Mesa man wins Arizona HO Racing Association championship

The top three cars from the final slot car race of the series. (Submitted photo)

Speed and Sport Hobbies, 9333 E. Main St. in Mesa, hosted the final slot car race of the Vintage LeMans series for the Arizona HO Racing Association Saturday, March 9.

Featured HO scale BSRT G3 G-Jets, the five-race championship spanned five tracks across the valley and seven months of competition, according to a press release.

Mike Paquette of Mesa won the Arizona HO Racing Association Championship (Submitted photo)

Mike Paquette of Mesa and Glenn Gordon of Peoria came into the race tied in the points standings. Mr. Paquette had to miss practice before because of work.

He arrived just in time for qualifying and went right out to clock the tird fastest time of 5.059 seconds against Mr. Gordon’s second-place time of 4.959 seconds and fastest qualifier Rick Jocham’s 4.829 seconds.

Mr. Jocham traveled from Southern California with friends Victor Lacuqasi and Jim Williams. He is the five-time winner of the Fray race in Ferndale, California.

The rebuilt Bowman Champion four lane CNC routed track was a little slippery but the eight minute Semi saw Mr. Paquette win 86 laps to Mr. Jocham’s 85. Slowest qualifier Greg Williams shocked himself in third with 83. Mr. Gordon finished behind with an 80.

The 12-minute Main lined up and tension was high to not only get the win but the championship. Mr. Jocham checked out to win by more than six laps with a huge battle for second.

Second place went to Magneto, third went to Von Pruitt and fourth went to Greg Williams, who all tied at 125. Ken Neely, Dave Franson, Dave Maves, Jim Williams, Mr. Lacuqasi, Mark McVittie, Mr. Paquette and Mr. Gordon rounded out the field.

Mr. Gordon’s car couldn’t make a lap on the track and Mr, Paquette’s ground to a halt after 15 laps, resulting in the low finishes.

Final points standings had Mr. Paquette taking the trophy and the championship ring. Mr. Pruitt’s third-place finish had him winning the Amateur championship moving up to the pro ranks.

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