2019 Motor State Challenge Recap

Motor State Challenge

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One of the Premier PRO-Touring Events in the Upper Midwest

On July 18-20, 2019, Motor State Distributing held the 11th Annual Motor State Challenge, a three-day Pro-Touring event that brought together 70 drivers from 17 states to compete for fun and bragging rights. With vintage, late model, and touring classes, the event challenges drivers and cars alike.

Thursday’s registration and kick-off meeting took place at Lane Automotive headquarters in Watervliet, Michigan, followed by a scenic cruise through SW Michigan, passing along the lakeshore in St. Joseph, before returning to Watervliet. A delicious BBQ dinner awaited the drivers upon their return, and the evening was spent enjoying great conversation, excellent food, and making any last-minute adjustments and preparations.

Friday morning kicked off under overcast skies at South Haven’s GingerMan Raceway, and after tech inspection by the South Bend Region SCCA, the drivers took to the track for timed lap sessions. Drivers braved the blistering heat and went all in on the track, putting both their cars and themselves to the test as the mercury hovered in the 90’s. Drivers wrapped up the day’s events cooling down and comparing notes over much-needed ice cream.

Saturday morning broke hot and clear as competition continued at Gingerman Raceway with the new TrackSprint event. Each driver tested their agility and responsiveness by making three timed passes, running the track backwards. The curves and hills they knew well from the day before were suddenly very different, challenging both driver and car. Motor State Distributing’s Marketing Director, Scott Wahlstrom, then presented the awards, as well as product certificates from the many industry sponsors that help make the Motor State Challenge possible.

11th 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)

Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Invite and
Spirit of the Event Winner

Gary Flentge #22, 2000 Chevrolet Corvette

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

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.
Optima Ultimate Street Car/Spirit of the Event Award: Matt Bacon #89, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette

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

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

And because this started out as a street car event for those who would drive their cars to the track, race, then drive them home, we want to recognize those who made the longest drive, both coming from the same town, and clocking over 500 miles.
Long Distance Award (Driven): Dave Kass #61, 1972 Chevrolet C10

All Results/Stats PDF

Overall Results (527KB PDF)

Congratulations to All!

 
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