Sunday, October 13, 2013
JEGS Top Gun Runoff - October 13, 2013
After being pushed back one week due to rain, the five track champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Super Pro Motorcycle, and Street Motorcycle were to return to the track for the JEGS Top Gun Runoff. Held in the 1/8 mile distance of the Halloween Hootout, the Top Gun Runoff brought a fitting conclusion to one of the most dominating seasons for a racer on the NTR grounds. Shawn Pitts completed a fantastic season with one of the best packages in the runoff's history.
Pitts posted a .006 reaction time on his runoff pass and ran a 7.705 on his 7.70 dial in for a total package of 11 thousandths of a second. Jim Kincaid II was second with a total package of .057 in a borrowed car from Dana Thompson when his Duster was broken at the final points race. Both Marshall Hutchinson Jr. and Fred Krakora broke out in their attempts at the runoff, and Mike James was unable to return for the runoff on the Halloween Hootout weekend.
NTR would like to congratulate all of the 2013 NTR Track Champions.
ET Series Race #12 - October 6, 2013
On this Sunday, six championships were on the line all day long waiting to be claimed by racers at some point. The race for event wins were the main goal for the majority of racers on the grounds, but for the select few a championship was the ultimate prize at the end of the day. None of those was more intense and exciting than the VP Racing Fuels Super 32 chase that went down to the final round of the final race. Those that were able to win the final event right before the rain poured down on the track were Bill Webb (VP Racing Fuels Super 32), Craig McKenzie (RCD RV Super Pro), Austin Eveland (Faslube Pro), Chuck Tyack (Leghorns Sportsman), Sean Robson (Super Pro Motorcycle), John D'Andrea (Street Motorcycle), Cody Hoberg (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Myah Gross (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), and Mason Gross (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3).
Super 32 qualifying was important in the final rundown of the season points. While incoming points leader Sean Graham (4.541 - Open) and Tim Brown (4.839 - Door) were the top qualifiers, it was the second round that would be critical. There, Graham would go up against Webb. When the win light came on in Webb's lane with a 4.676 on a 4.67 defeating the 4.628 on a 4.62 of Graham, it opened up the championship to Webb and Glen Ginn with an event win. Ginn's foul start in the next round made Webb the only one with a chance to catch Graham. He advanced all the way to the final round with his 2007 Race Tech dragster from Centerburg, Ohio to go against the 1966 Mustang of Rick Bailey from Centerburg, Ohio. With the title on the line, Webb grabbed a .016 to .024 edge off the line and used it to force Bailey to breakout. Webb's 4.699 on a 4.68 won over the 5.466 on a 5.48 for Bailey. The win gives Webb the title via the head to head tiebreaker over Graham. Ginn finished third for the season.
Super Pro was just as intense as six racers went into the final event with a shot at the title. Incoming points leader Fred Krakora had control of the issue, but was taken out by Cameron Shaffer in the second round. His loss opened the chance at the title to Amanda Moore, Bill Webb, and Nathanael Stilwell. Moore was taken out in the next round by Chris Hess, while Webb lost to Danny Waddle in round four. Stilwell worked his way into the quarterfinals where a win over Austin Kardules would put him on the bye run and into a final round must win for the title. However, Kardules used a .001 to .007 edge off the line to force Stilwell to breakout and give the title to Krakora. Kardules would then take his 2000 S&W dragster from Pataskala, Ohio to the final round against the 1964 GTO of McKenzie from Sunbury, Ohio. McKenzie saved his best run for last as he used a .011 reaction time to get the edge and ran a 6.210 on a 6.21 to close out Kardules. Krakora is the champion, with Moore and Stilwell tied for second, Tim Louderback, and Webb rounding out the top 5.
The Pro title was determined in round two when the two racers that had a opportunity to chase down leader Jim Kincaid II, Brett Tanzillo and Greg Held, were defeated by Doug Thompson and Richard Nihiser respectfully. The final round for the 2013 season would see two racers looking to end the year with their first win. Eveland and his new 1991 S-10 from Zanesville, Ohio would go up against the 1970 Mustang of John Sherrick from Lancaster, Ohio. Sherrick was slightly better off the starting line in the final round matchup, but wanted the stripe too much and broke out. A 10.384 on a 10.41 for Sherrick was too quick and made the 10.365 on a 10.35 for Eveland a winner. Kincaid II was followed in the top five by Patrick McFadden, Tanzillo, Held, and Tom Casto.
While the Sportsman title was wrapped up on Saturday by Shawn Pitts to complete a great season of racing for the London, Ohio racer, the event title and battle for top five spots in the points were still available on this day. The final round would find two veterans going for the final win of the season. Tyack and his 1991 Mustang from Pataskala, Ohio would go one on one with Doug Thompson and his 2000 Trans Am from Columbus, Ohio looking for the double up for the weekend. It would not happen for Thompson as he left the starting line with a -.007 red light start. Tyack won the finale with a 14.513 on his 14.54 dial in. Pitts was joined by Jim Kincaid II, Dana Thompson, Tyack, and Terry McGee in the top five for the 2013 season.
The Super Pro Motorcycle final points push had some intrigue as well. In the second round, incoming points leader Mike James would go up against second place Mark Holly. Holly needed to win the race to stay alive in the battle for the top spot. James left the line with a -.002 red light and left the door open for Holly to reclaim the top spot. Needing to get to the final round, Holly was denied against Kevin Larrick in the next round when the bike could not cover the 9.27 dial in despite a great .005 reaction time. With the title deterimined, Larrick and his 1973 Kawasaki from Baltimore, Ohio would run Sean Robson and his 1999 Kawasaki in the final round. The Johnstown, Ohio native, Robson used one of his best eliminations runs ever to take the win. Larrick had a .021 reaction time and was done right there. Robson's .004 light and 9.068 on a 9.06 dial in pass put a bow on the 2013 season. James and Holly were joined by Dave Hill, Bruce Sauer, and Bob Nugent in the final top 5 rundown.
After Marshall Hutchinson Jr. wrapped up the Street Motorcycle title the previous day, it was two riders not in the points chase that battled for the final event win. D'Andrea and his 2001 Honda was looking to go one round farther than yesterday. He would go up against the Dublin, Ohio based 2008 Suzuki of Chris Boyd in the final round matchup. D'Andrea was better off the line and never was really threatened by Boyd in the final run. His 11.137 on a 11.11 dial in was more than enough to defeat the 10.408 on a 10.00 for Boyd. Hutchinson Jr., Bob Burt, Jason Meddles, Dustin Burchett, and Jesse Fields were the top five finishers for 2013.
The Junior Dragster 1 championship was determined in the opening round when Clay Coughlin defeated Ryan Hoberg to close out Caleb Burns and claim his first Track Championship. However, neither Burns nor Coughlin would be around for the final round of racing action. Cody Hoberg and the Stilwell Racing 1996 Jegster would go up against Lancaster, Ohio's Hunter Wolfe and his 2000 Jegster entry. Hoberg, the rookie racer from Newark, Ohio, was quicker off the starting line in the final round race and never looked back. Despite being closer to the dial in with a 13.198 on his 13.15, Wolfe was defeated by the 13.640 on a 13.31 from Hoberg. The final top 5 in the class is Coughlin, Burns, Wolfe, Sabrina Duche, and Cody Hoberg.
After clinching the Junior Dragster 2 title on Saturday, Michael Ruark moved up to the Junior Dragster 3 class for the final points race. In the final round it would be two young ladies battling for the win. Gross and her 2004 Barrs dragster from Fairmont, West Virginia would go against the 2013 Bos entry of Destiny Taylor from Coshocton, Ohio. Gross would be the winner at the final points race when Taylor left the red light glowing off the starting line. Gross ran a 9.128 on her 9.10 to conclude the 2013 points season. Ruark was followed by Grace Rowe, Ryan Dovenbarger, Gross, and Nathan Altenbach in the top 5.
Two great drivers battled throughout the final event looking for the Junior Dragster 3 title. Adam Duche and Mason Gross were going for the title on this day, but only Duche had control of the situation. With the way that the ladder fell, Gross needed help to take the title in the final race. He would not get that help as Duche advanced to the semifinals and closed out Gross for the title. Gross and his 2010 Halfscale dragster from Fairmont, West Virginia would do what he could by advancing to the final round to go up against the 2005 dragster of Mark Miller from Boardman, Ohio. A nice .019 reaction time by Gross gave him the edge that he carried past Miller for the win. His 8.062 on a 8.01 dial in defeated Miller's 8.455 on a 8.40. Duche and Gross were joined by Chris Dovenbarger, Andrew Valentino, and Matt Ruzicka in the final top 5 for the season.
The JEGS Top Gun runoff between the champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Super Pro Motorcycle, and Street Motorcycle was postponed to the NTR Halloween Hootout as a major rainstorm began to fall right as the competitors prepared for the runoff.
ET Series Race #11 - October 5, 2013
The final weekend of racing action in the JEGS ET - Summit Series here at National Trail Raceway didn't look like it would happen on this day. All of the weather projections showed that having two days of racing was more a pipe dream than anything else. However, they didn't take into count the dedication and will of both the racers and crew of NTR. It might have been a long day, but the majority of the racing was run until the final rain shower at 2 AM brought an end to the event. Despite not being able to crown winners in VP Racing Fuels Super 32 and RCD RV Super Pro, the action that was completed was fantastic all day long. Taking event wins both early in the morning and on Sunday to complete the race were Jim Kincaid II (Faslube Pro), Doug Thompson (Leghorns Sportsman), Mike James (Super Pro Motorcycle), Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (Street Motorcycle), Morgan Curtis (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Michael Ruark (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), and Shelby Hamilton (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3).
The Super 32 field and eliminations were shaping up to be something rightly earned if victory was achieved. Like all season, just qualifying was important as Bryan Keller (4.286 - Open) and Mark Conkle (4.621 - Door) led the fields into eliminations. It took at 4.850 to make the Open field and a tough 5.485 to make the Door side of the ladder. When the rain finally stopped the racing action on this night, it was down to Joe Holcomb and Rick Bailey in the Door final round and Bill Leahey and Bill Webb in the Open final round. All four split the purse and the points were ended for the event.
