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This was the first race of the year for us Northerners. We had a 22 car field of competitive drivers for the season opener.

 

Big congrats to Justin Hillie aka "the Zombi" for his dominating performance. He won both days, Saturday starting DFL to win. 

 

Friday practice brought rain for half the day but it did dry up enough so we could get the set up close.

 

On Saturday Hillie blew up his transmission in warm up so he missed qualifying, starting last. The weekend was warm and dry mid 70's both days. It was wonderful weather. 

 

The grid for Saturday was Murdick, Todaro Williams Davis and Novak. There was an unfortunate wreck on the start taking out Chris Price and damaging Guthrie and others, meanwhile Hillie gets 7 or 8 spots by turn one. Murdick and Todaro are on the radio together saying look at Hillie coming. Like a Zombie he just keeps coming.

Todaro and Mirdick swap the lead, then Hillie joins the group overtaking Todaro to win.

 

Williams Davis and Novak are having an intense battle for the last podium spot which ends up going to Novak at the end.

Results: Hillie, Murdick Novak

 

Sunday was not as zombieish. Hillie on the pole with a blistering qualifier, Todaro, Davis and Williams Novak in pursuit. Hillie was never challenged leaving Williams, Todaro, Davis and Novak fighting for the remaining podium spots. Williams made a bold move to the inside of Todaro on the end of the back straight, with a car on the outside of Todaro making it 3 wide. Williams gaped from there. Todaro Davis and Novak battled for the last podium spot with Novak making several attempts and some fun clean door to door racing with Todaro.

 

Results Hillie, Williams, Todaro.

 

 

For me, this was a fantastic start to the year. I went to the track with a new  EastStreet race car, that needed to be sorted. I did chase the set up most of the weekend but it performed well. 2 P2 qualifiers and a P3 finish, with my first drive. I need to thank Jim Drago for building me a rocket, this car was good out of the box.

 

As Justin said on Facebook this was a blast for those who have not raced with us, after the day Saturday, we get out the projector, put up everyone's race videos, drink beer, eat, have a fire, and bust horns on what we see in the video.

 

Can you describe a better way to spend the weekend?  

 

Some guys with new cars are going to be vary fast and difficult to deal with this year. Johnath Davis is fast and getting faster every race. Jay North has a fast car and is faster every race. There will be some new names on the leader board this year in my view.


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Thanks for the write up, Frank. 

 

I'm still trying to decide if the racing or the Saturday night hangout was more fun.  It was a blast watching everyones videos, giving everyone shit, drinking beers and eating food by the fire. This is the kind of stuff that keeps people staying around,  can't have one without the other.  It was great seeing everyone again.  

 

Jonathan Davis is definitely coming up quietly, look for him to be challenging for more wins....mark my words...

 

-"The Zombie"     


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Thanks for the write up Frank.

JR, yer adapting and liken that 99 ay. Great job. 


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sounds like you guys had a blast! Great job finishing up the car Frank and nice run.

Congrats to all you guys and Chris Williams for a good finish yesterday in P2.



I still don't like the track, but have to admit, looking forward to coming and hanging out and helping my team mate Kristen Novak at the Majors :) Maybe i can finish one of the races this time.

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We definitely had a great weekend, on and off the track. 

 

Have to say thank you to Mike Rossini for the new car. The new motor is strong and the car ran flawlessly all weekend. I need to get the setup dialed in a little bit better, but the transition from a 1.6 to a 99+ is off to a good start.

 

Really looking forward to the rest of the season.


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What did tech consist of?


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Tech consisted of weight and measuring restrictor plates.  nasa isn't usually invasive..

 

Here's video from Saturday's race. 

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=4gVk_lvsWG4


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Thanks, fun ride along.


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