Wing Car Racing back
Yes, you saw it correctly, ever since the "Worlds", wing cars have been here only a handful of times. This last Sunday we had 4 wing car guys in house and I jokingly said we should have a race. Well, the guys took it to heart and formed an agreement of rules and a time. So, December 7, 2014 we will start a "hawk retro" class race. All you wing car racers in 50 to 75 miles of our raceway dust all those boxstock chassis and put a "hawk retro" in them and come and race. We will be starting at approx. 4 PM on Sunday afternoon, we will be racing on the 1st Sunday of the month. The rules will be:
1. Boxstock chassis
2. Hawk Retro
3. Any gear ratio
4. 500 hub tire
5. Any body type
6. No driver required
7. No weight requirement
3/2/19 - TMO
We had 4 guys signed up for the Two Motor Open. Earl Anderson and Kyle O’neal started the race off strong with 84 and 83 laps with Steve Hylton lagging behind in 3rd place with 68 laps. Kyle took the lead in the 2nd heat passing Earl up by 15 laps, Steve was slowing down and Eric Claburn ran into issues and dropped out. Kyle was securing his lead in the 3rd heat putting 30 laps between him and Earl while Steve had trouble and drastically slowed down. In the 4th heat Kyle and Earl were still going strong with Earl slowly starting to catch up and Steve dropped out of the race. Kyle sped up for the 5th heat giving him a 35 lap lead ahead of Earl. In the 6th heat Kyle continued widening the gap turning it into a 40 lap lead. Very little changed in the 7th heat with Kyle still in the lead. The final heat ended with Steve and Eric out of the race and Kyle claimed first. The ending lineup was: Kyle, Earl, Steve, and Eric.
3/2/19 - PHX Restricted
We had 6 guys signed up for the Restricted Phoenix race. Dan Reese took the 1st heat with 59 laps with Sam Rackham two laps behind with 57 and Rodney Hilzerdeger in 3rd with 56 laps. Sam took the lead in the 2nd heat passing Dan up by 4 laps with Rodney closing the gap by one lap. In the 3rd heat Sam widened his lead putting 7 laps between him and Dan in second, while Tim Wilkins overtakes Rodney to claim 3rd place with a 2 lap lead. In the 4th heat Dan was closing the gap with Sam bringing it down to a 1 lap difference. Keith Walker had trouble in the 5th heat slowing his laps while Rodney passed Tim to regain 3rd. Keith couldn’t fix his problem and dropped out of the 6th heat with Rodney running into problems too causing him to drop to 5th letting Tim get back into 3rd place. Rodney was forced out of the 7th heat with Tim slowing down letting JB Barnett take 3rd while Sam widened his lead. The final heat ended with Tim, Rodney, and Keith all out of the race and Sam claiming first. The ending lineup was: Sam, Dan, JB, Tim, Rodney, and Keith.
2/2/19 – PHX Restricted & Unrestricted
We had a busy day here at the raceway as we had our weekly Saturday Drag racing along with our Restricted & Un-Restricted PHX Motor races that take place on the 1st Saturday of every month. According to the paper work, it looks like we got started with Restricted class first and when it came time to begin we had a full field of racers with 8, but we lost a few on the way. I hate when we have computer issues and I can’t go into detail on what happened but when the race came to an end all we were left with was the final page of the results. So it’s a complete mystery on which racers did what in what heats all I have is the final printout. It looks like it was a close race between Evan Mckee and Chuck Vaughn, between them Chuck came away with the faster lap with a 2.835 to a 2.849 but in the end Evan would come away with win as he beat out Chuck by just 3 laps; 485 to 482. Both Dan Reese and Rodney H had to call it early as they both ran into some mechanical issues early. Both Sam Rackham and Bill V also battled it out for 3rd but Sam would ultimately come away with the 3rd place finish beating out Bill by just 2 laps; 442 to 440. Hopefully next month we can get a full print out of what happened during the race.
Moving on to the Unrestricted class and when it came time to begin we had 11 names on the signup sheet so it was decided that the “B” main would consist of 5 guys and then 6 in the “A”. So up first in the “B” race it was all Sam Rackham in the opening heat over on blue and he came out the gates with 64 laps giving him the lead just 4 laps ahead of Bill Vanderziel. The following heat Bill wouldn’t do his best run on white as he finished with 59 laps which gave Sam now a 9 lap lead. In the 3rd, Andy Stapars had the most laps on green with 64 laps which moved him up into 2nd place as Bill dropped to 4th as he struggled on red. When we reached the 6th heat; both Bill and Andy were duking it out for 2nd place but Andy had a slight lead with 3 laps. Bill would crash and burn in the 7th down on black as he struggled to keep his car in the slot. So in the end Sam would come away with the win as he finished with 513 laps followed by Andy S in 2nd with 480 laps followed by Bill with 465 bringing home 3rd followed by Dan R with 449 and Murray with 421 laps.
