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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

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Joshua Githens, SC

2014 Champion

Event History
1991    Tim Flanigan     54
1992    Jeff Barnum     67
1993    Barry Smith     35
1994    Mike Stanley     47
1995    Mike Pantaleano     72
1996    Bruce Monnin     64
1997    John Jacoby     72
1998    Mike Stanley     84
1999    Frank Sinigaglio     74
2000    Mike Stanley     85
2001    Steve Katz     76
2002    Steve Katz     71
2003    Tom Saal    103
2004    Scott Sirianna     87
2005    John Tighe     87
2006     Karl Henning     75
2007     Josh Githens     95
2008    Josh Githens     98
2009     Mark Neale     89
2010    Frank Sinigaglio     95
2011    Angela Collinson     80
2012    Michael Lind     78
2013    Angela Collinson     98
2014    Joshua Githens     68

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Josh Githens       SC    14    313
  2.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    12    152
  3.  Steve Katz         VA    02    144
  4.  Anthony Musella    VA    14    127
  5.  Tom Saal           MI    04    120
  6.  Angela Collinson   MD    13    116
  7.  Scott Sirianna     NY    13     97
  8.  John Tighe Jr      NJ    12     84
  9.  Bill Beckman       SC    03     72
 10.  Michael Lind       VA    12     60
 11.  Mike Stanley       OH    00     60
 12.  Karl Henning       CT    08     56
 13.  Mark Neale         RI    09     50
 14.  Nora Tuke          DE    14     48
 15.  John Tighe Sr      NJ    11     42
 16.  Charles Goodwin    OH    00     42
 17.  Carl Walling       PA    02     38
 18.  Rolinda Collinson  MD    13     36
 19.  Gino Sinigaglio    NJ    12     36
 20.  Kelly Krieble      PA    10     36
 21.  Richard Curtin     NY    08     36
 22.  Nick Henning       CT    07     36
 23.  Bill Edwards       VA    03     34
 24.  Rebecca Hebner     CA    09     30
 25.  Joseph Burch       MD    06     30
 26.  Jim Fardette       ae    13     24
 27.  Evan Hitchings     DE    10     24
 28.  Kathleen Lockwood  VA    08     24
 29.  Paul Bolduc        FL    07     24
 30.  Tim Dolan          NJ    02     24
 31.  Philip Livingston  DE    09     22
 32.  Robert Voisin      NY    14     20
 33.  Chris Hancock      CA    09     20
 34.  Brian Conlon       CT    12     18
 35.  Jed Shambeda       PA    08     18
 36.  Lane Hess          PA    07     18
 37.  Kevin Hacker       PA    05     18
 38.  Alfred Wong        IL    01     18
 39.  Mike Hazel         SC    04     18
 40.  Jennifer Brown     DE    14     15
 41.  Brian Wool         DE    11     15
 42.  Mark Love          MD    99     15
 43.  Doug Galullo       MD    12     12
 44.  Gerald Lientz      VA    07     12
 45.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    07     12
 46.  Stephen Quirke     WI    05     12
 47.  Matthew Beach      MD    04     12
 48.  Brett Mingo        MD    03     12
 49.  Shawn Dorsey       SC    11     10
 50.  Chris Robbins      UT    06     10
 51.  David Weinstein    NY    03      6
 52.  Francis Spencer    MD    02      6
 53.  Carl Sykes         SC    01      6
 54.  Vincent Sinigaglio NJ    14      5
 55.  Stephanie Welch    MA    09      5
 56.  Jim Munson         UT    06      5
 57.  Mike Fisher        PA    99      5

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Nora Tuke, DE
2nd

Robert Voisin, NY
3rd

Jennifer Brown, DE
4th

Tony Musella, VA
5th

Vincent Sinigaglio, NJ
6th

Past Winners

Barry Smith, NY
1993

Mike Stanley, OH
1994, 1998, 2000

Bruce Monnin, OH
1996

John Jacoby, VA
1997

Frank Sinigaglio, NJ
1999, 2010

Steve Katz, VA
2001-2002

Tom Saal, MI
2003

Scott Siriana, NY
2004

John Tighe, NJ
2005

Karl Henning, CT
2006

Josh Githens, SC
2007-2008, 2014

Mark Neale, RI
2009

Angela Collinson, FL
2011, 2013

Michael Lind, VA
2012
 

2005 champ John Tighe, Rolinda Collinson, Brian Conlon and Roderick Lee cheer the ponies.

Nora Tuke wins her seat to the Final against John Conlon, Michael Rice and Forrest Pafenberg.

Three former champs battle in this preliminary: Josh Githens, Mike Stanley and Barry Smith.

The traditional sweet taste of chocolate rewards the first driver through the turn.

blood amongst the kisses ...

A sweet aspect of John Jacoby's Circus Maximus event is that he rewards the first driver into each turn with a Hershey's Kiss. The candies replace the dolphins which were upturned in the Roman Colosseum to record the number of laps run.

Traffic at the Colosseum was much lighter this year after the bumber-to-bumper parking lot of 2013. Gone were the 17 finalists that clogged the track in a seven-hour combination cavalry charge/endurance test last year. Heats were cut from three to two to drop the field to a more manageable level and it worked all too well as the event drew its smallest numbers since the Avaloncon days two decades ago. With only ten preliminary races offered, the field was further cut when three of the qualifiers failed to appear for the Final resulting in a mere seven finalists. Officials are now debating whether to expand to four heats and add a semifinal for Seven Springs, but will retain the smaller two-heat/Final format for our last year in Lancaster.

The seven finalists arrived in three heavy, two medium and two light chariots - making for a far less lethal assortment than the norm. The drivers were also less experienced than usual. Only Josh Githens had ridden to victory in the big circus previously. The twotime champion's unsuccessful exploits had been memorialized recently as one of the featured competitors in a WBC documentary film. This year he would not be denied despite the absence of the cameras. He brought a light chariot to the party, correctly predicting it would be a kinder and gentler race.

Only two horses were destroyed and even wheels stood up to the usual strains with only two spokes broken. In such a relatively bloodless environment it was the former champion's day. In a spectacular show of skill and ineptitude, Josh lashed a driver already against the wall after coming out of the 8 lane and got a brake result. The driver resignedly backed his chariot into the 8 lane curve at a speed of 23. As the assembled multitude held its collective breath awaiting the carnage sure to come, the dice tumbled to a stop causing only a minor strain to the lefthand horse and one point of damage. The anticipated blood lust was replaced by jeers and cheers at the herculean escape.

Josh nevertheless got his revenge on Turn 17 when he crossed the finish line a full turn ahead of his closest pursuer for his third CMS title.

Anthony Musella avoids "kissing the wall" while winning his heat.

Dan Dolan Jr and Paul Weintraub urge their ponies forward.

GM John Jacoby with his seven finalists.

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