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Post by Ceej on Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:09 pm

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Race Format
Spotter's Guide by Zack Johnson

197 cars are entered, so Day 2 will start with H-Mains.

Drivers with Day 2 Mulligans:
#2 - Billy Ray Smith-Thompson, 2017 Race Winner
#7 - Bob Stephans, 2017 Race Winner
#16 - Billy Bob Childers, 2017 Race Winner
#17 - Hunter Blaize, 2017 Race Winner
#18 - Jim Kidd, 2017 Race Winner
#41 - Zack Webster, 2017 Race Winner
#45 - Harry S. Enola, 2017 Race Winner
#46 - Chuck Johnson, 2017 Race Winner
#60 - Rick Forest, 2017 Race Winner
#61 - Mariano Zavala, 2017 Race Winner
#63 - Kevin Monroe, Top 10 in Points
#64 - Johnson Clapp, 2017 Race Winner
#66 - Todd Stater, 2017 Race Winner
#74 - Treck Tauger, 2017 Race Winner
#82 - Lev Azarov, 2017 Race Winner
#87 - Michael McKinley, 2017 FARC Truck Series Champion
#98 - Kurt Walker, 2017 Race Winner
#515 - Bryan George, 2017 Race Winner
#888 - Bobby Porteau, 2017 FARC Larry Lemon Super Series Champion

ProLaps Pole Qualifying Results

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Re: (LDS) 2017 Rockford 200 Pre-Race

Post by Groribe on Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:42 am

Ruiz Bros Qualifications:
And so, the day has arrive, the Rockford 200. Both Timothy and Xavier are duking it out to make it to the main event. However, one would have a much bigger hill to climb while the other only have to survive the B-Main. Obviously, Xavier is the one in H-Main while Timothy is in B-Main. Timothy did indeed bring the Drums of War and is passionate on making the main event. All he would worry about is B-Main and the major event. He just need to get a top 16 or to finish 17-20 for Last Chance Qualifying. As for Xavier, he needs to go through H-Main all the way to B-Main, and considering what talent we saw at the two races he qualified for, I doubt that he will make it past the G-Main, let alone the H-Main. I would go as far as saying he's worse than Dudding, yes, he's that bad. Reality Network is still on board, but it's due to contractual situation rather than having tons of faith in him. Loads of rumors swirled that Reality Network was desperate on buying out the contract and terminate it as soon as they can, but Xavier refuse to let this happen, going as far as to threatening a lawsuit against them. However, no evidence have service and are just speculation. Both Ruiz are planning on returning next season.
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Re: (LDS) 2017 Rockford 200 Pre-Race

Post by Ceej on Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:40 pm

Day 2: Qualifying Races


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Re: (LDS) 2017 Rockford 200 Pre-Race

Post by Groribe on Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:42 pm

Ruiz Bros Qualification:
Both Xavier and Timothy Ruiz was unable to race one another but both did win their respective qualifying mains, with Xavier with the H-Main and Timothy with the B-Main. Immediately after the H-Main, rumors about of Timothy's internal rage after being denied so many wins this year had flared up to a point where it was obvious. Xavier got a little cocky and karma bit him in G-Main and finished last due to problems with the car. Even still, that win spured Timothy to get his win in the B-Main, which he did. Even with the wreck at the end, he was still not done, he wanted to win Rockford to spite Xavier. I doubt the rivalry will settle down anytime soon.
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Re: (LDS) 2017 Rockford 200 Pre-Race

Post by UndyingLight on Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:40 pm

Only Derrike Chaiter qualifies for Master Sport Racing
As the header states, Derrike Chaiter, who is in the A-main based on pure speed is the only Master Sport Racing entry to make it. All three of the other drivers were plagued and marred in accidents usually not of their own doing. Alexa Lake, or Alexa Lake Chaiter, she could be considered, had the best chance outside of Chaiter to qualify, but a wreck in the final five laps of her B-main qualifying saw her make contact and slide into the wall and do a slow roll, effectively ending her race. Bob Haney, the other one-off driver had qualified all the way up to the C-main, where his race would end after a wreck. Wes Maret perhaps took the biggest damage in the same subsequent C-main where he couldn't avoid a spun car and plowed into it, ending his chance.

