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2018 Winter Wednesday season at Haven - Elyria, OH


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#1 Justin A. Porter

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:45 PM

A very chilly evening appropriately opened the winter season at Haven Raceway this Wednesday, with 8 entrants (1 Pro, 4 Advanced, 3 Division One) ready to brave the temperatures to race.

Among the Division One racers, it was Eric Spierings running a clean 160 lap race to hold off Matt Easterday by two laps, while rookie Brian Hupp struggled with an unprepared car and controller issues to record 127 laps in his Haven debut.

In Advanced, it was a close race top to bottom as Gary Sutorius ran a stellar 178 lap race to pick up the win over Ken Kanyok who ran a personal best of 174. Brandon Barricello nailed down third with 173, while Tim Burton made the trip from Canton, borrowed a ride out of the Halfhill stable, and came home with a 168 lap finish.

Running for fun and points, Jeff Henes knocked down a 192 lap run with a 4.718 laptime on Yellow as he aims to stay dialed in for the upcoming OCC round at Tom Thumb.

The Winter Season goes into full swing with GT1 on Wednesdays @ 7:00pm, and GT1, GTP, and alternating Retro (Can Am to start) on Sundays @1:00pm. See you at the races!

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:33 PM

Another great Wednesday night of GT1 racing greeted us with 13 racers (2 Division One, 8 Advanced, and 3 Pro) eager to take on the Haven Hillclimb.

Division One was a great 142 lap showing for new racer Donny Macan, who was entering his first race after only having had his new GT1 built the day before. Brian Hupp faced handling difficulties with his new build which kept him to 130 laps should be fully ready for primetime by next week.

Advanced was a huge showdown of eight racers with Larry Kowicki pulling off a great win at 179 laps over Dan Halfhill at 177. Mark Piscione came home third with 171 followed by Gary Sutorius with 169, Ken Kanyok at 167, and Tim Burton at 166, showing just how close the field was! Haley Halfhill had a rough time in traffic, coming home seventh with 154 laps while Brandon Barricello suffered major handling issues all night and pulled off with only 122.

Pro was an absolute knockout of a race, with defending OCC Champion Eric Shirey squaring off against defending Haven Pro Champion Jeff Henes. Both would run 188 lap totals, with Eric taking the win by only two panels over Jeff. George Katzakis lost time early on with a dry bushing that robbed him of laps but he still managed to lay down fast laps and consistent heats, just running out of time at the end with 187 laps!

We'll be back to racing this Sunday at 1:00pm with GT1 Junior, followed by GT1, GTP, and Retro Can Am (entrants allowing). See you at the races folks!

 

 

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Wednesday Points Standings after two races

Division One

Brian Hupp - 33
Eric Spieirings - 25
Donny Macan - 25
Matt Easterday - 18

Advanced

Gary Sutorius - 35
Ken Kanyok - 26
Mark Piscione - 25
Brandon Barricello - 19
Larry Kowicki - 18
Tim Burton - 16
Dan Halfhill - 15
Haley Halfhill - 2

Pro

Jeff Henes - 43
Eric Shirey - 25
George Katzakis - 15


Operator - Haven Raceway in Elyria, OH
Series Director - Ohio Challenge Cup





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