We went late last night till after midnight with some amazing performances coming in the fourth round of qualifying. Sunday brings us to the finals under mostly Sunny skies with the current temp at a comfortable 78 degrees. Track temps will certainly play a factor here later this afternoon under Florida’s sunny skies.
The track went ahead with the fourth round of qualifying running cars down the track till after midnight, offering the racers a chance to improve their lot in the qualifying order. Melanie Salemi and Steve Jackson certainly were two prominent racers vying for position with Salemi coming away better with her 3.648 at 205 earning top qualifier in Extreme Concrete Pro Mod. Jackson improved slightly to a 3.662 at 209.79. Adam Flamholc held onto his number three spot improving to a personal best 3.664. Todd Tutterow jumped in the top five with a 3.676 at 203 and Dave Norris also kept his fifth place position from Friday night’s 3.705.
Resolution Racing has been here servicing customer cars for some time now and has brought Melanie’s car here the past two years. The team has been on a hot streak recently winning three of the last four events and coming away with the PDRA Pro Boost record heading into the off season and qualifying number one in Pro Mod here last night with a 3.64 at 205 miles per hour. “The car has ran strong all year long and we are just really happy, everyone works really hard on this thing and it’s nice to see the fruits of labor pay off.” John Salemi. The car has picked up a solid five hundredths over their mid year performance.
Melanie told us the team has “…Been on our game, you know, with a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work…” The team was fortunate to do well at the Shakedown this year in one of Melanie’s favorite quarter mile events which is one highlight for her this season. “I really enjoy driving the car in the quarter mile and wish there was a few more places we could go and run outlaw style quarter mile stuff. To be able to say we have the Pro Boost record for the rest of the winter was one of the biggest highlights of the season. Winning that race was really awesome, but being able to leave Virginia as the record holder was something that you kind of only dream about” – Melanie Salemi The team had a successful season with the PDRA competing in five events with one rain out and came away fifth overall for the year making a big move up from thirteenth coming into Virginia.
The Quartuccio/East Side Service team worked incredibly hard this year with the new Skinny Kid built OL 10.5 Corvette locking up the Atomizer Outlaw 10.5 series with his qualifying for this final points race. The list is long with thank yous and shout outs to family and supporting team members and companies that came on board starting off with Billet Atomizer Mickey Thompson, Jim Halsey, Jerry Morgano, Dave O’Donnell, Monty Micko and Duck for bring attention to Outlaw 10.5. “I have to thank my family, my wife Denise, Kelsey, Kaitlin, Kenny, Kyle, Julia, Richie and Diana. My team Gary, Jimmy, Johnny, Kaitlin and Kelsey and Tim Davis who is on loan from Dwayne Mills team and of course my sponsors and partners in this effort. Proline Racing, Skinny Kid Race Cars, M&M Transmissions, Menscer Shocks, Carmack Engineering, Fuel Tech, Mickey Thompson, Alan Pennywitt and last but not least Jamie Miller. Together we had this vision and he helped put this deal together, He guided us down this road and we couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished together” – Ken Quartuccio
OL 632 racer Daryl Hameetman, shown here with Brian Keep (pictured at right) going over the data drives the Frank Beal owned 5 Day Plantation Shutters Mustang based out of Cape Coral, Florida. He scored a 4.30 this weekend, his best run at this heavier weight. The team struggled a bit getting the car to work with the added weight and Clayton Murphy offered his assistance getting the suspension tuned back up and back where they were. Daryl started HRE in 2008, taking over Nortech Power Boats after 8 years there. The go fast boat market was going through major changes to center console boats with multiple outboards so the former owners got out of the business and sold the shop to Daryl. He purchased some new equipment and changed the name on the door and expanded into the drag racing market.
