GRoNE – LenJet Raceway – Dec 30, 2017

GRoNEing on a Frosty Day…

 Ashland, MA    December 30, 2017 – Thirteen racers braved the frigid temperatures for our annual New Year’s Gravity Race, this year being hosted by Peter Lentros at his LenJet

TJet Racing Underway on the Python

Raceway.  We had an extended morning practice session so we decided to only have two races, the first was for T-Jets on Peter’s Python Max Trax followed by Gravity Cars on Peter’s Boomerang Viper track.  We had a few GRoNE first timers in attendance -  John Stezelecki was FINALLY able to join us using cars he purchased from Joel Pennington over three years ago and Greg Burstein who showed up with some Gravity cars I built for Russ Upton 15 months ago.  Also joining us for the first time this season were Mike Tiffany, Erik Eckhardt and Durf Hyson – great to have them back in the fold.

 

T-Jets on the Python

TJet Podium - Greg B 1st, Donny H 2nd, Jonathan R 3rd and John R 4th

Greg Burstein simply dominated the event in what otherwise would have been a really close race, winning the event by a whopping 10 laps.  The next 10 finishing positions were all within 10 laps including a five-way tie for 7th!  Don Hall ran a great race to finish in second, sections ahead of Jonathan Reimels in third followed by John Reimels and Mike Tiffany in 4th and 5th respectively.  Greg has clearly joined the top rank of T-Jet builders, his car had speed and handling both of which come in handy on the Python.

 

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

TOTAL

Greg Burstein

26

27

27

27

107

Don Hall

24

24

24

25

97.34

Jonathan Reimels

23

26

25

23

97.07

John Reimels

24

23

24

24

95

Mike Tiffany

23

25

23

23

94

Tom Gray

21

23

24

23

91

Erik Eckhardt

20

22

24

22

88.33

Dave Muse

23

21

23

21

88.26

John Stezelecki

21

22

23

22

88.22

Jim Macartney

21

23

23

21

88.14

Peter Lentros

18

21

24

25

88.07

Durf Hyson

14

17

19

19

69

 

Gravity Cars on the Boomerang

Dave Muse had a call from home and had to leave before the start of the 2nd race (I hope everything is OK – JR) but we were joined by Rob Hayes, clearly the best dressed man in

Gravity practice on the Boomerang

LenJet (Unfortunately it was because he had to go to a funeral that morning… – JR) leaving the field at 12 racers.  Practice was eventful as folks learned the intricacies of setting up their controller for their car on this track; the Boomerang has numerous long straights leading directly into tight corners so lots of brakes and just the right amount of choke are the key to making it around this track.  Greg was off the pace with the cars I built 15 months ago so I made the mistake of loaning him a more recent build, an action that both my son and I regret!  (just kidding, a 2nd and 3rd are just as rewarding as a 1st and 2nd… -JR).  With time running out, it was time to see what everyone had.

Once again Greg ran away with the show but this time he only won by 5 laps over Jonathan in second.  Maybe if we had stayed for another race, someone could have beaten

Gravity Podium - Rob H 4th, John R 3rd, Jonathan R 2nd and Greg B 1st

him!   I was able to finish third but I must have practiced too much on the gutter lanes as I got higher lap totals in Red and Yellow than I did in Blue and White…  Rob Hayes had a promising few heats until he encountered controller issues in his third heat but he managed to keep it together well enough to finish 4th.  Erik Eckhardt finished 5th using a M10 motored Sidewinder, the first non- M20 motored anglewinder across the line.  Other cars of interest include a iso-flucrum chassis built by Durf, it proved fast enough but it needs more development time.  Donny Hall also had an in-line M30 motored car from Al Thurman that wasn’t that far off the pace.

 

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

TOTAL

Greg Burstein

23

24

23

23

93

Jonathan Reimels

21

22

23

22

88

John Reimels

22

21

20

22

85

Rob Hayes

22

21

19

21

83

Erik Eckhardt

18

21

21

19

79

Mike Tiffany

20

20

19

19

78.64

Don Hall

21

20

19

18

78.38

Peter Lentros

19

19

17

19

74.83

John Stezelecki

17

20

19

18

74.58

Tom Gray

17

18

19

18

72

Jim Macartney

17

17

16

16

66

Durf Hyson

11

12

11

7

41

 

An interesting array of chassis configurations

Thanks to all that attended, without your support, we wouldn’t have gravity racing here in New England.  And special thanks Peter for hosting.

Our next GRoNE event will be on February 24th at LenJet Raceway.  Once again we’ll be racing Gravity cars on the Boomerang and T-Jets on the Python.

 

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Enthusiast

 

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MARC 2017 – 2018 – South Shore Speedway – 12/09/17

Oh No, Snow!

 

Hingham Massachusetts, December 9, 2015 – The threat of snow did not scare off the MARC faithful.  Arriving from across Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, and

Practice undeway for G-Jets

Massachusetts, sixteen drivers showed up rub fenders on the Elvis road course.  Coffee and donuts greeted the drivers as they arrived and set up shop.  The track was ready and so were the drivers.

Vintage NASCAR was the theme for the G-Jet race and once again Peter Lentros made sure there were bodies for everyone with a shipment of freshly painted bodies from Terry Flynn at Harden Creek.  Peter could not attend so Paul Crosby delivered bodies and tires.  Those, along with the bodies by Reimels and others made for an authentic looking NASCAR field.  You could almost see the driver smoking a butt while their cars were being refueled.  An hour and half of G-Jet practice got pretty much everyone under 5 seconds with some drivers flirting with the 4 second barrier.  We were ready to race.

This year Sportsman and Pros run together in a Round-Robin.  All in all, the racing was clean with some of the Sportsman right behind the Pros.  Race pace was fast with many drivers turning in sub-5 second laps.  In 2015 we were happy to get a lap under 5 seconds.  This year the fast lap of 4.045 was set by Ryan Archambault in the blue lane closely followed by Stez with a 4.085 in the yellow lane.  The top drivers all fast laps times under 4.5 seconds a lap in all lanes.