Now on to the 6 man “A” main for the Unrestricted class. The guys got going and it looked like everyone got off to good starts as all 6 of the guys finished with 60 or more laps. At the top was James Grinstead who started off with 67 laps followed close behind by Eric C with 66 laps than Steve H with 65. James would follow it up with an addition 67 laps on blue in the 2nd now giving him a 3 lap lead over Steve who moved up into 2nd place. Eric made his way to the black lane for the 3rd heat and didn’t do his best finishing with just 57 laps moving him down to 4th. He would go on to bounce back in the 4th turning the most laps with 66 on yellow bringing him back up into 3rd. The track must have been a handful because by the time we reached the 6th heat, we had just 3 racers remaining; Steve, Eric, and Roy. In the end after all the fun was over; Steve would come away with the win as he had 513 laps followed by Roy in 2nd with 464 laps followed by Eric in 3rd with 448, then James with 325, Evan with 250, closing out with Bill T with just 114 as his day finished early on in the main.
We closed out the day of racing group 7 two motor open. We had just 5 guys running this race and once the power went on it was Eric C who came away with the early lead beginning with 86 laps followed by the youngster Kyle with 82. Kyle made his way to blue in the 2nd and was flying as he had a 1.960 and 88 laps moving ahead of Eric by 1 lap. Kyle would remain 1 lap ahead during the 3rd but Eric would soon regain the lead in the 4th moving back ahead by 5 laps. Meanwhile we had a battle for 2nd brewing between; Kyle, Earl, and Sam R. Kyle had just 2 laps on Earl and 3 on Sam. Kyle kicked it up a notch in the 6th having 88 laps on orange and in the end it was enough to hold off Earl and Sam for 2nd place. Eric brought home the win as he finished with a fast lap of a 1.944 and a total of 683 laps which was 13 ahead of Kyle at 670. So the final looked like this; Eric, Kyle, Earl, Sam and Steve.
Phx Restricted & Un-Restricted Race – 1/5/19
Welcome to 2019, sounds like something from Back to the Future. So it was 5 days into the New Year and it was time for our monthly PHX Restricted and Unrestricted race. We had 11 guys make it out for the unrestricted class and just 10 in the Restricted. We’ll start with the “B” main of the restricted class. It was a battle straight from the get go as Kyle O’neal and Andy Stapars along with Rodney Hilzendeger were at each other’s throats as soon as the power came on. Kyle was able to come away with the lead after the first as he started with 61 laps on blue. Andy would gain control of the lead in the following heat and come the end of the 3rd he had a 9 lap lead. Andy struggled a little bit on purple in the 4th and Kyle was able to capitalize and moved up into the lead moving ahead by 1 lap. Rodney soon went ahead of Andy in the 5th and stayed there for the remainder of the race. Kyle was able to hold off Rodney as well as the rest of the field and came away with the win finishing with a 11 lap lead and a grand-total of 460 laps. The final looked like this for the “B” main; Kyle, Rodney, Andy, Dan, and Tim W.
On to the 5 man “A” main where we had some heavy hitters on the track. Power came on and they were off and running. JB would barely finish ahead of Chuck Vaughn in the 1st; 62 to 61 laps. From there on out, the lead belonged to Chuck Vaughn and managed to come away with the 1st place finish in the end. Evan Mckee would put up a good fight and came very close to catching Chuck, but Chuck was slightly faster and came away with the win. So the final for the “A” main Restricted class looked like this; Chuck Vaughn, Evan Mckee, Sam Rackham, JB, and Steve Hylton.
Unrestricted – Starting with the “B” main we had 6 guys on the track first and same as the restricted class it was action packed as soon as the power came on. Andy started the race excellent beginning with 66 laps on blue giving him a 2 lap lead over Mike Low. The following heat is when Andy began to struggle, allowing for Murray Ostrin to take over the lead. Murray would stay in control til the end of the 4th, that’s when the youngster Kyle caught up and moved into a tie for the lead with Murray. In the 5th, Kyle jumped to a 2 lap lead over Murray, but Murray bounced back and regained the lead moving ahead by 3 laps. It all fell apart for Murray in the 7th though as he finished with 51 laps moving him out of contention allowing for Andy to move into 2nd place. Kyle would coast into the winners circle for the 2nd time in the day finishing with 497 laps with Andy in 2nd 9 laps back. So the final looked like this for the “B” main; Kyle, Andy, Murray, Mike Low, Al Bruyn, and Robert A.
On to the final race of the day we saw the veteran racer Bill Taylor come away with the lead early in the first as he started with 67 laps followed by Sam Rackham just 1 lap back. Evan M would advance passed Sam into 2nd place with Bill still in control of the lead. It would be another 4 heats with Bill Taylor up at the top, it wasn’t til the 6th heat that Sam was able to move into a tie for the lead with Bill after Bill had a tough run down on black. Sam moved into the top spot in the 7th with Evan moving into 2nd place giving Bill no chance to catch up. Sam would come away with the win as he finished with a 7 lap lead; 522 to 515. Bill finished in 3rd with 513 laps, but he did have the fastest lap of the day with a 2.631 on blue. So the final went like this for the final race of the day; Sam R, Evan M, Bill T, Steve H, and Roy L.
12/1/18 – Phoenix Restricted & Unrestricted
Restricted – We had a total of 10 guys on the signup sheet for the restricted class. So we had enough guys for an “A” and a “B” main. In the “B” main, it was the youngster Kyle O’neal showing these older guys how to get it done. He finished with a total of 464 laps and had a fast lap of a 2.874 over on blue. The fastest lap for the “B” main went to our 2nd place finisher; Andy Stapars, he finished with 458 laps but his fastest lap was a 2.794 also on blue. Tim Neja came away with 3rd place for the “B” main with 439 laps. Now on to the “A” main, the 5 got going and it was instantly close between; Steve, Chuck V, and Evan. First Steve had the lead, than it went to Evan, than to Chuck. It went back to Evan with Chuck close by in 2nd place, until Chuck went to the dreaded black lane. He finished with 50 laps on black which isn’t bad, but it wasn’t good enough to remain in the battle for 1st place. Chuck came away with 3rd place in the end as he finished with 477 laps. Steve brought home 2nd place with 484 laps which was just 3 back our winner; Evan Mckee, who finished with 487 laps. Good job guys, fun day of racing.
