Action Heats Up For SCCA In New Jersey
MILLVILLE, N.J. – The SCCA Eastern Conference Majors Tour round 10 took the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon from New Jersey Motorsports Park, with drivers battling the hot conditions and sliding around the Thunderbolt Raceway’s fast, flowing turns.
Eight race groups, representing 27 classes, completed 22-lap races for full points and contingency prizes toward the season-long Eastern Conference and nation-wide point championships in the SCCA SafeRacer Club Racing program.
In a repeat from Saturday, Chris Fahan drove to the overall and Formula Atlantic win, steadily pulling away from the field for a 19.801 second overall win over Alex Mayer to open the day.
Mayer, second overall, dominated the Formula 1000 class, including a track record lap of 1:15.517. Jason Slahor was the silver medalist for the second day in a row.
It was survival of the fittest in the big bore group, as attrition cost the group some battles and some drivers wins. Scott Quaile was the GT-1 winner win Saturday winner Jack Busch pulled his Ford Mustang to pit lane and out of the race on lap eight.
Randy Kinsland repeated his Saturday GT-2 win with a lap four pass on early leader Jim Boggs. Kinsland’s turn two pass, set up with a run down the front straight and through turn one, also brought Jim Goughary with him, relegating Boggs to the final podium position.
Chad Bacon led early, but had Steven Lustig on his tail by lap five after Lustig lowered his existing track record. Coming up the front straight, however, the Acura suddenly couldn’t find a gear and power. Lustig pulled off, and Bacon was free to cruise to the win. Even that didn’t go to plan, however, as Bacon developed a miss on the final laps.
Bacon caught two significant breaks to hold on for the win, however. James Ashe was having some problems of his own, but still ran the final lap two seconds faster than Bacon’s. That closed the gap to 0.6-second, but the overall GT-1 leader moved around the GT-3 battle just before the finish line to bring out the checkered flag on the entire race, saving Bacon from having to hold off Ashe for one more circuit.
David Sanders had unfortunate contact in his Saturday race to end his day early, but was back and ready for a Touring 1 showdown on Sunday. Sanders chased George Winkler early, finally moving around him in turn one on lap 12. That lead didn’t last long, as Sanders, trying to pass slower traffic in turn four, got into the marbles under braking and slid off the course. Sanders rejoined with Winkler back in front and teammate Preston Calvert right behind.
Winkler had contact with an American Sedan machine that cut his left rear tire down just after that, however, and pulled to pit lane. That elevated the battle between Sanders and Calvert for the top position. With Calvert in his wheel tracks, Sanders kept his yellow Corvette in front, and scored the win.
After sliding around and hanging on for an American Sedan win on Saturday, Danny Richardson repeated the performance on Sunday. Richardson got pressure early, but ticked off consistent lap times and a track record on lap two on his way to the win.
Chuck Moran took the Formula Continental and overall win for the second consecutive day, slowing in the final laps to finish safely with a big lead.
That slowing nearly allowed Paul Schneider, on his way to a Formula Enterprises win, to catch up. Even so, the win was redemption from Saturday’s race for Schneider, who slid off track in the overall battle for the win yesterday and fell to second in class.
Sam Ryan and Sherman Chao swept the weekend in Formula Mazda and Prototype 2, respectively.
Fresh off a runner-up finish in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Saturday night from Kansas Speedway, Kurt Rezzetano was at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday morning and starting from the rear of the field in the Touring 2.
Rezzetano weaved his way carefully through the slower traffic on the start, and by lap three had found himself with just a pair of other class leaders separating himself from then-leader Mike Geldart and second-running Preston Calvert.