News & Events
"Celebration of Life" Service for S&W's Scott Weney
On Saturday December 13th there will be a "Celebration of Life" memorial service for S&W Race Cars' Scott Weney. All are welcome; the location is Parkerford Church, 20 Rinehart Rd. Pottstown, PA.

Welcoming line will be from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm, followed immediately by the service. Racers for Christ Chaplains Marty Rinehart Jr and Dale Ressler will be speaking of Scott's wonderful life on behalf of Scott's family.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Racer's for Christ P.O. Box 1208 Gilbert, Az. 85299. Divisions 1 and 2.

The Dragtime News is In Full-On PRI Show Mode
We'll be on location at the 2014 Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, IN, checking out all of the great new products for the 2015 season. Didn't see our coverage from last year's show? Well, let's take a step back in time to the 2013 Performance Racing Industry Show.
Giving Thanks and Giving Back at Mt. Park Dragway
Clay City, KS - Mt. Park Dragway’s Thanksgiving CHRISTMAS Classic is Saturday & Sunday, December 13 & 14, 2014 with Top ET and Mod ET on both days. This is the rescheduled Thanksgiving Classic.

Saturday's Top ET race pays $5,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Entry is $100; buybacks are $40. Sunday's Top ET race pays $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $120 Semis, and $60 Quarters. Entry is $50; buybacks are $25.

Saturday's Mod ET race pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $75 Quarters. Entry is $55; buybacks are $30. Sunday's Mod ET race pays $600 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $80 Semis, and $20 Quarters. Entry is $40; buybacks are $20.

Racers, enter the Toy Challenge! Racers who bring an unwrapped new toy valued at $20 or more will receive entry into the Dial For Dollars time run on Saturday that pays $150 for closest to the dial and $50 for 2nd closest.

Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am. For more info visit www.MPDragway.com.

Registration For 2014 PRI Show To Remain Open Through Show Dates
2014 PRI Trade Show attendees may still register for the Show online HERE, or on site at the Registration Desk inside the Indiana Convention Center, from now through the Show, December 11-13. Attendee credentials will be available for pickup at Registration beginning on Wednesday, December 10th.
Pirrone & Ellershaw and the Return of the SUPER CAMARO
Pirrone & Ellershaw Racing with Al Liebmann will campaign a 1970 tribute version of the Super Camaro funny car as part of the newly created "Classical Nitro AA/FC" group along with the Frantic Ford Mustang AA/FC. Long smoky burnouts, dry hops and side-by-side period-correct racing will be just like in the era of 1970s funny cars.

The Super Camaro will feature a state-of-the-art new nostalgia funny car chassis along with a period looking fiberglass body with all the latest safety equipment, making it legal to run at all NHRA & IHRA tracks.

The original Super Camaro came out of a partnership between Ray Gallagher and Perry Wyatt from Detroit. The construction began in 1968. Tom Smith of Wolverine Chassis was contracted to construct the chassis. Perry Wyatt built the all-steel 427 Chevrolet engine and the Torqueflight trans as well has the 9-inch Ford rear. The 427 used a low rise Hilborn four port injector on top of a Chet Blazik-prepped 6-71 blower. The chassis was suspended with ladder bars out back and coil overs up front. Rear wheels were American Bear Claws with Five-Spoke Americans up Front. Construction delays prevented the Super Camaro from hitting the track until the Spring of 1970. By that time it was basically obsolete. It was raced mainly at Detroit Dragway, Milan Dragway, Motor City and US-30 in Gary, IN, the Super Camaro ran a best of 7.83 @ 200.89 mph.

New Year’s Bracket Bash at Auto Plus Raceway
Gainesville, FL - Hey, Southeast bracket racers! You’ll have two days after New Year’s to sleep it off and get yourselves together for the New Year’s Bracket Bash at Auto Plus Raceway on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015.

The classes are Box and No Box. The payouts are the same in each: $2,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $65, buybacks are $35.

