NER AutoX Cone-A-Thon: July 11, 2021

Written by David Bocchichio Photo by Jacob Ronald It was another beautiful day out with NER, with warm temps and partly sunny skies. We had over 110 drivers out to compete on a fast course.  The little bit of drizzle that came down towards the end of the day didn’t seem to dampen anyone's spirits as many drivers continued to find more time on course.  Street Class There were seven drivers in AS with 143 Mark Ponusky taking the win in a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a 47.396.  There was only one driver in CS with 111 Anthony Nunez setting his fastest lap of the day in his 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata with a 51.722.  DS was stacked with fourteen drivers all competing hard for the win with 102 Jeff Bakken taking top honors in a 2021 Honda Civic with a 48.320.  There were six drivers in ES with 51 Charles Sinkler narrowly squeaking out the win in a 1999 Mazda Miata with a 49.885 over 22 William Brundige by only 0.118.  We had six drivers in FS with 74 Dana Nicgorski setting the fastest lap in a 2018 [...]

By |2021-07-20T11:19:07-04:00July 20th, 2021|Autocross, Autocross Results, Featured|

RESULTS: NER Dodging Orange- AutoX

Written By David Bocchichio Photo by Bryn Gingrich DODGING ORANGE: FINAL RESULTS Street Class In SS there was one driver with 8 Brendan Wong in the 2012 Audi TTRS putting down a 59.671.  There were five drivers in AS with 143 Mark Ponusky in the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 setting the fastest lap with a 56.730.  There was one driver in BS with 38 Audra Tella in the 2017 BMW getting a 60.098.  There were seven cars in DS with 93 Steve Twaddle in the 2013 Scion FR-S setting the fastest lap with a 59.163.  There were six drivers in ES with 148 Gavin Williams in the 2004 Toyota MR2 taking the win with a 58.828.  There were six drivers in FS with 28 Eliot Shanabrook setting the fastest lap in the 2018 Ford Mustang GT with a 59.749.  There were six driver in GS with 24 Chang Ho Kim taking the win in the 2019 Honda Civic with a 58.474.  There were 10 drivers in HS with 89 Justin Chen in the 2020 Honda Civic Sport Hatchback taking home the win with a 60.330.   Street Touring There were [...]

By |2021-06-24T10:28:44-04:00June 24th, 2021|Autocross, Autocross Results, Featured|

NER Autocross Weekend: May 29-30

Written by David Bocchichio The biggest challenge for the weekend was definitely the weather with cool temperatures and rain for both days. A small group of people braved the weather for Saturday's Test and Tune, which gave the drivers plenty of laps to dial in their set up for the rain, and a tricky sweeper that would let you know when you had it wrong. This left several drivers picking gravel out of their wheels, including yours truly. Despite the weather, over 90 drivers showed up to compete on Sunday. Make no mistake, the real heroes of the weekend were everyone who volunteered to stand out in the rain to make the event happen. I want to extend a huge thanks to all of you! RESULTS: Live Free or Cone Hard Street Class In SS we had two drivers with top time going to 88 Walter Lunsmann in the 2015 Porsche GT3 with a 62.900.  In AS we had three drivers with 143 Mark Ponusky setting the fastest lap in a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a 60.866.  BS only had one driver with 68 Mike Dietzel in his 2019 [...]

By |2021-06-09T19:37:31-04:00June 9th, 2021|Autocross, Autocross Results, Featured|

NER Solo Airways – Highlights and Recap

Written by David Bocchichio Saturday May 15th turned out to be a beautiful day with temperatures in the 70s.  After a wet and rainy event back on April 25th, drivers were excited to see one of the nicest spring days yet. It was great to see over a hundred drivers out to compete on such a beautiful day.  Street Class AS had five competitors with 143 Mark Ponusky taking first place in the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a 57.191. DS was stacked with 10 drivers and top time went to 93 Steve Twaddle in the 2013 Scion FR-S with a 59.799.  ES had five drivers with first place going to 148 Gavin Williams in the 2004 Toyota MR2 with a 59.094.  FS saw 6 drivers competing with first place going to 74 Dana Nicgorski in the 2018 Ford Mustang GT with a 59.920. GS had seven drivers with fastest time going to 24 Chang Ho Kim in the 2019 Honda Civic with a 59.750.  HS was another large class with 10 drivers and taking top spot was 41 Joseph Lagdao in the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST with a 61.298.  [...]

By |2021-05-26T10:13:20-04:00May 25th, 2021|Autocross, Featured|

NER Springtime Coneage

By David Bocchichio Photo by Shawn Pan It was a cloudy morning but the rain held off while everyone was setting up. Just as we gathered for the driver's meeting the rain came in. It continued to come down at a steady clip for both morning run groups, making conditions quite slick for competitors. Drivers were raring to go after the first non-points event back on April 4th, which saw dry conditions in combination with a fast course. Unfortunately, the rain, along with a course that had some tricky slowdowns, made it quite difficult to push the limits. Photo by Jacob Ronald Non-Pros Take Pax As lunch came to an end the rain began to ease. The drying conditions tempted many drivers to push their limits resulting in both fast times and epic spins. The challenging conditions made for some interesting results according to Alex Jackson, NER Autocross Chairman, “Pro class is pax'd and it typically consists of the fastest drivers in the region competing against each other rather than in their base classes. It occasionally happens that someone outside of pro gets top pax at the event like [...]

By |2021-05-03T15:28:55-04:00May 3rd, 2021|Autocross, Autocross Results, Featured|