she later recognized that “If it wasn’t for the camaraderie of my competitors
and friends, I would not have had a
chance at the championship! I would
have lost before I was even able to
take my first run!”
As the competitors battled the
weather and each other, Everett came
out on top with a 79.074 to Holly
Schwedler’s 79. 6. It had become a
two-woman show after Debbie Zeisler
had troubles putting a good run
together on the first day, twice
After Wednesday’s first runs,
Schwedler cut Everett’s lead to 0.4sec.
Next time out Everett opened it up
again with best time of 72.746.
Schwedler got 72. 8 on her final try to
end up 0.695sec behind the winning
F Stock was a battle between two different Mustang models, both
excellent for autocross but quite
different in how they handle. A couple
of 2012 Mustang GTs showed up, one
piloted by Mark Daddio, another by
Kevin Youngers. Compared to the
Shelby GTs, the new cars are softer
but more powerful, which should have
given them the advantage on the East
Course. The remaining competitors
were in Ford Shelby GTs, which are
low and stiff, allowing for much
sharper handling over the new GTs.
“I would like to see if more people
show up in the new cars next year,”
Daddio said. “They really are a lot of
fun to drive. I think there is some
course dependency between the two
cars, but all in all they seem to be
The East Course was still wet in
some spots at the beginning of third
heat. With the sun peeking in and out
and a light breeze blowing, course
conditions improved slightly each run.
Daddio put down a scorching 66. 6 to
lead the class right out of the gate.
Going faster on each run, he finished
the day with a 65.645.
In a Shelby GT, Brian Peters had
faster scratch times on his first and
second runs but ended the day
1. William Loring SBnd Toyota Celica GT 139.874
2. Kevin Royce Det Dodge SR T4 141.233
3. Jonathan Rogers Det Dodge SR T4 141.381
4. Morgan Trotter CSCC Dodge SR T4 ACR 141.525
5. Jerry Centanni LnSt Hyundai Genesis 141.823
6. Sherman Chang/LnSt (Hyundai Genesis); 7. Todd Swain/NeOk (Honda Civic Si);
8. Ben Castillo/ Tex (Volvo S40 T5); 9. Shawn Roberts/ WDC (Mazdaspeed Protege);
10. Tim Heaton/Neb (Mazdaspeed Protege); 11. Ron Chapman/SanD (Dodge SR T4); 12.
Mark Liller/WDC (Dodge SRT4); 13. Greg Cheney/KC (Volkswagen GTI); 14. Walter Day
(Volkswagen G TI).
G STOCK LADIES
1. Julie Heaton Neb Mazdaspeed Protege 143.811
2. Leslie Swain NeOk Honda Civic Si 152.401
3. Katie Orgler/ WDC (Mazdaspeed Protege); 4. Lisa Valera/Phil (Chevrolet Cobalt
G STOCK William Loring South Bend Region Hoosier Tire/ Tire Rack Toyota Celica GT
G STOCK LADIES
without a clean run. By third runs,
Youngers was able to put together a
clean fast run 0.9sec behind Daddio,
putting next year’s Mustang GT in the
first two spots after the first day.
There were no weather issues on
Wednesday and the transition-heavy
West Course looked like it would favor
the Shelby. Indeed, Robert Gosda
would start the day with a 69. 6 that
would hold off Daddio’s 69. 7 and
stand until Daddio’s third run when
he was finally able to “squeak ahead
of him for the day,” said Daddio.
A 69.399 gave Daddio a total time
of 135.044 and opened up a 1.805sec
margin on Gosda, who left Youngers
another half-second back.
With beautiful Nebraska weather for both days of competition,
the 14 G Stock competitors took to the
West Course eagerly, and immediately
William Loring took his Toyota Celica
to an impressive lead with a run of
71.491sec right out of the box.