Precision Crankworks Junior Shootout draws 21 cars; Matt Forbes cleans house at Skyview Drags!

junior dragster shootTwenty-one Junior Dragsters entered the Precision Crankworks Junior Dragster Shootout held Saturday, July 24, at Skyview Drags. With two races on tap, and a runoff for the overall championship, all drivers were eager to get the show rolling and try for the extra prizes posted for the huge event.

 Additionally, a Wii Action Resort & Sports game package was up for grabs, a prize posted by Amy Culver, track director of Skyview Drags, as extra incentive. The driver with the lowest reaction time and closest to the dial in would win. In case of a tie when subtracted out, the driver with the lower reaction time would win the Wii game package.

 In race one, Matt Forbes, Esperance, faced off against recent winner Danny Morris, Prattsburg, for the title and right to run in the championship run against the winner of race two. Forbes coupled a good .540 reaction time (.500 perfect) at the start, and then went 8.18 on an 8.09 at 74.49 for the win while Morris settled for runner-up honors with his .603, 10.78 on a 10.65 at 58.52. Lucy Lilientnal, a New York based “invader” racer looking to take home the crown, took home the semi-final honors in a fine effort.

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Sportsman ace Dan Fletcher takes $5,000 No Box shootout win at Skyview Drags!

dan fletcher collWhen the big money is on the line, the big boys come out to play. Such was the case Saturday,  Sept. 11 when Skyview Drags posted a $5,000 to win No Box Shootout bracket race open to all IHRA legal competition.

When the smoke cleared, 68-time NHRA National Event sportsman winner Dan Fletcher, from Churchville, NY, and fresh off his Aug. 24 Stock Eliminator win at Brainerd, Minnesota, took home the $5,000 win. The win was a gratifying one for the much traveled veteran racer, who this time didn’t have to stray too far from home to pick up some serious race money.

Fletcher, who wheels a K&N sponsored ’69 Camaro at National Events, took home the big money, defeating the always tough Mark Talmadge in his Williamson-based Chevy Vega in the final round. With Talmadge leaving first, his red-light .480 start ended the race at the start, and both drivers then just took it easy in the final. Talmadge had dialed 6.23, while Fletcher, who cut a .525 light, dialed a 5.99. Fletcher thus bagged the $5K first prize, with Talmadge taking home $2,000 for runner-up. The driver of car 1293 took home $1,000 for a semi-final appearance.

Quarter-final appearances, which paid $250, went to Lynn Major, Jason Hemingway, Reid Ricketson, Gary Carlson, Chuck Morris and Dave Miller.


Salisbury and Thurston IV nab top spots on IHRA Skyview’s Summit Super Series team!

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Two important runoffs took place Saturday, Sept. 11 as four drivers were locked in a tie for the top spot on the IHRA Summit Series team in Box and No Box competition, respectively.

In the delay Box division, Johnson City’s Jim Potenziano and Binghamton’s Alan Salisbury, both in beautiful Chevy Novas, had to compete in a one race runoff for the right to represent Skyview Drags at the Pittsburgh IHRA Super Series Competition. 

With $1,000 going to the winner and $500 to the runner-up, Salisbury took the win light after Potenziano, who had a better light at .526 to a .563, experienced trouble on the run and slowed to a 7.81 at only 61.29 mph on a 6.17 dial. Salisbury, aware of Potenziano’s problems, took an easy with an off the throttle 6.26 on a 5.86 at 95.2 mph.

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Ironman Classic!

chuck fishWith an official IHRA “Ironman” awaiting each winner, four racers posted impressive wins as Skyview Drags presented its inaugural “Ironman Classic” Saturday, Aug. 21. The IHRA “Ironman” is the official trophy that is awarded to winners at all IHRA National Events and only at selected “Ironman” races at IHRA sanctioned tracks.

In Super Pro,  Chuck Fish, Ithaca, took home a $1,200 winner’s  check when runner-up Mark Earnest, Bloomsburg, lit the red light for an automatic loss. Fish, who dialed a 4.81, just eased through with full knowledge of the Earnest miscue, tripping the timers at 6.63 at only 65.96 MPH with a .553 reaction. Scott Popple, Canastota, was the lone semi-finalist.

Pro racing found Jason Hemingway taking the $1,000 win in his Albany-based  entry.  Racing against current Pro class standout Ray Thurston IV from Towanda, Hemingway  posted a winning .513 reaction time versus Thurston’s  later .542, and then coupled a 6.40 on a 6.39 at 105.11 to turn back Thurston’s right on 6.28 on a 6.28 at 106.93 in his Tony DiRose owned Mustang powered by a small block Chevy. Steve Cross turned in a great performance in his Friendsville, Pa., based Chevy Camaro for the semi-final money.

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Erik Larsen nabs first Super Pro win of the year at Skyview Drags!

bss_ggr_660etErik Larsen, Cortland, led a bevy of winners Saturday, Aug. 7, as Skyview Drags held its “Girlz Gone Racing” event. Joining Larsen in victory lane were Chrissy Klein (Girlz Gone Racing), Howard Roberts (Pro), Kirsty Roefs (Street) Dick Reome ( Bike/Sled) Jim Collins (Pro Bike Sled Shootout), Cory Bingel (Sweet 16 Bike Sled), Kimberly Kline (Jr. Dragster),  and Teresa Kurtz (TCR).

Larsen drove his beautiful 468 big-block powered Pontiac GTO to the win in Super, defeating Binghamton’s Joe Donohue in a Spitzer 505 big block in the final. Larsen cranked out a winning 5.95 on a 5.92 at 116.89 with a .512 reaction (.500 perfect) to turn back Donohue’s snoozing .1150 and a too quick 5.49 on a 5.51 at 126.10. 

Kline, racing out of Livingston Manor and representing the Bike/Sled crew, took the win on her snowmobile with a 7.03 on a 6.94 at 91.04 with a .563 light. Runner-up honors went to Mel Teed, who drives the Teed Family supercharged big block Oldsmobile. Teed’s runner-up effort netted a too quick 5.89 on a 5.91 at 114.82 with a better .539 reaction. 

Roberts, racing out of Brewerton, New York, defeated Gary Pascucci, Endicott, the later who has been running very well with two runner-ups now in recent weeks. The days was all Roberts, however, as he took the win light in a double breakout affair, running out by the least with a 6.21 on a 6.22 with a .608 light. Pascucci, in his Pontiac Grand Prix, was more under with a 6.44 on a 6.47 at 103.46 with a .560 light for the runner-up money.

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