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Malanga captures razor-thin finish in Kansas Showdown

Rickard drives ARCA to first win

ARCA
Kansas Showdown
ROUND 3
30 Oct 2009
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30 Oct 2009 — Tom Malanga raced past the checkered flag a whisker-thin 0.380 seconds ahead of Chris Barnes to take second place in the Kansas Showdown in Round 3 of the Stock Car Showdown [USA] series.

After starting fourth, Malanga gained his way to first and then dropped to seventh in the late stages. Malanga traded positions multiple rounds with Jim Barisoff in a long and tense fight for second starting midway through, running within an apex of each other over a stretch of 13 laps. Malanga ran nearly equal parts leading Barisoff after engaging and passing him on lap 24, coming from as many as seven spots back. After losing the spot on lap 33, Malanga passed Barisoff for the second time and into second place on lap 41, and controlled it the remaining few laps to the breathtaking finish with Barnes.

Malanga remains in the lead of the standings, increasing the lead over rival Lance Mayne to 47 points. Malanga has three starts and led 30 of his 143 laps while taking the win twice.

Dennis Rickard took his first career victory in just two events, leading 14 laps to take the checkered flag.

Rickard drove the majority of 14 laps total pursuing Chris Melton after initially targeting him on the first lap. Rickard launched an extended challenge at Melton in the middle stages, staying within a bumper behind him and keeping pace over a solid run of 11 laps. Rickard cleared Melton and into first place on lap 32, and controlled it the remaining 13 laps to the conclusion.

The first victory for Rickard came on his second outing in the ARCA. Rickard is 11th in the standings for the series. He has two starts and led 28 of his 85 laps raced while taking the win once.

Chris Melton raced at the front of the field most of all drivers, leading 18 of 45 laps on a run to fourth place.

After starting second, Melton gained his way to first and then dropped to eighth in the late stages. Melton traded positions back and forth with Jim Barisoff in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for second starting midway through, running within a car length of each other over a stretch of 11 laps and changing positions three times. Melton spent nearly equal parts leading Barisoff after catching and passing him on lap 28, coming from as many as five places back. After losing the spot on lap 32, Melton passed Barisoff for the second time and into fourth place on lap 42, and defended it against pressure by Barisoff the remaining four laps to the conclusion.

Melton moves up to third in the standings, 14 points behind Lance Mayne. Melton has three starts and led 28 of his 143 laps while finishing as high as third.

In the 30 career runs taken by Melton in the ARCA, he has led 247 laps in all and taken the victory three times. Melton has taken the car to Kansas Speedway five times, and won with it once. In the 400 career starts taken by Melton, he has driven the ARCA 30 times. This was the fifth time he matched the car against the circuit at Kansas Speedway, with one win previously.

Stock Car Showdown [USA] series moves on to Round 4 in two weeks at Rockingham Speedway. The series has 28 drivers competing for points in the championship.

Tom Malanga leads the championship. The title continues to be challenged by Lance Mayne, Chris Melton, Les Lamont, David Ulmer, Greg Ulmer, Nick Parrett, Ron Coles, Jack Ulmer, Brian Johnson, Dennis Rickard, Chris Barnes, Scott DeBoer, Jim Barisoff, Paul Hahn, CC Thomas, Jeff Graybill, Eduardo Garcia, Mike Logsdon, Ian Eichendorf, Ernie Douglas, David Fridley, Bill Kaiser, Jay Lee, Pete Norquay, Mike Arn, Robert Johnson, and Maurice Wilson. The Top 5 places are an open ring for 28 drivers in the running with three races remaining.

Jim Barisoff logged four laps at the front in a fifth-place run.

After starting eighth, Barisoff gained his way to first and then dropped to eighth in the late stages. Barisoff wrestled the advantage back and forth with Chris Melton in a long and tense fight for third starting midway through, running within a scrape of each other over a span of 11 laps and changing positions three times. Barisoff drove nearly equal parts leading Melton after being engaged by him on lap 24. Ultimately Barisoff lost the spot on lap 42 and settled into fifth the few laps running to the conclusion, missing Melton ahead by just 0.542 seconds at the line.

Barisoff is 14th in the standings for the series. He has two starts and led four of his 103 laps raced while finishing as high as fifth.

Chris Barnes took third place.

Barnes spent the majority of 11 laps total pursuing Tom Malanga after being challenged and passed by him on lap 36. Barnes launched an extended attack at Malanga late in the action, staying within an apex behind him and keeping pace over a solid run of 10 laps. Ultimately Barnes settled into third the few laps running to the conclusion, missing Malanga ahead by just 0.380 seconds at the line.

Barnes is 12th in the standings for the series. He has two starts and finished as high as third.

Jack Ulmer held off Paul Hahn at the finish line by the tight margin of 0.358 seconds to take 12th place.