A large gathering of Super Pro racers were focused on winning the event, but like Super 32 had Mother Nature stopped the event with her rain. Twelve racers were still in eliminations when the rain fell and all agreed to split the purse and call it a morning. Those still in eliminations were Jacob Meinert, Ron Baisden Jr., Bryan Dersoon, Dewey Boggs, Randy Estridge, Chris Bear, Cameron Shaffer, Dennis Meade, Mark Rowe, Tim Fenneman, Mike Derrick, and Chris Cadle.
Down to three cars when the rain fell, the Pro eliminator racers decided to finish on Sunday morning during time trials. In the final round, it would be Kincaid II and his Kirkersville, Ohio based 1974 Duster going up against the 2000 Trans Am of Doug Thompson from Columbus, Ohio. Kincaid, who used the final round appearance to take over the top spot in the Pro points entering the final event, earned another 11 points to his total when Thompson left the starting line too soon in the final round matchup. Kincaid completed the win with a 12.071 on his 12.11 dial in.
Thompson was disappointed that a foul start ended his chance in Pro, but he earlier in the day Sunday completed his win in Sportsman eliminations from Saturday. Down to two when the rain fell, Thompson went up against the 1970 Duster of Mitch Williams from Hebron, Ohio in the final round race. Thompson was up for the final round race and got the edge off the line against the quicker Williams. When they crossed the stripe, it was a win for Thompson that Williams had to breakout trying to overcome. Thompson ran a 13.606 on his 13.60, while Williams ran a 12.383 on a 12.42.
Like the Sportsman final round, the Super Pro Motorcycle group had gotten down to the final round when the rain fell. James and his 2004 Kawasaki from Etna, Ohio was looking to add more points towards his lead entering the final race by defeating Dave Hill and his 1984 Suzuki from Mount Vernon, Ohio. With their first hit on the track being the final round, James was ready for the matchup as his .005 reaction time gave him enough of a lead to win the race at the stripe. James ran a 9.101 on his 9.06 dial in to win the race over the 8.346 on a 8.30 for Hill.
While the other classes had to finish on Sunday, Street Motorcycle was able to get their final round in before the rains. Hutchinson Jr., who wrapped up the Street Motorcycle championship by getting to the final round, took his 2006 Suzuki from Columbus, Ohio against the 2001 Honda of John D'Andrea from Westerville, Ohio. Both riders had respectable reaction times for the late hour, but it was Hutchinson Jr. that had the closer dialed in bike in the final round. His 10.004 on a 9.98 was the winner when D'Andrea took way too much stripe with a 11.303 on his 11.65 predicted time.
The Junior Dragster 1 category found a pair of young ladies from out of state meeting on the track for the NHRA Wally. Morgan Curtis and her 2011 Diamond dragster from Ann Arbor, Michigan would go up against the West Mifflin, Pennsylvania based dragster of Sabrina Duche. Both ladies had worked their way through a tough field of racers, including points leaders Clay Coughlin and Caleb Burns to make the final round race. Duche would be given the head start in the final run, but she was unable to light the green bulb in the final run. Curtis secured the win with a 13.150 on her 13.03 dial in. Duche ran a 13.914 on her 13.85 to settle for the runner up.
The Junior Dragster 2 final round was a match up between two racers that have battled at the top of the points standings for most of the season. By advancing to the final round on this day, Michael Ruark and his 2008 Halfscale dragster from Galena, Ohio had earned enough points to wrap up his first National Trail Raceway track championship. The 2013 NHRA North Central Division 10-12 year old runner up would battle against the 2003 JR Race Cars dragster of Ryan Dovenbarger from Caldwell, Ohio. Dovenbarger, who stopped Kaitlyn Curtis from joining her sister in final rounds here today, was looking to get more points in his quest for finishing second in the points. However, like in the Junior Dragster 1 final round, it was the slower dialed in Dovenbarger that felt the sting of the red light in his lane. Ruark capped off the championship winning event with a 8.943 on his 8.90 dial in. Dovenbarger ran a tough 8.938 on his 8.93 after the foul start.
While the Junior Dragster 1 and 2 classes were run with little interruption, the Junior Dragster 3 class had to deal with a rain delay that pushed the late rounds of the class back into the later evening conditions. Undaunted, two veteran racers with some impressive stats would square off for the win. Shelby Hamilton, the winner of the North Central Division's large Fun Race last season, brought her Dresden, Ohio based 2006 Halfscale dragster to the line to go up against former NHRA Eastern Conference Finals champion Nicholas Altenbach and his 2012 Halfscale based out of Westerville, Ohio. Altenbach, who stopped Adam Duche in the semifinals from joining his sister in the final rounds on this day, was looking to add to his Wally total on this night. But in the end, the pattern for the event was seeing the red light show its ugly head in each of the final rounds. Hamilton got the win before leaving the line when Altenbach left too soon. She completed the win with a 7.978 on her 7.96 dial in. Altenbach ran a 8.077 on his 8.05.
Also in attendance today was the final championship event for the Buckeye Stock/Super Stock series. The Championship runoff between the 16 qualifiers throughout the season came down to Jeff Ross and his 1972 Barracuda from Barton, Ohio and John Buehler and his 1964 Coronet from Dover, Ohio. The title was over off the line when Buehler left the red light glowing giving Ross the win with a 11.272 on his 11.28 dial in.
In the Buckeye Stock/Super Stock race, the rain called the final event down at three cars. Those still in competition and splitting the purse were Fred Burkhart, Thomas Patete, and Ryan Rudrick.
ET Series Race #10 - August 25, 2013
With all the pressure off for trying to make the NHRA North Central Division Bracket Finals team for National Trail Raceway, the only minor issue left to determine in the 2013 season is who will wear the crown of Track Champions here at the end. With only one weekend of racing action left in the JEGS ET - Summit Series for the year, those at the top of the standings are having to put their best foot forward if they want the chance at the title. For one class, today was that final day of the season as the JEGS Quick 330 Shootout crowned the first champion for the year. While she didn't get the event win, Maggie Turley was able to wrap up her first championship with a strong semifinal finish to end the season. Highlighting the other winners was the Nugent family sweeping the Motorcycle classes as Michael (Super Pro Motorcycle) and Bob (Street Motorcycle) got the job done. Other winners were Chris Cadle (RCD RV Super Pro), Shaun Bemiller (Faslube Pro), Nick Hastings (Leghorns Sportsman), Clay Coughlin (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Myah Gross (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), Joseph Bay Jr. (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3), and Kenny Carson (JEGS Quick 330 Shootout).
It has been a great season for Cadle overall as he wrapped up a IHRA Division crown earlier in the year. Today, the Monroe, Michigan native brought his 2011 Diamond dragster to the final round matchup in Super Pro against Fred Krakora and his 2011 Diamond dragster from Grafton, Ohio. The two dragsters went to the line in the final round with two great drivers that didn't miss the mark in the final round. Cadle had a .007 to .013 edge off the line and never looked back. His 4.929 on a 4.92 got the win over the 4.761 on a 4.75 from Krakora. While the runner up wasn't what he was looking for, Krakora used the points gathered today to move into the top spot by 32 points over Tim Louderback entering the final weekend.
The buyback route came into play for the Pro final round as Bemiller used it to bring his 1933 Plymouth Roadster to the final round. The racer from Pataskala, Ohio would go up against the 1979 Malibu of Rick Watson from Buckeye Lake, Ohio. Two of the quicker cars in the Pro class pulled to the line for the final round race and were wired to the tree. Bemiller's .010 light was better than the .019 from Watson and it would help him out for the win. Watson broke out with a 10.344 on a 10.36 trying to stay ahead of the charging Bemiller's 9.794 on a 9.78 pass. Patrick McFadden and his Dragmaster entry has been consistent throughout the year and enters the final weekend with a slight 9 point lead over Brett Tanzillo.
Coming from Shelby, Ohio, Hastings and his trusty white Mustang worked his way through the Sportsman field to reach the final round. There, it would be the red Mustang of Chuck Tyack from Pataskala, Ohio waiting for him. The great matchup for the final round was tempered right off the line when Tyack left the starting line with the red light glowing on his side of the track. Hastings was the winner and lifted down track to save the car. He posted a 13.599 on his 12.10 predicted time. Jim Kincaid II was able to pick up some ground on the points leader Shawn Pitts going into the final weekend in October, but still trails him by 63 markers.
Michael Nugent has had a great season throughout the area, but just had not tasted the same success here until today. Entering the race without a time trial, Nugent took his Dayton, Ohio based 1980 Kawasaki to the final round to go up against the 1999 Kawasaki of Johnstown, Ohio's Sean Robson. Nugent was in the final round and wasn't going to let the opportunity to slip by on this day. He used a great .010 reaction time to get the advantage off the green and then ran a 9.453 on his 9.45 to win the race. Robson was forced to run a breakout 9.021 on his 9.08 to take the stripe. A semifinal finish by Mark Holly today allowed him to extend his lead over Mike James to 23 points with two to go.
Bob wasn't as quick in his win in Street Motorcycle as Michael was in the Super Pro Motorcycle final. Nugent and the Dayton, Ohio based Hondamatic that they both periodically run was matchup up with the 2006 Suzuki of Jason Meddles from Columbus, Ohio. In about a ten second difference from father to son in dial ins for the final rounds, Nugent was given a break in the final round when Meddles was timed out by the Autostart system in the final round matchup. Nugent cruised down the track to a 39.354 on his 19.47 dial in to complete the win. Bob Burt, like Jim Kincaid II in Sportsman, was able to shave a few points off the lead of Marshall Hutchinson Jr. but still finds himself 64 points behind.
The final race for the RoC spots in the Junior Dragster Bracket Finals, the Junior Dragster 1 final round would determine the spot as the two racers tied for the top spot entering today ran in the final round. Coughlin and his 2011 American dragster from Delaware, Ohio went up against the 2001 Bos entry of Caleb Burns from Fredericktown, Ohio. The winner of the final round race would be the points leader by 11 entering the final weekend and have the chance at the RoC spot. Burns had the better light, but it was a closer dialed in car for Coughlin that scored the win. His 12.997 on a 12.95 won the race over the 13.023 on a 12.90 for Burns.
