Two more weeks until we hear those famous words. For most of us, Long Sault will be a tune-up for our summer racing schedule. For some, a lot of important questions will be answered there. Tom Pakradooni’s new boat, now that it’s some 200/300 pounds lighter will it be the boat to beat? Will Daniel and Ghislain get their motor problems straightened out from last year? This will be another top runner when they do. How about Patrick with his new sponsons? As far as George and Brandon’s rebuilt ride we now know it’s a rocket ship after performing out of sight in Stuart last month. On Sunday afternoon they put on a special GP heat to end the weekend of racing. Brandon took the inside lane, Joe Sovie the middle, and Bert the outside lane. Brandon on the inside lane dialed a start and held off Bert to the checkered flag. The fans went wild! Said it handled great in the corners and was only turning the motor 6800 RPM on the straights. As I stated in my last newsletter, look for this team to win some races this summer.
The GP-77 Coppertone (ex GP-88) just got wrapped this past week now on to Jeff’s in Ogdensburg to finish it up for the race season. I’ve been talking to the GP West teams and they’ve got one tune-up race in Soap Lake before they come east to Valleyfield to take on our ACHA teams Talk about a shootout, this will be one race event our fans won’t want to miss!! Oh by the way, the GP WEST teams have some really cool “Shootout” T-shirts that will be on sale in Valleyfield.
Its official, the weekend after Valleyfield there will be a APBA GP race at the “QUAKE ON THE LAKE” in Waterford, Michigan. It will be a mile course approved for records and both our GP West teams and some of our ACHA teams will be running for the record ! So far there’s seven teams that want to go.
Below is my annual GP “Who’s going to win our GP Championship” survey. I’ve contacted over 30 owners, drivers crew members and a few race fans to get their input. Don’t forget the teams couldn’t vote for their own driver either. Again thanks for all our race fans support and we’ll see you in Long Sault,
2013 GP SURVEY WINNERS PREDICTIONS!!!
Here’s your 2013 survey predictions-Remember all team members cannot vote for themselves.
George Kennedy GP-25 1-Bert Henderson 2-Tom Pakradooni 3-Ghislain Marcoux
Huey Newport GP-777 1-Ghislain Marcoux 2-Pat Haworth 3-Tom Pakradooni
Patrick Haworth GP-57 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marty Wolfe 3-Tom Pakradooni
Scott Kropfeld Race Fan 1-Ghislain Marcoux 2-Bert Henderson 3-Tom Pakradooni
Mike Grendell GP-79 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marty Wolfe 3-Pat Haworth
Marty Wolfe GP-93 1-Marc Theoret 2-Bert Henderson 3-Pat Haworth
Bert Henderson GP-777 1-Marc Theoret 2-Pat Haworth 3-Ghislain Marcoux
Marc Theoret GP-444 1-Bert Henderson 2-Ghislain Marcoux 3-Pat Haworth
Jeff Richards GP-777 1-Pat Haworth 2-Tom Pakradooni 3-Brandon Kennedy
Mike Endres GP-777 1-Pat Haworth 2-Tom Pakradooni 3-Marc Theoret
Mike Gebline GP-777 1-Tom Pakradooni 2-Marc Theoret 3-Pat Haworth
AL Grabinski GP-88 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marc Theoret 3-Pat Haworth
B.J. Maduri GP-50 1-Marc Theoret 2-Pat Haworth 3-Brandon Kennedy
Marc Perrier Race Fan 1-Tom Pakradooni 2-Marc Theoret 3-Ghislain Marcoux
Paul Davidson Race Fan 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marc Theoret 3-Pat Haworth
Martin Rochon GP-77 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marc Theoret 3-Tom Pakradooni
J.F. Rheaume GP-77 1-Bert Henderson 2-Ghislain Marcoux 3-Pat Haworth
Bobby Bergevin GP-101 1-Bert Henderson 2-Tom Pakradooni 3-Marc Theoret
J.P. Poulin Race Fan 1-Bert Henderson 2-Ghislain Marcoux 3-Marc Theoret
Denis Bourbonnais Race Fan 1-Pat Haworth 2-Martin Rochon 3-Ghislain Marcoux
Using numbers; 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd the final standings are:
Bert Henderson 40 points, Marc Theoret 23 points and for third 19 points for Pat Haworth and 19 points for Tom Pakradooni.