This beautiful Saturday in September the Pritchett Brothers rolled their Ultimate Outlaw series into Maryland International Raceway. A huge pre-race party on Friday ensued which drew a huge crowd of racers wanting to test out their combinations for the big race. As Saturday morning rolled around the pits were a flurry of activity as crews prepared their cars and some of the very best in the country were on hand.
From the pits
8.50 Index leader Mike Pyott made the trip from Pennsylvania to defend his points lead. Mike picked up the firs two wins of the season at Milan and Atco. Luis Martinez also is looking to spoil Pyott’s plan of holding onto the points lead and will have to take out several heavy hitters in the 8.50 Index class. Pyott was making final adjustments before heading to the lanes for qualifying.
Bobby Flippin brought his red farm truck to compete in the X275 class. He has won several races up and down the east coast and will have to take out 44 cars that have showed up to take their claim at fame. His nitrous combination has been in the low 5-second range and will be one of the top contenders come eliminations.
Scotty Guadagno has been the man to beat in Outlaw 10.5 this season with his nitrous assisted Camaro. The big block is prepared by Scotty himself and with the great weather conditions there will be the possibility to set records. The likes of Mike Martin, Mo Hall and TJ Kasper are on the grounds as well and will work hard to knock Scotty of his throne in Ultimate Outlaws competition.
Race Recap: 8.50 Index
Eight cars showed up for qualifying and after two rounds it was Brent Beachley taking the number one spot with a 8.517 and was followed closely by Luis Martinez. Points leader Mike Pyott sat number three but Marty Brown II was looking to make a big name for himself. Ronnie Guariglia rounded out the field but was unable to make a clean pass to show the full potential of his 1972 Dodge Demon.
Brent Beachley took on Ronnie Guariglia in round one and it was Becahley advancing as Guariglia broke out. Marty Brown took out Bill Leckleighter who did a big wheelstand. Luis Martinez had an easy run as his competition failed to make the run. Mike Pyott also won over Jack Pumphrey who was off the number and Pyott slowed not to break out of the Index.
It was a showdown of the heavy hitters as Mike Pyott and Luis Martinez faced off and it was Martinez pulling off the unthinkable. Pyott was out and Martinez advanced to take on the winner between Brown and Beachley. Marty Brown would advance to the final and would have a tough task ahead of him if he wanted to defeat Martinez.
The young Marty Brown II would use a great reaction time to reel in the victory over Luis Martinez. This was the Marty’s first victory in 8.50 Index and his crew and family celebrated on the starting line in excitement.
Race Recap: X275 Drag Radial
44 cars made the call for a record breaking show in X275, which would have record setting performances throughout. Don Barnett would jump to the head of the pack with a 4.968 second pass with Chris Evans who was in the number two spot. Justin Smith also was on the verge of breaking into the 4-second zone with his LS powered Camaro at 5.02 seconds. The bump for the top sixteen was a 5.278 as Keith Mclaughlin in his 1987 Mustang held onto that position. A decision was made to have three fields with the great showing and on top of the second field it was Frank Fulbrook with a 5.299 @ 134mph. Taking top honors in the last class was Steve Haun who run a 5.648 with his Nova out of Frederickburg, Virginia.
Class A Round 1:
Don Barnett won over Keith McLaughlin with a 5.008 @ 143mph. Ron Rhodes got a handle on his nitrous combination and advanced over Manson. Al Marlow won his race over Wayne Gopshes and was also in the low 5-second range. Rich Bruder defeated Russell McManious, Evans took out Wilkinson and Flippin won over Bobby Demilt. Jim Willett and John Rittenhouse also advanced onto round two.
Rhodes Racing teammates face off in the first pair as it is Barnett vesrus Ron Rhodes. Barnett takes the victory with another great pass. Rich Bruder won over Al Marlow while Chris Evans and Justin Smith won on the other side of the ladder.
Don Barnett threw away a 4.96 pass as he redlighted against Rich Bruder in the semi-finals. On the other side it was Chris Evans laying down a 4.95 @ 144mph to take the win over Justin Smith.
Rich Bruder did his part on the starting line as he had the advantage over a hard charging Evans. Evans ran a 4.96 but Bruder’s 4.98 was enough to hold him off at the top end and Bruder picked up the win.
Class B Round 1:
In the second class it was Frank Fulbrook taking on Steve Haun. Haun upset the top qualifier and advanced to round two. Nick Mancuso won over Murphy and Tony Reddix had a bye as Dale Handy could not make the call. Mike Thompson made the trip from New York and picked up the win over Harrell. The other side of the ladder consisted of wins for Savoy, Marshall, Zografos and Steve Drummond.
