On Saturday the hot new Ultra Street class rolled into the New Capitol Raceway for some heads radial tire action. With Capitol Raceway under new management and a fresh new outlook on it’s racing life they’ve opened up the flood gates to all kinds of heads-up action for the 2012 season. A total of nine cars came out to take part in this race and tried to take down the man to beat Ron Rhodes, who recently won the Ultra Street class at Cecil County Dragway. It seems as though Rhodes may be unstoppable with his onslaught of wins with the naturally aspirated small block in his father Larry’s Camaro.
As the nine racers battled through qualifying it was Rhodes that took the number one spot once again with a stellar 5.27 at 132 mph. Following him on the ladder was another strong field of big block naturally aspirated machines with two small block nitrous cars in the mix. Todd Geisler in his HFR Fabrication-built Malibu took the number two spot with a 5.32 at 129 mph and Mike Barry was right on his heels in third. Dennis Lowman jumped in the mix of things with his third-generation Camaro, running a small block nitrous combination and was able to find the fourth spot in qualifying along with career best pass. Rounding out the field was Daniel Ravenscroft in his naturally aspirated big block Nova, which made the show when Mike Gross couldn’t make the call for first round.
Ultra Street Qualifying
1. Ron Rhodes 5.27 at 132mph / Small Block N/A
2. Todd Geisler 5.32 at 129mph / Big Block N/A
3. Mike Barry 5.38 at 129mph / Big Block N/A
4. Dennis Lowman 5.52 at 125mph / Small Block Nitrous
5. Marc McCloud 5.68 at 135mph / Big Block N/A
6. Casper Pigott 6.01 at 120mph / Small Block Nitrous
7. Paul Birchill 6.10 at 112mph / Pump Gas BB N/A
8. Mike Gross 6.12 at 123mph / Small Block Nitrous
9. Daniel Ravenscroft 6.17 at 109mph / Big Block N/A
Eliminations were once again the “Ron Rhodes Show” as Ron dominated against each competitor. Rhodes defeated Daniel Ravenscroft in round number one and was joined in round two by Todd Geisler, Mike Barry and Dennis Lowman. In round two Lowman lined up against Rhodes and eventually fell victim to the small block’s onslaught as Rhodes made another low five-second pass on his way to the finals.
In the other semi-final pairing, Mike Barry and Todd Geisler battled in a pair pf HFR Fabrication-built Chevrolet’s. At the hit of the throttle it was a pedal fest with Barry gaining control in time to take the win over Geisler. In the final it was a rematch of the final round from just a week ago with Barry trying to take down the steamroller known as Ron Rhodes. As the pairing staged and took the tree it was Rhodes going straight down Broadway once again with another 5.2-second pass while Barry struggled in the other lane and had to get out of the throttle. Can anyone stop the naturally aspirated small block of Rhodes or will he continue his domination in the coming weeks?