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Sidewinder Sprints – 10/25/14 Susquehanna Candy Bowl

Late  October can see the weather become a huge factor in racing. Late October does not normally produce t-shirt weather however this year’s Candy Bowl was one for the record books. Blue skies greeted the teams and with Modifieds and 305s on the schedule the teams knew they would benefit from a wide racy surface.

The first feature took the green and instantly had Jason Rhoads in command from his pole starting position. The battle ensued as Jason Stahl was determined to capture a win at his home track. 4th starting Austin Quick had other ideas in the Hyper Racing #44 and took over the lead on the 4th lap and remained unchalleneged. Rhoads, driving the Kreider #53 showed that with a regular ride, he would become a force to be reckoned with and took a strong 2nd with Stahl in 3rd. Late in the race Zach Overmiller made a great 3 wide move around the outside to take over 4th from Brandon Yarlett who finished in 5th.

The second feature had long distance traveler Rick Long set the pace from the pole position. The drag race ensued down the front straight with outside front row starter Rohan Beasley able to wrestle the lead entering turn 1. Beasley would gap the field until a lap 6 caution bunched the field. Overmiller continued his late season form and pressured Beasley on the restart but couldn’t make the pass. As Overmiller chased, Quick was once again slicing through the field and started to pressure Overmiller for 2nd. A late race caution would give Quick a chance to make a move on Beasley. Entering turn one quick went low but couldn’t make it stick and Beasley held on to take the win. Quick came home in 2nd with Overmiller in 3rd. Stahl took 4th with Yarlett in 5th.

Overall the night belonged to Austin Quick with a great 1st and 2nd place performance. Jason Stahl took 2nd with Zach Overmiller taking 3rd. The innovative dual features with passing points once again proved to reward the best cars irrespective of their starting positions as proven with Beasley taking a win from the front row, but failing to pass enough cars in the first feature and relegating him to 4th overall.

This unique format will continue in 2015 as the teams expressed their overwhelming approval in the annual team meeting. The idea that the best car on any given nights action is rewarded despite starting positions and the need for drivers to make passes in both features provides the challenge that drivers and teams are seeking.

Congratulations must go out to Mike Zielonis on capturing the 2015 Sidewinder Sprints Championship. Brandon Yarlett rose to the challenge and secured 2nd with Rohan Beasley in 3rd. Zach Overmiller despite changing cars during the season managed to take 4th with the 2015 Rookie Matt Kreider in 5th. 

 

Feature One

Feature Two

Final Total

Driver

Start

Finish

Points

Start

Finish

Points

Points total

Hard Charger

Austin Quick (44)

4

1

120

6

2

120

240

7

Jason Stahl (5J)

2

3

94

8

4

108

202

3

Zach Overmiller (75)

6

4

100

4

3

100

200

3

Rohan Beasley (14)

8

6

88

2

1

110

198

3

Brandon Yarlett (4T)

3

5

83

7

5

94

177

0

Jason Rhoads (53)

1

2

99

9

8

76

175

0

Joe Hood (26)

10

8

80

10

7

88

168

5

Mike Zielonis (81)

7

7

76

3

6

77

153

-3

Phill Bessett (2)

5

9

64

5

9

64

128

-8

Rick Stone 41U

9

10

63

1

10

55

118

-10

 Tire Shootout Invitational Results; Hoosier struck back with 3 of the top 5 positions. In one of the closet battles for the Season Shootout Championship, American Racer took the win by a mere 8 points.

American Racer – 154 pts

Hoosier – 146pts

This week’s Answers;

Q.  The last race of the season will become the decider for 2nd in the Season points. Brandon Yarlett hold 2nd by a comfortable 46 point margin over Rohan Beasley. Can Brandon hold onto 2nd ?

A. Yes Brandon was  able to do enough to take 2nd for the season. The gap did however decrease to only 25 points or only 2/3rds of one percent. ( .66%). In contrast Mike Zielonis took the championship by 8.25%.

Q. Last year invaders came all the way from Canada. Will the last race of the season see an invader take a win ?

A. This year the invaders came from Connecticut with  Rick Stone and Phil Bessett making the long tow. While both were very competitive, neither were able to steal a win.

Sidewinder Sprints are accepting 2015 registrations.

Drivers wishing to join are reminded to register with us ASAP (click the registration link on our website) to reserve your car number, as we do not allow duplicate numbers, and to receive important "registered team" only emails regarding rules, contingency requirements and schedules.

Sidewinder Sprints will be appearing at:

2015 Schedule to be announced.

For all your racing needs please contact our following partners: 

Season Sponsors;
American Racer – Lias Tires (www.americanraceronline.com)
Hoosier Tire - Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic (www.hoosiermidatlantic.com)

Contingency Awards:
Guhl Motors (www.guhlmotors.com); For all of your Fuel Injection needs. “Highest eligible Guhl injection finisher”;
Hyper Hard Charger (www.Hyperracing.com); Most positions gained in the features;
Aero Wings (www.aerowingsonline.com); Winners use Wings by Aero. "Lucky 7";
Keizer Wheels (www.keizerwheels.com ); Fast Fifth Award.;

 


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