Daniluk and Stroud win PDRA Sportsman Shootouts at Rockingham

Canadian racer Barry Daniluk won the Top Sportsman Ultimate Shootout Saturday night during the PDRA Dragstock event at Rockingham Dragway, while Jody Stroud of nearby Chesterfield, SC, won a similar shootout for Top Dragster competitors. The IGetFixed.com Ultimate Shootouts pit the top four qualifiers in each class against one another in a heads-up format before eliminations begin for each PDRA national event.

Boyd Beyer and his supercharged 2004 Mustang qualified number one in Top Sportsman with a 4.065-second pass at 180.91 mph, but fell victim to number-four starter Daniluk in the opening round of the shootout. Beyer got away first, but soon lost traction and coasted to an 8-second finish while Daniluk ran 4.105 at 175.16 to advance in his naturally-aspirated ’68 Camaro.

On the opposite side of the ladder, Suwanee, GA’s Ronnie Davis posted a 4.061 at 184.19 in his nitrous-boosted ’63 Corvette to handily defeat the 4.418 at 166.46 run by Don Klooster in a similar ride out of Kalamazoo, MI.

RR_PDRA_TS_shootout-RockinghamDaniluk got the jump in the Top Sportsman shootout final, then won with a 4.119 effort at 175.23 mph while Davis struggled to a 4.303 at just 145.52 as his engine appeared to be eating itself up as it powered down the Rockingham eighth mile.

“To win anything against the level of competitors and cars we have in the PDRA is a big deal,” said Daniluk, a machine-shop owner from Red Deer, AB, in Western Canada. “And to say we did it with no nitrous, no power adder on our motor — the only one out here, by the way — makes it that much more satisfying. It gives us good momentum going into eliminations tomorrow, too.”

RR_PDRA_TD_shootout-RockinghamStroud, the second-place starter in Top Dragster, also stressed the competitive nature of his class after running 3.784 at 195.14 mph to beat a red-lighting Eddie Careccia in round one of the shootout, then went 3.790 at 194.97 to edge out a 3.825 at 194.18 effort by top qualifier Richard Edwards.

“It carried the front wheels pretty high about three-hundred feet down the track, but it felt good and seemed to be going straight so I just stayed in it,” Stroud said of his shootout final run in the left lane. “We have some fast cars out here, so if you can just keep going that’s what you better do.” (Roger Richards photos)

Bateman, Hunter top Mission Raceway winners

In the final results from Mission Raceway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., and Greg Hunter, Sheridan, Wyo., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

Bateman, worked his way through the field and ran 5.673 seconds at 255.46 mph in his final round victory over Cameron Ferre, Huntington Beach, Calif., who clocked in at 7.738 seconds, 103.59 mph. Ferre had the starting line advantage until about 350 feet out when his chutes deployed and Bateman was able to drive around him to take the win. This was Bateman’s second career victory and his second win this season. He received his first win this year at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Woodburn Dragstrip.

Hunter faced off against Dave Germain, Toledo, Wash., and posted a winning run of 5.716 seconds, 255.60 mph in his ’10 Monte Carlo. Germain drove to a 6.471 second, 163.10 mph lap for his runner up finish. Hunter was off the line first and was able to hang on to the lead and drive away from Germain to take his first Division 6 win.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., 5.673, 255.46 def. Cameron Ferre, Huntington Beach, Calif., 7.738, 103.59.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: Greg Hunter, Sheridan, Wyo., 5.716, 255.60 def. Dave Germain, Toledo, Wash.,, 6.471, 163.10.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR: Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley, Idaho, ’32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.311, 180.97 def. Adam Bowdish, Vancouver, Wash., ’13 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.089, 152.18.

SUPER STOCK: Sean Cour, Brush Prairie, Wash., ’09 Cobalt, GT/DA, 9.573, 138.12 def. Cody Lane, North Bend, Wash.,’05 Cavalier, SS/CM, 8.927, 147.78.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Clarence Bidniak, Edmonton, Alb., ’70 Plymouth, B/SA, 10.687, 119.30 def. Tommy Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., ’96 Corvette, C/SA, 10.459, 124.46.

SUPER COMP: Jackson Gradin, Spokane, Wash., ’07 RED, 8.948, 157.86 def. Michael Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., ’09 Mullis, 8.973, 155.46.

SUPER GAS: Dave Kelly, Walla Walla, Wash., ’02 Firebird, 9.900, 164.83 def. Terry Langdon Davies, Yarrow, B.C.,
’41 Willys, foul.

SUPER STREET: Tom Manfred, Liberty Lake, Wash., ’81 Mustang, 10.900, 139.88 def. Allen Macham, Everett, Wash., ’67 Nova, foul.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Rod Andreas, Silverton, Ore., ’63 Corvette, 7.480, 185.83 def. Eddie Radjo, Stony Plains, Alb., ’04 S-10, 7.368, 184.84.

