Crane Cams V8 StockCar 2011 Season in Review

01-13-2012, 12:46 PM

The 2011 V8 StockCar season produced close competition between a variety of drivers in various makes. In addition there were some series firsts, as in the first V8 Series championships by Ford's. Except for the Palm Beach event where he used his venerable Corvette for the last time to pick up a win, Dave Machavern, driving his new Riggins Competition built silhouette 1963 Falcon, picked up his fourth straight V8 GT-1 Championship. Machavern, with five race wins in the Ford, plus the one in the Corvette, had a big points lead going into the final at the American Road Race of Champions where a podium finish more than gave him enough to again take the title over Ray Webb. Tommy Riggins showed up at the August Daytona race in the Machavern Falcon as Dave could not be on hand. Tommy practiced the car on Friday cutting an incredible 1:46.8 lap in 100 degree weather. Riggins raced on Saturday taking the pole, dominating the race and destroying the class track record. Obviously, Mr. Riggins, a former IMSA and Grand Am Champion hasn't forgotten how to do this. Alex Gonzalez returned to the series in his fast V8 GT-1 Camaro, running at Daytona and Homestead.
Gonzalez picked up a win at each track. Juan Vento, driving his beautiful Corvette, got his first series win on Sunday at Homestead.
SCCA Trans Am Series star Simon Gregg moonlighted with us at the ARRC, taking the V8 GT-1 win along with breaking his own track record in the process.

Paul Breehne Jr picked up his first V8 championship taking the V8 SPO class in his RoushYates Performance Parts Ford Fusion. Breehne from Naples, Florida, twice a bridesmaid to Larry Hoopaugh in 2009 and 2010, Picked up two wins the first weekend at Sebring, got one at Palm Beach, doubled again at VIR, and then again at Daytona to take the title over Hoopaugh, 144 to 123. Breehne will return in 2012 with a new Mustang built by his crew chief Mike Breault. Seventeen year old Bobby Kennedy made his first start in a V8 StockCar at PBIR in April and stunned everyone in attendance with his speed, car control and aggression. Kennedy won his first race ever on Saturday and was challenging for another on Sunday when his brakes went away. Young Kennedy was wheeling a V8 SPO Monte Carlo prepared by Woody Wood of BEMCO Fabrication. In 2012 Kennedy will be shoeing a 2011 Camaro V8 GT-1 built by BEMCO. Roanoke, Virginia's Rich Koehler was impressive at his home track, VIR, garnering a win in his only appearance in 2011.
Grant Leadbetter, in his ex Nascar Cup Dodge was impressive at the ARRC winning the race and setting the V8 SPO fast lap.

In the V8 GTA class, Kentucky's Randy Walker picked up his second championship in the last three years with a dominating performance, winning nine races total, including the American Road Race of Champions. Walker had a 192 to 164 advantage over nineteen year old University of Central Florida student Cameron Lawrence, who was sensational in the second half of the season winning four times and finishing right behind Walker at the ARRC to secure second in points in his first season. Tom Graham took three wins on the year and came home third in the class points.
Rob Morris dominated at VIR winning all three races. The VIR event with Grand Am and Trans Am was the only three race weekend of the year.

In V8 GT2, Arcadia, Florida's Bill McGavic piloting his rotary rocket tube frame Mazda RX7 led in points most of the season, before two time champion Bob Mayer returned to the series in his CrossRoads Motorsports Corvette and made his usual late season charge. Mayer, from Duluth, Georgia picked up three wins before the ARRC at Barber (1) and Roebling (2). At the ARRC, Mayer had some great racing with Mazda racer Jeff Dernehl in his tube frame RX7, but prevailed in the feature race giving him his third championship ring in three years. Mayer remains the only champ the class has known. South Florida Corvette racer Dell Haverland picked up his first two series wins in 2011, capturing both ends of the PBIR event in April. North Carolina's Pete Johns picked up two V8 GT-2 wins on the year as well, taking both at VIR in his Pontiac Trans Am.

It was an exciting 2011 and we will get ready to do it all over again beginning February 11th with the Central Florida Region SCCA at Sebring International Raceway

The Series wishes to thank its' class sponsors they are:

V8 GT-1: Porterfield Enterprises
V8 GT-2: LG Motorsports
V8 GTA: Howe Racing

We are especially grateful to our partners for the help they provide, they are; Crane Cams, SCCA, Porterfield Enterprises, LG Motorsports, Howe Racing,, GoPro,, Sunoco, Hoosier, Goodyear, Mo's Gold, FiveStar, RaceCar Engineering,, Roehrig-Enders, GrassRoots Motorsports Magazine, SafeRacer, Randy Lajoie

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