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|BEATING THE HEAT - Temperatures on the asphalt exceeded 110 degrees at the third leg of the Miller Lite Cumberland Airport Autocross Series, leading competitors to break out canopies and tents for shade. ||NEW AIRPORT LAYOUT July marked an expansion of the Cumberland Airport Autocross footprint, moving spectators and the paddock to the Main Terminal Parking Lot, separated from aviation and grid areas. |
|STRANO STANDS TALL AT MOUNTAIN STATE CLASSIC |
WILEY FORD, WV A big name and a familiar faced topped the field as 176 entries battled sun and heat at the two-day Mountain State Classic Autocross, third leg of the 2006 Miller Light Cumberland Airport Autocross Series.
Saturday marked the first Cumberland appearance for two-time SCCA National ESP Solo Champion Sam Strano. The Brookville, PA drivers Camaro flew through the middle of the Mark Boggs-designed course, edging Greg Honeycutts B-Mod Reynard by .240 seconds for Fast Time of the Day and Saturday PAX title. Matt Felten and John Felten hustled their family Reynard to third and fourth places overall. Warrenton, VA hot shoe Wade Chamberlain was a close fifth in his BP class Factory Five Cobra, only two tenths of a second out of third.
Undeterred, Honeycutt rejoined the heated fray Sunday, battling a brace of Cobras for FTD. Chamberlain held the spot for the most of the fight, until Honeycutts sizzling, sliding final pass of 45.361 seconds captured the top spot. Matt Felten grabbed third again, followed by Virginian Travis Grabb in another Factory Five Cobra. Eric Coffman, pacing the flying PA Subaru squadron, took fifth overall and the days PAX adjusted time win.
Catonsville, Maryland autocross star Dean Sapp, many-time SCCA national and regional champion entered and won F Stock both days, lifting the front wheel of his 2005 Mustang convertible in tight turns to the delight of spectators.
The atmosphere and the competition here is totally top shelf, Sapp commented. This has quickly become my favorite place to run. At this point in my career, I really appreciate the combination of great people and a professional operation.
Contested class double winners for the weekend included Honeycutt; Chamberlain; Sapp; Alan Pozner, Lititz PA (DS Acura); Rob Robeson, Baltimore (HS Stratus); Bill Nyga, Morgantown (BSP Corvette); Tony Dimaio (CSP Focus); Doug Macy (DSP Audi); Mark Boggs (DP Porsche); Jeremy Saville (DM Focus) and Karl Loper (SM Camaro).
Local one day contested class winners included Jim Shultz (Saturday STT BMW), Pat Geraghty (Saturday, B Stock, Porsche), Sean Lockard (Sunday, STT VW) and Meg Ellis (Saturday CS Mazda).
Other local drivers in the Saturday Top 25 Overall included Loper 11th, Bill Nyga 14th, Tink Phillips (BP Daytona) 17th, Ken Bane (SM Mustang) 18th, Boggs 20th, Pete Harrison (AS S2000) 23rd and Kenn Nyga (ESP Firebird) 25th.
Sunday local Top 25 drivers included Loper 12th, Bill Nyga 17th, Harrison 18th, Steve Hotchkiss (AS Corvette) 19th, Bane 20th, Kenn Nyga 22nd and Boggs 23rd
Registration is now open for the August 18-19 Summer Sizzler Autocross and Airport Appreciation Days and can be downloaded by clicking here.
Saturday Overall PDF
Saturday Overall HTM
Saturday Class PDF
Saturday Class HTM
Saturday PAX PDF
Saturday PAX HTM
Sunday Overall PDF
Sunday Overall HTM
Sunday Class PDF
Sunday Class HTM
Sunday PAX PDF
Sunday PAX HTM