We are back for Sunday kicking off with round two eliminations. This is the first time we started eliminations on Saturday. We had some tight racing in last nights session and with the weather changes it’s going to a tuners race for round two this morning. Ultra Street is one to look out for with all cars left solidly in the five teens. Stay tuned for trackside updates through the day.
We had some wet weather this morning here in Bradenton and the track staff went to work getting things dried up as soon as the skies stopped spitting. We are over an hour behind schedule so far but it looks like we will be under way soon.
The rescue staff had a meeting this morning before things were under way. Kim (second from the right) is new to the Motorsports Rescue crew this year.
John Platt owner of Platinum products is here again for this event and has some new carburetor trays. It’s a new product for the company which makes assorted trailer accessories, including ramps, tie down and various storage items to keep things organized in your race car trailer and pit. Platt is scheduled to display at 16 events including some bigger bracket races, select heads up events and is looking to add about ten more for the year.
Greg Cason was number qualifier in Outlaw 632 with a 5.508 in his naturally aspirated Estes Racing Engines 632 big block Chevy powered Camaro. The class was designed for older nitrous cars, many of which left Outlaw 10.5 after the ET’s started dropping into the 4.20’s and the turbo charged cars started dominating. There has been an unwritten rule that 4.60 was the cut off so runs in the 4.50’s started a little controversy. Bradenton has been on top of the class to keep it in check and the top three qualifiers were pumped both this weekend and at the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals back in December. There is no current minimum weight for naturally aspirated cars and the great weather yesterday I’m sure had something to do with Cason’s and John Schroeder’s low 4.50 runs. With the growing class and purpose built cars coming it looks like some adjustments may be in the future.
Round Two Eliminations Results
Justin Swanstrom set low ET this round of Ultra Street with a 5.117 at 137.67 taking the win over Cliff Connolly’s T-Bird. Connolly has improved his performance recently after teaming up with Brian Keep tuning the nitrous and an ATF converter.
Brandon Spires put up a 5.12 against number two qualifier Eric Kenward taking the win to Kenward’s 5.17.
Rolando Mair took the tree over William Ward in Outlaw 632 with a .021. At the stripe it would be Mair running a 4.82 with the win over Ward’s 4.92.
Stanford, CT's own John Schroeder laid down a 4.54 at 159 in his match with Rodney Campbell who went red by just .002
Dillon Voss got an upset win over number one qualifier Greg Cason putting up a .023 reaction to Cason’s late .158. At the stripe is was Voss with a 4.66 to Cason’s quicker 4.54.
Steven Crisafulli had a single in round two of Pro Drag Radial running a 4.440 at 184.he will face frank Meshaw in the TRZ Motrosports/ATF sponsored Firebird.
Scotty G faced off with Ziff Hudson who set the single turbo 275 radial ET record last night with a 4.472 at 170. Hudson left first with a .037 light but couldn't hold off Guadadgno's 4.475 at 169.
Check out Ziff Hudson’s record setting pass from round one eliminations last night courtesy of Hans Pierre from Free Life Films.
Kevin Fiscus was matched with Rob Wells in round two of Outlaw Pro Mod. Wells had an issue going into reverse after the burnout then broke and pulled over after the launch as Fiscus went on to a 3.89 at 197 and the win.
Jimmy Keen put a tree on Jeff Naiser and ran right down through there with a 3.89 ay 192 with Naiser clicking early, slowing to a 4.13 at 146 MPH.
Chris Rina set low ET of the round against George Williams with a 3.86 at 191. Williams was late but game running a 3.869.
Anthony Disomma faced off with Steve George in the Bad Bus in the Xtreme Pro Mod Semi final. Both drivers were late on the tree but Disomma had the power to get around George with a 3.89 at 187 to a 4.00 at 187.
The other pair left was Tommy D’April and Chris Patrick. Patrick went red giving the win to D’April running a 3.728 at 202 MPH earning lane choice in the final.
Number one qualifier Tommy D’April met with third qualifier Anthony Disomma in the final of Extreme Pro Mod in a blower vs. turbo battle. They left with nearly identical reaction times and were side by side to the stripe with D’April getting there first with a 3.702 at 206.61 setting low ET of the event. Disomma was just behind with his best run of the weekend, recording a 3.732 at 209.83 resetting his own top MPH this weekend. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Extreme Pro Mod runner up Anthony Disomma had a stellar weekend with a brand new car running a best ET of 3.73 at 109 in the final for the Desert Demons Racing car owner Saud Alzaib.
In Outlaw Pro Mod Todd Tutterow qualified number one with the Galot Motorsports Camaro and met number six Kevin Fiscus in the final. Fiscus was getting quicker every pass and had lane choice going in with a 3.858 at 200.75. Kevin took a slight advantage at the tree and stayed just out front in one of the closer runs of the weekend. The 3.851 at 200.17 was his best run of the weekend and just edged out Tutterow’s 3.856 at 193.42.It’s a great start to the year for Fiscus/Klugger Racing. Sponsors include Pro Torque and Proformance Transmissions. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Outlaw Pro Mod runner up Todd Tutterow and the Galot Motorsports team concentrated on one car this weekend though the new Camaro and the Twin Turbocharged Mustang were both on the property. It paid off with number one qualifier and a final round appearance.
Scotty Guadagno was the quickest car in Pro Drag Radial eliminations today with a best run of 4.372 at 169 in the semi final with Candido Sanchez. He was set to meet Frank Meshaw in the final but Meshaw broke a lifter against Steven Crisafulli taking the round by just .003 and could not make the call. Scotty was set up to make a full pass but drove into a wheelie early and shut it down, coasting to a 5.01 at 109. Sponsors include Scotty’s Racing Technology, Big Stuff 3, Pro Torque and Induction Solutions. Crew is co owner Peter Biello, Frank and Anthony Palmieri, Porky and Scotty’s fiance Yanel Gonzalez.
Pro Drag Radial runner up Frank Meshaw was running consistent this weekend with several 4.40’s to his credit. He caught a tough break in the semi final damaging the engine in the TRZ Motorsports and ATF sponsored machine. Crew this weekend was his wife Peg and Todd Brash from TRZ.
John Schroeder ran through the Outlaw 632 field with a string of mid-low 4.50’s in his Scotty’s Racing Technology powered 2002 Camaro. His opponent was number eight qualifier Dillon Voss driving the families 1994 Thunderbird. Voss did his job on the tree with a .030 reaction but Schroeder drove by with a 4.537 at 157 to Voss’ 4.681 at 152. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Outlaw 632 runner up Dillon Voss ran the class for the second time after debuting at the Snowbirds Outlaw Nationals in December. He ran mid 4.60’s all weekend and will be a player this year in the class. Photo courtesy Bryan Epps.
Ultra Street winner Walter Drakeford ran the table this weekend with the Real Speed Racing 1986 Mustang setting low ET with a 5.095 in qualifying. He met with Brandon Spires in the final who had set high MPH at 139.77 in the semis in a win over Justin Swanstrom. Brandon left before the tree activated giving the win to Drakeford in what had to be a hard loss for Spires. Sponsors include Real Speed Parts, Quick Fuel Technologies, UPR Trans Are Us, PTC and Induction Solutions.
Ultra Street runner up Brandon Spires has taken over driving from his father Howard last year. They have been fighting electrical gremlins for most of 2013 and got it right this weekend getting quicker every pass with a best 5.110 at 139.