By
David McKenney


Qualifying started off cool and humid for Race Group 2, which
seemed to suit the Vees as top times were within a second of
the lap record. Jonathan Weisheit had top time in his
ProtoformP3-JKT, 1:15.755. Glenn Tupper was right there
with Jonathan in the Tupper family Protoform P2, 1:15.940.
Rick Shields and Ray Carmody were third and fourth
respectively, only 0.005 seconds apart, and led a group of 7
cars in the 1:16's.

Second session came just after lunch. With a short shower an
hour before the lunchbreak, most were predicting that no
improvements would be found, but a few drivers proved the
nay-sayers wrong. Gary Kittel shaved 0.6 off his morning
session to move up to 3rd on the grid with a 1:15.974.
Shields and Carmody, now 4th and 5th on the starting grid,
each improved by about 0.08 seconds and are now
seperated by 0.003 in times! Gary Blanarik improved by 0.16
to move ahead of Dave Scaler, who had to do some
engineering on his steering mechanism between sessions.

QUALIFYING (best of 2 sessions):

1 .... Jonathan WEISHEIT ............ ProtoformP3-JKT .....
1:15.755
2 .... Glenn TUPPER ..................... Protoform P2 ..........
1:15.940
3 .... Gary KITTEL ........................ Caracal D ...............
1:15.974
4 .... Rick SHIELDS ...................... VDF 2 .....................
1:16.025
5 .... Ray CARMODY .................... Mysterian M2 ..........
1:16.028
6 .... Ed WOMER ......................... Womer EV-3 ...........
1:16.182
7 .... Jim KEARNEY ...................... Protoform P3 ....................
1: 16.389
8 .... Gary BLANARIK .................. Caracal C ...............
1:16.716
9 .... Dave SCALER ..................... Mysterian M2 ..........
1:16.725
10 .. Russell FREDRICKS ............. Caracal D ...............
1:17.541
11 .. Jim ROWLAND ..................... ProtoformP2 ...........
1:17.687
12 .. Greg DAVIS ........................ Lazer mk.II .............
1:21.500

RACE:

The entire tone of the race was set on the first lap:
EXCITING! Off the start, 2nd-place Glenn Tupper made a go
at poleman Jonathan Weisheit and put his yellow Protoform in
the lead by turn 3, but that lead was short-lived as he and
Weisheit touched going into turn 4, both cars going off and
Weisheit gettng airborn. Both drivers are unhurt and damage
looked somewhat minor but both cars were done for the day.

First lap wasn't done thrilling the crowd: the leading pack of
Gary Kittel, Ray Carmody, Gary Blanarik, Rick Shields, and
Ed Womer all came up the back straight together and went
through The Kink ... 3 wide?! 4 wide?!! Two rows deep?! I
couldn't tell, it was a flying fist of Formula Vees all going
through the fastest corner at Nelson Ledges, side-by-side
and nose-to-tail! The remaining pack of Dave Scaler, Jim
Rowland, Russell Fredricks and Greg Davis were right there
with the lead pack and had a front-and-center seat for what's
becoming known to Nelson regulars as The Vee Show.

The order at the end of the 1st lap was Gary Kittel, Ray
Carmody, Gary Blanarik, Rick Shields, Jim Kearney, Ed
Womer, Dave Scaler, Russell Fredricks, Jim Rowland, and
Greg Davis.

The next laps saw the front eight stay close together. Ray
Carmody took the lead from Gary Kittel on the 3rd lap. Kittel
retook the lead on the next go-round. Gary Blanarik had a
mechanical malfunction and retired on lap 6, about the same
time that Russell Fredricks disappeared from radar (had an
off and got caught on a tire in the tire wall).

Lap 7 was the Big Move. Ed Womer, who had been running
mid-group, was suddenly running in 2nd as the pack came
into view up the back stretch. Ed moved his Womer EV-3 into
the lead on the next lap and held it for the next four laps,
Kittel hot on his heels. Jim Kearney and Rick Shields
displaced Ray Carmody back to 5th spot on the 9th lap; Dave
Scaler was in 6th right behind Carmody.

Gary Kittel took the front spot from Ed Womer with a pass at
The Kink on lap 12. Ed used the same spot to recover the
lead on lap 13. Ray Carmody moved past Rick Shields the
next lap and those two set to each other for the next couple
rounds, Shields within inches of Carmody as they came under
braking for turn 12.

Jim Kearney turned up the wick on his Protoform, moving into
2nd on lap 15 and taking the lead on lap 16. Womer regained
the lead the next lap, only to lose it to Kearney the next time
by. Shields moved his VDF into third spot on lap 20, putting
Kittel back in 4th and Carmody 5th.

Final lap: Jim Kearney leads Ed Womer coming up the back
straight, but Ed moves to pass going through The Kink.
Side-by-side out of The Kink and coming into turn 12, Ed
wiggles past Kearney to take the lead onto the front straight.
Kearney is only .21 seconds behind at the stripe. Rick
Shields completes the podium, a mere half-second back of
Kearney. Ray Carmody had overtaken Gary Kittel for 4th but
Kittel drag-raced Carmody up the front straight and nipped
him by .007 seconds for 4th spot.

RACE RESULTS:

1 .... Ed WOMER ........................ (1:16.485)
2 .... Jim KEARNEY ...................... (1:16.326)
3 .... Rick SHIELDS ..................... (1:16.283; fastest race lap)
4 .... Gary KITTEL ...................... (1:16.340)
5 .... Ray CARMODY ................... (1:16.302)
6 .... Dave SCALER ..................... (1:17.114)
7 .... Jim ROWLAND .................... (1:18.295)
8 .... Greg DAVIS ....................... (1:21.629)
dnf .. Gary BLANARIK ................. (1:17.057)
dnf .. Russell FREDRICKS ........... (1:17.401)
dnf .. Jonathan WEISHEIT
dnf .. Glenn TUPPER

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