KATHY KIEKEL WINS 2011 IHRA DIVISION 3 BRACKET FINALS; TEAM SKYVIEW HAS BEST SHOWING EVER!
With the threat of a rainy start to the 2011 IHRA Bracket Finals at Pittsburg Raceway Park looming over their heads, 33 of Skyview Drags best racers from 5 classes made their way South to participate in the track’s seventh Bracket Finals 4-day racing event. Last year was Team Skyview’s best showing as they placed fifth out of ten teams. They were bolstered to fifth place by the great showing in the Bike class when the two finalists, Lynn Major from Tioga Center, NY and Anthony “Skip” Tamburino from Westernville, NY were both from Team Skyview.
Team Skyview was nine racers short of a full team but despite the significant handicap, the racers were determined to run hard for their team. Skyview racers normally race 1/8-mile every week but this year’s Bracket Finals would be 1/4-mile racing so odds did not favor Team Skyview over the other ten tracks, most of which field full teams and run the 1/4-mile every week.
SKYVIEW DRAGS PUTS ONE MORE RACE ON THE BOOKS BEFORE THE BRACKET FINALS!
The crew at Skyview Drags had already put in an 8-hour day with their spectacular Junior Dragster Shootout and now it was time to do some night racing as they ran their regular weekly bracket race off on Saturday, September 17.
In the Super Pro class, 24 racers brought their dragsters, door slammers and altereds to Rumble Ridge to run in the Top ET class and vie for the top prize of $1,100 as dusk settled in. In the end, the finals pitted Don Kiekel from Binghamton, NY against Aaron Hacker from Bainbridge, NY. Kiekel had the slightest of starting line advantages with his .5101 reaction time to Hacker’s .5150 reaction but on the top end, it was Kiekel ripping the motor in his Danny Nelson Racecraft dragster to run a 5.253 ET on his 5.24 dial as Hacker got out of the grove and ran a 5.179 on his 5.14 dial. This was Kiekel’s second consecutive win at Skyview and his third win this season. He is now the current Super Pro point’s leader. Carl Brucher Sr., from Carbondale, PA and Ric Ewin from Webster, NY were semi-finalists.
SKYVIEW DRAGS SHATTERS RECORD FOR THE PRECISION CRANKWORKS JUNIOR DRAGSTER SHOOTOUT!
On Saturday, September 17, Skyview Drags hosted its 3rd Annual Junior Dragster Shootout, sponsored by Precision Crankworks located in Kirkwood, NY. Last year set the record for Junior Racers with 24 entrants. That record was shattered at this year’s race when 31 Junior Dragster racers showed up at the track to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and awards.
The race, originally scheduled for August 6, was rained out and these young racers were forced to wait another 6 weeks for their chance to win the prestigious Skyview Shootout. This time, Mother Nature shined on the 8-18 year old racers who packed the track and they were gifted with a perfect day for racing. The Junior Dragster Shootout consists of 2 separate single elimination races with the winner of each race facing off against each other for the Shootout championship.
SKYVIEW DRAGS ANNOUNCES TEAM SKYVIEW FOR THE IHRA DIVISION 3 BRACKET FINALS!
Skyview Drags, an 1/8-mile IHRA sanctioned track in Tioga Center, NY first opened in 2004 and has been running bracket races every weekend from late April until late October for the past 7 years. The track has sent a team to the IHRA Bracket Finals every year it’s been eligible. The IHRA Bracket Finals pit the best racers from every divisional team against each other in a series of team point’s races. This year’s 1/4-mile races are scheduled for September 22 – 26 at Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria, PA. Racers from Super Pro, Pro, Bike/Sled, Street and Junior Dragster classes compete against others in the same class in an attempt to win points for their team and individual divisional championships in their respective classes.
The track offers its top competitors first choice at a spot on Team Skyview to race at the Bracket Finals. Racers will have the unique opportunity of racing every day at the Divisional level against the best racers from all other IHRA sanctioned tracks in Division 3. The track has finalized its team roster and is pleased to announce Team Skyview for 2011.
SUPER PRO:Summit Super Series Top ET/Box Champion Kathy Kiekel, Don Kiekel, Bob Hacker, Kris Larsen, Erik Larsen, Gene Stankivitz & Jesse Alberts
PRO:Summit Super Series Modified/No Box Champion Tim Zyla, Steve Cross, Mel Teed, Sandy Hacker, Shane Garinger, Zane Furman, Blake Furman, Jim Erecitano, Dave Fetterman, Gary Pascucci, Larry Carasea, Ray Thurston III, Ray Thurston IV, Gino Mangino, Dave Conner & Jeff Golden
BIKE/SLED: Lynn Major, Anthony “Skip” Tamburino & Jim Collins
STREET: Joe Patelunus & John Hummel
JUNIOR DRAGSTER: Junior Dragster Champion Randi Teed, Haley Teed, Abby Hacker, Hannah Garinger & Dunham Hall
Skyview Drags wishes its racers a safe journey and a winning time at the Bracket Finals.
SKYVIEW DRAGS ANNOUNCES THEIR 2011 SUMMIT SUPER SERIES TRACK CHAMPIONS!
Summit Racing sponsors the Summit Super Series where each track sends their best racer in the Top ET/Box and Modified/No Box classes to compete against the best racers from all nine of the other tracks from the Division 3 North Stars. This year’s Summit Super Series run-off race will be held on September 23 at Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria, PA.
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