Mike Letellier Grabs 1st Win at ASRA Opener
May 21, 2023
Mother nature delayed the start of the 2023 ASRA season as rains forced racing on Saturday, May 20th to be postponed. Sunday had clear skies and a field of 43 racers were present do batter for the first time this year. Third round action started off with Marc LaBreque taking a solo pass in his 2000 S-10 GT/TB. The next pairing had Mike Letellier in his 2012 Copo Camaro benefiting from a red light start by Jeff Coyne in his I/S Z/28 Camaro. Pat Aubin also left a bit too soon in his ’86 GT/LA Camaro allowing Ed Bednaz to advance to the next round in his B/S ’70 Nova. Gregg Sutherland utilized a 5 hundredths reaction time advantage in his SS/GA ’66 Chey II to get past Tim Whitehead in is I/SA ’86 Camaro. George LaBelle was able to cruise to a 12.35 (11.68 dial) in his J/SA ’69 Camaro convertible as Bob Broadbent had trouble in his A/S ’69 Camaro and coasted through the stripe well over his dial. The final pairing of the round had the reaction times within 1 hundredth of each other with Ron Morehead running closer to his dial in with a 11.13 (11.11 dial) to get past Bill Pomponi’s 11.41 (11.36 dial).
The quarterfinals began with Letellier facing off against Morehead. Morehead lit the red light at the start in his H/SA 83 Camaro allowing Mike Letellier to run it out the back door going a 9.616 (9.65 dial). LaBreque also was also a bit too ambitious at the start handing the win to Bednaz who would have been tough to beat running 10.35 (10.34 dial). LaBelle grabbed a slight starting line advantage but broke out with a 11.64 (11.68 dial) while Sutherland was safe with a 10.02 (10.00 dial) to advance to the next round.
In the semifinals, Sutherland left too early but it likely would not have mattered as Bednaz made the best run of the event with a .017 total package (.011 light running dead on 6). Letellier had the bye to set the stage for the final round. In the final, both drivers were green with Letellier grabbing just over a 4 hundredths advantage. Letellier was able to package out Bednaz by running 9.65 (9.61 dial). Bednaz did get to the stripe first but broke out with a 10.32 (10.34 dial). Congrats to Mike Letellier on claiming his first ever race win. He got to celebrate in the winner’s circle with his dad Bob.
Thanks to those racers that came out to kick off the season even though we were not able to get both races in. The race that was postponed will be made up the weekend of August 19/20th as we are already scheduled to be there that weekend.
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