Nearly 200 Racers Pay Tribute to a Fellow Racer in the Chad Wilcox Memorial Bike/Sled Shootout

Chad Wilcox (holding plaque) takes home the win in 2010 at Skyview Drags. Celebrating with him are the Dote family (left) and his parents Lynette & Jim Wilcox (right).

On Saturday, August 20, 2011 181 racers, their families, friends and fans gathered at Skyview Drags to honor the late Chad Wilcox formerly of Brookfield, NY, who was 24-years of age when he passed away on July 4, 2010 as the result of a tragic snowmobile drag racing accident at another race track.

Wilcox had raced his snowmobile at Skyview Drags in the Bike/Sled class and had several wins under his belt at Skyview. He is survived by his parents, Jim & Lynnette Wilcox and his brothers Matthew and Bradley (Brynley) Wilcox. He left behind his loving fiancée Joanna Dote, her parents Mike and Connie Dote and her sister Camie Manner. Wilcox was a member of the Dote Racing team and the Dote family sponsored the Memorial event at the track this past weekend.

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Veteran Pro Class Racer Jeff Coleman Earns His First Trip to Victory Lane!

skyview1With the weather forecasters predicting a high chance of rain starting around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, Skyview Drags pushed hard to get their weekly show in and finished before the skies opened up. The Skyview staff had the track prepped and ready for the first class to begin promptly at 10 a.m.

In the Junior Dragster class, nine racers, ages eight to 18, wheeled their scale-version dragsters onto the track to vie for the $200 savings bond and trophy offered by Skyview every week. In addition, the class sponsor, Precision Crankworks out of Kirkwood, N.Y. offered a $50 Visa gift card to the first Junior racer in competition who had a .50 light.

It came down to the semi-finals before Jared Baker, out of Newfield, N.Y. nailed a .5020 reaction time to claim the $50 gift card. That stellar reaction time also earned him a bye run into the Elimination finals, where he would face Teresa Kurtz from Newark Valley, N.Y. Kurtz defeated young rookie racer Hayden Houghtalen who made it all the way to the semi-finals after only a few weeks in this sport. In the final round, Jared Baker would run an 8.045 Elapsed Time (ET) on his 8.02 dial at 80.45 mph while Kurtz would break out, running a 9.193 ET on her 9.22 dial at 70.85 mph.

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Another gorgeous day of racing at Skyview Drags as seven classes were run off without a hitch this past Saturday. The IHRA member track located in Tioga Center, NY opened mid-season 2004 and has been running a full bracket racing program ever since. Skyview Drags has won numerous IHRA awards for its facility and its racing program. The track is open from late April until late October on Friday nights for Test & Tune and on Saturdays for racing.

7-30_alyssaThe day started off with the Junior Dragster class where 16 young racers vied for the top prize of a $200 savings bond and a gorgeous trophy. Those racers not lucky enough to win the first round were offered a Second Chance Race to continue to hone their skills and get more seat time. In this week’s Second Chance Race, the finals saw Jared Baker from Newfield, NY face off against Teresa Kurtz from Newark Valley, NY. Both race cars are sponsored by Baker Racing. Baker had a good .5249 reaction time but was off his dial by quite a lot, running an 8.133 ET on his 8.02 dial. Kurtz had a respectable .5561 reaction time and but broke out when she ran a 9.356 Elapsed Time (ET) on her 9.36 dial, thus handing the win over to Baker. Tristan Roefs from Unadilla, NY and Faith Peckham from Oriskany Falls, NY were semi-finalists. In Junior Dragster Eliminations, the finals pitted 2010 Rookie of the Year racer and current points leader Randi Teed from Friendsville, PA against rookie racer Alyssa Cody from VanEtten, NY. With both cars staged, Cody left first with a good .5251 reaction time. As Teed’s lights came down, she was just a bit too anxious and red lit with a .4998 reaction time, handing the win to Cody who collected her first winner’s trophy! Dylan Peckham from Oriskany Falls, NY was the semi-finalist.



Chuck White (Super Pro) and Tim Zyla (Pro) Notch Their Second Wins of the Season!

Hot weather has invaded the Southern Tier and Saturday was no exception as a blazing hot sun blistered Rumble Ridge for the Mid-Season Championships held on July 16, 2011 at Skyview Drags. With an entire day filled with double points races on the line, racers filled the pits to take their shot at the top money and to add to their points as the standings in each class tighten up for the second half of the season.

ron klein winThe day started off with the Precision Crankworks Junior Dragster class, where 16 young racers filled the field. In the Second Chance Race, non-winners of Round 1 Eliminations get additional seat time and the chance to continue racing for bragging rights. The finals pitted rookie driver Faith Peckham from Oriskany Falls, NY against 15-year old Kimberly Klein from Livingston Manor, NY. In her first ever final round, Peckham proved her mettle as she cut a .5367 reaction time against Klein’s .6080 light. Peckham ran an 8.9932 ET at 70.18 mph on her 8.97 dial to take the win over Klein’s 8.9932 ET at 80.84 mph on her 8.97 dial. In Junior Dragster Eliminations, 2 of the youngest racers in the field showed their stuff as they worked their way through the pack and made it to the final round. Twelve year old Ron Klein from Livingston Manor, NY faced 11-year old Morgan Burgess out of Canton, PA who was making her first ever finals appearance. Earlier in the day, Burgess won the iPod Shuffle presented by Dave Connor, who races his ‘Slingshot One” front-engine dragster in Pro Class. Connor, who tows in from Camptown, PA generously donate the gift for the Junior Program. Burgess hoped her lucky day would continue as she staged her car against Klein in the finals. But the ever tough Klein would have a nice .5530 reaction time right out of the gate to Burgess’ .6630 light. Burgess ran a 10.9311 at 56.87 mph on her 11.10 dial and broke out. Klein ran a 9.2028 at 71.13 mph on his 9.16 dial to take the win light. 

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Tim Zyla wins career first at Skyview Drags’ Northern Summer Nationals!

skyviewmay6and70091Tim Zyla couldn’t have picked a better day to win his career first IHRA Summit Series point race, as he drove the Manley Houghtalen owned and wrenched 1970 Camaro 434 to a big win July 1 at Skyview drags.

The race opened a two-day Northern Summer Nationals holiday event, and Zyla defeated a potent 44 car Pro field after posting a semi-final and a final round appearance in his previous two races. To make the win all more satisfying, the 21-year-old Sayre driver told his father, Greg, he would win his first race ever as a birthday present as his father was celebrating his 62nd birthday July 1.  

And Tim Zyla delivered…

“I was actually getting a little emotional when I got back to the pits and my dad was the first one to the car and we gave each other a big hug. But I was only emotional for 5/10’s of a second," Zyla joked. “But seriously, it was really important that my dad was there for my first win, as he’s been behind me from the start and then to deliver on his birthday, it was really special. I also want to thank Manley (Houghtalen) for believing in me, too.”

Zyla defeated longtime New York veteran racer Jim Erecitano in the final round as both drivers broke out. Zyla broke out the least and ran a 6.29 on a 6.31 at 107.21 mph for the win on the eighth-mile dragway. To top off the weekend, Zyla then drove to a semi-final finish in Saturday’s event, propelling him to the points lead in the Pro division.

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