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!
Aaron Hacker Scores First Super Pro Win of the Year; Al Pearson, Kirsty Roefs and Carrie Reome Also Win
Hacker drove his small block Chevy powered rear engine dragster to the win over Ontario's Charles White, who was also looking for the $900 first place money in his 355 powered AMC Hornet. Hacker was ready, as his great .506 light was better than White's game .531 (.500 perfect), and coupled it with a winning 5.22 on a 5.19 at 126.49 to the runner-up's 6.79 on a 6.76 at 100.20.
In Pro, Al Pearson drove his trusty MOPAR 440 Barracuda to his second win of the year, this time taking out Steve Doss, who bulbed in the final. Pearson cut a .544, and then went 6.54 on a 6.51 at 101.28 to defeat the red-lighting Doss, who slowed to a 13.71 at 37 mph after his starting line miscue on a 6.30 dial.
Thurston IV Wins No Box Super Series Title; CJ Drake and Skip Tamburino Also Win as Lynn Major Scores Runner-up
PITTSBURGH – It turned out to be a very good day of racing for Team Skyview Drags at the Division 3 IHRA Team Finals.
Ray Thurston IV, Towanda, drove the Tony DiRose owned Chevy powered Mustang into the winner’s circle last week at Pittsburgh Raceway Park. Representing Skyview Drags, Thurston IV finally took home the Super Series No Box Championship title in his fourth try as a No Box shootout qualifier.
Thurston IV has been atop the point board all season long at Skyview, and went into the Division 3 finals on a high note. He also had to defeat three-time Pro Champ Shane Garinger in a runoff two weeks ago at Skyview for the right to represent Team Skyview, as both drivers had finished the points season in a tie.
In the big money race, Thurston IV defeated veteran Beaver Springs Dragway drag racer Dale Rhoades, a long time competitor in a Ford Mustang powered by a Ford engine, unlike Thurston IV’s mount, which is the Tony DiRose owned Ford Mustang with a small block Chevy under the hood. Thurston cut a better light, .0354 to Rhoades’ .0423, and then went a stout 6.26 on a 6.24 at 106.71 for the win as Rhoades ran way under with a 7.57 on a 7.72 at 86.64.
Thurston IV and crew will now head to Virginia Motorsports Park to compete against the Summit Super Series division champions that will be determined at the remaining Summit Team Finals over the next several weeks. They will be competing for their share of the $200,000 in cash and prizes that will be awarded at the World Finals.
Thurston IV’s winning ways were also matched by two Skyview racers, namely dragster driver CJ Drake and motorcycle competitor Skip Tamburino.
Drake, behind the wheel of his big-block Chevy powered rear engine dragster, won the Top eliminator Dragway 42 Challenge over Robert Brehm, who was representing Pittsburgh Raceway. Drake was up to the task, cutting a .0129 light, which he didn’t need as Brehm bulbed with an under by .007 reaction time. Drake just coasted to his big win after a tremendous performance and many cheers from Team Skyview.
Tamburino’s wins also had everyone cheering, as the 69-year-old Skyview elder statesman collared the field in Motorcycle Main Event, upending fellow friend and Skyview racer Lynn Major in a battle of the bikes. Knowing a Team Skyview racer would be the winner regardless, the fans cheered both rides on and it was a red-light start by Major that ended the day on the starting line, giving the championship to Tamburino. Skip still went a 5.97 on a 5.91 while Major slowed to a 6.01 on a 5.24 for the well earned runner-up position.
On another high note, Lynn Major took home the Best Appearing Motorcycle award, another feather in the hat for Skyview Dragway.
The management at Skyview congratulates all drivers who took part in the series, which was Skyview’s best to date. Overall, Skyview finished sixth of nine teams, but had the major wins in its pocket for a happy ride back home to Tioga Center, New York.
The IHRA Summit Team Finals is to promote IHRA Drag Racing at member tracks on a local level and reward attendance with national recognition and competition.
Competitors also claim individual class championships, prizes and monies by racing against their peers in their respective classes. Racers will eliminate down until a Summit Team Finals Champion is determined. Winners receive an IHRA Ironman, Silver Card and monetary prizes.
Ray Thurston from Skyview Drags found the number 4 is his lucky number!
In his fourth attempt at the Summit SuperSeries No Box runoff at the Division 3 Summit Team Finals at Pittsburgh Racway Park his hard work and determination finally paid off when he took the championship from Beaver Springs’ Dale Rhoades.
Congratulations Ray, Tony & crew!
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