Tuesday Night Spring Racing Series
San Diego, CA - April 16 through May 28, 2002
Coming into the series finale, Carl Yee and Howard Yeh were tied
for the lead with 44 points each. Brandon Thorsten, with 28 points,
had third place secured.
The first of three races that night was a short, 2-lap scratch
race. At the start, Howard took off like a bullet, gapping the
rest of the field. Carl was able to catch after a lap and drafted.
Coming into the final sprint the two were side-by-side with Carl
victorious by just a wheel.
In the 6-lap snowball the pace was significantly slower at the
start. Brandon claimed the first lap and Howard took the second and
third laps. Carl finally challenged Howard on the fourth lap, but
Howard won by just a wheel. Mathematically, Carl could still win
the event by winning the last two laps. Realizing this, both Carl
and Howard sprinted hard for lap 5. It was so close that neither
skater knew who had one it, so both continued to race hard for the
final lap. Howard crossed the line ahead of Carl for the win.
So going into the final event of the evening and the series, Carl
and Howard were tied. Therefore, the judges started them together
in the 3-lap handicap. When the whistle blew to start the race,
both took one step and stopped! This was going to be a strategic
race since neither wanted to lead. A follow-the-leader game ensued
as the two skaters weaved from side to side across the flat apron
and up onto the banked track.
This continued for a lap until finally Carl shot down the top of
the steepest portion of the track onto the apron. As Howard
pursued, Carl immediately slowed down Howard reluctantly took the
lead at a slow pace.
Now with a little over a lap left to go, everybody knew something
had to happen. However, Howard simply skated slower and Carl was
content to follow. Then Howard suddenly slowed almost to a stop.
Carl, right behind, was forced to push him forward. That's when
Howard took off! Because of the bump, he started off with a gap.
Carl was able to bridge. Going into the final sprint, Howard
crossed the finish line ahead of Carl for the series victory.
After three of four events, Cyndi Matsuda had a considerable lead
among the women. But since
21 points could be earned in a single night, the races were on.
Tara Yee, Carl's wife, was not far behind in third place.
Cyndi, a new racer with considerable speed, won the 2-lap scratch.
The second event for the women was a 4-lap points race, which
Cyndi also won.
In the 3-lap handicap, Tara surprised
everybody by beating Cyndi to the finish line for the win.
Overall for the series, Cyndi was the winner
and Tara third in points.
Thanks to the San Diego Velodrome Association for hosting the
Tuesday Night Racing Series again this year. What an exciting
finale for the spectators and competitors. After a month break,
the Summer Series will start on Tuesday, July 9 and run through
August 28, 2002. See you then!
Complete results and series information can be found on the SDSE
web site at http://www.sk8.org.