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NASCAR and Econo at STR on 2/3/20

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 09:39 AM

A big crowd of eleven racers showed up on a brisk evening to race NASCAR and Econo at STR on 2/3/20. Rob Rippy, a new racer, showed up to practice at the tight and tricky course. Initially, I think he planned only to practice but seemed to be improving technique in a short period of time. So, in the end, Rob was subjected to a trial by fire. In fact, he did quite well for his first time. With the right equipment and some practice, Rob should improve very quickly and begin challenging other, more experienced racers. It was good to see Terry back racing again. He has been suffering from some health problems this past year. His cars always look great and he is an avid participant. Mark made the trek from Grants Pass even though there was a threat of freezing roads over the pass. That is dedication

Track conditions were a bit loose and although no new records were set racing was very close.


Econos are a great class to race and always with a diverse field. Chassis by rule are all of the “rattle” design and front/rear tracks are specified as well (therefore tires can extend outside of the body-work).

Any of the top five competitors had a shot at a podium finish. Fast laps for this group ranged from 5.312 seconds (Bob) to 5.461seconds (Rich). Joe and James battled for the top spot while Rich, Bob and Mark contested the bottom step of the podium. In the end, Joe finished first with 85.6 laps edging out James by only three sections. Rich managed a third place finish by running a very consistent race (96.25%) with no offs. Mark was fourth and Bob fifth both finishing with 84.3 laps.




The Late Model NASCAR race yielded some exciting moments. The top four drivers were pretty evenly matched. Fast lap times for this group ranged from 5.126 seconds (James) to 5.279 seconds (Joe).

James won the race with the quickest ride, finishing with 89.3 laps (a full lap and a half ahead of his nearest competitor). The race for the remaining spots on the podium was in doubt until the very last heat. Joe was in the barn with 87.7 laps. Bob and Rich entered the final heat with nearly 65 laps and only a few sections apart. Both needed nearly a full 23 laps to overtake Joe (a very steep hill to climb). Rich entered the final heat on the yellow lane while Bob was on red lane. In my opinion, yellow lane generally produces better results, so, I think Bob was at a slight disadvantage. Both racers battled it out for the entire heat. Rich closed on Bob as the heat progressed and then it was a see saw battle for the remainder of the heat. In the end, Rich edged out Bob by inches (see image below).


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