EAST WENATCHEE — Josh Ingram’s racing history spans nine years and several classes and right now he is leading the way in the local Mini Super Stocks at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval. He took first place Saturday, which brings the top three drivers all within one win of each other and the rest chasing with only two points races left to determine the champion.
Ingram’s win put him in first overall with a nine-point lead. Childress’ second-place finish knocked him from first to third and Ludeman’s third place finish put him in second overall.
“It’s good to have good competition,” Ingram said of those chasing. “Without it, it would be a boring race.”
Wenatchee’s Ingram, the 2007 Grand National Championship winner and 2010 Outlaw Street Stock champion, knows what makes for good completion.
Ludeman, who’s tearing up the track this year, got his start watching and learning from Ingram. The red hot Cameron Bruggman in the Super Tuners class has taken mentoring from Ingram as well.
The class dwindled to four regular cars last year, but with Ingram came a few more to the Mini Super Stocks, which is up to seven regular drivers.
Whether its maintenance or practice, Ingram dedicates himself to racing in one form or another each day. He is also racing in the West Coast Street Stock Series.
“There’s always work to do on the car. I’m in the shop almost every day,” he said.
Last year Ingram raced some in the Bump-2-Pass class, which takes a toll on his cars’ bodies.
His experience in racing both on the track and behind the scenes is valuable to him and others.
“I try to help out as many people as I can,” Ingram said. “If they can take advice, I try to help guys out.”
Childress, however, needs no help. He, in his Ford Mustang, and Ingram, in his Volkswagen Scirocco had pretty much equal lap times averaging about 60 mph.
Childress started the race in the middle of the seven-car pack with Ingram trailing close behind. Ingram worked his way to third quickly and passed on the outside on lap seven to take first.
Ingram left second place Shane Brim several lengths back on the pass and used the open track to gain speed and distance without worrying about protecting the corners.
Childress followed shortly after and waited, glued to Ingram’s rear bumper around the corners and bided his time on the straightaways as they circled the quarter-mile track.
“I was waiting for him to make a mistake,” Childress said.
Ingram had no room for it and the mistake never came, making the race close until the checkered flag.
“He’s very competitive,” Ingram said. “We don’t rough each other up too bad, but it’s cutthroat racing.”
North American Big Rigs
Cory McMeacken won the 35-lap main race after trailing 20 laps to Hitman Hirst.
The traveling class rounded off its tour of four tracks in Washington before finishing its season in Canada in Saratoga, Vancouver and Victoria, BC.
Bruggman won his sixth of seven races this season at the WVSO, taking a 49-point lead in front of second place Corey Fechner.
With 11 cars starting the 35-lap main and two collisions, the race came down to who didn’t get caught up in a pileup.
But it’s no fluke Bruggman ended up avoiding wrecks and winning the race. With two races left before the championship, he seems unbeatable having his only loss attributed to leaving a race with car issues.
Sean Syth, 12, has to be getting used to the spotlight having finished first in four of five starts this year at the WVSO in his first year in auto racing.
Syth passed leader Paige Payton on the outside of turn four on the fifth lap and would have taken a commanding lead, but Corbin Steinbach and Lucas Bird touched around the same turn causing a caution lap to slow down traffic.
Syth resumed his lead after at the green flag and never let go for the remainder of the 25-lap main. With one race left before the championship race in September, Syth sits in first with a comfortable 40-point lead.
Payton grabbed her first trophy dash win earlier in the day.