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Warren's Six-Cylinder Camaro Outruns Everyone at Great Lakes S/SS Race

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    Nobody succeeded in catching the 15-second 1969 Camaro V/SA of Mike Warren at the Great Lakes Stock/Super Stock Association race Sunday, Aug. 15 at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park. He put the car in the winner's circle and collected $2,000. / Photo by Mike Delahanty
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    Kevin Zaskowski was the runner-up in his 1968 Camaro D/SA at the Great Lakes association race Sunday at Martin. / Photo by Mike Delahanty

SUPER STOCK and STOCK - A month ago Mike Warren in his 1969 Camaro V/SA lost in the second round at the Great Lakes Stock/Super Stock Association race at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park. He returned Sunday, Aug. 15 to the track and went four rounds further to win the fourth association event of the season.

Facing Warren, of Bellevue, Mich., in the final was Kevin Zaskowski and his 1968 Camaro D/SA, who also was vying for his first win of the season. Warren, who teams with Gordon Casey to run the six-cylinder Camaro, dialed a 15.26. His winning numbers were 15.288 at 83.09 miles per hour after a .024 reaction time.

Zaskowski, who lives in Rockford, Mich., put 11.00 on his window but could not run as close to the number as Warren did to his. Zaskowski’s 11.061 at 110.86 was coupled with a slower leave than Warren’s at .047.

To reach the final and its $2,000 prize, Warren eliminated Jim Clark in the semifinals. Warren dialed 15.27 and ran 15.279 at 82.98 after a .019 light. Clark broke out with a 10.108 at 124.55 on his 10.14 dial. He was .035 off the line.

Warren’s luckiest round was the fourth when he had a .114 RT. Fortunately, opponent Tony Goodman went .020 red. Warren still ran just .005 over his 15.29 dial at 83.16.

Round three was a bye for Warren. In the previous two rounds he again benefited from fouls. Paul Carr was .038 on the wrong side of the tree in the second round, and Bruce Boyle missed by .349 in the first round.

Breaks Fall Zaskowski's Way to Advance to Final

Zaskowski started his winning ways in the first round against Bob Downing, who left early by .080. Zaskowski’s best light of the day, a .016, put his race with Randy Running out of his reach, since he had a .052 light. He was better on his 10.24 dial by being .028 over at 125.70, but Zaskowski had room to spare with an 11.038 at 118.05 on an 11.00 dial.

Rodney Kaekel had an .04 cushion in RTs in round three with his .028 light, but his Camaro was too quick, running an 11.086 at 117.10 on an 11.20 dial. Zaskowski was over his 11.03 by .047 at 109.33.

No times were issued for Tim Bettinghouse in round four, so Zaskowski backed off to an 11.159 at 103.21 on an 11.04 dial. He cut a .024 light nonetheless. He had the semi bye into the final, the furthest he progressed in association races all season, having lost in the early rounds.

Charley Downing, who won the first race of the season and was second in points, lasted to the quarterfinals before breaking out against Clark. Points leader Ben Wenzel, the points leader entering the event and winner of the second race, lost in the second round.

Another season race winner, Jimmy Ronzello, was eliminated in round three by Downing. Randy Running and Patrick Downing, both high in the points before the race, went out in the second and first rounds, respectively.

The association ends its season Sunday, Sept. 20 at Milan Dragway.

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