We held the NHRA / ESTA Jr. Dragster Championships today (it was rained out a month ago) and it was young Jacob Snyder dominating the action grabbing 2 wins. In the Jr. Dragster “B” class Jacob took his first win by defeating Dylan Peckham. Jacob drilled the tree with a .534 to .624 reaction time advantage and won with a 9.018 at 74.12 mph run on his 8.98 dial. Dylan settled for the runner up spot with a 9.003 at 70.08 mph run on his 8.90 dial. Kyle Reynolds and Casey BeDell were the semifinalists.
In the Jr. “A” class it was Michael Reynolds defeating recent D1 class champ Justin Hardman. Michael held the r.t. advantage .541 to .569 and won with a 7.943 at 80.80 mph on his 7.94 dial while Justin ran under his 7.95 dial with a 7.937 at 82.13 mph. Paige DeSalvo and Samantha Wilson were the semifinalists.
Jacob Snyder picked up his second win of the day in the “Young Guns Shootout” which featured both Jr. A & B classes combined. Jacob defeated Harley Hancock in the final with a 9.129 at 73.14 mph run on his 9.06 dial while Harley settled for the runner up spot with a 8.952 at 70.77 mph run on her 8.90 dial. Jenna Lipke and Shaquille Scott were the semifinalists.
We also held a special class of racing today called the Girls Go Racing at ESTA which was a benefit race with proceeds going to D.R.A.W., a special thanks to Jane Bersani for once again putting forth a great effort in organizing this race. The final came down to Kim Lipke and Kim Rogge and it was Kim Lipke in her ’70 Dodge winning with a .534 initiated 11.232 at 117.50 mph run on her 11.17 dial while Rogge had to settle for the runner up spot in her ’70 Plymouth with a .772 initiated 11.176 at 119.01 mph run on her 11.14 dial in. Kim Piston was the semifinalist.
In Super Pro it was Eric Bunal driving his ’87 Regal to the win when he stopped Heather Scheirer who was appearing in her 2nd straight S/P final round in her Competition Wedge Chevy powered dragster. Eric held the starting line advantage .523 to .566 and he won it with a 9.197 at 141.61 mph run on his 9.20 dial while Heather had to settle for the runner up spot with her further under 8.122 at 164.66 mph on her 8.15 dial. Ken Taylor and Jessica Caprara were the semifinalists.
In Pro it was an all Competition Wedge final round and semi’s too, when Mike LaRose took down current point’s leader Howard Roberts. Mike drilled the tree in his ’69 Dodge with a stellar .506 and he ran 10.475 at 123.55 mph on his 10.45 dial to turn back Howard who was in his ’72 Plymouth. Howard had a .565 light and ran 9.611 at 140.58 mph on his 9.60 dial to take home the runner up cash. Mike LaRose Jr. was the semifinalist.
It took most of the season of racing to happen but there finally was a motorcycle rider able to score a win in the Pro MX Class. Cory Bingel on his high powered Suzuki did it when he defeated his brother Herb who fouled on his ’98 Ski-Doo. Cory powered to an 8.374 at 155.59 mph run on his 8.309 dial while Herb ran 11.088 at 112.01 mph on his 11.10 dial. Ryan Orizino was the semifinalist. We also had to run off the MX final from Aug. 8th and that win went to Heath Smith on his ’07 Polaris after Cory Bingel fouled and settled for the runner up spot.
Street Money action saw Travis Brown drive his ’83 Chevy to the win when Jordan Reader red lighted in his ’88 Ford. Travis clicked it off and cruised to 11.53 at 89.82 mph on his 10.71 dial while Jordan legged it through to an 11.630 at 117.48 mph run on his 11.70 dial in. Matt Bunal and Anthony Rotolo were the semifinalists.
In Modified it was Terry Scheirer capturing another win in his Chevy powered dragster as he disposed of Howard Kerger who was driving his ’73 Chevy. Terry had a .584 to .930 starting line advantage and ran 7.877 at 155.05 mph on his 7.85 dial while Howard took the runner up spot with a 10.984 at 122.95 mph run on his 10.90 dial. Don Austin was the semifinalist.
Howie Conklin took the Street Trophy win today driving his ’65 Chevy to the final round win over defending points champ Dick Aversa. Howie got Dick at the tree with a .517 to .606 advantage and won with a 12.984 at 100.20 mph run on his 12.97 dial in. Dick gave it his best but ran under his 12.69 dial with a 12.673 at 106.32 mph runner up effort. Steve English was the semifinalist.
In Bike / Sled Trophy it was Dan Eddy riding his ’95 Ski-Doo to the win stopping Sudsy Eastman on his ’00 Ski-Doo. This one was over early as Sudsy fouled with a .494 light negating his 10.073 at 125.93 mph run on his 9.99 dial. Dan had a great .517 light and ran it out to an 11.555 at 103.24 mph run on his 11.58 dial in. David Ashby was the semifinalist.
That does it for an extremely busy day of racing. Thanks to the crew and our volunteer helpers for putting forth a great effort in getting this show completed. We’ll see you next week.