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oldweirdherald
07-26-2002, 06:07 PM
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I'm here in sunny Southern California at Buena Park Raceway at the 2002 USRA Div 1 national Championships aka "The Nats".

Upon arrival at LAX airport, I was a bit nervous that my reception was a going to be a bit more exciting then anticipated, as there were L.A. Sheriffs, Police, County cops, etc., filling up the baggage area where I had just grabbed my bags. There were also TV crews, so I didn't know whether to be excited or nervous, but somehow logic told me that they weren't there for me... ;)

Apparently there was a plane load of NYPD & FDNY passengers, who had arrived in LA for a golf tournament with the LA Fire & Police departments.

They left in a busload with complete police escort.... just before Philippe showed up to pick me up.... after I told him he could find me by all the police cars - which just left. After a few laps, we eventually flagged each other down while on cell phones.

Off to Buena Park Raceway, where it was already humming with motors breaking in and racers testing on the track, in preparation for the first event of the 2002 Nats - the new Spec Boxstock class.

10 racers signed up for the new class, and would be run in a round robin main event. Entrants included my esteemed taxi service Philippe, who was handed a car to race by Ron Hershman at the last minute, and with only a little arm twisting, Mr. TSRF was in the race - racing winged wonders once again! He actually didn't do that bad, especially considering the surprise last minute entry with little practice, however he did get caught offguard during a heat break, and was talking to Lenore between heats - when the power went on for the next heat without him! Oops! :D

So... without further ado... here's the results of the first race of the 2002 Nats:

1 - Joe Chevey - 444
2 - Ian "Goat Boy" Tomlinson - 432
3 - Casey Scott - 430
4 - Lance Gardner - 408
5 - David Aikens - 407
6 - Frank Incorvaia - 404
7 - Richard Garri - 400
8 - Alan Trujillo - 398
9 - Philippe De Lespinay - 385
10 - Lorin Swirsky - 305

Concours: Lance Gardner

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Racers are testing and thrashing now for upcoming classes - next up is tomorrow morning for Amateur Group 12 (formerly Boxstock).

DDDDDDerek
07-26-2002, 07:19 PM
Looks like the spec box race has a pretty good start. It will be fun to see this at the next nats.

Bobhardt
07-26-2002, 11:32 PM
Good job Ian!

enzeder
07-27-2002, 08:23 AM
Congratulations to Uncle Kal's racer Casey Scott for picking up a podium in his first ever Nats race yesterday in the Spec 15 race.

I know Casey had never even seen a Spec 15 car before yesterday, and has only raced in a few wing car races, who said scael racers don't make good wing car racers.

Go get em Casey !!

Mark Woday
07-27-2002, 08:46 AM
Great job in Spec - 15 go get them in Boxstock !!!

TSRF
07-27-2002, 03:00 PM
Many thanks to Ron Hershman and his gang for loaning me a great car to race when all I wanted to do is to pick up Paul at the airport, then stop by the raceway to set the Champion Vintage Display, and...go back to work! :rolleyes:

Ron & Co made me feel like Michael Schumacher with the best service I ever had in a slot car race.
The car was awsome, and driven by someone less old'n slow, it should have easily won. With a bit of practice I could be quite good at this... ;)

Congrats to Joe Cormier for winning. Joe was a mere amateur when I was terrorizing the Pro class 30 years ago, and boy, did he learn something! He dominated the action and controled it the whole way. :cool:

I also was impressed by the courtesy and calm of all racers, with no screaming even at the tense moments of this crash festival. :p

Thanks to the USRA boys/girls for having selected motors that appeared fairly equal. :confused:

Philippe de Lespinay :D

John Waller
07-27-2002, 04:32 PM
Goat Boy,

Good job! You better do that well in Am Box.
This is killing me that I'm sitting at home right now. I want to race!

John Waller

CrazyRacer
07-27-2002, 05:45 PM
Anyone know how am box is going?A friend of mine called the raceway around 12:30 and they hadent started yet.

DDDDDDerek
07-27-2002, 07:58 PM
Hey Some one who lives on the other coast. Lets here some results. something, i know its 8 oclock out there but at least something like what people are up to.

CrazyRacer
07-27-2002, 08:11 PM
Yea ur killin me im dyin to hear some results

Chubby
07-27-2002, 09:53 PM
Where the results at??????????????????????:D

oldweirdherald
07-27-2002, 10:22 PM
2002 USRA Div 1 Nats

Amateur Group 12 (Boxstock)

D Quarter Final

1 - Mike Iga - 293+
2 - Joe Chevy - 293
3 - Alan Trujillo - 289+
4 - Joe Redman - 289
5 - Evan McKee - 280
6 - Tommy Flyth - 269
7 - Big Brian Johnson - 257
8 - Ron Vanwagnen - 229

C Quarter Final

1 - David Aikens - 305
2 - Ricardo Garri - 304
3 - Gary Haworth - 303
4 - Leonard Waterworth - 292
5 - Ray Vanorman - 284
6 - Frank Incornaia - 272
7 - Jeff Mack - 245
8 - Lin Hammond - 106

B Quarter Final

1 - Chuck Fredrick - 319
2 - Frank Sena - 314
3 - Clifton Kendrick - 303
4 - Dave Fugate - 302
5 - Sam Rackham - 300
6 - Bob Johnson 297
7 - Daryl Atkin - 269
8 - Art Richardson - 265

A Quarter Final

1 - Jason Holmes - 309
2 - Big Al Montoro - 307
3 - Kevin Abe - 301
4 - Mike Hudson - 294
5 - Mike Peakes - 292
6 - Ian Tomlinson - 291
7 - Lorin Swirrsky - 283
8 - Lisa C-Bechtel - 243
9 - Nathan Thompson - 222

B Semi

1 - Gary Haworth - 312
2 - David Aikens - 310
3 - Joe Chevy - 309
4 - Ricardo Garri - 305
5 - Mike Iga - 294
6 - Leonard Waterworth - 290
7 - Allen Trujillo - 92
8 - Joe Redman - 84

A Semi

1 - Chuck Fredrick - 313
2 - Big Al Montoro - 312
3 - Clifton Kendrick - 306
4 - Jason Holmes - 301
5 - Mike Hudson - 286
6 - Frank Sena - 285
7 - Dave Fugate - 260
8 - Kevin Abe - 247

Amateur Boxstock Main

1 - Chuck Fredrick - 479
2 - Gary Haworth - 461
3 - Big Al Montoro - 461
4 - Clifton Kendrick - 456
5 - David Aikens - 448
6 - Ricardo Garri - 441
7 - Jason Holmes - 426
8 - Joe Chevy - 394

TQ - Nathan Thompson - 2.536

Concours - Jason Holmes

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John Waller
07-28-2002, 12:32 AM
Paul,

What happened to Goat Boy in am box? Also, make Brad go to sleep for me. He's probally been up for 3 days already!

John Waller

Chubby
07-28-2002, 01:14 AM
Good Job


Al great job out there makin the podium.....Al good luck in 15's also..an also in am box great lap totals



Joe SSS

Slotracer152
07-28-2002, 01:29 AM
Go Nathan!!...maybe you didnt do well in the race...but you get a cool plaque

look for the Lonnie Road show monday

Rotorranch
07-28-2002, 02:17 AM
Y'all might not have made the main, but kudos to my buddies Tommy Flythe and Joe Redman for being there! I wish I could be!

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Gary NJ
07-28-2002, 06:56 AM
Good job Big Al!!

And that was a VERY impressive lap total for amateur box......

oldweirdherald
07-28-2002, 02:12 PM
Expert Group 12 (Boxstock)

TQ - Jim Swofford - 2.398 (New Record!)
Concours - Jeremy Krane$

B Semi

1 - Monty Ohren - 317+
2 - Benny Justice - 317
3 - Erkle - 316+
4 - Richard Curnutte - 316
5 - Larry Pellegrini - 314
6 - Rande Marshall - 308
7 - Marty Maltabarger - 297
8 - Paul Kovich - 285
9 - Dale Garcia - 282

Monty was anxious for me to get this posted - he said it's his first time to make a wing car main at the Nats! Obviously close racing - with the top 4 move-ups all within a lap!

A Semi

1 - Jim Swofford - 318
2 - Wendell Smith - 316
3 - Reggie Coram - 310
4 - Jeremy Kranes - 304
5 - Bill Pinkston - 288
6 - Brad Friesner - 273
7 - Larry Langdon - 264
8 - Gil Rivera - 240
9 - James Barnett - 229
10 - Pat Ularte - 146

oldweirdherald
07-28-2002, 03:31 PM
The stage is set for the main - which just started...

Expert Group 12 (Boxstock) Main Event

Red - Benny Justice
White - Erkle
Green - Richard Curnutte
Orange - Reggie Coram
Blue - Monty Ohren
Yellow - Jeremy Kranes
Purple - Jim Swofford
Black - Wendell Smith

I'll update the following as the race progresses:
After 2 heats:

Jeremy Kranes - 126
Reggie Coram - 124
Erkle - 122
Jim Swofford - 122
Wendell Smith - 120
Richard Curnutte - 120
Benny Justice - 116
Monty Ohren - 77

After 3 heats:

Jeremy Kranes - 185
Reggie Coram - 185
Erkle - 184
Jim Swofford - 183
Wendell Smith - 182
Richard Curnutte - 178
Benny Justice - 177
Monty Ohren - 135

Chubby
07-28-2002, 03:45 PM
go get em erkle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

oldweirdherald
07-28-2002, 03:54 PM
Expert Group 12 (Boxstock) Main Event

After 4 heats:

Erkle - 247
Reggie Coram - 245
Wendell Smith - 243
Jim Swofford - 242
Jeremy Kranes - 240
Benny Justice - 238
Richard Curnutte - 236
Monty Ohren - 194

After 5 heats:

Erkle - 309
Reggie Coram - 304
Jim Swofford - 302
Richard Curnutte - 299
Jeremy Kranes - 296
Wendell Smith - 296
Benny Justice - 293
Monty Ohren - 239

After 6 heats:

Erkle - 368
Reggie Coram - 355
Jim Swofford - 359
Richard Curnutte - 353
Jeremy Kranes - 358
Wendell Smith - 351
Benny Justice - 355
Monty Ohren - 287

After 7 heats:

Erkle - 428
Jim Swofford - 419
Reggie Coram - 418
Jeremy Kranes - 416
Richard Curnutte - 413
Benny Justice - 412
Wendell Smith - 411
Monty Ohren - 343

Expert Group 12 (Boxstock) Unofficial Results

1 - Erkle - 490 (New Record!)
2 - Jim Swofford - 479+
3 - Reggie Coram - 479
4 - Jeremy Kranes - 474+
5 - Benny Justice - 474
6 - Richard Curnutte - 472
7 - Wendell Smith - 471
8 - Monty Ohren - 401

The above results are unofficial... post race tech is still going on, and unfortunately, at least 1 car so far has failed to pass...
details to follow.

Gary NJ
07-28-2002, 04:35 PM
Congratulations Erkle - excellent!!!

And 2nd through 7th within 8 laps of each other, and all over 470 - truly sounds like it was a barnburner!

Chubby
07-28-2002, 05:32 PM
who failed???????

DDDDDDerek
07-28-2002, 05:37 PM
BEAT KRANES

DDDDDDerek
07-28-2002, 06:11 PM
All right erkle. congrates man.

oldweirdherald
07-28-2002, 06:52 PM
Expert Group 12 (Boxstock) Official Results

1 - Erkle - 490 (New Record!)
2 - Jim Swofford - 479+
3 - Benny Justice - 474
6 - Richard Curnutte - 472
7 - Wendell Smith - 471
8 - Monty Ohren - 401
Reggie Coram - DQ
Jeremy Kranes - DQ

There were a number of issues that came up during post race tech, resulting in several decisions to be made requiring interpretation of the rules.

Each was discussed, rules were consulted, protest and questions were raised, and it was decided to bring the make the determination by a decision of a committee.

Since all members of the USRA Ethics Committee were not present, additional USRA members were appointed by USRA Director Bill Skinner.

The committee was comprised of:
Bill Skinner, Jeff Bechtel, Charlie 2Fast, Doug Bauer, Wendell Smith, & Paul Kassens.

The cars and issues being discussed were as follows:

Reggie - car was too light at post race tech.
Comments: Reggie had changed motors going into the last heat. The new motor had Kelly magnets, which were lighter then the Mura magnets in the other motor. Reggie simply forgot to weigh and add weight to the car after changing motors. There was no discussion or protest to this decision. Reggie's car was DQ'd.

Jeremy - there was a non-standard brace added to the back of the chassis. This was discussed briefly and agreed on by all involved, and Jeremy's car was DQ'd.

Monty & Wendell - Slick 7 Vampire chassis was plated. Submitted chassis was not plated. This was discussed and decided that the chassis were sold over the counter plated, and were the same part number and description as submitted. This was decided that the chassis were legal. Benny also ran an older Slick 7 Vampire that was not plated.

Swofford - Jim's endbell had been notched. This was discussed at length. The rules mention cutting or drilling as not being allowed, however there were explainations involving some of the evolution of the motor hardware and rules, and it was decided that the motor was allowed.

