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
|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
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
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
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
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
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
Final Series Standings
|1||Brad Sandahl ♦||1347||87||10386.73|
|2||Steve Stewart ♦||4284||462||36962.58|
♦ indicates Expert Class driver. Scored separately in series.
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.”
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!