Special Awards post Madison
Special Awards post Madison
TOLEDO, Ohio (June 21, 2016) – It doesn’t seem to matter which car Kyle Weatherman crawls into…it’ll find its way to the front. That’s exactly what happened at Madison Int’l Speedway where Weatherman, in Mason Mitchell’s No. 98 steel-bodied Chevrolet, led 109 of 200 laps, and the Valvoline Lap Leader of the Race award. It was Weatherman’s first start with Mason Mitchell Motorsports after running the first eight races of the 2016 season with Lira Motorsports. Weatherman debuted on the ARCA tour with his own team when he was just 15 in 2013. He’s been making headlines ever since, racing with the Roulo Brothers in 2014 and Cunningham Motorsports in 2015. In 37 career starts, Weatherman has led 547 laps overall in 17 races.
The Valvoline Lap Leader receives a $500 per race cash award. Valvoline also contributes $20,000 to the year-end championship points fund. Chase Briscoe leads the overall Valvoline Lap Leader of the Year with 237 laps-led on the season.
Weatherman’s crew chief at Madison, Mason Mitchell, earned the Cometic Crew Chief of the Race award for qualifying second and finishing second. Two-time Cometic Crew Chief of the Year Chad Bryant currently leads the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year standings over Billy Venturini, Paul Andrews, Mitchell and Donnie Richeson. The Cometic Crew Chief of the Year receives $3,000 at the year-end championship awards banquet. Cometic also awards $250 to each Cometic Crew Chief of the Race and contributes an additional $3,500 to the year-end point fund.
Spokane, Washington’s Nicole Behar was impressive in her ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Madison. Behar, in the No. 55 TRD Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, qualified third and finished third, thus earning the SCOTT Rookie of the Race honors. Behar’s effort at Madison netted $250 as the race’s SCOTT Rookie of the Race. The year-end SCOTT Rookie of the Year receives $10,000. The SCOTT Rookie of the Year title takes rookies’ 15 best finishes of the season. After eight events, Chase Briscoe leads the SCOTT Rookie points over Boca Raton, Florida’s Dalton Sargeant. Moody, Alabama’s Dustin Knowles is third.
The 55 car and car owner Billy Venturini still lead the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge championship chase with Dalton Sargeant at the helm most of the time. The 55 leads by just 15 points over the 77 car, car owner Briggs Cunningham – Chase Briscoe in the car everywhere. The 77 closed in on the 55 following Michigan after Briscoe finished second to Sargeant’s ninth-place finish. The General Tire Superspeedway championship team earns $10,000 for the year-end award.
Current ARCA Racing Series championship leader Chase Briscoe added yet another Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Madison, earning his fourth pole award of the season. Briscoe earned Menards Poles at Nashville, Salem, Toledo and Madison, sweeping all the short track races so far this year. Briscoe will get the chance to keep his short track pole award streak going this weekend in the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Winchester Speedway. The year-end Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell champion earns $10,000 for the year-end award. Briscoe has a 115-point lead over Madison race winner Josh Williams in the overall championship standings.
Briscoe also leads the S&S Volvo Laps Completed honors with 1196 laps completed so far in ‘16. Josh Williams is a close second with 1166 laps completed. Matt Kurzejewski is third with 1160 laps completed.
Madison winner Josh Williams picked up the CGS Imaging Hard Charger of the Race honors for advancing the most positions, from sixth to first. The CGS Hard Charger of the Race pays $200 and contributes $2,500 to the year-end champion’s bonus. Williams leads the overall CGS Imaging Hard Charger of the Year over Bo LeMastus and Thomas Praytor.
Williams also leads the way in the Short Track Challenge by Protect Plus over Tom Hessert, Kyle Weatherman, Matt Kurzejewski and Chase Briscoe. Weatherman is the defending Short Track Challenge champion. The Short Track Challenge by Protect Plus championship pays $10,500 to the winner.
In other special awards, Chevrolet leads the way in the Manufacturer title over Ford, Toyota, and Dodge. Car owner (77) Briggs Cunningham leads in the RE Lightning Challenge and Fast Track Award categories.