other and the track. The 47 of Trevor Adelman runs second. The 71 of Olson races into the top five as does the 92 of Logan Jewel. Laps continue as Olson tests the high side. On lap 12 the 47 of Trevor Adelman gets into the green high groove and spins. Yellow slows the field as the storm clouds build. Back to green for two laps and the number 1 car of Matt Stephenson experiences a technical malfunction and spins in turn three. The yellow is back out. Rookie Barry Clayton claims the lucky dog and is back on the lead lap. 22 leads 71, 92 are your top three. Back to green and in a totally unexpected and masterful move, Dave Olson pulls high on the 22 and the two race side by side for 4 laps as Olson takes the lead on lap 36. The 92 begins to pressure the 22 for second. Storm clouds are looming to the North. The 92 makes the pass for second. The 5 car of Bob Williams is now in the mix, as is the 09 of Ryley Seibert, and the 27 of Mark Berriau. You can sense the urgency on the track as the yellow flies for a spinning 21 car of Cass Walker. Cars dive and spin to miss the stalled car. The 18 of Ian Graham, top three points contender, has to stop as the high side is blocked. The 92 and the 09 are tangled in the wreckage. It’s dejavu all over again from race 2 for Seibert as he makes his way to the pits for service and a tire. Jewel carries on but restarts at the back. The restart has the 5 car into second and the 27 in third. Coming back through the field is Cornett-Ching in the fourth spot and a very fast Bobby Mear rounding out the top five. The green flag flies on lap 50 as the field races like it’s the last lap. The race is now official and the rain is starting to sprinkle. Olson puts a car length on Williams and Berriau pressures. Mother-nature decides it’s over and the race is under caution for rain. With no chance of drying the track, the race ends at lap 54. Olson claims victory, Bob Williams takes second, Berriau third maintaining the points lead. Cornet-Ching with a solid fourth. Bobby Mear claims his first top five of the season. Ian Graham settles for sixth place, Stephenson races back to seventh. Williams Lake race winner Logan Jewel in the eighth spot. Babcock in ninth, Adelman in tenth. Clayton in eleventh, Seibert twelfth and Cass walker rounds out the thirteenth spot. A big thank you to the fans, sponsors, officials, PGARA, crews and drivers for their patience and flexibility as we worked around the weather.
Friday, 15 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
ARCA OK Tire Series driver Sarah Cornett-Ching will be displaying her number 99 car at Prince George Motors Saturday morning. Come by and meet Sarah and get an autograph from on of the series very competitive "young Guns". Sarah has a rookie of the year award in her trophy case and looking forward to a great run in PG.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Hello Sportsman Racers,
I have had some discussions regarding the weather forecast for Saturday. We are not sure exactly what mother nature has planned, but we are going to do everything we can to race Saturday evening. The track has lights so we have flexibility. The weather forecast for Sunday looks good.
WE WILL RACE SUNDAY IF REQUIRED. We know many teams have a long trip home, so we will be as prompt as possible.
Looking forward to a great weekend,
Sunday, 10 June 2012
The ARCA OK Tire Sportsman series heads to the most northern track of the series this weekend June 16 in Prince George B.C. The symmetrical 3/8 mile oval has hosted many great ARCA races and usually has a racey second groove to keep things interesting. Mark Berriau leads the points going into the half-way mark in the season, with Ian Graham and Ryley Seibert close behind. Mark is the defending winner of the PG race. This race is often a turning point for championship contenders. Who will lead and who will follow. Rookie Jeff Cameron holds a nineteen point lead over challenger Barry Clayton in the Red Bluff Pub rookie standings, and one issue could be the difference for both drivers. Come on out to PGARA and see some great racing and enjoy a great time as the track celebrates 60 years of racing with a BBq, live music and a fireworks show. See you at the track.
PG Racer information:
Track will be open from Thursday evening on for campers. No charge for camping.
Reminder that ARCA continues the NO PRACTICE POLICY 5 Days Prior to the event, at that venue.
Gates open at noon Saturday.
On track at 2.00 – 2.45 first ARCA practice
Rotating 15-20 minute practices with street stocks and Minis from 2.45 until 5.00
5:30 ARCA drivers meeting
6:00 qualifying mini, streets, ARCA
6:45 Canadian anthem, all drivers and crew lined up on the front straight away.
7:00 Minis and streets dashes, followed by ARCA, street and mini heats