SCCA Runoffs in the books for 2014; 27 champions crowned at Mazda Raceway

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Sometimes it’s easier to just list off the champions when you have 27 of them to go through.

So, without further adieu, your 2014 SCCA National Champions from this year’s Runoffs, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Results listed in the order the races ran, not necessarily by class or alphabetical order:

  • Touring 1: Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., No. 32 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk Performance Ford Mustang
  • GT-Lite: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., No. 77 Huffaker Engineering Mini Cooper
  • Formula F: Jeremy Grenier, Charles Town, W. Va., No. 21 Ski Motorsports/Hoosier/ELR/KDD Citation Formula F Honda
  • Spec Miata: Erik Stearns, Van Buren, Ohio, No. 97 East Street Racing/Eds 24 Hour Service 2000 Mazda Miata
  • F Production: Nigel Saurino, Tulsa, Okla., No. 57 The Race Shop/Kelley Engines/Hoosier MG Midget
  • American Sedan: Dylan Olsen, Kelso, Wash., No. 13 Shock Shop/Correct Car SUV/Nutter Ford Mustang
  • Prototype 1: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, No. 58 C&M Manufacturing/GDR Engines/Hoosier/Geartro Stohr WF1 Suzuki
  • STU: Andrie Hartanto, Concord, Calif., No. 98 CT Engineering/Supertech/Wicked Tuning/Quickjack Honda S2000
  • Touring 3: David Daugherty, Fortville, Ind., No. 8 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Enkei Nissan 370Z
  • STL: Cliff Ira, Kansas City, Mo., No. 36 Fira Motorsports Acura Integra GSR
  • Prototype 2: Fabian Okonski, Los Gatos, Calif., No. 4 Simplicity in Sound Mobile Audio, GDRE Stohr 01D Suzuki
  • E Production: Matt Reynolds, Boerne, Texas, No. 71 Reynolds Brother’s Racing/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Vintage Connection Mazda Miata
  • GT-2: Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk Performance Chevrolet Corvette
  • GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, British Columbia, No. 53 Nissan 240-SX
  • Formula Mazda: Mike Anderson, Anza, Calif., No. 42 HASA/Whiteflyer Formula Mazda
  • Formula Enterprises: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Comms Systems SCCA Formula Enterprises/Ford
  • Formula Continental: Robert Allaer, Lithia, Fla., No. 52 Martini/Coors Light/LTD Motorsports Van Diemen RF02/Ford
  • Touring 2: Andrew Longe, Naples, Fla., No. 02 Trianon/FALL-LINE Motorsports Porsche 911/997
  • Touring 4: Daniel Bender, Northbrook, Ill., No. 15 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires/Autobarn Mazda Mazda MX-5
  • B-Spec, Kyle Keenan, Vancouver, Wash., No. 44 Kia Motors of America Kia Rio
  • Formula Vee: Rick Shields, Bridgeville, Pa., No. 77 ARS Inc./Veesport Racing/Autowerks VDF-2 Vee
  • GT-1: Kyle Kelley, Huntington Beach, Calif., No. 3 UPRacing.com/Jamison Engineering/1st Class Chevrolet Corvette
  • Formula 500: Brian Novak, Dearborn, Mich., No. 73 Hoosier/NovaRace/AiM NovaKar J360/Rotax
  • Spec Racer Ford: Cliff White, Huntsville, Ala., No. 58 Cottage Senior Living/Valvoline Spec Racer Ford
  • Formula 1000: J.R. Osborne, Englewood, Col., No. 83 Ralph Firman/Hoosier/GeartronicsMoo RFR 1000/Kawasaki
  • H Production: Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, Wis., No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance/RWM/Hoosier Honda CRX
  • Formula Atlantic: Conner Kearby, Corpus Christi, Texas, No. 56 GK Motorsports Swift 016a Mazda

Some photos from the Runoffs:

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Rick Shields. Photo: Mark Weber
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Erik Stearns. Photo: Jay Bonvouloir
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Scott Rettich. Photo: Mark Weber
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SRF start. Photo: Jay Bonvouloir

Some notes from the Runoffs:

