MEATHEAD Racing teammate Rob Hines had a stellar Majors race weekend in his Nissan T3 car. He won both days and set a new track record. I know Rob is throwing a new bullet in his SM to get ready for VIR. He’ll be one to watch next weekend for sure.
Last week I got to do something I haven’t done in a long time. I went to watch races, not race. I didn’t see a need to register for the Summit Point Majors. There was no incentive, no end game, no once-in-a-year type of competition, nothing.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I love the WDCR. But just because we are the oldest and one of eight jumbo regions, it does not mean we deserve a Majors race. Spec Miata fielded a whopping 6 or 7 cars at the Majors; the regional race (MARRS 1) fielded about 30 cars just two weeks prior.
The format of both weekends was virtually the same except the Majors cost a lot more money. I love Summit Point, it’s my home track; but it’s not Sebring, Daytona, Road Atlanta, VIR, NJMP or Watkins Glen. Those are the only tracks on the East Coast that I think deserve a marquee-type race, be it a Majors or Super Tour.
The Majors should be elite competition. They should be an opportunity for drivers to hone their skills and see how they stack up against national talent and would-be, year-end runoffs competitors. I don’t think a single SM driver at the Summit Point Majors has any intention of going to the runoffs this year. None of the locals raced except Mr. Interdonato, who was a late entry. Marc Cefalo, Peter Phillips and Chris Ciufo put on a great show. Marc and Peter come to the MARRS series regularly and do well. I was happy to see them on the podium.