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Great Race, day 04: Good weather and last minute detours

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 Rookie competitors Richard Foster & Dave Wathen arrive at the lunch stop in French Lick, Indiana on Day 4 of the Great Race.

Sunny skies and cool temperatures greeted races for day four of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race. Most of the 120 car field made it to the official start just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The day’s journey was comprised of four timed legs from the start to lunch in French Lick, Indiana, and to the finish line in Franklin, Indiana. Adding to the demands placed on drivers and navigators was a full page of “emergency instructions,” due to unforeseen road construction, distributed early in the morning when teams received course instructions.

 As was the case on day three, road conditions and the weather were both favorable. Only two teams required assistance from the sweep truck: Rookies Jess & Sarah Baxter in their 1969 Jaguar XKE, and Sportsman racers Michael & Suzanne Gilson in their 1955 Chevy Bel Air.

 When the day’s scores were announced, topping the list were Expert division competitors Jody Knowles & Beth Gentry in their 1932 Ford Cabriolet with a time of 1.62 seconds. Coming in second were former Grand Champions Howard & Doug Sharp in their 1916 Hudson Hillclimber with a time of 4.62 seconds. Other division winners for the day were:

Sportsman – The father/daughter duo of Scott & Mallory Henderson in their 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang with a time of 5.82 seconds (good for 6th overall);

Rookie – Matt & Julie Sutton in their 1965 International Scout with a time of 6.83 seconds (good for 9th overall);

X-Cup – Team Galax in their 1928 Ford Model A Roadster Highboy with a time of 21.06 seconds (good for 49th overall).

The Court House served as the backdrop for the day’s finish line in Franklin, Indiana.

Cumulative three-day scores are as follows (by division):

Expert – Jeff & Eric Fredette in their 1933 Ford Pickup 9.78 seconds off perfect;

Grand Champion – Dave Reeder & Sawyer Stone in their 1916 Hudson Hillclimber with a time of 14.58 seconds (good for 4th overall);

Sportsman – Jeff Breault & Mark Keeny in their 1936 Packard 120B Convertible Cooupe with a time of 27.39 seconds (good for 15th overall);

Rookie – It’s still Myerscough & Chatraw in their 1960 Studebaker Hawk with a time of 37.05 seconds (good for 35th overall);

X-Cup – The dominance continues for Team Galax with a time of 1-minute, 14.10 seconds ( good for 56th overall).

On day five the Great Race will start to depart The host hotel in Indianapolis at 8:00am and rally to a lunch stop in Wapakoneta, Ohio (the first car scheduled to arrive on Auglaize Street at 12:45pm), and will then proceed to the day’s finish line at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, where the first car is scheduled to arrive at 4:40pm.

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This year, we’re adding something special to our Great Race effort: a fundraising goal for Alzheimer’s Association. Donate a penny per mile – just one cent for every mile the Hemmings speedster covers – and it’ll all go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” fundraiser. Assuming the Hemmings team completes the entire 2,351-mile event, you’ll donate $23.51 to a great cause.

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