Sportsman G-Jets

In the Sportsman group 10 laps covered the top four drivers.  “Oh Jimmy” took the top spot followed by Tom Jahl in second, Mike Tiffany in third and Paul Crosby in fourth.  Not a bad showing by Paul who was at his first MARC race of the season.  A recent Stez recruit, Bob Jones had a good showing.  Unfortunately, an incorrect hookup in red blew a fuse and cost Bob a better finish.  Lesson learned, he checked carefully on the remaining lanes in the race.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

Avg

Jim Colligan

53

56

60

56

225

56.25

Tom Jahl

53

58

58

52

221

55.25

Mike Tiffany

51

57

57

54

219

54.75

Paul Crosby

53

52

58

51

214

53.5

Hal Pierce

53

55

51

45

204

51

Terry Ayer

46

54

51

46

197

49.25

Bob Jones

51

50

56

39

196

49

Matt Patrick

41

48

53

50

192

48

 

Sportsman G-Jet Podium - Oh Jimmy Colligan 1st, Tom Jahl 2nd, Mike TIffany 3rd and Paul Crosby 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro G-Jets

Stez once again showed why he is King of the G-Jets taking down the win four laps ahead of second place.  Rob Hayes rolled in second closely followed by John Reimels in third and Ryan Archambault in fourth.  Only seven sections separated 3rd and fourth place.


 

Pro Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

Avg

John Stezelecki

63

63

66

62

254

63.5

Rob Hayes

60

64

65

61

250

62.5

John Reimels

61

62

64

62

249.25

62.25

Ryan Archambault

60

62

64

63

249.18

62.25

Dan Decosmo

61

62

62

58

243

60.75

Paul Ryer

54

60

58

58

230

57.5

Tom Gray

50

52

52

54

208

52

Jim Macartney

42

47

46

41

176

44

 

Pro G-Jet Podium - John Stezelecki 1st, Rob Hayes 2nd, John Reimels 3rd and Ryan Archambault 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sportsman Super Stock

With the G-Jet program wrapped up, it was time to start getting ready for Super Stock.  Stez and Bob Jones decided they had had enough racing for the day and Dan Decosmo need to tend to some train business so that left us with thirteen drivers for Super Stock.  Given the weather, we ran the Pros and Sportsman together.  After some lunch and two hours of practice most people were ready to race and the rest resigned themselves that they would have to make do with what they had.  The big question when running on Elvis is how low to go.  Jim Mac and Tom Gray ran into heat issues and cooked before the end.  Everyone else seemed to find a setup that kept the smoke in the cars and there was some close racing.  Fast laps were just under 3 seconds.  Once again Ryan was the fast guy on the track with a fastest lap of 2.751 seconds in yellow.  Tom Jahl set fastest lap for the Sportsman with a 2.741 second lap in blue just a tick off the time set by Ryan.  Once again racing was close and pretty clean with a minimal number of track calls.

“Oh Jimmy” swept the day in Sportsman with his win in Super Stock.  Great drive in both races by Jim with clean consistent laps.  Tom Jahl rolled into second  5 laps behind Jimmy.  Paul Crosby was a lap behind Tom to take third and reformed T-Jet racer Matt Patrick was 4 laps behind Paul to take fourth.  Terry, Hal, and Mike rounded out the field.  Great clean racing by the Sportsmen.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

 Avg

Jim Colligan

74

87

92

79

332

83

Tom Jahl

70

90

95

72

327

81.75

Paul Crosby

77

83

84

82

326

81.5

Matt Patrick

67

89

92

74

322

80.5

Terry Ayer

71

87

90

69

317

79.25

Hal Pierce

72

80

83

75

310

77.5

Mike Tiffany

70

74

80

82

306

76.5

 

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - Oh Jimmy Colligan 1st, Tom Jahl 2nd, Paul Crosby 3rd and Matt Patrick 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro Super Stock

The top four Pros were also closely grouped.  Rob Hayes took the win with a high lap total in the green lane of 91 laps proving  once again  Green is the lane to master.  John Reimels finished second just 3 laps behind Rob.  7 laps behind John were third place finisher Paul Ryer and fourth place finisher Ryan Archambault.  Once again Ryan was cheated out of a third place finish by sections.  This time by only 3 sections.  Tom and Jim suffered motor and pinion problems and were off the pace.

Pro Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

 Avg

Rob Hayes

91

93

98

88

370

92.5

John Reimels

87

97

98

85

367

91.75

Paul Ryer

85

98

93

84

360.18

90

Ryan Archambault

84

94

90

92

360.15

90

Tom Gray

36

0

87

45

168

42

Jim Macartney

59

0

41

0

100

25

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ribbons were awarded, hands were shook and everyone packed up and headed out.  Thank you to everyone who showed up for another great day of racing.  See you at the next MARC race in January at Modelville/Lenjet where the classes will be MARC Spec Stock on the Purple Mile, Modified for the Sportsman on the Scorpion and CMPM for the Pros on a track to be named later.

The race report as recorded this day

December 19, 2017

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

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MARC 2017 – 2018 Season – Nantasket Beach Speedway

DECOSMO WINS BIG IN G-JET

REIMELS WINS SUPER STOCK ON THE NUVOLARI

 

November 11, 2017  Hull, Massachusetts   This was an unusually cold early  November Saturday but the cold didn’t stop 21 drivers from attending the MARC event here in Hull.

 G-Jets on the Lady Gray

The first event of the day started early morning with Can Am G -Jet on the grand prix

A full field of CanAm cars ready to race

Lady Gray track.  This was a mixed driver event were both Sportsman and Pro drivers were all in the same race. Dan DeCosmo dominated the field of twenty one with an incredible record breaking 230.07 lap performance.  In three of the four lanes Dan drove best lap times well below five seconds, only in the yellow lane did Dan not achieve that with a best of 5.081 on the yellow lane. Dan’s previously best with the G-Jet on this track was 226.5 laps with a F1 G-Jet on November 14th of 2015. Fantastic race racing Dan. Congratulations with a record-setting performance.

John Reimels placed second with 222.03 laps, an excellent performance.  John previously held the G Jet record on the Lady Gray  with 227 laps on November 8th 2014 and held until now. Another great race John. Congratulations.

 

Pro G-Jet Podium - DeCosmo 1st, Reimels 2nd Stezelecki 3rd and Lentros 4th

Pro G-Jet Results:

 

1 – Dan DeCosmo.                       230.07

2 – John Reimels.                         222.03

3 – John Stezelecki.                     218.12.

4 – Peter Lentros.                         209.13

5 – Rob Hayes.                             203.10.

Busy in the pits

6 – Paul Ryer.                                201.05.

7 – Don Hall.                                 200.12.

8 – Eric Eckhardt.                        196.11.

9 – David Muse.                          196.01.

10 – Tom Gray.                               188.08.

11 – Jim Macartney.                     180.01.

 

Sportsman G-Jet Results:

Sportsman G-Jet Podium - Resnick 1st, Jahl 2nd, Colligan 3rd and Patrick 4th

1 – Mike Resnick.                           209.06

2 – Tom Jahl.                               194.08

3 – Jimmie Colligan.                   183.10

4 – Matt Patrick.                          180.12

5 – Terry Ayer.                               177.11

6 – Bob Jones.                              168.10

7 – Hal Pierce.                               166.10

Lots of head scratching going on trying to figure out these damn G-Jets!

8 – Zoo White.                               155.01

9 – JJ.                                             142.02

10 – Rob McCormick.                     134.09

 

 

 

 

Super Stocks on the Nuvolari

The MARC Super Stock event was held on the Nuvolari Super Speedway.  Both Sportsman and Pro classes had some pretty exciting racing.

Sportsman Super Stock – Hall nips Muse

Super Stocks awaiting tech inspection

In the Sportsman Class Don Hall narrowly nipped Dave Muse by only one section. The victory for Hall came in the final seconds when Don took great advantage of being on the middle green lane and David on the gutter red lane in the final heat.  It was amazing to see Don nip away at Dave’s large lead in the final seconds to secure the win. Don’s best lap time was on the white lane with a pretty fast 3.135 second lap. He had a high lap total of 74.04 laps on the green lane.

Dave had a high lap total of 75 on yellow and a best lap time 3.622 on blue.

Sportsman Results:

 

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - Colligan 4th, Jahl 3rd, Muse 2nd and Hall 1st

1.   Don Hall.                        426.04 laps

2.   Dave Muse.                   426.03

3.   Tom Jahl.                      423.09

4.   Oh Jimmie Colligan.    418.04

5.   Matt Patrick.                 401.08

6.   Terry. Ayer.                    359.04

7.   Hal Pierce.                    347.01

Pro Super Stock – Reimels scores big on the Nuvolari 

John Reimels ran a beautiful Ceramic Super Stock race easily taking the checkered flag with a four hundred and eighty-four lap performance . This lap total beat his previous best lap total in Ceramic SS  of four hundred and seventy six on November 14th 2015 on the same track. John also beat his best lap time in this class on the Nuvolari with a 3.179 on blue. Prior to this race his best lap time was 3.202 green lane on December 10th 2016. Congratulations to John for a job well done.

Paul Ryer had to feel pretty good taking second place with 472.04 laps and a best lap time finish for all drivers with a blistering 3.122 on orange. Nice job Paul

Pro Super Stock Results: 

 

Pro Super Stock Podium - DeCosmo 3rd, Ryer 2nd and Reimels 1st

1.   John Reimels.                         484.05

2.   Paul Ryer.                                 472.04

3.   Dan DeCosmo.                        467.11

4.   Rob Hayes.                              454.09

5.   Tom Gray.                                438.08

6.   Tom Jahl.                                415.09

7.   Erik Eckhardt.                         415.09

8.   Jim Macartney.                      401.01

9.   Peter Lentros.                        400.02

10. Stez.                                           42

 

Now a message from the Communication Director:

Thanks go to John Stezelecki for hosting the event with a special thanks to John for his efforts in recruiting new drivers – he’s been working with a group of newbies and had 4 of them here for their first MARC race.  John also reintroduced me to HO slot car racing just over 8 years ago (yes, he’s to blame… -JR) and I know he also recruited our current director, Paul Ryer, a year before me.  Without efforts from folks like John, entrees could dwindle.  Let’s learn from John and all make an effort to recruit more folks.

 Coming Events:

December 9 – MARC Race 4 at Paul Ryer’s South Shore Speedway w/ Vintage NASCAR G-Jets and Super Stocks

December 30 – GRoNE at Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway w/ Gravity on the Boomerang, BRASCARs on the Parma and TBD for the third race

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GRoNE – Catfish International Speedway – Nov 4, 2017

GRoNE Racing Cambridge Style

Cambridge, Massachusetts  November 4, 2017    Six racers made their way to Catfish International Speedway to join host Rob Hayes for a day of racing, GRoNE style.  The first

Rob had his Catfish International Speedway ready for action

race on the docket was a T-Jet race.  Out of habit, I’ve always referred to this race as using ECHORR rules.  As a group, we’ve decided to adopt the HOPRA rules as a better fit for our events since we’re already using HOPRA’s Gravity rules.  The changes are somewhat subtle  but NOT insignificant – gone are the 12T and 14T pinions but welcome are the DASH armatures!  Starting with our next event, HOPRA rules will be in effect if we run T-Jets.

T-Jets

A full field of T-Jets

After an hour of pick-up shoe tweaking, it was time to race.  Jonathan Reimels was making his return to racing, his first appearance since the 2016 Nats; based on the race results, he hasn’t lost his touch!  He took down the win by one lap over track owner Rob Hayes.  Paul Ryer finished a close third one lap behind Rob followed by Peter Lentros in fourth.  It was the White and Red lanes that made the difference in the top finishing positions as everyone seemed to have Blue and Yellow nailed.

 

T-Jet Results

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Jonathan Reimels

19

19

20

18

76

Rob Hayes

19

19

18

19

75

Paul Ryer

19

19

18

18

74

Peter Lentros

19

18

19

16

72

John Reimels

18

17

17

17

69

Dave Muse

17

17

17

17

68

Don Hall

15

17

16

18

66

 

Gravity Race 1

With the voltage dialed down to 18 volts and the double stick tape applied to the front straight, it was time for some Gravity Racing!  Rob and Dave were breaking in new rides,

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

both center-hinged anglewinders based on the latest Motown kit; Paul Ryer was trying out his center-hinged in-line chassis while the rest of us were running our tried and trued cars from past events.   In general, lap times were in the mid-seven second range, a full 4 -5 tenths quicker than the fast times set here a year ago – a clear indication of the progress we’ve been making as a group.  Once car selections were made and tech began, it was obvious there were two camps; one was the Motown center-hinge group comprised of Dave Muse, John and Jon Reimels and Rob Hayes running anglewinders joined by Paul Ryer running a center-hinged in-line; the other group were running LandShark cars with Don Hall running a more traditional in-line and Peter Lentros running a center-hinged anglewinder.  Once the race started, it was clear the battle for the top spot was between John and Rob, John mastering the White and Red lanes with Rob getting the upper hand in Yellow and Blue.  In the end, it’s hard to beat Rob on his home track, he took down the win by less than ½ a lap over John; the only conciliation for John was setting a new lap record of 7.538 seconds.  Jonathan finished third followed by Peter and Paul.