Erkle - His chassis was protested as being too long. Upon measurement it was found to be .004" too long. There no signs that the pillow blocks had ever been moved, and after discussion it was decided that the chassis was within a reasonable amount of manufacturing tollerance, and was not modified. The chassis was deemed legal and Erkle was declared the winner.

All decisions were made in favor of common sense and reasonable interpretation prevailing over nit-picking the letter of the rules.

The final results were announced and awards presented, with no further discussion.

It was a great race, and we all felt that it was important to resolve issues and move on, and not cloud up the great racing with controversy.

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07-28-2002, 09:58 PM
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oldweirdherald
07-28-2002, 11:18 PM
Group 27 Warm-up Race

B Semi

1 - Marty Maltabarger - 370
2 - Tri Ginelli - 364
3 - Spove - 353
4 - Michael Landrud - 346
5 - Jeff Mack - 335
6 - Jaeger Vorich - 324
7 - Ron Vanwagnen - 291
8 - Joe Redmond - 286

A Semi

1 - Benny Justice - 385
2 - Jim Kirby - 379
3 - Mikael Silen - 366
4 - Tommy Flyth - 358
5 - Charlie 2Fast - 349
6 - Kris Johanson - 347
7 - Larry Blanton - 345
8 - Ted Backo - 342
9 - Cada - 329

Group 27 Warm-up Main

1 - Spove - 759
2 - Michael Landrud - 740
3 - Marty Meltabarger - 739
4 - Mikael Sillen - 727
5 - Benny Justice - 719
6 - Tommy Flyth - 692
7 - Tri Ginelli - 423
8 - Jim Kirby - 83

TQ - Charlie 2Fast - 1.953

retiredracer
07-29-2002, 12:01 PM
hey let brad friesner & kevin abe know that trevor says hi and good luck in the rest of the races they enter if anyone there see's this

oldweirdherald
07-29-2002, 01:48 PM
Amateur International 15

B Semi

1 - Tony Thomas - 328
2 - Big Al Montoro - 319
3 - Nathan Thompson - 312
4 - Kevin Abe - 291
5 - Gunther Faas - 279
6 - Dave Fugate - 269

A Semi

1 - Brad Friesner - 333
2 - Leonard Waterworth - 313
3 - Bob Maxwell - 312
4 - Michael Iga - 311
5 - Lisa C-Bechtel - 303
6 - Paul Kovich - 281

The stage is set for the main:

Red - Big Al Montoro
White - Tony Thomas
Green - Leonard Waterworth
Orange - Brad Friesner
Blue - Bob Maxwell
Yellow - Kevin Abe
Purple - Nathan Thompson
Black - Michael Iga

Amateur Int. 15 Main

After 2 Heats:

Brad Friesner - 127
Nathan Thompson - 125
Michael Iga - 119
Big Al Montoro - 117
Tony Thomas - 116
Bob Maxwell - 115
Leonard Waterworth - 114
Kevin Abe - 114

After 3 heats:

Nathan Thompson - 188
Tony Thomas - 177
Michael Iga - 176
Brad Friesner - 176
Big Al Montoro - 174
Leonard Waterworth - 172
Bob Maxwell - 166
Kevin Abe - 147

After 4 heats:

Nathan Thompson - 254
Brad Friesner - 237
Michael Iga - 237
Tony Thomas - 236
Big Al Montoro - 235
Leonard Waterworth - 228
Bob Maxwell - 223
Kevin Abe - 196

After 5 heats:

Nathan Thompson - 318
Brad Friesner - 301
Michael Iga - 299
Tony Thomas - 292
Big Al Montoro - 297
Leonard Waterworth - 260
Bob Maxwell - 279
Kevin Abe - 251

After 6 heats:

Nathan Thompson - 379
Michael Iga - 361
Big Al Montoro - 361
Brad Friesner - 360
Tony Thomas - 352
Bob Maxwell - 331
Kevin Abe - 308
Leonard Waterworth - 285

After 7 heats:

Nathan Thompson - 444
Big Al Montoro - 426
Brad Friesner - 420
Tony Thomas - 412
Michael Iga - 410
Kevin Abe - 365
Bob Maxwell - 364
Leonard Waterworth - 337

After 8 heats:

Amateur Int. 15 Main - Official Results

1 - Nathan Thompson - 505 (New Track Record)
2 - Big Al Montoro - 485
3 - Brad Friesner - 475
4 - Tony Thomas - 466
5 - Michael Iga - 465
7 - Bob Maxwell - 413
6 - Kevin Abe - 412
8 - Leonard Waterworth - 385

TQ - Michael Iga - 2.275
Concours Leonard Waterworth

14 year old Nathan Thompson from Wichita Kansas wins!!!

Post-race tech verified all winners as official.

mongomania
07-29-2002, 02:04 PM
Post deleted by "Mom"


Hey Larry - you're not even here...

Please reread the OWH House Rules when you get a chance, ok?

We're here to have FUN.

- Paul K. aka "Mom"

Chubby
07-29-2002, 02:18 PM
Wats the Total lap record for Am Box??

oldweirdherald
07-29-2002, 03:20 PM
Nathan's 505 was a new Am Int 15 Track Record at Buena Park Raceway.

The "World Record", or at least the most laps turned in the Nats, was at last years Nats at Port Jeff:

Amateur Int 15 - Keith Bauer - 528 - Port Jeff 2001 Nats
Expert Int 15 - Erkle - 532 - Prt Jeff 2001 Nats

Oops! You asked about Boxstock...

A quick check with the Roving Glue Thugs from Port Jeff reveals:

Amateur Boxstock - Brad Friesner - 462 - Port Jeff 2001 Nats
(old record)
Amateur Boxstock - Chuck Fredrick - 479 - Buena Park 2002 Nats
(new record)

Expert Boxstock - Erkle - 490 - Buena Park 2002 Nats
(new record)

Gary NJ
07-29-2002, 03:32 PM
Brad's (ET) 462 laps at PJ in 2001 WAS the am box record. It looks like Chuck Frederick raised the bar (considerably) with his 479 lap total Saturday in am box.

brian444
07-29-2002, 03:48 PM
i've heard that there are drastic changes to the pro group 12 class. is there validity to ball bearings, interchangeable hardware and endbells, and epoxy and honing? if so any information would be appreciated

mongomania
07-29-2002, 06:29 PM
ok i appologize
but anyway for those of you at the nats - good luck

Chubby
07-29-2002, 07:29 PM
What Time is PRO INT 15 start?


......oo and if you see Erkle or BIG Al tell them That Joe from slots said congrats...thanx

oldweirdherald
07-29-2002, 08:23 PM
Expert Int 15

B Semi

1 - Rich Humphrey - 336
2 - Jim Kirby - 328
3 - Erkle - 327
4 - Jim Swofford - 324
5 - Keith Bauer - 316
6 - Jeff Bechtel - 315
7 - Roman K. - 294

A Semi

1 - Benny Justice - 345
2 - Larry Pelligrini - 338
3 - Brian Eardley - 335
4 - Tim Thompson - 328+
5 - Doug Bauer - 328
6 - Charlie 2Fast - 322
7 - Jeremy Kranes - 315

Coming at around 8:30 PM Pacific Time - "Almost Live" heat by heat coverage of the Expert Int 15 Main Event!

NOTE - Be sure to hit "refresh" every 5 minutes to see updated results!

Expert Int. 15 Main

Red - Benny Justice
White - Rich Humphrey
Green - Tim Thompson
Orange - Larry Pelligrini
Blue - Erkle
Yellow - Jim Swofford
Purple - Jim Kirby
Black - Brian Eardley

After Heat 1:

1 - Larry Pelligrini - 68
2 - Erkle - 68
3 - Jim Swofford - 66
4 - Benny Justice - 65
5 - Brian Eardley - 65
6 - Jim Kirby - 62
7 - Rich Humphrey - 58
8 - Tim Thompson - 52

After Heat 2:

1 - Erkle - 134
2 - Brian Eardley - 130
3 - Larry Pelligrini - 129
4 - Jim Swofford - 127 - (Jim smoked a motor near end of heat)
5 - Benny Justice - 127
6 - Jim Kirby - 123
7 - Rich Humphrey - 122
8 - Tim Thompson - 116

After Heat 3:

1 - Brian Eardley - 199
2 - Erkle - 195
3 - Benny Justice - 195
4 - Jim Kirby - 187
5 - Larry Pelligrini - 184
6 - Rich Humphrey - 182
7 - Tim Thompson - 178
8 - Jim Swofford - 166

After Heat 4:

1 - Brian Eardley - 269
2 - Erkle - 260
3 - Benny Justice - 258
4 - Jim Kirby - 253
5 - Larry Pelligrini - 249
6 - Rich Humphrey - 249
7 - Jim Swofford - 232 (still in pits at start)
8 - Tim Thompson - 231

After Heat 5:

1 - Brian Eardley - 333
2 - Erkle - 327
3 - Benny Justice - 318
4 - Jim Kirby - 316
5 - Rich Humphrey - 312
6 - Larry Pelligrini - 297 (broken axle)
7 - Jim Swofford - 297
8 - Tim Thompson - 293

After Heat 6:

1 - Brian Eardley - 401
2 - Erkle - 394
3 - Benny Justice - 383
4 - Jim Kirby - 378
5 - Rich Humphrey - 375
6 - Jim Swofford - 363
7 - Larry Pelligrini - 357
8 - Tim Thompson - 356

After Heat 7:

1 - Brian Eardley - 469
2 - Erkle - 461
3 - Benny Justice - 450
4 - Jim Kirby - 440
5 - Rich Humphrey - 438
6 - Jim Swofford - 428
7 - Tim Thompson - 420
8 - Larry Pelligrini - 416

DDDDDDerek
07-29-2002, 09:04 PM
wow what a race. this is getting good.

oldweirdherald
07-29-2002, 09:54 PM
Expert Int. 15 Official Results

1 - Brian Eardley - 534
2 - Erkle - 528
3 - Benny Justice - 510
4 - Jim Kirby - 498
5 - Rich Humphrey - 498
6 - Jim Swofford - 486
7 - Larry Pelligrini - 476
8 - Tim Thompson - 474

TQ - Doug Bauer - 2.231
Conc. - Doug Bauer

DDDDDDerek
07-29-2002, 09:57 PM
wow what a race that was. it looked like it was anybodys race till the 6th heat.

Congrates Brian on the win and erkle and Benny rounding out the top 3.

Hey big bald dude, congrates to yourself to for the tq and concours.

Chubby
07-29-2002, 10:02 PM
Thats was a great race..and good job Brian and Erkle


JOE SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

oldweirdherald
07-30-2002, 12:02 AM
2002 USRA Div 1 Rules Changes and Meeting Notes

Rules change proposals - presented at each class drivers meeting:

1. Move only the winner in all amateur classes of moving the top three.

2. In expert Gp.-12 only - allow magnets to be epoxied in place.

3. In exper Gp.-12 only - allow magnets honed.

4. In Expert Gp.-12 only - allow can bearing.

5. In Expert only- if can bearing is allowed - allow endbell bearing.

6. In Expert Gp.-12 only - allow interchanging of can, endbells, and hardware (approved) between manafacturers.

7. In Expert Gp.-12 only - drop maximum motor retail pricing.

8. In Expert Gp.-12 only - allow use of any brush spring.

9. In Expert Gp.-12 only - allow use of shunt wire.

10. In Expert Gp.-12 only - allow use of spring insulation.

All proposals succeeded.


2002 USRA Div 1 Nats General Meeting

2003 Div 1 Nats Raceway Host Bid Proposals:

The Track - Gaithersburg, MD was selected as the 2003 Nats host.

Port Jefferson Raceway - Coram, NY - withdrew their bid in support of The Track, and will be the alternate site.

Officers:

(all current 2002 officers were re-elected)

National Director: Bill Skinner
Asst. Director, Div 1: Jeff Bechtel
Secrtary / Treasurer: Jeff Bechtel
Tech Director: Jim Swofford
Asst. Tech Director: Charlie "2Fast" Giustiniani
Communications Director: Paul Kassens


NEW WORLD RECORD!!! The 2002 USRA Div 1 General Meeting took about 40 minutes! That has to be some kind of record! It went smooth with no arguments or lengthy rules debates, and was over by 10:19 PM.

It's practice time tonight, and racing will resume in the morning, with Amateur & Expert Cobalt 12 classes raced tomorrow.

I will post more photos later tonight & tomorrow.

THOBART
07-30-2002, 07:12 AM
When do the new rule changes take effect. What is teh definition of Expert???

Thank You
Tony Hobart

Goat_Boy
07-30-2002, 07:27 AM
Tony,

The new rules are only affecting the pro/expert box racers. Am motors will remain the same. An expert is a driver that has placed in top 3 in a national event. Next year, because of the new rules, it will only be the racer who places 1st in the AM classes that will be moved up. So keep building your motors the same way Tony :D I would also like to thank the racers here in Illinois for the nice words you left on here while i was gone. Boxstock was a tough race. I was sitting in 4th going into the last heat of the 1/4 finals when I decided to over glue black on the lead on. :mad: :mad: I only popped out about 75% of the time...LOL Oh well, I had a great time and met alot of awesome racers. I recommend the Nat's to anyone. Well cya at a race soon Tony.

Ian

Chubby
07-30-2002, 11:47 AM
Does anybody have any word of whats going on in AM COBALT...Thanx

JOE SsSSsS

oldweirdherald
07-30-2002, 01:07 PM
Tuesday, July 30

Amateur Cobalt 12

B Semi

1 - Jason Holmes - 356+
2 - Jeff Bechtel - 356
3 - Reginald Coram - 352
4 - Jaeger Kovich - 347
5 - Jeff Mack - 339
6 - Philip Larcom - 336
7 - Ron Vanwagnen - 326
8 - Joe Redmond - 323
9 - Brian Johnson - 257

A Semi

1 - Chuck Fredrick - 365
2 - Tim Thompson - 361
3 - Erik Chillingworth - 351
4 - Mike Delmonico - 339
5 - Darryl Atkin - 326
6 - Larry Langdon - 324
7 - Sam Rackham - 316
8 - Tommy Flyth - 249
9 - Mike Peakes - 236

Amateur Cobalt 12 Main
(be sure to hit "refresh" every 5 minutes for "Almost Live" updates!)

After Heat 1:

1 - Mike Delmonico - 71
2 - Jaeger Kovich - 71
3 - Jason Holmes - 70
4 - Jeff Bechtel - 66
5 - Tim Thompson - 66
6 - Chuck Fredrick - 65
7 - Erik Chillingworth - 31 (blown motor)
8 - Reggie Coram - 24 (motor didn't go)

After Heat 2:

1 - Mike Delmonico - 142
2 - Jaeger Kovich - 138
3 - Tim Thompson - 135
4 - Chuck Fredrick - 135
5 - Jeff Bechtel - 134
6 - Jason Holmes - 132
7 - Erik Chillingworth - 96
8 - Reggie Coram - 50

After Heat 3:

1 - Mike Delmonico - 210
2 - Jaeger Kovich - 207
3 - Tim Thompson - 207
4 - Chuck Fredrick - 207
5 - Jeff Bechtel - 207
6 - Jason Holmes - 204
7 - Erik Chillingworth - 158
8 - Reggie Coram - 118

Very Close racing!!!

After Heat 4:

1 - Tim Thompson - 279
2 - Mike Delmonico - 278
3 - Jeff Bechtel - 278
4 - Chuck Fredrick - 277
5 - Jason Holmes - 275
6 - Jaeger Kovich - 271
7 - Erik Chillingworth - 228
8 - Reggie Coram - 188

After Heat 5:

1 - Tim Thompson - 346
2 - Jeff Bechtel - 346
3 - Mike Delmonico - 345
4 - Chuck Fredrick - 345
5 - Jason Holmes - 340
6 - Jaeger Kovich - 337
7 - Erik Chillingworth - 298
8 - Reggie Coram - 256

Top 4 within a LAP!!!!

After Heat 6:

1 - Jeff Bechtel - 417
2 - Chuck Fredrick - 416
3 - Mike Delmonico - 416
4 - Tim Thompson - 402 (blown motor near end of heat)
5 - Jason Holmes - 391
6 - Jaeger Kovich - 393
7 - Erik Chillingworth - 357 (blew another motor)
8 - Reggie Coram - 324

After Heat 7:

1 - Jeff Bechtel - 489
2 - Chuck Fredrick - 488
3 - Mike Delmonico - 486
4 - Jaeger Kovich - 460
5 - Tim Thompson - 455
6 - Jason Holmes - 451
7 - Erik Chillingworth - 409
8 - Reggie Coram - 386

After Heat 8:

Amateur Cobalt 12 Official Final Results

1 - Chuck Fredrick - 559
2 - Jeff Bechtel - 557
3 - Mike Delmonico - 552
4 - Tim Thompson - 525
5 - Jaeger Kovich - 522
6 - Jason Holmes - 517
7 - Erik Chillingworth - 473
8 - Reggie Coram - 454

Jeff & Chuck were swapping the lead throughout the 8th heat, and in the closing 30 seconds Chuck snuck by when Jeff popped out on the straight. Chuck then was in a big pile-up in the finger but got marshaled very quickly and hung on to take the win by barely 2 laps! A very exciting race!

Post-race tech confirmed results are official.

THOBART
07-30-2002, 01:40 PM
Hey Ian,

Yeah I saw that the motor changes apply to expert class at the Nats but this will give the option for track owners to have the local races using these rules. It should be interesting to see what the local track owners embrace for their shops. It also I am sure will cause a great deal of controversy for the racers as no doubt some people will want to run under the new rules and some people will not. This may mean that I have to now build 2 sets of motors to compete at different venues. I personally like the rule changes as it will work very much to my benefit due to the equpment I race but it will make it more expensive to build a motor.

Gary NJ
07-30-2002, 02:16 PM
Jaeger Kovich, you're going to the A Main!!

Team Roadkill is pulling for ya!

Bobhardt
07-30-2002, 04:07 PM
Good run Jeff Bechtel! Very close racing indeed.

brian444
07-30-2002, 07:01 PM
did anyone think that we are killing slotcars by including some of these rules in next years year book?

-amatuer only move up one racer to pro? how do the classes grow? why not just combine pro and amatuer in the lesser classes to since all that will be run is pro in group 12 at least, and int 15 will shrink now too, maybe the cobalts are thriving well enough as is, but the ceramic classes will be hurt by the lack of moveups and the differences in the ranks of the class.

-now all these "pro group 12" rules. the class was struggling when it was the same as amatuer. how many amauters were brought up to race pro on the local level to get the race going on a friday night. this should either be a totally seperate class or not exist at all. this class is nearing international 12 with weights status. ball bearings, honing switching endbells and hardware, make it all group 12 or make spec closer to a box stock class so the people who have full blown 12 programs dont have to invest 100's of dollars in bearing hardware endbells magnets and other stuff to race in a class that if we have onbly one move up this year will surely crumble and bring the int-15 class down with it because of the increasing closeness in similarities.

this is getting out of control. i dont race many classes because i am not going to invest in cobalts, and the new pro class rules may lead to this racer bailing on wing racing all together if international 15's disappear to. i really hope this isnt a turn for the worse i think some class combining is called for and rethinking some rules for next years nats.

-Brian Greco

-ps- i cannot go without congrates to all the winners of the nationals. wish i could have been there, these are some very high totals being turned out there. good luck the rest of the week.

oldweirdherald
07-30-2002, 07:14 PM
7:10 PM Pacific Time - Expert Cobalt 12 qualifying just got done.

TQ - Benny Justice - 2.042

At 7:30 PM the B Semi will begin.

I will post the results following each Semi - and I will post OWH's "Almost Live" heat-by-heat coverage of the main event later tonight - I'm guessing around 9 - 9:30 PMish.

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DDDDDDerek
07-30-2002, 07:43 PM
I think he is right. I am an amature Group 12 racer and I am already struggling to kepp up with todays standards. I have other bills to pay with me only making about 6 an hour when the raceway is busy. Now if I want to run pro i have to invest in hones, epoxy, ball bearings, shunt, etc. I cant keep up with it all and spend at least 100 bucks for motors.

Brian was right when he said that only one move up is turning pro is going to make classes stuggle. I have seen about 20-30 amature box drivers and about half the amount of pro drivers. That should tell you that people who keep entering under amature and top 3 all the time should be a pro contender someday (I face that fact as lately I have been having a great run adn a pro turn may happen to me by next year). I dont say to combine both classes but to go back to the way it used to be with who ever makes the main or top 3's must turn pro. Hey I wouldn't mind that and it would make new and up comners have a chance in amature.

I cant say much for 15s as I am not a 15 racer yet but over the past 2 years i have been around here I think that the class is starting to struggle.

Please take our words into consideration as also I ahve thought of getting out of wing and going into a scale direction as I have seen that one motor can last me longer than a whole motor program in a regional or national event in div.1.

DDDDDDerek

THOBART
07-30-2002, 08:26 PM
The rule changes are not the end of the world. When I last raced wing cars about 15 years ago most of these rules where standard for group 15 which was the lowest class at the time. I hate the damn bushings that always are a pain in my butt and having the magnets move around in the can (I run Kelly stuff and if you do too you know what I am talking about). Anyone who see's me race locally in Illinois always knows that I am always rebuilding something and the cost is not the big a deal to me. However there is a problem with this hobby (remember it is a hobby). I see young racers who have no idea how to build anything get out of it because they can not be competative. I have run in races where half of the motors that I was racing against where mine. What I think we need is the new spec class and perhaps some of the old pro's helping out some of the younger guys to go fast so that they stay in. Lets face it guys, it takes quite a bit of mechanical skill to be in this hobby. Most people today just want to go around the track fast and race competatively. The biggest thing that I see is people being scared off by the pro's. Without naming names I have seen pro's yell at new guys that I have brought to the track who where interested in racing because they had rouble marshalling their cars. Please try to remember it is suposed to be fun!!!!! The next time you are at a local race and the same four guys show up (talking wing cars here not flexi's) see what you can do to help a guy get a little faster, maybe they will be there at the next race.

Thanks
Tony Hobart

CrazyRacer
07-30-2002, 08:51 PM
Whats up with the new rules?I have talked to quiet a few people and they all say that they dislike the new rules.I hear the new rules involving probox motors was to cut down on pros lending am motors!I talked to one racr who brought up a r goo point when he said all the motors the pros have Were do you think there going?There Going to be sold right to the pros!!!!!!!It dosent make any sense :confused:

oldweirdherald
07-30-2002, 09:14 PM
Expert Cobalt 12

Concours - Gary Puetz
TQ - Benny Justice - 2.042

B Semi

1 - Les Wright - 377
2 - Mike Graversen - 371
3 - Connie Aloise - 369
4 - Mike Swiss - 363
5 - Bill Pinkston - 361
6 - Ron Herrera - 353
7 - Spove - 351
8 - Chris Petrella - 349
9 - Richard Curnutte - 348
10 - Wendell Smith - 317

A Semi

1 - Benny Justice - 384
2 - Randy Thompson - 371
3 - Jim Swofford - 368
4 - Larry Blanton - 366
5 - Greg Mills - 364
6 - Paul "Beuf" Pederson - 363
7 - Ted Backo - 362
8 - Jimbo Kirby - 358
9 - Brian Eardley - 334
10 - Gary Puetz - 332

Expert Cobalt 12 Main

Main to start at 10:30 PM Pacific Time.

Be sure to tune in for OWH's heat-by-heat "Almost Live" coverage!

THOBART
07-30-2002, 10:05 PM
Hey paul tell Swiss Tony said good luck.

Bobhardt
07-30-2002, 10:18 PM
Did Swiss bring his good luck charm Hare Dave?:D
BTW thanks for the updates Paul!

oldweirdherald
07-30-2002, 10:30 PM
Swiss says thanks Tony, and no, Bob, Hare Dave did not make the trip.

oldweirdherald
07-30-2002, 10:37 PM
Expert Cobalt 12 Main Event

red - Benny Justice
white - Jim Swofford
green - Connie Aloise
orange - Larry Blanton
blue - Randy Thompson
yellow - Mike Swiss
purple - Les Wright
black - Mike Graverson

The main is about to begin...
Hit "refresh" every 5 minutes for updated "Almost Live" coverage!

After Heat 1:

1 - Mike Swiss - 76
2 - Randy Thompson - 72
3 - Les Wright - 71
4 - Mike Graverson - 68
5 - Benny Justice - 68
6 - Connie Aloise - 68
7 - Larry Blanton - 65
8 - Jim Swofford - 39 (smoked a motor)

After Heat 2:

1 - Mike Swiss - 151
2 - Les Wright - 143
3 - Randy Thompson - 143
4 - Connie Aloise - 143
5 - Benny Justice - 141
6 - Mike Graverson - 140
7 - Larry Blanton - 134
8 - Jim Swofford - 108

After Heat 3:

1 - Mike Swiss - 225
2 - Les Wright - 219
3 - Connie Aloise - 217
4 - Benny Justice - 217
5 - Mike Graverson - 213
6 - Randy Thompson - 211
7 - Larry Blanton - 198
8 - Jim Swofford - 180

After Heat 4:

1 - Mike Swiss - 297
2 - Les Wright - 294
3 - Connie Aloise - 289
4 - Benny Justice - 289
5 - Mike Graverson - 287
6 - Randy Thompson - 281
7 - Larry Blanton - 269
8 - Jim Swofford - 250

After Heat 5:

1 - Mike Swiss - 371
2 - Les Wright - 369
3 - Benny Justice - 363
4 - Connie Aloise - 363
5 - Mike Graverson - 358
6 - Randy Thompson - 355
7 - Larry Blanton - 335
8 - Jim Swofford - 320

After Heat 6:

1 - Mike Swiss - 446
2 - Les Wright - 442
3 - Benny Justice - 438
4 - Connie Aloise - 437
5 - Mike Graverson - 430
6 - Randy Thompson - 429
7 - Larry Blanton - 399
8 - Jim Swofford - 389

After Heat 7:

1 - Mike Swiss - 517
2 - Benny Justice - 514
3 - Les Wright - 512
4 - Connie Aloise - 509
5 - Mike Graverson - 503
6 - Randy Thompson - 493
7 - Larry Blanton - 457
8 - Jim Swofford - 456

After Heat 8:

Expert C-12 Official Results

1 - Benny Justice - 586 (Happy Birthday Benny!)
2 - Les Wright - 585
3 - Mike Swiss - 582
4 - Connie Aloise - 579
5 - Mike Graverson - 571
6 - Randy Thompson - 565
7 - Jim Swofford - 518
8 - Larry Blanton - 466

Awesome race, as Benny caught up from 3rd in the last heat to take the win, and Les passing Swiss in the last minute for 2nd. And to top it off, today is Benny's birthday!

Bobhardt
07-30-2002, 10:58 PM
Heartbreaker for Swiss. He almost pulled it off though:(

Chubby
07-31-2002, 12:01 AM
Mike u almost had it...Great Run Benny"HAPPY BIRTHDAY"


JOE SSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Neal Stewart
07-31-2002, 12:03 AM
what happened to him? bad heat? smoked motor? DETAILS! :p

Rotorranch
07-31-2002, 12:11 AM
Way ta go Benny and Les!

What happened to Mikey? Another drive by fruiting? ;) :D :eek:

Wow! Benny came from WAY behind! How'd he do that? :confused:

Rotor

oldweirdherald
07-31-2002, 01:13 AM
Just prior to the start of the Expert Cobalt 12 main, someone (I forget who) looked at the drivers getting ready to race and said: "Is this the Cobalt 12 race, or the Geezer Warm-up?"

Mike didn't break down - he just finished on black, came off a couple times, and Benny and Les kicked it into Hillbilly overdrive!

There's a new battle cry here at the Nats as onlookers cheered on Benny. Every time Benny came off, made a move, or any other opportunity, a bunch of Benny's "fans" would chant out together:
"EOAW, EOAW, CHINGA CHINGA CHINGA!!!"

(pronounced EEEE'- AW! EEE'-AW!)

I absolutely had no idea where this chant came from or what it meant, but it always seemed to result in a big laugh.

After the race, it was somewhat explained to me. I was told that "EOAW" stands for "Equal Opportunity A$$ Whoopin'". I'm still not sure what the "CHINGA CHINGA CHINGA" means - but they said that if they yelled it, that it almost always resulted in expediting the turn marshalling service.

It's a "hillbilly thang", I guess, and I believe that when properly primed with sufficient quantities of the correct beverage of choice, the meaning of the incantation becomes instantly more clear, and substantially more humorous.

EOAW! EOAW! CHINGA CHINGA CHINGA!!!

Congrats to Benny on an awesome race!

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1SLOWHAND
07-31-2002, 02:41 AM
Paul , please pass along my congratulations to Brian Eardly for his big win in I-15. USRA Mid-Atlantic is proud of ya bud !
Thanx ,
Glenn / Richmond , Virginia.

cheater
07-31-2002, 07:18 AM
Congrats to Benny on his come-from-behind win! You make your fellow Georgians proud!

Hey, Mom, this Div I Almost-Live coverage is a bit terse compared to the Div II Almost-Live coverage from ECR.

I think if you sent a plane ticket and hotel reservations to the guy who did the Div II Almost-Live Coverage he'd be glad to do the same for the Div I Nats.

And you could then concentrate on your racing! Just trying to help . . .

:-)

oldweirdherald
07-31-2002, 07:33 AM
Actually... I'm not racing - but nice try.

I'd gladly send the OWH private Lear Jet to pick you up, as you did a heck of a nice job at the Div II's, but I'm afraid the jet is still in the pipe dream stage.

I'll have to look up "terse" when I'm up to it. ;)

I may not have your gift for the prose, but I'm trying to make up for it with the pictures. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what's a thousand pictures worth??? :p

Bobhardt
07-31-2002, 09:45 AM
Hey Paul,
I see Connie is there. What about Carlos?

oldweirdherald
07-31-2002, 02:59 PM
Carlos and Connie are both here. I will be sure to get a picture of them both sometime during the week.

oldweirdherald
07-31-2002, 02:59 PM
Senior Group 7 (Geezer Race)

B Semi

1 - Philip Larcom - 542
2 - Gary Puetz - 536
3 - Mike Swiss - 516
4 - Mike Delmonico - 494
5 - Peter Cada Caprez - 480 (Switzerland)
6 - Jim Swofford - 467
7 - Gary Haworth - 424
8 - Vlado Okali - 423 (Slovakia)
9 - Roman Kormeluk - 383

A Semi

1 - Richard Curnutte - 588
2 - John Tore Anderson - 585 (Sweden / USA)
3 - Larry Blanton - 581
4 - Les Wright - 547
5 - Wendell Smith - 512
6 - Spove - 511
7 - Ron Herrera - 445
8 - Per Persson - 441 (Sweden)
9 - Ron Vanwagnen - 210

Senior Group 7 (Geezer) Main

red - Gary Puetz
white - Richard Curnutte
green - Les Wright
orange - Mike Swiss
blue - Philip Larcom
yellow - Mike Delmonico
purple - Larry Blanton
black - John Tore Anderson

The "Geezer" main event will begin shortly - at around 3:05 PM Pacific Time.

Be sure to hit "refresh" button every 5 - 10 minutes for OWH's "Almost Live" updated coverage!

After Heat 1:

1 - Les Wright - 133
2 - Richard Curnutte - 130
3 - Mike Swiss - 126
4 - Mike Delmonico - 125
5 - John Tore Anderson - 123
6 - Philip Larcom - 122
7 - Gary Puetz - 118
8 - Larry Blanton - 112

After Heat 2:

1 - Richard Curnutte - 262
2 - Mike Swiss - 256
3 - John Tore Anderson - 251
4 - Les Wright - 250 (tire fell off)
5 - Philip Larcom - 248
6 - Mike Delmonico - 247
7 - Gary Puetz - 247
8 - Larry Blanton - 202 (motor out)

After Heat 3:

1 - Richard Curnutte - 395
2 - Mike Swiss - 391
3 - John Tore Anderson - 390
4 - Gary Puetz - 374
5 - Mike Delmonico - 373
6 - Les Wright - 371
7 - Philip Larcom - 368
8 - Larry Blanton - 321

After Heat 4:

1 - Richard Curnutte - 527
2 - Mike Swiss - 527
3 - Les Wright - 493
4 - Gary Puetz - 491
5 - Philip Larcom - 476
6 - Mike Delmonico - 457
7 - John Tore Anderson - 432(out twice for gear problems)
8 - Larry Blanton - 429

After Heat 5:

1 - Mike Swiss - 664
2 - Richard Curnutte - 659
3 - Les Wright - 627
4 - Philip Larcom - 600
5 - Mike Delmonico - 580
6 - Gary Puetz -561 (smoked motor)
7 - Larry Blanton - 498 (smoked motor)
8 - John Tore Anderson - 432 (out of race for broken gear, motor and magnet)

After Heat 6:

1 - Mike Swiss - 793
2 - Richard Curnutte - 772 (body pin)
3 - Les Wright - 760
4 - Philip Larcom - 710
5 - Mike Delmonico - 689 (bent rim)
6 - Gary Puetz - 661
7 - Larry Blanton - 616
8 - John Tore Anderson - 432

After Heat 7:

1 - Mike Swiss - 917
2 - Richard Curnutte - 904
3 - Les Wright - 876
4 - Philip Larcom - 834
5 - Gary Puetz - 861 (leadwire broke)
6 - Mike Delmonico - 756 (smoked motor)
7 - Larry Blanton - 740
8 - John Tore Anderson - 432

After Heat 8:

Geezer Group 7 Official Results

1 - Mike Swiss - 1038
2 - Richard Curnutte - 1027
3 - Les Wright - 961 (bent rim)
4 - Philip Larcom - 895 (spun a pinion)
5 - Gary Puetz - 879
6 - Mike Delmonico - 831
7 - Larry Blanton - 798
8 - John Tore Anderson - 432

The "Geezer" Group 7 race was not as bad a crash fest as I remember in previous years (except for the B Semi - whew!), but it was still quite destructive - however it was also very entertaining to watch. The racers were still quite serious - but once things spread out a bit they maintained a pretty good sense of humor.

My thanks to Keith "bOkeifus" Bauer for helping me out with posting the heat-by-heat "Almost Live" updates!

We now break for a while, and there is practice time for the Group 7 Warm-up race. Tech for the warm-up race will be at around 6 - 6:30 PM Pacific Time.

We'll have results of the Semi's, and will post the starting time for the "Almost Live" coverage of the Group 7 Warm-up Main once I have a good idea of what time it will be at.

Ta-ta for now - this reporter is HUNGRY! :D

Bobhardt
07-31-2002, 04:50 PM
Good job Mike. 1038 in the warmup race. Pro group 7 should be awesome

purple haze
07-31-2002, 04:57 PM
Hey ... I was impressed that Gary Puetz went 200 laps in heat 7
(861 - 661 = 200). And with a broken lead wire! That's even fast in Texas!

Good run Mike :)

purple haze
07-31-2002, 05:06 PM
Nice job in 15A Brian. You da man!

hitman516
07-31-2002, 05:11 PM
Congratulations...Benny & Les!!!!

Glad to see that the Drag Racing Tips helped!!

Happy Birthday to ya Benny!! What can we say except......

"You Da MAN!!"

From your Drag Racin' buddies in Michigan!

Mark Woday
07-31-2002, 05:12 PM
Awesome Mike bring home a championship to the Midwest!!

Go get some in 27's and Opens!;) ;)

glueside
07-31-2002, 06:40 PM
That just proves that Mike is finally an OLD GEEZER!!!

Congratulations on your win and that must have been some race in the Cobalt 12 class.

oldweirdherald
07-31-2002, 06:55 PM
Group 7 Warm-up Race

Qualifying is in progress right now - first round...

P.A. Watson just turned a 1.624 second lap!
New World Record!!!

so far...

Bobhardt
07-31-2002, 07:08 PM
Come on Swiss lets see a 1.5!:D

Zippity
07-31-2002, 07:08 PM
On behalf of "our" long lost friend, I wish to lodge a protest....................

>"P.A. Watson just turned a 1.624 second lap!
New World Record!!!"<

Paul, aren't you over reacting a little ? :D :D

oldweirdherald
07-31-2002, 07:20 PM
Ho hum.... here we go again...

For the benefit of our resident "local" New Zealand racer on board...

P.A. Watson just turned a 1.624 second lap.

He did it on a "King" type track.

He did it on a track that looks like it is 155 feet long (I didn't measure)

He did it at "The Nats".

He did it in front of a whole bunch of people who thought it was a pretty darned big deal.

He got a bunch of applause and cheers.

I believe, from what I am told, that it is the fastest lap turned on a King type 155ish foot track at "The Nats"

... on a Wednesday

... with the sun setting

.... with the lunar alignment in the southern hemisphere

... while wearing boxer underwear

ever

anywhere


in the

WORLD!!!!




ya folla??? :D

Zippity
07-31-2002, 07:29 PM
Jaysus,

Do I get my head knocked off for saying that it can only be a TRACK record?? :D :D

Just leave the word "WORLD" out of the discussion.

I think that maybe you need some sleep..................

oldweirdherald
07-31-2002, 08:29 PM
I think maybe you need some sheep... :D


on a Wednesday

with the sun setting

wearing NO underwear

anywhere

in the

WORLD!!!


Just yankin' yer chain Zippity!!!

BTW - since when did you become the self-appointed replacement / representative for your long lost buddy anyway???


OK - enough of the "World" vs. "Track" record debate....

Meanwhile, back to the races....

The Group 7 Warm-up B Semi is about to begin.

Results following each Semi, and "Almost Live" heat-by-heat coverage of the main will be posted tonight at around.....

11:00 PMish Pacific Time

Bobhardt
07-31-2002, 08:56 PM
Thanks Paul,
Keep up the good work.

Electric Dreams
07-31-2002, 09:25 PM
Old man P.A. Watson showed them all how it's done by setting a new track (and world) record on the banked King of 1.064 second(s?) during the qualifying for the open-class warm-up race.
Now that's what I call hauling (Tex)***.
Mr. P
(discreete spectator looking for clues):confused:

Bobhardt
07-31-2002, 09:30 PM
1.064??;)

oldweirdherald
07-31-2002, 10:51 PM
Group 7 Warm-up Race

B Semi

1 - Mike Swiss - 625
2 - Mario MSP Schone - 612
3 - Greg Mills - 578
4 - Marty Meltabarger - 568
5 - Bill Skinner - 561
6 - Larry Blanton - 501
7 - Eric Chillingworth - 455
8 - Benny Justice - 447
9 - Charlie 2Fast - 443

A Semi

1 - Beuf - 629
2 - PA Watson - 611
3 - Gugu - 591
4 - Mikael Sillen - 558
5 - Michael Landrud - 496
6 - Forest Watchers - 478
7 - Jeremy Kranes - 467
8 - Kristoffer Johansson - 452
9 - Bob Everett - 333

Group 7 Warm-Up Main

Red - Beuf
White - PA Watson
Green - Mario Schone
Orange - Mikael Sillen
Blue - Greg Mills
Yellow - Mike Swiss
Purple - Gugu
Black - Marty

Start time aprox. 11:30 pm.

Be sure to hit "refresh" about every 5 to 10 minutes for updates to OWH's "Almost Live" coverage!!!

After Heat 1:

1 - Mario Schone - 141
2 - PA Watson - 134
3 - Mike Swiss - 133
4 - Gugu - 131
5 - Greg Mills - 131
6 - Mikael Sillen - 126
7 - Marty - 122
8 - Beuf - 100 (motor problem)

After Heat 2:

1 - Mario Schone - 281
2 - Mike Swiss - 268
3 - PA Watson - 262
4 - Mikael Sillen - 259
5 - Greg Mills - 256
6 - Gugu - 252
7 - Marty - 251
8 - Beuf - 240

After Heat 3:

1 - Mario Schone - 415
2 - Mike Swiss - 400
3 - PA Watson - 395
4 - Gugu - 381
5 - Greg Mills - 378
6 - Beuf - 370
7 - Mikael Sillen - 361
8 - Marty - 321 (spun pinion)

After Heat 4:

1 - Mario Schone - 535
2 - PA Watson - 528
3 - Greg Mills - 509
4 - Gugu - 508
5 - Beuf - 505
6 - Mikael Sillen - 494
7 - Mike Swiss - 491 (crash damage on red)
8 - Marty - 325 (out of race)

After Heat 5:

1 - Mario Schone - 671
2 - Gugu - 644
3 - Beuf - 640
4 - Greg Mills - 640
5 - Mike Swiss - 628
6 - PA Watson - 610 (motor died)
7 - Mikael Sillen - 553 (out of race, multiple problems)
8 - Marty - 325 (out of race)

After Heat 6:

1 - Mario Schone - 813
2 - Greg Mills - 776
3 - Gugu - 767
4 - Mike Swiss - 765
5 - Beuf - 735 (motor blew)
6 - PA Watson - 693(motor blew)
7 - Mikael Sillen - 553 (out)
8 - Marty - 325 (out)

After Heat 7:

1 - Mario Schone - 957
2 - Greg Mills - 911
3 - Gugu - 910
4 - Mike Swiss - 900
5 - Beuf - 855
6 - PA Watson - 834
7 - Mikael Sillen - 553 (out of race)
8 - Marty - 325 (out of race)

After Heat 8:

Group 7 Warm-up Main Results

1 - Mario Schone - 1099
2 - Greg Mills - 1048
3 - Gugu - 1047
4 - Mike Swiss - 1033
5 - Beuf - 998
6 - PA Watson - 914
7 - Mikael Sillen - 553 (out)
8 - Marty - 325 (out)

lowflyer
08-01-2002, 01:25 AM
Really fast driving from Mario, well done

H"Rip"Barnes
08-01-2002, 05:59 AM
Keep up the good work Mom! We're following the results here in Mid-South Country. That "Bit" about the Redneck Chants for Benny was FUNNY! And we can just see it! hahahahahaah
In the "Geezer" B Semi crash fest, what happened? Tell us more. Was it Roman?!?!?! "H.A.Y." Roman? Hang in there man.Rip

Electric Dreams
08-01-2002, 06:09 AM
"1.064??"

Typo due to old geezer's emotional response.
:p

Go P.A. !!!

dretceterini
08-01-2002, 07:52 AM
but I can not belive that someone is going that fast!!

Stu

Rotorranch
08-01-2002, 07:59 AM
I think P meant 1.624 sec? ;) Still pretty quick! :D

Rotor

Electric Dreams
08-01-2002, 08:20 AM
P.A. Watson was cool and collected. He made his single warm-up lap and then preceeded to cut the new record without even looking at the car.
For most, it does not mean much because flat-out driving is not their thing. But the technology involved to accomplish such a feat is awsome and deserve the respect of anyone, even the people who cannot stand the look of the wing cars.
PdL :)

Bobhardt
08-01-2002, 09:07 AM
Hey Paul,
How did Mike handle the " Crash damage on red"? Yikes..:eek:

Chubby
08-01-2002, 12:31 PM
Nice run Mario and greg...Now just keep it up for the THE REAL RACE

oldweirdherald
08-01-2002, 03:58 PM
Thursday - August 1, 2002

Amateur Group 27

B Semi

1 - Mike Del Monico - 371
2 - Brian Eardley - 368
3 - Jim Brown - 364
4 - Jaeger Kovich - 363
5 - Tony Thomas - 362
6 - Chris Petrella - 361
7 - Ron Van Wagnen - 339
8 - Ryan Hodges - 331
9 - Mark Manion - 327
10 - Darryl Atkins - 323
11 - Wendell Smith - 205

A Semi

1 - Keith "bOkeifus" Bauer - 388
2 - Tommy Flyth - 368
3 - Randy T
4 - Mike Peakes - 361
5 - Triginelli - 359 (Brazil)
6 - Chris Shaeffer - 352
7 - Mike Graversen - 346
8 - Jeff Mack - 342
9 - Kevin Abe - 336 (Canada)
10 - Chuck Fredrick - 322
11 - Joe Redmond - 301

The Amateur Group 27 main is about to begin....
several cars did not make tech at the line (too low, etc...)

OWH's "Almost Live" coverage will begin very soon (about 4:00 PM Pacific Time)
Be sure to hit refresh every 5 - 10 minutes for updates!

I'll be scrambling - 'cuz my helper bOkeifus is just a tad busy this race!

Amateur Group 27 Main

red - Mike Del Monico
white - Keith Bauer
green - Mike Peakes
orange - Tommy Flyth
blue - Jim Brown
yellow - Yaeger
Purple - Brian Eardley
Black - Randy Thompson

After Heat 1:

1 - Brian Eardley - 98
2 - Jim Brown - 98
3 - Randy Thompson - 97
4 - Keith Bauer - 94
5 - Yaeger Kovich - 92
6 - Mike Peakes - 91
7 - Mike Del Monico - 84
8 - Tommy Flyth - 43 (body pin out - launched in bank)

After Heat 2:

1 - Randy Thompson - 194
2 - Keith Bauer - 191
3 - Yaeger Kovich - 190
4 - Brian Eardley - 188
5 - Jim Brown - 183
6 - Mike Peakes - 182
7 - Mike Del Monico - 177
8 - Tommy Flyth - 121

After Heat 3:

1 - Keith Bauer - 292
2 - Randy Thompson - 291
3 - Yaeger Kovich - 283
4 - Brian Eardley - 279
5 - Mike Peakes - 263
6 - Mike Del Monico - 254
7 - Jim Brown - 245
8 - Tommy Flyth - 192

After Heat 4:

1 - Keith Bauer - 392
2 - Randy Thompson - 382
3 - Yaeger Kovich - 359
4 - Brian Eardley - 357
5 - Mike Peakes - 349
6 - Mike Del Monico - 342
7 - Jim Brown - 341
8 - Tommy Flyth - 284

After Heat 5:

1 - Keith Bauer - 480
2 - Randy Thompson - 478
3 - Yaeger Kovich - 452
4 - Brian Eardley - 444
5 - Jim Brown - 440
6 - Mike Del Monico - 434
7 - Mike Peakes - 382
8 - Tommy Flyth - 382

After Heat 6:

1 - Randy Thompson - 577
2 - Keith Bauer - 562 (bad traffic on black)
3 - Brian Eardley - 541
4 - Jim Brown - 536
5 - Yaeger Kovich - 528
6 - Mike Del Monico - 489 (smoked motor)
7 - Tommy Flyth - 462
8 - Mike Peakes - 433 (smoked motor)

After Heat 7:

1 - Randy Thompson - 672
2 - Keith Bauer - 656
3 - Brian Eardley - 643
4 - Jim Brown - 631
5 - Yaeger Kovich - 616
6 - Mike Del Monico - 587
7 - Tommy Flyth - 552
8 - Mike Peakes - 537

After Heat 8:

Amateur Group 27 Unnofficial Results

1 - Randy Thompson - 768
2 - Keith Bauer - 758
3 - Brian Eardley - 743
4 - Jim Brown - 727
5 - Yaeger Kovich - 705
6 - Mike Del Monico - 670
7 - Tommy Flyth - 641
8 - Mike Peakes - 628

TQ - Chuck Fredrick - 1.97
Concours - Jim Brown

An awesome race, and Randy had a fast car, drove great and kept out of trouble to cruise to the win. Keith stayed within range, but a couple heats of bad traffic kept him in 2nd. Brian struggled earlier a bit, but finished strong.

Now we take a much needed dinner break with a HUGE Barbeque courtesy of Wendell Smith. I'm going to grab some grup before it's all gone! :D

Thanks to Scott Fisher & Chris Petrella for helping read me the lap totals while Keith was busy!

Dinner was great! Buuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrp!

inkkey
08-01-2002, 04:24 PM
Come on Keith! You Roving Glue Tough!

slotsquid
08-01-2002, 05:54 PM
way to come back, thought you were going to podium!
It was exciting to follow the race on the internet, live, heat by heat! Thanks Paul & keyboard slaves!
Sponge Bob to win G-7 Pro!

dretceterini
08-01-2002, 06:10 PM
today and got to meet some of the people I've only heard about (as I have been out of slots for 30+ years). I can not believe how fast the cars are now; and that was just Amateur 27!

:eek:

Stu Schaller
"Mr.Stombecker"

I'll be back to watch on the weekend...

Bent rim
08-01-2002, 07:01 PM
Keith, Mom and I am very proud of you. Congratulations!!!! Now bring me home that Semi-pro title.;)

DDDDDDerek
08-01-2002, 07:10 PM
Hey Jay I know it must suck right now that your home with summer school :( . I have it too man and I want to be out there right now. Hey if your itchin' for wing racing you should make an attempt to race this saturday @ Slots-A-Lots Post Nats race.

Chubby
08-01-2002, 07:43 PM
Jay if u have no way gettin out here i can get u a ride if u wanna com..talk to me on my sn yanks673.lata

briany
08-01-2002, 08:21 PM
Paul

What was the TQ time for amateur G-27?

dretceterini
08-01-2002, 08:35 PM
but the quickest race lap was 2:191

cfredco
08-01-2002, 08:51 PM
TQ AM27 1.97 Chuck Frederick, and no I didn't make the main. :(

Bobhardt
08-01-2002, 10:11 PM
Paul, is Chicky there yet? I didnt see his name in the group 7 warmup and I thought for sure he would be in that.

Paul Ciccarello
08-01-2002, 11:07 PM
I get there Saturday morning.

Paul

oldweirdherald
08-02-2002, 02:34 AM
http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/albums/album01/aao.jpg

Check out the 2002 USRA Div 1 Nats Photo Gallery!
Even MORE Nats photos uploaded!!!
(hey - doesn't that Old Weird Dude EVER sleep?)
NATS PHOTO GALLERY - CLICK HERE (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/album01)

cheater
08-02-2002, 07:31 AM
Paul, great pictures! I am especially impressed with the quality of the indoor shots.

What kind of digicam are you using?

Please tell Les, Gugu, and Benny hello for me.

Bobhardt
08-02-2002, 09:25 AM
Keep up the good work Paul. I really enjoy the race reports and the pictures are fantastic.

Larry LS
08-02-2002, 11:54 AM
Hey what's with the kiddies stools some guys are using. I wondered how Tore got that tall since last time I saw him. :confused:

oldweirdherald
08-02-2002, 02:25 PM
Friday - August 2, 2002

Expert Group 27

D Quarter Final

1 - Larry Blanton - 383
2 - Jeremy Kranes - 382
3 - Mike Swiss - 379
4 - Mickey Johnston - 377
5 - Marcello Serra - 371 (Brazil)
6 - Bill Skinner - 353 (loose gear)

C Quarter Final

1 - "Beuf" Pederson - 410
2 - Benny Justice - 400
3 - Scott Fisher - 396
4 - Spove - 395
5 - Richard Curnutte - 391
6 - Gugu - 0 (Brazil) (dropped out to build gp 7 motors)

B Quarter Final

1 - Vlado Okali - 403
2 - Connie Aloise - 397
3 - Pat Ularte - 395
4 - Erkle - 389
5 - Gary Puetz - 376
6 - Jim Swofford - 314

A Quarter Final

1 - Marty Meltabarger - 403
2 - Greg Mills - 402
3 - Roman K - 395
4 - Ted Backo - 387
5 - Mike Krebs - 373
6 - Carlos Aloise - (didn't race - building motors)

Expert Group 27 B Semi

red - Scott Fisher
white - Larry Blanton
green - Spove
orange - Jeremy Kranes
blue - Mike Swiss
yellow - Mickey Johnston
purple - Beuf Pederson
black - Benny Justice

Starting at about 4:45 PM...

Expert Group 27 B Semi

1 - Mickey Johnston - 406
2 - Mike Swiss - 403
3 - Scott Fisher - 392
4 - Larry Blanton - 391
5 - Beuf Pederson - 388
6 - Jeremy Kranes - 380
7 - Benny Justice - 357
8 - Spove - 353

I delayed posting this a couple minutes so that the oddsmakers and bookies could get all their bets in (after they got the real results). If anyone had placed any bets on this race - they would have lost their shirt or made a killing.

