Wednesday, September 10, 2014
NTR - JEGS Wednesday Night Results
September 10 - Points Race #11
There is only one points race left after tonight's event on the NTR - JEGS Wednesday Night series and those that are going after a points championship in any of the classes are getting down to business. With a week off for the JEGS Northern SPORTSNationals, being able to leave tonight with the points lead would be vital for the fourteen day separation of events. Dustin Eveland did his job on the night as he scored the double up in both Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School and CoughlinCars.com Street eliminators. Also scoring wins on the night were Dennis Meade (Big Dawg), Todd Smith (Superior Exteriors Truck), and Chad Sheets (Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact).
Eveland started off his double event wins for the evening by scoring in the High School eliminator. The 1985 S-10 out of Zanesville, Ohio came to the line in the final round and went up against the 1980 Camaro of Blaine Rager from Thurston, Ohio. Eveland was looking to get the points lead back from Kyler Smith with a win in the final round and didn't disappoint. Despite a slightly slower reaction time, Eveland had the truck dialed in and scored the win. His 12.001 on a 12.00 won the race over the breakout 13.717 on the 13.83 from Rager. With the win light, Eveland now leads into the finale by 11 over Smith. Derrick Wyche and Rager are still within range if things fall into place.
Eveland then came to the starting line in the Street eliminator final round to conclude the night. Driving the same 1985 S-10, Eveland went up against the 2000 Camaro of Shawn Pitts from London, Ohio. Coming into the final round, Pitts had already made his move into the top spot of the standings and was wanting to extend the lead. Off the line second in the High School final round, Eveland was .004 off the start in Street and never looked back. Pitts tried to stay ahead of Eveland at the stripe, but was unable to do so. Eveland ran a 12.124 on his 11.99 dial in to score the win over the 12.430 on a 12.26 from Pitts. The final round appearance by Pitts puts him 19 points ahead of Jim Hurdiss and 41 ahead of Mitch Williams heading into the final event.
A couple of huge rounds of racing fell early in the Big Dawg eliminator that had a major determination in the points. When the dust settled, it was incoming points leader Meade and his 1978 Camaro from Newark, Ohio that made a charge away from the field. Waiting for him in the final round was Terry McGee and his 1974 Duster also from Newark, Ohio. After defeating second in the points Scott Weisend in round two, Meade was adding to his total and scored the maximum amount after the final round. An .021 reaction time in the final round gave Meade the edge off the line and held on for the holeshot win. Meade ran a 11.037 on a 11.00 dial in to win over the 13.959 on a 13.95 from McGee. By winning, Meade leads Weisend by 86 points.
With only one point separated the top two drivers in the Truck class, each and every round of racing would be vital to the title chase between Todd Smith and Scott Congrove. When Congrove was eliminated by a red light in the semifinals, Smith and his 1985 S-10 from Baltimore, Ohio expanded his lead by getting to the final round. There, he would go up against Gary Preston and his Columbus, Ohio based 1986 S-10. With a critical 11 point swing being on the line in the final round contest, Preston left the starting line too soon and gave the win to Smith. Smith ran a 10.405 on a 10.41 to secure the win. The victory by Smith puts him ahead by 23 points over Congrove.
The Sport Compact final round found the probable champion for the 2014 season went up against the man looking to secure the second place spot for the year. Sheets and his Thornville, Ohio based 2003 Outlander appears to be on the verge of taking the championship for the season. Tonight in the final round, he went up against the 2007 Civic of Chris Chase from Columbus, Ohio. Chase, in a battle for the second spot in the points, was looking to get the points to stay ahead of the field while keeping his chances of the title within reach. Sheets had the better reaction time and was able to stay ahead of Chase at the finish line for the win. His 18.674 on a 18.63 dial in won over the 15.767 on a 15.70 from Chase. Entering the final event of the year, Sheets leads Chase by 86 points.
The final points event for the season is set for September 24th.
September 3, 2014 - Points Race #10
Only two events are left on the schedule for the NTR - JEGS Wednesday Night Summer Series after tonight and it shows. A large gathering of racers came to the track in anticipation of both a championship and getting prepared for the final end of the year push. With everything in almost every class being tight at the top, each and every round of racing on the track seemed to change the top of the standings. When it all settled down at the end of the event, six racers claimed hard earned wins while those at the top of the points were one step closer to a title. Winning tonight was Dan Trainer Jr. (Big Dawg), Jim Hurdiss (CoughlinCars.com Street), Todd Smith (Superior Exteriors Truck), Nathan Sherrick (Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact), Blaine Rager (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School), and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (K & C Yamaha Motorcycle).
The Big Dawg final round found a pair of great MOPAR racers preparing to square off for the event win. Trainer and his 1970 Dart from Orient, Ohio returned to the track after transmission issues in August to go up against the 1979 Aspen of Dustin Goodin from Newark, Ohio. The two great racers had worked through the field to get to this final round matchup, but it would not be what everyone expected. When the call went out to fire up for the final round, Goodin's Aspen would not start. After several tries without success, Trainer would solo for the win. He lifted to a 10.654 on a 10.30 dial in to complete the win. With a semifinal finish here tonight, Dennis Meade was able to expand his lead to 53 points over new second place Scott Weisend.
When points leader Shawn Pitts lost a tight quarterfinal matchup with Mitch Williams, it opened the door for those close to the top to tighten up the gap. Second and third in the points did just that as Hurdiss and his 1990 Corvette from West Lafayette, Ohio went up against Williams and his Hebron, Ohio based 1970 Duster. Both would get even closer with a win on this night, and it looked like it would be Williams as he got a slight edge off the line. However, in a double breakout race the light shined in Hurdiss' lane. His 12.701 on a 12.71 won the race over the 12.427 on a 12.44 from Williams. With the win, Hurdiss now trails Pitts by 7 points and Williams is 29 behind in third.
For points leader in Truck Scott Congrove, the night was worse than that of Pitts in Street. After having his normal S-10 break in time trials, Congrove brought out his tow vehicle to try to stay on top but was defeated in the first round. That allowed second place Smith and his 1985 S-10 from Baltimore, Ohio to make a move. He advanced to the final round to go up against the Reynoldsburg, Ohio 1986 S-10 of Mark Swartz. After a better reaction time, Swartz felt the sting of the same breakout that affected Williams at the finish line. His 10.828 on a 10.83 was close, but fell to the 10.439 on a 10.41 from Smith. With the win, Smith now leads Congrove by 1 single point.
The Sport Compact final round was a battle for the win more than points. Sherrick and his 2004 Accent from Lancaster, Ohio would go up against the 2004 Neon of Woody Kilgore from Columbus, Ohio. With neither challenging for the top spot in the standings, it was just a battle of wills for victory that took over. With a better light off the line, Sherrick was able to stay ahead of Kilgore and force him to breakout more at the stripe. Sherrick's 18.502 on a 18.62 dial in won over the quicker 17.846 on a 18.05 dial from Kilgore. Despite a round two loss, Chad Sheets was still able to expand on his lead to 75 over Chris Chase who went out in the opening round.
At the end of the season, one of the most interesting battles for the title might be found in the High School division. Tonight's final round found Thurston, Ohio's Rager take his 1980 Camaro to the starting line up against the 1983 Camaro of Baylee Kibbey from Grove City, Ohio. With top points leaders out of competition early, this final round appearance by Rager allowed him to throw his hat into the championship ring. It was even better for Rager when he forced Kibbey to breakout at the stripe despite a slower reaction time. Kibbey's 15.163 on a 15.20 lost to the 13.896 on a 13.85 from Rager. With two events to go, Kyler Smith leads the field by 12, but Smith, Derrick Wyche, Dustin Eveland, and Rager are all within 34 points.
The only points battle that appears to be truly over is in the Motorcycle class. Incoming points leader Hutchinson Jr. brought his 1980 Kawasaki here from Columbus, Ohio and went up against the 2002 Kawasaki of Bruce McCormick in the final round. In the only final round determined off the line, McCormick left the red light glowing in his lane and gave the win to Hutchinson Jr. Hutchinson Jr. showed he would have been tough anyways as he ran a 9.478 on his 9.48 for the win. The victory puts Hutchinson Jr. ahead of the field by over 100 plus points.
August 27, 2014 - Points Race #9
The battles for the championships in the NTR - JEGS Wednesday Night Series are starting to see some interesting situations developing. With only three events left to go throughout the month of September, if you were looking towards having a shot at a title the time to move is right now. One of those racers that took advantage in this situation is Derrick Wyche. After coming close in Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School the past few events, Wyche not only scored his first event win of the season, but also grabbed one of the two spots in High School for Team NTR's Bracket Finals team. Also winning tonight was Scott Weisend (Big Dawg), Mitch Williams (CoughlinCars.com Street), Todd Smith (Superior Exteriors Truck) and Matt Freitag (Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact).
Weisend and his 1970 Camaro from Hebron, Ohio made a move towards making the Big Dawg points chase more than a two man race with his performance here tonight. After personally taking out points leader Dennis Meade in the semifinals, Weisend went up against the 1967 Camaro of Dana Thompson from Hebron, Ohio. Looking to get another round closer to the top spot, Weisend cut a .025 reaction time to get the edge off the Christmas Tree and drove around Thompson at the stripe for the win. Weisend stopped the clocks with a 10.389 on his 10.37 dial in to defeat the breakout 12.475 on a 12.48 from Thompson. With the win, Weisend moved into the third spot behind Meade and Shawn Pitts. He trails Meade by 42, who leads Pitts by 33.
Another person that made a move towards the top was Williams and his 1970 Duster from Hebron, Ohio. When incoming points leader Shawn Pitts was defeated in round one, everyone looked towards the top spot. Williams capitalized by going against Steve Little in the final round of Street. The Etna, Ohio runner was dialed very closer to Williams in the final round, but the better reaction time by Williams would prove to be critical in the matchup. Little tried his best, but the edge off the start forced him to breakout at the stripe to stay ahead. Williams ran a 12.508 on his 12.50 dial in to close out the 12.492 on a 12.52 from Little. Like Weisend, Williams moved into the third spot in the points behind Pitts and Jim Hurdiss. His deficit of 51 points is slightly more than the 40 Hurdiss is behind.
After tonight's event, the top two racers in the points were matched up in the Truck final round. Smith and his 1985 S-10 from Baltimore, Ohio waged battle with the yellow 1985 S-10 of Scott Congrove from Lancaster, Ohio. Congrove, who used a perfect light in eliminations to get to this final round race, might have had that fear of the red light in his mind. Smith mowed the tree down with a .008 reaction time to get the advantage. He then drove around Congrove and scored his second win of the season. Smith ran a 10.451 on his 10.43 dial in to get the win for the night. Congrove ran a 11.191 on his 11.08 hoping for a breakout. With the 22 point swing by winning the final round, Smith moved to within 32 markers of Congrove's lead.
