SCCA Runoffs National Champs crowned at Daytona

Philip Royle won T4. Photo: Honda Racing

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

So, without further adieu, your 2015 SCCA National Champions from this year’s SCCA Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, held at Daytona International Speedway (2014 champions linked here).

Results are listed in the order the races ran, not necessarily by class or alphabetical order:

  • GT-2: John Kachadurian, Denver, No. 85 The Kachadurian Group/Fall-Line Porsche 911 Carrera
  • Formula Mazda: Joseph Burton-Harris, Birmingham, Ala. (Australia), No. 132 Si Partners/Sydney Sports/GMG Formula Mazda
  • Touring 4: Philip Royle, Winnetka, Calif., No. 09 Honda/BFGoodrich/HMS/Lucas Oil Honda Civic Si
  • GT-1: Mike Lewis, Poway, Calif., No. 12 Goodyear/ Jaguar XJR
  • H Production: Brian Linn, Hermosa Beach, Calif., No. 37 Hoosier Tires/LINNspeed/Hussey Honda CRX
  • Prototype 2: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, No. 58 C&M Manufacturing/Hoosier Tires/Geartronics Stohr WF1
  • Formula 500: Calvin Stewart, Novi, Mich., No. 07 Novarace LLC/ NovaKar Blade F600 Suzuki
  • STU: John Schmitt, Sunbury, Ohio, No. 92 Hoosier/Red Line/HPD Honda Civic
  • B-Spec: John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., No. 35 Hoosier/Mobil/Hawk/Matick Chevy Chevrolet Sonic
  • Spec Miata: Jonathan Goring, Norfolk, Conn., No. 118 Alfas Unlimited/Dixon/Rossini Mazda Miata
  • American Sedan: Andrew McDermid, Howell, Mich., No. 24 Weather Tech/Lane Automotive/Hoosier Ford Mustang
  • Formula Atlantic: Tyler Hunter, Denver, No. 22 Swan Motorsports Swift 014a Toyota
  • STL: Kevin Boehm, Marysville, Ohio, No. 79 BFGoodrich Tires/Honda Racing/HPD Honda Civic Si
  • Formula 1000: J.R. Osborne, Englewood, Colo., No. 83 Geartronics/Hoosier/Moons Supercycle Ralph Firman FRF F1000
  • SRF Gen 3: Kerry Jacobsen, Deland, Fla., No. 38 Tactical Machining/Comprent SRF3
  • F Production: Kevin Ruck, Atascosa, Texas, No. 73 Hoosier/Honda Performance Development Acura Integra
  • Touring 1: Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Haw/Hoosier Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • Formula Vee: Michael Varacins, Burlington, Wis., No. 65 Speed Sport Engineering/Veetech Speed Sport AM-5
  • GT-L: Jim Dentici, Oconomowoc, Wis., No. 11 Raglin Racing/JDM Group Honda CRX
  • Touring 2: Kurt Rezzetano, Phoenixville, Pa., No. 37 Phoenix Performance/Calvert Dynamics Ford Mustang GT
  • Formula Continental: Yufeng Luo, Arcadia, Calif. (China), No. 13 Pabst Racing/China Van Diemen DP08
  • GT-3: Joe Kristensen, London, Ontario, Canada, No. 14 Kristensen Race Engines/Hoosier Acura RSX
  • Spec Racer Ford: Cliff White, Huntsville, Ala., No. 58 Valvoline/Prism/The Cottages SRF
  • Formula F: Rick Payne, Mission, B.C., Canada, No. 75 Payton Pools Van Diemen RF99 Honda
  • E Production: Greg Ira, Plantation, Fla., No. 2 Z Trix/CU Yacht Charters Datsun 240Z
  • Formula Enterprises: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, No. 17 Alliance Autosport/ FE
  • Prototype 1: Gianpaolo Ciancimino, Coral Springs, Fla., No. 99 GC&G Services Inc./Young Racing Stohr WF1 Suzuki

Note: Touring 3 had fewer than 10 participants and as such, the winner is not declared a national champion. Still, Bob Schader, of Lafayette, Colo., in the No. 8 Hoosier Tire/Boulder Nissan Nissan 350Z, won the T3 race this year for his first Runoffs win in 30 years, since 1985.

