Lack Denies Fitzlaff At Deckertring
Waukesha, WI – Normally a driver hopes to have an advantage at his home track. This season an advantage seemed to be not needed by Mike Fitzlaff as he stormed through the first three Super Hot Mod Unlimited Championship races and ran away with all three wins. But the prior race at Turtle Creek gave an indication that Mike Lack might have something for Fitzlaff.
Tonight at the Deckertring, Fitzlaff’s track, Lack showed that he is a contender with a dominating performance of his own. The question is – is it too late in the season for a title run by Lack?
Some new SHMUC rides made an appearance at the Deckertring for the fourth race of the season. Ev Kamikawa replaced his destroyed Ferrari F50 with a bright red Ferrari F1 ride. Also joined the Ferrari bandwagon was Andy Black as his team continues to work the bugs out on their chassis. The field had the look of seeing their first Trans Am when Bill Black took to the road course in his 1979 black and gold Pontiac.
Fitzlaff took the early lead in the opening heat race but Lack chased him down and grabbed the lead halfway through the opening segment. Lack was able to put a lap up on Fitzlaff but a in late race accident almost gave everything back. Fitzlaff stormed around the track but ran out of time, ending up on the tail end of the lead lap with Lack securing the victory. Pete Dorn ran another solid race in his Richard Petty Pontiac while Andy Black continued to struggle with getting his chassis setup to race. Heat number two had the closest competition seen in the series with a difference of four laps between winner John Wiedemann and third place Bill Black. Black came within one lap of transferring to the feature race for the second event in a row. Wiedemann took the victory with Kamikawa just three laps back.
The feature race proved to be the Mike show with Lack and Fitzlaff leading the way around the track. Lack quickly made it a one man show, blistering the track with 4.3 second laps almost a half second better than his competition. By the end of the first segment Lack had a three lap advantage over Fitzlaff. Wiedemann had taken over second place early, but as the heat build up his pace slowed and Fitzlaff resumed the runner up position. The second half of the eight minute race mirrored the first as Lack continued to distance himself from the field. When the checkers flew, Lack captured the victory by six laps over hometown favorite Fitzlaff. Wiedemann scored his third third place finish in four races and Kamikawa rounded out the field in fourth.
With his second place finish, Fitzlaff continues as the series points leader by 12 over Lack. Wiedemann and Kamikawa each gained a position in the standings while Bill Black continued his Rookie of the Year point lead.
The SHMUC schedule resumes on February 12th, 2015 when the series returns to Turtle Creek for the finale. With a fifth place finish or better, Fitzlaff will secure the championship in the inagural SHMUC season. Lack will need to win and look for help from others to have any hope of stealing the title away.
Mike Lack – Corvette – 69 laps
Mike Fitzlaff – Corvette – 68
Pete Dorn (R) – Pontiac – 58
Andy Black (R) – Ferrari F40 – 27
John Wiedemann – Corvette – 67 laps
Ev Kamikawa – Ferrari F1 – 64
Bill Black (R) – 1979 Pontiac Trans Am – 63
Mike Lack – Corvette – 104 laps
Mike Fitzlaff – Corvette – 98
John Wiedemann – Corvette – 91
Ev Kamikawa – Ferrari F1 – 85
Point Standings (4 of 5 events)
Name, Best Finish, Feature Appearances
Mike Fitzlaff 69 (3 wins, 4 features)
Mike Lack 57 (1 win, 4 features)
John Wiedemann 39 (3rd, 3 features)
Dean Strom 30 (2nd, 2 features)
Ev Kamikawa 23 (4th, 1 features)
Bill Black (R) 22 (4th, 1 features)
Mike Kristof 12 (3rd, 1 feature)
Pete Dorn (R) 10 (6th)
Hiro Kamikawa (R) 7 (5th)
Keith Lindbeck (R) 6 (6th)
Andy Black (R) 4 (7th)
Dan Margetta 3 (7th)
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About the SHMUC Series:
Using modified slot cars based on the Tyco 440/440X2 and X3 chassis, the Super Hot Mod Unlimited Championship strives to have the driver/engineers build the fastest slot cars as possible while making sure that they last till the checkered flag waves. The racing action is fast and furious and also alot of fun. The series races in the Milwaukee, WI area on 4 lane HO scale slot car tracks.