Freitag, who advanced to the semifinals in Street as well here tonight, is trying his best to get back into the Sport Compact chase with his Groveport, Ohio based 2003 SLK32 entry. In his quest to do so, Freitag needed to defeat incoming points leader Chad Sheets and his 2003 Outlander from Thronville, Ohio. Freitag is always in the points battle at the end of the year, and tonight he did his part. Despite a better reaction time, Sheets was unable to stay ahead of the charging Mercedes and watched it drive around him for the win. Freitag ran a 12.731 on his 12.63 dial in to get his first win of the year over the 18.838 on a 18.65 from Sheets. Despite the loss, Sheets still leads Chris Chase by 65 points after the night. Freitag moved to within 75.
With tonight being the final event for the High School to claim points towards the Team NTR spots on the Bracket Finals, it was a critical event for these young racers. Wyche and his 2005 Dakota from Lewis Center, Ohio advanced to the final round and with it earned one of the two spots on the team. The other spot went to his opponent in the final round, Kyler Smith and his 1987 S-10 from Baltimore, Ohio. Wyche was riding the momentum from the Team NTR spot and used a great .018 reaction time to get the edge and then posted a great run to close out the charging Smith. Wyche's 18.835 on a 18.83 dial in easily won over the 13.461 on a 13.60 breakout from Smith. With the win, Wyche moved to within 1 point of Smith for the top spot and ahead of defending champion Dustin Eveland who is still in the battle as well.
The next Wednesday Night event is set for September 3rd here at NTR.
August 20, 2014 - Points Race #8
After a couple weeks off due to prep for special events on the weekends, the racers of the Wednesday Night series returned to the track for a critical four week stretch towards the championship. With only five events left in the points series, this four week run will have a dramatic effect on the championship chase in all six classes in 2014. This event found six great and worthy champions in the winner circle at the end of the night that made a mark on the championship chases in all of the classes. Winning tonight were Shawn Pitts (Big Dawg), Chris Castle (CoughlinCars.com Street), Mike Rehl (Superior Exteriors Truck), Woody Kilgore (Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact), Dustin Eveland (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School), and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (K & C Yamaha Motorcycle).
The Big Dawg category had some drama in time trials when incoming points leader Dennis Meade had engine damage in his 1978 Camaro that put it out of commission. After a backup 1955 Chevy came to the rescue, Meade worked his way through the field and advanced to the final round. The Newark, Ohio runner would go up against defending champion Pitts and his 2000 Camaro from London, Ohio. The top two points racers this season battled, with Pitts pulling a great .006 reaction time that would force Meade to breakout at the stripe. Pitts ran a 12.321 on his 12.30 dial in to win over the 11.743 on a 11.77 from Meade. With the win, Pitts moves to within 2 points of Meade at the top.
When the final round came up to the line in Street, it was two racers that are not at the top of the standings but still wanted that critical win. Castle and his Whitehall, Ohio based 1974 Duster came into the final round preparing for this weekend's double points event and qualifying for the Bracket Finals team. Waiting for him was the 2003 SLK32 entry of Matt Freitag from Groveport, Ohio. Castle put up a great .017 reaction time when he left on the handicap head start, and that might have played a role in Freitag's run as he left the line too soon with a red light. Castle scored the win with a 13.637 on his 13.69 dial in. Jim Hurdiss was able to squeeze one round off the lead of Shawn Pitts and now trails by 60 markers.
The Truck final round once again found a pair of S-10 do battle in the final round. This week, it was the 1995 S-10 of former champion Mike Rehl from Newark, Ohio going up against the 1985 S-10 of Baltimore, Ohio's Todd Smith. Both racers were looking towards picking up a win on this night to close the gap on the incoming points leaders. Smith was the quickest truck in the class, but it was that dreaded red light that found its way into his lane on this pass. Rehl scored the win with a 12.866 on his 12.80 dial in. Scott Congrove's semifinal finish did allow him to pull his lead out to 33 over Mark Swartz, but Rehl and Smith closed the gap and are now well within the chase.
The Sport Compact points leader Chad Sheets and his Thornville, Ohio based 2003 Outlander was adding points to his lead when he advanced to the final round here tonight. Going up against him was relative Kilgore and his 2004 Neon from Columbus, Ohio. If anyone thought that the fix would be in, since Kilgore is not in points for the class, then they don't know these guys well. Looking to cut each other throats in the final round race, Sheets continued a ugly trend for the night with a red light off the line. Kilgore won the race with a 17.964 on his 18.40 dial in. Despite that foul, Sheets can't be too disappointed as his lead expanded to 53 points over Daniel Webber.
High School eliminator is battling for not only the points championship but this race and the next event will play a major role in determining the two racers for the NHRA Bracket Finals team for NTR. In the semifinals, the top three in points were up against one another looking to get into those critical top two spots. The final round found the 1985 S-10 of Eveland from Zanesville, Ohio going up against the 2005 Dakota of Derrick Wyche from Lewis Center, Ohio. Both moved closer to the top spot by getting to the final round, but once again the race was over at the line. Wyche was the red light fiend on this pass and watch as Eveland scored the win. His 12.212 on a 12.18 won the race for Eveland. The win put Eveland ahead of Kyler Smith by 2 points with Wyche within 12 of the final Bracket Finals spot.
