Achzet, Warren to Lead Field to Green for Summit Classic

Joe Achzet on Pole, Rob Warren Outside Row One for 13th Annual Summit Classic 125

Madera, CA – April 25, 2017… Utica, New York’s Joe Achzet destroyed a four year-old track record at Madera Speedway on Tuesday night en route to claiming his first Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS),  Summit Classic 125 pole position. For the third year in a row, Pulaski, NY resident Rob Warren will start the race on the outside row one.

SUPRS Summit Classic 125 2017 front row

The 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 front row is set and Joe Achzet and Rob Warren will bring the field to the green flag.

While it wasn’t much of a shock that Achzet took the pole position given his affinity for speed, even he was surprised by his 11.182 second lap. “I figured I would be in the twos based on practice. I didn’t’ expect that one at all,” he said. His time obliterated the 2013 mark of 11.892 set by Myles Maxon.

When the green flag drops tomorrow night on the 125 lap race, the driver of the Graph X “Black Bandit” plans to live up to his nickname of “The Rabbit” but not in the usual way his competitors are used to. “I’d rather lead. I’d rather dictate the pace of the race,” said Achzet. Then added, “If somebody wants to go and push harder they’re welcome to, but I’d rather set the pace and be on the point.”

 

Warren Outside Row One for Third Year in a Row

Rob Warren driving the 1st to Finish Race Servers roadster qualified second quick with a time of 11.239 and while happy with his run was impressed by the pole sitter’s fast lap. “Congrats to Joe ,” Warren said. “That’s an evil number to attain. that was impressive.”

Powell Just Misses But Not Worried

“I was not counting on Joe laying down a lap like that,” said third quick qualifier Keith Powell. Powell’s 11.264 lap was just shy of the front row and puts him on the pole for the first qualifying heat. The CPR Motorsports driver isn’t too concerned though saying, “I have to make sure I win my heat race and I can start next to my teammate.”

The top three qualifiers were all in Xtreme chassis’ while Nelson Rodrigues, (P4), was in an Allegresso and Bob Gangwer qualified P5 with a Scriba Turkey Buzzard (Hawk, Jr.) machine. Rodrigues was the only driver in the top five that is not also in the top five in Championship

Callahan to Use Guaranteed Starter

Steve Callahan, a former Summit Classic winner, after a bad run, has chosen to use his Guaranteed Starter to line-up inside row two. That allows him to avoid the qualifying heat races that the rest of the time trialed drivers will have to run. They will line up according to their time trial for the two, 10 lap heats. Anyone that pulls into the pits tomorrow, included Domenic Gioia who had a Guaranteed Starter award, will start the heats based on points handicap since they failed to attempt a time trial.

SUPRS Season Summit Classic Week will close with the 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 tomorrow night at Madera Speedway. The field will be filled by 10 lap qualifying heat races. Action gets underway at 7:00pm with practice. Heats are at 8:15pm and last warm up session at 8:30pm. Driver introductions and pre-race festivities will lead up the to drop of the green flag at 9:00pm for the 13th Annual Summit Classic 125.

Summit Classic 125 for the Fans

For the first time, events of the SUPRS 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 will be streamed alongside of timing, scoring, and track telemetry data on SUPRS LIVE! Fans will enjoy driver interviews, an inside look at Race Control, fan chat, and all the action of the longest consecutively running supermodified sim race. Watch for more details in the coming days and don’t forget to bookmark SUPRS LIVE!

Fans of supermodified racing and online sim racers alike can learn more about the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series by visiting www.SUPRS.net“Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and Viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube.


RESULTS

  • SUPRS 13th Annual Season Summit Classic 125 Time Trials
  • Race 41 of 41
  • April 25, 2017
  • SUPRS rFactor W v7.1 mod
  • Madera Speedway

Supermodified Time Trials (showing car number, driver name, hometown, sponsors, lap 1, lap 2-best lap underlined)

  1. 14-Joe Achzet; Yorkville, NY; Cottontail Designs, GraphX: 11.314, 11.182
  2. 35-Rob Warren; Pulaski, NY; 1st to Finish Race Servers, Designs of Elegance: 11.294, 11.239
  3. 41-Keith Powell; Carrollton, OH; Icings on Top, CPR Motorsports: 11.418, 11.264
  4. 7-Nelson Rodrigues; Stoneham, MA; Star Speedway: 11.572, 11.402
  5. 25-Bob Gangwer; Goshen, IN; Wing Side Up Enterprises, RW Woodworking: 11.503, 11.456
  6. 38-Kyle Clark; Mexico, NY; Coors’ Light, Disturbed Motorsports:  11.566, 11.474
  7. 55-Steve Callahan; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Exide Battery, CPR Motorsports: 11.549, 11.551
  8. 15-Joey Callahan; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Racing for a Cure, CPR Motorsports: 11.786, 11.677
  9. 77-Kevin Timmins; Baldwinsville, NY; BreezeGraphics.com, Wesley Motorsports: 11.986, 11.898
  10. 42-Carl Becker; Lansing, MI; Wholesale Diamond Exchange, Michigan Hill Gang: 12.102, 12.341

