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    Default SCCA Solo Nationals F Prepared Z has Still Got It!

    Results after the first day. One to go.

    F Prepared Drivers: 20 Trophies: 6
    T 1 123 John Timothy Thomas 1971 Datsun 240Z Blu Hoosier 49.435 49.073 49.194 49.073
    [23] Tampa, FL Zee Racing Mississipp
    T 2 125 Radomin Delgado 2004 PORSCHE 911 GT3 Gr Hoosier 50.776 49.848 49.443 49.443
    [25] Edison, NJ Northern N (0.370)
    T 3 199 Tom Holt 1974 Datsun 280Z Wht Hoosier 50.114 49.488 49.950 49.488
    [99] Round Rock, TX Road Trip Racing Team Lone Star (0.045)
    T 4 111 Randy Chase 2005 Lotus Elise Ylw Hoosier 50.706 56.545 50.647 50.647
    [11] San Diego, CA ChaseCam / Blackwatch Ra San Diego (1.159)
    T 5 128 Michael Hoyt 1992 Plymouth Laser Red Hoosier 52.383 52.016 50.674 50.674
    [28] Omaha, NE Nebraska R (0.027)
    T 6 23 Lance Coley 1971 Datsun 240Z Blu Hoosier 54.038 50.735 DNF 50.735
    [123] Utica, MS Zee Racing Mississipp (0.061)
    7 99 Ward Clinton Marshal 1975 Datsun 260Z Wht Hoosier 52.901 61.381(4) 50.847 50.847
    [199] Dripping Springs, TX Road Trip Racing Team Lone Star (0.112)
    8 151 Michael A Tews 1972 Datsun 240Z Wht Hoosier 52.605(1) 50.909 DNF 50.909
    [51] Sussex, WI J & M Autocrossers Milwaukee (0.062)
    9 198 Richard L Tomlin 1985 BMW 325 Blk,Wht Kumho 52.024 50.996 53.286(1) 50.996
    [98] Friendswood, TX apexvinyltx.com Houston Re (0.087)
    10 9 Jonathan P Jackson 1973 Porsche 914-6 Ylw Hoosier 54.061 51.260 56.716(3) 51.260
    Maumelle, AR PERFECTION PLUS Arkansas R (0.264)
    11 28 Kent Hoyt 1992 Plymouth Laser Red Hoosier 54.964(1) 51.941 52.080 51.941
    [128] Omaha, NE Nebraska R (0.681)
    12 25 Christopher Chang 2004 Porsche GT3 Gry 54.779 52.347 51.994 51.994
    [125] , (0.053)
    13 98 Roger Howard Johnson 1985 BMW formerly known Kumho 54.865 52.490 54.646(1) 52.490
    [198] Houston, TX Home of the Criminally I Houston Re (0.496)
    14 124 Don Bunt 1973 Datsun 240z Red Goodyear 54.790 53.611 54.416 53.611
    [24] Rockford, IL DB Racing Chicago Re (1.121)
    15 51 Lucas David Anderson 1972 Datsun 240Z Wht Hoosier DNF 55.063 59.526(2) 55.063
    [151] Oak Creek, WI J&M Autocrossers Milwaukee (1.452)
    16 6 Charlie Clark 1985 Mazda RX7 Grn Goodyear 57.124 72.082(3) 56.636 56.636
    Mission, KS KC Raceware Kansas Cit (1.573)
    17 24 Matthew Checkon 1973 Datsun 240z Red Goodyear 61.167 60.224 56.790 56.790
    [124] Grayslake, IL DB Racing Chicago Re (0.154)
    18 11 Babak Marefat 2005 Lotus Elise Ylw Hoosier 60.173 57.642 57.951 57.642
    [111] Topeka, KS ChaseCam/Blackwatch Raci Kansas Reg (0.852)
    19 30 Brian Andersen 1985 mazda rx7 Blk,Slv, Hoosier 62.142(1) DNS DNS 62.142
    [130] Norman, OK Oklahoma R (4.500)
    20 130 Mark Akridge 1985 Mazda RX7 Blk,Slv, Hoosier DNS DNS DNS No Time
    [30] Mustang, OK Oklahoma R
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    Impressive! Thanks for posting that...Robert
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    Speaking of Zs in the SCCA, I Just checked both speedtv.com and scca.org and couldn't see when the runoffs were scheduled to air...anyone know?