Unrestricted – The Unrestricted was set up just like the Restricted pertaining to having both an “A” and “B” main. We had just 4 guys in the “B” race and once the power came on and the guys were off and running, we had 3 of the 4 finish with 60 or more laps. Murray Ostrin had the most laps in the opening heat as he had 63 on red giving him a 1 lap lead over Andy. In heat #2, Andy had his fastest lap of the day over on blue, he finished with 67 laps with a fast lap of a 2.644 which jumped him up into the lead. He was up to a 4 lap lead; but it wouldn’t last long as by the end of the 3rd, Murray was back within 1 of Andy. When the guys reached the halfway point, we saw a little change in the standings. Andy didn’t do his best down on black as he was only able to come away with 49 laps which dropped him down to last place. Kyle would take the reins in 1st place as he was just 2 laps ahead of Murray. Kyle would remain 2 ahead of Murray in the 5th heat as well; but the 6th is when things got pretty interesting. With time running low in the race, Murray was able to regain the lead with only a heat to go so it was shaping up to be a close one. In the 8th and final heat it really could’ve went either way; but once again it was the youngster Kyle O’neal who came away with the win as he closed out the race with 67 laps on orange while Murray finished with 61 laps just 2 lanes over White. Overall, Kyle finished 5 laps ahead of Murray with 504 to 499. Andy started the race well but it was the dreaded black lane that claimed another victim, he finished with 489 laps. Mike Low started the race but sadly had to call it quits early. Lets see what the “A” main has in store.
Now on to the “A” main. The 4 guys got going right at 3:30 and it was a close one when the first came to an end, we had both Steve H and Bill T up in front with 64 laps but Steve was probably a foot ahead of Bill. Fast forward a couple minutes; Bill T would take over the lead and Even M made a jump to 2nd place trailing Bill by just 1 lap. It was in the 3rd heat that Even took over the top spot as he jumped ahead of Steve by 3 laps and would remain there for the remainder of the race. Roy would move up from 4th place into 3rd during the 5th heat but in the end Bill T would regain control of 3rd as Roy closed out the afternoon with just 16 laps on orange. So 1st for the Unrestricted “A” main went to Even Mckee who finished with a total of 506 laps with a fast lap of a 2.653 followed by Steve H with 482 and then Bill T with 422 laps. So it was decided that they would take the “A” and “B” results and have overall winners. So overall, Even Mckee came away with 1st place with 506 laps, followed by the Young Gun Kyle O’Neal and then Murray Ostrin with 499 laps. It was another great day here at Buena Park Raceway and we hope you all have a great holiday. We’ll see you all next year and we appreciate everyone who calls this place home….C/H
We had a pretty good turnout this month for our Phoenix Restricted & Unrestricted race. We had a total of 10 guys here for the unrestricted and just 7 for the restricted. We’ll start things off with the bigger race, which was the Unrestricted. The power came on and they were off and running, once the opening heat came to an end, we had 5 of the 8 finish with 60+ laps. Evan took the opening heat as he began his night with 65 laps on orange giving him a 2 lap lead over Sam R. Evan would gain another lap in the 2nd, but he would soon for a couple heats and wouldn’t make his return til the 5th heat. Both Sam R and Roy would be neck and neck as Roy had just a few more laps. So by the end of the 6th, we had a battle for 1st place and another battle for 2nd place. Evan’s car was really flying as he had multiple laps with 60 laps or more. Roy would finish his night on white and he would finish a little off the lead and finished with just 49 laps bringing his grand-total to 463 laps, which isn’t bad by any means. Both Evan and Sam were opposite sides of the track for the 9th heat and they both had 60 laps bringing Evans lead to 16 laps. On to the final heat and again both Sam and Evan would be the only 2 racers to finish with 60+ laps but it still wasn’t too close overall. Evan would bring home the win for the Unrestricted class as he finished with a total of 491 laps and then followed by Mr. Rackham with 473 laps followed by Steve Hylton with 465. Here’s how the rest of the field finished; Evan, Sam, Steve, Roy, John, Mike, Kyle, Murray, Chuck and Andy.
Now on to the Restricted class which consisted of just 7 guys and 5 of the 7 were in the Unrestricted race as well. The race got underway and it was Steve and Evan up at the top again, both having 62 laps but Steve was just slightly ahead of Evan. Steve would soon get out to a 1 lap lead in the 2nd but soon Steve would be struck with some bad luck. Steve had the dreaded black lane to deal with in the 3rd and would only come away with 49 laps which wouldn’t be enough to remain near the top. Evan took full advantage over on red and finished with 60 laps which was enough to take over the lead followed by Sam R just 4 laps back. When the guys reached the halfway point, Evan would have control of the lead with a 7 lap lead over Sam and a 11 lap lead over Kyle. Fast forward to the 6th heat, Sam would have a good run on blue finishing with 62 laps and believe it or not was able to get a lap back from Evan and was now trailing by 6. Evan would soon get that back in the 7th heat and was now back up to a 7 lap lead. Evan would soon shut the door on Sam and the rest of the field and Evan finished with a grand total of 485 laps followed by Sam at 475 than followed by Steve at 456. Here’s how the whole field finished the day; Evan, Sam, Steve, Kyle, JB, Andy, and Robert.
