Farrell Sweeps Up In D Sports Racing
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — It was a big day for Saferacer polesitter Chris Farrell on Sunday at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. He won the D Sports Racing National title and, as a result, won the prestigious Club Racing Super Sweep in the process.
David Locke and Tom Bootz completed the podium.
Though the polesitter, Farrell started on the outside of the front row in the No. 58 C&M Manufacturing/GDR Engines/Hoosier Tires Stohr WF1. This was an interesting decision because it allowed Bootz to take the early race lead. But, on lap two, Bootz hit the turn six rumble strips, which led to his car’s kill switch being shut off. Bootz pull off course at turn nine and Farrell took the lead. He went on to win in dominating fashion by 10.800 seconds over Locke. This was Farrell’s first DSR National title and his third-career Runoffs podium.
“You know, I just wasn’t thinking,” Farrell said. “I was on the normal driving line on the straightaway. In fact, even after the start, I hadn’t realized I hadn’t taken the inside for the pole position. I had no idea. It was just brain fade — totally!
“I was very surprised that he (Bootz) pulled off. I figured I was going to have to chase him down and actually work to get by him. He made it awfully easy for me, so I was pleasantly surprised, because I lost my headrest. I had to hold my head up the whole time at 150 mph. My neck is still pretty sore.”
Farrell was the first driver of the 50th Runoffs to win the prestigious Club Racing Super Sweep. The Super Sweep is the most difficult on-track award for a driver to claim, as it requires a U.S. Majors Tour Conference Championship, a win in a key, designated Majors race, the nationwide point championship, and a National Championship at the Runoffs, all in the same class.
“For me, it’s like, finally,” Farrell said of his first Runoffs win. “I’ve been second a couple times and third and broken, and just had so much bad luck at the Runoffs. This feels pretty good.
“I had heard of the Super Sweep, so that was kind of an added treat. It’s pretty gratifying. It’s nice to have finally done it, and winning the Super Sweep is an added bonus. I chased the Majors this year and had a lot of fun — we had a great time running. So it’s very gratifying to have won the Runoffs and the Super Sweep.
Locke started third in the No. 18 Moon’s Supercycle Stohr WF1 Suzuki and moved up to second by lap four, a position he would never relinquish. Locke’s second-place finish was a Runoffs career-best for him. His previous best Runoffs finish was fifth in 2011.