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2018 Winter Sunday season at Haven - Elyria, OH

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#1 Justin A. Porter

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:45 PM

We had an absolutely huge day to open the Winter Sunday Season here at Haven, with 27 entries in GT1 (seven Juniors, seven Division 1, eight Advanced, five Pro) and 8 entries in GTP, making for an amazing day of racing throughout.

To start the day, we were happy to start our Juniors program here at Haven and what a start it was with some very excited racers and some very busy Dad's and volunteers marshalling and helping with lane changes. It came down to the roll on panels as Jace Slack picked up the win by panels at 128 laps over Alex Lear. Ben Lear finished third with 125 over his sister Emma who had 123, followed by early leader Trace Goins with 122 in fifth, Talon Hancock in sixth with 117, and Ethan Leiby in seventh with 107.

Moving on to the Division 1 field, it was a well-earned win for Al Rogers with 171 laps over Brian Lear with 166. Bailey Ables came home third at 160 over his dad Mike who had 158. Scott Goins claimed a solid 152 lap run to fifth, with Steve McCall claiming sixth with 136 and Ray Leiby grabbing seventh with 117.

The Advanced field gave one of the closest races of the day with Mike Lear giving an awesome comeback run to pick up the win with 175 laps over Gary Sutorius at 174. Uncle Larry Kowicki was right in the hunt as well with 172 over Jeffrey Henes in fourth with 168. Fifth place belonged to AJ McCall with 167. The returning Brad Feurstein defeated John Halfhill by panels for sixth, both with 159 laps, and Ken Kanyok recovered from guide flag issues to run 150 laps in eighth.

The Pro race in GT1 was another tight battle as Jeff Henes and Bud Bartos came down to the last heat, Jeff edging a one lap win over Bud, 194 to 193. Sean Sutorius held on for a strong third with 186 laps over George Katzakis at 183, while Jim Bandes suffered terminal car trouble to wind up at 94.

GTP was a blindingly quick race with four racers turning laps in the 4.4 second range! Ultimately Bud Bartos would slip around Jeff Henes for the win at 207 laps to Jeff's 205. Sean Sutorius proved fast out of the gate to run 200 laps and claim third. Larry Kowicki borrowed the Dan Halfhill house ride and drove it to fourth at 189 laps over Al Rogers with 186. Gary Sutorius picked up sixth with 185 beating AJ McCall's 175 while George Katzakis suffered rear axle issues despite running a front row pace, winding up in eighth with 125 laps.

Looking forward immensely to seeing everyone again soon as the Winter Season has kicked off! See you at the races!

















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Posted 15 January 2018 - 12:34 PM

Another big Sunday of racing here at Haven as we had six Juniors and thirteen entries apiece in adult GT1 and GTP. Let's get right down to the fun, shall we?

With six Juniors on hand, it was young Ben Lear picking up his first win with 137 laps over his cousin Alex Lear who brought home 129 laps. Nicholas Butler had a really strong performance for his very first race with 120 laps over Emma Lear with 117. The Morgan brothers, Gavin and Braylon, finished up the field with 112 laps and 101 laps respectively.

Adult GT1 had a 13 strong field with two Division One, six Advanced, and five Pro racers.

In Division One, Al Rogers picked up his second win on the trot with 169 laps over Brian Lear with 166 laps.

In Advanced, it was a big win for Dan Halfhill with 175 laps over Jeffrey Henes with 173. TR Rowell grabbed a third place in his return to Haven, scoring 167 laps. Gary Sutorius suffered a failing motor, but still managed to pip John Halfhill by panels to 160 laps, with Ken Kanyok one lap behind them at 159.

In Pro, Bud Bartos laid down incredibly quick lap times to bring home the win with a 193 lap total. Jeff Henes stayed right on his heels to 190 laps, with Sean Sutorius behind them at 186. Ron Vincek had a strong run going at 181 laps, with Jim Bandes coming in at 169 laps.

With thirteen racers, the GTP race was an event all on its own. Bud Bartos doubled up on the day with a big 206 lap win over Jeff Henes with 202. Sean Sutorius rounded out the podium with 200 laps over Brandon Barricello with 195. Fifth spot was a hugely close affair with Jeffrey Henes beating Gary Sutorius AND Al Rogers on panels, all on lap 183. Dan Halfhill was first of the racers with mechanical issues, having his motor throw a wind midrace but keep trucking to 180 laps. Brian Lear would score a surprising seventh with 175 laps, borrowing Haley Halfhill's GTP to race. TR Rowell had 172 laps with a car still optimized for the fast king at MMW while John Halfhill would have gear issues wrap up his day with only 155 laps. Ken Kanyok's FK had a magnet come free and end his day with only 75 laps while Ron Vincek withdrew with handling issues at only 55 laps.

We're in for a great season as more faces come through the door each week at Haven. Thanks to all of our racers and we will see you again for Wednesday night GT1 and next Sunday's racing. See you at the races!











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