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    Amatuer 4.5" NASCAR Results

    2004 USRA Scale National Championships
    Raceway USA
    Portland, Oregon
    April 13 - 18, 2004

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    Thursday - April 16

    Amatuer 4.5" NASCAR
    Tri-Oval Track

    B Semi


    1 - Bill Vanderziel - 334 - CenCal
    2 - Jimmy Ross - 324 - SoCal
    3 - Thomas Burnside - 316 - FL
    4 - Alex Molle - 315 - NorCal
    5 - Steve Rowland - 310 - S. OR (broke axle)
    6 - Dave Ware - 294 - NorCal (?)
    7 - Robert Stubbs - 112 - SoCal (Broke Axle & Bent)

    Bill Vanderziel lead most of the B Semi, winning by a comfortable margin, in what started out as a real crash fest.
    Robert Stubbs' concours winner got munched very early, breaking an axle and bending the uprights, ending his race, and Dave Ware & Steve Rowland also had problems in the early heats.
    Bill cruised to the win, with Jimmy, Thomas, and Alex completing the move-up spots.

    A Semi

    1 - James Loconto - 333 - OR
    2 - Harold Rowe - 322 - NorCal
    3 - John Nelson - 313 - S. WA
    4 - Andrew Ross - 311 SoCal
    5 - Todd Radke - 311 - NorCal
    6 - Colin Herzig - 310 - SoCal
    7 - Jamy Johnson - 305 - WA
    8 - Henry Burnside - 305 - FL

    The A Semi saw Colin with the early lead, with the rest all running close. Just when James had moved to the faster inside lanes, tied with Colin, disaster struck Colin and he broke an axle.
    Everyone else was in a close battle for the move-up spots. Both Andrew & James hooked up their controllers wrong, giving them both a scare, and losing a few laps, but both survived.
    James kept it on to win, followed by Harold. The remaining 2 move-up spots were all right down to the wire with John hanging on to 3rd. Andrew made the final move-up just a few feet ahead of Todd Radke, and Colin came only one lap shy of coming back after breaking the axle.
    Jamy Johnson and Henry Burnside wound up just 5 back on the same lap.

    Amatuer 4.5" NASCAR Main

    1 - James Loconto - 514 - OR
    2 - Bill Vanderziel - 512 - CenCal
    3 - Jimmy Ross - 502 - SoCal
    4 - Alex Molle - 500 - NorCal
    5 - Thomas Burnside - 497 - FL
    6 - Harold Rowe - 495 - NorCal
    7 - Andrew Ross - 485 SoCal
    8 - John Nelson - 459 - S. WA

    The main clearly got off to a much cleaner start, with the first heat being nearly crash free!
    This was definately going to be a close race! Bill Vanderziel started on Yellow and jumped out to the early lead, with the rest of the feild all within a few laps of each other.
    As Bill hit the outside lanes and the local hotshot James Loconto moved to the inside, James took over the lead, while Bill went to the slower outside lanes, pulling out a 5 lap cushion.
    But Bill would finish in purple and black, while james was in yellow and orange, so it looked like Bill could catch up.
    Bill pushed hard, but in purple he came off and got in some bad crashes, alowing James to stay ahead.
    In the last heat, Bill drove hard in black, reeling in James on orange, but James stayed on as Bill made up 3 of the 5 laps, and James hung on to win by 2!
    Bill's experience and determination verses James' youth and home track skill... A very exciting race to watch! Jimmy hangs on to 2nd, just 2 ahead of Alex in 3rd, then Thomas, Harold, Andrew and John.

    Concours: Robert Stubbs

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