September 2016 Newsletter

September 2016

Sports Car Club of America – Yellowstone Region 108

 Mike Terhorst’s STR 2016 Maxda MX-5 (27th overall at 2016 Top Gun)
Meeting Minutes

September 2016 Meeting 

The monthly membership meeting of the Yellowstone Region SCCA was called to order by Regional Executive Dean W. Johnson on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 5:41 p.m., in the GH&R law firm conference room.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: A motion was MS&P to accept without addition or correction the minutes of the May 2016 meeting as published in the May 2016 issue of Fast Times. There were no membership meetings in June, July, or August. Regional issues were addressed during workers’ breakfasts prior to events during those months

Treasurer’s Report: Secretary/Treasurer J. Reuss reported the current checkbook balance and noted that all bills have been paid. A motion was MS&P to accept the Treasurer’s Report. It was noted that despite fewer events being held this year, increased attendance had pushed the Region’s bank account above last year’s level on the same date.

Old Business: The PA system in the timing trailer is in need of repair/replacement. Dean offered to donate an old CB radio he was not using.J. will be sourcing a new loudspeaker.

New Business/Announcements: Dean indicated an intention to become a Solo Safety Steward. A discussion was held regarding the loss of Reserve Center. A decision was made to contact Metra and Yellowstone Drag Strip to see if they could accommodate the Region on short notice to avoid cancelling the September 25th event. It was decided that if the Region could secure one additional site, 6 events would be held in 2017. If the Region could secure two additional sites, 7 or 8 events would be planned.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:20 p.m

Top Gun 2016

By the Competition Chair, Tucker Stewart

Top Gun has been historically the largest autocross in Montana, and this year was no exception. 2016 was the first year that other states were allowed to compete for the traveling trophy. The majority of the 115 competitors came from out of state. Very competitive drivers showed up from Idaho, Utah, Washington, and a handful of other states. Representing Yellowstone Region  was Regional Executive, Dean Johnson, competing in E Modified, and yours truly in E Street.

The first day the course was set up for speed, with a few hard braking zones. Times were from 80-100 seconds, and many folks reporting they had to use 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears multiple times. On day 2, the course was much smoother, with more sweepers and wider exit cones. Those changes allowed the drivers with less powerful cars to catch up, while the times stayed about the same. By the end of the weekend, I ended up in 3rd in class–losing 2nd place by 0.180 seconds. Dean ended up 3rd in his class as well. The drivers from Spokane really brought their A-game and were able to snag the trophy and bring it out of Montana for the first time ever.

This event give drivers a chance to prove themselves in a very competitive environment. With people showing up in multiple classes with cars that are nationally competitive, everyone gets an opportunity to see where they can improve, while driving at one of the most unique locations in the state. The first year I joined SCCA, I was told if I wanted to learn how to go faster, go to Top Gun. That advice still holds true. To view the results from this year’s Top Gun, click here.

T.M.S.

 
 
 MyT13B’s Corner

From the Regional Executive

The “official” reason(s) we received from the Army National Guard for being denied access to their lot were:”the wording of the [SCCA] insurance,” “that there was a fee to attend the event,” and “that the [Montana Army Reserve National Guard] is not able to support any event that could be considered a fund raiser.” Also, the [Guard] “could not create the appearance that it was supporting a private organization.” As indicated in an email to members after the cancellation, the local folks at the Reserve Center had been very supportive of our plans, but “higher-ups” in Helena thought the event would involve “too much liability.”

The Marine Reserve car show scheduled for the lot was ousted at 3:00 p.m. on Friday while they were setting up. However, an adjoining property owner allowed the event to be moved across the street. The car show was fairly well attended. Although yours truly did not win a trophy, Region members Jerod Staebler and James Reuss “took home the hardware” for wins in their respective classes.

Metra was unable to accommodate the Region for its last event of 2016 because Indian Relay and team roping events needed most of the carnival lot. However, Yellowstone Drag Strip was available, so the September 25th event will proceed as scheduled (as long as the weather holds).

D.W.J.

 
 Race Notes

From the Competition Chair

I have been following the testing of 200-treadwear tires in Grassroots Motorsports magazine. Of particular interest to me is that the tires were tested on a ST Mazda Miata driven by reigning Street Touring FWD champ David Whitener and autocross expert Andy Hollis. You can view the original articlehere, but the October issue tested the Kumho Ecsta V720 and compared it with the benchmark BF Goodrich g-Force Rival S. Long story short, the Rival S still posted faster times than the Kumhos, but at a price–$145 each for the BFGs and $115 for the Kumhos.

My overall takeaway? The current offerings of performance autocross tires are all great. Carefully-controlled testing produces results that are extremely close–typically with margins of less than a second. In the long run, tire “feel” and the “nut behind the steering wheel” more than make up the difference.

T.M.S.

 

 
The Finish Line

From the Webmaster

When I listed prior editors of Fast Times, I was certain that I would leave someone out. Former Region member Jeff Womack sent an email indicating the he and Dennis McCollough edited and produced the newsletter in the mid-80s for a few years. Jeff indicated that they did interviews with locals who owned interesting cars. That would be a great feature to continue–any volunteers?

The second shipment of Region t-shirts has arrived. We now have shirts in all sizes–including tank tops in small for women and children.

The Region will be cooking Costco hot dogs at the Yellowstone Drag Strip event. The cost will be an extremely low $2 for a dog, chips, and a drink. However, folks buying a t-shirt at the event will get lunch for free!

Since we “lost” an event, trophies will be awarded to all class winners at YDS as determined by trophy allocations generated by the timing software.

Pray for good weather!

J.

 
Competitors stage at the 2016 Top Gun event.
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August 2016 Newsletter

 August 2016

Sports Car Club of America – Yellowstone Region 108

 Proof that even Z06 drivers can have a sense of humor!.
 
Black Hills Corvette Classic

By the Newsletter Editor

Region members Steve Gruver and J. Reuss recently attended the 45th annual Black Hills Corvette Classic in Spearfish, SD. The week-long event starts in Sioux Falls, SD, and then moves westward to enjoy a variety of Corvette-related activities in the Black Hills. On Friday morning, an autocross was held in a lot on the campus of Black Hills State University. There were three run groups and each driver had four timed runs.

 
 Steve won the C4 class and J. won the C5 class. A new feature debuted at this year’s event called the “Battle of the Pros” A professional driver from the Ron Fellows Corvette Driving School led off each run group and set a benchmark time to beat. Both Steve and J. beat the pro’s benchmark time, so they were eligible to race in the Battle of the Pros. A total of 10 drivers received another four runs each. Unfortunately, there were no “dial-in” times or other form of handicapping, so the supercharged C7s prevailed.
 
 Steve Gruver attempting to “side draft” a cone.
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 MyT13B’s Corner

From the Regional Executive

The Region’s next event is Sunday, August 28th at the National Guard Armory on Gabel Road. On the preceding day, the Region will be co-sponsoring a car show at the same location. The principal sponsor is the Marine Reserves. The current plan is to park the timing trailer on site together with a few members’ cars. The Region participated in a car show at Rimrock Auto a number of years ago and it attracted quite a bit of interest.

Chris Brewer’s departure reduced the Region’s staff of Solo Safety Stewards (SSS) to just one. The potential problem that is created is the possible cancellation of an event if the SSS cannot attend. A more immediate problem is that the SSS cannot drive at an events without another SSS being in attendance. With our membership at an all-time high, I am hopeful that (at least) one or two members will “step up to the plate” and become Solo Safety Stewards (and Solo Safety Steward Instructors). Becoming a SSS does not take much time–an hour or two in a training session followed by a quiz. Thereafter, you assist a SSS at a few events before becoming a full-fledged SSS. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or if you are interested!

D.W.J.

