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2017-18 OCC Race #2 results - Oct 21, Bellevue, OH

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:36 AM

The Ohio Challenge Cup invaded HMS Speedways in Bellevue on October 21, 2017, and it was an astonishing day for competition with tremendous fields in all four categories and hugely impressive racing.
GT1-B started off the day with fourteen entrants, a welcome return to form for the class. Running in two groups of seven, it was local hot shot Alex Stoudinger who would ultimately take the win out of the second of the two mains. Coming home a strong second in his best OCC performance to date was The Sawdust Man himself, Robert John Manzitti. Third was ISMA Supermodified driver and younger brother to the OCC defending champ, Danny Shirey. Fourth, making the trip from the Canton King at MMW was Jeff Middaugh. Fifth after having missed the opener was perennial GT1-B contender Tom TR Rowell. Sixth in another strong showing from the Canton crowd was Hollywood Joe Gerencser. Seventh was our long haul visitor from California's Buena Park Raceway, Tim Wood. Eighth place belonged to Yeti chassis's Jim Bandes. For ninth, Dan Halfhill put in his best king track showing yet. Making his first king track start, our youngest competitor Jeffrey Henes came home tenth by panels over our second youngest competitor, Haley Halfhill in eleventh. Twelfth was Fastraxx regular John Humbergerover Pennsylvania's Nate Graham in thirteenth, while track owner William Kit Henry II experienced terminal car troubles to finish fourteenth on the day.

GT1-B results

Alex Stoudinger - 181 laps
Sawdust Man - 177
Danny Shirey - 173
Jeff Middaugh - 172
Tom Rowell - 171, panel 9
Joe Gerenscer - 171, panel 5
Tim Wood - 168 
Jim Bandes - 167 
Dan Halfhill - 164
Jeffrey Henes - 162, panel 7
Haley Halfhill - 162, panel 3
John Humberger - 157 
Nate Graham - 151
Kit Henry - 147



GT1-A was a tremendous fourteen-man field with a great selection of the best in two seven-man heats.
Running a frantic pace, Will Custer claimed the overall win by an eight lap margin. Claiming a hard fought second was Michigan's David Decoster. The final spot on the podium came down to panels with Eric Kujo Paws Shirey only six panels ahead of the visiting Butters EngelBud Bartos brought home a fifth very close behind with second through fifth only separated by two laps! Elmo Vallance followed in sixth and Justin Porter in seventh. Eighth and running into early trouble he had to run around was Cap Henry, narrowly defeating Gil Pataky who came home ninth. Jim Pace Jr. finished tenth in the return to the track that earned him his A status. Brandon Barricello was hunting for speed on the day and wound up eleventh, while Jay Sabalacame home twelfth pointing to handling problems. George Katzakis and Jeff Henes had thirteenth and fourteenth place results respectively due to mechanical failures.

GT1-A results

Willy Custer - 199 laps
Dave Decoster - 191
Eric Shirey - 190, section 7
Butters Engel - 190, section 1
Bud Bartos - 189
Elmo Vallance - 187 
Justin Porter - 185, section 11
Cap Henry - 185, section 7
Gil Pataky - 184
Jim Pace Jr - 179
Brandon Barricello - 176
Jay Sabala - 173 
George Katzakis - 157
Jeff Henes - 136



Group 10 was a real treat of a race with twenty entrants signed up to race the big 16Ds, with two ten-man round robins to run.
Will Custer set himself up as the man to beat with a scorching qualifying performance with a new track record at 4.516!
Custer would prove that his pace was no fluke and picked up his second win of the day. Cap Henry came back from his GT1 issues to race his way to a strong second. David Decoster used some monster horsepower to find third place. Justin Porter pulled off a fortunate fourth over Eric Kujo Paws Shirey's fifth. Bob Manzitti raced up from the B-main to claim sixth overall, followed by Alex Stoudinger in seventh. Eight belonged to a strong Jeff Middaugh. Jay Sabala also had a strong G10 day with a run to ninth. James Ellis Pace Jr. found a solid tenth and Canton's Ralph Middaugh came home eleventh. Jeff Henes was fast but a car that inhaled its body left him in twelfth. Hollywood Joe Gerencser ran thirteenth on the day over Danny Shirey who was making his first Group 10 start. Fifteenth belonged to Tom Rowell who out ran an improving Dan Halfhill's sixteenth. Nate Graham managed seventeenth despite major handling issues. Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth were Tim Wood, Elmo Vallance, and Haley Halfhill who ran into mechanical issues.

