SCCA Sprints Dodge Rain On Sunday

Scott Rettich leads Brian Schofield on the way to a photo finish in SRF. (Mark Weber photo)

Scott Rettich leads Brian Schofield on the way to a photo finish in SRF. (Mark Weber photo)

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – The WeatherTech Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints wrapped on Sunday from Road America with 27 winners in nine race groups.

A picture perfect morning was threatened with a forecast of afternoon storms, which blew through in the form of a 15 minute shower that wet the track at the end of the Group Seven race and during the Group Eight race, but cleared up with sunshine immediately after.

The day was filled with high-end competition.

“I wasn’t going to sit back,” Scott Rettich said after winning the opening race. “It was time to do some racing and see how it shuffled out.”

Group 1: The aforementioned Rettich was involved in a virtual dead heat with Brian Schofield at the finish line after an eventful race – so close that both drivers were certain that they were the winners at the end.

Like Saturday, the front-running pair broke away early to set the pace of the race, with Schofield’s No. 61 PM Racing Spec Racer Ford in the lead. John Greene, trying to keep pace in third, spun his No. 2 Jacky Jones Lincoln/PM Racing machine in turn seven.

Just behind Greene’s spin, however, was an unrelated three-car incident in turn six. Rick Bartuska (No. 15 M/K Industries/Mundelien Spec Racer), Dana Webster (No. 4 Bluefields Capital Spec Racer), and Tom Muffler (No. 98 Spec Racer) were collected, bringing out a red flag to immediately halt the race and, eventually, a black flag to bring the field to pit lane.

Reverting back to the previous lap, Greene was regridded in third for the restart of the now-10 lap race. The field took the restart to start lap five, and again, the top three drivers worked away from the field.

Entering the final lap, the order was Schofield, Greene, and Rettich. Greene finished third, two car lengths behind the leaders.

Group 2: Sunday’s Formula 500 and Formula Vee races were virtual replays of Saturday, with Formula 500 winner Clint McMahan and FV champ Michael Varacins pulling away from the field with impressive drives to the finish.

Group 3: The racing saying “cautions breed cautions” was fresh in Todd Lamb’s mind during a lap 10 restart on Spec Miata, and knowing that helped him to a win on Sunday.

Danny Steyn’s No. 39 ADEPT Studios/ROSSINI/OPM Mazda Miata lost the lead immediately at the start of Friday’s race when his restart speed allowed the cars behind him to get a head of steam and draft by him going into turn one. When he brought the field single-file to the restart on lap 10, Steyn used a slower approach up the hill to try to hold the lead.

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