Round 8 Buttonwillow Recap

We’re going to kick off the brand new Extreme Speed Roadster Cup website with a recap of our last event of the 2014 season!

With many close battles throughout the season, it was no surprise that the last round was crucial in the results of the championship. Many competitors were knocked off of the podium by one point, and we even had a tie for second and third in our enthusiast class. Here’s the breakdown by class.

Enthusiast Class

Event Results

1st Benjamin (Bench) Espiritu – 2:10.851
2nd Dane Remo – 2:11.438
3rd Derek Boyd – 2:20.525
4th Justin Bordonaro – 2:32.042

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With a lap time of 2:10.851 Bench was able to snag first place. The 25 points he gained led to a tie for 2nd/3rd with Clement Kwong. Since this was Bench’s first win of the season, and Clement had 2, he took third place overall.

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Dane Remo joined us halfway through the year, but showed us he was a serious competitor when he took third place his first time competing at round 5 at Streets of Willow. He’s been giving Bench a headache and a run for his money on his blown stock suspension ever since. He took second with a time of 2:11.438.


Third place was first timer, Derek Boyd piloting his NB with a time of 2:20.525. Derek joined us with his buddy James from up north. We were glad to have them and hope to see them at future events!

Enthusiast Season Overall Podium


1st Justin Bordonaro – 154 points
2nd Clement Kwong- 113 points (2 event wins)
3rd Bench Espiritu – 113 points (1 event win)

Street Class

Event Results

1st Alex Cao – 2:09.324
2nd Emerson (Emmi) Hemedes – 2:10.664
3rd James Laeno – 2:10.728
4th Muoi Tran – 2:12.090
5th Jerry Arnone – 2:12.234
6th Anthony Felipe – 2:12.768
7th Yuan Yang – 2:12.975
8th Tianxun Xu – 2:16.106
9th Jay Tien – 2:30.047

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Despite spending some time sideways and smashing his lip on Phil Hill,  Alex Cao (wearing his hater blockers) took home first place with a time of 2:09.324. He drove on behalf of our sponsor and friends over at Garage Star.

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Emmi is no new face to the Roadster Cup. After taking 2nd overall in Mod class in the 2013 season, he removed his supercharger to come play in Street. He was also representing Garage Star and able to snatch second place by a tenth with a time of 2:10.664.

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James is a new face to the Roadster Cup and a friend from Nor Cal. Taking a podium spot your first time with the group is a good way to show you’re here to party! With a time of 2:10.728 James took third place. We also hope to see him back out in the 2015 season.

Street Season Overall Podium


1st Jorge Castillo – 158 points
2nd Jerry Arnone – 93 points
3rd Emmi Hemedes – 81 points (Emmi stole 3rd place from Anthony Felipe by 1 point!)

Modified Class

Event Results

1st Joe Robles – 2:01.422
2nd Joe Xie – 2:06.359
3rd Zee Reid – 2:09.902
4th Pedro Castellanos – 2:10.543
5th Maxwell Manning – 2:11.883
6th Daryk Arden – 2:14.457
7th Felipe Chu – 2:15.244

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With a blindingly fast time of 2:01.422 (fastest overall) it was no surprise Joe Robles took home the Mod class W in his NA.

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Joe Xie is also a familiar face at the Roadster Cup. He is known for being ridiculously fast in his Super Miata and his naturally aspirated NB. He took second with a time of 2:06.359.

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3rd place was none other than THE Chocolate Thunder, Mr. Zee Reid with a time of 2:09.902. Zee is an Extreme Speed instructor, who also helps out with the Roadster Cup. He is also our only NC driver. Hopefully next year he’ll have some NC buddies out there with him!

Modified Season Overall Podium


1st Joe Robles – 141 points
2nd Joe Xie – 111 points
3rd Zee Reid – 109 points

Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy post! It was an amazing year and I thank everyone who came out to an event! Without your support, none of this would even be possible!

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors Good-Win-Racing, Garage Star, and Indotech Motorsports.

We are looking forward to an exciting, and (what will hopefully be) the best year yet! Check back for updates. Make sure to subscribe and join our Facebook group!


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