NASPORT-West~Round One~Thunderhill Motorsports Park~19 May 1996 JOHN GODDARD of Oakland, CA ( ...
NASPORT-West~Round One~Thunderhill Motorsports Park~19 May 1996
JOHN GODDARD of Oakland, CA (#6 Vallejo Nissan/Red Line Oil Nissan 240SX) led from flag to flag at Thunderhill Motorsports Park in Willows, CA to win the first of seven races this year in the tenth season of NASPORT-West, the national sports sedan series based on the West Coast. Perennial Runner-Up FRANK HONSOWETZ of El Segundo, CA (#8 Creative Endeavors Nissan 240SX) assumed the position by taking second overall and in the GT-3 class, and Rookie CHUCK McKINNEY of Pleasant Hill, CA (#28 Inn of Lancaster Nissan 240SX) finished third overall and in GT-3 class, in his first-ever NASPORT race.
STEVE COOK of Santa Clara, CA set a new GT4 race record with a time of l:20.313-the only NASPORT record set this weekend. Cook, whose #48 Foreign Affair Honda CRX was newly reclassified this year down from GT3 to GT4, passed GT4 pole-sitter Olsen midway through the race and held on for his win in NASPORT competition. Third place in GT4 went to Rookie JIM NEALON of Campbell, CA (#42 Nissan Sentra) in his first-ever NASPORT race.
The half-hour race was relatively problem-free with no 23 green flag laps. Defending GT4 Champion Olsen spun off chasing GT4 leader Cook but mainted his runner-up position, and an fluid leak on his rear tires caused ERNIE DE JACOMO of Fontana, CA (Moran Motorsports Nissan 240SX) to spin off twice before he pitted and two charging GT4 competitors-DEREK ISRAEL of Oakland, CA (#41 Datsun 510) and JOHN LEASE of Stockton, CA (#3 Parts House VW Rabbit) had body contact, but both continued at the time. Israel later pitted to save his motor.
Season's-opener hiccups and new-car gremlins plagued several veterans including JEFF SCOVILLE of Corvallis,OR (#81 Jack Scoville Ltd Nissan 240SX) whose differential kept him on the starting grid, LARRY HANSEN of Eureka, CA (#99 Six River Bank/Eureka HS Auto Shop Class Nissan 240SX) who blew a suspension rod end after four laps, MIKE GUIVER of Phoenix, AZ (#91 Alliance Wholesale Lbr Nissan 240SX) whose engine went away, De Jacomo of who also suffered engine woes, and NASPORT-newcomer Israel of whose crushed exhaust plagued him until he DNF'd on lap 13 of the 23 lap race.
Points-wise, leading GT3 Drivers are Goddard, Honsowetz and McKinney with Nissan leading the Manufacturer's Points and McKinney leading the Rookie Points;leading GT4 Drivers are Cook, Olsen and Nealon with Honda leading Nissan in the Manufacturer's Points; and Nealon leading the Rookie Points.
Round Two will be Memorial Day weekend at Willow Springs Raceway in the California desert.
NASPORT-West~THUNDERHILL MOTORSPORTS PARK~Round One~19 May 1996
POS # CLASS/POS DRIVER/Hometown TIME Sponsor
1 6 GT3/1 JOHN GODDARD/Oakland CA .1.17.419 Vallejo Nissan/Red Line Oil
2 8 GT3/2 FRANK HONSOWETZ/El Segundo CA .1.17.619 Creative Endeavors
8 7 @GT3/4 SAL VERSAGGI/Sonoma CA .1.17.681 Napa Nissan/Mezzetta Peppers
3 48 *GT4/1 STEVE COOK/Santa Clara CA .1:20.313 Foreign Affair 4 3 GT4/2 JOHN OLSEN/Monterey CA .1.21.095 Classic Coachworks/Tarpy's
5 42 GT4/3 JIM NEALON/Campbell CA .1.22.780 Trish Nealon 6 35 GT4/4 MICHAEL PARKS/Benicia CA .1.23.667 PEM Insulation
7 28 GT3/3 CHUCK MCKINNEY/Pleasant HillCA .1.22.445 Inn of Lancaster
9 4 GT4/5 JOHN LEASE/Stockton CA .1:24.175 Parts House
10 79 GT4/6 GREG MAHAN/San Jose CA 1.32.203
11 91 #GT3/5 MIKE GUIVER/Phoenix AZ .1.19.863 Alliance Wholesale Lbr 12 41 #GT4/7 DEREK ISRAEL/Oakland CA .1.26.778
13 44 #GT3/6 ERNIE DE JACOMO/LagunaNiguelCA .1.18.550 Moran Motorsports DNF 99 GT3 LARRY HANSEN/Eureka CA .1.17.513 Six River Bank/Eureka HS Auto Class
DNS 81 GT3 JEFF SCOVILLE/Corvallis OR Jack Scoville Ltd
*NEW RACE RECORD #NOT RUNNING AT THE FINISH @ CAR #7 ASSESSED TIME PENALTY BY CHIEF STEWARD SUFFICIENT TO FINISH 4TH IN CLASS = UNDER WEIGHT
Track Length 1.814 miles