Images courtesy of Alan Ward - Big Al's Photography
So, we've reached that time. Yes, I hate to say it; we have reached the end of our season (sobbing uncontrollably). It was an absolutely beautiful race day at Bear Ridge. Not a cloud in the sky, cool weather, just a beautiful New England day. We had pretty good car counts for the last race of the season. I think twelve 500's and the same for 600's. Higher numbers would be much better though. Let's get out there and recruit the ones that aren't showing up and even new members. We had several potential 500 buyers in the pits this week combing over the cars that are for sale. We need to actively recruit these people and get them involved and make them feel welcomed. Please if you see people like this let them mill around your car offer them a hand in understanding what we do, how we do it and generally any info to have them take an interest in the club. We would love to have them even if they aren't drivers but want to be involved! If you don't know how to talk with them or are too busy, please send them my way, I will talk with them and help them out.
If you folks haven't noticed, we have several teenaged men and women in the club that are all developing interests in "other" things. Racing is still very important to these members but they are going to move on which will lower our car counts. Hopefully they come back after college, schools, girlfriends, social lives etc. but we need that count to stay high so we can continue to race and put on a good show.
Wow, what a year for me. I have been exposed to one of the coolest things I have ever done and of recent even cooler was running the 600 class. I have met some of the nicest most willing to help people of my life who I didn’t even know 8 months ago. This has been a life changing event for me. I can't thank all the members who have helped me enough for showing me the way and how it goes in this racing stuff. I would like to send out a personal thank you to Scott Bachand, Ben and Bob Griffin for always answering the phone and showing me the ropes for all of the mini sprint stuff, great guys that should be modeled after and ambassadors of this club. Bob Griffin specifically has dedicated a tremendous amount of time behind the scenes trying to bring the club up to "snuff" deserves a thank you from all! Another thank you to Ernie, Bob's dad for working so hard on the sponsorships and being an ambassador between Bear Ridge and GSMSRC, thank you Ernie! Lastly, lets all thank Nadine Coates for all the hard work she put into the line-ups for this year. She was at nearly every race and even came to one sick as a dog to get the job done. She deserves a HUGE thank you!! Please extend it to her if you see her. And generally thank you to all the members that had stepped up during the season when others couldn't. I still say one of the greatest memberships I have ever had!
Ok off to the racing stuff. What a fun night at BR. Time trials were a lot of fun! Bob Griffin scorched it with the fastest time on paper. We had the usual suspects in the top with Shawn King, Tanner, Matt all being in the top. A surprise contender in time trials was Colby Beinhaur. Although he has being hanging out in the back for the season, he finished 5th in the time trials, he will be a hopeful contender next year.
The feature produced a much different story. It was a great race with Ben Bachand leading almost the entire feature. Ben where were you all year; man it was like you hair was on fire when you were driving at this race. Matt Hoyt challenged Ben the entire race! One of the best features I’ve seen all year. Tanner Seimens battled his way through the pack heading towards the front but couldn’t quite get up there. Tanner and Bob were battling it out every step of the way up to the front but weren’t able to catch Ben and Matt. In the end Matt overtook Ben with just a few laps to go taking the checkered for the last time of this year with Ben being 2nd and Bob with strong third all the way from the back.
Will Ordway showed up being a "suitcase" driver for Sean Beinhaur in the 72 car with Wills #39 on it. I think we finally got Will to swing to a 500! He was grinning from ear to ear when he came off the track and just kept saying Wow! Imagine if was in Bob or Matts car! We had some late arrivals at the track with Kyle Pittman showing his muster again with a football game before the race, showing up getting in his car running some laps and then running the feature. This young man is truly dedicated! Way to go Kyle! No major accidents on the track, in general just rubbing and racing.
In the 600 class we had a new comer #91 Mick D'Agostino show up and take the fast time in time trials with Jon Scarbourough right behind him. The field was packed with some true talent. Ben Bachand continues to push his way to the front against stiff competition. Rich Crocker lead a hard race with a 2nd place finish in the feature with Scarbourough Motorsports coming in 3rd. Ultimately the newcomer Mick #91 took the checkered in the feature. Now we just need to rope him into the club. LOL. I drove a 600 for the first time and all I can say is Oh My God!! I will never be back in a 500 if I can help it. I will run last place in a 600 all season long. What an adventure. I can't wait till next year. I left a brown stain all the way around the track from @^#% my pants. Wow!! It's like a drug driving one of those things. We had a couple of spin-outs but no majors accidents in the 6's. All was good.
In the end it was a great season. I learned a lot and have a lot more to learn! The club overall fared well and continues to have a good following. We have our last meeting before the banquet to take care of any business and elect new officers. Please start focusing on people that you would like to see in the offices that will provide for long term benefits of the club. The offices as they currently exist are: President, Vice President, Secretary, treasurer, Head of Tech, two assistant techs and I believe 4 members at large. These positions are very important and could dictate a successful club or club failure please put some thought into these positions when making your selections.
My role, I will not be pursuing the position of secretary for next year. In my opinion this position needs to be filled with a non-racing member. There is no time to actually do what the position requires while at the track. Outside of that it is a role that can be achieved. This is why Nadine deserves ccuuudddooossss for her bang up job this year. I have learned a lot this year and do plan on a long term membership with this club. I hope to see active recruitment for next year and I am glad to take part in that as long as others show up and help support the cause.
Sean Beinhaur #72