As the Sun Sets on the 2017 5th Scale Season West Coast 5th Scale would like to

 wish everyone a Happy Holiday season as we wrap up the last race of the year.


Santa's Helper GP at GLARCRC

With the RAMS season over and we look forward to 2018 this was the last race for the 5th scale group in So Cal. We had the Texas 5 come visit and get some good track time in and get experience, data and feedback to take with them back to Renton. Because they were told, we are coming. The event had enough for two mains of 5th scale sedans which was good. Not the amount that Hugh drew for the Cancer Benefit where we had GT and STC classes, none the less the competition was good. With Victor Garcia out of this event that left Craig Kaplan as the next consistent driver to mount the charge on the Goodwine's that came loaded. Kyle and Phil would go toe to toe for TQ with Phil pulling it out in the last qualifier. But race time came and it was Kyle at the point and he never looked back. I don't know how many people Craig paid off but from 10th to 3rd starting lap 3 I'm thinking his wallet was a little light. Here is your podium for the Santa's Helper G.P.

Videos Coming

 The Killer G's, Kyle and Phil Goodwine backed up their impressive run at the Cancer Benefit with a flip in the order with Kyle taking the win this time.

3rd - Craig Kaplan - 1st Kyle Goodwin - 2nd Phil Goodwin

A Main   B Main


Members of the Texas Five celebrate their podium spots in the 5th Scale B Main

3rd - Juan Blaylock - 1st Marquell Osborne - 2nd Sam Bronson


GLARCRC Cancer Benefit 2017

F1 took center stage at this years GLARCRC Cancer Benefit. Hugh Lawson sponsored the trophies for the class and this prompted a good turnout for the open wheelers. Even bringing out Mr. F1 Bob Sarnelle out of semi retirement (lol) for the event. Hugh keep Bob honest throughout the quals but it was Bob that would grab TQ. As the mains started everyone not on tire warmers struggled for grip in the opening laps. But as time went on the racing got feisty. There was a great battle for 3rd with Kenny Watkins, Steve Sanchez, Marc Drennen and Hau-Ching Liao. Hugh would suffer a mechanical and his day was done. Kenny also having a strong run saw his bid for a podium end with a front brake failure. This left the effort that Marc put in missing the Meet and Greet to wrench on his car paying off as he came home second and where else would you expect, don't know how he does it, but Hau-Ching Liao gets another podium.


 STC had a good turnout as well and the Goodwine's came loaded. All through the quals Kyle pushed the limit to try to get past Victor but his 17/7:04 would stand firm for TQ with Kyle just 5.35 seconds behind and Phil 9.55 behind. Arnold Mercado's (RAMS) trip down would be rewarded with 4th on the grid and Cedric Collins would round out the top 5. But Victor, Kyle and Phil were on a different level this day. As the main started Victor had a mishap and would have to battle his way back up through the field. This left the Goodwine's up front alone. Kyle would have an issue and have to battle back as well. Phil ran a good consistenly fast race and for good measure got fast lap of the race as well on his way to the win.


 The GT race had its own fair share of excitment with Greg Shum getting the lead from TQ Frank Pena on lap one and was looking like he might start to pull away but rear tag body tuck would take him out of the lead and rejoin in 7th. But that didn't stop Greg as he battled his way back all the way to second late in the race and even unlapping himself with 5 minutes to go only to run out of gas two laps later. Kenneth Watkins found himself as high as second midway through the race but could maintain the pace to stay there.  While running third Tom Wong would find out that dots are bad for his Contrast and that would drop him back to the end of the pack. Tom fought his way back up to finish second. Jojo made his way to fourth late in the race only to be past by the late charging Wong.


Happy Birthday Arnold (with the gang at Buffalo Wild Wings)



West Coast 5th Scale relives the WCC 2013 - 2017 - Here

Warm Springs Oct 15

WC5S headed up to Warm Springs for the Season Finale of their Club Series and the final race of the season.

There has been some talk of one or two races during the winter months and we will keep you posted. The turnout was good as well as the racing and always good to see our friends at Warm Springs. We had some good conversation about next year and some fun events. We will keep you posted on those as well. So for now enjoy the racing.

