Its time again for Thursday night races and we have a full field tonight. We’ll start off with the “B” main where Tom De Avila starts out in the lead with 49 laps while Mike Reese is right behind him with 47 laps and Walt Szandzik in third with 45 laps. Tom runs into issues putting him in seventh place during the second heat which gave Mike the perfect opportunity to take first, Walt taking second, and Tim Wood taking third. In the third heat we got a tie between Tim Balmer and Frank Sisco for fourth place, and Tom fixed his problem and continues the race. The fourth heat ends with Tim B. slowing down and dropping from fourth to seventh while Russ Uppman comes up from sixth to claim fourth place, Mike is still in the lead with 2 laps on Walt. Tom keeps up his fast pace, continuing to pass people up, tying with Russ for fourth place in the fifth heat. Tim B. and Russ run into problems during the sixth heat, both drastically slowing down giving Bob Ahulii the chance to claim sixth place. Walt overtakes Mike to claim first with a one lap lead in the seventh heat, while Tim B. and Russ are still running slow. Tim B. gets back up to speed for the final heat, Russ couldn’t solve his problem and drops out and Walt widens his lead to 2 laps. The final lineup looked like this: Walt: 365, Mike: 363, Tim W.: 360, Tom: 341, Frank: 329, Bob: 318, Tim B.: 291, and Russ: 245.
Now for the “A” group. Vic Dubrowsky starts the race strong with 50 laps, Jim Lane right behind him with 49 laps, and Dennis Samson taking third with 48 laps, and it looks like Mike Kravitz starts off with problems finishing the first heat with only 16 laps. In the second heat Vic widens his lead, putting a 4 lap gap between him and Jim, Sam Rackham speeds up to claim third place for himself and Bill Taylor starts having problems and slows down, while Mike seems unable to fix his problem and drops out. Bill T. drops out in the third heat after 70 laps, Jim slows down and drops to sixth with Sam taking second and Dennis taking third. In the third heat Jim drops out, making it three racers that have dropped out, Bill Vanderziel slows down only getting 6 laps in this heat and Tom Schiavo passes Dennis to take third. Bill V. fixes his problem by the fifth heat putting 51 laps in. Sam closes in on Vic in the sixth heat putting only one lap between the two, a close race for first. Bill V. runs into problems again during the seventh heat and was busy fixing it, Tom and Vic both slowed giving Sam the chance to claim first and Dennis taking third. In the final heat Tom slows to a crawl and Bill V. is out of the race, while Vic speeds back up to keep second place. The final lineup was: Sam: 389, Vic: 388, Dennis: 381, Tom: 326, Bill V.: 242, Jim: 138, Bill T.: 70, and Mike: 16.
It’s Thursday night which means another round of LMP races. We’ve got 8 people for “B” group and 7 people for “A” group, let’s start with “B”. We start the race with Tim Wood taking the lead in the first heat with 43 laps, while Walt Szandzik is right behind him with a close 42, and Sammy Gallo at 40. Not much changed in the second heat with Tim, Walt, and Sammy still in the lead none of them gaining or losing ground however, Alex Dubrowsky passed up Bob Ahuii and Dan Searcy to claim fourth for the heat. In the third heat Mike Reese speeds up and passes Bob and Dan to take up fifth place. Things start to get interesting in the fourth heat when Alex surpasses Sammy to take third place, and Tim gains 2 laps on Walt giving him a 3 lap lead total. Sammy reclaims third during the fifth heat with Alex just 1 lap behind him and Mike 1 behind Alex. Mike speeds up for the sixth heat barely taking first place from Tim while Walt and Sammy are tied for third. In the seventh heat Mike puts a lap between him and Tim and Walt breaks the tie with Sammy to take third. The eighth heat ends with Mike claiming first with Tim and Walt just a few laps behind. The final lineup was: Mike, Tim, Walt, Sammy, Alex, Dan, Frank Sisto, and Bob.