(Ciccarello was already on the phone teasing me about not having it posted yet, minutes after the race ended... hence the title "Almost Live" ;) )

Expert Group 27 A Semi

red - Connie Aloise
white - Marty Meltabarger
green - Erkle
orange - Vlado Okali
blue - Pat Ularte
yellow - Ted Backo
purple - Greg Mills
black - Roman K

After 2nd heat - Marty & Erkle out front... Vlado smoked a motor near end of heat. Everyone else very close...

After heat 3 - Marty, Ted, Erkle & Connie....

After heat 4 - Marty, Connie, Ted, Erkle...

After heat 5 - Marty, Ted, Connie, Greg, Erkle - all very close (Erkle dropped back a bit with problems...)

After heat 6 - Ted, Connie, Marty, Greg, Pat (Marty & Erkle with problems)

After heat 7 - Connie, Ted, Marty, Greg...


Expert Group 27 A Semi - Final Results

1 - Connie Aloise - 394
2 - Marty Meltabarger - 392
3 - Ted Backo - 388
4 - Pat Ularte - 384
5 - Greg Mills - 383
6 - Vlado Okali - 374
7 - Erkle - 358
8 - Roman K - 269

Very exciting finish as Pat & Greg swapped places throughout the final heat for the final move-up spot. Pat snuck by in the final seconds when Greg came off.

Be sure to tune in for OWH's "Almost Live" updates during the Expert Group 27 main event! The main should be starting at around ??? PMish Pacific Time

weedracer
08-02-2002, 03:40 PM
I'm home......I'm whipped, but I was bummed to leave.:(

This is always one of the most exciting races of the Nats as far as I'm concerned.

Let me know if you need a hand with the captions.

http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smokin.gif

P.S. Go Erkle!!

oldweirdherald
08-02-2002, 03:56 PM
Good to see you made it back ok - but it's too bad you couldn't stay longer.

I'll upload the pictures and could use any help I can get with captions, weed (you can log in to the Nats gallery same as the Barnburner).

Yesterday was the first day of only 1 race and was done early. I was really hoping to finally get out somewhere, but now there was nobody left to go out with :( - but Keith helped me get all the photos uploaded and captioned, and I'm all caught up now!

Chris Radisich is here today, and after the race he'll help me download all the race data and convert it to permenant HTML pages - with complete race charts!

Paul Ciccarello
08-02-2002, 04:38 PM
Paul,

Did you forget about the semis?

Paul

oldweirdherald
08-02-2002, 04:43 PM
Well...

THAT's embarrassing.... the joys of live coverage!

Even John Ford (sitting next to me) knew it was the B Semi!

I guess I get a break for a little bit after all!

I corrected my post above... Um... I was just seeing if anyone was paying attention - yeah that's the ticket....

OK.... so hang in there for updates of the Semis...

:confused:

oldweirdherald
08-02-2002, 06:49 PM
Expert Group 27 Main

red - Connie Aloise
white - Scott Fisher
green - Pat Ularte
orange - Marty Meltabarger
blue - Mike Swiss
yellow - Mickey Johnston
purple - Ted Backo
black - Larry Blanton

Expert Group 27 Main to start at 7:10 PM Pacific Time.

Be sure to hit "refresh" every 5 - 10 minutes for OWH's "Almost Live" coverage updates - heat-by-heat, beginning at around 7:15 Pacific Time.

After heat 1:

1 - Mike Swiss - 105
2 - Pat Ularte - 104
3 - Marty Meltabarger - 103
4 - Mickey Johnston - 100
5 - Scott Fisher - 100
6 - Ted Backo - 97
7 - Connie Aloise - 96
8 - Larry Blanton - 62(smoked a motor)

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After heat 2:

1 - Mike Swiss - 207
2 - Marty Meltabarger - 207
3 - Pat Ularte - 205
4 - Mickey Johnston - 203
5 - Connie Aloise - 201
6 - Scott Fisher - 199
7 - Ted Backo - 185
8 - Larry Blanton - 165

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After heat 3:

1 - Marty Meltabarger - 308
2 - Mickey Johnston - 307
3 - Mike Swiss - 305
4 - Connie Aloise - 304
5 - Pat Ularte - 303
6 - Scott Fisher - 302
7 - Ted Backo - 283
8 - Larry Blanton - 268

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After heat 4:

1 - Marty Meltabarger - 412
2 - Mickey Johnston - 410
3 - Mike Swiss - 406
4 - Connie Aloise - 406
5 - Scott Fisher - 401
6 - Pat Ularte - 397
7 - Ted Backo - 377
8 - Larry Blanton - 370

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After heat 5:

1 - Marty Meltabarger - 514
2 - Mickey Johnston - 509
3 - Mike Swiss - 507 (not making the move)
4 - Connie Aloise - 503
5 - Scott Fisher - 500
6 - Pat Ularte - 498
7 - Ted Backo - 473
8 - Larry Blanton - 460

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After heat 6:

1 - Mickey Johnston - 615 (106 laps on blue!!!)
2 - Marty Meltabarger - 614
3 - Mike Swiss - 607
4 - Connie Aloise - 597
5 - Pat Ularte - 596 (Attack of the killer slot car!!!)
6 - Scott Fisher - 595
7 - Ted Backo - 567
8 - Larry Blanton -560

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After heat 7:

1 - Mickey Johnston - 713
2 - Marty Meltabarger - 711
3 - Mike Swiss - 707
4 - Connie Aloise - 694
5 - Pat Ularte - 694
6 - Larry Blanton - 664
7 - Ted Backo - 668
8 - Scott Fisher - 640 (In the pits)

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After heat 8:

Expert Group 27 Main Official Results


1 - Mike Swiss - 806
2 - Mickey Johnston - 800 (Created wrecks on black)
3 - Connie Aloise - 791
4 - Pat Ularte - 786
5 - Marty Meltabarger - 784 (Hit wrecks on yellow, braid problems)
6 - Ted Backo - 753
7 - Larry Blanton - 752
8 - Scott Fisher - 739



Marty Meltabarger had started the 8th heat in 2nd, caught Mickey for first and hit a few wrecks, holding 1st for the first minute. He then had bad braid problems as Mike Swiss passed by Mickey and Marty from behind to win the race in the last minute. Connie Aloise snuck into the podium and Pat Ularte took 4th. Marty finished 5th.

glueside
08-02-2002, 07:59 PM
Come on Mike - make the move!!!

Electric Dreams
08-02-2002, 08:02 PM
Beat them geezers!

(I had to say that, he paid me to do so.)
:D

Foamy
08-02-2002, 08:41 PM
?????????????

Mark Woday
08-02-2002, 08:52 PM
Congrats on a great win!!!!!! The race is never over until the power goes off!!

Zippity
08-02-2002, 09:00 PM
Wow!! All these lead changes.

Those "Wingie Thingies" are almost exciting as F1 :D :D

Paul, How come you can go back and edit a post and it doesn't display the fact? This Board must be an Administrators delight :)

Congratulations on a great reporting job - I love all those photographs that you are posting.

Doesn't Weedracer look old without a hat? :D :) :D :)

dretceterini
08-02-2002, 09:01 PM
on the first photo (MVC-197F) on page 20. No one but the REALLY old guys have any idea who I am...

Stu Schaller
Head of the Strombecker Factory Team
1964-1968

Zippity
08-02-2002, 09:07 PM
Dr Who??

Looks more like the Mafia was in attendance :D :D

weedracer
08-02-2002, 09:13 PM
What's your excuse Ron??

:p

Bobhardt
08-02-2002, 09:46 PM
Great Job Mike. Two Nats titles coming back to Chitown and theres still 1 more race to go!

dretceterini
08-02-2002, 10:54 PM
well, I AM 1/2 Italian.. :p

Stu

rmick15
08-02-2002, 11:40 PM
I would like to thank Jimbo Kirby, Roman K and Brian for all the help ( Mid Atlantic USRA guys ). It will be a great memory for me.


Thanks,
Mickey Johnston

Rotorranch
08-03-2002, 01:04 AM
Paul uses a Sony Mavica.......but I dunno which one! ;)

Rotor

glueside
08-03-2002, 06:09 AM
Alright - MIKE - great job of driving.

Did he stay calm and collected all race?

tedster
08-03-2002, 06:26 AM
Great Racing

Can you Wish PA Watson Happy B-DAY for the clowns at Pasadena Raceway

Mike Wyatt
08-03-2002, 07:29 AM
great job, Paul- those of us out here in slot car land really appreciate it!!! Great pictures.

oldweirdherald
08-03-2002, 01:28 PM
I use a Sony Mavica FD-87. I'll get a shot of the OWH Photo Booth and post it. On the old board, we had a whole thread describing my traveling photo set-up, somewhere in the "Board Room" board. (I'll bet Zippity or someone can provide a link to it - I don't have time to look right now).

Today (Saturday) is the Semi-Pro race. Several more notable and notorious slot car racing personalities have arrived last night and I imagine even more will arrive over the weekend. (I hear Paul Ciccarello's laugh behind me right now!). I'm trying to get pictures of them as I see them, and I'll copy them into a special "Hall Of Fame" Gallery later.

The Semi-Pro D Semi just got done...

oldweirdherald
08-03-2002, 02:56 PM
Saturday - August 3, 2002

Group 7 Semi-Pro

Concours - Phil Larcom
TQ - Chuck Frederick - 1.6629

Semi-Pro D Quarter Final

1 - Mike Graversen - 423
2 - Michael Landrud - 403
3 - Tommy Flyth - 363
4 - Eric DeBold - 355
5 - Ryan Hodges - 286
6 - Jeff Mack - 258

Semi-Pro C Quarter Final

1 - Wendell Smith - 428
2 - Reggie Coram - 407
3 - Per Persson - 392 (Sweden)
4 - Erik Chillingworth - 381
5 - Philip Larcom - 379
6 - Kristoffer Johansson - 329

Semi-Pro B Quarter Final

1 - Richard Curnutte - 372
2 - Joe Redmond - 371
3 - Peter Cada Caprez - 366
4 - Jim Ward - 326
5 - Ron Van Wagnen - 310
6 - Gary Haworth - 286

Semi-Pro A Quarter Final

In progress... Erkle leading, Osvaldo, Chuck, Randy, Keith - just smoked a motor...

After Heat 5.... Erkle, Chuck, Osvaldo, Randy, Keith (only 2 back from the move)

Randy blew a gear - Keith up to 4th - Chuck takes lead over Erkle...

After heat 6.... Chuck, Erkle, Osvaldo, Keith, Randy (22 back)

Semi-Pro A Quarter Final

1 - Chuck Frederick - 428
2 - Erkle - 417
3 - Oswaldo Vaccari - 388 (Brazil)
4 - Keith Bauer - 373
5 - Randy Thompson - 367
6 - Chris Petrella - 0

Semi-Pro B Semi

red - Mike Graverson
white - Erik Chillingworth
green - Per Persson
orange - Reggie Coram
blue - Wendell Smith
yellow - Eric DeBold
purple - Tommy Flyth
black - Michael Landrud

Semi-Pro B Semi Final Results

1 - Mike Graversen - 619
2 - Wendell Smith - 615
3 - Reggie Coram - 581
4 - Tommy Flyth - 557
5 - Michael Landrud - 549 (Sweden)
6 - Per Persson - 521 (Sweden)
7 - Erik Chillingworth - 507
8 - Eric DeBold - 497

Semi-Pro A Semi

red - Joe Redmond
white - Erkle
green - Peter Cada Caprez (Switzerland)
orange - Osvaldo (Brazil)
blue - Richard Curnutte
yellow - Jim Ward
purple - Chuck Frederick
black - Keith "bOkeifus" Bauer

After 4 heats - Rich, Osvaldo, Cada, Erkle, Chuck, Keith, Jim, Joe

After 5 heats - Osvaldo, Rich, Cada, Chuck, Erkle, Keith, Jim, Joe

Heat 6 - two of leaders in pits....

Semi-Pro A Semi Final Results
1 - Osvaldo - 600
2 - Richard Curnutte - 597
3 - Chuck Frederick - 589
4 - Keith Bauer - 582
5 - Erkle - 559
6 - Jim Ward - 485
7 - Peter Cada Caprez - 405
8 - Joe Redmond - 53

The Semi Pro Main will begin at approx. 7:45 PM Pacific Time

Sorry for the delay... I could not get online for some time now... the main is now in progress. See new post below...

Zippity
08-03-2002, 03:56 PM
Here is one of the links to the info on Paul's "photo booth": http://pub111.ezboard.com/ftheoldweirdheraldtheowhboardroom.showMessage?topi cID=325.topic

Here is the more informative link. I knew I had it "bookmarked" :)

http://pub111.ezboard.com/ftheoldweirdheraldowhslotcartalk.showMessage?topic ID=263.topic

oldweirdherald
08-03-2002, 08:24 PM
Sorry for the delay - I could not get online for a while.

I have updated the Semi results up a few posts, the main has began...

