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Old 06-11-2006, 04:41 AM   #46
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Default Oval results, June 10th

The Thunder Road oval crew had a fun day of racing on Saturday. Some intense racing; some racers with much improved performances; and no one ate the boards to any serious extent.

Joel White and Harold Ruckle dominated their respective heats; with neither one seriously challenged. Joel had been at the edge of the fast group in previous performances, but was looking distinctly stronger this time out. Harold Ruckle had done a fast change from Stock to SPEC NasTruck, since the SPEC Class has been the dominate class as of late; but managed the switch without losing any of his customary speed. Charlie Johnson (CJ) was having a good weekend, running hard; and Calvin R. had his new truck hooked up and capable of running some fast laps. Ernie Padgette also had a new truck and was looking racey. Robbie Bingler and Steve Walker were fighting various handling woes; but looked capable of getting to the front when they had a clear shot.

The B Main was all Mike Ruckle. Crashes took out the main competition; leaving Mike all alone at the bell. Calvin ran some very fast laps; but couldn't string enough of them together to challenge.

The A Main featured the first head to head matchup between heat winners Joel White and Harold Ruckle; with little to choose between them. CJ trailed closely all the way, unable to close on the flying pair. Ernie was shunted into the wall early on; leaving him limping with two broken wheels. Harold ran hard, but was an occasional tenth off the pace; and that was all Joel White needed. Joel ran a clean and fast race; ending with a bit less than a lap on Harold at the line.

The road course racers take to the track on Sunday; and are looking forward to another fun day. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 07-07-2006, 03:43 AM   #47
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Default Racing this weekend

Thunder Road RC Speedway will be racing this weekend. Oval racers will run Saturday; and Road Course racers on Sunday. These will be the last races before the Sue Rickman Benefit Races on July 22 (Road Course) and 23 (Oval). Check out the details at thunderroadrc.com. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 07-16-2006, 07:40 PM   #48
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Default Sue Rickman Benefit Races

Thunder Road RC Speedway, in Gordonsville, VA, will be running the Sue Rickman Benefit Races on July 22nd (Road Course) and July 23rd (Oval). We're putting up $250.00 in merchandise certificates for each race; and all entry fees will go directly to Tim Donley, to help with his mother's (Sue Rickman) cancer treatments. We have some great race sponsors lined up, with plenty of door prizes, and we'll be auctioning some nice hardware; all to assist a fellow racer in need. This is a chance to help out with a great cause; and have fun doing it! Directions, details, maps and more at thunderroadrc.com. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 07-20-2006, 01:53 PM   #49
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car's ready for carpet again, had some guys stop by last night that are new to the track. looking to get into touring cars two of them.
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Old 07-21-2006, 11:30 PM   #50
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Default Time to race!

The Sue Rickman Benefit Races at Thunder Road RC Speedway, in Gordonsville, VA, will be run this weekend. Road Course on Saturday and Oval on Sunday. Details are at thunderroadrc.com. Time to race, guys! Let's go! A great cause and a great way to donate. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 07-25-2006, 03:42 AM   #51
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Default Sue Rickman Benefit Race Reports

The Sue Rickman Benefit Races were run at Thunder Road in Gordonsville, VA, this past weekend. Attendance was disappointing, considering the charitable nature of the events; but the racers who showed were rewarded with some great racing and some great door prizes, courtesy of sponsors Team Associated, B-Main Motorsports, BMI, Darkside, EAMotorSports, Irrgang Racing Service, Integy, JACO, J&D Machine, McAllister, R/K Racing Products, SMC, Tekin, Trinity and Voodoo Cells. Not to mention a big pile of money; $250.00 in awards each day! Smaller items were used as door prizes (And there were a bunch of those; every one went home with a handful.) and larger items were auctioned. The generosity of the racers was evident, as plenty of extra raffle tickets were sold; and the bidding was spirited for the larger items. Anything left at the end of the day will be shipped to Tim Donley for his on line raffle.

