2009-10 Round 10

Landscape Artists GP - HO Road America

Round 10 of 14

February 18, 2010


The Papa Murphy’s Grand Prix

WHAT: The Papa Murphy’s Grand Prix

WHERE: Waukesha, Wisconsin, HO Road America

WHEN: Thursday, February 18th 2010, 7pm

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE: Time Warner Cable Channel 1111 (Check Listings), Google Video

2008 CHAMPION: Larry Rotter

2008 POLESITTER: John Shea

TRACK LAYOUT: Road course

RACE LENGTH: 20 minutes

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying - 2003, Phil Cianciola, 51.906 Race – 2008, Larry Rotter, 226 laps, Fast Lap – 2003, Phil Cianciola, 3.953

RACE ROUND: 10 of 14 in the 2009-2010 HO Indy Slot Car Series

INSTANT REPLAY: The 2008-09 season began at a different venue as problems at the Mini Mile forced the season opener to HO Road America. Dan Margetta would start from the pole for the newly formed BMW Racing Team. The first heat race of the night began as a runaway for Larry Rotter, but as the heat would come to a close El Gato would be feeling the heat as Dan Margetta would put on a late race charge, but spin while trying to make a late race pass.

Mike Fiztlaff would wind up third in the heat one lap down.

The second heat would feature Ev Kamikawa, Dean Strom, Matt Hayek and hometown driver Amy Butler. Butler would control this heat leading by 5 laps at the halfway point, and cruise to the win by three laps over Dean Strom. Ev Kamikawa would finish third while matt Hayek would round out the heat in fourth place.

Heat three would feature one of the rookie contenders John Wiedemann, John Shea, and Tom and Andy Spehert. What seemed to be a competitive heat halfway through the event became a Tom Spehert runaway. The Boiler would turn a three lap lead into an eleven lap lead at the finish. John Shea was second, John Wiedemann third, and Andy Spehert a distant fourth.

The fourth and final heat race of the night had Chris Spehert, Mike Kristof and Mark Walczak. This race was over early as Walczak would jump out to a nine lap lead by the halfway point, and make it thirteen laps in the end over Chris Spehert, with Mike Kristof finishing in third place.

In the finals Tom Spehert would jump out to a ten lap lead at the halfway point leaving the other driver to fight for second place. As Walczak and Rotter pushed each other for second place they started to whittle into Spehert’s lead. As his lead shrank, Tom began having handling issues in the red lane. Luckily for Spehert his lead would hold as he beat Larry Rotter by three laps. Mark Walczak was third while his BMW teammate Amy Butler would finish fourth.

THE Papa Murphy’s Grand Prix HISTORY (10 events, 1998 - Present)

Year Race Winner

1998 Phil Cianciola

1999 Dan Margetta

2000 Phil Cianciola

2001 Phil Cianciola

2002 Larry Rotter

2003 Larry Rotter

2004 Phil Cianciola

2005 Dan Margetta

2006 Mike Fitzlaff

2007 Dan Margetta

2008 Larry Rotter

2009 Tom Spehert

2010 ???????????

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