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  • 10/11/99 - GNF Update: Summit Point regulars took away several national championships at Road Atlanta during the WERA Grand National Finals. Tim Bemisderfer, Ernie Maile, Greg Callahan, Chris Marshall, Brian Surtees, Chris Kelleher, and Mike Himmelsbach all took Sportsman championships. SBR, having clinched the endurance title at the Willow Springs 24-Hour, ran both the superbike and their back-up superstock bike during the endurance race and took 2nd and 3rd overall. The back-up bike took 1st in HW Supersport. Go to the WERA website at for complete results.
  • 10/3/99 - SVRA Weekend: The SVRA Blue-Grey Challenge race weekend on October 1 - October 3 became a spectacular weekend for drivers and workers alike.
  • 10/01/99 - MARRC racer-representatives proved their mettle at the AMA Road Race Grand Championship at New Hampshite Int'l Speedway on September 24. Tim Bemisderfer took 2nd place in the HW Supersport race, and 3rd in the HW Superbike and Unlimited Superbike rounds, all on his Yamaha R1. Tim also crossed the finish line first in the Unlimited GP race, but allegedly passed under a waving yellow and was docked a lap, pushing him back to 41st place officially. His brother Bryan also took a 4th and a 7th in the HW Thunderbike and MW Supersport races respectively. The 3rd MARRC rider, Brandon Bashore, a winner in the amateur HW Supersport race last year, took 12th in the expert HW Supersport race and 9th in the Unlimited Superbike race aboard a Suzuki 750.
  • 09/27/99 - Willow Springs 24-Hour Results: SBR (Semoff Brothers Racing) finished third on their Yamaha R-1 at the WERA 24-Hour event at Willow Springs, securing the team's 2nd consecutive WERA endurance title. The Graves Mortorsports team led all 24 hours on their Yamaha R-1 during a race with only 3 red flags. One red flag was due to Army Of Darkness (AOD) rider Darryl Saylor crashing hard and breaking his femur, ankle, and left collar bone. AOD soldiered on to finish 6th overall and first in MW Superbike.
  • 09/18/99 - Photos and race reports from the last CCS weekend of the millenium are now available.
  • 9/18/99 - Summit Point completed the paving of the track surface at 10:00 PM Friday, September 17. The entire track, with the exception Turns 3 and 4 which were repaved last year, were repaved with asphalt. Concrete was retained in Turns 1, 5, and 6 to prevent 4-wheelers from rippling the surface. In a short, the changes were terrific. The racing line is now much wider and smoother, and it will take some time for Summit regulars to learn new lines around any irregularities.
  • 9/7/99 - News and results from the WERA Vintage and Sportsman round at Summit Point Raceway on August 29 to 30.
  • 8/30/99 - Congratulations to Kenneth Snyder and David Rose for their podium finishes at the Pocono round of the FormulaUSA roadracing series. Snyder finished 2nd in the dbCom 106HP class and 4th in the DynoJet 126HP class. Rose edged out Snyder in the 126H class for 3rd, and also finished 3rd in the Aprilia Cup Challenge. Brandon Bayshore also finished 6th in the 126HP class. Summit Point regular Arthur Diaz finished 7th and Summit track-record holder Tim Bemisderfer finished 8th in the 106HP event.
  • 08/24/99 - Semoff Brothers Racing (SBR) won its third consecutive WERA National Endurance race at Putnam Park in Mount Meridian, Indiana, on August 21, with Glenn Szarek and Scott Brown aboard the team's Yamaha R1. SBR has won five of the last seven rounds in the series and now holds a 112-point lead over the second-placed Army of Darkness.
  • 8/1/99 - See results and photos from the WERA National round at Summit Point.
  • 8/3/99 - SBR wins the Summit Point round of the WERA Endurance Series! The reigning endurance champions took the lead at the start and kept it until the finish. Locals Team Clinton Cycles astounded everyone by keeping up with the leaders and taking 3rd overall. In the 125 GPRA race on Sunday, neighborhood hero Chris Pyles took second place ahead of Ben Spies and behind young phenom Jason DiSalvo.
  • 7/11/99 - A lot happened during the latest CCS round at Summit Point on July 10-11, and we finally have the pictures to prove it. UPDATED with more photos on 7/26/99.
  • 7/6/99 - Get the latest WERA and club updates with Roger Bacon's monthly newsletter column.
  • 5/23/99 - See results and photos from the NASB weekend on May 22-23, including an amazing sequence of David Mayberry's 600 jumping the berm in Turn 10!
  • 5/8/99 - The Mid-Atlantic Region was well represented at Gingerman Raceway during round 2 of the WERA National Endurance Series on May 8. Semoff Brothers Racing (SBR) was the overall winner of the 6-Hour event, with Arclight Racing in second, and Army of Darkness third to round out the podium.
  • 4/25/99 - Wrap-up from the CCS race weekend at Summit Point, CCS results, Roger Bacon's weekend recap, and the list of volunteers that made it all happen.
  • 4/10/99 - Get results and a recap of the first WERA weekend of the season at Summit Point.
  • 2/9/99 - On Tuesday, February 9, 1999, motorcycle racing lost a dear friend. Mrs. Julia Wilcox, 78, passed away after a sudden illness. She was the beloved wife for more than 60 years of longtime WERA Starter and retired AMA national champion racer Al Wilcox. Cards and notes of sympathy may be sent to Al Wilcox and family at 22 Vermont Street, Trenton, NJ 08648-4537.

    Roadracing organizations including MARRC arranged for floral tributes to be sent to the funeral home in Julia's honor. MARRC representatives attended the funeral and presented Al and his family with MARRC's traditional Life's Race Winner Checkered Flag.

  • 1/16/99 - Relive the annual MARRC Awards Banquet with these photos of the award winners and attendees. Thanks to Dean Beasom for the photos of the action.
  • 1/16/99 - MARRC announces its 1998 award winners at its annual banquet. The awards are voted on each year by MARRC members to recognize the best riders and volunteers of the season.

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