A good field of Motorcycles made it to the track on this night, but it was once again the incoming points leader that made hay in the standings. Hutchinson Jr. brought his 1980 Kawasaki Super Pro Motorcycle to the track tonight and advanced to the final round. The Columbus, Ohio runner went up against Dwight Matchack and his Burt Brothers Racing 2001 Honda from Groveport, Ohio. Both drivers were green off the line, a rarity in these final rounds, with Matchack having the slight edge. However, it was Hutchinson Jr. that was able to drive around him at the stripe for the win. His 9.576 on a 9.49 was good enough to defeat the 11.367 on a 11.20 from Matchack. With the win, Hutchinson Jr. looks to be in command for the title as he leads Tom Whiteman by over eight rounds of racing.
July 30, 2014 - Points Race #7
The second half of the season began with a better change in the weather than what the first half of the season seemed to battle. While rain was all around right before the event beginning, the rain stayed away from NTR and the racers were ready for the battle on the track. Two racers were able to keep the momentum going on this night from next week, while one racer tried for the double up but came up just short. For Chad Sheets in Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact and Baylee Kibbey in Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School, it was a double of the past weekend. But for Mitch Williams, he would have to settle for the Big Dawg win only on this night. Also winning was Chuck Dunlap (CoughlinCars.com Street), Scott Congrove (Superior Exteriors Truck), and Bruce McCormick (K&C Yamaha Motorcycle).
While points leader Dennis Meade is in Michigan running a big money event this weekend, those in the points chase were able to make a move in the standings if possible. Williams and his 1970 Duster from Hebron, Ohio returned to the final round for the second straight event and looked towards getting past that one more round. Against him would be the 1970 Camaro of Scott Weisend also from Hebron, Ohio. The race was determined off the line when Williams posted a .006 reaction time that would prove to be the difference in the double breakout race. Williams won with a 12.490 on his 12.50, while Weisend ran a 10.745 on a 10.77. With the seventh event in the books, Meade still leads the field. However, the top four of Meade, Shawn Pitts, Williams, and Weisend are all within 22 points.
Williams would be in the Street final round with the same 1970 Duster prior to the Big Dawg final round. There he would go up against the 1963 Fairlane of Dunlap from Galena, Ohio. Dunlap, who has one of the most recognizable cars in the class has been away from the winner circle for a bit. However on this night it was the time for Dunlap. Williams had a .011 reaction time, but was outdone by the .002 reaction time from Dunlap. At the stripe, Dunlap drove around Williams and scored the win with a 12.031 on his 11.98 dial in. Williams ran a 12.526 on a 12.48 to fall just short of the double. Shawn Pitts fourth round finish allowed him to pull ahead of Jim Hurdiss by 70 markers.
The top two in the points standings for Truck eliminator would work their way through the field tonight and square off in the finals for the points lead at the end of the night. Congrove and his 1985 S-10 from Lancaster, Ohio wound up defending his lead on this night against the 1986 S-10 of Mark Swartz from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. With only one point separating the two as they staged, whoever won the race would be the leader. Congrove was quicker off the line in the critical final race and used it to score a holeshot win over Swartz. His 11.006 on a 10.96 dial in won the race over the 10.783 on a 10.76 from Swartz. The win allows Congrove to expand his lead over Swartz and the field to 12.
Sheets made a moved in the points last week with his win in Sport Compact. Tonight he returned to the final round in the class with his 2003 Outlander from Thornville, Ohio. Awaiting Sheets in the final round run was the 2004 Mercedes of Matt Freitag from Groveport, Ohio. Freitag, who switched to the new rider for the event, had been good off the line all night long. But when it mattered in the final round, Freitag unfortunately left the red light glowing in his lane. Sheets completed the win with a 18.661 on a 18.57. The second win in a row pushes Sheets to the top of the standings by 11 points over Daniel Webber.
Like Sheets, Kibbey worked his way through the High School field once again and brought his Grove City, Ohio based 1983 Camaro to the finals. Tonight, it would be the 2005 Dakota of Derrick Wyche from Lewis Center, Ohio that would be his opponent. Wyche found the going in the final round the same as Freitag did in Sport Compact when the red light was also found glowing on his side of the track. Kibbey got his second win in a row with a 14.425 on his 14.45 dial in. While Kibbey is not in the points, Kyler Smith was able to stay in the points lead by 20 over Dustin Eveland.
The Motorcycle final round found incoming points leader Marshall Hutchinson Jr. and his 2006 Suzuki from Columbus, Ohio going up against the 2002 Kawasaki of McCormick from Columbus, Ohio. Hutchinson Jr. was looking to continue his expansion of the points lead with another win, but it would be McCormick that would spoil the party. Despite a slightly slower reaction time in the final round, it was the better dial in of McCormick that got the win. His 10.463 on a 10.41 dial in got the victory over the 10.028 on a 9.91 from Hutchinson Jr. Despite the runner up, Hutchinson Jr. leads Tom Whiteman by 90 points.
After a couple of weeks off, the Wednesday Night series returns to the track on August 20th.
July 23, 2014 - Points Race #6
The first half of the 2014 points chase came to an end on this night and six eventual champions are that much closer to claiming their titles. With the second half bringing with it even more excitement and enthusiasm to the track, anything can be possible in the second half. Several new winners found their way into the winner circle on this night, while others near the top of the standings expanded their leads in the standings. Tonight's winners were Dennis Meade (Big Dawg), Jim Hurdiss (CoughlinCars.com Street), Todd Smith (Superior Exteriors Truck), Chad Sheets (Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact), Baylee Kibbey (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School), and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (K&C Yamaha Motorcycle).
Meade and his Newark, Ohio based 1978 Camaro has become a mainstay in the Big Dawg eliminator class and tonight he returned to the final round. Waiting for Meade in the finals was the 1970 Duster of Mitch Williams from Hebron, Ohio. Meade has jumped into the points lead with the way that he ran here tonight and it showed with his .002 reaction time in the finals. He used that edge to force Williams to breakout at the stripe. A 12.549 on a 12.57 from Williams fell to the closer 11.095 on a 11.10 from Meade.
