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2017-18 OCC Race #5 results - Jan 27, Columbus, OH


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#1 Justin A. Porter

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 01:00 PM

The Ohio Challenge Cup made its first trip to Columbus with a stop on the historic American King at Tom Thumb Hobbies and what a way to debut as a record tying 71 entries took part in this amazing day of racing!

GT1-B had an eight racer field and Race O' Rama's Keith Nelson II blitzed the group to a handy 186 lap win, securing his second win in OCC competition. Dan Halfhill continued his steady stand in the points with his second 2nd of the year at 177 laps. Danny Shirey grabbed yet another third with 175 laps, showing amazing consistency on the year. Alan Gallacherwas just two laps back at 173 laps in fourth while Fastraxxx owner Chris Earnhardt continued his traveling to grab fifth at 163 laps. Haley Halfhill scored a solid sixth at 152 laps over Tom Thumb regular Dave Doerschukwho had 148. Points contender Joe Gerencser had a rough time of it with car issues that left him at 127 laps.

GT1-B results

Keith Nelson II - 186
Dan Halfhill - 177
Danny Shirey - 175
Alan Gallacher - 173
Chris Earnhardt - 163
Haley Halfhill - 152
Dave Doerschuk - 148
Joe Gerencser - 127

GT1-A was an incredibly tight battle with sixteen racers and only five laps covering the top six finishers! Pennsylvanian ISRA man Greg Mayer took home the win on a stacked day with 197 laps over Michigan's own David Decoster with 195. Eric Kujo Paws Shirey had to settle for a hard-fought third with 195 as well, losing out by one panel to Decoster. A very strong James Ellis Pace Jr. claimed fourth with 194. Jason Dennis made his presence known with 193 laps in fifth while Justin Porter borrowed a car out of the H&H stables to come home sixth at 192. Cap Henry made the trip from the other American King on the schedule at HMS and came away with 189 laps and seventh over Ron Vincek with 184 laps. Chassis man Dennis Krivacek held a respectable ninth with 179 over Tom Thumb's own Eric Balicki in tenth at 176 laps. Rick Starkey managed a solid 174 laps to beat the other retro chassis wizard in the field, Josh Crutchfield who had 172. Earl Graybill took his amazingly painted machine home for thirteenth over an uncharacteristically struggling Jeff Henes, 159 laps to 157. Javier Sabalamade his return but lost wheels robbed him of big portions of heats and kept him to fifteenth with 152, while Brandon Barricello suffered a loss in power later traced to frayed lead wires and ended up sixteenth.

GT1-A results

Greg Mayer - 197
David Decoster - 195.2
Eric Shirey - 195.1
Jim Pace Jr. - 194
Jason Dennis - 193
Justin Porter - 192
Cap Henry - 189
Ron Vincek - 184
Denny Krivacek - 179
Eric Balicki - 176
Rick Starkey - 174
Josh Crutchfield - 172
Earl Graybill - 159
Jeff Henes - 157
Jay Sabala - 152
Brandon Barricello - 90

After lunch, Group 10 was up and a deep field of 22 of the 16D brutes was ready to tackle the King. Jason Dennis made his mark early on with a blistering TQ performance for a record lap of 4.19 seconds. He wouldn't let that speed go to waste either as he grabbed the win with 208 laps. Cap Henry would claim second with 206 laps over Josh Crutchfield with 205. Eric Shirey was only two laps back from the podium spot with 203 laps. Ron Vincek had a phenomenal G10 day with fifth in a deep field at 201 laps, while Elmo Vallance skipped GT1 to concentrate on Group 10 and GTP, getting rewarded with a sixth place finish and the last of the 200 lap group in Group 10. Dave Decoster was close behind at 199 laps while the Race O Rama regulars were separated by just one panel, with Keith Nelson IIbeating Jim Pace Jr., both at 194 laps. Rob Voska represented the Great Lakes ISRA group in his only race of the day and grabbed tenth spot with 192 laps over Rick Starkey's 189. Earl Graybill was close in behind among the Tom Thumb regulars with 188 laps, beating out Justin Porter who came home thirteenth with 186. Jeff Henes came home fourteenth with 185 laps just over Danny Shirey with 183. Alan Gallacher made the most of an ill-handling machine for 177 laps over a struggling Dan Halfhill with 174. Dave Doerschuk had troubles in traffic that kept him to 166 laps while Jay Sabala fought tire choice at 165 laps. Haley Halfhill had an emergency controller change and had 162 laps to get to grips with her loaner. Greg Mayer ended up unable to capitalize on a fast qualifying time as his motor let go late leaving him with 162 laps but shy on panels to beat Haley, while Hollywood Joe Gerencser had a string of bad gears to force an early withdrawal.

