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Team StopTech Racing Update – September 29, 2014
by Frank A. Filipponio | Sep 29, 2014

Road Racing


Trans Am

Virginia International Raceway (VIR)


1st Place TA2 – Adam Andretti, STR-43 and AeroRotors


Francis Takes Trans Am TA3 Title, While Andretti Takes TA2 Win at VIR

Trans Am Racing stopped at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) this weekend where Adam Andretti took the win in TA2, and Ernie Francis, Jr. came out victorious in TA3 – claiming the 2014 drivers’ championship in the process and becoming the youngest champion in Trans Am history at just 16. While both “Team StopTech” drivers were winners, they took two very different paths to Victory Circle.


Andretti’s win was one for the Trans Am history books, as he skillfully piloted the StopTech-equipped No. 44 Engineered Components Chevrolet Camaro from his starting position of 15th in class to claim the victory.


Although there was plenty of action up front, it was Andretti that was capturing the spectators’ attention. Undeterred by his 15th place starting position, Andretti began to move his way up through the field, jumping five positions on just the first lap, then settling into a rhythm, grabbing one or two positions a lap until finding himself third on lap 13 of the race.


With just three laps left in the race, the hard-charging Andretti survived being hit and spun by first and second place runners, squeaking by and continuing on in the lead all the way past the checkered flag.


“I was hoping for a top-five finish, maybe a podium,” said Andretti. “But I didn’t see this. But I’ve been inspired by a lot of drives this year, Cameron (Lawrence) driving up from behind so many times, Amy (Ruman) and what she’s done this year. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from this paddock; and my team was preaching patience to me the entire race. I had my dad in my ear the entire time as well, saying the same thing. I’m really proud of our effort as a team.”


The victory moved Andretti within one point of Lawrence in the TA2 Championship standings, setting up a showdown between the two drivers going into Daytona.


“It’s going to be wonderful,” said Andretti. “This is what the fans want, what the Series needs. It says a lot about what the Trans Am Series has accomplished, taking a relatively new class like TA2 and having it be this competitive, this contested. I’m excited about where this Series is headed, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”


1st Place TA3 – Ernie Francis Jr., STR-40 Front BBK




In TA3, meanwhile, Ernie Francis, Jr. had a more straightforward but no-less-difficult path to the winner’s circle as he led the entire race in the No. 9 Breathless Performance Chevrolet Camaro - capturing not only the victory, but also capturing the 2014 TA3 American Muscle Championship. In doing so he becomes the youngest Trans Am Champion ever at only 16 years of age, overtaking the mark set by Cameron Lawrence last year and Wally Dallenbach, Jr., in 1987.


“It feels great going into the history books with Trans Am,” said Francis. “It’s been a great place to race all year and an amazing Series to be a part of. We came in missing a few races with some ground to make up. So to come back up through the ranks and finish with a Championship… it’s been a great year for us and I’m so proud of the result.”


Trans Am will return to the track for the finale of the 2014 Trans Am Championship at Daytona International Speedway on November 15, as more Champions are crowned and another year of Trans Am racing goes into the history books.



Circle Track


NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour


Caraway Speedway


1st Place – George Brunnhoelzl III - StopTech STR-43 calipers, AeroRotors, pads

2nd Place – Burt Myers – StopTech STR-43 calipers, AeroRotors, pads


3rd Place - JR Bertuccio - StopTech STR-43 calipers, AeroRotors, pads


Team StopTech Sweeps Podium at Caraway


Team StopTech swept the podium Saturday as the Whelen Southern Modified Tour stopped in North Carolina for the Zooland 150 at Caraway Speedway. Last week it was Burt Myers taking the win over George Brunnhoelzl, but George flipped the script on Burt Saturday night, taking the win in a thrilling green-white-checkered finish. In the process Brunnhoelzl kept alive his hopes for a fifth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship. Fellow Team StopTech member, JR Bertuccio, finished third, meaning the top three were all using StopTech!


Brunnhoelzl moved to within 9 points of the championship lead with two races remaining. Myers, who entered the night winning three of the last four races, remains in third place – just 22 points out of the lead.


The victory is the 22nd of Brunnhoelzl's career and second of the season. Brunnhoelzl also became the all-time wins leader at Caraway Speedway with 11 wins.


The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Caraway on Saturday, Oct. 4, for the Prestoria Farms 150. The penultimate race of the 2014 season was rescheduled from March 29 after a rain-out.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour


Stafford Motor Speedway


1st Place – Ryan Preece - StopTech STR-43 calipers, AeroRotors, pads


Preece Gets Back To Victory Lane at Stafford


Team StopTech’s Ryan Preece broke through Sunday after a season-long absence from Victory Lane, and collected his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory by holding off Ted Christopher in the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.


Preece, the defending tour champion, had to weather a final challenge by Christopher after a late caution set up a final restart with two laps remaining. Christopher had an early advantage but Preece was able to power back by for the victory. Preece led a race-high 79 laps in recording his first win since Sept. 14 last year at New York's Riverhead Raceway.


The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will conclude the season on Sunday, Oct. 19, with the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.


Race of Champions (RoC)


Shangri-la II Speedway


1st Place – Jimmy Zacharias - STR 43 calipers, AeroRotors, and StopTech Racing Pads

3rd Place – Chuck Hossfeld - STR 43 calipers, AeroRotors, and StopTech Racing Pads


Zacharias and Hossfeld Go 1 – 3 in RoC Race at Shangri-la 2


Shangri-la II Motor Speedway closed out the 2014 season with the track's annual Fall Brawl, where Team StopTech’s Jimmy Zacharias took the win in RoC Modifieds, with points-leader Chuck Hossfeld third.


The 100 lap feature had no mandatory pit stops, but it was still pit strategy that ultimately determined the outcome. Winner Jimmy Zacharias opted to stay out and ran the distance on one set of tires, while runner-up Matt Hirschman and Team StopTech partner Chuck Hossfeld both pitted for tires.


The win came two years to the day that Zacharias won his only other RoC event. "That was the last race my (late) grandma was here to see," the emotional third generation driver said from victory lane. "We chose to stay out, the car was fast, it was perfect, and we felt there was no need to take on tires."


Hossfeld, though still leading the Tour in points, congratulated Zacharias but wasn't happy with his third place finish.  "I'm really disappointed in myself.  We pitted early but I lost second there at the end and I have no one to blame, really."  He remains focused on the big picture and winning the Tour title. That title will be official following the final event on the 2014 RoC Modified tour this Saturday at Elegant Builders Raceway Park in Lancaster, NY.



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