Hurdiss advanced to the final round with his West Lafayette, Ohio based 1990 Corvette in Street and went up against the 1978 Malibu of Granville, Ohio's Paul King. The two veteran racers in the class have squared off several times throughout the years and this final round was just as great. Hurdiss got the jump off the line in the final round and was able to run on the dial in for the win. A 12.685 on a 12.68 from Hurdiss won over the breakout 11.720 on a 11.74 from King.
Smith has seen his son Kyler do well at the top of the standings in the High School category and tonight joined his winning ways in the 2014 season. Smith and his 1985 S-10 from Baltimore, Ohio matched up with the 1985 S-10 of Scott Congrove from Lancaster, Ohio. Congrove's final round appearance gave him the points lead at the end of the night, but was looking for more against Smith. He did his best, but broke out by that painful one thousandth of a second. Smith won with a 10.447 on his 10.40, while Congrove ran a 11.069 on a 11.07.
When incoming points leader Daniel Webber was defeated in round one of eliminations, everyone in the points standings tried to make up ground on this night. Sheets and his 2003 Outlander from Thornville, Ohio would go up against the man that defeated Webber in round one Jared Bargo from Columbus, Ohio. While Sheets was the slowest runner on this night, it was consistency that would prove to be vital. Only two thousandths of a second separated the two off the line, but it was a closer dial in from Sheets in the double breakout that got the win. His 18.590 on a 18.62 was better than the 15.303 on a 15.38 from Bargo.
Kibbey entered the High School class for the first time this season with his 1983 Camaro from Grove City, Ohio. He advanced to the final round of the class to go up against the 1987 S-10 of Kyler Smith from Baltimore, Ohio. Smith was looking to join his father in the winner circle on this night, but it was not to be. Kibbey was better off the starting line and used it get the holeshot win. Kibbey ran a 14.757 on a 14.65 to get the win over the 12.082 on a 12.08 from Smith.
Hutchinson Jr. continues to expand his lead in the Motorcycle division with another win in the class. The Columbus, Ohio runner and his 2006 Suzuki got the win running a 9.660 on a 9.54 in the final round.
July 9, 2014 - Points Race #5
Racers in the NTR - JEGS Wednesday Night Series were probably as hyped up about this fantastic weather for a change as those that were here working the event. With the great weather finally making a appearance on the NTR grounds for a Wednesday Night, the racers in kind were on the grounds getting ready for a battle on this night as well as the annual Night of Thunder event on Saturday. Incoming points leaders were able to score in half of the classes here tonight as Shawn Pitts (CoughlinCars.com Street), Daniel Webber (Country Pride Restaurants Sport Compact), and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (K & C Yamaha Motorcycle) continued their winning ways. Also scoring wins here tonight were Scott Weisend (Big Dawg), Cardino Fornataro (Superior Exteriors Truck), and Blaine Rager (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School).
Weisend was a wrecking machine throughout the night with his Hebron, Ohio based 1970 Camaro. Using a string of great reaction times all night long, Weisend advanced to the final round matchup with Dennis Meade and his 1978 Camaro from Newark, Ohio. Meade was no slouch in his own right as shown by his .002 reaction time in the semifinal win to get to the final round, but it would be Weisend's night here tonight. Using a just a great .007 reaction time in the final round race, Weisend scored a hole shot win with a 10.932 on his 10.90 dial in. Meade ran a 11.045 on his 11.04 but was given the runner up. All was not lost, as Meade now leads Shawn Pitts by one point in the standings. The top four of Meade, Pitts, Weisend, and Rehl are starting to slowly pull away.
While he lost the points lead in Big Dawg, Pitts and his London, Ohio based 2000 Camaro was able to secure back to back wins in the Street eliminator division. In the final round, Pitts would go up against the veteran Jack Eppley and his Thronville, Ohio based 1973 Corvette. Once again it would be the starting line edge gained by the winning driver that would be the total difference. Pitts used that edge to run a 12.289 on his 12.21 dial in and get the win over the 14.842 on a 14.82 from Eppley. With two straight wins, Pitts now finds himself ahead of second place Jim Hurdiss by 73 markers.
Fornataro is in the process of moving from the Junior Dragster category of last season to the larger cars in 2014 and tonight was a major step in the right direction. The Newark, Ohio racer brought his 1984 S-10 to the Truck final round to go up against the 1985 S-10 of Scott Congrove from Lancaster, Ohio. Both runners were sharp in their semifinal wins as the worst light from the finalists was a .006. In the final round, Congrove was the better of the two to react to the green. However, it would be the truck of Fornataro that would find the dial in and get the win. His 12.285 on a 12.28 dial in picked up the win over the 11.099 on a 11.07 from Congrove. Congrove's runner up effort allowed him to move to within 21 points of leader Mark Swartz.
Webber is closing in on the end of his racing season here at NTR, as he is moving due to his job. If it will be a while before Webber returns, he is leaving a mark on the Sport Compact field with his 2012 Forte from Blacklick, Ohio. In the finals, Webber squared off with Woody Kilgore and his 1989 Daytona from Columbus, Ohio. Kilgore, who has been a terror on the weekend side, took his new street ride to the final round matchup looking for another win on the season. But it was Webber and his .014 reaction time that proved to be the downfall for Kilgore. A 17.666 on a 17.65 dial in for Webber easily made Kilgore break out with a 16.550 on his 16.60 trying to stay in the game. The win make Webber a 43 point leader over Chris Chase.
