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FELTEN DEFENDS, KEYSTONE RISES
The Cumberland Autocross Nation gathered for the annual Historics Weekend with heavy hearts. Tasked with honoring former champion Wade Chamberlain, the CBE field went out and staged a competitive show worthy of his memory.
All time Cumberland FTD record holder Matt Felten ran clean and fast late passes on both days to capture two more overall crowns, taking Saturday by .286 and besting the Sunday entries by .449 in his familiar B-Mod Reynard.
Saturday’s top chaser was Pennsylvanian Matt Parson in the LS3 powered Miata XP -a car many are touting as Cumberland’s FTD heir-apparent. Pax winner Larry Casey was half a second back, followed by Jay Parsons in his DP class Miata. Chris Carlisle from the North Hills Gang scored his first-ever Top 5 in Jay Gyger’s sweet “Burple” Porsche GT3.
SCCA regular Stephen Catlin topped of his good weekend, moving from 6th overall on Saturday to 2nd on Sunday in his SSR ZO6. Parson was .117 back in third, followed by Karl Loper’s steadily improving FFR GTM and former FTD Gary Hughes’ EMod class Bruton Stalker open-wheeler.
On Sunday, Mike Moran reversed the tables in his eternal index-racing rivalry with Casey and nosed his BS Corvette to the PAX win.
Six Keystone State entrants scored Top Ten overall runs during the weekend, a high water mark for Pennsylvania drivers since the very early days of the airport autocross series.
Double weekend winners in contested classes included Daniel Hill in SS, Larry Casey in AS, Mike Moran in BS, Jeremy McCauley in CS, Smooth Jim Harris in DS, Eric Coffman in GS, Chris Reilly in STX, Ray Schumin in STR, Elizar Mann in DSP, Matt Parson in XP, Jay Parsons in DP and Matt Felten in BMod.