Motor State Challenge

2020 Motor State Challenge

The 12th Annual Motor State Challenge took place on July 16-18, 2020, The Motor State Challenge is a three-day Pro-Touring event that brings together as many as 100 drivers from across the US and Canada to compete for fun and bragging rights. Drivers can compete in standard and manufacturer Vintage and Late Model classes, as well as the new QA1 #goDRIVEit class, which is designed for participants who drive their vehicle to the event, race it, then drive it home. We also had several new participants entered in the unscored/untimed Touring class designed for those wanting the on-track experience without the competitive pressure.

The event kicked up Thursday with a 50+ mile cruise let by the incredible Berrien County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit. Always a highlight and anticipated part of the event, this year was no exception. Upon returning to the hotel a delicious, individually packaged meal was provided to all participants by Nola Roux Cajun Eatery.

On Friday, drivers hit the track at South Haven’s GingerMan Raceway for timed lap sessions. This fun and scenic 1.88-mile long road course provided drivers with long straights, short sprints, sweeping curves, tight apexes, and changing elevations, all with open run-off areas and other features to help maximize driver safety.

On Saturday morning, the fun continued at GingerMan with the TrackSprint, where drivers experienced the challenge a start-stop course on the most technical area of the track. Each group was given six runs on the timed, single-lap sprint with the fastest course time counting towards their overall points. The day wraps up with wrapped up with the awards ceremony and door prize giveaways.

Beautiful weather ensured great car fun was had by all.

Congratulations to our winning drivers of the 2020 Motor State Challenge!

Below are the top 3 drivers in each class except for the #goDRIVEit class where only one award was given in Vintage and Late Model. In the event of a points tie, the faster TrackSprint time is the tiebreaker.

Vintage Class

Champion: Billy Utley #85 – 1972 Chevrolet Nova (50 Points)
2nd Place: Jim Stehlin #73 – 1973 Chevrolet Camaro (46 Points)
3rd Place: Donny Freise #32 – 1971 Chevrolet Camaro (42 Points)

Late Model Class

Champion: Paul Curley II #45 – 2000 Chevrolet Corvette (50 Points)
2nd Place: Adam Ulrich #4 – 2001 Chevrolet Corvette (46 Points)
3rd Place: Randy Johnson #29 – 2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 (42 Points)

Manufacturers Vintage Class

Champion: Roger Irvine #6 (UMI Performance) – 1971 Chevrolet Camaro (48 Points*)
2nd Place: Matthew Braun #11 (ABC Performance) – 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle (48 Points*)
3rd Place: Tony Grzelakowski #97 (ABC Performance) – 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle (44 Points)

Manufacturers Late Model Class

Champion: Johnny Rose #25 (Hawk) – 2006 Mazda Miata (50 Points)
2nd Place: Taylor Allen #102 (Hawk) – 2002 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 (44 Points*)
3rd Place: John Butler #95 (Hawk) – 1995 BMW E36 M3 (44 Points*)

#goDRIVEit Vintage

Winner: David Kruk #110 – 1970 Dodge Super Bee (50 Points)

#goDRIVEit Late Model Class

Winner: Danny King #76 – 2019 Porsche GT3 RS (50 Points)

Fastest Lap Awards

Road Course Vintage: Billy Utley #85 – 1972 Chevrolet Nova – [01:40.6]
Road Course Late Model: Paul Curley II #45 – 2000 Chevrolet Corvette – [01:33.1]
Road Course Mfg. Vintage: Matthew Braun #11 (ABC Performance) – 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle – [01:38.2]
Road Course Mfg. Late Model: Johnny Rose #25 (Hawk) – 2006 Mazda Miata – [01:39.0]
TrackSprint Vintage: Billy Utley #85 – 1972 Chevrolet Nova – [00:83.0]
TrackSprint Late Model: Paul Curley II #45 – 2000 Chevrolet Corvette – [00:76.7]
TrackSprint Mfg. Vintage: Roger Irvine #6 (UMI Performance) – 1971 Chevrolet Camaro – [00:80.3]
TrackSprint Mfg. Late Model: Johnny Rose #25 (Hawk) – 2006 Mazda Miata – [00:81.2]

Additional Motor State Challenge Awards

Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Invite/Spirit of the Event Award: Marshall Reinert #7 – 2000 Chevrolet Corvette The Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Invite and Spirit of the Event award gives the winner a spot to compete at the 2020 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Todd Gartshore Memorial Award: David Kruk #110 – 1970 Dodge Super Bee The Todd Gartshore Memorial Award is awarded to someone who has gone above and beyond in showing their passion and dedication to the event.

