Blitzen Benz team with 3rd place trophy at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Left to right: Mark Thomas, Greg Pressley, Drew Calhoun, Ned Gallaher and Warren Board. (photo submitted)

Blitzen Benz Racing places third in Eastern Region Championship

Published 4:10pm Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tryon/Landrum’s Blitzen Benz Racing stood on the podium again at the conclusion of a 14-hour endurance road race Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The ChumpCar World Series held its Eastern Region championship race on the road racing course at NASCAR’S fastest track.

By invitation only, 26 race cars coming from as far away as Mississippi north to Indiana and east to New York, competed on the 2.5-mile road course that included the 1.5 mile NASCAR banked oval and the twisting turns of the infield track. Eighteen of the 26 fastest cars in the series survived 14 hours of the grueling event, which took place on a very fast, abrasive track that was unusually hard on tires, brakes and structural components.

The racing was very close for the entire event: At the 100-lap mark, the top five cars had fastest lap times within .600 seconds of each other. Blitzen Benz finished more than 300 laps during the race.

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