Klein Surprises Jr. Dragster Field - Zangari Scores 2nd Straight Win

May 16 - We had a perfect day for racing today as the sun was out all day with low humidity levels which made for a very fast dragstrip. Here’s the rundown of the action.

In the special Vivian’s Vision Jr. Dragster race which benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, it was young Ron Klein shocking the Jr. troops scoring his biggest win of his young racing career. Ron was paired up against veteran Jr. racer Justin Hardman in the final round after taking out his older sister Kim in the semifinals. Ron held the reaction time advantage .655 to .702 and held on for the win with his 8.887 at 73.54 mph run on his 8.90 dial, while Justin had to settle for the runner up spot with his 7.877 at 81.64 mph run on his 7.90 dial. Thanks to all of the racers for competing, their entry fees were donated to the foundation and thanks to Lance Duell for putting this race together.

The Super Pro final came down to Mike LaRose in his ’69 Dart squaring off with Jeff Parker who was driving his ’90 Camaro. Mike took his first win of the season with his .515 initiated, 10.679 at 117.19 mph run on his 10.63 dial, while Jeff settled for the runner up spot with his .573 initiated, 10.449 at 123.63 mph on his 10.39 dial. Last year's points champ Scott Forbes was the semifinalist.

Larry Forjone drove his ’86 Monte Carlo to the Pro win today after Jack Hayes red lighted in his ’69 Dodge. Larry had a safe .694 light and ran an 11.496 at 116.30 mph on his 11.52 dial while Jack ran a 12.584 at 107.09 mph on his 12.65 dial in. Gary Rolfe Jr. was the semifinalist.

It was the sled guys taking care of business once again in the newly formed Pro MX class as it was an all sled final round again this week. This week it was Jeff Desellems on his ’06 Ski-doo taking the win over Derek Eastman who was on his ’00 XCR Polaris. Jeff held the reaction advantage, .564 to .617 and won with a 9.248 at 129.99 mph on his 9.25 dial while Derek runner-upped with a 9.974 at 131.22 mph run on his 10.00 dial in. Skip Tamburino was the semifinalist on his Kawasaki.

Anyone who thinks that they have a shot at the Street Money title this year has got to find a way to stop defending points champ Anthony Zangari. For the second straight week Anthony drove his familiar blue ’99 Z/28 to the win by stopping Howie Conklin who was driving his ’65 Chevy. Anthony held a huge r.t. advantage, .556 to .724 and he cruised to an 11.864 at 105.58 mph run on his 11.68 dial, while Howie ran a 13.096 at 103.96 mph on his 13.00 dial for the runner-up spot. Travis Brown was the semifinalist.

Kim Rogge won Modified driving her ’70 Dodge Duster to an 11.050 at 119.77 mph run on her 11.06 dial. Larry Forjone missed out on the double today after he fouled with a .470 red light in his ’86 Monte Carlo. Larry ran 11.644 at 115.65 mph on his 11.52 dial in. Becca Searles again went deep into the rounds with her Mustang for the semifinal finish.

Howie Conklin was able to score the win in the Street Trophy Class by stopping defending points champ Dick Aversa. In a close final round it was Howie taking the win with a .555 light and running a 13.019 at 104.46 mph on his 13.00 dial. Dick had a .595 light and ran a 12.832 at 104.63 mph on his 12.85 dial in his SS Trailblazer. Shawn Manley was the semifinalist.

In the Bike/Sled Trophy class it was Nick Washburn on his ’03 Ski-doo stopping Sudsy Eastman on his ’00 Ski-doo in a photo finish final round match-up. Nick had a .523 light and won with a 9.983 at 109.73 mph run on his 9.97 dial while Sudsy had a .519 light, but ran slightly off his 9.97 dial with a 10.006 at 126.31 mph. David Ashby was the semifinalist.

In the Jr. Dragster “A” class it was Shaquille Scott driving his ’08 Mike Bos Jr. Dragster defeating Paige DeSalvo in her new ’10 Halfscale. Paige held a slight reaction time advantage, .597 to .600, but she pedaled a bit too much and let “Shaq” slip by with an 8.006 at 78.96 mph run on his 7.97 dial, while Paige settled for the runner up spot with a 7.976 at 73.05 mph run on her 7.90 dial in. Morgan Bunal was the semifinalist.

In Jr. Dragster “B” it was Joshua Snyder defeating a red lighting Shannon Harrison in the final round. Josh had a .638 light and ran an 8.944 at 73.62 mph on his 8.91 dial. Shannon fouled with a .484 red and ran a 9.040 at 71.31 mph on her 9.02 dial. Harley Hancock and RJ Budd were the semifinalists.

That’s it for now, drive safe and we’ll see you at the drags.

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