In an effort to beat the relentless Mother Nature here this weekend, the Bader family made the call to push forward with the early rounds of eliminations here late into the evening last night. The arrival of more showers brought the late night to a close, meaning if the weather forecast provides us with the opportunity, we’ll be crowning some champions this evening as scheduled.
A special thanks to our presenting sponsor, and a major backer of the inaugural Shakedown at the Summit, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels!
After multiple rain showers – and after multiple attempts by Bill Bader, Jr., Kurt Johnson and the rest of the track staff to dry and prepare the track – the decision was made to cancel today’s continuation of the race and split the purse. There was still plenty of action in the rounds that were run, and the fans stayed in the stands until the very end. Visit the gallery for photos and qualifying sheets from Friday and Saturday, and we’ll soon have a race wrap from the eliminations that were run posted.
Twenty-eight cars — with drivers from across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico — filed into the staging lanes for the first round of eliminations in Pro Line Racing Outlaw Pro Mod. Bruce Boland blasted to a 6.08 and the win over Chris Mondor, who was forced to lift. Mike Cusimaro was unable to back up after his burnout, so he climbed out of his car and over the wall to allow Troy Coughlin to make a single, during which there was a sizable explosion under the car as it went through the traps at 6.93. Jose Gonzalez put up a 5.91 for the win over Michael Biehle’s 6.60; Bill Lutz rocketed to a 6.05 and the win over Jeff Roth, who was wheels-up and heading for the wall when he was forced to lift. Eric Latino hung the skinnies, pedaled the car to settle it and collected a 6.53 and the win over Dave Roemer, whose car went into tire shake at the hit.
Also in round one of Pro Line Racing Outlaw Pro Mod, Jason Kalso put up a 6.43 to Tommy D’Aprile’s 6.66, and in the battle of the 70 ½ Camaros, Steve Summers ran a 6.04 and got by Ruben Tetsoshvia, who was left holding a bunch of steering wheel and forced to lift. John Decerbo’s 6.19 to Jimmy Cowan’s 7.52 sent him to the next round; Jason White got a single when Jim Bell, couldn’t make the call and Rocky DeLecce blistered the track with a 6.00 and went unopposed when Brian Robbins couldn’t make the call. Derek Hawker also went unopposed and ran 6.11 when Isaias Rojas of Puetro Rico couldn’t make the call. Keith Jackson ran an off-pace 8.74 when his opponent Scot Johnson couldn’t make the call and Jeff Lutz went 6.20 after Brian Vergotz couldn’t make the call. Top qualifier Dave Hance got a single and ran a 6.60 when Craig Braun couldn’t make the call.
In round two of Pro Line Racing Outlaw Pro Mod. which didn’t start until 1 a.m. because of several rain delays, Bruce Boland’s 5.98 was good for the win over Keith Jackson’s 6.39; John Decerbo ran 6.11 while Derek Hawker’s car laid fluid on the track. As the clean-up was underway, the rain came and ended the race.
In the first round of eliminations for VP Racing Fuels Outlaw Limited Street, J.R. Gibson ran 4.50 to advance over Brent Foster’s 4.65 and Paul Major ran 4.42 to advance over Dale Arbogast’s 5.28. The margin of victory for Kyle Ehorn’s 4.73 win over Ray Royer, Jr.’s 4.74 was .0249. Gustavo Turall drove to a 4.86 and the win over Dave Hinzman, who shook the tires at the hit.
Also in the first round of eliminations for VP Racing Fuels Outlaw Limited Street, Ruben Tetsoshvia won with a holeshot and a 4.56 over Randy Darocy, whose car yanked the front tires several times after launching and ran 5.19. Sal Patel’s 4.74 was good for the win over Thomas Jones, who had been thrashing to make repairs after he broke a rocker and ran an off-pace 7.55. Mark Woodruff went into a wheelstand and managed to settle the car before going through the traps at 4.69, while Charlie Frantz leaked fluid and got the car stopped. Number one qualifier Frank Mewshaw kept his momentum and blasted to a 4.54 to advance on Brian Keller’s 6.58.
In round two of VP Racing Fuels Outlaw Limited Street, Kyle Ehorn’s 4.75 was good for the win over Mark Woodruff’s 5.29 and with a 4.98, Sal Patel cruised to the win over Frank Mewshaw, whose parachute popped out during his burnout and was quickly grabbed by a crew member. J.R. Gibson (pictured above) went 4.60 on a single when Paul Major couldn’t make the call and Gustavo Turall’s 4.51 earned him the win over Ruben Tetsoshvia.
