Season 1 – Ending Update
The drivers of the Short Track Pro Cup Late Models completed 2012 Season 1 with a classic short-track 150-lap feature at Jack Arute’s Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday night. All three divisions–Premier, Sportsman, and Developmental–combined into one field for the final race of what has been an exciting season.
In Premier, Jeremy Davis started in a familiar position–the pole–with Shawn Stitt on his outside. But Davis, though running away with the championship in Premier, wouldn’t complete his season with a race win. That went to the Dirty Sheep himself, John-Michael Shenette, who drove the #82 Dynasty Motorsports Monte Carlo to the lead late and hung on to squeeze out an 0.251-second win over Shawn Stitt, with Adam McCosh making a strong return to STPC by scoring third.
Full race results for Premier: http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_race.php?schedule_id=12970
In Sportsman, Chris Forster and John Bage went off 1-2 and both led a good number of laps in the division as the race went on. But in the end, Eddie George scored his fourth win of the season by 1.6 seconds over Bage in second, and Kato Motorsports teammate Chuck Carter in third.
Full race results for Sportsman: http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_race.php?schedule_id=12958
The Developmental Division took the green flag with Brandon Simmons qualifying first in division, with Robert O’Neal second. After 150 laps, O’Neal took his first STPC win by 6.615 seconds over Doug Cormier in second, with Gary Wertman in third.
Full race results for Developmental: http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_race.php?schedule_id=12946
The final standings in Premier aren’t surprising…Jeremy Davis wins the Fender Sheetz Premier Division 2012 Season 1 title in dominating fashion, leading Jeff Conover by 49 points. On the strength of his first win of the season, John-Michael Shenette climbed into third place, with Jacob Klein fourth and Craig Pearson fifth. “Dominating” is the right word to use in describing Davis’ season, with 7 wins in 10 counted races, never finishing lower than fifth.
1 Jeremy Davis 471
2 Jeff Conover 422 -49
3 John-Michael Shenette 410 -61
4 Jacob Klein 402 -69
5 Craig Pearson 384 -87
6 Chad Detillier 375 -96
7 Jeff Ford 368 -103
8 Seymour Charles 312 -159
9 Shawn Stitt 221 -250
10 Ronnie Binkley 131 -340
Full season standings available at http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_standings.php?season_id=1353
The HollyRidge Computer and Web Services Sportsman Division point race was as close as the Premier division race was a runaway. When the tire smoke cleared from the last race at Stafford, it was a 1-2-3 performance for Kato Motorsports in the season standings. Chris Forster won the division championship by a single point over his teammate Eddie George, 450 to 449. Chuck Carter took third by seven points over 2011 Season 2 and 3 champion John Bage in fourth, and Kevin Buchholz rode five top-5 finishes to a solid season fifth-place showing.
1 Chris Forster 450
2 Eddie George 449 -1
3 Chuck Carter 425 -25
4 John Bage 418 -32
5 Kevin Buchholz 389 -61
6 Scott Adams 370 -80
7 Lewis Gregory 367 -83
8 Trevor Cameron 354 -96
9 Chad Arnold 280 -170
10 Larry Hale 194 -256
Full season standings available at http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_standings.php?season_id=1351
The points battle in STPC’s Developmental Division narrowed over the last few races, and after Stafford, Brandon Simmons came from behind to win his first STPC season title by just three points over veteran Doug Cormier. Gary Wertman squeaked out third over Taylor Dorner, with Bobby Tomer in fifth.
1 Brandon Simmons 443
2 Douglas Cormier 440 -3
3 Gary Wertman 417 -26
4 Taylor Dorner 414 -29
5 Bobby Tomer 403 -40
6 Laurence Mermonstein 391 -52
7 Wayne McDaniel 250 -193
8 Tom Cascio 126 -317
9 Christopher Bloom 117 -326
10 Robert O’Neal 90 -353
Full season standings available at http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_standings.php?season_id=1352
The RH2Way.com Radios SK Modified Series wrapped up their season on the fast high banks of Thompson International Speedway. Mike Iannarelli won the 75-lap main feature by 3.855 seconds over Jacob Klein, with John Bage about another second back in third.
Full race results: http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_race.php?schedule_id=12982
Chris Forster has won another STPC season championship by taking the RH2Way.com Radios SK Modified 2012S1 title by 10 points over Jacob Klein. John Bage, Mike Iannarelli, and John-Michael Shenette round out the top five.
