TOLEDO, Ohio (July 31, 2012) – The penultimate Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo round of the season went to Jason Burns, of Red Lion, Pa., who took his first career Gumout Super Challenge win with last weekend at the Toledo ProSolo at the Toledo Express Airport. Mindi Cross, of Phoenix, Ariz., took the Ladies Challenge win in the final tune-up before the ProSolo Finale.
Burns took the hard road to the Super Challenge crown, earning the top qualifying spot in a Super Stock class that separated the top four by just 0.165-second. Once in the 32-car field, the pressure was on Burns to drive to win five-consecutive head-to-head battles.
With the grip improving throughout the weekend on the airport concrete surface, Burns managed the Strano Performance Corvette throughout the weekend. That grip also caused a number of red light runs by the time the Gumout Super Challenge was in full swing as competitors tried to get a jump on the field. False starts by A Street Prepared top qualifier Aaron Miller (Mitsubishi Evo) and Street Modified speedster Aaron Shoe (Moton USA/ACD-Tuning.com/JSCSpeed Mitusubishi Evo) gave Burns a pass through the first two rounds.
When Burns knocked off yet another class top qualifier, this time E Stock’s Bartek Borowski (Mazda Miata), he was into the finals against A Stock leader Tony Savini’s Stranoparts.com/Evo School Chevrolet Corvette.
While Burns was taking car of Savini to advance to the final, his closest Super Stock competitor, Matthew Braun, had driven his PowerPlug Corvette to the opposite semi-final. Braun couldn’t get past Chris Fenter’s C Stock top-qualifying Mazda MX-5, however, leaving Burns and Fenter in the final.
Burns took the lead with his first run on the right side of the course, then hit his marks with a strong enough run to the Gumout Super Challenge title.
Savini topped Braun in the consolation round for third place.
Cross qualified third in the Ladies Class 1 group driving the Hoosier Racing Tire/Thanks Frank! Mitusbishi Evo. She topped eventual third-place finisher Michelle Quinn (Thanks Jeff! KBS Mk7) in the semi-final, then powered past Teddie Alexandrova’s Peniston Oils/Larsens Biscuits Mazda RX-8 for the victory.
The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo season concludes with the Tire Rack ProSolo Finale at the Lincoln (Neb.) Airpark, Sept. 1-2. Double points in the season long championship are available at that round, with a plenty of drivers still in the hunt for the Gumout Super Challenge title.
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