Skyview Drags Welcomes New Photographer to Rumble Ridge
Jason Auman has been a professional photographer for the past 3 years. A music major graduate of Mansfield University, Auman currently makes his home in Binghamton, NY. Originally from Wellsboro, PA, Auman’s studio is still located in his hometown. Auman brings a great deal of enthusiasm and willingness to learn about the sport of drag racing. He’s been at the drag strip every weekend that Skyview has been open and taken some really good preliminary shots of the cars and drivers.
“Everyone has been great about welcoming me to Skyview and getting me introductions to the racers,” said Auman. “There are some really gorgeous cars here and I absolutely love the wheel-standing and the burn outs.”
Auman will make his photographs available for sale in a variety of sizes. He will also have specialty items like mugs and t-shirts available to showcase the photos you purchase. Visit his website at jasonauman.smugmug.com and check out the Skyview Drags gallery of photos.
SKYVIEW DRAGS COMPLETES 2-DAY MEMORIAL WEEKEND RACE EVENT!
RANDI TEED WINS BACK TO BACK IN JUNIOR DRAGSTERS;HOWIE CONKLIN TAKES HOME 2 TROPHIES ON SATURDAY.
The Memorial Day Weekend brought a 2-day race to Skyview Drags. The weekend started off with Friday night Test & Tune but about 1 hour into the evening, the skies opened up and torrential rains saturated the track. Clean up went into Saturday morning and so we started the May 28th show about 2 hours behind scheduled. Saturday was Old School Nostalgia Night with special shows from NETO (Northeast Timing Organization). Although the Great Lakes Funny Car event was cancelled because of the impending weather, Skyview was pleased to have the Tweety’s Rat car driven by Bob Rosetty and the Rollin’ Stoned car of Joe Jacono put on 2 great exhibition runs for the fans. Sunday, May 29th was a regular point’s race for all classes. Both days races were completed.
SATURDAY, MAY 28TH
The show started off with 15 racers in our Precision Crankworks Junior Dragster program. Our youngest competitors made their way through 4 rounds of competition to see sisters Randi and Haley Teed in the finals. The win light went to the younger sister as 13-year old Randi Teed took home the trophy and $200 savings bond for her efforts. 14-year old Haley Teed took home a $100 savings bond for her great showing. Semi-finalists were Ron Klein and Faith Peckham. In the Junior Dragster Second Chance race, which Skyview offers for the racers we do not win first round and would like more seat time. The finals saw Jared Baker taking the win over Abby Hacker, who reached the final round for her second week in a row. Semi-finalists were Morgan Burgess and Dave Morris.
North East Timing Organization (NETO) was at Skyview to put on a special show for the fans. NETO was founded in 1999 by Bob “Tiny” Eglit and offers pre-1974 cars including front engine dragsters, funny cars, altered, gassers, super stocks and stockers for your racing enjoyment.
In NETO Comp, racers run off a .400 tree and must run at least 9.75 seconds ET in the ¼-mile. The finals at Skyview saw Brian English line up against the fiat-bodied altered of Joe Morrison with Morrison earning the win.
In NETO Nostalgia, racers run off a .500 tree and must run 10.00 seconds ET or slower in the ¼-mile. The finals at Skyview pitted Lee Mills and his beautiful ’67 Ford Fairlane against Craig Norton’s ’55 Ford Thunderbird. Mills had the better reaction time and ran dead on his 7.29 dial to take the win.
KATHY KIEKEL EARNS HISTORIC WIN AT SKYVIEW DRAGS!
After 2 weeks of rainouts, the rainy weather finally gave us a break and we had a gorgeous day on Rumble Ridge to run our first official full race of the season.
In the Super Pro class, 21 race cars were entered; Twenty men and one woman. Kathy Kiekel is currently the only female racer in Super Pro. Just starting her fifth year of racing, and in her second year of racing Super Pro, Kiekel recorded her first Super Pro win and entered the Skyview Drags record books as the first female racer to notch a win in the top class at Skyview Drags.
Round 1 saw Kiekel’s S10 truck lined up against the S10 truck of Pete Curpier, husband of former Super Pro racer Crystal Ingalls, who was the first female Super Pro racer at Skyview. The Curpier and Ingalls families are good friends of the Kiekel’s and the 2 families have always enjoyed racing against each other. Unfortunately, Curpier went red giving Kiekel a free pass, where she recorded a .504 light running dead on her dial.
For round 2, Kiekel was matched up against the fastest car on the property as she drew Vince Musolino and his brand new American dragster and its beautiful paint scheme. Despite the almost 1.4 second difference in dial in’s, Kiekel put together a 13 package running dead on her dial to take the 2nd round win.
RON KLEIN SHINES FOR JUNIOR DRAGSTERS: REST OF CLASSES RAINED OUT!
The season opener at Skyview Drags brought sunny skies, cool temperatures, and very loud drag cars to Rumble Ridge after a long and snowy off-season and a horribly raining start to our spring.
Skyview’s racing program began promptly at 10 AM with the Junior Dragster class time trials. Sponsored by Precision Crankworks in Kirkwood NY, this class is for our 8-18 year old racers who run scale versions of dragsters down the 1/8-mile track at speeds of up to 85 mph. Thirteen racers began the competition and for having such a great turnout, program sponsors Don & Kathy Kiekel awarded $50 Wall-Mart gift cards to 2 randomly chosen racers. Congratulations to MacKenzie Cayea and Faith Peckham for being our lucky opening day prize winners.
After the completion of two time trials we immediately went into JD eliminations. For Round 1, eliminations are divided between Junior B, which is for our 8-12 year olds and our rookies, and Junior A, which is for our 13-18 year olds. There were 7 racers in our Junior B class and 6 racers in our Junior A class. The Bye Run went to Ron Klein, racing out of our Junior B class. Because there were an odd number of cars in Junior B, Ron earned a solo pass down the track and a guaranteed Round 1 win, which would signify great things to come for this young man.
Over 200 attend Skyview Drags 2010 awards banquet at McKinley House in Endicott, NY!
The McKinley House banquet center at Huron Campus was the scene of the 2010 Skyview Drags awards banquet, held Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. Over 200 drivers, fans and guests showed up for the prestigious event on what turned out to be a snowy evening and all had a great time as numerous drivers and teams were honored for their 2010 performances.
Champions crowned during the evening included Richie Forbes (Super Pro); Shane Garinger (Pro), Brett Garcia (Bike/Sled), Gino Mangino (Street Money), Matt Peterson (Street Trophy), Matt Forbes (Juniors) and Christian Taylor (TCR). In addition to the Skyview awards, all champions received an Insinger Fuels jacket and a special bottle of Tommy Ingalls wine for their accomplishments.
Other notable winners were Ray Thurston Jr., Driver of the Year, and the late Tommy Ingalls, whose family accepted the evening's top award, the 2010 Sportsman of the Year. (See complete list of winners at end of this story).
Ingalls, who passed last season away after a gallant battle with cancer, was posthumously awarded the Sportsman of the Year award, the most prestigious award of the evening. Ingalls family were all in attendance, and wife Joy, son Joe and daughter Crystal accepted the award in front of a standing and teary-eyed ovation.
Ingalls was cited not only for his top performances behind the wheel of his big block powered Corvette, where he won numerous times at Skyview in Super Pro competition (including 2010), he was remembered more so for the person and man he was. His caring nature and humility overshadowed any of his top racing performances, which included the overall NHRA Division One Super Pro championship in 1998 that he won after 14 rounds of racing in Delaware at the division finals.
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