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DIRTcar Sportsman Star Chris Raabe Finds Strength in Numbers

Chris Raabe
Chris Raabe

Belleville, ONTAugust 29, 2008 – By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications (613/968-6410, 613/922-0654) clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com

If there really is strength in numbers, then it would only make sense to see Napanee, Ontario’s Chris Raabe www.chrisraabe.com participating in the next World Strongman Competition.

When it comes to DIRTcar Sportsman Modified racing, no one has better numbers than the young 17 year-old driver. The third-year chauffeur, who’ll take his 95% average into grade 12 at Napanee and District Secondary School in just a couple of weeks, scored the 15th and 16th victories of his 2008 season Friday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 23rd at Thunder Alley Speed Park and Brockville Ontario Speedway respectively.

Heading into the final ‘points’ weekend of the year, the ‘Teenage Tornado’ is in the running for track championships at Thunder Alley, Brockville as well as Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. On the strength of a three-race unbeaten streak, he has already clinched the eastern swing of the Lucas Oil sportsman modified tour. Raabe currently tops the DIRTcar Northern Regional Sportsman points chart and sits second in the chase for the overall Mr. DIRTcar Series Sportsman Modified season championship.

On Friday, August 22nd the driver of the Scott Industrial Service/TyRoute Communications-Telus/Kingston Hyundai/Kingston RV Centre/Waste Management/Canadian Tire/Brunet Plumbing/Kwik Load Products/
McColman Media/Len Corcoran Excavating TEO Pro Car staged one of his patented parades through the pack at Thunder Alley Speed Park in Evans Mills, New York to claim the win. The next night, he started his qualifying heat eighth and had advanced to a commanding lead with just three laps in the books to take the win. Come feature time, Raabe survived a pace-lap stare-down from Cole Dingwall, one of his closest competitors in the points and an early race red flag (that blocked the track) on his way to victory.

In the winner’s circle, Raabe was his typical, modest self. “Lapped traffic was pretty dicey out there, but I’m glad we were able to work our way through it,” he said. “I have to thank our sponsors and I’m especially grateful to the people you don’t see. The guys who put in the long hours in the pits, at the shop and behind the scenes are the reason this car wins”.

The #01 team faces a very busy weekend of action, with three shows in four days. The team will make its regular stops at Thunder Alley and Brockville – then tow to Elbridge, New York’s Rolling Wheels Raceway for a Labour Day Monday event, in companion with the Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds.