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Last Saturday was the final race of the 2017-2018 HOCWNN season, hosted by Tony Minna.   It can be difficult to get a track full of racers in mid-April but the 38 degree weather made spending the day inside a logical choice.  Twelve regulars and two guests were on hand for the racing and part two of the rules meeting.   The race stats are given below.  Please note that Al Bodrie had to leave early so Trevor’s guest Jeff filled in for Al.  And because of the prediction for a serious ice storm in the northern burbs, Paul Stahl made an early exit.  Finally, Jim Rumph chose not to race the IROC, claiming conscientious objector status to any action requiring the use of G-Jets.








Thanks to Tony for his hospitality, and for having the tracks and pit area race-ready.   (Lunch was great too, but next time, could we have more onions?)   Special thanks to Darrel for chairing the rules meeting part two, and for doing it expeditiously.

 

Finally, what an amazing season it has been!  Fourteen races on nine different tracks – and next year, with a little luck we’ll have even more race venues.    Thanks to all who attended and to all who hosted.  Thanks to those who have taken steps to improve the caliber of the events, especially those who have mentored our new racers.  Your efforts continue to make HOCWNN a great place to race.

 

Club servant,

Ken Shepard

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Last Saturday’s race was brought to you by the letters M and K.  M is for Mike, who race-prepped his track very well and graciously hosted a terrific day of racing for the club, including one of the best IROC fleets in memory.  Earlier in the week, Mike had some computer issues and he alerted the letter K – Kevin and Ken.   Both K’s brought a computer to the race and when Mike’s PC became belligerent between practice and qualifying, an alternate machine was hooked up and the race was on.

Eleven racers were grouped into three qualifiers (4 - 4 - 3) running Magnatraction Trans Am, Lifelike/Tyco Sports/GT, and Magnatraction Can Am IROC, in that order.

 

Magna-Traction Qualifying

Mike L ................  74.12

Dominec T ..........  69.18

Trevor M ............  68.42

Scott G ...............  66.29

Ken S ..................  65.10

Kevin M ..............  63.09

Jim R ...................  62.23

Mark Z ................  61.22

Jeff .....................  60.12

Al B ....................  60.08

Dan N .................  55.54

 

Track owner and exceptional driver Mike, took the top spot – but look who qualified second – nice work Dominec!

 

LifeLike/Tyco Qualifying

Mark Z ..............    102.17    Tyco

Jim R ..................     99.21    LifeLike

Kevin M .............     96.04    LifeLike

Dominec T .........     91.51    Tyco

Mike L ........ .......     91.42    Tyco

Trevor M ...........     90.17    LifeLike

Ken S .................     89.15    LifeLike

Dan N ................     89.07    Tyco

Scott G ..............     81.14    LifeLike

Al B ...................     75.12    LifeLike

Jeff ....................     73.47    LifeLike

 

The rule change to allow C4 motor magnets in the Tyco has been very effective.  Both chassis types now can be tuned into effective racing machines.  Mark Zachow was TQ in this class.

 

IROC Qualifying

Mike L .................    63.03

Kevin M ...............    61.19

Mark Z .................    60.21

Trevor M ..............    59.20

Ken S ....................    58.44

Dominec T ............    58.34

Dan N ...................    58.15

Jim R .....................    57.35

Scott G ..................    56.42

Al B .......................    50.30

Jeff .......................    49.04

 

Mike again showed everyone the fast way around with the great looking Can Am Magnatractions.

 

The heat lengths were increased to three minutes, and the Mains were ready to go.  With eleven racers, there was one move-up from the C to the B.

 

Magna-Traction Mains

Driver                     Laps           Body Type

Mike L ................  111.22    Corvette A-Prod.

Ken S ..................  103.29    Capri GT (from the B Main)

Trevor M ............  102.33    Corvette A-Prod.

Jim R ...................  101.10   JL Corvette

Dominec T ..........  100.13    Camaro Z28

Scott G ................   98.54    Corvette GT

Mark Z ................   98.12    Camaro Z28

Kevin M ..............   94.54     Firebird

Al B .....................   90.24    Camaro Z28

Dan N .................   88.29     Firebird

Jeff .....................   84.15     Camaro Z28

 

Mike dominated the A Main and drove to a well-deserved victory.  Trevor’s car suffered a body “damaged beyond repair” and legally changed the body during the A Main, finishing third.   Ken changed tires before the B Main and found enough speed to take second in a very competitive field.

 

LifeLike/Tyco Mains

Jim R .............    144.53    LifeLike

Mike L ...........    138.06    Tyco

Scott G ..........    135.10    LifeLike (from the C Main)

Kevin M .........    133.15    LifeLike

Trevor M .......    132.45    LifeLike

Dan N ............    130.49    Tyco

Dominec T ....    128.55    Tyco

Ken S .............    126.42    LifeLike

Al B ................    116.44    LifeLike

Jeff .................    110.50    LifeLike

Mark Z ...........     DSQ       Tyco

 

The Lifelike/Tyco Mains were interesting for several reasons.  In the C Main, Scott’s car was clocked at 215 - degrees, not MPH - and smelled like it.   Still, he managed to keep it together for a third place overall from the C Main.   As Mike was prepping to race, Jim asked if Mike was using his adjustable Professor Motor controller or his non-adjustable Parma.  Mike then somehow compared his old controller to Betty, and muttered “I hope she didn’t hear that.”  Betty responded from the kitchen “I heard that, you basshole.”  At least I thought she said basshole.   (This must be Betty’s term of endearment for Mike. )  Mike posted a strong second place finish but there’s a new kid in town for the inline cars.  Jim “Mr. Pancake” Rumph took first place in the Tyco/Lifelike class for the first time ever!?!  Nice work, Jim!  Of course, Jim got a little help.  Mark Zachow’s Tyco posted the highest lap total of 153.06 but a post-race review revealed that Mark had misunderstood the rule and used C4 motor magnets (legal) and C4 traction magnets (not legal) in his race winning Tyco.  Clearly, this was a simple misunderstanding as Mark freely shared the magnet information after the race.  Mark's car was disqualified and Jim was awarded the victory.

 

IROC - Mains

Kevin M .............    94.22

Mike L ................    94.06

Ken S ..................    89.47

Mark Z ................    89.16

Dan N .................    88.24

Jim R ...................    87.48

Dominec T ..........    86.30

Trevor M .............    84.21

Scott G ................    82.09

Al B ......................    80.52

Jeff ......................    74.13

 

This one was a surprise.  In spite of Mike’s home-track advantage and set-up experience with the IROC fleet, Kevin took first place in the IROC race by a margin of less than half a lap.  Now that was a good drive!


Thanks to all for attending.  Mike may be moving in the next year or so but everyone gave glowing reviews for his current layout.  Maybe these weren’t the last laps on this great layout, after all?  Time will tell.

 

Finally, Dan Nolley shared his recent experience with an ensemble that left even the sparkling wit of Mr. Rumph at a loss for words.  This intrepid writer must confess that he may not have heard the anecdote in its entirety, and therefore is circumspect in regard to the level of detail herein presented.  Perhaps the information would be better presented musically?  





Here's a shot of the great looking and great performing IROC fleet



Jim finds a new storage spot for Q-Tips.




All those starting line pictures Trevor has taken over the years?  Turns out they were selfies.

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