The High School final was shaping up to be a great battle as Rager and his 1980 Camaro from Thurston, Ohio would go up against the 1955 International of Dustin Eveland who was running Karla Eveland's truck. The Zanesville, Ohio runner was doing well in two classes of competition, but the International had a rear end issue in a round of Truck eliminator and he was unable to answer the call for the High School final round. Rager completed the win with a 14.335 on his 14.37 dial in. With the win, Rager moves to third place behind Kyler Smith and within 34 points of leader Eveland.
The Motorcycle final round found Hutchinson Jr. returning to his Kawasaki from Columbus, Ohio in preparation for the Night of Thunder event. In the finals, Hutchinson Jr. would matchup with Chris Herren and his 1997 Suzuki from Obetz, Ohio. The classic Super Pro Motorcycle vs. Street Motorcycle final round rolled to the line and it was Hutchinson Jr. off the mark first. He would use that edge to go around Herren before the stripe and secure the win. His 9.678 on a 9.48 dial in was enough to win over the 10.778 on a 10.52 from Herren. The win expands Hutchinson Jr's lead over Tom Whiteman to 55 points.
June 25, 2014 - Points Race #4
Mother Nature continues to bring herself to the party on Wednesday Nights, bringing with her rain that delayed the start of the event for a couple of hours. However, the racers of the series were undaunted and after some drying time the racing action was hot and heavy. It was fantastic racing action all night long, and all the winning drivers were worthy winners in the end. Dustin Eveland scored two event wins for the night in Superior Exteriors Truck and Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School, while Shawn Pitts fell just short of joining him in winning CoughlinCars.com Street but settled for runner up in Big Dawg. Other winners included Mike Rehl (Big Dawg), Chris Chase (Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact), and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (Motorcycle).
Eveland's first win of the night was in the High School division. His 1985 S-10 from Zanesville, Ohio matched up with the 1987 S-10 of Kyler Smith from Baltimore, Ohio. The two qualifiers for the Bracket Finals team from last season have been two of the better drivers throughout the last couple of years in the class, and the final round continued that trend. Eveland was quicker off the line in that final round race and it proved to be the difference. Smith tried to overcome the edge, but broke out at the stripe. Eveland won with a 12.194 on his 12.12 dial in, while Smith settled for runner up with a 12.220 on his 12.26. The win puts Eveland 11 points ahead of Smith in the standings.
Eveland then came up in the Truck final round with the same 1985 S-10 from High School eliminator and went up against defending Truck track champion Scott Congrove and his Lancaster, Ohio based 1985 S-10. Congrove hadn't had the type of start to the season that he was looking for, but his advancement to the final round was a turn in the right direction. The turn was stopped in the finals as Congrove left the starting line too soon and red lighted to Eveland. The double was completed when a 12.135 on a 12.12 dial in showed up on the scoreboard for Eveland. The win allowed Eveland to close to within 31 points of leader Mark Swartz.
Pitts made two final round as well for the night, the first for his 2000 Camaro from London, Ohio came in Big Dawg eliminator. There he would go up against the 1992 S-10 of Rehl from Newark, Ohio. Rehl, returning to the track after taking the 2013 season off, is returning to the form that he is known for on the track. In the final round, Rehl gained a very slight four thousandths of a second edge off the line that proved to be the margin at the stripe. Rehl's 12.950 on a 12.89 got the win over the 12.278 on a 12.21 from Pitts. The two finalists now occupy the top two spots in the points, with Pitts ahead by 21.
Undaunted, Pitts returned to the line for the Street final round looking to salvage a split for the night. Waiting for Pitts in the final round was the 1986 Mustang of Baltimore, Ohio's Brian Flanagan. Flanagan had worked his way through the tough field to have the chance to go up against the always tough Pitts in the finals. Pitts reversed the lack of an advantage from Big Dawg off the line in the Street final round and used it to force Flanagan to break out. Pitts won with a 12.193 on his 12.17 dial in, while Flanagan ran a 15.637 on his 15.77. The win gives Pitts an 31 point lead over Jason Wollenberg in the standings.
Former Overall Wednesday Night champion Chase and his 2007 Civic based out of Columbus, Ohio reached the final round in Sport Compact tonight. In the final round, the 2003 Outlander of Chad Sheets from Thornville, Ohio was his competition. Sheets had a great night off the starting line in the class and the final round was no exception. A great .018 reaction time from Sheets gave him the edge, but in a double breakout affair, the margin of stripe proved to be too big. Sheets' 18.639 on a 18.73 dial in fell to the closer 15.779 on a 15.85 from Chase. With the win, Chase vaults into a tie for the top spot with Daniel Webber after four events.
It was a import vs. domestic battle in the Motorcycle final round as Hutchinson Jr. and his Columbus, Ohio based 2006 Suzuki squared off with the 1999 Harley of Paul Vicory from New Carlisle, Ohio. Hutchinson Jr., the defending champion of the class used the final round appearance to move into the points lead and wanted to extend it with a win. That would be done as Vicory left the starting line too soon with a -.009 red light. Hutchinson won with a 9.990 on his 9.98 dial in and leads Tom Whiteman by 33 points after tonight.
The next Wednesday Night event is scheduled for July 9th.
June 18, 2014 - Points Race #3
Racing at the Wednesday Night event from last night was stopped due to rain right after the second round of CoughlinCars.com Street eliminator. Because of the event getting through first round, it is deemed complete and points are awarded for the rounds that the classes completed. We thank those in attendance and wish Mother Nature would start playing nice on Wednesday Nights.