TOP DRAGSTER: Wes Garvin III, Pasco, Wash., ’32 Bantam, 7.103, 188.48 def. Paul Nero, Eugene, Ore., ’14 Undercover, foul.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Daryl Storzuk, Surrey, B.C., ’78 Kawasaki, 9.212, 136.40 def. Miles Hauer, Seattle, Wash., ’06 Suzuki, 7.990, 158.17.

TOP FUEL HARLEY: Tommy Grimes, Pfafftown, N.C., ’14 Harley, 6.346, 232.01 def. Damian Cownden, Victoria, B.C., ’01 PRP, 7.817, 128.42.

PRO FUEL HARLEY: William Bentz, Prescott Valley, Ariz., ’08 Weekend, 7.757, 129.49 def. Rod Anderson, Snohomish, Wash.,’04 Fastcat, broke.

PRO GAS HARLEY: Clint Rabb, Lloydminster, Alb., ’09 Lozano, 7.369, 178.39 def. Lance Bonham, Sunnyvale, Calif., ’96 Kosman, 8.979, 147.15.

SCREAMIN’ EAGLE PERFORMANCE HARLEY: Victoria Bentz, Prescott Valley, Ariz., ’06 Destroyer, 9.455, 140.44 was unopposed.

DRAGGIN BAGGER HARLEY: Marty Smestad, Seattle, Wash., ’11 Harley, 12.365, 108.66 def. Clint Robb, Lloydminster, Alb., ’04 Street Glider, 13.288, 97.11.

HOT STREET HARLEY: Dave Toth, Medicine Hat, Alb., ’12 Harley, 11.509, 115.54 def. Scott McGee, Seattle, Wash., ’96 Harley, 13.496, 98.96.

Meyer continues winning streak in Earlville

Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., and Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa.

Meyer worked his way through the field and ran 5.384 seconds at 270.75 mph in his final round victory over Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., who clocked in at 5.475 seconds, 262.23 mph. This was a great final round lap by both drivers and both drivers took their dragsters straight down the groove. Dreher had the starting line advantage but it was Meyer who pulled away and picked up another Wally. Meyer picked up his last win from the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.

McVey faced off against Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, and posted a winning run of 5.718 seconds, 252.90 mph in his ’06 Monte Carlo. Brand drove to a 5.986 second, 249.26 mph lap for his runner up finish. McVey was slow on the light but Brand was having trouble down the track with his car moving all over the track. Brand couldn’t get the car under control and McVey was able to drive away to take the win. McVey also won this weekend for the rain delayed Alcohol Funny Car final round from the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.384, 270.75 def. Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.475, 262.23.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.718, 252.90 def. Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.986, 249.26.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR: Jim Greenheck, Schofield, Wis., ’12 Camaro, C/AA, 7.297, 186.12 def. Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.337, 178.47.

SUPER STOCK: Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.594, 148.80 def. Larry Vierregger, Omaha, Neb., ’72 Gran Sport, GT/JA, 10.574, 125.85.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: John Hladky, Stuart, Neb., ’66 Nova, G/S, 11.215, 118.05 def. Nathan Botten, Plainfield, Ill., ’73 Mustang, H/SA, 11.598, 104.03.

SUPER COMP: Gregory Gerakaris, Batavia, Ill., dragster, 8.886, 169.55 def. Ed Shaughnessy, Coleraine, Minn., dragster, 8.878, 165.21.

SUPER GAS: Nick Akoury, Port Clinton, Ohio, ’68 Camaro, 10.061, 125.56 def. Mark McMasters, Owatonna, Minn., ’57 Corvette, foul.

SUPER STREET: Wayde Samuel, Morrison, Colo., ’65 Chevelle, 10.909, 142.12 def. Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., ’68 Camaro, 10.900, 149.07.

TOP DRAGSTER: Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.427, 207.21 def. Roland Rang, Sioux Falls, S.D., dragster, 7.034, 189.55.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Scott Lindle, Princeton, Iowa, ’92 Lumina, 7.952, 178.02 def. Scott Javers, Tea, S.D., ’11 Cobalt, 6.983, 197.62.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Bill Homuth, Hampshire, Ill., ’97 Suzuki, 8.992, 134.66 def. Kyle Olson, Moorland, Iowa, ’12 Hayabusa, foul.

Surmatchewski clinches TNT Super Series championship

EB_DavidSurmatchewskiPast TNTSS series champion David Surmatchewski from Oakland, Ontario, took the win in the REVS Full Throttle Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS – an event unique to the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series – held Aug. 31 during the Labour Day weekend events at Cayuga Dragway.

Open to all previous TNTSS event winners and with no entry fee, the ROC pays $1200 to win and $400 to runner-up. Fifteen of the best sportsman drag racers in the country squared off.

