Well, another 12 Hours of Boise is in the History Books--once Mark writes
another killer tale for the HO magazine! We had a great race and a lot of
Kudos all the way to Team Fireball: TEAM CAPTAIN & car builder Stan Fuller,
Jim Terry and Chad Taylor.
To my knowledge, this is only the 3rd race in Shearmanator history that a race
has not been won by a Shearman or with a Shearman (Brady Fuller won a race a few
years ago and Mike Pope won the first race of our NASCAR series this Fall). The
Drivers are all getting too good to think that only certain people can win on
this track. This year proved it.
Chad was a late entry who hadn't seen the track since last year's race's last
segment. He put up the top lap total for one segment on his first time
back on the track! Way to go, Chad.
Stan, as announced early in the preparation, was putting a TYCO to the test of
enduring the 12 Hours. Well, no one else could catch that car as it quietly
steamrolled around Shearmanator Raceway. I don't know about anyone else, but I
certainly spent 11 hours and 55 minutes shaking my head at this well built
machine. The first 5 minutes of the race Team Jaguar was either in the lead on
at least fighting for it!!!
Team Jaguar, defending champions, took a "close" 2nd place. It
was the closest finish in race history, but still too far to catch Team
Fireball. Great efforts were put in by Flyin' Ryan Hansen and Jarom Shearman to
keep us close. We ran the race on 2 sets of tires and most of it with 2 arms. A
Team Porsche/Hidden Springs Racing took 3rd place, but took the most laps during
the 2nd half of the race, which means watch out next year! Rookie of the
Year honors goes to Courtney Fuller. She stepped up to the plate for the first
time in an enduro and after 90 minutes, with at least 2 stops for car
maintenance, she put up an amazing 525 laps. Very close to the average segment
for the race. A great showing by a greatly improving driver. I
think Mark has already got the invitation out to Courtney for next year's race!!
Sammy Shearman, Sam Shearman, and Mark St. Clair all put up great lap totals in
the 2nd half after getting some motor concerns kind of resolved. Great job, Team
In 4th place, but by no means last place, was Team Toyota. While motor problems
seemed to plague the race, Toyota seemed to have the worst of it unfortunately.
But a valiant effort by Phil Malone, Aaron Shearman, and Brady Fuller kept them
close for most of the race.
When it was all over, only about 200 laps separated first place from fourth.
Some races in the past that gap has been larger between first and second, so to
go into the last segment knowing that a blown car or a longer pit stop could
result in anyone winning this thing. It makes us all want to come back for
Special thanks go out to the Shearman family who graciously let us invade their
garage every year. Sam provided slot cars and the traditional turkeys out
of his own pocket, for which I am very thankful for his selfless contributions.
Boise Demo, Pam Shearman, and Wendy Benson also provided some goodies for the
racers as well as the wonderful food we ate during the
race. Phil Malone of Mountain Man gave us a lot of treats to snack on
during the race and as race-end rewards. Thanks to all of you for making the
race event as great as it was.
Lastly, thanks to all the racers. We had a great race with no major contentions
and that is a signature characteristic of this club. When the biggest problem is
a marshal catching a car to give it the proper lap credit coming into the final
turn, we have done all right!! All the drivers
put up terrific lap totals and we had a lot of fun just associating while
driving, marshalling, or away from the track. That is the way it should be. I
look forward to next year's race because of things like that.
I look forward to a great year of racing with everyone. After the Fray and the
Idaho Championships look for another series or two before we start preparing for
The 12 Hours of Boise VII!!!
- Mike Pope