SCCA Runoffs notes:

  • Friday night’s Spec Miata race under the lights featured more than 60 cars (picture linked here) and a surprise winner in Jonathan Goring, who was nowhere until the final lap. He beat Andrew Carbonell, Cory Collum and Alex Bolanos, with Collum later disqualified for a non-compliant engine. The track was drying out from earlier rain, which left the track soaked at the start of the race.
  • The other bizarre finish at the Runoffs occurred Friday afternoon in HP. Brian Linn, Jason Isley and A.J. Hulse all spun across the finish line together, none facing forward, and Linn was named the winner. They went three-wide backwards across the line in arguably the craziest finish at the track since David Pearson and Richard Petty had their contact at the finish of the 1976 Daytona 500, Pearson ultimately prevailing.
  • Had Isley won, he would have matched his SportsCar magazine colleague Philip Royle in winning a National Championship on the same day. Royle (pictured top of page), who’d previously raced an Mazda RX-7, took a new 2015 Honda Civic Si to the Touring 4 win in dominant fashion for his first national title.
  • Just 0.018-second separated first and third place at the finish line on Saturday during the F Production race at SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, with Kevin Ruck taking his second national title. Charlie Campbell, of Corry, Pennsylvania, and Eric Prill, of Topeka, Kansas, crossed the finish line three wide with Ruck on the track. Campbell was later penalized three positions by the stewards during the race, elevating Prill to second and Ken Kannard, of East Troy, Wis., to the podium.
  • Honda Racing (Honda and Acura) drivers claimed a record eight SCCA National Championships this weekend at the SCCA Runoffs in Daytona Beach, Fla. Those winners include: Kevin Boehm (STL), Philip Royle (T4), Rick Payne (FF), John Schmitt (STU), Joe Kristensen (GT-3), Jim Dentici (GT-L), Kevin Ruck (FP) and Brian Linn (HP).
  • First-time winners included John Kachadurian (GT-2), Joseph Burton-Harris (FM), Philip Royle (T4), Brian Linn (HP), Calvin Stewart (F500), John Schmitt (STU), Jonathan Goring (SM), Tyler Hunter (FA), Kevin Boehm (STL), Kerry Jacobsen (SRF3), Yufeng Luo (FC), Joe Kristensen (GT-3), Rick Payne (FF) and Gianpalo Ciancimino (P1).
  • John Heinricy won his 13th National Championship, which ties Duane Davis for second all-time. Andrew McDermid won his seventh title, and Jim Dentici and Andrew Aquilante won their sixth apiece.
  • Scott Rettich won his third consecutive Runoffs title and third consecutive Super Sweep, and now has five of each overall.
  • Greg Ira won his second Runoffs title, but this was first actually taking checkered flag (won one after steward’s decision invalidated winner at Road America in 2013).
  • Cliff White won SRF over Denny Stripling by a nose, just 0.048 of a second. It beat his win over Mike Miserendino at the 2014 Runoffs, which was 0.065 of a second. Other close first-to-second finishes included FV, where Michael Varacins went from fifth to first on the last lap and beat fellow Wisconsinite Andrew Whitson of Neenah by 0.058 of a second, and SRF3, where Kerry Jacobsen won by 0.055 of a second.
  • Yufeng Luo, 17, is a USF2000 regular and the youngest champion crowned at this year’s Runoffs. Graham Rahal, who won the 2005 Formula Atlantic title, is the youngest SCCA Runoffs National Champion in history at 16-years and 242-days old.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston


Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 Results; Click here for full 250 East Main Results

After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

Click here for 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points | Lap Chart

The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

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In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

Click here for 250 Main results | 250 East Rider Points | Combined Rider Points | Lap Chart

There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s