 

 

Gravity Race 1 Results

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Rob Hayes

21

23

21

21

86.25

John Reimels

20

22

22

22

86.10

Jonathan Reimels

21

21

20

20

82

Peter Lentros

18

21

19

21

79

Paul Ryer

20

20

19

19

78.30

Don Hall

19

20

20

19

78.10

Dave Muse

17

16

16

19

68

 

Gravity Race 2

After lunch, the decision was made to forego an IROC race and run another Gravity race in its place.  We only race these cars on a bi-monthly basis and we needed a fix to hold us

Gravity Field set for race 2 - Top Side

over until our New Year’s race the end of December.  After practice, Paul swapped his in-line for a sidewinder he built based on Joel Pennington’s design with the rails necked in where they attach to the front pan to increase flex in the chassis.  Peter  swapped to a sidewinder, this one based on the Motown Center-Hinged design powered by a small M10 motor.  Donny also switched rides selecting another traditional LandShark in-line car from his vast collection of cars.  The rest of the pack stuck with

Gravity Field - Bottom Side

their rides from race one.  Paul clearly selected well, his sidewinder flew around the track besting the lap total set by Rob in the first race by a full 2 laps (but he fell 0.001 seconds short of tying my lap record – JR).  John finished two laps behind setting the same lap total as he did in the first race (nothing like being consistent – JR).  Peter liked the way the M10 motored sidewinder handled even if it was down on power compared to the slightly larger M20 motors, he pushed the car hard to finish third a few sections ahead of Jon Reimels in 4th.  Rob finished 5th, only two laps lower than he did in the first race showing just how close the top of the field is running.  The top five all beat last year’s winning total of 83 laps set by Rob Hayes – again an indication of the improvements we’re making.

Gravity Race 2

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Paul Ryer

22

23

23

20

88

John Reimels

22

21

22

21

86

Peter Lentros

21

22

21

20

84.34

Jonathan Reimels

21

22

21

20

84.19

Rob Hayes

20

22

22

20

84.05

Don Hall

19

20

20

18

77

Dave Muse

16

21

19

19

75

 

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

After the race, Rob served his famous Petsi’s Pie, a Cambridge favorite – a perfect way of ending a fantastic day.  Thanks go to Rob for hosting and a huge welcome back goes out to Jonathan Reimels, he has been missed.

As we were packing up, conversation turned to our next event.  Keeping to our bi-monthly schedule, December 30th appears to be a good date.  Traditionally Ryan Archambault hosts an event this time of year but, after a conversation with Ryan, Peter Lentros will be hosting this year at his LenJet Raceway.  We’ll be running Gravity cars on the Boomerang and BRASCARs (basically anything powered by a Mabuchi HT50 motor) on the Parma track.  Mark your calendars!  I’ll send out a race reminder in early December, if you have a suggestion for the third race of the day, let me know.  The default will probably be another Gravity race or HOPRA T-Jets.

 

John Reimels

Brass Car Advocate

GRoNE Race Coordinator

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MARC 2017 – 2018 Seaon Catfish International Speedway

New power, new track records, some familiar faces:

MARC 2017 – 2018 Round Two at Catfish International

By Benson S.R. Tuna

 October 14, 2017 – Catfish International Speedway, Cambridge, Massachusetts — Our second race of the 2017-18 MARC slot car racing season, and all very excited to try out new updates to our MacPack® power supply, and what this augmented power could potentially yield with four-lane fields of two-ohm CMPM motors.

 

Dan fixing the track...

Before we dove in, a wee bit of rail repair.  An errant marshal (or perhaps a demon) had snapped loose short sections of rail on two lanes near the race director station.  Our good luck that mini-railroad mogul Dan DeCosmo had joined us for the day, and effected a super (and quick) repair.  Thank you, Dan!

After 90 min of dialing-in, Sportsman Spec Racer was our first tilt of the day.  Tom Jahl made the trip from horse country, and (whoa Nelly!) showed the Sportsmen the short way around.  He had a very impressive car, and gave it an equally impressive drive.  Perhaps this was the winning car from the Sportsman race here in April, driven then by another member of the Jahl clan?  No matter, Tom cleared Mike “The Machine” Resnick’s total by about seven laps, relying primarily on his strong run in Yellow.

Spec Racer Sportsman Podium - Terry Ayer 4th, Mike Tiffany 3rd, Mike Resnick 2nd, Tom Jahl 1st

Following Mike were “Nitro” Mike Tiffany, Terry Ayer, Matt Patrick (driving these muy rapido cars for the first time), and Hal Pierce, who seems to have had a broken car when his turn came to run Blue.

So glad to have Mike T. back, after his summer to forget. Among the missing and missed on the day:  Team Medeiros, Reimels Sr., Donny Hall, Oh Jimmy, Bob Withers, Tom Smith, Paul Crosby, and newly minted Floridian Phil Hilgert.  I must be forgetting someone… Oh yes – Peter Lentros!  Musta been racing with some inferior club.  8-)

Spec Racer Pro Podium - Erik Eckhardt 4th, John Stezelecki 3rd, Rob Hayes 2nd, John Pileggi 1st

Pro Spec Stock.  Another race, another chance to see Dr. John Pileggi dance madly ahead, pirouetting in victory like Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  As predicted in these pages, John’s reign of terror continues unabated, now that he’s a full-time civilian.  John won, or tied for, top total on every lane.  He set a new total-lap record for the class, at 298.21, eclipsing his own mark of 294.27 set this past April, by nearly four laps.  He is setting the standard.

Our Track Owner ran John even on both Yellow and White, then lost the race by going three-down to The Doctor on both Red and Blue, while still posting an overall personal best of 292.20.  Stez, with his usual smooth, imperturbable drive, took third, followed by Erik Eckhardt, Jim Mac, Paul Ryer, Tommy Gray, Dave Muse, and Dan DeCosmo, whose Archambauto® threw a wire early in the race.  He woulda been right there. Thus ended Pro Spec Stock.

Modified Sportsman Podium - Terry Ayer 4th, Matt Patrick 3rd, Mike Tiffany 2nd, Tom Jahl 1st

Time for Sportsman Modified.  Another heady performance from en loco parentis Tom Jahl, who this past April was ten laps in arrears of super-son Stephen for the Sportsman Modified win.  This time?  Another superb car, no Stephen, and Tom simply ran off and hid from the rest of the field, with a 38-lap margin of victory.  No, this is not a typo.  Stephen, where are you?

