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oldweirdherald
08-13-2003, 12:00 PM
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2003 USRA Div I Nats

The Track

Gaithersburg, MD

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Group 7 "Geezer"

14 Entries

TQ - Larry Blanton - 1.724


Group 7 "Geezer" B Semi

Results to be posted later....


Group 7 "Geezer" A Semi

Results to be posted later....


Group 7 "Geezer" Main Event

Red - Zdenek Benes
White - Vlado Okali
Green - Rich Curnutte
Orange - Benny Justice
Blue - Vince Brown
Yellow - Mike Swiss
Purple - Sedrick Johnson (aka Les Wright)
Black - Larry Blanton

Heat 1

1 - Sedrick - 124
2 - Vince - 124
3 - Vlado - 118
4 - Larry - 117
5 - Swiss - 99
6 - Benes - 83
7 - Rich - 56
8 - Benny - 35

Mass destruction - last 4 all had trips to pits...

Heat 2

1 - Sedrick - 240
2 - Vince - 239
3 - Larry - 227
4 - Swiss - 221
5 - Benes - 198
6 - Vlado - 198
7 - Rich - 179
8 - Benny - 147

The destruction continues...

Heat 3

1 - Sedrick - 358
2 - Vince - 349
3 - Larry - 338
4 - Swiss - 323
5 - Benes - 318
6 - Rich - 282
7 - Vlado - 282
8 - Benny - 230

Heat 4

1 - Vinny - 467
2 - Sedrick - 449
3 - Swiss - 429
4 - Larry - 427
5 - Benes - 418
6 - Vlado - 395
7 - Rich - 394
8 - Benny - 336

Heat 5

1 - Vince - 538
2 - Swiss - 537
3 - Benes - 522
4 - Vlado - 520
5 - Rich - 517
6 - Sedrick - 513
7 - Larry - 486
8 - Benny - 453

Heat 6

1 - Vlado - 641
2 - Benes - 637
3 - Swiss - 637
4 - Rich - 625
5 - Vince - 621
6 - Sedrick - 600
7 - Larry - 577
8 - Benny - 470 (out)

Heat 7

1 - Vlado - 767
2 - Swiss - 748
3 - Benes - 738
4 - Rich - 732
5 - Sedrick - 725
6 - Vince - 708
7 - Larry - 673
8 - Benny - 470 (out)

Group 7 Geezer Main Results

1 - Mike Swiss - 867
2 - Sedrick Johnson - 851
3 - Vlado Okali - 845
4 - Zdenek Benes - 843
5 - Rich Curnutte - 836
6 - Vince Brown - 785
7 - Larry Blanton - 784
8 - Benny Justice - 470

Vlado was leading by 10 laps with less then a minute to go, when he accidently put his own car on the wrong lane in front of himself. Rich's car smashed into Vlado's, sending Vlado to the pits, while Swiss cruised by for the win.

There were 5 different leaders at some point in the race, with only Benny, Larry, and Rich not having at least a moment in the lead. It was a true crash fest, with a lot of yelling - but also a lot of laughter. It is always fun to see that even when the adrenaline is running high and the frustration level is even higher, that the racers can still shrug it off with a chuckle most of the time. For the spectators, it was very entertaining, with many funny moments as well as many lead changes.

Mike Swiss pulled off the win by not only going fast, but by surviving the best!

Chubby
08-13-2003, 01:31 PM
Nice Run Mo...geez looked like a crash fest huh...

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Jason Holmes
08-13-2003, 01:48 PM
Paul any INFO on the meeting YOU ARE THE INFO MAN
jason

Mark Woday
08-13-2003, 01:56 PM
Way to go Mike!;)

See all of the crash and bashing that we do at Speedworld and in Mayberry may have helped you.:eek:

Yeah right.:rolleyes:

glueside
08-13-2003, 02:06 PM
Damn, Swiss had a great run!!!

Good job, MIKE!!!

Bobhardt
08-13-2003, 02:16 PM
Good job Mikey!

oldweirdherald
08-13-2003, 03:48 PM
Benny's birthday was July 30, 1958 - so he just made it to qualify as an official "Geezer" for this year's Nats.

The minimum age is 45 years old. The older "Geezer's", of course, would like the age to be moved to older, and many have suggested that they make the minimum age a year older every year.

I heard one suggestion to make it a year older then whatever Mike Swiss is each year. ;)

I told Greg Mills that he should not even worry about qualifying for the Geezer race for a looooooong time, and he quickly replied; "2035", indicating he had already been anticipating his impending future Geezer race status.

By that time, the rest of us should be having our controllers mounted to our walkers! :eek:

R. Herrera
08-13-2003, 04:09 PM
Congrats to Mike the master, He allways seems to find a way to win................PS Mike where are my body pins? :D

balistic bob
08-13-2003, 07:26 PM
congrats to all you old timers great job ----- looking forward to racing very soon ------------- bob richards

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08-13-2003, 08:12 PM
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2003 USRA Div I Nats

The Track

Gaithersburg, MD

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Group 7 Warm-Up

22 Entries

TQ - Greg Mills - 1.711

Concours - Mike Del Monico

Group 7 Warm-Up B Semi

1 - Mario Schone - 542
2 - PA Watson - 525
3 - Anders Gustafsson - 514
4 - Mikael Silen - 509
5 - Paul Ciccarello - 468
6 - Jose Mario Serra - 452
7 - Bill Skinner - 446
8 - Marcio Paschoalin - 375
9 - Jaeger Kovich - 317
10 - Gugu Bernadino - 298
11 - Tony Hobart - 272


