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Monday, July 20, 2015

July 11 Non-Points Race #4 Report

A smaller turnout than usual due to several members traveling to QSAC NCS Speed Week races. There were (6) racers present for Non-Points Race #4, the first night race of the summer starting at 4:00pm. It was still HOT with temperature in the mid-90s.

At the driver’s meeting we went ahead and set the schedule for the make-up Points race than was rained out. It will be a double main starting at 3:00 pm. In the second Main the field will be inverted from the results of the first Main. Points will be separate for each Main. The only lost points will be the two (2) of the three (3) Bonus points from the rained out Main. The winner of the second Main will collect that Bonus Point.
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The top 3 in Sportsman Timed Qualifying were Jerry Evans (TNT) @ 6.149 seconds, 2nd Eddie Dunn (Lightning) @ 6.283 (which he ran right before time ran out) and 3rd James Adamson (Lightning) @ 6.312 seconds.

For full timing and scoring go to: http://www.lagoonparkraceway.org/p/2015-non-point-races-timing-scoring.html
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Sportsman Group 1 Heat #1 Racers were Jerry Evans, Eddie Dunn, and James Adamson.

Heat Results:
1st Jerry Evans (TNT)
2nd James Adamson – 0.262 back
3rd Eddie Dunn – 0.746 back

Lap Leaders:
Jerry Evans 1-50

Fast Lap of the Heat – James Adamson (Lightning) in 6.284 seconds.

Jerry Evans controlled the race but was not the fastest car as James Adamson set the fast lap time and had the lower Top 15 times compared to Jerry, however Jerry’s experience and more constant laps times over the entire race was the difference. A late caution caused the Heat to finish under yellow.
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Sportsman Group 2 Heat #1 Racers were Mike Clark, David Swearengin, and Wayne Rogers.

Heat Results:
1st Mike Clark (TNT)
2nd David Swearengin – 0.424 back
3rd Wayne Rogers – 1.103 back

Lap Leaders:
Mike Clark 1-50

Fast Lap of the Heat – David Swearengin (TNT) in 6.362 seconds, his personal best ever lap.
Mike Clark would control this race over the other two driver’s with more consistent lap times over the others.
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Sportsman Group 1 Heat #2 Racers were inverted and had James Adamson on Pole as Eddie Dunn DNS.

Heat Results:
1st Jerry Evans (TNT)
2nd James Adamson – 0.224 back
3rd Eddie Dunn DNS

Lap Leaders:
James Adamson 1-9
Jerry Evans 10-50

Fast Lap of the Heat – James Adamson (Lightning) in 6.205 seconds.

This was pretty much a repeat from the 1st Heat. James Adamson would lead thru Lap 9, where Jerry Evans took over 1st. It was then a situation where James would run Jerry back down but could not complete the pass and/or make a small mistake to drop him back from Jerry. Again James Adamson had the fast lap of the Heat and the faster Top 15 times, but Jerry would take the win in a close tight race.
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Sportsman Group 2 Heat #2 Racers were inverted and had Wayne Rogers on Pole.

Heat Results:
1st Mike Clark (TNT)
2nd Wayne Rogers -1.415 back
3rd David Swearengin – 4.295 back

Lap Leaders:
Wayne Rogers 1-40
Mike Clark 41-50

Fast Lap of the Heat – Mike Clark (TNT) in 6.334 seconds.

Wayne Rogers would lead from the beginning up until late in the Heat and was passed by Mike Clark on lap 41 and he would take the Win. Wayne Rogers had very consistent Top 15 times with just 0.053 difference between his Fast lap and his Top 15 lap, but Mike Clark was faster than Wayne and it just took time for Mike to catch him in a caution free race.
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Sportsman Group 1 Heat #3 Racers had Jerry Evans on Pole.

Heat Results:
1st Jerry Evans (TNT)
2nd James Adamson
3rd Eddie Dunn DNS

Lap Leaders:
Jerry Evans 1-28

Fast Lap of the Heat – James Adamson (Lightning) in 6.213 seconds.

Again Jerry Evans would win the Heat, but it was a very close competitive race until James Adamson had some mechanical issue coming out of turn 4 and nailed the wall hard braking his right front suspension and could not continue. The heat stopped there as Eddie Dunn was a DNS.   
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Sportsman Group 2 Heat #3 Racers had Scott Mike Clark on Pole.

Heat Results:
1st Wayne Rogers (Lightning)
2nd Mike Clark – 2.651 back
3rd David Swearengin

Lap Leaders:
Mike Clark 1-2, 11-37
David Swearengin 3-10
Wayne Rogers 38-50

Fast Lap of the Heat – Mike Clark (TNT) in 6.475 seconds.

A fun Heat to watch as each driver lead laps during the Heat. This time Wayne Rogers would return the favor from the previous Heat and take over the lead late from Mike Clark on lap 38 and hold that lead for the Heat win.
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The Heats were tabulated and the Main was set.

Sportsman Main:
Pole – Jerry Evans
2nd – Mike Clark
3rd – James Adamson (Tie Breaker – Timed Qualifying)
4th – Wayne Rogers
5th – David Swearengin
6th – Eddie Dunn   DNS

Jerry Evans would lead earlier in the Main and was passed for 1st by Mike Clark on lap 35.

There was continuous passing for 2-4th. James Adamson set fast Lap of the first 75 laps on lap 47 with a time of 6.217 seconds and was as high as 2nd but from there start slowing down and would drop out on lap 75 during the fuel stop with mechanical issues finishing 5th.

Jerry Evans would take 1st back over on lap 53 and hold that position to the halfway fuel stop at lap 75.

Running order at fuel stop: 1st Jerry Evans, 2nd Mike Clark, 3rd Wayne Rogers and 4th David Swearengin.

The 2nd half of the Main was marked by Wayne Rogers passing Mike Clark for 2nd on lap 79 and would he be able to hold Mike back. Remember back in the Heats both of them had passed the other late in the Heats to take the win over the others. Mike dropped back a little bit, but a caution on lap 128 put them nose to tail. Wayne Rogers got his normally good restart, but Mike would not give up. On lap 142 Mike got position under Wayne when he pushed up a little and took over 2nd. Jerry Evans loved them battling for 2nd and pulled out the Win by 4.150 seconds over Mike Clark.

Sportsman Main Results

1st – Jerry Evans (TNT)
2nd – Mike Clark (TNT) – 4.150 back
3rd – Wayne Rogers (Lightning) – 4.677 back
4th – David Swearengin
5th – James Adamson
6th – Eddie Dunn DNS

Lap Leaders:
Jerry Evans 1-34, 53-150
Mike Clark 35-52

Fast Lap of the Main – Jerry Evans (TNT) in 6.211 seconds.