Rain threatened most of the weekend but only affected the Saturday morning qualifying session.  With the pandemic still in full swing there was a good turnout of 7 entries: Carl Maier, Jeff Delong, Craig Laprade, George Fox, George Bugg, Austin Morvik (son of Zak) and Ryan Mayfield.  Seems like somebody is missing . . . but not really, as Ryan Mayfield is renting the black Scorpion of Clint McMahan . . . and Clint has entered in the Time Trial sessions so that he could “Clint Proof” (our nick name for testing/developing) both George Fox’s car (its Honda was replaced by a Suzuki) and Carl Maier’s second car, just finished.  When Clint tests a car it is run as hard as he can make it go so that Clint can see what needs to be improved on the car.  With George’s car Clint was able to get the KBS that still has the needle nose and no high-pressure air scoop down to a 1:34.  You will see just how fast this is as you read on.  When Carl’s second car had issues that could not be fixed at the track, Clint jumped into the black Scorpion and blistered the track with a 1:30.896 setting a new Time Trial F500 record but NOT the Road Race class record.  I suspect that this TT record will stand for a very long time.

Now it is road racing’s turn.  With the rain messing up the morning qualifying, good lap times were finally recorded in the dry Saturday race.  Having all of the formula cars and sports racers in one race group made the whole weekend really busy.  Right at the start, in turn three, George Bugg suffered “red mist” and spun in the middle of a DENSE pack of cars, stalled and got hit hard, not once but twice, by a FF and a P2 that unfortunately ended his racing for the weekend with most of the damage to the rear suspension.  Everyone else made it through okay with Ryan Mayfield leading.  Ryan led the rest of the way while setting the OFFICIAL road race class record of 1:32.869 (note the difference with Clint).  Behind Ryan, Craig Laprade, Carl Maier and Jeff Delong were mixing it up until Craig dropped back leaving Carl and Jeff to swap positions multiple times every lap until the very last turn when Carl pulled up next to Jeff and nosed him out by less than a foot at the finish line to take 2nd place.  Craig followed closely behind this pair to take 4th, Austin Morvik was 5th and George Fox was 6th.

For the Sunday race, Carl Maier could not make the grid as his steering box developed a serious problem during the morning qualifying while going faster than the day before.  And Ryan finally caught Clint for the fastest lap with a 1:30.819.  In the race, after a brief hold for lightning, Ryan Mayfield led the whole way while setting a new track record of 1:32.422.  Behind him, Jeff Delong had yet another battle but this time with an improving novice, Austin Morvik, and they swapped positions several times with Austin coming out on top to take 2nd place.  George Fox finished 4th while Craig Laprade was forced to retire with overheating issues.  In the end, three drivers had a “coulda – woulda – shoulda” weekend with signs of going faster – George Bugg, Carl Maier and Craig Laprade.

Points for the weekend are as follows:

  1. Ryan Mayfield    24
  2. Jeff Delong          22
  3. Austin Morvik     20
  4. Craig Laprade       18
  5. George Fox           16
  6. Carl Maier           14
  7. George Bugg        13

After the third round, the series points stand as follows:

  1. Eric McRee  46
  2. Calvin Stewart  38
  3. George Bugg  33
  4. Ryan Mayfield  24
  5. Aaron Ellis  22
  6. Jeff Delong  22
  7. Austin Morvik  20
  8. Jason Martin  18
  9. Craig Laprade  18
  10. George Fox  16
  11. Carl Maier  14

Our schedule is about to change and an announcement is forthcoming.

We are very thankful for our valued sponsors who have made this series possible:

Hoosier Racing Tire ( www.hoosiertire.com )

Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (www.soloperformance.com)

Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies  (www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)

Hawk Performance ( www.hawkperformance.com )

Winding Road Racing (www.WindingRoadRacing.com )

MPT Industries ( www.mptindustries.com )

Design Engineering, Inc.  (http://www.designengineering.com/)

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