“Nitro” Mike Tiffany, on an overnight pass, taking a brief respite from his doctors and nurses, was second, turning in a classic, Tiffanyesque drive.  Remarkable.  Matt Patrick suffered mightily on Red (but, who doesn’t?), but gathered himself to take third, again, racing the even faster cars on this track for the first time. Matt slipped by Terry on the last lane, Blue, putting up the necessary three extra laps there to take third.  Hal looked great on Blue, had his troubles on the other three, but clearly making progress overall.

CMPM Pro Podium - Rob Hayes 4th, John Pileggi 3rd, Erik Eckhardt 2nd, Dan Decosmo 1st

In Pro CMPM, well, well, well!  Shining Time Station’s Dan Decosmo and Erik “The Chauffeur” Eckhardt had a battle royale (with cheese).  Awesome stuff, just the kind of mano a mano, Texas Cage Match we all came to see.  In the end, right at the end, Dan eked out the win by a mere two sections, coming behind from gutter Red, the final totals being 362.39, to 362.37.  Dan and Erik both broke Rob’s two-year-old class record of 357.23 by more than five laps.

Dr. John, with a somewhat subpar Red, was third with 355.24, and Rob fourth at 353.29.  Paul Ryer, Jim Mac, and Tom Gray, with serious problems on his first two lanes, brought the Pro field to its completion and conclusion.  Some Small Comfort:  Rob did set the new single-lap CMPM record of 2.889, slicing Dan’s mark of 2.966 set this past April.  Sorry, Paul.  8-)

A good, long day was completed in fine fashion with Mississippi Mud, Multiberry, and Cherry pies.  The end!

The awesome layout known as Catfish International Speedway

Our thanks go to Digital Dave Muse for helping us along with Lanemaster®, to superspouse Gretchen for providing our donuts, and pianist extraordinaire Witness Kabelo for his renditions of a Duke Ellington blues, and the U.S. national anthem.  Bravo, Witness!  Large gratitude to everyone for coming, and, as always, XXL thanks to Bryan Henden of Brystal Race Systems for our fun-fun-fun Brystal Catfish racetrack.

For all of you fans of Sir Isaac Newton, Gravity Racing of New England (GRoNE) will hold its next, ultra-gravitational extravaganza right here at Catfish International on Saturday, November 4.  If you haven’t tried gravity racing yet, you just don’t know.  It’s sorta like time travel, but you don’t need Stephen Hawking.  Plenty of fast loaner cars are around, and we welcome your participation.  You will smile like a baby with his/her first taste of chocolate cake.

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GRoNE – South Shore Speedway – 09/30/17

Gravity Racing on a cold, rainy Autumn Day

Hingham, MA  September 30, 2017 – Six New Englanders knew how best to spend a cold, rainy Autumn day – racing Gravity cars at Paul Ryer’s South Shore Speedway in

South Shore Speedway's host, Paul Ryer thrashing away on his latest build - Paul has caught an awesome case of the Gravity Bug that's spreading across New England - No Known Cure

Hingham, MA.  While the turnout was a tad low, we made up for it with the eagerness of running some new equipment.  Rob Hayes débuted his latest round of changes to his Scott Terry anglewinder – this time Rob added a center-hinge to his well tweaked chassis as well as installing a tuned motor.  Paul Ryer tried out his latest concoction – a center-hinged in-line chassis, Paul has clearly caught the gravity bug!  I was running a new configuration for the M20 motor with magnets and bearings sourced from China through Alibaba.  We also had two newbies to the group, Bill Craven and Dave Muse.  Bill won a gravity car at a recent fund raiser for a fellow slot car racer in need and wanted to try it out.  Dave has been a staple in magnet car racing for many years and thought it time to try out gravity racing.  Tom Gray got the long-distance award making the trek down from New Hampshire.  But, before we get into the Gravity Racing, we had an ECHORR T-Jet race to run.

 

T-Jets

With Dave Muse stuck in Boston traffic, Paul’s son, Tom, was recruited to take his spot.

T-Jet practice underway with Rob Hayes, Tom Ryer and Tommy Gray hard at it

Six racers work nicely on Paul’s track which can be marshalled with two nimble, attentive turn marshals (too bad we didn’t have any, hahahaha – JR) allowing all four lanes to be run in a simple round robin format.  After an hour of practice, all were ready to see who had the best ride.  Paul Ryer had a miserable time in the tough Green lane leaving the door open for John Reimels to steal the win.  Rob Hayes had an interesting race, his best lane total was in Green but he fell off the pace in the easier center lanes finishing 3rd  (go figure – JR).  Sam, Bill and Tom had a real close race for the remaining positions with local knowledge proving hard to beat with Sam finishing 4th followed by Bill and Tom.

 

Gravity Race 1

A nice field of Gravity Cars - Top View

Next up was practice for the gravity class.  With all the new equipment, there was lots of action in the pits in the quest of getting the cars set-up to handle South Shore Speedway’s tough 330 degree donut and the two 180 degree hairpin turns.   As the fumes from solder flux wafted throughout Paul’s basement, it was time to see what everyone had – unplug the soldering irons, put away the tools, it was time to race.  Paul Ryer abandoned his center-hinged in-line late in practice and reverted to the

Now the important side - the Bottom View

sidewinder he used at this year’s Nats; after some serious thrashing, Rob appeared satisfied with the changes he made to his Scott Terry anglewinder so the field was set.  This time Paul did not mess up the green lane, he ran a real smooth race finishing two laps ahead of John Reimels who using his anglewinder design debuted at the Nats.  Rob Hayes finished a strong third with late arrival Dave Muse finishing a very competitive 4th after running only a few minutes of practice – the first time he’s run a gravity car.  Rounding out the field was Tommy Gray in 5thand Bill

Finishing Results of the first Gravity Race of the day

Craven in 6th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gravity Race 2

Rather than race some IROC cars for the last event of the day, the decision was made to have another round of Gravity racing (we only get to race these jewels once every two months… – JR).  Most drivers stuck with the cars they ran in the first race but Paul “Never

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

Do the Same Thing Twice” Ryer swapped his ride for his original sidewinder built about 6 months ago.  Rob continued to fine-tune his car during practice working on the pre-load of the torsion springs in search of the tweak that would put him over the top.  With Paul running an older chassis design (with the fast pace of development in gravity racing, 6 months is a life-time – JR), John Reimels was able to run away with the event followed by a resurgent Tom “All I Needed Was a Little More Practice Time” Gray in second place.  Once again, Rob finished in 3rd, 4 laps off the pace he set in the first gravity race, I guess the tweaks didn’t work.

