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The first casualty of the weekend was Team Failcar, as their "new" (to them) transporter failed to make it to the track, disabled somewhere near Milwaukee. With the help of another team who drove down to get them, the race car (#91 Saab 900 Turbo) made it to the track but after registration had closed. We hope they can get the car on track today.


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At the 1 Hour mark {via Livetiming},

 

P Laps

1  16 #79 Racing Strong MR2 GTv6 1991 Toyota MR2

2  16 #368 PBR Light 1986 BMW 325es

3  16 #250 Lyttle Tykes 1987 VW Golf

4  16 #212 365Racing Tuna No Crust 1988 BMW 325is

5  16 #27 NLM2 1988 BMW 325 

6  15 #610 Clueless Racing 1987 Dodge Neon ACR

7  15 #991 Ghetto Fab'd Racing 1987 BMW 325

8  15 #198 S.H.O Time Racing 1987 Chevy IROC

9  15 #125 Bucksnort Racing 1987 BMW 325

10 15 #112 Lowered Expectations 1994 Acura Integra
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Just got out of 91. Track is drying out but there are still slick surprises. Highlight of my stint was running inches off of TBRs bumper all down the front straight into T1... Apparently he knew the track was dryer than I thought because we went deeeep into the braking zone!

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Started the race off with a bang... literally. OK, more of a bump. The rear end got loose in the Carousel and turning into the spin did not correct it. The rear tires are several years old and harder than the new front tires. Got into the grass, and as all racers know, the car then magically accelerated toward the Armco. Kissed it with the left front, but did only a bit of damage to the bumper. Came into the pits for evaluation, all looked well so I went back on track. 


 


Played it conservative with the new brakes and because of the damp track. Early braking, late acceleration, trying to make it to the finish about 5 hours from now. Came in a little early under a full course yellow brought out so an oil spill in turn 5 could be cleaned up.


 


Looks like our brake lights are on all the time. Tried to adjust the brake switch and that appears to have cleared up the problem.


 


After visiting the pits twice, the Saab is now in 53rd place, 8 laps behind the leader. Mike Mandy is now behind the wheel. He is even more conservative than I am in trying to baby the car while pushing to maintain position.


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At the 2 Hour mark {via Livetiming},

 

P Laps

1  32 #198 S.H.O Time Racing 1987 Chevy IROC

2  32 #36 Ambitious But Rubbish Racing 1993 BMW E36

3  32 #126 Rusty Nuts Racing 1987 BMW

4  32 #125 Bucksnort Racing 1987 BMW 325

5  32 #34 Gold Car 1996 Saturn SC2

6  31 #212 365Racing Tuna No Crust 1988 BMW 325is

7  31 #262EC MKR 1998 BMW 328i

8  31 #991 Ghetto Fab'd Racing 1987 BMW 325

9  31 #176 JSK Racing 1999 Nissan Maxima

10 31 #27 NLM2 1988 BMW 325

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Two hours (plus a few minutes) in and the top ten are:


 


1. #198 SHO Time, Chevy IROC Camaro, 34 laps


2. #36 Amibitous But Rubbush, BMW 325


3. #125 Bucksnort, BMW 325


4. #126 Rusty Nuts, BMW 325


5. #34 Gold Car, Saturn SC2


6. #991 Ghetto Fab'd Racing, BMW 325


7. # 212 365Racing Tuna No Crust, BMW 325


8. #176 JSK Racing, Nissan Maxima


9. #27 North Loop Motorsports, BMW 325


10. #262 MKR, BMW 328 (EC)


11. #33 Tubby Butterman, BMW 325


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At the 3 Hour mark {via Livetiming},

 

