The Old Weird Herald

USRA

United Slot Racers Association

1998 Division II

National Championships

FasTrak Model Car Raceway

Newark, Ohio

March 20-22, 1998

Chrome Bar

For those inquiring minds who want to know, but couldn't attend this year's Div. II Nats, I'll be posting brief results lists daily - as the results become available. For the details, photos, & blow-by-blow, you'll have to wait for the printed mags!

Editor's Note: The following information is not complete, nor could I control the accuracy. The Div. II Nats had great attendance, and I obtained whatever info that I could by long distance phone calls. Much of the information was in the hands of the race directors, who were busy running the race, as well as the raceway staff, who kept the jam-packed raceway open 24 hours a day. My apologies for any inacuracies - I will post corrections when official results are available. - Paul K.

3/31 Note: The missing info & corrections have been filled in now.


Friday 3/20:

1/32 Eurosport

(on UK Black track)

1

Paul Gawronski

549

2

Tim King

537

3

Tracy Chin

535

4

James Cleave

525

5

Lee Gilbert

519

6

Chuck Gambo

514

7

Tom Ziemba

505

8

Phil Helmuth

462

1/24 Eurosport

(on UK Black track)

1

Paul Ciccarello

657

2

Paul Gawronski

656

3

Tomato

638

4

Steve Koepp

605

5

Chuck Gambo

599

6

Tim King

593

7

Tom Ziemba

585

8

Chris Livernash

557

Saturday 3/21:

Late, late 3/21 (actually early 3/22):

There were 102 total entries in Group 10! Racing was run in three classes; Junior, Amateur, and Pro. I called Saturday night, and the racing was still under way, and results were not available yet. The racing was obviously running way late, but this was due to the huge field!

I called back at around 4:00 AM, and they were just about starting the Pro Group 10 Race! They couldn't locate the Junior Group 10 results then, but Paul Meiers (Slot Car Bulletin) read me off the Amateur results. He'll have a full report in the next Slot Car Bulletin.

 

Jr.Group 10

(on Blue King track)

11 Entries - Round Robin

1

Jeff Bonanno

287

2

Jackson Lilje

275

3

Mitch Pelan

275

4

Ian Douglas

274

5

Phil Helmuth

252

6

Phillip Morgart

248

7

Zak Mitchell

241

8

Dustin Marshall

238

9

Mike Leach

227

10

Curtis England

224

11

Pete Rushin

195

Amateur Group 10

(corrected)

(on Blue King track)

65 Entries

1

Al Rutti

214

2

Al Castillo

214

3

Dave (Shadow) Simerka

213

4

Dustin Morris

212

5

John Spalding

207

6

Dan Tewell

207

7

Joe Pelan

206

8

Greg Kid

198

3/25 Note: Whoops! The [previously posted] information, I've been told [was] not correct! In fact, thanks to several readers who were there, it seems this was one of the semi's instead of the main. I will post the corrected information as soon as it is made available to me!

3/31 Note: Paul Meiers sent me the corrected info, which is now posted above.

Sunday 3/22:

3/22:

I called several times Sunday, but racing was running very late, and it was too hectic to locate & read all the results over the phone. Fellow PNW IMCA racer Chris Livernash ran down the results for me and called me back between races.

Pro Group 10

(on Blue King track)

1

Ken Pepe

219

2

Tomato

215

3

Paul Ciccarello

215

4

John Toussaint

215

5

Wayne Martinez

214

6

Josh McGuire

214

7

Tim King

209

8

Troy Johnson

201

Amateur GTP/S16D

(on Blue King track)

1

Al Castillo

214

2

Ian Douglas

213

3

Mike Krebs

212

4

Jeff Rathfon

209

5

Rick Bennardo

208

6

Otis Young

203

7

R.C.

201

8

Mitch Pelan

200

Pro GTP/S16D

(on Blue King track)

1

Paul Ciccarello

219

2

Josh McGuire

219

3

Paul Gawronski

217

4

Ken Pepe

215

5

Troy Johnson

213

6

John Toussaint

213

7

Tomato

211

8

Joddy Greene

207

GT-12

(on UK Black track)

1

Ian Douglas

342

2

Tomato

340

3

James Cleave

335

4

Paul Gawronski

334

5

Chris Livernash

319

6

Steve Koepp

314

7

Tom Ziemba

311

8

Troy Johnson

308

9

Phil Helmuth

224

Footnote: The GT-12 main was run as a 9 man round robin, due to an impromtu solution to a technicality. I don't have the details, but apparently (from the way I heard it) Paul Gawronski had been disqualified for an infraction regarding body holes. Later it was over-ruled, and he was reinstated. They made it a nine-man main, rather then bumping the other driver back out.

Please don't take this interpretation as gospel - I heard it about third hand & I wasn't there! (I hate posting unvalidated info - but needed some explaination why it was a nine-man main.)

I will gladly post a better explaination later if I am able to get the official version.

3/31 Note: USRA Director Paul Meiers emailed me his explaination of what happened. It sounds consistant with the information I heard, although people's opinions on the matter seem to vary.

Following is Paul Meiers' explaination:

"Basically what happened in GT-12 was that Gawronski was found to be running an illegally modified body (holes punched in the side), but the car had made it through tech that way. A complete disqualification seemed too harsh a penalty for a minor infraction (it is doubtful that the body alone put him 10 laps up on second place in his Semi or 30 laps up on the last qualifier for the feature), and although the body certainly was illegal, it did not seem to be an attempt to cheat. There was a USRA precedent when some people passed tech with a body that was not approved for Group racing at JK Raceway. When the error was discovered they were allowed to replace their body and continue.

Paul was allowed to tape up his body, and race the Feature. Tom Ziemba who was the 9th qualifier, and who was the person that would have moved up if Paul were DQed was also allowed to race the Main.

I realize that such a compromise was unlikely to be a popular decision. Probably both sides are unhappy with me for making it, but I believe it was a fair decision, and I have no problem with it. I have no trouble sleeping."

 

Amateur

4.5" Stock Car

(on tri-oval)

1

Tom Falesnik

349

2

John Spalding

338

3

Mike Krebs

326

4

Mike Hathaway

318

5

George Peterson

316

6

Earl Wallace

274

7

Alan Pierce

245

8

Don Stewart

151

Pro

4.5" Stock Car

(on tri-oval)

1

Tomato

357

2

Josh McGuire

355

3

Paul Ciccarello

355

4

Jon Tousaint

336

5

Joddy Greene

302

6

Steve Koepp

271

7

Ron Hershman

44

8

Ben McGuire

11

Just about to get under way as of around Sunday mid-night EST.

3/25 Update: I apologize for not getting the 4.5" NASCAR results online yet. Since the race attendance was so high, and the race was running behind schedule, it was difficult to get the results by phone when everyone there was quite busy. I called after the event was over, but all race data went with USRA Director/Slot Car Bulletin Publisher Paul Meiers, so I have requested the information via email from him, and will post it as soon as I receive it.

3/31 Update: Received the missing info from Paul Meiers. Sorry for not getting this posted earlier - Paul had emailed it to me earlier, but my email was down & it bounced back to him! :-(

A full race report with plenty of photos will be in the next Slot Car Bulletin.

 

For more info, including Nats schedule, track & raceway info, etc.

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