Gravity Race II Results

Dave “Practice is Over-Rated” Muse finished 4th garnering the same lap total he got in the first race.  Paul Ryer finished 5th, 15 laps off the pace of his win in the first race with Bill Craven coming home 6th.

The highlight of the race for me was when Rob awarded me a poster for the effort I’ve made to promote Gravity Racing here in New England, the tag line of the poster – Gravity.  It isn’t just a good idea.  It’s the LAW.  I think that should be the new motto for GRoNE!  THANKS Rob, the recognition is MUCH appreciated (as is the awesome poster!).

Rob's awesome Gravity Poster!!!

Our next event will be at Rob Hayes’ awesome Catfish International Speedway on November 4th.  Doors open at 8:00.  I’ll send out a reminder in a few weeks but PLEASE mark your calendars now.

 

 

 

 

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Coordinator & Brass Car Enthusiast

And remember -  Gravity, it isn’t just a good idea, it’s the LAW

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MARC Season 2017 – 2018 Thompson Raceway Park

Race Report – Thompson Raceway Park

Thompson, Connecticut  September 9 2017

Hi Ho , Hi Ho , It’s off to race we go !
We go so fast and crash you know ,
Ho Ho , Hi Ho .

GJets you know and Stez will blow
the doors off all us.
Hi Ho , Hi Ho .

Super Stock is where we’ll go
To race the Pros
Hi Ho , Hi Ho
Erik will win from Rob again
Hi Ho , Hi Ho .

So 14 hardy racers braved the deep woods to open the new MARC season . Despite having

Durf Hyson's Thompson Raceway Park ready to go

only 40% of the usual “J’s” in the house but with Stez and Mike Resnick putting in appearances the GJet round robin commenced . Stez ran off and hid , cruising to an easy 8 lap win over 2nd place Rob Hayes . The excitement came from the battle for 3rd place
in the overall standings . Paul Ryer , Mike Resnick , and Erik Eckhardt battled it out with all three scoring 153  lap totals . Paul with 20 sections led the group and pulled down 3rd in the Pro division . Mike Resnick was 4th overall with 15 sections which put him 1st amongst the Amateurs . Erik finished 5th overall with 11 sections and
so was 4th amongst the Pros . The full fields were as follows :

Pro . 1.) John Stezelecki , 2.) Rob Hayes , 3.) Paul Ryer , 4.) Erik Eckhardt , 5.) Dave Muse , 6.) Don Hall     7.) Tom Gray , 8.) Peter “three is a lot of colors to keep straight” Lentros

Amateur . 1.) Mike Resnick , 2.) Hal Pierce (quietly sneaking an excellent one in on the crowd) , 3.) Matt Patrick   4.) Terry Ayer , 5.) Jimmy Colligan , 6.) Durf Hyson

Sportsman SS Podium - Terry Ayer 2nd, Matt Patrick 1st, Durf Hyson 3rd and Jim Colligan 4th

Next up was lunch thanks to the tireless efforts of the Missus and some good home cooking after which Super Stock practice commenced . This period gave us a hint of what was to come with 4.0 second lap times interspersed with the occasional high 3 second times . It looked like a setup for a good race and it turned out to be one . With  Erik posting one lap less than last year and Rob posting two more the race was in doubt right up to the end of the last segment with Erik squeaking out the win by 3 laps . Overall Tom Gray was 3rd followed by Paul Ryer . Matt Patrick’s 6th overall finish put him 1st amongst the Amateur ranks with Terry Ayer 2nd , Durf Hyson 3rd and “Oh Jimmy” Colligan 4th .
The full fields ere as follows:

Pro . 1.) Erik Eckhardt , 2.) Rob Hayes , 3.) Tom Gray , 4.) Paul Ryer , 5.) Peter Lentros

Amateur . 1.) Matt Patrick , 2.) Terry Ayer 3.) Durf Hyson , 4.) Jim Colligan , 5.) Don Hall , 6.) Hal Pierce   7.) Dave Muse

Sportsman G-Jet Podium - Mike Resnick 1st, Matt Patrick 3rd, Hal Pierce 2nd and Terry Ayer 4th

So another race at the place in the woods by the lake in the books . I thank all for coming and hope everyone
had a good time . And on to the next race October 14th …

Over the river and through the ‘hoods , to Catfish’s house we go . Where there will be guys , and lots of
cool pies , and anthems we all know , oh !

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GRoNE – LenJet Raceway – July 22, 2017

Mid-Summer GRoNE Racing at LenJet

Ashland, Massachusetts  July 22, 2018   We had 10 racers at the recent GRoNE event hosted by Peter Lentros at his wicked awesome LenJet Raceway.  We were missing a few

Practice well underway with T-Jets on the Python MaxTrax

regulars because of vacation plans and race date conflicts but 10 racers in the middle of the summer isn’t a bad turnout.   Rather than race our usual IROC BRASCARs, we opted to run two Gravity races instead, one on Peter’s Python MaxTrax and the other on his Boomerang track.  After a brief meeting to discuss the order of events, we kicked off the day running ECHORR T-Jets on the Python.  Turns out most of us haven’t been on this track since the 2016 Nats and that’s a real shame, this track deserves more usage (but with so many tracks to choose from, it’s always a hard decision – JR).  The race turned into a real barn-burner with Peter Lentros taking down the win

Finishing results for the T-Jet race

with a one lap victory over Rob Hayes; Peter’s mastery of the red gutter lane proving to be the difference.  John Reimels finished 2 laps further in arears once again with the gutter lanes being the difference (me thinks Peter has been practicing on this track… – JR).  Paul Crosby grabbed 4th one lap behind John with Paul Ryer beating out Donny Hall for 5th by just sections.   The top six all finished within 5 laps of each other.  While slightly off the pace of the top finishers, there also was a real tight battle for 7th, 8th and 9th with Tom Gray beating Jim Macartney and Tom Smith all within 2 laps of each other.

