|Date: 7/29/2011 11:12:02 PM|
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Veteran Slingshot Racers Appear In National Points
For many race car drivers,just racing is what it's all about and for quite a few of the drivers slotted in the Slingshot by Tobias All Star National top 14,it doesn't matter what class of car you are racing,sliding into the Briggs & Stratton race cars can still be a way of getting their racing fixes.
The current top 14 in All Star National points is seeing a mix of the old and new as 2010 National Champion Shannon Smith is atop the current point standings with perennial top 10 finisher Brett Bieber only 3 points behind at 195 to 192.Shannon's hot pink 23 is a favorite at many tracks and her 2010 win at the Reading Nostalgia Nationals,solidified her run to the championship.Brett's 32 has been the one to beat at Shellhammers and also resides in the top 3 point chase at Kutztown Fair Speedway.
Former regional champion and always a threat when taking the wheel of a Slingshot is Jim Housworth who currently resides in 3rd,only 18 points from the coveted top spot.Housworth's venture into the Crate Sportsman class at New Egypt is paying dividends as is the current 4th place driver in Slingshot National Points,Warren,NJ's Matt Dealaman who is juggling his Slinsghot National schedule with a SpeedSTR schedule.Matt with 145 points is tied with a fellow Jerseyite,JR Fulper who finds a way to get his green 67 into the big point positions when the checkered is thrown.
Matt Carman,who has seen his share of Slingshot wins and regional championships,is part of the Elite 11 with a point total of 140 as he sits just 5 points ahead of Rick Conrad who gets around the tough Shellhammers oval aboard his #25 mount.
Heading back north for some weekly racing is Boyertown,PA's Brenden Clauss,who has found that being steady is paying off with his 211 visiting a few more speedways during the 2011 racing season.Brenden currently is 8th with another Slingshot veteran,Milford,NJ's Mike Butler using his Herr's Snack Bowl win in Atlantic City to propel him to 9th after 3 National races run.
Matt Mertz has taken his # 97 to various speedways and not settling in with weekly competition and he rounds out the current top 10 in the point chase.His runs in the MA Silver region prove he can wheel it with the best of them.Newly elected to a public office and cutting his racing schedule back hasn't hurt Ricky Yetter's current run for the Elite 11 as the CC5 driver is tied with the Ryan Raidline who has really come into his own and is a threat everytime he takes the post in his Big Dog 00.
Travis Bieber.piloting the 114 Slingshot and Tiffany Wambold,a former weekly Slingshot racer, are just outside the Elite 11 and with a good run or 2 could be in contention for an Awards Banquet payout.
The Bilstein Shocks All Star National Champion Elite 11 has a point fund payout of over $4900 with the champion also getting a new chassis and body.
Last years total tour payout for the All Star Class National,Regional and Speedweeks totaled over $5200 with this years amount to reach the $6300 mark.
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