Big Crowd at LenJet Raceway
Ashland Massachusetts, February 09, 2019 With 24 racers in attendance, we set a
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.
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,
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
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
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.