Back to "Almost Live" coverage - it is now 8:25 PM Pacific Time

Semi Pro Main

red - Mike Graversen
white - Osvaldo Vaccari
green - Keith Bauer
orange - Reggie Coram
blue - Wendell Smith
yellow - Tommy Flyth
purple - Richard Curnutte
black - Chuck Frederick

After Heat 1:

1 - Mike Graversen - 132
2 - Wendell Smith - 129
3 - Richard Curnutte - 128
4 - Reggie Coram - 126
5 - Osvaldo Vaccari - 123
6 - Tommy Flyth - 118
7 - Keith Bauer - 113
8 - Chuck Frederick - 108

After Heat 2:

1 - Reggie Coram - 254
2 - Richard Curnutte - 247
3 - Mike Graversen - 245
4 - Osvaldo Vaccari - 239
5 - Tommy Flyth - 229
6 - Keith Bauer - 208 (spun pinion)
7 - Chuck Frederick - 197 - (crash fest)
8 - Wendell Smith - 194 - (crash fest)

After Heat 3:

1 - Richard Curnutte - 380
2 - Reggie Coram - 369
3 - Mike Graversen - 363
4 - Tommy Flyth - 358 (in pits)
5 - Keith Bauer - 334
6 - Chuck Frederick - 330
7 - Osvaldo Vaccari - 318 (in pits)
8 - Wendell Smith - 241 (broke motor out)

After Heat 4:

1 - Richard Curnutte - 492
2 - Reggie Coram - 488
3 - Mike Graversen - 484
4 - Tommy Flyth - 480
5 - Chuck Frederick - 462
6 - Keith Bauer - 443
7 - Osvaldo Vaccari - 393
8 - Wendell Smith - 333

(Total crash fest - several multi-car crashes in bank!)

After Heat 5:

1 - Richard Curnutte - 623
2 - Tommy Flyth - 591
3 - Mike Graversen - 585
4 - Reggie Coram - 583
5 - Chuck Frederick - 574
6 - Keith Bauer - 557
7 - Wendell Smith - 449
8 - Osvaldo Vaccari - 442

Another crash fest - too many to describe. Osvaldo & Reggie in pits, big crash at end put a few more in pits at end of heat.

After Heat 6:

1 - Richard Curnutte - 754
2 - Mike Graversen - 718
3 - Chuck Frederick - 682
4 - Reggie Coram - 664 (in pits)
5 - Keith Bauer - 662
6 - Tommy Flyth - 654 (dropped from 2nd - motor change)
7 - Wendell Smith - 480
8 - Osvaldo Vaccari - 442 (out)

Down to 4 cars during part of heat 6... busy in the pits

After Heat 7:

1 - Richard Curnutte - 880
2 - Mike Graversen - 843
3 - Keith Bauer - 777
4 - Tommy Flyth - 758 (still some problems)
5 - Chuck Frederick - 748 (dropped from 3rd with body pin problems)
6 - Reggie Coram - 713 (smoked motor)
7 - Wendell Smith - 520
8 - Osvaldo Vaccari - 442 (out)

Down to 4 cars during part of heat 7 also... busy in the pits

Semi-Pro Final Results

1 - Richard Curnutte - 1011
2 - Mike Graversen - 968
3 - Keith Bauer - 879 (munched spur gear, but plenty of time to change)
4 - Reggie Coram - 832
5 - Chuck Frederick - 827
6 - Tommy Flyth - 806
7 - Wendell Smith - 520 (out)
8 - Osvaldo Vaccari - 442 (out)

The crash fest continued, and the survivors (barely) made the podium. Keith was in the pits getting a gear change, but had plenty of cushion to hang on to 3rd. What a race!!!! Mass destruction!

1SLOWHAND
08-03-2002, 08:42 PM
Best of luck to Roman K. All of us back in Richmond are pullin for ya in x-pert open. Go purple !

- Glenn

Bent rim
08-03-2002, 09:53 PM
Keith you are having a great Nats. I am very proud of you! I would like to thank Skinner and Erkle for taken care of Keith in my absence. See you boys when you get home!:D

weedracer
08-04-2002, 06:21 AM
Rich really checked out in that one!

Great job Keith for another great comeback podium finish for the "Thugs".

My vote for MVP of this year's Nats has to go to local nice guy Chuck Frederick for his numerous wins, poles and podium finishes.

Happy Birthday too Chuck, it was great to meet you.

http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smokin.gif

Chubby
08-04-2002, 10:56 AM
Charlie i woud have to agree with you 100%...Chuck Frederick would be my choice of mvr(MOST VALUABLE RACER) of this years NATS...GOOD JOB CHUCK..KEEP IT UP

oldweirdherald
08-04-2002, 12:25 PM
Sunday - August 4, 2002

Pro Group 7 - The final day, and the Big Show...

Qualifying for the Pro Group 7 event is unlike anything else in slot car racing. It's not like the old days, where you would run lap after lap, hoping to get that "rhythm" or muster your reflexes for that "hair lap"... but now it is even more. It is a drama to be watched, and a precise combination of finding that "rocket" motor, perfect glue conditions, and exact timing. These babies are cruising around a 155' track in under 2 seconds, and the difference gets down to the thousanths of a second. The blink of an eye is slow in comparison.

In the first round it was Paul Ciccarello - the last Pro to arrive on the scene on Saturday morning, and perhaps the one with the least time invested (at least here) to "dial in" and prepare. Neverless, it was "Chicky" who had the time to beat in the first round - a 1.634 second lap.

It was not enough to eclipse the World Record lap set by P.A. Watson on Wednesday night of 1.624 - but it was enough to keep everyone on the edge of their chair, wondering if the record would again fall. Every camera in the building was ready, in anticipation of the next possible world record. Chicky was now the man to beat - and there was a record there for the breaking.

For the second round, several of the top dogs got into the 1.6's - Jose Mario Serra from Brazil cut a 1.665, then Gugu stepped up and turned in a 1.653. Very fast - but not fast enough.

Buena Park local, and last year's "Geezer" Group 7 winner was next up, and without much fanfare woke everyone up with an awesome 1.630 second lap! Further attempts to better the time were to no avail, but now all Forrest could do is watch nervously, to see if it held up.

Beuf stepped up to the panel, and the anticipation was there, but that perfect lap was not. He ripped off a 1.640 lap, and then was unable to improve upon it, coming off in the deadman.

Also up were "Sedrick Johnson" (aka Les Wright), Greg Mills, and Chicky... who all fell short.

So - 2002 USRA Nats Pro Group 7 TQ went to Forrest Watchers!
An impressive and awesome 1.630 second lap!

Now we break for a half hour, when the quarter finals will begin...

weedracer
08-04-2002, 01:44 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek:

oldweirdherald
08-04-2002, 02:05 PM
Hi JPVR

There was a long break before the quarter finals for the Pros to get their cars ready. It was a great time to get some breakfast, where I also listened to some fascinating stories of slot car racing's past from Bob Green. I wish I had my tape recorder at the restaraunt....

I will be posting with increasing frequency as the race progresses, in the next post, so keep checking back or hitting "refresh" for updates to the post.

Keep in mind that track calls can turn a 5 minute heat into a virtual marathon, so hang in there for updated posts.

(Next year - we already have plans in the works for LIVE coverage!)

They have a big screen TV here where several racers are watching the Brickyard 400 - so please - no updates or discussion about NASCAR in this thread. Let's leave that for NASCAR web sites, TV, or another thread, so that this one stays focussed on the USRA Nats.

Fred Hood, Gugu, Chris Radisich and I are all here at Buena Park, and need to talk to you about the upcoming IMCA Worlds - parts availability, transportation, etc. I hope to have time to email you questions from all of us sometime during the day, and any updates from you via email I'll relay to them.

Now.... back to the Pro Group 7 "Almost Live" coverage of the 2002 USRA Div 1 Nats!

ArturLuis (BR)
08-04-2002, 02:09 PM
Paul

you showed the photo to Brazilian to make the relax ?
:rolleyes:

oldweirdherald
08-04-2002, 02:18 PM
Pro Group 7

D Quarter Final

1 - Gugu - 420 (Brazil)
2 - Paul "Beuf" Pederson - 417
3 - Vlado Okali - 417 (Slovakia)
4 - Mikael Silen - 388 (Sweden)
5 - Jeremy Kranes - 352
6 - Gil Gunderson - 331 (Swedish decent...)
7 - Frank Sarkela - 322
8 - Pat Ularte - 215


C Quarter Final

After heat 4 - PA, Carlos, Emerson, Greg, Tore, Larry, Connie, Jose

After heat 6 - Carlos, PA, Connie, Greg, Larry, Tore, Jose, Emerson

C Quarter Final - Final Results

1 - P.A. Watson - 435
2 - Carlos Aloise - 421
3 - Connie Aloise - 411
4 - Larry Blanton - 411
5 - Greg Mills - 409 (Canada / USA)
6 - Jose Mario Serra - 357 (Brazil)
7 - John Tore Anderson - 338 (Sweden / USA)
8 - Emerson Fischler - 252 (Brazil)

B Quarter Final

After heat 3 - MSP, Swiss, Swofford, Chicky, Benny, Spove, Krebs

After heat 4 - Swiss, Swofford, Chicky, Benny, MSP (motor), Krebs, Spove

After heat 6 - Swiss, Chicky, Swofford, MSP, Benny (motor), Krebs, Spove

After heat 7 - Chicky, Swiss, Swofford, MSP, Krebs, Spove, Benny (crashed - out)

B Quarter Final - Final Results

1 - Paul Ciccarello - 423
2 - Mike Swiss - 418
3 - Jim Swofford - 406
4 - Mario "MSP" Schone - 372
5 - Mike Krebs - 327
6 - Spove - 324
7 - Benny Justice - 263

A Quarter Final

After heat 1 - Sedric, Forrest, RPM, Gary, Bob, Skinner, Scott

After heat 3 - Forrest, Sedric, Gary, RPM, Bob & Skinner (tied), Scott

After heat 4 - Sedric, Gary, RPM, Forrest (gear), Skinner, Bob, Scott

After heat 5 - Sedric, Forrest, Gary, Skinner, RPM, Bob, Scott

After heat 6 - Sedric, Forrest, Gary, Skinner, Bob, Scott, RPM (out - bank shot)

After heat 7 - Sedric, Forrest, Skinner, Bob, Gary (pinion?), Scott, RPM (out)

A Quarter Final - Final Results
1 - Sedric Tolaisomn (aka Les Wright) - 410
2 - Forrest Watchers - 410
3 - Bill Skinner - 397
4 - "Sponge Bob" Everett - 390
5 - Gary Puetz - 365
6 - Scott Fisher - 348
7 - Randall "RPM" Marshall - 275


B Semi Final

red - P.A. Watson
white - Larry Blanton
green - Mikael Silen
orange - Vlado Okali
blue - Paul "Beuf" Pederson
yellow - Connie Aloise
purple - Louis "Gugu" Bernadino
black - Carlos Aloise

After heat 1 - Beuf, Connie, PA, Larry, Gugu, Mikael, Vlado (axle), Carlos (bad glue black)

After heat 2 - Beuf, PA, Gugu, Larry, Mikael, Vlado, Carlos, Connie (broke body mount)

After heat 3 - PA, Gugu, Beuf (bad glue black), Vlado, Larry, Mikael, Carlos, Connie

After heat 4 - PA, Beuf, Vlado, Carlos, Mikael, Larry, Gugu (axle), Connie

After heat 5 - PA, Beuf, Vlado, Carlos, Mikael, Gugu, Larry, Connie

After heat 6 - PA, Beuf, Vlado, Carlos, Mikael, Gugu, Connie, Larry

B Semi Final - Final Results

1 - Paul "Beuf" Pederson - 645
2 - Carlos Aloise - 639
3 - Vlado Okali - 637
4 - Mikael Silen - 631
5 - P.A. Watson - 630 (bent chassis)
6 - Connie Aloise - 591
7 - Larry Blanton - 536
8 - Gugu Bernadino - 495

Pro Group 7 A Semi Final

Red - Jim Swofford
White - Bill Skinner
Green - Paul Ciccarello
Orange - Mike Swiss
Blue - Forrest Watchers
Yellow - Bob Everett
Purple - Sedric Tolaisomn (aka Les Wright)
Black - Mario "MSP" Schone

After heat 1 - Forrest, Chicky, Swiss, Sedric, MSP, Swofford, Skinner, Everett

After heat 2 - Chicky, Forrest, Swiss, MSP, Sedric, Swofford, Skinner, Everett

After heat 3 - Chicky, MSP, Forrest, Swiss, Sedric, Swofford (Pinion), Skinner, Everett

After heat 4 - Chicky, MSP, Forrest, Sedric, Swiss, Skinner, Swofford, Everett

After heat 5 - MSP, Chicky, Forrest, Sedric, Swiss, Swofford, Skinner, Everett

After heat 6 - Forrest, Chicky, Swiss, Sedric, MSP(Pinion/Motor), Skinner, Everett, Swofford(Motor)

After heat 7 - MSP, Forrest(pin), Chicky, Sedric, Swiss, Skinner, Everett, Swofford(Motor again)

A Semi Final - Final Results

1 - Forrest Watchers - 625
2 - Paul Ciccarello - 624
3 - Mario "MSP" Schone - 623
4 - Mike Swiss - 604
5 - Sedric Tolaisomn (aka Les Wright) - 597 (Motor)
6 - Bill Skinner - 579
7 - Jim Swofford - 513
8 - Bob Everett - 509

Pro Group 7 Main

Red - Mikael Silen
White - Mario "MSP" Schone
Green - Paul Ciccarello
Orange - Vlado Okali
Blue - Paul "Beuf" Pederson
Yellow - Mike Swiss
Purple - Forrest Watchers
Black - Carlos Aloise

The Pro Group 7 Main Event will begin at 8:30 PM Pacific Time
Be sure to log on for OWH's "Almost Live" coverage heat-by-heat!

