holding an early lead with a 68. 4 on
her second run.
Day two started off with the
leaders experiencing some issues.
Huang was very cautious on her first
run, posting a 73. 5 that was nearly a
full second off the pace of Wetzel’s
quick but dirty run, while Morrison
was a full second slower than Huang.
Wetzel’s cone issues continued
into the second runs as Huang sped
up to a 72. 9 but still 0.4sec behind
Wetzel’s scratch time. Morrison
virtually duplicated her first run. As
the drivers headed onto the West
Course for the last time Huang
needed to find time, Wetzel needed
to clean it up, and Morrison needed
to get unstuck from the 74s.
“I was much more aggressive in
the middle section on the last run. It
felt a lot faster,” said Huang, who
found the time she needed and then
some, posting the fastest time of the
day, a 71.379 to win at 139.319.
Wetzel finally got a clean run, but
slower. It was fast enough, at least,
to hang on to the last trophy,
2.583sec behind, because Morrison
still could not break out of the 74s
despite doing her best run of the
C Stock T he 26 drivers on the Open side of this class ran first heat of Thursday-Friday competition, starting on the slalom-intensive West Course. With car types ranging from narrow and nimble, to portly and powerful, the only constants were that they were all rear-wheel drive and they hit a lot of cones – 93 of them!
1. Ryan Buetzer CSCC Pontiac Solstice 131.017
2. Chris Fenter Milw Mazda MX5 132.158
3. Nathan Whipple NEng Pontiac Solstice 132.543
4. Steve O’Blenes CSCC Pontiac Solstice 133.479
5. Bud Collins NEng Pontiac Solstice ZOK 133.692
6. Daniel McCelvey Hous Nissan 370Z 133.923
7. Brian Coulson EIda Mazda RX8 134.524
8. Chris Carmenini N Y Mazda RX8 135.868
9. Erik Vandermey/Chi (Mazda MX5 MS-R); 10. Steven Pounds/Hous (Nissan
370Z); 11. Ed Lange/NNJ (Mazda RX8); 12. Dale Bahr/Milw (Pontiac Solstice); 13. Jerry
Enger/Phil (Nissan 370Z); 14. Rodney Giebel/KC (Mazda MX5 MS-R); 15. Jason
Ruggles/Fla (Mazda RX8); 16. Dennis Sparks/ TnnV (Mazda RX8); 17. Tom Deady/CCar
(Mazda RX8); 18. Tim Reinhardt/DMV (Mazda RX8); 19. Mark Labbancz/NNJ (Nissan
370Z); 20. Mike Bronson/DMV (Mazda RX8); 21. Mark J. Mauro/Colo (Mazda RX8);
22. Al Aberson/Atl (Nissan 370Z); 23. Richard Baker/StL (Mazda RX8); 24. Corky
Newcombe/ConD (Mazda RX8); 25. David Moellenbeck/StL (Pontiac Solstice);
26. Robert Lenz/DMV (Pontiac Solstice).
“THE SOLSTICE CAN FIT BIGGER TIRES” Ryan Buetzer
C STOCK LADIES
1. Lynn Collins NEng Pontiac Solstice 140.249
2. Mary Bahr Milw Pontiac Solstice 142.774
3. Sabrina Lenz/DMV (Pontiac Solstice); 4. Joyce Ruth/Chi (Pontiac Solstice).
C S TOCK
Cal Club Region
Chase Cam/Albin Bowling
Supply Pontiac Solstice
C S TOCK LADIES
New England Region
Nathan Whipple, who is known
more for, and has spent
considerable time in, front-wheel-drive cars in the Street Prepared
category, drove a Pontiac Solstice
and jumped out to an early lead on
his first run, taking the target time
into the 66.8sec range. It wasn’t
until the last driver, Ryan Buetzer,
also in a Solstice, finished in 66. 5
that Whipple’s time would be bested.
Their runs would stand through the
entire set of second runs and even
the third, before Buetzer finished
with a 66.386, giving him a 0.431sec
lead over Whipple heading to the
The contrast of the East Course
allowed cars with different attributes
to move up or down in the standings,
provided the drivers had the
patience to make the most of it.
Whipple again set an early quick
time of 65. 7, but couldn’t improve on
later runs. Chris Fenter, in third after
the previous day, dropped a bomb
with his Mazda MX- 5 and a 64. 9
which moved him firmly into the
runner-up position. Buetzer further
dropped the target time to a 64. 8.