Sept 10 - Menninga bests Creten in Calgary!
Only 3 weekends left in the points chase and Tyler Menninga stays on top of the Open Championship after a convincing weekend sweep in Calgary. Team Scream picked up wins in Medina and now have two drivers in the Top 50. Bob Holman made the finals both times in Ontario but Team Bigfoot got both of the wins. More results below!
The top two drivers in the Open Championship went head-to-head this weekend in Calgary as Tyler Menninga and Jimmy Creten faced off in the first round both nights! Creten needs to knock out Menninga early and try to lower his rival’s Average points score, so facing Grave Digger in the first round was exactly what Creten needed.
But Menninga has held the Number One spot since the beginning of the season and he showed why in Calgary by eliminating the Bounty Hunter in the first round both nights. Menninga went on to win both events over David Olfert in Megalodon to increase his season win total to 36 and to bump his Average Points over 200.
Tanner Root had a pair of semi-final appearances in Calgary and improved 3 spots in the standings.
EASLEY, SOUTH CAROLINA
RJ Turner scored his third win in 2 weeks with a photo finish win over Nick Pagliarulo on Saturday night. The wild drag race ended up with Turner on his lid in the shut-down area, but it also gave him his 20th scored event of the season, which means that the War Wizard qualifies for the Open Championship ranking and joins the list at 83rd.
We do not have results from Friday night in Easley.
Brandon Budd won the drag racing in Nashville on Friday but we do not have enough information on the event to award points. We still need the runner-up and semi-finalists.
On Saturday, it was Rodney Tweedy driving Snake Bite into victory lane with a win over Kevin King in Fluffy. Tweedy gained 5 spots with the win.
Cory Rummell was the star of the weekend in Medina, winning the pole both days in qualifying and taking home the racing victory on Saturday. He advanced past Deidra Ballard and Michael Vaters Sr. before dispatching Rick Steffens win Samson in the finals. On Sunday, Rummell aginst defeated Ballard in the first round but lost to Michael Vaters Jr. in the semi-finals. In the end, however, Team Scream still came out on top as Jim Koehler took advantage of Vaters’ spin in the final turn to pick up the afternoon win.
For Koehler, it was his 5th win of the season and moved him up 6 spots into 38th. For Rummell, it was his 3rd win of the season and gained him 7 spots, which is enough to join the Top 50.
The Hot Wheels Live tour headed out west for a pair of concrete events in Ontario. On Saturday afternoon, Christian Norman raced to the win over Bobby Holman in Tigershark. Later that evening, Holman knocked off Derick Anson in the opening round to advance to his second final round, but this time lost out to Bigfoot’s Darron Schnell.
Dillon Fenley in King Krunch won the opening event at the Texas Mechanical Mayhem in Pasadena, defeating Michael Phelps in Monster Patrol in both the first and final rounds. Phelps got one back against Fenley on Sunday afternoon and went on to win the bracket over Tre Knight in Black Gold.
It was Phelp’s second win of the season and gained him 11 spots in the standings. For Knight and the still-new Black Gold truck, it was his first final round appearance in 3 events this season.
We do not have any reports from Auburn, California or Sublimity, Oregon.
We still need results from Friday night in Nashville, Tennessee and Friday night in Easley, South Carolina.
No points were awarded for the Monster Jam events in Antwerp, Belgium nor the KSR event in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania because trucks did not race side-by-side.