The Mid Atlantic .90 Series rolled into Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md., last weekend for racers to get some test and tune in before the NHRA Lucas Oil Series visits this weekend. Jimmy Stack (Super Street), Earl Nichols (Super Gas) and Dave Long (Super Comp) claimed victories on Saturday and Frank Quarno Jr. (Super Street), Nichols (Super Gas) and Frank Lauria (Super Comp) claimed victories on Sunday.
On Saturday Philadelphia resident Jimmy Stack kept his undefeated streak alive as he took down Lynn Haun in the final of Super Street. Stack took the advantage at the tree (.034 to .073) and led all the way down the strip for a 10.881 to 10.873 victory.
In Super Gas, Wilmington, Del., and Cecil County local Earl Nichols Jr. took his 78 Corvette to victory over fan favorite George Donhauser. Nichols took a slight advantage at the start (.009 to .014) and parlayed that into a 9.917 to 9.889 victory.
In Super Comp Dave Long out of Wallingford, Pa., ran the table as he qualified #1 and took it all the way to the winner’s circle with a victory over Super Gas standout Lance Kreiger and his dragster. Long took a .037 to .050 lead at the start and won a double breakout 8.892 to 8.878 victory.
After celebrating the annual pig roast on Saturday evening racers got back to business on Sunday. In Super Street Jimmy Stack was looking to raise his record to a perfect 19-0 but, Morris Plains, NJ, racer Frank Quarno Jr. had other plans. Quarno (shown) took his 1970 Nova to a .026 to .079 advantage and took it all the way to victory over Stack with a 10.887 to 10.860 victory.
In Super Gas Nichols completed the sweep and took both trophies back up Interstate 95 with a victory over Kreiger. Both drivers took the green with Nichols taking the advantage (.022 to .057) and a close 9.926 to 9.925 victory.
All three series will return to action at Maple Grove Raceway on August 24-25. For information on those events contact Rob Keister at email@example.com.
The inaugural Sportsman Nationals will be held Aug. 16-18 at Canada’s St. Thomas Raceway Park. This event will feature bracket racers from the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series (www.sportsmanracingseries.ca) for the first time and well as the newly re-formed Heads Up Racing Association (HURA).
Junior Dragsters will be vying for special NHTA JDRL Challenge trophies on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, Extreme Bike/Sled and Frantic 14 classes will be run.
The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series (www.tntsuperseries.com) saw a Canadian record of 33 cars the August 3-4 weekend at St. Thomas Raceway Park in Sparta, Ontario. JJ Jablonski from West Seneca, NY, dominated the field, winning both Saturday and Sunday’s regular events – including two $1,000 payouts – presented by Kevin Orr Mechanical.
On Saturday, after qualifying 31st, Jablonski marched through six rounds of eliminations on his way to his first win of the weekend. In the money round, he faced Kevin Orr and his 1967 Corvette convertible. At the green, Jablonski had the upper hand with an 0.023 to Orr’s 0.037. Both drivers peddled at the stripe and Jablonski lit the beacon with a 7.045 to Orr’s 7.048.
On day two Jablonski qualified 29th in the record field. From there, he again charged through some very tough competition to earn his second victory of the weekend. In the semis Jablonski met up with Saturday night’s Race of Champion’s winner, Paul Young, and pushed him under to a losing 6.994 with a 7.001.
The final round of the weekend saw Chris VanBaalen in his fourth TNTSS final round appearance. Jablonski had the advantage at the tree 0.022 to 0.034 and again he carried it through to the stripe at 7.009, pushing VanBaalen under to 6.986.
This is Jablonski’s third consecutive final round in 2013, moving him into the championship points lead over Sam LoVetro Jr. by a mere four points.
These wins also move him up in the standings for the Performance Improvements Driver of the Year Award, lubricated by Royal Purple. His average package this year is 0.044 through 14 ‘qualified rounds’ putting him very close to the top of that list as well. For this award, only round wins in eliminations count that are not a breakout win and not a red-light win AND a driver must attend a minimum of 10 TNTSS events in 2013. (photos by www.thephotoguys.ca and Ted Barnes)
In Saturday’s Dilts Piston Hydraulics Race of Champions, Akron, New York’s Paul Young made easy work of the 18-car ROC field as he marched to his first ROC victory and pocketed the $1200 winner’s purse.
With all previous TNTSS event winners eligible to run this annual “no entry fee” race of the best of the best, the competition was sure to be tough.
In round one, Young took out 2008 TNTSS champion Ted Barnes with a 0.002 light to Barnes’ 0.021. At the stripe, Young ran 7.019 to a 7.009 and a margin of victory of 0.009 seconds.