Go to the New Post for Group 7 results. It is on the next page. ->

berylliumlugnut
08-04-2002, 06:48 PM
Hey Paul,
If I hit refresh every one or two seconds, over and over, will I get the nats coverage any faster? Seriously though, everyone needs to thank "Mom" for his "Almost Live Nats Coverage". The guy is working his butt off, running back and forth between the lap counter monitors and the nats media center to post the latest results for all the folks that couldn't make it or had to leave early (like me). Kudos, Paul. I am already starting to plan for next years "Really Live Nats Coverage". Thanks again. GO PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bobhardt
08-04-2002, 07:03 PM
How about Chicky walking in the door and winning his quarter. dadada:D Way to go Paul. Thanks Mom this is great.

Chubby
08-04-2002, 07:36 PM
Paul,

Can u tell us the lap totals?

Thanx, JOESSSSSS

oldweirdherald
08-04-2002, 08:58 PM
Check out the 2002 USRA Div 1 Nats Photo Gallery!
NATS PHOTO GALLERY - CLICK HERE (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/album01)

Pro Group 7 Main

Red - Mikael Silen (Sweden)
White - Mario "MSP" Schone (Germany)
Green - Paul Ciccarello (USA)
Orange - Vlado Okali (Slovakia)
Blue - Paul "Beuf" Pederson (USA)
Yellow - Mike Swiss (USA)
Purple - Forrest Watchers (USA)
Black - Carlos Aloise (USA)

After heat 1:
1 - Beuf - 141
2 - Chicky - 136
3 - MSP - 135
4 - Vlado Okali - 132
5 - Forrest Watchers- 130
6 - Carlos Aloise- 129
7 - Mike Swiss - 123 (bank shot, body problems)
8 - Mikael Silen - 95 (pinion)

After heat 2:
1 - Beuf - 277
2 - MSP - 272
3 - Vlado Okali -268
4 - Carlos Aloise-262
5 - Chicky - 260
6 - Forrest Watchers- 259
7 - Mike Swiss - 249
8 - Mikael Silen - 165 (motor)

After heat 3:
1 - Paul "Beuf" Pederson - 409
2 - Mario "MSP" Schone - 404
3 - Vlado Okali - 405
4 - Carlos Aloise - 393
5 - Paul "Chicky" Ciccarello- 389
6 - Forrest Watchers - 385
7 - Mike Swiss - 335 (bent chassis)
8 - Mikael Silen - 245

After heat 4:
1 - Paul "Beuf" Pederson - 548
2 - Mario "MSP" Schone - 543
3 - Vlado Okali - 541
4 - Carlos Aloise - 528
5 - Forrest Watchers - 526
6 - Paul "Chicky" Ciccarello- 507
7 - Mike Swiss - 467
8 - Mikael Silen - 367

After heat 5:
1 - Paul "Beuf" Pederson - 680
2 - Vlado Okali - 675
3 - Mario "MSP" Schone - 665
4 - Carlos Aloise - 664
5 - Forrest Watchers - 662
6 - Paul "Chicky" Ciccarello - 626 (gear blew)
7 - Mike Swiss - 590
8 - Mikael Silen - 405 (out)

After heat 6:
1 - Paul "Beuf" Pederson - 818
2 - Vlado Okali - 809
3 - Carlos Aloise - 792
4 - Forrest Watchers - 792(spun pinion)
5 - Mario "MSP" Schone - 789 (lane trouble)
6 - Paul "Chicky" Ciccarello - 757
7 - Mike Swiss - 676 (blew motor)
8 - Mikael Silen - 405 (out)

After heat 7:
1 - Paul "Beuf" Pederson - 958
2 - Forrest Watchers - 929
3 - Vlado Okali - 926 (gear)
4 - Paul "Chicky" Ciccarello - 898
5 - Carlos Aloise - 878 (Gear, then motor)
6 - Mario "MSP" Schone - 876 (gear)
7 - Mike Swiss - 776
8 - Mikael Silen - 405 (out)
DQ - Jeremy Kranes - duct taped to a chair, picture in album:
CLICK HERE (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/album01?&page=32)

Pro Group 7 Main - Final Results

1 - Paul "Beuf" Pederson - 1100
2 - Forrest Watchers - 1067
3 - Vlado Okali - 1064
4 - Carlos Aloise - 1017
5 - Mario "MSP" Schone - 1008
6 - Paul "Chicky" Ciccarello - 1003 (body problem)
7 - Mike Swiss - 776
8 - Mikael Silen - 405 (out)


Check out the 2002 USRA Div 1 Nats Photo Gallery!
NATS PHOTO GALLERY - CLICK HERE (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/album01)

DDDDDDerek
08-04-2002, 10:15 PM
ALLRIGHT BEUF CONGRATS ON THE WIN.

That race looked like it was a tough one. Man I wish I was there to see it myself. :rolleyes: Looks like I have to wait for the video to see it.

Bobhardt
08-04-2002, 11:07 PM
Way to go Beuf! Two time Group 7 Pro champion and getting 1100 laps in what sounded like a crashfest on top of it.

John Emmons
08-05-2002, 01:44 AM
This had to be one of the best races of the day, at least for the two racers trying to make the move up, P.A. Watson and Mikael Silen. They were both battling the entire race, P.A. had taken an early lead with Mikael playing catch up. Only in the last 30 seconds of the last heat was Mikael able to squeak past Mr. Watson to make the move up. P.A. drove what had to be a heart-breaking heat only to have 2 mishaps near the end. Mikael was able to hang on to make the move up with a one lap lead. All of it took place in less than 30 seconds. Simply great racing.

So much of the competition came down to these smaller battles away from the race leaders. Lots of folks in attendance attested to the fact that the semi's and the quarter finals were often harder to win than the main, Beuf might dispute that but the semi's were sure fun to watch.

Congrats to all the participants and to the winners. You guys, and gals, showed some amazing abilities out there. I only wish the rest of the world could get a glimpse of this stuff.

We need more mainstream media coverage. I can't imagine that anyone could watch a race like the one above without getting excited by it. Thanks guys.

John Emmons

dretceterini
08-05-2002, 09:48 AM
to watch on saturday and suday; but wifie stuff....some of you know how that goes...

Stu

oldweirdherald
08-05-2002, 09:58 AM
All the Nats photos are now posted online in the 2002 Nats Photo Gallery. Not all are captioned yet, and some are out of order, but they are all uploaded. I'm on a very slow connection now at my motel room, using a phone card with not much time left on it...


Check out the 2002 USRA Div 1 Nats Photo Gallery!
NATS PHOTO GALLERY - CLICK HERE (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/album01)

Complete lap charts to all the races will be posted online soon, as I'll have to finish those pages and upload them when I get home. A big thanks to Chris Radisich for the use of his cool SRT to HTML program, and his help in saving and converting all the race data!

I haven't had a chance to sleep yet, but what a Nats!! I'm bushed - but at the same time don't want it to be over.

All the friends, the fun, the competition, the equipment, and just the excitement of the whole event... are hard to describe, and harder to say goodbye to.

I want to thank Buena Park Raceway owners Chris & Lenore Gallegos for being such excellent hosts, and friends, and putting on one heckuva show for all of us "Grownups who play with toy cars". They made me feel like family, and went out of their way to make sure everyone had a great time.

Bill Vanderziel did a fantastic job of race directing, always keeping the races rolling and on schedule, and making fair and unbiased calls to keep the races under control.

A big special thanks to all of the help I recieved, to make OWH's "Almost Live" coverage happen. Thanks for the computer help from Philippe DeLespinay, Mike Del Monico, Chris Radisich, Jeremy Marquette, and Keith "bOkeifus" Bauer. Also a BIG thanks to Keith Bauer for all the help with typing race results and captions, which he helped with whenever he wasn't busy racing or pitting.

Thanks also to John & Linda Ford of Scale Auto Racing News, and to Paul Meiers of Slot Car Bulletin for their help and cooperative efforts in covering this event. Be sure to get their magazines for full race reports in the upcoming issues. SARN will also be offering video tapes of the 2002 Nats soon, and have the 2000 Nats available now.

Be sure to also check out the Nats coverage on the IMCA Slotracing web site online by JP Van Rossem. JP used the postings and photos here, and presented it in a nice narative format, along with lap results and photos from OWH.

IMCA Slotracing Nats Coverage (http://www.imca-slotracing.com)

Thanks also to Eric "Slotracer152" Chillingworth for helping at the keyboard during Keith's race, and running numbers during the Pro race, as well as Chris Petrella, Scott Fisher, and several others who helped read me numbers while I jotted down heat totals.

Thanks also to Philippe for the ride from LAX, and a thanks to all the serious "Speed Crazed Moron" racers who bought orange "Riggen" rubber tires. Being a pack-rat finally paid off for once, and that darned rubber I've been using for knee pads while turn marshalling for 30 years, helped finance my trip to the Nats, and helped me buy this faster laptop I'm using now!

And finally, a thanks to all my friends and fellow racers at the Nats, and all my online friends and fellow racers at home reading this. It's great to be able to share this weird hobby / sport that I love so much with such great friends and fellow racers.

Next year - Gaithersburg MD!!! Nats or Bust!!!

dretceterini
08-05-2002, 10:08 AM
:D :D :D

Stu

Z and m racing
08-05-2002, 02:37 PM
What does sarn mean?

Zach Holley

:D :D :D

Electric Dreams
08-05-2002, 07:25 PM
SARN = Scale Auto Racing News (which oddly includes a lot of non-scale cars, commonly called "scale" or "wiong-cars" by the USRA, which lost its reading glasses sometimes around 1971).

SARN is published by John Ford in Texas, where they actually apply the law of the land and execute murderers (not him!).
:rolleyes:

Slotracer152
08-06-2002, 12:03 AM
Well I had a blast...I would like to thank Chris and Lenore...you guys have a beautiful place and I hope to make it out there again

Les and Larry...thanks for putting up with my mess at the hotel and helping me durring the races

Paul...thanks for some good laughs

I hope to see most of you guys in Tulsa in October

otherwise...I'll see you in Maryland

Slapshot
08-06-2002, 05:16 PM
Paul don't keep the world in suspense:

Did you hitchhike back or did Philippe or someone give you a ride back to the airport.

And when you arrived at the airport were you greeted by California’s Finest again.

Congrad's on the Great coverage.

Raymond

Slotracer152
08-15-2002, 02:47 PM
have you posted the heat by heat break downs of the Gnats races yet?

oldweirdherald
08-15-2002, 03:08 PM
Chris Radisich converted all the race data to HTML pronto, and I got almost done with getting them posted, then got sidetracked on other fires to put out.

I still need to do a bit of manual editing on races where the race computer got restarted, and on races with ties to reshuffle, and then I should be able to get them all posted.

The 2002 USRA Div 1 Nats Page is at:
2002 USRA Div 1 Nats (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/2002USRADiv1Nats/)

...where I will add links to each race class title as soon as I get them posted.

Zippity
08-15-2002, 04:45 PM
Do you have any photos posted of the Nat's hosts?

Ron

MSWISS
08-20-2002, 03:28 PM
I was viewer #20,000(and 19,999)What did i win?

glueside
08-20-2002, 03:43 PM
You win the Bucky Beaver award Wally!!!

oldweirdherald
08-20-2002, 11:01 PM
and...

You won the Geezer race, Mikey! What more could you ever want or need?!? (besides also winning the Pro 27 race?)

Definately a popular item was this year's Nats coverage, and next year we have plans in the works to do even better!

Mike Delmonico is already doing his homework on setting up real LIVE online coverage of next year's Nats, and if all goes as planned, we may even have live lap counter views as well as webcam views!

Note to Zippity - our humble hosts Chris & Lenore Gallegos were quite camera shy, so I respectfully refrained from sneaking a shot of them. I do believe there is a photo of Chris G. giving either Swiss or Beuf a big hug after their win (I forget which, and am too lazy to look now), but Lenore was pretty crafty about always staying behind me whenever I had my camera. I believe John Ford did get a good shot of our hosts, however, so you'll have to wait for the next issue of Scale Auto Racing News or the SARN Nats Video for that one.

PDM1
09-23-2002, 10:43 AM
Hey Paul, now that you have recharged after your European trip, are you going to finish the links on the 2002 nats? I'm still looking forward to them.

Thanks
Paul