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MAZDA BITES BACK IN ROUND 5 of the Holley MSD TABS West Series at WILLOW SPRINGS 9-17-17

September 17 2017 Round 5 of Holley/MSD TABS West Series was held at Willow Springs in Rosamond, California. 

Wayne Graham cruised to victory and posted his second victory of the Holley/MSD TABS West 2017 Season, while Sam Smith recaptured the points lead over Steve Link with three rounds to go. B-Sedan Lights Rob Bellevue and Jim McDavid are now only separated by seven points leading into the final rounds. Link and Smith have both dropped one event and it is a drag race to the points finish between the two. Mark Nettesheim & Christian Sniady sit firmly in third & fourth place respectively in the points chase and are top candidate for Rookie of the Year honors. Round 6 & 7 will be a double event to be held at Buttonwillow in three short weeks October 7th and 8th. Stay tuned to www.TABSwest.com for all updates.


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.


2017 Standings

VARA VARA VARA 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 SAM SMITH BMW 2002 95 25 25 0 22 23
2 BS STEVE LINK DATSUN 510 91 23 22 23 23 0
3 BS MARK NETTESHEIM DATSUN 510 83 20 17 22 19 22
4 BS CHRISTIAN SNIADY ALFA ROMEO GTV 79 0 21 20 20 18
5 BS WAYNE GRAHAM MAZDA RX 3 73 0 23 25 0 25
6 BS BRAD PEARCE BMW 2002 72 19 15 0 17 20
7 BS MATT ROSE BMW 2002 43 22 0 0 21 0
8 BS DAVID WYCKOFF BMW 2002 41 21 20 0 0 0
9 BS RUBEN TORRES DATSUN 510 39 0 18 0 0 21
10 BS BOB RUTLEDGE DATSUN 510 38 0 19 0 0 19
11 BS BOB WASS ALFA ROMEO GTV 32 0 16 0 16 0
12 BS TROY ERMISH DATSUN 510 25 0 0 0 25 DNF
13 BS MIKE KINNA BMW 2002 21 0 0 21 0 0
14 BS PHIL EGLIN DATSUN 510 18 0 0 0 18 0
15 BS TROY TINSLEY DATSUN 710 15 0 0 0 15 0
16 BS JASON WHITLEY DATSUN 510 0 0 DNF 0 0 0
17 BS TOM NEELY DATSUN 510 0 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 SPEEDWAY BUTTONWILLOW WILLOW SPRINGS BUTTONWILLOW OCT 7TH BUTTONWILLOW OCT 8TH WILLOW SPRINGS
1 BSL ROB BELLEVUE BMW 2002 98 25 23 25 DNF 25
2 BSL JIM MCDAVID DATSUN 510 91 23 22 0 23 23
3 BSL NICK TALBOT BMW 2002 46 0 21 0 25 0
4 BSL BRANDON FARMER BMW 2002 42 0 20 0 22 0
5 BSL KURT BLASMAN BMW 2002 25 0 25 0 0 0
6 BSL RICHARD WOLPOW BMW 2002 22 0 0 0 0 22
7 BSL
8 BSL
9 BSL
10 BSL
DROP LOWEST SCORING EVENT FROM TOTAL
WINNER IN CLASS
 

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 8 Willow Springs Raceway Rosmond, California VARA

Round 8

Willow Springs Raceway

Rosmond, California

VARA

October 7th-8th

Round 6 & 7 Buttonwillow Raceway Buttonwillow, California VARA - 25 Clockwise & 25 Counter Clockwise *TWO RACE WEEKEND*

Round 6 & 7

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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