With Michael Ruark wrapping up the RoC spot last night, the Junior Dragster 2 final round would match up Gross and her 2010 Halfscale dragster from Fairmont, West Virginia against Dylan Spring and his 2004 KCS entry from Newark, Ohio. In his second final round in a row this weekend, Spring was looking to make amends for the runner up yesterday. However, it was that dreaded red light by twelve thousandths that bit Spring in the final round matchup. Gross got the win with a 8.952 on her 8.97 dial in. Ruark was able to expand the lead over Grace Rowe to 86 entering the final weekend.
The Junior Dragster 3 final round appearance by Adam Duche and his Halfscale dragster from West Mifflin, Pennsylvania allowed him to get around good friend Mason Gross for the RoC spot. Waiting for him in the final round looking for his first points race win was Bay and his 2000 Nervo Coggin entry from Blacklick, Ohio. Both drivers dialed 7.90 in the final round, and the starting line was vital for the winner. Bay picked up a eleven thousandths of a second edge and used it to win the double breakout affair. His 7.879 was closer than the 7.854 for Duche. With the two final events left, Duche leads Gross by 2 points.
The points chase for the Quick 330 class was ended after qualifying when Turley was able to secure the #3 spot in the field with a 4.431 second pass. Grace Rowe would end up at the top of the field with a stout 4.404 in Preston Tanner's second entry. She would advance to the final round to run against the #8 qualifier Carson and his 2013 Halfscale dragster from Lebanon, Ohio. Carson anchored the field with a 4.556, but was able to run the number throughout the day. In the final round, the Marengo, Ohio low qualifier left too soon and handed the win to Carson. He ran a 4.559 on his 4.56 dial in to not only with the race but move into second for the final standings.
The JEGS ET - Summit Series finishes up with two final races on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th.
ET Series Race #9 - August 24, 2013
One of the biggest race on the calendar for the 2013 season each and every year, the final points race for the NHRA North Central Division Bracket Finals team lived up to its potential here tonight. Drama was around each and every turn throughout the night as it was nip and tuck for those both trying to hold onto the crucial Race of Champions spots and those just trying to get into the already tight field. Every round win here tonight had a lot of meaning to those in the pair and others watching from the grandstands. Add in the bonus NAPA Night and the prestigious Beat the Heat World Finals and it was quite a night of action. Securing wins here tonight under the lights were Nathanael Stilwell (RCD RV Super Pro), Cary Longfellow (Faslube Pro), Dana Thompson (Leghorns Sportsman), Kevin Larrick (Super Pro Motorcycle), Bob Burt (Street Motorcycle), Morgan Curtis (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Ryan Dovenbarger (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), and Shelby Hamilton (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3).
Coming into tonight's race, Stilwell and his 2011 Pickens dragster from Baltimore, Ohio was trying to fend off others looking a spot on the Bracket Finals team. Afterwards, he's looking towards the points leader more. In the final round of racing, it would be Stilwell going up against the 2007 Race Tech dragster of Bill Webb from Centerburg, Ohio. Both dragsters closed out the bracket racing for the night and didn't disappoint. Stilwell had the better light with a .013 and used a great running car for the win. His 5.360 on a 5.35 dial in got the better of Webb and his 4.674 on a 4.66 dial in. In the RoC race, Dale Foss had to watch both Amanda Moore and Fred Krakora come up just points short of the top spot. Foss leads Tim Louderback by just 2 points, with the top six of those four and the two finalists only separated by 23 markers.
The two finalists in Pro were trying to score a win after being dealt a tough opening round loss earlier in the day. Longfellow and his 1991 S-10 from Whitehall, Ohio would go up against the Camaro of Brett Tanzillo from Pataskala, Ohio. Tanzillo, who saw an opening round loss to Jeff Spring spoil his chances of taking the Pro RoC spot, and Longfellow used the buyback route to reach the final round encounter. There, a slight starting line edge for Longfellow wasn't a major factor. The loose spark plug wire on Tanzillo's entry was more of an issue. Longfellow got the win with a soft 11.391 on a 10.99 dial in for the win over Tanzillo's troubling 10.956 on a 10.31. Pat McFadden, who lost to Longfellow in the semifinals, was able to score the points necessary to take the top spot in the standings and RoC spot by 19 over Tanzillo.
While the RoC spot in Sportsman was wrapped up early in the day by Shawn Pitts, he wasn't around for the final round of racing action. It would be last year's Top Gun Champion Thompson and his 1967 Camaro from Hebron, Ohio that would square off with the 1993 Camaro of Richard McMahan from Newark, Ohio for the win. Thompson is starting to look like his run from last year from behind might be brewing here in 2013. In that final round matchup, Thompson was off the mark with a .024 reaction time that proved to make McMahan too quick at the stripe. Thompson stopped the clocks at a 12.521 on his 12.50 dial in, while McMahan ran a 13.209 on his 13.25. Pitts, who lost in round three tonight, leads Tyack and the field by 64 points.
Super Pro Motorcycle saw the resurgence of Larrick and his 1978 Kawasaki from Baltimore, Ohio. The runner has had success in the Wednesday Night series, but had missed out on the weekends. Tonight he turned that around against the 1976 Kawasaki of Corey Gillman from Amanda, Ohio. Both Larrick and Gillman had a great pass in the final round matchup, but only one would be able to win. Larrick's .007 reaction time got him the edge over the .015 for Gillman. As they hit the stripe, it was Gillman there too quick as he 9.195 on a 9.20 fell to the 9.272 on a 9.25 for Larrick. Mark Holly, who like Foss in Super Pro, was defeated in round one and watched as both Mike James and Bob Nugent fell just short of getting around him in the standings. Holly leads James by the same that Foss leads Louderback, 2 points.
Another former Top Gun Champion came to the forefront in Street Motorcycle. Burt and his 2000 Honda from Orient, Ohio advanced to the final round to go up against the 2002 Suzuki of Eric Rodgers from Delaware, Ohio. Burt hasn't had the type of year that he usually has, but tonight he was on. After getting the edge off the starting line in the final round, Burt ran a 10.541 on his 10.53 dial in to win the race over the 10.355 on a 10.30 for Rodgers. With the win, Burt puts himself back into the picture for the Track Championship. Marshall Hutchinson Jr. still leads him however by 74 points.
The 8 & 9 year old class in Junior Dragster had two new players in the final round of competition here today. Curtis and her 2011 Diamond dragster from Ann Arbor, Michigan came into the final round to go up against the 2013 American dragster of Madi Shaw from Perrysburg, Ohio. Both young ladies were running well in the early rounds, but it was the dreaded red light that came up in Shaw's lane for the championship round. Curtis took the win with a 13.189 on her 13.08 dial in. With neither ladies in the points, the battle stays tight between the top racers as Caleb Burns and Clay Coughlin are tied for the top spot.
Dovenbarger has retuned to the winner circle here at NTR for the first time this season. The runner from Caldwell, Ohio took his Junior Dragster up against the 2004 KCS dragster of Dylan Spring from Newark, Ohio in the final round. Both racers were looking for their first win on the season. Spring had the better light, but might have been too anxious for that first win of the year and took too much stripe. His 8.985 on a 9.00 was one hundredth of a second too quick to Dovenbarger's 8.925 on a 8.93 breakout. Michael Ruark went far enough here today to wrap up the RoC spot for the Junior Dragster Bracket Finals at Kil-Kare this September. He leads Grace Rowe by 75.
Celebrating a birthday on Tuesday, Hamilton and her 2006 Halfscale dragster got her weekend off to a great start by winning the Junior Dragster 3 event here today. The Dresden, Ohio runner would go up against Cardino Fornataro and his 2012 Halfscale dragster from Newark, Ohio in the finals. Like in the Junior Dragster 1 final round, it would be the red light telling the tale in the final round matchup. Fornataro lit the lamp in this instance and watched Hamilton get the win with a 7.927 on a 7.95 dial in. After a round one loss by incoming points leader Adam Duche, Mason Gross used his semifinal finish to move ahead of him by 20 points with one event left in the RoC chase.
In the Beat the Heat World Finals racing, it was the Royal Palm Beach, Florida runner Ray Alonso and his 1985 S-10 getting the Top class win over Rick Wilkin and his 1991 Camaro from Hillsboro, Ohio. On the Mod side, it was a nice 1974 Porsche from Fort Worth, Texas driven by Scott Celak that defeated Rick Brown and his Zion, Illinois based 1955 Bel Air. In the Overall runoff, it would be the Porsche and Celak that got the Beat the Heat Crown over Alonso.
ET Series Race #8 - July 28, 2013
What a long, strange trip it has been in the 2013 JEGS ET - Summit Series here at National Trail Raceway. After tonight, only two weekends of points action will be left to determine the Track Champions for the year. With only four races left in the chase for the title, and only one more for the NHRA North Central Division Bracket Finals team in Indianapolis, the pressure on this night was going up. Add in the NHRA Summit King of the Track and it brought the very best out for the racers. Over 300 participants took to the track looking for glory, but it was one lady that changed the script on the entire night. Amanda Moore not only took the RCD RV Super Pro event win, but also took the King right out of the King of the Track event and put the Queen on the throne for 2013. Other winners included Corey Griffith (VP Racing Fuels Super 32), John Lawson (Faslube Pro), Doug Thompson (Leghorns Sportsman), Steve Wycuff (Super Pro Motorcycle), Pops Luzader (Streeet Motorcycle), Sabrina Duche (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), and Frankie McCullough (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3).
53 racers took to the track looking to qualify for the 32 spots in the Super 32 category for the day. Leading the pack on both sides of the ladder entering round one would be Danny Waddle Jr. (4.477 - Open), and Rob Shank (4.673 - Door). Those that were fortunate to qualify in the random Rocks Trailer Sales bonus spots for the day were Randy Estridge in Open and Ed Harper in Door.
