Greater Cumberland Raceway
Briggs wins Big Kahuna for second victory of '10
CUMBERLAND, Md. (Oct. 2) — Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., conquered the Big Kahuna X on Saturday at Allegany County Speedway by leading all 44 laps of the UFO Race Championship Series event, his second victory of 2010. Briggs earned $5,000 at the half-mile oval, outrunning Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa., and Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove, Pa.
Briggs got the jump on polesitter Mike Lupfer at the outset and led Rine through the first third of the race. Traffic became a factor on lap 13, allowing Rine and third-running Ricky Elliott to closed the gap under a second.
But yellow flags on consecutive laps didn’t faze Briggs. Rine gave up second to Elliott on lap 28 after a double-file restart only to reclaim it on the last restart one lap later. The top five eventually settled down to Briggs, Rine, Yoder, Elliott and Troutman. Briggs took the checkers three seconds ahead of Rine.
UFO points leader Keith Barbara of South Park, Pa., finished 14th and took the points lead from Chad McClellan, who started with a provisional. Barbara has a three-point lead heading into the final series weekend.
Notes: Briggs drives a Rocket Chassis with sponsorship from Meridien Hardwoods, Sorbera Family Chiropractic, Horton Equipment, Asel Enterprises and Stec Lumber. ... Briggs had a previous best finish of fifth in the event in 2008. ... Jared Miley won Friday's tuneup feature. ... Mike Altobelli Jr. won the night's Limited Late Model feature, a caution-plagued event; Altobelli won after Matt Sponaugle was disqualified for failing to meet weight requirements. ... Drivers failing to make the UFO feature: Randy Burkholder, Danny Mitchell, Dan Lee, Jonathan DeHaven, Eric Zembower, Mark Byram, Daniel Cornman and Jim Stephans. ... Next up for UFO competitors is the $7,000-to-win Ultimate on Oct. 7-9 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pa.
Big Kahuna X: (1) Boom Briggs, (2) Jeff Rine, (3) Dylan Yoder, (4) Ricky Elliott, (5) D.J. Troutman, (6) Gary Stuhler, (7) Keith Jackson, (8) Chuck Clise, (9) Nick Dickson, (10) Jim Yoder, (11) Jack Pencil, (12) Mike Lupfer, (13) Scott Haus, (14) Keith Barbara, (15) Ray Davis Jr., (16) Greg Fetters, (17) Wayne Johnson, (18) Mason Zeigler, (19) Derek Byler, (20) Jared Miley, (21) Doug Horton, (22) Gregg Satterlee, (23) Alan Sagi, (24) John Mollick, (25) Chad McClellan. Heat race winners (among 33 cars): Johnson, Elliott, Rine, Briggs. Consolation winners: Barbara, Satterlee. Provisional starter: McClellan.
Correction: Fixes victory total for Briggs.