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OCC 2018-19 Race #6 results - Feb 16th, Mark's Model World, Canton, OH

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 10:58 AM

A tremendous field of racers turned out on February 16th for the sixth round of the 2018-19 Ohio Challenge Cup. Canton's ultra-fast Gerding King at Mark's Model World played host to a big crowd and some truly quick racing.

GT1-B started the day with 10 entries in a single-round robin. A fierce blend of quick locals and OCC stalwarts tackled the King with Tim Burton standing on top at the end of 10 heats. Gary Vinyard followed close behind in second, with long-time GT1-B competitor Tom “TR” Rowell rounding out the podium. Haley Halfhill continued her improving form with a solid fourth, once again beating out her dad, points leader Dan Halfhill. Dan managed fifth over local Greg Miller, beating him by only two panels. Ken Kanyok held down seventh ahead of Joe Gerencser, with local Tom Espinosa and WSCC owner Ron Culp running into troubles during their runs.

GT1-B results

Tim Burton – 220
Gary Vinyard – 213
Tom Rowell – 209

Haley Halfhill – 207

Dan Halfhill – 206.03
Greg Miller – 206.01

Ken Kanyok – 200

Joe Gerencser – 193

Tom Espinosa – 187

Ron Culp – 136







GT1-A had 17 very competitive racers in two mains. When the dust had settled, Dave Gardiner held the top spot, his first OCC win since claiming a C-can GTP win at Mark's in 2014. Newcomer and traveling ace Frank Ulbrik locked down second over the ever fast Greg Mayer in third. Mike Lear continued his search for results in his return to OCC competition with fourth over Eric Shirey, Eric having recovered from breaking a guide-flag early on, while MMW's Ralph Middaugh claimed the sixth spot. Mike Muir made his second show of the year and walked away with seventh over GT1-A points leader Jeff Henes, who beat out Brian Lear by only a few panels. Justin Porter rounded out the top ten, with Ron Vincek holding onto eleventh over the lone representative of the Michigan Mafia, Bob Foster who was the last of the on track runners, with Bud Bartos, Jim Torre, Bill Fulmer, Mark Gardiner, and Gil Pataky all falling victim to traffic-induced woes.

GT1-A results

Dave Gardiner – 241

Frank Ulbrik – 236

Greg Mayer – 230.08

Mike Lear – 230.04

Eric Shirey – 227

Ralph Middaugh – 224

Mike Muir – 223

Jeff Henes – 222.17

Brian Lear – 222.04

Justin Porter – 221

Ron Vincek – 217

Bob Foster – 214

Bud Bartos – 203

Jim Torre – 197

Bill Fulmer – 173

Mark Gardiner – 115

Gil Pataky – 78








The biggest field of the day was in the D-can bruisers with 27 Group 10's taking to the track in three 9-man round robins. Frank Ulbrik established himself as the man to beat with a blistering 3.598 second qualifying blast, then proceeded to outspeed the field to take home his first OCC win in his first show with the series. Eric Shirey made a valiant run to hold off the newcomer in second, while Greg Mayer settled for third. Mark Gardiner would make up for his breakage in GT1-A by claiming fourth in Group 10, beating out Dave Gardiner by two laps. Brian Lear would put in a solid run to sixth over Tim Burton. Rob Voska made the trip to run just Group 10 and that paid off with a strong eighth over Greg Miller. Mike Muir, Ron Vincek, and Mike Lear would decide ninth in Mike Muir's favor with Muir on panel 17, Vincek on panel 16, and Lear on panel 7! Justin Porter was one lap back on that group in thirteenth. Ken Kanyok would round out the top half of the field in fourteenth, while Tom Rowell and Jeff Henes would decide fifteenth by panels. Bill Fulmer was another racer who improved on bad luck in GT1-A with his seventeenth place run. Bob Foster, Joe Gerencser, and Joel Dine would all finish on the same lap as well, with Foster at 13, Hollywood Joe at 12, and Dine at 7. Ralph Middaugh ended up twenty-first by panels over Tom Espinosa, who in turn would beat out Gary Vinyard by one lap. Jim Torre and Haley Halfhill would be the last racers over 200 laps in the field, as Ron Culp and Dan Halfhill struggled to round out the field.

Group 10 results

Frank Ulbrik – 245

Eric Shirey – 243

Greg Mayer – 241

Mark Gardiner – 237

Dave Gardiner – 235

Brian Lear – 232

Tim Burton – 229.03

Rob Voska – 229.01

Greg Miller – 225

Mike Muir – 224.17

Ron Vincek – 224.16

Mike Lear – 224.07

Justin Porter – 223

Ken Kanyok – 219

Tom Rowell – 216.11

Jeff Henes – 216.08

Bill Fulmer – 216.04

Bob Foster – 212.13

Joe Gerencser – 212.12

Joel Dine – 212.07

Ralph Middaugh – 210.14

Tom Espinosa – 210.04

Gary Vinyard – 209

Jim Torre – 204

Haley Halfhill – 202

Ron Culp – 195

Dan Halfhill – 194










GTP was last up with 20 racers ready for the fastest event of the day. At the front of the field, it was a now-familiar story as Frank Ulbrik grabbed another TQ spot AND win on the day at Mark's, followed again by Eric Shirey and Greg Mayer. Mike Muir would take the fourth spot by panels over Mike Lear, with Justin Porter following in sixth. Brian Lear would hold seventh as the best of the B-main, with Greg Miller eighth and Ron Vincek running ninth out of the B-main. Ken Kanyok would turn in a solid run to tenth over Ralph Middaugh, while Tom Rowell took eleventh. Joe Gerencser would beat Tom Espinosa by panels for twelfth, while Tim Burton, Haley Halfhill, Jim Torre, and Dan Halfhill would be the last of the runners, while Bob Foster and Jeff Henes ran into terminal car troubles early in the running.

GTP results

Frank Ulbrik – 261

Eric Shirey – 251

Greg Mayer – 250

Mike Muir – 243.15

Mike Lear – 243.08

Justin Porter – 240

Brian Lear – 238

Greg Miller – 236

Ron Vincek – 232

Ken Kanyok – 229

Ralph Middaugh – 228

Tom Rowell – 219

Joe Gerencser – 216.04

Tom Espinosa – 216.01

Tim Burton – 213

Haley Halfhill – 211

Jim Torre – 208

Dan Halfhill – 200

Bob Foster – 79

Jeff Henes – 34








With another fast and well-attended round at Mark's Model World in the books, the King Swing is over and the Ohio Challenge Cup moves on next month to the UK Black flat track at Washington Slot Car Club in Washington, Pennsylvania. There's only two more shows left in the season so now's the time to race. See you there!




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