This year has flown by and can you believe it’s already October? With a new month comes our monthly race’s which brings us to our Phoenix (restricted & unrestricted) race. We had 8 guys running in the unrestricted and 10 in the restricted. We’ll begin with the unrestricted and straight out the gates it was Roy who took the opening heat as he had 63 laps on green giving him a 4 lap lead over Jb. In the following heat, Roy would have his fastest lap of the night as he had a 2.790 on blue which moved him up to a 5 lap lead. When we reached the halfway point, Roy had a 12 lap lead over JB and a 16 lap lead over Murray. We also lost 3 racers as; Sam R, Steve H, and Chuck V all had to call it quits early. Murray would advance passed JB in the 5th but come the end of the 6th, JB would regain 2nd place. Roy would have a commanding lead come the end of the 7th as he was up by 24 laps over JB. Kyle O’neal was in 5th place going into the final heat as he made his way to blue. He closed out the race with 64 laps and had a fast lap of 2.757 which jumped him up into 3rd place moving ahead of JB and Al. So the final for the unrestricted class looked like this; Roy, Murray, Kyle, Al, Jb, Sam, Steve, and Chuck.
Moving on to the restricted which was a packed event as we had 10 guys when it came time to begin racing. The guys got going and it was Sam who came away with the early lead as he began the night with 59 laps leaving him 2 laps ahead of Evan. The following heat Sam made his way to purple and finished with 51 laps which wouldn’t be enough to remain in the lead as Bill T jumped into 2nd and Evan took over the lead moving ahead by 5 laps. The musical chairs continued in the 3rd as Rodney moved ahead of Sam and into 2nd place. Evan ran into a bit of bad luck in the 4th as he finished with just 9 laps as he had to call it quits for the day bringing his grand-total to 182 laps. Meanwhile, Sam was able to regain the lead as he went ahead of Rodney by just 1 lap. When the 5th heat came to an end, Sam was back up to a 5 lap lead over Rodney followed by Kyle in 3rd. We had a few guys turning some pretty fast lap times as we had Evan and John D down in the 2.9’s along with Steve H and Sam R down in the 2.8’s. Leading p to the final heat Sam had a 7 lap lead over Rodney and a 9 lap lead over Bill Taylor who was in 3rd. As you can probably imagine Sam would come away with the win as he closed out his night with 60 laps on green bringing his grand-total to 454 laps and a fast lap of 2.855. So here’s how the final played out for the Restricted guys; Sam, Rodney, Bill T, Steve H, Robert A, Kyle, Al, Tony R, Evan, and John. So congrats to both our winners; Roy Lievanos and Sam Rackham and also a shout out to Kyle O’neal who finished in 3rd place in the unrestricted class. It was a fun filled day here at the raceway and we appreciate everyone who came out to show support, We’ll see you all again very soon….C/H
We had an exciting day here at the raceway for our Phoenix 500 race. We had both a restricted and an unrestricted gear class. For the restricted group, we had a total of 18 guys on the signup sheet when it came time to begin racing. In the opening race that morning, the day started off with the “C” main for the restricted class. The power came on and it was Roy who came out of the gate flying as he began with 60 laps on orange leaving him 3 laps ahead of Kelly. Roy was able to continue building a lead on the rest of the field and was already up to a double digit lead by the time we hit the end of the 3rd heat. By the midway point in the race, Roy would be up to a 15 lap lead over Rodney who had control of 2nd followed by Jim S in 3rd. Roy would come close to having a 20 lap lead but he got to 19 laps. Roy wouldn’t have the best run down on black during the 7th heat and his lead dropped down to 14 laps with only 1 heat to go. In the end, he would finish with a solid 16 lap lead over Rodney finishing, 456 to 440. It was an exciting race and it was just the first race of the day. Here’s how the guys played out; Roy, Rodney, Jim s, Kelly, Marvin, and Andy.
Moving on to the next group of guys in the “B” main it was the veteran racer Jason Holmes who came away with the lead as he finished with 57.41 laps but he had Kyle O’neal just a few feet back in 2nd place. Kyle would have the advantage in the 2nd heat as he was in the middle of the track on blue with Jason down on black. The youngster Kyle was able to gain control of the lead as he moved ahead of Jason H by 3 laps. Steve Hylton would take control of the race as Kyle didn’t do his best down on purple allowing for someone else to gain control of the lead. Jason and Steve H were neck and neck when we reached the halfway. Jason would soon come out ahead as he was able to gain control of the lead leaving him 6 laps ahead of 2nd place. How crazy is this? Jason H, Steve H, and Kyle were all within 1 lap of each other when the 6th heat came to an end. The youngster Kyle had 3rd place locked down for a majority of the race but with only 1 heat to go, he now had Stu to deal with as he was making a last minute charge. In the end, Kyle would drop a spot as Stu was able to advance passed him and into a 3rd place finish. Our winner for the 2nd race of the day went to Jason Holmes who finished with 455 laps with Steve Hylton in 2nd at 454 laps. Here’s how the race finished completely; Jason H, Steve Hylton, Stu, Kyle, Earl and Robert Ahulii.
