Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway
Monday, April 13, 2009
Superclean Modified Series Returns to Action April 18th in Blythe
by Dave Grayson
BLYTHE, Calif. -- After an ultra successful season opener, March 28th in Lake Havasu City-Arizona, the SuperClean Modified Racing Series will once again hit the race track for round two, April 18th, at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway located at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe-California. A full field of 22 open wheel modifieds will be lining up for 75 full green flag laps on the speedway's always challenging quarter mile, D shaped, oval. In addition to looking for the checkers the drivers will also be going after the $1,000 winner's check. The SuperClean Modified Racing Series guarantees a driver at least $250 just for starting the A main. That means qualifying, and the subsequent B Main, can often get just as intense as the 75 lap feature.
The SuperClean Modified Racing Series is also loaded with some of the finest open wheel driving talent in the western states area. This regional touring series features a wide variety of driver experience from multi decade racing veterans to teenage rookies. Many of them are individual track champions. That certainly applies to Lake Havasu City-Arizona's Chris Gerchman who currently leads the series' points standings after winning the season opener. This particular member of the famed Gerchman racing family is considered to be an early season favorite to become a series' championship player. He finished third in the 2008 standings
In addition to racing in the SuperClean Series, the family is also campaigning for individual track titles at the Havasu 95 Speedway and the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway during the present winter season. With only two races left, at the Havasu 95 Speedway, Chris, Larry and Dave Gerchman are on top of the standings. The Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway's modified track title will be decided Saturday night within the confines of the SuperClean Series race. The three Gerchmans, plus David Gerchman Jr in fourth, are also dominating these standing as well in what's already turning into a very exciting 2009 season for the family.
Also looking for 2009 excitement, in the SuperClean Modified Racing Series, is Burbank-California's Tim Morse. Driving a newly constructed modified, Morse finished second in the series' season opener. He finished fourth in the 2008 rankings. Morse is still looking for that first series win and is absolutely convinced that he will be parking his #10 modified in victory before the season is over. Many series observers agree with that assessment. In addition to his on track prowess, Morse is extremely good at qualifying and set some track records last season. This is going to be a driver to watch this year.
Another driver that needs to be watched during this race will be Riverside-California's Jim "Babyface" Mardis. This driver dominated the season opener last month and appeared to be on his way to his first series win. Unfortunately his right rear tire burned up on him during the latter stages of the race and he had to settle for a third place finish. Mardis ran three races late in the 2008 season while developing his new series ride and scored two top five finishes. However, based on his performance in last month's season opener, it appears that Mardis is going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.
Never to be overlooked in a SuperClean Modified Series event is the presence of Simi Valley-Calfornia's Andrew Phipps. A bizarre mechanical failure, during the final race of 2008, is the only reason he's not the series' reigning champion. Phipps finished fourth in the season opener and don't surprised at all if he scores that first win of 2009 at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway. This team is very good about using pre race practice sessions to develop a well prepared car. In turn, this driver is as smooth as glass on the track. Expect Phipps to be a major player in the championship picture this year.
While the race leaders always bear watching, in a SuperClean Series race, fans also need to keep an eye on the drivers racing for the mid pack positions. This is where you're going to see drivers getting up on the wheel while putting on an outstanding display of door to door racing.
The April 18th SuperClean Modified Racing Series event will headline the final night of the 2008-2009 Winter Blast Racing Series at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway. In addition to the 75 lap SuperClean feature, the fans will also be treated to seeing the final resolution of the track championships for the Street Stock and Factory Stock divisions. There will also be a special appearance by the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series. The evening concludes with an all American demolition derby. The spectator gates will open at 5 pm followed by racing at 7 pm.
On a footnote regarding the April 4th race Greg Scheidecker, speedway promoter, was absent from this race. Scheidecker wears a lot of racing hats on the behalf of Lucas Oil and on this particular evening he was acting in his capacity as General Manager of Operations for the newly formed Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Scheidcker arranged for Bill Rozhon, SuperClean Modified Co-Promoter and Havasu 95 Speedway Race Director, to join his lovely wife, Joyce Scheidecker, to cover the racing in Blythe. In the aftermath Rozhon said "Joyce had this deal covered so well that all Browny, (Head Tech Inspector Alan Brown), and I had to do was just stand there and try not to look stupid." Who says girls can't race?
In addition to its title sponsor,the SuperClean Modified Racing Series is supported by a highly potent marketing concept known as "Team Lucas" which includes Lucas Oil Products Inc, General Tire, E3 Spark Plugs, Dixie Chopper and K&N Performance Filters. "Team Lucas" is also a major motivating force behind many of the oil company's involvement in motorsports.
The SuperClean Modified Racing Series is also supported by series sponsors that includes Hoosier Tire West-a major contributor to the series points fund, DJ Safety-sponsor of the Hard Charger Award, Budweiser-Fast Time Award, Steve Teets and STR, Short Track Race Cars-Clean Pass Award, Racing Plus-B Main Winner's Bonus Award, Polydome Plastic Products-Trophy Dash sponsor, Blue Water Resort and Casino-year end points bonuses, Sunoco Fuels who presents the race winner with a special checkered flag and Frank's Radio who covers the communication needs of both the race teams and race fans.