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Posted: Jun 29, 2013

Bret Voelkel wins Wilwood Brakes Speed/Stop Challenge

bret-voelkel-ford-7_8.jpgThe Wilwood Brakes Speed/Stop Challenge is likely the most-challenging event in the OPTIMA Faceoff, OUSCI and other similar events, in terms of familiarity. Competitors often get opportunities to hone their skills on the autocross or on road courses, but this event is somewhat unique to these types of events. It has an acceleration component similar to launching on a dragstrip, but the traction conditions are much different. It also has a handling component similar to autocrosses, but almost designed to get the back end on a car to come around at any moment.

The braking component may be the most-challenging, because there is a sense of urgency to get to the stop box as soon as possible, but in doing so, drivers tend to overshoot the box. The pressure in this event is intense, as the difference between winning and finishing out of the top-10 is often less than a second. The only way to get familiar with this event is to do it, which ends up favoring competitors who have done it in the past. There are a lot of familiar names amongst the top finishers, with Ridetech's Bret Voelkel topping the list in his '33 Ford Coupe, with a fast time of 19.511 seconds, just 13 thousandths of a second ahead of second-place finisher, Brian Finch. See the entire finishing order here:

 

Bret Voelkel 07 00:19.511 1 25
Brian Finch 01 00:19.524 2 22
Stephen Kepler 34 00:19.878 3 20
Todd Rumpke 57 00:19.923 4 18
Robert Bertelson 08 00:19.995 5 16
Tom Farrington 21 00:20.229 6 15
Murray Hersh 28 00:20.258 7 14
Brian Finch 02 00:20.280 8 13
Terry Neuville 45 00:20.379 9 12
Danny Popp 06 00:20.427 10 11
Tom McBride 66 00:20.480 11 10
Karl Dunn 20 00:20.581 12 9
Mark Greenisen 25 00:20.618 13 8
Ryan Mathews 04 00:20.647 14 7
Rich Gregory 26 00:20.673 15 6
Jason Childress 05 00:20.760 16 5
Randy Johnson 29 00:20.911 17 4
Chris Jacobs 32 00:20.913 18 3
Brad Granger 03 00:20.920 19 2
Dannie Pinard 47 00:21.302 20 1
Tim McGilton 42 00:21.347 21 0
Deborah McGilton 27 00:21.515 22 0
Jeff Smith 60 00:21.518 23 0
John Kundrat 38 00:21.547 24 0
Nick Sanfilippo 74 00:21.580 25 0
Jim Schmittinger 58 00:21.606 26 0
Dennis Prunty 52 00:21.623 27 0
Rob McGaffin 41 00:21.651 28 0
Kevin Wesley 67 00:21.858 29 0
Duke Roddy 55 00:21.912 30 0
Peter Devereaux 18 00:21.923 31 0
Scott LaPointe 39 00:21.943 32 0
Daniel Howe 31 00:22.013 33 0
Steve Rivett 54 00:22.014 34 0
Jeff VanBuren 65 00:22.024 35 0
Jeff Schwartz 59 00:22.029 36 0
Eric McClellan 40 00:22.161 37 0
Damion Campbell 12 00:22.233 38 0
Ryan Krayer 37 00:22.241 39 0
Rick Dieckman 19 00:22.243 40 0
Mark Golovin 23 00:22.437 41 0
Craig Cherek 13 00:22.450 42 0
Mike South 62 00:22.480 43 0
Eric Wracker 70 00:22.485 44 0
Stephen Kepler 71 00:22.498 45 0
Cole Quinnell 48 00:22.545 46 0
Jonathan Winker 68 00:22.549 47 0
Grant Reierson 51 00:22.603 48 0
Al Radonski 72 00:22.616 49 0
Jusin Nall 44 00:22.623 50 0
Herb Stuart 64 00:22.630 51 0
Jim Stehlin 63 00:22.642 52 0
Brian Davis 16 00:22.798 53 0
Christine Bristow 09 00:22.922 54 0
Gary Flentge 22 00:22.993 55 0
Peter Palumbo 46 00:23.015 56 0
Perry Rossi 56 00:23.191 57 0
Daryl Brockman 10 00:23.341 58 0
Tony Ramos 49 00:23.529 59 0
Steve Brown 11 00:23.564 60 0
Pedro Gonzales 24 00:23.827 61 0
Craig Johnson 33 00:25.151 62 0
Bill Chapman 73 00:25.328 63 0
Troy Borgen 36 00:26.089 64 0
Mark Sollazo 61 00:26.709 65 0

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