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SNRA Race #3 Rockford; 150 lap Vintage LM Special
Topic Started: May 28 2017, 07:07 PM (182 Views)
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SNRA Race #3 Vintage Late Model Nationals, 150 lap feature, Rockford Speedway, 1/4 mile high banked paved oval, Loves Park, Ill. May 28, 2017

After waiting out a bit of morning rain, gorgeous conditions in the lower 70's prevailed on Sunday for the 150 lap Vintage Late Model Nationals in Rockford.
Action on Saturday night included time trials with Kevin Sassman putting his big block 56 Chevy on the pole followed closely by Carl Brennecke in the ER Bechtelsheim Ford. Bulldog Carman and Marky Desjardins put their small block Chevy's in the top 5 along Marky's mom, Michelle Mrs. D Desjardins in the Monaghan 56 Ford.
Posted Image Carl Brennecke has been red hot thus far.
Bulldog Carman came off of the outside of the front row into a quick lead in the dash and held of the charging Keven Sassman for the 5 laps to the checkers.
The inverted heats again proved to be competitive affairs with the first heat taken by Kim Johnsons 409 Chevy. Kim had a bobble in time trials and had one of the faster cars though Carl da Bugman Ross continually challenged from his spot outside of the second row. Week 1 winner Brian Conn clung to Carl's bumper and took 3rd at the end of the 12 laps.
In the second heat, Chuck Buel who had spun in time trials showed he too was fast as he led from flag to flag. Mr. Mark D. Sr. came from 4th to give him a scare at the end followed closely by Skunky Sunter's Small block Chevy and its antithesis, the Hemi Plymouth of Dave Chargin Charlie Bayer.
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Chuck B. and Kim Johnson took the heats.
This led to the feature start which included the top 4 in time inverted and the rest of the positions decided by the heats.
Start of 150 lap feature.
1. Mrs. D 2. Bulldog Carman
3.Carl Brennecke 4. Kevin Sassman
5.Kim Johnson 6. Chuck Buell
7. Mark Desjardins Sr. 8. Skunky Sunter
9. Carl Ross 10. Brian Conn
11. Dave Bayer 12.Frank Burval
13. Homer Shockey 14. Marky Desjardins Jr.
15. Molly Wallace-Sunter 16. Wisdonm Mueller
The great Micheal Jordan waived the feature field off for 150 laps on the historic track. While the light small blocks had done well in qualifying, the high banks and cooler temps turned out to help the big block cars to around what seemed earlier to be handicaps. The charge to the front wasn't spectacular or even particularly noticeable. In fact, Mrs. D led the first 10 laps until Carl Brennecke took over through lap 47. For some reason his Ford seemed to get a bit loose and though he didn't need to slow much he faded to the middle of the field ultimately in a race that saw but one caution.
As he dropped back, Bulldog Carman moved his beautiful small block 55 Chevey to the front and held the point running a very clean line for most of the rest of the race. The movers though were Charlie, Kim Johnson who did lead from Bulldog from laps 95 through 109 when Bulldog went back around, Wisdonm, Brian and Frank the Crank Burval. On lap 112 there was a minor dustup in postions 5 though 10 which eventually brought Keven Sassman, Carl Brennecke, Chuck Buel, and Mark Desjardins, Sr. into the pits. This involved only a minor debris pick up, and the four continued though a lap or two in arrears when the green flew 3 laps later. No one else pitted. Charlie had a great start in the Hemi and cleared Bulldog leading laps 113 through 120 though the march through the field had taken its toll on his tires. When he got a bit loose in turn 3, Bulldog was back underneath with Charlie settling in behind. Several car lengths back was Kim Johnson, the still smoothly running Mrs. D and a gaggle including Wisdonm, Brian and Frank. On lap 145 Charlie tried to work around Bulldog on the outside and finally on the last lap dove low coming out of turn #4 but he could get no closed than the left rear tire of Bulldog Carman who took the classic in a classic fashion. Behind Bulldog and Charlie were Kim, Mrs. D. and somehow three-wide, Wisdonm by inches over Brian who was inches ahead of Frank. The rest of the top 10 included Skunky, Carl Ross and for his second consecutive top 10, Homer Shockey, on the lead lap. Next week it is up Highway 41 back into Wisconsin for the much anticipated Slinger appearance, the world's fastest quarter mile.
Posted Image Charlie was close but no cigar, (the SNRA apologizes but Photobucket has yet to allow us to download a photo of SuperglueK7's Bulldog Carman car. We will continue to address the problems.)
Feature finish:
1. Bulldog Carman 55 Chev 7h
2. Dave CC Bayer 64 Plym 15c
3. Kim Johnson 61 Chev 2
4. Mrs. D Desjardins 56 Ford 3M
5. Wisdonm Mueller 64 Merc 15
6. Brian Conn 59 Ford 7
7. Frank the Crank Burval 64 Plym 3
8. Skunky Sunter 56 Chev 55
9. Carl Ross 63 Plym 13
10. Homer Shockey 57 Chev 6
11. Marky Desjardins Jr. 56 Chev 17
12. Molly Wallace-Sunter 62 Plym M80
13. Kevin Sassman 56 Chevy 11
14. Carl Brennecke 65 Ford 7ER
15. Chuck Buel 61 Merc 56
16. Mark Desjardins Sr. 64 Ford 19
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Thanks Mike! .z. Here is your winner for the Rockford Nationals.
We are also very happy to announce that superglue Mike was willing to again assume the role of SNRA Chief scorer and has reassumed the role this week from me, which makes me very happy! So thank you again, and congratulations to you and your driver for the win this week! I'm also happy to announce that my photobucket decided to work again this morning and we do have a full set of entrants ready to print as needed.

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Congratulations Chris on your win fbr :)))
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Congrats Bulldog, great win and a fantastic looking race car. :))) fbr
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Congrats Bulldog! brvo
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