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|CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Matt Felten waits on the grid in his Reynard-Ford with car owner and co-driver John Felten. ||TUNNEL VISION Post-launch, timing and scoring ace Pete Harrison scans the course for problems before staging the next competitor. |
|FELTEN HOLDS GROUND AGAINST GUNSLINGERS AT SIZZLER SHOWDOWN |
WILEY FORD, WV Cumberlands annual July Summer Sizzler autocross usually catches visiting autocross hotshots in their best peak season form.
This year, however, an unusually well-prepared field awaited, leading to some surprising results at the fourth of six events in the Miller Lite Cumberland Airport Autocross Series.
On Saturday, local driver Matt Feltens B-Mod class Reynard Ford, coming off a ninth place overall finish at the Polish Mountain Hill Climb, paced the 90 car field and captured Fast Time Of The Day (FTD) with a 46.961 second pass. Defending national SCCA D-Mod champ Larry Shaufs Coventry Climax powered Lotus finished a distant second, 1.759 seconds back. Third fastest on the day was Jason Becker, driving the BMW Coupe that carried him to FTD here in May. Rising Capital Area Cobra Club star Fred Kelley claimed his first Cumberland Top Five, finishing fourth, just ahead of the ZO6 Corvette of Virginian Jim Harris.
Sunday was a different story as Chuck Sieber pushed his Buick V6 powered E-Mod Lotus down into the 45 second range to grab FTD for the day. Shauf made it a pair of seconds on the weekend, clipping still-hot Matt Felten by a scant .095 second margin. Kelley repeated his fourth place finish. Car owner John Felten snagged another Top Five to put on the family Reynards resume.
The tightly contested Street Mod category provided an entertaining battle all weekend long, with Karl Loper driving his black Camaro to the class win both days. Pennsylvania standout Tracy McCabe and local Mustang driver Ken Bane swapped second and third place, with McCabe grabbing second on Saturday, Bane on Sunday.
Other double winners for the weekend in contested classes included Buddy Haines (BS Nissan), Larry Zajdel (DS Audi TT), Alex Kelley (ES Mazda), Rob Robeson (HS Dodge), Bill Nyga (DSP Corvette), Dave Williams (EP Porsche), Sieber (EM Lotus), Shauf (DM Lotus), Matt Felten (BM Reynard), Paul Pryzborski (ST BMW), Becker (SM2 BMW) and Fred Kelley (XP Cobra).
Local Saturday winners in contested classes included Andy Lindner (GS Dodge). Local Sunday winners in contested classes included Ed Lutman (FS Thunderbird) and Gary Miller (SS Z06 Corvette).
Local drivers in the Saturday Top 25 included.John Felten 10th, Tink Phillips (XP Daytona) 14th, Loper 15th, Pete Harrison (AS Honda) 19th, and Gary Miller 22nd.
Local Sunday Top 25 drivers included Greg Honeycutt (BM Reynard SF) 7th, Miller 10th, Phillips 11th, Loper 12th, Bane 13th, Steve Hotchkiss (AS Corvette) 16th, and Harrison 19th.
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
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|DANCING FLAMINGOS Rare and endangered pink plastic flamingos made their annual visit to the Cumberland Regional Airport ||STREET ODD Mose Wilsons Spridget made an appearance, emerging from the WV hills with a yellow nose and Frenched headlights. |