Surmatchewski got the competition bye in round one as the number-one qualifier. In round two, he faced Pete D’Agnolo, who has been on fire recently, winning everything from no box to the 2014 IHRA Super Stock Division One title. D’Agnolo earned his first TNTSS win one week ago and got himself a spot in the ROC. That’s where it ended as he went .012 red to Surmatchewski’s .013 green.

In the semis, Jamie Stoneman had the tree .019 to .030 but he couldn’t catch Surmatchewski, who ran dead 3 to Stoneman’s 7.021 with a margin of victory .007. At the same time, Marc Vezina was making his way through the other side of the ladder, taking out Gary Kerl, Ted Barnes and JJ Jablonski.

In the final both drivers away got away clean. Surmatchewski had the lead .036 to .052 and ran dead 8 while letting Vezina take the stripe to go under 6.973.

Surmatchewski was the 2011 Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series Champion and drives a 1983 Olds Cutlass powered by a 377 small block Chevrolet making 600 hp at 8100 rpm. The car has run a best of 10.19 @133 mph.

Next up on the 2014 TNTSS schedule is the season wrap-up – a double at Lancaster and Leicester, NY, on September 12-13. (Edward Barry photo)

Bowling Green to host NMCA and NMRA events next year

The ProMedia Competition Department has announced two Bowling Green, Ky., dates for the 2015 season.

The NMCA will be returning to the Kentucky location on May 14-17 after a one-year sabbatical from the popular drag strip. At the NMCA Flowmaster Series’ return spectators can expect to see Ford vs. Chevy vs. Mopar battle it out on the quarter mile. The 10th Annual Dave Duell Nostalgia Super Stock Classic will be a featured event in 2015 with big plans in process for a huge 10-year anniversary celebration.

The NMRA will return to Beech Bend Raceway on October 1-4, 2015, for the season-ending World Finals. Nitto Tire rings are at stake as the champions are decided in classes such as Street Outlaw, Renegade, Coyote Modified, and the extremely popular Terminator vs. GT500 showdown.

PB Candies Mustang sets all-time Super Stock record at U.S. Nationals

CH_PB-Candies-SS-MustangWe contacted PB Candies for a quote regarding his record Super Stock run at Indy.

“Going into Indy we had a good idea we could go fast ‘cause we had ran between 7.90 and 7.93 the week before in Norwalk at the Cobra Jet Shootout,” Candies said. “We ran 7.91 and 7.93 first day of qualifying. We decided last qualifying run to see what it would do. We tuned it it up and it ran 7.859. The first half of the run it was pulling real hard so I know it was a good run. When I got back to the trailer the guys were saying the announcer said it was the quickest Super Stocker run in NHRA history.

“It was very exciting for all ‘cause it’s been a couple years of hard work for us to get to this point. Now we have a piece of history that would make Dad (Paul Candies) very proud!” (Chris Haverly photo)

Holbrook’s Ford takes Factory Stock win at U.S. Nats

Chris Holbrook takes the win over Kevin Helms.  (Chris Haverly photo)

Chris Holbrook takes the win over Kevin Helms. (Chris Haverly photo)

The Factory Stock Showdown was held during the U.S. Nationals with winners of FS/A and FS/B meeting for the final showdown.

Chris Holbrook won the Factory Stock Showdown in his Watson Racing 2014 Cobra Jet, becoming the class’s first repeat event winner, adding to his 2013 win. The Showdown features head-to-head racing in two classes between the latest race cars from Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet. The winners in each class then race each other in a handicap start for the overall championship.

Holbrook defeated Bruno Massel’s 2014 COPO Camaro in the FS/A final, which features supercharged factory engines, then beat Kevin Helms’ 2011 Dodge Challenger, with its naturally aspirated V8, in the overall Factory Showdown final, 8.694 seconds/154.19 mph to 9.029/146.93.

“Two years in a row, thanks to my team,” Holbrook said. “Driving this car is a bad-to-the-bone experience.”

“This was the largest and most competitive field we’ve seen in the Factory Stock Showdown making a Cobra Jet victory that much sweeter,” said Jesse Kershaw, Ford Racing Drag Racing Parts and Competition Manager. “This win is a tribute to the hard work and dedication Chris has given the Cobra Jet program.”

Kevin Helms gets the FS/B win over Dave Connolly.  (Chris Haverly photo)

Kevin Helms gets the FS/B win over Dave Connolly. (Chris Haverly photo)

Three-time NHRA World Champ Kevin Helms drove his 2010 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak powered by a 426 Gen III Mopar Race HEMI to victory in the FS/B class. Matched up against a 2014 Camaro with NHRA Pro Stock driver Dave Connolly behind the wheel, turning double duty in the Sportsman ranks, Helms used a .013 reaction time and 9.031/147.39 run to defeat Connolly, who posted a .041 reaction time and 9.068/148.05 pass.

