News: New Superglide 4 from ATI Performance Products
Performance Products has announced a new transmission
for high-horsepower applications: ATI’s new 1.62 Superglide
4 transmission is designed to handle up to 3,500 horsepower
thanks to it’s heavy duty 1.62 ratio Vasco gear set,
patented ATI ringless 1-3/16” input shaft, T400 Output
shaft, aluminum Super Pump, and adjustable Wicked Quick
valve body all packaged in an ATI SFI-certified Supercase
with your choice of SFI bell-housing make or SFI 6.3 “Can”.
Outlaw Torque Converter is included with every Superglide
4 purchase and an optional Lock-Up version is available.
The 1.62 Superglide package allows racers to leave the line
with more power and get down the track quicker as track
conditions change or can help with traction if you run a
limited tire. ATI’s Superglide has been in the field
for more than 5 years with thousands of runs on these units.
An Industry leading 1 year warranty against any hard part
failures comes with all Superglides and is offered with
an available second year with maintenance.
more information, visit ATI online at www.ATIracing.com.
Gold Cup at Empire Dragway
Dragway presents its 4th Annual Empire
Nostalgia Gold Cup on Friday – Sunday,
August 8th – 10th, 2014. The Gold Cup is
one of the largest assemblies of nostalgia gassers in the
country; the event also includes funny cars and a variety
of bracket eliminators.
The 1/8th mile bracket classes include Nostalgia Gas for
8.50 and quicker / 1966 and older ($500 Win, $200 Runner-Up,
$125 Semis and $75 Quarters), Mod Gas for 7.50 and quicker
/ 1976 and older ($500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and
$75 Quarters), Quick Nostalgia Electronics and Quick Nostalgia
No Electronics, each for 5.50 and quicker (each pays $500
Win, $200 Runner-Up, and $125 Semis), Open Comp Altereds
and Front Engine Dragsters ($500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, and
$125 Semis) and Street & Strip for 1976 and older ($200
Win, $100 Runner-Up, and $50 Semis).
daily racer entry is $50 (except the Quick Nostalgia classes
which are $75). Gates open Friday at 3:30 pm, gates open
Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 am. Visit www.EmpireDragway.com
for more info.
Dragstrip Nostalgia Drags at Lebanon Valley
your calendar for two days of authentic nostalgia drag racing
at the 6th Annual Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags
& Car Show happening Saturday &
Sunday, August 9th & 10th, 2014
at Lebanon Valley Dragway. The Dover Drags is a full fun
family nostalgia weekend. This will be the fourth year a
car show and swap meet are included on Sunday, featuring
the finest rods & customs in the Northeast. Top 40 Favorite
awards are given out, with the show presided over by the
capable Capital Area Rods.
racers, Saturday is test & tune, unlimited time trials,
a gamblers race and ‘fun & grudge’. Sunday
is eliminations day including Comp Eliminator for altereds,
dragsters and gassers, Dover Vintage for pre-1973, Dover
Modified for pre-’73, 11.99 and quicker, Dover New
for ’74 and up, Dover Electronic and Dover 4-Speed.
Racer entry is $35 per day. Also scheduled
to compete with their own points races are The Northeast
Timing Organization (NETO), the North East Nostalgia Drag
Racing Association and The East Coast Gassers.
complete details on the race, show, swap meet, directions,
schedule, sponsor opportunities, commercial vendors and
updates, visit the website forum Event heading with all
its topics at: www.doverdragstrip.com/phpBB3/index.php
or contact Dino Lawrence at 910-997-4444.
Wars August 2nd at Rockingham Dragway
racers! If you know someone who’s been saying how
cool it must be to race down the dragstrip but has never
actually been to one with their own car, Street Wars at
Rockingham Dragway on
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 is for them.
Wars is open to all imports, muscle cars, bikes and trucks.
For $25 you can make unlimited “fun runs” down
the Rockingham quarter-mile. What a great way to get more
people interested in our sport! For the more serious and
experienced racer is the Import / Sport Compact Quick 8
that pays $600 Win and $250 Runner-Up. This is a guaranteed
purse with 8 entries; entry fee is $75.
Gates open at 6:00 pm with Fun Runs until midnight.
for more information.
News: S&W Sponsors Western New York Super Rod Assn.