After cranking back the voltage to 18 volts, practice for the Gravity cars began.  The twists

A full and varied field for Gravity!

and turns of the layout hampered the cars from getting on song for more than just a quick blip once or twice a lap (depending on the lane and the courage of the driver- JR) but overall the cars were fun to drive on this track.  We had quite the array of chassis configurations; two lowered Doug Morris AFX cars, three mini-motored Al Thruman based in-lines, one Scott Terry anglewinder, one Al Thurman center hinged anglewinder, one non-center hinged Reimels built anglewinder and one Reimels built center hinged sidewinder. As I said, quite the mix of cars.  My brand new M10 motored center hinged sidewinder proved to be the right car for the track; the power Results for 1st Gravity race conducted on the Pythonband of the smaller motor suited the track well as did the flexibility of the chassis.  I was able to win the race by 8 laps over Rob Hayes’ Scott Terry anglewinder.  Don Hall finished third, sections behind Rob with Peter Lentros in 4th only sections behind Donny.  Paul Ryer brought his trusty in-line ride home in 5thtwo laps behind Peter.  To further emphasize the variety of cars, the winner was an M10 sidewinder followed by an M20

Gravity Podium - Reimels 1st, Hayes 2nd, Hall 3rd and Lentros 4th

anglewinder, an M30 in-line and then a lowered AFX car.

 

 

 

 

 

After a lunch break, it was gravity cars on the Boomerang – quite the change of pace from the Python track – the Boomerang has long straights and fast sweepers with a few hairpins

Gravity on the Boomerang - Awesome!!!

thrown in for excitement!  Many drivers chose different weapons for this event, only Rob Hayes and Jim Macartney sticking with their original rides leaving the field with 2 sidewinders, 5 anglewinders and one lonely AFX non-lowered car (Donny H and Paul C had to leave but we gained Sheldon M borrowing a car from Rob).  Paul Ryer and I were both using the cars we ran at the recent Nats giving us a distinct advantage given the relatively short practice session.  We were able to turn that advantage into a one – two finish with me taking down the win using my center hinged anglewinder by 4 laps over Paul’s M20 powered sidewinder.  Peter Lentros borrowed the car I used for

Second Gravity Race Results - Boomerang

the morning race to finish third, the handling of the center hinged sidewinder able to make up for the lack of speed of the M10 motor (and, of course, Peter’s excellent driving skills…  – JR).  Rob Hayes took his Scott Terry anglewinder to fourth, a lap behind Peter with Tom Gray driving one of my original anglewinders to 5th one lap behind Rob.  Unlike the variety seen in the first gravity race of the day, this was purely an anglewinder / sidewinder battle.

The consensus at the end of the day was that the gravity cars were more suited to the Boomerang track versus the Python; while the Python was fun, the

Second Gravity Podium - Hayes 4th, Lentros 3rd, Ryer 2nd and Reimels 1st

Boomerang was exhilarating.  We also discussed continuing with the every other month schedule for future events, with MARC and the Outlaws running on a monthly basis, trying to squeeze in a third sanctioning body into the mix could put all three at risk for attendees.  Therefore, I will be looking for a venue for September; hopefully I can coerce either Paul Ryer or Rob Hayes to host.  The third Saturday of the month looks promising so pencil in September 16th for our next event.

 

John Reimels

Brass Car Advocate and GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

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MARC Season 2016-2017 – LenJet Raceway

Season Ends with a BANG!

 

Ashland, Massachusetts    May 13, 2017  With 24 racers in attendance, the season

The Purple Mile and Spec Racers... Awesome

ended with our largest turnout of the year.  While I haven’t run the numbers yet, I believe our average attendance for this season will be the highest we’ve had since I’ve been keeping the records.   We had a number of guests join us the event, Hal Pierce and Terry Ayer joined us again as did Gerd Wolny.  While he’s made a few G-Jet events, Greg Burstein of T-Jet fame joined us for his first taste of real magnet car racing.   Helping to round out the attendance was Nick Kanan accompanying his father TK for his first appearance of the season (better late than never).

 

Sports Racers

Sportsman

Sports Racers on the Purple Mile has really become a favorite at LenJet Raceway, they’re

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Gerd Wolny 1st, Pete Medeiros Jr 2nd, Donny Hall 3rd and Phil Hilgert 4th

truly a match made in heaven.  While the MARC members have run this combination a few times over the past couple of years, it was first time Purple Miler Gerd Wolny, who showed the field around the track.  Pete Medeiros Jr tried really hard to overcome his disastrous run in the white lane but he fell two laps shy of eclipsing Gerd’s lap total.  Donny Hall had a good run finishing third followed by Phil Hilgert making his last MARC event has a New Englander, Phil is headed to Florida in the near future.   The Tom twins finished 5th and 6th, Jahl beating Smith to the line by only 16 sections (which on the Purple Mile isn’t that much!).

Pro

Pro Spec Racer Podium - Gerg Burstein 4th, John Reimels 3rd, John Pileggi 2nd and Ryan Archambault

Ryan Archambault simply dominated the Pro race taking first place with a 15 lap cushion over second place finisher John Pileggi.  Other than orange, Ryan set high lap total on every lane with a stunning 82 lap run in Blue.  John Reimels came home 3rd, 3 laps behind Dr Pileggi followed by magnet car newbie Greg Burstein.  Following Greg were Rob Hayes in 5th, John Stezelecki in 6th, Tom Kanan in 7th and Sportsman move up, Gerd Wolny in 8th.

 

Modifieds / CMPM

Sportsman

Getting a handle on the Boomerang is tough when running the fast stuff, especially in the

Sportsman Modified Podium - Pete Medeiros Jr 1st, Gerd Wolny 2nd, Tom Jahl 3rd and Terry Ayer 4th

yellow lane.  Master yellow and the rest is easy.  Pete Medeiros clearly hit the set-up in the Modified class, he ran away with the event building up a 16 lap lead over Gerd Wolny by the end of the event.  Tom Jahl add a lonely run to 3rd, 9 laps off second place but nearly 30 laps up on 4th place finisher Terry Ayer.  This was Terry first podium finish in his relatively short stint running with MARC but I’m sure it won’t be his last.  Fifth was Phil Hilgert followed by Donny Hall, Hal Pierce, Matt Patrick and Vince Tamburo, who was also running his last MARC event as a New Englander.  Vince is moving to Delaware in June, he’ll be missed.

Pro

With the day running long, the Pros decided to forego the main event and put everything

Pro CMPM Podium John Pileggi 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Nick Kanan 3rd and Tom Kanan 4th

on the line during the 5 minute round robin.  During practice, it was clear that Ryan A, John P and Nick K had the speed to win the event.  The rest of us were left scratching our heads about what they were doing right and what we were doing wrong.  In the race, Nick fell off the pace in the red lane leaving the battle for the top between Ryan and Dr P.  Ryan had a disastrous run in yellow after bending an axle but came roaring back in white, red and blue putting up a whooping 96 lap run in white but it just wasn’t enough to catch Dr P.  With rumors of John cutting back on his racing next year, he was bound and determined to go out in a blaze of glory, doing so by beating Ryan to the finish by less than a lap.  Tom Kanan finished 4th followed by Rob Hayes, John Reimels, Tom Gray, Paul Ryer and Jim Macartney.