Group 10 results

Willy Custer - 199 laps
Cap Henry - 195
Dave Decoster - 190
Justin Porter - 188 - 
Eric Shirey - 187
Sawdust Man - 185
Alex Stoundinger - 179
Jeff Middaugh - 177
Jay Sabala - 175
Jim Pace Jr - 174
Ralph Middaugh - 173
Jeff Henes - 171
Joe Gerenscer - 169
Danny Shirey - 167
TR Rowell - 166
Dan Halfhill - 163
Nate Graham - 154, section 20
Tim Wood - 154, DNF
Elmo Vallance - 130
Haley Halfhill - 127





GTP was once another huge field with 23 entries, running two eight-man and one seven-man main.
Cap Henry was blindingly quick as the Top Qualifier, setting a new track record and hunting to break the 4 second barrier with his laps! This was setting up what would become the duel of the day.
Throughout the A-main, Cap Henry and Will Custer, Eric Kujo Paws Shirey threw the lead back and forth, turning incredibly quick laps and building a tremendous gap to the field. Ultimately, breaking up a Custer sweep was Cap Henry with the win, followed by Willy in second and Eric in third. Bud Bartos earned a great fourth place and was the only other racer to crack 200 laps on the day. Elmo Vallance stayed in the fight for a very strong fifth. Jim Pace Jr. showed his GTP win last year was no fluke by running sixth in an aggressive field and being the best finisher out of the punishing B main. Seventh was the lightning quick Ralph Middaugh who also was the builder behind the second place car. Brother Jeff Middaugh then came in eighth by panels! Alex Stoudinger borrowed a car from Butters Engel to manage an excellent ninth. Jeff Henes had his strongest outing on the day in tenth. David Decoster wound up eleventh over Justin Porter in twelfth. Thirteenth and winning the C main was Javier Sabala with a great drive. Dan Halfhillcame up with fourteenth ahead of Bob Manzitti in fifteenth. Danny Shirey struggled with traffic to come home sixteenth. Nate Graham had major handling issues which kept him to seventeenth. Gil Pataky ran fast but withdrew, ending up eighteenth. Jeffrey Henes continues to learn the faster divisions and ran nineteenth. Joe Gerenscer had a difficult day as well in twentieth over Haley Halfhill in twenty-first, leaving Tim Wood and Butters Engel withdrawing with mechanical issues.

GTP results

Cap Henry - 214 laps
Willy Custer - 211
Eric Shirey - 209
Bud Bartos - 205
Elmo Vallance - 195
Jim Pace Jr - 194
Ralph Middaugh - 193, section 21
Jeff Middaugh - 193, section 1
Alex Stoudinger - 192
Jeff Henes - 191, section 8
Dave Decoster - 191, section 1
Justin Porter - 190
Jay Sabala - 184
Dan Halfhill - 180
Sawdust Man - 179
Danny Shirey - 173
Nate Graham - 168
Gil Pataky - 165
Jeffrey Henes - 164
Joe Gerescer - 162
Haley Halfhill - 161
Tim Wood - 148
Butters Engel - 142






The Ohio Challenge Cup rolls on to the shortest track on the calendar, racing in November on Fastraxxx's infamous bullring, the '95 American Royal in Fremont.

Hope to see you there for Ohio's Stamped Steel Series!
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:49 AM

Great report!  Any chassis pics?

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 10:37 AM

No pics under the skirts but tonight after work I'll be posting the TQ and Winner's Build Reports from their tech sheets. :)

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