Tread City Tire / Western New York Super Rod Association
(WNYSRA) announced that S&W Race Cars has agreed
to become a major contingency sponsor of the series. As
part of their support, S&W Race Cars will award a $100
credit to the winner and $50 credit to the runner-up at
all remaining WNYSRA events. Drivers can accumulate their
awards over time and spend them on the vast array of S&W
Race Cars’ products and services. John Cira and Kirk
Parry, the winner and runner-up, respectively, of the WNYSRA
Event #2 presented by Jan-Cen Motorsports, were the first
winners of the contingency postings by S&W Race Cars.
Harnden, co-founder of the Tread City Tire / Western New
York Super Rod Association, stated, “We’re overjoyed
to have S&W Race Cars on as a sponsor of the WNYSRA
for the remainder of the 2014 season. S&W Race Cars
is well known as a supplier of the highest quality race
cars and components. So, we are very excited about the opportunity
to present S&W’s craftsmanship to our competitors
and fans.” Harnden added, “I have competed and
won with cars constructed by Scott Weney and the staff of
S&W Race Cars. So, I can personally attest to the high
degree of quality found in S&W’s products.”
more information about The Western New York Super Rod Association,
please visit the WNYSRA website at www.wnysra.com.
Bucks at Atco Dragway
Dragway’s 4 Day Super Bucks Weekend is coming up August
7th – 10th, 2014.
weekend includes $10K races on Thursday and Saturday that
pay $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000
Semis, $100 Round starting with 3rd Round loser (must be
eight round race). Entry is $200 per race, Calcutta is $15,
buybacks are $125.
big races are the $25Ks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Each race pays $25,000 Win, $8,000 Runner-Up,
$4,000 Semis, $1,000 7th Round lose, $600 6th Round lose,
$450 5th Round lose, and $300 4th Round lose. Entry is $300
per race, Calcutta is $20, buybacks are $220. COMBO ENTRY:
enter all five races for $1,100; enter all three $25Ks for
open each day at 8:00 am. For more information visit www.Atco-Dragway.com.
Classes Offered by FAST
you interested in learning all about FAST XFI systems?
Each year FAST™ offers several XFI™ 101 Training
Courses that provide an in-depth, one-day crash course on
tuning and setting up FAST™ XFI™ and XFI 2.0™
Fuel Injection Systems utilizing C-Com® software. Two
more classroom training sessions have been announced for the
late summer and early fall season.
The first class
is scheduled to take place on August 16 at
Ryan's Performance in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The second course will be held at the COMP Cams®
and FAST™ R&D Center in Memphis, Tennessee,
on September 20. Each class is scheduled
for 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m and will feature an in-depth discussion
about each sensor and actuator, with emphasis on interaction
between students and instructors. Visit FAST's website HERE
for more info and to register.
Barnes Wins TNT Super Series at Lancaster
Barnes from Caistorville Ontario marched through
a 36 car field and took the win at the recent TNT
Super Series at Elegant Builders Raceway
Park in Lancaster, NY.
qualified fourth with a 7.003 before heading into round
one to face Jason Sobczynski. Slight advantage off the start
to Barnes with a .512 to a .517, Sobczynski ran off allowing
Barnes to coast to the win. Round two was near dead even
on the tree against Paul Cochi (.517 to .516). Barnes won
here in a double breakout 6.997 to a 6.956. The semi-final
round saw Jamie Stoneman fall in a .003 finish line battle.
Barnes lit the beacon here with a .523 / 7.000 package to
Stoneman's .525 / 7.002. That set things up for a final
round against Paul Young. The 2009 TNTSS champion couldn't
wait, going .487 red and handing the win over to Barnes
who ran it out to a 7.009.
an awesome night!" said Barnes. "We were making
good decisions, had the tree and got lucky when we needed
it! Plus my dad, who couldn't be here tonight, was messaging
me CLAP, CLAP, CLAP all night long. A huge thank you to
Russ & Arlene Parker for coming out of retirement to
be here tonight and help with the series." Barnes also
happens to be the creator of the TNT Super Series. "Without
Joe Boniferro at Joe's Transmission, this series simply
wouldn't exist. Eight years in and the car count continues
to grow. Just look at tonight's 36 car field - that's a
up on the 2014 TNTSS schedule is a pair of re-scheduled
races August 22-23 in western New York. Visit www.TNTSuperSeries.com
for the details and latest news.
Shots from The Long Island Hot Rod Reunion at Englishtown
I took the Dodge to Old Bridge Township
Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ on Saturday, June 26th for
the Long Island Hot Rod Reunion. What a great time, and
I was fortunate enough to win the Pro Tree eliminator. I'll
have a Dragtime News On Location feature coming soon that
includes a few shots from Saturday as well as many from
Sunday's Old Tme Drags & Rod Run.
