Day One Concludes At Summit Point
Group Four: Robert Lentz, of Chantilly, Va., was Saturday’s winner in a GT-Lite battle that lasted for 20 of the 22 laps run. Lentz, in the No. 60 FGR/Hoosier Tire Nissan Sentra SE-R, got around Disque by lap five. He then tucked in behind Warren Montague, the leader at the time. Montague and Lentz played a high-speed game of cat and mouse at the front for the next 15 laps. The lead drivers traded positions back and forth until Montague made a mistake by dropping off course briefly. After gathering his car back up, Montague was in third, behind Kyle Disque. That’s how they came across the line to complete the podium.
Ron Bartell, of Madbury, N.H., was dominating in H Production. Driving his No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget, Bartell pulled out a 25-second gap to his next closest competitor, in class.
Group Five: Conner Kearby (No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/GK Motorsports Mazda Swift 016), of Corpus Christi, Texas, took the win in Formula Atlantic. However the most interesting on-track battle occured behind him. Conner’s father, Gaston, and Chris Fahan spent all 27 laps within two seconds of each other. In the end, Fahan didn’t have enough to get by Gaston and had to settle for third.
Alex Mayer, of Harleysville, Pa., won the race in Formula 1000. Piloting the No. 77 Mayer Motorsports JDR F1000, Mayer made great strides toward wrapping up the Eastern Conference title. His closest challenger in the season-long standings, Alastair McEwan, was unable to complete a lap due to a mechanical issue.
Group Six: For the Aquilante clan, it was a family affair as Joe Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., took the Touring 1 win and his niece, Amy Aquilante, of Phoenixville, Pa., was the top finisher in American Sedan.
In his No. 32 Phoenix/Hawk Performance/Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Corvette, Joe was embroiled in a close battle with David Sanders. Once Joe was able to get around Sanders early in the run, he never looked back. Sanders made a race of it, staying just off the rear decklid of Joe for much of the race.
Amy, piloting her No. 50 Tom Aquilante Racing Pontiac Firebird, was also in a close-quarters battle with Daniel Richardson for 22 laps. In the end, her margin of victory was a slim 0.456-second.
Group Seven: B-Spec was the highlight, but it wasn’t winner Peter Schwartzott (No. 04 BFGoodrich Tires Chevrolet Sonic), of White Plains, New York, who got the most attention. Behind him was a great battle involving Peter Schwartzott, Sr. and Brian Audet. The two drivers traded positions countless times during the race, sometimes swapping places multiple times per lap. In the end, it was Schwartzott Sr. that had the advantage, claiming second place 0.031-second in front of Audet
Greg Amy, of Middletown, Conn., put on a driving clinic in Super Touring Lite. Driving his No. 33 Hoosier/HPD/Carbotech/Kessler Engineering Acura Integra GS-R, he was able to put the two other cars in his class one lap down.