FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE: CLINT MCMAHAN AND AARON ELLIS TOPS AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
This event marks the first time that the F600 Challenge has run at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the attraction was the newly reconfigured infield course with a banked left-hand corner entering the infield from the oval promising faster lap times than ever before and it did not disappoint. Ten drivers entered this event.
Saturday’s race saw Clint McMahan take the lead and did not relinquish it even though he was noticeably slowing down the last few laps. It was discovered in impound that the right rear suspension had failed allowing the body to drag the ground. Clint’s fastest lap was a 1:16.097. Following Clint in 2nd was Aaron Ellis, 1:19.188, 3rd was a strong showing by Carl Maier, 4th Ryan Barth, 5th Hunter Brayton, 6th Mo Makki, 7th George Fox, 8th Craig Laprade, 9th Sven deFries and 10th Matt Strand.
With a Sunday quiet time from 8am to 12 noon the race organizers were forced to have the Sunday qualifying late in the afternoon on Saturday, after the Saturday race, leaving very little time to turn the cars around to run qualifying. The paddock was abuzz with everyone running around preparing the cars for the imminent qualifying session. Aaron Ellis qualified on the pole with an improved time of 1:17.877, 2nd was another strong showing by Carl Maier at a 1:21.353, 3rd George Fox, 4th Craig Laprade, 5th Ryan Barth, 6th Hunter Brayton, 7th Mo Makki, 8th Sven deVries and 9th Matt Strand.
For the Sunday race, George Fox graciously loaned his car to Matt Strand who had a hole in his fuel cell so Matt could qualify for the Daytona Runoffs; this happened with precious little time before the race so, yet again, there was a mad rush to get George’s car ready for Matt to drive. For Matt Strand, it was to be a learning experience as he had not done a lap for the whole event. At the start, both Sven and Matt charged up through the field, adding to the excitement of the race, but they could not catch Aaron Ellis who finished 1st with a fast lap of 1:18.322, followed by Sven deVries in 2nd, two seconds behind was Matt Strand in 3rd, Ryan Barth in 4th, Craig Laprade in 5th, Carl Maier in 6th, Hunter Brayton in 7th and Mo Makki in 8th. George Fox and Clint McMahan did not start.
The Formula 600 Challenge moves on to the season finale at the ARRC, Road Atlanta, on November 5-7.
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