All races are 1/8th mile. Throttle-stops allowed in Box; door cars only in No Box. One driver can enter the same car in both classes. Two drivers cannot double the same car in a single class.

Gates open at 9:30 am with time runs at 11:00 am. Visit www.AutoPlusRacway.com for more information.

Sponsor Spotlight: Mark Williams Enterprises
It was fifty years ago in 1964 when Denver racer Mark Williams decided to quit his machinist job at John Bandimere, Sr’s speed emporium and go into business for himself building race cars. In the ensuing years Mark Williams Enterprises became the “go to” shop for High Country racers. In addition to the fuel dragster he campaigned with the late Bill Rice, racers like the Kaiser Bros., John Abbott, Vern Moats, Vern & Brian Raymer and Motes & Williams demonstrated the prowess of M-W’s chassis'. The word spread, and soon racers like “Ohio George” Montgomery and Florida’s Jerry Gwynn were winning NHRA events with Mark Williams’ chassis. Williams himself won the Division V Top Fuel Championship when partnered with Larry Frazier. During this time Williams began to manufacture various components to compliment his chassis.

In the late 1970s, sensing a need in the marketplace, Mark Williams came out with the industry’s first guaranteed axle, the “Hi-Torque.” All “Hi-Torque” and budget-minded “MasterLine” axles are individually made to the customer’s requirements. Having the shaft taper from the bearing seat to the spline is a key factor in an axle’s ductility and overall reliability.

In a quest to build the lightest and strongest driveshafts, MW developed the patented Accu-bonding process. This process is used to manufacture aluminum and carbon fiber driveshafts. Now, MW has the most comprehensive driveshaft testing and manufacturing capabilities in the industry. MW also developed a sophisticated computer-controlled torsional testing device that can exert loads up to 15,000 foot pounds torque in measured cycles. Data accumulated from extensive testing has helped SFI establish the specifications that are the cornerstone of the 43.1 Specs program.

Recognizing the shortcomings of steel housings, MW developed the first modular housing to accommodate the popular 9” Ford components. The most important feature of MW modular housings is that everything is CNC machined to exacting tolerances, which makes for optimum alignment of axles, bearings, gears, etc. for maximum efficiency.

The company is also known for its premium grade disc brakes. Kits feature a one-piece aluminum hub/brake hat. The innovative Slot-Drive™ system, used to attach the rotor to the hat or hub, reduces the weight of the rotor while directing heat way from the hub bearings – eliminating warpage. M-W rotors are double disc ground to ensure that both sides are absolutely parallel.

For more information about Mark Williams Enterprises, visit www.MarkWilliams.com.

Mid Atlantic .90 Association Announces 2015 Schedule

The Mid Atlantic .90 Association has announced its 2015 schedule. The series will once again consist of 10 races on 5 weekends ranging from tracks including Atco Dragway, Maple Grove Raceway and Cecil County Dragway. As always the series will consist of the three Super classes: Super Comp (8.90), Super Gas (9.90) and Super Street (10.90).

The season begins at Atco Dragway in Atco, NJ on May 2nd & 3rd for the 2nd Annual Spring Kick-Off. After taking a weekend off for Mother's Day the series then travels to Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA for the 6th Annual Sportsman Circuit Shootout. This will be a great warm-up for those attending the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Maple Grove the following weekend. After a two month break the series gets back into action at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, MD for the 22nd Annual Uncle Buck Memorial "Pig Roast" on July 11th & 12th.

On July 25th & 26th the series goes back to Atco for events # 7 & 8. Just like at Maple Grove this will be a great test and tune weekend for those who are planning on attending the Lucas Oil event at Atco the following weekend. The series will then close out the 2015 season back at Cecil County on August 29th & 30th for the Annual Season Finale & Championship Weekend.

For information on all three series please contact Rob Keister at Rekeister@aol.com. Info for all three series can be found at www.midatlantic90.com.