People’s Choice Award: Matt Bacon #89 – 1976 Chevrolet Corvette The People’s Choice Award is a very special honor awarded to a driver/car by his/her peers.

Long Distance Award: Paul Harris – Richmond, VA (Over 750 Miles) We recognize those who traveled the farthest to come compete at the Motor State Challenge.

*In the event of a points tie, the faster TrackSprint time is the tiebreaker.

Check out our Flickr Collection with pictures from the event!

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Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Invite/Spirit of the Event Award: Marshall Reinert
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Todd Gartshore Memorial Award: David Kruk
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People’s Choice Award: Matt Bacon

2019 Annual Motor State Challenge Winners

Congratulations to our winning drivers of the 2019 Motor State Challenge! Below are the top 3 drivers in each class (In the event of a points tie, the faster TrackSprint time is the tie-breaker).

Vintage Class

Champion: Brian Finch #71, 1971 Chevrolet Camaro (45 Points)
2nd Place: Billy Utley #63, 1972 Chevrolet Nova (37 Points*)
3rd Place: Dan Ballard #72, 1972 Chevrolet Nova (37 Points*)

Late Model Class

Champion: Randy Johnson #29, 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (43 Points)
2nd Place: Chris Jacobs #1, 2001 Chevrolet Corvette (41 Points)
3rd Place: Danny King #76, 2019 Porsche GT3 RS (39 Points)

Manufacturers Vintage Class

Champion: Matthew Braun #107 (ABC Performance), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle (45 Points)
2nd Place: Tony Grzelakowski #170 (ABC Performance), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle (39 Points*)
3rd Place: Sam Strano #41 (UMI Performance), 1971 Chevrolet Camaro (39 Points*)

Manufacturers Late Model Class

Champion: Ryan Matthews #4 (GearFX), 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (45 Points)

Fastest Lap Awards

Road Course Vintage: Brian Finch #71, 1971 Chevrolet Camaro [01:39.1]
Road Course Late Model: Chris Jacobs #1, 2001 Chevrolet Corvette [01:36.9]
Road Course Mfg. Vintage: Matthew Braun #107 (ABC Performance), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle [01:39.1]
Road Course Mfg. Late Model: Ryan Matthews #6 (Detroit Speed), 2000 Chevrolet Corvette [01:34.9]
TrackSprint Vintage: Brian Finch #71, 1971 Chevrolet Camaro [01:02.32]
TrackSprint Late Model: Randy Johnson #29, 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 [00:59:95]
TrackSprint Mfg. Vintage: Matthew Braun #107 (ABC Performance), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle [01:00.05]
TrackSprint Mfg. Late Model: Ryan Matthews #6 (Detroit Speed), 2000 Chevrolet Corvette [00:58.97]

*In the event of a points tie, the faster TrackSprint time is the tie-breaker.

Additional Motor State Challenge Awards

Optima Ultimate Street Car/Spirit of the Event Award: Matt Bacon #89, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette
The Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Invite and Spirit of the Event award gives the winner a spot to compete at the 2019 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Todd Gartshore Memorial Award: Mark Golovin #111, 2001 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
The Todd Gartshore Memorial Award is awarded to someone who has gone above and beyond in showing their passion and dedication to the event.

The People’s Choice Award: Dennis Bay #98, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
The People’s Choice Award in a very special honor bestowed upon a driver by his peers.

Long Distance Award (Driven): Dave Kass #61, 1972 Chevrolet C10
Because this started as a street car event for those who would drive their cars to the track, race, then drive them home, we want to recognize the individual who made the longest drive. Dave clocked over 500 miles!

Congratulations to All!!!