Like it always is in bracket races, consistency is the key for wins, and no two drivers in Super 32 had it more than the finalists on the night. Griffith took his 2009 American dragster from New Albany, Ohio to the final round to go up against the 1991 Probe of Terry Whitt Jr. from Franklin, Ohio. Both runners had been very consistent throughout the event and the final showed how important that would be. Whitt had a great .008 reaction time to get the edge off the line, but Griffith would use his quicker entry to sneak out the win at the stripe. Griffith's 4.794 on a 4.79 squeaked past the 5.192 on a 5.16 for Whitt. The margin of victory was a one thousandth of a second at the stripe. Sean Graham was eliminated by Griffith in the second round of action, but still leads Glen Ginn by 31 points with two events left in October.
The large Super 32 field added to the large Super Pro field and a win on this night was well earned. Moore and her 2002 Undercover dragster worked her way through the field with precision to go up against defending track champion Tim Fenneman and his 1980 Camaro from Thornville, Ohio. The driver from Columbus, Ohio was spotting Fenneman the head start off the line, but it wasn't a problem as Fenneman left the line too soon with a -.002 foul. Moore would have been tough as she was .007 off the line and shut down to a 5.728 on her 5.23 dial in when she saw the win light on. The win by Moore allowed her to move into the third spot in the points and in the fight for the title. Dale Foss still leads, but is only two points ahead of Tim Louderback with one event left for the Race of Champions spot at Indy to go.
The Pro final round would come down to two racers with a long line of success here at NTR going for the win. Lawson and his 1971 Duster from Pataskala, Ohio was looking to stop John Patterson and the Webster Racing 1985 Regal from Whitehall, Ohio from getting to the winner circle. Both are always tough when they come to the line and tonight was no exception. Lawson would use a better reaction time to his advantage in the final round run as they both broke out at the finish line. Lawson's 9.985 on a 10.00 dial in got the win over the 10.611 on a 10.67 pass for Patterson. Brett Tanzillo was stopped in his hot streak by Patterson in the semifinals, but he has climbed to the top spot of the points by 23 over new second place Jim Kincaid II.
While John Lawson was rocking in Pro, his sister Laura Trainer was taking her 1974 Challenger to the final round in Sportsman and looked to join Moore as a second lady in the runoff. Hoping to stop the lady from Orient, Ohio in the final round was Thompson and his 2000 Trans Am from Columbus, Ohio. Whenever there is a NHRA Wally on the line, the best of the best climb to the top and tonight was no exception. Thompson would get the better reaction time in the final round, and when you coupled that with a 13.515 on a 13.51 dial in pass Trainer had little to do but breakout. She posted a 12.050 on her 12.06 dial in to end up as the runner up. Despite disappointed with a fourth round loss on this night, Shawn Pitts was able to expand his lead to 63 points in the standings.
A pair of Kawasaki bikes would go against one another for the Super Pro Motorcycle win. Wycuff and his 1997 version from Pickerington, Ohio was looking to stop Freddie Castle and his 1973 Kawasaki from Reynoldsburg, Ohio from having a shot at his second NHRA Wally for the year. The current National Dragster Challenge winner is starting to get on a roll and that might be bad for the rest of the competition. However, on this night the roll that Castle was on stopped when the dreaded red bulb illuminated in his lane. That -.008 reaction time allowed Wycuff to score the win with a 9.056 on a 9.02 dial in pass. Mark Holly used a semifinal finish to Wycuff to move into the points lead by 8 over defending champion Bruce Sauer.
Street Motorcycle has brought with it in 2013 a unique battle between the high performance street versions of Suzuki and Honda against the slow but steady Hondamatic entries from the early 1980's. On this night, the final round would have another such battle for the win. Luzader and his 1981 Hondamatic from Columbus, Ohio would run against the 2008 Suzuki of Dustin Burchett from Groveport, Ohio. With an over eight second wait on the tree via the dial in, Burchett needed to have patience in the final round run. Luzader had the better reaction time and put together a fantastic 17.890 on a 17.89 pass to close out the charging Burchett's 9.437 on a 9.29 pass. Marshall Hutchinson Jr. used a semifinal finish, like many tonight, to expand the points lead to 105 over Jason Meddles.
It was a long week for the Junior Dragster racers in Bristol, Tennessee, but a large gathering returned to the track today to keep the racing bug alive in all of them. The Junior Dragster 1 final round would find Duche and her 2005 dragster from West Mifflin, Pennsylvania going up against Hunter Wolfe and his 2000 Jegster from Lancaster, Ohio. Duche, who had a .002 and .005 reaction time in qualifying wasn't as good off the starting line in the final round, but the car was more than capable of getting the young lady her first NTR win on the year. A 12.938 on a 12.90 dial in scored the win over Wolfe's 13.556 on a 13.00 pass. With four races to go, Clay Coughlin and Caleb Burns are in a dead heat tie for the points lead.
A large gathering of Junior Dragster 2 racers would go after the win here today. The final round was scheduled to be Monica Roberts and her 2005 RPC entry from Troy, Michigan going up against the 2001 Halfscale entry of Chrissy Mackie from Milford, Michigan. Both racers ran the final round, but an error in the timing system at the finish line made the winner inconclusive. With all of the action on the track, lateness of the event and long drive for both they were both declared winners for the day. Michael Ruark used a third round result to move ahead of Grace Rowe by 54 points.
After a titantic first round matchup between the top two points earners in Junior Dragster 3, Mason Gross and his 2010 Halfscale dragster from Fairmont, West Virginia was looking towards gaining as many points as possible. In the final round, he would go up against the 2003 Halfscale dragster of Sheffield Lake, Ohio's McCullough. Both known as tough racers, it wasn't a surprise that the starting line would be the determining factor. Gross was too anxious off the line and left the red light glowing. McCullough got the win with a 8.022 pass on his 7.96 dial in. Gross used his runner up finish to move to within one point of Adam Duche in the points.
In the NHRA Summit King of the Track runoff, it would be Thompson taking the first crack at the best package event. A 13.512 on a 13.49 dial in pass, along with a .027 reaction time gave Thompson a .049 total package. Wycuff was next to try his hand, but it wasn't to be as he not only had a disappointing reaction time, but also experienced engine damage on the pass that slowed him way off the 9.05 dial in. Lawson then went out after a track check for Wycuff and took the top spot with a .002 reaction time and a 10.031 on a 10.00 pass for a .033 package. Luzader took his shot, but a .040 reaction time off the line eliminated him. With Moore left to go, she pulled the dragster to the line and scored a .006 reaction time. As she crossed the finish line at the 1/8th mile the numbers were crunched in the tower. With the scoreboards off for the runoff, it was a couple of tense seconds as Moore came back up the return road. When the numbers were figured it was Moore's 5.254 on a 5.23 dial in that won the title with a .030 total package.
NTR congratulates Moore and the rest of the winners here tonight at the NHRA Summit
King Queen of the Track event. The next event is scheduled for August 24th during the Beat the Heat event.
ET Series Race #7 - June 30, 2013
After seeing the National Dragster Challenge and VP Super 32's third event be rained out on June 16th, the racers of National Trail Raceway made a second attempt under less than ideal weather predictions for the area here today. Everything started off well until a large rainstorm looked to bring an early end to the racing action. However, with all of the hard work from the NTR crew and punctual responses from the racers after the rain stopped, all classes of competition were completed for the day. Five deserving champions were able to raise the NHRA Wally in victory here today, while others were able to make up ground in the points chase as well. Those taking the NHRA Wally here today were Dale Foss (RCD RV Super Pro), Dennis Meade (Faslube Pro), Dana Thompson (Leghorns Sportsman), Freddie Castle (Super Pro Motorcycle), and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (Street Motorcycle). Also winning here today was Sean Graham (VP Racing Fuels Super 32), Hunter Wolfe (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Michael Ruark (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), and Makenna Brown (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3).
Defending VP Super 32 track champion Graham came out of the number three qualifying position to win the Open side of the field. He used a 4.610 on a 4.60 dial in to win the Open side over Bryan Merkle who left the red light glowing in his lane. That pushed the 2008 American dragster from Gahanna, Ohio into the overall final round up against the 1986 Thunderbird of Reynoldsburg, Ohio's Gary Varney. Varney, who defeated Tim Fenneman in the Door side of the ladder to reach the title round, had mechanical issues off the line in the final round that spelled his defeat. Graham was able to drive around Varney for the win with a 4.730 on his 4.60 dial in. The win, coupled with incoming points leader Glen Ginn's round one loss to Bill Rowe allowed Graham to take the points lead by 21.
One of the most consistent cars on the grounds all day long was the 2000 Worthy dragster of Foss from South Euclid, Ohio. Using a 5.17 dial in all day long, Foss would go up against the 1985 Camaro from Stoutsville, Ohio of the Edgar family with Tyler behind the wheel. Another dragster versus door car battle in Super Pro would end up seeing the dragster being the better of the two like in Super 32. Foss would be behind off the line, but the quickness of his dragster would prove to be very important at the finish line. Edgar tried to back into the charging dragster but mistimed the stripe and broke out with a painful 6.486 on a 6.49. Foss won with a 5.233 on his 5.17. Like Graham, the win by Foss and opening round loss by incoming leader Tim Louderback to Edgar would allow Foss to take the points lead by 2 markers.
One of the hottest racers in the area, Meade and his 1978 Camaro from Newark, Ohio would continue his great run here today. After winning in Indianapolis during the U.S. Open event, Meade went after the ND Challenge Wally in Pro. In the final round matchup, it would be Meade up against the 1981 T-1000 from Parma, Ohio of Jose Diaz. Both tough competitors, neither one wanted to give anything off the starting line. However, it was Diaz that pushed the tree too much in the finals and red lighted with a -.003 bulb. Meade secured the win with a 10.999 on his 10.99 dial in. Meade's win pushes him into the eighth spot in the standings, now led by Patrick McFadden by 1 over Tom Casto.
With five winners from last year having the opportunity to repeat their ND Challenge triumph, only one was able to get back to the final round. In Sportsman, it was last year's NTR Top Gun Champion Thompson and his 1967 Camaro from Hebron, Ohio going for a repeat. To get that, Thompson would have to get past the 1974 Duster of good friend Jim Kincaid II from Kirkersville, Ohio. The two always put on a great show whenever they go against each other and today was no exception. Kincaid had a .031 to .038 edge off the green, but it was the Camaro of Thompson that saved the day. A 12.447 on a 12.43 for Thompson scored the win over the 12.152 on a 12.12 for Kincaid. Today's win puts Thompson into the top 5 for the points, but Shawn Pitts still leads despite losing to him in the semifinals.
