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TEAM RD DOMINATES FIRST EVER MAC TEAM FINALS-Richie Allen wins Top & Roger Thornton wins Juniors
Published by Johnny Davis on October 24, 2011
From the start of the weekend, Richmond Dragway drivers had their game face on at the first ever Mid Atlantic Challenge Team Championships at VMP. Friday’s winning started with Kennedy Weis in Junior Dragsters and Jeff Verdi capturing a win in the Modified Gambler Race while Sean Sparkman runner upped in the Modified High Roller Gambler. If points had been tracked on Friday, team Richmond would have beaten Team MotorMile by a few points but that’s just for play.
Saturday morning brought on more great weather and more awesome action on the VMP 1/8 mile. When the dust settled, RD had another fantastic day with JT Taylor winning the Mod Gamblers, JB Donati runner upping in the Top Gamblers, Carrie Wilson the JD Gambler Runner up while Mike Alexander ousted Marc Crump to win the Top High Roller Gambler race. Team RD was mentioned a bunch and would only be a precurser for the thumping laid down on Championship Sunday.
The RD drivers were ready for battle as first round approached Sunday. After being declared the Most Spirited Team, RD’s Modified contingent had a difficult first round and the team standings showed it. MotorMile and Sumerduck were leading with RD and VMP working hard to make up the difference. Once Top ET rolled thru the round, it was a different story. RD and MM were neck in neck and continued that way thru 4 rounds of all of the classes. As the fields started to narrow, it was clear that the Team Championship was a 2 horse race with RD and MM. In the 4th round of Juniors, 5 RD cars remained in the field and nearly a dozen top were still in contention. Modified was represented by 4 drivers at that point as well. A few more rounds of racing boiled down and at the quarter finals, out of 8 cars in top, 6 were RD drivers, in Modified there were 6 competitors and 2 were RD and Junior’s final 6 had 2 RD’s in the field. The Team Championship was sealed the next round though when Roger Thornton, Ronnie Jeter, Richie Allen, JB Donati, and Wayne Talley all made appearances in the semis. Earning 75 points on the heels of Roger Thornton’s JD win, Richie Allen’s defeat of Wayne Talley in the Top Finals, Richmond stretched their championship lead to 16 over MotorMile to win the FIRST EVER COMMONWEALTH CUP at the 2011 Mid Atlantic Challenge Championships. Final Commonwealth Cup MAC Standings are: Richmond Dragway 75, MotorMile Dragway 59, Sumerduck Dragway 44 and Virginia Motorsports Park 34.
Congratulations Team RD on one of the most DOMINATING events ever at a Team Finals anywhere! You are the VERY BEST!
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