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Standridge Wins West Coast Title

Race Report:

For the last race of the West Coast Challenge Series, five drivers made the trip to Buttonwillow:  Dave Standridge, Karen Salvaggio, Mike Beeler, T.C. McNett, and Rick Anderson.  Weather was forecast to be dry, so all were anxious to do their best.  It was a well known fact that the season was not locked up by anyone and that any miscue could change the outcome for the four drivers in contention for the top three spots.

 Saturday Race

After qualifying, the grid was set with Dave on pole followed by Rick, and T.C.  Karen wasnít able to make the start because of a loose water line.  Mike was late getting to the track because he was still dropping his new motor!!

At the rolling green start, Dave and Rick were surprised by being passed by Mike with his new motor (he really hid the supercharger well!!) and T.C.  As the front three settled into the race, Rick got punted off track by a CMC driver.  After a quick inspection of the car, Rick took off in pursuit of Mike.  Meanwhile, Dave had taken over P-1 with TC following.  With the race winding down, a small puff of smoke became a large stream of smoke coming from Daveís car.  Soon there were flames coming out the driverís side caused by a power steering line that had severed.  With Daveís race ended, T.C. cruised to the win with Rick second and Mike with his first podium taking third.

 Sunday Race

After a 20 minute qualifying race with T.C. taking the win, followed by Dave, Karen, Rick, and Mike all were ready for the final race of the season.  At the standing start, T.C. got a great start with Karen right on his tail. Next in line, Rick beat Dave to turn one with Mike sitting in the cat-bird seat in case anyone goofed.  The front four made several laps nose to tail before Dave overtook Rick.  Eventually, Dave took the lead with T.C. in second, followed by Karen, Rick and Mike.  At the checker, it was Dave for the win and the West Coast Championship, followed by T.C., then Karen for the second place in the West Coast Series.  Next came Rick to cinch the third spot in the series from Robert Walter (by 5 points!!), and finishing next was a strong running Mike Beeler.

A hard fought race and an even harder fought year!!  Congratulations to all the drivers this year for making this year very interesting and rewarding for all.  I hope the car count will be even better next year as there are several new drivers/cars out there waiting for race licenses.    See you next season!!


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