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It’s race day here at the 9th annual Shakedown at E’Town, and that means it’s time to start working our way toward crowning some champions. Before eliminations get underway, we’ve got one final session of qualifying for the X275 and 8.50 Index racers before we kick off both the 32 and 16-car fields. As per the local curfew, the call will be made to fire the engines and conclude qualifying at 10 AM sharp. Keep it here to DRAGZINE as we bring you same day coverage throughout this busy day of racing.

Needless to say, Steve King and Jeff Miller were ecstatic about their first five-second run, a 5.92, recorded during the second session of Blown Pro Mod, that placed them atop the field going into eliminations. According to Miller, the team put all the parts in the Camaro following the unfortunate crash of their '57 Chevrolet a couple months ago. The team tested a torque converter setup but couldn't get a handle on the new combination and swapped out everything behind the firewall with the tried-and-true clutch combo to make it to Shakedown. "We went out there in the first session yesterday and it left good and I thought, 'man, it's really going,' and then it comes up 6.09. We came back and viewed the graph and really felt like we could go after it," said Miller.'

David Norris' twin turbo Camaro lost a transmission in the lights last night, leaving the trail of transmission fluid though the shutdown area that ended the evening's activities. The team changed out the transmission last night and were making final preparations this morning about 90 minutes prior to the first round of Pro Mod Blown.

We're underway with the final qualifying sessions for 8.50 Index and X275. A brief opening ceremony will follow, with the first round of Pro Mod Blown rolling under the tower for a scheduled 11 AM start.

Fredy Scriba Jr. had his 5.83 from last night thrown out after evaluating the incrementals that included a sub-.9 second short time. However, Scruba showed that he's got the muscle to compete for the crown here today with a great opening round shot of 6.04 at 237 MPH to down Scott Hamel.

After years of trying, David Hance finally got it done at his own race as he rolled to his first five-second pass in the opening round of Blown Pro Mod with a 5.927 at 251.77 to defeat Pete Farber. Hance's machine hiked the front wheels and charged through the quarter mile, bringing a huge round an applause from the fans and competitors in attendance.

TJ Kasper sawd the tree down and stole one on a holeshot in the first round of Outlaw 10.5, edging John Cheman's 4.367 with a 4.393, compliments of a perfect .000 reaction time to Cheman's .078.

In a first round filled with upsets in every category, #1 qualifier Richard Sexton shook about 100 feet off the starting line and was forced to pedal, and by then #16 qualifier Rick Snavely was long gone, making hisbest of the weekend at 4.400 for the win.

First Round Eliminations courtesy of 1320go.com

Blown Pro Mod

L Derek Hawker 307B 0.00 .016 6.142 229.51
R Randy Jewell 3989 0.00 -.010 6.332 232.87
L David Norris 1322 0.00 .106 7.144 213.06
R Jim Bersani 1957 0.00 .078 6.337 239.06
L Kevin McCurdy 191 0.00 .058 6.171 227.38
R Alex Viscardi 1988 0.00 .037 6.082 239.65
L Eric Latino 1938 0.00 .120 6.915 205.72
R Dwayne Wolfe Q188 0.00 .057 6.241 223.84
L Jose Gonzalez 203 0.00 .055 5.997 249.58
R Gerry Capano 1109 0.00 .042 7.385 160.88
L Steve Drummond 1433 0.00 -.020 9.624 88.57
R Timothy O’Hare 172 0.00 .052 6.212 234.49
L Pete Farber 1518 0.00 .071 6.681 176.21
R David Hance 1277 0.00 .094 5.927 251.77
L Rick Snavely 95 0.00 .057 6.510 229.16
R Steve King 1 0.00 .096 6.132

Nitrous Pro Mod

L Todd Fontana 103F 0.00 .047 6.258 215.93
R Mike Ghiraldi 1247 0.00 .077 16.556 46.50
L Chuck Mohn 124X 0.00 .237 7.000 197.16
R Vinny Demieri 1013 0.00 .186 7.393 138.41
L Ronnie Proctor 193 0.00 .017 6.743 205.72
R Nocholas Montana 1770 0.00 .171 6.420 212.96
L Isaias Rojas 2809 0.00 .060 6.531 183.10
R Gary Courtier 128 0.00 .054 12.393 70.06
L John Hall 4069 0.00 .052 6.063 231.71
R Steve Assenmacher 1911 0.00 .071 6.856 158.76
L Glen Pulyse 1155 0.00 .077 6.695 207.98
R Matthew Deitsch 121 0.00 .104 6.539 224.40
L Frederick Scriba 1916 0.00 .086 6.046 235.27
R Scott Hamel 1585 0.00 .129 6.814 201.91
L Michael Castellana 1794 0.00 .066 6.054 233.40
R George Williams 1987 0.00 .071 6.072

