all three runs. For her third run, Feighner said, “I drove hard and never
gave up.” After making it through the
mid-section sweeper named the
Electric Banana, she got into the next
braking zone just a little too hot and hit
a cone again giving Berry the win with
a total of 134.695. Feighner finished
0.529sec back – the two repeating their
finishing order from last year.
Berry went away with her fourth
championship jacket feeling a bit lucky
that one of Feighner’s runs wasn’t clean.
“I think when I get back home I’m going
to buy a lottery ticket!” she said.
“WHEN I GET BACK HOME I’M GOING TO BUY A LOTTERY TICKET ” Christine Berry
B Street Prepared
Astrong field of 28 BSP drivers tarted competition on an East
Course now dry under the fourth heat
sun. After Tuesday’s competition, seven
Mitsubishi Evos were in the top eight
spots, with a lone Saturn Sky driven by
Andy Hohl sitting in sixth position.
Corey Ridgick, in the Cy Lee Evo IX,
went out on his first run and laid
down a 62.935. Ridgick’s time was not
to be matched by any of his
competitors, which was a good thing
because he coned his second and
third runs. Those third runs for Greg
Hahn and Tom Berry left both within
striking distance for day two, with
Hahn 0.3sec back and Berry another
With temperatures in the 90s, it was
clear the challenge for day two on the
transition-intensive West course was
to keep tires from overheating. Hohl
and Bob Buxbaum in Buxbaum’s
Saturn, and Berry and Marshall Grice
in Berry’s Evo IX, continuously
sprayed the tires after each run. The
Ridgick/Lee team swapped out their
own set of front tires after each run,
B STREET PREPARED
1. Corey Ridgick Phil Mitsubishi Evo IX 129.021
2. Andy Hohl StL Saturn Sky Redline 129.623
3. Tom Berry CSCC Mitsubishi Evo IX 129.642
4. Jeremy Foley Tex Mitsubishi Evo IX 130.206
5. Marshall Grice CSCC Mitsubishi Evo IX RS 130.398
6. Alex Jones Det Pontiac Solstice GXP 130.432
7. Aaron Miller Det Mitsubishi Evo VIII RS 130.662
8. Greg Hahn CFla Mitsubishi Evo IX 131.323
9. Jon Wagner/ Tex (Mitsubishi Evo IX); 10. Cy Lee/Phil (Mitsubishi Evo IX RS); 11.
Timothy Moyer/Det (Pontiac Solstice GXP); 12. Bill Rogerson/Fing (Subaru STI); 13.
Joshua Salvage/SanF (Mitsubishi Evo IX); 14. Justin Moore/San F (Mitsubishi Evo IX);
15. Eric Janveaux/Fing (Subaru WRX STI); 16. Michael Fineberg/Phil (Mitsubishi Evo
MR); 17. Marshall Moore/Milw (Corvette); 18. Frank Gaus/StCt (Mitsubishi Evo IX); 19.
Brad Moore/Milw (Corvette); 20. Robert Steck/Ore (Subaru S TI); 21. Bob Buxbaum/KC
(Saturn Sky Redline); 22. Bill Collyer/CFla (Mitsubishi Evo IX MR); 23. Jim Kritzler/Hous
(Corvette); 24. Rich Hammond/SBnd (Pontiac Solstice GXP); 25. Steven Ruschak/
InN w (Pontiac Solstice GXP); 26. Henry Watts/SanF (Porsche 911); 27. Rob Ocker/
Nwst (Subaru STI); 28. Francis Miller/Det (Mitsubishi Evo VIII RS).
B STREET PREPARED LADIES
1. Christine Berry CSCC Mitsubishi Evo IX 134.695
2. Lorien Feighner SagV Pontiac Solstice GXP 135.224
3. Kristi Gaus/StCt (Mitsubishi Evo IX); 4. Jennifer Ocker/Nwst (Subaru S TI); 5. Lori
Rothmuller/SanF (Porsche 911); 6. Cami Rothmuller/SanF (Porsche 911).
while the Bill Collyer/Greg Hahn team
swapped fronts to rears and back after
Hohl, the first driver in the Saturn,
said, “I gave it all I had” and set a fast
clean time of 66.073 on his first run,
moving him to the top spot in class.
Second runs left Berry just thousands
off of Hohl, and Ridgick almost 0.2sec
When it came to the final runs, every
driver but one in the top eight, the
trophy positions, failed to improve.
Some coned out, some were just a
couple of tenths slower. The lone
exception was Ridgick, who gathered
up everything he needed to run a 66.0.
It was a 0.8sec improvement, only
0.013sec slower than Hohl, and enough
to win his first National Championship
jacket. He finished with a total of
129.021 to win by 0.603sec. Berry
finished third, another 0.019 back.
Berry proclaimed Ridgick a “hero”
for coming through on his last run,
Ridgick replied “I had to go, you know
B STREE T PREPARED Corey Ridgick Philadelphia Region Mitsubishi Evo IX
how it is. I took chances I didn’t take
on other runs.”
B STREET PREPARED
Cal Club Region
Berry Family Racing/
Mitsubishi Evo IX
C Street Prepared
CStreet Prepared competitors, the first cars out on the West Course
Tuesday morning to begin the 39th Solo
Nationals were greeted by more than
two inches of rain that began falling
overnight and continued until the
competition began. There was so much
standing water on course that the tidal
wave produced by the first car – Glenn
Ellingson in the Bill Schenker Miata –
hit the timing lights. After a 40-minute
delay to deal with waterlogged timing
equipment, competition resumed.