AVE SCORES AT CAROLINA MOTORSPORTS PARK
A fine field of big bore racers made the tow to Kershaw, South Carolina to test the newly reconfigured and improved Carolina Motorsports Park at the South Carolina Regions Buck Muse Memorial Double SARRC event. Our hats are off to CMP management for their commitment to improving the track and facility. The team at CMP had recently completed a redesign of the turn 12-13-14 complex, and repaved most of the turns providing faster speeds, reduced lap times and improved tire life. In addition 24 day garages were constructed and made available to racers.
The sky was overcast and threatening on Saturday morning and the temperature a cool 50 degrees but the track was dry when the group hit the track for qualifying. Tony Ave quickly put everyone on notice that just because he didn't bring the 2007 National Champ GT-1 Beebe Racing Corvette, that he wouldn't be fast. Tony took the pole in convincing fashion in a beautifully refurbished ex Tom Gloy, Beebe Racing Mustang, setting a new standard at 1.29.574. Tony's considerable driving talent is well known, but his expertise at constructing and setting up these big bore racers deserves notice. Sebring winner and former Grand Am Champ Dave Machavern took the outside pole in his fast Tommy Riggins Corvette, with the always quick and exciting Scott "Slideways" Murphy third.
In V8 SPO, Lee Arnold took the honors in his ex Boris Said South West Tour Monte Carlo, with colorful, enigmatic "Wild Bill" Smith second in his tube frame replica of a '55 Chevy prepped by Georgia stock car Ace, Andrew Blaske. A fast learning Paul Breehne took the third spot in the race winning, ex Bruce Perra Monte Carlo.
Tampa Bay's racer, Tony Amico followed up his V8 GTA pole at Sebring, with another, over Augusta, Georgia's Randy Gay Jr and Charlotte's Steve Magowan. Magowan and Gay were separated by one, one thousandth of a second.
With the group sitting on the grid for the afternoon race, waiting for workers to clear the track from the previous race, the rains came, just sprinkling at first, but then a steady shower.
Pole sitter Tony Ave departed from his car as did Scott Murphy, Lee Arnold, Randy Gay and more. With most of the big bore cars without rains and ill suited for the conditions anyway, V8 StockCar officials decided to draw points from qualifying. The SCCA group went off anyway with the slowest car in the field, T-2 Nissan, lapping the entire field. It helps to have rains, a defroster, and wipers.
Sunday looked like more of the same with temperatures around 42 degrees and a steady drizzle. V8 StockCar's decision was to double qualifying points from Saturday, and look forward to better weather at Roebling Road, April 26 and 27.
V8 StockCar thanks the South Carolina Region SCCA and its' workers for the excellent job planning and hosting the Buck Muse Memorial Races.