Sponsor Spotlight: Stroud Safety
Stroud Safety started with one product, the drag chute, and now manufacturers over 150 products with new products introduced annually. Almost every type of racing all over the world uses Stroud Safety products.

Stroud Safety also supplies fire suppression systems and manufactures an extensive line of fire suits, personal restraint systems, window netting, and general racing and shop accessories. Custom design is a specialty at Stroud. With a wide range of color options and on-site design and engineering, most products can be configured to meet specific needs of the customer. Where applicable, all Stroud products are SFI certified with re-certification available for required intervals.

Located in Oklahoma City, the 24,000 square foot facility includes a 4,000 square foot show room. The production area is equipped with a wide range of industrial sewing machines, state-of-the-art digital cutting table, and fire bottle/suppression system assembly area. Efficient production and inventory control expedites the customer ordering experience with daily shipment of products. Customers may order direct from the factory or from U.S. and international dealers.

Contact Stroud Safety at 405-632-2022 for information and tech support, 800-554-4648 for orders, and products@stroudsafety.com. More product information available at www.stroudsafety.com and www.facebook.com/stroudsafety.

The Dodge Gets A New ATI 8" TreeMaster Converter for 2015
Christmas came early for the Dodge thanks to the quick turnaround from our friends at ATI Performance Products. This is a new 8" TreeMaster, almost a duplicate of the one that I'm currently running except it's been tweaked to tighten it up a touch to compensate for the increased compression in the engine.

Around The Dial: Winter 2014-2015
  • ALABAMA: Montgomery Raceway Park: call.
  • ARIZONA: Southwestern International Raceway: call.
  • FLORIDA: Auto Plus Raceway: call.
  • GEORGIA: South Georgia Motorsports Park: no racing this weekend.
  • ILLINOIS: Cordova International Raceway: closed for the winter.
  • KENTUCKY: I-64 Motorplex: closed for the winter. Mt. Park Dragway: call.
  • MICHIGAN: Milan Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • MISSISSIPPI: Gulfport Dragway: call.
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: New England Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • NEW JERSEY: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: closed for the winter.
  • NEW YORK: ESTA Safety Park: closed for the winter. Lebanon Valley Dragway: closed for the winter. Skyview Drags: closed for the winter.
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Farmington Dragway: call. Rockingham Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Maple Grove Raceway: closed for the winter. Numidia Dragway: closed for the winter. Quarter Aces / South Mountain: closed for the winter.
  • QUEBEC: Luskville Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Dragway: call. Greer Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • TEXAS: Little River Dragway: call.
  • VIRGINIA: Elk Creek Dragway: closed for the winter.
  • WISCONSIN: Great Lakes Dragaway: call.

Visit The Track Info page for more information about these tracks. Attn. track owners / managers: want your track and events listed? Send an email to info@dragtimenews.com.

A Dragtime News Featured Photo: Victor Javinett's '55 Nomad Super Stocker at Englishtown

From the recent East Coast Stock / Super Stock event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, here's Victor Javinett in his beautiful and nostalgic 1955 Chevy Nomad Super Stocker. (photo by Bob Beucler)

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Dragtime News On Location
East Coast Stock/Super Stock Association and Gambler's Races at Englishtown

We were on location Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association race and the ET Bracket Gambler's Races. It was a great first day with my new Nikon, and some of the images here are really nice. Some are just OK as I was experimenting with different settings: some might be a little dark or a little light, but were still good.

The photos are HERE,

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Older event coverage from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 is on the Dragtime News On Location main page.

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Product News Readers' Rides
COMP Cams LSR Series Hydraulic Rollers Newly Redesigned Dragtime News T-Shirts A Flying Connecticut Bowtie
The 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.

Featuring 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.

Special 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 visit www.compcams.com.

  Mark Waterman, of W Suffield CT owns this big yet surprisingly quick 1937 Chevy Coupe. The car is raced around New England at nostalgia events.

Weighing 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.