SUPRS Summit Classic 125 History – A SUPRS Triple Crown Race – LaPorte/Cayuga/Madera Speedways

  • 2005 Summit Classic 125 Champion-LaPorte Speedway: John Davidson
  • 2006 Summit Classic 125 Champion-LaPorte Speedway: John Davidson
  • 2007 Summit Classic 125 Champion-LaPorte Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2008 Summit Classic 125 Champion-LaPorte Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2009 Summit Classic 125 Champion-LaPorte Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2010 Summit Classic 125 Champion-Cayuga Speedway: Myles Maxon
  • 2011 Summit Classic 125 Champion-Madera Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2012 Summit Classic 125 Champion-Madera Speedway: John Davidson
  • 2013 Summit Classic 125 Champion-Madera Speedway: Steve Callahan
  • 2014 Summit Classic 125 Champion-Madera Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2015 Summit Classic 125 Champion-Madera Speedway: Bob Gangwer
  • 2016 Summit Classic 125 Champion-Madera Speedway: Bob Gangwer

Gangwer Overcomes Madness

Bob Gangwer Comes Through Chaos for Monday Madera Madness Win

Madera, CA – April 24, 2017…Bob Gangwer overcame a spin, several close calls, and a race riddled with cautions to claim first place in the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), Monday Madera Madness at Madera Speedway.

SUPRS Monday Madera Madness VL screenshot

After a wild night of non-wing racing, Bob Gangwer survived the Monday Madera Madness. (Victory Lane screenshot art by BreezeGraphics.com)

The race was Gangwer’s fourth win of the season, and third at Madera in three years. “I dig this place,” the winner said. “But it was a rough night out there and I was just lucky to survive. Congrats to Keith and Rob on their finishes and I just want to say what a blast it was to race with Kyle Clark tonight. We must have run 10 laps or so side by side. I have a lot of respect for any driver that can do that, but especially at this place in these cars.”

In a race that nobody seemed to want to lead, Gangwer started on the pole, took the lead but immediately lost it when he spun on a restart after the caution flew on lap one. “That was just a dumb move on my part,” Gangwer stated. “I got on the hammer too hard and lost it. I’m just glad I didn’t ruin anyone else’s race.”

Keith Powell inherited the lead and held it for seven laps before he too spun out in the same turn four that claimed Gangwer. Powell ended up being hit while he sat backwards on the track, but was somehow able to continue.

Next up was Rob Warren, and he looked strong in the early going. However, he didn’t look so good sliding through the middle of turn one and two after just four laps in the lead. He ended his slide with a wild 360 and kept going but still the caution flag flew again.

All three of the drivers cycled through the field until Gangwer was back out front. He ended up leading a total of 29 laps to come home ahead of Powell and Warren.

Steve Callahan won the Fast Car Dash, while Rob Warren and Keith Powell claimed their heat race wins.

Supermodified sim racing action at Madera continues Tuesday with the 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 Time Trials. Only the two fastest time drivers will be locked into the starting line-up with everyone else having to run a qualifying heat race.

Action gets underway at 8:00pm with practice, followed by drivers meeting at 8:45pm. The drivers will shoot for the pole position of the 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 at 9:00pm.

Fans of supermodified racing and online sim racers alike can learn more about the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series by visiting www.SUPRS.net“Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and Viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube.


RACE RESULTS

  • SUPRS Monday Madera Madness
  • Race 40 of 41
  • April 24, 2017
  • SUPRS rFactor NW v1.2 mod
  • Madera Speedway

Supermodified Time Trials (showing car number, driver name, hometown, sponsors, lap 1, lap 2-best lap underlined)

