"Cone"tagious: Pylons Headache For Some at The Tire Rack SCCA San Diego National Tour event. TOPEKA, Kan. (March 8, 2004) -- Warm temperatures and sunny conditions in Southern California this past weekend paved the way for almost 300 competitors...
"Cone"tagious: Pylons Headache For Some at The Tire Rack SCCA San Diego National Tour event.
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 8, 2004) -- Warm temperatures and sunny conditions in Southern California this past weekend paved the way for almost 300 competitors to burn up the courses laid out at Qualcomm Park in San Diego, the third stop on The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Tour.
The layout of the courses provided a unique experience for those not familiar with San Diego-style tracks. Extremely tight at the beginning, both courses opened up and gave way to fast, open and exciting finishes as 12 classes were decided by less than four-tenths of a second. With the addition of speed, however, the danger of swiping a cone increased as well, and the little orange devils tried their best on several occasions to sway fortunes.
In the weekend's closest battle, Bill Buetow, of Puyallup, Wash., overcame a run-in with a pylon on Saturday and had to come from behind to capture the B Street Prepared win in his Kumho/NayKid Racing 1989 Chevrolet Corvette over Rita Wilsey, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., by a mere 0.081-second. Wilsey led by 0.016-second after day one in her own Corvette after Buetow's cone connection came during his fastest run.
Cones were a factor in G Stock as well as Mike Liilejord, of Redmond, Wash., also had to come back strong on Sunday to grab the victory in his Team Pajama 2003 Toyota Celica GT from the hands of Mark Chiles, of Rocky Mount, N.C., who was in his Mini of Charleston/MINIUSA 2003 Mini Cooper S. After incurring a two-second penalty for striking a cone during his fastest run on Saturday, Lillejord trailed Chiles by 0.005-second. However, on his final run of the weekend, Lillejord ripped off a 51.402, good enough for a 0.340-second margin of victory.
Jennifer Isley, of Chino Hills, Calif., put together clean runs all weekend in A Stock Ladies as she out-dueled Keli Cadenhead, of Alpine, Calif., for the win. Isley's Kumho Motorsports 1989 Chevrolet Corvette stayed on course en route to posting a cumulative time of 101.746 seconds, 0.269-second ahead of Cadenhead's 2004 BMW M3, which turned in both the slowest (71.140) and fastest (50.082) times in ASL.
In the Honda S2000-dominated B Stock class, Mitch Fagundes, of Fresno, Calif., raced his S2000 to the win by 0.477-second over another S2000 driven by James Yom, of Palatine, Ill. Stephen Hui, of Redmond, Wash., completed the Honda sweep by finishing third, about two seconds behind Fagundes.
Donald Sattler, of Goodyear, Ariz., narrowly escaped out of E Modified in the top spot in his 1994 Mazda Miata by recording the only time under 49 seconds in the class during day two. Sattler's teammate, David Lahey, of Phoenix, Ariz., held the lead going into the second day, but after Sattler's run, Lahey smacked three cones during his last run giving him a time of 54.474. Without the six seconds tacked on, Lahey's time would've been fast enough to overcome Sattler's 0.140-second margin of victory.
While it took most of the weekend to determine winners in some of the other classes, David Schotz, of Granada Hills, Calif., removed all suspense from F Stock as he bolted to the early lead in his SCCAFORUMS.COM/Kuhmo 2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1 and finished the weekend with an impressive 4.706- second victory over second-place finisher Scott Brown, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, who was in his S.R.B. Properties 1994 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
A few recognizable names also quelched any drama from their classes as they built insurmountable leads early on. Tom Kotzian, of Gladstone, Ore., smoked Stacey Molleker, of Granite Falls, Wash., and the rest of the Super Stock competition by over 1.2 seconds in his Trackside Coachman 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
Scott McHugh, of Santa Clarita, Calif., was even more impressive as he posted a winning margin of 2.675 seconds in his Kumho 1989 Chevrolet Corvette over Ron Bauer, of Renton, Wash.
Bob Tunnell, of Superior, Colo., left Street Modified's ranks as top man in his BimmerHaus/Hoosier/KONI/TR 1995 BMW M3 as he cruised to the victory by almost 2.2 seconds over Randy Noll, of Carlsbad, Calif.
The Tire Rack® SCCA National Tour makes its next stop at Gulf Greyhound Park, in Houston, Texas, April 3-4.
Round Four of The Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries is ready to go this weekend at the Norton Airport, in San Bernardino, Calif., March 13-14.