Report from the SARRC/MARRS at Summit Point

by Bob Brookfield

The weekend of June 18-19 saw 10 SARRC drivers competing. We would have liked to have seen more, but we understand it is a long haul up there. We had several workers come up. Heather Clark and Mo Overstreet flagged. Sara and I were in Registration, but it is only an hour and a half from our home, so it is easy. Jan Coleman-Mitchell did Race Control, Sharon Rollow was in Registration, Dave Rollow and Rick Mitchell were Stewards, and Sue Roethel was Honorary Chief Steward. The appearance by Sue was a big hit among the DCR membership.

 Racing consisted of a qualifying session Saturday morning followed by 10 lap races. Sunday was eight 20 lap races. They initially had 51 entries for SSM, but by race time that was down to 49. Turn one must have been exciting. As to results;

  •  Steve Rose was 1st in IT7R both days, setting a new lap record for the class on Sunday. I was able to speak with Steve briefly on Saturday and he was quite happy with his performance.
  •  Matt Guzkowski was 1st in FV both days. Rickey Thompson was 1st in ITR both days. Mark Senior was 9th in ITA on Saturday and moved up to 8th on Sunday. Thomas Nutter was 2nd in IT7 both days. Dwight Cooke had a 2nd in EP on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday. Michael Cooke was 3rd in EP on Saturday but was a non-starter on Sunday.
  •  Mickey Moran was 17th Saturday in SM and 22nd on Sunday. Grant MacDonald was 24th on Saturday in SM and moved up to 17th on Sunday.
  •  Cameron Conover was 12th in ITB Saturday and moved up to 9th on Sunday.
  •  The Big Bore group started with 6 or 7 cars Saturday and wound up with only 4 on Sunday. We would have had a shot there with Sam Fouse, but sadly a death in the family caused him to withdraw. Our condolences to you and yours Sam.

 Based on the low SARRC entries I don’t think we were able to bring the SARRC/MARRS Challenge Cup back home. Will this resume in 2017? Who knows? The event was listed on the SEDIV website so I am wondering if indeed SARRC points were available. If not, and it the Challenge resumes in 2017, I would hope that it would count for SARRC points.

Introducing the newly revived Bulletin!

The Bulletin has been “the Official Newsletter of the North Carolina Region, SCCA” for as long as most of us can remember. In reality, it’s been around since the 60s…we’re just not sure exactly when it was “born”. We know that the last printed issue was published in July 2010 and we’ve located issues going back to 1969 and are still digging. Everything we’ve found so far is posted on the Region’s website, ncrscca.com. Go there and then NC Region>The Bulletin, or click here.From there, you can view and download pdf files of old issues of The Bulletin, as well as other archival documents related to NCR events. Check it out and let us know what you think! And keep checking back, beause there will be more to follow!

This is the revival of The Bulletin, in electronic version. Hopefully, it will be easier to read and navigate than previous printed copies. One feature that should help, although it unfortunately doesn’t currently work with mobile devices, is that under “In this month’s Bulletin…“, you can click on an article title and be immediately taken to that article within the email, for the opening paragraph or so, which will hopefully entice you to click on the READ MORE link, which will take you to the full article on our website. Constant Contact is working on a fix for mobile devices.
 
At the bottom of the page, you will find a calendar of events, showing what, where and when NCR events are taking place during the month. For more detail, click the “See the full Calendar of NCR events here” link to be taken to the Region’s full calendar on the website.
 
We hope you enjoy The Bulletin and look forward to your feedback. We’d also love to have you contribute. Tell us about your experiences at NCR events, send us pictures, let us know what you’d like to do, see or explore, by way of your SCCA membership. To get you inspired, there’s a wonderful article below titled, “So many places to race, so little time“, written by Alan Morris, a racer from Canada who came down to visit us for the SARRC/MARRS Challenge. 
 
This is OUR Club. This is YOUR Club. Let’s make it even more special!
 
Bruce Dover, Editor

Going to Summit Point for the MARRS5/Double SARRC? You need to read this…

If you were not aware, there is a SARRC/MARRS or MARRS/SARRC (depending on which side you look at) trophy, that is being contested between the two racing series. The first half of the challenge was the SARRC/MARRS Challenge, held at VIR May 7-8. The second half will be held at Summit Point Raceway on June 18-19. It is the MARRS5/Double SARRC. By the way,WDCR is offering a $100 discount to any driver who hasn’t raced there in two years. That means two SARRC points races for $235! The discount must be requested in advance and is noted on MotorsportReg.

Bob Brookfield has compiled the following information for those traveling to Summit for the race. He has listed motels in the Winchester, VA area and also in Charles Town, WV. Note that the WDC Region does not have any agreement at this time with any motel in the area of the track for an SCCA discount. The info he sent includes comments/suggestions for routes to that area. Also included are general directions from I-81 to the track. Thanks Bob!

Motels in the Winchester area.

Comfort Inn. $79.00 per night, breakfast included. Motel is off I-81 exit 317. Turn left at light, about 1/4 mile motel on right. Phone 540-667-8894. This is closest to the track.

Red Roof Inn. $65.00 per night. I-81 exit 313. Turn left at the light, motel on left. Phone 540-667-5000.