 
 
 Race Notes

From the Competition Chair

Assuming that everything goes well with the Region’s return to the National Guard Armory site in August, plans are being formulated to hold an autocross drivers’ school at the September event. The Region held a drivers’ school a number of years ago at the GM Petroleum site and by all accounts, it was well-received. The drivers’ school at GM Petroleum was held on Saturday evening. Neophyte cone chasers took their first runs with or without ride-along instructors and without a time clock running. Following a mid-event pizza party, the time clock was turned on and participants raced into the night under the lights! Dusk will arrive much sooner in late September, so headlights will probably be required. Many attendees entered the “regular” event the following day. This should be a great opportunity for spouses and friends to give the sport a try in a non-competitive environment.

T.M.S.

 
 
 The Finish Line

From the Webmaster

“Team Owner” and Region member Pat Reuss participated in the drag racing event at the Black Hills Corvette Classic. Races are held on a drag strip just east of Sturgis, SD. The high point of the event was Pat’s 0.0121 reaction time on her sixth pass. The low point was a red light on her seventh pass. Pat drowned her sorrows with a post-race “S’loonshine” at the newly-reopened Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis. Some of you may recall that the “World’s Largest Biker Bar” was reduced to ashes last year shortly after the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The site has been cleaned up to some degree, but new construction has not begun as of yet.

This is the 100th newsletter since I volunteered to take over the job at the September 2007 membership meeting.  (Time flies when you’re having fun?) I followed in the capable footsteps of prior newsletter editors such as Char Schultz, Kristi Gilliland, Bill Schaff, Lance Peterson, and Dick Hager. The earliest newsletter of which we have a copy is from February 1973. If you have some time and would like to take a stroll down the Region’s “memory lane,” click here for the Newsletter Archives.

J.

 
  Pat Reuss picking a fight with another Z06 (with 250 more hp!)
 
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 Steve Gruver live-tweeting from the Black Hills Corvette Classic.
 
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July 2016 Newsletter

 July 2016

Sports Car Club of America – Yellowstone Region 108

 Barn find? No, a Laurel thrift shop find. LS or rotary power? (See below.)
 Meeting Minutes

June and July 2016 Meetings 

There were no monthly membership meetings held in June or July. Informal meetings took place during the workers’ breakfasts prior to the MetraPark and YDS II events.

 Yellowstone Drag Strip II

By the Newsletter Editor

The Region’s second event at YDS bested the attendance record set in May by 4 cars. Thirty-one drivers logged an average of 9 runs each for a total of 270 runs. The course was long and fast with the fastest time just shy of 50 seconds–clearly a “Corvette” course!

Appropriately, a Corvette driver (and new daddy), John Bonner, posted fast-time-of-day in his C7 Z06. Riley Kelly–with his Corvette-powered Mazda RX-8–placed second just 0.687 seconds behind John. James’ Reuss’ third-place finish in the $300 Civic bumped Luke Bonner and his Camaro SS off the podium. New Region member David Greenfield, in his super-fast Evo, was fifth. Jim Coons edged out (new mom) Rachel Bonner (driving the family Z06) by 0.110 seconds. Jeremy Vansant, James Papallo, and Tom Litton rounded out the top-10.

PAX scoring put the Bonner brothers on top, followed by Litton, Vansant, andPapallo. A notable PAX finish was Holden Knutson in his Mazda CX-5. Eddie Salcedo placed 11th in PAX scoring, unquestionably aided by much missing bodywork.

The temperatures were hot, but so was the competition. Complete results and more photos are available by clicking here.

 
 
 MyT13B’s Corner

From the Regional Executive

The Region recently received a check from the Black Otter Hillclimb Association. After many years of inactivity, the group decided to call it quits and donate the proceeds in its bank account to its closest relative, theYellowstone Region SCCA.

Many current members of the Region are not familiar with the Black Otter Hillclimb, so I asked friend-of-the Region Kristi Mathson to put together the following brief history:

The Black Otter Hillclimb was established in 1959 by a group of sports car enthusiasts and was initially called “The Stairway to the Stars.” The course was in Swords Park and was 1.10 miles in length. The starting line was midway between 6th Avenue North and Airport Hill Road, on what is now named the 6th Avenue Bypass Road. The finish line was at the top just before Yellowstone Kelly’s grave. In 1959, the fastest time was a Corvette driven by Dave Corville.  Dave turned an amazing 1:09.7.  Several years later, the Hill was taken over by the Sports Car Club of Montana (SCCM) and the name changed to the Black Otter Hillclimb. From 1959 to 1979, drivers attacked  the Hill with all they had and eight hill records were set in twenty years dropping the Hill record to 1:01.551.   In 1980, Grant Cameron, a veteran of the Hill, driving a Caldwell Formula Ford, broke the one-minute mark for a new Hill record of :59.654.  Grant’s record would stand for 3 more years before being broken again. The 60 Second Club was established to honor the men and women that could race the Hill in 60 seconds or less.  To date there are 9 drivers with that distinction.  Grant Cameron, Dick Hager, Dwight Gilliland, Larry Althoff,George Bowland, Jim Arnett, Kristi Gilliland, Kenny Richlens, and Susan Hagaman. There are also outstanding records and efforts in 42 other classes by men and women racing anything from a street-driven car to a home-built car to an off-road vehicle.  The Sports Car Club of Montana ran the event until the club’s dissolution in 1986.  The 1987 Hillclimb was to be ran under a different sanctioning body, but organizational problems and road construction prevented it from happening that year. In the following years, road construction at the base of the hill and insurance problems with the event itself kept the Hillclimb shut down. In 1994, a small group of dedicated diehards aligned themselves with the Northwest Hillclimb Association. With major effort, the 29th running of the Hill was a reality!  Once again, the Hill would come alive every August with the sound of race cars and the smell of tires! Unfortunately, due to construction and an interchange to allow traffic between Main Street, 6th Avenue, Alkali Creek, and Airport Road, the last running of the Black Otter Hillclimb was its 39th running in 2004.

D.W.J.

 
 
 Race Notes

From the Competition Chair

Two “tallish” entries at YDS gave rise to a review of the “Rollover Potential Guidelines” of the SCCA Solo Rules. Unstable vehicles with a high center of gravity and a narrow track, including SUVs, minivans, and 4WD pickups, must be excluded if they have a potential to roll over. Rule 3.1 sets forth two guidelines which do not appear to be mutually exclusive. The first guideline compares the overall vehicle height to the average track width. The acceptable range is 1:1 or lower. In other words, if the vehicle is shorter (less tall) than its track width (the distance between the centers of the right and left wheels), you are good to go! Craig Perkin‘s 1987 Ford Ranger was initially suspect, but his 92″ track put him “in the clear.” See below.

The second guideline sounds more precise, but it is difficult to apply in practice. The guideline provides that vehicles with a “Static Stability Factor” (SSF) of less than 1.30 should not be allowed to complete in Solo events. SSF is defined as 1/2 the track width divided by the height of the center of gravity above the road. While measuring the track width and dividing it in half is easy, figuring out the height of the center of gravity cannot be accomplished during a typical pre-event tech inspection.

T.M.S.

 
 The Finish Line

From the Webmaster

The $300 Civic returned to the track at YDS after a few teething problems were sorted.The throttle problems are behind us. The clutch held up for the entire day, but periodic ominous odors suggested that further work might be necessary.  A third-place overall finish byJames Reuss demonstrated that the car has real potential. Team members James and Kaitlin Staebler could not agree on what gears–out of the 6 available–worked best on the long course, however, James’ strategy of leaving the car in third resulted in faster times. The little compact didn’t have the legs to match John Bonner‘s Corvette and Riley Kelly‘s Mazda on the straights, but it obviously held its own in the “twisties.”

J.