  • Spec Miata saw each of the top six cars penalized post-race for unapproved modifications, which cost Mark Drennan (San Jose, Calif., No. 10 NoWifeNoKids/TFB/Riverbed Mazda Miata) the title and promoted seventh-placed Stearns to the title. “What happened this week, with so many cars being non-compliant, is unfortunate. We need to ensure that this moment is a trigger for a positive change in this class,” SCCA President Lisa Noble said in a release.
  • Formula Vee also saw post-race results adjustments following technical inspection. Terran Swanson (Petaluma, Calif., No. 86 Toad Hall Ent/Swan Tech Graphic Co. Mysterian M4/Volkswagen) lost the title after the shakeup, and the top three were bounced altogether. That promoted fourth-placed Shields to that title, which was a surprise result after spinning on the last lap from second to fall to fourth.
  • The P2 title was shifted from David Ferguson to Okonski after Ferguson and Mark Mercer were penalized a position each for passing under a yellow.
  • 21-year-old Saurino took the FP title over Huffaker and SCCA VP of Marketing and Communications Eric Prill, who was racing for Maxton’s Fight – Prill’s 3-year-old son Max has Pre B-Cell ALL Leukemia, and teams and drivers around the country have rallied for “Super Max” this season.
  • 17-year-old Kearby (FA) was this year’s youngest National Champion.
  • Aquilante (T1 and GT-2) captured his fourth and fifth National Championships, and defended his 2013 titles in both classes achieved at Road America.
  • Huffaker (GT-L) made his Runoffs return for the first time in 10 years.
  • Ira (STL) won despite billowing smoke in the waning stages of his race, and had enough oil to make oil pressure.
  • Jackson (GT-3) is now 3-3 in Runoffs races, having won titles in 2003 (Mid-Ohio) and 2006 (Topeka).
  • Rettich (FE) captured the SCCA Club Racing Super Sweep, awarded to drivers who win a Majors Conference Championship, one of 10 key Majors races, win the National point standings and the Runoffs in a single class. This was also his fourth Runoffs title
  • Allaer (FC) beat 16-year-old Andrew Evans, of Sammamish, Wash., for that title.
  • Longe (T2) edged Kyle Kelley in his Corvette by just 0.047 of a second for the T2 win (main picture). Kelley won GT-1 so he didn’t go home empty-handed.
  • That edged out the closest win this Runoffs over the closest ever SRF win, White edging Mike Miserendino by just 0.065 of a second.
  • Loshak (HP) ran that race immediately after running F1000 just before, where he finished sixth. In HP, he held off the Toyota Yaris of SportsCar magazine’s Jason Isley by just 0.189 of a second.
  • In the first West Coast Runoffs since 1968 (Riverside), there were five champions from California, and several others from Western states.

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Anaheim 2: Ken Roczen is consistency’s king

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Strength is found not only in outright wins, but also through consistency, which contributed to the rise of Ken Roczen in the SuperMotocross Rankings after Anaheim 2.

Roczen ended the 2022 Supercross season with the knowledge that he urgently needed change, so he declared himself a free agent, signed with Suzuki during the offseason and set upon 2023 with renewed determination. It worked. Roczen is one of three riders in the 450 class with a sweep of the top five and that consistency has given him the lead in the NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings.

SuperMotocross Rankings Anaheim 2
Like Babe Ruth pointing to the outfield wall, Ken Roczen pointed his way to the Power Rankings lead. – Feld Motor Sports

This formula rewards riders who compete at the front of the pack at the end of the Mains, in their heats, or in last week’s case, the three motos that make up the Triple Crown. Roczen has improved his overall performance each week with a fifth in Anaheim 1, a fourth in San Diego and his first podium of 2023 in Anaheim 2. Can he keep the trend alive with a first- or second-place finish in Houston?

A fall is all it takes sometimes. Last week, Eli Tomac tumbled hard when he pushed wide on the exit of a turn and jumped on top of a Tuff Blox. He remounted after that incident in Race 3 of the Triple Crown, but could only manage a 13th-place result in the moto. It could have been much worse and resulted in an injury, but coupled with a sixth in the overall standings at Anaheim 2, it pushed him down a spot in the SuperMotocross Ranking.

Along with Roczen (and Chase Sexton), Cooper Webb swept the top five in Supercross’ first three rounds. He is knocking on the door of a win and it won’t take long for him to ascend to the top of the box. Webb has two victories in Houston and each of them came during a championship season.

If there is a more determined rider than Jason Anderson, get out of his way. His path to the front of the pack is not always lined with primroses since he often has to pass multiple riders with whom he has had a run-in during his path, but the SuperMotocross Power Rankings are concerned only with raw results – not intention – and Anaheim 2 was Anderson’s best race of the season. He earned his first top-five and first podium with a second-place finish that was aided by a moto win.

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Dylan Ferrandis has also been a model of consistency. Last week his Triple Crown effort of 4-6-5 gave him an overall finish of fifth. That came on the heels of a fourth-place result in the season opener and a sixth in San Diego. With no result worse than sixth this season, the numbers add up quite well.

Sexton’s position just outside the top five this week is entirely attributable to his last-place result in the San Diego heat. The SuperMotocross Rankings looks at the past 45 days, so that will affect him for a while, but if he continues to ride like he did in Anaheim 2, he’s going to climb quickly despite that albatross around his neck.

