Held on a four-corner rectangle that used three taxiways and a the runway, the course made for an exciting venue for the final club race of the season.
The B Group started the night with a 30 min race. Heading into the evening, 15-year-old Trevor McCabe had the overall standings nearly wrapped up with a 13-point lead over last year's series winner Jeff Schneider. With double points on the line, it was mathematically possible for Jeff to catch Trevor, but in order to do so the youngster would have had to finish out of the top four and Jeff would have had to win the race.
It was certainly within the possibility for Jeff to win the night, as he has done so many times over the last couple of seasons, but given the fact that Trevor has won every race since mid-June, it was unlikely Jeff could make up the needed points in one race.
Jeff's lead for second places was also nearly out of reach, but third place was up for grabs with Bill Anderson and Rory Heinlein separated by only one point.
The B race started out fast as Shawn Monahan, Janae Holley and Trevor attacked early, creating a three-man breakaway.
Although the break looked like it might be too early to hold, the three worked fluidly as they took turns rotating to stay away. At the same time, the main field appeared a bit frazzled and had trouble organizing. A few riders launched bridge attempts but were unable to solo up to the leaders, and with the group not working as a unit, the break continued to stretch its lead.
Late in the race, the breakaway appeared to be in a bit of trouble though as Shawn got a flat. However, he still within free-lap status and was able to change out his bike and hop back into the race where he came out as per USAC rules.
After a fantastic effort, the the break held and decided to cross the line together, awarding 1st to Janae, 2nd to Trevor, and 3rd to Shawn, who also picked up both primes.
The race wasn't over for the chase group though as there were still still points to be won in the field sprint. Kurt Lucas came out of the group the winner, taking 4th overall, and Joe Gavin followed in 5th. Both riders earned their highest place finishes of the season.
Immediately following, the A Group took the course. Tim Paul had the overall standings well secured, but that didn't stop him from riding aggressively. He attacked early and was caught, just before we had to neutralize the race for a plane to land (giving us all a little breather).
Once the race restarted, I attacked, but was chased down after about half a lap. Tim then answered back with another attack, and Trevor responded, putting the two in a break with about half the race still to go.
After some sloppy organization, which included a few half hearted bridge attempts that helped the leaders grow their gap, we began working together with the hopes of catching. As the chase progressed, the main field began to splinter though, which eventually created a few small groups that could not close.
In the end Tim won the sprint with Trevor in tow. Garrett Lucas was third followed by me, John Kingston, and Steve French.
Because we only allow a racer to be in one points series at a time, and Trevor was not scored in the A Group Points standings, making the final points for the day Tim, Garrett, Tony, John, and Steve. Tim also picked up an early prime while John took a field prime during the chase.
We will award our series winners at our end of season party on Sept. 19 at The Nines in Geneseo.
You can download the full points standings here. For more photos of the event, see our club Facebook page and Neil Gallivan's flickr page.