July 8, 2011 (Tustin, Calif.) – In the scorching heat at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chelsea DeNofa and his BMW M3 defeated all comers to take the victory at XDC Charlotte, earning him the win as well as the XDC Eastern Division Championship.
Taking his second win of the season – DeNofa won the XDC Western Division season opener at Irwindale Speedway – DeNofa defeated Texas’ Nate Hamilton, who had his strongest event this year, in the final to take the $3000 check. In the Consolation round, James Evans defeated Jeremy Lowe to take the final spot on the podium. Hamilton was awarded $2000, Evans $1000, and Lowe $500 while top qualifier Dave Briggs also took $500.
After qualifying third, DeNofa defeated Jodin LeJuene in the first round and Dan Savage in the second before defeating Lowe in the semi final. Hamilton, who qualified eighth, beat local driver Doug Van Den Brink in the first round, championship contender Dave Briggs in the second, and James Evans in the semi final to meet DeNofa in the final. After Briggs’ elimination in the round of eight and Hamilton’s defeat of Evans in the semi, DeNofa’s second XDC championship was secure.
DeNofa will now battle for the XDC National Championship at Texas Motor Speedway on September 23-24, where the best drivers from the XDC’s Eastern Division and Western Division will battle for the title of National Champion. The final round of the XDC Western Division will be August 13-14 at Pacific Grand Prix near Seattle, WA.
2011 XDC Eastern Division Standings (Final)
1. Chelsea DeNofa 262
2. James Evans 242
3. Dave Briggs 232
4. Brian Peter 212
5. Miro Ovcharik 211
6. Nate Hamilton 182
7. Jeremy Lowe 176
8. Tanner Munson 140
9. Doug Van Den Brink 124
10. Nathan Brasz 115