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Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

John Speck, MD

2013 Champion

Event History
2001    Steve Cameron       31
2002    Mike Stachowski       47
2003    Bill Place       69
2004     Lisa Gutermuth       87
2005     Debbie Gutermuth       72
2006    Matt Evinger       73
2007     Dan Lewis       70
2008     Jordan Flawd       79
2009    Chris LeFevre       71
2010     Lisa Gutermuth       90
2011    Stefany Speck       83
2012    Sarah Vasilakos       95
2013    John Speck     105


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Lisa Gutermuth     NC    10     78
  2.  Sarah Vasilakos    VA    12     61
  3.  John Speck         MD    13     46
  4.  Brandon Bernard    PA    13     42
  5.  Chris LeFevre      AZ    09     33
  6.  Jordan Flawd       PA    09     33
  7.  Stefany Speck      MD    11     30
  8.  Forrest Speck      MD    08     30
  9.  Dan Lewis          DE    07     30
 10.  Matt Evinger       PA    06     30
 11.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    05     30
 12.  Mike Stachowski    NY    04     30
 13.  Bill Place         PA    03     30
 14.  Steve Cameron      PA    04     28
 15.  Richard Fetzer     NY    09     27
 16.  Katie McCorry      VA    07     27
 17.  Ron Wuerth         VA    04     27
 18.  Dave Welden        PA    13     24
 19.  Gary Schaefers     PA    12     24
 20.  Robbie Mitchell    VA    11     24
 21.  Mike Coomes        PA    06     22
 22.  Scott Nerney       RI    10     21
 23.  Matt Fetzer        NY    09     21
 24.  Faith Wobbeking    MD    11     18
 25.  Jordan Shea        MA    10     18
 26.  Ed Bielcik         NJ    07     18
 27.  Barb Flaxington    NJ    03     18
 28.  Alan Bargender     VA    02     18
 29.  Dan Leader         MA    13     16
 30.  Scott Saccenti     MD    12     16
 31.  Chris Janiec       PA    06     15
 32.  James Kendrick     uk    05     12
 33.  Devin Flawd        PA    06     12
 34.  John Shaheen       MA    11      9
 35.  Nicola Bradford    LA    10      9
 36.  Bert Schoose       IL    04      9
 37.  Mike Nagel         NJ    03      9
 38.  Bob Laird          PA    13      8
 39.  Chris Kizer        CA    12      8
 40.  Dominic Blais      qc    11      6
 41.  Harry Flawd        PA    09      6
 42.  Pam Gutermuth      FL    08      6
 43.  Josh Ostrander     NY    05      6
 44.  Arthur Wines       PA    13      4
 45.  Dacey Collinson    MD    12      4
 46.  Carolyn Strock     PA    11      3
 47.  Shannon Keating    IN    10      3
 48.  Nick Smith         uk    08      3
 49.  Bob Titran         NY    04      3
 50.  Peter Perla        VA    03      3
 51.  Steve May          MD    01      3
 52.  Jeff Mullet        OH    01      2
 53.  Greg Mayer         MO    01      1

2013 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists:

Dave Welden, PA

Dan Leader, MA

Brandon Bernard, PA

Bob Laird, PA

Arthur Wines, PA

Past Winners

Steve Cameron, PA

Mike Stachowski, NY

Bill Place, PA

Lisa Gutermuth, NC
2004, 2010

Debbie Gutermuth, TX

Matt Evinger, PA

Danny Lewis, DE

Jordan Flawd, PA

Chris LeFevre, AZ

Stefany Speck, MD

Sarah Vasilakos, VA

John Speck, MD

Michael Shea and GM Chris LeFevre participate in the record field that broke triple digits for the first time.

Franklin Rinko and Emily Bacon, one of 23 lady drivers in the field, which tends to draw the younger set.


Anna Rinko, Mark Love, Jack Morrell and 2006 champ Matt Evinger looking for more glory.

GM Chris LeFevre and his finalists are sure to break the three-year lady's winning streak.

Not How Many, but When ...

It was a record year for Formula Motor Racing with our largest field ever as we topped three digits for the first time. 27 preliminary games were played in three heats, topping last year's best ever record of 25. These yielded the following stats:

Min score for win: 30 (increase of one from 2012)
Max score for win: 42 (decrease of four from 2012)
Average score for win: 34.9 (increase from 33.9 in 2012)
Min score for second place: 28 (increase by two from 2012)
Max score for second place: 35 (decrease by one from 2012)

A review of the score sheets showed that most games remained close between first, second and third place. And these statistics show that fact to be true. Only one game had to be decided by tie breaker. 17 games were fully manned 6-player contests. Eight were 5-player and two were 4-player games. In seven games with a non-player vehicle (aka bank car), the bank car trailed the field. No love for the non-player.

