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Sidewinder Sprints – 09/19 Trail-Way

With the season points winding down, Mike Zielonis once again showed how consistency and preparation creates good results. Lining up on the outside pole position for the first feature Mike was able to jump into the lead and cross the line in first. Jim Young is always a threat at the local short tracks and was the man to beat. Starting 7th, Jim made quick work to get to 2nd but was unable to catch Mike for the lead. Brandon Yarlett came home 3rd with Rohan Beasley in 4th. Zach Overmiller continues to dial back into the Hyper Micro chassis and will no doubt make his presence felt in the coming weeks.

The 2nd feature was set with Jim Young leading the field to the drop of the green. Rohan Beasley shot to the outside from his 4th starting position into 2nd and began the chase for Young. Beasley later explained that he lost brakes on the 2nd lap and was lucky to be able to hold down 2nd. The tacky race track helped by loading and slowing the car through the corners. Zach Overmiller came home a strong 3rd with Mike Zielonis 4th and Brandon Yarlett in 5th.

 

Feature One

Feature Two

Final Total

Driver

Start

Finish

Points

Start

Finish

Points

Points total

Hard Charger

Jim Young (8)

7

2

124

1

1

105

229

5

Mike Zielonis (81)

2

1

110

6

4

100

210

3

Rohan Beasley (14)

4

4

90

4

2

110

200

2

Brandon Yarlett (4T)

1

3

93

7

5

94

187

0

Zach Overmiller (75)

5

5

85

3

3

95

180

0

Matt Kreider (53)

3

7

72

5

6

79

151

-5

Al Vican (9)

6

6

80

2

7

71

151

-5

 

Tire Shootout Invitational Results; American Racer strikes back with the top 3 positions

American Racer – 133 pts

Hoosier – 107 pts

 

Sidewinder Sprints – 09/21 Susquehanna Speedway

Sunday Night Susquehanna  action with 410’s 358’s/360’s always brings a great crown and multi groove racing. On this occasion the forecasted showers may have kept some fans/cars away from the action, but they missed out. A couple of light showers kept the surface moist and fast. Racing in general can bring out the best and worst and sometimes just the plain weird. This night it became a little weird.

The first feature saw Brandon Yarlett jump to an early lead with rookie Turk Tabb making his first Susquehanna appearance following in 2nd. Austin Quick took up the chase in 3rd. Turk was adapting quickly to the Susky speed and it took Austin a few laps to make his move into 2nd. Once he made the pass Austin set his sight on Yarlett.  Quick was running slightly higher in turn 3 and 4 keeping his momentum and Yarlett was breaking traction coming off turn 4. Once Quick made his move it looked like the field was set. Tabb had other ideas with a last lap pass of Yarlett to take 2nd.  After  the checkers flew , things got a little weird. Standard procedures in Sidewinder action is that the top cars scale and then proceed to the designated tech area. This procedure has caused “issues” before with teams forgetting to comply after the adrenalin of competition potentially making their brain cells focus on other things ( what changes do they want to make to the car etc). The saying “monkey see monkey do” also applies as many teams follow the car in front as they idle through the pits and basically drive on auto pilot. This night was no exception. The top 3 cars all went to the scales in the infield and then followed one another through the pits whereby they all went directly to their pit area without reporting to tech. The Sidewinder official couldn’t believe what he had witnessed and as he approached each team to discuss the “issue”, each driver instantly realized their mistake and subsequent dismay. This is where the story becomes a lesson for others to learn from. Many people like to play a “victim role” in life and in racing. Nothing is fair, they feel that they are being picked on and they won’t accept any responsibility for their own actions and how they contribute to their situation. Not these 3 drivers and teams ! Each one accepted and took 100% ownership for the situation and actually apologized for their screw up. Kudos to those top 3 teams for their on and off track performance!

On a side note, someone could probably get a masters degree in analyzing the mental blockage that occurs in drivers after competition that makes this situation occur all too often.

Rules are rules however and the top 3 were subsequently Dq’ed according to the rules. Many people comment on rules not being enforced in other divisions and the Sidewinder Sprints have always explained that they owe it to every team competing to enforce the rules equally.  This was the first time ( and hopefully the last) the top 3 cars had all found themselves subject to this penalty.

The 2nd feature lined up with Season Point’s leader Mike Zielonis on the pole with Rohan Beasley on the outside. Beasley tried to get the jump but Zielonis wasn’t having any of that. Zielonis took off and lead the first lap with Beasley trying to give chase. Austin Quick was once again, quick by name, quick by nature as he dogged Beasley for 5 laps before taking over 2nd and setting chase for Zielonis. Quick was able to catch Mike, but catching is one thing, being fast enough to pass is another. Try as he might, Mike was too strong on the night and held onto take the win from Quick. Beasley finished 3rd with Turk Tabb once again proving how quickly he adapted to the speed in 4th with a late race pass of Zach Overmiller (5th).

All 3 cars passed tech and the results became official.  Overall went to Mike Zielonis with Beasley 2nd and Overmiller in 3rd. The point’s race turned into a goon night for Beasley with Yarlett’s misfortunate DQ, Beasley was able to pick up an additional 54 points to extend his 2nd place lead to 59.

 

 

Feature One

Feature Two

Final Total

Driver

Start

Finish

Points

Start

Finish

Points

Points total

Hard Charger

Mike Zielonis (81)

6

3

110

1

1

105

215

3

Rohan Beasley (14)

5

2

115

2

3

94

209

2

Zach Overmiller (75)

3

1

115

4

5

84

199

1

Austin Quick (44)

4

4

90

3

2

105

195

1

Turk Tabb (41)

2

5

82

5

4

95

177

-2

Brandon Yarlett (4T)

1

6

75

6

6

80

155

-5

 

Tire Shootout Invitational Results; American Racer takes top two, Hoosier 3 of the top 5

American Racer – 142 pts

Hoosier – 1113 pts

 

This week’s Answers;

Q.  With a double header weekend in store for the Sidewinder teams, and only 5 points races left for 2014, and the Tire Invitational Championship closing, will we see Hoosier continue to bridge the gap or can American Racer get enough points to take the title ?

A.  American Racer had a great double header weekend and managed to increase their lead.

Q.  Both  2nd and 4th positions are up for grabs.  Yarlett and Beasley are separated by only 8 points and the battle for fourth between Overmiller and Kreider is separated by only 130 points

A. Brandon Yarlett did not have the weekend he hoped for and Rohan Beasley was able to take back 2nd position.  Zach looks to have 4th wrapped up. Jim young has emerged as a possible contender to take over 5th from Matt Kreider

Next Week’s Questions;

Q.  With a double header weekend in store for the Sidewinder teams, and only 5 points races left for 2014, and the Tire Invitational Championship closing, will we see Hoosier continue to bridge the gap or can American Racer get enough points to take the title ?

Q.  Both  2nd and 4th positions are up for grabs.  Yarlett and Beasley are separated by only 8 points and the battle for fourth between Overmiller and Kreider is separated by only 130 points

Sidewinder Sprints are accepting 2014 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:

Shippensburg Sept 27th   

Path Valley Oct. 4th ( Sprint Nationals – Now only a one day show)

Shippensburg Oct. 18th ( Wingless – non points)

Susquehanna Oct 25th (Candy Bowl – Final Points race)

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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