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FASTRAK NORTHEAST ANNOUNCES 2007 CHAMPIONS & GRAND NATIONALS ROSTER; MORE THAN $50,000 UP FOR GRABS IN TENNESSEE

By Mike Leone

 

October 5, 2007                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Pulaski, PA…The inaugural season for the much-talked about FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Series concluded with its final race on September 28 at McKean County Raceway.  That event had a three-part bearing in wrapping up the Touring Series points, the McKean weekly points, and awarding points for Night 1 of the Grand Nationals. 

            “The 2007 season faced many challenges,” acknowledged Northeast Co-Director Mike Leone.  “The most important aspect FASTRAK accomplished in the Northeast was credibility and momentum that will be carried over to next season.  The racing was great and competitiveness was amazing with everyone on the $125 long-lasting Goodyear tires and $3,000 or $5,000 GM engine.  We wish all of our competitors heading to the Grand Nationals the best of luck in their shot at the $50,000 national championship.”        

            Alan Dellinger drove the Bob Williams-owned #8 to the 2007 Touring Series Championship.  The Hermitage, Pa. driver scored his only win at Lakeville (OH) Speedway on June 23, but never finished worse than sixth place taking the $5,000 top prize by 25 points over three-time winner Dick Barton, who failed to attend the very race that Dellinger won. 

            Three tracks shared the Friday night billing for the FASTRAK Late Models.  Though Barton came up shy on the Touring Series, the Ashville, New York racer won six times at Ohio’s Raceway 7 in the #28B.  Barton out-gained two-time winner John Watson by 25 points in route to the $1,000 FASTRAK money.  Dave Padula of Greencastle, Pa. was an eight-time winner at Dog Hollow Speedway in his #112 earning the inaugural title by 121 points over Chris Knuth.  New York’s Freedom Raceway went to Greg Oakes of Franklinville, New York.  The former E-Mod standout won three times in his #22 earning the title by just 12 over former Sprint Car racer Kyle Drum.  Saturday night racing was contested at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa. and Oakes was also able to win the $1,000 FASTRAK money there as well.  Though he was shutout of victory lane, he did win the points by 13 over one-time winner Jim Frank.

            With the racing now concluded here in the Northeast Region.  Attention shifts to Night 2 and Night 3 of the Grand Nationals, which will bring the entire 11 Regions across the nation together to determine the $50,000 National Champion and disburse the $250,000 national point fund.  Mountain Raceway Park in Marysville, Tennessee will hold practice on Wednesday, October 17 followed by a $2,000, $400 to-start event on Thursday, October 18 with a rain date of Friday, October 19.  Action then shifts to Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee with an open practice on October 19 (pending the completion of Night 2 on Thursday) followed by a $2,000 to-win, $400 to-start event on October 20 with a rain date of October 21.

            For Grand National points, FASTRAK members received 3-2-1 for the top three positions at their respective track or Touring Series plus one point for competing in 51% of the completed races, and another point for competing in all completed events for a maximum of five points.  This year, the goal was stand-alone events in each region for Night 1 of the Grand Nationals.  Because of the late timing and being the inaugural season in the Northeast, a stand-alone event was not possible so the September 28 event at McKean County served as Night 1 for the Northeast Region.  Eligible FASTRAK members received Grand National points for where they finished in the feature.  These drivers will take these points with them and join in with the rest of the nation for Night 2 and 3 of the Grand Nationals.  The maximum point amount for any driver heading into Night 1 across the nation is 40.

 

Grand National Points after Night 1 (Northeast FASTRAK eligible members only): 1. Dick Barton 38  2. Alan Dellinger 36  3. Tom Snyder, Jr. 34  4. Dave Padula & Rodney Phillips 30  6. John Watson 26  7. Jim Frank 24  8. Chris Knuth 19  9. Kyle Drum 17  10. Steve Hollabaugh 16  11. Greg Oakes 15  12. Jeff Teeters 13  13. Tom Kemp, Bob Kish & Chad Myers 12  16. Carl McKinney, Scott Myers & Bob Vogt, Jr. 11  19. Dereck Frank, Jon Law & Mark Osburn 1.

 

 

 

         

 

         

 

         

 

         
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