Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series Champions Crowned at Route 66 Raceway
Foster Jr., Maciejewski Clinch Back-to-Back Championships; Ancel Collects Third Career Championship
Winning a Track Championship in the Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series is an extraordinary accomplishment. To back-up a championship season by repeating that effort is a tremendous feat that makes a bold statement. Bob Foster Jr. and Matthew Maciejewski did just that in the Pro Bike and High School categories respectively.
Foster Jr. rallied to the championship by winning two of the final three races of the season. Along the way, Foster Jr. collected a coveted Wally during the annual NHRA National DRAGSTER Challenge. Foster Jr. narrowly overcame his cousin Brian Foster by 20-points, in what was the closest points battle of the season.
Maciejewski and his ’85 Ford Mustang proved once again to be the class of the field, collecting one race win in three final round appearances. Maciejewski, a 2012 graduate of Downers Grove North High School, had to fend off a hard charging David Lyons who collected back-to-back race wins in the last half of the season. Maciejewski’s runner-up finish to close the season extended his lead by 46-points over Lyons.
Dave Ancel laid claim to the third Super Pro championship of his career, having previously won in 2004 and 2010. Ancel, the 2010 Driver of the Year, had to fend off former Super Pro champion John Schober who narrowed Ancel’s final lead to 35-points by season’s end. Ancel collected one race win in his only final round appearance of 2012 in the special NHRA Illinois Drag Racing State Championships.
Michael Roppo’s championship season was eventful, to say the least. When Roppo began the third race of the season in the sand trap, a championship was likely the furthest thing from his mind. But Roppo overcame adversity by driving to the winner’s circle that very same day to collect a special plaque for winning the 2012 NHRA Illinois Drag Racing State Championship in Pro ET. Roppo clicked off another race win and would contend for the Summit NHRA King of the Track before season’s end with a 36-point gap between himself and John Haut.
Marvin Cresson Jr closed a story book year with his first Sportsman Track Championship. Cresson won two races including the NHRA National DRAGSTER Challenge, earning him his first Wally. His success was not limited to Route 66 Raceway as he would also drive to a runner-up finish in the Summit ET Finals alongside Route 66 Raceway teammate, Tony Lyons. Fittingly, Lyons was the runner-up to Cresson in the Sportsman Championship point standings by 64-points. Both drivers enjoyed their share of success – Cresson the 2012 Sportsman Track Champion – Lyons the 2012 Sportsman North Central Division Champion.
In 2013, Bob Foster Jr. will have the rare opportunity to become the first racer to win three consecutive track championships. Maciejewski, who graduates from the High School category also has a chance to win three consecutive track championships but will have to do so in another class. Meanwhile, over two hundred other Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series racers have their targets set on this year’s champions as hundreds of others wish to lay claim to the 2013 Track Championships. But for the next five-months, Ancel, Roppo, Cresson, Foster Jr. and Maciejewski can revel in the championship glory, knowing they raced the best and came out on top.