Many thanks to the NW Club racers who participated in this year's World Cup. On the road side, driving the Lotus 79 at Brands Hatch we had:
Greg Seitz, Andy Fuller, Jimbo Pfeiffer, Brian Bennett, Mathew Suboski, Michael Jones, Dick Mueller, Bryan Barns, Chris Beck, Wayne Hutchison, Edgar Sanchinelli, Steven Paulissen, William Fletcher, and Scott Kukas.
On the oval side, driving the NASCAR Trucks at Michigan, we had:
Loren Arden, Bryan Barns, Wayne Hutchison, Ray Partridge, Brian Bennett, Jeff Stabnow, Nick Kuhn, Dee Palmer, William Fletcher, Dick Mueller, Steven Paulissen, Chris Beck, Drew LaLonde, Jimbo Pfeiffer, and Scott Kukas.
The competition started with qualifying races on 11/3 and when the day was over we were seeded 5th overall, behind Finland, UK&I, DE-AT-CH, and Canada. This set us up for head-to-head matches with Canada in both oval and road races on 11/10. The road races were first up, and we quickly fell behind 1-0 (losing 88-33) as many of our drivers had some bad luck in race 1. We struck back in race 2, winning 62-59 to tie it up 1-1 and force a rubber match. That's when our best hopes ran into trouble and we lost 71-50 and were knocked out of the road competition. Canada will now face Finland next weekend in the semi-finals.
The oval races had a similar theme with Canada winning round 1 72-49 before we stormed back to win round 2 68-53. So it all came down to the final race. We fought hard and had drivers scoring points in 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 10th places. As the laps wore down Jeff Stabnow and Loren Arden were rapidly gaining on the leader Mathew Bell of Canada, but ran out of time, finishing just 1/2 second behind him as the checkered flag flew. The scoring was very tight, with Canada winning 64-57. If we had been able to catch and pass Bell, the final score would have been 61-60 for us! That's how close the battle was!
Great racing by all and a sincere thanks to all who participated for the club this year. It was a lot of fun and a lot of great racing. We'll get 'em next year! :)