  1. 35-Rob Warren; Pulaski, NY; 1st to Finish Race Servers, Designs of Elegance: 12.023, 11.996
  2. 41-Keith Powell; Carrollton, OH; Icings on Top, CPR Motorsports: 12.301, 12.048
  3. 38-Kyle Clark; Mexico, NY; Coors’ Light, Disturbed Motorsports:  12.669, 12.363
  4. 55-Steve Callahan; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Exide Battery, CPR Motorsports: 13.253, 12.374
  5. 7-Nelson Rodrigues; Stoneham, MA; Star Speedway: 12.745, 12.397
  6. 25-Bob Gangwer; Goshen, IN; Wing Side Up Enterprises, RW Woodworking: 12.577, 12.526
  7. 77-Kevin Timmins; Baldwinsville, NY; BreezeGraphics.com, Wesley Motorsports: 12.711, 12.986
  8. 42-Carl Becker; Lansing, MI; Wholesale Diamond Exchange, Michigan Hill Gang: 13.028, 13.425
  9. 14-Joe Achzet; Yorkville, NY; Cottontail Designs, GraphX: NT
  10. 15-Joey Callahan; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Racing for a Cure, CPR Motorsports: NT

Supermodified Fast Car Dash 6 Laps (showing car number, driver name)

  1. 55-Steve Callahan
  2. 38-Kyle Clark
  3. 41-Keith Powell
  4. 35-Rob Warren
  5. 25-Bob Gangwer

Supermodified Heat Race 10 Laps (showing car number, driver name)

  1. 35-Rob Warren
  2. 42-Carl Becker
  3. 38-Kyle Clark
  4. 77-Kevin Timmins
  5. 7-Nelson Rodrigues

Supermodified Heat Race 10 Laps (showing car number, driver name)

  1. 41-Keith Powell
  2. 55-Steve Callahan
  3. 15-Joey Callahan
  4. 25-Bob Gangwer
  5. 7-Nelson Rodrigues
  6. 14-Joe Achzet

Supermodified Feature 85 Laps (showing car number, driver name, bonus, starting place, fastest lap, distance behind winner)

  1. 25-Bob Gangwer: * | ** |  P1 | 12.171
  2. 41-Keith Powell: * | P5 | 12.090| +0.211
  3. 35-Rob Warren: * | ! | P6 | 11.870 | +0.471
  4. 38-Kyle Clark:  P4 |  +0.927
  5. 14-Joe Achzet:  P10 |  12.062 |  +5.309
  6. 77-Kevin Timmins: P7 | 12.450 | +7.663
  7. 55-Steve Callahan: P3 | 12.094 | DNF(Black Flag-Spin Rule)
  8. 7-Nelson Rodrigues: P2 | 12.765 | DNF(suspension failure)
  9. 15-Joey Callahan: P9 | 13.305 | DNF(pulled off)
  10. 42-Carl Becker: P8 | 14.481 | DNF(accident)

 Time of Race:  21:42.869

  • * Denotes Lap Led
  • ** Denotes Most Laps Led
  • ! Denotes Fastest Lap of Race

Notes:

  • The feature inversion was “6”
  • Three drivers led the race and there were three lead changes
  • The feature race had seven cautions for a total of 37 caution laps

SUPRS Wraps Up Wing Season with Summit Classic 125

Clovis, CA – April 22, 2017…The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), wraps up another exciting season of wing supermodified sim racing with the 13th Annual SUPRS Season Summit Classic 125 on April 23-25 at Madera Speedway.

SUPRS Season Summit Classic 125

Climbing to the Summit is never hard with great graphics from BreezeGraphics.com

The 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 is the 41st race of the 2016-2017 SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship XIII and the second leg of the SUPRS Supermodified Sim Racing Triple Crown.

In preparation for the 13th running of the Summit Classic 125 on Wednesday, there will be a Test-N-Tune Sunday where drivers will be in both their wing and non-wing supermodified sim racing cars. The track opens at 8pm.

Watch live video from SUPRSonline on www.twitch.tv

Madness Begins Monday

Clinton Cyr winner of SUPRS Monday Madera Madness rFactor race

Clinton Cyr held off Ray Sand, Jr. after a late race restart to win his second SUPRS feature of the season.

Then on April 24, the SUPRS Monday Madera Madness non-wing supermodified 40 lapper take place. Practice begins at 7:30pm for this race that is now in its second year. Last year’s event had just two cautions and Clinton Cyr won after a thrilling three-lap shootout to the finish with Ray Sand, Jr.

On Tuesday,  13th Annual Summit Classic 125. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the invitation only Cherry Breaker 63 for drivers that have never won a SUPRS wing supermodified feature, was canceled due to lack of eligible drivers leaving drivers to focus on Time Trials for the 13th Annual Summit Classic 125. Group Practice on Tuesday begins at 8pm and the battle to see which two-drivers will be locked into the race and start on the front row starts at 9pm with single car Time Trials.

Finally on Wednesday, the grand finale for SUPRS happens and the drivers will try to add their name to the long list of winners of the Summit Classic 125.  Practice will begin at 7:00pm with the green flag dropping on the 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 starting field at 9:00pm.

