2009-10 Round 9
Raven 250 - Raven Raceway
Round 9 of 14
February 4, 2010
The Raven 250
WHAT: The Raven 250
WHERE: Brookfield, Wisconsin, Raven Raceway
WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 2010- 7pm
U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE: YouTube.com and indyslotcarseries.com
2009 CHAMPION: Mark Walczak
2009 POLESITTER: Mark Walczak
TRACK LAYOUT: Permanent Road Course
RACE LENGTH: 250 laps
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying - 2009, Larry Rotter, 56.453
Race – 2002, Larry Rotter, 21:470
Fast Lap – Mark Walczak in 2009, 4.281
ROUND: 9 of 14 in the 2009-2010 HO Indy Slot Car Series
The second half of the season would begin with the renamed Raven 250. Many drivers were hoping with a new year would come a change of fortune. Good luck for them, and bad luck for Mark Walczak.
The first heat of the night would be a battle between Dan Margetta and Chris Spehert. Both driver would take time at the front of the field, throughout a majority of the race. But in the end it would be Margetta taking the win by one lap. Chris Spehert would settle for second and have to wait to see of he could hold on to the coveted transfer spot. Rookie John Wiedemann would finish third while Andy Spehert would finish fourth.
The second heat would feature points leader Mark Walczak, Ev Kamikawa, rookie Mike Lack, and Dean Strom. Walczak would jump out to an early lead in this race. He would hold a five lap lead at the halfway point, and would grow that to eight laps over Kamikawa at the finish. Attention would turn to see if Kamikawa could gather enough laps to knock Chris Spehert out of the transfer spot. Ev would easily take over that spot passing Chris’ lap total with 40 seconds left. Mike lack would finish third with Dean Strom bringing up the rear.
The third and final heat race had pole sitter, and hometown favorite Larry Rotter, Mike Fitzlaff who was coming off three consecutive DNFs, Tom Spehert, and Mike Kristof. Extensive knowledge of the track payed off for Rotter as he was never really challenged in the race. The battle for the transfer spot. Mike Fitzlaff would tangle multiple times with teammate Tom Spehert, and in the end that would be his downfall. When it was all said and done, Fitzlaff would miss by one lap, giving Kamikawa the last spot in the finals.
In the finals Rotter, Walczak and Margetta would mix it up between the three of them early on with Ev Kamikawa lurking in the weeds close by. At the halfway point, Rotter who had the pole money on the line would lead Walczak by two laps, Kamikawa by four laps and Margetta who would have speed issues by twelve laps. Due to having speed issues Margetta would actually get out of the car multiple times to retrieve rice crispy treats for himself and the corner marshals. The cause of the speed drain was found out to be grass in the motor and radiator from an earlier off road excursion. Rotter’s lead would disappear with late spins, leaving Walczak and Kamikawa to battle for the win. Walczak would collect his fifth win of the season in nine races, extending his points lead over Larry Rotter.
THE QUIZNO’S 250 HISTORY (9 events, 2001 - Present)
Year Race Winner
2001 John Shea
2002 Chad Sorce
2003 Phil Cianciola
2004 Larry Rotter
2005 Phil Cianciola
2006 Dan Margetta
2007 Dan Margetta
2008 Mark Walczak
2009 Mark Walczak
Walczak’s fourth win of the season extended his points lead to 27 over Ev Kamikawa, and 86 over third place Mike Lack. This is the race Lack was waiting for, both Walczak and Kamikawa will miss this race allowing him to close the points gap, with 5 races remaining after this weeks race. With Walczak out Dan Margetta has a shot to become the first three time winner of this event. With the top two race winners this year out of this race, who will dtep to the front?
Mark Walczak collected his 20th career win in the last event
Ev Kamikawa collected his 30th career pole
Kamikawa’s 59th heat win ties him with Jim Iverson for 4th all time
- John Wiedemann collected his 5th career heat win, good for a tie for 19th all time
Ev Kamikawa’s finals appearance was the 59th of his career, good for a 4th place tie all time
- Dean Strom made the finals for the 9th time of his career, good for 19th place all time
- John Wiedemann is now in 22nd place all time with his 6th career finals appearance
John Shea moved into 11th place all time on the laps completed list at 18,136 laps completed
Mark Walczak moved into 15th place all time with his 87th career start
Mark Walczak has made the finals in 6 of the 8 events this year
Mike Lack has made the finals in 5 of 8 events this year
Ev Kamikawa has made the finals in 5 of 8 events this season
Mark Walczak has won the pole in 5 of 8 events
Walczak has won 4 of the 8 events this season