Alexa Lake, who was en route to qualifying was a little bit ticked during her post-qualifying press meeting in which words were tossed around such "...I am disappointed in the fact I wouldn't make this race...." and "I talked it over with the driver of the car in which I made contact with, and we're all hunky dory, it seems."

Alexa Lake, who will stay at a part-time schedule for next season of course was not happy with her result, but she still has high hopes for next season.

Melissa Plourde furious with Annie Thomas after Rachel Plourde has a massive incident
Rachel Plourde, after a large stack-up supposedly caused by Annie Thomas, was unable to avoid a poorly Darryl Quick car which sent Plourde hard into the pit wall at an overlap and hit hard by presumably the #456 passenger-side first. (Rachel) Plourde, was shaken up and took a while to get out of her car and she was sent to the hospital after she passed out walking to the ambulance which was there to help her.

Melissa Plourde also got a bit of damage, but went on to qualify for the C-main, but she continued on unbeknownst of her sister's unknown injury.

Halfway through the race, Melissa Plourde would be turned by Matt Pearson into the wall which ended her chance to finish in a transfer spot to the B-mains. Over the radio, Melissa Plourde, who is unlike her sister, Rachel, who is quite aggressive, the less-aggressive Melissa "wanted to chat things over" with Matt Pearson. She went to chat with Matt Pearson, but was stopped by Jennifer Plourde, Melissa and Rachel's middle sister. Jen, lovingly named by her family told her that Rachel was injured and is in the hospital, so without two more words, they departed the race track to visit Rachel who had to have emergency surgery.

Michael Plourde, the father of the trio let reporters and officials alike know after the qualifying segment that his daughter was a-ok. "Rachel had some lung bruising and some minor internal bleeding. They rushed her to surgery to repair the broken vessels and she is out of the ICU and doing swell."

Scary day for the Plourde family, but even with her injury, Rachel Plourde, and Melissa will not qualify for the Rockford 200.
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Re: (LDS) 2017 Rockford 200 Pre-Race

Post by zfitzwater599 on Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:31 pm

Fitzwater Australia Racing and team owner Zachary Fitzwater advances to the Show after an easy C-Main group 1 Win and survived a tough battle to make it into the Main Event
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Re: (LDS) 2017 Rockford 200 Pre-Race

Post by Hockeyusa81 on Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:29 am

American Racing had a great time this season but unfortunately none of our cars made the Rockford 200 but there’s always next year
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Re: (LDS) 2017 Rockford 200 Pre-Race

Post by SnakePlissken on Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:25 pm

Plissken, Griffith to Renew Old "Acquaintances" at Rockford 200

Acquaintances? Maybe revisit old rivalries... or most likely, old hatreds is a better term. The Kurt Plissken/Anthony Griffith narrative has been quiet as of late. But it wasn't so long ago that these two were more combatants than competitors. Once teammates at PSI, the duo gave us several memorable moments of entertainment and jaw dropping astonishment. The two men have gone their separate ways since they compete in different series now for the most part, but every once in a while they end up at the same venue. And that is cause for either celebration-- or alarm! What intrigue does the 2017 Rockford 200 hold in store? Will it be a it be a dud or will it be powder keg in search of a spark that will ignite the feud all over again? Fortunately, the racing world won't have to wait too much longer to discover the answer.

Plissken piloted his #12 FedUps car to a win in the D-Main 1 qualifier and a 4th place finish in the C-Main 1 qualifier. With only the top 16 transferring over to the Rockford 200 final grid, Plissken began the B-Main 1 race in 19th-- 3 spots out while Griffith started in the 6th spot. Plissken's Sidewinder Racing and TM Master Cup teammate Greg Woodard began the day in 7th.

