Monticello Motorsports Park
Friday was a full day of practice, with most drivers getting their first look at the track. Laps time were dropping with each session as the drivers got into their comfort zone.
For Saturday, drivers were met with a wet track and a light drizzle. Drivers who adapted quickest to the conditions found the outside edge of the track to hold the key to grip. As the day progressed, the track began to dry as did the lines through the turns.
A short practice, followed by a qualifying session would set the stage for Race 1 and 2 later in the day. These races counted towards regional point standings and would determine the local champions.
Dan Martinson took the first Super Cup race with Canadian Ernie Jakubowski holding off Michal Stach for 2nd place. Martinson in his Gear Tie 944S2 repeated the win in Race 2 on Saturday along with the best time of the day putting him on pole for the National Championship, closely followed by Jakubowski in an Mantisport S2, while Stach's 951 blew a clutch and was gone for the weekend. Denny Hiffman and Rob Branthover in their 968's would fill out the 2nd row for Sunday's championship start.
For the Cup class races on Saturday, the Canadians continued to make their presence felt with Randy Smith and Rodrigo Herrera taking the front row to start the Cup class in Race 1. Herrera held on to take the top spot in the opener, with Robbie Provost out of New Jersey 2nd and Canadian Robert Bethiume with fastest lap, and Virginian Bob Page in tow. In Race 2, Herrera continued his dominance and appeared set to take the National crown. Smith climbed his way back into 2nd, with Provost and Van Svenson staying in the hunt.
In the Super Cup finale on Sunday morning, Martison led the entire race until a loose wire on his kill switch came loose and stopped him one lap short of the checker. Jakubowski broke a shock mount on lap 2 and watched the race from the infield. That left Hiffman and Branthover and somewhat forgotten Henry Kane in his 951 to battle it out for the podium.
Branthover seemed to come from nowhere in his 968 to take the lead late in the race and take the title. He started off the front row and had not had a win all season, but a closer examination shows he finished 3rd in the North Chapter standings with 4 podiums, the potential was there.
Svenson managed to shadow Smith for much of the race, but as the laps progressed and tire grip became an issue, Smith gapped Svenson, who fell back into the grips of Herrera and Provost. These 3 went bumper to bumper lap after lap, all in their orange 944's, making them hard to identify as they rounded the corners.
Smith drove to maintain a safe gap and won the Cup class National crown,with the orange cars crossing the line with less than a second between the three. Svenson held on for 2nd with Herrera taking the last spot on the podium.
944 Cup 2014 Nationals Results
|Pos||PIC||No.||Name||Class||Laps||Total Tm||Diff||Best Tm||In Lap||Color||Description||Region|
|1||1||71||ROB BRANTHOVER||SP3||15||40:18.697||2:38.485||2||BLACK||P 95 968||NNJ|
|2||2||141||DENNIS HIFFMAN||SP3||15||40:44.553||25.856||2:40.395||2||YELLOW||P 95 968 FIREHAWK||CHO|
|3||3||103||HENRY KANE||SP3||15||41:01.182||42.485||2:41.684||3||BURGUNDY||P 88 951||NNJ|
|4||4||86||TOM COLLINS||SP3||15||41:15.750||57.053||2:43.755||4||BLACK||P 92 968 FIREHAWK||CHO|
|5||1||78||RANDY SMITH||SP2||15||42:03.573||1:44.876||2:46.188||3||WHITE/BLUE||P 87 944||UPC|
|6||5||525||DAMON DeCASTRO||SP3||15||42:10.173||1:51.476||2:46.782||10||RED||P 87 951||NNJ|
|7||2||7||VAN SVENSON||SP2||15||42:10.467||1:51.770||2:46.386||3||ORANGE||P 86 944||HCP|
|8||3||47||RODRIGO HERRERA||SP2||15||42:11.031||1:52.334||2:46.787||13||ORANGE||P 85 944||REN|
|9||4||119||ROBERT PROVOST||SP2||15||42:11.354||1:52.657||2:47.145||13||BLACK||P 87 924 S||SCH|
|DNF||DNF||89||DANIEL MARTINSON||SP3||14||38:23.355||DNF||2:37.614||2||RED||P 89 944||NST|
|11||5||888||DANIEL MONGRAIN||SP2||14||40:22.688||1 Lap||2:49.645||12||BRONZE||P 83 944||REN|
|12||6||219||ROBERT PAGE||SP2||14||40:24.375||1 Lap||2:51.209||4||BLUE||P 87 944||POT|
|13||7||3||STEVE RANDOLPH||SP2||14||40:34.887||1 Lap||2:52.222||9||WHITE/BLACK||P 88 944||POT|
|14||8||84||JAMES BEIRNE||SP2||14||40:43.411||1 Lap||2:52.337||7||BLACK||P 88 924 S||NNJ|
|15||1||677||DAVID NAGLER||SP1||14||41:00.353||1 Lap||2:53.880||3||BLACK||P 88 944||CTV|
|16||9||186||DEREK FAWCETT||SP2||14||41:21.982||1 Lap||2:52.971||7||BLACK||P 86 944||UPC|
|17||10||14||JOHN BRANDENBERGER||SP2||14||41:32.898||1 Lap||2:54.680||2||ORANGE/WHITE||P 83 944||RTR|
|18||11||419||DAVID DUNIGAN||SP2||14||41:34.446||1 Lap||2:55.173||3||ORANGE||P 87 924 S||SCH|
|19||12||585||JOHN BARNA||SP2||14||41:34.566||1 Lap||2:55.106||7||RED||P 86 944||HV|
|20||2||719||BILL MULLER||SP1||14||41:36.572||1 Lap||2:55.263||13||WHITE||P 83 944||CTV|
|21||13||90||MARTIN OKUN||SP2||14||42:05.964||1 Lap||2:55.537||8||RED||P 86 944||NNJ|
|22||14||124||JEFFREY MULLER||SP2||13||41:33.501||2 Laps||2:53.495||5||BLACK||P 87 944||SCH|
|DNF||DNF||46||STEPHAN LINZ||SP3||9||25:58.422||DNF||2:50.056||2||BLACK||S 95 968||NNJ|
|DNF||DNF||576||VITO VALENTINO||SP2||6||17:27.507||DNF||2:50.387||3||BLUE||P 88 924 S||CTV|
|DNF||DNF||91||MARGARET JAKUBOWSKI||SP2||5||14:52.452||DNF||2:52.426||4||YELLOW||P 88 944||UPC|
|DNF||DNF||16||AARON PINCUS||SP1||4||12:34.956||DNF||2:55.905||2||RED||P 84 944||CTV|
|DNF||DNF||183||JAMES ROTHENBERGER||SP2||3||10:56.035||DNF||2:51.645||2||ORANGE/GRAY||P 85 944||RTR|
|DNF||DNF||001||ERNIE JAKUBOWSKI||SP3||1||2:46.303||DNF||2:43.691||1||WHITE||P 88 944 S2||UPC|
|DNF||DNF||778||MICHAEL STRELBISKY||SP3||5.901||DNF||0||RED||P 89 951||UPC|
|DQ||DQ||43||ROBERT BERTHIAUME||SP2||15||44:13.719||DQ||2:49.259||4||GREEN||P 86 944||REN|
|DQ||DQ||76||ALLAN COHEN||SP2||14||41:19.736||DQ||2:50.886||4||GREEN/BLACK||P 84 944||CTV|