A large oil spill left by one of the
cars near the finish delayed the heat,
and the sun was low enough to affect
drivers on their third runs. Neither
Farris nor Stroh improved. Lewis
found his own 66. 5 to split the pair.
The East course was preferred by
many CP drivers, but none more so
than “Turbo” Toddie Farris. While
other drivers were putting down 65s
(Miller, Tom Shuman, Lewis but with
a cone), or high 64s (Stroh, Scott
Lewis), Farris pounded out a 63. 5, but
picked up two cones doing it. Yet the
gauntlet had been thrown. Second
runs saw Stroh claim the day’s best
time at 63.553, while Farris ran a safe
64.0 to bring him up to second place.
Third runs saw Miller and Janish
put 64sec runs on the board, to move
both of them ahead of Scott Lewis,
and Robert Lewis got a clean 64. 6 to
jump him up into third, but the crowd
was all watching to see what Stroh
and Farris would do. Stroh had a dirty
63.2 that would have been a winner.
Farris was the last car out. After a
long delay while a broken car was
retrieved from the course, he got that
63. 5 again, no cones this time, enough
for 130.006 to claim victory by
0.094sec over Stroh.
Stroh joked afterward that if he
hadn’t hit that cone, he’d have been
finding alternate transportation home,
but it did mean buying another steak
dinner for his car owner. Farris said
that to win after 19 years of coming to
Nationals was awesome. At the Friday
banquet, with eight other trophy
winners standing stage right, a chant
went up – “Turr-bo! Turr-bo!” – as
Farris stepped up to accept his
D Prepared Ladies
Anne Robinson in a Toyota MR2 Spyder dominated the three-driver
class Thursday and handily
maintained her lead Friday, taking a
second straight DPL championship
with a total time of 137.842.
Standings at the end of Thursday’s
second heat on the West Course
showed Robinson at 71.020, just a
tick shy of two full seconds in hand
over Alyson Bauer’s MX- 5. Friday
would not prove so easy as the two
matched 70sec times on their first
runs, 66s on their second and both
1. Drew Vander Ploeg LnSt Mazda Miata 128.237
2. Ron Bauer Nwst Mazda MX- 5 128.770
3. Karl Coleman Nwst Mazda MX- 5 128.974
4. Greg Meier Chi Toyota MR2 Spyder 129.454
5. Keith Brown/Nwst (Mazda Miata); 6. Steve Hudson/Ln St (Mazda Miata); 7.
Steve Hoelscher/TnnV (Toyota MR2); 8. Randy Eickhoff/KC (Toyota MR2 Spyder); 9.
Paula Baker/Utah (Mazda Miata); 10. Aaron Kelly/Hous (Toyota MR2); 11. Ron Baker/
Utah (Mazda Miata); 12. Zack Barnes/LnSt ( Toyota MR2).
D PREPARED LADIES
1. Anne Robinson Chi Toyota MR2 Spyder 137.842
2. Alyson Bauer/N wst (Mazda MX- 5) 3. Karen Eickhoff/KC ( Toyota MR2 Spyder).
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D PREPARED LADIES
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blew their third. Bauer’s 66.680 was
the day’s best.
Robinson, with Karen Eickhoff
helping keep the tires warm, said she
found the grip on both courses to be
less than expected. She changed tires
overnight and hung onto a 1.848sec
In DP’s cadre of 12 drivers, Drew VanderPloeg hung a 65.387 on the
class with his first West Course run.
Nobody could touch it all day. Not
VanderPloeg himself, who chased it
with a three cone second run and a
66.0 on his third. Not car owner Steve
Hudson, who closed out with his own
66.0, nor Keith Brown, with still
another one, nor last driver Greg Meier,
who put up a fourth and fifth 66.0. The
only other driver to clock 65s was
defending Champ Steve Hoelscher,
twice, but he coned both of them.
DP proved to be a class of cone
heads. On Thursday only Meier got
through the day pylon free as the rest
of the class clobbered a total of 21 of
the pointy orange things. Friday’s
only clean driver was last-placed Zack
Barnes as 26 penalties were called.
Or, an average one cone shy of four