July 12, 2013
A Robert Hunter gallery is posted.
July 10, 2013
The 10.5, 275, Top Sportsman and Doorslammer page is here.
Photos are on the way over the next two days.
Mandi Brookes Racing Open Comp
Open Comp was easily the largest most fun class at Doorwarz because of the diversity in both race cars and competitors.
made the elimination's ladder come Saturday evening. The class qualified
based on reaction times and on a Sportsman ladder. With the pro tree
format many teams took all four runs to try and get a handle on whether
or not to deep stage whether or not to light both bulbs, courtesy
stage etc. The decision was made to not have to courtesy stage since
many drivers would go in deep. There were a number of guys who entered
the class from the Pro Bracket class, Super Pro and Super Shifter
and quite a few were peacocking on how it would be easy pickens with
the pro light. well a number of those racers did pretty well but in
a seven round race anything can happen. There was bonus money put
up in the class as well by Tri City Cutting and Coring:
In qualifying just over half the field was slower than a .100 light, but it was better than I thought it would be. Most of the regular Open Comp racers were .070 or better. The #1 qualifier was Jason Field from Courtney with a .002 light and Rick Willson who does not race a ton anymore was .006. Chris Bilodeau was #3 with a.007 light. One of the favorites (just ask him...jk) was Stefan Kondolay and he was .013 qualifying #4. Allison Gibson a multi-time winner in Open Comp was #5 with a .015 rt in time trials. The race sponsor Mandi Brookes was near the top with a .030 light. Ryan Johnson, Kevin McNicol, John Tabak and Justin Gallant were all in the top ten on the ladder.
Top 40 qualifiers in Open Comp
see how many hitters were gone early. Right at the top Kevin McNicols
and many time winner in Open Comp went red giving the win to Jessica
Wind. Damien Gidden and Justin Bond two of the best bracket racers
at MRP duked it out and both had great lights and both broke out trying
to get the stripe. Giddens got the win with a .009 light to Bonds
.021. Giddens went 8.931 on his 8.95 dial and Bond went 10.617 on
his 10.65 dial.
Jas Kooner a regular Pro Bracket racer advance with a win over Ken
Funk. Giddens was off to round three with his win or Street legal
racer Steve Erickson. Gallant defeated Steve MacKenzie, Rick Willson
defeated a red light Da Silva, Gibson got by Stewart in a battle of
Open Comp hitters. Kash Sandhu defeated Walter Johnson and Hot Rod,
Sportsman competitor Randy Hermsen defeat Ryan Johnson. Dan Brookes
was off to round three with his win over David Watson Mandi was solid
on the tree again as she took out Rhodenizer. It was only the second
race in the round where both drivers were better than .1 on the tree.
Fillingham and Darby were the other two drivers who had sub .1 lights
in their race.
Willson went .007 in round three against Derocher and won the $200.00 bonus from Tri City Cutting and Coring for best RT in elimination's (actually Gallant also went .0067 but Willson was the first). Pente got a freebie when Dan Brookes left to early, Gallant got the win over Giddens by .001 on a double break out. Fillingham defeated Tabak, Gibson ran right on her 10.27 dial but was .077 later on the tree than her opponent Ron Pister. Sandhu defeated Wind. Kooner got by Hermsen despite being .068 back at the tree, Elford was right on his 10.33 dial but Kondolay was a tenth better on the tree. Dyan Lover defeated Mandi Brookes in the battle of two prominent lady drivers at MRP. Mandi had a great light but took too much stripe and broke out by .008.
From this round to the final there would be a bye run in every round.
got a bye run Willson ran right on his 11.44 dial and defeated Fillingham.
Gallant was dead late, but so was his opponent Ron Pister and he was
off to the 1/4 finals. Kooner got the win over Pente when Pente left
to early and Kondolay was heading to the 1/4 finals with a .014 stripe.
It was close I was at the finish line for the round.
Willson got the single in the round had a .010 light and run within
.007 of his 11.44 number. Remember in elimination's your dial can
Gallant had the bye run and he took and easy run down the 1320. Rick Willson left way to early against Lover (who also left early but after Willson) and the girl was off to the final round.
Who would take home the $2,000.00 for the win. A stick Mustang or a 9 second Camaro.
It was the Mustang as Justin Gallant had the better light going .049 and running a 10.29 on his 10.23 dial. Dyan spun the tires on the line and could not recover to catch the Super Shifter driver.
a fun race and a great turnout for the class. I am guessing next year
will be even better.
Elimination's sheet from the 1/8's to the final
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