UFO: Birkhofer Dominates "Black Diamond" Opener at Tyler
MIDDLEBORNE, W.V. - Sept. 3
The inaugural Black Diamond Weekend opened on Friday with the UFO Race
Championship sanctioned "West Virginia State Championship".
Topping a field of 70 entries, Brian Birkhofer from Muscatine, Iowa was the winner of the 51-lap main event, earning $10,000
for his efforts.
The first of eight heat winners, Steve Shaver, drew to realign the
top eight starting positions, amd after pulling a four for his starting spot, Jonathan Davenport and Birkhofer ended up with front row spots.
Birkhofer used the outside lane to take the race lead and set a
torrid pace, with Shaver and Davenport taking up the
chase. Birkhofer reached traffic by lap nine. The first caution came on lap 14, and again on lap
19 before taking three tries to resume racing.
By then, Birkhofer and Shaver were pursued by Chris
Madden, Jimmy Mars, and 14th starting Jamie
Lathroum. Lathroum passed Mars for fourth on lap 22, before the next yellow waved with 24 laps
in, and for a final time with 29 laps
complete. Having charged through the field in the closing
laps, Rick Aukland charged from sixth on the restart to advance to second at the
Birkhofer had no problems over the remaining
distance, as he took a convincing victory over
Aukland and Madden. Lathroum earned the
Pass-Maximum award, presented by Bernheisel Race
Components and Lazer Chassis, after racing from 14th to fourth.
Sept. 3 - UFO - Tyler Co.
1) Brian Birkhofer, 2) Rick
Aukland, 3) Chris Madden, 4) Jamie Lathroum, 5) Dave Hess, Jr., 6) Devin Friese, 7) Doug Horton, 8)
Steve Shaver, 9) Cody Parker, 10) Paul Wilmoth, Jr., 11) Robbie Scott, 12) Mike Benedum, 13) Keith
Barbara, 14) Jared Hawkins (prov.), 15) Butch McGill, 16) Jeep Van Wormer, 17) Jimmy Mars, 18) Jonathan
Davenport, 19) Chad McClellan (prov.), 20) Rod Conley, 21) Tim Dohm, 22) Will Vaugt, 23) Rick Williams,
24) Bub McCool
Heat winners: Shaver, Parker, Birkhofer, Davenport, Mars, Madden, Scott, Hess,
Jr.; B-Main winners: Horton, Van Wormer, Barbara.