View Full Version : Lamo lost, the meth lab blew up & Roman is MIA.

07-28-2004, 06:32 AM
No, this isn't the plot of Tom Clancy's next book, this is the story of one racer's misadventures at the Tulsa NATS. For the record, Roman Kormeluk is a good friend, and a dedicated slot racer but he should give up any dreams of becoming a travel agent.

Let me set the stage. It is about 1:00 AM Wednesday morning, Kent Nigro, Benny Justice, the crew from Port Jeff and I are toasting Erkle in the pool hall next to the track on his Pro I-15 win. It was a great race and Erkle showed his metal for the second time this week. I am reflecting on my second place finish to Jonathon Sohl in Am I-15 earlier in the day and realizing I won't be getting any sleep for yet another night as I have a 3 hour drive to catch my flight home at 6:30AM :( .

I bid farewell to my friends and head back to the "hotel" for a quick shower and to collect my things before hitting the road.... or so I thought. As I pull into the hotel parking lot, I am greeted by firemen and police officers. The parking lot entrance is closed and I am faced with the prospect that I am not going to make my flight because the hotel is burning down :mad: . The fireman who greets me says I can try the rear entrance as I might be able to access my room from the back parking lot. This hotel is several buildings and all rooms are accessible from outside stairs.

As I am walking toward the rear stairs to my 3rd floor room, I see many firemen and police near one of the first floor rooms, my only goal is to get a shower and get my stuff fast before the building is evacuated. Suddenly I see the police remove a man in handcuffs from one of the rooms :confused: . I bolt up the stairs and throw my stuff into the suitcase. I jump into the shower and then I hear the dreaded knock. I thought great, now the fire department is going to make me leave the room in nothing but a bath towel. Have you ever seen a naked slot racer :eek:? I will spare you pain of that description.

I get dressed fast only to find out it was Jimbo Kirby letting me know he returned to the room. He said a TV reporter told him Osama Bin Laden was arrested in the hotel:eek:! Jimbo said for a minute, the reporter had him going as he always believed that bastard was right under our noses.

Jimbo then tells me, the reported said there was a meth lab in the hotel and it blew up! The guy I saw was arrested for drugs and the whole area was now a crime scene. Later I would find out from Jeff, the owner of Slot Car International, that the hotel Roman booked for us, Lexington Suites, had people living in it and it was on "the wrong side of town".

So, to my friend Roman, from Kent "Snake Pliskin" Nigro, Brain "Lamo" Eardley & Jim "Jimbo" Kirby,


True story...

Jeff "Big Daddy" Muller

07-28-2004, 07:22 AM


07-28-2004, 08:27 AM
consider it done;)

I need to talk to you...e-mail me a phone # to rkormeluk@aol.com


07-28-2004, 09:47 AM

07-28-2004, 10:39 AM
the room I rented for Harry and I when we went to Elmsford for a NE USRA race a couple of years ago....should have known when I saw rental rates listed "BY THE HOUR :eek:

Red Jack's
07-28-2004, 02:25 PM
Jeff, Harry, Lamo, Jimbo and all,

You notice Roman wasn't there huh? He was probably quick to offer to make the reservations for you guys.
Was that your cousin that owned the hotel Roman? Family rates and all. Was the meth lab part of the rates or was that an upgrade?

Half Fast
07-28-2004, 03:09 PM
If you had consumed some of the meth you wouldn't have needed the sleep!:D

It was all part of the plan:eek:


07-29-2004, 10:28 AM
Now I know why I had a headache the whole week:eek: :D :D .


07-29-2004, 01:50 PM
Could "Meth" be used in any way to make a slot car faster? If so we may have found a connection.

Headlines: Police suspects Meth lab but find glue crazed slot car racer instead, concocting better braid juice.

07-30-2004, 07:22 AM
Now the secret is out! Jonathon must have had better "meth" than I did :D .


07-30-2004, 11:32 AM
'The wrong side of town' is all subjective to who you are and where you are from.

Are you a homeless slot racer, or a slot racer that is used to the Waldorf Astoria ? LOL

07-30-2004, 12:43 PM
Originally posted by Fredman
'The wrong side of town' is all subjective to who you are and where you are from.

Are you a homeless slot racer, or a slot racer that is used to the Waldorf Astoria ? LOL

Just one who wants to survive the race! :D :)

Jeff Bechtel
07-31-2004, 03:16 PM
You guys weren't on the wrong end of town, just the wrong end of the hotel!
Our room, on the other side, was great!

My husband says that you usually don't thank anyone on this forum unless you've won...but even though I didn't do well, I'd like to thank Gunther for the only chaasis I enjoy driving, TT for pit help, Brad for a loaner chaasis, Big Ed for loaner motors, Erkle for the hillarity, Kent for the cold one, Michael for the Moon Pies, Roman for the great hotel, and of course my pit man Jeff for all the hours of building in the basement! Had fun and that's what counts to me...Lisa

Wil Beach
08-06-2004, 12:26 PM
I am planning my trip to next year's Nats in CA.
I would like to signing up early for one of those special rooms you are famus for booking. I'll take a pen house site.

08-06-2004, 01:17 PM
Sure we'll have a hoot of a time..cheap rooms, cheap airfares, BIG PARKING LOT lots of room in the raceway..surely a Nats they way they should be.

Gotta question the heading on this thread though, although Erkle certainly won the Main CONGRATULATIONS ERKLE

I suspect Lamo won in his own right by yanking Doug down the straight about every 5 laps or so :eek:

Anyway, be careful talking to any of us Mid-Atlantic types....ya might get in trouble with the bg boss up there in NY...:D :D :D