A whisker-thin 0.311 seconds separated Ron Coles ahead of Brian Johnson at the checkered flag for Coles to take 15th place.

Les Lamont won sixth place.

Ulmer ran the majority of 14 laps total pursuing Paul Hahn after engaging him on lap 11, coming from as many as four spots back. Ulmer launched an extended attack at Hahn in the early stages, staying within a scrape behind him and keeping pace over a continuous run of eight laps. Ulmer passed Hahn and into 12th place on lap 32, and defended it against pressure by Hahn another five laps toward the pulse-pounding finish.

Ulmer remains in ninth in the standings, cutting the gap to eighth's Ron Coles to two points. Ulmer has three starts and finished as high as seventh.

Coles traded positions multiple rounds with Paul Hahn in a long and tense battle for 14th starting midway through, running within a bumper of each other over a stretch of 12 laps. Coles spent the majority leading Hahn after being caught by him on lap 11. Coles fended off a prolonged challenge by Hahn early in the running, staying just a car length ahead of him over a continuous run of eight laps. Ultimately Coles lost the spot on lap 42 and settled into 15th the few laps running to the finish, holding off Johnson by the razor-thin margin at the line.

Coles drops to eighth in the standings, two points behind Nick Parrett. Coles has three starts and led three of his 143 laps while finishing as high as seventh.

After starting seventh, Lamont gained his way to fifth and then dropped to 12th midway through. Lamont took the fight back and forth with Nick Parrett in a fervent battle for eighth starting early on, running within a turn of each other over a stretch of seven laps and changing positions four times. Lamont spent nearly equal parts leading Parrett after being caught by him on lap 10. After losing the spot on lap 32, Lamont cleared Parrett for the second time and into sixth place on lap 42, and controlled it the remaining few laps to the finish.

Lamont moves up to fourth in the standings, 21 points behind Chris Melton. Lamont has three starts and finished as high as third.

Lance Mayne logged a lap at the front in a ninth-place run.

David Ulmer won eighth place.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Dennis Rickard Big Time Racing 45 50:31.175
2 Tom Malanga E Racers Anonymous 45 50:31.617
3 Chris Barnes 45 50:31.997
4 Chris Melton GearBanger Racing 45 50:32.504
5 Jim Barisoff E Racers Anonymous 45 50:33.046
6 Les Lamont GearBanger Racing 45 50:33.558
7 Scott DeBoer Big Time Racing 45 50:34.565
8 David Ulmer Pinnacle Motorsports 45 50:35.018
9 Lance Mayne Acme 5 Racing 45 50:35.701
10 David Fridley DBFMotorsports.com 45 50:36.352
11 CC Thomas Big Time Racing 45 50:36.846
12 Jack Ulmer 45 50:37.959
13 Paul Hahn Acme 5 Racing 45 50:38.317
14 Greg Ulmer 45 50:38.934
15 Ron Coles DBFMotorsports.com 45 50:39.550
16 Brian Johnson Running From Nothing 45 50:39.861
17 Nick Parrett Running From Nothing 45 50:40.871
18 Jeff Graybill 25 Motorsport 45 50:41.962
19 Mike Logsdon Acme 5 Racing 45 50:43.148
20 Robert Johnson Flying Krobar Racing 34 DNF
21 Eduardo Garcia 16 DNF
22 Maurice Wilson 3 DNF
POSTRACE

INT
–0.821
FIN
3
Q
12
REP
 
CLASS
ARCA
CAR
ARCA
Posted by Chris Barnes at 04:43 AM on Fri Oct 30 CET

can we please run more than 4 laps of green guys? All it would take is a lil bit of patience on everyone's part to actually get some racing in instead of who stays out of the pits on the last caution for the win. We havent even completed a full race cuz we can't run under green. Patience, Practice, Patience. It's such a simple concept, and one i'm sure we can all learn if we just try.

INT
–10.786
FIN
18
Q
18
REP
 
CLASS
ARCA
CAR
ARCA
Posted by Jeff Graybill at 02:42 PM on Fri Oct 30 CET

Congrats Dennis!

Yeah, I apologize to everyone for the yellow I brought out cause I was getting tired of them myself. Had a stop and go I needed to perform and spun trying to get on pit lane while trying not to get run-over from behind. A dumb rookie mistake.

INT
–0.821
FIN
3
Q
12
REP
 
CLASS
ARCA
CAR
ARCA
Posted by Chris Barnes at 10:10 PM on Fri Oct 30 CET

yes ducking onto pitroad can be scary when there's a bunch of cars behind you. but that is what pit entry and exit messages are for. if someone hits you, it is their fault and is considered a punt, which will get them a drive thru/one lap penalty if they dont serve drive-thru. pit in/out messages are the only allowed chat during a race for this reason.


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