Now for the “A” group. We start our race with Vic Dubrowsky taking first with 44 laps and a four way tie for second between Mike Tucker, Tom Schiavo, Bill Vanderziel, and Jim Lane all with 42 laps, with Mike Kravitz just missing out with 41 laps. In the second heat things break up a bit, Bill claims second and Mike T. claims third, with a three way tie for fourth between Mike K., Tom, and Jim. Bill closes the gap with Vic in the third heat, putting just one lap between the two, while Mike T. drops down to last place and Dennis Samson moves up to fifth. Bill and Vic tie for first in the fourth heat and we have another tie between Dennis and Jim for fourth. Vic ties with Dennis for third during the fifth heat and Jim sped up breaking the tie with Jim and claiming second place. In the sixth heat Jim takes first from Bill putting a 3 lap gap between the two. Dennis, who has been consistently moving up the ranks this race takes second in the seventh heat, but unlikely to overcome the 5 lap gap between him and first place and Tom and Vic are tied for fourth place. Tom and Vic keep their tie going in the final heat while the gap between first and second widens from 5 laps to 8. The final lineup was: Jim, Dennis, Tom who was tied with Vic, Bill, Mike K., and Mike T.
Its time again for Thursday night LMP races and both “A” and “B” mains had a full field. For the “B” main it starts with a tie for first between Mike Tucker and Tom De Avila in the 1st heat with 44 laps each with Tim Wood in third with 43. In the 2nd heat Mike takes the lead giving him a 1 lap lead, while Bill Taylor speeds up to tie with Tom for second place. The 3rd heat ends with 3 separate ties: Bill and Mike for first, Tom and Tim for third, and with Sammy Gallo and Walt Szandzik for fifth. Bill takes the lead in the 4th heat with Tom and Mike tied for second. Things get interesting in the 5th heat with a 3-way tie for first place between Tom, Mike, and Bill with Russ Uppman coming from behind to claim fourth. The 6th heat ends with Mike claiming first with a 1 lap lead on Tom and a two lap lead on Bill. Mike widened the gap in the 7th heat putting 6 laps between him and Bill in second. The final heat ends with Mike in first with Bill and Tom tied for second and Walt and Russ tied for fourth. The final lineup was: Mike, Bill, Tom, Walt, Russ, Tim, Sammy, and Alex Dubrowsky.
Now for “A” main. We started out with Jim Lane winning the 1st heat with 46 laps with Dennis Samson and Vic Dubrowsky close behind him with 45 laps. In the 2nd heat it was still a close race between Jim and Vic with only one lap separating the two with Dennis falling slightly behind losing his tied spot with Vic. Both Vic and Dennis pass Jim and tied for first in the 3rd heat. Vic gained a lap on Dennis in the 4th heat with Mike Kravitz closing the gap with Jim. It’s a close race for the 5th heat Jim and Vic tied for first with 220 laps total with Dennis at 218 and Mike one behind him. Jim takes a 3 lap lead in the 6th heat with Mike tying with Dennis for second and Tom Schiavo catching up to Vic. In the 7th heat Jim kept his lead and Dennis claimed second putting a 2 lap gap between him and Mike. The last heat ended with Mike losing third place dropping down to be tied with Tom for fourth. The final lineup was: Jim, Dennis, Vic, Tom, Mike, Bill Vanderziel, Sam Rackham, and Mike Reese.
Due to a printer problem there was no printing of heat results. So I’m going on what I remember seeing. Time for the B’s. Frank got off to a quick start along with Sammy and Mike. Walt had a little trouble getting started falling seven laps behind at one point. Mike got going after running the long lanes and took over the lead. Frank hung around the lead right up to the next to last heat. First Sammy went by Frank while Frank was on red. In the last heat Walt managed to just squeak by to take the final podium spot. It was Mike, Sammy, Walt with Frank just behind. Gary and Alex had their own battle a little farther back.
Now for the A’s. This race was over when Jim put his car on the line. He took a 3 lap lead in the first heat and never gave it up. Even when he was on red in the third heat he maintained a lap up. It was close behind Jim with Tom spending a lot of time in second. Dennis got off to a slow start but began his run to 2nd place in the third heat. Russ turned some quick laps early on but never turned it into large lap totals. Victor was always a threat until poof went the motor with a couple of heats to go. So it finished Jim, Dennis, Tom, Russ and Victor.