Here are some teasers from Saturday's action...
Sale: 1951 Plymouth Concord Business Coupe
Plymouth Concord Business Coupe
c.i. Plymouth V8, 727 transmission, 8 ¼” rear.
Original suspension and steering gear. Shaved door handles,
frenched headlights and rear license plate. Car customized
in '70s. Drivetrain installed late '70s and repainted in
early '80s. Weld Racing wheels with new "Moon Discs"
all around. 14" fronts/15" rears. Front disc brake
conversion done in winter of 2013 along with replaced front
springs for stance and replaced L/S outer tie rod end.
and drives fine. Clear New York title. Needs some TLC to
be nice driver; would also make a great street rod, Pro
Street or bracket project car.
$7,200.00 O.B.O. Eric, 631-264-5335.
Dragtime News Featured Photo: Arlene Russell at The Old
Days Drags at Englishtown
of my favorite captures from the 2014 Old Days Drags at
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is this one of Etown
regular Arlene Russell hiking the Russell
Racing Vega on a great 9.0 pass during a time shot. Looks
like the track is working! (photo
by Bob Beucler)
Photo sponsored by
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Dragway’s 2014 Season Packed With Variety (Updated)
Dragway has announced its 2014 schedule, and once
again the track is delivering something for every racer.
see the return of the track’s popular Street
Legal Drags, providing a great way to help bring
new racers to our sport in a fun and safe environment. Saturdays
(and occasional Sundays) are Summit Series ET bracket points.
Sundays are Test & Tune. Please check
the track’s website and schedule to make sure these
events are in effect on the specific day you’re planning
is known as “The Home Of The Guaranteed Payout,”
and the track’s series of 2014 big money races will
showcase that. Big money races scheduled include Sunday
& Monday, May 25th & 26th ($5,000 Super
Pro / $5,000 Footbrake); Friday – Sunday,
July 4th – 6th (3rd Annual Superbucks In
The Hills); the month of October it will be OctoberBucks
(exact schedule to be announced).
races include the OK 4WD Mudbog
(rescheduled for May 3rd), MANDRA
nostalgia drags on Saturday, May 10th, National
Dragster Challenge / Jr. Dragster Challenge (Saturday,
June 14th), Fireworks Show / Great Lakes Nostalgia
Funny Cars (Saturday, June 28th), NHRA
King Of The Track (Saturday, July 12th), NADM
Diesel Nationals (Saturday, July 19th), 4th
Annual Racer Appreciation Day (Saturday, August
16th) and NETO nostalgia drags on Saturday,
more information about Numidia Dragway, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.
Registration For PRI Trade Show Now Available Online
retailers, engine builders, fabricators, warehouse distributors,
race team members and other motorsports professionals planning
to attend this year’s Performance Racing Industry
Trade Show in Indianapolis can now register online,
via the PRI website. There is no charge. This year's PRI Show
takes place December 11-13, 2014 at the Indiana
can click here
to register online, or go to the registration section at
After verification of their role in motorsports has been
approved, attendees will receive an official confirmation
email of their acceptance. The deadline to register
online is November 28, 2014.
always, the hottest new racing products, the latest advances
in motorsports engineering, and the best of today’s
precision automotive machining equipment will be on display
at PRI, where all forms of racing are represented, including
stock car, sprint car, dirt late model, open wheel, drag
racing, off-road, karting and much more.
a pretty amazing three days for anyone in the business of
auto racing. Not only are all the new racing parts on display,
but you can talk to the technical folks behind the new technology
and tap into their speed expertise,” said PRI Trade
Show Producer John Kilroy. “You’re going to
need all three days to shop the Show!”
PRI is much more than a trade show, as the days leading
up to and including the Show have come to be known as Race
Industry Week. With over 35 conferences, seminars, social
events and gatherings, this year’s Race Industry Week
will provide an abundance of unparalleled business, education
and networking opportunities.
PRI Show is a trade-only event; only members of the racing
industry are granted admission. For additional information
on the 2014 PRI Show, visit www.PRI2014.com.
To Skip Sonoma, Seattle Races
well is Erica Enders-Stevens doing leading
the Pro Stock points? Well enough to have the luxury of
skipping two races. You go, girl! Enders-Stevens
will skip the NHRA national events in Sonoma, CA and Seattle,
WA in order to better prepare for the rapidly-approaching
Countdown to the Championship, Elite Motorsports team owner
Richard Freeman announced recently at Bandimere Speedway.
Enders-Stevens has led the points since March, making her
the most prolific racer in the pro classes this season.
