Skyview Drags Kicks off their 2014 10th Anniversary Season!
Saturday May 24 - 2014 started the season off with a full day of regular 660 points racing completed. The Junior class started the days competition with the win going to Chandler McGarry of Horseheads NY. McGarry defeated the Dote Racing sponsored Junior Dragster of Ron Klein Jr. Klein went .471 red, running a 7.839 ET on his 7.90 dial. McGarry dialed 8.90, went .628 on the tree, running a 8.872 ET. In the Semi Finals, McGarry moved into the final after taking the stripe over Hayden Houghtalen of Waverly, NY. Houghtalen dialed 7.97, went .703 on the tree, 8.177 ET. McGarry dialed 8.90, went .553 on the tree, 8.947 ET. Klein defeated Abby Hacker of Bainbridge, NY in a heads up 7.90 race. Klein went .556 on the tree running a 7.970 ET to Hacker’s .637 reaction, 7.957 ET.
SKYVIEW DRAGS ADDS POINTS RACE TO SCHEDULE
Mother Nature has been extremely tempermental and as a result, we haven't even had our first Points Race yet. "Opening Day for Points Racing will be this Saturday, 05/24," said Track Director Amy Culver. "We've never started this late! We had to cancel all of our earlier scheduled points races because of weather and we couldn't get enough Test & Tune in to lay rubber down on the track."
As a result of losing the first 3 points races, Skyview Drags is adding a POINTS race to the schedule. Next weekend, we will have our regularly scheduled point race on Saturday, 05/31 and then we are adding a POINTS race for Sunday, 06/01. "This will be our first 2-day weekend race at the track this season," added Culver. "We are getting the word out to our racers as quickly as possible so that everyone can make plans to Race the Ridge next weekend.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, 05/23 -- TEST & TUNE (CANCELLED -- WEATHER)
Gates open at 5 PM with T&T running from 6 - 10 PM.
SATURDAY, 05/24 -- OPENING DAY FOR POINTS RACING
Junior Dragsters Only: Gates open at 8:30 AM with Time Trials beginning at 10 AM.
All Other Classes: Gates open at 10:30 AM with Time Trials beginning at 1 PM.
Skyview Drags Announces its 2014 Racing Schedule
SKYVIEW DRAGS 10th ANNIVERSARY SEASON!
Skyview Drags opened its 1/8-mile drag strip in July of 2004. This year marks the 10th anniversary in business and Skyview‘s racing schedule returns to its roots in 2014. “Our emphasis this year is going to be on Bracket Racing & more Bracket Racing,” said Skyview’s Track Director Amy Culver. “We’ve done a lot of big shows in the past and tried to bring in a lot of special events and while they’ve been a lot of fun to do, we wanted this season, our 10th year in the business, to focus on our racers and their Bracket Racing programs.”The track will host the Chad Wilcox Bike/Sled Shootout, the Junior Dragster Shootout, and their very popular Old School Nostalgia Night, feature the Pro Stick Racing Series. The remainder of the weekly racing season will include the Northern Summer Nationals 2-day event; Skyview’s 10th Annual Blowout race to celebrate their anniversary; The Mid-Season double points race; The Labor Day weekend 2-day event; and the Halloween Classic 2-day event to finish up the racing season. The track is also pleased to announce the return of the Girls Gone Racing event and the Ironman Classic race.
2013 Skyview Drags Super Pro Track Champion Carl Drake, Jr.!
What would you call a race season where you blew up 2 motors and 10 transmissions in your stable of race cars? Well for the Drake family racing team, at least one member calls it his first ever track championship season!
CJ Drake, from Binghamton, NY, started his Super Pro drag racing career when he got his license at just 16 years of age. From the time he was 16 until he was 20, Drake raced approximately 5 times. “I’m from a racing family and really wanted to race, but at that age, I was just more interested in girls and other sports,” said Drake. But the racing bug finally bit Drake big time when he was 21 years of age. His dad bought him a car and Drake won his first race at his new home track, Skyview Drags in Tioga Center, NY. The very next week, Drake won a 20k race at Atco Dratgway in Atco, NJ and a drag racer was born.
For the Drake family, racing is a family sport spent on the road for weeks at a time. They’ve been running the racing circuit for years now. Although Drake calls Skyview Drags home, he is often racing all over the country for the big money. “I’ve never had the chance to run for a track championship because we miss so many weeks. It’s hard to accumulate points when you miss 7 or 8 races because of other commitments,” said Drake.
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