of Life" Service for S&W's Scott Weney
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.
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
of flowers please send donations to Racer's for
Christ P.O. Box 1208 Gilbert, Az. 85299. Divisions
1 and 2.
Dragtime News is In Full-On PRI Show Mode
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.
Thanks and Giving Back at Mt. Park Dragway
City, KS - Mt.
Classic is Saturday & Sunday, December
13 & 14, 2014 with Top ET and Mod ET on both
days. This is the rescheduled Thanksgiving Classic.
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.
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
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.
open Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am. For more info visit
For 2014 PRI Show To Remain Open Through Show Dates
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.
& Ellershaw and the Return of the SUPER CAMARO
& 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.
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.
Year’s Bracket Bash at Auto Plus Raceway
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.
open at 9:30 am with time runs at 11:00 am. Visit www.AutoPlusRacway.com
for more information.
Spotlight: Mark Williams Enterprises
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
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.
more information about Mark Williams Enterprises,
Atlantic .90 Association Announces 2015 Schedule
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).
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.
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 &
information on all three series please contact Rob Keister
Info for all three series can be found at www.midatlantic90.com.
Spotlight: Stroud Safety
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.
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.
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.
Stroud Safety at 405-632-2022 for information and tech support,
800-554-4648 for orders, and email@example.com.
More product information available at www.stroudsafety.com
Dodge Gets A New ATI 8" TreeMaster Converter for 2015
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.
The Dial: Winter 2014-2015
Montgomery Raceway Park:
Auto Plus Raceway:
South Georgia Motorsports
Park: no racing this weekend.
Cordova International Raceway:
closed for the winter.
closed for the winter. Mt.
Park Dragway: call.
Milan Dragway: closed
for the winter.
New England Dragway:
closed for the winter.
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: closed
for the winter.
closed for the winter. Lebanon
Valley Dragway: closed for the winter.
closed for the winter.
call. Rockingham Dragway:
closed for the winter.
Maple Grove Raceway:
closed for the winter. Numidia
Dragway: closed for the winter. Quarter
Aces / South Mountain: closed for the
closed for the winter.
call. Greer Dragway:
closed for the winter.
Little River Dragway:
Elk Creek Dragway:
closed for the winter.
Great Lakes Dragaway:
The Track Info page for
more information about these tracks. Attn.
track owners / managers: want your track and events
listed? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dragtime News Featured Photo: Victor Javinett's '55 Nomad
Super Stocker at Englishtown
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)
Photo sponsored by
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News On Location
Coast Stock/Super Stock Association and Gambler's Races at
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.
photos are HERE,
Dragtime News On Location articles:
event coverage from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 is on the
News On Location main page.
Tests & Installs
Tests & Installs main page.
Racing 101 main page.
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higher exhaust duration and overall lift, LSR™ Roller
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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.
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.
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.
Product News here.
Are Saddened By The Passing of S&W Race Cars' Scott Weney
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.
to Steve Sisko, 2014 NHRA Super Pro National Champion
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
Race Tracks Come Together At PRI’s Race Track Business
race track owners and operators: this is for you.
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.
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.
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
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
Farm Serves Green for Thanksgiving
racers! The season’s not done yet! Farmington
Dragway presents its 21st Annual Thanksgiving
Moneyfest on Thursday – Saturday,
November 27th – 29th, 2014.
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.
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
0.00 – 8.49; payouts for all races based on 120
cars minimum. Double-entries OK, throttle-stops OK, all
IHRA safety rules apply.
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.
Spotlight: Auto Meter Products
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
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.
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
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.
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.
more information about the Auto Meter
family of products, visit www.autometer.com.
Unveils New 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
Racing Featured On The Today Show
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.
segment can be seen here: www.today.com/video/today/56353759.
Chevy Show on Velocity TV in 2015
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
more information about Super Chevy, visit www.superchevyshow.com.
American DRAGCAR Southwestern Challenge Series Race #5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Sefranek, '65 Mustang, Phoenix, AZ., Index 11.35,
RT .055, ET 12.294
W: Jeff Sefranek, Index 11.35, RT .034,
L: Tom Payton, Index 11.10, RT .067, ET 16.732
W: Bob Thurston, Index 12.25, RT .NA, ET
W: Bob Thurston, Index 12.25, RT .057,
L: Jeff Sefranek, Index 11.35, RT .016, ET 11.414
Spotlight: Stacy McGlory
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.
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.
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
the current set up, the best times are 1.13 60 ' times with
ETs in the 8.30s at 154 mph.
wishing Stacy best of luck in the 2015 season and great
success in her drag racing career.
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.
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