MARC 2018-2019 – Race 10

Ending the season with a BANG

Ashland, Massachusetts   May 11, 2019   We had a season high 25 racers at Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway thanks to the five long distance visitors from the Tri-State area -

Spec Racers on the Bear

Wayne Wallace, Victor and Jonathan Feliciano, Bob Zelano and Sam Heller.  I think these guys were motivated to make the trip because of our decision to run Neo cars for the first time in my 10 years involvement with MARC.  What a way to end the season!  These cars are fast, especially when run on Peter’s Viper track.  It was great to race with these guys, reminding me once again that as members of MARC we really need to reciprocate and travel beyond our beloved New England area.

Spec Racers – Both Divisions

Pro Spec Racer Podium - Ryan Archambault 4th, Sam Heller 3rd, John Pileggi 2nd and Rob Hayes 1st

With Victor, Jonathan and Wayne sitting out the spec racer class, we had 22 racers sign up for a very long round robin event – approximately 3 hours long.  Racing for a podium spot was tight in the Pro division with only 5 laps separating the top 4 positions.  Rob Hayes took the win by a lap over John Pileggi; Sam Heller made the trip to New England worthwhile by taking third two laps behind John but two up on 4thplace finisher Ryan Archambault.   In the Sportsman division Hal Pierce beat

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Hal Pierce 1st, Don Hall 2nd, Terry Ayer 3rd and Paul Crosby 4th

Donny Hall for the win by 3 laps followed by Terry Ayer in third and Paul Crosby in 4th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modifieds – Sportsman Division

For the second race, the Sportsman division ran Modifieds on the Boomerang

Paul Crosby capped off a very successful season by taking his sixth win in the Championship division.  Erik Eckhardt, taking a break from the Pro division, tried to keep Paul honest but fell 5 laps short in this effort.  Donny Hall finished 3rd followed by Hal Pierce in 4th.

 

 

 

 

Neo – Pro Division

Pro Neo Podium - John Reimels 4th, Jim Macartney 3rd, Wayne Wallace 2nd and Greg Burstein 1st

At last year’s rules meeting, the Pro group decided to mix things up a bit and add a Neo race to the mix for this season.  I’ve been a member for the past ten years and this is the first time we’ve raced Neo cars during my tenure.   While the feeling might not be universal, all I can say is I had a blast!  Neo cars on Peter’s Viper is just plain awesome.  While we did have a number of DNFs (five to be exact), those that did finish had smiles on their faces.  Greg Burstein, using a car from Ryan Archambault’s stable, took down the win which is pretty impressive considering his main gig is racing T-Jets!  I guess a good driver is a good driver regardless of the class.  Wayne Wallace had a good run beating Jim Macartney to the finish by sections to take down second place.  Following Jim home in 4th was John Reimels to round out the podium

 

Thanks go to Peter for hosting and to the entire group for making our last event of the season very successful.

 

John Reimels

MARC Communication Director

 

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GRoNE May 4, 2019 at LenJet Raceway

Star Wars Event – GRoNE Style

Ashland, Massachusetts  May 4, 2019   We had eleven drivers for our Star Wars Day Gravity Event at Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway.  No one came in Star Wars garb so no extra laps were awarded, however Paul Ryer threatened to come as Princess Leia in her slave attire but thankfully he couldn’t find a costume his size…

Gravity Cars on the Champion

The return of Gravity Racing on the Champion

First up were Gravity cars on Peter’s Champion track.  The last time this track was used for Gravity Car racing was at the 2016 Nats where Scott Terry won with a total of 125.06 laps using Joel Pennington’s AFX based car.  Three years of development later, the mini-motored cars now seem to have the upper hand with the top three finishers beating Scott’s lap total.  For this race, the field consisted of 10 M20 motored anglewinders and one M20 sidewinder.

Gravity Race Podium - Paul Ryer 1st, Rob Hayes 2nd, John Reimels 3rd and Peter Lentros 4th

While racers dug out their AFX cars for practice, the mini-motored cars seemed to be the best option however, to be totally honest, no one had an AFX car as good as the one built by Joel.   The battle for the top spot was close with the top four finishing within 3 laps of each other with Paul Ryer taking down the win by virtue of his performance in the gutter lanes.  Paul was using the sidewinder he built for last year’s Nats where he finished in second place.  Following Paul

Gravity Race Podium - Bottom Side - Paul Ryer 1st, Rob Hayes 2nd, John Reimels 3rd and Peter Lentros 4th

home in second was Rob Hayes with his modified Scott Terry anglewinder, one lap behind Paul.  In third was John Reimels using one of his center-hinged anglewinders followed by Peter Lentros using a pickup shoe anglewinder built by John Reimels.  The battle for fifth was equally tight with Donny Hall finishing one lap ahead of Mike Tiffany and three ahead of Tommy Gray.

