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10 31 Adam Deffenbaugh 2006 Mazda 3 Hankook 64.544 63.722 63.628 63.628 (0.286) (Crowd Favorite!!!:chuckles: )
LOL, thanks Scott. These boys are tough out here. I'm happy to just be in the top 10, but would love to move up a lil tomorrow ;)
 

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Go get 'em, Adam. Take no prisoners!!

How do you like the Hankooks?

And, some of the Arizona boys and gals (and others) who don't normally experience issues there are suffering some DNF's and pylon interaction. Anything about that course that might be an extra challenge for some?
 

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Go get 'em, Adam. Take no prisoners!!
Haha, I'll try!

How do you like the Hankooks?
I like'em. Great all around tire with lots of grip and no bad habits. They tolerate being over-driven pretty well if you get a little overly optimistic with entry speeds and they don't need much heat to work but don't mind getting a little hot either. Nice evolution of the original formula.

And, some of the Arizona boys and gals (and others) who don't normally experience issues there are suffering some DNF's and pylon interaction. Anything about that course that might be an extra challenge for some?
I didn't notice anything extra challenging visually and the course seemed well laid out and straight forward to me.
 

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I agree. Even though my car is stupid slow and under-prepared, the course drives well. I didn't care for the 180 right before the finish line, but I really liked the rest of the course. My kids ran the east course today, and I'm eager to see how the more powerful Mazda3 does tomorrow on that course since it seemed to possibly favor power over ultimate handling.

I'm bringing up the rear in a car that just doesn't want to turn or accelerate, but I'm having a good time. Isn't that what this is supposed to be about?

Mike
 

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+0 on crowd favorite! (ordinarily I'd +>0 that, but that has other implications, right?)
 

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STF National Final Results

Talk about a healthy class.........

Way to go Mazda guys.

Final standings for STF [25 Cars] (02:37:53 PM) -------------------------

T 1 36 Lee Chhit 2011 Mini Cooper Multi 61.417 64.166(1) 61.669 129.027 67.610 67.695 67.841
T 2 77 Andres Rodriguez 2012 Mazda 2 Toyo* 62.413 62.879 62.717 129.270 76.850(4) 66.857 66.872 (0.243)
T 3 93 David Hedderick 2008 Mazda 3 Hankook 68.587(3) 63.405 62.450 129.313 67.469 67.681 66.863 (0.043)
T 4 94 Preston Jordan 2004 Ford* Focus Hankook 62.857 63.259 63.696 129.653 67.089 66.796 67.043 (0.340)
T 5 97 Mike King 2011 Mazda 2 Toyo* 62.455 64.177(1) 62.529 129.747 67.292 67.323 67.481 (0.094)
T 6 139 Travis Sackwar 2008 Toyota Yaris Hankook 62.715 62.532 62.189 130.030 69.535(1) 68.038 67.841 (0.283)
T 7 96 Jeremy Salenius 2008 Mini Cooper Hankook 62.442 63.069 62.966 130.055 68.246 68.204 67.613 (0.025)

8 194 Justin Tilus 2004 Ford* Focus Hankook 63.810 63.929 64.743 130.917 67.107 70.608(1) 69.800(1) (0.862)
9 95 Christopher Mill 2011 Mini Cooper Hankook 64.674(1) 76.387(4) 63.342 130.991 67.649 67.826 68.394 (0.074)
10 57 Robert Day 2008 Mazda 3 Hankook 63.148 76.207(6) 65.455(1) 131.130 69.799(1) 68.640 67.982 (0.139)
11 31 Adam Deffenbaugh 2006 Mazda 3 Hankook 64.544 63.722 63.628 131.491 67.927 67.863 76.447(4) (0.361)

Looks like the Mini won day One by a full second, then the Focus won Day Two by ..... not enough to make up the difference.

Day Two had three cars within one-tenth of a second. So, Day One margin was the difference.
 

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This was a hell of a lot of fun. I can't even explain the level of grip on this surface if you haven't felt it yourself.

Justin and Preston had some mechanical issues, and Lee had a great day on Tuesday.

It was awesome meeting everybody too (wait for Hedderic to post our sweet Mazda hard parking event in the grid area) . I'll see you guys next season :)
 

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You know who is a stud? Andres Rodriguez. I always knew Andres was fast, but man he put on the glass slipper this week. Andres was 14th out of 25 drivers last year in STF. 2nd out of 24 this year in a tougher, more developed class. Gives guys like me some hope.



Why is Dave the only one with proper neon racing numbers?
Yeah, I might have to get some of those bright neon Nascar numbers sometime, I like the look. Colin really could use them, because the dark color on dark color thing isn't really working.
 

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Well time for a recap...lets see. Justin had shock troubles that were mostly sorted by day two. I predict Preston on top next year. Lee had that hodge podge tire setup with Toyos up front. Andres learned the fine art of controlled aggression over the summer. And I learned about lack of battery voltage and how it affects ABS and power steering...and the meaning of too much toe out lol. :)

Fun time and a fun group.

Lee drove well on day 1 and we never recovered lol. If not for the electrical issues and the alignment I think a Mazda3 might have taken the win. :) and if Preston had no mechanical issues on day one he would have won. Bench racing. :)

Lots of fun was had. :) the car is a great chassis and fit everything I needed to compete and drive with two people 1000+ each way in "comfort". :)
 

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You know who is a stud? Andres Rodriguez. I always knew Andres was fast, but man he put on the glass slipper this week. Andres was 14th out of 25 drivers last year in STF. 2nd out of 24 this year in a tougher, more developed class. Gives guys like me some hope.





Yeah, I might have to get some of those bright neon Nascar numbers sometime, I like the look. Colin really could use them, because the dark color on dark color thing isn't really working.
Thanks Adam, you scared me with your first run, I heard your time when I was to start my first run...

Andres learned the fine art of controlled aggression over the summer.
Perfect description

Andres
 
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