It is safe to say that the 2013 season for Castle and his 1973 Kawasaki from Reynoldsburg, Ohio has not been exactly what he has been looking for. But today, it was him in the winner circle for the first time this year. Castle would get the win by defeated fellow Reynoldsburg, Ohio rider Mark Holly and his 1976 Kawasaki. When you're having a tough season, anything can turn it around and for Castle the final round appearance might just be that. Castle was pumped off the line with a great .007 reaction time that forced Holly to breakout at the finish line trying to stay ahead. Castle's 8.912 on a 8.90 dial in won the race over the 9.308 on a 9.31 for Holly. That runner up finish puts Holly within 13 markers of leader Bruce Sauer in the points. Castle's win puts him into a tie for 8th spot.
Patience is a virtue, and for Hutchinson Jr. and his 2006 Suzuki from Columbus, Ohio that was the case in the Street Motorcycle final round. Hutchinson would go up against the 1981 Hondamatic from Trotwood, Ohio rode by defending NHRA Division 3 Motorcycle champion Bob Nugent. Nugent would put pressure on Hutchinson Jr. right off the line as his 20.20 dial in up against the 9.88 dial in for Hutchinson Jr. would test his metal at the starting line. Nugent would have the better light in the final, but just being green with such a wait is tough for anyone. Hutchinson Jr. charged after Nugent, but it was Nugent that was too quick and broke out at the stripe. Hutchinson Jr. won with a 9.896 on his 9.88 dial in . Nugent ran a 20.143. Hutchinson Jr. expanded his lead to 84 over Jason Meddles.
Two drivers had been making a push away from the rest of the field in the Junior Dragster 1 category, but Wolfe and his 2000 Jegster from Lancaster, Ohio put his hat back into the race with his racing here today. In the final round, it was Wolfe going out to stop points leader Caleb Burns and his Fredericktown, Ohio based 2000 Bos entry. Wolfe was up to the task off the starting line with a better reaction time that would prove to be important when the scoreboard lit up. Wolfe's 12.994 on a 12.90 was further off the dial than Burns' 13.021 on a 13.00, but the reaction time was enough for the win. Wolfe now sits in third spot in the points, 32 behind Burns with Clay Coughlin sandwiched between.
One driver who is still on a roll this season is Ruark and his 2008 Halfscale dragster from Galena, Ohio. In his third straight final round, Ruark would go up against the 2013 Halfscale of Division 3 8 & 9 year old champion Logan Cook. Cook, from Pataskala, Ohio, was looking to win his first event in the 10-12 class. However, Ruark's .018 reaction time would prove to be the kill shot in the final round run. Ruark's 8.921 on a 8.90 dial in was enough for the win over the breakout 8.891 on the equal 8.90 dial in of Cook. Ruark's lead expanded over Grace Rowe, who he defeated in the semifinals, to 34.
While family member Jeg was going through the Pro Stock field at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, Brown and her JEGS sponsored 2012 Halfscale entry from Powell, Ohio scored her first win in the Junior Dragster 3 category this season. It was shaping up to be a great final round as Brown was opposed by Trey Sizemore and his Indiana based dragster. Both drivers are tough outs in the final when they are there, but on this day it was Sizemore that ended up taking himself out. A red light showed on the Christmas Tree ending his day. Brown completed the win with a 7.929 on her 7.93 dial in. Brown is now tied for fifth in the points as they all chase after Adam Duche who leads by 33.
The JEGS ET - Summit Series takes some time off for Night of Thunder and the like before going back at it for the NHRA Summit Racing King of the Track event on Sunday, July 28th.
ET Series Race #6 - June 15, 2013
A large gathering of great racers from the Midwest converged on National Trail Raceway this Father's Day weekend for the halfway point of the 2013 JEGS ET - Summit Series. In addition to that, the 25th Anniversary JEGS Super Quick Series made their return to NTR to continue their chase towards a North Central Division championship. A lot of great racing action ran all day long and anyone that got the win on this day truly earned it. Leading the win in the winner circle was Bill Leahey with his first JEGS Super Quick win. Also winning tonight was Kendra Rienschield (RCD RV Super Pro), Brett Tanzillo (Faslube Pro), Dana Thompson (Leghorns Sportsman), Bruce Sauer (Super Pro Motorcycle), Roger Burt (Street Motorcycle), Clay Coughlin (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Grace Rowe (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), and Jaeden Durst (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3).
Leahey, who qualified for the Super Quick field in the #5 spot with a 4.52, brought his 1999 Race Tech dragster from Columbus, Ohio to the line in the final round. Opposing him in that final round matchup was Tony Virgio and his 2006 Spitzer entry from Cloverdale, Indiana. Virgio, who qualified right in the middle of the field with a 4.566, is looking to improve on his third place finish in the points last season and a win tonight would greatly help that. However, it was the quicker release of the button from Leahey that did the trick. His .014 to .023 edge off the line was just enough as Leahey ran a 4.709 on his 4.70 dial to win over the 4.545 on a 4.54 for Virgio.
Another great turnout of Super Pro racers went after the win and it was two from the Hoosier state that would battle for the win. Rienschield and her 2007 American dragster from Brookville would go up against the 2008 Racecraft dragster of defending JEGS Super Quick champion Jeremy York from Muncie. Both drivers, who were taken out in eliminations early in the Super Quick event, made up for that disappointment by reaching the finals here. Rienschield got the better of the two starts and forced York to run under the dial in trying to stay with her. A 4.662 on a 4.66 for Rienschield won over the 4.603 on a 4.61 for York. The points standings had limited change as all top competitors went just as far in eliminations. Tim Louderback still leads Fred Krakora by 51 markers.
After leaving earlier in the day to watch a dance recital with his daughter, Tanzillo was able to return to the track and took his Camaro from Pataskala, Ohio to the final round of Pro. Waiting for him was the 1983 S-10 of Kettering, Ohio's Rich Wilson. Both were close on the dial in for the final round race, and were just as close off the line. A clutch .008 light for Tanzillo got the edge over the .015 for Wilson. At the stripe it was a 10.307 on a 10.26 showing under the winlight on the scoreboard for Tanzillo. Wilson ran a 10.174 on his 10.11. The win allowed Tanzillo to move into a tie for third place in the points behind leader Tom Casto.
Defending Top Gun champion Thompson has been struggling all season long, and needed a buyback after round one, but it may be starting to turn around after getting the Sportsman win. His 1967 Camaro from Hebron, Ohio ran fellow Hebron, Ohio racer Mitch Williams and his 1970 Duster. The race looked to be great off the line, as Williams had the better reaction time off the line. However, mechanical issues may have fallen on the Duster as he slowed dramatically from his previous runs. Thompson won with a 12.455 on his 12.33 while Williams ran a 12.808 on his 12.60 dial in. Everyone behind the top three were given a chance to catch up as Shawn Pitts, Chuck Tyack, and Jim Kincaid II were all eliminated in a brutal round one. Pitts still leads by 13.
After a couple of off weekends for him, a win by Sauer this past week at the NHDRO event might have seen him turn the corner. Tonight, the Reynoldsburg, Ohio racer took his 1976 Kawasaki back to the final round in Super Pro Motorcycle. Sauer would go up against the 2000 Kawasaki of Scott Sheppeard from Springfield, Ohio in the championship run. Sauer left little doubt that he is back on his game as he used a .004 reaction time and a 9.199 on a 9.19 pass to leave Sheppeard very little chance. Sheppeard's .034 light a 9.062 on a 9.05 would win a lot of races, but not on this night. With the win and first round loss by incoming points leader Dave Hill, Sauer now occupies the top spot in the standings by 23.
With this scheduled to be National Dragster Challenge tomorrow, it almost seemed certain that a Burt would be found in a final round matchup tonight. It would be not just one but two in the Street Motorcycle final round as Roger and his Honda from Grove City, Ohio went up against the Honda of brother Bob from Orient, Ohio. Roger's bike might be slower than Bob's but in this matchup his reactions were much quicker. A better light by Roger would lead to the holeshot win at the finish line for him as well. A 11.262 on a 11.23 for Roger got the better of the 10.568 on a 10.55 for Bob. Marshall Hutchinson Jr., who fell to Bob in the third round tonight, still leads the field at the midway point.
The two racers in Junior Dragster 1 that were tied for the points lead entering tonight would go against one another in the final round to see who would lead at the midway point. Coughlin and his 2011 American dragster from Delaware, Ohio went up against Caleb Burns and his 2000 Bos entry from Fredericktown, Ohio for the win. Coughlin was able to get the better of the two off the green in the final round and carried it around Burns for the win and points lead. A 13.012 on a 12.90 for Coughlin won over the 13.212 on a 13.15 for Burns.
It was a repeat of the previous race on the schedule in the Junior Dragster 2 final round as Rowe and her 1997 Strickland dragster from Marengo, Ohio would go up against Michael Ruark and his 2008 Halfscale dragster from Galena, Ohio for the win. Both have started off the season strong and they were both looking to keep the momentum going. Rowe, who had lost the two previous final round matchups, was only eight thousandths of a second behind off the line but had the car and the dial to make it up. Her 8.934 on a 8.90 was good enough to win over the 8.954 on a 8.90 for Ruark. Ruark still leads the class, but with the win Rowe closes in to within 12 points.
Two racers drove here to NTR from Fostoria, Ohio and would matchup up in the final round of the Junior Dragster 3 class. Durst and his 2007 Pickens dragster would go up against the 2009 American entry of Schuyler Turner. Both great racers were confident of picking up the win, and it was shown on the track. Durst had a slight three thousandths edge off the line in the final round run and used every bit of it to score the double breakout final round race. His 8.018 on a 8.03 got the win over the 7.882 on a 7.90 for Turner. With the top three in the points not able to get past round one, Adam Duche held on to the lead by 31 over Andrew Valentino.