In the final matchup between FS/B and FS/A class winners, Helms was stellar with a .008 reaction time but Holbrook’s car overcame the holeshot.

“This ranks right up there with the best of the best, and we did it in front of the big crowd,” said Helms, who pilots the Drag Pak for car owner Jeff Teuton. “It’s heads up racing. You work all year dyno’ing motors, testing stuff, just for this moment. Dave Connolly is one of the best racers in the world. We knew he would be tough. To actually win it is really neat.”

Westcott Jr. returns to win Hemi Challenge at U.S. Nationals

CH_CharlieWestcottJr-checkAfter a one-year hiatus, Charlie Westcott Jr. returned to a place that has become his second home — the Mopar HEMI Challenge winner’s circle at the NHRA U.S. Nationals. Westcott Jr. raced his 1968 “War Fish” Plymouth Barracuda to the final-round win at the 14th Annual Mopar HEMI Challenge on Friday, Aug. 29, defeating Wendell Howes.

See all the results in our sister publication Mopar Max at www.moparmax.com. (Chris Haverly photo)

Ford announces bonus program for NHRA Stock class racers

Ford-logoFord Racing has announced a special new “Countdown to the Cup” bonus contingency of $300 for 2014 Ford vehicles earning qualifying or better points toward the 2014 NHRA Manufacturers’ Cup. Racers in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes are eligible for this special contingency at all NHRA races between Sept. 2 and Nov. 16, 2014.

In addition, if Ford Racing wins the 2014 Manufacturers’ Cup, all participants who contributed points in those classes will receive a special Manufacturers’ Cup jacket commemorating the team win.
“As an auto manufacturer, we are in this sport to win championships like the Manufacturers’ Cup. We are committed to supporting Ford teams to win and to achieve that goal,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing.

Ford Racing Drag Racing Competition Manager Jesse Kershaw added, “We have won the NHRA Manufacturers’ Cup three years in a row thanks to extraordinary team efforts and Ford is dedicated to supporting our teams as they try to keep that streak alive for a fourth consecutive year.“

All Ford racers are required to register with Ford Racing to be eligible for any contingency payout. Registered racers are provided contingency decals specific for their series and class, and an exclusive Ford Racing drivers’ suit patch. Registration can be completed online at www.fordracingparts.com/register.

Vitez and Jablonski win TNT Super Series at Cayuga

Labour Day weekend at Cayuga Dragway was the latest stop on the 2014 Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series schedule. Jason Vitez (Elma, NY) won Saturday night while JJ Jablonski (Alden, NY) took the Sunday win. These wins moved both drivers to first and second in the TNTSS championship points chase, Vitez with 588 and Jablonski with 527.

TB_JasonVitez-TNT-winnerVitez marched through the field for the event win after qualifying fifth with a 10.919. He started with Larry Pulver in round one, taking him out on the tree .016 to .040. Next he drove around Wayne Sipos who was .015 to Vitez’s .023 tree but Vitez pushed him under 10.894 to a winning 10.902.

In round three Vitez faced JJ Jablonski and was behind at the tree (.031 to .012). But again Vitez drove around him taking the stripe at 10.904 to 10.923 with a .000 margin of victory.

Chris VanBaalen took a bit too much stripe in the semi’s and ran too fast 10.895 (.011 tree) to Vitez’s 10.933 (.003 tree). The final had Pete Maduri Sr with an advantage off the line with a .013 to Vitez’s late .077. However, Vitez did it again and pushed Maduri under to take the win 10.932 to 10.867.

TB_JJ-Jablonski-TNT-winnerFor Sunday, the TNTSS switched to the eighth mile. Qualifying had Dave Surmatchewski atop the field again with a 7.001 and no one bettered that in the two qualifying sessions.

Jablonski started out fourth with a 7.004 and went on to win the race – his first TNTSS win of 2014.

In round one, Jablonski faced Kevin Orr (who finished third in IHRA Division 3 and will represent the TNTSS in the TOC). Only .003 apart at the tree, Jablonski used a 7.028 to push Orr under to a 6.959.

Round two was Gary Kerl and again only .001 apart off the line (.016 to .017), Jablonski pushed Kerl under in a 7.013 to 6.992 pairing.

Surmatchewski went .009 red in third round although Jablonski was ready with a .010, 7.013 package. The semi’s had Jablonski with a .013 advantage to Jamie Stoneman, who fell going too fast 6.992 to a 7.004 – the margin of victory here was .001.

In the money round, Jablonski defeated Tom Coonly at the tree .017 to .063 and carried it through to the stripe 7.050 to losing 7.017. (Ted Barnes photos)