Mother Nature Gets “The Drop” on Club Clash XII

But Competitors Outlast Her in the End

By Michael Albee
cc12-1(September 24, 2006 – Earlville Ia.) – Late week weather forecasts weren’t looking good for the completion of the upcoming weekend’s event. In fact, they included up to a 80% chance of rain on Saturday. By Friday evening, the forecast had improved (only a 40% chance of rain), prompting club leaders from both groups to decide to try to get the race in.

In spite of a rainy forecast for the Tristate Raceway area, 18 cars and their drivers were on hand to compete for winter bragging rights, and a Club Clash trophy.

The morning session was cloudy and humid with the temperature hovering in the upper 60’s.

About 10:30 a brief light shower closed Test-n-Tune. The track re-opened a short time later only to receive a good bit of light rain around 11:45. The rain finally stopped and the sun came out about 1:00 pm. and the racing resumed around 2:15 pm.

With qualifying completed almost three hours late, Round One of eliminations got underway shortly before 3:00 pm. Cloud cover moved back in over the Raceway but clear blue skies could still be seen just to the West of the track for some time.

After Round One, the car count was still about even. Five Grand Prix’s would now face off against Two Thunderbirds, a Cougar and a Mark VIII.

Round Three pairings had Mike Harms facing off with Frank Stanton. Mike won by a holeshot posting a 14.88 at 91.43 mph. On the other side of the bracket, it was Joe Ruhland in the V-8 Cougar and Chad Hoover in his 2001 Pontiac. Joe won the matchup and posted the win by .709 of a second. Adam Birdsong, driving a 98 Grand Prix got the Bye and moved into the semi’s as well.

cc12-2Mike received the Bye in the Semi-finals, which set up the race between Adam and Joe for the final spot in the finals. Mike inherited the Bye because Joe and Adam both had it during earlier rounds of eliminations.

In the Finals, it was Joe and Mike. They both posted the same Dial-in for the round, and both cars had been running about the same ET’s all the way through the event. As the cars were staging, we couldn’t help but think, “This is going to come down to whoever could get the jump off of the starting line”.

Mike took the early lead with a major holeshot on Joe. He cut a .022 light and forced Joe to “leg it out” at the top end of the track. As a result, he broke out by just .059 of a second.

The SCCoIA and Club GTP Iowa would like to thank everyone for coming and supporting the Club Clash this year. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

We would also like to say a BIG thanks to TriState Raceway and their great staff for going out of their way to work with us during the event. It was their extra efforts that allowed us to have another great time and put on an event to remember.

I hope everyone had as much fun as I did, and I hope you will all be able to come back in the spring for Club Clash XIII. If you were not able to attend the event this time, we hope you will make your plans early to attend next year.

Club Clash XIII will be held in April 2007 at TriState Raceway. The exact dates are pending, and will be announced in February when the track sets it’s 2007 racing schedule.

I’m sure we will again have participants from not only Iowa, but ILL, MN, NE MO, and WI as well. So if you want to have a lot of fun, meet new friends and see how fast your car can go, all you have to do is …. get in your car and show up!!!

If you need more information about Club Clash, area accommodations or information about the track, just drop us an email at:

Here are some pictures from Club Clash VIII!

Hope to SC Ya Next Year!!!!

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