 

 

Driver

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

Total

1

Paul Ryer

33

31

30

33

127

2

Rob Hayes

31

31

31

33

126

3

John Reimels

31

31

32

31

125

4

Peter Lentros

32

29

31

32

124

5

Donny Hall

30

31

30

30

121

6

Mike Tiffany

28

31

31

30

120

7

Tommy Gray

28

31

31

28

118

8

Cody Pare

29

29

24

30

112

9

Tom Smith

27

28

27

28

110

10

Jim Macartney

27

28

26

27

108

11

Paul Crosby

27

26

27

24

104

 

T-Jets on the Bear

T-Jets on the Bear

After a quick lunch of pizza, it was time for HOPRA T-Jets on the Bear.  Paul Crosby had a conflict so the field was down to ten.  Once again, the battle for the top spot was very close, this time only three laps separated the top 5.  Rob Hayes got his revenge on Paul Ryer beating him to the line by half a lap.  Peter Lentros finished third, 2 laps down on Rob followed by John Reimels and Donny Hall another lap down; John

T-Jet Race Podium - Rob Hayes 1st, Paul Ryer 2nd, Peter Lentros 3rd and John Reimels 4th

beating Donny by half a lap.

 

Driver

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

Total

1

Rob Hayes

25

25

26

25

101.47

2

Paul Ryer

25

25

25

26

101.05

3

Peter Lentros

24

26

25

24

99

4

John Reimels

23

25

25

25

98.40

5

Donny Hall

24

25

25

24

98.05

6

Cody Pare

23

23

22

23

91

7

Tom Smith

21

22

24

22

89

8

Tom Gray

20

22

24

22

88

9

Mike Tiffany

20

21

25

22

88

10

Jim Macartney

21

21

22

21

85

 

IROC BRASCAR Anglewinders on the Parma

The last race was supposed to be an IROC race on the immaculately restored Parma track using some Mabuchi HT50 motored Landshark anglewinders.  While the track was immaculate, the computer running the race was less so.  At the conclusion of the race, the computer crashed making retrieving the results impossible.  While everyone claimed to have won the race, I believe the actual winner was Cody Pare but without proof, the race had to be abandoned.

Thanks go to Peter for hosting the event and special thanks go to all attending the event.  It was great to see a healthy eleven racers for the gravity race proving that even in the crowded New England HO race calendar, gravity racing is craving out its own niche.  As folks prepare for the Nats, we’ll lay off gravity racing for a few months but maybe we can squeeze in a race over the summer.

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Enthusiast

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MARC 2018-2019 – April 13, 2019

A New Track is Born

Sheffield, Connecticut   April 13, 2019 – Twelve racers joined Dan Decosmo at his awesome Taj MaHO Raceway for the inaugural race on his new MaxTrax Scorpion track.

Dan's new MaxTrax Scorpionish layout!

The track was in immaculate shape in large part due to the alignment pins that Dan and Peter Lentros developed, no more shimming track sections to get even transitions between sections.  Man, did it work, the smoothest MaxTrax I’ve ever experienced.  Also, the 4-lane configuration eliminated much of the mayhem created by the typical tight 6-lane Scorpion tracks that we race on.  I give Dan’s track two thumbs up!

 

Spec Racer

Pro Spec Racer Podium - Dan Decosmo 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Tommy Gray 4th

First up was MARC’s spec racer class running both the Pros and Sportsman in one round robin event.  As practice got underway, two things became evident – first, the general feeling from the crowd was that these cars were faster than expected on this track and, second, the red gutter lane was a real handful.  The blue, white and yellow lanes were fast with a great natural rhythm; the red lane required patience and a lot of finesse to master – get through red and then blast through the other lanes – more easily said than done.  Dan and Ryan Archambault had a great battle in the Pro division matching lane totals in the red, blue and white lanes.  It came down to a one lap difference in yellow giving Dan the victory over Ryan.  Slightly off the pace of the dynamic duo was Rob Hayes in 3rd and Tom Gray in 4th.

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Terry Ayer 1st, Hal Pierce 2nd, O'Jimmy Colligan 3rd and Mike Tiffany 4th

In the Sportsman division, Terry Ayer ran away with the race taking down the victory by a whopping 22 laps over the battling twosome of Hal Pierce and O’Jimmy Callahan.  Jim’s mastery on the red and blue lanes wasn’t enough to overcome Hal’s great run on white giving Hal a one lap advantage in the overall results.

 

 

Sportsman – Modifieds

Sportsman Modified Podium - Terry Ayer 1st, O'Jimmy Colligan 2nd, John Schoenfeld 3rd and Mike Tiffany 4th

Next up was the Sportsman division running Modifieds.  Managing the heat buildup was crucial as a few racers soon learned – 5 minutes heats take a toll on the armatures if the car is set up too low to the rails.  Once again, Terry Ayer led the way with another dominant performance taking the win over O’Jimmy Colligan by 19 laps and setting high lap total on all four lanes.  John Schoenfeld ran a very consistent race taking down third followed by Mike Tiffany in 4th.  Hal Pierce suffered a

Hal and Jimmy managing the heat...

melted pinion ending his race with a DNF in 5th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros – CMPM

Pro CMPM Podium - Ryan Archambault 4th, Rob Hayes 3rd, John Reimels 2nd and Dan Decosmo 1st

The last race of the day had the Pros running CMPM – a breath-taking experience on this fast track!  Watching these cars fly around the track was almost as much fun as racing them (nah, running them was MUCH more fun – JR).  With the down-force generated by these cars, the red lane had the same rhythm as the other lanes with a well set-up car.  And Dan’s car was certainly well set up!  John Reimels tried to keep Dan honest but fell 5 laps short allowing Dan to take the victory with a 507 lap total, 95 laps more than he had in the Spec Racer event.  Rob Hayes managed to take 3rd beating Ryan Archambault to the finish by 4 laps.