The Road Course race was held on Saturday. All the Thunder Road regulars welcomed Raymond Darroch, the newest of the JACO/SMC team drivers, to Thunder Road. Ray promptly returned our hospitality by turning his 19-Turn Touring Car Class heat races into a procession. Ray had his Corally hooked from the first few laps; and no one could touch him. Jesse Bean and Scott Gregory took turns trying, but neither one had anything to offer Ray. Steve Simmons seemed to have an edge in the opposite heat races, while Charlie Johnson (CJ) and Harold Ruckle (in a borrowed car) took turns trying to get past. By the time the qualifier dust settled, Ray had TQ with a blistering 36/5:02.52.

CJ and his T2 bested Harold Ruckle in the B Main in a close finish. Harold’s excuse for his second place was that he was afraid of bending the track owner’s FT TC4; but we all know the owner is a pussy cat, despite persist rumors of bodies buried in the nearby woods.

Jesse Bean finally recovered the handle on his T2; and he was all over Ray Darroch at the start of the A Main. Scott Gregory and Steve Simmons lurked just behind, locked in their own battle and hoping Jesse and Ray would take each other out. Ray kept his cool; and as he started inching out a lead, Jesse smacked the wall. One mistake was all Ray needed. He ran a near record pace to the end. Jesse could match Ray’s pace for a few laps; then he would slip a few tenths worth and Ray slowly eased away. Less than a lap separated the two at the flag, as Ray ran a 36/5:05.16. Scott and Steve ran a good race; with Scott (in his new IRS chassis’ed TC3) besting Steve at the end; again, by less than a lap.

Ray Darroch showed what a class act he really is by donating most of his first place money to the Sue Rickman Benefit Fund. A good day of racing for a great cause.

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Sunday was Oval; and the Thunder Road regulars turned out to support the cause. The racers were evenly divided between SPEC and Stock Classes. Qualifying in the SPEC Class featured a series of close races between Joel White and Steve Walker (Beach); with Harold Lam keeping them honest and Ernie Padgette trying to stay out of the way. Joel took TQ with 51/4:00.41.

The Stock Class featured some of the fastest and closest racing seen in a long time. Clayton Anderson (Big Clay) and Harold Ruckle were wheeling their Hyperdrives; with Jesse Bean in a Maverick and Steve Nelson (Seven) driving his KSG/RIP hybrid. They were locked in a struggle all night; with all four cars turning almost identical times, lap after lap. And those times were at, or near, a record pace. Any one of the four could, and in fact did, lead at any time. Jesse trailed most of the evening, but got the tweak right in the third heat; setting TQ with a 53/4:01.15.

The SPEC Main was more of the same; with Joel and Beach fighting it out for the lead and Ernie Padgette fighting an oddly slow chassis setup. Joel and Beach stayed within a second of each other right to the buzzer; with Joel leading by less than two tenths at the end.

The Stock Main featured a suddenly faster Jesse Bean; as he had tweaked his Mav right on the edge of loose and fast. He grabbed the lead at the start and ran like a thief; until he finally lost it between one and two. Seven, Harold and Big Clay all slipped past; leaving Jesse to fight his way back to the front. Jesse looked capable of doing it, but he got in too much of a hurry and bumped Harold trying to get past in turn four. That put Big Clay into a lead he held to the end, with Seven hanging on to his rear bumper and looking capable of going past at any time. Harold grabbed third and Jesse took fourth. Any one of the four could have taken this very close and competitive race.

The attendance could have been better; but the racing couldn’t have been much closer. Maybe the charitable nature of the day filtered over to the racing. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 08-03-2006, 01:22 AM   #52
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Default Running the Troad

We'll be running this weekend at Thunder Road RC Speedway, in Gordonsville, VA. Details, maps and more at thunderroadrc.com.

We're running Oval on Saturday and Road Course on Sunday. Don't forget we're on an abbreviated summer schedule; open at 09:00 on Saturday, race at 11:00; open at 10:00 on Sunday, race at 12:00. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 08-05-2006, 04:01 PM   #53
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Old 08-17-2006, 01:05 AM   #54
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Default Racing this weekend

We're running road course on Saturday; Oval on Sunday. Details, directions, maps and more at thunderroadrc.com. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 09-01-2006, 04:35 PM   #55
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Default Carpet Season is close!

