RACE: DC Region 2nd Annual Capital Nationals report

Records fall and a record number of cars. 8 April 2002: A record number of competitors showed up for the 2nd Annual Capital Nationals hosted by the DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America this past weekend. On a chilly Sunday in April, 246...

Records fall and a record number of cars.

8 April 2002: A record number of competitors showed up for the 2nd Annual Capital Nationals hosted by the DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America this past weekend. On a chilly Sunday in April, 246 cars took the green flag at the challenging Summit Point Raceway circuit. When the smoke cleared at the end of the day, 7 track records had been broken - some by multiple drivers.

The first record of the day fell to Richard Spicer in the SRF class. Mr. Spicer in his Hagerman RacEngineering Spec Racer set the record at 1:23.268. Four other drivers beat the old record, but the fastest of the bunch proved to be Mr. Spicer.

Records fell in the second race group of the day as well. Robert Gelles in his Human Live International Invader took the win in F500 and set a new lap record as well. His 1:19.923 was fastest among the four F500 drivers that broke the old Summit Point lap record.

In the last race before lunch, Tom Lyons took the T1 win in his Goodyear/Phoenix Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. Tom Lyons and Thomas Oates fought through out the race for the win. Both Tom's and Joe Aquilante beat the old T1 lap record, but it was Lyons' 1:22.248 that proved to be the fastest lap of the race.

In the sports racers group, Bill Maisey in his Maisey Tech Cheetah took the DSR victory and set a new record - 1:15.356.

The small-bore sedan group saw two records fall during the Capital National. Warren Montague in his Pella/Pella Toyota Tercel set a new GT4 record, 1:22.502, on his way to the GT4 win. The EP record fell also as Jerry Hinkle in his Chesapeake Resources Lotus 7 turned a 1:22.719.

Big bore was the final race of the weekend and Jack Busch in his Spectro Oils Olds Cutlass took the class win and set a new record - 1:13.859.

The Capital National was the first race in the NESCCA championship series, the series that qualifies NEDIV drivers for the 2002 Valvoline Runoffs. The series returns to action May 4-5 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

-dc/jj-

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Series SCCA
Drivers Richard Spicer , Thomas Oates , Tom Lyons , Joe Aquilante