June 11, 2014 - Points Race #2
If you are a points racer in the 2014 NTR-JEGS Wednesday Night series, you have to be one of those people that is starting to become angry with Mother Nature and the weatherperson. After two straight rainouts, the racing schedule once again found Wednesday having a threat of rain all throughout the area. This week, however, it would be a great night of racing action after a slight delay for a light sprinkle in between the open time trials. The layoff didn't seem to put a damper on the racing skills of those in attendance as the action was just as tight as it always is. Scoring wins here at the second points event of the season were Richard McMahan (Big Dawg), Paul King (CoughlinCars.com Street), Mark Swartz (Superior Exteriors Truck), Daniel Webber (Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact), Dustin Eveland (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School), and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (K&C Yamaha Motorcycle).
McMahan has been on a tear throughout the Wednesday Nights before and during the points season. Tonight, he once again put his 1993 Camaro from Newark, Ohio in the final round of Big Dawg. Waiting for McMahan in that final round matchup would be the 1970 Duster of Hebron, Ohio's Mitch Williams. In one of the closest races that happened on this night, Williams gained a .071 to .083 edge off the starting line and almost was able to chase down McMahan. It was close, but the 13.340 on a 13.32 from McMahan won the race over the 12.693 on a 12.66 from Williams by one thousandth of a second. Dennis Meade holds onto the top spot by 21 points over defending champion Shawn Pitts in the points.
Two racers that got a late jump in the points after missing the first event of the season made up for the lost time as they squared off in the final round of Street. Former champion King and his Granville, Ohio based 1978 Malibu would square off with the 1990 Corvette of West Lafayette, Ohio's Jim Hurdiss. Both racers are usually near the top of the points at season's end and they may return there in 2014. Hurdiss was slightly better off the starting line, but the Malibu of King was closer to the dial in at the stripe. Using a 11.781 on his 11.78, King picked up his first win on the year over the 12.914 on a 12.85 from Hurdiss. The win puts King 19 points behind points leader Jason Wollenberg after two events.
The Truck eliminator final round found a return to the money round of a veteran that had to miss the 2013 season. Mike Rehl and his new 1992 S-10 entry from Newark, Ohio made the final round to go up against last season's second place finisher in the points Swartz and his 1986 S-10 from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Rehl showed his year off rust is slowly fading as he was quicker off the line, but was a bit too quick on the dial in on the final pass. Rehl was forced to settle for runner up as he ran a 12.757 on his 12.80 dial in. Swartz was tight in the final round with a 10.837 on his 10.84 for the win. The win puts Swartz ahead of the field by 11 markers.
Back in 2013, two racers tended to matchup in the final round of Sport Compact throughout the middle part of the season. Tonight, the friendly rivalry renewed itself as Webber and his 2012 Forte from Blacklick, Ohio would go up against the 2003 SLK32 of Matt Freitag from Groveport, Ohio. Both drivers were very good off the starting line all night long, and in the final round the reaction time would be the difference. Webber's edge over Freitag was vital as his 17.582 on a 17.53 dial in was good enough to score the win over the 12.504 on a 12.50 from Freitag. With the win, Webber now is tied with opening race winner Nathan Sherrick in the top points spot.
Defending champion in High School Eveland wasn't able to attend the first event of the points season, but on this night he made his opening points event count. The 1985 S-10 from Zanesville, Ohio would matchup with a new player on the grounds in Derrick Wyche and his 2005 Dakota from Lewis Center, Ohio. Eveland was better off the line and would carry his S-10 around Wyche at the finish line for the win. Eveland ran a 12.205 on his 12.06 dial in to score the win over the 18.463 on a 18.24 from Wyche. With the win, Eveland moves into a tie with Kyler Smith atop the standings.
Another defending champion returned to the winner circle after missing the first points event of the season. Hutchinson Jr. brought his 2008 Suzuki to the line in Motorcycle and scored the win with a 10.002 on his 9.90 dial in. The Columbus, Ohio rider is now tied with Tom Whiteman in the points after two events.
The next Wednesday Night event is set for June 18th.
May 21, 2014 - Points Race #1
If the opening point's race for the 2014 season here at NTR are any indication of how the weather will play out for the season, then it doesn't matter what the weather people are reporting. With doom and gloom going on all around the area, the racers that started off the points year were undeterred and raced down the track to complete the event. The Sherrick family had a great night of racing action as both John and Nathan were winners, with Nathan getting around his dad for his Country Pride Sport Compact title. Other winners on this night included Dennis Meade (Big Dawg), Richard McMahan (CoughlinCars.com Street), Kyler Smith (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School), and Tom Whiteman (K & C Yamaha Motorcycle).
Meade entered the Big Dawg class tonight with his 1978 Camaro from Newark, Ohio. After a second place finish in the points last season, Meade went up against the man that defeated him for that title Shawn Pitts and his 2000 Camaro from London, Ohio. With every point mattering in the long run chase for the title, Meade got a fantastic .005 reaction time to get the edge on Pitts off the line. He would use that edge to score the holeshot victory. His 11.072 on a 11.03 dial in scored the win over the 12.231 on a 12.21 for Pitts.
The Street eliminator final round was the final pass of the night, and concluded an event that many were not thinking would reach that point. McMahan and his 1993 Camaro from Newark, Ohio has been on a tear for the past few Wednesday Night races and continued that tonight. Here he would race former Wednesday Night Street champion Jason Wollenberg from Baltimore, Ohio and his 1993 Mustang. After cutting a perfect .000 reaction time in the semifinals, McMahan might had put a bit of pressure on Wollenberg as he left the starting line too soon in his attempt to chase down McMahan. McMahan ran a 13.286 on his 13.31 for the win.