This week our Thursday night group moved on over to the King track as they do on the 3rd Thursday of every month. We had a total of 13 guys on the signup sheet when it came to begin racing. We’ll get things going in the “B” main which had 6 racers in it this week. The power came on and the guys were off and running for the 2nd week in a row it was Russ U who came away with the lead early on as he started off his night with 46 laps on red. He was 3 laps ahead of Sammy and Tom after the 1st and remained 3 ahead at the end of the 2nd as well. Tom would inch a little closer in the 3rd and come the end of the 4th, Tom was within 1 lap of Russ. Russ would soon run into some trouble in the 5th along with Tom which allowed for Sammy to take over the top spot as he jumped out to a 2 lap lead over Tom. Sammy would remain in the lead during the 6th but Tom would soon take over the lead with only 1 heat to go. Tom had 3 lap lead over Sammy going into the final heat and Tom would shut the door in the 8th and final heat which left Tom 5 laps ahead of Sammy; 360 to 355. So the final for this weeks “B” main looked like this; Tom, Sammy, Walt, Bob, Gary, and Russ.
On to the “A” main which consisted of 7 guys this week. The guys got going and Jim Lane came away with the early lead as he started off with 50 laps on blue leaving him 1 lap ahead of Tom S. Come the end of the 2nd it was Tom S who moved up into the lead as he had a solid 51 laps on blue giving him a 2 lap lead on Jim L. Tom would continue to build a lead but he would have a difficult time on black allowing for Jim to move back into the lead by just 1 lap. Meanwhile Dennis was making a run in the 5th and come the end of the heat Tom was able to regain the lead and Dennis was closing in on Jim in 2nd place. Tom would move up to a 4 lap lead over Jim with only 2 heats to go. Things got very interesting in the 7th as we had; Dennis, Jim, and Vic all tied for 2nd place at 338 laps. Dennis would turn the most laps in the final heat with 51 but it wasn’t enough to move into first place but it did secure a 2nd place finish with a grand total of 389 laps which was just 1 shy of Tom S in first place. Jim Lane ran into some mechanical issues in the final heat which gave him a 5th place finish. Our winner; Tom Schiavo finished with a total of 390 laps followed by Dennis Samson with 389 laps and had the fastest lap of the night with a 3.501. So the final for the “A” main looked like this; Tom S, Dennis S, Vic, Jim, Bill V, Sam, and Bill T. It was an extra special night of racing and glad we had the turnout we did for the King track. Next week we’ll be back on the Flat track, we’ll see you all then….C/H
We had 11 guys make it out for our Thursday night LMP racing here at BPR. Up first was the 5 man “B” main and this week we had Russ take the opening heat as he started off with 44 on blue giving him a 2 lap lead on Tim W. In the 2nd Russ was able to gain another lap and come the halfway point he was up to a 4 lap lead. Things got very interesting in the 5th as Mike Tucker made his way to black, he was flying down there and finished with 46 laps which moved into a tie for the lead with Russ at 211 laps. Mike would soon move into the lead in the 6th as he went ahead by 3 laps. Russ made his way to red in the 7th and that’s where it all came to an end where he lost any chance of regaining the lead. In the end, Mike Tucker would come away with the win as he finished with 340 laps followed by Tim W in 2nd with 329 followed by Russ with 318. Here’s how the entire field played out; Mike T, Tim W, Russ U, Alex D, and Bob A.
Moving on to the 6 man “A” main where this time we had Mike K and Jim L finished tied the first heat with 45 laps. In the 2nd, Dennis S would make a jump from 2nd place up into the lead as Mike K and Jim moved down to a tie for 2nd place. During the 3rd, Vic D would move up into 2nd place with Jim L moving to 3rd. Dennis would get up to a 4 lap lead at the halfway point; but come the end of the 6th, Jim L took over 2nd place with Vic and Tom S moving into a tie for 3rd. It was shaping up to be an exciting finish as the 7th heat came to an end and Jim Lane was able to advance passed Dennis and into 1st place with a 2 lap lead. The guys would battle it out in the final heat and Jim was able to hold off Dennis and the rest of the field and come away with the win as he finished 3 laps ahead of Dennis; 358 to 355. So the final for the “A” looked like this; Jim, Dennis, Tom S, Vic, Bill V, and Mike K.
