was only half a second out, only problem was the five ahead of him
would be covered by a slim 0.159sec.
With the top spot still very much up
for grabs, Barbato’s final run was
nearly perfect with a raw time of 69. 4,
but he hit the last cone before the finish
with the tail of his S2000. Still in the
lead, Barbato could only watch as the
remaining competitors attacked the
course. Yom took to the course noticeably
more timid, but the conservative run
did not pay off, as his 69. 8 left him just
0.01sec behind Barbato.
Only Thorne, and one all-or-nothing
run, stood a chance. Fighting nerves on
the transition-heavy course that he felt
didn’t suit him, he managed a 69.765
that would give him a 0.002sec edge
over Barbato. It ties (with DM in 1995)
as the second-narrowest margin of
victory ever in an Open class.
STRL helped wrap up the 2011 Nationals running in the fifth heat,
the last heat to finish on Friday.
Six-time Champion Kyung Wootton ran
away from the rest of the pack
Thursday in a Miata on borrowed Toyo
tires with a time of 67.339 around the
East Course, going 3.5sec up on
Victoria Benya and Jean Schaadt.
Friday, Wootton’s 71.450 extended
her lead another 2.5sec as Benya
fought off cones to stay ahead of
Schaadt. Wootton’s 138.789 claimed
another jacket by 6.122sec.
P. J. Corrales
Street Touring Sport
This was Mazda vs. Honda, Miata vs. CRX in a 39-car class, and if you
didn’t do a 66 or a 67 on the East
STREET TOURING SPORT
1. Andrew Canak Milw Mazda Miata 135.428
2. Kerry Coughlin CLa Honda CRX Si 135.833
3. Rick Cone Atl Mazda Miata 136.445
4. Ian Baker WDC Honda CRX Si 136.625
5. Michael Heinitz SanD Mazda Miata 136.867
6. John Hunter Neb Honda CRX Si 136.890
7. David Whitener Tex Honda CRX 137.231
8. Craig Naylor SanD Mazda Miata 137.276
9. Tom O’Gorman Cinc Honda CRX Si 137.699
10. Dave Montgomery StL Honda CRX 138.363
11. Kraig Klippel SanF Mazda Miata 138.365
12. Justin Harbour/CKy (Mazda Miata); 13. Richard Basford/Nwst (Mazda Miata); 14.
Neal Bellamy/ Tex (Mazda Miata); 15. Tim Kong/Nwst (Honda CRX Si); 16. Jon
Simmons/Neb (Honda CRX Si); 17. John Mensch/Milw (Honda CRX Si); 18. Phil
Osborne/Tex (Honda CRX); 19. Michael Lodsin/NEng (Honda CRX Si); 20. Andrew
Blasiman/N wOh (Mazda Miata); 21. Phil Adams/ Tex (Mazda Miata); 22. Mike
Holzinger/Iowa (Mazda Miata); 23. Darren Madaffari/CLa (Honda CRX); 24. Bob Neff/
Tex (Mazda Miata); 25. Steve Eberlein/ Tex (Mazda Miata); 26. Andrew Pfotenhauer/
NwOh (Mazda Miata); 27. Larry Bereuter/Milw (Honda CRX Si); 28. Josh Kolbach/Milw
(Mazda Miata); 29. Andre Marconett/San F ( Toyota MR2); 30. Andre Millette/Nwst
(Mazda Miata); 31. Alan Claffie/ WDC (Mazda Miata); 32. Tashko Sarakinov/Fing
(Mazda Miata); 33. Nathan Poffenbarger/SanF ( Toyota MR2); 34. Kate Claffie/ WDC
(Mazda Miata); 35. Joshua Mandevill/NeOk (Honda CRX); 36. Mike Wolf/ WN Y
(Mazda Miata); 37. James Stowers/NeOk (Honda CRX); 38. Dan Hendren/ W Tex
(Mazda Miata); 39. Terry Johnson/ConD (Mazda Miata).
STREET TOURING SPORT LADIES
1. Kim Whitener Tex Honda CRX 138.306
2. Laura Harbour CKy Mazda Miata 141.206
3. Hilary Anderson/NwOh (Honda CRX); 4. Candace Gerber/Neb (Honda CRX); 5.
Sharon Eberlein/ Tex (Mazda Miata); 6. Lin Raby/E Tnn (Mazda Miata).
S TREET TOURING SPOR T Andrew Canak Milwaukee Region Toyo Tires/Big Bear Tire Mazda Miata
SPOR T LADIES
Texas Time Trials
Course Thursday, you had no chance.
Andrew Canak led the Miata mob,
clocking 66. 118 for best time Thursday in
the second heat. Rick Cone was next up at
66. 3. Kerry Coughlin was on point for the
Honda horde, checking in also at 66. 3.
Another Miata and two more CRXs in the
66s made it an even match.
Friday the bogey time was 69sec on the
West Course, but only three of the 66ers
from the day before could find 69. And, up
front again, it was Canak at 69.310 for a
135.428 total and his third championship.
Coughlin was the next with a 69, and
ended up 0.405sec behind Canak. The third
driver with times each day in the magic zone
was Ian Baker, but his first day gap behind
Cone was enough that Cone held onto third
place with a 70.1sec run leaving Baker
fourth – Mazda, Honda, Mazda, Honda.
Street Touring Sport Ladies
It was the same duel in the Ladies class as it was in Open in the fourth heat –
three Miatas, three CRXs, but the
outcome was reversed.
In a blue Honda CRX, class winner
Kim Whitener had a combined time of
138.306sec. She also won both days,
turning 67.520 on the speedy East Course,
70.786 through the wiggly West.
Laura Harbour, last year’s champion,
upheld Mazda’s honor with the
runner-up trophy 2.900sec behind.
Early Thursday morning in Lincoln was imply gorgeous as the four ladies of
STX – two of them past champions –
lined up to be the first cars out on the
East Course. The day didn’t start so
beautifully as all four caught cones on