"AND THE RED CAR WINS!"
By
David McKenney...
Aka "VeeHive

SATURDAY:

Ed Womer overcame a cracked front spindle during Friday's practice to capture the pole for the 52nd Cumberland
Classic National at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex. His time of 1:06.884 was achieved through use of traffic, he said,
but several solo laps at 1:07.1 helped boost his confidence that he'll be competitive in tomorrow's race.

Ray Carmody, gridded next to Ed, mused that with Ed on the pole, there would be a little Blue&Yellow added to the
"Black Pack" of himself, 3rd-gridded Justin Barker, and 4th-gridded Gary Kittell. Rick Shields, Dean Curtis, and Charlie
Rogers (gridded 5th through 7th) willl look to add a splash of Red to that as well, I'm sure.

FINAL QUALIFYING:

1 Ed WOMER 1:06.884
2 Raymond CARMODY 1:07.16
3 Justin BARKER 1:07.220
4 Gary KITTELL 1:07.378
5 Rick SHIELDS 1:07.463
6 Dean CURTIS 1:07.699
7 Charlie ROGERS 1:07.746
8 Jim KEARNEY 1:07.853
9 Dave SCALER 1:08.059
10 Glenn TUPPER 1:08.119
11 Timothy REMMERS 1:08.16
12 Dan GRACE 1:08.626
13 Dan GRACE, Jr. 1:08.844
14 William ROCHE 1:08.946
15 Mike LANDON 1:09.711
16 Dale RADER 1:10.529
17 Jay SMITH 1:14.201


SUNDAY:

"...AND THE RED CAR WINS!..."

Dean Curtis got his first national win today at the 52nd Cumberland Classic National at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex.
A Vee competitor since 1984, Dean's victory today was made all the sweeter by the fight it took to earn it.

The green flag had polesitter Ed Womer leading the pack, with Justin Barker slipping by Ray Carmody for 2nd, Rick
Shields besting Gary Kittell for 4th, and Dean Curtis holding off Jim Kearney for 6th. Dean moved up to 4th on the 3rd
lap. The front four of Womer, Barker, Carmody, and Curtis began inching away, but this was no ordinary drafting pack
as they continued to change positions amongst themselves.

Barker, Womer, and Curtis would each lead a lap or two. Ray Carmody stayed with them and would've led his share, but
engine gremlins sidelined him mid-race. Kittell and Kearney made up the gap between themselves and the front pack,
making it a five-some.

A couple laps later, Justin Barker was beset with his own engine gremlins and he retired. The front four continued
fighting all the way to the checkered flag, and it was Dean Curtis first, Ed Womer second, Gary Kittell third, and Jim
Kearney fourth. Rick Shields, who had run as high as fourth and was involved in a dogfight with Kittell and Kearney until
dropping back several spots on lap 11, fought back to claim fifth.

FINAL RESULTS

1 Dean CURTIS
1 Ed WOMER
3 Gary KITTELL
4 Jim KEARNEY
5 Rick SHIELDS
6 Glenn TUPPER
7 Dan GRACE
8 William ROCHE
9 Timothy REMMERS
10 Gary BLANARIK
11 Dan GRACE, Jr.
12 Dave SCALER
13 Justin BARKER
14 Raymond CARMODY
15 Dale RADER
dnf Charlie ROGERS