 
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No rotary or LS power here–looks like an American V-6 with a 2V carb.
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Yellowstone Drag Strip II – July 3, 2016

Event Chair – Steve Gruver
Safety Steward – J. Reuss
SSS Trainee – Dean W. Johnson

Final Raw Time Results
#3 – Yellowstone Drag Strip – Sun 07-03-2016
Timed Entries: 31
Raw Pos.Pos.Class#DriverCar ModelRaw TimeDiff.From 1st
11SS69John Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z0649.9410.0000.000
21XP77Riley Kelly1993 Mazda RX-750.6280.6870.687
32XP51James Reuss1989 Honda Civic52.0061.3782.065
41FS607Luke Bonner2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS52.4050.3992.464
51ASP70David Greenfield2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution52.6800.2752.739
61STX333Jim Coons2004 Subaru WRX STI53.2940.6143.353
71SSL69XRachel Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z0653.4040.1103.463
81STS666Jeremy Vansant1989 Nissan Skyline GTR53.4460.0423.505
92STS66James Papallo1989 Honda Civic53.5230.0773.582
101ES640XThomas Litton1997 Mazda MX-553.5600.0373.619
111EM74Dean Johnson1980 Mazda RX-753.8720.3123.931
121XPL15Kaitlin Staebler1989 Honda Civic54.2460.3744.305
131SSM302Jerett Miller1984 Ford Mustang55.3081.0625.367
141CSP68Woody Jensen1990 Honda Civic CRX55.7330.4255.792
151HS17Richard Olson2002 VW Jetta56.1360.4036.195
161CS333Zane Job2004 Nissan 350Z56.3470.2116.406
171BS11Guy Cox2014 Nissan 370Z56.4670.1206.526
182HS174Holden Knutson2015 Mazda CX-556.9690.5027.028
193HS23Eddie Salcedo1995 Nissan 200SX57.5110.5427.570
201DM6Rick SpillmanHomebuilt57.8350.3247.894
213STS38Joel Gruver2003 Mazda Miata57.8690.0347.928
221STSL38XReese Newman2003 Mazda Miata58.1320.2638.191
232FS30Bob Schultz2004 Pontiac GTO58.6290.4978.688
244HS999Mason Miller1989 Ford Mustang GT58.9170.2888.976
251HSL72Jackie Bell1999 MItsubishi Eclipse59.3720.4559.431
262ES7Cody Potts2006 Dodge Magnum59.7620.3909.821
273FS607XGeoff Sloan2010 Chevy Camaro SS61.6421.88011.701
284FS888Damion Armstrong1990 Nissan 300ZX62.4300.78812.489
292EM514Craig Perkins1987 Ford Ranger62.7270.29712.786
305HS31Matt Riesinger1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo63.0250.29813.084
313ES13Jared Cellan1992 Mazda Miata63.4910.46613.550

Pax Time Results
#3 – Yellowstone Drag Strip – Sun 07-03-2016
Timed Entries: 31
Pax Pos.Pos.Class#DriverCar ModelTotalFactorPax TimeDiff.From 1st
11SS69John Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z0649.941*0.83541.7000.0000.000
21FS607Luke Bonner2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS52.405*0.81442.6570.9570.957
31ES640XThomas Litton1997 Mazda MX-553.560*0.80743.2220.5651.522
41STS666Jeremy Vansant1989 Nissan Skyline GTR53.446*0.83244.4671.2452.767
52STS66James Papallo1989 Honda Civic53.523*0.83244.5310.0642.831
61STX333Jim Coons2004 Subaru WRX STI53.294*0.83644.5530.0222.853
71SSL69XRachel Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z0653.404*0.83544.5920.0392.892
81HS17Richard Olson2002 VW Jetta56.136*0.79844.7960.2043.096
92HS174Holden Knutson2015 Mazda CX-556.969*0.79845.4610.6653.761
101ASP70David Greenfield2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution52.680*0.86545.5680.1073.868
113HS23Eddie Salcedo1995 Nissan 200SX57.511*0.79845.8930.3254.193
121XP77Riley Kelly1993 Mazda RX-750.628*0.90745.9190.0264.219
131CS333Zane Job2004 Nissan 350Z56.347*0.81946.1480.2294.448
141BS11Guy Cox2014 Nissan 370Z56.467*0.82646.6410.4934.941
154HS999Mason Miller1989 Ford Mustang GT58.917*0.79847.0150.3745.315
162XP51James Reuss1989 Honda Civic52.006*0.90747.1690.1545.469
171HSL72Jackie Bell1999 MItsubishi Eclipse59.372*0.79847.3780.2095.678
182FS30Bob Schultz2004 Pontiac GTO58.629*0.81447.7240.3466.024
193STS38Joel Gruver2003 Mazda Miata57.869*0.83248.1470.4236.447
202ES7Cody Potts2006 Dodge Magnum59.762*0.80748.2270.0806.527
211CSP68Woody Jensen1990 Honda Civic CRX55.733*0.86748.3200.0936.620
221STSL38XReese Newman2003 Mazda Miata58.132*0.83248.3650.0456.665
231SSM302Jerett Miller1984 Ford Mustang55.308*0.88248.7810.4167.081
241XPL15Kaitlin Staebler1989 Honda Civic54.246*0.90749.2010.4207.501
251EM74Dean Johnson1980 Mazda RX-753.872*0.92049.5620.3617.862
263FS607XGeoff Sloan2010 Chevy Camaro SS61.642*0.81450.1760.6148.476
275HS31Matt Riesinger1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo63.025*0.79850.2930.1178.593
284FS888Damion Armstrong1990 Nissan 300ZX62.430*0.81450.8180.5259.118
293ES13Jared Cellan1992 Mazda Miata63.491*0.80751.2370.4199.537
301DM6Rick SpillmanHomebuilt57.835*0.91953.1501.91311.450
312EM514Craig Perkins1987 Ford Ranger62.727*0.92057.7084.55816.008
Top Times Of DayTimeClass#Driver
Raw time49.941SS69John Bonner
Pax41.700SS69John Bonner
Street49.941SS69John Bonner
Touring53.294STX333Jim Coons
Street Prepared52.680ASP70David Greenfield
Prepared50.628XP77Riley Kelly
Street Modified55.308SSM302Jerett Miller
Modified53.872EM74Dean Johnson
Street Ladies53.404SSL69XRachel Bonner
Touring Ladies58.132STSL38XReese Newman
Prepared Ladies54.246XPL15Kaitlin Staebler
Final Results
#3 – Yellowstone Drag Strip – Sun 07-03-2016
Total Registered: 31, with Times: 31
Pos.Class#DriverCar ModelCar ColorRun 1..Run 2..Run 3..Total
1TSS69John Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06White53.87651.85750.886+149.941
50.777+150.976+351.226
52.22049.94150.704
1TBS11Guy Cox2014 Nissan 370ZSilver64.121+160.00358.16456.467
56.62256.48657.559
57.41957.18056.467
1TCS333Zane Job2004 Nissan 350ZGrey59.059+157.69457.490+156.347
57.771+256.46256.427
56.34758.663+1
1TES640XThomas Litton1997 Mazda MX-5Red57.19856.32955.60353.560
54.43454.28755.060[-]6.202
53.56054.529+158.449+DNF
2ES7Cody Potts2006 Dodge MagnumBlack67.13963.7421.535+DNF59.762
63.84362.58062.264+6.202
60.57459.76260.021
60.139
3ES13Jared Cellan1992 Mazda MiataBlue69.20465.50640.994+DNF63.491
66.13865.075+164.528+3.729
64.14766.07664.495
63.491
1TFS607Luke Bonner2015 Chevrolet Camaro SSOrange55.262+155.077+154.37652.405
53.094+154.662+154.211
53.02952.40560.425+DNF
52.692
2TFS30Bob Schultz2004 Pontiac GTORed62.81462.51762.23958.629
61.57660.09358.923[-]3.801
58.62959.01658.765
3FS607XGeoff Sloan2010 Chevy Camaro SSOrange75.463+161.6427.766+DNF61.642
11.566+DNF+9.237
4FS888Damion Armstrong1990 Nissan 300ZXPeriwinkle77.14570.87368.44162.430
70.22967.45465.797+3.801
65.87863.85762.430
1THS17Richard Olson2002 VW JettaGreen57.48255.878+356.81656.136
56.72456.13655.211+3[-]0.833
55.820+155.871+256.866+4
2THS174Holden Knutson2015 Mazda CX-5Black61.22859.208+158.19856.969
58.088+158.500+158.318+0.833
58.213+157.221+156.323+1
56.969
3HS23Eddie Salcedo1995 Nissan 200SXTeal68.440+DNF60.24859.23957.511
58.75258.970+157.511+0.542
70.979+DNF
4HS999Mason Miller1989 Ford Mustang GTBurgundy60.61159.50660.668+158.917
59.40358.91758.911+1+1.406
58.257+4
5HS31Matt Riesinger1986 Ford Thunderbird TurboBlack68.68665.57382.87363.025
66.43563.80763.683+4.108
63.71163.02563.122
1TSTS666Jeremy Vansant1989 Nissan Skyline GTRGrey57.05255.29355.26553.446
54.77554.443+154.678[-]0.077
54.11654.54853.446
2STS66James Papallo1989 Honda CivicBlack48.152+DNF55.01255.32453.523
66.60753.86554.326+0.077
53.62453.52353.583
58.948+DNF
3STS38Joel Gruver2003 Mazda MiataBurgundy59.74760.681+159.39957.869
60.018+158.88358.652+1+4.346
59.01158.33257.869
1TSTX333Jim Coons2004 Subaru WRX STIGreen55.562+156.29856.12853.294
58.27753.970+254.225
54.482+153.29453.571
53.417+2
1TASP70David Greenfield2015 Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionWhite53.201+252.503+152.992+DNF52.680
52.68051.681+250.988+1
52.013+251.108+151.690+1
1TCSP68Woody Jensen1990 Honda Civic CRXRed58.07657.88058.133+155.733
56.21656.867+358.463+1
56.150+156.245+355.733
1TXP77Riley Kelly1993 Mazda RX-7Silver52.80252.342+158.67950.628
51.18551.19351.562+DNF[-]1.378
50.62852.646+DNF51.153+1
50.295+1
2XP51James Reuss1989 Honda CivicBlue53.60652.801+151.185+DNF52.006
53.08753.784+152.580+1.378
52.006
1TSSM302Jerett Miller1984 Ford MustangYellow62.314+159.355+156.31655.308
57.17457.32955.524
56.21256.25655.612
55.42955.308
1TDM6Rick SpillmanHomebuiltGreen64.83360.32968.50257.835
61.800+159.05358.759+1
63.968+DNF59.88757.835
1TEM74Dean Johnson1980 Mazda RX-7Almond57.93456.83157.04553.872
54.26553.91955.003[-]8.855
55.44553.87254.933+1
2EM514Craig Perkins1987 Ford RangerBlue64.97263.123+162.72762.727
62.228+DNF63.50163.504+2+8.855
1TSSL69XRachel Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06White62.135+158.52655.46353.404
58.98357.29957.137
53.40454.18153.112+1
1THSL72Jackie Bell1999 MItsubishi EclipseWhite61.97559.89459.37259.372
59.64559.67860.172
64.48961.92559.384
1TSTSL38XReese Newman2003 Mazda MiataBurgundy61.79359.56658.99658.132
58.22559.81459.099
64.211+159.175+158.132
1TXPL15Kaitlin Staebler1989 Honda CivicBlue54.24655.71055.12954.246
56.11055.64654.681+1

