Old 07-20-2004, 11:48 AM
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Race Report July 19th

Holy frickin’ mental! Sunday was a total Crackerfest. Time restrictions and a screwy transponder system threatened to foil a day of burnt blubber.

The day started smoothly with the majority of drivers showing up early enough to help setup. Thanks to all of those that rolled up their sleeves and helped us get going on time. We were pressed for time as the lot was booked for an event starting at 6pm (which it never has been before).

Lots of new faces at the Cracker Raceway. We had a full rookie class that proved to be very competitive (a big welcome to all the new drivers). Also, for the first time ever at the Cracker Raceway (thanks to the posse from Overgeared) a full field of electric. Great to see you guys out. Hope y’all can make it out again. And Alfred, since when do you race?!?! We had an international DJ superstar out at the Cracker Raceway, DJ Kultcha! Fast guys Wild Child, Greg the Speed-Monger and Flying Frank joined the ranks under the cover of the RC RV. Dang that thing is sweet!

The plan was to do three rounds of qualifiers. In the rookie gas sedan class, Joe, Henry and Stephen managed to get in complete qualifiers while Tom and Louie and Just Ray battled to get their cars on the track. In the end, the qualifying order was:
Henry------15/5:16.36
Joe---------14/5:15.72
Stephen-----9/5:11.53
Just Ray----6/2:45.96
Tom-------hot-damn speedy
Louie------hot-damn speedy

In electric, the competition was friggin’ fierce! At the end of 2 rounds, 4 of 6 drivers were within all within 5 seconds of each other. The qualifying order was:
Frank------14/5:06.46
Alfred-----14/5:08.90
Paul J------14/5:11.02
Tristan-----14/5:11.40
Nospoom---10/5:18.32
Ramil-------5/2:29.29

In expert gas sedan, Kieth Yu dominated qualifying (what a surprise) with consistent sub-20 second laps. Four drivers managed to sneak in 16 laps, with Fast Eddy in his hot pink Serpent stealing into second spot in the last qualifier. Must be the paint job! The qualifying results:
Keith Yu-----16/5:11.60
Fast Eddy----16/5:13.04
Jethro---------16/5:15.72
Ken Chan----16/5:17.82
Jebediah------15/5:00.36
Elite-----------15/5:02.31
Greg------------15/5:06.05
Bak Choi------15/5:26.86
Wild Child----15:5:17.07
Ken Ho--------14/4:55.10
Super Mario---13/5:11.64
Rowdy Ruddy--12/4:58.04
Simon-----------8/5:04.08

We planned on doing a third round of qualifiers but the transponder system went friggin’ mental on us. It wasn’t counting consistently and in some cases, not at all. Surprising since we have never had problems before. After a lot of cussing and trying to work some Voodoo on the system, we gave up on using transponders. Time was running out. The mains would have to be called without the aid of transponders. Total nightmare.

Well, it all sort of worked out. In the gas sedan expert B main, Greg the Speed-Monger hauled some serious ass. Hot on his heels were Ken Ho and Bak Choi but nobody could catch him. All three drivers bumped up to the A main. Meanwhile, Wild Child managed to bend his drive shaft into an almost perfect right angle. Holy Moses! How the hell does that happen? Elite and Super Moron fought with engine problems but both managed to finish.

Next up were the rookie drivers. They did not look like newbies at all. All drivers managed to finish the race without any serious crash-up-derby. Louie who was becoming progressively more frustrated during qualifiers pulled it all together and drove an excellent race. Tom has been better known in the past for driving like a friggin’ maniac. However, driving an entirely clean main, he looked like an experienced pro. Just Ray and Stephen, who are both new to onroad racing, also drove consistently clean. Joe smoked ‘em all to take the win. Tom took second with Just Ray in third.

The electric guys raced two mains. The racing was very tight and the lead switched constantly through out both mains. All drivers were in contention. Alfred managed to snake his way through traffic both mains to take the overall win. Flying Frank was super quick but opted to sit out the second main. Paul J who was taken out early in both mains fought his way back to sit second overall. Ramil put the pedal to the metal to snag third spot after the two mains.

Expert gas sedan A main was brutal to follow. As far as I could tell, this is how it went down. After an ugly start, Keith Yu got out to an early lead. In a rare turn of events, he was overtaken. Greg the Speed-Monger stepped in to first spot with Keith Yu hot on his heels. Not far behind him Ken Chan was on the chase. The pack stayed within a single lap for the first 5 minutes of the race. Everybody was driving almost error free. As drivers started coming in for pitstops, things got confusing. Greg the Speed-Monger had opted for some old foams and was almost running on rims. He flamed out in the pits and shortly after tag-teamed off to the Wild Child who took his spot for the rest of the main. Keith Yu regained the lead with Ken Chan only 20 feet back. Wild Child, Fast Eddy and Jebediah Utah were slightly less than a lap back. After more commotion in the pits, Fast Eddy stepped in third. The clock expired with Keith Yu in the lead and Ken Chan still only a couple of seconds behind. Ten feet from the loop (which had been removed), Keith Yu flamed out. Ken Chan snuck by and snagged the win while Keith Yu’s pit guy pushed his car across the loop. Fast Eddy ended up third, Wild Child/Greg the Speed-Monger fourth and Jebediah Utah finished fifth.

With everybody’s help, the track was torn down by 6pm as requested. It only took ten minutes. Thanks, eh.

Our apologies for the mayhem. The transponder system will be up and running again by next race (in two weeks) and we will have the lot for longer. As such, we will be running more qualifiers and longer mains.

Because of the strong turn-out this week, we are getting close to paying off the club’s debt. A few more races and we should be able to start paying off the transponder system.

Hope to see y’all out again next race. I will keep track of race credit for the top three in each category.

Reminder that Overgeared is running racing at the Indy this upcoming weekend. Should be wicked good fun.
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