and forth between CAM-T andCP. We’re thinking he’s finallygot his engine working like itshould, leaving us with a coinflip between him and Lewis.
Tracy Lewis has a streakof three wins going in CPL.We see no reason to expectanything but a fourth.
D Prepared ought to be theland of the Miata, but in four ofthe past five years a couple ofToyotas have spoiled that party.
We expect things to returnto form this year, with ToddRoberts in the Steve HudsonMiata staying off the cones totake his second win in the class.
If Mike Maier comes back inthe Dwayne Komush Starlet,this could be a good battle.
DPL looks likely to makea class, so we’ll pick KatieLacey in their upgradedMiata over Deanne Caraballoin the Komush Starlet.
The Lucky Lugnut Civic wasput together last year just intime for the Solo Nationals.
Now that the team has hadmore time with the car, it willonly be faster. That leaves uspicking Patrick Washburn overhis co-driver Chris Delay, aswell as Evan LeBlanc, and ChrisRaglin, in what seems likely toagain be an all-Honda class.
Grice repeating his co-drive oflast year, so that leaves Dallas
Cutler in his Evo to battle thisone out with John Vitamvas inhis RX- 8, while Jay Bullingtonhas an Audi and Jason Frankas a co-driver. We’re expectinga year of car developmentto make the difference forVitamvas, though this is notone of our easy picks.
SML is one of those catchall
way of making unexpected
and successful appearances.
Monique Forsythe took
SMFL last year, though Kristell
Janusz won the second course.
XP may (again) be decided
by car reliability rather than
potential speed. Such is the land
of high-strung machinery. The
Zusts have the Lotus working
again and are settled in their
new digs, so we expect them
to make the trip and break
up last year’s all-RX- 7 trophy
list. So, our pick goes to Fred
Zust, though Alex is also a
threat. Andy McKee has won
three of the last four years
and would not be a bad pick to
take it again, Jason Collett and
Zachary Sober will be in the
hunt, and watch out for Julian
Garfield and all those years of
FJ experience now enhanced
with real car experience.
XPL is somewhat unlikelyto make its own class butis another of those catchalls that might form up asregistration closes. As such,we can only mention KimBollinger who would have thereal XP ride in that scenario.
C Prepared has been seeing
some defections over to the CAM
world, so it’s a bit hard to guess
where some of the top drivers will
choose to run. Tommy Pulliam
has won the last two years, but
we don’t know if he’s going to
be in the Robert Lewis car again
this year. Mark Madarash has had
some bad luck with his Firebird
and has been switching back
classes that can put together
a championship class on the L
side of things, so this can get
interesting very quickly. But we
think Hilary Frank has what it
takes to beat whoever shows up.
Craig Wilcox has owned hisHonda for over a year now,so we can’t pick against himto repeat in Street ModifiedFWD. Chris Haydu is always athreat, and Andy Hollis has a
(Clock wise from LEF T) Watch for Donna Marx in SSPL. Fred Zust andhis wild Lotus are a force to be reckoned with in XP. The SSML win isDeana Kelly’s for the taking. SSR competition will be close, but weexpect Grant Reeve to stop the clock faster than the competition.
“The Zusts have the Lotusworking again…so weexpect them to make thetrip and break up lastyear’s all-RX- 7 trophy list”