Round two was Roy Lister leaving with an 0.014 to Young’s .015 but Lister ran too fast at 6.996 to Young’s 7.001. Lister did what he had to do; he took the stripe by 0.006 but he ran 0.004 too fast doing it. The quarter-finals gave Young the competition bye run. Tom Coonly was next in the semi’s and he had the tree at 0.015 to Young’s 0.044. But it wasn’t enough as Coonly took a ton of stripe and ran 6.979 to Young’s closer 6.998.
In the final, it was the 2012 Rookie of the Year in the other lane, Jim Thomson from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Thomson drilled the tree with a 0.008 to Young’s comatose 0.140. But lucky for Young that the stripe is tough to see at St. Thomas at night and Thomson went 0.001 too fast, running 6.982 to Young’s winning 6.983. (photos by www.thephotoguys.ca and Ted Barnes)
The Chrysler Power Classic will be held Aug. 24-25 at Tri-State Dragway in Hamilton, Ohio. In addition to displays, seminars, a car show and swap meet, the event will host the National Hemi Owners Reunion.
Drag racing will be held for Nostalgia Super Stock and Pro Stocks, along with Quick 8, bracket classes and trophy racing. For more information call 614-268-1181 or go to www.jeffjohnsonmotorsports.com.
Scott Weney of S&W Race Cars was the $25,000 winner at Atco Raceway’s North East 4-day SuperBucks Weekend winning the Saturday, August 10, race. Congratulations!
Two young racers from Maple Grove Raceway won their respective age group championships Aug. 10 as the NHRA Northeast Division held its Jr. Dragster Championships at Mason-Dixon Dragway in Boonesboro, Md.
Mark Price Jr., of Collegeville, Pa., won the 10-11 year-old age group, while Hollie Ray-Bausher, of Shillington, Pa., won the 12-13 group.
Maple Grove Juniors who placed included Deja Brown (York, Pa.), who was runner-up in 12-13; Vincent Branca (Norristown, Pa.), runner-up in the Race of Champions; Heather Boyko (Northampton, Pa.), a semifinalist in 16-17; and Matthew Witkowski (Elverson, Pa.) a quarterfinalist in 10-11. Jeremy Ketterer (Sellersville, Pa.) was a quarterfinalist in the Consolation Race.
Price, son of Maple Grove Super Eliminator racer Mark Price Sr., defeated Jesse Marshall (Langhorn, Pa.) in the 10-11 final. He was .033 over his dial-in of 8.90, while Marshall was .058. Price made the final when Patrick Searling (New Windsor, N.Y.) fouled in the semifinals.
After a bye in the semis, Ray-Bausher was part of an all-Maple Grove final in 12-13, beating teammate Brown. She had a .101 reaction time and was .043 over, while Brown had a .129 RT and was .024 over.
Farmington Hills, Michigan-based MAHLE Clevite has kicked off its annual Champion Technician contest.
The contest is designed to honor the skills and experience of engine technicians and specialists nationwide. Nominations are made by submitting a short essay about the individual on MAHLE’s website.
A winner demonstrating “passion, talent and a forward-thinking mindset that exemplifies a champion in every aspect” will receive a VIP trip to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, according to MAHLE.
Applications will be accepted until 11 p.m. ET on Oct. 28, 2013. To enter or learn more, visit www.mahleclevite.com/championtechnician.
When After Dark Films needed to cast a high performance car for their action thriller, “Getaway” (www.GetawayMovie.com) they tapped the iconic Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake built by Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. The legendary muscle car will appear on the silver screen with Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez on August 30, when Warner Bros. opens “Getaway” nationwide.
Beginning August 14 fans can also enter online at FandangoGetawaySweeps.com for the chance to win their very own 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, inspired by the car from the film.
Two genuine Shelby GT500 Super Snakes were used to make the film. One was driven in scenes filmed on location in Bulgaria while another was tapped for audio recording in Los Angeles.
“Since ’Getaway’ takes place in a foreign country, I felt strongly that we needed the quintessential American muscle car with enough star power to shine with Ethan and Selena,” said the film’s director and producer, Courtney Solomon. “With 725 horsepower, amazing capabilities and great looks, the Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake was ideal for this ‘role.’ Our film hasn’t even opened yet, but the tremendous interest in ‘Getaway’ by car enthusiasts is impressive. We look forward to taking audiences on the ride of their lives in the Shelby Super Snake.”
Producers say the film is a gritty, heart-pounding thriller in which former racecar driver, Brent Magna (Hawke), is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage. (photo courtesy After Dark Films)
Continuing the monumental comeback he launched with an epic win at Woodburn Dragstrip in his first appearance in more than two years, Shawn Cowie won the Northwest Nationals Top Alcohol Dragster final, running down Garrett Bateman, who had the early lead with an outstanding 0.011 reaction time.
See all of the Seattle results in our Race Coverage.