WOW What a Perfect day of Carpet Racing in Sunny California....
With outdoor temperature in the mid to upper 90's, the a/c was set in the mid 70's in the Steve Garvey Gym, and track conditions were awesome.
The grip was good, the turnout was good, the competition was BALLISTIC
We had a and b mains in the Nastruck and 21.5 Expert class, and a,b,c mains in the sportsman group.
The competition level was also very tight - with HUMPTY setting the early pace in the Expert class, but KSG pilot Erik Steenhoven and STRYKER driver Scot Petitclerc had something for him!
-- 21.5 Expert -- Top 3 Qualifiers
1 - 79/5:03.48 Erik Steenhoven
2 - 79/5:03.75 Scot Petitclerc
3 - 78/5:00.28 Jeff (HUMPTY) Helms
and they were very close to being dead even in lap times, but traffic played with the outcome.
In the "A" Main it was SCOT PETITCLERC who was able get around NEW Stryker pilot LARRY RUBY for the WIN, with Steenhoven and Humpty right there knocking on their doors.
Race# 7 -- 21.5 EXPERT - A Main --
1 - 78/5:02.36 Scot Petitclerc
2 - 78/5:02.80 Larry Ruby
3 - 78/5:03.05 Erik Steenhoven
4 - 78/5:03.19 Jeff (HUMPTY) Helms
5 - 77/5:00.60 Gary Hamilton
6 - 75/5:01.36 Jason Hastings
7 - 74/5:02.67 Joe Blackburn
8 - 14/1:01.22 Eric Brust
In the Sportsman class - BRETT PATTI was able to sneak the TQ spot away from Keith Brown, but virtually this entire field could have gone just about any direction with GREAT effforts by so many drivers.
The biggest thing I can say here is - PATIENCE drivers PATIENCE!!
KEITH BROWN would take the Sportsman "A" Main giving TEAM STRYKER a 2fer winning both the EXPERT and SPORTSMAN A Mains.
Race# 6 -- 21.5 SPORTSMAN - A Main --
1 - 76/5:02.27 Keith Brown
2 - 76/5:02.55 Brett Patti
3 - 76/5:03.94 Tony Gammel
4 - 75/5:02.09 Bryan Myers
5 - 74/5:00.22 John Card
6 - 74/5:03.70 Chad Lantz
7 - 73/5:03.82 Frank Valentino
8 - 70/5:00.19 Art Hernandez
Humpty and KC Racing's Ken Collins had the FAST Trucks, with Scot Petitclerc hanging pretty tight with them. But these guys had a BRUTAL A main, with Humpty prevailing, and avoiding most of the near disasterous wrecks.
Race# 5 -- NASTRUCK - A Main --
1 - 76/5:01.34 Jeff (HUMPTY) Helms
2 - 73/5:01.09 Keith Brown
3 - 73/5:03.64 Scot Petitclerc
4 - 71/5:03.48 Brad Muther
5 - 68/5:03.12 Carlton Duty
6 - 60/5:02.55 John Miles
7 - 40/5:04.89 Tom Kendall
8 - 5/0:24.83 Ken Collins
It was GREAT to see our friends from Arizona, along with all the regular TOUR Guys...there were several PERSONAL BESTS set this weekend, and our West Coast guys have made such great improvements in their carpet racing...
the HOBBYTALK TQ's
SPORTSMAN 21.5 - BRETT PATTI
EXPERT 21.5 - ERIK STEENHOVEN
NASTRUCK - JEFF "Humpty" HELMS
South-West Tour Series