 

Vince Tamburo working hard at what could be his last MARC event due to his move to Delaware over the summer

Thanks go to Peter for hosting the event and Dave Muse for running the computer for most of the day.  Our next MARC event will be the rules meeting sometime in late July / August – I’ll send out a note when the date is finalized.

 

 

 

NEXT EVENT:

On June 3rd, Peter is hosting a GRoNE event at LenJet raceway.  Doors will open at 8:00 with loaner cars available for those wanting to try their hand at gravity racing.

 

John Reimels

MARC Communication Director

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MARC Season 2016-2017 – Nantasket Beach Speedway

Tiffany, Stez, Medeiros and Pileggi All Win at Nantasket Beach

Hull Massachusetts  April 22, 2017   Eighteen drivers made it to John Stezelecki’s Nantasket Beach Speedway on April 22nd.  Stez decided to mix things up a bit having the G-Jet race on the Nuvolari and the Super Stock race on the Lady Gray.

Sportsman G-Jet Can Am Production Class

Having a very fast G-Jet doesn’t always guarantee a win in this class. You need to be able

G-Jet Sportsman Podium - Mike Tiffany 1st, Don Hall 2nd, Peter medeiros Jr 3rd and Jimmy Colligan 4th

to drive it.  Mike Tiffany took his very fast G Jet and drove the heck out of it by blasting out 306 laps to win the Sportsman G-Jet event on the six lane Nuvolari Super Speedway. Mike ran a 5.245 second lap time on the orange lane and a 5.268 on the white lane. In the gutter red lane and the green lane and blue lane Mike ran lap times in the 5.3 second range. It was only in gutter yellow did Mike slightly struggle with a best time of 5.568.  Congratulations to Mike for a superb win. Mike also chose to move up to race in the Pro G-Jet event. See Pro G-Jet results below. The G-Jet theme body was Can Am

Sportsman Can Am G-Jet results

1    Mike Tiffany                   306.7    Best Lap time   5.245

2    Don Hall                           295.1                                   5.444

3    Peter Medeiros  Jr.      287.1                                   5.441

4    Oh Jimmy Colligan       283.9                                   5.647

5    Tom Jahl                           274.3                                   5.383

6    Tom Smith                       266.5                                   5.919

7    Hal Pierce                        255.5                                    5.916

8    Terry Ayer                        247.3                                    5.988

9    Peter Medeiros              223.5                                    6.513

 

Pro G-Jet Can Am

Some of the fastest G -Jets in MARC history came to play today on the six lane Nuvolari

G-Jet Pro Podium John Stezelecki 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Paul Ryer 3rd and John Pileggi 4th

and the lap times sure proved it. John Stezelecki popped out 329 laps to take the win. In the green middle lane Stez knocked down 55 laps and had a best lap time of the day with a 5.028. On the white lane he put up his best lap total of 56 laps and a 5.132 lap times. Nice win for Stez. Ryan Archambault stayed on Stez’s heels by blasting out a 5.069 lap time (55 laps) on green lane and a 5.068 on white with 52 laps. Real fast racing. A very good second place run for Ryan. A real battle for 3rd between Ryan and Pileggi pursued with Ryan nipping Pileggi by sections.

Pro-G-Jet Can Am Results

1   John Stezelecki             329   laps  Best lap time   5.028

2   Ryan Archambault        310                                           5.068

3    Paul Ryer                         309                                           5.113

4    John Pileggi                    309                                           5.260

5    Mike Tiffany                   299                                           5.284

6    David Muse                     293                                           5.250

7    Vince Tamburo              291                                           5.409

8    Tom Gray                          281                                           5.650

9    Jim MaCartney               275                                           5.414

 

Sportsman Super Stock Class

On the Lady Gray 4 lane speedway

Peter Medeiros Jr. won this Super Stock event by 15 laps over second place finisher Vince

SS Sportsman Podium - Mike Tiffany 4th, Dave Muse 3rd, Vince Tamburo 2nd and Peter Medeiros Jr 1st

Tamburo. Three hundred and sixteen laps would take the win. Peter on the blue lane put up an impressive 81 laps and a 3.163 lap time. His lap total of 80 on the gutter yellow and a 3.245 lap finished off his competition.  Congratulations to Pete Jr. for a great win in Sportsman SS. Peter chose to move up and run in the Pro SS race.

 

 

1   Peter Medeiros Jr.             316                                           3.163

2   Vince Tamburo                    301                                           3.297

3   David Muse                           300                                           3.254

4   Mike Tiffany                          297                                           3.429

5   Tom Jahl                                 272                                            3.270

6   Oh Jimmy Colligan             270                                            3.410

7   Don Hall                                  263                                            2.977

8   Terry Ayer                              247                                            3.545

9   Hal Pierce                               237                                            3.096

 

Pro Super Stock

4 Lane LADY GRAY Speedway

Pileggi breaks track record

The last time a ceramic Super Stock race was held on the Lady Gray was six years ago,

SS Pro Podium - Ryan Archambault 4th, John Stezelecki 3rd, Paul Ryer 2nd and John Pileggi 1st

February 2011. It was won by John Stezelecki with a lap total of 355 laps and a best lap time of 2.969 on the white lane. Today John Pileggi beat that lap total by seven laps to finish the day with 363.05 laps. J. Pileggi narrowly missed tying the best lap time with a 2.970 on the white lane. John P. also tied Stez’s 2011  best lap total of 94  which Stez did  on blue but John did it on the more difficult gutter yellow. In 2011.   John Pileggi placed fourth in this event with a lap total of 334. What a difference six years makes and it was all worth the wait. Congratulations to John Pileggi for a great win and the record-breaking lap total.

1   John Pileggi                        362.05                                        2.970

2   Paul Ryer                              338.07                                        3.045

3   John Stezelecki                  329.11                                        3.113

4   Ryan Archambault             325.03                                       3.010

5   Jim Macartney                    319.14                                       3.135

6   Peter Medeiros JR             316.06                                        3.151

7   Tom Gray                               301.07                                        3.243

Next MARC event is at Lenjet Racway   in Ashland on May 13th 2017

Nuvolari G-Jet Enduro May 6th 2017

 

 

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