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Official Race 15 SNRA 2017; Interesting event, Unofficial champion
Topic Started: Sep 22 2017, 05:16 PM (185 Views)
Chargincharlie6
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SNRA Championship Weekend, Sept. 16 and 17, 2017, Hickory Speedway, Hickory, North Carolina 3/Mile High Banked Asphalt Oval, Qualifying Races, Race of Champions, 200 lap feature on Sunday

Free from Hurricanes or their effects for the foreseeable future, the SNRA and fans came in force to Hickory for the culmination of one of the most exciting seasons the series has ever seen.
In deference to the memories of the wild qualifying race format to set the field used formerly for the Oxford 250 in Maine, the field drew spots for two, 20 lap qualifying race which were held on Saturday Night. In the first of these events, Michelle Mrs. D Desjardins backed up last week’s feature win with a victory. Wisdonm Mueller had his big Merc flying from the rear and was on her rear bumper at the checkers. The husband wife team of Molly and Skunky Sunter dueled it out for a third and a 4th. Dave Chargin Charlie Bayer was hospitalized and race time and his Plymouth was cranked up for this race by noneother than former Nascar Ace Scott Wimmer, nephew of the great Larry Detjens. It took Scott a bit to get used to the car though and though he flirted with the lead about midrace he ultimately spun and while continuing, finished in last.
Posted Image Mrs. D continued her hot streak.
On the other side of the bracket, Brian Conn had the Galaxie flying. It took him 4 laps to grab the lead from the second row but he ultimately won going away over Carl Brennecke, Frank the Crank Burval who was door handle to door handle with Carl, and Bulldog Carman in fourth.
Posted Image Brian was ready to give it all he had.
The Race of Champions was a very competitive event. The field consisted of Carl Brennecke by virtue of his crew chief, Lefty George SNRA crew chief of the year in 2015, Chuck Buel, Hobby Stock Champion of East DeMoines Raceway in Iowa in 1994,6 and 7, Bulldog Carman whose crew chief Mike Pulley was 2009 SNRA Modified Sportsman Champ in a tiebreaker over Chargin Charlie, Marky Desjardins, 2015 SNRA Late Model Champ, Wisdonm Mueller 2014 SFDRA Champ, Kevin Sassman, 2016 SNRA Sportsmanship Award Winner and Late Model Champ at East DeMoines Raceway in 2001 and 2003, Skunky Sunter, 2014 SNRA Late Model Champ and Homer Shockey, Greater Podunkville International Speedway Late Model Champ 1970, 2 and 3. In the race Carl Brennecke took off to a big early lead but gradually Kevin Sassman, Wisdonm and Skunky caught up. Carl and Kevin raced side by side over the last 5 laps with Kevin coming out in front by inches at the checkers. Skunky was third and Wisdonm was fourth. This ended Saturday night’s festivities leaving fan and racer alike hungry for more.
Posted Image Kevin won the race of past champions.
Qualifying Race # 1 Feature start
1. Michelle Desjardins 3m Ford Pole
2. Wisdonm Mueller 15 Merc Inside row 2
3. Molly Sunter Wallace M80 Plym Inside row 3
4. Skunky Sunter 55 Chevy Inside row 4
5. Homer Shockey 6 Chevy Inside row 5
6. Mark Desjardins Sr. 19 Ford Inside row 6
7. Kim Johnson 2 Chevy Inside row 7
8. Scott Wimmer 15c Plym Inside row 8
Qualifying Race # 2
1. Brian Conn 7 Ford Outside row 1
2. Carl Brennecke 7er Ford Outside row 2
3. Frank the Crank Burval 3 Plym Outside row 3
4. Bulldog Carman 7lf Chevy Outside row 4
5. Kevin Sassman 11 Chevy Outside row 5
6. Chuck Buel 56 Merc Outside row 6
7. Carl da Bugman Ross 13 Plym Outside row 7
8. Marky Desjardins 17 Chevy Outside row 8
*Normal heat points .
Race of Champions
1. Kevin Sassman
2. Carl Brennecke
3. Skunky Sunter
4. Wisdonm Mueller
5. Chuck Buel
6. Marky Desjardins
7. Homer Shockey
8. Bulldog Carman
Sunday
A cool day with nice, dense air promised some good performance for the cars and a good race for all. Tiger Tom Pistone served as grand marshall when he wasn’t busy trying to sell vintage racing parts to people and flagged the field off at noon. Michelle and Flyin Brian Conn dueled briefly in the opening laps but before long Brain put the Galaxie in front and began to pull away. From laps 20 thorugh approx. 45 Wisdom patiently worked Carl Brennecke, himself fast on the day as well as Mrs. D. and eventually took second but he could only gain inches it seemed on the streaking Brian as the race ground along under green.
On lap 89 Carl Ross lost a cylinder in the Plymouth after a long season and left some oil on the track bringing out a caution. Most tracks stayed on the track including Brian Conn and the now second running Wisdonm while point leader Kevin Sassman and partner Chuck Buel came in for tires took a tremendous chance and came in for right side rubber from their seventh and eighth positions. Crew chief Monk also had a struggling Frank bring in the big Plymouth as well. When the green flew again on lap 99, Conn and Wisdonm were off nose to tail ahead of Marky Desjardins who had quietly having the race of the day along with his last row starting mate, Scott Wimmer who had made it up to third and fourth respectively trailed at a reasonable distance.