Thanks go to Dan for getting the venue all spruced up for the event.  It’s great to be back at the Taj MaHO after a few years’ absence.

Next Event – The last race of the season will be at Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway on May 11th.  We’ll all be running Spec Racers followed by the Sportsman running Modifieds and the Pros running Neo.  Yes, you read that correctly, the Pros will be running Neos for the first time since I started racing with MARC ten years ago!

John Reimels

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GRoNE at South Shore Speedway – 04-07-19

Six GRoNEers in Hingham

 

Mike Tiffany practicing on Paul Ryer's South Shore Speedway

Hingham, MA   April 7, 2019 – Six racers made it to Hingham for our first ever event on a Sunday.  With only six racers, we decided to insert 2 dummy entries so we could run all 4 lanes with 3 racers per heat allowing for 3 marshals.  We also changed up the order of the races, we usually run a gravity race first, followed by a T-Jet race and then end the day with a second gravity race.  Because I had to leave after the second race, we changed up the order so the gravity races were run back-to-back (one advantage to organizing the events…).

 

Gravity Race 1

A colorful field of Gravity Cars

Tom Smith installed a new motor in his latest build with the hopes it would last more than a few minutes in practice (at Rob’s event, the motor went after about 5 minutes of run time).  Paul Ryer was running an anglewinder with necked in rails that he built a few months ago.  I was running my first attempt at building a pickup shoe car – a non-center hinged car using the front of a BSRT chassis grafted to a brass nose piece.  Tom Gray, Jim Macartney and Mike Tiffany were all running cars I built for them last

Gravity Race 1 Podium - Mike Tiffany 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Tom Gray 3rd and Paul Ryer 4th

year.  After 90 minutes of practice, everyone was ready to race.  Mike Tiffany drove a fantastic race with very few offs to take down a well-deserved victory by less than a lap over my pickup shoe car.  Mike also set fastest lap in three of the four lanes so not only did he have few offs, he set a fast pace!  The battle for third was between host Paul Ryer and Tommy Gray with Tommy getting third by 3 sections over Paul.  Jim Macartney took fifth followed by Tom (at least the motor didn’t burn out) Smith in sixth.

 

Driver

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

TOTAL

Mike Tiffany

29

30

31

30

120

John Reimels

31

30

29

29

119

Tom Gray

24

28

28

28

108.08

Paul Ryer

27

29

26

26

108.05

Jim Macartney

21

26

22

21

90

Tom Smith

22

21

21

24

88

 

Gravity Race 2

Gravity Race 2 Podium - Paul Ryer 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Mike Tiffany 3rd and Tom Gray 4th

Tom Smith went back to his Landshark in-line for the second race, Paul broke out the car he used at the last Nats where he finished 2nd.  I used a center-hinged wiper car with real soft torsion bars, Jim borrowed my pickup shoe car while Tommy Gray and Mike stayed with their original rides.  Once everyone finished tuning their controllers to the cars they were running, we were ready for round 2.  Paul showed that his second at the Nats was no fluke by setting a blistering pace on all four lanes

Gravity Race 2 Podium - Paul Ryer 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Mike Tiffany 3rd and Tom Gray 4th

beating Mike’s lap total from the previous race by 5 laps.  Paul promptly put the car back in his box saving his good stuff for the Nats.  I finished second with the same lap total I got in the first race.  I guess pickups are as fast as wipers without the fuss.  Mike Tiffany finished third, 2 laps off his pace from the first race.  Tommy Gray got 4 laps more than race one but finished one position lower in 4th.  Jim finish in 5th followed by Tom Smith in 6th.

 

Driver

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

TOTAL

Paul Ryer

32

31

32

30

125

John Reimels

31

29

29

30

119

Mike Tiffany

29

29

30

30

118

Tom Gray

27

28

28

29

112

Jim Macartney

24

26

26

27

103

Tom Smith

23

22

26

22

93

T-Jet Race 3

T-Jet Podium - Paul Ryer 1st, Mike Tiffany 2nd, Tom Gray 3rd and Jim Marcartney 4th

I missed the T-Jet race so the only info I have is that Paul was using a T-Jet he recently built, based on the results, it looks like a fairly successful build!

Driver

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

TOTAL

Paul Ryer

26

27

27

26

106

Mike Tiffany

22

26

25

21

94

Tom Gray

21

21

24

25

91

Jim Macartney

21

22

25

22

90

Tom Smith

20

21

23

21

85

 

I want to thank all the participants, without you guys, gravity racing in New England wouldn’t exist.  I also want to thank Paul Ryer, he had the track and the facilities in great shape.

Our next event will be at Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway in Ashland, MA on Saturday, May 4th.   We’ll be racing Gravity Cars on the Champion and T-Jets on the Tubbie for the first two races followed by either another Gravity Race or maybe Mabuchi HT-50 cars on the Parma.

