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Jalopy and Can-Am at STR on 10/10/22

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#1 rvec


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Posted 11 October 2022 - 09:26 AM

Eight regulars showed up to race Jalopy and Can-Am at STR on 10/10/22. Welcome back Mark after some hand surgery. Unfortunately, Joe was conspicuously absent (too bad, he is always competitive). Track conditions were good and racing was close as usual.


Bob’s tried and true, Deathstar powered 39 Chevy was the class of the field turning a fast lap time of .15 seconds per lap faster than his nearest competitor. He finished first with 86.2 laps, 1.6 laps ahead of his nearest competitor.

The battle for the balance of the podium spots was between Rich, Mark and Ron. Although Rich’s 48 Chevy was not the quickest of the three, he ran clean and finished second with 84.6 laps. Consistency was the key. Rich ran a very good 95.26% consistency score. Mark and Ron battled for the bottom step of the podium. Although Ron’s 48 Ford was the quickest of the three, he was involved in too many incidents. In the end, Mark was third with 80.8 laps with Ron in fourth nearly a lap behind. For images of all of the Jalopies, see the link below




In the handicap competition, Lowell ran a personal best to finish first. Mark was second and Rich third.






Bob, Mark and Rich battled it out for podium spots. Bob’s Lotus was the quickest of the three by .131 seconds per lap. I recall that Bob had a few incidents in his first heat, putting him behind Rich and Mark by somewhat less than a full lap. That being said, Bob came back strong and was first in the barn finishing with 89.3 laps (a personal best since 1/1/20). Meanwhile, Mark and Rich had some very fine competitive heats. These cars turned almost identical fast laps. It all came down to the final heat. It was clear by the lap counts that neither Rich nor Mark was going to challenge Bob for the top spot, so it was going to be a face-off between these two competitors for second and third place. Going into the final heat, Mark had a full lap lead over Rich. Mark rotated to yellow lane while Rich rotated in on his favorite lane, blue. For the first third of the heat, neither competitor could break free. Unfortunately, Mark had a mishap in the corner following the banked turn. The gap then shrunk to about a half lap. After the incident, Rich continued to close and with only a few laps left in the heat, overtook Mark for the lead. Unfortunately, Lowell crashed in the bow-tie turn blocking Rich’s lane allowing Mark to retake the lead and that is how the race ended. Mark finished second with 88.5 laps with Rich third only two sections behind.

Meanwhile L’il Pixie (Mike) and Ron battled for the fourth spot. Ron’s Lotus was nearly .1 second per lap quicker than Mike’s McLaren. However, Mike ran a more consistent race and a personal best. In the end, Ron managed fourth about a lap ahead of Mike.


For all images of the Can-Am cars, see the link below




In the handicap competition, Mike ran a personal best to finish first. Ron was second and Rich third.



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