2016 Wrap Up
First of all, I can for sure say we would not be able to do this if it wasn’t for our sponsors. With out them we would not have a foundation to get this series off the ground. They have allowed me to tell racers "hey, we can do this...come on out". The racers sure have responded too. We had many new faces in 2015 and 2016 has already promised MORE NEW racers. More cars, more racers and more success. Thank you to Pierside Parts Unlimited, Cookers V Dubs, PEP transmissions, JK Enterprises, Laser Service Solutions, FASRNU Racing, Burnt Industries, Bell Signs and Lettering, Ulrich Used Cars, Jerry Lewis Roofing, and Stephen Hawes.
Our final race of the year at Englishtown in the heads up A/Gas class we had 9 cars trying to qualify for the 8 car field. By time eliminations started we were down to 7 as Matt Loyd lost his brakes and Kevin Bartleson broke an axle. It should be noted Matt made the LONG haul from Kentucky to NJ and Kevin hauled his twin turbo ghia all the way from South Carolina! The field was a mix of air-cooled and water cooled with #1 qualifier going to James Castellano in a 5cyl Golf with a 6.17et. In the finals it would be class sponsor Jerry Lewis taking on James. At the hit Jerry had a hole shot but the car came out of gear and James powered to a 6.11 for low ET of the day. This strength of Jerry’s performance would give him the class championship and the title of "King" once again.
Our bracket class had a strong showing with 16 cars showing up to do battle on a crisp and cool day. With some good air and a sticky track, some racers were running their career best ET. After they battled it out we were left with two racers...it was an all-family affair in the final. Nelson Rodriguez Sr. would take on Nelson Jr. for the money. The tree came down and off went Jr. as Nelson Sr. tried to catch him but would take a loss to his son.
However with Nelson Sr. strong performance on the last day, he wound up #2 in points behind Austin Johnson III. Austin won his second championship in three years as he made every race and took an event win. Congrats to you, but the target has been set. Third place in points was a tie. The legend Pete Peek who took his old reliable Billy The Kid sedan wound up tied with Woody Paige and his awesome type 3 wagon.
Thank you to everyone for the support and we hope everyone will joins us in 2016. If you know a sponsor or someone who wants to be part of this.....tell them JUMP ABOARD. I am working on 2016 and have the racers best interest in mind. Again thank you to Mike Gagnier, Joe Koenig, Gene Ulrich, Charles Marvin and special thanks to Stephen Hawes for keeping the web site up and running and really helping us get a car to the last race.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. All payouts are on our web site www.vwheritageseries.com