We had a pretty good turnout last night for our Thursday night LMP racing as we had 15 guys when it came time to begin racing. When the “B” main got going it was Russ and Tim W who finished the first heat tied for the lead with 44 laps. Russ would soon gain control of the lead during the 2nd as he jumped out to a 3 lap lead over Walt who just gained control of 2nd. We had about 4 racers within just a few laps of each other, it wasn’t till we reached the halfway point that Walt was able to move within 2 of our leader. Walt would continue to push and when the 5th heat came to an end he moved into the lead just 1 lap ahead of Russ. Steve was charging in the 5th and 6th heat and when we reached the end of the 6th he was in a tie for 2nd place with Russ just 2 laps back of Walt. It was shaping up to be an extremely close finish as we had 3 racers all in the running for the win as Walt was down to a 1 lap lead over Steve and Russ who were tied for 2nd. Walt would have to run on one of the harder lanes for the final heat and he finished with 41 laps which in the end wouldn’t be enough to bring home the win as it was Russ who regained the lead and brought home the win beating Steve and Walt who finished tied at 340 laps. Steve finished just slightly ahead of Walt which secured the 2nd place finish leaving the final for the “B” main looking like this; Russ, Steve, Walt, Mike H, Tim W, Tom D, Mike T, and Alex D.
Moving on to the 7 man “A” main where this week it was all Jim Lane as he finished the 1st heat with the lead and ended the race with the lead. He opened up with 46 laps on blue giving him a 1 lap lead over Tim Neja and Mike Kravitz who were tied for 2nd. Tim Neja gained control of 2nd place during the 2nd heat and Mike K moved down to 3rd. Sam R would jump from 4th up into a tie for 2nd during the 3rd and they were trailing Jim by 7 laps. Sam’s night would come to an end in the 4th as his car got bent and was never the same. Meanwhile on purple, Bill V would have 46 laps which jumped him up into 2nd place moving ahead of Tom S and Tim N who were tied for 3rd. During the 5th; both Tom S and Bill V were right next to each other on purple and black and they both had 47 laps which was enough for Tom S to gain control of 3rd place. Tom S would have another 47 laps in the 6th down on black which moved him ahead of Bill and into 2nd place. Things got more interesting in the 7th as Bill dropped down to a tie for 3rd at 305 laps with Mike K. In the closing heat, Mike K would come away with 3rd place as he finished with 350 laps. Jim Lane held on to the lead for the entire race finishing with 359 laps and finished with a 5 lap lead on Tom S and a 9 lap lead on Mike K. So the final for the “A” main looked like this; Jim L, Tom S, Mike K, Bill V, Vic, Tim N, and Sam R. Congrats to both our winner Russ Uppman and Jim Lane as it was exciting night of racing.
September is off and running and our first LMP race for the month landed on the 6th. When it came time to begin racing we had just 12 guys on the signup sheet. We’ll get things going with the 5 man “B” main first and once the power came on it was Walt and Sammy who started turning some low lap times, the opening heat would come to an end and they were tied for the lead at 43 laps with the other 3 racers in a 3-way tie for 2nd place at 38 laps. When we reached the end of the 2nd; Walt had taken control of the lead moving ahead by 2 laps on Sammy with Alex and Russ still tied at 80 laps. Walt would remain in 1st with a 2 lap lead during the 3rd and 4th heat. Alex would continue his stellar driving and would hold off Steve and Russ for his spot in 3rd place. It was during the 5th heat that things changed for most of the field as Walt lost his top spot and dropped down to 2nd place. Alex also dropped a spot as Steve and Russ moved up to a tie for 3rd. Walt would continue dropping in the 6th as he dropped down to 4th place; meanwhile down on black we had Russ come away with 45 laps which moved him up into 2nd place with Steve just 1 lap back in 3rd. Russ would contain Steve in the 7th heat and would remain 1 lap ahead going into the final heat. In the end, Sammy would come away with the win as he finished with a 4 lap lead over Russ; 342 to 338. Alex had control of 3rd for a majority of the race, it wasn’t til the 5th heat he was on yellow and lost his spot in 3rd place and wasn’t able to bounce back and finished the night in last place with 320 laps. It was a good race and I’m sure everyone could have done a little better, but there’s no need to dwell on it, there’s always next week. Here’s how the “B” main played out in the end; Sammy, Russ, Steve, Walt, and Alex.
