Cumberland National Races (Steel Cities Region SCCA National)
Nelson Ledges, 20 May 1972
|1||Jim Harrell||Lola T242 [HU17] - Ford twin cam
#69 (see note 1)
|2||Ted Roman||(FSV) 1.6-litre Zeitler VW
|24||1st in FSV|
|3||Ray Heppenstall||(FSV) 1.6-litre Royale VW
|24||2nd in FSV|
|4||Bob Stanford||(F5000) 5-litre McKee Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8
|24||1st in FA|
|5||Russell Freed||(FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford
#6 (see note 2)
|24||1st in FC|
|6||Arreed Barabasz||(FC) Tecno
|23||2nd in FC|
|7||Chris Gleason||Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#5 (see note 3)
|23||2nd in FB|
|23||3rd in FB|
|9||Allen Henning||(FSV) 1.6-litre Celi VW
|22||3rd in FSV|
|10||Don Maguire||(FSV) 1.6-litre Phoenix VW
|22||4th in FSV|
|11||Wayne "Bing" Sherer||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8
#72 (see note 4)
|22||2nd in FA|
|12||Ted Thomas||March 722 - Ford twin cam Hart
#1 (see note 5)
|20||4th in FB|
|13||Eberhard Elsen||(FC) Lotus
|20||3rd in FC|
|R||Geoffrey Freeman||March 71BM - Ford twin cam
#54 (see note 6)
|R||Ed Lowther||(F5000) 5-litre LeGrand - Chevrolet V8
#7 (see note 7)
|R||Ronald Light||(FC) Lotus
|R||R Peter Gates||(FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21B
|R||Wayne Ricciardi||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#24 (see note 8)
|R||Ron Alexander||(FSV) 1.6-litre unknown VW
|DNS||Tom Bagley||(FSV) 1.6-litre Royale VW
|Did not start|
|DNS||Chuck Sarich||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#57 (see note 9)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Harry Reynolds||(FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT29  - Cosworth SCC
|Did not start|
|DNS||Gene Stanton||(F5000) 5-litre Crosslé 15F [C15F/68/40] - Chevrolet V8
|Did not start|
|DNS||Jim Sarich||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#67 (see note 10)
|Did not start|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T242 [HU17] (Jim Harrell): New to Jim Harrell (Tecumseh, Michigan), replacing the ex-Sarich T240 he raced in the Bogotá races. Used in CenDiv Formula B in 1972 and qualified for the Runoffs in November, where he retired. Sold to J. Lewis Cooper (Detroit, Michigan). History then unknown until it was advertised by Tom Young (Columbus, OH) in January 1982. Sold by Young to Charles Warner (Memphis, TN) who sent it to Mike Gue's Essex Racing in Atlanta, GA for restoration but this did not go ahead. Later sold it about 1988 to someone in North Carolina who wanted the suspension and bits for an autocross car. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT21B (Russell Freed): Russell Freed (McKees Rock, PA) raced a Brabham in SCCA Formula C from 1970 to 1975. In 1972, he had moved to Coraopolis, PA and was entered by Bonnie Freed. He qualified for the Runoffs in 1970, where his car was identified on the entry list as a Brabham BT21B.
- Lola T240 (Chris Gleason): Chris Gleason (Johnstown, PA) raced a #5 black/red Lola T240, backed by Keystone Auto Products briefly at the start of the 1972 NEDiv season. He scored six points in the opening race at Nelson Ledges on 20 May and was on the entry list for the third race, at New Thompson Speedways in June, but was not mentioned in the results. Subsequent history unknown, but this could be the car Joe Shepherd raced later in 1972.
