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Old 08-19-2007, 08:01 AM
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After the two rounds of qualifying yesterday here's where we start:

1. Philip Smith 1:46.838
2. Jim Wheeler 1:48.024
3. Tom Ellis 1:48.546
4. John Blizzard 1:48.747
5. Jeff Kopp 1:50.056
6. Bill Tucker 1:50.424
7. Carey Grant 1:51.948
8. Scott Davie 1:52.239
9. Scott Bettinger 1:54.742
10. Tim White 1:55.049
11. Chas Dawson 2:04.582

Kyle Watkins hurt his engine during Friday testing and headed home . Looks like we have a fun race ahead of us in a few hours. Better get to the track!

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Old 08-19-2007, 10:19 AM
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thanks Jeff ..

Man Philip is smokin.....
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Old 08-19-2007, 04:24 PM
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Just got home. Here's the provisional results (at least until my spot - not sure what went on behind me):

1. Smith
2. Wheeler
3. Ellis
4. Tucker
5. Kopp

There were protests going on and it looked like it was going to be awhile before anything was sorted out so I headed home. Yes, the protests were in AS and I'll let the involved tell their stories if they choose to do so.

Tucker got a great start and got around me. We were nose to tail for many laps with him pulling ahead on some and me catching back up on others. His car looked to really be going away and I was still pretty good. Unfortunately, with a few laps left to go, I was sticking on his rear and trying to find a good, clean place to try to make a pass and got overzealous in T5 and spun. I didn't lose any spots but with a only a couple laps left I was done and happily took my 5th home with me. Bill drove a good race and I'm not sure I could have gotten by him. I was just happy that I could still see him.

This was the most fun I've ever had in a race car. I could see the leaders most of the race and did not get lapped by the faster T1 cars (I usually do). It's amazing how much faster a race goes by when you're actually racing instead of just running laps at the back of the field. I wish KW wouldn't have had his troubles because he was probably the only guy who had anything for Philip.

Great to see, hang out, and race with everyone! Very nice drive Philip. See everybody at the BIG one!
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Old 08-19-2007, 06:42 PM
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Thanks for the win for our side Philip. Good luck at the Runoffs!!

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Old 08-20-2007, 10:19 AM
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Phil Smith was clearly the class of the field from the first lap in testing on Friday, until the checker came out on Sunday. He was very fast and drove a flawless race for the win. The only negative for him, the whole weekend, was that they spelled his name wrong on the Track Record certificate, and that the certificate read "a ASedan record" rather than "an ASedan record'. Both errors were fixed before he left the track.
The green came out and Phil pulled over in front of me to keep me behind over the hill. In his concern about me, he forgot about Tom Ellis who drove by both of us on the outside and had the lead through the new turn 1 - turn 2 complex. So, on lap 1 it was Tom, Phil, Wheel and a whole gaggle not far behind. Phil passed Tom and checked out of Dodge. I put a move on Tom on the inside of a corner and he didn't turn in on me, I got around, and set off after Phil. That was not gonna happen. At some point I straddled the berm on the outside of the new turn 8 and destroyed what was left of my new temporary spoiler. The temps started to come up and I slowed my pace. I had also burned up my tires trying to catch Phil. While I was slowed, Blizzard caught me and put a dive move on, that I let happen, like Tom did when I passed him. We diced pretty heavily for a few laps. He was having a hard time keeping the rear end under him and every time he messed up a corner and I had a run on him, he brake checked. The only problem was he had no brake lights and it was really tough to keep from drilling him.
With a few to go I made a move on him into 6 and he turned in on me and we touched. He spun and I continued, now in 2nd.
Tom was catching me, but ran out of laps. Everyone back in the group still had the leaders in sight and there was some great racing going on between Tucker and Kopp. Kopp spinning and Tucker taking the spot.
After the race Blizzard said he would not protest if I paid him $1,500 to fix his car. So, a protest was filed. The stewards ruled that all the witness and the tapes indicated that we were racing hard and it was a racing incident, but that since I "did not safely complete the pass", I would be docked the position that I had gained. I will not appeal that decision, because it was true. Of course, if he had working brake lights, it probably wouldn't have happened, but I knew his brake lights weren't working and I should have been a little more patient and tried it at 10 or some other corner. That part of the system worked fine. Unfortunately, there were threats made in impound and, later an assault with which the stewards were dealing when I left the track hours after the last race. I will no go into any of those details, but you may read about them later in Fastrack.
Great racing throughout the field and a near perfect weekend for Philip Smith.
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Phil 1:48.412 NEW TRACK RECORD
Tom 1:49.173
wheel 1:48.592
Tuck 1:49.691
Kopp 1:49.851
Davie 1:51.861
Tim 1:54.318
Blizzard 1:48.655
Dawson 2:03.022
Grant 1:52.804

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Old 08-20-2007, 10:27 AM
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So what are the first impressions of the layout changes in a race situation? More passing opportunities? More yeehaaa factor?

Sounds like a great race, congrats Phil on a good run.
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Old 08-20-2007, 10:37 AM
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I love the track. Fast, fun, added pucker factor, not really "kill your car" dangerous. You can hit the wall in several places if you screw up, but you can also drop off the outside of 8, (as about 85 cars did over the weekend) and continue undamaged. The Miatas, who would have guessed, managed to hit a lot of walls, as did a couple of formula cars. My impression is a massive improvement over the old course. Passing zones have moved around, but you can still make passes as several places.
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:01 AM
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man I have to wait for all the good stuff.. assuming it comes out in print ...

Nice work by everyone .....
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:21 AM
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So what are the first impressions of the layout changes in a race situation? More passing opportunities? More yeehaaa factor?
I have to say that going into the weekend my mindset was fairly negative towards the track changes. I am happy to admit that I couldn't have been anymore wrong. I loved it! The new turns are great. The passing zone into 8 is gone, but, since it is tough to get the 8-9 combo perfect, those that do it right now have a better chance of passing in 10. The same for the 1-2 combo - do it right and you have a good chance of a pass going into 3. As far as yeehaa factor goes, I would say yes but less scary than I invisioned it would be.
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Guys:

Great racing and the Weather was Hot.

Did a bunch of testing on Friday. First hot lap put the car into the tires after turn 8. No real damage just one of those things. Got going much better and the car loves the new track. Its funny I drive much better in the slower sections but the cars works amazing in the new fast stuff and was able to get the hang of it a little.

Jim's call of the race was right on. I worked to keep him behind me and Tom got a great run. We ran bumper to bumber for three laps and had at least 3 two wide runs in a number of turns. We never touched and gave each other room. I was able to get a better run out of the corners but all I could ever do was get next to him by the following corner. It was a blast.

He entered turn 10 too fast and lost the car in the dirt and I was able to get by him and I just kept running good laps. It is fun on the video you see us both bumper to bumper going into 10 and then he pulls about 4 car lenghts under braking and I was guessing he had a little too much corner entry speed and I was right. He did a slow spin that was very well done.

Good time. I am sorry about the Jim and John issue. What was the final outcome of the action about the threats?

Philip
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