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    Edit: Found it mentioned in an article---telecast for runoffs will be in November and December.
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    HEy Congrats John Thomas!
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    If that picture is current, it doesn't look like he's taking the weight penalty and running the 12" wheels... interesting.
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    John Thomas is from another world when it comes to driving a prepared car. He could probably beat the class running 8" wide wheels.

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    No, the picture was taken over a year ago.
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    What amazes me is the modern cars the Z is beating.

    F Prepared Drivers: 20 Trophies: 6
    T 1 123 John Timothy Thomas 1971 Datsun 240Z Blu Hoosier 49.435 49.073 49.194 99.732
    [23] Tampa, FL Zee Racing Mississipp 50.852 50.747 50.659
    T 2 125 Radomin Delgado 2004 PORSCHE 911 GT3 Gr Hoosier 50.776 49.848 49.443 100.486
    [25] Edison, NJ Northern N 56.344(2) 51.043 54.795(2) (0.754)
    T 3 199 Tom Holt 1974 Datsun 280Z Wht Hoosier 50.114 49.488 49.950 100.517
    [99] Round Rock, TX Road Trip Racing Team Lone Star 51.979 51.029 55.689(2) (0.031)
    T 4 111 Randy Chase 2005 Lotus Elise Ylw Hoosier 50.706 56.545 50.647 102.595
    [11] San Diego, CA ChaseCam / Blackwatch Ra San Diego 52.442 52.289 51.948 (2.078)
    T 5 151 Michael A Tews 1972 Datsun 240Z Wht Hoosier 52.605(1) 50.909 DNF 103.418
    [51] Sussex, WI J & M Autocrossers Milwaukee 54.302 52.509 52.557 (0.823)
    T 6 23 Lance Coley 1971 Datsun 240Z Blu Hoosier 54.038 50.735 DNF 103.838
    [123] Utica, MS Zee Racing Mississipp 64.799 53.669 53.103 (0.420)
    7 99 Ward Clinton Marshal 1975 Datsun 260Z Wht Hoosier 52.901 61.381(4) 50.847 104.064
    [199] Dripping Springs, TX Road Trip Racing Team Lone Star 56.932 54.163 53.217 (0.226)
    8 128 Michael Hoyt 1992 Plymouth Laser Red Hoosier 52.383 52.016 50.674 105.152
    [28] Omaha, NE Nebraska R 54.478 57.632 55.106 (1.088)
    9 9 Jonathan P Jackson 1973 Porsche 914-6 Ylw Hoosier 54.061 51.260 56.716(3) 105.390
    Maumelle, AR PERFECTION PLUS Arkansas R 57.168 55.359 54.130 (0.238)
    10 25 Christopher Chang 2004 Porsche GT3 Gry 54.779 52.347 51.994 105.455
    [125] , 55.854 53.461 53.653 (0.065)
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    That's great---I know Randy Chase from the Elisetalk.com forum I visit...He's been big on his Elise at the Nationals...I'm getting a kick seeing the Z dominate!
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    john is back and on top.

    i've seen this car and it is l i t e.
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    I was wondering if anyone was paying attention to us cone crushers in Kansas last week! John did a great job leading the class both days and I did the best I could to make the Z's finish 1-2, but fell .031 seconds short. Kudos to Radomin Delgado in the GT3 Porsche... He did really well in a street legal car that only had the interior removed... It still had AC (including the cabin air filter). He left the door open for me on the last run by hitting a cone, so I charged as hard as I could, but went too hot into the last decreasing slalom before the finish and tagged a couple of cones!

    John's car still looks just like that... He's still on 10" wheels (as am I). We both have to weigh 2065 lbs. Bigger wheels would incur an additional 100 lbs. Since we have moved from the super grippy and bumpy concrete at Forbes Field over to the super smooth and not too grippy asphalt at Heartland Park, a lot of people were trying very different setups, mostly with poor results in FP. Note the 2+ second gap back to 4th place. I know John and I pretty much stuck with our old setups and lowered tire pressures a bit and it worked pretty well. Many of the cars in other classes with big power and really fat tires had a really hard time. HPT is a very different place.

