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ROUND 6 & 7 DOUBLE EVENT PUTS SAM SMITH IN POINTS LEAD, WHILE NETTESHEIM MOVES INTO TOP 3
October 7 & 8 2017, Round 6 & 7 of the Holley / MSD Tabs West Series were held at Buttonwillow Raceway in California.
The weekend was a two race event, one held each day. Clockwise and Counter Clockwise each. It proved to be a battle of attrition and many cars were unable to survive to the second race. Series newcomer Sam Smith in his BMW 2002 moved into a 10 point lead in the seasonal points championship ahead of Steve Link. Top Rookie of the Year candidate Mark Nettesheim also quickly moved up the points ladder over the last few rounds and now sits in third place in the 2017 HOLLEY / MSD TABS WEST SERIES. B-Sedan light saw its youth movement of Nick Talbot and Kurt Blasman both score their second victories of the 2017 season. Rob Bellevue now sits atop the B Sedan Light points battle with a 10 point lead over BSL steady man Jim McDavid. This leaves the final race to decide both class champions. Sundays race had some confusion in the final results and showed Bob Rutledge finishing second behind Ermish. That was due to a timing & scoring malfunction on a pit stop and was corrected in the final point standings. As the 2017 season draws closer to its final event, it is clear that it will be a BMW or Datsun Championship as Alfa Romeo & Mazda were officially eliminated mathematically at this event.
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.
|Standing||Class||Driver||Make||Total Points||SPRING MOUNTAIN||WILLOW SPRINGS||AUTO
|1||BS||SAM SMITH||BMW 2002||141||25||25||0||22||23||23||23|
|2||BS||STEVE LINK||DATSUN 510||131||23||22||23||23||0||19||21|
|3||BS||MARK NETTESHEIM||DATSUN 510||123||20||17||22||19||22||20||20|
|4||BS||BRAD PEARCE||BMW 2002||89||19||15||0||17||20||18||0|
|5||BS||MATT ROSE||BMW 2002||83||22||0||0||21||0||22||18|
|6||BS||CHRISTIAN SNIADY||ALFA ROMEO GTV||79||0||21||20||20||18||DNF||0|
|7||BS||BOB RUTLEDGE||DATSUN 510||78||0||19||0||0||19||21||19|
|8||BS||TROY ERMISH||DATSUN 510||75||0||0||0||25||DNF||25||25|
|9||BS||WAYNE GRAHAM||MAZDA RX 3||73||0||23||25||0||25||0||0|
|10||BS||RUBEN TORRES||DATSUN 510||56||0||18||0||0||21||17||0|
|11||BS||DAVID WYCKOFF||BMW 2002||41||21||20||0||0||0||0||0|
|12||BS||BOB WASS||ALFA ROMEO GTV||32||0||16||0||16||0||0||0|
|13||BS||BRIAN PAUTER||BMW 2002||22||0||0||0||0||0||0||22|
|14||BS||MIKE KINNA||BMW 2002||21||0||0||21||0||0||0||0|
|17||BS||PHIL EGLIN||DATSUN 510||18||0||0||0||18||0||0||0|
|15||BS||PATRICK EMGE||DATSUN 510||16||0||0||0||0||0||16||0|
|16||BS||TROY TINSLEY||DATSUN 710||15||0||0||0||15||0||0||0|
|17||BS||JASON WHITLEY||DATSUN 510||0||0||DNF||0||0||0||0||0|
|Standing||Class||Driver||Make||Total Points||SPRING MOUNTAIN||WILLOW SPRINGS||AUTO CLUB||BUTTON
WILLOW OCT 7TH
WILLOW OCT 8TH
|1||BSL||ROB BELLEVUE||BMW 2002||144||25||23||25||DNF||25||23||23|
|2||BSL||JIM MCDAVID||DATSUN 510||134||23||22||0||23||23||22||21|
|3||BSL||NICK TALBOT||BMW 2002||92||0||21||0||25||0||21||25|
|4||BSL||KURT BLASMAN||BMW 2002||72||0||25||0||0||0||25||22|
|5||BSL||BRANDON FARMER||BMW 2002||42||0||20||0||22||0||0||0|
|6||BSL||RICHARD WOLPOW||BMW 2002||22||0||0||0||0||22||0||0|
|7||BSL||KYLE BLASMAN||BMW 2002||20||0||0||0||0||0||0||20|
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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.