George Peters Earns Spot On Stewart Raceway Wall Of Fame

The veteran Sportsman driver took home top honors in the final round of the NASCAR MADness Series on August 6, 2022. George not only won the five-race series, but he also won the Concours d’ Elegance competition as well.

George led the series from the end of the very first round and maintained a commanding lead in the points going into the final round. The only thing that could have stopped George from winning the series was his “real job” or a Shark’s game. Neither scenario played out, and George took the checkers in the final segment of the series well ahead of his closest rivals. Welcome to the Stewart Raceway Wall of Fame, George.

George’s Texaco Star Concours winner.

Congrats to George for winning his first series at Stewart Raceway and taking home the prestigious Concours d’ Elegance trophy. It is certainly rare when a driver not only wins races but also wins them in style. George produced a number of beautiful cars that were judged by both peers and independent judges to be the best detailed and crafted cars entered in several events throughout the series.

George’s MAC Tools NASTruck Concours winner.

The good news for Sportsman drivers is that George now has an average placing score that elevates him to an Expert driver classification. The bad news is that Expert drivers have yet another formidable driver to contend with on race day.

Okay, shut up and drive!

 

 

 

 

Race Report: 2022 NASCAR Madness Series – Round 5 Finale

We started and finished this series with the same five drivers. While we had various other drivers in the mix throughout the series, these five drivers would be the core competitors and finish the series in nearly the same finishing order as they finished the very first round.

The final round was really a battle between 2021 Junior of the Year driver, Jordan Walker,  and the seasoned veteran, Kevin Webster. Separated by just 25 points going into the final round, it was going to be a dogfight between the two drivers for the second position on the series finale podium.

Going into this final round, George Peters, had a commanding points lead that could not be overcome by any other driver. In fact, George also held a commanding lead in the Concours d’ Elegance competition.

Round 5 Overall Results
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 849 70 10425.69
2 Jordan Walker 781 52 10444.82
3 Kevin Webster 730 50 10472.04
1 Brad Sandahl ♦ 447 32 6825.421
2 Steve Stewart ♦ 895 96 10274.54
Race 1: MegaG+ 1.7 Camaros and Mustangs (IROC)

Kevin Webster provided this very fun-to-drive IROC set. These cars were a great way to start the final round and everybody love them. 2021 Rookie of the Year, Brad Sandahl returned to racing with a bang, winning the first segment by a half-second over Home Cook’n. The rest of the race was a bit of a see-saw as Brad and Home Cook’n swapped segment wins while George Peters bagged all the third-place points. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 147 16 1545.601
2 Brad Sandahl 145 13 1565.507
3 George Peters 138 11 1564.228
4 Jordan Walker 133 7 1564.923
5 Kevin Webster 123 6 1565.44
Race 2: Tyco 440-X2 Widepan NASCAR Hardbodies

Basically a repurposed Tomahawk, these cars are fast and fun, even with bulky NASCAR hard bodies they’re a hoot to drive. Pretty hot & heavy racing in this one. Brad Sandahl won two segments and George Peters again consistently racked up points with three second-place finishes.  Meanwhile, Jordan and Kevin were clearly focusing on their own epic battle for that second step on the podium. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 149 16 2321.224
2 Brad Sandahl 145 13 2364.034
3 George Peters 142 11 2339.417
4 Jordan Walker 111 7 2355.51
5 Kevin Webster 111 6 2360.914
Race 3: VSR Viper V-SPEC (SPEC RACER) **Feature Race**

Brad Sandahl actually did much better than the results show here, but he had to leave early so dropped out of this one after the first rotation. Brad won one segment on green and remained in second-place until he had to abandon the race.  George took over the second position and held onto it to the finish. Jordan loves Vipers and actually took a couple of second-place finishes and valuable points needed to help stave off veteran Kevin Webster points chase. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 299 16 2563.098
2 George Peters 287 13 2602.453
3 Jordan Walker 266 11 2605.644
4 Kevin Webster 223 7 2638.17
5 Brad Sandahl 157 6 2895.88
Race 4: Jag Hobbies PR-5 “Lites” (Box Stock)