We had a bigger than usual turnout this week for our Thursday night LMP racing on the flat track as we had a total of 16 guys on the signup sheet when it came time to begin. The “B” main got going first and we had a total of 9 guys this week. The power came on and we had Tom De Avila take the opening heat as he started with 44 laps on purple with Tim Wood just 1 lap back in 2nd. Fast forward to the end of the 2nd and we now had a 3-way tie for 2nd between; Sammy G, Mike R, and Tim W who all had 85 laps. In the 3rd, Mike R would take over the top spot as he had 43 laps on purple and then followed it up with 44 laps on black giving him a 4 lap lead over Tom. In the 5th, Tom would move into a tie for 2nd with Sammy at 210 laps which was just 1 behind our leader Mike R. Tom would soon sit out in the 6th so Sammy would momentarily gain control of 2nd place. Heading into the final heat both Sammy and Tom were tied at 290 laps so it was going to be decided within the closing moments of the race. Sammy was on green and Tom was 2 over on blue, it seemed like everyone struggled a little bit in the final heat but Tom would come away with the overall win as he finished with 41 laps with Sammy just 1 back with 40 bringing the final looking like this; 331 to 330. So the overall final went like this; Tom, Sammy, Mike R, Walt, Tim W, Alex, Wesley, Gary, and Bob.
Moving on to the “A” main which consisted of 7 guys this week. Seemed like everyone got off to good starts as we had everyone open up with 40 or laps. Opening heat came to an end and it was Jim Lane down on purple who had the most laps with 46 followed by Tom S and Bill V who were tied for 2nd at 44 laps. Bill V would take the following heat as he had 45 on purple moving him up to a tie for the lead with Jim. The following heat Bill would advance past Jim and into 1st place with a 1 lap lead. When the 4th came to an end they would move back into a tie for the lead at 178 laps. Don’t ever count out Vic D because he was making his move and come the end of the 5th he moved into a tie for the lead with Bill. It was during the 6th that Vic moved into the lead as he jumped ahead by 3. The following heat he gained 2 more laps moving up to a 5 lap lead. Vic would go on to bring home the win as Mike K and Jim Lane and the rest of the field were unable to catch him. Both Mike K and Jim L finished tied at 347 laps but it was Jim who was just slightly ahead so he was able to come away with 2nd place. Vic went on to finish with 351 laps which was 4 ahead of Jim Lane in 2nd. So the final for the “A” main looked like this; Vic, Jim, Mike K, Tom S, Russ, Bill V, and Mike T. Thank you to everyone who came out and we’ll see you next week.
It’s Thursday and checkpoint is over, time for the LMP races. Tonight we had a full field for the “B” main in the first heat Russ Uppman out with 42 just ahead of Sammy Gallo with 41, and Walt Szandzik in 3rd with 40. In the 2nd heat Russ stayed in first but Tim Wood swooped in for 2nd and Mike Tucker took over 3rd. In the 3rd heat Russ is still in first, Mike takes 2nd place, and Walt takes over 3rd. In heat 4 Mike takes over 1st, Russ get pushed down to 2nd and Walt stayed in 3rd. In 5th heat 1st and 2nd didn’t change but Tim moved into 3rd place. In the 6th heat things didn’t change. Coming down to the finish heat 7 Russ got things together and moved back into 1st, mike in 2nd, and Sammy in 3rd. In the last heat Tim pulled out a 42 to move up and take 3rd place from Sammy, but, not without a fight. The ending lineup was: Russ, Mike, Tim, Sammy, Walt, Bob Ahuii, Alex Dubrowsky, and Gary Williams. Who tells me this was his best race. Even though he was last he improved his laps. He is gaining experience, confidence. Good for you Gary don’t give. I am encouraged knowing not everyone has to have the fastest car to be able to have a good time.