Kirt Sanders and Troy Pirez Sr. representing Pirez/Sanders Racing have supported this race from the beginning. Sanders’s earned a runner up finish at the very first OWSN as car owner with Mike Fernandez driving “ The Turtle”, a big block nitrous huffing green four door Nova. Both racers have campaigned several different cars through the years here in Orlando with three cars here this weekend. This Mustang which Troy took over driving recently from Kirt’s daughter Hannah Sanders who recently had a new baby. Troy Jr. has two cars, his new “Stonewall Jackson”SBNOS N/T S-10 and the trusty Camaro entered in Holeshot 10.0 Index where he made it to eight cars left, taking a double break out loss to Ray Reese out of Coconut, Creek, FL.
We asked Troy how it feels being here after twenty five years? “ It’s feels great..” he said, “I never miss this race, I’m glad they are still having it, it’s getting bigger and bigger each year now. I like to say it’s the promised land, like coming back to the promised land.” As a personal aside here I have known these guys for more than the twenty five years this race has existed. We both cut our teeth racing on the Gandy Bridge and assorted streets in the Tampa Bay area back in the 80’s and 90’s. This event came along and filled a gap in with an international flair like no other. Back when the outlaw racers tested Wednesday night at Sunshine, sometimes stopping by Gandy or Morris Bridge on the way home to prepare for battle on Saturday night. It sure is something to be here behind the camera, covering this incredible spectacle of an event after all these years. Troy qualified third and made it to the semis representing Team Nitrous before falling to Brian Keep’s Procharged Camaro on an .006 foul start looking for every advantage he could over the faster car.
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“I love this race, grew up as a kid coming here spectating. Outlaw Street Nationals is where it’s at, this race spawned outlaw racing, back in the day of Scotty Cannon and Todd Tutterow and all those guys, this is one you want on the bucket list, a lot of my heros are in the field. We had a good hot rod, we went 60’s every single run except when the transmission broke. A good consistent car with awesome people working on it and a good team behind me… Bahrain 1 always stands behind me. Phil Shuler my partner. I told him before the final I’m glad you’re not hear cause I’m gonna burn your engine to the ground. And he told me, ‘Burn it all the way to the ground’. When you got a partner like that behind you it makes it easy, it’s fun. Book ending the year with a win in Orlando is pretty special. The biggest highlight this year was we won the NHRA US Nationals, Lights Out in Valdosta, winning here this weekend.”
“We had some treacherous failure and great success this year, if we can figure how to knock the tops off the mountains and bring the lows out of the valleys and run it through the middle we’ll have a championship team. In 2019 I wanna win the Championship in NHRA Pro Mod that’s my goal.. I thought I had it locked up this year and everybody stepped it up on me. It’s competitive over there and that’s what are gonna focus on. We’re gonna do some radial tire racing and focus on running NHRA next year” -Steve Jackson. Winner circle photos courtesy BME Photography
Joel Greathouse pulled the full sweep this weekend pulling a come from behind points win for the Ultra Street Shootout 2018 Championship, setting the class record, number one qualifier and the event win here at the 25th Anniversary Orlando World Street Nationals. In the Outlaw racing world it just doesn’t get any better than that. Joel earned a semi final bye with a win over Bill Gregan who found a replacement driveshaft from Advanced Driveline and some welding of the tail shaft housing thanks to Troy Pirez Jr, and Matt Larue from Pro Fab Performance Plus. He earned lane choice over Brian Keep laying down a 4.66 at 152 and I think he may have given it a quick pedal job neat the tree. Keep went .004 on the light but could not stay in front, matching Joel’s 4.66 but getting edged out to Grethouse’s 4.645 at 153.11 with a twenty nine ten thousandths MOV for the Ford.
“First and foremost I have to thank my crew, Justin McChesney, Ben Thomas, the car owner Jeremy Wolf, period. I don’t own the car, I haven’t owned it this season. He put me back in the car first race this year and stuck with me, allowed us to put it back in Ultra, he gave us hands on for the car again and we went with it. I have to thank KBX, obviously, Pressurized Solutions, Bennett Racing, Pro Torque Converters, Precision Turbo, and RPM Transmissions. We came here to win the race, the championship was a bonus deal, we had to work at it.” The team is considering their options for 2019 but given their successful season this year I don’t expect much to change but perhaps a quest for a different series championship?? Winner circle photos courtesy BME Photography