 

John

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MARC 2018-2019 – March 23, 2018

Huge Win for Ryan in First Spec Racer on the Nuvolari, Stez takes Super Stock on the Lady Gray

Hull, Massachusetts   March 23, 2019   Ryan Archambault took a mighty big win on the Nuvolari Super Speedway in MARC’s first Spec Racer Class on this track. Ryan blasted out 508.03 laps with a best time of 3.142 on the middle orange lane track. Amazingly his

Pro Spec Racer Podium - John Stezelecki 4th, John Pileggi 3rd, Rob Hayes 2nd and Ryan Archambault 1st

lap total beat John Pileggi’s Super Stock record of 505 laps don in November of 2015. Considering the fact that the Spec Racer uses far less expensive motor and traction magnets, much more expensive silicone sponge tires and is limited to a 23-tooth gear but uses same armature this win brought out some discussions after this event on the need to still run Super Stock any longer within MARC. Second place finisher Rob Hayes also ran an incredible race also breaking the Super Stock record with a lap total of 506.11 laps. Rob’s best lap time was very close to Ryan’s with a 3.146 on the green lane. Speaking of John Pileggi, John arrived on the scene hoping to also best his SS record but

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Terry Ayer 4th, Mike Tiffany 3rd, Paul Crosby 2nd and O'Jimmy Colligan 1st

just wasn’t up to the task today but still did well, placed a nice third with 484.04 lap total. Taking the fourth podium spot was Stez with 470.08 laps. Congratulations to Ryan Archambault for a fantastic win.

Top honors in the Sportsman Class in Spec Racer w Rent to Oh Jimmie. Oh Jimmy ran a very good race with a lap total of 327.10 lap. Congratulations to Mr. Colligan for a nice victory. Just behind Oh Jimmy Colligan was Dave Muse with a 441.03 . Third spot went to Paul Crosby with 432.01 laps and Terry Ayer nailing the fourth spot with a 305.12. All 14 driver results are below:

1      Ryan Archambault           508.03  laps              Pro

2      Rob Hayes                       506.01                       Pro

3      John Pileggi                     484.03                       Pro

4      John Stezelecki                470.08                      Pro

5      Paul  Ryer                        459.07                      Pro

6      Oh Jimmy Colligan           456.02                      Sportsman

7      Dave Muse                       441.03                      Pro

8      Tom Gray                         437.05                       Pro     HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

9      Jim Macartney                  433.02                      Pro

10    Paul Crosby                      432.01                      Sportsman

11    Mike Tiffany                      425.07                       Sportsman

12    Terry Ayer                         424.04                      Sportsman

13    Peter Medeiros                  422.-01                     Sportsman

14    Tom Jahl                            390.01                      Pro

 

Pro Super Stock Class

The Lady Gray Speedway at Nantasket Beach is the oldest track on the MARC circuit and

Pro Super Stock Podium - John Stezelecki 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, John Pileggi 3rd and Rob Hayes 4th

has been hosting race events since 1991. John Pileggi presently holds the Super Stock record of 362.05 laps on April 22nd, 2017. Today no records were broken but racing was fast and furious. Stez would take the checkered flag by a narrow margin over 2nd place finisher Ryan Archambault. Stez would mow down 354.07 laps while Ryan would come close with 352.03 laps. Stez would finish the race in the first spot but was the only driver in the top four finishers that never broke a lap time under three seconds. Stez had a best lap time of 3.016 on white lane while Ryan had three of four lanes under three seconds with a best on blue with a 2.927. Stez had a best lap total on blue with a 93 while Ryan had a best on yellow with a 93. Ryan had a tough red lane managing only 80 laps while Stez on red did 86.  John Pileggi finished the race by taking the third position. His best lap time was 2.990 on blue. Interestingly John scored lap totals of 89 on blue, yellow and white and like Ryan got hurt on red with an 83 lap total. Rob Hayes always finishes well on the Lady Gray and today was no exception. Rob took the fourth position laying down 339.07 laps. Rob did really well on white and blue lane scoring 88 laps each. He posted a 2.978 on the blue. Rob almost matched Stez on gutter red with a 85 lap total but in rare form for Rob on this track turned in a 78 on yellow and it cost him. Congratulations to the entire top podium finishers. Results below.

1   Stez                               354.07

2   Ryan Archambault        352. 03

3   John Pileggi                  350.11

4   Rob Hayes                    339.07

5   Tom Jahl                       330.10

6   Paul Ryer                      325.08

7   Tom Gray                      324.10  Happy Birthday

8   Peter Medeiros Jr.         312.07

9   Jim Macartney               294.05

 

Sportsman Super Stock Class

A real nice win for Paul Crosby in Sportsman Super Stock. Paul would haul down 327.10

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - O'Jimmy Colligan 3rd, Paul Crosby 1st, Pete Medeiros 2nd and Dave Muse 4th

laps and a best lap time on 3.174 on blue while scoring big on yellow lane with 84 laps. Congratulations to Paul for a very nice victory. Three laps behind Paul was Pete Medeiros Jr. scoring 324.11 laps with a best lap total on white with an 84. Track favorite Oh Jimmy Colligan scored 309.07 laps for the third spot Oh Jimmy scored well on blue pouring down 81 laps. The fourth position went Track Master Dave Muse with 305 laps and a best of 80 on blue. Fine job guys. Congratulations.  Results below :

