Race Fuel & Rubber Fills the Air as the 2014 E.T. Racings Series is Launched
May 11 - Despite the heavy rains we received on Friday night forcing us to run an 1/8th mile event today, racers and fans finally put the loooong, cold winter behind us and got focused on another great season of drag racing at the ESTA quarter-mile on Sunday. Some new names were added to the win column on Sunday as well as some very familar names who are no strangers to the Winners Circle.
Iggy Falcone struck first in Super Pro, driving his trusty ’65 GTO to the final round win defeating Jack Vault Jr. in his Ford powered Race Tech dragster. Iggy dialed in at 6.32 and was off and running with a .521 to .536 starting line advantage and at the 1/8 mile stripe his 6.330 at 108.41 mph was enough to hold off Jack’s 4.762 at 144.68 mph run on his 4.74 dial in. Tim Roberts made it to the semi’s with his Monte Carlo.
April Martin showed up today with no crew to help her out and she worked her way all the way to the final round where she had to face off against Eric “Iceman” Sadowski. April was on a mission today though and she drove her ’76 Dodge to her first ever Pro win with a .521 initiated, 6.742 at 95.31 mph run on her 6.72 dial, while Eric in his ’70 Dodge had to settle for the runner up spot with a .592 r.t. and with a run of 6.967 at 96.59 mph on his 6.94 dial. Gary Rolfe Jr. and Jim Gioridano were the semifinalists.
In Pro MX the final round was a family affair as Heath Smith on his ’01 Ski-Doo was facing his sister Nicole on her ’03 Polaris. Nicole had a .527 to .555 r.t. advantage, but she did not need it because Heath’s sled broke just off the starting line and she cruised to a winning 6.275 at 101.64 mph run on her 6.22 dial in. Bob Salerno and Ryan Yarah were the semifinalists.
The Street Money winner of today’s race became eligible to compete in a special “Street Legal” race which will be held during the upcoming Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown Raceway Park. In the final it was defending points champ Steve English in his ’82 Cutlass defeating young Tyler BeDell driving a borrowed ’72 Chevelle. Steve won with a .527 light and he ran an 8.179 at 80.35 mph on his 8.13 dial, while Tyler missed the tree with a .664 light and threw away his 8.644 at 79.62 mph which was right on his 8.64 prediction. Diane Ashby was the semifinalist.
Kim Rogge in her ’73 Plymouth scored another win for the ladies driving to the Modified win by stopping Karl Woolworth in his ’97 Dragster. Kim had a .604reaction time and won with a 6.921 at 95.72 mph on her 6.88 dial-in, while Karl missed the tree with his .811 light and ran a 5.337 at 127.43 mph on his 5.30 dial. Graig Trudell was the semifinalist.
In a strange Street Trophy final round where both Kim Rossiter in her ’69 Chevelle and Scott Brosnan in his ’69 Dodge both missed the tree it was Scott with his 1.012 reaction time scoring the win by running closer to his 7.99 dial with an 8.048 at 85.10 mph while Kim ran well off her 9.75 dial in with a .817 initiated, 10.755 at 74.86 mph runner up effort.
The “Rocket” Rick Fies scored the Bike/Sled Trophy win riding his ’06 Suzuki to the win stopping Ryan Orizino on his ’01 Arctic Cat. Ryan held a .573 to .698 starting line advantage, but ran under his 6.10 dial-in with a 6.064 at 103.41 mph run. Meanwhile Rick was dialed in at 5.65 and won it with a 5.692 at 127.81 mph pass. Ryan Yarah made it to the semi’s.
In Jr. Dragster action it was two of the groups younger racers making their way to the final round. Taking the win was Damien Forjone who had the best reaction time of all of today’s final rounds. Damien used an outstanding .501 light and he ran a 13.175 at 44.81 mph on his 13.02 dial to stop Jazymne Short who had a .868 light and settled for the runner up spot with a 9.856 at 67.48 mph run on her 9.80 dial. Dunham Hall and Casey BeDell were the semifinalists.
The track was in excellent condition and the racers took advantage of it to get the season started off with a blast.
By Pete DeSalvo Jr.
|Win||Iggy Falcone||'65 GTO||.521||6.330, 108.41||6.32|
|R-Up||Jack Vault Jr.||Dragster||.536||4.762, 144.68||4.74|
|Win||April Martin||'76 Dodge||.521||6.742, 95.31||6.72|
|R-Up||Eric Sadowski||'70 Challenger||.592||6.967, 96.59||6.94|
|Semis||Gary Rolfe Jr.
|Win||Nicole Smith||'03 Polaris||.527||6.275, 101.64||6.22|
|R-Up||Heath Smith||'01 Ski-doo||-||broke||-|
|Win||Steve English||'82 Cutlass||.527||8.179, 80.35||8.13|
|R-Up||Tyler BeDell||'72 Chevelle||.664||8.644, 79.62||8.64|
|Win||Kim Rogge||'73 Plymouth||.604||6.921, 95.72||6.88|
|R-Up||Karl Woolworth||'97 Dragster||.811||5.337, 127.43||5.30|
|Win||Scott Brosnan||'69 Dodge||1.012||8.048, 85.10||7.99|
|R-Up||Kim Rossiter||'69 Chevelle||.817||10.755, 74.98||9.75|
|Win||Rick Fies||'06 Suzuki||.689||5.692, 127.81||5.65|
|R-Up||Ryan Orizino||'01 Arctic Cat||.573||6.064, 103.41||6.10|
|Win||Damien Forjone||dragster||.501||13.175, 44.81||13.02|
|R-Up||Jazmyne Short||dragster||.868||9.856, 67.48||9.80|