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ERMISH RETURNS IN TEAMMATES CAR TO END DATSUN'S DROUGHT & TALBOT SCORES FIRST CAREER WIN IN BSL

May 7 2017 Round 4 of the Holley / MSD TABS West Series was held at Buttonwillow Raceway park California.

Competitive Adjustments made by the series for 2017 finally bore fruit with the tightest field in the history of the series. In B-Sedan Troy Ermish took pole with Nick Talbot taking the pole in B-Sedan light just ahead of defending BSL series champion Rob Bellevue. At the green it was Ermish out braking everyone into turn one with Steve Link, Matt Rose, and Sam Smith following side by side with only inches between them. Sam Smith locked up his brakes and put two wheels off which gave room to let the field through in Qualifying order. Smith quickly recovered within the first lap to harass Matt Rose on his bumper for rest of the race eventually passing Rose for a third place finish. Link chased Ermish for his hard fought and close second place finish the entire race. An Average of 6 seconds for the entire race covered the top 4 in B-Sedan with lap times for all four tighter than ever. Ermish eventually set a new Track Record in the 2017+ Rules Era for the 13 Clockwise configuration of 2:00.374 on his way to victory in teammate Patrick Emge's Datsun 510 to end the Datsun Drought of 2017 at three races. In the second half of the field in B-Sedan, Eglin, Nettesheim, Sniady, and long time series veteran Troy Tinsley were locked up in another four car battle the entire race until Tinsley retired early with a mechanical issue. Sniady came out on top in this battle with a wounded car and has now firmly placed Alfa Romeo in the top three in the points chase with all drivers still mathematically capable of winning the series points championship with the drop one rule in effect. Steve Link still maintains a slim edge in the overall un-adjusted points totals over Sam Smith. In B-Sedan light it was Nick Talbot winning flag to flag for his first TABS West career win with Bellevue retiring on lap 1 with mechanical issues. Series rookie and new kid on the block Brandon Farmer chased Jim McDavid the entire race posting his first podium finish in his TABS West Career. Jim McDavid finishing second in BSL is now firmly in second place in the overall points standings with only 5 points between him and Bellevue with four more points events to go for the season. The Series takes its summer break now and will return to action in a double points event September 16/17 at Willow Springs. Stay tuned to TABSwest.com for more updates on what is turning out to be an exciting year with all marquees making the podium and Sam Smith bringing a legitimate effort for BMW and its return to glory with a potential series championship in B-Sedan.


DATSUN DROUGHT CONTINUES AS MAZDA TAKES ROUND 3 OF THE HOLLEY/MSD TABS WEST SERIES

April 30 2017 Round 3 of the Holley / MSD TABS West Series was held at AAA California Speedway Fontana California

Datsun's drought for TABS West wins continued as Wayne Graham in his lethal Mazda RX3 edged out second place finisher and new seasonal points leader Steve Link with a race long hard fought victory while also setting a new TABS West B Sedan track record for Fontana of 1:55:906. Rob Bellevue also took the checker and set a new lap record for B sedan light of 2:02:876. B-Sedan Series Rookie Mark Nettesheim took his first TABS WEST career podium with a solid third place finish in front of Mike Kinna and Christian Sniady. The Series next stop is May 7th at Buttonwillow for the British Extravaganza. The series points chase is still wide open with the drop one rule looming at the end where all drivers must drop one even from their points totals for the championship.


SAM SMITH CRUISES TO SECOND CONSECUTIVE VICTORY AND NEW LAP RECORD

March 26 2017 Round 2 of the Holley / MSD TABS West Series was held at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond Ca.

Series Rookie B-Sedan driver Sam Smith in Mark Francis Racing's BMW 2002 took the green flag behind Pole Sitter and series veteran Steve Link (Datsun 510). At the green the top 4 in B-Sedan were Smith, Link, another TABS West rookie in his beautifully prepared Alfa Romeo GTV, Christian Sniady, and Wayne Graham in his Mazda RX3 who started mid pack due to a tire failure in the qualifying race Saturday. Smith paced the field which was tightening up by lap 3 when Graham exited the track in oil outside of turn 8. Graham was able to continue in third and get back into second by the end of the race passing Link in the later laps. Smith cruised to his second victory of the season and also set a new TABS West B-Sedan Willow Springs Track Record in the process of 1:33:947 followed in order by Graham, Link, Sniady, & David Wyckoff in his BMW 2002 rounding out the top 5. In the B-sedan light class it was a fight as usual in traffic as 2016's defending series champion Rob Bellevue and series young gun Kurt Blasman dueled each other in their BMW 2002's for first place. Kurt Blasman eventually came out ahead for his first ever TABS West career victory followed by Bellevue and Jim McDavid (Datun 510) who battled through traffic the entire race to get into the third spot ahead of Nick Talbot and new series BSL rookie Brandon Farmer. who rounded out the top 5 in B-Sedan Light The series heads to Fontana April 28th for the SVRA vintage event held at the AAA speedway. 2017's points chase will certainly come down to consistency for 2017 as all drivers will be required to drop one race from their points totals. Stay tuned to TABSwest.com for updates on the exciting racing in the countries fastest growing vintage race series.


