Zangari Scores Again, Takes CMF Title - Wahl Wins Super Pro

May 23 - It was Anthony Zangari taking his third win of the year in as many weeks, this time he drove his ’99 Z/28 to the Camaro, Mustang, Firebird (CMF) Challenge win. Part time racer Mike Hinman, who was driving his immaculate ’02 Firehawk gave Anthony a run for his money in the final round, but his .608 initiated, 12.933 at 105.60 mph run on his 12.88 dial could not stop Anthony’s .596 reaction time coupled with his 11.821 at 109.53 mph run on his 11.78 dial in. Ed Skellham had an impressive showing driving his ’68 Camaro to the semis. Thanks to Dick Aversa for his help in promoting this special race.

In Super Pro the fans were treated to a great final round when Jim Wahl was able to drive around Bob Belvick. Jim, driving his ’23 “T” Altered put together a stellar .503 reaction coupled with his dial-matching 7.844 at 172.91 mph run on his 7.84 to turn back the great effort that Bob put together in his ’69 Camaro. Bob had a .511 light and ran a 10.078 at 132.79 mph on his 10.05 dial for the well earned runner up spot. Tom Belvick was the semifinalist.

Howard Roberts took his second Pro win in three weeks as he wheeled his ’72 Plymouth to the final round victory defeating Bryan Backus who was in his ’82 Olds. Howard went dead-on his 9.65 dial with a 9.650 at 139.34 mph with a .541 light, while Bryan had to settle for the runner up position with his .581 initiated, 8.999 at 150.43 mph run on his 9.00 dial. Mike LaRose Jr. and John Pierson were the semifinalists.

The sled guys continue to dominate the Pro MX class as this week Kevin Wuest put his ’96 Polaris into the winner's circle. Kevin had a great .510 light and ran a 9.985 at 127.44 mph on his 9.97 dial to stop Matt Luke who is the first bike racer to make it to the Pro MX final round. Matt who was on his Suzuki gave it a shot, but with his slower .591 light, it forced him to run under his 10.69 dial with a 10.641 at 121.24 mph runner up effort. Mike Stiles and Sudsy Eastman were the semifinalists.

Terry Lee drove his Chevy powered Mustang to the Street Money win by stopping Todd Minerd in his ’85 S-10. Todd had the r.t. advantage, .568 to .59, but Terry drilled his 10.70 dial with an almost perfect 10.701 at 117.47 mph while Todd ran a 15.480 at 83.84 mph on his 15.41 dial in for the runner up spot. Todd Lipke and Anthony Zangari were the semifinalists.

Terry Scheirer drove his dragster to the Modified win when Nate Powers in his ’86 Dodge red lighted. Terry ran a 7.848 at 171.80 mph while Nate ran a 9.998 at 133.93 mph. Larry Forjone and Gary Rolfe Jr. were the semifinalists.

The Street Trophy final was also decided by a red light and this time the benefactor was multi-winning Dick Aversa in his ’07 Trailblazer SS. Dick ran a 12.977 at 104.39 mph on his 12.92 dial and CMF finalist Mike Hinman ran a 13.177 at 105.39 mph on his 12.98 dial. Shawn Manley was the semifinalist.

Sudsy Eastman won the Bike/Sled Trophy final round powering his ’00 Ski-doo around Troy Liebi who was on his ’79 Arctic Cat. With both drivers cutting .539 lights, Sudsy came through with a 10.158 at 116.89 mph run on his 10.12 dial for the win, while Troy ran an 11.031 at 115.13 mph on his 10.95 dial for the runner up spot. Joe Layou was the semifinalist.

Early season Jr. Dragster “A” points leader Morgan Bunal scored her first win of the year by stopping Kimberly Klein who moved up to the “A” class this year. Morgan cut a .566 light and ran a 7.915 at 81.19 mph on her 7.90 dial while Kim had a .610 light and ran a 7.966 at 82.41 mph on her 7.92 dial to take the runner up spot. Reigning Jr. "A" Champion Mike Reynolds was the semifinalist.

Jr. Dragster “B” action saw the ever popular Jenna Lipke take her first win of the year by stopping Colin Forbes. Jenna had a .627 light and ran a 13.115 at 49.46 mph on her 13.00 dial, while Colin runner upped with a .709 reaction and ran a 12.997 at 47.52 mph on his 12.90 dial in. Josh Snyder was the semifinalist.

That will do it for now, we’ll see you next week at the drags when the Central NY P.T. Cruisers roll into the ESTA acres for their annual match along with a Mopar Showdown special. Our full Summit Racing E.T. Series program will also take center stage for the long Memorial Day weekend as we kick off the summer racing season.

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