Go Team Skyview!

bf_teamWith 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

donnie kiekel winWith double duty on hand for many racers Saturday, Sept. 18, Skyview presented both its regular show and the makeup Labor Day race which was hampered by rain throughout the day and postponed. (See separate story on makeup race).  

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. 

Read more: Kiekel, Pearson, Teed and Roefs win at Skyview ‘regular show’ Sept. 18


Drake, Garinger, Roberts and Major nab wins at Skyview’s makeup race Sept. 18; Roefs and Kurtz also!

Scarl drake and shanekyview Drags ran its makeup show from the Labor Day rain hampered Summit/Interstate Auto Parts 660 Series Saturday, Sept. 18, at the popular IHRA eighth-mile dragway.

 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. 

Read more: Drake, Garinger, Roberts and Major nab wins at Skyview’s makeup race Sept. 18; Roefs and Kurtz also!


Precision Crankworks Junior Shootout draws 21 cars; Matt Forbes cleans house at Skyview Drags!

junior dragster shootTwenty-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.

Read more: Precision Crankworks Junior Shootout draws 21 cars; Matt Forbes cleans house at Skyview Drags!


Sportsman ace Dan Fletcher takes $5,000 No Box shootout win at Skyview Drags!

dan fletcher collWhen the big money is on the line, the big boys come out to play. Such was the case Saturday,  Sept. 11 when Skyview Drags posted a $5,000 to win No Box Shootout bracket race open to all IHRA legal competition.

When the smoke cleared, 68-time NHRA National Event sportsman winner Dan Fletcher, from Churchville, NY, and fresh off his Aug. 24 Stock Eliminator win at Brainerd, Minnesota, took home the $5,000 win. The win was a gratifying one for the much traveled veteran racer, who this time didn’t have to stray too far from home to pick up some serious race money.

Fletcher, who wheels a K&N sponsored ’69 Camaro at National Events, took home the big money, defeating the always tough Mark Talmadge in his Williamson-based Chevy Vega in the final round. With Talmadge leaving first, his red-light .480 start ended the race at the start, and both drivers then just took it easy in the final. Talmadge had dialed 6.23, while Fletcher, who cut a .525 light, dialed a 5.99. Fletcher thus bagged the $5K first prize, with Talmadge taking home $2,000 for runner-up. The driver of car 1293 took home $1,000 for a semi-final appearance.

Quarter-final appearances, which paid $250, went to Lynn Major, Jason Hemingway, Reid Ricketson, Gary Carlson, Chuck Morris and Dave Miller.


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