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                                                  strong showing, trailing Calhoun by just hundredths to
      C Modified                                  take the other two podium positions, followed by
                                                                                                                   D Modified Ladies
      T    he day opened with enthusiasm
           from the C Mod drivers for the
      more traditional championship
                                                  Engstrom, Elzinga and Hurd.
                                                     As the heat wound down, feelings ran the gamut in the
                                                  grid. A crowd surrounded Calhoun congratulating him on
                                                                                                                   A    s the familiar high-strung motors
                                                                                                                        of D Modified sat idling in grid
                                                                                                                   on the East Course on Thursday, an
      courses than those seen in the past         his victory. He was wrestling with the power of his              unfamiliar – but not entirely
      few years. Peter Calhoun, who would         emotions as his hand was shaken and his back was                 unpleasant – new smell blended with
      go on to win the jacket for 2009, said      pounded by well-wishing friends and competitors. Asked           Lincoln’s new sights and sounds. The
      the C Mod cars like to stretch their        about his victory, he was at a loss for words. The               aroma, a mix of grape-like sweetness
      legs on longer courses. And to make it      overarching sentiment from all gathered around was that it       and salt, was an exhaust byproduct of
      all the more perfect, the weather was       was a long time coming.                                          many DM competitors switching to
      just what the competitors ordered for          “The site is wonderful,” he said. “After three years of       E85 fuel. E85’s abundance in the
      both days, despite the prognostication      doldrums at Heartland Park, I have noticed all week that         Midwest made this fuel an
      for rain on Friday.                         people seem to have an elevated enthusiasm, everyone is          inexpensive choice for many, its
          Calhoun, driving a Swift DB-1,          re-energized. The Mod cars missed the concrete and 50-           ethanol content reducing (by at least a
      demonstrated in fine form that smooth,      plus-second courses.”                                            few gallons) our dependence on
      clean and fast are not mutually                                                                              foreign oil, helping their high-
      exclusive elements in racing. By the        C Modified Ladies                                                compression engines run cooler with
      end of Thursday’s second heat, he’d
      posted a 53.552 on the East Course
      and held a strong 0.3sec lead over
                                                  C     ML was contested by a single competitor, Beverly
                                                        Carlile, driving Wendell Karr-Ake’s Citation. Despite
                                                  the lack of competition, Carlile did not just take a series of
                                                                                                                   less probability of pre ignition. The
                                                                                                                   scent reminded one of fried flatfish
                                                                                                                   and grape cotton candy at a state fair.
      Donald Elzinga in a Reynard. Elzinga,       victory laps, her runs on both days showed consistent               The Ladies ran first in heat two,
      in turn, had a slim 0.75sec lead on         improvement, each run quicker than the last, getting down        Diane Wood Austin piloting what is
      Calhoun’s co-driver, John Engstrom,         to 58.339 on the East Course, 57.956 on the West, for a          usually the fastest front-wheel-drive car
      who himself had that same 0.75sec           116.295sec total.     
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