1  Paul Crosby                        327

2  Peter Medeiros JR.             324

3  Oh Jimmy Colligan              309.07

4  Dave Muse                          305

5  Terry Ayer                           287

6  Mike Tiffany                        247

 

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MARC 2018-2019 – March 09, 2019

 The Invasion from Albany

Southampton, Massachusetts    March 09, 2019  -  We had a total of 17 participants

Fast Five Raceway in all it's glory

for our yearly westward trek to Ryan Archambault’s Fast Five Raceway for our 7th event of the season.  Making the show were Gary Hallenbeck and Gerd Wolny from Albany, while this might have been their first MARC race of the season, they came with their A Game – Gerd taking down victories in both Super Stock races (Sportsman and Pro) with Gary taking down 2nd in both Sportsman races (Open Weight and Super Stock) – way to go guys!

 Open Weight Cars

The field is combined for our first race of the day so after an hour and a half of practice, 17

Sportsman Open Weight Podium - Pete Medeiros 1st, Gary Hallenbeck 2nd, Terry Ayer 3rd and Mike Tiffany 4th

drivers lined up for a round robin event.  Greg Burstein dominated the race using a car from Ryan Archambault’s stable, beating the boss to the finish line by 11 laps.  Rob Hayes finished a respectable 3rd but off the pace of the top two finishers.  Tom Gray borrowed a car from Ryan Archambault and pushed Rob hard for a top three spot on the podium but fell 3 laps short.  Following close behind Tom was MARC Director, Paul Ryer, making his return after a two-race absence.   Pete Medeiros jr was

Pro Open Weight Podium - Greg Burstein 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Tom Gray 4th

the top sportsman in the field finishing 7th overall.  Pete was followed by Gary Hallenbeck, Terry Ayer and Mike Tiffany filling the podium for the Sportsman division.

After the Open Weight race, we had an awesome lunch of home-made lasagna, a welcome respite from our usual pizza fare.   Thanks go to Ryan’s wife for making the lunch and putting up with us tramping through the house…

 Super Stock – Sportsman

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - Gerd Wolny 1st, Gary Hallenbeck 2nd, Pete Medeiros 3rd and O'Jimmy Colligan 4th

With the field equally split between Sportsman and Pros, we had the Pros marshal for Sportsman race and vis-a-versa for the Pro race.  The dynamic duo from Albany dominated the race with Gerd taking down the victory beating Gary to the line by 20 laps.  Pete Medeiros finished 3rd with O’Jimmy Colligan grabbing the last spot on the podium in 4th.

 

 

Super Stock – Pro

As is the tradition in MARC events, the winner of the Sportsman race has the choice to join

Pro SUper Stock Podium - Gerd Wolny 1st, Rob Hayes 2nd, Greg Burstein 3rd and Ryan Archambault 4th

the Pros for their event.  Gerd took advantage of this tradition and accomplished a rare feat, taking down the victory in the Pro event also.  Rob Hayes kept Gerd honest in this event but fell short by 3 laps taking down 2nd.  Greg Burstein and Ryan Archambault had, what’s for them, an “off-day” finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.

 

 

I’d like to thank Ryan for hosting the race, he always has the facility in top-notch shape for us.  As mentioned, I’d like to thank Ryan’s wife for making lunch for us.  Also a shout out to Gerd and Gary for making the event, it’s always great to have participants from other race groups join us (even if they do win…).

 Next up: We at John Stezelecki’s Nantasket Beach Speedway in Hull, Massachusetts on March 23rd racing Spec Racers and Super Stocks.

John

 

 

 

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MARC 2018-2019 – February 9, 2019

Big Crowd at LenJet Raceway

 Ashland Massachusetts, February 09, 2019    With 24 racers in attendance, we set a

Running F1 G-Jets on the Bear

new season high mark for participation.  I’ll have to check the records but it might also have tied the all-time high since I’ve been record-keeper these past 10 years.  As always, Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway does bring out the crowd including two guests, Cody Pare and Dave Panich.

 

 

F1 GJets

G-Jet Sportsman Podium - Pete Medeiros 1st, Paul Crosby 2nd, Don Hall 3rd and Terry Ayer 4th

First up were F1 bodied G-Jets on Peter’s Bear, a track recently purchased from Steve Medanic 8 months ago.  The track is in great shape, well suited for G-Jets. With a few drivers sitting out the first race, the computer was programmed for a 22 heat round robin for a combined Pro and Sportsman event.  Three hours later, Greg Burstein demonstrated his mastery of the class by winning the race by a whopping 17 laps over car owner Ryan Archambault.  Greg better watch it, Ryan might not be so willing to lend him “the good stuff” if this continues.  The battle for third was tight with 5 drivers within 3 laps of each other with Rob Hayes taking third followed by Erik Eckhardt,

G-Jet Pro Podium - Greg Burstein 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Erik Eckhardt 4th

John Reimels, John Stezelecki and Peter Medeiros, making his first appearance in 18 months – welcome back Pete!  Speaking of Pete, he was also the top Sportsman followed by Paul Crosby, Donny Hall and Terry Ayer.

 

After a brief lunch break of, you guessed it, pizza, we were back to the races with the Sportsman running Modifieds on the Purple Mile and the Pros on the Viper with CMPM.

