BATTLE FOR THE BELT RACE 6 of 6
The Final Battle Capitol Raceway 10-14-2017
On this day of the final battle of the season that would decide our Last Warrior Standing Champion, it turned out to be a day we won't forget for a long time.
The day started with news that one of our car owners, Jack Boer, had suffered a heart attack. He is recovering at home and we wish him all the best.
The night ended when Doug Sones' beautiful blown 1967 Corvette left with his wheels in the air as usual then one of his wheelie bars broke, sending his car onto its' side and then onto the roof sliding down the track. Doug and his son, Creighton, are on a mission to get the car fixed and back out racing with the Warriors.
One of our Warriors, Bill Ahlas, has a Corvette body and told Doug "it's yours, come and get it". The Warriors Racing Family is like no other when a racer is in need!! Now for some action that happened earlier that day/night....
I met with Monty Mikho, the founder of Yellow Bullet website and yearly Labor Day race and he invited us to participate in his 2018 race. We are really excited for the Warriors team to be part of one of the largest races in the country. We will put on a great show, without a doubt! Thanks, Monty, for the invite.
The battle began with 4 Warriors battling to see who was going to be the Last Warrior Standing Champion for 2017. Bobby DeMilt in his Chevy-powered Mustang was the points leader all year but failed to qualify for the 1st Field of 8, opening the door for Dan Whetstine's Pro-Charged Mustang, James Houston's N/A Ford Fairlane, and Brian Weddle's BIG Block Chevy Camaro.
In Round 1, Dan's chances came to an end when he was beaten on a holeshot by Joann Feliciano's BBC Nitrous Nova, 4.587 to Dan's losing 4.576. James and Brian both won their rounds. It came down to the next round when James and Brian were paired up against each other to decide the championship. Brian took the win with a run of 4.47 to James's gallant 4.57.
CONGRATULATIONS to Brian and his dad, Jeff, and crew chief, Chuck Ulsch, your 2017 Champion!!
Field 1 Round 1
W Brian Weddle 4.47 L Mike Gerber 5.55
W James Houston - took the tree when Scott Vants' car would not start
W Ralph Hardesty 4.56 L Tink Liptrap 4.68
W Joann Feliciano 4.58 L Dan Whetstine 4.57
W Ralph Hardesty 4.50 L Joann Feliciano 4.57
W Brian Weddle 4.47 L James Houston 4.57
We did not get the final round in due to reaching the curfew because of the time it took to clean up from Doug's crash. It would have been a great final with only 3/100's separating Ralph and Brian.
Field 2 Round 1
W Tony Oliveira 4.82 L Bobby DeMilt - broke
W Bill Ahlas 5.24 L Butch Merson 5.32
W Eric Hendrickson 5.94 L Rick Holland 5.96
W Doug Sones 4.85 L Henry Nooft 5.49
W Tony Oliveira 4.79 L Bill Ahlas 5.24
W Eric Hendrickson N/T L Doug Sones - crash
Tony and Eric did not get to race due to the curfew.
So our 2017 season has come to an end but what a great season it was! 32 teams raced with us this year and we thank you for your support!!
A special thanks goes out to Jim Bradshaw and family and the entire Capitol Raceway staff for a great 2017 season. Brian Bradshaw and his crew provided us with a great track surface, no matter what the weather was. Awesome job; we had many Warriors with their personal bests this year.
Once again I would like to thank my wife, Diana, daughter, Kristen and son, Jason, for all your help and support this year; and Steve Reese for his support with all of our graphics and photos. We'd also like to recognize Don Staib, Mark Tinari, and Tara Bowker for their great shots of the Warriors. We really appreciate all you did during the 2017 race season.
Hope to see everyone at our Awards Banquet on Jan. 27, 2018 at the LaFountain Bleue, Glen Burnie, Md. For tickets, please call Larry Mack at 301-502-5111. Last year we had 138 in attendance and I believe this year will be even bigger. See ya at the Banquet!!!