As the shape of touring car racing in the USA is ever changing the Novak race offers many stock classes for the average racers. Sure we have some of the best drivers in North America in attendance like Paul Lemieux, Josh Cyrul and Keven Hebert, but the event now revolves around these same pros helping all of the average racers that come to the event to race in the stock classes as much as these pro drivers displaying their amazing talents of driving these cars at the ever increasing speeds.
The step below the big guns in modified is the 13.5 Class. But now with the speeds these cars are reaching with the latest speed controller adjustments, they are very close to modified speeds. This class had its own top drivers who were battling it out for the top spots. It was Josh Hohnstein, Brad Johnson and from Canada Martin Crisp. These guys put on a great exhibition of great driving and it was any one of these 3 who had the chance to be crowned champion. It was Hohnstein who earned the TQ spot but that did not give him an easy shot at the win. A1 to Johnson, A2 to Hohnstein and A3 to Crisp. But that was not the best part, each of these drivers also had a 2nd place which gave each driver 199 points total as we take the drivers best 2 of 3 finishes. So it came down to laps and times of the drivers 2 best runs. So taking the overall championship by only 4 seconds was Josh Hohnstein, 2nd went to Brad Johnson and 3rd went to Martin Crisp. These guys put on a great display of driving and sportsmanship and it was one of the best races of the event.
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I have talked a couple of times in this race report about families. One of the great things about owning Trackside for so many years is that I have had the pleasure of watching so many families come through our doors. I have watched the kids grow to become great racers and have something in common with their dads. There are not many things in this life that us parents can do with our kids and still be involved with them, sure we can watch them play sports or cheer them on from the sidelines, but R/C racing is something we can share, We can work on the cars with our kids and share the entire experience of R/C with them. I have shared this joy with my daughter Sarah for many years and we saw it at the Novak race this year with the Eaves Family, John Ermer and John Jr and also with Nick Stampfel and his dad Jim. Jim has worked on Nick’s car for many years and even though Nick is older now and has his own family, R/C is still the bond they share and enjoy together. This is their biggest win and Nick told me “it was a gift I have been wanting to give my dad for years” So you can see, no matter how old we are or how old are kids are. R/C is something that we can all do and share together, as a family.
I want to again thank Novak Electronics for supporting this event for so many years, Bob and Linda Novak have always showed great support for all we do at Trackside and we look forward to 2011 when the New Year will again start with the 16th running of the US On road championships.
Thanks to Scotty Ernst for the report/ Photos by Boomer