P Laps

1  52 #125 Bucksnort Racing 1987 BMW 325

2  52 #36 Ambitious But Rubbish Racing 1993 BMW E36

3  52 #198 S.H.O Time Racing 1987 Chevy IROC

4  50 #176 JSK Racing 1999 Nissan Maxima

5  50 #262EC MKR 1998 BMW 328i

6  50 #212 365Racing Tuna No Crust 1988 BMW 325is

7  50 #210 Art Car 1996 Saturn SC2

8  49 #34 Gold Car 1996 Saturn SC2

9  49 #135 Stinky Rat Trap 1991 Audi 200TQ

10 49 #51 Hawk BAR 1988 BMW 325is
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At the 4 Hour mark {via Livetiming},

 

P Laps

1  67 #36 Ambitious But Rubbish Racing 1993 BMW E36

2  67 #198 S.H.O Time Racing 1987 Chevy IROC

3  67 #125 Bucksnort Racing 1987 BMW 325

4  67 #262EC MKR 1998 BMW 328i

5  66 #212 365Racing Tuna No Crust 1988 BMW 325is

6  66 #51 Hawk BAR 1988 BMW 325is

7  65 #711 Subliminal Racing 1987 BMW 325

8  65 #34 Gold Car 1996 Saturn SC2

9  65 #176 JSK Racing 1999 Nissan Maxima

10 65 #112 Lowered Expectations 1994 Acura Integra

11 65 #21 URA Tool Motorsports 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
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The top three teams continue to battle for the overall lead. At one time they were within seconds, but pit stops have widened that gap to 46 seconds. The difference between a tight stop and a few seconds beyond the five minute minimum could make the difference at the finish.


 


#86 Missing Link BMW is out after sliding off track coming into turn 5 and smacking the wall. The damage does not look too bad, but apparently the rear subframe is no longer attached to the body.


 


#33 Tubby Butterman BMW has been behind the wall with fuel issues.


 


#27 North Loop BMW was hit in the left rear and required body tools to pull the sheet metal from the tire.


 


Many cars are spending time in the paddock for more extensive repairs. 


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At the 5 Hour mark {via Livetiming},

 

P Laps

1  85 #198 S.H.O Time Racing 1987 Chevy IROC

2  85 #125 Bucksnort Racing 1987 BMW 325

3  85 #262EC MKR 1998 BMW 328i

4  84 #36 Ambitious But Rubbish Racing 1993 BMW E36

5  84 #212 365Racing Tuna No Crust 1988 BMW 325is

6  84 #711 Subliminal Racing 1987 BMW 325

7  83 #176 JSK Racing 1999 Nissan Maxima

8  83 #381 MR2 BioHazard 1991 Toyota MR2

9  82 #112 Lowered Expectations 1994 Acura Integra

10 82 #135 Stinky Rat Trap 1991 Audi 200TQ

11 82 #210 Art Car 1996 Saturn SC2
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At the 6 Hour mark {via Livetiming},

 

P Laps

1  104 #198 S.H.O Time Racing 1987 Chevy IROC

2  103 #262EC MKR 1998 BMW 328i

3  103 #36 Ambitious But Rubbish Racing 1993 BMW E36

4  103 #125 Bucksnort Racing 1987 BMW 325

5  102 #212 365Racing Tuna No Crust 1988 BMW 325is

6  102 #711 Subliminal Racing 1987 BMW 325

7  101 #381 MR2 BioHazard 1991 Toyota MR2

8  101 #176 JSK Racing 1999 Nissan Maxima

9  100 #112 Lowered Expectations 1994 Acura Integra

10 100 #135 Stinky Rat Trap 1991 Audi 200TQ

11 100 #210 Art Car 1996 Saturn SC2
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With an hour left, here are the standings:


 


Pos. / Car# / Laps


 


1. #198 SHO Time Racing, Chevy Camaro IROC - 105


2. #262 MKR. BMW 328 (EC) - 104


3. #36 Ambitious But Rubbish, BMW - 104


4, #125 BuckSnort, BMW - 104


5. #212 103


6. #711 103


7. #381 103


8. #176 103


9. #112 102


10. #135 102


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