- Lola T140 [SL140/8] (Wayne "Bing" Sherer): New to Jerry Hansen for the 1968 US series, then to John Mahler (Bettendorf, IA) for the 1969 series. Subsequent history unknown but believed to be the car acquired by Wayne "Bing" Sherer (Buffalo, NY) in 1972 and raced in SCCA Nationals. To Phil "Butch" Hollenbeck for 1973, then to Art Cross (Auburn, NY) who ran it in to Florida for several years. Via Owen Starr, Lou Pavesi and Rick McLean to Mark Rincon (Redding, CA) and Hal Williams by 1994, for historic racing. Later sold to Richard Cross, then via Rincon to John Bryant (Adelaide, Australia) at the Monterey Historics in August 2007 and imported into Australia. Crashed at Philip Island March 2008, but rebuilt and raced in the 2011/12 Tasman Revival series. More information about Lola T140 SL140/8
- March 722 (Ted Thomas): Ted Thomas (Bethel Park, PA) raced a red, white and blue March 722 from 1972 to 1974, mainly in little-reported SCCA Steel Cities Region (SCR) events at Nelson Ledges. Dr Thomas had previously raced a Brabham BT21C with the region, and had been regional Formula B champion in 1971. He was also entered by Tebar Racing in the March at Watkins Glen and at Road America in August 1972, but does not appear to have arrived for either event. He was a regular runner in SCR's SCCA Regionals at Nelson Ledges in 1972 and 1973 and was entered for the Columbo Yogurt Formula B Challenge Cup at Watkins Glen Pro FB races in October 1973 but did not arrive. He was again seen in SCR Regionals in 1974, and again entered the Watkins Glen Pro race but did not appear. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 71BM (Geoffrey Freeman): Geoff Freeman (Yellow Springs, OH) raced a March 71BM in the latter part of the 1971 SCCA season, first appearing in a National at Blackhawk Farms in August, and later winning a couple of Regionals. He also raced at Blackhawk Farms and Nelson Ledges in July 1972. It was sold by Freeman to brothers Tom and Ted Sokoly updated with Falconer bodywork, and was raced by Tom Sokoly (Racine, WI) in various incarnations from 1973 to 1976. Sokoly advertised it at the end of 1975 as a Falconer March 712/732 with Traylor BDD, and replaced it for 1976 with a 75B. Sold to Harry E. Greenwood (Fanwood, NJ, later Warren, NJ), who raced it in SCCA Formula B from 1976 to 1978. He entered it at Lime Rock in July 1976 as a March "732", advertised it as a "73B" in October 1976, and as a "1973 chassis with 1974 coachwork" in September 1978. A photograph of the car in July 1978 shows it still wearing 1973 Falconer bodywork, and with the Sokoly's very distinctive rollhoop. Subsequent history unknown.
- LeGrand (Ed Lowther): Ed Lowther (McMurray, PA) won two SCCA Regionals at Nelson Ledges in September 1972, won an SCCA National at Summit Point 23 Sep 1973 and later finished sixth at the Road Race of Champions Road Atlanta 3 Nov 1973. He advertised his LeGrand ("1973 region and NorthEast Division champion … Chev … LG500 … won 11 or 13 starts") on 29 Dec 1973. Nothing more known.
- March 722 (Wayne Ricciardi): Wayne Ricciardi (N. Haldon, NJ) raced a #24 March 722 in Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by The Race Shop, the US March importer in which Ricciardi and Joe Grimaldi were partners. Ricciardi retained the car for Pro events in 1973, competing in most Canadian events plus the US GP support race at Watkins Glen. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 (Chuck Sarich): Chuck Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #57 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Chuck finished second in the Southeast Division FB championship and qualified for the Runoffs, which he won. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, an advert by Steve Jizmagian in 1976 strongly suggested he had acquired the ex-Chuck Sarich car.
- March 722 (Jim Sarich): Jim Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #67 or #56 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Jim finished eighth in the Southeast Division FB championship. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, in January 1976, C.L. Phillips (Palos Park, IL) advertised a March 722 which he said was metallic blue, had a 1975 nose, and was a "former Quicksilver championship car". Steve Jizmagian at that time had a red 722 that was described similarly, so Philips' car is likely to have been the Chuck Sarich car.
The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.
Individual sources for this event
The Steel Cities Drift June 1972 (Vol 18 No 6) pp26-30. Some details from a points table in Glen Nationals 11-13 Aug 1972 race program, and from a points table in Competition Press & Autoweek 10 Jun 1972 p12. [WG2022]