Now on to the final restricted race of the day and for this race it was Joe Chevy who finished ahead of the pack as he began his night with 60 laps on purple with Eric C and Rich C 3 back in a tie for 2nd. Joe would remain in the lead during the 2nd considering Eric had 62 laps on yellow. During the 3rd both Eric and Joe would have a pair of 62’s leaving Joe still ahead by 1 lap. When they reached the halfway mark, Eric had made a jump into 1st place advancing by just 1 lap. Joe would regain the lead though during the 5th as he got that last lap back from Eric. Wouldn’t you know Eric would find himself back in the lead during the 6th but the musical chairs continued in the 7th and Joe was back in 1st. In the end, Joe would come away with the win as he finished the night off with a solid 63 laps leaving him at 487 laps. So the final for last restricted race looked like this; Joe, Eric, Rich, Sam, Evan, and JB. That’s it for the restricted guys, moving on to the unrestricted.
Now on to the unrestricted gear class and this group was a little smaller than the restricted as we had just 10 guys on the signup sheet when it came time to begin racing. Out of the 10, we had just 4 racers down in the 2.6’s for qualifying. With 2 main’s; an “A” and “B”, both would consist of just 5 racers. The “B” main got off and going and it was the big youngster; Kyle O’Neal, who took the opening heat with 55 laps on green. During the 2nd he wouldn’t do his best on blue as he finished with just 48 laps bringing his lead over Murray down to just 1 lap. Murray had the most laps in the 3rd with 58 on yellow which was enough to move him up into the lead as he went ahead by 4 laps. Marvin Florek would also move up into 2nd place during the 3rd as he finished just slightly ahead of Kyle. Both Mike Low and Chuck Vaughn would have good heats in the 4th as Mike finished with 57 moving him up into 2nd and Chuck had 61 down on yellow but he still had some work to do as he got off to a bumpy start in the early stages of the race. Kyle would remain close by and had the most laps in the 5th as he had 58 on yellow which moved him back up into 3rd place. Kyle would follow it up with 61 laps on orange during the 6th which moved him up into 2nd place trailing Murray by just 4 laps. Kyle and Murray were right next to each other for the 7th heat and they both would turn 58 laps so Murray would remain 4 ahead going into the final heat of the “B” main. Kyle would close out his night on red and finished with 59 laps bringing his grand total to 444 laps which wouldn’t be enough as Murray brought home the win as he finished with 57 laps putting his total at 446 laps. It was an exciting race and I can’t wait to see what happens in the “A” main.
Moving on to the “A” main and once the power came on we had 2 racers finish the first heat with 60 or more laps as it was Sam Rackham with 60 and Roy Lievanos with 63 laps. The following heat though wasn’t too nice to Roy as he had just 45 laps on white which dropped him down to 3rd place. Both Sam and Steve H finished the 2nd with 58 laps which allowed for Sam to move up into 1st place and Steve jumped up into 2nd. Rich C would make a jump into 2nd place during the 3rd as he had 62 laps on green; Sam would also have 62 laps in the 3rd down on black which moved his lead up to 10 laps. During the 4th we had; Sam R, Rich C, and Andy S all finish with 63 laps so Sam would remain 10 laps ahead at the halfway point. Andy wouldn’t do too hot in the 5th as he had just 46 laps on white which left him trailing Sam by 55 laps. Sam was going into the final 2 heats with a double digit lead over Rich who was in 2nd place. Andy would turn the most laps in the final heat as he had 66 on blue but it was too late and Sam was able to bring home the win as he finished just a few laps shy of 500 with 493 laps. So the final for the “A” main of the unrestricted gear class played out like this; Sam, Rich, Andy, Roy, and Steve H. It was a great day of racing here at BPR and we appreciate everyone who came out to race and we hope you had fun……C/H
We had one of our biggest turnouts over the weekend for our Hawk Wing race as we had 13 guys running with the new Phoenix motor, with 5 of those 13 also running with the FK motors so at the end of the day we had 3 races all together. So today we’ll begin with the 5 guys running with the FK motors as we had Albert B take the opening heat with 55 laps on orange giving him a 1 lap lead over Evan in 2nd place followed by Bill T. Albert would keep his 1 lap lead in the 2nd heat, it wasn’t til the end of the 3rd that we saw a change in the lead as Evan took over 1st place as he went ahead by 1 over Andy. By the time we reached the halfway point, Evan was up to a 6 lap lead over Bill T. By the time the 6th heat came to an end, Evan had a substantial lead and it would only increase as time passed. When the 8th and final heat came to an end, Evan finished with a 16 lap lead over Bill T with a total of 446 laps and had a fast lap of a 2.983 down on yellow. So here’s how the field played out in the end; Evan, Bill T, Andy S, Mike L, and Albert B.
