HAYES SWEEPS MARC EVENT
Ashland, MA, February 23, 2013 – The Miniature Auto Race Club (MARC) postponed this race at Lenjet on February 9th due to the blizzard of 2013 and rescheduled it for the
23rd of February. We almost had to cancel it again due to a predicted snow storm but less than twenty four hours before the start of the race, the local meteorologists changed the forecast and downsized the storm to a much smaller weather system (that was nice of them, I wish they’d downsize all the storms –JR).
MARC ran two races, BSRT Production Formula One on the Champion Track and the much anticipated Ceramic Super Stock race on the Purple Mile Sovereign. Both classes were broken into amateur and Pro Division. The winner of each amateur race would qualify to move up into the Pro Division race.
AMATEUR FORMULA ONE 902 PRODUCTION CLASS
Mike Resnick dominated this class and race by blasting out 270 laps and taking the
checkered flag with a 19 lap victory over second place finisher Peter Lentros who managed to bang out 251 laps. Resnick’s victory enabled him to move up to the Pro Division Production race – very nice win Mike – congratulations on your very fine Amateur victory.
1 Mike Resnick 270 laps
2 Peter Lentros 251
3 Vince Tamburo 247
4 Tom Smith 238
5 Don Hall 237
6 Tom Bussman 235
7 Jim Colligan 232
8 John Borg 228
9 Benny Leyro 216
PRO DIVISION FORMULA ONE 902 PRODUCTION CLASS
Rob Hayes had the hot Formula One car and hot finger Saturday morning. Hayes smashed
out 277 laps beating John Pileggi by three laps. This race was very close right up till the end but Hayes ran a spectacular race and managed to take the win. Mike Resnick who moved to the Pro race with a stunning victory in the amateur division took a third place in the Pro Division race. Congratulations to Mr. Hayes for a fantastic victory
1 Rob Hayes 277 Laps
2 John Pileggi 274
3 Mike Resnick 268
4 John Reimels 267
5 John Stezelecki 256
6 Tom Kanan 235
7 Tom Gray 230
8 Jim MaCartney 225
9 Dave Muse 224
The MARC Ceramic Super Stock event on the Purple Mile Sovereign may have been one of the most anticipated HO races in the country. Peter Lentros teamed up with James Town,
aka Spiderman, to have him use his video making talent and record portions of the race. This would give many drivers across the country to see for the first time ever a HOPRA type Super Stock class car running on the mighty Purple Mile.
It was only a month ago that the UNITED STATES FORMULA ONE 902 GRAND PRIX was held on the Purple Mile. In that race, the F1 902 cars equipped with stock arms, slip on tires, C4 magnets and F1 hard bodies ran on the track. Parts of the race were videotaped and broadcasted around the country via YOUTUBE. It was the first time the nation ever saw H O cars whizzing around the Bad Boy Purple Track.
AMATEUR SUPER STOCK
Much like the first Production event of the day in the Amateur Division, the winner, Vince Tamburo won by a large margin which moved him up to the Pro Division Race. Vince Tamburo took that honor with a 25 lap victory over Peter Lentros. Mike Resnick had a very comfortable lead by five laps per lane until car failure with over two heats results in him not finishing the race. Vincent’s victory would help fill the Pro Division race with eight drivers. Congratulations to Vince and his move up to the Ceramic Super Stock event.
1 Vince Tamburo 514 laps
2 Peter Lentros 489
3 Tom Bussman 476
4 John Borg 473
5 Don Hall 472
6 James Colligan 458
7 Benny Leyro 440
8 Mike Resnick 387 DNF
9 Nick Kanan 297 DNF
Pro Super Stock – Hayes takes Purple Mile shootout, erases F1 loss from memory
In the Formula One 902 race last month on the Purple Mile Tom Kanan took the victory over Rob Hayes by two laps. That loss and horror of hooking up his controller wrong at the
start of a heat stayed stamped in Rob Hayes mind for the past month. FORGETABOUTIT was Rob Hayes motto going into this race. Erase the Formula One loss and concentrate winning one of the biggest MARC events this season. That’s what he had to do and that’s exactly what he did.
Rob took control of the race very early, stayed out of trouble on the track, especially in the gutter lanes and went on to win the first MARC PURPLE MILE SHOWDOWN in a very impressive manner. Five Hundred and Forty Five Laps! That’s a lot of laps in forty minutes of racing. Congratulations to Mr. Hayes for a great Super Stock victory. Well deserved win and congratulations for two Pro MARC victories today. John Pileggi took the second spot banging out 539 laps while Tom Kanan who won the Formula One Grand Prix on the Purple a month ago took a third with 523 laps. Rounding off the top four podium positions was John Reimels at 520 laps. Forty minutes of driving looked like it really took a toll on some of the drivers. Exhaustion was probably the word after race. Congratulations to all the drivers who competed in the Purple Mile Showdown today. I’m sure it’s an
experience that none will forget.
1 Rob Hayes 545 laps
2 John Pileggi 539
3 Tom Kanan 523
4 John Reimels 498
5 Vince Tamburo 498
6 Dave Muse 484
7 Tom Gray 461
8 Jim MaCartney 426
The MARC next event is at Benny Leyro’s March 9th