"This has been the game plan for us from the start,"
Freeman said. "The fact we've had such a great year
and Erica has been driving so well is bringing more attention
to this move but we never intended to run the entire schedule.
We don't have a major sponsor, so there are no commitments
to fulfill. The rest of our supporters are totally onboard.
We've got some things we want to work on to prepare for
the last few regular-season races and especially the Countdown.
I really believe we'll still be in the points lead, even
skipping Sonoma and Seattle, or we'll be close enough to
get that No. 1 ranking back in the two races before the
Enders-Stevens leads the Pro Stock class with four victories
this season, also winning the non-points K&N Horsepower
Challenge in Las Vegas. She has collected at least one round-win
at every race and has led the points standings after 10
of 14 races. Her 241-point lead at the start
of this weekend's race is the largest in any professional
The Houston native's victory on July 6 in Norwalk, Ohio,
was the 10th of her career, making her only the third female
to post double-digit national event victories in NHRA history
(along with three-time series champions Angelle Sampey and
Shirley Muldowney). She is far and away the most successful
woman in Pro Stock class history with 10 career victories,
eight No. 1 qualifiers, and 143 elimination round-wins.
She is the only female to have won or been top qualifier
in Pro Stock.
"We've got lots of goals left to accomplish, not the
least of which is winning the Mello Yello Pro Stock championship,"
Enders-Stevens said. "The guys will have this Camaro
ready to win Brainerd and Indy and all six races in the
Countdown. I don't believe this will affect our plan of
attack at all. It's a team decision and obviously every
decision Richard has made this year has worked out perfectly,
so we'll go home and prepare for Brainerd."
This is the first time in NHRA's playoff era
that a class points leader has willingly skipped races.
The next race for the Elite Motorsports team
will take place Aug. 14-17 with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
in Brainerd, Minn.
at Atco Dragway
NJ – Atco Dragway hosts the
NHRA Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
on August 1st – 3rd, 2014. Classes
in competition will be Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp,
Stock, Super Stock, Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman, Top
Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster.
All the good stuff! Also on the schedule is the KC Jones
Jet Train and the Danny O’Day wheelstander.
entry is $170. Gates open Thursday, July 31st for parking
and a track-operated $75 test & tune. Gates open Friday,
Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 am. Visit www.Atco-Dragway.com
for more info.
Dragsters Will Be The Stars at Numidia Dragway
PA - The Northeast Jr. Drag Racing Championships
are coming up August 6th – 10th, 2014 at Numidia
Dragway is making sure to give the participants plenty of
opportunities to win by having a number of gambler’s
and high-roller’s races. Wednesday
August 6th features a gambler’s race; gates open at
10:00 am with time runs at noon. Thursday August 7th also
features a gambler’s race, with time trials a 11:00
August 8th feature tine runs at 9:00 am, the Race Of Champions
at 4:00 pm, and the Numidia barbecue at 6:00 pm. Saturday
August 9th includes a single time session at 8:30 am followed
by eliminations at 12 noon. If 1st Round doesn’t go
your way, you can join the consolation race. Stick around
for Sunday, August 10th for the High-Roller’s Race.
fees for the gambler’s races is $30 per race; a $20
1st Round buyback is available. Entry fee for the High Roller’s
race is $50, and there’s a $20 1st Round buyback.
for more info.
Coast Corvette Show & Go at Englishtown
you own a Corvette, then Saturday, July 26th
is your day at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
in Englishtown, NJ. The 27th Annual East Coast Corvette Show
& Go includes all-Corvette drag racing and car show. Drag
classes include dial-your-own bracket racing. Cars must have
street mufflers. Convertibles must have top or roll bar. Racer
entry is $30. Gates open at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00
am and eliminations at 1:00 pm.
for more info.
Superbike Series at Maryland Int’l Raceway
MIRock Bike Fest comes to Maryland Int’l
Raceway Friday – Sunday, July 25th –
classes include Pro Street ($150 entry), Real Street ($100
entry), 4.60 Index ($150 entry), 5.60 Index ($75 entry),
Crazy 8s ($50 entry), Top Sportsman ($100 entry), Pro ET
($60 one-day entry, $100 two-day entry), Street ET ($50
one-day entry, $80 two-day entry) and Grudge ($50 entry
per day). There’ll also be a stunt jam competition
and a Top Fuel Bike match race.
open 9:00 am Friday for parking, tech and a test & tune.
Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am. Visit www.MIRDrag.com
for more information including payouts per class.