2017 Standings

VARA
VARA
SVRA VARA VARA VARA VARA VARA
Standing Class Driver Make Total Points SPRING MOUNTAIN WILLOW SPRINGS AUTO CLUB
BUTTON
WILLOW
WILLOW SPRINGS BUTTON
WILLOW
OCT 7TH
BUTTON
WILLOW
OCT 8TH
WILLOW SPRINGS
1 BS STEVE LINK DATSUN 510 91 23 22 23 23
2 BS SAM SMITH BMW 2002 72 25 25 0 22
3 BS CHRISTIAN SNIADY ALFA ROMEO GTV 61 0 21 20 20
4 BS MARK NETTESHEIM DATSUN 510 58 0 17 22 19
5 BS BRAD PEARCE BMW 2002 52 20 15 0 17
6 BS WAYNE GRAHAM MAZDA RX 3 48 0 23 25 0
7 BS MATT ROSE BMW 2002 43 22 0 0 21
8 BS DAVID WYCKOFF BMW 2002 41 21 20 0 0
9 BS BOB WASS ALFA ROMEO GTV 32 0 16 0 16
10 BS TROY ERMISH DATSUN 510 25 0 0 0 25
11 BS MIKE KINNA BMW 2002 21 0 0 21 0
12 BS BOB RUTLEDGE DATSUN 510 19 0 19 0 0
13 BS RUBEN TORRES DATSUN 510 18 0 18 0 0
14 BS PHIL EGLIN DATSUN 510 18 0 0 0 18
15 BS TROY TINSLEY DATSUN 710 15 0 0 0 15
16 BS JASON WHITLEY DATSUN 510 0 0 DNF 0 0
17 BS TOM NEELY DATSUN 510 0 0 0 0 0
VARA VARA SVRA VARA VARA VARA VARA VARA
Standing Class Driver Make Total Points SPRING MOUNTAIN WILLOW SPRINGS AUTO CLUB
BUTTON
WILLOW
WILLOW SPRINGS BUTTON
WILLOW OCT 7TH
BUTTON
WILLOW OCT 8TH
WILLOW SPRINGS
1 BSL ROB BELLEVUE BMW 2002 73 25 23 25 DNF
2 BSL JIM MCDAVID DATSUN 510 68 23 22 0 23
3 BSL NICK TALBOT BMW 2002 46 0 21 0 25
4 BSL BRANDON FARMER BMW 2002 42 0 20 0 22
5 BSL KURT BLASMAN BMW 2002 25 0 25 0 0
 

2017 Schedule


February 17th-19th

Round 1 Spring Mountain (Hunt Course) Pahrump, NV VARA

Round 1

Spring Mountain (Hunt Course)

Pahrump, NV

VARA

March 25th & 26th

 

Round 2 Willow Springs Raceway Rosamond, California VARA

Round 2

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosamond, California

VARA

April 28th-30th

Round 3 Auto Club Speedway Fontana, CA SVRA  

Round 3

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana, CA

SVRA

 

May 6th & 7th

Round 4 Buttonwillow Raceway Buttonwillow, California VARA - 13 Clockwise  

Round 4

Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow, California

VARA - 13 Clockwise

 

September 16th-17th

Round 5 Willow Springs Raceway Rosamond, California VARA *DOUBLE POINTS EVENT*

Round 5

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosamond, California

VARA

*DOUBLE POINTS EVENT*

November 4th-5th

Round 7 Willow Springs Raceway Rosmond, California VARA

Round 7

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosmond, California

VARA

October 7th-8th

Round 6 Buttonwillow Raceway Buttonwillow, California VARA - 25 Clockwise & 25 Counter Clockwise *TWO RACE WEEKEND*

Round 6

Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow, California

VARA - 25 Clockwise & 25 Counter Clockwise

*TWO RACE WEEKEND*

TA/BS West Drivers


B-Sedan

A Brief History on the origins of the Two-Five Challenge Series


The Trans-Am racing series has been around since 1966, it was created by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) President John Bishop.  Trans-Am was originally open to FIA Group 2 Touring Cars where it was broken down into two classes, the over 2.0 Liter class and the 2.0L and under class.  The first race was held in 1966 at Sebring International Raceway with the overall winner (under 2.0 L enter) driving a Alfa Romeo GTA.  As racing continued it was decided in 1971 to rename the under 2.0 Liter class to the Two-Five challenge and increase the engine displacement to 2.5 Liters.  Alfa and Datsun dominated the series however, after many wheel to wheel battles and close bumper to bumper racing the Datsun’s came out victorious.  Today if you attend a race you will see the same rivalries from the 1970s dueling it out on the track, showing what the drivers and the cars alike are capable of and for the brief moment in time you'll be taken back to the golden age of racing.

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