Always a wild race, this PR-5 race was wild but pretty uneventful. From the first segment to the last, the leaderboard never changed.  Kevin Webster bagged some much-needed points by besting Jordan Walker by just two laps in the end. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 100 16 1329.445
2 George Peters 93 13 1348.314
3 Kevin Webster 86 11 1345.622
4 Jordan Walker 84 7 1356.192
Race 5: Jag Hobbies NC-2 “Lites” (BOX STOCK)

The Jag NC-2 platform is another wild ride but a bit easier to drive due to the shorter wheelbase. Kevin Webster took full advantage of a borrowed Johnny Lightning Pull-Back snap-on body and finished third, two laps ahead of Jordan in this one. These bodies are considerably smaller and lighter than AFX/Tomy bodies and clearly a better setup for this class. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 100 16 1377.697
2 Kevin Webster 93 13 1391.338
3 George Peters 91 11 1407.087
4 Jordan Walker 87 7 1403.812
Race 6: Jag Hobbies TR-3 “Lites” Augoran Bodies (IROC)

We don’t race these that often but they’re another Jag Hobbies car that is way fun and easy to drive.  This IROC set isn’t quite Box Stock and has Jag DF rear hubs and independent front-ends. This leaderboard didn’t change much either. Jordan Walker likes the TR-3, finishing second in every segment and just two seconds behind the leader at the finish. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 100 16 1137.477
2 Jordan Walker 100 13 1158.738
3 George Peters 98 11 1164.191
4 Kevin Webster 94 7 1170.559
Final Series Standings
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 4037 383 37636.96
2 Kevin Webster 2629 201 27466.27
3 Jordan Walker 2765 189 30623.72
4 Jerry Pearson 1175 81 14225.5
1 Brad Sandahl ♦ 1347 87 10386.73
2 Steve Stewart ♦ 4284 462 36962.58

♦ indicates Expert Class driver. Scored separately in series.

2021 Junior of the Year and 3rd in the series, Jordan Walker
Kevin Webster takes the second spot on the podium.
Series and Concours d’ Elegance winner, George Peters. Performance and style!

Okay, the 2022 NASCAR MADness Series is in the books. Due to all the controversy, vacations, work, and travel schedules, it was difficult to pull off. But we did it.

Because we often didn’t have marshals at some events, the average lap times and run times are a little wonky. We also skipped using call-buttons and instead relied on the quicker “honor system,” which isn’t always all that “honest.”

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Congrats to George Peters for a stellar performance in both driving and the art of HO-scale modeling. George won both the racing series and the Concours d’ Elegance competitions!

 

Thank you to all who competed in this exciting five-race series. Hope everyone enjoyed it!

Okay, shut up and drive!

Race Report: 2022 NASCAR MADness Series, Round 4

Despite a bunch of drivers out of town and one canceling due to illness, we managed to pull off Round 4 on the SR3 oval.

We skipped the Concourse d’Elegance competition in favor of running four races before Jerry Pearson had to bail out. In total, we ran the usual six races, including a couple of fuel races.

Short story, George Peters—again—dominated. However, this time, George dominated the Sportsman and Expert classes overall!

Round 4 Overall Results
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 695 90 4912.85
2 Jordan Walker 597 62 4973.59
3 Jerry Pearson 404 32 3717.331
2 Steve Stewart ♦ 695 84 4915.27
Race 1: Tyco 440-X2 Wide-Pan NASCAR Bodies

These cars are fast and fun to drive. Basically a Tomahawk with a NASCAR-style hardbody instead of Lexan, these things rip. Georgie started out the day winning three of four segments in this first race on points and by one lap to second place. Jerry Pearson drove well as Georgie and Home Cook’n battled and pushed each other to three new oval lap records. In fact, Jerry set a new lap record in the green lane with a 2.393-second lap!  Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 100 16 963.01
2 Steve Stewart 99 13 965.633
3 Jerry Pearson 92 11 996.669
4 Jordan Walker 79 7 990.532
Race #2: Jag NC-2 Lite NASCAR Bodies (BOX STOCK)
Georgie actually won this race with car #4!

