Summit E.T. Racing Series - September 28

Great Day for NHRA Wheelstanders

Steve Smith - Stock/Super Stock winner

September 28 - Perfect weather greeted racers and fans as the Summit Racing E.T. Series schedule resumed after a week off for the Bracket Finals. Also on the card was the ever-popular NHRA Stock/Super Stock Challenge event we hold every year.

Check out the Final Round Boxscores Here.

Stock/Super Stock Challenge
In the Stock / Super Stock race the final came down to Steve Smith in his 400 c.i. Firebird taking on Jim Harris in his 283 c.i. ’66 Nova. Steve was dialed in at 9.94 and put together an awesome final round package with a .510 reaction time coupled with a right on 9.946 at 126.78 mph for the win, while Jim had a great run also but had to settle for the runner up spot with his .524 initiated, 11.974 at 108.67 mph run on his 11.95 dial in. Scott Blaskoski and Jim McGrath were the semifinalists. I also want to mention that we run this race with Vinnie Frank in our hearts as he was always here when we held this race. Thanks to the guys that came out and participated you always put on a great show.

Tom Belvick - Super Pro Winner

Super Pro
Super Pro saw veteran campaigner Tom Belvick making his way to his 4th final round of the season and winning for the 3rd time when he stopped Jack Vault one of the young guns in the class. Both drivers were in their dragsters with Tom’s Chevy powered ride taking win over Jack’s Ford powered dragster by a narrow .0041. The numbers were Tom with a .5209 r.t. and running 7.8390 at 169.84 mph, while Jack had to settle for the runner up spot with a .5169 light and running 7.4571 at 177.10 mph on his 7.43 dial in. That was a great final round. Vince Musolino and Scott Popple were the semifinalists.

Mike LaRose - Pro Winner 
The Pro final came down to Mike LaRose in his ’68 Plymouth up against Howard Roberts in his ’84 Firebird. Howard held a slight reaction time advantage .546 to .552, but either had some problem or he lifted too soon because he ran off his 11.89 dial-in with an 11.989 at 109.72 mph for the runner up position, while Mike won it with a 10.050 at 122.02 mph pass. Anthony Zangari was the semifinalist.

Pro MX
Two of the faster snowmobiles in the Pro MX class ridden by Heath Smith on his ’01 Arctic Cat and Dennis Boston on his ’03 Ski-Doo were set to do battle for the win today. Heath was dialed in at 8.54 while Dennis had 9.22 on the side of his machine, but at the start Dennis bulbed with a .449 foul handing the win to Heath. Both riders clicked off their machines and made their way off the track. Bob Salerno was the semifinalist.

Street Money
I’ll tell you if you want to have a shot at the Street class wins you are going to have to deal with Kurt Hagen, who has been on a tear here the last month or so in his ’11 Camaro. Kurt got another win today when he stopped the always hard to beat Earl Snyder who was driving his ’12 Dodge Charger. Both drivers (I’ll be kind) missed the tree with Earl holding a .678 to .796 advantage, but Kurt went right on his 12.78 dial with a 12.780 at 109.81 mph, while Earl ran under his 13.99 prediction with a 13.966 at 100.66 mph effort. Jordan Reader made it to the semi’s.

Kimberly Klein - Modified Winner

In Modified it was Kimberly Klein giving her father Ron the boot out of the dragster that he bought a month or so ago and taking her first win in what was really her first day of driving the rail. Kim, who graduated out of the Jr. Dragster class hasn’t been out much this year so Ron’s been driving the car and doing quite well, but he probably won’t see much seat time anymore relegated back to crew chief status. Anyways, the other final round participant was Craig Trudell in his ’84 Mustang. Craig had to settle for the runner up spot with his .684 initiated, 10.784 at 121.56 mph run on is 10.79 dial, while Kim won with her .521 light and running a 7.817 at 159.48 mph run on her 7.77 dial. Anthony Correia was the semifinalist.

Street Trophy
While he was runner up in Street Money Earl Snyder sealed the deal in Street Trophy stopping Cody Kennedy in her ’79 Camaro. Earl had a great .511 light and ran a 14.078 at 95.51 mph on his 13.99 dial for the win. Give props to Cody though because she is very new to racing and she settled for the runner up spot with a .790 light, running a 15.682 at 84.27 mph on her 15.60 dial in. Another former Jr. Dragster competitor Carter Helch was the semifinalist.

Brian Moulton - Bike/Sled Winner

Bike/Sled Trophy
Brian Moulton on his ’76 Kawasaki won a double break out final round in Bike/Sled Trophy defeating Matt Luke on his ’06 Suzuki. Brian had a .517 to .540 r.t. advantage in his favor and won with a 10.099 at 127.52 mph on his 10.10 dial, while Matt ran further under his 8.96 prediction with an 8.931 at 145.16 mph runner up pass. Bob Salerno and Kevin Wuest were the semifinalists.

Natalie Musolino - Jr. Dragster Winner

Jr. Dragster
In Jr. Dragster action it was Natalie Musolino taking on recent winner Casey Bedell. Natalie got the head start dialed in at 8.90 while Casey gave chase with his 7.96. Natalie was off and running with her .525 r.t. and blipped the throttle to a winning 8.958 at 68.38 mph while Casey had to settle for the runner up spot today as his .637 r.t. sealed his fate and he ran under with a 7.952 at 78.83 mph pass. McKenzie Cayea was the semifinalist.

That wraps it up for today’s action. Thanks to everyone that came out for Saturday’s time trial day and today’s racing action we really appreciate the support and thanks to the ESTA crew for the long weekend of work. We’ll see you next week with more Summit E.T. racing action.

By Pete DeSalvo Jr.


Stock/Super Stock

  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Steve Smith Firebird .510 9.946, 126.78 9.94
R-Up Jim Harris '66 Nova .524 11.974, 108.67 11.95
Semis Scott Blaskoski
Mike McGrath

Super Pro

  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Tom Belvick S&W Dragster .520 7.839, 169.84 7.82
R-Up Jack Vault Jr. Race Tech RED .516 7.457, 177.10 7.43
Semis Vince Musolino
Scott Popple


  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Mike LaRose '68 Plymouth .552 10.050, 122.02 10.03
R-Up Howard Roberts '84 Pontiac .546 11.989, 109.72 11.89
Semis Anthony Zangari

Pro MX

  Driver Vehicle R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Heath Smith '01 Arctic Cat .599 Shut off 8.54
R-Up Dennis Boston Jr. '03 Ski-doo .449 -- --
Semis Bob Salerno

Street Money

  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Kurt Hagen '11 Camaro .796 12.780, 109.81 12.78
R-Up Earl Snyder '12 Dodge .678 13.966, 100.66 13.99
Semis Jordan Reader


  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Kimberly Klein Dragter .521 7.817, 159.48 7.77
R-Up Craig Trudell '84 Ford .684 10.784, 121.56 10.79
Semis Anthony Correia

Street Trophy

  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Earl Snyder '12 Dodge .511 14.078, 95.51 13.99
R-Up Cody Kennedy '79 Chevy .790 15.682, 84.27 15.60
Semis Carter Helch

Bike/Sled Trophy

  Driver Vehicle R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Brian Moulton '76 Kawasaki .517 10.99, 127.52 10.10
R-Up Matt Luke '06 Suzuki .540 8.931, 145.16 8.96
Semis Bob Salerno
Kevin Wuest

Jr. Dragster

  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Natalie Musolino '14 American .525 8.958, 68.38 8.96
R-Up Casey BeDell Mike Bos .637 7.952, 78.83 7.96
Semis McKenzie Cayea

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