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Beaverun 2005

Photos By Shirley Klien

     The American V-8 Supercar Series (AV8SS) was in action at Beaverun Raceway the weekend of August 6th and 7th. This turned out to be a spectacular weekend of racing as the series was in attendance as part of the 2nd annual Muscle Car Spectacular. This included AV8SS, the Stock Car Road Racing Championship Series as well as a Corvette/Viper Challenge, time trials, drag racing (in which some of the AV8SS competitors actually took part in Saturday evening!), and even karting. There was certainly something for everyone.
  AV8SS did it's part by once again providing some spectacularly close racing with their "double header" format. When all the dust had settled, there would be a new points leader in the AV8SS class, a first time winner in the Unlimited class, and a dominant car that remains so.
  The pole was captured by the always fast 1992 Trans Am of Pete Johns, the only car in the 1:04's. Behind Pete was David Morrison in his 1988 Mustang, followed by Brian Tone, Barry Kline, Eric Vickerman, Greg Anderson, Dan Schlickenmeyer, Mike Krider, Mike Schlickenmeyer, Gene Boccabella and Brion Gluck.
  At the drop of the green for the first race, Johns and Morrison led the pack into turn one. Dan Schlickenmeyer got a flyer of a start to come from 7th to 3rd. With Johns and Morrison circulating within a half second of each other, Kline and Tone would get by Schlickenmeyer and set up what was arguably the best action on the track. The three ran literally nose to tail, eventually catching the front running duo of Johns and Morrison. Eric Vickerman had settled into a comfortable 6th in his beautiful 2002 Camaro after a poor start. Only slightly further back, points leader Mike Schlickenmeyer in his 1979 Trans Am was in a tremendous battle with 2nd in points Greg Anderson. Krider and Boccabella were having their own war as Gluck was an early retirement. With the battle between 1st and 5th covered by less than 1.5 seconds, it was anyone's race. This continued until about two thirds of the way through the race when Tone in his 2004 Mach 1 and Kline in his 1994 Mustang came together ever so slightly but just enough to send Tone for a slow spin in turn 11/12 prior to the front straight. One half lap later Kline spun, promoting Schlickenmeyer to third. Attrition then began to creep in as Morrison, running in second at the time, right on Johns' bumper, experienced a transmission problem. Dan Schlickenmeyer, now in second and setting out after Johns, slowed two laps later with mechanical gremlins. In the end, Johns took the checker followed by Tone, Kline, Vickerman, D.Schlickenmeyer, Morrison, Anderson, Krider, M. Schlickenmeyer and Boccabella.
  Race two would have the same starting line up. Right from the start it was obvious that Morrison would not be able to mount a challenge to Johns due to his transmission woes. The question was whether or not anyone would be able to answer the call. The answer would be a resounding yes. The challenge would come in the form of Brian Tone in his 2004 Mach 1. These two took their game to a new level by racing for 30 minutes and never being more than 1 second apart from the drop of the green to the checkered flag. The two exchanged fast lap of the weekend no fewer than 9 times with both of them running in the low 1:04 range. Slightly aft of that battle, Kline and Vickerman had separated themselves in a fight for third and ran within a few car lengths for the entire race. Krider, Anderson, Morrison and Schlickenmeyer battled a bit further back. At the checkers it was Johns by a scant .9 seconds over Tone, followed by Kline, Vickerman, Krider, Anderson, Morrison, Schlickenmeyer, Boccabella and Schlickenmeyer.
  When the results of the two races were combined the AV8 class winner for the weekend was Johns with Tone second, Kline third Vickerman 4th and Anderson fifth. In Unlimited Krider would get his first overall series win with 2nd and 1st place finishes.
  With AV8 points leader Mike Schlickenmeyer dropping out of the second race with a blown motor and Anderson recording two fifth place finishes, he assumes the point lead with Kline moving from third to second. Schlickenmeyer drops to a still in contention third in points. Morrison still remains atop the points in Unlimited.
  With two events remaining, Nashville Superspeedway Sept.3/4 and Watkins Glen Oct. 9/10, the championship is certainly still up for grabs. 
  Additional information can be obtained by visiting www.AV8SS.com