2009 Season Opens Under Clear Skies - Full Bracket Runs in Non-Points Opener

With the National Parts Peddler Points Series set to begin next week a good turnout of racers were on hand to take part in our first weekend of competition racing. Here is the rundown of today’s action:

In Super Pro, Bob Belvick drove his ’69 Camaro to the win when he stopped Ron Calhoun who was in his ’05 Chevy powered dragster. Both guys were sharp at the tree with Ron edging Bob .510 to .519. But at the stripe it was Bob taking the victory with a 9.935 at 135.56 mph run on his 9.91 dial while Ron ran under his 8.46 dial in with an 8.449 at 148.56 mph runner up effort. Gary Donadio in his ’68 Camaro and Frank Barbagallo in his ’94 Lumina were the semifinalists.

Orville Wilcox walked off with the Pro win today when he stopped Steve Searles in the final round. Both competitors were in Mustang’s although Steve’s is Chevy powered. Steve had over tenth on Orville at the tree, .554 to .674, but he ran under his 13.26 dial with a 13.208 at 95.77 mph while Orville ran close to his 11.11 dial with an 11.130 at 124.00 mph winning pass. Mike LaRose Jr. in his Dodge and Eddie Reilly in his Falcon panel wagon were the semifinalists.

Pro Bike was won by David Ashby on his newly refurbished ’93 Kawasaki. David had this one wire to wire as he had a .578 light and ran right on his 14.00 dial with a 14.006 at 87.53 mph pass. Ron Tingley was the runner up with his .648 initiated, 12.803 at 107.94 mph run on his 12.70 dial in. Keith Miller was the semifinalist on his ’92 Suzuki.

Shawn Fetter won the Pro Sled title today when he defeated Mike Stiles who lit the red light and gave away his chance for the win. Shawn had a .537 reaction and ran a 10.399 at 117.15 mph on his 10.40 dial in. Mike drove his ’04 Ski-doo to the runner-up spot with a 9.824 at 130.49 mph run on his 9.72 dial. Mike was just barely red with a .498 foul. John Kufhta was the semifinalist.

A couple of the Street Money heavy hitters squared off in the final round as it was Anthony Zangari in his ’99 Z/28 taking on Dick Aversa in his new ’09 Pontiac G8/GT. Both guys were red at the tree, but Dick fouled first making Anthony the winner. Anthony ran 11.932 at 113.29 mph on his 11.94 dial while Dick settled for the runner up spot with a 13.638 at 102.72 mph run on his 13.58 dial. James Daggett was the semifinalist in his ’05 Nissan 350Z.

Defending Modified points champ Eddie Reilly bagged his first win of the season driving his ’63 Falcon to the win over Fausto Rioscolon who was in his familiar “Sponge Bob” ’71 ‘Cuda. Eddie used a telepathic .501 light and ran a 9.894 at 129.02 mph on his 9.78 dial to dispose of Fausto’s .571 initiated, 9.905 at 134.69 mph runner up effort. Fausto was dialed at 9.85. Steve Searles and Warren Vandish were the semifinalists.

Street Trophy action saw Todd Minerd in his ’85 S-10 defeat Howie Conklin who was driving his ’65 Chevy. Howie had the starting line advantage .601 to .670, but Todd stayed ahead of him for the win with his 15.501 at 78.37 mph run on his 15.42 dial. Howie had to settle for the runner up spot with a 13.258 at 103.41 mph run on his 13.00 dial. Dick Aversa and Liz West were the semifinalists.

In the Bike/Sled Combo class it was Shawn Fetter scoring his second win of the day when he stopped Dan Eddy Jr. who was on his ’95 Ski-Doo. Jose Cortes and Diane Blaylock were the semifinalists.

In the Jr. Dragster “A” class it was Justin Hardman driving his ’03 Motivational Jr. to the win by defeating the always tough Michael Reynolds who was in his ’07 KCS Jr. dragster. This one was close all the way down track, but Justin won it with his .552 initiated, 7.917 at 81.63 mph run on his 7.92 dial while Mike runner upped with a .570 initiated, 8.020 at 80.79 mph run on his 8.05 dial. Perennial late rounder Morgan Bunal seems to have adjusted to her new ride ok as she was the semifinalist.

The Jr. Dragster “B” class final round was an all Snyder affair as brothers Jacob and Joshua squared off against each other. With almost identical reaction times, .562 to .569 in Jacob’s favor, this one was tight all the way. At the stripe it was Jacob taking the win with a 9.041 at 73.54 mph run on his 9.05 dial while Joshua lost the bragging rights for this week with his 8.842 at 73.99 mph passon his 8.90 dial. Ron Klein Jr. looked sharp making it to the semi’s in his firstcompetitive outing.

That will do it for now. We’ll see you next week at CNY’s playground of power, ESTA Safety Park.

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