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Round Thirteen Racing - Bryce Mann Memorial
September....we may be nearing the end of the race season...but there are still lots of laps to be raced here at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Tonight we have three local classes on the track the Western Sportsman division, the SKL Trailers Pro Trucks and the WSSL Auto Parts Super Late Models. The Super Late Model division will compete in the feature race for the evening...the Bryce Mann Memorial. Also here this evening are the visiting Baby Grands.
Driver Profile - Ben Busch - #49 western sportsman
We feature Ben Busch this week. Ben has been in and around racing for many years.
Q. Tell us about your start into racing, where you started, what you started in? A. I got started in racing over 20 years ago helping out on a friend's dirt car in P.A. Back then they had mechanic races and one day they stuffed me in the car and told me to go run the mechanics race......I was HOOKED and have been ever since.
Q. Besides visor tear offs, tell us some of the differences from dirt to asphalt? A. The way the track feels and the way the car handles are very different. On dirt you go thru the corners in a controlled sideways slide, as the Hudson Hornet (from the movie CARS) said " You have to turn right to go left!" Haha. Whereas on asphalt you need to be hooked up to the track at all times. On asphalt the set-up of the car plays a bigger role than on dirt.
Q. Racing is a family affair at the Busch residence. I know of 2 race vehicles, the sportsman and the pro truck Shantel drives, are there any more? A. We have the two race vehicles, the Sportsman which I drive and a ProTruck which my daughter Shantel drives. But there is always room and another stall in the shop for one more just don't tell my wife Sandy...haha.
Q. The hours you put into keeping multiple vehicles racing must be huge, do you have help? Do you sleep? A. Shantel, Sandy and myself are the ones who try to keep these race vehicles running from race to race. We do have help at the race track which is greatly appreciated. We have to work on the vehicles just about every night to keep things running smooth. The whole family sacrifices in order for us to race. As everyone knows you have to LOVE working in the shop in order to complete at our level because there is very little time at the track compared to the hours put in at the shop. Win or lose at the end of the day, as long as you were competitive and were able to race with the leaders it makes it all worthwhile.
Q. When the kids were smaller, did they have those little race car beds? A. No the girls didn't have the race car beds but they did have posters of race car drivers and race cars instead of Barbies.
Q. You always have a competitive car when you come to the track, how do you keep up to date on technical, parts, etc. ? A. I research a lot on the internet, and read magazines and race books for new ideas. We are constantly experimenting with setup for both the car and truck.
Q. Give us some highlights and low times of your racing career? A. One of the low times was a couple of years ago when we were running for the WEST championship and I knocked the frontend off the car and had to reclip it. We had it back on the track in 2 weeks. As it turned out it was also a high point because we didn't realized we had so many fellow competitors and friends that were willing to help out. I few races ago I was a substitute driver for Scott Lucas and was able to race with Shantel in the Protrucks, this was a proud moment for me to see her so competitive in her first full year of racing.
Q. Anything else you would like to share with your fans? A. I would like to continue with 2 race vehicles next year and hope that the Sportsman class will continue to grow. I will offer my help to anyone who is interested in joining this class. The drive from P.A. is all worthwhile because we get the opportunity to race at a first class facility and the SSCRA members always make us feel welcome and part of their racing family.
Points Standings (As of August 26, 2011)
Super Late Models
|1. #38 Rick Kucher - 491||1. #55 Jim Gaunt - 228||1. #53 Scott Kessler - 140|
|2. #67 Ken Ross - 490||2. #70 Trent Seidel - 219||2. #49 Ben Busch - 134|
|3. #27 Scott Lucas - 443||3. #69 PJ Kondra - 193||3. #04 Tim Kammer - 116|
|4. #50 Ben Pogoda - 394||4. #14 Glen Hertzke - 181||4. #51 Nicholas Jewel - 110|
|5. #14 Wade Wohlford - 390||5. #38 Dave Bone - 155||5. #26 John Rees - 68|
|6. #18 Bill Zubrecki - 347||6. #5 Jeff Reimer - 154||6. #41 Travis Deforest - 44|
|7. #49 Shantel Firth - 329||-. #77 Jim Barnsley - 154||7. #21 Nick Allen - 43|
|8. #19 Ryland Utigard - 320||8. #44 Trevor Hannay - 150|
|9. #8 Andrew Clewes - 304||9. #88 Jason Gervais - 121|
|10. #93 Neil Schneider - 288||10. #56 Howard Crossman - 102|
|11. #89 Jim Goodlad - 224||11. #22 Doug Bienia - 89|
|12. #5 Debra Newnham - 211||12. #20 Ken Campbell - 43|
|13. #3 Tony Mikulcik - 198|
|14. #01 Alex Leschenko - 39|
|1. #10 Kevin Dyck - 478||1. #81 Barry Stefaniuk - 706||1. #88 Brad Wrennick - 669|
|-. #77 Frank Vangool - 478||2. #18 Mike Rea - 655||2. #34 Mike Schroeder - 630|
|3. #7 Darnell Schick - 470||3. #49 Mickey Pogoda - 618||3. #87 Tristan Saunders - 596|
|4. #70 Tristan Ransom - 464||4. #66 Brent Dupuis - 604||4. #33 Ryan Thompson - 540|
|-. #13 Dennis Beck - 464||5. #12 Ryan Lange - 541||5. 28 Brennen Forseille - 536|
|6. #62 Kenny Heintz - 446||6. #7 Floyd Ransom - 530||6. #44 Craig Katelnikoff - 516|
|7. #95 Clay Wagner - 441||7. #79 Ryan Andrew - 411||7. #36 Darryl Potts - 508|
|8. #1 Scott Barrand - 418||8. #42 Kelsey/Nicole Sheetka - 406||8. #3 Ron Eby - 482|
|9. #41 Jamie Tataryn - 378||9. #76 Logan Derksen - 398||9. #43 Kevin MacLaggin - 352|
|10. #00 Curtis Regush - 322||10. #71 Dallas Andrew - 385||10. #53 Robert Burkitt - 276|
|11. #92 Brennan Kirton - 313||11. #02 Matt Hrycuik - 355||11. #17 Jordan Dalsgaard - 234|
|12. #2 David Krushelniski - 306||12. #83 Karmen Parks - 148||12. #99 Cory Kallis - 9|
|13. #42 Landry Boisvert - 302||13. #1 Sheldon Bradlow - 84||13. #432 Eric McIntosh - 3|
|14. #14 Zachery Jalbert - 295||14. #22 Ryan Fredrickson - 76||--. #8 Stu Pearce - 3|
|15. #15 Dawson Reddelopp - 288||15. #47 Calvin Heilman - 7|
|16. #18 Kenton Sanderson - 207||16. #28 Norm Reiter - 6|
|17. #5 Kirk Senger - 199||17. #22X Bill/Doug Rea - 3|
|18. #50 Josh Robb - 195||--. #3 Curtis Houben - 3|
|19. #20 Audra Cooper - 192||--. #34 Tony Mikulcik - 3|
|20. #22 Shawn Magee - 169||--. #4 Chris Clements - 3|
|21. #3 Haley Lovenuk - 155||--. #128 Kale Seimens - 3|
|22. #4 Todd Jalbert - 8|
|23. #3X Chris Wilson - 6|
|24. #26 Craig Heintz - 3|
|--. #8 Scott Hartshorn - 3|
Next Racing Event
Round Fourteen Racing - Memorial Race Night & Street Stock Invitational
Divisions competing: Part Source Mini Stocks, Cooper Tires Thunder Stocks, Budget Car & Truck Rental Street Stocks, Western Sportsman
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