National Endurance Series Round 2
Country Club, Joliet, Illinois
7, 2005 by Dan Schmitt
second round of the 2005 season, WERA was invited to bring this action packed
DUNLOP National Endurance race to the privately owned Autobahn Country Club
located a few miles west of the NASCAR track in Joliet. For me, this was great,
just forty-five miles southwest of downtown Chicago.
Chicago at this venue was Boyd Bruner. Besides being one of Chicagolandís
fastest roadracers, Boyd has a personality as wide as his smile. Boyd got
started in roadracing after watching Team Chicago Challenge on TV every
Wednesday night on Channel 19 at 7:30 PM. Alan Cottingim also traveled down from
Wisconsin to race with us.
teams made the trek to Chicagoland to challenge this two-mile roadcourse. The
weather was perfect for an endurance race with the sun shinning, and the
temperature in the mid-seventies. When Chuck threw the green flag at 1:00 PM,
Tray Batey on the Vesrah Suzuki stole the lead from Army of Darkness, Red Star,
Team Velocity and a fast moving Bellís Suzuki. On the second lap, Roger Bell
moved to second, Red Star third and Velocity fourth. Because of our sad showing
at the first race, Boyd had to start from the second wave. After a few laps, he
move the 4 & 6 prepared, Yamaha Dealers, Team Chicago Yamaha R6 to
sixteenth. Army of Darkness did not come around on the sixth lap, so they went
to their back-up bike. It seems they dropped a valve on the ĎAí bike.
I took over
during the second hour. This was my first time at Autobahn, but I used every
practice on Friday to bring up my speed. Steve Karson, now riding for SMP
Racing, got by me and I picked up a tow. Vesrah continued to lead with Yamaha
mounted Red Star in second and a fast moving Team Eclipse charged to third. I
gained a couple of spots to fourteenth as the red flag came out a few minutes
after the halfway point. This brought everyone back to the pits as the safety
crew began to clean the oil in turn ten. It seems that Checkout Racing blew an
mounted Team Eclipse took the lead off the restart, followed by Vesrah Suzuki,
Red Star and 5150 Racing. Eclipse was two laps down, so John Jacobi on the
Vesrah Suzuki 1000 took it easy, looking for the signal to pit. Royalty Racing
and Ed Bargy RS Endurance took fifth and sixth. Boyd ran three laps and then
came in for fuel. He was now ready to charge to twelfth, although he ran off the
track in turn five during the third hour.
continued up front, building their lead by four laps. Red Star and Team Eclipse
battled for second as 5160 and Royalty went back and forth for fourth overall.
Boyd turned the Team Chicago R6 to Alan, but the bike was faltering. It would
not rev over 10,000. Maybe the off track adventures of Boyd caused the positive
lead to loosen, causing the ignition to cut out. It was up to Alan to nurse the
bike home. Steve Karson and Phil Caudill took the SMP Yamaha to eighth.
checked flag flew, Vesrah Suzuki took their second win of the year. Vesrahís
Tray Batey stated, ďThis track is a lot of fun, the real challenge is the way
the corners are laid out, there are some fast corners that you canít see
around, you have to be where you need to be. It is hard to be perfect, so you
are always looking for that next lap.Ē
We did much
better than the race at Jennings, Florida. Boydís help really paid off as we
moved up in the class points and the overall.
RESULTS: By Class
HS/bk: 1 Vesrah Suzuki, 2.
Ed Bargy RS Endurance, 3. Team Xtreme/Maxxis
HS/stk: 1. Team Eclipse, 2.
5150 Racing, 3. Bellís ARNCHU Racing
MS/bk: 1. Red Star, 2. SMP
Racing, 3. Velocity Crew Racing
MS/stk: 1. Royalty Racing,
2. Dalke Motorsports, 3. Four Feathers Racing, 4. Need A Sponsor, 5. Team
1. Dealís Gap Racing, 2. Ghetto Customs, 3. Blue Ridge Performance
Photos 1 & 3 by Sean McNamara
The rest of the photos
are by Gordon Lunde
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