IRWINDALE, California -- Rip Michels, of Mission Hills, CA will be looking for his seventh win of the season in his LADCO Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Irwindale Speedway. Rip had an outstanding night last Saturday by capturing both Twin “50’s” on his way to taking over the seasons championship lead by 38 points. He also moved into second place in the Sunbelt Region Point standings (Presented By Dodge) with his 6th win, 11 top “5” and 12 top “10” in 15 starts.
“The competition has been very stout at Irwindale this season” said Rip. “Anything can happen, We feel bad for what Tony Green experienced last Saturday and we know we could very well suffer the same fate” Rip was commenting on last weeks point leader Tony Green who had be leading the points since the start of the season until a tire blew causing him to hit the wall in the first 50 lap race. He was unable to make the second 50 lap race.
“ This has been a dream season for me” said Rip. “We have put together a perfect combination of Car Owner, Team, Chassis, Motors, and Sponsors” “I could not be more happy about our success so far this season”. Rip said. “This all could not have been possible if it weren’t for my car owner Lee Ladd, crew chief Roger Theobald and the best crew at Irwindale. John, Chris, Chip, Phil, John Jr and Laurie have worked so hard to put me in this position.”
He also said that he contributes a lot of this season’s success to teaming up with West Coast’s legendary chassis builder Dave Jackson. “When I went to see Dave, Tony, Matt and Mandy Jackson in December of 2001 I was in awe of the amount of championship caliber drivers that have driven their cars” Said Rip. “Dave has a wall in his shop that I call the championship wall. It is the who’s who of West Coast racers, including Jim Thirketle, Jimmy Insilo, Jim Robinson, Ron Hornaday, and Dan Press. I told Dave that I wanted my picture on that wall,” Said Rip
“I had been building my own stuff for years because of the financial side of things” said Rip. “When I got the New 2002 Jackson Race Car Chassis, I also got the 30 years of racing experience that came with the car. Dave, Matt, and Tony have dedicated their entire lives to racing. Their help to me and my team has been priceless”.
2002 sponsors include Outlaw Brakes, M & R Engines, Hoopers Rear Ends, Norris Racing Bodies, Radiator Works, Memory Lane, Works of Art Johnson, and BCSportsimages
“I just want to go into these last four races with the same mind set we have had all season long….get the WIN!” said Rip
With his dedication and pure driving talent, it is hard to bet against him.
You can get more information about Rip on his website: www.ripmichels.com