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.
Skyview Mourns Passing of Great Friend and Racer
Thomas E. Ingalls, 53, passed away on October 21, 2010 at his home under the care of his loving and devoted wife.
He was born on September 4, 1957 in Oneonta NY, the son of Robert and Lucile (Gehrke) Ingalls Jr.
He married the love of his life, Joi Marie Ingalls, on November 16, 1985 at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta NY.
Tommy as everyone knew him, was a graduate from Oneonta High School in 1975. He attended college at SUNY Cobleskill. Following college, he went to work full time with his father and mother at Bob’s Appliance Service, where he proudly provided his service to the community. In 1999, following his father’s retirement, he went to work for himself, renaming the business Pro Appliance Service.
Tommy was an avid bowler, loved trips to the Turning Stone with his wife, and traveling with his family. But Tommy’s greatest love was drag racing. He was track champion at ESTA Safety Park and Mr. Bracket in 1989, as well as track champion at Skyview Drags in 2007. Tommy ran two perfect runs with his 92 Corvette, adding to his success. His most prestigious award was winning the Division 1 Bracket Finals at US 13, Delmar Delaware, in 1998. But of everything he accomplished in racing, the one thing he was most proud of was seeing his son Joe, daughter Crystal and son-in-law Pete, follow in his foot steps racing in Super Pro along side him at Skyview.
Forbes, Garinger, Mangino and Garcia score championship titles as Skyview Drags wraps up IHRA Summit Series 660 Racing for 2010
Hacker, Denmark, Garinger, Furman, Mangino, Petersen, Ry. Teed, D. Reome, Roefs, Mt. Forbes, Kurtz and Scofield all post final day wins.
With three classes of IHRA Summit Series yet to be determined going into the last day of racing, all eyes were on the Super Pro, Pro and Street Money competition as Skyview Drags ran its last two point races of the year Saturday, Oct. 16, namely the points paying makeup race from Labor Day Night Under Fire and the regular Summit Series/Interstate Auto points event.
In Super Pro, Jack Reome and Richie Forbes went into the last day tied with 46 points a piece, and when the smoke cleared, Forbes took the championship by just one slim point, earning a semi-final in the make-up race to upend Reome, the fellow competitor who was atop the standings for numerous weeks in 2010.
Larry Carasea wins Pro Stick Racing Event at Quarter Aces Drag-O-Way!
Forty cars made the first time run in Eric Kitchens popular Pro Stick class. Many fast runs were laid down during the two time runs for these cars, several did bumper dragging wheelstands on each launch. Fred Leyland Jr.s '68 Chevelle and Russ White's '69 GTO reached for sky on every pass.
Once eliminations started it took six rounds for Larry Carasea in his hard-charging '69 Camaro take out red lighting George Kull in his Capri. Larry ran the number all day long and coupled with great lights was the class of the field today, he ran a 6.02 @ 113.0 on a 6.01 dial in the final. Ted "Smokey" Taylor took third place.
Congratulations Larry & Vicki from everyone here at Skyview!
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