SCCA National Match Tour
It was nearly as hot for the June 26-28 event in Farmington, UT, as it was in Boise that weekend. Eleven SRR/SCCA members made the 4-1/2 hour trek down I-84 to the Legacy Events Center, right across the freeway from the Lagoon Amusement Park. It was a very good venue, with newer asphalt, and only a few light posts. There’s a large shopping area nearby, with plenty of restaurants. Many of us stayed at a nearby Hampton Inn, which had a neighboring convenience store with car wash, and free air!
Friday saw a Test-N-Tune on a portion of what would be the actual Saturday/Sunday course. We also ran the car through tech, and did the registration check-in, where we got our work assignments. Most of us lucked out on that. We had three people assigned as Safety Stewards, four in grid, I had Car Checks-Photo, and I assume the others ended up out on course.
Friday, seven of us made the 17-mile drive to Salt Lake City’s famous Red Iguana Mexican restaurant. If you like real Mexican (not “Tex-Mex”) food, it’s highly recommended. Several of the guys were introduced to molé, which is the national dish of Mexico. Red Iguana has several different types: black, yellow, green, etc. A couple had combination plates, while I had the Pescado a la Veracruzana.
Saturday morning the real fun began. A Match Tour is something along the lines of a combined Championship Tour, and a Pro Solo – but with just one course. On Saturday, a normal class competition was held. Everybody got three runs in the morning and three more in the afternoon. The best morning run was added to the best afternoon run to determine the class champions.
In B/Street, our friends Brian Coulson and Cal Craner from Idaho Falls ran one-two, edging Earl Esson, who wound up third in the field of eight. Down in G/Street, Darrell and I were co-driving my Focus ST, up against two single-driver Focus ST’s for a total of four in the class. Darrell and I “book-ended” the class, and you can probably guess which of us was first and which was last! Actually, I didn’t feel too bad about getting whipped by these guys, as the other three were in the top 15 overall PAX out of a total of 108 entrants!
Tyler Poselli co-drove Eric Stoltz’s Miata. They were up against a field of seven in STS. Eric got the win, with Tyler making it a one-two finish for Snake River Region. Meanwhile, Daniel Vadnais finished fourth in his Scion FRS against a tough field of seven in STX. KP (X/Prepared), John Schultz (B/Mod), and Mike Billings (C/Mod) were all unopposed in their classes. Vince Dinh was up against some very fast drivers in STU, where he ended up fourth. Lynn Proctor got third of six in SSM, which was won by our friend, Duke Langley, from Umatilla, Ory-Gunn.
Of the 108 drivers, Saturday’s overall PAX results for SRR SCCA entrants were as follows:
Darrell McVey 3rd
Eric Stoltz 11th
Earl Esson 29th
Lynn Proctor 42nd
Tyler Poselli 43rd
Daniel Vadnais 52nd
Jeff McVey 65th
Vince Dinh 81st
John Schultz 98th
Mike Billings 103rd
On Sunday morning, three more runs were made on the same course, as qualifying for the Shootouts. The top eight drivers from each of the two groups advanced to the Super Shootout, while those ranked ninth through sixteenth in their groups moved into the Club Shootout. Darrell made one very fast run but a late cone call shot that down. He also coned on his other two runs, and ended up 18th, even with cones. But that wasn’t good enough.
Eric qualified for the Super Shootout, won in the first round, but was taken out in the second run. The only other Snake River Region driver to qualify, was Lynn Proctor in the Club Shootout. Unfortunately, he went out in the first round.
The Super Shootout was won by Utah Region’s Chris Cook, in the Focus ST that had ended up third in Saturday’s G/S class competition. The Club Shootout went to Eric Gustavson, also of Utah Region, in an SMF Volkswagen GTI.
There was also the Bonus Shootout, in which the names of eight drivers who didn’t qualify for the other Shootouts were drawn out of a hat. Daniel Vadnais had his name drawn, but was eliminated in the first round. The Bonus Shootout was won by Brian Kelly, of Colorado Region, in the Evo he co-drove to seventh place in B/Street on Saturday.
Next up is the SCCA National Championship Tour event on July 10-12, in scenic Packwood, WA. As of the morning of July 3, SRR/SCCA has eight (Me, Darrell, Lynn, KP, Neal, John, Mike, and Blair Reid) out of a total of 223 drivers entered. Cal, Brian, and Duke are already signed up, too. Entries are limited to 325, and Monday, July 6, is the last day to enter online, so hurry!
Assistant Regional Executive