Motor State Challenge

 2019 Motor State Challenge   

11th Annual Motor State Challenge

July 18th - 20th, 2019


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The Motor State Challenge is the Midwest’s premiere three-day Pro-Touring event! In 2018, it brought more than a hundred drivers from 18 different states and provinces to compete for fun and bragging rights. With vintage, late model, and touring classes, the event is designed to challenge drivers and cars alike.

For 2019, Motor State Challenge features a couple big changes and the opportunity for a whole lot more racing! This year’s three-day event begins on Thursday, July 18th at Motor State headquarters in Watervliet, MI, and ends Saturday, July 20th at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, MI. In addition, this year the South Bend Region SCCA is debuting the Summer Festival of Speed, a special four-day racing event that begins with the MSC and continues on through Saturday afternoon and Sunday with three additional racing events.

The Motor State Challenge will kick off on Thursday afternoon with the traditional gathering and driver’s meeting at Motor State HQ before departing for a scenic cruise of the SW Michigan countryside. After the cruise, the group will return to Watervliet for dinner and conversation.

On Friday, the group will head to South Haven’s GingerMan Raceway for a day of road course racing on GingerMan’s challenging 2.14-mile course.

The Motor State Challenge will continue at GingerMan on Saturday with the Track Sprint event, a timed standing start and finish event designed to test the agility and responsiveness of both driver and vehicle. The Motor State Challenge will conclude Saturday with lunch (Lane Automotive Relay for Life Team) and the awards ceremony.


Motor State Challenge Rules And Guidlines (133k PDF)

2019 Basic OSUSC/OUSCI Event Rules (778k PDF)


After the completion of the Motor State Challenge on Saturday, the SBR-SCCA Summer Festival of Speed continues with a special Track Event for Street Cars, where drivers get three 20-minute sessions on the track with their street car. The all-new SCCA Team Bracket Endurance Challenge pits 40 teams of two or more drivers sharing a production-based, fully race-ready car (full roll cage, race seat, window net, etc.) – no competition license needed! The Festival of Speed caps off on Sunday with SCCA Regional Sprint Racing for drivers with a full SCCA competition license, with wheel to wheel racing for all recognized SCCA classes. For additional details and to register for this separate event, visit:


2018 Motor State Challenge Recap


Motor State Challenge

 Bill Utley Jeremey Swensen Kyle Tucker Tom McBrideBen Dozeman, Todd Gartshore Memorial Award

The cars-by-number album is now on flickr! That makes 2056 total images posted of the three days. See them at the links below (larger pics on flickr).

Photo Gallery Page

flickr  MS Challenge Pics

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

On July 19-21, 2018, Motor State Distributing held the 10th Annual Motor State Challenge, a three-day Pro-Touring event that brought together 102 drivers from 18 states and provinces 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. An amazing 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. The rain held off until mid-afternoon, allowing all drivers to get in several rounds of road course racing on GingerMan’s highly technical track. Drivers wrapped up the day’s events swapping stories and comparing notes over Sherman’s ice cream.

The competition resumed Saturday morning with autocross at the Tire Rack in South Bend, Indiana. In a true test of driver skill and car agility, each participant made several timed passes on the course, trying to shave seconds while avoiding the dreaded cone penalties. As storms passed on either side of the event, the track stayed mostly dry, and the heavy rain held off until every driver had gotten all of their passes in. Motor State Distributing’s Marketing Director, Scott Wahlstrom, then presented the awards, as well as a large number of product certificates from the many industry sponsors that help make the Motor State Challenge possible.

Motor State Distributing would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who participated, and to all of the volunteers, organizations, and vendors who support the Motor State Challenge.

2018 Motor State Challenge Results

Vintage Class

Champion: Billy Utley - #91 1972 Chevrolet Nova (44 Points)
2nd Place: Brian Finch – #38 1971 Chevrolet Camaro (42 Points)
3rd Place: Bob Bertelsen – #14 1968 Chevrolet Corvette (34 Points)

Late Model Class

Champion: Jeremey Swensen – #31 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (48 Points Tie Breaker)
2nd Place: Danny Popp – #96 2003 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 (48 Points)
3rd Place: Paul Curley – #45 2003 Chevrolet Corvette (42 Points)

Manufacturers Vintage Class

Champion: Kyle Tucker (Detroit Speed) - #70 1987 Chevrolet Camaro (50 Points)
2nd Place: Chris Smith (Ridetech) - #23 1970 Chevrolet Camaro (46 Points)
3rd Place: Roger Irvine (UMI Performance) #10 1972 Pontiac LeMans (38 Points)

Manufacturers Late Model Class

Champion: Tom McBride (Ridetech) - #46 2000 Chevrolet Corvette (50 Points)
2nd Place: Austin Robison (Viking Shocks) - #24 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (46 Points)
3rd Place: Bret Voelkel (Ridetech) - #48 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (44 Points)

(Tie Breaker is determined by Autocross Times)

Congratulations to All!

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

Gary Flentge – #22 2000 Chevrolet Corvette

Additional Motor State Challenge Awards

Todd Gartshore Memorial Award: Ben Dozeman #148 – 2015 Ford Mustang
Long Distance Award (Driven): Brendan King #28 – 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Long Distance Award (Driven): Dave Kass #112 – 1972 Chevrolet C10
People's Choice Award: Aaron Oberle - #165 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle

Fastest Lap Awards
GingerMan Vintage:
Mark Stielow #69 – 1:39.288 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
GingerMan Late Model: Danny Popp #96 – 01:33.192 2003 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6
GingerMan Mfg. Vintage: Kyle Tucker #70 – 01:39.853 – (Detroit Speed) 1987 Chevrolet Camaro
GingerMan Mfg. Late Model: Tom McBride #46 – 01:39.210 (Ridetech) 2000 Chevrolet Corvette
Autocross Vintage: Billy Utley #91 – 37.82 1972 Chevrolet Nova
Autocross Late Model: Jeremy Swenson #31 – 35.94 2011 Chevrolet Corvette
Autocross Mfg. Vintage: Kyle Tucker #70 – 36.94 – (Detroit Speed) 1987 Chevrolet Camaro
Autocross Mfg. Late Model: Tom McBride #46 – 37.70 (Ridetech) 2000 Chevrolet Corvette

All Results/Stats PDF's

GingerMan Results (113KB PDF Overall Fast Times)

Autocross Results (107KB PDF)


Gary Flentge

Worldwide Distributor