News: PROFORM's Adjustable Fan Controller
turn your electric fan into a thermostat controlled fan;
PROFORM's premium adjustable fan controller make this easy.
with either a thread-in probe (part #69598) or a push-in
probe (part #69599). The thread-in probe can be installed
directly into the water jacket of the intake manifold, engine
block, or cylinder head. The push-in probe can be installed
between the fins of the radiator. Fan activation is adjustable
between 150 and 240 degrees F. This fan controller is recommended
for race and street applications.
more about PROFORM's fan controller HERE.
Mod Reunion at Farmington Dragway
Pro Mod racers! Farmington Dragway presents
the 2nd Annual Quick 8 Racers Pro Mod Race & Reunion
on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. This is a
special 16-car qualified Pro Mod field. There’ll also
be bracket racing for Top ET, Footbrake ET, Street ET and
open at 8:00 am, time runs start at 11:00 am, Pro Mod qualifying
at noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Visit www.FarmingtonDragway.com
for more info.
Dragster Summer Nationals at Carolina Dragway
Southeast’s best Jr. Dragster racers will converge
upon Carolina Dragway for the Southeast
Jr. Dragster Summer Nationals on August
1st – 3rd, 2014.
1 Jr. Dragster (ages 12-17) pays $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up,
$150 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $50 for a single day
or $80 for a two-day. $30 buybacks 1st or 2nd round.
2 Jr. Dragster (ages 11 and under) pays $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up,
$50 Semis and $20 Quarters. Entry is $30 for a single day
or $50 for a two-day. $20 buybacks 1st or 2nd round.
Dragster 7.90 Index pays $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up and $50
Semis. Entry is $30 for a single day or $50 for a two-day.
$20 buybacks 1st or 2nd round.
open Friday at 3:00 pm with a $25 test & tune from 6:00
pm – 10:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00
am. Visit www.HouseOfHook.com for more
Cira Rocks the Competition in WNYSRA at Empire Dragway
NY – Veteran Super Rod racer John Cira
knows that the racing season is a marathon and not a sprint.
Even though Cira opened the Western New York Super
Rod Association (WNYSRA) season with a less than
stellar first round loss, he knew there was no reason to
panic. While less experienced racers may have tried wholesale
changes, Cira stayed the course with his “Rock ‘N’
Roll Express” 1968 Chevrolet Nova that has brought
him success for well over a decade. Doing so netted Cira
his first victory of the season along with a $1,000 cash
prize, a $100 bonus credit with S&W Race Cars, and a
$50 gift certificate from Jiffy-tite Motorsports for winning
the “Jiffy-tite Package Award.”
day was not without its challenges for Cira though. After
the two rounds of qualifying were completed, Art Jones of
Webster, NY found himself atop the qualifying list with
a perfect 9.900 elapsed time (E.T.) on the 9.90 index, while
our winner was mired near the bottom of the qualifying list
at 18th in the record 20 car field. However, Cira’s
9.888 E.T. really wasn’t as far off as his qualifying
position would have had one think. Regardless, his qualifying
effort earned him a first round matchup with the third place
finisher from the previous WNYSRA event, Matt Gregoire,
in his gorgeous 1966 Chevy II. At the flash of the green,
Cira and Gregoire left the starting line within 0.001 seconds
of each other, with the very slight advantage going to Cira.
At the end of the race, both drivers had run identical 9.939
elapsed times, giving the win to Cira by the slimmest of
margins: fifteen ten-thousandths of a second (0.0015), or
approximately 3.5 inches.
Things wouldn’t get any easier for
Cira in round 2, as he found himself up against the runner-up
from the previous WNYSRA event, Jon Pellicane, in his 2013
Chevy Corvette roadster. As with his first round race, Cira
and his competitor were only separated by 0.001 seconds
at the starting line, but this time the advantage didn’t
go Cira’s way. As they crossed the finish line, Pellicane
was ahead, but he went too quick with his 9.882 elapsed
time, while the astute Cira was on the brakes slowing to
a perfect 9.900 E.T. to claim the victory. Also advancing
from round 2 were Doug Lynden from Fredonia, NY in the Wicked
Remedy Racing 1927 Ford roadster, the aptly named 1967 “Pure
Hell Chevelle” driven by Bill Hill of Rochester, NY,
Len Oleksy of Depew, NY is his 2002 Chevrolet Camaro, and
Kirk Parry from North Tonawanda, NY in the crowd favorite
“Slapshot” 1978 Ford Pinto.
