It is with sadness that we report the unfortunate death of rising young drag racing talent Chad Wilcox, 24, who lost his life in a drag snowmobile accident Sunday, July 4, at a dragstrip in upstate New York.
Skyview Drags sends its condolences to the Wilcox family, the Dote family and his fiancee and friends. Chad had already scored impressive wins this year at Skyview Drags, and we will miss him as he was well liked by all competitors.
Snowmobile Racer Life Flighted to Robert Packer Hospital After Scary Accident at Skyview Drags
Ken Burlew, 66, of Ithaca was involved in a frightening crash with defending Bike/Sled champion Brent Garcia, Cincinnatus, when the wheelie bars on Garcia’s Buell motorcycle broke off, forcing the motorcycle rider into Burlew’s lane, where he was accelerating on his snowmobile.
Burlew’s drag racing Ski-doo snowmobile, equipped with special front rollers made for asphalt or concrete track racing, made contact with Garcia’s motorcycle, catapulting Burlew and his snowmobile into the air. Burlew fell backwards and heavily impacted the surface.
Track and emergency personnel responded immediately to the stricken driver. Renee Jordan, the track's trained emergency technician, cleared Burlew's airway and track personnel treated the driver until the Robert Packer Hospital helicopter arrived and transported the stricken rider.
Following two cat scans and other tests, Burlew was released after a night’s stay at the Sayre, Pa. based healthcare facility. There were no broken bones, and Burlew luckily escaped what many at the track felt was a very scary incident.
Forbes, Thurston IV and Thompson post wins at Skyview Drags
Richie Forbes, Ray Thurston IV and Dave Thompson scored big wins in Super Pr, Pro and Street eliminators as beautiful weather greeted race teams and fans at Skyview Drags second week of racing on Saturday, May 15.
Forbes, from Esperance, drove his Forbes Automotive rear engine big block Chevy dragster to the win in a heads-up final round against fellow big block dragster campaigner CJ Drake, from Binghamton. With both drivers dialing a 4.64, Forbes was just a hair quicker off the line with a .506 light (.500 perfect) to Drake’s game 5.14. Winning numbers were 4.66 at 147.63 to Drake’s right there 4.67 at 142.40. Semi-final honors went to Bob O’Malley in his beautiful Vega from Mt. Upton and Rick Simon Sr., Endicott, in his Chevy powered “Black Jack” dragster.
Skyview Drags announces expanded Test & Tune opportunities!
Drag racers who enjoy the Skyview Drags Test & Tune event days and every Friday night during the season now have an additional day of testing to add to their calendars. Amy Culver, track director, has announced an enhanced Test & Tune policy that will open upWednesday night’s as an additional day for drivers to fine tune their vehicles or just get familiar with the IHRA drag racing procedures.
“We’ve had several up and coming racers, or those who just wish to time trial their cars, ask for another day of test and tune opportunities as not everyone can make it on Friday night. So, starting this coming Wednesday, we’re going to run Test & Tune every Wednesday night to both allow these drivers time to test their cars and reaction skills,” said Culver.
Additionally, Culver said that the extra day of testing and tuning, to be held on Wednesday May 12, will also allow Skyview Drags to put any money received on the extra test day toward the purchase of a new timing system.“We want to upgrade our timing system to mirror that of other national and divisional event IHRA tracks as we’re still using the system we started with when we opened in July of 2004. I want to emphasize that there is nothing wrong with our timing system we currently use, but the new systems are more modern and need less maintenance, so we want to go in that direction,” Culver noted.
IHRA has sanctioned the Tioga Canter-based drag strip since its inception, and Skyview Drags has been on the receiving end of several prestigious awards. Included are the IHRA National Sportsman Track of the Year Award in 2007 and IHRA Pro Am Track of the Year Award in 2008.
Special IHRA sanctioned events in 2010 will include the return of the Pro Am Series and the inaugural Ironman Classic. The always popular jet car exhibition nights are set for July 10 and September 4, while the Nostalgia Funny Cars will kick off the track’s first major show on Saturday, May 29. For more information, contact Skyview Drags at 607-687-9392 or check the website at www.skyviewdrags.com. GATES OPEN 5PM RACING FROM 6-10PM
King of the Hill’ on slate for 2010; all winners in four classes will qualify for year-end runoff!
‘If “bragging rights” and an overall title of Skyview Drags “‘King Of The Hill” for 2010 spurs interest for this year’s competitors, the new year of racing may prove to be the year to let everyone know who is really the dragway’s Top Dog. The race will be a Contingency Connection awards race, with more information forthcoming.
Track management announced recently the return of the popular event, which will pit all winners from 2010 in Super Pro, Pro, Street Money and Bike/Sled eliminators against each other to crown one ”King Of The Hill” winner at the end of the year.
Specifically, any driver that wins any weekly money paying point race on the 2010 schedule in one of the four money paying eliminators will qualify for the race that will be run at the end of the year (date to be announced).
All qualified driver’s will receive a special decal, while the winner of the race will receive a special “Skyview Drags King Of The Hill” jacket, hat and special giant trophy at the year-end dragway banquet.
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