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Chevrolet Muscle Cars Dominate at the 2016 Motor State Challenge

A Muscle Car State Affair: Camaros heavily populate the top spots at the Eighth Annual Motor State Challenge

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The Motor State Challenge once again saw Pro Touring competitors travel to southwest Michigan from all over the United States for the three days of casual cruising and two exciting driving competitions. Owners of early and late-model muscle cars continue to make this event a must-attend destination for performance enthusiasts. Although Chevrolet muscle was the dominant brand in numbers, Ford and Chrysler were also representing at the eighth-annual event.

Along with the excitement of turning laps during the Friday track session at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, and the Saturday autocross competition at Tire Rack in South Bend, Indiana, the event also featured a 40-mile cruise Thursday evening. The drive featured an escort from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department that concluded at Mahogany Outfitters; a wooden boat museum in Cassopolis, Michigan. Entrants were treated to a made-from-scratch dinner prepared by Lakeview Diner – a 50’s style diner built in the heart of the museum.

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Another big hit of The Challenge was the Royal Purple and Quickcar-sponsored ice cream social after the track sessions on Friday. It was the perfect way to cool down after a long day at the track as hotter-than-normal temperatures were blasting the area.

At the conclusion of the event on Saturday, the awards presentation featured a variety of custom-labeled selections from Round Barn Winery in Baroda, Michigan.

The exciting event featured seventy competitors that competed in both phases of the competition (road course and autocross) as well as the cruise.

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A special shout out goes to the South Bend Region of the SCCA for all the support and hard work ensuring the track day and the autocross competitions were safe as well as fun for everyone involved.

The 2016 edition of the Motor State Challenge was sponsored in part by: Motor State Distributing, Lane Automotive, Allstar Performance, Quickcar, Tire Rack, Detroit Speed Inc., Ridetech, Pro-Touring G-Machines, Optima Batteries, Lateral G, Aeromotive, Holley Performance Products, Royal Purple, Aeroquip, ARP, Wilwood Brakes, Magnaflow, Autometer, Russell, MSD Performance, Edelbrock, Hedman Hedders, K&N, Air Lift, B&M, C&R Racing Products, Hooker Headers, Centerforce Clutches, Weld Racing, Painless Wiring, Hawk Performance, and Maxima Racing Oils.

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Photos courtesy of Motor State Distributing

2016 Motor State Challenge Results
Class Driver Manufacturer Hometown # Vehicle Points/Time
Vintage
1 Danny King Sturgis, MI #76 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (21 Points)
2 Larry Woo Solon, OH #77 1968 Chevrolet Camaro (21 Points)
3 Mark Stielow Milford, MI #69 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (19 Points)
(Tie Breaker is determined by Autocross Times)
Late Model
1 Chris Jacobs Elburn,IL #1 2001 Chevrolet Corvette (25 Points)
2 Erik Vandermey West Chicago, IL #50 2007 Mazda MX-5 MS-R (13 Points)
3 Randy Johnson Kewaskum, WI #29 202 Chevrolet Corvette (13 Points)
(Tie Breaker is determined by Autocross Times)
Manufacturer’s - Shootout Vintage
1 Kyle Tucker Detroit Speed Moorseville, NC #4 1970 Chevrolet Camaro (23 Points)
1 Chris Smith Ridetech Jasper, IN #48 Chevrolet Corvette (23 Points)
3 Ramey Wormer UMI Performance Philipsburg, PA #24 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (15 Points)
Manufacturer’s Shootout - Late Model
1 Tom McBride Ridetech Jasper, IN #16 Chevrolet Corvette (21 Points)
2 David Schardt Forgeline Dayton, OH #94 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (19 Points)
3 John Fehring Hoosier Perf. Churubusco, IN #54 2000 Pontiac Trans-Am LS1 (17 Points)
Fastest Roadcourse Lap
Vintage
Mark Stielow Milford, MI #69 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 01:38.2
Chris Jacobs Elburn, IL #1 2001 Chevrolet Corvette 01:37.0
Manufacturer’s Shootout - Vintage
Kyle Tucker Detroit Speed Moorseville, NC #4 1970 Chevrolet Camaro 01:38.4
David Schradt Forgeline Dayton, OH #94 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 01:40.9
Fastest Autocross Lap
Vintage
Danny King Sturgis, MI #76 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 37.826
Late Model
Chris Jacobs Elburn,IL #1 2001 Chevrolet Corvette 37.268
Manufacturer’s Shootout – Vintage
Chris Smith Ridetech Jasper, IN #48 Chevrolet Corvette 37.397
Manufacturer’s Shootout - Late Model
Jim McKamey Hoosier Perf. Portage, IN #25 2002 Chevrolet Corvette 36.477
Long Distance Award
Kenny Edwards Bayshore, NY #18 1966 Ford Mustang
People’s Choice Awards
Erik Vandermey West Chicago, IL #50 2007 Mazda MX-5 MS-R
Spirit Award / Optima Ultimate Street Car Invite
Erik Vandermey West Chicago, IL #50 2007 Mazda MX-5 MS-R
Todd Gartshore Memorial Award
Chris & Lynda Jacobs Elburn, IL 01 Corvette / ‘66 Chevelle SS

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