The Magic Paintbrush Project for the Second Annual "Checkered Flag" Workshop!

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On July 30, 2010, the staff at Skyview Drags in Tioga Center will welcome The Magic Paintbrush Project for the Second Annual "Checkered Flag" Workshop.

The workshop, which welcomed students from Stacey Chandler's special needs classroom out of Endwell, N.Y. last year, was a joining of family and caregivers for a special project that engaged creativity and combined it with “Summer Fun” - the theme of Chandler's summer program last year.

Together, with the Magic Paintbrush Project based out of Greene, N.Y., students and project staff will create a banner that will proudly be displayed at the track.

According to Jennifer O'Brien, Program Director for the Magic Paintbrush Project that attended last year's event, the vibrant session was planned to engage special needs families creatively with each other as they face the challenges of special needs diagnosis and include the community in the fun.

"This project is about more than kids and paint," said O'Brien. "We try to integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities, and we engage their families and caregivers as well."

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Forbes, Furman, French and Reome top winners at Mid Season Championship!

rich forbes 7 17Richie Forbes (Super), Zane Furman (Pro), Gary French (Street Money) and Carrie Reome (Bike/Sled) topped winners Saturday, July 17, at Skyview Drags Mid Season Championship. The double point IHRA Summit Series 660 event resulted in several drivers gaining ground in the point chase, which is expected when a double point event is held. 

Forbes, who went into the event the current point leader in Super Pro, waded through a tough field in Super Pro and drove his Esperance based dragster to a win over Bob Belvick, Durhamville, in a similar entry. Although Forbes was a first round loser and earned only two points on the day, he then shut down the competition as he was in “strict winning mode” from the buyback to the final round. His $900 final run time was a perfect 4.68 on a 4.68 with a .527 reaction at 144.63 to defeat Belvick’s better light .522 but just off 5.12 on a 5.09 at 135.16. Mark Earnest, a regular at Numidia and father of Junior Dragster runner-up Gabe, made the trip from Millville, Pa., worthwhile with a solid semi-final performance in his beautiful rear-engine big-block dragster. 

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Father and son duel it out in Super Pro final; Fetterman takes Pro honors at Jet Jam

bob motz jet jamWitt a standing room only crowd looking on, Bob Hacker (Super Pro), Dave Fetterman (Pro) and Kenneth Roberts nabbed “Jet Jam Nationals” class wins Saturday, July 10, at Skyview Drags. Joining the winners were Boyd McCoardy in Bike/Sled, Christian Taylor (TCR), Gary French (Street Trophy) and Matt Forbes (Junior  Dragster).

Hacker, who hails from Bainbridge and campaigns a small block rear engine Chevy dragster, had to defeat his son Aaron, in a popular final round contest that would determine bragging rights when the duo returned home that night. With his son also driving a rear engine Chevy dragster, albeit just a bit slower than dad’s, the senior Hacker was up to the task, but not until his son ran too quick in the final. Aaron gave his dad the win as his “tad too fast” 5.15 on a 5.16 dial at 132.35 with a better .546 light allowed dad to take the win with a right on 4.92 on a 4.92 at.137.73  with a .561 reaction. Semi final honors went to the big block Corvette of Tommy Ingalls, Oneonta, and Russ Denmark in  his new dragster out of Ovid.

 In Pro competition, Dave Fetterman, Binghamton, flexed his Dodge Mopar muscle at the right time and found himself celebrating a win in victory circle. With current point leaders Ray Thurston IV (who lost in the semis) and Shane Garinger (who fell in round two) looking on, Fetterman line dup against Gary Pascucci, Endicott,  who drives a beautiful bright blue Pontiac Grand Prix I the final round. Pascucci cut the better reaction, .505 to .546, but ran under by too much in what turned out to be a double breakout affair. Fetterman took the win with a 7.04 on a 7.07 at 97.81 over Pascucci’s 6.50 on a 6.54 at 102.72. Thurston IV, Towanda, was the lone semi-finalist in his wheel standing Tony DiRose owned Mustang/Chevy.

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Forbes takes Super Pro on second day of Skyview Drags Northern Bracket Nationals

Richie Forbes returned to the Skyview Drags winners circle in the second day of competition at the Northern Bracket Nationals. Behind the wheel of his rear engine dragster, powered by a big block Chevy, the Esperence racer nabbed the win event by defeating Ken Miller, out of Mohawk, in an extremely close run. Forbes better .505 light was nearly matched by Miller’s .507, but Forbes prevailed with a 4.73 on a 4.72 at 137.58 to Miller’s slightly too quick, but losing, 6.85 on a 6.86 at 98.91. Carl Drake Jr. took home the semi-final money.

Pro honors went to Carl Drake Sr. and his beautiful ’66 Chevy II out of Binghamton to defeat the runner-up effort of New York’s Bob Myers. Drake went 5.71 on a 5.70 with a .586 light at 120 mph to defeat Myers’ second best 6.09 on a 6.01at 103 mph with a better .531 light. Tony Scribani in a Camero and Lee Mills in his Ford Fairland were the semi-finalists.

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Denmark, Furman and Peterson score on first day of Northern Bracket Nationals

Russ Denmark (Super Pro), Zane Furman (Pro) and Matt Peterson (Street Money) led a group of winning racers as Skyview Drags presented its inaugural Northern Bracket Nationals July 2-3. Joining the winners in victory lane at the June 2 event were Howie Conklin (Street Trophy), Brandon Searcy (TCR) and Rich Reome (Bike Sled).

Denmark posted his second win in a row in Super, having won the week prior in his Ovid based rear engine big block Chevy dragster. Denmark’s final round foe was arch nemesis Don Kiekel, Kirkwood, in his similar dragster sponsored by Kiekel’s Precision Crankworks operation. Denmark needed his right on 5.15 on a 5.15 dial at 141 mph with a .542 reaction as Kiekel reeled off a .515 reaction and then went .03 off with a 5.19 on a 5.16 at 127 to make it a very close win for Denmark. New York racer Tom Samsel was the lone semi-finalist.

In Pro, Camptown’s Zane Furman in his Plymouth Roadrunner 440 lined up against current point leader Ray Thurston IV in the Tony DiRose Mustang/Chevy. Furman took the win light with a.525 light coupled with a 7.00 on a 6.99 at 95 mph to turn back Towanda, Pa.’s Thurston IV, who carded a second best .565 reaction with a too quick 6.21 on a 6.22 at 108 mph for the runner-up honors. Dave Fetterman, Binghamton, was the lone semi-finalist in his Dodge.

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