We had a smaller than usual turnout last night with just 9 racers for our Thursday night LMP group. Up first in the “B” main we had Mike take the 1st heat as he opened up with 43 laps on black but had Walt close behind so he couldn't afford to slip up. He would follow it up with 44 laps on yellow moving him up to a 6 lap lead over Walt and Russ who were tied for 2nd place at 81 laps. During the 3rd heat Tim would make a move up from 3rd into a tie for 2nd place with Russ. The 4th heat is when Russ took over control of 2nd place with a solid 42 laps on green. Mikes lead would drop to 2 laps during the 5th and come the end of the 7th heat both Russ and Mike were tied for the lead at 292 laps. They would both close out the race with 44 laps leaving them tied at 336 but it was Mike who would come away with the win leaving the final looking like this; Mike, Russ, Tim, Walt, and Alex.
Moving on to the “A” main we had Tom come away with the 1st heat as he had his fastest lap of the night with a 3.945 and 45 laps on yellow. Both Mike and Vic were tied for 2nd place just 1 lap back but during the 2nd heat Mike would move into the lead jumping ahead of Tom by 1 lap. During the 4th heat Bill would make a move up from 4th place into 2nd as he had 44 laps on blue and was trailing Mike by 4 laps. He would catch Mike during the 5th heat and they were now tied for 1st place. Vic would move into a tie for 2nd place with Mike during the 6th heat and they were trailing Bill by just 1 lap. We'd move into a tie for the lead between Bill and Mike with just 1 heat to go. In the end it Mike who came away with the win as he closed out the night with 45 laps on purple beating out Bill by just 1 lap. So the final for the “A” main came down to this; Mike, Bill, Vic, and Tom.
We had a good turnout this week with 13 racers here for our Thursday night LMP racing. Up first in the “B” main it was Mike R who took the 1st heat again this week as he opened up with 45 laps on black. He was able to follow that up with 44 laps on yellow giving him 6 lap lead at the end of the 2nd heat over Walt. It wasn't til the 4th heat that Tim would takeover 2nd place from Walt as he went ahead by 2 laps. During the 6th heat Tom made a jump from 3rd place into a tie for 2nd place with Walt at 240 laps. During the 7th Tom would take over 2nd place as he moved ahead of Walt by just 1 lap with just 1 heat to go. In the end Tom was able to hold off Walt as he came away with a 2nd place finish with a total of 325 laps. Our 1st place finisher Mike Reese had a total of 338 laps as he is now coming back to back wins, can he go for 3? The final came down to this; Mike, Tom, Walt, Alex, Yuki, and Tim.
Moving on to the “A” main where this week it was Mike who took the 1st heat as he opened up with 45 laps purple leaving 3 racers tied for 2nd place just 1 lap back. It was during the 2nd heat that Bill T would move into a tie for 1st place with Mike at 89 laps. During the 3rd heat Bill V had a great heat as he had 46 laps moving him into a tie for the lead with Mike at 134 laps. Bill V would move into the top spot during the 4th heat as he jumped out to a 3 lap lead over Mike. Moving up to the end of the 6th heat is when we had Vic move into a tie for 2nd place with Bill T at 262 laps. Vic would continue charging in the 7th as he moved just a little closer to our leader Bill V. Coming down to the final heat Vic would finish with 43 laps on orange leaving him overall tied for the lead with Bill V at 350 laps, but overall Vic was able to come away with the lead and a 1st place finish. The final for the “A” main came down to this; Vic, Bill V, Bill T, Jim, Mike, Russ, and Tom.
It is already February as 2017 is off and running. We had 11 racers make it out for our Thursday night LMP racing. We had a solid 6 racers in our “B” main last week and once the power came on it was Mike R who took the 1st heat opening up with 44 laps on purple. We had a tie for 2nd place between Walt and Yuki at the end of the 1st heat but come the end of the 2nd Walt would take over 2nd place. At the end of the 4th Tom would advance passed Yuki and into 3rd place. During the 5th Tom would move ahead of Walt by 2 laps as he moved up to 2nd place. Tom and Walt would remain close for following 2 heats as the battle for 2nd place would come down to the final heat. Tom said his car didn't have it and whatever it was cost him a 2nd place finish as Walt beat him by 3 laps. The final for the “B” main came down to this; Mike, Walt, Tom, Yuki, Alex, and Tim.
The “A” main got underway and this week it was Vic and Tom who came out gunning as they both began the race with 46 laps. During the 2nd Vic would have another 46 laps on yellow which put him ahead of Tom by 2 laps. Tom would regain a lap on Vic during the 3rd and come the end of the 4th they would move back into a tie for the lead at 177 laps. Bill V was making his charge during the 4th and at the end of the 5th heat he was just 2 laps back of our leaders. The 6th heat would come to an end and Bill had caught our leaders and move ahead of them and into 1st place with a 1 lap lead over Vic. Bill would remain 1 lap ahead of Vic during the 7th heat but come the end of the final heat they both finished tied at 350 laps but it was Bill who came out on top and came away with the win. So the final for the “A” main this week came down to this; Bill V, Vic, Tom, Bill T, and Russ.
With such a big turnout for this weekends Checkpoint cup it only seemed right that we would have a great turnout for our Thursday night LMP race with 17 racers. The “B” main was completely full with 8 racers and within the 1st heat we had a tie for the lead between Mr. Arizona Alan Reeder and Russ at 43 laps. Russ would take over in the 2nd heat as he went ahead of Alan by 2 laps but come the end of the 3rd they were tied again at 127 laps. It was Alan's turn to take over the top spot as he went ahead of Russ in the 4th heat by just 1 lap. Alan would move down to 3rd place during the 5th heat as Mike had a solid 45 laps on purple moving him into 2nd place. Russ would get up to a 5 lap lead during the 6th heat over Mike and a 10 lap lead over Alan. He would continue pulling away from Mike and Alan in the closing heats and come the end of the final heat he finished 7 laps ahead of Mike and 14 ahead of Alan leaving his grand total at 343 laps. So the final for the “B” main went like this; Russ, Mike, Alan, Walt, Alex, Tim, Diane, and Max.
Moving on to the star studded “A” main where all the racers got off to great starts as everyone finished with 40+ laps but it was Vic who came out on top as he started with 47 laps leaving Duran and Jim Lane tied for 2nd place just 1 lap back. Duran would take over 2nd place from Jim during the 2nd heat but was still trailing Vic by 1 lap. During the 3rd heat Jim would move back into a tie for 2nd place with Duran as they were now trailing Vic by 3 laps. Duran would sit out in the 4th heat which allowed for Jim and Vic to move into a tie for the lead at 182 laps. Vic would struggle in the 5th heat as he finished with 37 laps which would move him down to 3rd place as both Rick Linn and Rick Dodge were tied for 2nd place at 223 laps trailing our leader Jim Lane by 3 laps. Rick Dodge would come that much closer to catching our leader in the 6th heat as he was just 1 lap back. Tom Schiavo was making a run in the last few heats as he a solid 47 laps in the 6th and followed it up with 46 laps on yellow during the 7th. The fastest lap of the “A” main came during the 8th heat as it was Duran who had a 3.726 down on purple finishing with 48 laps. Jim Lane was extra friendly tonight as he let Tom go by a few times during the race and it would come back to bite him as Tom came away with 2nd place just 1 lap ahead. Our winner for the “A” main was Duran who finished 7 laps ahead of Tom with 363 laps. The final played out like this; Duran, Tom, Jim, Rick D, Vic, Rick L, Bill, Herm, and Bill T.