Congratulations to the 2016 EPIC Racing Champions: 1.5 Stock, John Shaw/Doug Hagatha; 1 Litre Mod, Bob Wilson; 2.5 Stock, Al Thompson; 5 Litre, Thompson Brothers Racing; 2.5 Mod, Carter Parrish; National Mod, Budget Buster Racing; GNH, George Conover; Grand Prix, Tom Pakradooni; Jersey Speed Skiff, Tom Petterson; SE, Jim Clauss; SA, John Brinton; Crackerbox, Ed Solis
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2015 EPIC Racing Champions: 1.5 Litre Stock, Ed Thompson and driver Ciara McClure; 2.5 Litre Stock, Gene DeFalco and driver Howie Schnabolk; 1 Litre MOD, Ed Thompson; 5 Litre, Wheeler Baker and driver Chuck Miller; National Mod, Tom Newman; GNH-68 Dan Walls; Grand Prix Brandon Kennedy; Jersey Speed Skiff, James and Michael Buturla; Pro Stock, Paul Reid; SE Class, Jody Clauss.
A total of 115 race teams representing 11 classes participated in the five EPIC Racing events. The Points Fund total payout of $18,010 was generated by event fees and business partnership dollars, plus a matching grant from the IRC for $4,000. The Points Fund information is shown on the Racer Information page–click on the Points Fund link at the bottom of the page to view all of the point fund pay information.
The point fund for each class is the accumulation of the class funds generated by the events and a percentage of business partner funds based on class participation. The JS class was the highest with a payout of $3,058.
EPIC Point Funds will be paid out first through fifth place. In additional to their monetary award, EPIC champions will receive a polo with an embroidered EPIC Champion logo. J Class drivers will all receive recognition for their participation.
The EPIC Committee appreciates the enthusiasm from the race teams as well as the events that participated. Race teams—Please be sure to thank our EPIC business partners as well as the participating events.
As we work toward the 2016 season, comments and suggestions are appreciated to make EPIC Racing the best it can be for everyone.
For many months, the Wildwoods Hydrofest Committee has been awaiting the completion of the reconfiguration of the streets and parks in Wildwood Crest along Sunset Lake bay area which is the area for the event site. The Committee has been evaluating the impact on the event, particularly a concern for the pit requirements for the event.
Before a final evaluation of the area could be made, it has been necessary to wait for the completion of the work which included reconfiguration and narrowing of New Jersey and Bay View Avenues, installation of a bike path, and renovation of surrounding public areas.
The work has been completed and after much deliberation, the Hydrofest Committee has determined that the changes along Sunset Lake bay area in Wildwood Crest has impacted the venue to the degree that a successful staging of the event in not feasible. It is no longer logistically possible to accommodate the number of competing boats, race teams, equipment, trailers, tractors, cranes, and EMS vehicles so that the Committee can conduct the event in a safe and efficient manner within reasonable time and space requirements.
It is with sincere disappointment that the committee must make the decision that The Wildwoods Hydrofest, scheduled for October 3 and 4, has been cancelled.
The Sunset Lake Hydrofest Association, which has organized the event for the Wildwoods since 2001, wishes to thank the Borough of Wildwood Crest, Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA), the State of New Jersey Department of Travel and Tourism, the federal, state, and local government services, and the area business sponsors for the support of the event. Thank you to the volunteers whose dedication and enthusiasm contributed to the success of the event. Thank you also to the thousands of event fans for your enthusiasm.
Ann Fitzgerald, Event Coordinator, Wildwoods Hydrofest
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2014 EPIC Racing Champions: 1.5 Litre Stock, Ed Thompson and driver Ciara McClure; 2.5 Litre Stock Gene DeFalco and driver Howie Schnabolk; 1 Litre MOD, Marty Hammersmith; 5 Litre, Todd Liddycoat; National Mod, Budget Buster Racing and driver Thom Heins; Jersey Speed Skiff, Trevor Kirsh, Jimmie Stewart, Peg Ewancio; Pro Stock, Paul Reid; K Racing Runabout, Duff Daily; SE Class, Jim Clauss.
EPIC Racing point fund monies will be awarded first through fifth place. In additional to their monetary award, EPIC champions will receive a sweatshirt with an embroidered EPIC Champion logo. Winners will receive a congratulations letter. EPIC awards will be presented at either the Region 3 banquet or the Region 4 banquet. If a recipient cannot attend one of the banquets, the award check will be mailed.
2015 EPIC EVENTS: The EPIC Committee is working on organizing the 2015 events and will update the website after the holidays.
EPIC POINTS STRUCTURE: The committee is also revising the point structure so that all race teams that participate receive series points. In its 2014 inaugural year, classes were required to have a legal field of boats to earn EPIC points. The Committee listened to the concerns of race teams and will score points for all participants in 2015. Also, J class drivers will earn EPIC points and also be part of the points system.
The EPIC Committee appreciates the enthusiasm from the race teams as well as the events that participated. As we work toward the 2015 season, comments and suggestions are appreciated to make EPIC Racing the best it can be for everyone.
Thunder on the Narrows in Kent Narrows, Maryland was the first race of the inaugural season of the EPIC Series. This event is always a favorite for fans and racers. Spectators get a great view on land from the Kent Narrows Yacht Club and an even better one out on the water. This is probably one of the best races to view from the water and every year large numbers of boats line the outside of the course to enjoy a day of racing on the water.
For the race teams this is a particularly fun event because the Kent Narrows Racing Association not only puts on a great race event but they also host a crab feast for all the participants. The Eastern Shore hospitality keeps bring racers back year after year for a well run event.
Racing action was fast and fierce as a good field of hydroplane and flatbottom boats made the trip to Kent Island this year. You can see the current EPIC points standings here.