Grassroots Round 3 Recap.
This competition marking the halfway point of our season. Round 3 of 5 would determine the points lead into the final stretch of the year; We’ve got one more race on Sunday before Formula Drift, and a Finale during the Fair.
The usual early Sunday morning arrival following by mandatory Tech inspection. A few new drivers as usual, always welcome to the field. Season Volunteer Ryan Martin would test his hands at competition…
Jackson Beaumont would also try his first round in the white peapod Miata.
Heading into qualifying it would be Marc Ulin who takes the top Score with an amazing run on the 3/8ths bank!
Our brackets were set and we entered top 32 with a few drivers breaking out. One of which would be Jeff Woodruff, he’s progressed a lot this year but is still finding a few loose ends on his car. Him being out would progress Nate Snyder to the Top 16 automatically. Danny Z, Thomas M, John Burns, and Marc Ulin would all take the Cakewalk to top 16.
Taking a look now at the drivers that were eliminated in the Top 32.
Great Showing by Cody Kelson, he would get knocked out by Jayce Habich.
Gaelen Norman coming down from the great white north. Took a trip out of bounds; taking two tires off.
Jay Planedin is another Canadian imported driver making good progression this year.
Vince Moore following in the footsteps of his Big Brother. A bit too overzealous on his infield transfer would give the win to Mike Goddard.
First Tandem Battle of the night Paired Dio Ortiz and Oscar Perez. It was the first time Oscar Perez had driven the Pro-Am machine of Scott Pham, and he fell into place pretty darn well. Dio made an uncharacteristic spin and gave the surprise win to Oscar!
The first time (this year) we’ve had two girls compete and somehow they ended up in the Same Bracket. Nikki San Miguel would go up against Bryttani, the newcomer from Montana. A bit off line here as Nikki eats a barrell.
Ryan Martin has gotten a lot of seat time this season. Had a “Siam” moment as he butt puckered toward the wall. Good save!
Tommy Bennys- Another Driver always good to see. But was struggling with a broken Fuel Pressure Regulator.
Jackson Beaumont tried getting down in the Miata, a bit under-powered, but still tons of fun! Pixar Mode is halarious too!
He Usually Pilots the Urban Camo BMW. But today Jesse Hayes driving his Lexus SC.
Peter Taylor returned to make some smooth moves in his s13. His s14 for pro-am still under the knife. He would later have some crazy good tandems with Nate “Tireslayer” Snyder!
Into the Top 16. Drivers start to feel the Pressure. Those that get eliminated are invited back to drift in-between brackets; giving them more seat time. Here are the drivers that were knocked out in Top 16.
It was great to see Jayce Habich back in this car after taking it the wall a few events prior. New tube front did the trick.
In another surprise, Thomas Skarshaug gets knocked out by the other half of Team Montana; Scott Wedemeyer. Thomas is a strong contender; but a slight correction in steering gave the advantage and win to Scott.
A neat lil all American Battle Paired John Burns from of Rainy Day Mods and the Seattle Mustang Club up against Mike Goddard in the Foxbody.
Bryttani Maricola and Oscar Perez were the next pair. Both Rookies to evergreens competition, and both doing exceptionally well for their first time. Bryttani falls off and shuts down a bit early giving the win to Oscar.
Forrest Vertz was playing Pizzaboy this event; so that’s why my toppings are always on one side…
Dillon Duong Does his offtrack training on Forza Motorsport. He Got knocked out by the 300zx of Chris Johnson.
Johnathan Raymer always has smooth styles and a clean line. It would go to a One More Time Battle! But Johnathan was outdriven by the Hachi slides of Danny Z
Alex Ramirez with a little teddy bear love on his hindside, he too takes the fall in top 16 after a OMT, to Nate Snyder.
Top 8 Was set in Stone! First battle of the great 8 would put top qualifier Marc Ulin against Scott Wedemeyer. Good Showing by Scott for his first time here!
Another Tandem Battle paired up Mike Goddard and Oscar Perez. This was Oscar Perez’s fist competition event and his first time driving Scott Phams JZ powered Rx7. He earns a OMT but Mike would take the advance to final 4.
Chris Johnson Proving that 300zx’s can hang with the rest of them. He gets knocked out against Thomas Micich. Chris Johnson is also looking forward to finishing his s14 for Pro-am.
Final Battle of the top 8 had Nate Snyder Beating Danny Z! Danny really making a name for himself in his little 16v corolla. I think he too has Pro-Am aspirations for the future.
Final Four! Thomas Micich vs Nate Snyder. Typical Coupe vs Fastback battle. Micich had the stronger runs so he goes on to the Final Battle and Nate stays back for the 3rd place fight
Mike Goddard and Marc Ulin would battle next. Bigger foxbody up against the 1UZ TE72 Corrolla. Size doesn’t matter; lead and chase abilities the deciding factor here. It was soo close after the first battle the judges decided on a one more time. After all was said in done, it was Ulin victories and Goddard laying back to battle Nate.
3rd Place Battle! Mustang Mike Goddard and Nate Tireslayer Snyder! Nate would lead the way, Mike a bit shallow on the bank ends up having to re-initiate behind Nate. Nate gets a big gap and advantage over Mike heading into the next Run. Mike would lead and Nate would have a similar mistake, however Mustang drove a bit too far into the infield and went 2 tires off, goes wide around the 2nd pole and Nate actually makes a needle threading pass on the inside! A Spectacular Run by both drivers! Mike has his best finish yet in 4th place and Nate Snyder his best finish as well in 3rd Place.
For first place and to the sounds of Queen (we will rock you), Mark Ulin sets the bar High as usual for first place. Momentum and Consisctancy his key! Thomas Micich is looking for the top on his first podium finish, and he answers with a stout follow run.
Marc Ulin Comes out Victorious. The Energy he puts into his runs puts him out on top of all the others. A healthy handful of points to go with some bragging rights as winnings.
The halfway point has passed and Danny Ziegler is the current points leader for the championship. Round 4 is the Sunday before FormulaDrift Weekend. We hope to see you there!