 

MetraPark Carnival Lot – June 12, 2016

Event Chair — Steve Gruver; Safety Steward — J. Reuss

Final Raw Time Results
#2 – MetraPark Carnival Lot – Sun 06-12-2016
Timed Entries: 33
Raw Pos.Pos.Class#DriverCar ModelRaw TimeDiff.From 1st
11XP77Riley Kelly1993 Mazda RX-747.6810.0000.000
21ASP70David Greenfield2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo48.1990.5180.518
31SS68John Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z0648.4440.2450.763
41BS9Orry Boettger2015 VW Golf R48.6640.2200.983
51STS66James Papallo1989 Honda Civic Si49.0710.4071.390
62ASP51James Reuss2003 Chevy Corvette Z0649.5020.4311.821
71STX333Jim Coons2004 Subaru STI50.0510.5492.370
81ASPL15Kaitlin Staebler2003 Chevy Corvette Z0650.2210.1702.540
91HS17Richard Olson2002 VW Jetta50.2700.0492.589
102SS34Bill Blaquiere2014 Chevrolet Corvette50.4570.1872.776
112HS86Nels Jensen1990 Honda CRX50.5290.0722.848
121AS77Nate Sayler2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat50.9490.4203.268
131CS666Jeremy Vansant1989 Nissan Skyline GTR51.4510.5023.770
141STF33Zane Job2004 Nissan 350Z52.1120.6614.431
152AS640Todd Litton2012 Camaro ZL152.1120.0004.431
162STS3Steve Gruver2003 Mazda Miata52.5810.4694.900
171FS68Woody Jensen1989 Honda Civic52.6160.0354.935
183STS38Joel Gruver2003 Mazda Miata52.6260.0104.945
191ES640XThomas Litton1997 Mazda MX-552.8230.1975.142
202BS555Doug Riley2004 Subaru STI53.1410.3185.460
213BS11Guy Cox2014 Nissan 370Z53.2640.1235.583
223HS23Eddie Salcedo1995 Nissan 200SX53.4320.1685.751
231EM69John Hailstone1932 Austin Bantam53.7030.2716.022
241DS65Luke Atwell2015 Subaru WRX53.7220.0196.041
251GS24Joel Dietrich1986 Ford Mustang53.9950.2736.314
261HSL72Jackie Bell1999 MItsubishi Eclipse54.0210.0266.340
274HS64Arthur Thompson1968 Triumph Spitfire54.2610.2406.580
282FS111Tyler Wood2002 BMW M554.3800.1196.699
292HSL13Brooke Ely1999 Honda Civic Si54.9460.5667.265
304BS7Jerry Tillinger1992 Chevrolet Corvette ZR155.4040.4587.723
311DM6Rick SpillmanHomebuilt55.6020.1987.921
325HS31Matt Riesinger1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo56.5870.9858.906
332ES7Cody Potts1987 Mazda RX-756.9100.3239.229