450 Rankings

This
Week
Driver Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1. Ken Roczen 84.63 3 2
2. Eli Tomac
[2 Main; 2 Heat wins]
83.25 1 -1
3. Cooper Webb 82.25 2 -1
4. Jason Anderson
[1 Heat win]
80.63 5 1
5. Dylan Ferrandis 78.75 4 -1
6. Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 3 Heat wins]
77.75 9 3
7. Justin Barcia 67.88 6 -1
8. Aaron Plessinger 67.63 8 0
9. Adam Cianciarulo 67.25 7 -2
10. Joey Savatgy 61.00 11 1
10. Marvin Musquin 61.00 12 2
12. Malcolm Stewart
[1 Heat win]
58.75 13 1
13. Christian Craig 56.13 14 1
14. Colt Nichols 56.00 10 -4
15. Dean Wilson 47.50 15 0
16. Tristan Lane 41.00 18 2
17. Grant Harlan 40.67 19 2
18. Justin Hill 40.57 16 -2
19. Logan Karnow 36.50 20 1
20. Alex Ray 36.00 21 1

Supercross Points


The 250 West riders get a couple of weeks off before heading to Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 and several of them need the rest. Tough weeks for Cameron McAdoo and RJ Hampshire forced them to lose ground in the SuperMotocross points to Jett Lawrence at a time that could prove to play mental games.

Lawrence also had his share of issues at Anaheim 2, but overcame early falls in the first two motos and finished no worse than sixth. Considering that he dropped to the tail of the field in Race 2, that was a remarkable accomplishment and he entered the final race with a shot at the overall win. He narrowly missed that mark, but still has not finished worse than second in three rounds. His lead in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings is safe.

Cameron McAdoo rode with injury in all three Triple Crown motos, so his sixth-place finish was a moral victory. Cameron McAdoo, Instagram

McAdoo said it best in an Instagram post this week: “Woke up feeling grateful that I’m relatively healthy after my big mistake during qualifying yesterday. We made the decision that it would be safe for me to race so I did everything I possibly could to get through the night ending up [sixth overall]. We will work on getting healed up in these few weeks off to come back strong for Oakland!”

With results of 8-7-5 in the Triple Crown and his combined sixth-place result, McAdoo lost significant ground to Lawrence in both the points’ standings and our Power formula. The Oakland race is going to be critical if he wants to stay in the championship hunt because the series will have a long break before returning in Seattle for Round 11. No one wants to sit with negative feelings for that long.

Mitchell Oldenburg has quietly amassed some impressive numbers. His name has not been called a lot during broadcasts, but he has not finished worse than seventh in any of the first three rounds. Themes develop during a season and weekend – and for the moment, this one revolves around reliability. Oldenburg finished 5-4-6 in Anaheim 2 which means he has consistently amassed SuperMotocross Power Rankings points.

Stilez Robertson won his first race of the season in Moto 2 of the Triple Crown. Coupled with a third-place finish in the final race, he leapfrogged Hampshire and Enzo Lopes, both of whom had disappointing outings. He stands fifth in the points’ standing mostly due to a ninth-place finish in the season opener, but each race has been progressively better and that is a good sign.

Sometimes, all it takes is a taste of success. Prior to Anaheim 2, Levi Kitchen’s best Supercross finish was a seventh earned in this year’s season opener. He scored a ninth at Minneapolis last year, but that was not enough to put him on the radar. This early in the season, one strong run can sway the SuperMotocross Power Ranking significantly, but Robertson has earned his way into the top five. More importantly, he’s going to be the object of interest when the West series returns to Oakland.

Next week the 250 East riders mount up in Houston, Texas before they head to Tampa, Florida. The Power Rankings will combine the two divisions, so the riders below are likely to shift dramatically.

250 Rankings

This
Week
Driver Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1. Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat wins]
89.13 1 0
2. Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.63 3 1
3. Mitchell Oldenburg – W 77.00 5 2
4. Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat win]
76.75 6 2
5. Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main win]
73.75 12 7
6. RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat wins]
70.00 2 -4
7. Max Vohland – W 69.29 8 1
8. Derek Kelley – W 63.75 10 2
9. Enzo Lopes – W 63.25 4 -5
10. Pierce Brown – W 61.29 13 3
11. Phil Nicoletti – W 59.25 7 -4
12. Dylan Walsh – W 56.00 9 -3
13. Cole Thompson – W 51.00 11 -2
14. Robbie Wageman – W 50.75 15 1
15. Anthony Rodriguez – W 49.00 14 -1
16. Ty Masterpool – W 47.50 16 0
17. Kaeden Amerine – W 47.50 16 -1
18. Dominique Thury – W 47.00 18 0
19. Austin Forkner – W 43.00 20 1
20. Derek Drake – W 42.33 21 1

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.

POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 2 AT SAN DIEGO: Ken Roczen moves up, Chase Sexton falls
POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 1 AT ANAHEIM: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence gain an early advantage