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
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.