For Saturday’s qualifying at Roebling Road in April, Keith Williamson got pole, with Yan Dia P2, Aiden Crouse P3 and Brad Miller P4. A light rain started falling about an hour before race time and most of the field went with rain tires.
As the field came out of Turn 9 they received a quick green flag. Griffith Hawk started from P9 and jumped to the inside and made it up to P5. But as Hawk went to the right at the start, Bill Miller and Darren Brady went left to pass Matt Gieseke who also started to go left to pass traffic. This ended with Brady getting knocked into the guardrail at the starter stand and Spec Miata proving that you can lose the race at the start when five guys try going five-wide in the rain.
The end of the first lap had Keith Williamson, Brad Miller, Griffith Hawk, Harrell and Crouse in the top five. After his poor start, Crouse put his head down and began a charge toward the front, catching Williamson on lap five. The two then continued to work through traffic until lap nine when Williamson got loose in Turn 6. The race ended with 13-year-old Aiden Baker Crouse getting his first win in NASA Southeast, Williamson in second and Hawk third.
For Sunday’s race, the Spec Miatas got a clean start, with Dia and Crouse dropping in behind Williamson exiting Turn 2. From P5, Jacobus got inside Hawk in Turn 2 and they touched, sending Hawk four off and back to last place. On lap 13, Williamson got inside an E30 at Turn 5 and the two went side by side all the way through Turn 9 until the E30 pulled ahead and then boxed in Williamson.
Dia got a run inside and kept Williamson on his hip as the two entered Turn 1 and Dia took the lead. Dia then got boxed in by a 944 Spec on the straight and the E30 got back in front of the Spec Miata leaders. The E30 continued to race the pair until Lap 21 when Dia again got inside the E30 at Turn 5, got loose and hip checked the E30 off track while an another E30 spun just ahead.
Williamson then dived in for the lead. Williamson and Dia were ahead of the E30, and one lap later got the white flag. Williamson defended into Turn 1 with Dia on the outside. The two went through Turn 2 side by side, and as they entered Turn 3, Williamson backed out and Dia took the lead for the win! Williamson took second, with Crouse in third.