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Summit E.T. Racing Series - September 8

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NYS Championships Titles Claimed for Wally Weekend
September 8 - September means cooler temperatures, good air, quick 60 foots and Wally Weekend! The annual NYS Championships/NHRA All Access Challenge puts a lot up for grabs with top payouts and the prestige of going home with a NHRA "Wally" trophy modeled after NHRA founder Wally Parks. Here's how the final rounds shook out and the boxscores below.

Gary Rolfe Jr. - Super Pro Winner

Super Pro
Gary Rolfe Jr. got the head start over Bob Belvick and bought a bunch of real estate to play with at the finishline with a .016 to .100 reaction time advantage and parlayed that advantage into the Super win. Dialed in at a 6.82, Gary still pushed it hard until the very end, running a 6.852 at 100.49 to seal the win. Bob drove his dragster to a .0019-under, 4.978 at 137.15 mph in effort to close the starting line gap, but had to settel for the runner-up finish. Current points leader Kris Larsen drove to the lone semifinal finish.

Steve Doss - Pro Winner

Pro
Steve Doss added another Wally to his collection with his win over Al Meier in the Pro final that was decided at the start. It could have been a close one at the finish, but Al went -0.002 red at the start, while Steve drilled the tree with a .009 reaction. Both drivers backed off at the top end with Steve driving to a 10.938 on his 10.03 dial, and Al coasting to a 11.919 on his 9.73 dial-in. Mark Dobie and Howard Roberts each drove to semifinal finishes,

Kevin Wuest - Pro MX Winner

Pro MX
Kevin Wuest got some payback over Ryan Orizino in the Pro MX final as the roles were reversed last Sunday with Ryan getting the win. Kevin won this race at the line with a .024 to .089 reaction time lead and was able to catch Ryan at the top end with some room to spare, driving his '18 Polaris to a 9.729 at 120.04 mph on his 9.68 dial to score the win. Ryan dialed his Arctic Cat in at a 10.40 and drove to a .010-over 10.4010 at 120.63 mph. John Kuhfta and Dennis Boston were the semifinalists.

Larry Backus - Street Money Winner

Street Money
Larry Backus improved on his semifinal finish last week and scored the Street Money "Wally" when he knocked out Kurt Hagen in the final. Less than stellar reaction times and e.t.s were realized in both lanes, but it was Larry winning both ends of the track when his .186-initiated, 10.756 at 107.36 mph run was good enough to garner the winning white timeslip. Kurt dialed his Camaro in at a 12.45 and ran off with a 12.672 at 106.83 mph in his runner-up effort. Clarence Spadey was the lone semifinalist.

Chris Corlyin - Modified Winner

Modified
Chris Corlyin scored the Modified win over Brett Hoffman when he drove his '65 Chevy to a .022-initiated, 10.592, 128.56 mph pass on his 10.55 dial-in to score the win. Brett dialed his '72 Chevy in at a 10.89 and was only able to muster a 10.936 at 121.93 mph and settled for the runner-up finish. Ron Klein and Myles Higby each drove to semifinal finishes on the day.

Steve Seelman - Street Trophy Winner

Street Trophy
Steve Seelman Sr. improved on his Sept. 1 runner-up finish to defeat the 2019 "hot-shoe" Dan Caissie in their final round match-up. Steve got the r.t. lead, .025 to .043, and drove his '90 Corvette to the win running a 13.460 at 99.75 mph on his 13.45 dial to bag the win. Dan drove his Mustang to a 10.991 on his 10.98 dial-in in his runner-up effort. Rich Garland and Crystal Powers drove to semifinal runs.

Bob Salerno - Bike/Sled Winner

Bike/Sled Trophy
Bob Salerno got the Bike/Sled Trophy win over Ron Dean. Ron held a slight reaction time lead, .078 to .083, but Bob was able to drive around Ron at the top end and ran a 9.412 at 128.19 mph on his 9.40 dial-in to get the win. Ron dialed in at a 9.97 and drove to a 9.995 at 123.93 mph in his runner-up pass. Dan Kirkby and Kevin Wuest each drove to semifinal finishes.

Aiden Nash - Jr. Dragster Winner

Jr. Dragster
Aiden Nash nailed his 9.13 dial-in with a 9.131 at 70.64 mph to score his first-ever Jr. Dragster win. Kimberlee Snell gave up a .117 to .030 r.t. lead to Alden and just couldn't make up enough ground to catch Aiden running an 8.038 on her 7.98 dial-in. Jimmy O'Toole and Daniel Thorpe each made it to the semis.

By Pete DeSalvo Jr.
Event photos by Vicki Hopper


boxscores

Super Pro

  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Gary Rolfe Jr. '85 Chevy .016 6.852, 100.49 6.82
R-Up Bob Belvick Dragster .100 4.978, 137.15 4.98
Semis Kris Larsen

Pro

  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Steve Doss
'85 Chevy
.009

10.938, 92.02

10.03
R-Up Al Meier
'82 Chevy -0.002 11.919, 84.71 9.73
Semis Mark Dobie
Howard Roberts

Pro MX

  Driver Vehicle R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Kevin Wuest '18 Polaris .024 9.729, 120.04 9.68
R-Up Ryan Orizino '96 Arctic Cat .089 10.410, 120.63 10.40
Semis John Kuhfta
Dennis Boston Jr.

Street Money

  Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Larry Backus '92 Ford .163 10.756, 107.36 10.57
R-Up Kurt Hagen '11 Camaro .172 12.672, 106.83 12.45
Semis Clarence Spadey

Modified

Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Chris Corlyin '65 Chevy .022 10.592, 128.56 10.55
R-Up Brett Hoffman '72 Chevy .046 10.936, 121.93 10.89
Semis Ron Klein
Myles Higby

Street Trophy

Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Steve Seelman Sr. '90 Corvette .025 13.460, 99.75 13.45
R-Up Dan Caissie
'87 Mustang .043
10.991, 122.25 10.98
Semis Rich Garland
Crystal Powers

Bike/Sled Trophy

Driver Vehicle R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Bob Salerno
'99 Ski-doo .083 9.412, 128.19 9.40
R-Up Ron Dean
'97 Ski-doo .078 9.995, 123.93 9.97
Semis Dan Kirkby
Kevin Wuest

Jr. Dragster

Driver Car R.T. E.T./MPH Dial-in
Win Aiden Nash Jr. Dragster .030 9.131, 70.64 9.13
R-Up Kimberlee Snell
Jr. Dragster .117 8.038, 79.95 7.98
Semis Jimmy O'Toole
Daniel Thorpe

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