The Demo drew eight attendees on Wednesday afternoon. One or two had played FMR before, so they were only seeking a refresher, but the majority had never played the game. After explaining the rules, a practice game was started. Special thanks go to Brandon Bernard who took over the demo for me so I could prepare for the second heat. Brandon also had invited two of the new players, Yoel Weiss and his daughter Adina Weiss. Adina picked up the game very fast and entered the second heat, to win at her table. She did this by going from sixth place after the fourth race with only eight points, to getting a 1st and 6th in the fifth race, then 1st and 4th in the last race to win with a total of 32 points. FMR is a great game for beginners.

As usual, the 12-sided die was kind to some players and rude to others. In Heat 2, Joshua Coyle was able to make five rolls to move from 8th to 3rd. In Brandon Bernard's game, he successfully charged to first four times. One of these attempts dropped Yoel Weiss to second place as collateral damage. Seeing Brandon's success, Yoel tried to Charge on his last play, only to fail on the first roll. Carol Caler and Andrew Sinigaglio both played the Charge card as the last two plays in the sixth race of their game, only to have them both fail. This was especially damaging to Carol as she had already lost one car to a Crash in four of the six races.

Harry Flawd ran his traditional zany Crash Table in Heat 3 requiring the Crash card had to be played. The five brave souls to join him were Lisa Gutermuth, Carol Caler, Jordan Flawd, Chris Kizer and Chris Greenfield who all had their insurance cancelled by Geico. The two Chris's both lost five cars in six races. Jordan lost only two cars and came out the "safe" winner with 30 points. He was helped by the Crash card rolling a 12 with only 11 cars remaining.

22 of the 27 preliminary winners appeared for the semifinals. This meant that the top two runner-ups would also advance to man four full tables. John Faella and John Speck were the two lucky recipients of a second life. All four of the semifinals were decided by one or two points. The four winners were: Bob Laird, Dan Leader, Arthur Wines, and David Weldon.

The top two runners-up of the four tables would also advance to fill the Final. Brandon Bernard secured the fifth seat with 33 points, but there was a tie between John Shaheen and John Speck at 30 points for the sixth seat. The FMR tie breaker rules smiled on John Speck a second time and he advanced again without winning. So after 31 games, John Speck found himself in the Final without yet winning a game. Who wants to bet how this will end?

Art provided his great car set for the Final. Race 1 started with mayhem galore as John and Art lost cars to the Crash and Bob blew an engine. And this was after only the first round of card play. Bob still managed to win with his remaining car and everyone else got a car in the point positions for a balanced start.

Race 2 saw Art again crash a car, taking Dan's car out as well. Dave lost a car to Spin Out, while Bob blew an Engine, but Dave's remaining car won the race. Art kept his streak going by crashing a third car in Race 3, this time hit by Dan's car as he returned the favor from the prior race. Art lost his second car also to a Spin Out and Bob lost one to a blown engine. Brandon led the survivors and also had his second car finish fifth to give him the lead with 21 points followed by Dan with 14 points, Dave 13, John and Bob 11 and Art 8.

Race 4 was a calm affair with no crash and the only casualty was Dan while trying to bring his car up to the lead on the last turn only to blow his engine in the attempt. John was the big winner, taking both 1st and 2nd for a maximum score. This forged him into the lead with 27 points.

Race 5 would not be kind to Brandon. John's lead had made him a target. Bob was able to take one of John's cars with the Engine Blown card. For his last card play, Dan played the Crash card hoping to knock out John's remaining car. The dice had another idea, however, crashing Brandon's car into either Brandon's second car or his own. Bob spent at least a nano-second making that decision and was able to win the race making the score with one race remaining: John 30, Bob 25, Brandon 22, Dave 20, Art 18, and Dan 15.

Dan started the last race knocking out John's car with a blown engine on his first play. Bob's luck ran out as he lost a car to Spin Out but no Crash card was played. Dan put both of his cars in points with a 1st and 6th giving him 26 for third place. Dave also had both of his cars finish in the money with a 2nd and 5th for a total of 28 points to take second. John was unable to score, but by keeping his closest pursuers out of the points at the end he was able to hold on and win with 30 points. He beat the odds by advancing twice as an alternate and won the only game that counted - the last one.

 Bumper Cars anyone?

 GM Laurie Wojtaszczyk presents her son Adam with his plaque.

Formula Motor Racing Junior

LaurieWojtaszczyk provided a junior racing circuit for the pint-sized drivers. There were 15 little race drivers sans learning permits loosed on the streets of the Vistas room Saturday morning. The fastest of these was:

1st: Adam Wojtaszczyk (up from 6th in 2012)

2nd: Tegan Powers

3rd: Mandy Mossman

4th: John Wobbeking

5th: Aaron Correira

6th: Zack Correira

 GM      Chris LeFevre  [8th Year]   NA    NA

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