Machavern Wins Again at Sebring in V8 StockCar
Charlotte, Vermont's Dave Machavern continued his winning ways in the V8 StockCar Road Racing Series, dominating the weekend, winning both days and setting a new Sebring V8SC short course record. Machavern's qualifying time of 1:05.978 nipped the previous record of 1:06.042 set by SCCA GT-1 National Champ Tony Ave. Despite temperatures in the mid 90's in Sebring, Machavern's Heritage Automotive Group Corvette ran flawlessly all weekend. Road racing legend Tommy Riggins was on hand with his Riggins Engineering crew to help make it happen. Ageless Bob Borders, a 37 year veteran of SCCA, IMSA Camel GT and Grand Am wars came home second both days in the V8 GT-1 class in his Corvette. Rob Mcelhenny took third in V8 GT1 on Saturday in his Camaro, with Ray Webb taking that spot on Sunday in his Tommy Riggins built Olds Cutlass. In the two stock car classes, Paul Breehne took the V8 SPO win both days displaying some impressive speed in his super late model type racer with it's new Progressive Racing Engines power plant. Danny Foster came home second both days in his ex David Stremme, Ganassi Racing Sprint Cup Dodge. Foster is quickly improving and is sure to be a force to be reckoned with. In V8 GTA, Tom "Hollywood" Graham took the win on Saturday with teammate George Lutich returning the favor on Sunday. Lutich set a new track record for the class in Saturday's race with a 1:10.5 and change clocking. Also running strong during Saturday's race was veteran IMSA, SCCA and Grand Am veteran Squeak Kennedy, driving his Bemco Fabrication Monte Carlo. Kennedy, who had qualified 10th overall, drove down the inside at the green, hopping the turn one curb and picking off several competitors. By lap four Kennedy had fought his way to fourth overall and second in V8 SPO an d looked to be headed for a class win and 2nd place overall, however the oil temp in his bright yellow Chevy began to spike and he decided to save it for another day.
The Central Florida Region SCCA hosted and sanctioned the races and its' officials and workers had the logistics handled to near perfection.
The Group will return to action in July at Road Atlanta before heading to the high banks at Daytona in August.
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