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Steve Tamandli, in his newly repainted Pontiac Fiero, who hasn't trophied since 2003, earned his 22nd Nationals award when he pulled himself into the final trophy spot with a 58.0 on his final run.
068_SC1109 10/7/09 12:52 PM EVENT REPORT endured a very wet impound, but were happy that all of winning her first Solo National E Modified their competition runs were dry. Championship with a combined time J eff Kiesel could have quit after just one run each day. He set fast time on both courses with his first run. Oh, he Beth Whitworth F Modified Ladies of 112.641 and a margin of 1.702sec. Smith almost didn’t return for Wednesday’s competition. Tuesday went even faster, but coned out every time he did. E Modified ran fifth heat on the West A ll five FML drivers came to the grid with two-cycle formula cars of the Formula 440/500 variety. Michelle Quinn and Beth Smith rose above the others as they afternoon she received near-tragic news from home regarding her father, bringing into question the very Course. The 20-car class had was filled returned from the West Course with timeslips containing thought of competing versus flying with multiple past champions and numbers in the 56sec range, while the rest of the field was home instead. After many calls and trophy winners. Kiesel’s opener was all well over one minute. updates, she decided to stay in Lincoln 54.502 while his dad, Mark Kiesel, Having run previous events against each other this with her “second family” and finish drove the Kiesel Family Sprite to the year, both Quinn and Smith knew that one of them would what she came to do. With added second spot with a 54.6. Robert Tunnell surely be right there to take the lead if too many mistakes determination and enormous support in the BarekAub.com M3 also ran his were made. from family, friends and fellow best on his first run, settling for a 55.5 As the first heat of the first day came to an end, Quinn competitors, she accomplished her and third spot after day one. The only must’ve felt a little bit of relief in knowing that a cone was goal of winning the championship for other driver to get to the 55s was Darin called on Smith’s final run, keeping the margin to just her father. The class wasn’t even Long aboard a Sprinto 7, who finished under half a second instead of just over – Smith’s 56.061 released from impound when Smith the day with a 55.8. chased by Quinn’s 56.4. heard five words from her father she The threat of rain on Friday put the On the East Course, things continued where they left will never forget. She was told “I’m so fifth heat into hurry-up mode. The off. After the first runs, Quinn lead Smith by 0.1sec. proud of you!” Kiesel car sprinted to the front of the Digging deep, both ladies improve on each of their “Words can’t describe the feelings,” pack again on the first runs, with Mark remaining runs, but Smith showed with a pair of 56s, she said. “There is no way I could’ve having a 57.0 and Jeff turning a blazing while Quinn’s were a pair of 57s. Smith drove Paul done this without the help and support 54.634. It was good enough to keep him Magee’s KBS Mk. 4 to another FTD with a 56.580, of my family and friends”. in the top spot at 109.136sec. Dad Mark stayed solidly in second with his final run of a 55.6. Tunnell finished the day with a 55.8, so the day one podium was E MODIFIED unchanged after day two.
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