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2017-18 OCC Race #4 results, Dec 16, North East, PA

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#1 Justin A. Porter

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 02:11 PM

The Ohio Challenge Cup made its first of two trips this year into the Keystone State as it traveled to Northeast Slot Car Raceway. With not only the OCC regulars, but also a strong contingent of PA locals and visitors from New York and Canada, it gave the event a truly international feel.

With fifteen racers on hand, GT1-B gave us one of the big stories as Dennis Dominey became the OCC's first ever Canadian winner! His 259 lap total was a clean drive to take the win over Ohioan Danny Shirey who was glad to break his string of thirds. In third place was Fantasy Raceway's own Bud Denning who defeated Chuck Kron by a matter of panels! Fifth also belonged to our neighbors to the north as Rodger Niznik claimed that spot. Visitor Jim Harter brought home a great sixth place run in his first OCC start, defeating Nate Graham on his home track. Nate was particularly glad for a good finish after having been snake-bit in the Ohio rounds so far. Track owner Lester Lucas drove around his injured arm to take eighth over Chris Earnhardt who was making one of his first trips east in some time and ran a borrowed Henes ride. Hollywood Joe Gerencser managed tenth as he continues his points chase. Grim Slot Cars' Darryl Frye ran eleventh on the day, while visitor Jack Nickel scored twelfth. Points leader Dan Halfhill had a rough day as his spur gear set screw dropped out, relegating him to thirteenth while Matthew Deisenroth also borrowed a Henes machine, but struggled through to fourteenth over Haven regular Haley Halfhill.

GT1-B Results

1: Dennis Dominey - 259
2: Danny Shirey - 255
3: Bud Denning - 252.20
4: Chuck Kron - 252.07
5: Rodger Niznik - 246.25
6: Jim Harter - 246.04
7: Nate Graham - 237
8: Lester Lucas - 236
9: Chris Earnhardt - 234
10: Joe Gerencser - 233
11: Darryl Frye - 230
12: Jack Nickel - 229
13: Dan Halfhill - 225
14: Matthew Deisenroth - 218
15: Haley Halfhill - 210









A ten man round-robin greeted the GT1-A field and from the outset it was an intense race, with multiple racers taking turns at the front of the pack. Coming down to the last heat and remaining on the same lap for the whole duration, it was Dan Ebert over Kujo Paws by only 3 panels! NESCR regular Jim Verga came in only three laps back from the leader in third. WSCC's Greg Meyer had a fast run going until a bad hit compromised his motor, taking him down to fourth while PA chassis man Dennis Krivacek managed an excellent fifth place run. Haven's Jeff Henes had one of his best on-the-road runs to claim sixth place over Michigan's David Decoster in seventh. Ron Vincek had a solid eighth place run. Justin Porter had a ninth place run after a bad hit vanished a body clip, and Elmo Vallance had a broken guide flag bring him down to tenth.

GT1-A Results

1: Dan Ebert - 271.05
2: Eric Shirey - 271.02
3: Jim Verga - 268
4: Greg Meyer - 261
5: Dennis Krivacek - 258
6: Jeff Henes - 257
7: David Decoster - 255
8: Ron Vincek - 250
9: Justin Porter - 242
10: Elmo Vallance - 225









On random draw out of the GT1 field, it was Nate Graham who was awarded a brand new Mossetti Defender Trio courtesy of Ernie Mossetti and Mossetti Chassis!

Group 10 gave us two ten-man round robins as twenty racers signed up to race the big D-cans. The pace was set early as Eric Shirey established himself as the man to beat as Top Qualifier. He would go on to win by six laps in a great show on the day. Second was Dennis Dominey who grabbed a surprise second by only three panels over a strong Jim Verga in third! Fourth was a very fast Greg Meyer, while Dan Ebert claimed fifth out from the B-main. Ron Vincek gave a great run to take the sixth spot by one lap over David Decoster in seventh. Danny Shirey showed that he's coming to grips with the trickier Group 10's by taking eighth. Jeff Henes defeated Justin Porter by panels for the ninth spot, while eleventh was Darryl Frye's Nissan with its cool holographic headlights. Rodger Niznik gave a good run in twelfth while Jim Harter came home thirteenth, beating Dan Halfhill by just a hair of distance in the same panel! Nate Graham managed fifteenth due to body issues despite qualifying well for the A main. Jack Nickel found handling issues to keep him in sixteenth, with Joe Gerencser also encountering issues. Elmo Vallance had a mid-race motor change take him out of the running, while Lester Lucas and Haley Halfhill had mechanical struggles of their own to finish in eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth respectively.

Group 10 Results

1: Eric Shirey - 273
2: Dennis Dominey - 266.05
3: Jim Verga - 266.02
4: Greg Meyer - 263
5: Dan Ebert - 262
6: Ron Vincek - 254
7: David Decoster - 253
8: Danny Shirey - 249
9: Jeff Henes - 244.17
10: Justin Porter - 244.06
11: Darryl Frye - 243
12: Rodger Niznik - 242
13: Jim Harter - 236.05+
14: Dan Halfhill - 236.05-
15: Nate Graham - 231
16: Jack Nickel - 229
17: Joe Gerencser - 228
18: Elmo Vallance - 227
19: Lester Lucas - 226
20: Haley Halfhill - 213













GTP was a huge field of twenty-three entrants for the high-downforce machines. With three mains, it was going to prove to be exciting racing especially after Eric Shirey broke the 3 second barrier in qualifying, with Eric setting a new track record of 2.866 seconds!

From there, it was a Shirey show as Eric picked off the win by a margin of six laps over a hard charging Jim Verga. Dan Ebert would break the 3 second barrier during the race and come home third. Bud Denning held on for a fantastic fourth place run, while Dennis Dominey picked up fifth from all the way back in the C-main! Justin Porter would claim sixth out of the B-main over Elmo Vallance. Ron Vincek had a solid run up to 8th, beating Jeff Henes in ninth who had David Decoster by only eight panels. Rodger Niznik's eleventh defeated a good run by Dan Halfhill who continues to find his speed at the end of the day. Danny Shirey also showed improvement in GTP with his thirteenth place run on the tight track. Lester Lucas managed a great fourteenth in the deep field, beating Nate Graham in fifteenth. Jim Harter held sixteenth over Jack Nickel's seventeenth, and Joe Gerencser had an eighteenth place run. Haley Halfhill came home nineteenth over a mechanically challenged Darryl Frye in twentieth, while Chuck Kron, Greg Meyer, and Dennis Krivacek had unfortunately elected to make their drives home to beat the understandable in-climate weather!

GTP Results

1: Eric Shirey - 302
2: Jim Verga - 294
3: Dan Ebert - 290
4: Bud Denning - 277
5: Dennis Dominey - 276.10
6: Justin Porter - 276.03
7: Elmo Vallance - 274
8: Ron Vincek - 272
9: Jeff Henes - 271.09
10: David Decoster - 271.01
11: Rodger Niznik - 270
12: Dan Halfhill - 264
13: Danny Shirey - 259
14: Lester Lucas - 258
15: Nate Graham - 257
16: Jim Harter - 256
17: Jack Nickel - 247
18: Joe Gerencser - 244
19: Haley Halfhill - 238
20: Darryl Frye - 222
21: Chuck Kron - DNS
22: Greg Meyer - DNS
23: Dennis Krivacek - DNS














With a total of 68 entries, this was truly a race for the ages. Everyone can walk away proud for having braved the snow to race on a difficult but fast track. The Ohio Challenge Cup moves from here to its first trip ever to the historic Tom Thumb Raceway in Columbus, Ohio to tackle their classic American Blue King. See you all at the races!

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#2 Tim Wood

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 09:50 PM

Thanks for posting the results, Great crowd, Justin. 

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