Track Record Falls at Shenandoah
July 24, 2006
Three Mid-Atlantic Series stars took turns swapping the Shenandoah Circuit track record back and forth throughout the day on Sunday July 23. Between Ryan Patterson (who held the record going into the weekend), Bryan Bemisderfer and Nate Kern, the record fell every time one of them ran a race during the event.
First it was Nate Kern on the Main Line BMW, then Patterson would retake the record, only to have Bemisderfer on the HD of Fredrick Buell lower it again as soon as he went out. This three-way cat-and-mouse game ended for Kern when driveline problems sidelined the mighty Beemer with several races left on the schedule.
Now that Kern was out of the way, Patterson hung it out in his last event to post a 1:30.667, knowing that Bemisderfer would have one last shot during the Thunderbike event, the last race scheduled for the day. The Buell XB-9 was running full song during the last few laps of the day in Bemisderfer's hands, but his fastest lap of 1:30.882 left the record to the Yamaha R-6 of Ryan Patterson by a mere .215 of a second. In a post race conversation, Bemiderfer commented that his on-board lap timer showed he had bested Patterson's time of 1:30.667 so he didn't push any harder on the last two laps, a mistake he would not make the next time he was given the opportunity.
While both Kern and Bemisderfer congratulated Patterson on his record, they also said they'd be ready to return the favor on August 27 when CCS once again visits the Shenandoah Circuit.