MOUNTAIN KING BOWLAND IN CLASS OF HIS OWN AT SPEEDWEEK.
WILEY FORD, WV - The 2008 Speedweek Autocross kicked off “ten days on fast forward”, a week of Mountain Maryland sports car programming beginning at the Cumberland Airport and concluding on Polish Mountain the following weekend.
2007 SCCA National AModified Champ George Bowland, in town to compete in the third leg of the Miller Lite Cumberland Airport Autocross and Flintstone’s Polish Mountain Hill Climb, proved again that he is in a class of his own.
The rest of the smallish field, however, was full of tight back and forth class action.
On Saturday, Bowland covered the field comfortably on his first and only clean run, outrunning Dan Wasdhal from Massillon, Ohio by over 2 seconds. Wasdahl’s Phantom, the dominant AMod car in the country between 1996 and 2000, was in town to test a series of upgrades installed by Bowland in the off-season. Fairfax Station Virginia’s Gary Hughes continued his good season with a third overall in an EMod Bruton Stalker, followed by the tightly grouped, bit chomping “Four Horsemen” of the Capital Area Cobra Club. Snake charmers John Hubbell and Wade Chamberlain rounded out the Top 5, edging former FTD winners Fred Kelley and Larry Casey in XP.
Bowland repeated his disappearing act on Sunday, followed this time by local Matt Felten, back in the hunt with the help of many hands in the pits who assisted with a Saturday clutch cable replacement in the family Reynard. Hughes stayed fast in third, followed by John Felten and the tenacious Hubbell who sneaked past his Cobra teammates on his sixth and final run of the day to claim conclusive club bragging rights.
Two day contested class winners included Jim Harris (SS Z06), Pete Harrison (AS Honda), Rob Robson (BS Mazda), Mark Liller (FS Dodge Charger), Pete Johnson (HS Saturn), Bill Nyga (BSP Corvette), George Bowland (AM Bandit), Paul Przysborski (STS BMW), Bill Smith IV (SM2 Porsche) and John Hubbell (XP Cobra).
Many class title were split between two-day entries in tight battles for class supremacy, including Matt Cary and Larry Zjadel in D Stock, Steve Lutz and Mark Boggs in DP, as well as another chapter in the fire breathing season long snarl between Karl Loper and Ken Bane in SM.
Other local single day contested class winners included Pat Geraghty (Saturday ASP Lotus). Steve Wilson (Sunday ASP Porsche), Joe Oxenham (Saturday ESP Mustang), Sean Pfeiffer (Saturday BM Crossle) and Matt Felten (Sunday BM Reynard)
Local drivers in the Saturday Top 25 included Loper (SM Camaro) 10th, Harrison 12th, Gary Miller (SS ZO6) 16th, Lutz (DP Porsche 914) 18th, Steve Hotchkiss (BSP Corvette) 19th, Bane (SM Mustang) 20th, Boggs (DP Porsche 944) 22nd and Chris Fritz (AS Subaru) 24th.
Sunday Top 25 local drivers included Matt Felten 2nd, John Felten 4th, Tink Phillips (XP Daytona) 10th, Bane 13th, Loper 14th, Hotchkiss 16th, Boggs 19th, Bill Smith IV 22nd, Lutz 23rd, Oxenham 24th and Wilson 25th.
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