Mom cleans up the Boys with Toys
Asst. GM John Weber stewards a preliminary
Jean Younkin qualifies for the Final
in her only heat.
Two-time defending champion Seth Gunar was one of four drivers
to race in all three heats in his attempt to defned his title
to no avail. None of the other previous champions were on hand
so we were guaranteed a new winner in 2007 and the large turnout
aggressively pursued their chance for the checkered flag! We
ran three exciting heats on One Mile Oval tracks using two-lane
racing rules. John Weber did hero's work helping me run the
heats and I was glad to see he was one of the 18 who made it
to the WBC 500 Championship Race.
The Final was a spectacular event held on a huge circular
track using 1/24 scale cars. We used a SuperSpeedway track deck
with two-lane rules, pit windows, tire wear and the new sling
pass rules. The drivers were cautious and held back a little
until after the first round of pit stops with Nate Timko leading
the charge in his specially gold played #94 car, The first yellow
flag came out for debris on the track on lap 57. After the restart,
John "Lead Foot" Weber, driving the #3 Intimidator
car, got a bit impatient and blew his engine trying to get to
the front on lap 91, becoming the first driver to retire to his
trailer - but he wouldn't be the last. That brought out the second
yellow for the day.
After the restart,, drivers took turns leading and avoiding
slow traffic. It was really fun to watch the drivers teaming
up and working together to get to the front and the new sling
pass rules helped keep the action lively. Another exciting moment
occurred when the pit window opened for the second and final
round of green flag pit stops. Three drivers opted to stay on
the track and try to make it to the end on the tires and gas
they were carrying. That put everyone else a lap down until
a four-car pile up on lap 190 brought out the third yellow.
Jean Younkin in the #99 car was the only driver of those cars
that opted to stay out, that was able to avoid the crash, which
reshuffled the leader board once again. Three cars got back
on the lead lap which set us up for a four-lap shoot out finish.
Jean in the #99 car took the checkered flag to become only
the second woman to win a WBC 500 race. Her son, Derek Miller,
in car #05, came in second followed by Mike Buccheri in car #26.
Overall it was an exciting series. It was really impressive
to see the gamesmanship and professionalism of the drivers.
I look forward to next year's WBC Race for the Chase.
The circular track used in the Final
is way cool.
GM John McLaughlin directs the action
from the center of the track.