In the quarterfinals, Cira was paired up
with Len Oleksy. Once again, the reaction times of the two
drivers were close, with Cira taking a 0.014 to 0.019 advantage
off the line. But, Cira was just too much for Oleksy on
this run by laying down an excellent 9.904 elapsed time
for a 0.018 second “package” (total amount of
time away from a perfect run, calculated using the racer’s
reaction time at the starting line and elapsed time). Cira’s
winning package was the best of the day for all competitors,
which earned him the “Jiffy-tite Package Award”,
and a $50 gift certificate from Jiffy-tite Motorsports.
With Doug Lynden having a bye-run (single), that left Kirk
Parry and Bill Hill as the final matchup of the round. Parry
had a fairly significant lead as he and Hill left the starting
line, with reaction times of .020 and .044, respectively.
Hill was able to chase Parry down, but in doing so he went
too quick with a 9.822 elapsed time, handing the win to
Parry with his 9.868 E.T. in the double-breakout affair.
With 3 cars left in the semifinals, Kirk
Parry received the bye-run into the finals, meaning that
Cira and Doug Lynden would need to race for the remaining
spot. Drag racers often say that you need one lucky round
to win an event, and this semifinal race was probably that
round for Cira. When the Christmas Tree (starting line lights)
flashed and the cars left the starting line, Cira was a
bit tardy with a less than stellar 0.052 reaction time.
But, in the other lane Lynden left the starting line a mere
0.010 seconds too soon, and was thus disqualified for a
foul start. The foul start by Lynden turned this run into
nothing more than a free time trial for both drivers. While
Cira was running a much too quick 9.851 E.T. on his free
pass, Lynden also ran his car out the back door and ran
a near perfect 9.904 elapsed time. Had Lynden not left the
starting line too soon, he would have been very difficult
to beat on that run. Instead, Lynden had to settle for a
3rd place finish for the day.
This set up the finals between John Cira
in his ’68 Chevy Nova and Kirk Parry in his ’78
Ford Pinto, both long-time Super Rod competitors. Regardless
of the outcome, this hot and humid day was going to come
to a close with a new winner crowned in the Western New
York Super Rod Association. Given his performances up until
the semifinals, Cira most likely would have been considered
the favorite in this matchup, but one had to wonder if that
subpar semifinals performance would affect Cira in the finals.
In short, the answer was no. When the cars left the starting
line, Cira had a huge advantage as something obviously distracted
Parry as he was extremely late leaving the starting line.
But, as the cars roared down the track, Parry was able to
not only make up the difference, but take the lead, and
as the cars crossed the finish line Parry actually got there
first. However, in trying to make up the large starting
line deficit on the track, Parry went far too quick and
handed the win to the slower, but much closer to the index,
After the victory, John, the proprietor
of Cira Brothers Automotive, wanted to thank his wife, Sharon,
above all others for her unwavering support over the years.
In addition, Cira thanked his sons, John and Nicholas, his
daughter, Chrissy, and his good friend, Lance Pinto. “I
couldn’t do this without the support of my family,
as they have been a big part of my racing program over the
years,” stated Cira. Cira also wanted to thank his
sponsors; Sam DeMareo Auto, Bruce Ward’s Engine Assembly,
and Lance’s Automotive, as well as Jan-Cen Motorsports,
Tread City Tire & Wheel, Jiffy-tite Motorsports, and
S&W Race Cars.
After two races, Jeff Gregoire still holds
the overall points lead, but with his win Cira made a huge
leap up the standings and is now tied with Jon Pellicane
for 2nd, just one round out of the lead.
For more information about the Western
New York Super Rod Association, visit at the WNYSRA
website at www.wnysra.com.
The Files Of Drag Racer Magazine: The Big Red Galaxy at Atco
to Drag Racer Magazine for submitting
this photo of George Gudat in the Big
Red 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxy photographed at Atco
Raceway in Atco, NJ. Racers in the Northeast are quite
familiar with this car as it was raced for many years
by Eddie Hildebrandt. I always like sharing
what Drag Racer sends in because the photography is first-rate.
Racer Magazine is available at better bookstores
and magazines stands or you
can subscribe HERE. (Drag
Racer Magazine photos: Doug Adama / James Drew / Lou Hart
/ Pete Ward)
Tests & Installs
Basics of Proper Trailer Towing
we all log a lot of miles transporting ourselves and our cars
to the dragstrip on a weekly basis. This is no small task
but many of us take it for granted. Think about it: we’re
not only driving a vehicle, but that vehicle is towing another
vehicle that’s carrying yet another vehicle. Then think
about how many knucklehead drivers we encounter on a daily
basis when we’re driving our regular cars. It’s
bad enough having to take evasive action when driving a daily
driver. It’s even worse when we’re driving a loaded
a properly equipped and loaded trailer won’t prevent
any encounters with knucklehead drivers, but it can change
the outcome from being catastrophic to being a minor annoyance.
