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Posted 21 January 2010 - 04:43 AM

SERRA™ restarted its 2009-10 Series (after the December break) at Cordle Model Speedway in Marietta, GA, on Saturday, January 16. The weather, for a change, was fairly warm, something that can't be said for most of the last month or so, during which time the South has suffered from some of the coldest weather of the last twenty-five years. Overnight lows in the mid-teens are rare down here in the sunny South and we hope that continues to be the case!

Thanks, as always, to Eddie Cordle for opening up at 8 AM to receive the SERRA™ circus, We again were blessed by the company of John Clow and Paul "Pablo" Wolcott, who continue to reset SERRA™ mileage records in driving from LA (lower Alabama) and Mississippi to race with us. It was also great to have Tommy Flythe and Bobby Robinson join us again, as well as Bill Bowers, Steve McBride, and Kenny Hendrix. There's not much doubt the wretched economy is keeping some racers away, but here's hoping that will improve in the coming months.

SERRA™ #19 was a difficult day, as we chased changing traction problems with the track all day long for reasons that were not at all obvious. We appreciate the patience shown by the SERRA™ racers as we attempted to deal with the problem.

Stock Car
Thirteen entries

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A Main

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L to R, Jay Guard, Tommy Flythe, James Merriman, Bill Bowers, Steve McBride, Ralph Thorne, Bobby Robinson

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1) Bobby Robinson - 220 laps, best lap of 6.199 secs in white lane
2) Jay Guard - 212, 6.039 in black
3) Tommy Flythe - 195, 6.418 in blue
4) Bill Bowers - 183, 6.434 in yellow
5) James Merriman - 157, 6.148 in blue
6) Ralph Thorne - 97, 6.098 in red
7) Steve McBride - 95, 6.430 in yellow

B Main

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L to R, John Clow, Kenny Hendrix, Pablo Wolcott, Greg Wells, Joe McIntosh, Eddie Cordle

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1) Eddie Cordle - 210 laps, best lap of 6.320 in yellow lane
2) John Clow - 207, 24 section, 5.883 in blue
3) Kenny Hendrix - 207, 18 sections, 6.203 in green
4) Greg Wells - 204, 6,257 in black
5) Joe McIntosh - 200, 6.211 in blue
6) Paul "Pablo" Wolcott - 199, 6.430 in orange


Stock Car - Combined Results

1) Bobby Robinson - 220 laps
2) Jay Gaurd - 212
3) Eddie Cordle - 210
4) John Clow - 207, 24 sections
5) Kenny Hendrix p 207, 18 sections
6) Greg Wells - 204
7) Joe McIntosh - 200
8) Paul "Pablo" Wolcott - 199
9) Tommy Flythe - 195
10) Bill Bowers - 183
11) James Merriman - 157
12) Ralph Thorne - 97
13) Steve McBride - 95

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L to R, Eddie Cordle, Bobby Robinson, Jay Guard (sorry for the fuzzy pic, guys)

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Concours

Best Appearing: Joe McIntosh
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Most Realistic: Greg Wells, with a Paul "Pablo" Wolcott renta-a-car
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Can-Am
Twelve entries

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Qualifying

1) Ralph Thorne - 5.192 secs
2) James Merriman - 5.310
3) Joe McIntosh - 5.340
4) Jay Guard - 5.350
5) John Clow - 5.416
6) Jordan Tillery - 5.460
7) Steve McBride - 5.463
8) Bobby Robinson - 5.472
9) Bill Bowers - 5.830
10) Kenny Hendrix - 5.841
11) Paul "Pablo" Wolcott - 6.016
12) Russell Cordle - 6.153

B Main

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L to R, Pablo Wolcott, Russell Cordle, Bill Bowers, Steve McBride, Kenny Hendrix, Bobby Robison

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1) Bobby Robinson - 330 laps, best lap of 5.601 in yellow lane
2) Paul "Pablo" Wolcott - 304, 5.770 in blue
3) Steve McBride - 300, 6 sections, 5.539 in yellow
4) Bill Bowers - 300, 0 sections, 5.223 in orange
5) Russell Cordle - 285, 6.038 in orange
6) Kenny Hendrix - 29, 5.930 in white

A Main

(Oops, I forgot to take the drivers and starting line pics... darn it!)