Pax Time Results
#2 – MetraPark Carnival Lot – Sun 06-12-2016
Timed Entries: 33
Pax Pos.Pos.Class#DriverCar ModelTotalFactorPax TimeDiff.From 1st
11HS17Richard Olson2002 VW Jetta50.270*0.79840.1150.0000.000
21BS9Orry Boettger2015 VW Golf R48.664*0.82640.1960.0810.081
32HS86Nels Jensen1990 Honda CRX50.529*0.79840.3220.1260.207
41SS68John Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z0648.444*0.83540.4500.1280.335
51STS66James Papallo1989 Honda Civic Si49.071*0.83240.8270.3770.712
61ASP70David Greenfield2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo48.199*0.86541.6920.8651.577
71STX333Jim Coons2004 Subaru STI50.051*0.83641.8420.1501.727
82SS34Bill Blaquiere2014 Chevrolet Corvette50.457*0.83542.1310.2892.016
91CS666Jeremy Vansant1989 Nissan Skyline GTR51.451*0.81942.1380.0072.023
101STF33Zane Job2004 Nissan 350Z52.112*0.80942.1580.0202.043
111AS77Nate Sayler2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat50.949*0.83342.4400.2822.325
121ES640XThomas Litton1997 Mazda MX-552.823*0.80742.6280.1882.513
133HS23Eddie Salcedo1995 Nissan 200SX53.432*0.79842.6380.0102.523
142ASP51James Reuss2003 Chevy Corvette Z0649.502*0.86542.8190.1812.704
151FS68Woody Jensen1989 Honda Civic52.616*0.81442.8290.0102.714
161HSL72Jackie Bell1999 MItsubishi Eclipse54.021*0.79843.1080.2792.993
171XP77Riley Kelly1993 Mazda RX-747.681*0.90743.2460.1383.131
184HS64Arthur Thompson1968 Triumph Spitfire54.261*0.79843.3000.0543.185
192AS640Todd Litton2012 Camaro ZL152.112*0.83343.4090.1093.294
201ASPL15Kaitlin Staebler2003 Chevy Corvette Z0650.221*0.86543.4410.0323.326
211GS24Joel Dietrich1986 Ford Mustang53.995*0.80643.5200.0793.405
221DS65Luke Atwell2015 Subaru WRX53.722*0.81143.5680.0483.453
232STS3Steve Gruver2003 Mazda Miata52.581*0.83243.7470.1793.632
243STS38Joel Gruver2003 Mazda Miata52.626*0.83243.7840.0373.669
252HSL13Brooke Ely1999 Honda Civic Si54.946*0.79843.8460.0623.731
262BS555Doug Riley2004 Subaru STI53.141*0.82643.8940.0483.779
273BS11Guy Cox2014 Nissan 370Z53.264*0.82643.9960.1023.881
282FS111Tyler Wood2002 BMW M554.380*0.81444.2650.2694.150
295HS31Matt Riesinger1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo56.587*0.79845.1560.8915.041
304BS7Jerry Tillinger1992 Chevrolet Corvette ZR155.404*0.82645.7630.6075.648
312ES7Cody Potts1987 Mazda RX-756.910*0.80745.9260.1635.811
321EM69John Hailstone1932 Austin Bantam53.703*0.92049.4063.4809.291
331DM6Rick SpillmanHomebuilt55.602*0.91951.0981.69210.983

Final Results
#2 – MetraPark Carnival Lot – Sun 06-12-2016
Total Registered: 33, with Times: 33
Pos.Class#DriverCar ModelCar ColorRun 1..Run 2..Run 3..Total
1TSS68John Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06White51.02350.33950.09248.444
50.24248.44449.011[-]2.013
48.60548.61849.595
48.882
2SS34Bill Blaquiere2014 Chevrolet CorvetteBurgundy51.86250.701+149.878+150.457
49.228+DNF52.08848.457+1+2.013
49.857+1
1TAS77Nate Sayler2016 Dodge Challenger HellcatGrey52.43953.43252.70450.949
51.903+151.99952.421[-]1.163
52.20451.53752.323
50.949
2AS640Todd Litton2012 Camaro ZL1Red55.23153.44254.80152.112
53.46953.02752.841+1.163
53.33352.35552.112
55.793+2
1TBS9Orry Boettger2015 VW Golf RGrey49.58149.38849.84848.664
49.028+148.66449.708+3.448
50.78549.862+149.844
2TBS555Doug Riley2004 Subaru STIBlack56.98853.20553.026+153.141
52.662+DNF53.14153.562+4.477
3BS11Guy Cox2014 Nissan 370ZSilver59.88457.52557.23253.264
55.15453.91153.463+0.123
54.20753.26453.289
53.477
4BS7Jerry Tillinger1992 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1Purple61.93359.76658.01355.404
58.19556.84556.671+2.140
57.43456.26855.404
1TCS666Jeremy Vansant1989 Nissan Skyline GTRGrey73.152+DNF53.785+DNF51.93851.451
51.99952.28651.878
52.16552.44151.992
51.451
1TDS65Luke Atwell2015 Subaru WRXSilver54.48657.83354.33653.722
54.95953.72254.148
54.48654.41958.911+DNF
52.323+1
1TES640XThomas Litton1997 Mazda MX-5Red56.29555.12053.44752.823
53.55852.92954.078+0.899
51.182+DNF52.82352.715+1
28.883+DNF
2ES7Cody Potts1987 Mazda RX-7Blue66.41361.34164.231+156.910
60.67058.42975.786+DNF+4.087
68.216+160.23956.910
61.574
1TFS68Woody Jensen1989 Honda CivicRed53.868+352.61653.307+152.616
52.024+262.904+151.802+1[-]1.764
2FS111Tyler Wood2002 BMW M5Blue59.49557.174+160.14854.380
54.96154.691+154.880+1.764
54.38054.59954.475+1
55.245+2
1TGS24Joel Dietrich1986 Ford MustangBlack62.14853.99558.44153.995
59.22757.39556.440
1THS17Richard Olson2002 VW JettaGreen53.31952.50551.67050.270
50.27050.72951.170[-]0.259
51.00852.04051.076
51.812
2THS86Nels Jensen1990 Honda CRXRed52.71850.78650.52950.529
49.740+258.510+DNF50.033+2+0.259
38.736+DNF
3HS23Eddie Salcedo1995 Nissan 200SXGreen55.229+254.29753.405+253.432
55.535+DNF53.133+253.395+2+2.903
53.43261.659+DNF
4HS64Arthur Thompson1968 Triumph SpitfireRed56.29556.62155.89254.261
55.38856.11355.611+0.829
54.79855.09654.830
54.261
5HS31Matt Riesinger1986 Ford Thunderbird TurboBlack60.82959.25259.42356.587
58.34757.62757.803+2.326
57.19057.37656.587
56.767
1TSTF33Zane Job2004 Nissan 350ZGrey55.160+153.545+DNF55.41452.112
54.057+153.12653.853
53.18452.38852.268
52.112
1TSTS66James Papallo1989 Honda Civic SiBlack51.07250.11749.44249.071
49.70449.07149.827[-]3.510
49.09650.40449.348
49.305
2STS3Steve Gruver2003 Mazda MiataBurgundy54.12353.77552.83252.581
53.03752.58152.617+3.510
69.203+DNF52.73252.875+1
3STS38Joel Gruver2003 Mazda MiataBurgundy56.01355.80853.69452.626
53.35953.64353.913+0.045
53.63053.40153.526
52.626
1TSTX333Jim Coons2004 Subaru STIBlack51.96651.62050.05150.051
51.64451.69350.547+1
51.16550.76750.591
51.891
1TASP70David Greenfield2015 Mitsubishi Lancer EvoWhite49.49248.941+151.236+DNF48.199
51.20649.966+149.439[-]1.303
48.836+148.38848.119+1
48.199
2ASP51James Reuss2003 Chevy Corvette Z06Yellow53.51052.03250.57749.502
50.58950.43550.140+1.303
50.92550.17349.636
49.502
1TXP77Riley Kelly1993 Mazda RX-7Silver52.83457.182+249.96947.681
51.605+149.63947.994
49.22549.280+147.681
50.259
1TDM6Rick SpillmanHomebuiltGreen60.55060.14358.95555.602
57.73657.40855.602
57.56059.11428.020+DNF
1TEM69John Hailstone1932 Austin BantamYellow59.00056.36554.33753.703
55.29453.70354.002
55.25254.19625.607+DNF
54.548
1THSL72Jackie Bell1999 MItsubishi EclipseWhite56.52855.47654.37254.021
54.47554.35654.021[-]0.925
62.009+DNF55.37919.622+DNF
55.066
2HSL13Brooke Ely1999 Honda Civic SiBlue61.85057.75757.73354.946
56.36857.20355.820+0.925
55.84355.54454.946
1TASPL15Kaitlin Staebler2003 Chevy Corvette Z06Yellow53.38051.33252.012+150.221
51.38750.97351.037
50.95850.22149.448+1
51.250
Top Times Of DayTimeClass#Driver
Raw time47.681XP77Riley Kelly
Pax39.466DS9Orry Boettger
Street48.444SS68John Bonner
Touring49.071STS66James Papallo
Street Prepared48.199ASP70David Greenfield
Prepared47.681XP77Riley Kelly
Modified53.703EM69John Hailstone
Street Ladies54.021HSL72Jackie Bell
Street Prepared Ladies50.221ASPL15Kaitlin Staebler

June 2016 Newsletter

 June 2016

Sports Car Club of America – Yellowstone Region 108

 
 Dean W. Johnson’s “MyT13B” E-Modified Mazda RX-7
 
 Meeting Minutes

 June 2016 Meeting 

The June monthly membership meeting of the Yellowstone Region SCCA will be held on June 7, 2016.

