By
David McKenney
Sunny and hot for this afternoon's 30-lap race on the
1.53-mile BeaveRun North Course. Some
competitors disdain this course for not having
enough places to pass; this race proves them So
Very Wrong......................
At the start, 2nd-position Glenn Tupper, 3rd-gridded Jim Kearney, and 4th-qualifier
Ed Womer overtook poleman Rick Shields. Gary Kittel bettered Dave Scaler for 5th.
Dean Curtis had an outstanding first lap to place himself 7th, getting by Gary
Blanarik, Al Spadin, and Eugene Grimes. Russell Fredericks and Rick Ruckman
rounded out the field.

Shields immediately began pressing to regain top spot: he slipped past Kearney on
lap 3, only to have Kearney retake the next lap. Lap 4 also saw the lead change
hands as Womer overtook Tupper. Lap 5 saw both pairs swap back.

Lap 6 was marked by a great late-braking move by Shields into Turn 10; he gained
positions momentarily but sacrificed his exit in doing this and couldn't keep the
improvement by the time they crossed the line. Next lap, though, brought success for
Shields as he passed Womer and Tupper for the lead.

Lap 8 saw a change in the makeup of the lead quintet of Shields, Womer, Tupper,
Kearney & Kittel, as Glenn Tupper suddenly fell off the pace; he pulled the Tupper
family Protoform into the pits and retired from the race.

The next 5 laps saw no actual changes in position among the front 4, but a mere lap
chart wouldn't show the battling that was going on. One lap after another, the leading
duo of Shields and Womer would emerge from turn 10 side-by-side in a drag race to
the starting line; Kearney and Kittel were always within striking distance and sizing the
situation up. It wasn't until lap 13 that Womer made the pass stick. Shields retaliated
with a repass the next lap. and held the position until lap 16 when Womer once again
took the lead.

Lap 18 brought a new leader as Jim Kearney made good a double-pass on Womer
and Shields. His lead was short-lived as a missed braking point in turn 10 the next lap
cost him three places, leaving him behind Womer, Shields and Kittell.

Womer and Shields continued swapping the lead every lap, with Kittel and Kearney
mere inches behind, for the next half-dozen laps, when Shields suddenly slowed going
through turn 10. His clutch gave way and he barely made it to pit-in, his day done.

Further back in the field, a nice little battle was going between Dean Curtis and Dave
Scaler, the duo doing their share of side-by-side drag-races out of turn 10. Eugene
Grimes had been steadily recovering from losing position on the start and worked his
way up to join Scaler and Curtis on lap 15. A daring double-move 2 laps from the end
placed Grimes ahead of Scaler and Curtis, but just as Kearney had some laps
before, Grimes lost his advantage in turn 10 the next lap, Curtis and Scaler moving by
for position.

Ed Womer took home the Checkered Flag today, his first win at BeaveRun. Second
was Gary Kittel, and Jim Kearney was third. Dean Curtis survived the joust with Dave
Scaler and Eugene Grimes for 4th; Scaler and Grimes were 5th and 6th respectively.
Gary Blanarik came in 7th, Russell Fredericks was 8th. Rick Shields retired in 9th, Al
Spadin survived a spin early on but pitted mid-race and retired, and Rick Ruckman
pulled his Mysterian off-course on lap 13 with mechanical woes.
Results:

1 ....... Ed WOMER .............. Womer EV-3 .............. 1:07.688
2 ....... Gary KITTEL ............. Caracal D .................. 1:07.868
3 ....... Jim KEARNEY ............ Protoform P3 ............. 1:07.826

4 ....... Dean Alan CURTIS .... Womer EV-3 .............. 1:07.904
5 ....... Dave SCALER ........... Mysterian CM2 ........... 1:08.579
6 ....... Eugene GRIMES ........ Mysterian M2 ............. 1:08.321

7 ....... Gary BLANARIK ........ Caracal SB ................ 1:08.529
8 ....... Russell FREDRICKS ... Caracal D .................. 1:10.359
9 ....... Rick SHIELDS ........... VDF-2........................ 1:07.581
10 ..... Al SPADIN ....... ...... . Protoform P2 .............. 1:09.621
      Rick RUCKMAN .... .... Mysterian M2 .............. 1:10.082
      Glenn TUPPER ............ Protoform P2 ............ 1:07.957
The
Grid!!!
Shields 1:07.073
Tupper 1:07.1
Kearney 1:07.2
Womer 1:07.2
Scaler 1:07.7
Kittell 1:07.8
Blanarik 1:07.8
Grimes 1:08.0
Curtis 1:08.2
Spadin 1:08.4
Fredricks 1:09.1.
Ruckman 1:11.7