Outlaw 10.5

L David DeMarco 1982 0.00 .049 5.219 131.900
R Jason Enos 1973 0.00 .051 4.996 158.890
L T J Kasper 1356 0.00 .000 4.393 183.070
R John Cheman 8300 0.00 .078 4.367 171.970
L John Carinci 1963 0.00 .083 4.831 136.430
R Michael Martin 003 0.00 .071 4.306 172.320
L Tom Kasper 139F 0.00 .086 4.389 185.380
R Maurice Hall 434 0.00 .113 4.440 166.370
L Saud Al-Zabin 507 0.00 .072 4.604 142.060
R Kenneth Doak 172K 0.00 .023 4.336 166.930
L Mike Keeler Z172 0.00 0.000 0.000
R Larry Wood Y148 0.00 .066 4.241 188.440
L Shawn Zublez 2170 0.00 .101 5.201 104.970
R Chuck Ulsch 111 0.00 .081 4.206 185.870
L Rick Snavely 22 0.00 .019 4.400 178.520
R Richard Sexton 555 0.00 .095 5.374 104.470

Drag Radial

L Bill Dutya 137K 0.00 .173 4.750 166.810
R Vincent Fiore 146F 0.00 .088 5.012 148.510
L Frank Soloridge 9746 0.00 .108 6.129 117.030
R Joshua Knight 171 0.00 .051 5.214 140.840
L Kevin Fiscus 220 0.00 .097 4.861 150.930
R Dwayne Gutridge 1023 0.00 .063 4.851 161.050
L Eric Dillard 1991 0.00 .355 6.576 143.020
R Scotty Gaudagno B108 0.00 .071 4.514 167.590
L Joseph Gentiluozo 154 0.00 .062 5.292 144.800
R Alex Vrettos 128B 0.00 .061 4.458 177.510
L Paul Major 101 0.00 .198 6.185 84.000
R John Carter 2004 0.00 .050 4.518 178.450
L Ruben Tetsoshvili 5047 0.00 .089 5.501 120.600
R Steve Jackson 949 0.00 .059 4.447 177.160
L Sal Patel 1864 0.00 0.000 0.000
R Abdullah Malallah 614 0.00 .675 4.915 156.700

X275

L Will Jimenez 10002 0.00 .152 6.405 137.900
R Marcus Thompson 188T 0.00 .049 5.967 137.930
L Rich Bach 146Y 0.00 0.000 0.000
R Ron Rhodes 168 0.00 .089 5.106 140.140
L Al Marlow 666 0.00 .095 5.745 139.910
R Andy Manson 10088 0.00 .090 5.064 145.630
L Stefan Destito 5714 0.00 .119 5.382 130.430
R Bob Clayton 319 0.00 .091 5.176 137.850
L Ronnie Diaz 10099 0.00 .269 5.199 137.760
R Don Barnett 4269 0.00 0.000 0.000
L Chris Crusse 1105 0.00 .130 5.964 136.280
R Mike Thompson 1980 0.00 .075 5.256 133.870
L Marc Schanklweiler 6077 0.00 .122 9.668 51.640
R Craig Walls X162 0.00 .008 5.247 137.920
L Frank Fulbrook 104F 0.00 .066 5.514 135.920
R Kyle Buonocore 1788 0.00 .044 7.775 65.040
L Josh Ashnault 119H 0.00 .119 6.610 132.760
R Walter Pfister B131 0.00 .059 6.346 132.300
L Giuseppe Giambanco 1912 0.00 .094 6.509 117.440
R Mike Cerminaro 177N 0.00 .076 5.177 139.930
L Jeremiah Lounsburg 7282 0.00 0.000 0.000
R Bill Meserve Jr 144 0.00 .114 4.986 144.260
L Mike Eames 2032 0.00 0.000 0.000
R Chris Evans 816 0.00 .082 6.881 99.110
L Tony Mullin 1293 0.00 0.000 0.000
R Bobby Flippin 10 0.00 .079 5.732 137.610
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R Rich Bruder 181R 0.00 .043 8.943 77.760
L Samuel Vincent 077 0.00 0.000 0.000
R Dean Marinis 111 0.00 .078 8.063 96.800

Steve Jackson has been the dominant car all weekend in Drag radial, and that trend continued in round one with a 4.447 defeat of Ruben Tetsoshvili - low ET of the round.

