(LEFT) In E Production, we are anticipating seeing
Matt Reynolds record his fourth Runoffs title with his
Mazda Miata. (BELOW) Kevin Ruck has the speed to
win F Production, and should it rain, his front-wheel-drive Acura will only widen his margin of victory.
(ABOVE) A first-time
winner is very
likely to happen
in H Production,
and Honda CRX
driver Will Perry
looks to be the
man for the job.
noted, will not be piloting his usual
orange Prelude, instead opting
for the NC Miata Prather built and
campaigned several years back.
Our podium prediction alone
constitutes seven National
Championship titles, so we are
forced to agree with Reynolds’
assessment of anyone can win.
And if it rains? Reynolds once again
sums it up best: “All bets are off.”
There are so many SCCA National
Championship titles among this
group, this will truly be a nail biter.
Kevin Ruck, our pick to win FP this
year, ran the numbers on the drivers
who were registered for the event
at the time we spoke to him in late
July: This grid includes seven past
champions, 47 podium finishes,
and a total of 21 gold medals.
“I honestly believe that we could
have as many as 10 cars competing
for a podium,” Ruck says. In particular,
“Joe Huffaker is a legendary driver and
car combo, and Eric Prill’s consistent
podium contention over the last 10-
plus years has been unparalleled.”
Huffaker is also the reigning
champion in FP, mopping the
floor with the field at the Sonoma
Runoffs in 2018. Additionally, Ruck
notes, “Craig Chima and Steven
Hussey are proven drivers in quick
cars, so there’s no doubt their
Lotus 7s will be up front too.”
Others Ruck sees as wild cards
are Chuck Mathis, Rob Garrison (the
current VIR track record holder),
and John Baucom, another past
champion, if he brings his fast Fiat.
But we think they’ll all have
their hands full trying to beat
Ruck to the checkered flag.
Will Perry won HP at VIR earlier this
year, and he’s our pick to win the
Runoffs this year, but any of a number
of drivers could be spoilers. The nearly
30 drivers entered in the class include
several past class champions, including
Greg Gauper and Ron Bartell, with
Gauper bringing a completely re-tubbed
Honda to the party in the hopes of
repeating his 2011 Runoffs win.
While we know racers like Eric
Vickerman will be gunning for the front,
we foresee Vesa Silegren and Chris
Schaafsma rounding out the podium,
as they’ve been showing significant
speed in recent years. H Prod entries
for the race at VIR is up considerably
from last year, so there may still be a
few surprises in store for everyone.