2006 MMRA East Grand
Friendship Motor Speedway - August 25-26
MMRA's return to Friendship Motor Speedway for our East Grand National
race proved yet again that the track is a great venue for a major event.
The track staff did an excellent job of working with our cars, and having
the facility to ourselves was fantastic. We were able to adhere to our
published schedule, all drivers had as much practice as they wanted, and
there was plenty of room in the pits.
Although we had some very close points battles coming into the event, for
the fourth year in a row, the points leaders coming into the race in all
divisions took home their respective championships. More than anything
else, this documents the clean racing that is a credit to all our racers.
No one lost the championship due to a crash.
With the championship on the line, the bonus point for qualifying became
more important than ever, and the following drivers got their weekend off to
a great start.
Dylan Presnell - Future Stars - 18.370 seconds
Donald McIntosh - Open Division - 17.544 seconds
Jacob France - Junior PRO Division - 16.846 seconds
Chad Willis - PRO Division - 16.121 seconds
On race day, the Tobacco Free Surry program came out to the track to
share the importance of living a tobacco free lifestyle. MMRA fully
endorses this concept and we appreciate the folks from Tobacco Free Surry
for helping to educate our racers and fans about this topic.
Although the afternoon was hot, by racetime, the weather was great for
racing and our Future Stars of Racing kicked off the event with an exciting
50 lapper. The mostly caution free event produced three smiling faces
at the start finish line - Logan Ruffin who won the event, Dylan Presnell
who won the championship, and Kyle Baugh who was knocking on the door of
In the Open Division, Donald McIntosh notched the win, giving him a final
third place points finish. Stephen Hershey had a strong run to second
place in the race and championship, and Ronnie Binkley earned the big prize
of the Open Division championship with his third place finish.
The Junior PRO Division produced a breakout win for J.D. Daniels who
notched his first major victory at the biggest event of the year.
Jacob France finished second, but had a big smile on his face for being the
first driver in MMRA history to earn a second MMRA championship ring - we
wonder if his ring size has changed from last year?
Finally, in the PRO Division, Chad Willis did everything he could do to
win the championship by winning the pole and dominating the race. In
the end though, Lindsay Daniels took the title by three points with her
second place run. In perhaps the best story of the weekend, Jason Lutz
came back from a bad crash in practice the day before to finish third in the
race. Those long hours repairing the car sure paid off, and the #19
jumped up to 8th in points after a tie-breaker with the #8 of Jeff Abbott.
MMRA would like to thank all our dedicated racers who came out to race in
our East Grand National race. We appreciate your support and hope you
enjoyed your time at Friendship Motor Speedway. Remember the awards
banquet will be coming up on November 4 where all champions and top
finishers will be recognized.
for the complete finishing order and payout schedule.
Click here for a post-race tech report
describing the issues raised in Future Stars and PRO Divisions.