Heavy Street

L Rick Fedorovich Q146 0.00 0.000 0.000
R Darren Harris H122 0.00 .410 5.652 92.140
L Samuel Carter 1957 0.00 .078 4.843 151.440
R Robert Briscoe 2632 0.00 .098 4.710 156.500
L Stephen Ramage 7218 0.00 0.000 0.000
R Tony Presto/Basso 1967 0.00 -.314 6.815 105.400
L Charlie Micaliff 1554 0.00 .024 4.794 147.730
R John Schroeder 3188 0.00 .030 4.670 156.340
L Ray DeAngelis Y173 0.00 .078 5.152 132.660
R Tom Tarsia X124 0.00 .105 4.427 170.020
L Tommy Romeo 1467 0.00 .013 4.798 150.000
R Mitch George 3389 0.00 .134 4.582 160.810
L Joseph Richardson 0069 0.00 .077 4.763 153.350
R Tommy Mauro 893 0.00 .123 5.103 150.350
L Sam Gottier 5026 0.00 .058 4.468 161.400
R Richard Scioscia 3195 0.00 0.000

Eliminations Round 2 courtesy of 1320go.com

Blown Pro Mod

L Jim Bersani 1957 0.00 .055 6.386 238.34
R David Hance 1277 0.00 .183 6.009 233.32
L Steve King 1 0.00 .072 6.038 238.47
R Derek Hawker 307B 0.00 .024 16.536 47.27
L Alex Viscardi 1988 0.00 .085 6.068 241.89
R Timothy O’Hare 172 0.00 .086 6.023 237.84
L Jose Gonzalez 203 0.00 .070 5.969 246.84
R Dwayne Wolfe Q188 0.00 .026 6.299 223.58

Jose Gonzalez (left) and Tim O'Hare both sailed into the semifinals of Blown Pro Mod - O'Hare edging Alex Viscardi in a wail of a drag race, 6.02 to 6.06, and Gonzelaz cranking off low ET of the round at 5.96 to down Dwayne Wolfe.

Nitrous Pro Mod

L Nocholas Montana 1770 0.00 .099 14.383 58.62
R Matthew Deitsch 121 0.00 .078 6.094 231.16
L John Hall 4069 0.00 .046 6.068 232.47
R Isaias Rojas 2809 0.00 .113 5.990 231.12
L Todd Fontana 103F 0.00 .064 6.258 222.95
R Michael Castellana 1794 0.00 .049 6.050 234.74
L Frederick Scriba 1916 0.00 .124 6.031 236.67
R Chuck Mohn 124X 0.00 .015 7.512 194.21

Isaias Rojas shocked everyone with his best run of the weekend in the hottest temperatures we've seen thus far, cruising to a 5.990 at 231.12 MPH to edge John Hall's 'right there' 6.06.

Outlaw 10.5 Round 2

L Jason Enos 1973 0.00 .038 4.626 170.880
R Rick Snavely 22 0.00 .028 4.536 172.720
L Tom Kasper 139F 0.00 .039 5.002 133.050
R Kenneth Doak 172K 0.00 .033 4.688 130.800
L Michael Martin 003 0.00 .044 4.385 167.510
R Larry Wood Y148 0.00 .064 4.230 188.620
L T J Kasper 1356 0.00 .018 6.616 73.050
R Chuck Ulsch 111 0.00 .083 4.262 184.420

Blown Pro Mod Round 3

L Jose Gonzalez 203 0.00 .068 6.215 200.14
R Steve King 1 0.00 .086 6.317 237.55
L Timothy O’Hare 172 0.00 1.675 8.577 121.28
R David Hance 1277 0.00 0.000 0.00

David Hance experienced some engine damage in his second round victory that the team attributed to a failed injector. According to Hance, his crew patched it back up in hopes of making it through the final round, but it wasn't meant to be as the New York Motorsports '57 Chevy broke right at the starting line against Tim O'Hare. "What a great weekend," said Hance. "We got down to four carsm made our first five-second run, and had top speed by a good margin."

