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There was plenty at stake at the final WHO Nascar race of 2016. John looked reasonably
safe for the championship, but couldn't afford to finish out of the top five places.
The junior battle -
As the twenty racers did walk through that door, they were handed a Super Tires 21st anniversary sticker, a copy of next year's racing calendar and a sheet with the four rule changes for 2017. A very brief Annual General Meeting was held to elect the club's organising team and management committee. And then we were off racing.
Keith had decided on a big oval for the final race and we built a 70 foot rectangular track that filled the Barn very nicely. The turns were wide and very gently banked, with turns one and two feeling a little trickier than three and four.
It was soon clear the big oval was a real leveller for the Mega-
The top three at half way were the top three at the end of the heats -
We had a shoot-
Corey joined three Mega-
Up in the E final, Mike joined the three As -
Mike had intended to head home after the F final, but now he was up in the D final
and back in white lane. He set a better score than his first final, but it was only
enough for fourth place -
We had another enthralling race in the C final with Keith, Neil and Alex putting
on a show, with Tony never really in it. With Alex falling away towards the end,
it was Neil who hung on to Keith's tail to keep him sweating -
The B final summed up what has been great about Nascar this season -
Up in the A final, we had three Nascar race-
What we know is that Ned came off between turns 3 and 4. Then Mike and John's cars ended up on the floor coming out of the final turn. The two incidents were probably connected, but the attempted slick marshalling ended up anything but as John and Mike's cars were thrown and dropped. In the chaos and carnage, Andy swept through and took a small lead over Mike. Both knew that with their previous race pace, Mike would catch and pass Andy by the end. Andy pushed as hard as he could, held the lead for a few laps, but then pushed too hard coming out of the tricky turn two and Mike was past.
As the chequered flag fell, the gap was just over half a lap or a little over two
seconds. The Gen6 man was gutted, but a completely jet-
Normally, that would be the end of the evening, but this year the Gen6 Cup had a
It was Keith and Andy -
As the race moved towards halfway, Andy knew he had to start to make a move. Risking
a little more speed through the corners, he gradually inched up onto Keith's right
rear quarter panel. With both cars on the limit, the pass was going to take quite
a few laps -
Congratulations to all our winners tonight -
Thanks to everyone who took part and made it an excellent evening. It has been a great Nascar season with Keith and Deborah guiding the track design and the new Gen6 Cup format with all their knowledge and passion for Nascar. Stephen has run the Nascar races on the evenings with skill and panache. Plans for next year are taking shape and you might just get a little surprise in February…
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