We had a total of 15 racers when it came time to begin our Thursday night LMP racing. I’m not sure what happened but I’m missing the first 3 heats of the “B” main so were going to start off at the end of the 4th heat. Mel and Sammy were tied for 1st place at 164 laps with Tim Wood just 2 laps back in 2nd place and Steve L in 3rd place with 161 laps. Steve would move ahead of Tim by 2 laps during the 5th heat while Mel and Sammy would remain tied for the lead. It was during the 6th heat that Mel took control of the top spot as he jumped ahead of Sammy by 3 laps. Steve and Sammy would become tied for 2nd place during the 7th heat just 1 lap back of our leader. Mel’s night would come to an end a little earlier than usual as he ran into some bad luck with tires. He would close out the night with just 6 laps and dropped from 1st place down to last. Steve would come away with the win as he finished just 1 lap ahead of Sammy; 327 to 326. So this is how the “B” main came to an end; Steve, Sammy, Gary, Tim W, Alex, Carlos, Rich, and Mel.
Moving on to the “A” main where this week it was Vic who came away with the 1st heat as he started his night with 46 laps on yellow with Bill V just 1 lap back. During the 2nd heat Bill would jump ahead of Vic by 1 lap, it was during the 3rd heat that Bill jumped to a 6 lap lead as Vic and Jim Lane were now tied for 2nd place. Tom Schiavo would join the mix in the 5th heat as he moved into 3rd place while Jim Lane moved into 2nd place. Bill V would move down to a 1 lap lead over Jim Lane in the 6th with Tom and Vic now in a tie for 3rd place. Then from out of nowhere, Vic would turn 47 laps on purple moving him back into the top spot with a 3 lap lead over Tom S. Vic would follow it up with another 47 laps in the final heat giving him another 1st place finish with 357 laps. Bill V would come away with 2nd place while Tom was just 1 lap back in 3rd. So the final for the “A” main played out like this; Vic, Bill, Tom, Jim Lane, Bill T, Russ, and Mike K.
We had 13 racers for our Thursday LMP racing here at BPR with 8 guys in the “B” main and 5 in the “A”. The “B” main got underway first and this week we had Russ and Mike T finish the first heat tied for 1st with 41 laps. Russ made his way to purple for the 2nd heat and he did very well finishing with 44 laps now putting him in 1st place with a 5 lap lead over Mike. At the end of the 3rd heat we had a 3-way tie for 3rd place between; Steve L, Alex D, and Sammy. Russ had some bad luck in the 4th as he had an issue with his lead wire which basically cost him the race. Alex was flying at this point and when the heat came to an end he had control of 1st place with Steve in 2nd place just 1 lap back. The 5th heat came to an end and we had a 3-way tie for 2nd place now between; Steve L, Mike T, and Sammy at 193 laps. Tim Wood also started making his way thru the field and in the 6th he moved into a tie for 2nd with Sammy. Tim W would break the tie for 2nd and went ahead of Sammy by 1 lap with just 1 heat to go. Tim W was able to hold off Sammy in the final heat and came away with a 2nd place finish with 311 laps. Alex D was really on it tonight and his car was flying, put those 2 factors together and you should come away with the win and Alex did that. He finished with 315 laps and had a fast lap of 4.007, it wasn’t the fast lap of the “B” main but its still very good driving. The final for the “B” main played out like this; Alex, Tim W, Steve, Sammy, Mike T, Philip, Barry S, and Russ. Congrats to Alex and all the racers, now lets move on to the “A” main.
Moving on to the “A” main which was a bit smaller as we were missing a couple of the regular guys. Power came on and we had the entire field finish with 40+ laps but we had 2 guys finish with 43 laps and it was Jim Lane and Tom De Avila. Jim would gain control of the lead in the 2nd as Tom D dropped to a tie for 3rd and Tom S moved into 2nd place. Tom S made his way to purple in the 3rd heat and was flying as he finished with 46 laps moving him up to 1st place with a 2 lap lead over Jim Lane. The 4th heat got underway and Vic had the most lap as he had 46 laps on purple and a fast lap of a 3.788 which moved him up to 2nd place just 1 lap back of our leader. Vic would again take the following heat as he had a solid 47 laps on black which moved him into the top spot now with a 2 lap lead over Tom S. Vic would gain another 2 laps on Tom S and now had a 4 lap lead going into the 7th. He followed it up with 44 laps on orange giving him another 2 laps on Tom S. Mike K was in 3rd place and was making a last minute charge and was just 1 lap back of Tom S in 2nd place. Mike K would turn the most laps in the final heat as he had 44 on orange, which was enough to come away with a 2nd place finish and a grand total of 349 laps. Vic D came away with the win as he finished with 354 laps and had a fast lap of 3.788. So the final for the “A” main came out like this; Vic, Mike K, Tom S, Jim L, and Tom De Avila. Congrats to team Dubrowsky as they took both the “A” and “B” main and they both began the race on the red lane. Also just a reminder, Alex Dubrowsky is legally blind and kudos to the handicap. Thanks to everyone who made it out to the raceway, and we'll see you all next week.
We had a very small turnout this week and honestly I don’t remember the last time we had this many racers make it out to the raceway. We had just 5 guys for the “B” main and only 2 “A” racers made it out so it was decided to have just a “B” main. The first heat got underway and it was Tim Wood who came away with the 1st heat as he started the race with 43 laps on green giving him a 3 lap lead over Walt. He followed it up with another 43 laps in the 2nd and now had a 5 lap lead going into the 3rd. By the end of the 4th heat Tim had a comfy 10 lap lead over Steve who was now in 2nd place. During the 5th Steve and Walt moved into a tie for 2nd place at 198 laps. It was during the 6th that Steve would regain control of 2nd place as he went ahead of Walt by just 1 lap. Alex was making a last minute charge and come the end of the 7th heat he moved into a tie for 3rd with Walt just 1 lap back of Steve in 2nd place. Alex would finish strong in the final heat and finished tied with Steve in 2nd place at 317 laps. In the end it was Steve who came away with 2nd place. Tim Wood was the overall winner as he finished 10 laps ahead of the guys in 2nd place with 327 laps. Hopefully next week; October 5th (my birthday) we have a better turnout.