Nationwide Points Picture Develops after Sunday Hoosier Super Tour at Hallett
JENNINGS, Oklahoma (April 9, 2017) – Competition Sunday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit was top notch as racers took advantage of the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour’s only Mid-States Conference stop for the year at an event shared with the Southern Conference and hosted by SCCA’s Arkansas Valley Race Group.
E Production racer Matt Reynolds, in his No. 71 Reynolds Bros. Racing/Hoosier/JPM/OS Giken/Vintage Connection/G-LOC Brakes Mazda Miata, dominated the weekend with wins Saturday and Sunday. That makes six EP wins in a row as Reynolds also went back-to-back at NOLA Motorsports Park and Circuit of the Americas Hoosier Super Tour events earlier this year. Reynolds now walks away from Hallett’s 1.8-mile, 10-turn circuit with a lead in the EP Nationwide Points Championship.
“Car felt great today,” Reynolds said. “Having the Hoosier Super Tour Nationwide Points Championship lead right now is great. That was our goal going into the season and we’ll see how things shake out going into the Runoffs. It’s good to know the car is working really well. But that also puts a little bit of a target on our backs.”
Charles Hearn, driving the No. 37 Noble Racing/Hearn Contractors Volkswagen Vortech in Formula Vee, is also sitting pretty in the Nationwide Points Championship after double wins this weekend at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. In fact, Hearn has managed wins in five of the six Hoosier Super Tour races he contested this year, only finishing second in one race at Circuit of the Americas.
“I definitely intend to attend the Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It would take a lot to keep me away from seeing that yard of bricks,” a grinning Hearn said after climbing from his winning car. “The thing that crosses my mind is that Andrew Whitston won one of my races, so I look forward to racing against him again. And maybe he and I can work together to run away from defending Runoffs champion Michael Varacins.”
Then there’s B-Spec competitor John Phillips. He took two wins this weekend in his No. 43 Phillips Race Prep/Hoosier/K-Tune Honda FIT. While the weekend’s wins at Hallett were easy, that doesn’t mean Phillips’ entire season has been a cakewalk. He fought hard for double wins at NOLA and COTA, and has earned a perfect eight-for-eight record this season. No surprise, he also currently leads the B-Spec National Points Championship.
“This is awesome. I love doing this,” Phillips said about competing in the Hoosier Super Tour series. “I love traveling all over the country. It’s busy, but it’s fun. I’m just building up for the Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this year.”
Sunday racing at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit wrapped up the fifth of 11 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour events planned this year. Next on the schedule is an April 14-16 stop at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. Follow all the action live at www.scca.com/live.
Below are provisional race results from Sunday’s Hoosier Super Tour at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit with Class: Name, Hometown and Car.
-American Sedan®: Jim Wheeler; Lenexa, KS; Pontiac Trans Am
-B-Spec: John Phillips; Sealy, TX; Honda Fit
-E Production: Matt Reynolds; Fair Oaks, TX; Mazda Miata
-F Production: Sam Henry; Republic, MO; Mazda Miata
-H Production: Ralf Lindow; Bellevue, NE; Volkswagen Golf
-Formula 500: Timothy Friest; Leavenworth, KS; KBS mk VII
-Formula 1000: James Michael; Fort Worth, TX; Stohr F1000
-Formula F: Cliff Johnson; Stilwell, KS; Piper DF-5
-Formula Mazda: Jarret Voorhies; Kissimmee, FL; Formula Mazda
-Formula Vee®: Charles Hearn; Houston, TX; Volkswagen Vortech
-GT-1: David Fershtand; Fort Worth, TX; Oldsmobile Cutlass
-GT-2: Mark Kirby; Shawnee Mission, KS; Dodge Viper
-GT-3: Brian Haupt; Spring Hill, KS; Mazda RX7
-GT-Lite: Jonathan Goodale; Conifer, CO; Mazda MX-5 Miata
-Prototype 2: Jack Donnellan; Chickasha, OK; Lola B07/90
-Spec Miata: Jim Drago; Memphis, TN; Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer® Ford 3: Grayson Strathman; Jennings, OK; Spec Racer Ford Gen3
-Spec Racer® Ford: Richard Baldwin; Covington, LA; Spec Racer Ford
-Super Touring® Lite: Cliff Ira; Kansas City, MO; Acura Integra GSR
-Super Touring® Under: Luis Rivera; Angleton, TX; Mazda Miata
-Touring 1: Michael Pettiford; Louisville, CO; Chevrolet Corvette Z06
-Touring 2: Bill Collins; Saint Paul, MN; Chevrolet Corvette
-Touring 3: Thomas Vincent Stephen; Dallas, TX; Porsche Boxster
-Touring 4: Jim Daniels; Germantown, TN; Mazda MX5
Photo: Cliff Johnson, car No. 4, took an early lead in Formula F and went on for the win Sunday at the Hallett Hoosier Super Tour.
Photo Credit: Mark Weber