Close racing by all and action-packed. Georgie won two segments and in the end, stole the show by approximately 8-seconds in total run time for the win. Jordan and Jerry also had a barn-burner race going on for the final podium spot with Jordan besting Jerry by just two laps, their run times were almost identical. Details 

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 100 16 446.763
2 Steve Stewart 100 13 455.275
3 Jordan Walker 84 11 454.147
4 Jerry Pearson 82 7 454.661
Race #3: VSR Viper V-SPEC (SPEC RACER) **Feature**

Another amazingly competitive race. While George and Home Cook’n were busy trying to seal the deal, Jordan Walker slyly won the final two heats of this double-rotation feature event.  Jerry got a good feel for what it’s like racing the fastest car we run. But always an uphill battle when the veterans are pushing each other so hard. He hung in there and, hopefully, gained some valuable experience in our premier class. Jordan showed how much he likes the V-SPEC car with brilliant driving in the last two segments of the feature event. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 199 16 885.022
2 George Peters 199 13 885.74
3 Jordan Walker 188 11 888.635
4 Jerry Pearson 162 7 889.773
Race #4: Jag PR-5 Lite (BOX STOCK)

Georgie and Home Cook’n battled it out again in the PR-5 race with Home Cook’n besting Georgie by just four laps. Pretty much carbon copy segments in this one. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 100 16 1357.812
2 George Peters 96 13 1368.245
3 Jordan Walker 78 11 1369.561
4 Jerry Pearson 68 7 1376.228
Race #5: GP Designs AFX M/T “Mercs” IROC

Georgie’s venerable Merc Jalopies. Fast and loose cars and very fun to drive.  Georgie dominated this one also, winning two of the four segments and the overall by one lap.  Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 100 16 580.288
2 Steve Stewart 99 13 574.904
3 Jordan Walker 87 11 595.221
Race #6: OS3 TFX “Lites”

Georgie completely dominated the final race of the day, winning all four segments and overall by two laps.  Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 100 16 668.804
2 Steve Stewart 98 13 676.624
3 Jordan Walker 81 11 675.494

All in all, a very good day of racing and a bunch of new oval lap records. Congrats to George for a very productive Round 4!

Series Points Standings after Round 4:
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 3088 297 26542.46
2 Jordan Walker 1903 126 19503.4
3 Kevin Webster 1899 151 16994.23
4 Jerry Pearson 1175 81 14225.5
1 Brad Sandahl ♦ 900 55 3561.313
2 Steve Stewart ♦ 3291 353 26011.41

♦ indicates Expert Class driver. Scored separately in series.

The Round 5 Finale is Saturday, August 6!

Okay, shut up and drive!

2022 HOPRA Nats In The Books

HOPRA held their National Championships back in June. They had 0ver 100 drivers totaling over 500 entries in their various classes.

We run HOPRA rules at Stewart Raceway. We currently only run two platforms today that are almost always raced at the Nationals: the Viper V-SPEC Lexan car, aka: SPEC RACER; and the Viper-Jet Lexan car, aka: SPEC JET classes.

I suspect next year HOPRA will roll out OS3 TFX rules. No idea what those rules will look like. Hopefully, our TFX Modified class is in the ballpark.

HOPRA also runs a support race using the Mega G+ platforms at the NATS, employing BOX STOCK rules. We don’t run this car other than IROC but it’s a simple and good driving platform and one that all of us have a few of. Maybe we should consider adding it to our active platforms?

Full results and pics here.

Race Report: 2022 NASCAR MADness Series, Round 3

Round 3 was finally concluded on a warm sunny day on the SR3 road course. While attendance was lighter than usual, we were able to run a full program of six races and a Concourse d’Elegance competition, in which George Peter’s Mac Tools Viper V-SPEC NASTruck took top honors.