  Early in the heat, Bobby Porteau got spun with the help of Zachary Fitzwater and Packer Carroll and came up the track hitting Plissken and knocking him into the wall with enough impact to get both the right side tires airborne. Plissken managed to keep going with his damaged vehicle though. Rick Forest and Plissken would get together with about a dozen laps remaining in the event and Lawerence Burr would be swept up into the small fracas-- but costing each a top 10 spot! With the laps dwindling, Riley Knight and Brandon Chrasta would once again send Plissken up into the wall with enough force to get 3 tires off the ground! Plissken would soldier on to a 14th place finish and transfer into the main event. Burr would unfortunately lose the last transfer spot to Ftizwater. Greg Woodard quietly finished 11th whilst Griffith made the field finishing in 2nd with a solid effort.

When asked about his feud with Griffith, Plissken responded, "I don't think about it until you media guys bring it up."

What does the 2017 Rockford 200 hold in store for these 2 men-- and everyone else for that matter should tempers flare? Will the past stay buried or will all Hell break loose? Tune in and see for yourself!

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Re: (LDS) 2017 Rockford 200 Pre-Race

Post by SpeedDemon37 on Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:06 pm

Post-Qualifying Press Release:
Focus Autosports Qualifies Both Cars Into the Rockford 200


Following a series of over a dozen heat races, both of the Focus Autosports cars of Riley Durbin and Eddie Vero managed to transfer through their heats and into the 35th running of the Rockford 200.

After starting from 5th in the first B-Main, Durbin ran a clean race and brought his Kanako home in the same position. The team's car #38 was also entered into the most recent running of the race in 2013, in which it was piloted by Vincenzo Fochesato, who failed to qualify for that event.

The team's second car, entered before this weekend only and DuQuoin this year and at Texas World in 2014, started the "alphabet soup" from the 3rd starting position in the second C-Main. Vero worked his way into the lead and went on to win the heat. After being the first driver to transfer through his C-Main, however, he would be the 16th and final driver to transfer through his B-Main.

Durbin has been driving partial schedules in the FARC Lowe Dollar Series since debuting in 2013, racing for Focus Autosports and Ike Durbin, Inc. during that duration. This is the first season in which he is attempting every race, jumping back and forth between FAS and IDI in order to do so.

Vero, a longtime crew chief at M&J Racing, has been doing some racing on the side in recent years in the FARC Truck Series. He raced in the Lowe Dollar Series for the first time earlier this year at DuQuoin, in which he finished 24th after a 5th-place finish in the Truck race.

Durbin and Vero will be starting The 200 from first and second stages, respectively.

Post-Qualifying Press Release:
Fochesato Crashes Out of Rockford 200 C-Mains


Vincenzo Fochesato failed in his bid to qualify for the Rockford 200 in the race's much-anticipated return to the FARC Lowe Dollar Series calendar.

After the conclusion of the Formula B season, Fochesato returned to the U.S. to take over the #86 car for Ike Durbin, Inc. for the final two races of the year, following the departure of Roy Warren from the team. Unfortunately, his race at Salem would end twelve laps shy of the finish after being wrecked, and another crash on only the second lap of the first C-Main of qualifications tonight means that he will not even start the season finale.

"I'm a little sore, but otherwise I'm fine" said Fochesato after the crash. "I'm stating the obvious here, but that's not how we wanted our season to end. It was a lot of fun to get to run a couple of FARC races again and especially at some of the best short tracks that America has to offer, so I can't thank Ike [Durbin] and CSM Gruppo enough for giving me the opportunity to do so. It's a real shame because the car was good enough to make the top 13 easily. I think that I could have made it through to the main race if I hadn't been wrecked, but that's the nature of short track racing; everything happens fast, and with such short laps, you're a lot more likely to be right on top of it. But I still have plenty to look forward to this weekend, Kathy [Williams] did a great job to put herself into the race, and I've got a couple of cars from the family team to root for, as well!"

