SUPRS 14th Year of Racing Starts with Harvest of Speed at LaPorte Speedway
October 3, 2017 – Goshen, IN…The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), fourteenth season kicks off October 10 with the running of the Harvest of Speed at LaPorte Speedway.
The fictional, tight 3/8th mile track in Northern Indiana has been a mainstay on the SUPRS schedule since the beginning of the supermodified sim racing sanctioning body. During the formative years of SUPRS, LaPorte was one of the few tracks available to the fledgling sanction.
Winning at LaPorte a Tough Nut to Crack
A scant few drivers have ever won a SUPRS sanctioned race at LaPorte Speedway. Many of the 13 different drivers that have managed to see the checkered flag first at LaPorte have never won a second race there. Of those 13, just seven have won the Harvest of Speed, proving that a win here is hard to come by.
Maxon, Davidson, Sand Stand Out
In the history of SUPRS racing at this track, which dates back to 2004, Myles Maxon and John Davidson have more total wins at LaPorte than any other driver. Maxon’s four Harvest of Speed victories at LaPorte make up the bulk of his seven total wins here . Three of those wins came in a row from 2007-2009. Davidson did something no other driver has even come close to. He had an incredible run of eight straight checkered flags at LaPorte from February 2005 to April 2006. One of those wins was the 2005 Harvest of Speed.
Ray Sand, Jr. is third on the All-Time SUPRS LaPorte Speedway win list with six. Two of his wins there include his 2011 and 2013 Harvest of Speed victories.
Gangwer Defending Harvest Winner
Last year Bob Gangwer joined Davidson, Maxon and Sand, Jr. along with Sean O’Kane, Gary Waldron and Chris Meyers as a Harvest of Speed winner. It was Gangwer’s first LaPorte win after 13 years of trying after he capitalized on a mistake by early race leader Rob Warren. Joe Achzet and Keith Powell finished up on the podium for two of their best LaPorte finishes.
From the first Harvest of Speed, the event has always used the NASCAR Heat sim racing platform. Through the years different versions of the game have seen action, with the first being the Mike Jackson built “PSTM” mod. Using NASCAR Heat to start the season is a tradition continues this year as the racers look for a bountiful start to the season.
Old School Originality
The ‘in-house’ SUPRS W v6.0 mod built by Quesnell Designs was originally released in 2010. The unique and original mod was the first in the sim racing world not only to feature multiple supermodified chassis in one game, but also articulating top wings. The mod, which is now considered very old, continues to offer many memorable races just like its done throughout its long use.
Harvest Part of Indyana Supermod Challenge
This year’s Harvest of Speed is a part of the Indyana Supermod Challenge, (ISC), a multi-race, season-long regional tour that also includes races at Salem Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Something that makes this championship within a championship a very hard one to win, is that racers have to be good in both wing and non-wing supermodifieds. Plus, the tour is a mix of both the NASCAR Heat and rFactor gaming platforms.
Special Award for 2018 ISC Champ
The overall Indyana Supermod Challenge Champion gets 10 SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship bonus points, which in and of itself is something special. Even better, the 2018 Indyana Supermod Challenge champion receives a special gift basket filled with Yoder’s Indiana Popcorn, popping oils and even buttery salt!
Circle the Date
SUPRS 14th consecutive season of supermodified sim racing begins with the Harvest of Speed at LaPorte Speedway on October 10, 2017. Practice begins at 8:15pm, with the Drivers Meeting taking place at 8:30. Time Trials follow at 8:45pm and Racing begins with the Fast Car Dash at 9:00pm.
Online sim racers, gamers, and supermodified racing fans can all learn more about the original supermodified sim racing sanction by visiting www.SUPRS.net, “Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+, Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and Viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube. We’re also on Instagram @suprs_online, and don’t forget to check out our live streaming video at select races throughout the season via our SUPRS LIVE! page and Twitch.
SUPRS – “Supermodified Sim Racing for the Right Reasons” since 2004
Harvest of Speed Season Opener- Wing – LaPorte Speedway
- 2004 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: N/A
- 2005 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: John Davidson
- 2006 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Sean O’Kane
- 2007 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Myles Maxon
- 2008 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Myles Maxon
- 2009 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Myles Maxon
- 2010 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Gary Waldron
- 2011 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Ray Sand, Jr.
- 2012 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Chris Meyers
- 2013 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Ray Sand, Jr.
- 2014 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Myles Maxon
- 2015 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Ray Sand, Jr.
- 2016 Harvest of Speed Season Opener Winner: Bob Gangwer