Speedbowl Triple Crown

Dennis Gada and Ted Christopher battle it out during the 2004 Budweiser Modified Nationals

EVENT HISTORY

The origins of the Speedbowl Triple Crown go back to the early days of Terry Eames as a track promoter. In 1996 when “The Finale” became the season-ending 2-day event. Then in following 1997 season, “The Modified Nationals” featuring the $5,000 to win SK Modified race, debuted as the new season opener. 1998 had the inaugural mid-season “Pepsi 300” which was a double-point, extra-distance event for all 4 weekly divisions (SK Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman & Mini Stocks) in which everyone qualified via time trials instead of heats. The Speedbowl Triple Crown refers to the 12 seasons from 1998-2009, when these were the only extra-distance events for the weekly Saturday point divisions.

The “Speedbowl Triple Crown” was not a termed initially used by the Speedbowl management or media. It was created by us here at speedbowlhistory.com when we first started researching historical stats of the ‘bowl and publishing the track program (2007-2014). It was subsequently referenced by Speedbowl media & announcers during it’s existence on the track schedule.

The race formats changed a bit over the first 10 seasons. The Modified Nationals was originally a 200-lap SK Modified event. In 2000, the race was called official after 101 laps due to rain. Beginning the following season in 2001, the distance was shortened to 150.  Late Models ran 50 laps, while Street Stocks and Mini Stocks ran 30 lap features. The format for both the Pepsi 300 and Finale were nearly identical – 100 lap features for the SK Modifieds & Late Models and 50 lap features for the Sportsman & Mini Stocks – the only difference being the time trial qualifying for the Pepsi 300, which was also originally a double point event for all divisions from 1998-2000.

When Speedbowl management released the 2010 season schedule, the annual Modified Nationals SK 150 was moved to the Finale event (then the following year to Labor Day weekend), which effectively ended the Triple Crown era where all weekly divisions had their extra-distance events in a 3-race format throughout the year. By 2015, all these events were discontinued, although “Finale” has been used for the last event of the season occasionally, yet under a different format. Below are the results for all 4 divisions from 1998-2009.

SK MODIFIED WINNERS

YEARMOD NATIONALSPEPSI 300THE FINALE
1998Bert MarvinTed ChristopherEric Berndt
1999Ted ChristopherBert MarvinRon Yuhas Jr
2000Mark LajeunesseTucker Reynolds JrRon Yuhas Jr
2001Eric BerndtRonnie SilkRon Yuhas Jr
2002Eric BerndtRon Yuhas JrDennis Gada
2003Dennis GadaTed ChristopherDennis Gada
2004James CivaliTed ChristopherDennis Charette
2005Tom FoxRon Yuhas JrChris Pasteryak
2006Frank RuoccoTom FoxRob Janovic Jr
2007Jeff PearlJeff PearlDennis Gada
2008Dennis GadaJeffery PaulKeith Rocco
2009Ron Yuhas JrKeith RoccoJeffrey Paul

LATE MODEL WINNERS

YEARMOD NATIONALSPEPSI 300THE FINALE
1998Allen CoatesAllen CoatesAllen Coates
1999Jay StuartJay StuartJay Stuart
2000Jay StuartChris DoutonChris Douton
2001Mark St. HiliarePhil RondeauLarry Goss
2002Corey HutchingsPaul HeardMark St. Hiliare
2003Allen CoatesCorey HutchingsMark St. Hiliare
2004Corey HutchingsPhil RondeauCorey Hutchings
2005Bruce Thomas JrCorey HutchingsCharles Bailey III
2006Corey HutchingsAllen CoatesAllen Coates
2007Bruce Thomas JrDennis BotticelloBruce Thomas Jr
2008Bruce Thomas JrBruce Thomas JrBruce Thomas Jr
2009Marc Curtis JrBruce Thomas JrTimmy Jordan

SPORTSMAN WINNERS

YEARMOD NATIONALSPEPSI 300THE FINALE
1998Corey HutchingsJoe Mancini JrJohn Beetham
1999Chris DoutonCorey HutchingsCorey Hutchings
2000Joe Mancini JrShawn MonahanChris Douton
2001Diego MonahanShawn MonahanEd Gertsch Jr
2002Chris DoutonEd Gertsch JrTommy Silva
2003Ed Gertsch JrJay LozyniakChuck Rogers
2004Keith RoccoKeith RoccoRoger Perry
2005Bill Gertsch JrNorm Root JrJoe Curioso III
2006Dwayne DorrDwayne DorrDwayne Dorr
2007Bill Gertsch JrBill Gertsch JrAl Stone III
2008Al Stone IIIAl Stone IIIBrandon Plemons
2009Josh GalvinWalt Hovey JrRonnie Oldham Jr

MINI STOCK WINNERS

YEARMOD NATIONALSPEPSI 300THE FINALE
1998Billy GuyetteBilly GuyetteJeff Miller
1999Jeff MillerJeff MillerJeff Diegielewski
2000Roger PerryJeff MillerBruce Thomas 
2001Phil EvansTommy SilvaBruce Thomas Jr
2002Jeff MillerDan DarnstaedtPhil Evans
2003Richard BrooksPhil EvansChris Burton
2004Timmy JordanGlenn ColvinRichard Brooks
2005Ken Cassidy JrDanny FieldKen Cassidy Jr
2006Dave SylviaJoe Godbout IIIKen Cassidy Jr
2007Joe Godbout IIIKen Cassidy JrKen Cassidy Jr
2008Randy Churchill JrDanny FieldKen Cassidy Jr
2009Ken Cassidy JrDanny FieldLouie Bellisle III

drivers in BOLD completed Career Triple Crown
drivers in RED completed Season Triple Crown sweep

MISC STATS

  • Jeff Pearl (SK) and Billy Guyette (MS) both won features during the 1997 Finale. These would have otherwise given them the Career Triple Crown.
  • Ken Cassidy Jr won a record 4-straight Finale events (2005-2008)
  • Corey Hutchings is the only driver with the Career Triple Crown in two divisions (Sportsman & Late Models)
  • Bruce Thomas Jr (LM) and Ken Cassidy Jr (MS) both won 7 Speedbowl Triple Crown events, the most with any division
  • 21 different drivers won Speedbowl Triple Crown races in the Sportsman division – the most in any division

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