Now on to the main event that had a field of 7 guys when it came time to begin. This week we had Tom Schiavo join us and he got off to a pretty good start down on purple as he began his night with 47 laps giving him a 2 lap lead over Vic who was just 1 lane over on yellow. Tom would gain another lap in the 2nd and now had a 3 lap lead by the end of the 2nd. Bill V and Tom were next to each other on yellow and purple and both had an even 45 laps; which was enough for Bill to move into a tie for 2nd with Vic trailing Tom by 5 laps. The 4th heat would belong to Bill V as he had a solid 47 laps on black with a fast lap of a 3.734 which moved him within 1 of our leader Tom. Jim Lane was in the mix for the first half of the race; when we reached the 5th and he landed on black, he came away with 47 laps which moved him ahead of Vic and into 3rd place. Meanwhile Tom had 42 laps on white which wouldn’t be enough to remain in the lead as Bill V jumped out to a 3 lap lead. Jim and Tom would move into a tie for 2nd place at 265 laps as Bill now had a 4 lap lead. With only 2 heats remaining, we had 5 racers all within a lap of each other. Jim and Tom would remain tied at 309 laps, but had Vic just 1 lap back and Sam 1 lap back of Vic. So coming down to the final heat it really could go anyway. Bill would close out his night on red and finished with just 41 laps which wouldn’t be enough to bring home the win as he finished with 352 laps. Both Sam and Vic finished with 46 laps, it jumped Sam up from 4th place up into 2nd place with 353 laps and wouldn’t you know it Vic D would come away with the win finishing at 354 laps. So the final for the “A” main played out like this; Vic, Sam, Tom, Bill V, Jim L, Dennis, and Mike K. The first race for September is done and in the books, hope to see you all next week for some more racing…. (C/H)
We had a small turnout this week as it was the final LMP race for the month of August. When it came time to begin racing we had just 9 guys here for the fun. We’ll get things started with the “B” main which consisted of 5 guys. The race got underway right at 7 PM and when the opening heat came to an end it was Russ who came away with the lead as he opened up with 40 laps on orange. Things began to get interesting in the 2nd as Steve jumped up into the lead as he had 43 laps down on purple leaving; Mike R, Sammy G, and Russ U all tied for 2nd place at 80 laps. Steve would drop down to a 1 lap lead during the 3rd as Sammy gained control of 2nd place all too himself. During the 4th; Mike R would have the most laps with 44 on black which moved him up into 2nd place trailing our leader by just 1 lap. Steve and Mike would battle it out in the 5th and they moved into a tie for the lead at 207 laps. Russ would run into some bad luck in the 6th and was done for the night. After a thorough analysis on the car, the issue turned out to be a guide malfunction. Meanwhile, Mike would advance passed Steve and moved out to a 2 lap lead; 250 to 248 with only 2 heats to go. Mike and Steve were right next to each other for the 7th heat on red and white and Mike would come out on top turning 41 laps giving him now a 3 lap lead. In the end, Steve wouldn’t be able to catch Mike in the final heat and Mike R would bring home the win finishing with a total of 331 laps, which was just 3 ahead of Steve. So the final for the “B” main looked like this; Mike R, Steve, Sammy, Alex, and Russ.
Now on to the “A” main where this week it was Vic who came away with the early lead as he began with 45 laps on orange with; Hurricane Lane (Jim Lane) in 2nd just 2 laps back. During the 2nd heat, Jim Lane would tie Bill V with the most laps with 45, which was enough to move passed Vic and into 1st place. On to the 3rd heat, Jim and Bill would tie again with 45 laps allowing for Bill to move up into 2nd place and moving Jim up to a 3 lap lead. The 4th heat Jim was down on black and finished with a solid 47 laps with a fast lap of a 3.734 which gave him another lap on Bill. The fastest lap of the night came in the 5th heat by Bill who had a 3.727 down on black which allowed for him to gain another lap on Jim. Come the end of the 6th, Jim was down to a 2 lap lead over Bill and 7 lap lead on Vic. Tom S spun a pinion early on and couldn’t get back on it and he finished his night early so it was down to just 3. The 7th heat, both Vic and Bill finished with 46 laps which allowed for Bill to move into a tie for the lead with Jim and Vic was now within 5 of them two. Hurricane Lane finished his night on red and came away with just 40 laps which wouldn’t be enough to remain in the top spot as he finished tied with Vic at 354 laps. He would come away with 2nd place as he beat out Vic by just 10 feet. Our winner for the “A” main was Bill V who stuck in there the entire race and waited til the remaining 2 heats to make his move which secured the win. He finished with a 3 lap lead on Jim with a grand-total of 357 laps. So the final for the “A” main played out like this; Bill, Jim, Vic, and Tom S. Another great race is in the books and the month of August has come to an end, September here we come. See you all next week. . . (C/H)