Season Opener at Yellowstone Drag Strip

By the Newsletter Editor

The Region’s season opener featured the largest attendance for a YDS event–27 entries. A total of 256 runs were timed which provided the average driver with 9.48 runs! There were many new drivers in attendance and a wide variety of previously unseen vehicles. Most of the names in the top ten were familiar. At the “top of the heap” was David Greenfield in his Mitsubishi Evo. Winning a close (.022) race for 2nd was Orry Boettger in his VW Golf over John Bonnerin his C7 Z06. Brother Luke Bonner was .687 seconds back in his ZL1. 5th, 6th, and 7th place were filled with the Mazdas of Riley Kelly, Jason Hudson, and Thomas Wietecki. Steve Gruver (C4 Corvette), Woody Jensen (Honda CRX), and Zane Job (Nissan 350Z) filled out the top-10.

PAX scoring put Orry on top and moved Greenfield’s ASP Evo down to 5th. Other than that, everyone stayed in pretty much the same order. Jackie Bell and her Mitsubishi Eclipse finished 14th overall and 9th in the PAX scoring–enough to earn her a trophy in Street Ladies. Yea, Jackie!

 
 Jeremy Vansant’s RHD 1989 Nissan Skyline R32 was a crowd-pleaser as was the unveiling of Dean Johnson’s project car. The photos make the day look colder and gloomier that it actually was. The weather was actually quite pleasant and the rain held off until after we folded the tent. The event was capped off with trophies to the class winners. Quite a few Yellowstone Region t-shirts were also sold at the bargain-basement price of $15.00. We will keep our fingers crossed for similarly good weather for our next event at YDS on July 3rd.
 
 
 MyT13B’s Corner

From the Regional Executive

All things considered, the first event with my newly-restored RX-7 went as well as could be expected. The major problems that arose were tire clearance, overheating, a broken Panhard bar mount, and fuel issues. The rubbing tires required some re-contouring of the fenders. I replaced the radiator with another unit that was much cleaner inside. I repaired the Panhard bar mount with a 4-way adjustable extension to the frame. I will find out if I have resolved those problems when I attend the first Montana Challenge event in Helena next weekend,

As far as the fuel issues are concerned, I have not yet fully sorted out that problem. However, I anticipate that the next event will provide clues to narrow down the problem(s).

On the plus side, the car handles great and the improvements I made to the brakes are a blessing. Stop by and take a look at the car at an upcoming event!

D.W.J.

 
 
 Race Notes

From the Competition Chair

In the “good news department,” I am pleased to report that Jonathan McTaggart’s LS-powered RX-7 has come home to roost in the Yellowstone Region. Good friend of the Region, Riley Kelly, purchased the silver beast from Jonathan just prior to his move to Fort Myers, Florida. in the “more good news department,” Riley still owns his beautiful Shelby Mustang.

For those of you thinking about replacing your worn-out tires with the latest performance street tires, make sure to check out the “Street Tire Shootout” articles in Grassroots Motorsports magazine. The June issue tests to newest tires on a road course, and in the next issue, the tires will be tested on an autocross course. So far, the BFGoodrich g-Force Rivals are besting the Maxxis Victra GR-1s and the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71Rs. Tester and article author Andy Hollis sure knows his stuff!

T.M.S.

 
 
 The Finish Line

From the Webmaster

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The $300 Civic returned to the track at YDS after a long layoff for refitting. Team member James Reuss drew the short straw and drove the first run group. On the plus side, no tire clearance problems were noted and James finished all three of his runs–spinning only once. On the downside, we developed a problem with the throttle cable and the clutch adjustment that resulted in calling it a day. Dennis McCollough is confident that the two problems are easily solvable and final ECU tuning has been scheduled.

J.

 
Next Monthly Meeting

June 7, 2016
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6:00 p.m.

 
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Yellowstone Drag Strip I – May 15, 2016

Event Chair – Steve Gruver
Safety Steward – J. Reuss
SSS Trainee – Dean W. Johnson