It appeared the race would be between Brian and Wisdonm for a long time when on lap 151, when the leaders reached some traffic, Buel, Sassman, and Frank appeared in their mirrors and were clearly gaining some ground. At lap 170 these third through fifth place cars were within about 5 car lengths of the lead duo. Wisdom determined he had better try to move ahead of Brian and move ahead and did so by using Homer’s car as a pick on lap 172. On lap 174 Brian returned the favor but by now, Chuck was practically to them. With some clear air, Wisdonm made his final move on lap 179 and it was a success. Feinting high and diving low he was able to clear Brian and come up just in front of him, and stretch out a lead of a couple of car lengths.
Buel was desperate to get around while Kevin Sassman decided to protect his points and maintain fourth unless an opening fell into his lap. Brian closed back on Wisdom, figuring winning was his only chance but Don was on rails at this point and not about to make a mistake. Buel also going for the win tried to force his way under Brian going into turn three on the last lap, but there just wasn’t the line. At the finish it was Wisdonm, Brian a car length back with Chuck nearly alongside him for third. Kevin Sassman took fourth, provisional champion pending the official results, Marky after his fine run took fifth, Frank used his new tires to take sixth just ahead of Wimmer who was getting the hand of the Hemi. Carl Brenneke took eighth, Bulldog was ninth and Molly Wallace Sunter completed the top ten.
As usual, this was a tremendous race with many strategies being played out and plots within plots. As to the other SNRA annual awards, Thelonious Monk provided a steady while slightly ‘offset” timing to Franks efforts this year to earn the crew chief of the year, and Skunky Sunter took the annual Royston-Hodges Sportsmanship award.
So Kevin Sassman, Frank the Crank and Skunk, I will need all of your addresses one more time for your awards, and I congratulate all on one of our greatest years. We will have another go next year with open comp, any year American, Canadian or New Zealand/ Australian body, V8 with 4 bbl or throttle body injection, offsets allowed, wild crafty spoilers, just no full wedge body cars.
We all should try the drag tour this year, even I have a vintage dragster planned or Mustang to fall back on. Sorry for the delay and that I couldn’t be with you for the last race, its been a long two weeks but I am definitely on the mend. God Bless and congrats to all.
Posted Image And Wisdonm won the big feature, would have done Parnelli proud.
Championship 200
1. Wisdonm Mueller 15 64 Marauder
2. Brian Conn 7 59 Galaxie
3. Chuck Buel 56 61 Comet
4. Kevin Sassman 11 56 Chevy
5. Marky Desjardins 17 56 Chevy
6. Frank the Crank Burval 3 64 Belvedere
7. Scott Wimmer 15C 64 Belvedere
8. Carl Brennecke 7er 65 Fairlane
9. Chris Bulldog Carman 7lf 55 Chevy
10. Molly Wallace-Sunter M80 62 Fury
11. Mark Desjardins Sr. 19 64 Galaxie
12. Kim Johnson 2 61 Chevy
13. Mrs. D Michelle Desjardins 3m 56 Ford
14. Skunky Sunter 55 56 Ford
15. Homer Shockey 6 57 Chevy
16. Carl da bugman Ross 13 63 Fury
Regular feature points to driver
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Congrats Wisdonm on winning the finale, nice job.
I was sweating out the finish on that race, the old blue Chevy held on for one more race, l think she deserves a nice retirement. fbr
Kevin
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Thanks Kevin. I know you and Brian were taking it easy, but that long tailed Merc just seems to hook up on those banked ovals.

Has a checkered past.

Stand on it....brakes only slow yoou down.
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Yep Wisdonm. You kept the fins behind the car, not alongside of it! :))) The championship was so exciting few of us remembered you won the race at first r:r! Everyone has now though, especially that long deserving champ, the Iowa flash.

What a great season.

Dave B.
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Yep Wisdonm. You kept the fins behind the car, not alongside of it! :))) The championship was so exciting few of us remembered you won the race at first r:r! Everyone has now though, especially that long deserving champ, the Iowa flash.

What a great season.

Dave B.
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I HAVE NOT BEEN ON THIS SITE IN A COUPLE MONTHS SO I DECIDED TO STOP BY AND CHECK OUT THE HAPPENINGS !!! GOOD JOB THIS SEASON EVERYONE.IT SURE IS GOOD THAT YOU GUYS HAD FUN IN THE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE SERIES. THANKS AND TAKE CARE , GORDY :))) jsm fbr fbr
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Thanks Gordy, so much. We all hope to see you back in the fold next year. :)))

Dave Charlie B.
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