Wednesday Can-Am Late Models: Baumann Dominates at Cayuga

Well that was quick! Only 9 made the grid again for Cayuga, with Sherman Baumann taking pole position in the hillclimb.org Toyota.

Not much to speak of at the front of the grid, as Baumann had everyone’s number all night, dominating to lead every lap and take the win, his second in a row. It would be our first-ever caution-free race, which did not benefit Brandon Smith, who qualified alongside and had similar pace, but had no chance to close the gap, settling for second spot. Cameron Wagner would round out the podium, keeping Smith honest, only a few car lengths behind.

The only real race of the night was for 4th, and it was various, John Culbert, Jr. and Rich Coffey running literally door-to-door for three quarters of the race! While Culbert’s ideal line was a diamond groove, especially in 3 and 4, Coffey would maintain the low line and force the NAPA Chevy to run right up against the wall the entire event. Even when faced with lapped traffic, Culbert was able to hold on a little longer, diving inside Dave Carlton’s machine at Turn 3 and closing the door on Coffey. Finally, with only 10 laps to go, Coffey would get a better exit out of Turn 2, draw even along the back straight and pull ahead in Turn 3. He would secure 4th place as Culbert’s tires wore out, settling for 5th.

With the win, Baumann takes over the points lead and finally breaks the “different winners” record–but the points chase remains extremely tight between the top 5!

Pole Position (1pt): Sherman Baumann (00:21.678)
Fast Lap (1pt): Sherman Baumann (00:21.610)

Race Results

1. #36 Sherman Baumann (hillclimb.org) Image
2. #900 Brandon Smith (Reed’s Ginger Brew) Image
3. #39 Cameron Wagner (Fibbar Magee) Image
4. #30 Rich Coffey (Reed’s Ginger Brew) Image
5. #66 John Culbert, Jr. (NAPA Auto Parts) Image
6. #26 Tom Lory (Reed’s Ginger Brew) Image
7. #88 Brian Potvin (Bellingham Electric) Image
8. #48 Dave Carlton (Skyy Vodka) Image
9. #40 Jonathan Hill Image (DNF)

Provisionals (20 pts)

#69 Robb McDonough (Hobby King) Image (DNS)
#67 Glenn Corliss (Gosling’s Black Seal) Image (DNS)

Can-Am Late Model Championship Standings as of Round 5

1. Sherman Baumann Image 773pts
2. Rich Coffey Image 761pts
3. John Culbert, Jr. Image 757pts
4. Cameron Wagner Image 755pts
5. Brandon Smith Image 681pts
6. Jonathan Hill Image 561pts
7. Dave Carlton Image 516pts
8. Tom Lory Image 509pts
9. Glenn Corliss Image 480pts
10. Brian Potvin Image 324pts
11. Robb McDonough Image 238pts
12. Tim Miller Image 192pts
13. Rudy Kuhl Image 169pts
14. Mike Campbell Image 130pts
15. Alex Bates Image 124pts