In the first round of Outlaw 10.5, presented by LaFontaine Automotive, Mark Wells blistered the track with a 4.11 at 198 mph, the fastest run in the history of Outlaw 10.5 racing, and advanced over Tom Kempf, who put up a 4.36. Jim Brown brought a 4.30 to the table for the win over Jeff Castaldo’s 5.11; Scott Lowery stopped the clocks at 4.29 to take the win light against Chris Cadotto, who put up a 4.81.
Also in the first round of eliminations for Outlaw 10.5, presented by LaFontaine Automotive, Brian Hicks laid down a 4.52 over Nick Agostino 5.16 and Eddie Timal ran 4.26 and moved on without competition as Dan Saitz couldn’t make the call. Frank Pompilio was 4.38 to Ron Stang’s 4.51 while John Carinci ran 6.37 on a single as Doug Sikora couldn’t make the call and Richard Sexton posted an 8.23 on his bye-run.
In round two of Outlaw 10.5, presented by LaFontaine Automotive, Scott Lowery drove to a 4.32 after Brian Hicks rolled the beams and Richard Sexton beat Frank Pompilio on a 4.40-4.38 holeshot. Mark Wells drove to a 4.23 to grab the win from Eddie Timal, who ran 4.29. Jim Brown ‘s 4.20 was good for the win oven John Carinci’s 4.48.
The class for drag radial diehards, Wiseco X275, presented by TRZ Motorsports, had a field of sixteen. In the first round of eliminations, Ohio-resident Trace Meyer ousted Joe Pinsoneault, 4.81 to 5.01 and Ronnie “The Modfather” Diaz drove his Modular-powered Mustang to a 4.93 to defeat Scott Carter, whose Mustang went into a monster-sized wheelstand and damaged the radiator when it slammed down.
Also in the first round for Wiseco X275, Andy Manson pedaled to a 4.71 to win over Audri McGrane’s 5.07 and Dean Marinis blasted to a 4.64 and the win while Jason Lee gave race fans a show and hung the fronts at about 300 feet out and went through the traps at 4.74. Shawn Ayers settled in at 4.73 to Robert Bapista’s 5.03 while Darren Hilterbrand won with a 4.70 to Jason Hoard’s 4.95 and Martin Connelley won with a 4.69 to Jay Trisel’s 5.03. Shannon Renfro was 4.84 on a single after Ray Litz couldn’t make the call.
In the second round of Wiseco X275, Shawn Ayers defeated Trace Meyers, 4.69 to 4.74 while Martin Connelley and Ronnie “The Modfather” Diaz both ran 4.75, with the nod going to Connelley based on reaction time. Andy Manson advanced with a 4.71 over Shannon Renfro, who ran into trouble and went through the traps at 9.43. Dean Marinis and Darren Hilterbrand had a tight race, 4.65 to 4.67, with Marinis taking the win light.
In the first round of Heavy Street, Tony “Presto” Basso put a 4.39 on the board for the win over Kevin Fontenot, who had him on the tree but was a little slower with a 4.61. Matt Vinson drove to a 4.71 to beat Larry Larson’s 4.75 and Joel Wensley posted a 5.09 and advanced over Gary Cygan’s 5.40. Ed Parker wheeled his car to a 4.55 and claimed the victory over Mark Vinson, who went 5.43 and Jim Kilpatrick was 4.64 to beat Wayde Mahoney, who was close with a 4.67.
Peter Campbell had trouble, was in and out of the throttle and posted a 7.43, but got the win as Jeff Baker left before the tree came down. In another close run, Michael Standley, II, put up a 4.78 to beat Lucas Milnar, who put up a 4.80, and Mike Murillo was on the tree and collected the win with a 4.88 to Doug Cline’s quicker 4.80.
In round two of Heavy Street, Mike Murillo picked up to a 4.38 to beat Jim Kilpatrick and his 4.62, while Joel Wensley put a 4.58 on the board to beat Matt Vinson and his 4.75. Tony “Presto” Basso’s 4.89 earned him the win over Michael Standley, II and his troubled 9.89. Ed Parker drove to a 6.59 after Peter Campbell couldn’t make the call.
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