On the start a AS firefird parked the front row(Harry and Chris) allowing Tom to go three wide through 1 and 2. On the exit of the second corner Tom went 4 tires off and came back across the track where Chris had to stand of the brakes so to only get light contact left front to tom's right rear.
The top three(Harry, Tom, Chris) had 10 car lenghts on 4th after the first lap. Turn 8(i think) on lap 2 or 3 Tom passed harry on the inside. A few laps later Chris made the same move on the outside. With the front three battleing it let Mike close in to make it a 4 car train. A few laps after Chris got by Harry he missed a shift on the back side of the track and Harry got back to second and started to run down Tom(he pulled about a 5 car gap when harry and chris were battling). Chris and Mike had dropped back about 8 car lengths and were battling for 3rd when the top two ran into some SSC lap traffic. The first two got held up getting passed and that brought all 4 back togeather with a few laps to go. There was battling at every corner all the way to the checkers.
1st Tom in a 95 1:41.6 2nd Harry in a 99 1:41.4 3rd Mike in a 90 1:41.5 4th Chris in a 90 1:41.4
Car #: 94
Year : 90 Posts: 1319
Harry at a 40.8 in qualifying. 2/10ths under the race record.
Chris made a mistake in 6 for me to get around him. We couldn't hook up a draft to run the 2 lead cars down soon enough, and they were always nose to tail.
I almost collected both Tom and Harry on the exit of 6 on the last lap when Tom bobbled, and then Chris took a big look inside me at 7 (he went 4 lock up, but no contact).
Overall a great weekend. My only complaint is that local tech raised som issues over repaired body damage where I used colored high gloss white tape instead of white paint to cover some paint chips. With the economy tight and race turnouts declining, does tech really want to focus on telling competitors to do a few hundred in body work, as compared to spending it on test day entry fees? My car's not a Fall Line BMW, but its no POS sh*t box IT car either. Its a solid 5 footer.
that mistake Mike was Chris missing the brake pedal because the cover that was on the gas pedal came off and he was kicking it around and slipped on it when he went for the brakes. Guess I'm glad that all we have is a white streak down the drivers side(from the #1 brake marker is what chris said).
Like I said before, it was a great race to watch. I was in the grandstands outside of the 1st corner and could see 8 of the 14 turns. Autobahn has by far the best grounds of all the tracks i've been to(CenDiv, GLDiv and Topeka).
Car #: 06
Year : 1990 Posts: 357
It was a crazy start and I managed to get into third (from 6th starting position) by turn 4. Prey and I think Backus got by me at the end of the back straight with some DEEP braking. So back to 5th which I held for a couple of laps ahead of Bednarz before I backed it into the weeds off of turn 5 (I hate that turn, I had problems with it all weekend). I think I ended up 6th or 7th, but all alone with no one in front or behind me in sight. I didn't stick around for results as I had a long drive home.
Awesome facility, but I'm still not a fan of Alan Wilson tracks (of the 3 I've raced on). I like old school tracks like Grattan that follow the lay of land much more.
Thanks for CenDiv for putting on a first class operation. Everything was on time and ran flawlessly.
Car #: 68
SMIM: ? Posts: 40
Congratulations to Tom Sager on the National win - with the whole family there!!!
Plus he got to do the "teardown" in tech after. It didn't feel so bad not making the top three at this event after watching that. The "teardown" has good intentions, so I can understand that - plus my body repair is worse than Backus' , so it wouldn't have been pretty.
Car #: 94 Posts: 176
quote:Originally posted by Mike Tesch:
quote:Originally posted by TKraft: Congratulations to Tom Sager on his First National win. I knew it was coming,you were stepping it up every race.
Actually not true. I believe this is his first National win in a SM, but not his first National win. He has won several times in SSC, and don't even start asking him about his "Pinto" days.
Ahhh the Pinto. A 1979 Pinto Ralleye (yes, with an "e" at the end). Bright orange with orange interior and a hatchback. Could carry a few extra wheels, small toolbox, and a small box of spare parts. You couldn't break that car if you tried and you could win SSC in it. Those were the days. $122/month lease payment, drove it daily and to and from the track, used some of my student loan money for entry fees (usually about $70 for a national) and tires ($45 each, shaved). The whole experience - priceless.
In the mid-late '90's, SSC fields in CENDIV were often 10+ cars and sometimes 20+. About the same for SSB during that time when the Miata was "the car".
The race at Autobahn was a thrill. I had some help going off at turn 1 just after the start. Did make it back on track without a big incident and I do appreciate Chris Prey backing out of it then so that we didn't have a big problem. It was all I could do to get the car straight while on the grass. Harry is so doggone tough to beat and any win in this class does not come easy. My car was handling very well through the first half of the race, but a bit of oversteer set in toward the end. I doubt I could have led for more than another lap.
Very good to see our compliance funds being put to work and it's peace of mind knowing your car is correct in the eyes of the officials. In addition to what was mentioned, they also inspected my throttle body and intake and exhaust ports.
Harry wrapped up another division championship. I'd guess that's about 10 of those for him.
Car #: 94 Posts: 176
quote:Originally posted by backusm: Overall a great weekend. My only complaint is that local tech raised som issues over repaired body damage where I used colored high gloss white tape instead of white paint to cover some paint chips.
You know Mike I looked at your car in impound after the officials sighted your fender. I'd have to say that you'd have been fine, but you just missed on the tape. The "high gloss" tape was quite a contrast to the rest of the car. Something in a satin or flat finish tape would have blended better. Take a look at some first-aid tape next time you're in Walgreens. That might be just right.