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NTR - JEGS Wednesday Night Results


May 25, 2016

The 2016 JEGS Wednesday Night series got off to a strong start under great weather conditions, a welcomed and hopefully constant change from the 2015 season.  Championship drives in six classes of competition began in the 12-race series and everyone was looking towards scoring an opening race win.  Two defending track champions on the Wednesday Night series picked up where they left off by winning in their respective classes.  Defending champions Nathan Sherrick (Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact) and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (K & C Yamaha Motorcycle) returned to the top spot in the standings with their wins here tonight.  Also winning at the opening event of the year were Mitch Williams (Big Dawg Eliminator), Jim Hurdiss (CoughlinCars.com Street), Todd Smith (Superior Exteriors Truck) and Tristyn Strouse (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School).

Williams drove his 1970 Duster out of Hebron, Ohio to the Big Dawg win here tonight.  In the final round, Williams went up against the Camaro of Columbus, Ohio's Tony Hanson.  After working their way through a tough field of racing, the final round was over right off the starting line as Hanson left the red light glowing on his side of the Christmas Tree.  Williams claimed the win with a 12.455 on his 12.48 dial in.

In what was probably the best race of the night in any division, Hurdiss took his 1990 Corvette based out of West Lafayette, Ohio to the Street win.  Racing against the 1981 Camaro of Mitch Bailey from Thornville, Ohio, it was anyone's guess who would find the win light at the end of the quarter mile.  Hurdiss was able to get the starting line advantage off the start and it would end up earning him a slight holeshot win.  Hurdiss's 12.541 on a 12.54 dial in just did get around the 11.620 on a 11.62 posted by Bailey.

The two previous track champions in the Truck division would find themselves paired against one another in the final round to start the season.  Smith, the class champion from 2014, brought his Baltimore, Ohio based 1991 S-10 to the starting line against the defending champion Scott Congrove and his 1985 S-10 from Lancaster, Ohio.  This race, like the Big Dawg final, was determined off of a foul start as Congrove left the line with a -.013 reaction time.  That handed the win to Smith, who posted a 10.134 on a 10.14 dial in on his winning pass.

The Sport Compact final round found father and son on the track to determine the winner for the night.  Nathan Sherrick and his 2005 Cobalt out of Lancaster, Ohio went up against the 2001 Grand Am of father and fellow Lancaster, Ohio native John Sherrick.   Both of the Sherrick family racers are always tough off the line and on the track for sure, and that may have played a role in the final round race.  John was too anxious off the starting line and left the red light glowing, making Nathan the winner.  Nathan ran a 16.651 on his 16.69 dial in.

A great turnout of High School competitors made for some great racing action on the track.  Two former Junior Dragster drivers that have been away from the seat for a while showed that they hadn't forgotten how the racing action went.  Strouse brought his 1995 Mustang from Newark, Ohio to the final round to go up against the 2012 Cruze of Chase Meade from Newark, Ohio.  Meade was razor sharp off the line with a great .006 reaction time in the final round race, but was unable to run the number at the stripe.  Strouse, who was good off the line as well, ran a 14.960 on his 14.84 dial in to get the opening race win.

The Motorcycle final round showed how just one thousandth of a second can be the difference between success and failure on the track.  In the final round, Hutchinson Jr. and his 1980 Kawasaki from Columbus, Ohio went up against the 2008 Suzuki of Mark Piccirillo from Mount Vernon, Ohio.  With the Street Motorcycle of Piccirillo giving the head start to the Super Pro Motorcycle of Hutchinson Jr., it looked to be a great race.  However, the dreaded red light, by one thousandth of a second, came on in the lane of Piccirillo.  Hutchinson Jr. picked up the win with a 9.470 on his 9.40 dial in.

The next Wednesday Night event is scheduled for next Wednesday, June 1st.  It is also the NHRA Member Track Madness event for the season.


May 18, 2016

Final Pre-Season Wednesday Night Event.  The opening points race is set for May 25th, 2016.

Big Dawg
W: Terry McGee ('65 Satellite) 12.015 - 109.13 (11.99 dial)
R/U: Dave Ramsey ('69 Camaro) 10.479 - 125.53 (10.48 dial)
Semi 1: Derrick Wyche

CoughlinCars.com Street
W: Paul King ('78 Malibu) 11.655 - 112.01 (11.65 dial)
R/U: Andy McPeck ('08 300C) Red Light
Semi 1: Blaine Rager
Semi 2: Richard Weaver

Superior Exteriors Truck
W: Mark Swartz ('86 S-10) 10.983 - 119.50 (10.95 dial)
R/U: Scott Congrove ('85 S-10) 10.768 - 123.35 (10.78 dial)
Semi 1: Todd Smith

Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact
W: Nathan Sherrick ('05 Cobalt) 16.777 - 81.64 (16.77 dial)
R/U: Matt Freitag ('03 SLK32) 12.697 - 95.65 (13.00 dial)
Semi 1: John Sherrick
Semi 2: Amanda Rodgers

Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School
W: Derrick Wyche ('73 Duster) 12.200 - 91.06 (12.00 dial)
R/U: Blaine Rager ('80 Camaro) 13.845 - 95.72 (13.80 dial)
Semi 1: Maggie Turley

K & C Yamaha Motorcycle
W: Bob Burt ('02 Honda) 10.711 - 124.01 (10.70 dial)

 


May 11, 2016

Big Dawg
W: Michael Beard ('80 Volare) 10.683 - 112.63 (10.67 dial)
R/U: Terry McGee ('74 Duster) 13.961 - 96.28 (13.92 dial)
Semi 1: Eldon Harrell

CoughlinCars.com Street
W: John Sherrick ('03 Grand Am) 17.206 - 76.83 (17.18 dial)
R/U: Mike Handschuh ('64 Nova) 14.385 - 95.96 (14.30 dial)
Semi 1: Wayne Wollenberg

Superior Exteriors Truck
W: Todd Smith ('91 S-10) 10.317 - 130.45 (10.24 dial)
R/U: Ernie Brown ('86 Scottsdale) 13.849 - 91.25 (13.85 dial)
Semi 1: Kevin Hicks

Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact
W: John Sherrick ('01 Grand Am) 17.197 - 80.11 (17.18 dial)
R/U: Nathan Sherrick ('05 Cobalt) 16.801 Red Light
Semi 1: Venka Zarakisana

Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School
W: Maggie Turley ('03 Mustang) 16.978 - 79.28 (16.87 dial)
R/U: Blaine Rager ('80 Camaro) 14.054 - 93.65 (13.90 dial)


April 27, 2016

Big Dawg
Winner - Jeff Ronan ('70 Duster) 12.259, 105.70 - 12.24 dial
Runner Up - Billy Hoskinson ('88 S-10) 11.643, 90.84 - 11.50 dial
Semi 1 - Cameron Groff
 
CoughlinCars.com Street
Winner - Paul King ('78 Malibu) 11.671, 107.13 - 11.65 dial
Runner Up - Nathan Sherrick ('05 Cobalt) 16.535, 82.40 - 16.66 dial
Semi 1 - George Butler Jr.
 
Superior Exteriors Truck
Winner - Ernie Brown ('86 Scottsdale) 13.743, 89.17 - 13.68 dial
Runner Up - Dennis Mallernee ('12 Ram) 15.646, 89.09 - 15.69 dial
Semi 1 - Levi Ridenour
Semi 2 - Kevin Hicks
 
Country Pride Restaurant Sport Compact
Winner - Nathan Sherrick ('05 Cobalt) 16.855, 72.18 - 16.66 dial
Runner Up - Brian Moody ('99 CL) 17.645, 75.53 - 17.48 dial
Semi 1 - Michael Kommeth
 
Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School
Winner - Derrick Wyche ('05 Dakota) 18.075, 71.39 - 17.95 dial
Runner Up - Roger Aubery ('01 Stratus) 19.354, 70.84 - 19.15 dial
Semi 1 - Blaine Rager
 
K & C Yamaha Motorcycle
Winner - Austin Seelig ('06 Suzuki) 11.287, 122.31 - 11.00 dial
Runner Up - Daniel Burchett ('08 Suzuki) Broke


April 20, 2016

Big Dawg
W: Cameron Groff ('81 Cutlass) 10.859 - 121.10 (10.87 dial)
R/U: Jonathon Chatman ('68 Chevelle) 10.872 - 118.42 (10.94 dial)
Semi 1: Don Yost

CoughlinCars.com Street
W: Mike Handshuh ('64 Nova) 14.263 - 95.73 (14.28 dial)
R/U: Matt Freitag ('03 Mercedes) 12.571 - 101.23 (12.60 dial)
Semi 1: Kent Gibney

Superior Exteriors Truck
W: Josh Rose ('13 Duramax) 15.217 - 82.07 (15.00 dial)
R/U: Gary Preston ('86 S-10) 13.185 - 103.32 (12.38 dial)
Semi 1: Dennis Mallernee
Semi 2: Mark Swartz

Country Pride Restaurants Sport Compact
W: Nathan Sherrick ('05 Cobalt) 17.657 - 57.85 (16.66 dial)
R/U: Delfino Villanueva ('93 CRX) 15.443 - 83.38 (15.00 dial)
Semi 1: Matthew Small
Semi 2: Matt Freitag

Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School
W: Maggie Turley ('03 Mustang) 16.822 - 81.96 (16.67 dial)

K & C Yamaha Motorcycle
W: Chris Herren ('97 Suzuki) 10.614 - 117.39 (10.54 dial)
R/U: Austin Seelig ('06 Suzuki) 11.474 - 122.16 (11.26 dial)
Semi 1: Mark Piccirillo