Group 10 results

Jason Dennis - 208
Cap Henry - 206
Josh Crutchfield - 205
Eric Shirey - 203
Ron Vincek - 201
Elmo Vallance - 200
Dave Decoster - 199
Keith Nelson - 194.3
Jim Pace Jr. - 194.2
Rob Voska - 192
Rick Starkey - 189
Earl Graybill - 188
Justin Porter - 186
Jeff Henes - 185
Danny Shirey - 183
Alan Gallacher - 177
Dan Halfhill - 174
Dave Doerschuk - 166
Jay Sabala - 165
Haley Halfhill - 162.9
Greg Mayer - 162.DNF
Joe Gerencser - 10

The biggest field of the day belonged to the wicked quick GTP division with twenty-five entries! Jason Dennis again would put his stamp on qualifying as he turned an incredible 3.909 second lap to grab the TQ spot! Jason would race much the same as his Group 10 run, pulling away from the field until heartbreak as his GTP began trailing smoke, coming to a stop at the top of the donut. Cap Henry would take the race lead from there and never look back as he took home the win with 223 laps over Eric Shirey at 216. Rick Starkey would get a podium for the home team after all was run at 205 laps over David Decoster in fourth with 203. Elmo Vallance would beat Justin Porter for fifth by a few feet, both at 202 laps, while seventh would belong to Keith Nelson with 200 laps. Eighth place with another FK falling down in the closing stages was Brandon Barricello at 198 laps, coming up two panels ahead of Alan Gallacher in ninth. Ron Vincek would race to tenth out of the C-main with 193 laps. Eric Balicki would turn in a fast run in the B for eleventh with 191 over Jeff Henes who fought bad breaks in traffic to take twelfth with 189. Dan Halfhill was just a lap back at 188 laps over Joe Gerencser whose luck finally held together on the day to score 182 laps. Dave Doerschuk would have a good showing at 180 laps. A scoring issue would result in Danny Shirey requiring added laps at the end of his main to offset no-reads, still holding the younger Shirey brother to 177 laps and sixteenth place. Jay Sabala held on for a car that gradually got better as the race went on, but still only managed 176 laps for seventeenth over Earl Graybill in eighteenth by five panels. Jim Leezer would make his only start of the day in GTP and faced handling issues to keep him to 170 laps ahead of Haley Halfhill with 155 laps. Jason Dennis attempted a motor swap to salvage his race, but ended up in twenty-first ahead of Jim Pace Jr who pulled his car with significant body damage and only 45 laps. Number Two qualifier Greg Mayer and local Josh Crutchfield were both DNS and a DNQ was awarded to Denny Krivacek as they withdrew to make their respective drives home.

GTP Results

Cap Henry - 223
Eric Shirey - 216
Rick Starkey - 205
Dave Decoster - 203
Elmo Vallance - 202.7
Justin Porter - 202.6
Keith Nelson II - 200
Brandon Barricello - 198.3
Alan Gallacher - 198.1
Ron Vincek - 193
Eric Balicki - 191
Jeff Henes - 189
Dan Halfhill - 188
Joe Gerencser - 182
Dave Doerschuk - 180
Danny Shirey - 177
Jay Sabala - 176.6
Earl Graybill - 176.1
Jim Leezer - 170
Haley Halfhill - 155
Jason Dennis - 86
Jim Pace Jr. - 45
Greg Mayer - DNS
Josh Crutchfield - DNS
Denny Krivacek - DNQ

With so much racing, it was a huge day for everyone involved. Many thanks to Tom Thumb Hobbies who not only gave us a fantastic chance to bring our series to their track, but have invited us back for the 2018-19 season! Thanks to all the racers who came out and put on a great show, as well to Ernie Mossetti and Mossetti Chassis as on blind draw (after the fact because the series director was pulling extra duty on the day) Joe Gerencser was the winner of the Mossetti Defender Trio.

It's a quick turnaround for the series as the Ohio Challenge Cup moves on to Mark's Model World on February 10th, moving from a classic American to a state-of-the-art Gerding King. See you at the races!


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Posted 29 January 2018 - 10:33 PM

Nice race report, Justin.  :good:


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