After mother nature finally cost us race number 8, it is time to wrap things up. Congratulations to our 2019 Gasser Racing Series Champions. In the Gasser class our Champion was a run away winner with Brandon Iamele in the “Stiner Bros” car winning 3 of the 7 races that we got to finish. In the Mod class it was Ryan Ricketson in the “Repeat Offender” winning 2 of our 7 races. Congratulations to our Champions and all of our members who helped make 2019 another successful GRS season. Next on the calendar is our 2019 awards Banquet to be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM at Terry Hills Country Club, 5122 Clinton St., Batavia, N.Y. 14020. You “MUST” RSVP by October 19, 2019. $25 per person. This year we have the ability to award our top 8 finishers in points. We will also be handing out over $1,000 in cash and prizes. As noted before, you “Must” be present to receive any cash or prize awards. Thanks again. The GRS Board.
Saturday started off cold, but when the sun came out the racing got hot. Talking to the drivers the Empire air was the best it has been all year. Cars were running some fast numbers. In the end it was Brandon Iamele driving the “Stiner Bros” entry, taking the win over past Gasser Champion Billy Webb in his 1949 German Ford (Darth Vader?). This race had a do-over because of timing tree issues. In the Mod class it was an all Mopar final, with Reid Ricketson in the “Time Despair” entry taking the win over the 2017 Mod Champion Mike Meeks in the “Schall’s Automotive” entry.
After a rocky start (rear gear lube on track) we got rolling and were done with pictures and Trophies by 4:00. Thanks to all the GRS members who chipped in and helped with the track clean up to get us back and running as fast as possible. In the Gasser class it was Tony Cattarin in his Red Willy’s taking the win over Branden Iamele in the “Steiner Bros” entry. In the Mod class it was Brian Rossman in his “Cobra Jet” Pinto taking the win over Kevin Mietlicki in his 1967 Cuda. This was both Tony’s and Brian’s first win of the season.
The usual quick start and then long wait was the order of the day again. When the racing was over the Gasser class win went to Bill Curtis in the “Clown Car Racing” entry over Art Misuraca in the “Jolly (with socks) Rodger” car. Who would have thought that a pair of socks could fix a race car. In the Mod class it was Reid Ricketson in his “Time Despair” 1974 Duster taking the win over past champ Mike Meeks driving the “Schall Automotive” 1965 Coronet 500. As soon as the pictures were taken and the trophies handed out, the rain started. The GRS squeaked out another race before Mother Nature took over.
We have added “OCTOBER 12th” as our last and final race date. No more rain dates. Please remember that the track gate times are now Saturday 9:30am for all four (4) remaining races.