Jul 21, 2011 07:05 PM EDT

Black Rock’s Dart BRP CanAm Challenge Friday

Event number four of the 2011 Dart BRP CanAm Challenge will take place on Friday night (July 22) at Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, NY.  Gates will open at 5:00 for a 6:45 start of the “Fab Five” program which will consist of youth bandits, 4 cylinder stocks, IMCA modifieds, street stocks, crate sportsman, and the headliner BRP CanAm late models.


Friday night the BRP CanAm late models will contest the fourth event in the six event Dart Challenge which features three events at Black Rock Speedway and three events at Little Valley Speedway.  The Dart Machinery sponsored Challenge offers the race teams a $7000 point fund in addition to the track’s purse. The top ten drivers will share $3000 cash and then random drawings for a Dart engine block ($2500 value) and a set of Dart heads ($1500 value) for the top ten and any others that compete in all six events.


Jeremy Wonderling tops the Dart Challenge point standing as the race teams head for beautiful Yates County and Dean Hoag’s Black Rock Speedway.  Wonderling, a former late model champion at Black Rock, is having a great 2011 racing season with seven A-Main wins already recorded with his Terry Prince Construction – Root’s Water Systems – Baldwin Forest Products – Wonderling Logging Damon’s Dyno’d powered CRS Camaro.  Missing from his 2011 win list is Black Rock Speedway.  Jeremy hopes to change that Friday night.


John Waters is statistically the driver who presents the major barrier for Wonderling to win on Friday night.  Waters trails Wonderling by a mere 11 points in the Dart Challenge standings and has two Black Rock A-Main win already this year.  Those wins were in Dart Challenge event #1 on June 3 and the BRP CanAm Series tour event on May 7.  Waters has been strong all year, but just a tick off the championship pace of his buddy, Jeremy Wonderling.


Mike Wonderling, Jeremy’s father, is third in Dart Challenge points and has been to Black Rock’s victory lane once already this year.  Mike taught his boys (Mikey, Brady, and Jeremy) their racing trade and holds the upper hand when they are on track.  If Mike wins on Friday there will be a giant party at the Wellsville Texas Hot Restaurant with free texas hots for the entire BRP CanAm racing community.


Jeff Chesebro is fourth in Dart Challenge points and hungry for a race win.  Cheez, the winningest driver in the nine year history of the BRP CanAm Series, is winless so far in 2011.  Cheez is always fast, but has been plagued with troubles which are very uncharacteristic for the two time BRP CanAm Series champion.  Chesebro is the defending Dart Challenge champion.


The Knowles boys are fifth and sixth in Dart standings.  Jason Knowles, the defending Black Rock Speedway champion, is fifth just two points behind Chesebro.  Brian Knowles is sixth in the standings.  Both are being coached by their dad, Larry, who has stepped aside for 2011 to take care of a booming business at Doug Gross Construction. The boys are doing just fine and are strong contenders for the win wherever they compete.  Dad seems to be happy watching and coaching, but it would be great if he’s buckle up a few more times before the season is history


Quinn Sutherland, a winner at Black Rock last month and former champion at the track which is only about two miles from his home in Dundee, is still in the hunt for the Dart championship trophy.  Quinn needs some good luck and he would bring the house down with a win over the out of town touring BRP guys.


Add to the “still in the hunt” list Dave DuBois, Mikey Wonderling, and Dusty Waters.  Those three complete the top ten in Dart points.


Jared Hill, Barry Payne, and Glenn Whritenour are just outside the top ten with perfect attendance records and accordingly eligible for the Dart product drawing.


After Friday the next Dart Challenge event is Friday August 26 at Black Rock.  The finale will be on Sunday September 4 at Little Valley Speedway.   


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Dart Challenge point standings (top 10 of 30): 1. Jeremy Wonderling – 247, 2. John Waters – 236, 3. Mike Wonderling – 222, 4. Jeff Chesebro – 219, 5. Jason Knowles – 217, 6. Brian Knowles – 201, 7. Quinn Sutherland – 191, 8. Dave DuBois – 188, 9. Mikey Wonderling - 185, 10. Dustin Waters - 180   

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