E Street Prepared As is the normal case for ESP, the class was heavily laden with
But none could stand up to Mark
Madarash and his 1988 Pontiac
Trans-Am. Only the 1982 Camaro was
older. Madarash, who has been the
ESP National Champion since 2007,
came out hard leading from his first
run until his last with no one able to
match his times – 66.865 on the West
Course, 63.503 on the East, and he
never touched a cone either day – the
only one of the 23 drivers able to say
that. He won his seventh
championship by 3.047sec. In a class
of 21 to 30 cars, which is not that
uncommon a class size, that stands
10th among the widest margins of
victory, eclipsing a mark set in 1978.
So, what’s on second? Thursday it
was Bob Anderson’s Camaro at 68. 3
ahead of Kent Kroll and Mark Walker
at 68. 5, except a tardy cone call after
provisional results were posted added
two pylons to Walker’s time and he had
to sit on a 69. 4 leaving him ninth. Jason
Kolk and Dave Heinrich proved to be a
potent pair in the Boss 302 at 68. 6
separated from each other by 0.003sec.
On day two, as Madarash continued
to run in his own time zone, the contest
for the remaining trophies continued
with undiminished fervor. Kolk
brandished the shiny new Boss
Mustang with skill and managed a 64. 8
to jump from fourth to second past
Anderson, who ran 65. 4. Walker came
charging back as the only person able
to get within one second of Madarash,
his 64. 4 making up virtually all that
Thursday’s pylons had cost him to
regain fourth place ahead of Heinrich,
who’d run 65. 3 co-driving the Boss.
E Street Prepared Ladies
Linda Ruschak from the Indiana Northwest Region ran in a grid of one
but did not let that dampen her spirit of
E STREET PREPARED
1. Mark Madarash Tex Pontiac Trans-Am 130.368
2. Jason Kolk Det Mustang Boss 302 133.415
3. Bob Anderson Chi Camaro 133.835
4. Mark Walker Neb Camaro Z28 133.870
5. Dave Heinrich WMch Mustang Boss 302 133.932
6. Brad Owen Ariz Subaru WRX 134.184
7. Karen Kraus BlRg Subaru Impreza WRX 134.410
8. Kent Kroll/Hous (Mustang GT); 9. Michael Snyder/ WDC (Mustang); 10. Pat
Griffith/ WDC (Camaro Z28); 11. Brian Burdette/ WDC (Camaro Z28); 12. Justin Eckles/
Neb (Mustang Cobra); 13. Eric Thompson/Chi (Camaro); 14. Kenneth Baker/Tex
(Pontiac Trans-Am); 15. James Darden/Colo (Camaro); 16. Marcus Merideth/Det
(Mustang); 17. Rick Bagnard/RdRv (Pontiac Firebird WS6); 18. Jennifer Merideth/Det
(Mustang); 19. Matt Rosazza/Colo (Subaru WRX); 20. Pranav Patel/LnSt (Mustang
GT); 21. Adam George/ WDC (Mustang GT); 22. Chris Boyd/Hous (Mustang G T); 23.
James Crider/Hous (Mustang Cobra).
E STREET PREPARED LADIES
1. Linda Ruschak InN w Mustang G T 166.050
E S TREET PREPARED Mark Madarash Texas Region Pontiac Trans-Am
E STREET PREPARED
Ford Mustang G T
competition. She went out on every run
as if the championship was on the line,
turning 85.729 on the West Course,
80.321 on the East, for a total of 166.050.
She is Indiana Northwest’s fourth
champion, but the first since 1982.
F Street Prepared Ladies
FSPL, running in the third heat, started a little shaky both days.
Thursday on the West Course Suzanne
Hodges came back onto the course
after the finish to red flag Linda
Hansen and Jamie Yost. Friday on the
East side, Ginette Jordan cut the wheel
open from a loose caliper bolt and had
a flat on course. But other than that....
Yost would take the class lead
Thursday at 69.370. “I felt very
privileged to play with Ginette Jordan
[ 71.1] and Kathy Wolfskill [ 69. 8]” at
just her second Nationals, she said.
Andrea Feay, third on Thursday ( 69. 9),
knew that the “heat index was the key
factor” in how Aimee Fincher and
owner Geoffrey Zimmer managed
their orange VW Rabbit.