The 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.

Racers, in addition to publishing The Dragtime News I've been hard at work behind the scenes coming up with a new design for the Dragtime News t-shirts, and I think I came up with a winner. They turned out great, and new for 2014 are women's sizes. These are high-quality, 100% cotton black t-shirts. The men's are Gildan and the women's are Hanes.

All quantities are extremely limited. Men's sizes are M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL; women's sizes are M, L and XL. More info is on the T-Shirts page.

More Product News here. More Readers' Rides here.
We Are Saddened By The Passing of S&W Race Cars' Scott Weney
The racing world has lost a true pioneer and innovator. Our deepest condolences to the Weney family and all at S&W Race Cars. God Speed, Scott.
Congratulations to Steve Sisko, 2014 NHRA Super Pro National Champion

New Jersey's Steve Sisko, racing for Atco Dragway in Division 1, is your 2014 NHRA Super Pro National Champion. Congratulations to a great guy and an amazing racer.

Nation’s Race Tracks Come Together At PRI’s Race Track Business Conference
Attention race track owners and operators: this is for you.

For many, the 2014 racing season is coming to a close but for race track promoters across the country, preparation for 2015 will be in full-swing with the Race Track Business Conference to be held December 10, in conjunction with the 27th Annual PRI Trade Show that runs from Dec. 11-13 at the Indiana Convention Center. The annual Race Track Business Conference provides track operators across the nation to come together to collaborate, analyze, and conceptualize around the business of motorsports.

“The competition for the entertainment dollar increases every year,” said John Kilroy, PRI Trade Show producer. “That requires race tracks to provide a great value for fans in a clean, safe venue, while also finding new ways to market our sport to the public as well as increase safety for the racers. The Race Track Business Conference is invaluable for the exchange of ideas throughout the industry.” Session topics for the conference will include Track Construction, Performance Research & Development, Safety, Sponsorship and Media, Industry Growth, Operations Management, Venue Utilization, Sanctioning Bodies, and the ways that race tracks interact.

Whether it’s a track that plays host to major national events or a local track, it can be surprising how similar issues can affect the nation’s race tracks. The conference also allows different areas of the motorsports world come together to address issues that affect the industry across the board. “The conference is awesome,” said USAC’s Kevin Miller. “You get the opportunity to bring a number of like-minded people together to address some of the problems facing the industry right now. In motorsports there are a lot of issues, mostly in costs with the declining fan-base, as well as safety. We’re all struggling with the same things. I picked up things last December that I started working on in January. It’s an eye-opener.”

For additional information on the 2014 PRI Trade Show, or hotel and travel information, visit www.pri2014.com. Also, check the web page periodically for program updates, as well as times and locations for all Race Industry Week events.

The Farm Serves Green for Thanksgiving
Attention racers! The season’s not done yet! Farmington Dragway presents its 21st Annual Thanksgiving Moneyfest on Thursday – Saturday, November 27th – 29th, 2014.

On Thanksgiving there’s a $5K that pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $30 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry is $100, buybacks are $50.

Friday and Saturday each feature a $10K race that pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Single day entry is $175, or enter both $10Ks for $300. Buybacks are $100.

Dial 0.00 – 8.49; payouts for all races based on 120 cars minimum. Double-entries OK, throttle-stops OK, all IHRA safety rules apply.

Farmington will be open Wednesday, November 26th for parking. Gates open Thursday at 8:00 am with time runs at 11:00 am. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am with time runs at 10:00 am. For more information, visit www.FarmingtonDragway.com.

Sponsor Spotlight: Auto Meter Products
Founded in 1957, Auto Meter Products, Inc. is a high technology company based in Sycamore, IL USA, focused on performance and racing automotive instrumentation and electronics. With a state-of-the-art cellular manufacturing operation, world class ISO 9000:TS 16949 Certified Quality System, an advanced engineering team, and product technology that is unmatched in the instrumentation marketplace, Auto Meter has been a leader in the performance aftermarket for generations. In addition to the more commonly known Auto Meter High Performance division, they are also one of the largest builders of battery and electrical system test equipment. The company's products include the Dedenbear STSK Throttle Stop, the Auto Meter Ultimate DL tachometer, Auto Meter Street & Race Dash and SPEK-Pro Gauges.

