We get started this morning with a bracket time trial at nine AM and into heads up eliminations at ten. A large Pro Mod field this weekend will have a second chance race for the non qualified cars so there will be plenty of Outlaw Pro Mod action today to go along with the fabulous Florida weather. Check in with Dragzine for track side updates through the day.
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Ken Cruz’ crew member Jon Lucas was prepping the car this morning for Pro Mod after qualifying on the bump last night with a 4.06. The crew includes Ken Cruz and Jon Lucas with Chris Mendola and Bob Newberry tuning.
Ruben T. struggled with the car driving left yesterday and was unable to make a clean run. he qualified well below potential with a4.62 and will be racing the second chance Pro Mod field today. They made some adjustments to the chassis so they hope to do a little better today. He lost an engine last month at the Orlando World Street Nationals and has since fitted the car with the engine from his Pro Drag Radial Mustang.
Another racer making chassis adjustments this morning was Jimmy Stoupas out of Dunedin, Florida. He qualified twenty-fifth in Pro Mod and also has his daughter running Jr. Dragster here this weekend.
The showstopping Corvette is owned and driven by Bob Meiring out of Paqrish, Florida. He is sitting in fifteenth spot in Outlaw 632 and set to face off with Troy Blake in first round. This is the second event for the car after a several year hiatus.
Adam Flamholc took delivery of this Pro Extreme style Dodge Viper last night from Dan Nicholson. They are scheduled to test over the next couple of days here with the Jerry Hass built car. Dan had set the quarter mile record earlier this year in the 4.60 range that was only just broken in Vegas a few weeks ago by John Stanley with the Stanley and Wiess racing Camaro.
After a staging duel with Josh Green Mike Stavrinos got into tire shake early in the run then the car shot sideways and into the opposite retaining wall and burst into flames after crushing the fuel cell. It's scary watching incidents like this when the car is on fire and you can see the driver trying to get the door open. It wasn't a hard hit and Mike was able to get out uninjured, though I am sure he was shaken up a bit. Check out the full sequence in the gallery.
Round One Elimination Results
Nearly every winning pass in Outlaw Pro Mod was in the three second zone. Round two is gonna be some tight racing.
Brad Personett put up a 3.94 at 197 in his round one match with John Camp in a classic turbo vs. nitrous battle.
George Williams put a hole shot on John Vergotz to earn the win with a 4.01 to Vergotz’ 3.99.
Jason Harris laid down low ET for this round with a 3.897 at 192 MPH in a win over the red lighting Scott Braskett.
Adam Flamholc showed the potential of the Dodge Daytona running a 4.009 at 188 in the B field of Pro Mod in a win over Terry Duffy.
Justin Swanstrom will go home early after a loss to Brandon Spires. Swanstrom took the early lead with a .036 reaction but backfired down track allowing Spires to get around him at the top end. That’s a tough loss for Fat Boy Racing.
Mike Miller earned a trip to round two by taking out Mike Wabuda’s supercharged 2000 Trans Am with a 5.23 at 134 to Wabuda’s 5.38 at 130.
Dave French took a come from behind win over Anthony Masiello in Outlaw 632 running a 4.67 at 153 to Masiello’s 4.84 at 148 after getting beat on the tree.
Pete Bairan runs this 67 Chevelle out of Plantation, Florida. he earned a round win over Tim Ray who slowed to a 7.65.
Troy Pirez Sr. took a win in OL 632 this round with a 4.626 at just 150 MPH over Bob Alexander.
Frank Meshaw took low ET by a wide margin in Pro Drag Radial running a 4.46 at 170 over Mike Freeman who lost traction early. Here Todd Brash from TRZ Motorsports backs Meshaw up into the groove.
Sean Ashe led early in his match with Mel Nelson with just .002 separating them at the launch. Nelson’s car coughed down track and he just squeaked by Ashe, taking the win with a 4.721 at 165 to Ahse’s 4.738 at at 157. Ashe has been struggling recently and the ATF team just found a broken plug wire last night to qualify with a 4.73.
There several bye runs in round one of Open Outlaw with racers just taking the tree and saving parts. Here Ken Gonyo drives through tire shake to earn the win over Bob Bridges with a 4.43 at 162.
Matt Gilmore had a good run putting up a 4.012 at 177 taking the win over Alan Glatt.
Troy Pirez Jr. is double entered again this weekend in 7.50 and 6.50 Index. he will move on in both classes with the Sanders/Pirez Racing Mustang.
Pat Steele took the win on the tree by a good margin over Vince Costa in 6.50 Index. The 1970 Chevelle has a 509 big Chevy from Scotty Racing Technology and just installed a set of AFCO double adjustable shocks from TRZ Motorsports which calmed the car’s launch considerably.
Heather Carter took top qualifier in 5.50 Index earning a first round bye. She put up a 5.524 at 121.
Austin Stephens brought out this blown 68 Chevy PU built by NBC Race Cars in Pinellas Park, Florida. He jumped the beam and fouled out but this is the first race for the truck.