Now moving on to the “B” main of the Phoenix group and we had Mike Low take the opening heat as he began with 52 laps over on white with Andy S just 1 lap back then Robert A 2 back in 3rd place. Mike would move to red in the 2nd heat and finished with just 50 laps which wouldn’t be enough to remain in the top spot allowing for Andy to move up into 1st and Murray into 2nd. The 3rd heat is when things got really interesting as JB was in the middle of track on blue and came away with 58 laps with a fast lap of a 2.884 which jumped him up into 1st place with a 4 lap lead on Andy. Andy answered back with 58 laps of his own on green in the following heat and it moved him into a tie for the lead with JB at exactly 211.36 laps. JB would prevail though in the next heat as he was back in 1st place just 3 laps ahead of Andy. He would go on to gain a couple more laps in the following heat and come the end of the 7th heat he was up to a 17 lap lead but now it was Murray O in 2nd place as Andy dropped down to 3rd. As you can probably guess JB would come away with the win as he finished with a total of 412 laps leaving the rest of the field looking like this; Andy(2nd), Murray (3rd), Albert (4th), Robert (5th), and Mike Low (6th).
Now on to the “A” main of the Phoenix group and we had Eric take the opening heat as he started his night with 61 laps on yellow giving him a 4 lap lead over Sam in 2nd and Bill who was in 3rd. Eric would top his opening heat of 61 with a crazy 62 laps on orange which left him now 8 laps ahead of Sam and 10 ahead of Bill T. When we reached the halfway point, Eric was ahead by 9 laps with Sam in 2nd and Bill T still in 3rd 16 laps back. Eric’s car was hard to beat and his best heat came in the 6th as he finished with 62 laps and had a fast lap of a 2.847 on blue. Evan moved into 3rd during the 6th heat as Bill came away with 50 laps on white. As you can probably imagine, Eric would come away with the win as he finished 19 laps of Sam and 38 ahead of Evan in 3rd place. So the final for the last race of the day looked like this; Eric, Sam, Evan, Bill T, Stu, Roy, and Chuck. It was a fun and exciting day of racing we’ll see you all very soon.
This year is just flying by as its already July and with a new month, it can only mean its time for our monthly Hawk Wing race. A few weeks back we got the new Mid-America phoenix motors and everyone who has tried them love them. With that being said, it was decided to run a Phoenix race, along with a Fk race. We had a total of 15 guys make it out for the 1st of July; with just 5 guys running the FK race, than 8 in the “B” PHX race and another 5 in the “A” PHX. We'll begin with the FK race and this month it was Evan who came away with the lead at the end of the first as he had 60 laps in the opening heat, with 2nd place (Al Bruyn) 6 laps back. I'm not sure what happened but it appears we had some sort of malfunction as the computer went down. Fast forward to the end of the 3rd heat, Mike Low made a jump from 3rd up into 2nd advancing passed Al by 1 lap. Mike still had some work to do as he still trailed our leader by 7 laps. Mike would lose a couple more laps in the 5th heat and Evan jumped back to a double digit lead. Al would move back into 2nd place during the 6th heat as he moved just slightly ahead of Mike. The 2 would continue battling in the 7th and Mike would come away with 2nd place again as he moved ahead by 1 lap. Al had the black lane to deal with for the final heat while Mike was on orange so the advantage was clearly with Mike and in the end, Mike would come away with the 2nd place finish as he beat out Al by 6 laps. So Evan coasted to a 1st place finish as he had a total of 460 laps with a fast lap of a 2.973. So the final for the FK main looked like this; Evan, Mike L, Al, Jim S, and James.
Moving on to the 1st PHX race which consisted of 8 guys, once they got off and running we had just 1 racer finish with 50 or more laps and that man was Chuck Vaughn who finished with 53 laps. Tim Neja was in 2nd place but was trailing Chuck by 7 laps. During the following heat though Tim would run into some trouble and dropped down to 2nd too last allowing for Bob Ahulii to move into 2nd and JB up into 3rd. The musical chairs continued in the following heat as JB jumped into 2nd and Mike (Stu) made a jump into 3rd. When the 4th heat came to an end Chuck found himself with an 11 lap lead over JB and a 22 lap lead on Stu. Mr.Vaughn was able to gain a couple more laps in the following heat and was now up to a 15 lap lead. The 6th heat is when it all fell apart for Chuck and his night came to an early end. JB and Stu now had to battle it out for 1st place as they weren't by more than half a lap. They were side by side on blue and orange for the 7th heat and JB took over the lead as he jumped ahead by 2 with only 1 heat to go. In the end, JB would come away with the win as he beat out Stu by 6 laps; 426 to 420. So the final looked like this; JB, Stu, Tim N, Dan S, Bob, Chuck, Andy, and Al.
Now on to the PHX “A” main and it was Eric who came away with the early lead beginning his night with 61 laps with Mike Low just 2 back. The 2nd heat Sam R made his way to blue with his rocket and came away with 64 laps which was enough to take the top spot from Eric. He would remain 1 lap ahead during the 3rd and then gained another 1 in the 4th and he would stay 2 laps ahead til the beginning of the 6th heat. Eric had a gear go out earlier in the race, it was fixed but the car just wasn't the same and he called it quits. Roy was now in 2nd place with Mike Low in 3rd but they still had a lot of work to do in order to catch our leader Sam. The speed that Sam had today was no match as just about every heat he was in the 2.8's. As you can guess Sam would come away with the win as he finished with a total of 481 laps with a fast lap of a 2.788. Roy was 28 laps back in 2nd place and Mike was 37 back in 3rd, so the final looked like this for the “A” main; Sam, Roy, Mike, Murray and Eric.