ET Series Race #5 - May 26, 2013
It was a long and hard fought battle all day long, but the final racing action at National Trail Raceway for the Memorial Day Weekend was concluded with very deserving winners taking home the event wins. All of the great racing action was provided by the large gathering of equally great racers that made pass after pass down the track today. The amount of great racers was proven on the track as only Andrew Valentino in the JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3 class was able to repeat from yesterday and win both weekend events. Winning the other classes at this fifth JEGS ET - Summit Series race date was Glen Ginn (VP Racing Fuels Super 32), Tim Louderback (RCD RV Super Pro), Harry Sycks II (Faslube Pro), Jim Kincaid II (Leghorns Sportsman), Mark Holly (Super Pro Motorcycle), Jason Meddles (Street Motorcycle), Simone Walker (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Michael Ruark (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), and Preston Tanner (JEGS Quick 330 Shootout).
The qualifying for Super 32 was tough on Saturday with 51 entries, but Sunday was even tougher as 56 tried and the warmer weather gave many some performance gains. Tim Brown (4.707 - Door), and Sean Graham (4.542 - Open) took the #1 spots on the ladder, while it took a stout 5.398 to make the Door side and 4.885 to crack the Open side. Ginn had to settle for the #2 spot today on the Open side, but his 2003 Undercover dragster from Galion, Ohio found the final round. He would run against the #12 qualifier from the Door side Steve Theodor and his Lancaster, Ohio based 1963 Corvette. The final round was over quickly however, as Theodor was too quick on the button and red lighted his chances away. Ginn won with a on the dial 4.580 on his 4.58 for the win. With the win, Ginn leads the points over Sean Graham after the first two events.
85 entries made the first round call for Super Pro, meaning that whoever was able to win the race would have earned it. Louderback and his Xenia, Ohio based 2008 dragster worked his way through the field and made the final round matchup. Waiting for him was the 2007 American dragster of Sean Graham from Gahanna, Ohio. Both dragsters worked their way through the tough field without the use of a buyback and put on a good final round. Louderback was better off the line with a .009 reaction time that would prove to be the difference. Graham tried to get past him, but broke out trying to doing so. A 4.714 on a 4.72 for Graham never caught the 5.062 on a 5.05 for Louderback. The victory puts Louderback past Fred Krakora into the top spot of the points by 41.
Pro was just as tough as 53 racers went after the event win on this night. Unlike the Super Pro final round, the two Pro racers had to use the buyback path but made the most of it. Sycks and his 1971 Cutlass from Sunbury, Ohio would go up against the 1969 GTX of John Tolliver from Newark, Ohio. Both drivers were looking to make the winner circle after a long time waiting, but only one would be successful. Sycks had the better reaction time in the matchup and drove around the slower Tolliver for the win. His 10.333 on a 10.27 won the race over the 10.887 on a 10.80 for Tolliver. With both not in the points, it is Tom Casto who has moved into the top spot after a strong weekend of racing. He leads Shaun Bemiller by 18 markers.
After exacting a little revenge on Shawn Pitts by winning their quarterfinal matchup today, Kincaid and his 1974 Duster from Kirkersville, Ohio made his second straight final round in Sportsman for the weekend. Tonight, he went up against the 1991 Mustang of Chuck Tyack from Pataskala, Ohio. With the points leader out of competition, both were looking towards cutting further into the lead. Kincaid would get the better of the two reaction time and scored the win on the holeshot. His 12.079 on a 12.00 was farther away from the dial than the 14.349 on a 14.32 for Tyack, but by seven thousandths of a second got the win. With the runner up, Tyack now trails Pitts in the points by 13 points. Kincaid sits in third.
The defending North Central Division champion in Super Pro Motorcycle was in the final round yesterday, and today another former National Champion was in the final round as Dave Hill and his 1984 Suzuki from Mount Vernon, Ohio worked his way there. Against him in the final round was Holly and his 1976 Kawasaki from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Hill had the quickest bike on the grounds this weekend, and it makes it tough on many riders to find him at the finish line. Holly was .011 on the start for the edge, and when Hill's bike lost high gear it looked to be over. Holly, however make it tight as he posted a 9.122 on a 9.12 for the win. Despite the loss, Hill does take the top spot in the points by 32 over Phil Freeland and Bob Nugent.
Like Kincaid in Sportsman, Meddles and his 2006 Suzuki was making his second final round of the weekend and was looking to not finish as a runner up once again. Tonight it was the 2004 Suzuki of Richard Bodnar Jr. that would be his opponent. Meddles was great off the starting line with a .015 reaction time, but it proved to not matter as Bodnar Jr. was too quick off the brake and red lighted. Meddles scored his first win of the season with a 9.835 on his 9.72 dial in. With the win, Meddles now sits in the second spot of the points, 31 points behind Marshall Hutchinson Jr.
There were only two female racers that were running in the Junior Dragster 1 class today. That didn't seem to bother them as Walker and her 2002 Motivational dragster from Fostoria, Ohio went to the final round to go up against Sabrina Duche and her West Mifflin, Pennsylvania based entry. It was Duche that would get the better reaction time in the final round, but her car was too quick at the stripe. The win light shined in Walker's lane as her 13.130 on a 12.97 dial in won over the 13.526 on a 13.55 for Duche. The points standings finds a tie at the top spot between Caleb Burns and Clay Coughlin.
For the second time this season, it was a final round battle in Junior Dragster 2 between Ruark and his 2008 Halfscale entry from Galena, Ohio going up against the 1997 Strickland dragster of Grace Rowe from Marengo, Ohio. In the first matchup, it was Ruark that got the win. Today, it was Ruark with the better reaction time off the line by an hundredth of a second. At the finish line, it was Ruark that was ahead and closer to the dial in for the win. His 8.933 on a 8.90 won the race over the 8.973 on a 8.92 for Rowe. With his second event win of the year, Ruark now leads Rowe by 23 points in the standings.
Two different thought patterns were in play for the Junior Dragster 3 final round. Valentino and his 2006 KCS dragster from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania was looking for two wins in a row, while Adam Duche and his Halfscale dragster from West Mifflin, Pennsylvania was looking to score a win for the family after his sister was a runner up earlier in the day. In the final, there was no stopping Valentino. His .019 reaction time was better than Duche off the line and when the 7.902 on a 7.90 was on in Valentino's lane it was enough for the win. The third final round appearance of the year for Duche puts him in the points lead by 34 points over Kenny Carson. Valentino sits in 5th spot.
17 drivers tried to crack the Quick 330 8-car field and it was Eldridge, Iowa's Isaac Payne that sat on the top spot with a 4.350 pass. Anchoring the quick field was Trey Sizemore with a 4.580. However, neither one of them would be around for the final round race. Tanner and his Rensselear, Indiana based 2012 Halfscale dragster came from the #5 spot to race against the #2 qualified 2012 Halfscale dragster of Makenna Brown from Powell, Ohio. Both were looking for their first wins ever in the Quick 330 series. Tanner had the slight edge off the line and used it to force Brown to breakout at the finish line. Tanner's 4.515 on a 4.50 won over the 4.354 on a 4.36 for Brown. Both jumped into the title fight with their performances. Maggie Turley and Kenny Brown, the top two in points, were both defeated in round one. Turley enters the second half of the year with a 10 point lead.
The next scheduled JEGS ET - Summit Series event is during the JEGS Super Quick event on Saturday, June 15th. The National Dragster Challenge is the following day with the third Super 32 event.
ET Series Race #4 - May 25, 2013
Day one of the Memorial Day Weekend events here at National Trail Raceway saw a great turnout of racers attacking the track. It wasn't the exact weather forecast that many of us are use to seeing in late May, and it did bring a premature end to the final class in competition but all the racing action on the track was more than enough to make up for the cooler temperatures. The first of six VP Racing Fuels Super 32 races was put on the track as well today and it was extremely tough to even make the field. Randy Estridge continued his great start to the season as he scored the first Super 32 win for the season. Other winners today included Jason Wheatcraft (Faslube Pro), Shawn Pitts (Leghorns Sportsman), Bruce Sauer (Super Pro Motorcycle), Roger Burt (Street Motorcycle), Caleb Burns (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Nathan Altenbach (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), and Andrew Valentino (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3).
A total of 51 racers tried their hand in qualifying for the first VP Racing Fuels Super 32 race of the season. When the dust settled after qualifying it was Mark Conkle (4.743 - Door) and Glen Ginn (4.534 - Open) were on top of their respective sides for round one. When the final round came around it was Estridge and his 2007 Adkins dragster from Chesterville, Ohio found his way to the final round from the #10 qualifying spot. There he would meet Kenny Snopps and his 1994 Cavalier from Lost Creek, West Virginia. Snopps, who made the field as an alternate, used his good fortune to make the final round. However, that good fortune was missing in the final round when he left the red light glowing with a -.003 light. Estridge was ready as he was .003 green off the line and cruised to a 5.734 on his 4.77 dial in for the win.
Two of the dominate racers from last week's Mo-Power Event here at NTR worked their way through the Pro eliminator class and matched up once again in the final round. Wheatcraft, who won the Pro class at Mo-Power with his 1967 Barracuda from Jamestown, Ohio would go up against the 1933 Roadster of Shaun Bemiller from Pataskala, Ohio. Both nine second entries were running well all day long and the final was another great matchup. Wheatcraft had the better reaction time and used it to win the race on a holeshot. His 9.939 on a 9.92 got the win over Bemiller's 9.798 on a 9.79 dial in. The total margin of victory was six thousandths of a second at the stripe.
It took Pitts over a year to get his first victory in the Sportsman class after a great rookie campaign, but now it seems he has it figured it out. Once again, Pitts took his 2000 Camaro from London, Ohio to the final round. Tonight he went up against the 1974 Duster of Jim Kincaid II from Kirkersville, Ohio. The final set up to be great after Kincaid had run dead on the dial in and Pitts was perfect off the start in the semifinals. In the final, Pitts was two thousands of a second better off the start and closer to the dial at the stripe for the win. His 12.158 on a 12.10 scored over the 12.071 on a 12.00 for Kincaid.
