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Wasdahl's second run, hampered by a cone, was still faster than the next quickest drivers - plural, because when Barry Goldine crossed the line the time clock never changed; he'd done the identical 52.512 time Goodale had posted just ahead of him. Wasdahl would take a second consecutive A Mod championship with an overall time of 104.547, with Goldine 1.455sec behind, followed by Goodale bringing home his 29th Nationals trophy (a record he shares with CP driver Frank Stagnaro) and Cooley.

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      EVENT REPORT
                                                                           more than 4sec faster than second-          49.752. Goldine broke the runner-up tie
      A Modified                                                           placed Bill Goodale. Wasdahl’s second       with a 51.3 to Goodale’s 52.4. Goodale’s

      A    Modified Ladies was scheduled to
           run in the first heat Tuesday, but
      no one entered – it was not until the
                                                                           run, hampered by a cone, was still faster
                                                                           than the next quickest drivers – plural,
                                                                           because when Barry Goldine crossed
                                                                                                                       Dragon F1 was sandwiched by a pair of
                                                                                                                       1973 Tui BH3 cars, Bernard Cooley also
                                                                                                                       in the chase at 52.7.
      third heat that the A Modified cars                                  the line the time clock never changed;         If rain was the story for those drivers
      announced their readiness to run. Most                               he’d done the identical 52.512 time         competing in Wednesday’s second heat,
      drivers used first runs to get a feel for                            Goodale had posted just ahead of him.       then the drying track conditions was the
      the pavement – but not Dan Wasdahl.                                     Wasdahl, in his BBR/Phantom DVS-1,       story for those driving in the third. With
      He ran his first run in a blistering 50.1,                           would run cleanly on the third run to a     the FS, CSL and STL classes also
                                                                                                                       competing in the same heat with AM,
        DÉJÑ VU – THE ROAD TO LINCOLN                                                                                  the West Course’s optimal line began to
                                                                                                                       dry and achieve traction as the drivers
                                                                                                                       made subsequent runs.
        IT SEEMS WE’VE DONE this before. Here are a few                base was decommissioned in 1973.)                  The A Mod leaders gained four to
        factoids:                                                        For the past three years, Heartland           seven seconds during their second runs,
        • The place was built as an Army Air Corps field in the        Park Topeka has been home to the                and by third runs were 10 to 12-seconds
           early days of World War II.                                 Solo National Championships, but the            quicker than their opening times.
        • It later became a Strategic Air
           Command base.
        • In 1964, Defense Secretary Robert
           McNamara. Issued deactivation
           orders that shut down operations
           there.
        • The field transitioned to become
           the city’s municipal airport.
        • Its runways are long enough to be
           an emergency alternate landing
           site for the Space Shuttle.                  A MODIFIED
        • It later would become the home of            Dan Wasdahl
           the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National              Land O Lakes
           Championships.                                       Region
        Salina? Topeka? Lincoln? All of the                      Hoosier
        above!                                        BBR Phantom DVS-1
            After bouncing around six different
        sites in seven years through the
        1970s, the SCCA Solo National
        Championships finally settled in Kansas in 1980 (with a            Solo pad built at the south end of the         Goldine’s 54.672 emerged as top
        single visit to Chicago in 1982). That site was what is now        paddock – originally designed as            time of the day. Unfortunately,
        the East Crawford Recreation Area in Salina, Kan., which had       overflow paddock road racing –              Wasdahl’s first day lead was
        been host to the third running of the Nationals in 1975. That      proved somewhat unpopular with the          overwhelming, and on the second day
        1980 event had 436 competitors. When the entry broke 600           competitors. Not only was the asphalt       he was only a tenth behind. Wasdahl
        in 1985, East Crawford was about at its limit, and in 1986         sandy, but also course designs ended        would take a second consecutive A
        Nationals moved across town to the Salina Municipal                up in the 40-second range and grids         Mod championship with an overall
        Airport where it remained through 1994. In 15 years in Salina,     were located so drivers could not           time of 104.547, with Goldine 1.455sec
        the entry had risen from 309 in 1975 to 704 in 1994.               watch their competitors.                    behind, followed by Goodale bringing
            Nationals had just outgrown Salina. The course area               This year we’re back to SAC base         home his 29th Nationals trophy (a
        was fine, but the paddock was becoming increasingly tight.         concrete, once again taking                 record he shares with CP driver Frank
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