Sojka, Jr. & Lamont Win Top Sportsman & Midwest Super Comp at Route 66 Raceway
Saturday, July 30 – Joliet, Ill – Just four days prior, Rick Sojka, Jr’s 2002 Firebird sat dormant in his garage, awaiting the motor that would eventually power him to the Top Sportsman victory at Route 66 Raceway. Sojka Jr’s weekend depended heavily on friend and competitor, Jim Tacchia, of Essex, Ill. who would harness the horses in Sojka Jr’s 632 cubic-inch Pontiac power plant. Little did Tacchia know, he was creating his own worst enemy, as Sojka, Jr stood in Tacchia’s way of winning after a hard fought final round.
Defying the odds, Sojka, Jr., of Montgomery, Ill. put the Firebird back together in a last minute dash and went on to win in championship fashion, putting together a hard to beat .007-second package in the final round against Tacchia. The final round finish for Tacchia helped to make up ground on series points leader, Mike Murray, who Tacchia eliminated in the semi-final round. Murray still holds a dominant lead, 52 points ahead of second place Tacchia. Tacchia now sits second place in points, one point ahead of Bill Rotz and four points ahead of Tim Kirman.
The 8.90 index on the scoreboard can only mean one thing – Super Comp, in this case, Midwest Super Comp. After five rounds of heads-up, pro tree index racing, a pair of auto mechanics raced side-by-side to decide who would drive to winner’s circle. In a battle of decorated veterans, Pat Lamont, the defending Midwest Super Comp series champion would have to overcome Jeff Spierling, a past NHRA North Central Division Champion. Spierling had the starting line advantage, .021 to Lamont’s .044 but Lamont, driving the unconventional ’23 altered, would make up the difference at the finish line, running an 8.905 to Spierling’s 8.969.
The Top Sportsman series will return to Route 66 Raceway on Saturday, August 6.