Mountain Raceway crowns 2008 champions

The 2008 class of champions at Mountain Raceway Park has something most tracks do not see year to year. In the 2008 edition there were no repeat champions, showing exactly how hard the competition is at the Mountain year to year.

It was a season of young guns getting there first title, all the way to a seasoned veteran getting another championship after years of being on the road. Mark Vineyard returned to the Mountain this year with one thing in mind: have fun racing and, hopefully, be there at the end of the season. It was coming down to the last race between Vineyard and Roger Best. Vineyard would charge hard in the feature event and capture the Super Late Model title.

Jacob White has watched his father Kendall race at the area tracks getting wins and championships. In 2008, Jacob made it his year. After getting a late start while waiting on his car to be completed, he was able to battle hard through the whole season and over take his father at the last points race to win his first title but, surely, not last Modified Mini championship. Scott Webb would get his first ever championship after fighting hard and being constant all season in the ultra competitive Pure Mini class.

Jake Teague may be very soft spoken but that does not carry over onto the track. Teague would capture multiple wins on the season and running away with the Sportsman championship.

The Street Stock class has become the most competitive class at the Mountain with as many as 10 cars that can win competing on any given weekend. It could only be one man on top at the end of the season and that was the yellow No. 9 of Quinn Bender. This was Bender second season at the Mountain, and he was consistent all year long, being in the top 5 almost every race. All of that came down to the last race with a shootout between Bender and Larry Rudd – actually the last lap — with Bender gaining a couple of spots to hold a very slim points lead and get his first championship.

Mini Stock champion is Alan Vanwhy. Vanwhy is a newcomer to the Mountain and was just hoping to have a great season against the very fast Courtney team. Consistently finishing in the top 5 every week, Vanwhy was able to get his first-ever points championship in his young racing career.

The 2008 racing season now switches from chasing points to all out racing for the remainder of the season.

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