Two veterans of the Super Pro Motorcycle division made up the final round tonight as defending NTR Track Champion Sauer and his 1976 Kawasaki from Reynoldsburg, Ohio went up against the defending North Central Division Champion Bob Nugent and his 1982 Kawasaki from Dayton, Ohio. Both great champions has a long list of accomplishments, but only one would be the winner on this night. Sauer had the better .009 reaction time to Nugent's .017 light. He then rode past Nugent in the lights for the win. His 9.182 on a 9.14 dial in lit the win light over the 9.747 on a 9.70 for Nugent.
Roger Burt made the final round for the first time this season with his Honda from Grove City, Ohio. His opponent would be the 2006 Suzuki of Jason Meddles from Columbus, Ohio. Burt doesn't have the quickest bike in the class, but consistency is the goal in the bracket racing series and he had that all night long. Meddles, however, had the better reaction time in the final round. Both got to the stripe, with Meddles ahead but by too much in the double breakout. Burt's 11.187 on a 11.20 won over the 9.724 on a 9.79 for Meddles.
Last year's North Central Division runner up in the 8 & 9 year old class, Burns and his 2000 Bos entry from Fredericktown, Ohio is always a tough opponent. Today, Burns would go up against the 1996 Jegster of Cody Hoberg from Newark, Ohio in the final round of Junior Dragster 1. Burns had the slightly better reaction time in the final matchup, but it was the closer dial in at the stripe that won the race for Burns in the double breakout. His 13.120 on a 13.23 was better than the 13.064 on a 13.25 for Hoberg.
Altenbach and his 2012 Halfscale dragster from Westerville, Ohio made its way to the final round of racing action in the Junior Dragster 2 class for the first time in the season. There he would go up against the 2010 Halfscale dragster of Myah Gross from Fairmont, West Virginia. Gross, who was the best on the tree in qualifying, was late on the start in the final round with Altenbach and it cost her. Altenbach scored the holeshot win at the finish line with a 9.064 on a 8.96 getting the better of the 9.039 on a 9.03 for Gross.
Mason Gross, the brother of Myah, tried to score the win in Junior Dragster 3 with his Fairmont, West Virginia based 2010 Halfscale and split the day for the family. Standing in his way was the 2006 KCS entry of Valentino from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Both drivers are great at both ends of the track and this final proved it once again. Gross was slightly better off the line, and took just enough stripe to win the race. However, it was Valentino who had the win light in his lane after the heartbreaking breakout was shown in Gross's lane. A 7.906 on a 7.90 for Valentino won over the 7.905 on a 7.91 for Gross.
The RCD RV Super Pro division was down to six cars left in the large field when the cold temperatures that are unseasonable for this time of the year brought a stop to the proceedings. All six racers split the purse for the night and the points were stopped for the rounds that were completed. Those still in competition were Gwayne Honeycutt, Craig McKenzie, Randy Estridge, Joel Pitzen, Camron Kardules, and Mike Patton.
ET Series Race #3 - May 5, 2013
It was quite a difference that greated the racers of the JEGS ET - Summit Series here at National Trail Raceway from the first weekend of racing competition. The cold and windy weather from April was replaced with great overcast warmth that made the action on the track just as fantastic. It was a couple of weeks since the first two events and several new drivers scored wins for the first time in 2013. For Shawn Pitts, the race results in Leghorns Sportsman was a repeat as he scored his second straight win in the category. Other winners today were Brett Spring (RCD RV Super Pro), Doug Baker (Faslube Pro), Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (Super Pro Motorcycle), Bob Burt (Street Motorcycle), Clay Coughlin (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Alexis Tanner (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), Nick Isenhower (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3), and Maggie Turley (JEGS Quick 330 Shootout)
The Super Pro final round was quite intriguing from the outside as Spring and his 1969 Dart from Newark, Ohio went up against the S & W dragster of Austin Kardules from Pataskala, Ohio. Spring, who ran the Dart in both Super Pro and Pro, had advaned through the tough field with no electronics to go up against Kardules. Spring got a handicapped head start in the final round, and the nearly two second edge on the 1/8 mile distance might have played into the -.010 reaction time by Kardules lighting the red bulb. Spring got the win running a 7.276 on his 7.25 dial in. A third round finish today by incoming points leader Fred Krakora kept him ahead of Dale Foss by 50 points.
Baker brought his wheelstanding 1987 Mustang all the way to the Pro final round. The Newark, Ohio runner was matched up with John Patterson Jr. from Whitehall, Ohio driving Brian Webster's Buick Regal. Baker, who in back to back rounds of competition ran right on his dial for the Armor Paving and Sealing Dead on the Dial Award, used a .022 reaction time to get the edge off the starting line on Patterson. Baker then was able to drive around the Regal for the event win. Baker ran a 9.483 on the 9.46 dial in to win over the 10.649 on a 10.57 for Patterson. Jim Kincaid's late round finish allowed him to move to within three points of leader Brian Cireddu in the standings.
After getting his first win in Sportsman at the last ET event, Pitts and his 2000 Camaro from London, Ohio seems to have decided to make a habit of getting back to the winner circle this season. In the final round, it was the always tough Chuck Tyack and his 1991 Mustang from Pataskala, Ohio. Right from the start, Pitts began to cut into the head start given to Tyack by getting the better reaction time. Pitts then used a 12.277 on a 12.27 dial in to win for the second time in a row. Tyack was very close but brokeout with a 14.339 on a 14.34 dial in. Both drivers are in the top two spots in the standings, with Pitts ahead by 13 markers.
A pair of Kawasakis matched up against one another for the final round matchup in Super Pro Motorcycle. Hutchinson Jr. brought his 1980 version from Columbus, Ohio to the line to go up against the 2004 version of Mike James from Etna, Ohio. The final round was a great matchup as Hutchinson Jr. got a very slight .032 to .034 edge out of the gate. Hutchinson Jr. then was able to keep a wheel out in front at the quarter mile for the win. His 9.521 on a 9.52 closed out the 9.040 on a 9.02 from James. The win moved Hutchinson Jr. into the third spot in the points, 30 points behind leader Phil Freeland.
Street Motorcycle found defending champion Burt, having to go through the buyback path to put his Orient, Ohio based 2000 Honda in the final round, going up against the 2006 Suzuki of Marshall Hutchinson Jr. in a chance for a double up. However, it was Burt's psych .011 reaction time that would prove to be way too much for Hutchinson Jr. to overcome at the finish line. A 10.680 on a 10.59 for Burt was enough to win over the closer 9.879 on a 9.86 for Hutchinson Jr. Despite losing in the final round, Hutchinson Jr. was able to take the lead in the points away from Burt due to earning all of his points without a buyback.
The Junior Dragster 1 final found two racers looking for their first win of the season as Coughlin and his 2011 American dragster from Delaware, Ohio was matched up with the 2000 Bos entry of Caleb Burns from Fredericktown, Ohio. Both drivers were also looking towards making up ground on early points leader Hunter Wolfe after his early round exit. Coughlin had the better reaction time in the final round and won in a double breakout affair. Coughlin ran a 12.864 on his 12.90 to win over the 12.825 on a 12.95 for Burns. The win puts Coughlin 11 points behind Wolfe in the standings.
Moving up to the 10-12 year old division this season, Tanner and her 2006 Halfscale dragster based in Rensselaer, Indiana went up against Michael Ruark and his 2008 Halfscale dragster from Galena, Ohio. Ruark, going for his second win of the year, had a great .011 reaction time in the final round but was not able to run close enough to the dial in. Tanner ran a 8.940 on a 8.90 to win the race over the 9.006 on a 8.90 for Ruark. With this runner up finish, Ruark moves 22 points ahead of Grace Rowe and Ryan Dovenbarger.
Two drivers not new to final rounds went head to head in the final round of Junior Dragster 3 for their first win here at NTR in 2013. Isenhower and his Halfscale dragster from Lebanon, Indiana was up against Mark Miller and his dragster from Boardman, Ohio. Isenhower was the quicker car on the track, and on the reaction time as well with a great .002 reaction time for the edge. Isenhower then drove around Miller and won the final round on the holeshot. A 7.939 on a 7.91 for Isenhower put him in the winner circle over the 8.282 on a 8.27 for Miller. Early round losses by those at the top of the standings makes the points race close, but Adam Duche still leads by 12 over Kenny Carson.
Finally in the Quick 330 series, 15 races went after the 8 spots on the ladder for the opening round of eliminations. Leading the way was the low qualifying efforts of Devin Isenhower with a 4.297 pass. The field was anchored by Mark Miller with a 4.606 pass. Like it was at the first event of the season, it would be the top two qualifiers going head to head in the final round. Isenhower and his Halfscale dragster from Lebanon, Indiana was looking to join his brother in the winner circle for the day as he went up against Turley and her Halfscale entry from Baltimore, Ohio. All of the excitement however, was cured off the starting line as Isenhower left the red light glowing in his lane and gave the win to Turley. She ran a 4.488 on her 4.49 to win the race. The event win by Turley moved her past Kenny Carson and into the lead by 9 points.
The next JEGS ET - Summit Series events are scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend. Those events on May 25th and 26th will feature the beginning two events of the VP Racing Fuels Super 32 and the third JEGS Quick 330 Shootout on Sunday.
ET Series Race #2 - April 14, 2013
The conclusion of a long and winding weekend came late in the evening on this day, but the competition on the track was just as intense for the second of 12 JEGS ET - Summit Series events here at NTR. A lot of great racing filled the mid April day and several great racers found their way into the winner circle. Hunter Wolfe started off his season with a perfect two event wins in two races as he won in the JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1, while Kenny Carson doubled up for the day winning in JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3 and the JEGS Quick 330 Shootout. Also winning was Dale Foss (RCD RV Super Pro), Brian Cireddu (Faslube Pro), Shawn Pitts (Leghorns Sportsman), Phil Freeland (Super Pro Motorcycle), Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (Street Motorcycle), and Courtney Grisez (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2).
