SKYVIEW DRAGS ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF A DEAR FAMILY FRIEND AND COWORKER
It is with great sadness that Skyview Drags announces the passing of longtime family friend Al Miles who passed away unexpectedly on November 20, 2011 at the age of 64.
Mr. Miles was a US Army veteran and retired from Kennedy Valve in Elmira, NY. He was a dear friend of the Swansbrough family and will be greatly missed by all. Racers may remember Al as the Skyview track starter early in the 2011 season. He left to help care for his seriously ill daughter.
Family and friends will be received at Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 East Franklin St. at Route 13 in Horseheads, NY on Friday, November 25 from 4-7 PM. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home at 10 AM on Saturday, November 26th where military honors will be accorded.
Al was an 11 year cancer survivor and so the family respectfully requests that memorials be made in his name to Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905
Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed at Al's book of memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com
2012 Season Pit Spaces!
DEADLINE FOR RESERVED PIT SPACES is January 8, 2012. Reserved Pit Spaces will be held til this date. All unpaid pit spaces will become available on January 9, 2012 on a first-come-first-served basis. NO EXCEPTIONS!
To reserve your space, contact Amy at 607-687-9392.
SKYVIEW DRAGS FINISHES 2011 RACING SEASON WITH A 2-DAY EVENT; TRACK CHAMPIONS NAMED IN ALL CLASSES!
Warm temperatures and sun-filled skies made for a spectacular finish to the 2011 racing season at Skyview Drags. The track, which opened mid-season in 2004, completed its 2011 racing season with a jam-packed 2-day event.
On Saturday, October 8 the day started off with the Junior Dragster program sponsored by Precision Crankworks in Kirkwood, NY. Nineteen young racers took to the track to start the full weekend of racing. In eliminations, the finals saw Kimberly Klein from Livingston Manor, NY against Haley Teed from Friendsville, PA. Klein had the reaction time advantage off the line and took the win light running 7.973 ET on her 7.90 dial. Abby Hacker from Bainbridge, NY was the semi-finalist. Those racers not lucky enough to win the first round of eliminations were offered a Second Chance Race to participate in. In the Second Chance Race, the finals saw Dave Morris from Corning, NY against Amanda White from Cicero, NY. Both racers were slow off the starting line, with Morris running an 8.206 ET on his 8.13 dial and White running an 8.479 ET on her 8.44 dial to take the win. Danny Morris from Corning, NY and Paige Montgomery from Alden, NY were semi-finalists.
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.
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