We had a beautiful day for racing as we hosted the F.X. Caprara 10K Bracket Bash along with a Gamblers race. In the 10k race it was Carl Drake Jr. successfully defending his 10k win from last year as he scored the win by defeating James Smith Jr. CJ, who almost always drives his Chevy powered dragster, also entered his father's Nova in this race which allowed double entries. James Smith Jr. was in his familiar Mike Bos built Chevy powered dragster. Both drivers drove well all day long cutting great lights and running their dials while going through seven tough rounds of competition to earn their spot in the final round and a shot at the 10 Grand.
In the final it was CJ in his father's Nova taking the win with a very stout package of .504 at the tree and drilling his 5.67 dial in with a 5.673 at 120.57 mph. James was right there running dead on his 4.87 dial in with a perfect 4.870 at 142.36 mph run, but his .536 light was the difference and he had to settle for the well deserved runner-up spot. Gary Donadio put forth a great effort today in his ’68 Camaro losing in the semis to James. Making it to the quarterfinals were Scott Forbes, Howie Smith and Skip Tamburino who lasted that long on his drag bike. A special thanks to Billy and Tana Caprara and all the FX Caprara crew for their help in making this race possible. Thanks to Vince Musolino also for his help in promoting the race and handling the race director duties. We all appreciate it.
|CJ celebrates his 2nd consecutive ESTA 10K Bash win with family and friends.||Tana Caprara presents James Smith Jr. his $2,500 runner-up check at the conclusion of racing.|
In the Gamblers race which was open to anyone that entered the 10K race, but lost in the early rounds, it was Scott Drake in his Nova taking the win over first year Pro class phenom Justin Hardman driving his Camaro. In a very close final round Scott used a very slight .514 to .515 starting line advantage to win with his 5.922 at 116.88 mph run on his 5.90 dial in, while Justin had to settle for the runner up spot with a 6.529 at 105.09 mph run on his 6.50 dial in. The margin of victory was a scant .008! Terry Scheirer and Scott Buley both in dragsters were the semifinalists.