Fochesato has not finished a FARC race since his sprint at Salem in 2014. In his five attempts since, he has either retired or failed to qualify.

Post-Qualifying Press Release:
Aubrey Wood to Start the Rockford 200 After Strong Heat Race Performance


Like so many similarly aspiring drivers, Flint, Michigan's Aubrey Wood has been trying to work up the ladder of auto racing for years. She contested one season of the FARC Super Series two years ago and has only made sporadic appearances in the Lowe Dollar Series, but this week's Rockford 200 has been her most notable performance thus far, qualifying 22nd out of 197 cars and starting the final qualifying race of the week from the pole.

After taking the lead on the start, she would only drop one position as a much faster Timothy Ruiz went on to take the win. In spite of receiving minor damage in a massive crash that broke out after the checkered flag, car #13 will start the second segment of The 200 from 12th on the grid.

An elated Wood spoke to reporters after climbing out of her Lenard.

"Oh my gosh, I don't even know! I'm so happy! Don't tell anyone, but, I was wrecking that whole race!" said Wood with a laugh. "We did so much better in pole qualifying that we were expecting and then the B-Main went great, too! I got an awesome start but on lap 2 it started getting stupid loose. I should've wrecked it, I was trying so hard not to fall back, but it worked somehow! We have a bit of damage on the nose to fix before the race and we'll make some adjustments, too, but we actually get to go race! At Rockford! Woohoo!"

The main race will be the first in FARC competition for the small Shamrock Enterprises team, operating out of Brooklyn, Michigan.

Post-Qualifying Press Release:
Alex Mazzone Climbs Directly from the G-Mains to Achieve Rockford 200 Starting Spot


From a hay barn in Mississippi to the starting grid of the toughest short track race in the country, Alex Mazzone has achieved a feat that few observers at the Rockford Speedway expected out of the 25-year-old rookie.

Mazzone had never raced a car in his life prior to this year's FARC event at Sayre Speedway in Alabama, in which he finished an impressive 13th and within two miles of the leader. But an even greater achievement was seen during this week's qualifications for the return of the Rockford 200. A difficult qualifying session saw Mazzone ranked the slowest out of 197 cars, but in spite of this, car #70 transferred from his H-Main up to the G-Mains before advancing to the main race straight from there.

The incredible feat was unmatched by anyone else on the 53-car grid for the Rockford 200, as the other 52 drivers either secured a spot through pole qualifying or had to work their way up to the B-Mains and transfer from there.

No one outside of the Mazzone Barn Racing team is certain as to how they were able to pull off the massive leap from the bottom of the heat races straight to the main event. With this secret of theirs still unknown by the competition, Mazzone is easily the favorite to win the race.
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Post by TheRealNathNath on Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:39 pm

Cromptons Qualify for Rockford 200:

Carson Crompton is known for his provocative, well, style and loud mouth, but even he did not expect to make the Rockford 200 on time trials alone.

"We prepared a great car and I did what has always worked here: Glued my ass to the bottom of the track and stayed there.  Glad that I'll be able to show what I can do and not have to deal with the crazies."

His father Chris Crompton qualified for the 200 after placing himself into the C-mains after Pole Time Trials

"These races were about survival more than anything else.  60 of us made it, and some of us here weren't in the best cars or state of minds frankly.  Just kept my head on a swivel."

Both of the father and son duo were born in Baltimore, but shortly after the birth of Carson, his 2nd son, Chris Crompton divorced his then-wife and moved to Riverside, California.  He continued his racing career on the short tracks and road courses of California.  His sons followed suit, Carson showing much more promise up to this point.  Chris took a risk opening up a 4-car team for the fledgling LMC, whose attempts to go national quickly ran out of steam, and by steam, I mean money. Chris has stated he has considered running either himself and/or his son in FARC's 2018 season in some capacity, likely the Super or Truck Series.  A good performance in the Rockford 200 would cement those plans and hopefully gain the attention of some sponsors.

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