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Updated 11/15/2011
2011 WBC Report  

 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment
Steffany Speck, MD
2011 Champion

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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
 Laurels

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

2011 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists:

Faith Wobbeking, MD
2nd

Robbie Mitchell, VA
3rd

John Shaheen, MA
4th

Dominic Blais. qc
5th

Carolyn Strock, PA
6th

Past Winners

Steve Cameron, PA
2001

Mike Stachowski, NY
2002

Bill Place, PA
2003

Lisa Gutermuth, NC
2004, 2010

Debbie Gutermuth, TX
2005

Matt Evinger, PA
2006

Danny Lewis, DE
2007

Jordan Flawd, PA
2008

Chris LeFevre, AZ
2009

Stefany Speck, MD
2011

GM Chris LeFevre oversees his six finalists.

Racing on the quick track.

Charging to the fore ...

The six-race format that has been standard at WBC was used again. Each player was randomly assigned to 6-player tables with 5-player games added as required by uneven multiples of six. 21 preliminary games were played in the three heats generating the following stats:

Minimum winning score: 28 (down one in 2010)
Maximum winning score: 45 (up one in 2010)
Average winning score: 34.57 (down from 35.54 in 2010)
Minimum second place score: 19 (down eight from 27 in the last four years)
Maximum second place score: 35 (down from 37 in 2010)
Average second place score: 29.28 (down from 31.31 in 2010)

Of the 21 games, only three were 5-player contests. One ended with the default car (aka, non-player car) finishing in a tie for first place with Matt Fetzer. The other two 5-player games had the default cars finish last. The closest game was also the lowest scoring match. Mike Coomes won with 28 points while Carol Caler and Steve Cameron tied for second with 27 points each. Andres Dunn was a point behind them, and Stefany Speck yet another point behind in fifth. Katie Elliot finished sixth five points behind the winner. Matt Fetzer was the sole double winner with victories in the first and second heats.

In the third heat, Harry Flawd called for a "Crash Table". His gentleman's agreement requirement to play at this table meant that if you got the Crash card, you had to play it. John Shaheen, Rob Kircher, Terri and Bob Wicks and myself took up the challenge to the horror of the Geico representative. True to form, the crash card was played in every hand but had no effect in the third race as Terri already had a car Spin Out before the Crash card was played, and a '12' was rolled. The collective disappointed "ohhhh" when this occurred could be heard clear across the room. The other five races made up for it by knocking four cars out. This provided the opportunity to be able to play the Tailender Turbo card to move your car from sixth position all the way to third. Harry will have to get this relabeled as the CARnage table next year.

Chris Greenfield's record eight-car loss last year remained intact as the Geico worst driver total this year was just six - achieved by three entrants: Judy Wobbeking, Anna Marion and Josh Detamore. Dominic Blais was the winner of the free prize drawing provided by GMT games.

With 20 heat winners, the semi-finals were expanded to four games. Two of those were won by a single point. Carolyn Strock was the standout in this round with her impressive 38-point win. She was able to complete this by winning one race while having to make a total of four rolls on the Charge or Out of Race card. Stefany Speck, Faith Wobbeking and Robbie Mitchell, the only returning laurelist, were the other three victors in Round 2. John Shaheen and Dominic Blais qualified as the runner-ups with the highest point totals to also advance.

Robbie jumped out to an early lead in the Final by winning the first race. His other car, plus one of Stefany's, were Crashed while Faith lost one to Spin Out. Dominic won the second race with four cars failing to finish. Carolyn was daring such a loss by playing the Crash card on her last play, but it worked - taking out Stefany's and Faith's cars instead. Carolyn's luck caught up with her in the third race as she lost her first car with a Blown Engine. But that didn't stop her other car from winning the race. Dominic lost both of his cars in this race, one to Crash, the other to Spin Out. After three races, the point totals found Carolyn in the lead with 21 points, Robbie second with 19, John and Dominic tied at 13, Stefany with 8 and Faith with 3. But fate changed sides in the fourth race as Carolyn's cars were running tenth and eleventh when the Crash card was played. An 11 was rolled. Since Robbie had already lost a car, there was no one running twelvth. This meant that the crash took out both of Carolyn's cars. Robbie then lost his remaining car with a Blown Engine so the two leaders had no cars finish the race. Faith, Stefany and Dominic had both of their cars finish in the points, with Faith winning the race and lessening the point spread considerably.

Carolyn's early good fortune now totally turned against her as she again lost both of her cars to Crash in the fifth race. Dominic lost a car to Spin Out while Robbie blew another Engine. John won with four rolls on Charge as his last card play. He had a 25% chance on each roll to have his car finish last, but, he beat those odds to give us one of the tightest groupings ever going into the last race. Faith led with 24 points, followed at one-point intervals by John, Stefany, Carolyn, Robbie and Dominic. With a point total this close, it meant that the winner of the sixth race would probably become champion.

Lots of back and forth positioning ensued with only Stephany losing a car to Spin Out. It came down to the last play for each player. John went first since he had won the previous race. Given his remaining cards, he figured his best option was to play the Crash card but rolled a 12 to no effect. Stefany had the last card play. Robbie was currently in the lead, with Faith in second, Dominic in third, John in fourth and her only car in fifth. She threw caution to the wind and played the Charge or Out card. It had a 25% chance of disabling her car with each roll and she needed four rolls. She passed the first roll and moved up to fourth. Encouraged, she passed the second roll and moved into third. Again she passed and moved into second. With shaking hands she passed the fourth roll and became the 2011 Formula Motor Race champion to claim her first WBC title. The final point totals were: Stafany 32, Faith 28, Robbie 26, John 25, Dominic 23, and Carolyn 21.


Formula Motor Racing Junior

Robert Schoenen provided a junior racing circuit for the pint-sized drivers. There were 21 little race drivers sans learning permits loosed on the streets of the Heritage room this summer. The best of these was Caleb Welker, Caitlyn Jaeger, Jasmine Mann, Mandy Mossman, Tessa Lytle and Dagny Lytle in that order.

The bumper cars should have this much action.

GM Jordan Shea hands Caleb his prize.
 GM      Chris LeFevre  [6th Year]   NA 
    azdoc2cdl@netscape.net   NA

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