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Ever since it opened in 2014, the NCM Motorsports Park road course in Bowling Green, Kentucky has enticed drivers of all manner of skill sets to come out and try their luck on the asphalt. With the overall course taking inspiration from Circuit de la Sarthe in France, it's easy to see corners that are flavored with such famous landmarks as the Mulsanne Kink and Corner or the "Sinkhole", a drop-in twist that has flavors of Laguna Seca's infamous "Corkscrew" corner. With over three miles of asphalt to cover per lap in the Grand Circuit configuration, the GRIDLIFE racers had plenty of distance to battle for points throughout the weekend.
Despite rain storms rolling in overnight, racers had no trouble taking to the course. In qualifying, Jeremy Swenson and his C5 Corvette took top spot with a 2:13.480 lap in GLTC, with Andy Smedegard's Honda S2000 and Tom O'Gorman in hot pursuit, separated by barely a tenth between the three in what appeared to be an outright repeat of the 2021 NCM race. Meanwhile, in the Track Battle classes, records were falling: Dana Basinski brought the Club TR lap record down to 2:16.448 in a Subaru BRZ, Halka Racing GR's Impreza WRX took the Street record down to 2.14.026, Jacob Hunt brought the Street GT record down to 2.12.974 in a Corvette Grand Sport, Matt Williams brought the Sundae Cup record down to 2:34.574 and Justin Peachey's Track Mod Corvette laid waste to all with a blistering 2:05.588 lap.
The next GRIDLIFE events include the Taco Track Day at Gingerman Raceway on May 5, 2022 and the Track Day Picnic at Blackhawk Farms Raceway over the May 21-22, 2022 weekend.
Jeremy Swenson (Corvette) and Andy Smedegard (S2000) battle it out on the course. Swenson would take third place overall in GLTC and Smedegard would take second. Both would be edged out by Tom O'Gorman.
James Elliott's Unlimited-class 1970 Ford Mustang laid down a 2.15.793 lap on NCM Motorsports Park's Grand Circuit.