V8STOCKCAR RUMBLES AT SEBRING
The V8 Series racers traveled to steamy Sebring International Raceway September 5th & 6th for the labor day weekend RaceCar Engineering Twins. With the mid-day temperature hovering around 95 degrees, racing at Sebring in the summer is one of the tougher tests in sports. Dave Machavern returned to the series after missing Daytona. Dave was looking for one more win to max out his point total going into the ARRC at Road Atlanta. Despite the heat and a very slick track, Machavern managed to put his Riggins Competition prepped Corvette on the overall pole with a quick for the conditions 2:08 and change. Dr. Bob Mack took the second spot in his beautiful red GT3RS Porsche with Buddy Hendricks next in his Camaro.
In V8 GT2, Doug Wilson was looking to garner his fifth and sixth wins in as may starts, putting himself in the best possible situation for a showdown at the ARRC with Corvette racer Bob Mayer. Wilson and Mayer have both been unbeaten in the class this year, but their meeting at the ARRC will be the first for the duo as they have yet to show up at the same race. Wilson put his Cherry Cars BMW M3 on the class pole.
Lee Arnold put his Monte Carlo on the V8 SPO pole with Paul Breehne second in his Ford Fusion with Bill Minnear third.
Jay Marshall brought out his Mike Cope prepared Chevy Impala and layed down a 2:16.0 in qualifying, that was only a couple tenths off the track record despite the slick conditions. Tom "Hollywood" Graham grabbed the second spot narrowly over Charles Wicht. Wicht was competing in V8 GTA for the first time, driving the V8 StockCar.com Dodge Intrepid as a result of motor problems suffered at Daytona in his fast V8 GT-1 ride. Charles quickly showed he could still get around Sebring on the "little" ten inch tired stock cars, cuttting some fast laps in a car that was in it's first weekend on a road course. The former ASA ride of Nascar star Reed Sorenson had been converted to road race configuration late last year but never raced.
When the green dropped on Saturday's race, either Machavern "ate a sandwich" or Lee Arnold jumped the start slightly, resulting in Arnold leading into and out of turn one. By turn two though all was right in the V8 World as Machavern got by and checked out for an easy win with Mack second and Hendricks third in class. Arnold ran strong the entire race holding off the rest of the GT-1's and the GTA fast guys, taking first in V8 SPO and second overall. In V8 GTA Jay Marshall was challenged early by Graham and Wicht, but his pace was too much for the others and he won comfortably with Graham second and Wicht third. Doug Wilson got the V8 GT2 win over Terry Taylor's 240 Z.
Sunday brought more heat and a few less cars as some succumbed to the conditions. The winners names stayed the same with Machavern, Arnold, Marshall and Wilson all repeating. Charles Wicht gave Jay Marshall something to worry about early briefly taking the V8 GTA lead before his clutch started to fail. Wicht eased up a bit to get to the finish, but still came home a respectable fifth overall and second in V8 GTA.
Going into the SARRC Invitational, the point leaders are Dave Machavern in V8 GT-1, Doug Wilson in V8 GT2, Lee Arnold in V8 SPO and Tony Amico in V8 GTA.
The V8 Racers thank the Central Florida Region SCCA and its' workers for another outstanding job handling the event.
Next up for the Group is the SARRC Invitational Challenge at Roebling Road and for the first time, the SIC will feature two races for the V8 group during the weekend.
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