Patriots Climb the Mountain for Division 1 Event at Skyview Drags!
The scenery was spectacular, and so was the competition as Division 1 racers invaded the Southern Tier of New York State for the second-to-last Patriots Summit Pro-Am Tour event of 2010.
Perched high on a hilltop east of the village of Tioga Center, Skyview Drags offers fans and racers a panoramic view of the Susquehanna Valley. To some, however, the view of the winners circle was even more exciting, as the presentation of an IHRA Ironman trophy is something they all want to experience.
During the two-day event a number of competitors posed for photos in the aforementioned winners circle, with the husband and wife duo of Lisa and Eddie Bolton highlighting the proceedings both days. Eddie took the Super Stock win Saturday while Lisa took the Stock victory Sunday. Also having a great weekend was Canadian racer Steven Pym, who won Top Sportsman Saturday and finished runner-up in the fast doorslammer class on the second day.
Precision Crankworks Junior Shootout draws 21 cars; Matt Forbes cleans house at Skyview Drags
Twenty-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.
Race two found an “outsider” winning the title, as Kyle McMartin took the automatic win when Jared Baker, Newfield, fouled away his chances in his Bounty Hunter entry. McMartin went 8.04 on an 8.04 at 80.95 with a .651 light for the win. Kimberly Klein took home the semi-final honors.
The Magic Paintbrush Project for the Second Annual "Checkered Flag" Workshop!
On July 30, 2010, the staff at Skyview Drags in Tioga Center will welcome The Magic Paintbrush Project for the Second Annual "Checkered Flag" Workshop.
The workshop, which welcomed students from Stacey Chandler's special needs classroom out of Endwell, N.Y. last year, was a joining of family and caregivers for a special project that engaged creativity and combined it with “Summer Fun” - the theme of Chandler's summer program last year.
Together, with the Magic Paintbrush Project based out of Greene, N.Y., students and project staff will create a banner that will proudly be displayed at the track.
According to Jennifer O'Brien, Program Director for the Magic Paintbrush Project that attended last year's event, the vibrant session was planned to engage special needs families creatively with each other as they face the challenges of special needs diagnosis and include the community in the fun.
"This project is about more than kids and paint," said O'Brien. "We try to integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities, and we engage their families and caregivers as well."
Forbes, Furman, French and Reome top winners at Mid Season Championship!
Richie Forbes (Super), Zane Furman (Pro), Gary French (Street Money) and Carrie Reome (Bike/Sled) topped winners Saturday, July 17, at Skyview Drags Mid Season Championship. The double point IHRA Summit Series 660 event resulted in several drivers gaining ground in the point chase, which is expected when a double point event is held.
Forbes, who went into the event the current point leader in Super Pro, waded through a tough field in Super Pro and drove his Esperance based dragster to a win over Bob Belvick, Durhamville, in a similar entry. Although Forbes was a first round loser and earned only two points on the day, he then shut down the competition as he was in “strict winning mode” from the buyback to the final round. His $900 final run time was a perfect 4.68 on a 4.68 with a .527 reaction at 144.63 to defeat Belvick’s better light .522 but just off 5.12 on a 5.09 at 135.16. Mark Earnest, a regular at Numidia and father of Junior Dragster runner-up Gabe, made the trip from Millville, Pa., worthwhile with a solid semi-final performance in his beautiful rear-engine big-block dragster.
Father and son duel it out in Super Pro final; Fetterman takes Pro honors at Jet Jam
Witt a standing room only crowd looking on, Bob Hacker (Super Pro), Dave Fetterman (Pro) and Kenneth Roberts nabbed “Jet Jam Nationals” class wins Saturday, July 10, at Skyview Drags. Joining the winners were Boyd McCoardy in Bike/Sled, Christian Taylor (TCR), Gary French (Street Trophy) and Matt Forbes (Junior Dragster).
Hacker, who hails from Bainbridge and campaigns a small block rear engine Chevy dragster, had to defeat his son Aaron, in a popular final round contest that would determine bragging rights when the duo returned home that night. With his son also driving a rear engine Chevy dragster, albeit just a bit slower than dad’s, the senior Hacker was up to the task, but not until his son ran too quick in the final. Aaron gave his dad the win as his “tad too fast” 5.15 on a 5.16 dial at 132.35 with a better .546 light allowed dad to take the win with a right on 4.92 on a 4.92 at.137.73 with a .561 reaction. Semi final honors went to the big block Corvette of Tommy Ingalls, Oneonta, and Russ Denmark in his new dragster out of Ovid.
In Pro competition, Dave Fetterman, Binghamton, flexed his Dodge Mopar muscle at the right time and found himself celebrating a win in victory circle. With current point leaders Ray Thurston IV (who lost in the semis) and Shane Garinger (who fell in round two) looking on, Fetterman line dup against Gary Pascucci, Endicott, who drives a beautiful bright blue Pontiac Grand Prix I the final round. Pascucci cut the better reaction, .505 to .546, but ran under by too much in what turned out to be a double breakout affair. Fetterman took the win with a 7.04 on a 7.07 at 97.81 over Pascucci’s 6.50 on a 6.54 at 102.72. Thurston IV, Towanda, was the lone semi-finalist in his wheel standing Tony DiRose owned Mustang/Chevy.
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