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Words by Kevin Adolf
After Friday and the Ultimate Track Car Challenge fun, we still had a full weekend of racing ahead of us. This weekends event is called the Heat Wave and it was very appropriately named this year. Not only was the track temps hot, but so was the competition.
There were some new cars in the pack this weekend as Steven Kent, who previously had a fox body coupe debuted his new 2012 Boss302S look-alike as well as Roddey Sterling, a 19yr old piloting a Boss302S Laguna Seca race car clone as well. Two beautiful cars with fast drivers and they showed that in practice and qualifying leading up to the first race of the weekend. Kienan Weber and Todd Nunn were also putting down some mighty fast laps making the entire field very tight.
In fact, for Saturdays Qualifying Cobetto snagged the pole with a 2.07.885, followed by Kent with a 2.08:532, and Weber so close behind with a 2.08.690. Thats awesome competition right there.
Saturdays race was a gamble with the weather. As the cars were being rolled to grid the skies were looking dark. We were getting reports that the far side of the track was seeing rain as the front stretch and paddock were empty. Everyone still chose to stay on dry tires and we all hoped for the best.
The rain came and went throughout the 25min race and Cobetto remained our front. Even though half the course was absolutely saturated the dry tires still had enough heat in them to work well enough to be the right choice. With a best time of a 2:11.363 on a partially damp track, we took the win for Saturday!
Sunday was a little bit cooler due to cloud cover but qualifying was even tighter! Cobetto barely got away with another pole position with a 2.07:480 with Kienan Weber nipping at his heels at a 2.07:499! Steven Kent was just as close with a 2.07:794 to position himself 3rd! The first three cars were almost a quarter second apart.
The start of Sundays race wasn’t how we’d want to see. American Iron competitor Jimmy Bost spun in the lower esses on lap 1 and went hard into the outside tire wall. Jimmy was ok as he hopped out and surveyed his damage, but his Cobra looks like it’s seen better days.
The rest of the race was clean and Cobetto did a great job staying out of trouble and staying out front. Steven Kent was doing his best to try and catch Cobetto, but after the race we all talked and he’s just got some suspension tuning to work through as this was the first weekend that car has seen competition. Roddey had a pretty decent week as well with the Mid-Atlantic American Iron guys and is looking forward to coming back and racing with us.
Overall it was a very successful weekend for PAS Racing and Mustang RTR. Even more special for Mustang RTR being that Vaughn Gittin Jr. took the win in Seattle in Round 5 of the Formula Drift Series. We took home two more wins and two pole positions getting us closer to clinching the regional championship 2 years in a row. As always we couldn’t of done it without the support from our friends, family, and sponsors!