SKYVIEW DRAGS SHATTERS RECORD FOR THE PRECISION CRANKWORKS JUNIOR DRAGSTER SHOOTOUT!
On Saturday, September 17, Skyview Drags hosted its 3rd Annual Junior Dragster Shootout, sponsored by Precision Crankworks located in Kirkwood, NY. Last year set the record for Junior Racers with 24 entrants. That record was shattered at this year’s race when 31 Junior Dragster racers showed up at the track to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and awards.
The race, originally scheduled for August 6, was rained out and these young racers were forced to wait another 6 weeks for their chance to win the prestigious Skyview Shootout. This time, Mother Nature shined on the 8-18 year old racers who packed the track and they were gifted with a perfect day for racing. The Junior Dragster Shootout consists of 2 separate single elimination races with the winner of each race facing off against each other for the Shootout championship.
All of the racers were welcomed to the track by event coordinator Kathy Kiekel, who also acts as the Junior Dragster race announcer for the track. The Hancock family, who brought their 3 daughters to race, earned the $25 gift card for making the 200 mile trip from Northeast of Watertown, NY. Eight year old Hannah Garinger, from New Albany, PA earned her $25 gift card for being the youngest female entered into the Shootout. Nine year old Jack Caruso, from Canandaigua, NY earned his $25 gift card for being the youngest male entered into the Shootout. All rookie racers also received $10 gift cards from Precision Crankworks. Each racer also received a coupon for free ice cream courtesy of Pro class racer Gary Pascucci from Endicott, NY. Racers Taylor Blake and Morgan Bunal received $25 gift cards since the Shootout was their first time racing at Skyview Drags.
Race 1 began with two time trials for the contestants. For each round of racing, the racers are randomly paired by a draw of cards. Round one saw all 31 racers answer the call and in less than one hour, the field had been halved. For round two, only 15 racers were able to answer the call when Harley Hancock experienced technical issues with her dragster and was out for the rest of the race. Hancock received a $25 hard luck gift card for her unfortunate circumstances. By round four we were into the semi-finals with 2 young ladies and 2 gentlemen left in the field. Rookie racer Faith Peckham, from Oriskany Falls, NY was paired with Dunham Hall from Syracuse, NY. Peckham took home a $25 gift card for her semi-finalist spot. Cody Reome, from Blodgett Mills, NY was paired against Camrie Caruso from Canandaigua, NY. Caruso took home a $25 gift card for her semi-finalist spot. In the finals, Hall faced Reome for the right to race in the Shootout Championship race. With both cars staged, Reome was just a bit too quick on the starting line and fouled when he left too soon. Hall had a .5669 reaction time and ran a 7.939 Elapsed Time (ET) on his 7.92 dial to take the win. Reome took home a $100 savings bond and plaque for his runner-up efforts. Hall received a $200 savings bond and trophy for his win. Paige Montgomery from Rochester, NY won the $50 gift card for best winning reaction time from the entire race. She posted a .5009 (.5000 is perfect) in round 2 to capture her prize. Hannah Garinger won the $25 gift card for being the youngest racer to make it the farthest in this race.
Race 2 then began with one time trial for the contestants. For each round of racing, the racers continued to be randomly paired by a draw of cards. Round one saw 30 racers answer the call. Rookie racer Chelsea Hancock gave up her ride to her more experienced sister Harley, whose dragster broke in the first race. Chelsea Hancock received a $25 gift card for her great sportsmanship. In the quarterfinals, three of the eight racers who had made it this far in Race 1 were back again in Race 2. That earned Dunham Hall, Cody Reome and Faith Peckham each $25 gift cards for their great racing. By round 4 we were in to the semi-finals with 3 young ladies and 1 gentleman left to battle it out. Ron Klein from Liberty, NY, who is currently tied for first in the point’s race at Skyview was paired against Abby Hacker from Bainbridge, NY. Hacker took home a $25 gift card for her semi-finalist spot. Faith Peckham drew Randi Teed from Friendsville, PA who is currently tied for first in the point’s race at Skyview and will represent the track in the Junior Dragster Tournament of Champions race at the IHRA Bracket Finals this week. Teed took home a $25 gift card for her semi-finalist spot. In the finals, Peckham left first in her slower dialed dragster. Klein had the starting line advantage with a .5309 reaction time but he broke out when he ran an 8.996 ET on his 9.02 dial. Peckham ran a 9.051 ET on her 8.97 dial to take the win. Klein took home a $100 savings bond and plaque for his runner-up efforts. Peckham received a $200 savings bond and trophy for her efforts. Peckham also won the $50 gift card for Closest to Dial winner from the entire race. She recorded an 8.9129 ET on her 8.91 dial in Round 1 of this race. In addition, Peckham, an 11-year old rookie racer, also won the $25 gift card for being the youngest racer to make it the farthest in this race.
With the finals now set for the shootout, both Hall and Peckham declined to take their one time trial. Peckham would leave first with her slower dragster. She had a good .5949 reaction time but Dunham had the advantage with his .5277 reaction. At the top end, it came down to the dial in. Dunham ran a 7.995 on his 7.90 dial but Peckham ran a 9.070 on her 9.05 dial to take the championship.
Peckham took home a $500 savings bond and trophy for her win. Peckham also received a United States Bicentennial Silver Uncirculated set donate by Solid Gold Jewelry and an Apple iPad Tablet 2 form 64 GB, wifi and Verizon 3G donated by Precision Crankworks.
Hall took home a $200 savings bond and plaque for his runner-up efforts. Hall also received an Official Bicentennial Day Commemorative donated by Solid Gold Jewelry in Endicott, NY and an Xbox 360 250 GB Console with Kinect donated by Precision Crankworks.
In a random drawing for all racers who did not win a race, Paige Montgomery was the winner of an Xbox 360 DJ Hero 2 game donated by Skyview Drags.