Best Western Lee-Jackson. $63.00 per night. I-81 exit 313. Turn right at light, motel is on left. Restaurant next door. Phone 540-662-4154.

Wingate By Wyndham. $99.00 per night. I-81 exit 313. Turn right at light. Left on Pleasant Valley Rd passing Waffle House. Right at light. Phone 540-678-4283.

Sleep In and Suites. $63.00 per night. I-81 exit 313. Go straight at light, left at next light (past COSTCO). Phone 540-667-7636.

Courtyard Winchester. $99.00 per night. I-81 to Va 37. Exit onto US522, right at light. Right at next light. Phone 540-678-8822.

Holiday Inn Express. $101.00 per night. I-81 to Va 37. Exit onto US50 west. Right at 2nd light.

There are some locations in Charles Town near the Charles Town Races and Slots. Prices may be quite high. And staying there means having to go thru Charles Town traffic and lights to get to the track. It’s 8 miles to the track from the west end of town. Mountain View Diner is a good place to eat. There’s also a Middle Eastern restaurant in town.

Coming to Summit/Winchester area, you will at some time end up on I-81. From the Raleigh area I suggest going up past Milton/VIR to US29 north to I-64 west to I-81 north. From points towards Wilmington, you likely will be using I-95 north. If so, take exit 67 onto VA 288 to I-64 west, then I-81 north. You can avoid the Richmond traffic and other traffic heading north. It is the route we use to go to the Wilmington banquets and to Colonial Williamsburg.

Fuel costs. If you are a COSTCO member they have the cheapest gas. Locations in Harrisonburg, and Winchester VA. Sheetz gas stations in Winchester are close to Summit. Gas in WV is at least 20 cents a gallon higher than in VA.

The paddock at the track has power. Check on that at the gate. Word to the wise…MAKE SURE ALL DRIVERS, CREW MEMBERS, WORKERS HAVE THEIR SCCA MEMBERSHIP CARD UPON ARRIVING AT THE GATE. OTHERWISE YOU MAY BY HIT WITH A $25.00 CHARGE THAT IS NON-REFUNDABLE. At the gate you will sign a track waiver and get a track wristband. At registration you will get the proper SCCA wristband.

Workers, there is a worker camping area that has power. Sadly, all connections are made at a panel in the middle of the area. Make sure you have extension cords for your campers. Also, there is NO DUMPING of holding tanks allowed. They have a serious problem in that regard.

Final note. To get to the track, from I-81 exit 317 turn right onto US11 north. About a mile away turn right onto Old Charles Town Rd. When you come to the fork (Jordan Springs Market & gas) go left. Stay on this road until you come to a stop sign. Turn right onto Summit Point Rd. Track is 1/4 mile on the right. If there have been VERY heavy rains the night before or all day on your trip, and you are towing a trailer, be advised there is a low bridge on the road which may be under water. If in doubt, take I-81 to exit 315. Left at the light. You will soon come to a 7-11 on the right at a traffic light. Turn right, (this will be Crumb Church Rd) then right again at the stop sign and right at next stop sign. You’ve arrived!

I hope that a lot of our folks come up and enable us to take the SARRC/MARRS Challenge trophy home.

Got Friends You Want to Involve?

Sure you do. We all know the best way to hook someone is to bring them to an event. When they get there they’ll say, “Wow! I never knew something like this existed.” You’ll say, “Wow! I’ve been telling you about it for years.”

Well now you can bring events to them. We’ve made some movies you can show them. The most recent is Opie Goes Racing, a story of a boy whose racing dreams come true. The Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was the Solo Season Opener from Cherry Point. Click the links.

Everyone is so busy these days that we need quick and easy ways to share the fun. Share a video with a friend and note their interest. If they seem interested, offer to show them more. Maybe they’ll try a ride around the solo course or a guest pass for a day at VIR. Bring them in slowly, at their pace or slower.

Let them chase the bait. If you want to hook them, it’s best if they want more.

Maybe bring them to an event is too much at first. A Chapter Meeting might be the thing. At Chapter meetings they can meet a bunch of car enthusiasts who actually get to play in a safe way.

Chapter Meetings are always more fun when guests join.

Check out our videos: Opie Goes Racing and The Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and share the FUN!

Eric Danielsen
Marketing Chair

Looking for something to do for the next 20 weeks?

If you’ve never worked or driven at a race somewhere other than VIR, you should know that traveling to new tracks can be a great way to meet new friends, build on existing friendships, and learn more about what we do! Anyone who has traveled around will agree. So, how about visiting one of these wonderful facilities:

Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV – Host Region Washington D.C. Region. For more information visit WDCR’s website: WDC REGION

Charlotte Motor Speedway near Charlotte, NC – Host Region: Central Carolinas Region. For more information visit CCR’s website: CENTRAL CAROLINAS REGION

Road Atlanta near Braselton, GA – Host Region: Atlanta Region. For more information visit Atlanta Region’s website: ATLANTA REGION

Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, GA – Host Region: Buccaneer Region. For more information visit Buccaneer Region’s website: BUCCANEER REGION

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Mansfield, OH – Host Regions: Ohio Valley Region and Cincinnati Region. For more information about working F&C visit Lake Erie Communications’ new website: LEC.  For information about working all other specialties, or driving, visit Ohio Valley Region’s website: OV REGION or Cincinnati Region’s website: CINCY REGION