Tom Blinco hails from Bardstown, Kentucky and got starting in bracket racing about twenty years ago. He has been driving this 63 Vette out of David Monday’s Race Cars now in his second year after moving up from Top Sportsman and years of bracket racing. The car gets power from a Procharged 598 Chevy topped with Sonny’s heads and tuned by Patrick Barnhill from PTP. David started working on Tom’s bracket cars a few years back and the relationship evolved to building a new car and going Pro Mod. Monday filled us in on future plans including matching paint schemes on both his and Tom’s cars and a new wrap for the rig along with two new C7 Vette’s coming in a few months. DMRC is based in Maryville, Tennessee and been in business thirty-two years building Alcohol Funny Cars and some early Pro Mod’s for Robby Vandergriff and Bill Khulman, who held the nitrous Pro Mod record in 1988 with a 6.77 at 211 MPH.
Final Qualifying Results
Due to inclement weather approaching the area the qualifying schedule was changed in hopes to get the race in this weekend. We had two total qualifying sessions and are going into eliminations Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Rivenbark is running very well this weekend scoring a best 3.634 and a 3.637 setting the Procharger Pro Mod record this weekend, and the race isn’t over yet. We chatted with Pro Line Racing’s Eric Dillard about the engine development program which was initiated by Power Auto Media’s James Lawrence speaking with them about doing a Procharged engine for his effort in NMCA’s Radial Wars. They met at PRI to discuss it, and sealed the deal. Shane Novak also come on board with a Procharger combo in his Pro Mod and between those two teams PLR gathered data and worked on the combo.
The project interested Kevin Rivenbark who was in conversations with Dillard for about a year before the Galot Motorsports team decided to pull the trigger and add a Procharger combo to the stable. Things have progressed well since then and RK Racecraft will have the second car swapped from the roots combo here in a few weeks and will campaign the two carbon copy cars with Strickland and Rivenbark driving. Proline Racing has been in business for fifteen years with founders with founders Eric Dillard, tuner Steve Petty and engine builder Doug Patton still involved with day to day business.
As of 10:15 PM, and after an incident with RVW racer John Carinci getting into the wall while racing Dewayne Mills that required extensive cleanup, we are done for the night due to unsafe track conditions. With the later threat of rain several classes have opted to split the purse, including Radial vs the World, Outlaw 632, Heavy Street, Ultra Street, and Pro Modified. This may conclude the event, well will report back with official word on finishing the event when we know. Thanks everyone for tuning in. We will have the results sheets for the completed rounds posted shortly.
After a drivers meeting all classes agreed to split and go home as the weather forecast is unfortunately not favorable to completing the event safely due to cold weather and high percentage of rain overnight and into Sunday afternoon.