Group 7 Warm-Up A Semi

1 - Kristoffer Johansson - 560
2 - Mike Swiss - 559
3 - Benny Justice - 544
4 - Vladimir Horky - 543
5 - Andy Wasserman - 530
6 - Forrest Watchers - 500
7 - Greg Mills - 487
8 - Larry Blanton - 405
9 - Erik "Chilli" Chillingworth - 366
10 - Mike Del Monico - 292
11 - Paulo Goncalves - 75


Group 7 Warm-Up Main Event

Red - PA Watson (Texas, USA)
White - Benny Justice (Georgia, USA)
Green - Kristoffer Johansson (Sweden)
Orange - Mario Schone (Germany)
Blue - Vladimir Horky (Czeck Republic)
Yellow - Mike Swiss (Illinios, USA)
Purple - Anders Gustaffson (Sweden)
Black - Mikael Silen (Sweden)

Heat 1

1 - Swiss - 125
2 - Horky - 123
3 - Anders - 118
4 - Kristoffer - 117
5 - Mikael - 113
6 - MSP - 108
7 - PA - 97
8 - Benny - 92

Heat 2

1 - Swiss - 253
2 - Horky - 247
3 - Kristoffer - 239
4 - Anders - 235
5 - Mikael - 235
6 - MSP - 230
7 - PA - 217
8 - Benny - 159

Heat 3

1 - Swiss - 378
2 - Horky - 366
3 - Anders - 354
4 - Mikael - 354
5 - Kristoffer - 353
6 - MSP - 342
7 - PA - 325
8 - Benny - 283

Heat 4

1 - Swiss - 495
2 - Horky - 489
3 - Anders - 479
4 - Mikael - 469
5 - Kristoffer - 457
6 - MSP - 454
7 - PA - 436
8 - Benny - 407

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Swiss lead early, while Horky demonstrated his uncanny driving by staying in 2nd - with his eyes closed!!!

Swiss dropped back after "testing" several gears and an extra motor, while Horky showed his ability, but saved his best stuff for Sunday. ;)


Heat 5

1 - Swiss - 625
2 - Anders - 592
3 - Mikael - 582
4 - MSP - 577
5 - Kristoffer - 561
6 - Horky - 546
7 - PA - 543
8 - Benny - 485

Heat 6

1 - Swiss - 713 (2 gear changes)
2 - Mikael - 704
3 - MSP - 696
4 - Anders - 692
5 - Kristoffer - 683
6 - PA - 668
7 - Horky - 643
8 - Benny - 592

Heat 7

1 - Mikael - 820
2 - MSP - 818
3 - Anders - 810
4 - Kristoffer - 797
5 - PA - 792
6 - Swiss - 791 (motor blown)
7 - Horky - 766
8 - Benny - 714

Group 7 Warm Up Main Results

1 - Mikael Silen - 930
2 - Mario "MSP" Schone - 927
3 - Anders Gustafsson - 923
4 - Mike Swiss - 910
5 - Vladimir Horky - 893
6 - Kristoffer Johansson - 875
7 - PA Watson - 853
8 - Benny Justice - 738

As the end of the race neared, Mario was leading by several laps, but slowed down, watching the monitor, and picked up his car, slyly "adjusting" his braid until Mikael had taken the lead. Mario did not want the "bad luck" of winning the warm-up, having never won the Nats after winning a Nats warm-up before. Mikael was happy to win anyway - a win is a win!

Chicky, who has won the Nats 2 times after winning warm-upraces, teased Mario that it was double the bad luck to lose on purpose.

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The final heat, in the closing minute, this photo could have served as a podium shot... but Mario slyly watched the monitor as he pretended to fix his braid, waiting for Mikael to pass.

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Mario Shone settles for 2nd, Mikael Silen gladly takes the win, and Anders Gustafsson takes 3rd.

Ricardo PAROLU
08-13-2003, 08:41 PM
Whats happened with Paulo Gonçalves?

Thank You

PS:. U re making a great job Paul!

Paul, if you can after the race... please ask Paulo to call me... im sorry to disturb you...

best regards

Bobhardt
08-13-2003, 09:24 PM
Come on Swiss let er eat!:)

Bobhardt
08-13-2003, 10:19 PM
Good comeback for the Swissinator with 119 laps on black after the sour mill. :cool: Looked like a hell of a race!

JEP
08-14-2003, 12:28 AM
Nice to see you Mikael, making results. Talk whit Erkle!!!
Br
-jari

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08-14-2003, 12:50 AM
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Chris Radisich
08-14-2003, 01:20 AM
Well done Mikael, Mario and Anders, sounds like it was a hell of a race. Looks like some of JPVR's forecasts may be starting to come true, with first blood today to the internationals.

Andy Wasserman, great drive Dude ! at last I'll be able to turn up to a race and watch EwE for a change, better tank up with some steinys, break out the marmite, and throw in a Haka for the main event !

Vladimir and Josef, truly awesome to see you guys back in America so soon, I hope you can make it back as soon again. See you both in a couple of weeks in Belgium.

R. Herrera
08-14-2003, 06:51 AM
Congrats to Mikael(hes a good guy) Mario and Anders. Looks like Mikey was crusing along but with some unfortunate mech. problems. ...........PS But this race may have woken up the sleeping giant from Idaho..

thurows
08-14-2003, 07:52 PM
How many motors did each racer go through during the warm up?

THOBART
08-15-2003, 02:35 AM
I know Swiss put in 2 running a 85 and a 95. I did not see a lot of motor changes out there but was marshaling the top turn so I did not get to pay much attention. Bob you should have seen mike in the pits he was very fast and did the 1st gear chage at the controller station.