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What a month it was. Both of Canada’s hockey teams won gold at the Olympics, Dale Jr. won his 2nd Daytona 500, and Ghislain Marcoux won the 2014 GP driver’s championship poll. Below is a breakdown on who voted for whom in our annual poll. Just about everyone who voted for Ghislain said he’s got to get his mechanical problems under control. We all know he’s probably the fastest GP boat in the series and came within a straightaway of winning the Valleyfield GP final last year. What about Brandon’s second place finish in the poll? Scott Kropfelds got the boat down at his race shop in Florida completely going through every little nut and bolt plus redoing the deck attachment and changing the strut angle to get a little more speed and better handling down the straights. Scott tells me this will be Brandon’s year. After last year’s performance he could very well be right. But don’t count Bert and his Steeler team out just yet. The new boat will be finished around the middle of April with a lot of updates and should be very competitive right out of the box. Mike Endres has the new ignition system ready to bolt in and Huey’s got two new motors ready to go on the Dyno in two weeks. Back to the poll, several people wanted to vote for Patrick Haworth but knew his new GP boat wouldn’t be finished for the start of the 2014 ACHA season in Stuart, Florida the weekend of May 18th.
Here are the results of the poll:
Mike Grendell, owner 1- GP-25 2- GP-777 3- GP-101
George Kennedy, owner GP-88 GP-93 GP-777
Joe Sovie, driver GP-25 GP-101 GP-93
Francois Lepage, fan GP-777 GP-444 GP-101
Joe Marley, crew GP-77 GP-101 GP-25
Mike Weber, driver GP-101 GP-777 GP-88
Tom Pakradooni, owner GP-57 GP-12 GP-777
Joel Himbeault, fan GP-101 GP-777 GP-444
Bert Henderson, driver GP-101 GP-93 GP-25
Marty Wolfe, driver GP-444 GP-101 GP-25
Paul Davidson, fan GP-777 GP-101 GP-57
J.P. Poulin, camera GP-101 GP-444 GP-57
Ken Brodie, owner GP-777 GP-444 GP-25
Louis Allard, fan GP-25 GP-88 GP-777
Sam Stechishen, crew GP-101 GP-88 GP-25
Mathieu Daoust, driver GP-25 GP-101 GP-777
Eric Langevin, driver GP-101 GP-25 GP-777
Jeff Richards, crew GP-25 GP-101 GP-93
Brandon Kennedy, driver GP-444 GP-88 GP-101
Huey Newport, owner GP-25 GP-101 GP-50
Scott Kropfeld, crew GP-101 GP-777 GP-50
Martin Rochon, driver GP-777 GP-25 GP-444
Mike Geblein, crew GP-101 GP-57 GP-25
Marc Perrier, fan GP-777 GP-101 GP-25
Mike Monahan, driver GP-25 GP-444 GP777
Mike Endres, crew GP-88 GP-101 GP-25
J.F. Rheaume, crew GP-777 GP-101 GP-25
Dave Birion, crew GP-25 GP-777 GP-101
Marc Theoret, driver GP-101 GP-25 GP-777
Ghislain Marcoux, driver GP444 GP-777 GP-25
Pierre Boutin, crew GP-25 GP-57 GP-777
Patrick Haworth, driver GP-25 GP-93 GP-50
Positions determined by calculation as follows:
1st place =3pts, 2nd place =2pts, 3rd place =1pt.
1er = Ghislain Marcoux – GP-101 – total 51pts.
2eme = Brandon Kennedy – GP-25 – total 46pts.
3eme = Bert Henderson – GP-777 – total 41pts.
Well check out all these facts. Bert and Patrick are with brand new boats. They say there won’t be any changes, but???? does anybody remember Jamie building two boats just alike? What about Bert and the Steeler bunch? Now bring in Brodie, Rochon, Dauost – all getting new sponsons on their boats. Does anybody think Ghishlain Marcoux is sitting on his butt while all these new boats and add ons are happening?? Now all that being said, how about Brandon’s GP boat. Where is it today? Funny you should ask. It’s down at Todd Roesch’s race shop where Scott Kropfeld and Steve Polizzi are reworking the sponsons, repositioning the strut, and reinforcing the decks.
Last year at this time yours truly was the only one who predicted Brandon would win some races in 2013. Not only did he win a couple but here again I predict he’ll be one of the top three in 2014.
Don’t miss my next newsletter next month where will have everyone’s top three picks as to who will win the 2014 GP Championship. I think all these facts will lead up to the 2014 race season for the GP’s, and it will be the best and most competitive in GP’s history.
Hats off to Patrick Hayworth for his 2013 GP high point championship. He and his crew were honored this past weekend at our annual awards banquet in Valleyfield. I think the fact that Pat started and finished everyone of his heats and finals (28 total) will go down in our GP history books as the only time this has been done in 75 years. Great job guys and special ‘that a boy” goes out to Serge ——— for building Pat his great reliable engines.
Not too much rumors or gossip but I do want to report some good news and bad news for our GP group. The good news is Joe Sovie and Jimmy King will be sharing driving duties on Dean Rojas GP-10 boat in 2014. Then bad news is Dean’s only going to run the west coast races and won’t be coming back East to race. But, from way down south in Alabama Milt Wiggins tells me he’ll be coming to Valleyfield this summer. Who can’t remember Cal Phipps flying around the Valleyfield course with Milt’s GP, who a lot thought was a mini-unlimited! They put on a great show and Milt commented on how well he was treated by the ACHA crew.
Well that’s about all the news and views I have today, stay tuned more coming next month.
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