Motor Sports Report: Matson wins Top Sportsman
Matson Racing has been on a winning streak, taking the last four out of six races.
Last weekend at Firebird raceway in Boise, Idaho, Grass Valley’s Dave Matson won his second West Coast Top Sportsman race.
Matson blew past Irv Wise from Reno in the first round before beating Ken Terrell of Chico in the second round.
He went on to beat head-to-head matchups with John Campoy from Medford, Ore. and Jeff Gillette.
Rossi takes point lead
No competitor saw the front of Alexander Rossi’s No. 16 FB02 as the 16-year-old Californian was absolutely the fastest Formula BMW Americas driver of the Round 5 and 6 Mid-Ohio weekend. Rossi led every practice session, scored both poles, led every lap on his way to both victories, set the fastest lap in both races and won by the largest margin of victory -14.123 seconds – in Formula BMW history. The result? A commanding 24-point lead in the Overall 2008 standings. Rossi also became this weekend at Mid-Ohio the second all-time Formula BMW Americas winner with six for his career.
“I pushed very hard on each lap this weekend and everything went perfect” said Rossi in a press release. “The Eurointernational crew gave me a fantastic race car that I could put wherever necessary with confidence. The track conditions were different in each race, but having that confidence in the car made all the difference.
“In Round 6 we pushed up on wet tires because it looked like rain. We made the change to dry tires, but it certainly would have made the race more interesting if it had rained,” he said. “I am pleased to have the lead in the overall points and plan to maintain it. You can’t win every race, but certainly looking to be on the podium each time collecting valuable points.”
With six rounds complete Alexander has recorded three poles, three wins and four fastest race laps. Alexander leads the Overall standings with 91 points over Ricardo Favoretto in second (63) and Gianmarco Raimondo in third (63). In the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship Rossi finished third overall.
Browns Valley brothers Cody and Mason Myers finished eighth and 10th in the Wingless Sprints A feature at Placerville Speedway.
Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace finished 13th in the race. Just a day before, Wallace took the fastest time in the Wingless Sprint at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, running it in 13.907.
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