Let’s see what the “A” main looks like tonight. Jim Lane is starting off 1 lap in front of the field with Bill Vanderzeil back by one and Dennis Samson back of Bill by one. In heat 2 Jim moved up 1 more lap over the field Sam Rackham moved into 2nd place with 85 and Tom Schavio moves into 3rd with 84. In the 3rd heat Sam takes 1st place and tom 2nd with Jim in 3rd. In 4th heat Sam, Tom, and Dennis are 1, 2, and 3. It’s the 5th heat and Sam says let’s turn on the burners and move ahead of the pack by 4. Dennis and Tom tie with 217 in the 6th heat Sam still in lead by 2. Dennis coming on strong for 2nd, Vic Dubrowsky moves into 3rd Place. By the 7th heat Dennis catches Sam and they tie for first Vic just behind in in 3rd by 4. In the 8th Dennis has a lot of built up steam, he looks at Sam and the field and says see ya, catch me if you can. With a “Vacation Stay” on the line Dennis need as many tickets as he can get? Good work Dennis.
It was a smaller than usual turnout this week back on Thursday the 17th, of January. Once it was time to go we had just 13 names on the signup sheet. The “B” had 7 guys while the “A” had just 6. In the “B” main, Walt would continue where he left off last week as he had the most laps in the opening heat as he had 46.06 while Sammy was close behind him at 46.05. The following heat Walt made his way to black and finished with 41 laps which wouldn’t be enough to remain in 1st place. Mike R would have the most laps in the 2nd and jumped up to 1st place. Mike would remain in the lead til the end of the 4th heat, that’s when Sammy jumped out to a 5 lap lead over Walt. Most of the guys had an ongoing with they’re cars and slowly started dropping from the race. When we reached the end of the 6th; we had just 3 guys remaining in the race. In the end, Sammy would come away with the win as he won with a 39 lap lead; 354 to 315. So the final for the “B” main came down to this; Sammy, Bob, and Alex D.
Moving on to the “A” main and this week was just 5 guys on the King track. Power came on and it was Vic over in the middle of the track on blue who had the most laps as he started with 51 laps leaving in 1st just 2 ahead of Dennis. Vic would gain another lap in the 2nd moving up to a 3 lap lead over Dennis. By the time we reached the halfway point, Dennis took over the lead moving ahead of Vic by 2 laps. Bill V was within striking distance of Vic and when we reached the end of the 5th, Bill moved into 2nd place and was trailing Dennis by 3 laps. Bill would have a great run on orange in the 6th with 51 which pushed him up into the lead; 292 to 291. The following heat Bill would gain another lap on Dennis and had a 2 lap lead going into the final heat. Bill had the red lane to deal with for the final heat of the night while Dennis had the advantage on yellow. Dennis would do what he needed to an came away with the win as he finished with 49 laps while Bill had 43 so Dennis finished 4 laps ahead; 386 to 382. So the final for this weeks “A” main looked like this; Dennis, Bill V, Vic, Tom S, and Jim Lane. I know the King track is a little different to the flat track but we appreciate the guys who come in and mix it up a little….C/H
It’s the 2nd week of January and it’s time for our Thursday night LMP racing on the flat track. We had 13 guys on the signup sheet when it came time to begin. Up first was the 7 man “B” main and once the power came on it was the bling killer; Alex Dubrosky, along with Tom De Avila and Walt Szandzik all tied for the lead at 43 laps. Tom would come out ahead in the 2nd heat leaving Mike Reese and Walt tied for 2nd now at just 1 lap back at 84. During the 3rd, Walt and Alex would move back into a tie for 3rd with Mike R staying in 2nd place just 1 lap back of our leader Tom. When we reached the halfway point; Tom had a 1 lap lead over Mike R and a 3 lap lead over Walt who took over 3rd from Alex. Walt started making his move and at the end of the 5th he was tied with Mike R for 2nd place. They would remain tied in the 6th, it wasn’t til the 7th heat that Tom had his worst heat of the night that cost him a 1st place finish. He had the red lane to deal with and it looks like he came off 1 too many times and he finished with just 39 laps which wouldn’t be enough to remain in the lead. Meanwhile Walt was on the opposite end of the track down on black and it looks like he didn’t slip up once and he finished with a solid 45 laps which was enough to take over the lead with just 1 heat to go. Walt now had a 3 lap lead going into the final heat and 3 minutes later he finished with 44 laps on yellow with Tom De Avila in 2nd place just 4 laps back with Russ Uppman bringing home 3rd just 7 laps back at 333. So the final for this weeks “B” main looked like this; Walt, Tom, Russ, Mike R, Sammy G, Tim W, and Alex D.