We have reached the halfway point for the year 2018 as the year is just flying by. A new month means it’s time for our Hawk Wing race. This month we had 14 guys when it came time to begin racing. We were running both an “A” and “B” main of just the FK motors this month. The “B” main got underway first and within the first heat we already had battle brewing for 1st place. Sam Rackham and Jim Snyder both opened up with 56 laps but Sam came away with the lead as he was just a few feet ahead of Jim. The following heat Jim would have a hard time on orange coming away with just 50 laps which wouldn’t be enough to remain at the top and he jumped down to 4th. Mike (Stu) moved into 2nd place and Mike Low took over 3rd place. Mike Low went on to have a good run blue in the following heat and it was enough to catch Sam and move ahead into 1st place. Sam was able to bounce back in the 4th heat and he was able to regain the lead with Stu taking over 2nd place. Sam would lose a lap on Stu in the 5th and was now just 1 lap ahead. At the end of the 6th heat, both Sam and Stu were at 327 laps but Sam was maybe a foot or less ahead. Sam made his way to red for the 7th heat and finished with just 47 laps which wouldn’t be enough as Stu came away with 51 laps allowing him to take the lead with a 4 lap lead. Sam would finish the afternoon with 53 laps which wouldn’t be enough to bring home first place as Stu finished with 57 laps on yellow leaving him with a total of 435 laps which was 8 ahead of Sam. So the final for the “B” main looked like this; Stu, Sam, Mike Low, JB, Jim, Andy, and Tim W.
Now on to the “A” main where it was Bill Taylor who came away with the lead at the end of the first as he began the night with 57 laps. Eric was just 1 lap back at the end of the 1st, but Bill was able to come away with another lap in the 2nd and now had a 2 lap lead. He would continue building a lead as he wouldn’t get more than a 3 lap lead on Eric. It wasn’t til the end of the 6th that Eric got within 2 of Bill. Eric remained close just in case Bill made any mistakes in the closing heats but Bill would ultimately prevail as he finished with a total of 455 laps with Eric 3 back at 452. So the final for the “A” main came down to this; Bill T, Eric, Murray, Rashad, Chuck, Roy, and Evan.
We had a solid turnout for the month of May as we gathered up 12 guys when it came time to begin racing. Out of the 8 racers who ran in the opening heat we had just 4 finish the first heat with 50 or more laps. Evan was able to come away with the lead after the first as he began his night with 58 laps on white leaving him 2 laps ahead of Jim S. Evan would soon sit out the following few heats and wouldn’t return til the 6th heat. It was during heat 6 that we had the entire field finish with 50 or more laps with Murray turning the most with 57 laps. J.B had to rush down here Sunday in order to race so I truthfully think he was rushed and wasn’t fully warmed up to race. With that being said; His evening ended very early as he called it quits after the 2nd heat. Chuck Vaughn and Evan Mc Kee both had laps in the 2.9’s while the rest were somewhere in the 3.0’s . Bill T went on to finish his night when the 9th came to an end which brought his grand total to 451 laps. Roy would finish in the following heat as he had a strong finish on white with 54 laps bringing his grand-total to 415 laps. Leading up to the final heat, Evan would be at 399 laps which means he needed 52 laps to tie with Bill. Evan went on to come away with the win as he finished with 57 laps which left him 5 ahead of Bill. So here’s how the final played out for the FK race; Evan, Bill T, Murray, Jim S, Al, Roy, Chuck, Andy, Mike Low, Tim W, Eric, and JB. Have a great month and we hope to see you real soon.
Western States 2018
St. Pattys day fell on a special day here at the raceway as it was one of the bigger races we have all year; Western States. We had roughly 20 guys make it out for 4 different races; 27Lite, Retro Hawk, Fk, and 2 Motor Open. Al Chuck brought home 2 wins in the 27Lite class and the 2 Motor open. Sam Rackham also finished the day with a couple top 3 finishes. He finished 1st in the Retro Hawk race along with a 2nd place finish in the 27 Lite and a 3rd place in the FK race. Roy also had a productive day bringing home a 2nd place finish along with a 3rd place finish. Everyone seemed to have a great time as we had great food and great company. Thank you to Forrest for the help throughout the day and before the races.I can't forget to mention Eric who brought home a win in the FK class beating out Jason and Sam. Thank you again everyone who came out and we're looking forward to next year at BPR.
We had a pretty good turnout this month for our monthly Hawk Wing race as we had a total of 14 racers. Usually we have 2 separate races for the FK motors and the Retro Hawks but this month it was all FK motors. The power came on and the opening 8 got underway and we had 7 of the 8 racers finish with 50+ laps. Ahead of the pack was Eric Claburn as he had 58 laps with Bill Taylor about a lap and a half back in 2nd place. Eric would remain in control of the top spot for his first 7 heats with Chuck Vaughn roughly 10 laps back. Bill Taylor ran in the 1st heat then sat out for the next 7 heats when he finally returned in the 8th. He reentered with 53 laps on red, it was in the following he really started moving turning 57’s and 58’s in multiple heats. When the 13th heat came to an end, Bill was at 391 laps while Eric was just a couple laps ahead at 395. Bill would turn the most laps in the final heat with 58 laps leaving him at 449. It was going to be a close finish between him and Eric but in the end, Eric would come away with the win as he finished just 1 lap ahead bringing his total to 450 laps. So the final for this months Hawk Wing race went like this; Eric, Bill T, Evan, Chuck, Roy, Murry, Al, Michael, Mike Low, Tim Wilkins, Tim Wood, Andy, Jason, and Jim W. Thank you guys for coming out and we’ll see you all next month.