STC A Main

F1 A Main

Sportsman A Main

4WD A Main


It is Saturday, July 15th 2017. It is forming up to be a good day as the drivers start to arrive at the Warm Springs Raceway. But today and the following day this place should have been called HOT Springs Raceway. It was Hot, very hot and the heat took its toll on tires and drivers if you werent carefull. Thanks to the resident guru Marc Drennen, he rigged up two shop fans on a generater and attached a sprayer to the fan, instant mister. This had to be the hit of the weekend as many drivers found themselves in front of it at one time or another. The racing was just as hot. The racers that arrived Saturday got themselves the advantage of dialing in their cars and be ready for the next two rounds of qualifing on Sunday. At the end of day Saturday your Top Qualifiers were: 4WD Dave Stroud - 32 laps, F1 Hau-Ching Liao 29 Laps and STC Tony Vega 35 Laps. On to Sunday and more drivers arrive to participate in the event. Time for those drivers to get their halo runs in and upset the order.  In Sportsman Al Gerace had it after the first round Sunday only to lose it to John Ng in the fourth round. in 4WD Dave Stroud beat his previous TQ with a round three amount of 33 and beat out Daniel Colhour by 1.351 seconds.  In F1 it was Hugh Lawson throwing down a 32 lap run to get the pole and STC Tony Vega would drop his 35 lap time down to a 10:01.190. In between we had lunch and drinks provided by Tony Vega and RC

On to the Mains

More Pictures and Videos to come


STC Podium

1st - Tony Vega

3rd - Cedric Collins      2nd Todd Rizzo


4WD Podium

1st - Tony Foskett (Way to go)

3rd - Dave Stroud    2nd - Hau-Ching Liao

F1 Podium

1st - Cedric Collins

3rd - Marc Drennen     2nd - Hau-Ching Liao

Sportsman Podium

1st - John Burnett

3rd - Al Gerace      2nd - Steve Sanchez


2017 KO Propo Grand Prix

The 2017 KO Grand Prix organizers let us run in their race this year and it was a good event to attend. Everything ran smoothly but no one could have guessed what would have happened in the main. Three drivers were at the top of the Q sheet while the other 7 racers all qualified with the same number of laps which meant there was going to be one slug fest coming. With the first half a lap being heavily contested for the lead we thought we were in for a race long battle. But racing is racing and events unfolded and one driver got to fulfill his dream and was actually leading the event for a few laps to the surprise of some spectators. But the hounds were coming and they were coming fast. The race settled into its mid race grove with some good battles going on and to one racer the unthinkable would happen and he had to do the walk of as his phone blew up in his pants from the texts he was getting from his fan club watching around the world. We also welcomed new racer Terry Jackson to his first major race. Check out the video.






Well if you were a betting man your odds would have been on Markus Feldman for the win. Markus meticulously dialed in his car during practice and the quals and improved every session out to grab pole. While his main competitors where chasing their personal best, Markus always seemed one step or lets say 1 lap ahead. Being that same betting person if you knew Austin Sarnelle's history you may have given him a shot at the win, at least a top 5 battling with the Goodwine's the Kaplan's, the Vega's and Mr. Abreu. But no one had seen Austin outside of GLARCRC for some years. Just having received his Mecatech just a month before the race he surely would have been an odds on underdog for the race. But Austin did what Austin does and had a solid car during qual, improving as well and a solid performance during the race. But his race time wasn't that easy, he had to contend with Kyle Goodwine. 3rd place qualifier and not wanting to end up in 3rd. Kyle and Austin had some great battles throughout the race with Austin starting to put in a gap on Kyle latter in the race. Phil Goodwine (Major Sponsor) started off strong and was one of four drivers in the main to dip into the 21 second range....21 SECONDS. But couldn't match the pace for the duration and finished 4th. Joel Abreu improved on his outing from last year grabbing 5th spot in the finale. He did have to worry about a hard charging Craig Kaplan that finished 6th, 9 seconds behind.

Congrats the Markus Feldman on his win at the FG International Challenge.

4th Phil Goodwine - 2nd Austin Sarnelle - 1st Markus Feldman - 3rd Kyle Goodwine - 5th Joel Abreu

Race Results Here

STC A Main Video

Car Entry Display


The GT / 4WD Main was heavily contested as well. Alan Trump, your TQ lead the majority of the race until having issues late in the main and began dropping down the order. That left the door open for hard charging Daniel Kim (Brooks Motors / Warm Springs Raceway / Race Sponsor). I'm sure that made Daniels weekend bringing home the #1 trophy. The rest of the GT top 5 was something no one would have predicted. Mr Bob Sarnelle, usually on top would have to settle for 3rd this year, Tom Wong had a career best at the challenge and grabbed 4th for the weekend, and our TQ Alan Trump had to settle for 5th with knowing the #1 was sitting within his reach.

