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!
Go Team Skyview!
With our Skyview Drags team competing this weekend at Pittsburgh for the IHRA Summit Series Division Bracket Finals, fans, family and team here at home can check on our teams progress by clicking on the logo (Division Bracket Finals Results) .
Everyone at Skyview Drags wishes our team drivers the best of luck--- so let's cheer them on and bring some bragging rights back home to Tioga Center, NY. Go Team Skyview!
Also, good luck to our Summit Super Series drivers, Alan Salisbury and Ray Thurston IV in Box and No Box competition!
Since our team is competing this weekend in Pittsburgh, there will be no competition & Test and tune at Skyview Drags. Action resumes the first Saturday in October.
Signed:The crew at Skyview Drags
Kiekel, Pearson, Teed and Roefs win at Skyview ‘regular show’ Sept. 18
Winners of the IHRA Summit Series/Interstate Auto 660 events were Don Kiekel in Super Pro; Al Pearson in Pro; Randy Teed in Bike/Sled, and Kirsty Roefs in Street Money. Joining the winners in victory lane were Matt Petersen in Street Trophy and Theresa Kurtz in Teen racing (TCR).
Kiekel, trying to nab down yet another Super Pro crown, drove his Kirkwood based big block Chevy “Precision Crankworks” dragster to the win over friend and fellow Skyview Pro Am winner John Cooper, also in a rear engine dragster. Cooper bulbed at the start with a .487 light (.500 perfect) while Kiekel would have been tough to beat with a .513 reaction and then a dead on 5.11 on a 5.11 at 133.92. Cooper, meanwhile, showed he would have been up to the task, and went right on with a 4.87 on a 4.87 at 137.71 in the “what if he hadn’t red-lighted?” final round. Kris Larsen, Courtland, and veteran Chet Dragon, Harvey’s Lake, were the Super Pro semi-finalists.
Drake, Garinger, Roberts and Major nab wins at Skyview’s makeup race Sept. 18; Roefs and Kurtz also!
When the smoke cleared, CJ Drake (Super Pro), Shane Garinger (Pro), Kenneth Roberts (Street Money), and Lynn Major (Bike Sled) celebrated the day with big wins. Kirsty Roefs (Street Trophy) also scored a win, as did Theresa Kurtz (TCR) to round out the field.
Drake, aboard his Binghamton-based big block Chevy dragster, took the win light in Super Pro against the always tough and current point leader Jack Reome, Blodgett Mills, in a similar big block Chevy dragster. In what had to be an extremely close race at the finish, both drivers ran near perfect runs, with Drake running a perfect 4.95 on a 4.94 at 138.09 with a better .549 light to Reome’s right on but a bit later .590 light with a 4.74 on a 4.73 at 144.86. Semi-final honors went to New York racer Joe Donohue and Joe Ingalls, Oneonta.
Garinger, who is still in the hunt for the Pro title this year and is the current defending champ, drove his Dodge Demon 408 to a big win over fellow Pro standout and current point leader Ray Thurston IV, from Towanda, Pa.. Garinger, who hails from New Albany, Pa., took the win as both drivers went right on their dial ins, 6.76 and 6.22, respectively, but Garinger’s better light at .547 to Thurston IV’s .572 was the determining factor. Mel Teed, Friendsville, Pa., took home semi-final honors in her ultra quick supercharged big block powered Oldsmobile Cutlass.
Precision Crankworks Junior Shootout draws 21 cars; Matt Forbes cleans house at Skyview Drags!
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.
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