FAMILIAR FACES AND NEW CONTENDERS BATTLE AT HARVEST MOON AUTOCROSS
WILEY FORD, WV The recent Harvest Moon Autocross featured several races within a race as a field of familiar faces and new contenders battled on the fifth stop in the six event Miller Lite Cumberland Airport Autocross Series.
Alexandria, VA rocket Bob Williams collected double honors. His exotic retro-mod Porsche 911RS earned the Top Gun Eliminator trophy in a rescheduled Porsche Corvette Shoot Out on Saturday and returned on Sunday to grab Fast Time of the Day (FTD).
The Cumberland Airport Corvette crew captured their second straight shoot-out team title in as many months, topping the eight fastest Porsches of the Chesapeake Region PCA in PAX handicap time competition before conceding the Eliminator round to Williams and giant killer finalist Bill Smith IV (Porsche 914-6) from Keyser, WV.
The weekend also set up a down-to-the-wire October finale for the Cumberland Cobra Cup. Last years winner Wade Chamberlain trailed in Cup points all season, but was the fastest XP class Cobra both Harvest Moon days, edging ahead of rising Capital Area Cobra Club racers Fred Kelly, Laurence Casey and Tink Phillips for the hotly contested club title.
Things also heated up in Street Mod with the addition of DC area drivers Pete Appell and Steve Pilkerton, ESP with the appearance of central PA Mustang driver Dan Ireland and SS, which saw strong performances by Phil Dame, Les Davis and Cheapeake Porsche track driving instructor Adam Argenbright.
On Saturday, local Reynard-Ford driver Matt Felten continued his excellent 2007 season, nipping Williams by .760 seconds for FTD. The heated points battle between the Cobra trio of Chamberlain, Casey and Phillips carried them into the remainder of the Saturday Top 5.
On Sunday, Jim Harris (SS Corvette ZO6) followed Williams, marking the affable Virginian Harris best overall Cumberland finish to date. Chamberlain was third, followed by Kelley. Les Davis (SS Corvette ZO6) from Raleigh, NC rounded out the Top 5.
Double winners in contested classes for the weekend included Harris (SS), Buddy Haines (BS Nissan), Richard Biancone (BS Datsun), Larry Zadjel (DS Audi), Rob Robeson (HS Dodge), Alex Kelley (CSP Mazda), Marcus Houser (DSP Dodge), Bill Smith IV (EM Porsche), Paul Przyborski (ST BMW), Bob Williams (SM2 Porsche) and Chamberlain (XP FFR Cobra).
Local single day contested class winners included Pete Harrison (Saturday AS Honda), Jim Shultz (Saturday GS Ford), Matt Felten (Saturday BM Reynard) and Steve Hotchkiss (Sunday BSP Corvette)
Other local drivers in the Saturday Top 25 included John Felten (BM Reynard) 15th, Gary Miller (SS Corvette ZO6) 16th, Steve Lutz (DP Porsche) 17th, Harrison 19th, Karl Loper (SM Camaro) 20th and Ken Bane (SM Mustang) 25th.
Sunday local Top 25 drivers included John Felten 6th, Loper 12th, Miller 14th, Harrison 16th, Hotchkiss 21st, Lutz 23rd, Bane 24th and Phillips 25th.
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