John Sherrick is pulling double duty in 2014 with his 1997 Geo Tracker from Lancaster, Ohio. The Truck and Sport Compact racer would advance to the final round in Truck to go up against the 1985 S-10 truck of Baltimore, Ohio's Todd Smith. Smith, like Sherrick, would have both himself and his son in final rounds and was looking to get an early points cushion. After a nearly even leave in the final round, Smith's entry began to sound rugged down track and would not be able to chase down Sherrick. A 20.247 on a 19.93 dial in for Sherrick got the win over the 10.966 on a 10.39 for Smith.
The family affair in Sport Compact between the Sherrick's would be intense as Nathan and his 2004 Accent would try to stop John from scoring the double. With the diversity in Sport Compact, the amount of racing skill and excitement is very vast despite the lack of quick speeds like other classes. John won the bragging rights for the two drivers with the slighter better reaction time. but it was the better car and dial in from Nathan that would prove to be the determining factor. His 19.037 on a 18.80 won the race over the 20.179 on a 19.93 for John.
A good turnout of young racers came out to compete in the first High School points event of the year and a pair of drivers from the same town would go head to head for the points lead. Smith and his 1987 S-10 from Baltimore, Ohio would go up against the 2003 Mustang of Maggie Turley. While Turley has a ton of experience going down the track with here Junior Dragster, it was Smith that entered the final round with the experience edge in the quarter-mile. It showed off the line as Smith had a better reaction time. He used it to score the win with a 12.304 on a 12.05 predicted time. Turley ran a 17.380 on a 16.95.
The Motorcycle final round was another classic battle on Wednesday Night between a bike with electronics against a street motorcycle racer. Whiteman and his 1973 Kawasaki Super Pro Motorcycle from Reynoldsburg, Ohio going up against the 2005 Suzuki street motorcycle of Lee Hackler from Baltimore, Ohio. Despite the difference in motorcycle, both racers were close in dial in for the final round. However, it was over right off the line when Hackler lit the red light in his lane. Whiteman won with a 9.841 on his 9.72 dial in.
The next Wednesday Night event is set for May 28th.
May 7, 2014
Results from tonight's Wednesday Night Event for 2014
Points Series for the Wednesday Night begins on May 21
W: Dana Thompson ('67 Camaro) - 12.297, 100.82 (12.28 dial).
R/U: Terry McGee ('65 Satellite) - 11.988, 110.77 (11.98 dial).
Semi's: Chris Wright.
W: Cameron Groff ('81 Cutlass) - 11.837, 104.07 (11.82 dial).
R/U: Richard McMahan ('93 Camaro) - 13.318, 101.52 (13.34 dial).
Semi's: Pat McFadden; Woody Kilgore.
Superior Exteriors Truck
W: Woody Kilgore ('01 Dakota) - 18.877, 72.89 (18.65 dial).
R/U: J.D. Goodlive ('95 S-10) - 10.982, 123.26 (10.83 dial).
Semi's: Mark Swartz; Scott Congrove.
Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact
W: John Sherrick ('97 Tracker) - 19.920, 69.90 (19.81 dial).
R/U: Melissa Holehouse ('10 Forte) - foul.
Semi's: Matt Freitag.
Dennis’ Vinyl Designs High School
W: Jeromy Biggins Jr. ('99 Silverado) - 16.966, 82.76 (16.88 dial).
R/U: Kyler Smith ('87 S-10) - foul.
Semi's: Dustin Eveland.
K & C Yamaha Motorcycle
W: Bob Burt ('00 Honda) - 10.696, 125.41 (10.73 dial).
R/U: Tom Whiteman ('73 Kawasaki) - foul.
Semi's: Chris Herren.
April 23, 2014
Results from the first Wednesday Night Event for 2014
Points Series for the Wednesday Night begins on May 21
W: Dan Trainer Jr. ('70 Dart) - 10.348, 123.68 (10.31 dial).
R/U: Brian Masters ('69 Nova) - 10.791, 122.85 (10.80 dial).
Semi's: Tom Bintz.
W: Richard McMahan ('00 Camaro) - 13.189, 100.30 (13.14 dial).
R/U: Roger Roberts ('89 Camaro) - 13.656, 98.87 (13.60 dial).
Semi's: Chuck Dunlap; Brandon Shaffer.
Superior Exteriors Truck
W: Jonathan Fornataro ('84 S-10) - 12.185, 106.04 (12.20 dial).
R/U: Todd Smith ('85 S-10) - 10.329, 122.43 (10.35 dial).
Semi's: Woody Kilgore.
Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact
W: John Sherrick ('97 Tracker) - 20.571, 49.48 (19.84 dial).
R/U: John Bulstrom ('02 Sentra) - 17.648, 76.18 (17.00 dial).
Dennis’ Vinyl Designs High School
W: Hayley King ('07 Grand Marquis) - 18.728, 69.42 (18.16 dial).
R/U: Brian Bahn ('71 Duster) - 12.270, 99.41 (12.30 dial).
Semi's: Cardino Fornataro; Kyler Smith.
K & C Yamaha Motorcycle
W: Richard Bodnar ('04 Suzuki) - 9.764, 132.69 (9.32 dial).
R/U: Branden Wiler ('08 Kawasaki) - 11.189, 131,81 (11.20 dial).
Semi's: Chris Herren.