Sportsman Modified Race

Sportsman running Modifieds on the Purple Mile

With the departure of a few of the Sportsman drivers, the field was down to eight which makes marshaling a tad difficult on a six lane track.  The decision was made to run only the center four lanes – green through yellow.  Paul Crosby continued his dominance of this division taking down his fourth win of the season.  Chasing hard were the dynamic duo of Terry Ayer and Hal Pierce but Paul was clearly the class of the field.  Finishing fourth was guest Cody Pare, a local youth making his second appearance with the MARC crowd.  This kid has talent, he’d make a great addition to our club.  Finishing fifth was a slightly disappointed Pete Medeiros who had some car issues in the green lane.

Pro CMPM Race

With ten Pros, the CMPM was run as a 10 heat round robin utilizing all six lanes.  Having

Pro CMPM Podium - Greg Burstein 4th, Ryan Archambault 3rd, Rob Hayes 2nd and John Reimels 1st

run on this track with CMPM last month, all agreed to shorten practice to 90 minutes.  When the race was done, John Reimels showed that a steady race across all six lanes is an effective way to win a race by taking down the victory with a six lap cushion over second place finisher Rob Hayes.  Ryan Archambault beat his stablemate Greg Burstein taking down 3rd and 4th respectively.  Most of the field increased their lap total considerably over their performance in January.  Was the track in better condition or did we all learn from our past performance – however, it should be noted, we were still slightly off the pace set by John Pileggi last month…

Thanks go to Peter Lentros for hosting this fantastic event.  As I’ve said many times in the past, we are truly spoiled having this venue in our backyard.

Next up we’re at Ryan Archambault’s Fast Five Raceway on March 9th where we’ll be running CanAm bodied Open Weighted class and Super Stocks.  Hope to see you there.

John Reimels

 

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GRoNE-Hog’s Day Gravity Race – 02/02/19

GRoNEing about the cold…

Cambridge, Massachusetts  February 2, 2019 – With the polar vortex in full swing, 6 brave and hearty racers made their way to Cambridge, Massachusetts to join Rob Hayes at

Practice underway at Catfish International Speedway

his awesome Catfish International Speedway for our GRoNE-Hogs Day event.  Tom Smith was débuting his new build, a very clean looking center-hinge anglewinder.  The car went well until the motor went poof in practice so Tom borrowed one of my M10 motored sidewinders – while it’s lacking a little in top speed, it really is a sweet handling car.  It was also the maiden voyage for a new car from Paul Ryer’s stable – a more traditional rail chassis with the rails necked in at the front to increase chassis flex.  After a quick discussion with the group, we decided to run two gravity races sandwiched around a T-Jet race.

Gravity Race 1

Rob’s Catfish International Speedway layout is a sweet track for the gravity cars; no

Gravity Race 1 Podium - John Reimels 1st, Rob Hayes 2nd, Paul Ryer 3rd and Dave Muse 4th

squiggles, lots of fast sweepers and a long front straight to really wring out the speed.  With only three marshals, one key to success was not falling off where there was no marshal – much easier said than done – patience was the order of the day.  Rob won the last two GRoNE events held at his track setting lap totals of 80 laps back in April of 2017 followed by an 86 lap total in November of 2017 – a great target to shoot for.  The racing was tight throughout the field but when it was all done, John Reimels was able to beat Rob to the finish line by 2 laps followed by Paul Ryer and Dave Muse .

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Fastest Lap

John Reimels

20

21

20

22

83

7.784

Rob Hayes

21

20

20

20

81

8.032

Paul Ryer

19

21

19

19

78

8.042

Dave Muse

19

20

18

19

76

8.432

Tom Gray

18

16

19

17

70

8.852

Tom Smith

17

18

17

17

69

8.740

Jim Macartney

17

17

16

16

66

8.538

 

T-Jet Race

With the track all warmed up after the Gravity race, it was time to break out the T-Jets.

T-Jet Podium - Rob Hayes 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Paul Ryer 3rd and Dave Muse 4th

Rob was trashing away on his car all the time mumbling that it wasn’t fast enough.  I’m not sure what he was thinking, the car certainly seemed plenty fast to the rest of us based on the lap times be was running during practice.  What makes the Catfish layout for great for Gravity cars, makes it slightly less so for T-Jets unless you have a rocket of a car – then it’s awesome!

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Fastest Lap

Rob Hayes

19

18

18

20

75

8.716

John Reimels

18

20

18

17

73

8.964

Paul Ryer

18

19

18

17

72

9.003

Dave Muse

16

19

19

16

70

9.377

Tom Gray

17

15

16

16

64.42

9.734

Jim Macartney

15

17

16

16

64.20

9.353

Tom Smith

16

15

16

14

61

10.438

 

Gravity Race 2

After devouring a few pizzas for lunch, it was off to the races for the last event of the day,