Proper towing means having the right equipment, knowing
how to load and employing safe drive habits.
The Dragtime Dodge Gets All New Wiring
may recall that I had an electrical fire in the trunk of the
Dodge last season. My alternator developed
a dead short and it overheated the wire running back to the
battery. Then, VOILA!... smoke and fire. It was at that time
that I realized the wiring in the Dodge had to go. Not just
some of it, but ALL of it. I spoke with my friend and fellow
Englishtown bracket racer Steve Russell,
who's a bit of a Mr. Wizard when it comes to wiring and electrical.
He took my thought a step further and suggested not just replacing
the wiring but upping the size, making a new fuse block, adding
relays, and installing a nice switch panel.
we documented the before and after here. Not only is the
Dodge safer, but it also starts easier and the fuel pump,
water pump and fan work better. It also looks great under
the hood. If you race a vehicle that still has the original
wiring, trust me. Replace it. It's a great investment. If
you're in the NJ/PA/DE area of the country and are interested
in having Steve do the job on your car, his contact info
is at the end of the article.
to go to the installation.
Fall For The Myths About Oil
I recently made a big change in my routine: I switched to
a different brand of oil. As a racer using a flat tappet camshaft
I always knew that oil is critical to lobe life, but the way
I went about it was not very good. I had been using a pretty
heavy mixture of oil, thinking that heavier is better. My
builder raised an interesting scenario when he found some
wear attributed to lack of oiling. He said I'm never getting
the engine hot enough to really flow the heavy oil that I
was running. I then did some research and made the switch
to Joe Gibbs Driven racing oil (I went with their organic
HR2 10W-30). I then started reading some of the technical
articles on their website and wanted to share some of them
Fall For The Myths!
We separate fact from fiction with some of these
more common—and harmful—oil myths
live in a world where more is better. More money in
the bank account, more friends in the Facebook account,
we even know some people with more tattoos than we care
to count. But among all types, horsepower freaks and
gearheads may be the worst. When it comes to horsepower
more is never enough, even if it means sacrificing durability
System Info & FAQs
Testing ATI's 8" TreeMaster Converter
racers, we're always looking to go fast, but slowing safely
is actually much more important. Additionally, for the footbrakers
among us, it's the braking system that holds the car at the
starting line as we're way up on the converter. That's why
when I saw this technical piece about brake systems on the
website of Mark
Williams Enterprises, I knew I had to share it
here with you. The article continues at the link below, and
discusses Pedal Ratio & Master Cylinder, Master Cylinder
Selection, Caliper Alignment Clearance and Position, Proportioning
Valves, Brake Lines and Fluid, and Troubleshooting.
- we’ve all received it or innocently
passed it along at one time or another. I’m sure you
have your own examples of it. One of mine pertained to torque
converters, and ATI helped educate
me. Follow the link below to read about my experience.
& Installs here.
Cams LSR Series Hydraulic Rollers
Your Pace To Win The Race
Flying Connecticut Bowtie
LSR™ Series from COMP Cams® is
a lineup of hydraulic roller camshafts featuring the most
advanced lobe designs for all popular GM LS engine (single
& three-bolt) applications. Designed specifically for
radical street performance and all-out racing applications,
these aggressive profiles take full advantage of today's
newer and better-flowing aftermarket cathedral and rectangular
port LS cylinder heads.
higher exhaust duration and overall lift, LSR™ Roller
Cams are the right choice for engine builders looking for
the most advanced designs available in off-the-shelf options.
With the broadest powerband and most top-end power of any
LS cams ever created, the LSR™ Series will jump start
the bragging rights of LS engine owners.
features include advanced lobe designs for LS engines, higher
exhaust duration & overall lift, broadest powerband
of all LS cams on the market, and the most top-end power
of any LS cams ever created. For additional information
is a reprint of my Bracket Racing 101 column
from the March 2012 issue of Drag Racer Magazine
HERE to subscribe). Now that we're
into a new season it seemed like a good time to run it here...