Short Story is George also dominated the Sportsman racing action by winning five of the six events.

Round 3 Overall Results
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 865 76 11448.21
2 Jordan Walker 784 50 11487.71
3 Kevin Webster 539 38 7013.408
4 Jerry Pearson 511 28 7020.205
5 Steve Stewart 898 96 11318.63
Race 1: OS3 TFX “BOX STOCK” Camaros (IROC)

Starting the day off with some slower but more difficult-to-drive cars was not a hit with this bunch.  With little to no marshal support, the stock TFX race was a drawn-out affair and most drivers could not wait to get to the faster magnet classes. Interestingly, new Sportsman driver, Jerry Pearson did very well with the TFX and ended up in the second spot on the podium in his first-ever TFX race. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 142 13 2463.631
2 Jerry Pearson 129 11 2425.434
3 Jordan Walker 119 7 2425.703
4 Steve Stewart 150 16 2378.29
Race #2: Tyco 440-X2 Wide-Pan NASCAR Bodies

George again dominated this race with one overall heat win and four second-place heat finishes. Jerry Pearson kept Jordan Walker at bay, collecting second-place Sportsman points yet again driving the Stewart Racing Chevy Lumina #7. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 144 13 1984.844
2 Jerry Pearson 132 11 1991.218
3 Jordan Walker 126 7 2018.757
4 Steve Stewart 149 16 1971.522
Race #3: Viper V-SPEC (SPEC RACER) Lexan NASCAR Bodies **Feature**

While his father, George Peters, took the top spot in the overall race, his son Jordan managed to win two segments and second-place overall in the 300-lap feature event. Jerry Pearson also bagged a heat win in segment 8–nice!  Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 288 13 2596.459
2 Jordan Walker 279 11 2596.428
3 Kevin Webster 258 7 2603.898
4 Jerry Pearson 250 6 2603.553
5 Steve Stewart 299 16 2585.393
Race #4: Jag Hobbies Augoran (IROC) 15v

George once again dominated the TR-3 IROC event, very nearly winning overall. Jordan had a very good race taking the second podium spot with Kevin Webster in a very close third position. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
2 George Peters 97 13 1024.831
3 Jordan Walker 90 11 1028.456
4 Kevin Webster 88 7 1030.69
1 Steve Stewart 100 16 1016.167
Race #5: Jag Hobbies PR-5 “Lite” (BOX STOCK) NASCAR Bodies

Sportsman driver, Kevin Webster wins his first PR-5 event! As always, the PR-5 race was a hotly contested race with first and second only separated by two laps. Kevin had a great race, taking second in three of the segments and winning one overall. Very impressive! Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
2 Kevin Webster 96 13 1489.689
3 George Peters 94 11 1488.155
4 Jordan Walker 90 7 1495.846
1 Steve Stewart 100 16 1488.158
Race #6: Jag Hobbies NC-2 Lite (BOX STOCK) NASCAR Bodies

Another barn-burner race with George Peters finishing off an impressive day on SR3 with yet another Sportsman win and on the same lap in the overall race. Kevin Webster fought hard for another win in this final wild race of the day and came up just 3-laps short in the end. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
2 George Peters 100 13 1890.287
3 Kevin Webster 97 11 1889.131
4 Jordan Walker 80 7 1922.515
1 Steve Stewart 100 16 1879.095
Concourse d`Elegance Competition

Since he didn’t have a horse in the race, Kevin Webster judged the CdE competition. Giving George Peters the nod for best looking Viper V-SPEC car on the day. These Viper V-SPEC cars were raced in the Feature 300-lap event.

Series Points Standings after Round 3:
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 2493 223 22298.42
2 Kevin Webster 1899 151 16994.23
3 Jordan Walker 1387 75 15205.31
4 Jerry Pearson 771 49 10508.17
5 Brad Sandahl ♦ 900 55 3561.313
6 Steve Stewart ♦ 2694 282 21772.77

♦ indicates Expert Class driver. Scored separately in series.