Its getting close to carpet season! Time to dust off the electric stuff, and start hunting setups. Here's the schedule for September. Details, directions, maps and more at thunderroadrc.com. Thanks; Ernie P.

Saturday, September 2: Weekly Race (Oval)
Open at 09:00; race at 1:00
Sunday, September 3: Weekly Race (Road Course)
Open at 10:00; race at 2:00

Saturday, September 9: Closed
Sunday, September 10: Closed

Saturday, September 16: September Shootout (Road Course)
Open at 09:00; race at 3:00
Sunday, September 17: September Shootout (Oval)
Open at 10:00; race at 3:00

Saturday, September 23: Closed
Sunday, September 24: Closed

Saturday, September 30: Weekly Race (Oval)
Open at 09:00; race at 1:00
Sunday, October 1: Weekly Race (Road Course)
Open at 10:00; race at 2:00

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Old 09-10-2006, 05:33 AM   #56
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Default September Shootout

On the weekend of September 16/17, Thunder Road RC Speedway, in Gordonsville, VA, will (depending on your point of view) celebrate the end of the summer racing season, or the beginning of the fall racing season. Either way, the September Shootout will be the place to be, in Virginia. On Saturday, the 16th, we will run the road course; and we’ll run the oval on Sunday, the 17th. Opening on Saturday will be at 9:00 AM; and racing will begin at 3:00 PM. Opening on Sunday will be at 10:00; racing at 3:00.

Road course classes will be 1:10 TC, Stock and 19-Turn; and 1:12 Scale Stock. Oval classes will be 1:10 ARCOR SPEC, Stock and 19-Turn Open.

Entry will be $25.00 for the first Class; $10.00 for additional class(es). Awards will be $250.00 in merchandise awards (Ernie Bucks) each day.

Details, directions, maps and more at thunderroadrc.com. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 09-14-2006, 06:33 PM   #57
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Default Carpet Time!

Time to get the carpet cars ready, Guys. The September Shootout is ready to run; and so are the racers. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 10-01-2006, 05:07 AM   #58
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Default 2006 *Provisional* Fall Schedule

Below is the *provisional* fall schedule for Thunder Road. Let me know if you see any conflicts with PREVIOUSLY scheduled races. Thanks; Ernie P.

Thunder Road Fall 2006 Schedule

Saturday, September 30: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 1: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 7: Road Course
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 14: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 15: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 21: ARCOR State Championships (OVAL)
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 29: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, November 5: Road Rash 2006 (Road Course $ Race)
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, November 11: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, November 12: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, November 19: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, November 25: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, November 26: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 2: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 9: 2006 Virginia Oval Championships (ARCOR)
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, December 17: Road Course (RWB $ Race)
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 23: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 30: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM
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Old 10-04-2006, 08:02 PM   #59
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Default Thunder Road Fall 2006 Schedule

Well Guys; no one noticed any conflicts; ARCOR says okay; so the below *IS* the 2006 fall schedule. Thanks; Ernie P.

Thunder Road Fall 2006 Schedule

Saturday, September 30: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 1: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 7: Road Course
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 14: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 15: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 21: ARCOR State Championships (OVAL)
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 29: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, November 5: Road Rash 2006 (Road Course $ Race)
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, November 11: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, November 12: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, November 19: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, November 25: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, November 26: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 2: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 9: 2006 Virginia Oval Championships (ARCOR)
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, December 17: Road Course (RWB $ Race)
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 23: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 30: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM
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Default ARCOR State Championships

Next Saturday, the 14th, will be the last chance to run the oval, before the ARCOR State Championships on October 21st. If you need setups, this will be a great time to do your testing. We hope to see you there. Details, directions, maps and more at thunderroadrc.com. Thanks; Ernie P.

Saturday, October 14: Oval
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 15: Road Course
Open 10:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 21: ARCOR State Championships (OVAL)
Open 9:00 AM; Race 3:00 PM
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