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