OCTOBER 22ND, 2012 (ST. LOUIS, MO) Midwest area dirt tracks saw a common theme in 2012, domination across the board by Pro Late Model driver Bobby Dauderman. Running his team out of Alhambra, Illinois Dauderman swept the Midwest with seventeen wins in just thirty-six starts.
At seasons end, twenty-four year old Dauderman has now been crowned the winner of the UMP Pro Late Model National Championship as well as the Pro Crate Racers Of America Regional Championship for the teams relentless efforts. Winning nearly half of the races entered and finishing in the top three seventy percent of the time, a championship or two was a given.
Championships are won by far more than the person in control of the wheel. The time and effort put forth by a determined crew chief (Chad Schuster) and the whole team along with the sacrifices made by their families allowed Dauderman to keep his #18 Rocket Chassis at the front of the field week after week. Rewarded for their efforts, BDR can now proudly display two highly sought after trophies.
Written By: Todd Turner
Pro Crate Racers of America founder Mark Voigt was pleased with the first season on the Illinois-based circuit, and he is confident things will improve in 2012. The first-year tour drew 125 drivers at 12 races at tracks in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky, averaging 26 Crate Late Models per event. The Oct. 14 season finale at Tri-City Speedway alone drew 44 cars in an event won by Steve Lance Jr. of Cuba, Ill., while runner-up Nick Lyons of Centralia, Ill., wrapped up the first series championship.
“I’d like to thank everybody for making the PCRA successful the first year and I believe next year will be even better, as we have been in contact already with some of the race tracks.” said Voigt, a long-time dirt and ARCA racer who operates the series. “We were really happy with (the season). “We have more and more racers telling us they are planning to run the series next year.” Voigt said. “So I have really high hopes of higher car counts for next year, and to have more races, too.”
On Sunday, October 16th, engine builder Claude Walker of Part Stop in Bethalto, Ill., inspected the championship-winning engine of Nick Lyons including the valves, ports, crank and more. A Kehrer team member was on hand to witness the inspection and everything was found to be legal. “We completely disassembled it … it passed with flying colors,” Voigt said. “The PCRA congratulates Nick Lyons on his hard-fought victory. They represented our series well and did a good job.”
Tri City Speedway — Pontoon Beach, IL
Race Results for 10/14/2011
PCRA Late Models – A-Main — 44 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 25 Steve Lance Jr Cuba, IL
2 8X Nick Lyons Centralia, IL
3 USA1 Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
4 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
5 18D Bobby Dauderman Alhambra, IL
6 87 Jason Zobrist Highland, IL
7 20 Dustin Griffin (C) Camp Point, IL
8 8BALL Scott Weber Festus, MO
9 24 Dick Taylor Riverton, IL
10 01 Casey Montague Lebanon, IL
11 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
12 11 Gordy Gundaker (LRC) St. Charles, MO
13 5H Jeremy Hines Seymour, IN
14 4T Matt Taylor Springfield, IL
15 67 Mark Oller Highland, IL
16 55 Daniel Heck Mount Vernon, IL
17 72 Brad Yotter (C) Worden, IL
18 33H Roben Huffman Clinton, IL
19 56 Aaron Heck Mount Vernon, IL
20 350 Ed Dixon Washington, MO
21 r52 Rylan Dagg (C) Wayne City, IL
Written By: Todd Turner
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (Oct. 8th) — Nick Lyons of Centralia, Ill., pocketed $3,000 on Saturday at Belle-Clair Speedway for two victories in the King Edwards Flip Flop 50, a sweep that moved him into the points lead on the Pro Crate Racers of America tour.
Lyons earned $1,000 for capturing the night’s opening 25-lap feature, and after a 10-car inversion for the following 50-lapper, Lyons earned another $1,000 victory. He pocketed a $1,000 bonus for the sweep in the season-ending event at the fifth-mile oval.
In the opening feature, Clay Baumann and Mike Hammerle started on the front row and battled early with Bobby Dauderman. Lyons was in the mix soon enough and took the lead on the 17th lap, just before a caution for Aaron Heck, who got into the wall. Lyons led the rest of the way, taking the checkers ahead of Dauderman, Hammerlee, Michael Kloos and Tom Carson.
The second feature was set by inverting the top 10 finishers of the first feature, then adding 10 more drivers from a pair of consolation races.
Lyons started in the fifth row and chased the leaders through the early stages before a lap-17 caution when Carson got into the wall and flipped his car.