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        at TWS); and October or December                  With lots of smooth, clean concrete to                                              D Stock in a Cobalt SS, with more than
        (Double School at TMS).                        set fast courses on, the airport site has a                                            double the points over his nearest
                                                       lot to offer. One drawback is that the                                                 competitor. He also ran enough events
        CONTACT SYDNEY DAVIS                           airport remains active and functional                                                  in a Corvette to be tied for second in A
        (713) 628-8337                                 during the events themselves. While                                                    Stock, but Taylor seems to think that car                         airport management has set aside space                                                 is up for sale and an LT1-powered RX-7
                                                       for the events to be run on, planes                                                    is in the cards for Craner’s future.
         PONY EXPRESS                                  taxiing back and forth from a takeoff or
                                                       landing mean a course hold is
                                                                                                                                                  When not carving up courses, Craner
                                                                                                                                              also serves as the event chairperson for
                                                       immediately placed to prevent any                                                      SummerFast. With eight runs in a single
                                                       potential metal-to-metal incidents with                                                day, he must be one tired dude by the
                                                       the winged machines.                                                                   time the weekend is over!
        PFAST TIMES                                       Taylor says there’s never been any                                                      Besides SummerFast, EIR also runs a
        IN POCATELLO                                   incidents over the last two years the                                                  fall event at the Pocatello airport called

        W              hile not exactly the biggest
                       region in RMDiv, East Idaho
                       Region (EIR) has 50
        members who are looking for a good
        time. Particularly if the good time
                                                       region has used the airport, and that’s
                                                       the way they like it. “We’re pretty
                                                       thankful for this site and we do our best
                                                       to maintain a good relationship,” says
                                                       Taylor. “Last year we had about 100
                                                                                                                                              OctoberFast. Paradoxically scheduled for
                                                                                                                                              Sept. 25-27, the event ends the season
                                                                                                                                              for the region before the new snow flies.
                                                                                                                                              By that time, Eastern Idaho members will
                                                                                                                                              again have demonstrated that it doesn’t
        involves going fast around a slew of           cars from Utah, Snake River, Montana                                                   take a large organization to have big fun.
        orange cones and avoiding penalty              and other regions for SummerFast, and
        points at the same time.                       we expect about the same this year.”                                                   CONTACT DAVID MURAMOTO
            Located in the far northwestern               Looking at some of the videos posted                                                (303) 752-9777
        reaches of the division, EIR has seven         on the EIR Web site (,                                       
        Solo events scheduled for 2009.                the airport course looks markedly
        Combined with other autocross events
        sanctioned by Yellowstone, Snake River
                                                       bigger than many of the other sites the
                                                       region runs on. There’s room to hold
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        or Utah Regions, and there’s more than         plenty of cars while allowing a course                                                  NORTHERN PACIFIC DIVISION
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        enough fun to keep the diehard Solo            master enough room to vary each layout
        competitor busy from March through             without running out of runoff area.
        October. Everybody participates,                  This arrangement with the Pocatello                                                 A VERY STRANGE
        according to EIR Assistant R.E. Tommy          airport didn’t just drop into the lap of                                               SCHEDULING YEAR,
        Taylor, while each of the regions              EIR. It was the result of a lot of hard                                                PLUS A BANQUET
        cooperates in supporting each other’s
        schedules. By allowing up to two out-of-
        region races to be counted toward points
        in their own regional championships,
        racers have an incentive to travel.
                                                       work by EIR R.E. Cal Craner. “He did a
                                                       lot of the negotiating for us,” says
                                                       Taylor. “There were a lot of meetings,
                                                       but Cal wrote the book on how to safely
                                                       run at the airport and got us in.”
                                                                                                                                              M          any people have commented
                                                                                                                                                         on the strange schedules we
                                                                                                                                                         have had this year. With the
                                                                                                                                              dates the tracks have given us this
                                                                                                                                              season, there have been many
            As this is being written, the EIR season      Besides his skill at the bargaining                                                 overlapping events and long dry spells
        has already seen events run at Idaho           table, Craner shows quite a bit more as       In East Idaho Region’s                   in between. Traditional event dates
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Description: Traditional event dates have been spent at home, getting our racing fix from televised races, and catching up with yard work and family events. [...] of this writing, the last Divisional Solo event at Helena is in final preparation, but word has it that the numbers are low.
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