Final Raw Time Results
#1 – Yellowstone Drag Strip I – Sun 05-15-2016
Timed Entries: 27
Raw Pos.Pos.Class#DriverCar ModelRaw TimeDiff.From 1st
11ASP70David Greenfield2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo48.6360.0000.000
21DS9Orry Boettger2015 VW Golf R49.7241.0881.088
31SS68John Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z0649.7460.0221.110
41AS607Luke Bonner2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL150.4330.6871.797
51XP77Riley Kelly1993 Mazda RX-752.0861.6533.450
61ES53Jason HudsonMazda RX-752.1140.0283.478
71STS44Thomas Wietecki1990 Mazda Miata52.3530.2393.717
81BS3Steve Gruver1986 Chevrolet Corvette52.7170.3644.081
91CSP68Woody Jensen1990 Honda CRX53.2170.5004.581
101SSM33Zane JobNissan 350Z54.0030.7865.367
112SSM302Jerett Miller1984 Ford Mustang54.2610.2585.625
122DS65Luke Atwell2015 Subaru WRX54.4960.2355.860
132XP51James Reuss1989 Honda Civic55.4090.9136.773
141HSL72Jackie Bell1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse55.5300.1216.894
152STS38Joel Gruver2003 Mazda Miata56.0980.5687.462
161SM17Jeremy Vansant1989 Nissan Skyline R3256.2410.1437.605
172BS11Guy Cox2014 Nissan 370Z57.0730.8328.437
181FS86Tyler Wood2000 BMW M557.2070.1348.571
191FSP36James Harless2001 Ford Ranger57.4030.1968.767
201HS999Mason Miller1989 Mustang GT57.7290.3269.093
212FS30Bob Schultz2004 Pontiac GTO58.1990.4709.563
222SM2010Josh Anderson2010 Ford Mustang58.4100.2119.774
232HS64Arthur Thompson1968 Triumph Spitfire59.0320.62210.396
243FS13Evan Turnquist2001 Chevrolet Camaro59.2240.19210.588
251EM74Dean JohnsonMazda RX-759.5240.30010.888
263HS31Matt Riesinger1986 Ford T-Bird61.9532.42913.317
274HS999XDamian Armstrong1989 Mustang GT63.5501.59714.914
Pax Time Results
#1 – Yellowstone Drag Strip I – Sun 05-15-2016
Timed Entries: 27
Pax Pos.Pos.Class#DriverCar ModelTotalFactorPax TimeDiff.From 1st
11DS9Orry Boettger2015 VW Golf R49.724*0.81140.3260.0000.000
21SS68John Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z0649.746*0.83541.5371.2111.211
31AS607Luke Bonner2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL150.433*0.83342.0100.4731.684
41ES53Jason HudsonMazda RX-752.114*0.80742.0560.0461.730
51ASP70David Greenfield2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo48.636*0.86542.0700.0141.744
61BS3Steve Gruver1986 Chevrolet Corvette52.717*0.82643.5441.4743.218
71STS44Thomas Wietecki1990 Mazda Miata52.353*0.83243.5570.0133.231
82DS65Luke Atwell2015 Subaru WRX54.496*0.81144.1960.6393.870
91HSL72Jackie Bell1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse55.530*0.79844.3120.1163.986
101HS999Mason Miller1989 Mustang GT57.729*0.79846.0671.7555.741
111CSP68Woody Jensen1990 Honda CRX53.217*0.86746.1390.0725.813
121FS86Tyler Wood2000 BMW M557.207*0.81446.5660.4276.240
132STS38Joel Gruver2003 Mazda Miata56.098*0.83246.6730.1076.347
142HS64Arthur Thompson1968 Triumph Spitfire59.032*0.79847.1070.4346.781
152BS11Guy Cox2014 Nissan 370Z57.073*0.82647.1420.0356.816
161XP77Riley Kelly1993 Mazda RX-752.086*0.90747.2420.1006.916
172FS30Bob Schultz2004 Pontiac GTO58.199*0.81447.3740.1327.048
181SSM33Zane JobNissan 350Z54.003*0.88247.6300.2567.304
192SSM302Jerett Miller1984 Ford Mustang54.261*0.88247.8580.2287.532
203FS13Evan Turnquist2001 Chevrolet Camaro59.224*0.81448.2080.3507.882
211FSP36James Harless2001 Ford Ranger57.403*0.84048.2180.0107.892
221SM17Jeremy Vansant1989 Nissan Skyline R3256.241*0.87048.9290.7118.603
233HS31Matt Riesinger1986 Ford T-Bird61.953*0.79849.4380.5099.112
242XP51James Reuss1989 Honda Civic55.409*0.90750.2560.8189.930
254HS999XDamian Armstrong1989 Mustang GT63.550*0.79850.7120.45610.386
262SM2010Josh Anderson2010 Ford Mustang58.410*0.87050.8160.10410.490
271EM74Dean JohnsonMazda RX-759.524*0.92054.7623.94614.436
Total Registered: 27, with Times: 27
Pos.Class#DriverCar ModelCar ColorRun 1..Run 2..Run 3..Total
1TSS68John Bonner2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06White56.58957.466+153.81349.746
51.668+149.96649.746
1TAS607Luke Bonner2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1Orange52.78352.03850.56350.433
56.119+DNF51.37551.067
50.433
1TBS3Steve Gruver1986 Chevrolet CorvetteRed56.764+455.106+154.355+352.717
53.88252.71752.039+1[-]4.356
54.09256.984+1
2BS11Guy Cox2014 Nissan 370ZSilver70.34862.49159.92457.073
61.30860.115+158.074+4.356
90.176+DNF58.76658.780
81.094+DNF94.363+DNF57.073
1TDS9Orry Boettger2015 VW Golf RGray51.20994.762+DNF49.97149.724
51.393+150.401+151.428
51.40549.90750.123+2
50.14849.724
2DS65Luke Atwell2015 Subaru WRXSilver61.56756.68958.02154.496
56.37354.49655.161+1
56.60955.81754.530+1
1TES53Jason HudsonMazda RX-7Gray55.97053.96453.32652.114
52.60752.18852.325
52.51952.69252.114
1TFS86Tyler Wood2000 BMW M5Black61.494+159.51158.025+157.207
59.45658.92698.091+DNF+0.134
58.61557.37259.200
57.40491.879+DNF57.207
2FS30Bob Schultz2004 Pontiac GTORed60.62859.45458.19958.199
58.85794.928+DNF58.647
58.71760.15859.831
48.116+DNF
3FS13Evan Turnquist2001 Chevrolet CamaroSilver62.82762.49663.781+259.224
61.43160.170+160.836+1.025
60.07059.224
1THS999Mason Miller1989 Mustang GTBurgundy216.06362.61260.77657.729
59.342+257.850+156.995+1+1.495
57.79858.06358.133
57.729
2THS64Arthur Thompson1968 Triumph SpitfireRed65.65562.06160.55459.032
61.69059.49859.032+1.303
59.776+159.50059.039
3HS31Matt Riesinger1986 Ford T-BirdBlack69.912+DNF70.30866.20061.953
63.70965.47565.161+2.921
63.31762.78061.953
62.238
4HS999XDamian Armstrong1989 Mustang GTBurgundy69.75467.111+165.98163.550
63.93163.55099.223+DNF+1.597
63.98665.85165.079
63.805
1TSTS44Thomas Wietecki1990 Mazda MiataRed53.681+353.033+353.212+152.353
52.204+152.875+154.312+DNF
52.35352.081+152.094+1
2STS38Joel Gruver2003 Mazda MiataBurgundy57.21456.120159.377+DNF56.098
55.433+165.302+DNF56.467+3.745
56.93960.710+DNF56.098
56.119
1TASP70David Greenfield2015 Mitsubishi Lancer EvoWhite52.45151.75067.534+148.636
49.564+159.604+150.183
50.039+149.87749.824+1
48.63648.831+1
1TCSP68Woody Jensen1990 Honda CRXRed59.936+161.135+DNF57.256+153.217
55.941+DNF53.79153.299+1
53.975+DNF55.200+153.217
1TFSP36James Harless2001 Ford RangerBurgundy61.245+DNF60.680+260.565+DNF57.403
59.390+184.262+DNF119.818+DNF
93.533+DNF57.514+293.573+DNF
57.40358.19093.550+DNF
58.473+1
1TXP77Riley Kelly1993 Mazda RX-7Gray53.187+DNF55.64253.870+252.086
56.072+153.23552.086+1.653
33.169+DNF53.925+DNF
2XP51James Reuss1989 Honda CivicBlue56.048+153.409+169.354+155.409
1TSM17Jeremy Vansant1989 Nissan Skyline R32Black59.67756.24155.234+356.241
74.042+196.753+DNF55.045+1[-]7.309
54.862+138.918+DNF81.588+DNF
80.527+DNF54.296+173.816
2SM2010Josh Anderson2010 Ford MustangWhite63.06261.11860.470+158.410
61.035+161.07659.391
79.062+DNF58.87359.275
58.41058.645
1TSSM33Zane JobNissan 350ZSilver61.74059.58058.63054.003
55.76756.08456.961[-]0.258
55.33654.00354.685+1
2SSM302Jerett Miller1984 Ford MustangYellow58.61857.63756.57754.261
54.65071.728+155.324+0.258
54.92254.87954.261
1TEM74Dean JohnsonMazda RX-7White69.83666.84464.34159.524
63.50861.541+159.524
59.53163.66962.180
1THSL72Jackie Bell1999 Mitsubishi EclipseWhite57.165+354.920+2213.594+DNF55.530
56.972+156.12955.660
55.53057.570+156.801
58.209
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Pax40.326DS9Orry Boettger
Street49.724DS9Orry Boettger
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Prepared52.086XP77Riley Kelly
Street Modified54.003SSM33Zane Job
Modified59.524EM74Dean Johnson
Street Ladies55.530HSL72Jackie Bell

Yellowstone Region T-Shirts For Sale

Show your support for the Yellowstone Region SCCA!

Dynamic Designs of Laurel has screen printed t-shirts for the club with the new 3- color Region logo on the front and back. Currently available in adult M, L, XL and XXL. The shirts are ultra-white,  6.1 ounce 100% cotton.

$15.00 (at an event or you pick up)

$20.00 (by mail)

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May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016

Sports Car Club of America – Yellowstone Region 108

 
 Ben Caudill’s newly-completed V6-powered, E-Modified MGB
 
Meeting Minutes

May 2016 Meeting 

The monthly membership meeting of the Yellowstone Region SCCA was called to order by Regional Executive Dean W. Johnson on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 5:53 p.m., in the GH&R Law Firm conference room.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: A motion was MS&P to accept without addition or correction the minutes of the March 2016 meeting as published in the April 2016 issue of Fast Times. There was no membership meeting in April.

Treasurer’s Report: Secretary/Treasurer J. Reuss reported the current checkbook balance and noted that all bills have been paid. A motion was MS&P to accept the Treasurer’s Report.

Old Business: J. reported that he has been in contact with Yellowstone Drag Strip and that two events at the facility have been scheduled for 2016 .

