2006 V8 Stock Car Races 5 & 6 – Roebling Road
Over the years the annual Jim Stark Memorial Double SARRC at Roebling Road has become one of the premier racing events on the SCCA schedule. Of the 300+ cars entered for the 2006 version, over twenty V8-powered ground pounders were in the field as part of Group 6 races. The action was fast & furious as many drivers sought to shake off accumulated rust and though rain threatened the Savannah area, all sessions were run in the dry. As a result at least one track record fell.
On Saturday Jeff Emery qualified on the pole in the V8GT1 class, then set a new GT-1 track record of 1:08.057 as he led every lap on the way to first overall. When you consider that GT-1 National Champions have run Roebling Road in the past, Jeff’s record is a MAJOR accomplishment when you consider his offset chassis was designed to turn left all the time. First in V8SC was Bill Smith in his ’55 “Belair” (complete with replica taillights and graphics) powered by an ex-Cup engine while first place in the under-500 hp V8LM class was taken by Cory Fletcher.
Since Jeff had gained the record on Saturday, on Sunday he and Bill Smith got together and decided to put on a show for the crowd. They swapped the lead just about every lap and sometimes multiple times DURING a lap with Bill finally coming home first overall. Jeff again to
ok first in V8GT1 while Butch Kummer repaired the valve he bent during Saturday’s qualifying and brought his GTA Monte Carlo home first in V8LM. More than one spectator remarked that the V8 cars were the reason they came to the track.
Thanks also go out to all the drivers and teams for a job well done! As always, series officials would like to thank the sponsors (Goodyear, Sunoco, HRPWorld.com, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Racecar Engineering, Racing Electronics, DRP Performance, Mintex Racing, CV Products, Amsoil, Howe Racing Enterprises and Tex Racing) for their continued support of the series.