1) James Merriman - 326 laps, best lap of 5.430 in purple
2) Ralph Thorne - 320, 5.321 in purple
3) Joe McIntosh - 311, 5.488 in blue
4) John Clow - 310, 5.601 in yellow
5) Jay Guard - 308, 5.391 in orange
6) Jordan Tillery - 306, 5.492 in purple

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L to R, Ralph Thorne, James Merriman, Joe McIntosh (wonder who goosed James? LOL!!!)

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Concours

Best Appearing: Joe McIntosh

Most Realistic: Joe McIntosh (aka Noose of the South! LOL!!)


I'll be working on the points tallies later today...

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#2 Ron Hershman

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:21 AM

All I can say after looking at the Stock Car field... CHARGE... rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. LOL.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:28 AM

Nice! Congrats to Bobby and James. Hey... isn't that two in a row for him?

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:38 AM

Yes, James has taken the last two Can-Am races. He's a pretty good driver.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:48 AM

Unless I'm reading it wrong it looks like Bobby won the Can-Am. :blink:

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:59 AM

Pappy,

Yes, that is a bummer for Bobby, he didn't qualify good... got stuck in the B Main with Pablo, which he ran more laps for the win in the B then James did in A Main.

Great report... Congrats to all the drivers!

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 09:01 AM

Butch,

Bobby won the Can-Am B Main and did indeed make more laps than James. This year, Can-Am qualifying seeds the field into separate mains and each main stands alone. Bobby will be awarded the same Series points as James.

In Stock Car, we do not qualify, the Mains are seeded randomly, and the final results are based on the lap totals from all Mains.

As I mentioned, we had a tremendous problems with widely-varying traction conditions during SERRA™ 19 and the grip had gone away a lot in certain lanes by the time the A Main was run.

Bobby... got stuck in the B Main with Pablo...

That's it, Brian... it was all Pablo's fault! LOL!!!

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:02 AM

Cheater,

I really didn't mean that intentional comment toward Pablo as a bad thing... he's the only person I know that I could use as an example!

With the exception of yourself and Jay, and you didn't want to play in the same main as Pablo either! :laugh2:

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 11:13 AM

Greg,

Our B Main ran under the same conditions as the A Main. The track had been cleaned several times and resprayed before the Can-Am race. The worst conditions were in the Stock Car race, which was the most difficult race of the day, as Ralph and I can attest to. We were the first ones to hit the slick lanes.

That aside, it was a great day of racing for sure. We had a lot of fun and got to see some old friends, too. Eddie runs a first class place, and in no way were the problems we had a reflection on his facility. I look forward to going back.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 11:34 AM

Bobby Robinson appears to have driven a fine race in Can-Am. To turn 330 laps with a fast lap of only 5.601 seems to have been very good! His heats must have been extremely consistent.
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 01:55 PM

Greg,

How long were the Can-Am heats (3 or 4 minutes)?

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:04 PM

Can-Am heats are 4 minutes.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 04:22 PM

Congrats to the winners! Nice-looking car, Ralph!!

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 04:44 PM

LOL. Thanks, it's all spray can. I just used some of the wedge masks I make for the wing car guys.

Now that I have some sweet Noose drivers, it's time for concours! ;)

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 05:18 PM

yeah the paint is nice as well, I meant to say good looking chassis work! LOL my fault!!! :D

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 05:25 PM

LOL. Ok, in that case all of the credit goes to Joe McIntosh. It was fast.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:47 PM

Interesting that the two top A Main Can-Am cars have exactly the opposite pan cut orientation. :blink: I'm trying to figure it out.

Anyway, nice work, Jobiwan!! :D

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 11:43 PM

Actually... This makes three Can-Am wins in a row. <img src="http://slotblog.net/...>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

1. Warner Robbins race #17

2. Abbeville race #18

3. Marietta race #19

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 11:57 PM

Yeah, the economy must be tough if "Crash" McBride has to forgo buying a razor to have enough to go racing. :laugh2:
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