Waterman, of W Suffield CT owns this big yet surprisingly
quick 1937 Chevy Coupe. The car is raced around New England
at nostalgia events.
in at 3,200 lbs. and adorned in Patriot Red Pearl paint,
the Chevy is powered by a 12:1 BBC by Billy The Kid at Performance
Engines Inc. It features a Dart block, Callies crank, Oliver
rods, Diamond pistons, Brodix heads, an Edelbrock intake
ported by Wilson, an 1150 Holley Dominator carb, Reher-Morrison
proprietary grind cam by Erson, MSD ignition and custom
headers by Tubular Automotive in Rockland MA.
drivetrain is completed by a Turbo 400 by Dynamic Racing
Trans of North Branford, CT, custom convertor by Ultimate
Convertor Concepts in North Carolina and 9 inch rear with
all Strange internals and 4.57 gear. It all rides on a chassis
done by MPH Fabrication of North Haven, CT, with Bogart
wheels and Phoenix tires. Despite the weight and the less-than-aerodynamic
shape, the Chevy has run a best ET of 9.76 @ 139 mph.
day last season I was having a conversation at Englishtown
with a fellow bracket racer. The racer had just lost an
early round, and I asked how the round went down. “My
opponent double-bulbed me, so I rushed to get in. I went
racer has their own routine and pacing when at the track.
Whether you like to get to the track early and unload with
time to spare, or arrive as cars are being called into the
lanes, whether you go up to the lanes at the first call
or you wait until the last, we all race within our own comfort
Product News here.
News On Location
Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown
were on location at the NHRA Toyota Summernationals
at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park from
Friday - Sunday, May 30th - June 1st, 2014. Classes were
Stock, Super Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator,
Top Dragster, Pro Mod, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock,
Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster.
we have to give thanks to NHRA for supplying credentials
and for their hospitality during the weekend. As a result
we were able to get some really great shots of all the classes.
Typical of our coverage, we tend to go heavier than most
on the Sportsman classes. We also tried to position ourselves
in a variety of places around the track to provide numerous
points-of-view. Due to the volume of photos, we'll be presenting
this in four parts.
at the beginning with Part I HERE.
NY Car Show
spent a recent weekend visiting family and friends on Long
Island, NY and while I was there took in a neat little car
show. I realize Dragtime News On Location normaly focuses
on racing events, but we're all car people here so why not!
I hope you like some of the cool cars I saw. Click HERE
to go to the coverage...
Annual PRI Show, Indianapolis, IN
on location from Wednesday, December 11th, - Saturday, December
14th, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN at the 26th Annual
Performance Racing Industry Show. Every year we
go to the show it's better than the previous year's. The
exhibits are only part of it; PRI provides excellent educational
seminars and roundtables that arm the attendees with valuable
information that will help them have more competitive and
successful performance businesses. If you have a performance
business and you've never attended the Performance Racing
Industry Trade Show, you're missing out. In this economy
it's more important than ever to take advantage of every
resource, and Performance Racing Industry is probably the
best single resource you'll find. For more information about
Performance Racing Industry, visit www.performanceracing.com.
already can't wait for the 2014 show, but we're getting
ahead of ourselves! Let's
get to the coverage of the 2013 show first HERE...
Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway / October 2013
were on location at the NHRA Auto Plus Nationals
at Maple Grove Raceway held Thursday
- Sunday, October 3rd - 6th, 2013. Classes were Stock, Super
Stock, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Pro
Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel.
at the track Friday and were given starting line photo access
thanks to NHRA. As a result, I got some really incredible,
up-close imagery of Friday's qualifying action. We went
back for a full day on Saturday and for most of Sunday.
IV is now up: CLICK
HERE to go to Part IV or start at the beginning HERE.
Division 1 Bracket Finals / September 2013
were on location at the NHRA Division 1 Bracket
Finals at Numidia Dragway held
Wednesday - Sunday, September 18th - 21st, 2013.
Classes were Super Pro, Pro ET, Street and Bikes/Sleds.
racing in Pro ET as an alternate for team Raceway Park.
I arrived Wednesday just in time to come down with a head
and chest cold which knocked me out. As a result, I didn't
spend a lot of time shooting photos. Thanks to my friends
Steve and Arlene Russell for their hospitality at the track
which helped me feel better, and to Arlene for supplying
the photos that she shot at the event.
II is now up: CLICK
HERE to go to Part II, or start
at the beginning HERE.
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Englishtown / September 2013
were on location at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway
Park held Friday - Sunday, September
6th - 8th, 2013. Classes were Stock, Super Stock, Super
Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top
Sportsman and Top Dragster.
at the track Friday after they were done sending cars down
the track. We went back for a full day on Saturday.
III is now up: CLICK
HERE to go to Part III. or start at the beginning with
News On Location here.
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