1 Chris Forster 444
2 Jacob Klein 434 -10
3 John Bage 410 -34
4 Mike Iannarelli 363 -81
5 John-Michael Shenette 268 -176
6 Donny Moore 215 -229
7 Seymour Charles 209 -235
8 Laurence Mermonstein 183 -261
9 David Hampton 156 -288
10 Douglas Cormier 150 -294
Full season standings available at http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_standings.php?season_id=1354
This week, STPC will head down to New Smyrna Speedway for a very special Week 13 event. It’s the Heat from Down East 150 Thunder Spectacular, presented by Oyster Bed Speedway of Prince Edward Island, Canada; Ford Electric; Hides Pride Leather and Sheepskin Products; and the Short Track Pro Cup!
The Thunder Spectacular is a Late Model race open to all drivers who have made at least one start with STPC during 2011 or 2012, or those joining STPC for 2012 Season 2. Practice will open at 7:30, followed by 2-lap qualifying at 8:20, two 25-lap daytime heat races around 8:35, and the main 150-lap feature at 9:00 under the lights. 42 drivers from the heats will transfer to the main (if there are fewer than 42 entrants, everybody gets into the main and the heats will just set the starting grid), and there will be awards for pole winner, race winner, and hard charger. The race will be covered on the Web Racing Network (http://www.webracingnetwork.com). So pull up WRN on Sunday night and watch the Thunder roll!
Track: New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Opened: 1964, paved 1967
Length: 0.480 miles (0.800 km)
Banking: 18-23 degrees
Fast Race Lap, Premier, 2012 Season 1: Tony Dugan, 17.959 seconds
Fast Race Lap, Sportsman, 2012 Season 1: Kevin Buchholz, 18.118 seconds
Fast Race Lap, Development, 2012 Season 1: Doug Cormier, 18.259 seconds
Race Date: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Server Opens: 7:30 pm EST
Qualifying Begins: 8:20 pm EST
Qualifying: 2 laps solo, 5 minutes
Race Length: two 25-lap heats (day) used to set the field for a 150-lap main (night)
Lucky Dog: Yes
Password: See STPC Password forums
2012 SEASON 2 SCHEDULES:
For 2012 Season 2, STPC will be running two Late Model Pro Cup divisions: the Fender Sheetz Premier Division, and the STPC Developmental Division. The Sportsman Division for Late Models, and the RH2Way.com Radios SK Modified Series, are both on hiatus for Season 2. All STPC series will follow the iRacing official schedules for their cars except if league management decides to make a change (for holidays, etc.). Late Models race on Sunday nights. Race times are the same each week except in unusual circumstances–8:00 pm EDT practice starts and 9:15 pm EDT qualifying for the Late Models. In addition, STPC is going “outside the box” and starting an every-two-weeks Late Model road course series on Wednesday nights. Practice for the Road Series will open at 6:00 pm EDT, with qualifying at 7:20 and races starting around 7:45. If you’ve never tried turning right in a Late Model, give it a go…the LM is actually a very good road course car!
To sign up for any of our series, visit http://www.stprocup.com and register for the STPC forums. Then go to the section for the division you’re interested in (Premier or Development) and sign up!
LATE MODEL PRO CUP SCHEDULE (tentative):
Week 1 (5-06-2012) Lanier National Speedway
Week 2 (5-13-2012) South Boston Speedway
Week 3 (5-20-2012) Toyota Speedway At Irwindale – (Outer)
Week 4 (5-27-2012) New Smyrna Speedway Night race
Week 5 (6-03-2012) Oxford Plains Speedway
Week 6 (6-10-2012) Iowa Speedway – Oval
Week 7 (6-17-2012) Concord Speedway
Week 8 (6-24-2012) Thompson International Speedway
Week 9 (7-01-2012) USA International Speedway
Week 10 (7-08-2012) Martinsville Speedway
Week 11 (7-15-2012) Bristol Motor Speedway Night race
Week 12 (7-22-2012) Jack Arute’s Stafford Motor Speedway
LATE MODEL ROAD SERIES SCHEDULE (tentative):
Week 2 (5-09-2012) Laguna Seca
Week 4 (5-23-2012) Watkins Glen – Boot
Week 6 (6-06-2012) Road Atlanta – Full
Week 8 (6-20-2012) Okayama – Full
Week 10 (7-04-2012) Lime Rock Park – Full
Week 12 (7-18-2012) Road America
The Short Track Pro Cup is iRacing’s pre-eminent home for exciting short-track racing in both the Late Model Stockcars and the SK Modifieds. The Sunday-night Pro Cup Late Model series features skill-matched racing in multiple divisions: the Fender Sheetz Premier Division and the Developmental Division for drivers just starting out in league racing or in running the Late Model. STPC also features special “Big Show” events throughout the season. For more information or to sign up, please visit our website at http://www.stprocup.com.