Dedenbear STSK Throttle Stop - The Dedenbear STS System combines the consistency of an electric stop with the tunability of an air stop. The STS can open and close the blades 8 separate times during a run, all at different speeds and different angles. Starting line control is also included for the ultimate in launch consistency. Every adjustment can easily be accomplished right from the driver's seat, including stop RPM.

Auto Meter Ultimate DL tachometer - The Ultimate DL includes a high accuracy, competition-grade air core meter movement capable of achieving 0 to 10,000 RPM in 333 milliseconds. I t features new and improved ARMS (automatic recording memory start) system for worry free driver operation, a 4 stage shift light control, advanced LED backlighting for improved visibility, reduced electrical system draw, and resistance to vibration and tire shake. Engine and driveshaft RPM records at 100 samples per second with up to 60 seconds of available memory. Driver can play back data right on the tach itself, or easily download it to award winning DataPro analysis software, the same software found on professional STACK Motorsports data acquisition systems. Onboard tri-axis accelerometer to provide advanced data about vehicle acceleration and launch, working intelligently with DataPro software to pin point not only when, but where particular events occurred on the track. Backed by contingency in NHRA, IHRA, NMCA, and NMRA, a 1 year competition warranty, and Auto Meter's customer service and race support team

Auto Meter Street & Race Dash - Full Sweep, Stepper Motor meter movement and includes user programmable warning function, integrated programmable warning light and LCD message display for temperatures, pressures, and battery voltage, external plugs provided for shift and warning light activation, and a robust professional wiring harness pre-terminated with mil spec and MSS connectors for ease of installation. Operates on most 1-16 cylinder engines with 12V electronic ignitions. The Street & Race Dash is water, dust/dirt, shock, and vibration proof! and is fully sealed to IP67 standard. Multiple pre-programmed display layers allow you to track different combinations of vehicle parameters at the push of a button. Transflective LCD Backlit display provides guaranteed visibility in bright sunlight and complete darkness. Playback Recording mode provides up to 2 hours (or 15 runs) of continual dash sensor input data to be saved to memory for later review and analysis.

SPEK-Pro Gauges - features include plug & play wire harness for easy installation, 7 color user-selectable background illumination, adjustable illumination brightness settings for day and night, independent dimming for dial and pointer, peak recall, and 280-degree brushless stepper motor movement with illuminated pointer. The patented lighting delivers one of the largest viewable displays ever assembled on a 2 1/16 inch gauge.

For more information about the Auto Meter family of products, visit www.autometer.com.

Mopar Unveils New 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)’s Mopar and Dodge brands unveiled a new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T drag racing vehicle at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The new race car is destined to make its official on-track National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series debut in Funny Car competition at the 2015 season-opening Winternationals event on February 5-9 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.

The new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car was designed and developed on a virtual platform, using the same production-based technology and tools applied to the street vehicles, in a collaboration between FCA production and race engineers and the Don Schumacher Racing team.

“We’re very pleased to further demonstrate Mopar’s commitment to providing quality performance parts and reiterate our dedication to NHRA drag racing and our Mopar fans with the introduction of this new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO—Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care. “The process of designing and building this new race car has been a true collaborative effort between our own engineering team (the same one that designs our production Charger and Challenger street vehicles) and Don Schumacher Racing, and we are very excited with what we have brought to fruition. It’s just another great example of Mopar’s continuing commitment to provide quality engineering and performance parts, while staying true to our roots of racing innovation in a year that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic 426 Race HEMI® engine.”