Two black dragsters brought the event to its conclusion as Foss and his 2000 Worthy entry from South Euclid, Ohio went up against the 2002 Mullis dragster of Pataskala, Ohio's Paula Holman. Both drivers had done a great job running close to the dial in all day long and reaction time would prove to be vital in the final matchup. Foss got the edge with a .020 reaction time and used every bit of it to stay out in front of Holman at the stripe. Foss posted a 5.083 on his 5.06 dial in to win over the 5.038 on a 5.03 for Holman. The win moved Foss into second place in the points behind opening race winner Fred Krakora
Cirredu was running his Brunswick, Ohio based 1967 Camaro in both the Super Pro and Pro divisions here this weekend, and advanced to the final round in the latter to go up against the 1970 Skylark of East Rochester, Ohio's Fred Underwood. The final matchup would test slightly the patience of Cirredu as Underwood got a sizeable handicapped head start. That patience was rewarded with the better of the two lights off the start. Cirredu then drove around the Skylark to pick up the win. His 6.526 on a 6.51 predicted time scored over the 8.121 on a 8.10 for Underwood. With the victory, Cirredu moved around points race #1 winner Doug Thompson by 20 points for the lead.
Throughout his 2012 National Trail Raceway Rookie of the Year campaign, Pitts and his 2000 Camaro from London, Ohio would get to the final round only to come up short. Tonight, it was Pitts getting that elusive first win in Sportsman as he defeated the 1972 Nova of Phil Hurst from Milan, Ohio. Both cars were dialed very even for the final round race and that might have led to the unfortunate red light that was found glowing on the side of Hurst. Pitts won with a 7.735 on his 7.72 dial in, while Hurst finished with a 7.702 on his 7.73 posted time. The win by Pitts helped him move into the second spot in the points, 19 tallies behind James Ring.
After a couple of years off of the points trail here at NTR due to business, Freeland and his 2007 Kawasaki from Pleasantville, Ohio is back in the title chase and few riders of Super Pro Motorcycle are happy about that. The talented rider went up against the defending champion Bruce Sauer and his Kawasaki from Reynoldsburg, Ohio in the final matchup tonight. Sauer was great off the line, with a .012 reaction time, but Freeland showed he hasn't forgotten how to ride with an even better .007 bulb. Freeland then held off Sauer at the finish line for the win. Running a 5.847 on a 5.80 dial in, Freeland took care of the 5.793 on a 5.75 from Sauer. The win and third round finish from the first event puts Freeland into a tie with Dave Hill for the top spot of the points ladder.
Hutchinson Jr. has been a mainstay at the top of the Street Motorcycle field for the past several years, and his quest for the 2013 title got a great start with his win here tonight. In the final round, it was the 2006 Suzuki of Hutchinson Jr. going up against the 2006 Suzuki of fellow Columbus, Ohio rider Jason Meddles. In a race that is very had to do with electronics, let alone on a Street Motorcycle both riders left the line with identical .000 perfect reaction times. Meddles tried to stay ahead of the quicker Hutchinson Jr. but took too much stripe and broke out. A 6.431 on a 6.26 for Hutchinson Jr. was good enough over the tough 6.481 on a 6.49 for Meddles. Hutchinson Jr.'s two final round and one win puts him 22 points ahead of Bob Burt in the points.
Wolfe and his 1997 Jegster dragster from Lancaster, Ohio remains the only undefeated car through two points races here at NTR. The Junior Dragster 1 competitor went up against a third generation of the Coughlin family as Clay Coughlin was the opponent in his 2011 American from Delaware, Ohio. Wolfe got the edge off the start with a very nice .069 reaction time and scored the win when Coughlin broke out at the stripe. A 13.077 on a 12.90 dial in won for Wolfe over the too quick 12.977 on a 13.00 for Coughlin. The win puts Wolfe 44 points ahead of three drivers; Coughlin, Caleb Burns, and Cody Hoberg, in the points.
Girl power dominated the final round of Junior Dragster 2 as Grisez and her team from Vermillon, Ohio went up against the 2011 Gage dragster of Kaitlyn Curtis from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The two young ladies went into the final round evenly matched through their earlier runs and were looking to get the final win light. Grisez got a two hundreths of a second advantage off the line and scored the win in a virtual dead head finish. Grisez ran a 9.043 on the 8.95 dial in to win over the 8.993 on a 8.92 for Curtis. The total margin of victory at the finish line was a scant six ten thousandths of a second. Grace Rowe and Michael Ruark are tied atop the points standings after two events.
Adam Duche and his Halfscale dragster from West Mifflin, Pennsylvania was trying to match Hunter Wolfe in two straight wins to begin the season, but would end up on the wrong side in the final round of Junior Dragster 3 against Carson and his new 2013 Halfscale from Lebanon, Ohio. Duche gained one hundredth of a second off the line with his quicker reaction time, but it was the power of Carson that got him not only his first win of the year here at NTR, but the chance to double up later in the day. Carson's 7.927 on a 7.90 won over the 7.942 on a 7.90 for Duche. With the two final round appearances, Duche leads Carson and the field by 32 points.
The first Quick 330 event found defending points champion Carson sitting on top of the 8 car field with a 4.525, one thousandth ahead of second qualifier Maggie Turley's 4.526. The bump was occupied by Sonsee Trubach with a 4.809. The final round matched the top two qualifiers as Carson brought the same 2013 Halfscale dragster to the line against Turley's 2006 Halfscale entry. Turley had gotten quicker throughout the night and was dialed in quicker then Carson in the final round, but the red cherry illuminating in her lane spelled the end of her night. Carson completed the double with a 4.556 on his 4.54 dial. Turley stopped the clocks with a 4.497 on her 4.50 dial.
The next scheduled JEGS ET - Summit Series event is set for Sunday, May 5th. It will also include the second of five JEGS Quick 330 Shootout events for 2013 here at National Trail Raceway.
ET Series Race #1 - April 13, 2013
The first of twelve races in the 2013 JEGS ET - Summit Series kicked off on a cool and windy Saturday here at NTR. The racing action was delayed as the track crew worked on getting the track temperature ready for competition. However, the race was unable to finish on Saturday as the cooling track brought an end to the racing action midway through the second round. Undaunted, the racers returned the following day and concluded the first race of the season on Sunday. Winners for the opening race in the season included Fred Krakora (RCD RV Super Pro), Doug Thompson (Faslube Pro), Steve Layton (Leghorns Sportsman), Dave Hill (Super Pro Motorcycle), Bob Burt (Street Motorcycle), Hunter Wolfe (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 1), Michael Ruark (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2), and Adam Duche (JEGS.com Junior Dragster 3).
The battle between dragsters and door cars got an early start in 2013 as Krakora and his 2011 Diamond dragster out of Grafton, Ohio went up against the 1976 Pontiac Astre of Ron Baisden from Columbus, Ohio. Baisden, who had joined the Armor Paving and Sealing Perfect Package group here at NTR with a 6.040 on a 6.04 dial in pass in the quarterfinals, found himself behind off the line in the final round matchup. Krakora was able to drive around Baisden for the win with a 4.771 on his 4.73 dial in. Baisden ran a 6.083 on his 6.04 dial. After the finish line, Baisden's car crossed over the track and impacted the wall. He was okay after the incident.
It was modern versus classic in the Faslube Pro final round as Thompson and his 2000 Trans Am from Columbus, Ohio went up against Mark Tanzillo and his Pataskala, Ohio based 1979 Trans Am. Both racers had success on the track in 2012 and were looking to keep that momentum rolling right from the start this season. Tanzillo gained the edge off the starting line, but was too quick at the finish line and broke out. Thompson won with a 8.837 on his 8.76 dial in, while Tanzillo stopped the clocks with a 6.966 on his 6.99 predicted time.
A couple of new faces to NTR, but great racers rose to the front in the opening race of Sportsman as Layton and his 1994 Trans Am from South Vienna, Ohio went up against the 1972 Nova of James Ring from Sandusky, Ohio. The race had the makings of a great matchup, but it was over right from the start as Ring left the red light glowing when he started his chase of Layton in the final. His 7.502 on a 7.52 was closer than the 8.481 on a 8.50 for Layton but it was all for not.
The Super Pro Motorcycle final round found two of the best racers on two wheels here at NTR going head to head for the win. Hill and his 1984 Suzuki from Mount Vernon, Ohio squared off with defending NTR Track Champion Bruce Sauer and his Kawasaki from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. With two great riders in the final round, it proved to be what everyone expected. Hill got the edge off the line with a .003 to Sauer's .019 light and used every bit of it to get the holeshot win. Hill's 5.207 on a 5.19 was enough to hold off the 5.724 on a 5.72 by Sauer.
Like the Super Pro Motorcycle final, the defending track champion in Street Motorcycle also found his way to the finals. Burt and his 2000 Honda was more successful in his encounter with Marshall Hutchinson Jr. and his 2006 Suzuki from Columbus, Ohio than Sauer was in his. Burt, from Orient, Ohio, was behind off the starting line but had the bike to stay ahead for the win. Burt ran a 6.736 on a 6.72 to win over the 6.376 on a 6.25 for Hutchinson Jr.
With all of the defending champions in the Junior Dragster classes either moving up or out of the classes they won in 2012, the 2013 season is wide open for points titles. The Junior Dragster 1 class saw a battle of Jegster chassis as Wolfe and his 1997 model from Lancaster, Ohio went up against Cody Hoberg and the 1996 Jegster entry from Newark, Ohio. Hoberg, in his first race ever on this day got a little too anxious in the final round and fouled out right off the line. Wolfe got the win with a 12.919 on his 12.90 dial in. Hoberg ran a 13.162 on his 12.96 dial in on the final pass.
Two of the veterans of the Junior Dragster 2 class went against one another in the first final round of the year as Ruark and his 2008 Halfscale dragster from Galena, Ohio was matched up against the 1997 Strickland dragster of Marengo, Ohio native Grace Rowe. Rowe, who was celebrating a birthday on Saturday was looking to give herself a present with the win, but like Hoberg found herself looking at the red light as she went past the tree. Ruark got the early start in the points with a 8.884 on his 8.90 dial in.
The Junior Dragster 3 class was dominated by the Halfscale dragster in the final round as Duche and his West Mifflin, Pennsylvania based 2008 version squared off against the 2009 version of Christopher Dovenbarger from Caldwell, Ohio. Both racers had been the best all day on the track with their dial ins and reaction times and it showed in the final round as well. Duche got the edge off the start and was able to force Dovenbarger to run too quick to stay ahead in the lights. His 7.940 on a 7.92 dial in scored the opening win over the breakout 7.962 on a 7.99 of Dovenbarger.