    This was the biggest showing in FP in a long time and we had a wide range of makes and models but the Z's were the most dominant taking 4 of the 6 trophies. I was a great time. I have a few pics of the complete FP field that I can post as soon as I get them resized a bit.

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    I was Tom. Congrats to you & John as well as all the Z FP runners. Looking forward to the pics. I leave Sat. for HPT myself. Heading out to the Runoffs. Hopefully get to see some more Z wins! I'll be shooting tons of pics.
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    Tom, you going to post some videos on your website? We'd love to see 'em.

    Oh, and congratulations!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tholt29
    This was the biggest showing in FP in a long time and we had a wide range of makes and models but the Z's were the most dominant taking 4 of the 6 trophies. I was a great time. I have a few pics of the complete FP field that I can post as soon as I get them resized a bit.
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    Great Job! Looking forward to your pics...Robert
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    I was out there and got to see the FP Z guys drive by a few times. I was running in FSP and didn't get to see any of the Z's run though.

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    I posted some pics of the FP class in grid. No action shots and no video yet... I have to get those from other folks. Click on my screen name and select to view my gallery. Nothing too exciting... If you look in the photo details I have the names of the drivers.

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    Good pics. I didn't notice Don Bunt in the standings and was quite surprised to see his EP car in your pics. It was featured in SCCA's Sports Car when the Z was first being re-introduced to the production ranks in '98. It was a major source of motivation for me.

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    These scans from the latest issue of Sportscar magazine
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    Z cars dominated FP!
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    How much does it cost to set up a z car to this level? Motor, interior, chassis customization, bracing... Thats some amazing work. Are there any shops that can get a car most of the way there?
    I hope this isn't too irreverant to post these qus here.

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    I thought FP was a production class? I usually go in ES
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    Well Steve... as the completely overused line goes on cost... 'if you have to ask, you can't afford it'. Okay maybe it's not that bad.

    First off the FP we are discussing is autocrossing's F Prepared, not road racings F Production (where Z's are not legal). The prepared rules evolved from the production rules a long time ago and within the last 10 years there has been a focused effort make the Prepared rules completely independent of the production and GT rules. So technically speaking FP is a production based class, but the Prepared rules stilll allow cars prepped up to the GT rules (full tube frame cars with fiberglass bodies) to compete in Prepared with a 10% weight penalty. There are only a few cars prepped "in excess" of the Prepared rules and they are primarily in the V8 classes (CP and the now defunct BP). As far as FP goes we have the occasional GT2 car run at Nationals but they are typically not a threat for the win.

    Comparing F Prepared to E Production, the Z's road racing class, FP has much more open rules. In FP compression and cams are unrestricted, as is carburetion or fuel injection (thats new for'07). I believe EP allows Z's to run up to 12:1 compression and they must run SU carbs. Comparing an EP motor to an FP motor would probably show similar HP numbers but you will see a lot more torque on the FP cars starting a lot lower in the RPMs. Another big difference is in the wheels... I believe EP isliimited to 15x7" wheels and FP is limited to 16x10" wheels with no penalty and up to 12" wide wheels with a 100 lb penalty. There are many other differences but those are the biggest.

    Getting on to cost, to quote another overused line, "how fast can you afford to go?" I bought my car fully built( but kind of tired) about 14 years ago for $5250. When it was first sold as a national champion car in '88 or '89 it sold for about $8500. I got a good deal. To build nationally competitive car from scratch, would be well over $10,000.

    Here is a rough list to duplicate my car:
    14:1 Engine (long block only) professionally built ~$5000+
    triple carbs on ebay probably $1000
    16x10" alloy wheels $1600 +
    New 22x10x16 Hoosier slicks $1200 (plan on 2 sets a year)
    Roll Cage - $300 in materials + $500 or more for installation if you don't weld
    A good seat $200
    good racing shocks $1600 or more
    Limited slip diff $500?
    A small fuel cell $200 (112 octane gas is about $7.50/gallon now)
    Racing radiator $200
    gauges $500
    lexan windows/windsheild $100
    Fiberglass hood and fender flares $800
    A decent paint job $1000
    Pimpy flame decals and numbers $100 if you have a friend with the equipment
    A gazillion other details I left out ~$1000

    So to build my car would probably cost about $15,000, assuming you have a rolling chassis. The donor car is usually the cheapest part of the puzzle. That all being said, I've been beat by guys in cars that had less than $5000 in them. Autocrossing is at least as much driver talent as it is car prep, and i am only moderately talented...