Project engineers worked intensely to ensure that styling from the production version of the 2015 Dodge Charger was reflected in the Funny Car with similar design cues like scalloped sides and front and rear ends to make it easily recognizable to fans. Also included in the design process was the conscious decision to add durability and increase strength to the construction of the one-piece body with the use of composite materials including Kevlar and carbon.

Ed. note: So it's actually just a new body. It's cool looking but does it look like a Dodge Charger? What do you think?
Drag Racing Featured On The Today Show
Racers, it's always a good thing for all of us when the mainstream media gives coverage to our sport. In case you missed it recently, a segment about drag racing was shown on The Today Show. John Force and his daughter Courtney Force talked with co-host Willie Geist about the excitement and power of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The duo also explained to the Today Show audience how they balanced their competitive impulses with a healthy family support network.

The segment can be seen here: www.today.com/video/today/56353759.

Super Chevy Show on Velocity TV in 2015
The Super Chevy Show event series will join the Velocity network as the newest TV program in the lineup of automotive-driven content with 13-episodes highlighting the 2015 season. Discovery Communications’ high-definition cable channel Velocity will bring the same namesake Super Chevy Show into 62 million households across the U.S., and is scheduled to air on 13 consecutive weeks from October through December 2015.

With a focus on the car show, Velocity will follow the 2015 Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance tour with stops at each event across the country for 12 high-octane 30 minute Chevrolet-packed episodes. The 13th episode and season finale will spotlight the best cars of the tour.

Lex Dudas, President of SCSW, LLC, parent company of Super Chevy Shows views the TV program in terms of growth for the series. “Velocity takes the Super Chevy Show program to the next level of exposure for our fans, participants, and sponsors. When the current track operators took over the series in 2010 they brought everything up a notch, and have continued to build the shows to the point that it will now reach millions of Chevrolet enthusiasts through a national TV audience.”

The exclusive Super Chevy Show programming will include exciting segments designed to give the audience a view of the best Bowtie show cars in the country in stunning HD and a chance to relive the thrills while looking to spot familiar cars or catch a glimpse of Chevy drag racing at its best.

As the newest show on Velocity’s schedule, the Super Chevy Show joins the lineup with popular shows such as Overhaulin’, Chasing Classic Cars and Restoration Garage, that set the bar for diverse programming within the automotive genre.

For more information about Super Chevy, visit www.superchevyshow.com.

Wrap-Up: American DRAGCAR Southwestern Challenge Series Race #5
The third season of the American DRAGCAR racing series is well underway, with the last 5 races of the year all taking place in a 6 week span. The 2nd of these races was the October 25th SWCS #5 at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Arizona.

Going into the race, Mark and Geanine Ballard held the top 2 positions in the SWCS points standings and were looking to battle it out with one another for the season DRAGSTAR title but were unable to capitalize on the chance after being positioned on opposite sides of the ladder for eliminations. Mark held the top qualifier spot with his 9.303 while Daryl Amans posted a 9.384 to catch the #2 spot and Geanine kept the 3rd spot with her 9.416 performance.

Daryl Amans opened the 1st round of eliminations with carnage as his driveline disassembled on the launch in chase of Bob Thurston and it was said to have also destroyed the rear end in the process. Following the cleanup, 1st round resumed with the closest race of the day when Jeff Sefranek had to chase down Marvin Wolfmeier in his Old School Vega. With near identical RT’s, it was left up to the machines to decide and the Colt managed to cross the finish line ahead of “The Wolf” by a mere 9 thousandths of a second with an 11.43 on an 11.35 over a 12.59 on a 12.50 adjusted index.

Second round saw some upsets as Tom Payton used his trademark RT advantage to take the win over points leader Mark Ballard who ran nearly 5 hundredths under index in an 11.106 on an 11.10 over a 9.257 on a 9.30 battle. And Bob Thurston then did nearly the same thing against Mike Gardner in a 12.239 on a 12.25 over an 11.075 on an 11.10 throw-down.

