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Retro South results - May 18, Central TN Raceway


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#1 Rick Crutchfield

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:44 PM

Stock Car results
 
Concours: Jerry Milliken
 
1) Will Brinkley - 181 laps, best lap of 5.1094 secs **Fast Lap is TQ
2) Chris Barnes - 176, 5.1717
3) Jay Guard - 171.9, 5.4883
4) Ralph Thorne - 171.3, 5.2691
5) Rick Crutchfield - 168, 5.4290
6) Jerry Milliken - 165, 5.1601
7) Terry Coleman- 157, 5.4878
8) Tommy Flythe - 155, 5.4883
 
F1 results

Top Qualifier: Ralph Thorne - 4.3564 secs
Concours: Chris Barnes
 
1) Gil Gundersen - 300 laps, best lap of 4.4484 secs
2) Ralph Thorne - 299, 4.4409 **Fast lap
3) James Merriman - 294, 4.5578
4) Chris Barnes - 292 laps, 4.6208
5) Jay Guard - 286, 4.7695
6) Will Brinkley - 281, 4.8823
7) Tommy Flythe - 280, 4.7697
8) Jerry Milliken - 278, 4.8328
9) Brandon Cates - 263, 4.8280
10) Terry Coleman - 234 laps, 4.7186
 
Can-Am results
 
Top Qualifier: Gil Gundersen - 4.3032 secs
Concours: Gil Gundersen
 
1) Gil Gundersen - 307 laps, best lap of 4.5073 secs
2) Ralph Thorne - 304 laps, 4.4998 **Fast lap
3) Jeff Nale - 300, 4.5464
4) Terry Coleman - 298, 4.6088
5) Jerry Milliken - 294, 4.6090
6) Jay Guard - 291, 4.6683
7) Brandon Cates - 288, 4.6678
8) Will Brinkley - 287, 4.7186
9) Chris Barnes - 287, 4.6680
10) Tommy Flythe - 281, 4.7179
11) Johnny Marlin - 225, 4.7770
12) James Merriman - 69 laps, 4.7226
   
One of the racers, Will Brinkley, put up an added incentive for this race. He put up a plaque and $50 in cash to the top three racers with the most laps ($30 for the most and a plaque, $10 for the racers with the second and third most laps) run in the three races yesterday!
 
1) Ralph Thorne - 774 laps
2) Chris Barnes - 755 laps
3) Will Brinkley - 749 laps (one lap more than Jay Guard)
                                
Turn-out was a little light but the racers who came out to the Retro South race yesterday put on a great show! Some of the best side-by-side racing I have ever seen! In the last heat of the F1 race, Ralph Thorne and Gil Gundersen were on the same lap and next to each other on the track (Ralph in orange and Gil in the blue lane). To watch them race for lap after lap 6  to 18 inches apart for over two minutes, until Ralph got caught in a wreck with around 40 seconds left, was awesome! I know everyone at the track was excited about the show these guys put on.
In the Can-Am race, in the last heat Gil was ahead by about a half of lap and Ralph made a run but he fell a little short.
 
I want to thank the out-of-town drivers that came to race with us: Brandon Cates, Tommy Flythe, Jay Guard, Chris Barnes, James Merriman, and Ralph Thorne. You guys sure are really great racers and we enjoyed having you! 
 
To the local racers from Central TN Raceway, thanks for showing up and racing! You guys are also great racers and you showed it.
 
Ralph or I will post some pics soon!
 
One other point I would like to share with you racers here on Slotblog. As many of you know we hosted the Music City Shootout IRRA™ race here three weeks ago. It was the first IRRA™ Premier race to use hand-out tires. I want to post the difference in qualifying times between the two races.
 
Retro South Stock Car, in race - 5.109 secs, Shootout Stock Car, in race - 5.211:   .102 secs slower on hand-out tires
Retro South F1 - 4.356, Shootout F1 -  4.379:   .023 secs slower on hand-out tires
Retro South Can-Am - 4.303, Shootout Can-Am - 4.356:   .053 secs slower on hand-out tires
 
I am not trying to convince any other tracks to use the hand-out tires. I just wanted to show the numbers! I know one driver said to me it wasn't worth the time thrashing and the money buying tires to go .two hundredths faster. Something to think about!
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:21 AM

Sounds like a great race; wish I could afford to travel... Hope I can make it to Abbeville.

 

Your idea and implementation of hand-out tires has been great.


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:00 AM

Ben

 

Thanks for positive comment on the hand-out tires. Like I posted, I am not trying to get all the tracks to go to that. But I think if the racers ever try a race with hand -out tires they will enjoy the racing much more.  Lees money spent on tires and less time to get ready to race! 

 

Maybe I will see you in Abbeville! 

 

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:04 AM

Rick,

 

At first glance I was opposed to the idea of hand-out tires. But reading the comments in the post-race discussion about this, I've changed my stance.

 

I'm not sure how viable it is for a race like the R4 where you have 60+ entries per class for three classes, but it's something I wouldn't mind trying. 

 

Sometimes simplifying things does make for a more enjoyable time.


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:07 AM

John,

 

I agree with you. The R4 may not be suited for hand-out tires. It isn't for everyone. 

 

Looking forward to you seeing you again soon! 

 

Rick.


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