Super Stock L incoln greeted the 2011 Solo National Championships
participants with a genuine plains
thunderstorm late Monday night.
The rain slowed and eventually
stopped during the first heat
Tuesday, leaving wet pavement and
Super Stock’s three Lotus Elises,
two Porsches and two dozen Z06
and Grand Sport Corvettes had
drying conditions on the East
Course for the second heat Tuesday.
Many drivers started on rain tires,
but most switched to drys before
second runs began. There was
standing water in several places,
notably the “Tickets Please” bus
stop just before the finish lights.
The second half of the course
was very wet as SS began first runs.
Sam Strano, Gary Thomason and
Alek Tziortzis all ran times in the
70sec range early on in their
Corvettes, but Matt Braun in his
Elise posted a rapid 67.0 on a set of
“sticker” tires. Braun and his
co-driver Don Leckey were
mounting fresh rubber between
each set of runs. The strategy went
largely unnoticed Tuesday, but
would become the center of
attention the following day.
As expected, times dropped
dramatically as the pavement dried
and the day became a one-run event
on third runs. At the end of the heat,
Strano was sitting in third, behind
Braun by a mere 0.024. Chris Shay’s
Corvette was first, 0.040 ahead of
Braun with a 64.175. Shay reported
there were “just a few spots where
the puddles were smaller or gone,
and that made all the difference.”
1. Matthew Braun Det Lotus Elise 129.343
2. Sam Strano WDC Corvette GS 130.749
3. Christopher Shay Milw Corvette Z06 130.750
4. Brian Conners Phil Lotus Elise 131.646
5. Gary Thomason SanD Corvette GS 131.952
6. Jason Burns Susq Corvette 132.694
7. Mark Wortham Tex Corvette Z06 132.764
8. Gregory Shumaker CFla Corvette Z06 133.134
9. Jason Munchhof SanD Corvette Z06 133.182
10. Frank Wietharn Kan Corvette Z06 133.604
11. Albert Chan Det Corvette Z06 133.694
12. Eric Peterson NCar Lotus Elise 133.778
13. Randy Pearson/StCt (Corvette Z06); 14. Ryan Ameen/NeOk (Corvette Z06); 15.
Matt Lucas/ Tex (Corvette Z06); 16. Chris Dvorak/Chi (Corvette); 17. Jonathan
Newcombe/Colo (Corvette Z06); 18. Jason Uyeda/CSCC (Corvette GS); 19. Dennis
Bay/Det (Corvette Z06); 20. Don Slevin/NNJ (Corvette Z06); 21. Gregory Lloyd/Cinc
(Corvette Z06); 22. Bryan Schafer/Cinc (Corvette Z06); 23. Terry Tabor/CFla
(Corvette); 24. Bill Steihhoff/Fla (Corvette Z06); 25. Kent Weaver/Cinc (Corvette Z06);
26. Brian Regganie/Chi (Corvette Z06); 27. David Green/ Wich (Corvette Z06); 28. Alek
Tziortzis/Chi (Corvette Z06); 29. Bill Myers/Chi (Corvette Z06); 30. Jim Harrison/Wich
(Corvette Z06); 31. Steve Farkas/NNJ (Corvette Z06); 32. Kenton Cabiness/Chi
(Corvette Z06); 33. Aruch Poonsapaya/Chi (Porsche G T3); 34. Keath Marx/ODom
(Corvette Z06); 35. Patrick Montelo/Chi (Corvette Z06); 36. Brian Huber/StCt
(Corvette Z06); 37. Val Korry/Nwst (Porsche 996); 38. Kent Mollenauer/SanF
(Corvette Z06); 39. Jay Yost/Colo (Corvette Z06); 40. Jay Cryderman/Almo (Corvette
Z06); 41. Malcolm Lawson/CFla (Lotus Elise); 42. Eric Yee/Almo (Corvette Z06); 43.
Don Leckey/Det (Lotus Elise).
SUPER STOCK LADIES
1. Shelly Monfort SanF Lotus Elise 135.675
2. Crissy Weaver Cinc Corvette Z06 137.274
3. Donna Marx ODom Corvette Z06 138.691
4. Bea Regganie/Chi (Corvette Z06); 5. Chris Peterson/NCar (Corvette); 6. Jennifer
Bedell/NCar (Lotus Elise); 7. Carla Russo/StL (Corvette Z06); 8. Heather Burns/Susq
(Corvette); 9. Laurie Montelo/Chi (Corvette Z06).
SUPER S TOCK Matthew Braun Detroit Region PowerPlug Lotus Elise
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The West Course rewarded a
narrow car and precise driving with
much less choice of line available.
The pavement was dry, the weather
overcast but warm. The quicker
drivers led off in the 67s, then 66s.
“You’re constantly turning the
wheel until the sweeper,” said
the Corvette-mounted Strano.
Braun called the course “Very
busy, but good for the Lotus.”
Braun and Leckey continued to
swap tires between runs because
of the dreaded OPR – other
people’s rubber – accumulating
on tires: “If we get a re-run,
that’s bad,” said Braun.
“No time to think; this course
comes up fast,” said Brian Conners,
third after his second run with a
66.2. Strano moved back into
second with a 66. 5. Braun, on
another fresh, cool set of tires, held
first with a 65. 6. He knocked off
about a half second for a 65.128
final run (a combined time of
129.343, 1.406 sec ahead of Strano).
Shay’s 66. 5 got him third place
ahead of Conners, just 0.001sec
behind Strano. “I could have used a
thousandth,” he said. “It would
have been nice to catch the
Using three sets of tires, Braun
said, “was totally the right decision –
I had so much more grip with fresh
tires that weren’t overheated, it was
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By the fifth heat Tuesday, the line was dry on the East Course.
Crissy Weaver in a Z06 jumped to a
quick lead with an unbeatable first