2nd Gravity Race Podium - John Reimels 1st, Tommy Gray 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Paul Ryer 4th

another Gravity race.  Work was done on Tommy Gray’s car over the lunch break, new tires were installed to help fix the extreme tail wagging it displayed in the first race.  Jim Macartney also swapped the resister pack in his trusty DiFalco controller to get a better handle on the power band of these M20 motors.  Both of these changes seemed to help judging by the lap times they were running in practice.  I changed cars and broke out the car I ran at the 2017 Nats held at Lucky Bob’s.  Tom Smith borrowed my other M10 motored sidewinder for a change of pace.  The others stuck with what they ran in the first race.  Maybe it was the track conditions or the fact that we all had full

Same as above but this time showing the naughty bits

stomachs, but the lap totals saw a significant jump up.  Despite running a much older version of my car, I was able to take down the win beating my first race total by 3 laps.  Tommy Gray had an awesome race taking down 2nd beating his first race lap total by 13 laps!  I think he likes the new tires…  Rob Hayes finished third followed by a real tight battle for fourth with Paul Ryer beating Jim Macartney by 8 sections.  Jim also increased his first race lap total by 13 laps.

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Fastest Lap

John Reimels

21

22

22

21

86

7.902

Tom Gray

21

21

21

20

83

7.869

Rob Hayes

21

21

20

20

82

7.939

Paul Ryer

19

20

20

20

79.39

7.842

Jim Macartney

21

20

19

19

79.31

7.900

Dave Muse

17

20

19

19

75

8.730

Tom Smith

17

17

17

18

69

9.563

 

All in all it was a very relaxing day doing what we love to do with a bunch of good friends – can’t ask for much more than that.  Thanks to Rob for hosting and to all the participants for braving the cold weather.

Next up will be racing at Paul Ryer’s on April 6th at his South Shore Speedway.  The calendar in March is just filled to the brim with MARC and MAHOPRA events making a GRoNE event in March unreasonable.

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Advocate

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MARC 2018 -2019 – January 13, 2019

LenJet Brings Out the Crowd

With 23 racers in the house, Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway was rocking on January 13th for the 5th event of the MARC season.  We had a few folks making their first appearance of the season including John Pileggi, Dan Decosmo, Benny Leyro, Mike Resnick and Greg Burstein as well as Cody Pare making his first ever MARC event.  Racing at LenJet does tend to bring out the crowd.

Spec Racers on the Purple Mile

Practicing on the Purple Mile

First up were Spec Racers on the Purple Mile with both the Pros and Sportsman competing together in one large 23 heat round robin.    Spec Racers on this track have always been a MARC favorite, the rhythm and out right speed are addictive.  At the conclusion of the 3 hour episode, Ryan Archambault once again proved his mastery of building fast cars by taking the top three finishing position – Greg Burstein in first, Ryan in second and Dan Decosmo in third.  John Pileggi and John Reimels finished 4th and 5th respectively but well off the pace of the cars from the Archambault stable.  Finishing a very respectable 8th overall and the top spot for the Sportsman division was Paul Crosby followed by Sportsman Jim Colligan is 2nd, Terry Ayer in 3rd and Hal Pierce in 4th.

Pro Spec Racer Podium - Greg Burstein 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Dan Decosmo 3rd and John Pileggi 4th

The race was followed by a welcome lunch break where many slices of pizza were consumed.  Nothing like a three hour race to increase the appetite.  With the Sportsman running Modifieds for the second race and Pros running CMPM, the decision was made to run the races in conjunction – Sportsman staying on the Purple Mile and the Pros on Peter’s fast Viper track.  This helped shorten the day by a few hours and let the Sportsman experience the added speed of the Modifieds on the awesome

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Paul Crosby 1st, Jimmy Colligan 2nd, Tery Ayer 3rd and Hal Pierce 4th

Purple Mile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modifieds on the Purple Mile

Paul Crosby finished off his day with another Sportsman win, he’s beginning to make a

Sportsman racing Modifieds on the Purple Mile

habit of this winning 60% of the events held thus far this season.  If he continues this pace, he’ll be joining the Pro ranks next year.  Following in second was newbie Cody Pare, a local youngster with some 1/24 scale experience at Modelville but this weekend was his first attempt at racing HO cars – not bad!  If I were Paul Crosby, I’d be getting nervous if Cody choses to stay with HO…  Coming home third thru fifth were Hal Peirce, Jimmy Colligan and Terry Ayer all finishing on the same lap (less than one fall-off…); that’s close racing.

Pros on the Viper

John Pileggi showed that he wasn’t ready to concede the “Best Builder” status to Ryan

Pro CMPM Podium - Benny Leyro 4th, Greg Burstein 3rd, Ryan Archambault 2nd and John Pileggi 1st

quite so quickly by dominating the CMPM race on the Viper.  John beat Ryan for the top spot by over 60 laps, a whopping 10 laps a lane advantage.  Greg Burstein pulled off third a few laps ahead of Benny Leyro in 4th and John Reimels in 5th

 

 

 

Thanks go to Peter Lentros for hosting the event – racing at LenJet is always fun.  Peter will also be hosting our next event on February 9th where we’ll be racing F1 G-Jets followed by Modifieds for the Sportsman and CMPM for the Pros.

