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Updated Nov. 10, 2014

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Ralph Gleaton, SC

2014 Champion

Event History
1999    Rebekah Garton     37
2000    Tim Dolan     68
2001    Devin Flawd     60
2005    Seth Gunar     47
2006    Seth Gunar     42
2007     Jean Younkin     49
2008    Steve Caler     51
2009    Phil White     53
2010     Bill Beckman     43
2011    Luke Koleszar     37
2012    Phil White     42
2013    Brian Mongold     50
2014    Ralph Gleaton     46

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Phillip White      MD    14    117
  2.  Seth Gunar         NJ    13    102
  3.  Ralph Gleaton      SC    14     48
  4.  Steve Caler        OH    13     42
  5.  Luke Koleszar      VA    11     42
  6.  Jim Bell           MD    12     39
  7.  Brian Mongold      MD    13     36
  8.  Bill Beckman       SC    10     30
  9.  Kevin Brown        GA    08     30
 10.  Jean Younkin       VA    07     30
 11.  Devin Flawd        PA    01     30
 12.  Tim Dolan          NJ    00     30
 13.  Fabio Pellegrino   it    14     24
 14.  Mike Buccheri      MD    13     24
 15.  Mark Mitchell      VA    14     21
 16.  Steve Cameron      PA    13     20
 17.  Haim Hochboim      il    09     18
 18.  Derek Miller       VA    07     18
 19.  Keith MacFarland   NJ    05     18
 20.  Dan Hoffman        NC    01     18
 21.  Andy Lewis         DE    00     18
 22.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    14     15
 23.  John Weber         MD    11     15
 24.  Curt Collins       PA    11     12
 25.  Henry Pfeiffer     SC    10     12
 26.  Carol Caler        OH    10     12
 27.  Steve May          MD    01     12
 28.  Bill Place         PA    00     12
 29.  Rebekkah Garton    VA    99     10
 30.  Rob Schoenen       PA    12      9
 31.  Tom McCorry        VA    08      9
 32.  Nate Timko         PA    07      9
 33.  Chad Gormly        MA    06      9
 34.  Stuart Tucker      MD    05      9
 35.  Adam Gugliemini    PA    01      9
 36.  Darren Velez       NY    00      9
 37.  Rob Buccheri       MD    07      6
 38.  Bob Olivere        AZ    00      6
 39.  Ken Sheffield      VA    99      4
 40.  Daniel Lewis       DE    14      3
 41.  Matt Deuber        OH    10      3
 42.  Angelo Ricchiuto   PA    09      3
 43.  Cameron Spaner     MD    08      3
 44.  Marshall Daw       NM    07      3
 45.  Mike Garton        VA    06      3
 46.  Rex Lehman         FL    05      3
 47.  Dave Bohnenberger  PA    01      3
 48.  Brian Carr         VA    00      3
 49.  Joe Sposito        NJ    99      1

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Phil White, MD
2nd

Mark Mitchell, VA
3rd

Dan Dolan Jr, VT
4th

Fabio Pellegrino, it
5th

Daniel Lewis, DE
6th

Past Winners

Rebekkah Garton, VA
1999

Tim Dolan, NJ
2000

Devin Flawd, PA
2001

Seth Gunar, NJ
2005-2006

Jean Younkin, VA
2007

Steve Caler, OH
2008

Phil White, MD
2009, 2012

Bill Beckman, SC
2010

Luke Koleszar, VA
2011

Brian Mongold, MD
2013

Rebecca Johnston tries to qualify as Davin Lasanen looks on.

Shannon Keating and Ralph Gleaton try to qualify for the big finale.

GM Michael Garton controls the Final as Ralph Gleaton, Josh Githens, Phil White and Michael Buccheri watch the race progress.

James McCarthy and Bill Burdick are just two of the 22 finalists seated around the oval track when the race begins.

A Victory 11 Years in the Making ...

Sweet Relief ...

This year's tournament consisted of eight preliminary races in three heats (150 laps on a One Mile Oval) with 46 drivers vying to qualify for one of the coveted spots in the Final race. The top three drivers from each of the heat races advanced for a field of 24. Nearly half the field took multiple shots to qualify by returning to run in succeeding heats, but some still fell short. Two drivers, Mark Mitchell and Josh Coyle ran in all three heats and their persistance was rewarded when they qualified in their third and final try.

The preliminary race winners were Michael Buccheri, Josh Coyle, 2000 champion Tim Dolan, Dan Lewis, James McCarthy, Keith McFarland, and a pair of Italian drivers: Fabio Pelligrino and Mario Ales.

At the drop of the green flag for the Final, 22 of 24 qualifiers were present for 200 Laps on a Tri-Oval Superspeedway. The polished veteran GM team of Michael Garton and John McLaughlin kept the action moving briskly, aided by projected lap cards to keep all drivers well informed. Carol Caler in car #99 started in the pole position with 00, Dan Dolan Jr, leading the outside lane. The action was intense from start to finish with a total of eight lead changes. 14 different drivers were counted in the top six at one point during the race. Two crashes claimed seven drivers and reducing the field to 15 cars. During the green flag pit stops, #95, Mike Buccheri (aka Rickey Bobby), decided to sacrifice his good car settings for a chance at a faster pit time, but his pit crew failed to get him out any faster and he fell to last place where he stayed until the last lap. He then made a successful last ditch effort and passed a car to climb out of last place for a small moral victory.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the parade, #9, two-time champion Phil White held the lead for the most laps and was still in the lead at the start of the last play only to fall short by a photo finish to #23, Ralph Gleaton. Ralph started the race in fourth, only to fade out of the top six. With less than 50 laps to go, he climbed back into the top five and made a charge from fourth to first on his last move. It resulted in not only his first SCC title, but his first WBC shield ever after over a decade of making the northward pilgrimage with the Mafia. It is rumored the plaque made its return to Greenville attached to the grill of Ralph's car as a triumphant hood ornament.

Fabio Pelligrino in car #42 started the field dead last and moved up steadily during the race to break into the top five for the first time on the last lap to earn the most improved driver - moving up a total of 17 positions. Dan Dolan, Jr in #00 was the most consistent driver - starting second, never falling below fifth, and finishing in third place.

It is a 12-lap turn and Mark Mitchell is flanked by the Italians to his left and the Mafia to his right ... talk about a Soprano moment.

 GM     Michael Garton [7th year]  NA
   mcgartlin95@gmail.com  NA 

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