Nitrous Pro Mod

L Frederick Scriba 1916 0.00 .118 6.033 236.01
R Matthew Deitsch 121 0.00 -.044 10.897 85.51
L Michael Castellana 1794 0.00 .053 5.916 245.94
R Isaias Rojas 2809 0.00 .040 5.977 231.28

What a turn of events Drag Radial has become. In their semifinal matchup, Steve Jackson lit the red bulb, and adding insult to injury, Scotty Gaudagno's machine broke the wishbone in the four-link, sending small parts scattering across the racetrack. After as thrash in the pits and several calls over the PA for a replacement wishbone, officials made the call that Gaudagno never crossed the scales while being pulled off the track, handing the round win back to Jackson.

Outlaw 10.5

L Larry Wood Y148 0.00 .112 4.192 188.410
R Chuck Ulsch 111 0.00 .060 0.000 0.000
L Rick Snavely 22 0.00 .192 4.411 178.310
R Kenneth Doak 172K 0.00 0.000 0.000

Heavy Street

L Tom Tarsia X124 0.00 .065 4.478 166.030
R Sam Gottier 5026 0.00 .070 4.471 160.900
L Joseph Richardson 0069 0.00 .076 4.910 151.120
R Mitch George 3389 0.00 .057 5.087 133.030

X275

L Rich Bruder 181R 0.00 .050 4.914 148.230
R Frank Fulbrook 104F 0.00 .038 5.234 135.500
L Dean Marinis 111 0.00 .110 4.987 146.270
R Chris Evans 816 0.00 .067 11.162 58.560


Think these guys are happy? Jose Gonzalez made a statement in the final qualifying session last night, and with the assistance of Steve Petty and the Proline gang, never faltered during eliminations, taking the final round victory over a slowing tim O'Hare with his best run of the weekend, a 5.93.

Sam Gottier had a backfire through the manifold in the lights in the Heavy Street finale that sent the hood high into the sky above Raceway Park, but by then, he was long gone on his way to the class title, scoring a 4.46 to 4.67 victory over Joeph Richardson.

X275 should've been renamed the Rich Bruder Eliminator this weekend, after dominating virtually every session with low ET, a new world record, the #1 qualifying spot, and polishing it off with a final round defeat of Dean Marinis, 4.89 to 4.92.

Larry Wood captured a popular victory with his gorgeous Corvette in Outlaw 10.5, defeating surprise finalist Rick Snavely, all the way from California, by a 4.21 to 4.49 count.

Mike Castellana had to fend off some tough challengers in Nitrous Pro Mod, but in the end, it was the Al-Anabi cam visiting victory lane following a nice 6.03 to close the weekend as opponent Fredy Scriba had troubles early on and lifted.

Alex Vrettos pulled the trigger just a scant .004-seconds too soon in the Drag Radial finale, instantly handing the victory to Steve Jackson and the Killin' Time team, who received a huge gift just to make it into the final round.

Bud Yoder's bright pink motorcycle was a hard one to miss, and Joey Gladstone got a good look at it is as Yoder charged off into the distance in the Pro Street Bike final, recording a 7.318 at a booming 201.52 MPH as Gladstone had troubles and coasted through.

The Extreme Imports were a late addition to the Shakedown lineup, and regardless of your opinion on this style of racing, these guys put one hell of a show at the Shakedown - complete with a Spanish announcer calling the action with exciting flare reminiscent of bigtime soccer matches. In the final round, Jorge Laczano laid down a great 6.83 at 205.66 that edged Carlos Montana's 6.95, which coupled with a quicker reaction time, made a real race of it.

About the author

Andrew Wolf

Andrew has been involved in motorsports from a very young age. Over the years, he has photographed several major auto racing events, sports, news journalism, portraiture, and everything in between. After working with the Power Automedia staff for some time on a freelance basis, Andrew joined the team in 2010.
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