D Mac- Yeah, before this year I had made 3 "A's" out of four classes, but this year was a little tuff. They had issues with personals not counting, so about 40 people went to using the track transponders. I didn't count on my first run, and on the second run, it didn't count my first lap, so during ifmar Q's, after the five minutes was up, I ran that lap and another thinking I was done, but since the very first lap didn't count, on my last lap, it was about 8 seconds longer than it should have been because I pulled over to be turned off, and missed the "A" by 6 secs. Sucks but i guess it's my own fault. In mod I made one mistake, and it put me in the "C." Little dissapointing considering my past finishes, but still respectable considering the tallent pool got alot bigger this year with 6 people from CA added to the list, all who are world class drivers.
Yeah, Travis was on, he won everything but mod truck. Ryan Mayfield had the fastest 2wd in the main. I wouldn't call it intentional (but some thought it as questionable), but there was contact between him and Travis on the next to last lap. Mayfield put a sweet clean pass on him at the end of the straight, and then in the double right after that, Travis got into the back of Mayfield. And it hung him on the pipe. It was an amazing drive by Mayfield, he came from 5th to first in about 5 laps, passing Jesse and Dave clean.
Most of the people who ran the race were doing it for the first time, and most everything went really smooth. I think the only mistake was running 5 min qualifiers. In the past it has been 4 mins, and was changed this year. Saturday night we got to the hotel room at 2:00, and had to be at the track again at 8:00 to be ready to go by 9:00. With 4 min Q's it was always about 11:00 when we got back. We left the track at 10:45 Sunday, which is brutal for people had had planned to go home that night. The resorts were a little long also, but it gave the people great "learning experience" for the gas race, and for next year. Other than the personals not counting for some people, it really had no glitches.
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