Stock Front Wheel Drive
An Integra, Abarth, Reatta (proof positive that almost
anything can be a fast RallyCross car), Mazdaspeed3, Escort,
Camry, and a pair of Neons made Stock Front the most
diverse class of the event. It was also the first class to run
on the drying courses after the Prepared drivers had done
a successful job of digging up most of the pesky grass.
R. Abner Perney piloted his weirdly rare and clean Buick
Reatta to land just outside the trophies ahead of Christopher
Ealer, Jeff Wagenknecht in his Escort, and Tim Ealer. The
Ealers’ Mazdaspeed3 suffered a cracked radiator halfway
through the event with both drivers subsequently offered
seats in Sasa Cerninski’s Neon and Clayton Hodson’s Camry;
Cerninski and Hodson, in turn, rounded out the final results.
Keith Lightfoot bounced along extra aggressive-like on Sunday in his Fiat Abarth to overcome his
slower first runs of the event and snatch third place
from Kim Hapgood who held onto the fourth and final
trophy spot in her bright yellow Acura Integra.
The duel for first place was between veterans Chang Ho Kim
in his Integra and Donald Carl in his Neon, who immediately
gapped the rest of the field. In a grim repeat of 2017, a single
late cone penalty on Carl in his final run had him knocked
down to second place behind another quick and clean driver.
So, this year it was Kim who took the victory by a hair under
a single cone penalty – a 1.903sec margin of victory after
a grueling 10 runs. Hey, kids, just say “no” to cones!
Stock Rear Wheel Drive
In a geological sense, the Stock Rear Wheel Drive class
was made up of a few strata of close-knit battles.
The inner core consisted of a smattering of Miatas and BRZs. The final
order was Jacob Wheeler (Miata), Larry Smith (Miata), Evan Markewycz
(BRZ), Forrest Smith (Miata), and Drew Tonnesen (BRZ). Tonnesen, it
should be noted, had the dubious distinction of being the most penalized
of the class, racking up a couple of gate penalties (ouch) in addition to a
cone call. Meanwhile, the red and yellow Kansas City Chiefs flag flying on
the Smith Miata looked cool, but the added drag probably didn’t help.
The outer core was approximately four seconds wide and contained
a 350Z (Austin Dowda), a 240SX (Logan Altmyr), and a light bar-unibrow Miata (Adam Raymer). Dowda suffered with an inoperable
clutch master slave cylinder on the way to the event but still managed
to best Altmyr despite having to use his starter to get off the line. While
third in this group, Raymer was first of all the NA Miatas in the class.
The 75-hundredths-of-a-second-wide mantle was made up of
a Boxter (Daniel Shea) and a newer Miata (John Voegeli), and
both were awarded the final trophies of the class. While their
positions remained static for the majority of the event, a final
hero-run by Voegeli came ever so close to upsetting the order.
The crust’s drivers made up of Ryan Miles in his Boxter and returning
Champion Sean Grogan in his MR2 were both aggressive from start
to finish during the event. While they swapped fastest times in class, it
was Miles who grasped the top spot on his first run and never let go. In
a rarity in RallyCross, these top two Stock Rear drivers obtained lower
combined times than the quickest Stock Front driver. Impressive.