February has come to an end and that can only mean one thing, our monthly Hawk Wing race on the first Sunday of the month. Last month we had just 4 racers make it out to the raceway, but March was a big difference as we had close to 20 racers. We actually had enough racers to have both an Retro Hawk race and also a FK race. We’ll start with our Retro Hawk race which consisted of 8 guys and this month it was Tim Wilkins who took the early lead as he finished with 55 laps with Roy just 1 lap back. Come the end of the 2nd Tim would be up to a 4 lap lead, meanwhile we had 4 racers all within a lap of each other. Jim Watterson would have a good run on yellow in the 3rd as he had 54 laps pushing him up into 2nd place just 3 laps back. He followed it up in the 4th with another 54 laps as he was now within just 2 laps of Tim. In the following heat, Tim was able to answer back as he had a solid 55 laps on blue moving him back up to a 5 lap lead. Jim was unable to gain any ground in the remaining few heats and Tim was able to bring home the win as he finished with a total of 421 laps with Jim Watterson just 3 back at 418. Here’s how the final played out for the Retro Hawk race; Tim Wilkins, Jim Watterson, Keith Walker, Tim Wood, Bill Taylor, Roy Lievanos, JB, and Mike Low.
Now on to the FK race which consisted of 12 racers and this month we had Mongo Maynard finish the 1st heat with a solid 57 laps giving him a 2 lap lead on Eric. It was during the 2nd heat Eric would drop out the race and be done for the day. Mongo would have another 57 laps during the 2nd and was up to an 11 lap lead on Murray and Albert. Mongo would get up to a 170 laps when it came his time to sit out at the end of the 3rd heat. Close to ever heat we had all the racers turning 50 or more laps with some pretty quick lap times. Rashad had a solid run in the 5th over on blue as he finished with 57 laps, meanwhile just 2 lanes over Chuck Vaughn also had a good run with 56 laps. Bill Taylor started the race in the 5th heat and was turning some fast laps with a 3.072 on green then a 3.049 in the following heat on blue. Rashad would have another 57 laps in the 8th down on yellow as he had the most laps that heat. Everyone was racing very well in the last few heats as it was shaping up to be a close finish. Jason Holmes finished his night in the 9th as he finished with a total of 433 laps. Rashad’s night would come to an end in the following heat as he also had 433 laps but was just a few feet ahead of Jason. Mongo and Bill were battling it out, it was during the 11th heat Mongo made his way to purple and came away with 50 laps which cost him the race. The struggles carried on to the final heat as he had a hard time on black finishing with 49 laps, which wouldn’t be enough to bring home the win. Bill closed out the night on white and he finished with 56 laps bringing home the win as he had 446 laps. It was an exciting race and here’s how the final came out; Bill T, Mongo M, Rashad, Jason H, Murray O, Mike M, Andy S, Chuck V, Albert B, Jim S, Evan M, and Eric C. Thank you to everyone who came out to the raceway and congrats to both of the winners. Hope to see most of you for Western States in just a couple weeks.
The month of February we had a very sad turnout for our monthly Hawk Wing race as we only had 4 racers when it came time to begin. This month we had just 3 running the FK motors, and Roy running his Retro Hawk. The race got underway and Jim Snyder came away with the lead after the first heat with 54 laps with Jim Watterson just 1 lap back in 2nd place. Come the end of the 2nd Jim Watterson barely crept ahead and into 1st place. Jim would go on and gain another lap in the 3rd and come the halfway point he had a 6 lap lead on Albert and Jim Snyder who were tied at 209 laps. Coming down to the wire it was shaping up to be a close finish as Albert was making a last minute run. Jim had a 5 lap lead going into the 6th heat but he would have a difficult time on black as he came away with just 47 laps which wouldn’t be enough to remain in the top spot. Albert was now just 1 lap ahead of Jim W but of course Jim was able to bounce back and finished with 55 laps in the 7th moving him back into 1st place with just a 1 lap lead going into the final heat. Albert would have a good run in the final heat but it wouldn’t be enough as Jim finished with another 55 laps on orange giving him the 1st place finish. Jim Watterson would finish with a 4 lap lead and a grand-total of 422 laps. With that being said, here’s how our top 3 finishers played out for our FK group; Jim W, Albert, and Jim S. Sadly, Roy was our only Retro Hawk racer this month so he was up on the podium all by himself, sorry scratch that, little Diva was up there with him too. Hopefully we have a much better turnout for the month of March.
We had a total of 10 racers for our first Hawk Wing race of the new year with just 2 Retro Hawk racers and the rest were running the FK motor. The first heat got underway and it was Eric who came away with the early lead as he had 56 laps on yellow. Eric would continue to build a lead on Mongo and the rest of the field and when the 3rd heat came to an end he was up to a 4 lap lead when it came his time to sit out. It seems that everyone was running well turning 50 or more laps in every heat. Mongo had a good run on orange in the 6th heat as he finished with 57 laps. Eric would go on to the have the fastest lap of the night with a 2.968 on blue as he finished with 59 laps. Eric would come away with the win as he set a new track record with a total of 452 laps so here’s our top 3 for the FK racers; Eric, Jason, and Bill Taylor. Then for our 2 Retro Hawk racers it was Sam Rackham who came away with 1st as he finished with 422 laps with JB in 2nd with 395 laps.