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New Year’s GRoNE Race – 12/29/18

Celebrating the New Year with a GRoNE

 Ashland Massachusetts  December 29, 2018 – With 4 – 5 of the gravity stalwarts unable to make the event, we were lucky to have a total of 9 participants join us on

Peter's Latest Acquisition - The Bear

December 29th for our first gravity event since the 2018 Nats – some folks had to leave early, some arrived late so we only had 7 to 8 entrees per race but the field was large enough to successfully conduct the event.  Thanks go to the long-distance travelers who made the event, namely Tom Bussmann, Mike Tiffany and Tommy Gray – without you guys, we might have had to cancel the event!  Peter Lentros had his LenJet facility all set for the affair; in addition to coffee and Danish, the Viper and the Bear tracks were ready for the Gravity races and the Shamrock Glen was all prepped for the T-Jet race.  Awesome.

 

The gravity race contenders

First up were the Gravity cars on Peter’s latest track acquisition, the Bear, purchased from Steve Medanic about six months ago.  We were concerned that the layout may not be suitable for gravity cars, boy were we wrong; the cars handled the track with no issues.  The wide sweeper onto the front straight was key to getting a fast lap, hang the tail out just a bit and nail it approaching the straight – the only place on the entire track to use full throttle.  For the rest of the track, handling was key – especially in the esses.   Everyone seemed to really enjoy running these cars on this immaculate track, all it took was a bit of patience, a lot of practice and a car that handled well.  After 90 minutes of open practice folks were anxious to get the show on the road.

 

First Gravity Race Podium - Donny Hall 2nd, John Reimels 1st and Mike Resnick 3rd

We had 7 participants for the first race, all using various vintages of my anglewinder design.  I was hoping that someone would try an AFX based car, they might be the ticket on this tight track.  The battle for the podium was tight with Mike Resnick in third pushing Donny Hall hard for second with me in front by only 4 laps for first.

   

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

TOTAL

1

John Reimels

27

27

28

29

111

2

Donny Hall

25

27

28

27

107

3

Mike Resnick

26

27

26

26

105

4

Peter Lentros

24

27

24

23

98

5

Mike Tiffany

25

25

24

23

97

6

Tom Gray

22

23

24

23

92

7

Dave Muse

23

24

23

21

91

 

 

Next up was T-Jets on the Shamrock Glen.  Tom Bussmann made the trek up from Danbury CT in time to join us for this race.  The Glen is a great track for T-Jets, long

T-Jet Podium - John Reimels 2nd, Donny Hall 1st and Dave Muse 3rd

enough straights and fast sweepers so horsepower is required with enough tight turns and esses so handling is important.  Once again, racing was tight throughout the field, no more than 3 laps separated any finishing position.  Donny Hall proved he had the right stuff by taking down the win by 3 laps over me in second.  Dave Muse beat Peter Lentros by 2 sections to take down third.

   

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

TOTAL

1

Donny Hall

22

23

24

23

92

2

John Reimels

21

23

23

22

89

3

Dave Muse

22

21

21

22

86

4

Peter Lentros

21

22

21

22

86

5

Mike Resnick

22

22

21

20

85

6

Tom Gray

21

22

21

20

84

7

Tom Bussmann

19

22

21

20

82

8

Mike Tiffany

20

22

18

19

79

 

After the T-Jet race, we all walked over to Town Pizza for sandwiches.  The food there is always great, especially the roast beef.  With Mike Resnick having afternoon obligations,

Second Gravity Race on the Viper - quite a difference from the Bear...

we were down to seven racers for the last race on the six lane Viper track.  We decided to run the center four lanes leaving only three folks to marshal.  Turns out we made a good choice, the carnage was much less than expected and the three marshals easily handled the offs.  What a difference between the Bear and the Viper, the Viper is fast, fast, fast – the cars were a blast to drive on it.  No more tip-toeing around tight bends, it was flat out fun.  Half way through the first heat, Peter’s car gave up the ghost (the wiper brush was done wiping…) so we had a track call and I lent him one of my cars.  Good thing Peter lost a few laps before the track call or he might have won the race!  As it turns out, I beat Peter for the win by 3 laps (he claims he lost 4 laps before the

Second Gravity Race Podium - Peter Lentros 2nd, John Reimels 1st and Mike Tiffany 3rd

track call, I think it was only 2…).  Mike Tiffany drove an awesome race finishing in third, one lap behind Peter (he wishes we had waited another lap before calling track for Peter…).  Dave Muse ran a very smooth and consistent race to finish 4th, one lap behind Mike.

 

   

White

Green

Orange

Blue

TOTAL

1

John Reimels

22

22

23

22

89

2

Peter Lentros

19

23

22

22

86

3

Mike Tiffany

21

21

22

21

85

4

Dave Muse

20

21

21

22

84

5

Tom Gray

20

17

22

21

80

6

Donny Hall

20

20

19

17

76

7

Tom Bussmann

15

21

20

19

75

 

I would like to thank everyone involved for making the day a success.  I would also like to thank Peter Lentros for hosting the event, LenJet is simply a fantastic place to race, we’re truly spoiled…

I also would like to apologize to the entire group for waiting so long to schedule this event – six months between gravity races is WAY TOO LONG.  It won’t happen again.

Rob Hayes will be hosting our GRoNE-hog Day event on Saturday, February 2nd at his awesome Catfish International Speedway.  I’ll send out a reminder in a few weeks but mark your calendars NOW.  Who’d like to host our Saint Patrick’s Day event in mid-March?

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Advocate

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