    Hope that answers all of your questions! It should... cuz I feel like I just wrote a novel! Let me know if you want to know more. I'm always happy to see interest and growth in the class!

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    I was surprised to see your figure as low as it is, Tom, but you hit all the high points including the two "grand statements"! I would comment to throw in the cost of a trailer and tow vehicle, spare wheels and tires, supplies. F Prepared today is very much like what F Production was to me years ago when Zs were in C Production. I marvel at what it would cost me to go road racing today. Good answer!
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    According to the SCCA list, it has the 280Z if the E stock class even, which is very similar to the production clas, IMO.

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    The Production class in road racing is not even close to stock, ITS is a lot closer, and even it isn't very stock. The stock class in autox is pretty damn close to bone stock. Comparing E Production to ES is pretty useless. Download the rulebook and read it and you'll see what I mean.
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    I was referring to SCCA Solo II AutoX, where a stock Z could probably meet the basic requirements for both stock or Prepared class, depending on how you outfit the car. If you go t othe limit the rules allow, then there is lot of difference.
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    I'm a bit confused. What is your point? Is it that you can register for a class where you can get your ass handed to you? I was running my Z in FP and I had a full interior and wasn't built anywhere near the limit of the rules. I did it basically because I had a hook up for the slicks and slicks aren't allowed in Street Prepared, but I wasn't competitive at all when a "real" FP car showed up. So yes, it is true that they won't prevent you from running an underprepared car in a given class.

    You originally called FP a "production" class. FP is a Prepared class, Production is a road racing class. The stock class in autox is nothing like either the Prepared or Production classes for racing. That is MY point.
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    Tom, that was a painful reminder of where the checking account went to, but pretty darn accurate. Still a hell of a lot cheaper than a GT3 but then again we don't have air conditioning.

    I hope all is well out in Texas, I sent you and Richard a link to a couple of Z's that are in the UK. Great videos.

    Looks like Richard is going XP with a 350Z motor. Sounded like he was going to need some major mods to get it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmortensen
    I was running my Z in FP and I had a full interior and wasn't built anywhere near the limit of the rules. I did it basically because I had a hook up for the slicks and slicks aren't allowed in Street Prepared, but I wasn't competitive at all when a "real" FP car showed up.

    That is where I was with my Z for 2 years. This last year I raced a 240 in EM (stroker 3.1) but I am finally getting a real FP car together. I have it stripped and all the good pieces to put in it (suspension, motor, ect..), just gotta get the cage welded in. My racing buddy and I cannot decide between XP or FP, we could take the stroker out and put it in the car we are building and run XP but we could never get the weight down to the minimum for that class (17 or 1800 with a 3.1 I think), but then we could rice it up with a gigantic wing!
    I am buying a `73 F250 and a trailer for the haulin' of the race car. It has been a long time coming but there is always the chance this next season will be status quo, race cars do require $ and unfortunately Montana's climate does not support the growth of money trees.
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    Hey John! Good to see you lurking around here! The financial shock hit you harder because you completely rebuilt you car over a couple of years. I've been draggin mine out for over a decade! It's a lot easier on the wallet that way!

    I'll have to drop Richard a note and see how it's going. Sounds like a fun project, although I hate to see him move out of FP.

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    Yep, just got back on the site after way to long. I don't think you got the videos I sent, they were probably to large. Don't know if you have seen these before but check out the youtube link http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...&search=Search

    If it does not work, go to youtube.com and type in Janspeed in the search. The Z on there is pretty awesome. Has to be the quickest Z I have ever seen.

    So what do you know about slide plate intakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTZ23
    Tom, that was a painful reminder of where the checking account went to, but pretty darn accurate. Still a hell of a lot cheaper than a GT3 but then again we don't have air conditioning.

