Father and son duel it out in Super Pro final; Fetterman takes Pro honors at Jet Jam
Witt 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.
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
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.
It is with sadness that we report the unfortunate death of rising young drag racing talent Chad Wilcox, 24, who lost his life in a drag snowmobile accident Sunday, July 4, at a dragstrip in upstate New York.
Skyview Drags sends its condolences to the Wilcox family, the Dote family and his fiancee and friends. Chad had already scored impressive wins this year at Skyview Drags, and we will miss him as he was well liked by all competitors.
Snowmobile Racer Life Flighted to Robert Packer Hospital After Scary Accident at Skyview Drags
Ken Burlew, 66, of Ithaca was involved in a frightening crash with defending Bike/Sled champion Brent Garcia, Cincinnatus, when the wheelie bars on Garcia’s Buell motorcycle broke off, forcing the motorcycle rider into Burlew’s lane, where he was accelerating on his snowmobile.
Burlew’s drag racing Ski-doo snowmobile, equipped with special front rollers made for asphalt or concrete track racing, made contact with Garcia’s motorcycle, catapulting Burlew and his snowmobile into the air. Burlew fell backwards and heavily impacted the surface.
Track and emergency personnel responded immediately to the stricken driver. Renee Jordan, the track's trained emergency technician, cleared Burlew's airway and track personnel treated the driver until the Robert Packer Hospital helicopter arrived and transported the stricken rider.
Following two cat scans and other tests, Burlew was released after a night’s stay at the Sayre, Pa. based healthcare facility. There were no broken bones, and Burlew luckily escaped what many at the track felt was a very scary incident.
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