Many UARA racers tend to be fierce competitors on the track but have good relationships of
As Ross Furr hit the asphalt for his qualifying laps, the previous qualifier had spun, and then pulled around the track where he commited himself to the pit access road. Meanwhile, as Furr worked his way to full speed, everything took a dramatic turn. Furr entered turn four as the previous qualifier cut up onto the track from the pit access road (in an effort to retake his qualifying run) and hard contact was made. One small mistake from a momentarily confused young driver and things didn't look good for Furr. Fortunately, Furr retreated to his pit stall and was able to get his car back into shape to qualify Eighteenth.
When the race got going, points leader Mark Setzer spun early in the race and had several altercations throughout. He ended up running much of the night in close proximity to Ross Furr, who had worked himself up through the pack. The two points leaders made contact several times. Nearing the end of the race, Setzer lost a front wheel and tire and ended up head-on into the turn three retaining wall. This ended the championship hopes for Setzer and the Mitch West Racing Team. Thankfully, Mark was unhurt. It was a hard day for Setzer, but he and his team have shown that they are everything champions are made of. This just wasn't their year.
B.J. Mackey had a very impressive run; he ran up front all night and took the win. Matt DiBenedetto came home in Second. With the addition of hardcharger points, Ross Furr, who'd worked his way to Fifth, clinched the 2007 UARA-STARS Championship. Mackey's big win tied him with Setzer for Second place championship honors, but Mackey's 2007 three-win record broke the tie.
Newly crowned champion, Ross Furr and his team fought for every point. They bested some great competitors, and provided fans with a memorable show despite some rather harrowing obstacles.
2007 UARA Champion Ross Furr celebrates his title with his team, family and friends.
The 2006 Season
My crew and I shot the race footage for SHORT TRACK during the UARA's 2006 season. This championship battle was fierce with Brandon Ward coming out the victor. Alex Yontz was only 26 points behind, followed by Kyle Grissom and Jamie Yelton in Third and Fourth.
Ward clinched top honors and added two win trophies to his collection. Yontz was right on Ward's bumper and collected three wins. Kyle Grissom, the tour's 2005 Rookie-of-the-Year won the 2006 season opener at Hickory. Jamie Yelton, always a serious threat wherever he unloads his black No. 8 Monte Carlo, steered his way to the most wins of the season, and Barry Andrews was the 2006 Rookie-of-the-Year.
Thanks guys for providing such electrifying race footage for SHORT TRACK! I started shooting my movie with four fabulous stars and ended up with 30 more!
Past UARA-STARS Champions
So, how effective is this touring series at advancing driver's to the next level?
* 2006 UARA-STARS Champion
* Brandon was tapped straight off of his championship to drive for USAR Pro Cup team owner Randy Humphrey. Running the USAR Pro Cup Northern Division, Brandon won 2007 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
* 2005 UARA-STARS Champion
* Matt was tapped to compete in the Discovery Channel's Roush Racing: Driver X, and also signed a driver development contract with Robert Yates Racing. In 2006, Matt made his debut in the ARCA/Remax series at Daytona, where he qualified Second and finished Second. He also competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Late in 2007, Matt worked with Roush Fenway Racing, setting up and testing cars for Carl Edwards.