2nd Cesar Pegero -   1st Daniel Kim -    3rd Bob Sarnelle -   4th Tom Wong -   5th Alan Trump (TQ) -

GT A Main Video

Bob Sarnelle must have felt the world was coming down on him. The usual number 1 in GT and F1 had some stout competition this year. Hugh Lawson has always been competitive but something always got in the way. Not this time. The RS5 driver put it all together on lap 3 and took the lead from Bob and never looked back. Bryn Foskett, Ods on favorite, Winner at the Bill Margolis West Coast Challenge just couldn't get it together and would finish 7th with varying mechanical issues. And then there is Hau, he always seems to end up on the podium.  Congrats Gents.

2nd Bob Sarnelle (TQ) -   1st Hugh Lawson -   3rd Hau Chin-Liao -

F1 A Main Video

The GT8 class had its share of fun and suspense.  Dan Almario (TQ) jumped out to an early lead until around lap 8 Henry C took the lead and looked to have things under control for the win until lap 47 when it stopped, about 5 minutes from the end. That handed the lead back to our pole sitter Dan and the eventual win. Biboy Angeles was solid the whole ran and brought home the 2nd place trophy (and something weighing about 23 lbs someone at home doesn't know about yet :) ), and being consistent and patient, Club President Glenn Williams would come home 3rd.

2nd Biboy Angeles -   1st Dan Almario -   3rd Glenn Williams

Ian Francisco was the rider on a mission this weekend at the Challenge. Ian dominated qualifying and in the first two races of the triple A mains he was head honcho giving him the win. Dwayne Lawler and Lito Reyes always seem to find their way to the podium at the big races. Congrats.

2nd Dwayne Lawler -   1st Ian Francisco -   3rd Lito Reyes -

SBK A3 Main Video

Keep Checking......Updates as the are produced....Videos Coming


KO Propo 2016

Phil Goodwine domination

After Phil had a less than spectacular outing at the last GLARCRC club race, he put all that behind him to come out for the KO Grandprix and dominate the weekend. He looked solid in practice and wasted no time in putting in the time to grab TQ over Craig Kaplan and Victor Garcia.  Phil went on to win by 4 laps over Kaplan and Pena.




July 15 the track is open for practice and the racers that took the day off start to arrive to get some practice in and the initial shakedown. Warm Springs is an awesome track and it can have you chasing a setup depending on the track temp at the time of day and the amount of rubber being laid down. With 40 plus participants the rubber will not be an issue. As the rubber and temps (ambient) started to build traction roll became the big obstacle to avoid. Some drivers had issues during Saturday qualifying and a couple throwing last ditch setups at the car for the final qualifier on Sunday to make the show. All of the mains had some excitment except for F1, Bryn Foskett had the dominating car on his way to an 8 lap victory over the Gerace's of Tim and Al. In Sportsman, your TQ Jojo Bayabo had the field covered. Danny Pacho tried to make things interesting early on and with an early race bobble by Jojo, Danny took the lead on lap 12. But that was short lived as Jojo regained the lead and never looked back. 4WD looked to be Dan Kim's race to lose and unfortunately fate raised its head and a T-Bone took him out of the race early. That left Dave Stroud to take over and never look back. Larry Bani made a late race charge and closed the deficit done to one lap. STC was its own animal in constant flux in the early part of the race with lead changes among Tony Vega, Victor Garcia and Phil Goodwine. Tony took the lead on lap 27 and held on to take the win 9 seconds over Victor Garcia breaking the So Cal streak at the event.

Slide Show 1 and 2

STC A Main Drivers

Fast Laps for the Weekend Here


2. Victor Garcia     1. Tony Vega   3. Todd Rizzo   



3. Huan-Ching Liao 1. Jojo Bayabo 2. Greg Shum


3. Al Gerace  1. Bryn Foskett  2. Tim Gerace



3. Tony Faria 2. Larry Bani 1. Dave Stroud  TQ. Dan Kim

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