Round Two Elimination Results
We are getting ready to run round two of Outlaw Pro Mod now, just getting the other round results up while I have time.
Tom Wirth had a single in round two of Open Outlaw after Matt Gilmore could not make the call. He ran a 3.910 at 186 MPH on the solo pass.
Melissa Hutson set low ET in eliminations with a 3.789 at 190 earning the round win over Ken Gonyo.
Eddie Lykins was dead late in his match with Craig Andrews who put up a 4.20 at 154 while Lykins shut down early.
Ricky Smith set low ET this round by just .001 with a 3.911 at 192 taking a win over Chris Patrick’s 4.11 red light start.
“The Carolina Kid” Travis Harvey (far lane) is driving for Dobbs Racing this weekend. He faced off with Josh Green in round two coming away with a win with a 3.913 at 190 MPH.
Round Three Elimination Results
Jimmy Keen (far lane) took the win over Travis Harvey in the semi final of Pro Mod after Harvey was forced to shut it down early. Keen will have lane choice over Ricky Smith in the final.
Ricky Smith faced off with number one qualifier Jason Harris who took a big reaction time advantage. Harris clicked it early and slowed to a 4.10 at 149 MPH to Smith’s 3.79 at 190.
Adam Flamholc took the semi final Pro Mod B class win in convincing fashion with a 4.04 at 186 over Ruben Tetsoshvili who slowed to a 6.65 at 89.
Andrew Handras took his 2004 Cavalier based out of Bethpage, New York to the Pro Mod B Final with a 4.31 at 171.
Tom Wirth had an opponent broke bye into the Open Outlaw Final. He laid down a 4.22 at 133.
Mark McElwee paired off with Melissa Hutson in the other pair of Open Outlaw. Mark was on the tree but fell off to a 6.45 at 61 MPH while Hutson blasted her way to a 3.76 at 191 for lane choice.
Troy Blake has been on a string today in Outlaw 632. His 4.60 at 154 was good for the win over J.R. Atkins and lane choice with James Horvath in the OL 632 final.
Jimmy Keen took another Outlaw Pro Mod win here in Bradenton on a single after Ricky Smith was unable to run the final round. Keen clicked it early to a 4.09 at 148.
Adam Flamholc earned the Pro Mod B field win with a fantastic 3.94 at 190 in the final vs. Andrew Handras, who had a game 4.17 at 175, his best run of the day.
Tom Wirth took the Open Outlaw win on the tree recording a .021 to Melissa Hutson’s .041. With’s winning 4.78 at 192 was just enough to stay in front of Hutson’s 3.76 at 191.
Melissa Hutson, Open Outlaw runner up.
Mel Nelson took the Pro Drag Radial win over Frank Meshaw. Nelson is based out of Ft. Myers, Florida and qualified third in class. He left on Meshaw with a.020 reaction and Frank spun the tires early recording a 6.34 at 84 MPH after shutting it down. A 4.61 at 174 was good for the event win. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Frank Meshaw qualified number one in Pro Drag Radial with his Palm Bay, Florida based 1988 Trans Am. The Nelson Competition, Baskin Truck Sales, TRZ Motorsports, ATF ride has been running well, he is just off a double up win at the Orlando World Street Nationals winning Drag Radial and Heavy Street. Last month here at the Outlaw Drag Race Championships he split with Mel Nelson as both cars could not make the call for the final. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Troy Blake qualified second in Outlaw 632 with his backhalf 1969 Camaro running a single carb and a plate nitrous system setting low ET of eliminations with a 4.602 in the semi final. He faced off with James Horvath in the final putting up a .004 light and a 4.627 at 155 MPH winning pass. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Outlaw 632 runner up James Horvath hails from Mirimar, Florida. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
The Ultra Street final was a battle between number two qualifier Walt Drakeford and number five Eugene Rodriquez. Drakeford put up a .030 reaction going on to run a nice 5.14 at 134 while Rodriquez slowed to a 8.41 shut down run. Real Speed Racing, Induction Solutions and Quick Fuel Technologies in the winner circle again.
Dave Marcus Jr. qualified seventh and met with number one man Jim Walter int he final after five rounds of 5.50 Index. His .048 was late at the start but he managed a 5.507 to earn the win. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Jim Walter, 5.50 Index runner up. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Troy Pirez Jr. made it another win for 2013 in 6.50 index after meeting up with David Stephens from NBS Race Cars. Troy’s .036 was way ahead of Stephens’ .145 reaction giving him a nice margin to play the stripe winning with a 6.530 at just 100 MPH. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
David Stephens took the 6.50 Index Runner up with his NBS Race Cars built 1967 Chevelle. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Robert Wilson faced off with number one qualifier Billy Hamilton in 7.50 Index. Wilson and Hamilton are repeat winners here in Bradenton. Wilson was way late virtually handing the win to Hamilton.
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