Tough to Win

In 12 prior years only five drivers have won this challenging race with Ray Sand, Jr. being the all-time winner with five. John Davidson has three Summit Classic wins and was the first driver to win back to back. The only other driver with multiple wins is Bob Gangwer, a two-time back to back winner. Gangwer is the defending winner of the race. Steve Callahan, (2013), and Myles Maxon, (2010), are also former winners.

Warren Wraps Up Third SUPRS Championship

This year when the non-wing supermodifieds hit the track on Monday Rob Warren will seal the deal on his second SUPRS Gold Crest Championship and first Gold Crest Wing Championship. Warren has previously won the SUPRS Gold Crest Non-Wing Championship and has a Silver Crest Championship to his credit.

Last year, Warren sat on the front row for the Summit Classic for the second straight year and is a favorite to win at Madera in the 125 lap event on Wednesday. With 14 wins so far this season, he could also set a new SUPRS record for most wins in a season, topping the man he’s tied with Ray Sand, Jr. if he picks up win 15.

Summit Classic 125 for the Fans

For the first time, events of the SUPRS 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 will be streamed alongside of timing, scoring, and track telemetry data on SUPRS LIVE! Fans will enjoy driver interviews, an inside look at Race Control, fan chat, and all the action of the longest consecutively running supermodified sim race. Watch for more details in the coming days and don’t forget to bookmark SUPRS LIVE!

Fans of supermodified racing and online sim racers alike can learn more about the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series by visiting www.SUPRS.net“Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and Viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube.


Summit Classic 125 History:

  • 2005 Summit Classic Champion: John Davidson
  • 2006 Summit Classic Champion: John Davidson
  • 2007 Summit Classic Champion: Ray Sand Jr
  • 2008 Summit Classic Champion: Ray Sand Jr
  • 2009 Summit Classic Champion: Ray Sand Jr
  • 2010 Summit Classic Champion: Myles Maxon
  • 2011 Summit Classic Champion: Ray Sand Jr
  • 2012 Summit Classic Champion: John Davidson
  • 2013 Summit Classic Champion: Steve Callahan
  • 2014 Summit Classic Champion: Ray Sand Jr
  • 2015 Summit Classic Champion: Bob Gangwer
  • 2016 Summit Classic Champion: Bob Gangwer

***2017 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 Week Schedule of Events***

Sunday 04/23/2017

  • 8:00pm-Test-N-Tune – rFactor SUPRS NW v1.2 – SUPRS Madera Speedway
  • 9:00pm-Test-N-Tune – rFactor SUPRS W v7.1 – SUPRS Madera Speedway

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Monday 04/24/2017

Monday Madera Madness 40

rFactor Non-Wing Supermodified

  • 7:00pm-Systems Checks
  • 7:30pm-Practice
  • 8:00pm-Driver’s Meeting
  • 8:15pm-Time Trials: non-wing supermodifieds
  • 8:30pm-Fast Car Dash – 6 Laps
  • 8:45pm-Heats – 10 Laps
  • 9:00pm-Green Flag Feature Event – 40 Laps

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Tuesday 04/25/2017

13th Annual Summit Classic 125 Time Trials

rFactor Wing Supermodified

  • 7:00pm-Systems Checks
  • 8:00-8:15pm- Group A Practice (no more than six cars per group)
  • 8:15-8:30pm-Group B Practice (no more than six cars per group)
  • 8:30-8:45pm-All-Skate Practice
  • 8:00pm-Drivers Meeting
  • 9:00pm-Time Trials: 13th Annual Summit Classic 125

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Wednesday 04/28/2017

13th Annual Summit Classic 125

rFactor Wing Supermodified

-Qualifying Heats

-B-Main(if needed)

-13th Annual Summit Classic 125

  • 6:00pm-7:00pm – Systems Checks
  • 7:00pm-7:15pm – Practice: 8 Lap Sessions
  • 7:15pm-7:45pm – Practice: 12 Lap Sessions
  • 7:45pm-8:00pm – Practice: All-Skate/ Open Pit
  • 8:00pm-8:15pm – Driver’s Meeting
  • 8:15pm – Qualifying Heat Races for Summit Classic 125: 10 Laps.
  • 8:30pm – 25 Lap B-Main (if needed)
  • 8:30pm-8:40pm – Final Warmups: All-Skate/Open Pit
  • 8:45-13th Annual Summit Classic 125 Driver Introductions and Pre-Race Festivities
  • 9:00pm – 13th Annual Summit Classic 125 GREEN FLAG