Nick Mancuso and his sedate looking notchback Mustang won over Steve Haun while Mike Thompson advanced over Tony Reddix. Steve Drummond was steadily stepping up the performance on his wife Kathy’s beautiful Mustang and would take out Konstantine Zografos and would take on Tim Savoy who won his second round matchup.
In an all Mustang final it was Mick Mancuso out of New York taking on Steve Drummond of Deleware. On the starting line it was obvious that Mancuso had hurt engine coming into the finals and Drummond would get the easy win.
Class C Eliminations:
Mike Panetta lost his first round against Strauss while Lewis Jones, Knight and Matt Sears all advanced. In the second round Lewis Jones defeated Strauss and Matt Sears picked up another round win in Andy Fletcher’s “Area 51″ Camaro. In the final it was Sears picking up the victory with a 5.18 @ 135mph over Lewis Jones.
Outlaw Drag Radial:
Chris Little came out in qualifying and showed why he is a multi-time world champion and took the number one spot with a 4.785 @ 161mph. Bill Dutka made the trip from New Jersey in his Malibu and ran 5.012 to take the second spot. Several drivers struggled to get a handle on the track like Ricky Fox and Francis Johnson which left them in the bottom of the field.
Chris Little had a bye in the opening round and eased down the track. Keith Matheson won over Steven Montgomery and Buddy Tippett defeated Quentin Methaney. Karl Walther, Ricky Fox and Brett Hull also won to move onto the second round. In the final pairing it was Francis Johnson taking on Bill Dutka. Dutka made a nice pass but Johnson got a handle on his record setting Firebird and ran a 4.74 @ 153mph to take the win.
Chris Little defeated Keith Matheson with another great run while Buddy Tippett knocked off Karl Walther. Ricky Fox had a bye run and in a close run it was Brett Hull upsetting Francis Johnson to move onto the semi-finals.
Chris Little defeated Buddy Tippett as Little has his Mustang on kill heading to the finals. Brett Hull advanced over Ricky Fox as Ricky hit the tires hard and Hull marched down track with another pass in the 4.70′s.
Chris Little staged and was building boost right beside Hull and as the tree dropped Little began to go into a wheelstand. Chris did a great job of driving through it but all the wasted time in the air cost him the win as Hull was on a great pass. Brett’s 4.76 @ 157mph gave him the win.
Eighteen cars made the call for qualifying and it was Michael Martin with his nitrous assisted Camaro taking the number one spot with a 4.38 @ 170mph. Buck Jarvis was next in line for the number two spot as some drivers had trouble making it down the track. Points leader Scott Guadagno struggled but sat in the third qualifying spot and was followed closely by Jm Mayo and Brenda Paddock. One of the big favorites to win the event may have been Joe Newsham but he was unable to make a clean pass and did not qualify and Mo Hall was on the bottom of the ladder.
It was number one versus number sixteen as Mo Hall took on Michale Martin. Hall struck the tires at the hit of the throttle and Martin once again went to a to b with a 4.406 @ 168mph. Tricky Ricky Pennamon faced Jim Mayo and Pennamon used a holeshot advantage to advance over Mayo. Dale Collins Jr., Buck Jarvis also advanced as did Charlie Dolbin, TJ Kasper, Scott Guadagno and Troy Williams.
Michael Martin easily advances over Ricky Pennamon in the second round and then it was teammates Dale Collings Jr facing Buck Jarvis. Collins Jr took the round win as did TJ Kasper over Charlie Dolbin and Scott Guadagno over Troy Williams.
On both sides of the ladder it was twin turbo big block versus nitrous big block. Michael Martin had to take on Dale Collins Jr and as the pair headed down track Martin drifted to the centerline and had to lift. He peddled the Camaro but it was not enough to hold off the big mph of the turbo car. Collins Jr took the win by a narrow margin at the stripe. The other pair was TJ Kasper who had been in the low 30′s early in the day but would have to hold off the steamroller of Guadagno that appeared to be unstoppable. Guadagno once again went straight down track as Kasper neared the left wall and had to get out of the throttle. Scotty picked up the win with a 4.38 @ 165mph.
Nitrous versus turbo is a huge rivalry in all the heads up classes but none have the prestige that this final had. Guadagno brought his Camaro to life with the candle lit at the sixty foot markers. Collins Jr was out of the throttle early as Scotty G. set a new nitrous world record for Outlaw 10.5 of 4.33 @ 168mph.1 2 Next Page >>