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RACE CITY MOTORSPORT PARK - CALGARY, CANADA
AUGUST 11-12, 2007

 

MMRA's first trip to Canada proved to be a great success.  There were 21 cars on hand from Alberta, British Columbia,  Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Saskatchewan but in the end, everyone came together as a group and put on the best shows at the track all weekend.

The eastern US drivers had something to prove after local racer Michael Kipp came south and took home the guitar from Music City Motorplex.  Ronnie Binkley earned the first point of the weekend by setting the pole position at a time of 18.48 seconds on the fast but bumpy half mile. 

At the checkered flag, the #22 crossed the line first, but was later DQ'ed for low ride height in post race tech inspections.  That handed the win to Kentucky driver Eldon Isenberg - who only a few weeks earlier had lost a win for low ride height.  His car had plenty of clearance Saturday night.  Troy Maschke overcame all the gremlins which had plagued his ride all year for a strong second place, and Todd Taverner came out of retirement and placed a strong third - all the more impressive because he still had the old body style on his car.

On Sunday, Troy Maschke won the pole position as 20 cars prepared to battle it out for top honors at the last Touring Series event of 2007.  Michael Kipp proved that his car handles great regardless of ride height as he not only dominated the race, but also escaped disaster in the last lap as he had to take to the infield to avoid a lapped car.  That moment added lots of drama as former champion Troy Vandenbliche was hot on his heels.  At the stripe, Canadians took the top 5 positions as the gremlins felled many of the US based teams.  The #55 was DQ'ed in post race tech for running race fuel, leaving the top 5 of Michael Kipp, Troy Vandenbilche, Todd Taverner, Rick Johnston, and Mike Wright.

The fans definitely got their money's worth as the PRO Division put on great shows - and the drivers enjoyed the highest payout in MMRA history - almost $8,000 cash not counting the $500 per car tow money the US based teams received from the Canadians hosting the event.  With the official hotel also being a casino, it is doubtful that any of that money made it out of Canada!

Now all that is left is to decide the championships at the East and West Grand National events.  We hope to see you there!

Click here for the race results and payout for both days.