GRoNE – GRoNE Hog’s Day – February 01, 2020

2nd Annual GRoNE Hog’s Day Event

 Ashland, MA  February 01, 2020    We had 12 participants at our second annual GRoNE

Racing on the Tubbie - Such memories...

Hog’s Day event hosted by Peter Lentros at his awesome LenJet Raceway.  LenJet tends to draw the crowd, in part because it’s centrally located within New England but also because it’s just an awesome place to race.  We dusted off Peter’s 5-lane Tubbie track for the T-Jet race (we really need to use this track more often, it’s so much fun to drive – JR) followed by an IROC Dire Wolf race and the Gravity race on Peter’s fast Viper track.

T-Jet Race:

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

As usual at a GRoNE event, the first race of the day was the T-Jets, this time on Peter’s Tubbie.  Peter’s Tubbie is a bit unique in that it’s surfaced with a 5 lane track made by Brad Bowman, the 5 lane configuration increases the lane spacing allowing for some nice side-by-side racing.   Rob Hayes once again showed his T-Jet prowess by beating Paul Ryer to the finish by 3 laps.  Track owner Peter Lentros finished third followed by John Reimels in fourth.  Racing T-Jets on this track brings back memories of Friday nights at the commercial raceway in Quincy, MA; 48 years later, the rhythm is still the same, but the cars are just so much faster.

T-Jets Results

Driver

Red

White

Green

Orange

Blue

Total

Rob Hayes

33

32

34

33

35

167

Paul Ryer

32

33

33

32

34

164

Peter Lentros

31

33

32

33

31

160

John Reimels

30

31

32

29

31

153

Donny Hall

28

30

31

30

31

151

Mike Tiffany

29

31

32

31

25

148

Tom Smith

27

29

29

28

30

143

Jim Macartney

28

30

29

28

27

140

Tom Gray

30

25

28

30

27

140

Tom Bussmann

29

29

30

25

26

139

Cody Pare

23

29

26

27

28

133.35

Dave Muse

30

26

27

26

24

133.06

 

IROC Race:

Nice looking Dire Wolves

We’re getting close to creating our third class for GRoNE events, Dire Wolves.  Most members have taken advantage of Peter’s efforts to kick off this class and purchased the kits he bought from RPMS.  By our next event, we should have enough cars so most racers can run their own car or borrow one from folks that have built more than one.   For this race, we ran the event IROC style with three cars built with the N20 motor out of an AFX Mega G+ car, the 4th car using an M20 motor.  Racing was extremely close with the top eight finishing within three laps – now that’s racing!  Peter Lentros took down the victory followed in close succession by Donny Hall, Dave Muse, John Reimels, Tommy Gray, Paul Ryer, Mike Tiffany and Rob Hayes.  I really look forward to growing this class as an easy way for folks to experience the wonderful world of gravity racing.

Dire Wolf IROC Results

Driver

White

Green

Orange

Blue

Total

Peter Lentros

18

18

16

20

72

Donny Hall

17

18

17

19

71.33

Dave Muse

19

17

17

18

71.10

John Reimels

18

18

16

18

70.40

Tommy Gray

17

19

15

19

70.06

Paul Ryer

18

17

16

18

69.24

Mike Tiffany

19

19

15

16

69.23

Rob Hayes

18

18

15

18

69.10

Tom Smith

15

18

15

17

65

Cody Pare

17

17

15

15

64.11

Tom Bussmann

17

16

14

17

64.10

Jim Macartney

13

17

15

16

61

 

Gravity Race:

Gravity Podium - Donny Hall 1st, Paul Ryer 2nd, Tommy Gray 3rd and Dave Muse 4th

Saving the best for last, Gravity cars were up next on the Viper track.  With Rob opting out of the event, we were down to 11 racers, but still enough to run all six lanes.  Donny Hall ran a masterful race beating the field to the finish by 4 laps.  Paul Ryer finished second in a tight scrap with Tom Gray.  Dave Muse finished a very clean fourth.  It’s GREAT to see Donny, Tom and Dave at the top of the field, they’ve been solid members of the GRoNE graviteers since the

Gravity Podium - Dave Muse 4th, Tommy Gray 3rd, Paul Ryer 2nd and Donny Hall 1st

group’s inception; for all three to be on the podium is just awesome – racing is getting tighter, as we all get a handle on Gravity Racing.  Mike Tiffany nipped John Reimels for 5th with track owner Peter Lentros in 7th.

 

 

 

 

Gravity Results

Driver

Red

White

Green

Orange

Blue

Yellow

Total

Donny Hall

20

22

22

23

22

21

130

Paul Ryer

18

21

20

22

23

22

126.32

Tom Gray

20

19

24

22

20

21

126.05

Dave Muse

20

22

21

22

21

18

124

Mike Tiffany

18

19

22

23

21

20

123.31

John Reimels

17

20

20

23

21

20

123.13

Peter Lentros

20

19

19

21

20

21

120

Tom Bussmann

17

19

20

22

19

20

117

Cody Pare

17

20

19

19

18

19

112

Tom Smith

16

19

18

20

19

17

109.18

Jim Macartney

18

20

19

20

18

14

109.17

 

Thanks to Peter Lentros for hosting and thanks to all participants for spending their Saturday racing brass cars.  I’ll put out feelers for a race the end of March / early April – anyone interested in hosting, let me know.

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Enthusiast

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