The semi-finals had Sefranek feeling the pressure as he met Payton at the line while Thurston was afforded the bye for the round. In straying from his norm, Sefranek managed a 3 hundredths RT advantage by the time both cars had left, but early on in the run Payton’s ‘Vette suffered uncharacteristic traction issues and fell silent only a hundred feet down-course to allow the gold Mustang an easy trip into the final.

Bob Thurston carried the performance edge going into the final with his 2nd round 1-under performance while Sefranek had not run better than 8 hundredths off index through all of eliminations. Again though, Sefranek managed to pull off another decisive RT advantage with his .016 light but as the finish line drew near, the big black Chevy was still well ahead of the charging little Ford, and when the dust had settled, Thurston had the race Predator win with a 12.151 over Sefranek’s 11.414. Thurston’s .099 run-under however enacted the “final round split” provision which awarded Sefranek with the Judicator points win.

The strong finish for both racers propelled them each up into the points chase with Sefranek falling into 2nd just over 1 round behind Mark Ballard and Thurston moved into the 5th spot only 1800 points behind with 2 races still to go.

W: Tom Payton, '57 Corvette, Tucson, AZ., Index 11.10, RT .021, ET 11.106
L: Mark Ballard, '58 Delray, Tucson, AZ., Index 9.30, RT .104, ET 9.257

W: Bob Thurston, '57 Belair, Lakeside, AZ., Index 12.25, RT .108, ET 12.239
L: Mike Gardner, '67 Falcon, Tucson, AZ, Index 11.10, RT ,500 ET 11.075

W:Jeff Sefranek, '65 Mustang, Phoenix, AZ., Index 11.35, RT .055, ET 12.294
L: Bye

W: Jeff Sefranek, Index 11.35, RT .034, ET 11.432
L: Tom Payton, Index 11.10, RT .067, ET 16.732

W: Bob Thurston, Index 12.25, RT .NA, ET NA
L: Bye

W: Bob Thurston, Index 12.25, RT .057, ET 12.151
L: Jeff Sefranek, Index 11.35, RT .016, ET 11.414

Sportsman Spotlight: Stacy McGlory

Stacy McGlory is a senior mechanical engineering student at Tufts University in Massachusetts. She drives the Freitas & McGlory altered at New England Dragway competing in Super Pro. Stacy began her racing career in Jr. Dragster, then transitioned into a Super Pro dragster with small and then big block power. For 2014 she piloted the altered. Stacy also recently completed the Alcohol Funny Car course at Frank Hawley's school in Florida with her goal being to take over the driving duties for the Methanol Monster funny car.

Stacy's latest win came in October 2014 when she took the Pro Electronics category at New England Dragway's Old Fashioned Sunday nostalgia event. Stacy also has had an outstanding career as a gymnast and she is an honors student at Tufts, but it's her love and passion for drag racing that is evident to everyone she meets. A true ambassador for our sport, Stacy is well-liked and always ready to go that extra mile to help out a fellow racer.

The Freitas & McGlory altered was originally built in 1996 and features a Marc Rowe chassis. The current power plant is a Quest Racing 461 BB Chevy. It features Dart heads, a COMP Cams flat tappet cam and BG carb. It has a complete MSD ignition. Hand built headers handle the exhaust. Plans for 2015 include a Dart manifold and Dominator carb. Behind the big block is a Gary Kaye Powerglide featuring a Horton 8" converter. Third member is a solid Strange top loader with 4.56 gears. Getting the power to the pavement are 14.5 x 32 x 15 Hoosier slicks. Rear (only) brakes feature Wilwood calipers and Strange Rotors. With the current set up, the best times are 1.13 60 ' times with ETs in the 8.30s at 154 mph.

We are wishing Stacy best of luck in the 2015 season and great success in her drag racing career.

From The Files Of Drag Racer Magazine: The Big Red Galaxy at Atco

Thanks 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.

Drag 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)

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