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!

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