Reome, Talmadge and Roberts Post Skyview Drags 2010 Opener!
Jack Reome, Mark Tallmadge and Ken Roberts posted opening day IHRA Summit Series/Interstate Auto Parts point victories in Super Pro, Pro and Street Eliminators, respectively. Joining the trio in victory lane were Brent Garcia in Bike/Sled, Cody Reome in the Juniors Dragster class, Christian Taylor in TCR, and Burch in Street Trophy Class racing.
Reome, behind the wheel of his Pro Flow big block Chevy powered rear engine dragster, took home $900 for his opening day win. Reome, who hails from Blodgett Hills, NY, ran a final round 4.77 on a 4.79 at 144.17 mph with a .513 reaction time (RT .500 perfect) to defeat the runner-up efforts of Tom Blevick, Durhamville, NY, who ran a second best 5.155 on a 5.14 at 135.21 with a .5231 RT in his big block Chevy powered dragster. Don Kiekel, the defending Super Pro Champion, and wife, Kathy, Binghamton, both earned semi-final finishes in the family owned dragster and new Chevy S-10, respectively.
In Pro racing, which attracts upwards of 50 cars each week, Williamson, New York’s Mark Talmadge, brought his ’75 Vega to Skyview and marched through a talent laden field to post the win in Pro class. It was no easy win for Talmadge, as he had to get around the Tony Dirose owned and Ray “The Kid” Thurston IV driven Mustang/Chevy in the final, which he accomplished with a winning 6.18 on a 6.16 at 111.6 mph with a .514 RT. Thurston, who hails from Towanda, matched Talmadge’s wheels up leave, running a 6.30 on a 6.28 at 107.8 with a .519 RT for second place money. Talmadge claimed $800 for his day’s work. The semi-finalist was New York/Pennsylvania area racer Matt Himes in a Chevy.
Street Eliminator came down to a battle of champions as former Street Eliminator kingpin Ken Roberts earned a popular victory in his Ulster, Pa.-based Chrysler Cordoba over last year’s champ, Gino Mangino. Mangino, who hails from Binghamton, NY, and drives a beautiful blue Chevy Nova, gave Roberts all he could throw at him in the final as both drivers cut identical .5148 reaction times, with Roberts getting the win light and the $200 first place money by running closer to his dial-in. Roberts and his wife, Rose, dedicated the win to Ken’s father, who passed away in February. The final round winning numbers for Roberts were 10.01 on a 10.00 dial in at 71.78 mph to Mangino’s second best 7.95 on a 7.93 at 80.76. Semi-final honors went to Greg Zyla, Sayre in his GM SUV, and Mitch Roberts, Endicott, NY, in a ’69 Chevy Camaro.
In the sled/bike division, it was business as usual as defending champion Brent Garcia, Cincinnatus, NY, rode his trusty Buell motorcycle to the win, downing all comers to post his first win of the year. Garcia went 6.94 on a 6.94 at 98.05 to defeat the red-lighting Brad Spencer from Binghamton. Semi final honors went to Rich Reome, Blodgett Mills, NY, and Mark Hadley, Burkshire, NY.
The TCR class found Christian Taylor winning the inaugural race for the youngsters (accompanied by an adult) with a run of 12.98 on a 12.98 at 52.32 in his Ford Mustang with a fine .566 RT. He defeated Brandon Searcy, who went a second best 10.82 on a 10.73 at 66.16. Semi h9onors went to Jacob Lyons and Teresa Kurtis.
In Junior Dragster, Cody Reome, Blodgett Mills, matched his father’s winning efforts in Super Pro, taking the win with a run of 8.09 on an 8.03 at 78.24 with a .583 RT to turn back the efforts of Kimberly Kline, who posted a 7.95 on a 7.90 with a .763 RT. Matt Forbes, Esperence, NY, earned semi-final honors.