New Business/Announcements: Dean noted that with the departure of Chris Brewer, the Region is down to only one Solo Safety Steward (SSS). Since a SSS must be present at all events, it would be prudent to have at least one backup. See our SSS Instructor (J.) if you are interested.

A discussion was held regarding event fees for 2016. A survey of the other three Regions in Montana revealed that entry fees for non-members is uniformly $40. Entry fees for members ranged from $25 to $30. It was decided to keep entry fees for members at $25 and increase entry fees for non-members to $40.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:35 p.m.

 
Off-Season Wrap-Up

By the Newsletter Editor

The Region will be awarding trophies this year in the form of the attractive, 3-color, 15 oz. beverage glasses pictured below. The glasses–which feature the Region’s new logo–will be awarded to each class winner as determined by the timing software. FTD and PAX winners will only receive one trophy, but runners-up in their respective classes will receive trophies.

The Region has also ordered t-shirts which feature the Region’s new logo. 4″ logos appear on the front of the white t-shirts and 12″ logos appear on the back.  The t-shirts are being printed by Dynamic Designs in Laurel and are scheduled to be delivered prior to the YDS event. Buy a shirt and proudly support your Region! (Pricing to be announced.)

 
 
 MyT13B’s Corner

From the Regional Executive

The 2016 season kicks off next weekend with an event at the Yellowstone Drag Strip in Acton, MT. I will be there with my newly-restored E-Modified Mazda RX-7.

The Region’s Facebook page indicates that over 30 drivers plan on attending. That should make for a great start of our season. Looking at the 30-some people who are planning to attend, I see several Mustangs and Camaros that will likely occupy the Classic American Muscle (CAM) classes. In the traditional classes, there should be a wide variety of Hondas, Volkswagens, Mazdas, and a few American sporty cars as well.

Since we are able to run more that one car at a time at Acton, corner workers will need to be extra attentive. Let’s be sure to have a safety-conscious event.

As you will note from the photo below, the bodywork on the RX-7 is finished and painting is complete. I eagerly await the “shakedown cruise” next Sunday!

D.W.J.

 
Race Notes

From the Competition Chair

The Region bids a bittersweet “adieu” to our long-time R.E. Chris Brewer as he leaves the Treasure State and returns to the Land of Lincoln. Chris, his wife Sarah, and his daughter Betty, leave this Friday for Springfield, IL.Chris has worked tirelessly for the Region and deserves our heartfelt thanks and best wishes. I, personally, have learned an incredible amount from the fellow Miata driver. We wish the Brewers well in their new endeavors and hope they will keep in touch!

T.S.

 
 The Finish Line

From the Webmaster

The roll-out last month of the Region’s first e-newsletter went fairly smoothly. The only reported glitch(es) related to the newsletter ending up in a few recipients’ spam folders. I will put some sort of warning on the website to alert folks signing up for Fast Times of that possibility. I am also working the kinks (and dead links) out of the new website. The only complaints I have received relate to how long it is taking to get events posted!

On the home front, I have the new 15″ wheels and tires mounted on the $300 Civic. As it turned out, spacers were needed at all 4 corners to fit the 8″ (rear) and 9″ (front) 949 Racing 6UL wheels. The 225/45ZR15 Hankook R-S3s are treadware 140, but since the car runs in X-Prepared, that is not a problem.

 
 I have been making slow (but steady) progress on the new hood, but it will not be ready in time for the first event. However, the Team has decided to enter the car at YDS anyway to begin the shakedown process. As a practical matter, not having a hood in the way while addressing leaks and other  “teething” problems might be beneficial.
 
 After many years of procrastination, I finally installed an E-Track tie-down system in the team’s hauler. I will be using 2″ ratchet straps over each wheel with “roller idlers” to facilitate the low-clearance situation presented by both the Civic and the Z06. I spaced the E-Track so that it should work with both vehicles.

J.

Next Monthly Meeting

June 7, 2016
GH&R Law Firm
175 N. 27th Street, Suite 903
6:00 p.m.

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April 2016 Newsletter

 April 2016
Sports Car Club of America – Yellowstone Region 108

 
 Meeting Minutes

 March 2016 Meeting 

The monthly membership meeting of the Yellowstone Region SCCA was called to order by Regional Executive Dean W. Johnson on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 6:03 p.m., in the GH&R Law Firm conference room.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: A motion was MS&P to accept without addition or correction the minutes of the January 2016 meeting as published in the January 2016 issue of Fast Times. There was no membership meeting in February.

Treasurer’s Report: Secretary/Treasurer J. Reuss reported the current checkbook balance and noted that all bills have been paid. A motion was MS&P to accept the Treasurer’s Report.

Old Business: There was no old business.

New Business/Announcements: The annual discussion was held regarding whether to schedule the first event for April or May. It was decided that May might be more appropriate. J. reported having recently learned that Ben Caudill has moved to Columbia Falls and is no longer a member of the Yellowstone Region. A discussion was held regarding the priority of setting event dates for the upcoming season. Dean provided an update on the car he is building as well as news regarding his new hauler.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:20 p.m. 

Media Update

By the Webmaster

The Yellowstone Region has had a newsletter since the 70s.The Newsletter Archive on the Region’s website contains a February 1973 newsletter which predates the club’s association with SCCA. (Also of note is the newsletter’s mimeograph format–remember the smell?)

If you are reading this, you have likely noted a new format for Fast Times. This newsletter was created with a WordPress “plugin” called Mail Poet. Since I assumed the position as Newsletter Editor August 2007, I have used Microsoft Publisher to create newsletters and Microsoft FrontPage to administer the website. At that time, FrontPage was a state-of-the-art WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor designed to hide the details of pages’ HTML (hypertext markup language) code from the user.

However, with the advent of smartphones and tablets with screens of various sizes and configurations, web design needed to change to allow content to adapt to differing display sizes. Web developers began moving away from traditional html editors and toward content management systems (CMS). The Region recently changed to a “WordPress” CMS. Below is a screenshot of the homepage of the Region’s website on a cellphone. The image is substantially different from what you would see on a computer. Software like WordPress manages the content on webpages so that they fit displays in more useable configurations. Log onto the website with different devices and you will see what I mean.

 
 
 MyT13B’s Corner

From the Regional Executive

A highlight of the Region’s Year-End Party at the Windmill is honoring the Region’s best. This year, the Dick Hager Memorial “Spirit of the Sport” (Member of the Year) award went to Joel Gruver. Joel started autocrossing with the Region in a Mini Cooper, but has since moved into the “Miata camp.” Joel has recently assumed the position the Chief of Timing and Scoring for the Region. Joel works for Shepherd Stainless and is a valuable member of the Region. Congratulations, Joel!

D.W.J.

 
 Race Notes

From the Competition Chair

The winner of the Grant Cameron Memorial “Driver of the Year” award was new member Orry Boettger. Orry redefined “learning curve” by taking fast-time-of-day at only his second or third event. Orry was driving a Ford Focus ST when he first joined the Region, but has since moved to an AWD VW Golf GTI. Orry is a Staff Sergeant for the Army National Guard and an instructor at MSUB. Did I mention he is fast?

T.S.

 
 
 The Finish Line

From the Webmaster

A (beneficial) by-product of building the new website was cleaning up some of the “dead” links, many of which were contained in the links to neighboring regions and links to pages in the national SCCA site. Take a moment to check out the updated links on the new website under “Contacts” on the menu bar. Corrected website addresses (URLs) are also listed at the bottom right. Curiously, Eastern Idaho no longer uses a traditional website. They rely solely on their Facebook page to maintain their Internet presence and to keep members informed.

Speaking of Facebook, I checked out the progress of Dean Johnson’s“MyT13B” project on his FB page recently. One word that aptly describes Dean has got to be “innovative.”

J.

 
 
 Next Monthly Meeting

May 3, 2016
GH&R Law Firm
175 N. 27th Street, Suite 903
6:00 p.m.

 

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