Moving on to this weeks “A” main which consisted of 6 guys. The power came on and the guys were off and running and this week it was Vic who took the opening heat as he started his night with 44 laps on yellow followed by Mike K with 43 and then a 3-way tie for 3rd between; Bill V, Jim L, and Tom S. The 2nd heat we saw Jim Lane make a jump up into 2nd as he had 44 laps and was now trailing Vic by just 1 lap. Dennis also made a big jump in the 2nd heat as he moved from last place up to a tie for 3rd with Mike K at 84 laps. The 3rd heat wasn’t nice to Vic as he was on white and came off a few times and was only able to finish with 42 laps; which isn’t bad by any means but it wouldn’t be enough to remain in the lead. Both Jim Lane and Dennis Samson had 45 laps which moved Jim up into 1st place and Dennis moved into a tie for 2nd with Vic just 2 laps back of Jim. Dennis would soon gain the outright control of 2nd place with Vic moving down to 3rd place. We saw no change for the following 2 heats with Jim in control of the lead followed by Dennis in 2nd and Vic in 3rd. It was til the 7th heat that things got very interesting; Dennis had a solid 45 laps on orange which moved him into a tie for the lead at 307 laps. Jim was on red for the final heat with Dennis right next to him on white, 3 minutes of some hardcore racing and it would be Dennis who came away with the win as he finished just 3 laps ahead of Jim bringing the totals too; 350 to 347. So the final for this weeks “A” main looked like this; Dennis, Jim Lane, Vic D, Mike K, Bill V and Tom S. Very good night of racing guys and congrats to both our winners; Walt S and Dennis S, We’ll see you all next week….C/H
We had just 11 guys here for our Thursday night group as it was just 5 “A” racers and 6 in the “B” main. We’ll get things going with the “B” main first and once the power came on it was Walt who took the opening heat as he started with 42 laps followed by Sammy and Tom De Avila who were tied for 2nd at 40 laps. Tom took over 2nd place in the 2nd heat but was still trailing Walt by 2 laps. In the 3rd, Tom and Walt moved into a tie for the lead at 122 laps with Sammy close behind in 2nd place. Tom would gain control of the outright lead in the 4th heat as he moved ahead of Walt by 3 laps. Walt was DQ’d back in the 1st as he switched cars so tonight’s race wouldn’t count towards anything, just racing for fun. Tom would get up to a 4 lap lead over Walt and a 6 lap lead on Sammy. During the 7th, Tom would remain 4 laps ahead of Walt but moved out to a 9 lap lead on Sammy. In the end, Tom would bring home the win as he finished with 333 laps with a fast lap of a 3.945 on black. Walt would have been our 2nd place finisher as he just 1 lap back of Tom but he was DQ’d back in the 1st heat. So Sammy would be our 2nd place finisher as he finished with 322 laps followed by Bob Ahulii who had 312 laps. So the final for the “B” looked like this; Tom, Walt (DQ), Sammy, Bob, Alex, and Gary.
Moving on to the 5 man “A” main where it was Tom S down on blue who came away with the lead after the opening heat as he started with 44 laps followed by Vic on green and Jim Lane on red. Tom would remain 1 lap ahead of Vic in the 2nd heat and 5 laps ahead of Jim going into the 3rd heat. Tom would remain ahead of Vic in the 3rd but come the end of the 4th Vic had jumped up into the lead as he moved ahead by 2 on Tom. Vic would remain 2 ahead in the 5th but come the end of the 6th he gained 2 more laps on Tom and was now up to a 4 lap lead on Tom and a 6 lap lead on Jim. Tom would get a lap back from Vic in the final heat but the power went off and the race was done allowing for Vic to bring home the win as he finished with 350 laps followed by Tom who was just 3 back than Dennis Samson who was able to sneak past Jim Lane in the final heat moving ahead by 1 just 8 back of our winner Vic. So the final for this weeks “A” main looked like this; Vic, Tom S, Dennis, Jim L, and Bill V. It was a good night of racing and congrats to both our winners for 1st race of the new year, see you all next week…C/H