    I hope all is well out in Texas, I sent you and Richard a link to a couple of Z's that are in the UK. Great videos.

    Looks like Richard is going XP with a 350Z motor. Sounded like he was going to need some major mods to get it in.

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    Thanks Mark, The Z's made a good showing this year but if they keep that GT3 in the class then we are going to have to step it up a notch.

    I think we have to focus on suspension as the surface is Topeka is not a friend to HP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTZ23 View Post
    I think we have to focus on suspension as the surface is Topeka is not a friend to HP.

    JT

    I fully agree with this one and while everyone was complaining in Topeka this year I was more than happy to realize that I could go another year without having to build a real motor. I was in a borrowed car this year in A Stock but I'm looking forward to showing up next year in FP again. Hopefully, we can fill all of the FP trophy spots with old Z cars!

    Back to the original cost question, I'm right around $10k with my build-up over the last 5 years. I've got most of everything on Tom's list except the race motor and pricey shocks and the car has shown to be competitive with his car with the right co-driver (someone faster than me). Again, much cheaper and arguably more fun than a new flavor of the month car!

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    Nice car Rick. I can't get over a 35 year old car still kicking butt! I love watching the EP & ITS 240Z's run competitively in the SCCA.
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    I am amazed to see how active this board is! The Zs really seem like great machines and anytime that something that costs less than $50k to prepare can beat a GT3, that's real bang/buck performance!

    Thanks for all the info everyone. I am looking to build a Z car to replace my subaru. Hope to be able to get into something that will let me race cheaply and reliably at a high performance level.

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    It appears JT is kicking butt again in 2007! Way to go John.

    http://www.scca.com/newsarticle.aspx?hub=3&news=3161
    Last edited by jmark; 09-26-2007 at 12:36 PM.
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    Result for 2007 are in. Congrats to John!

    http://www.scca.com/newsarticle.aspx?hub=3&news=3162
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmark View Post
    Result for 2007 are in. Congrats to John!

    http://www.scca.com/newsarticle.aspx?hub=3&news=3162
    Bump for those who missed it. Member John Thomas won F Prepared in his 240Z!
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    Congrats John! Hope to see you in Daytona.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 26th-Z View Post
    Congrats John! Hope to see you in Daytona.
    Looking forward to lots of pics from Daytona. My daughter gets married Oct. 6th or I'd be down there......
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    Z's RULE!!!! It was a good year for the Z at the Solo II Nationals particularly ole blue. I was worried about the rain on Tuesday but ironically it allowed me to get enough lead to cover the hot run Fordahl had the next day.

    Weather permitting, I will be in Daytona for the autox on Thursday. I am in Toronto right now, headed to Philly tomorow and back to Tampa Wed. night.

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    Congrats JT. Any video or pics from the week?
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    John, John, John... It always all about John!

    Sure he's a phenomenal driver and a heckuva nice guy, but what about the rest of us?!?!?

    Actually.. congrats again John.

    Like JT said, it was a great year for the Z's. 4 of the 6 Z's registered took home 5 of the 6 trophies. We ran second heat on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Tuesday morning was drying from an overnight shower and we occasionally saw some very light drizzle... just enough to keep the 914-6 more crossed up than the rest of us. Because of the weather, I wouldn't spend too much time trying to compare us to any other classes. It's not very pretty. The weather was perfect from mid-day Tuesday on so the course kept getting faster.

    Here is a couple of runs from 5th place finisher Rick Martinez and his co driver. If you look at the skid marks at the end of the second run in this clip, those are the work of my co driver over cooking the finish, but claiming the last trophy. It was pretty dramatic... he skidded right up to the cones. Leaned a few back but didn't drop a one. Now I just need to figure out how to put all of that rubber back on the tires...

    http://www.typeischeap.com/vids/2007..._FP_26_126.wmv

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    Congrats to both of you... again. Good work!

    14th national championship. Wow.
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    Nice job Tom. Congrats to all the Z drivers!
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    Congrats JT, Tom, and all the Z's. Great Video too, looks like a blast...Robert
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    Best Nationals ever! And, once again, great driving John and Tom. Let's do it again next year!

    -Rick

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