2016 Crossroads Match Tour report

Twelve ALSCCA members headed to Grenada, Mississippi on June 17-19 to take part in the Crossroads Match Tour. One of the focuses of the Match Tour format is to entice participants who may be new to National-level competition and we had five rookies in our group: Josh Bassett, Delanie Calhoun, Miles Crabbe, Hallie Nabors, and Nick Vagner. Also attending their first National event were Kyle Buffaloe and Douglas Modling, both of whom are from our area and have recently started autocrossing. Our TVR friends from Huntsville brought fifteen of their folks.

The event site was Grenada Municipal Airport which is one of the many 40s-50s era former airbases that dot the Southeast. One of the locals pointed out that it had one of only two remaining all-wood World War 2 vintage hangers remaining in the country. Of course being an old air base means lots of grippy concrete and the course designers put together a challenging course with fast transitions, a long fast sweeper, two low speed 180s, and a fast sweeping finish that could really bite you if you got it wrong.

ALSCCA folks brought home three class victories and four trophy positions in Saturday’s class competition.

  • A Street saw National-rookie Nick Vagner bringing home the 3rd place trophy driving Stephen Saunders' Corvette Grand Sport. Stephen finished 5th in the nine driver field.
  • B Street had TVR and ALSCCA drivers at the top of the seven driver field. ALSCCA’s Rod Hardiman, driving Ed Fisher’s Corvette, took the third trophy spot. Ed took the class win for TVR with fellow TVR drivers Charles Krampert & Mark Cather finishing 2nd & 4th, respectively.
  • In C Street Clay McCool rebounded from somewhat disappointing morning session to secure the 3rd trophy position in a very competitive 11 driver field.
  • E Street had 10 drivers including two ALSCCA rookies. Josh Bassett finished 7th, one position ahead of car-owner Delanie Calhoun.
  • F Street had a four driver field with three from ALSCCA. Jerry Ledford brought home the class win driving Chris Towe’s BMW M3. Chris finished 4th due to DNFs in the morning but did run an afternoon time with pace that could have been could for second place. Miles Crabbe, another rookie, finished 3rd in his Mustang.
  • Street Modified was a battle of ALSCCA co-drivers. Heath Patterson edged out car-owner Chaisit Tongsuvone for the class win.
  • Last but certainly not least, Hallie Nabors & family made the trip for her first big event in her Junior Kart. Hallie did a great job all day Saturday and ultimately ran times better than some of the cars.

Sundays at a Match Tour offer three morning runs to qualify for the bracket shootouts and set your dial-in time. Once the three shootout fields are set then it moves to head-to-head knockout competition with winners moving through the bracket. The Top Dog field is set by the top 8 indexed finishers from each run heat. Under Dog finds finishers 8-16 from each heat. The Lucky Dog field is determined by drawing names from anyone else who submitted their names.

  • Rod Hardiman represented ALSCCA in the Top Dog bracket but went out in the first round to the ultimate Top Dog champ Dennis Sparks from TVR.
  • In Under Dog we had Stephen Saunders from Heat 1 and Josh Bassett and Miles Crabbe from Heat 2. Miles went out in the first round while Josh made it to the Heat 2 final before going down. Stephen came through some tight Heat 1 matchups to ultimately take the Under Dog win. Congrats Stephen!
  • Nick Vagner just missed out in qualifying but was drawn for the Lucky Dog challenge and made it round two before getting knocked out.

Big thanks to Mississippi Region for hosting a great event. The site and course were excellent and Grenada is an easy drive from the Birmingham area.

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