Racers win big at Skyview Drags Memorial Day extravaganza!
Two days of holiday racing, which featured Funny Cars, a touring NETO nostalgia circuit and some of the best Summit Series 660 Interstate Auto Parts racing made for a great outing for racers and fans at Skyview Drags
Bob Hacker, Bainbridge, won Saturday night’s Super Pro title in his “Jokers Wild” Dart head equipped small block dragster, defeating the always-tough Gary Donadio, in his beautiful New York-based 496-inch big block Camaro. Hacker took the win light when Donadio red-lighted at the start with a .495 reaction (.500 perfect), as Hacker went a 4.96 at 136.34 for the win with a .554 reaction. Richie Forbes, Esperence, in his dragster and Russ Denmark, Ovid, in his Firebird Formula, were the semi-finalists.
Tony Scribani drove his New York-based Chevy Camaro to a big win in Pro when Ray Thurston IV, Towanda, ran too quick. Thurston IV had the better reaction, .563 to .577, but went a too quick 6.22 on a 6.23 at 107.66. The winner carded a right on 6.58 on a 6.58 at 104.68 for the ultra-close win. Shane Garinger, New Albany, was the lone semi-finalist in his potent MOPAR.
In Street Eliminator, Owego’s Richard Lapcevich posted his first win of the year behind the wheel of his bright blue Corvette. In a double breakout affair, Lapcevich cranked out a winning 7.92 on a 7.94 at 86.72 with a .612 reaction to a second best 8.34 on an 8.37 at 83.96 with a .621 reaction for runner-up Kristy Roefs. Semi final honors went to Gary French in his Buick Regal and Matt Peterson, also in a Buick.
Street Trophy found double duty Peterson winning in his Buick, with a 8.38 on an 8.30 with a .713 to defeat the red-lighting foul start of Shannon Fenton, who took runner-up and wasted a perfect 9.28 on a 9.28. Howie Conklin was the lone semi-finalist.
In TCR, Christian Taylor, Endicott, won both days of racing in his yellow Mustang, as his year total is now four wins in five events. Taylor disposed of Brandon Sercy Saturday night as Sercy bulbed at the start. Teresa Kurtz, Newark Valley, took semi-final honors. Then on Sunday, Taylor posted a perfect weekend record when he defeated Dennis Achilles for the trophy with a 12.92 on a 12.85 with a .709 to a second best 10.62 on a 10.58 with a .961 reaction. Kurtz was again the semi-finalist.
James Forbes, Esperence, nabbed his first win of the year in Precision Crankshaft Junior Dragster competition, running 8.65 on an 8.62 at 74.38 with a .697 light. He defeated the always-tough Ashley Denmark, Ovid, who powered her new dragster to an 8.23 on an 8.09 at 71.44 with a better .587 light. Amelia Scofield, Spencer, took home semi-final honors.
In the second chance Junior Race, New York racer Haley Teed defeated Jared Baker, Newfield, as Baker bulbed away his chances. Abby Hacker, Bainbridge, took the semi-final spot.
In Bike/Sled action, a pair of New York racers tried to face off against each other, as Skip “Mouse” Tamburino defeated a broken Lynn Major in an all motorcycle final. Tamburino and semi-finalist Brent Garcia, Cincinnatus, (along with several others) tried to assist Major in repairing his bike and getting it started, but to no avail. The sportsmanship shown in drag racing is unmatched in sports, even between those who would battle for the top money. After repeated failed attempts to repair Major’s potent entry, Tamburino made a solo run for the money, running a right on 6.03 on a 6.03 at 112.73 for the win. Major, now a spectator and appreciative of all the help, took home the runner-up cash.
In NETO Comp, Vinny Laurita Sr., in a beautiful ’69 Camaro, defeated Gary Langer, who red-lighted at the start in his blown ’56 Chevy. In NETO Comp, Laurita’s son, Vincent Jr., made it a family sweep as he drove his red Chevelle to a fine 6.64 on a 6.47 at 90 mph with a .551 reaction to turn back the runner-up effort of Skyview weekly racer Lee Mills, an electrical engineer for Borg Warner Morse TEC, Ithaca, and his beautiful Ford Fairlane, which went a too quick 7.30 on a 7.31 at 92.58 with a .962 light. Pat Hennebery Jr. was the semi-finalist.
Action continued Sunday with a major battle in Super Pro. The final run pitted Tommy Ingalls and his ultra-quick Oneonta-based big block powered Corvette against future son in law Pete Curpier, who is engaged to Tommy’s daughter, Crystal. In an all-out final, Curpier, also from Oneonta, was a hair too quick on the lights posting a red light .493 and then going an .04 off 6.64 on a 6.69 at 102.58 in his Chevy S10. The run was for naught, however, as Ingalls showed the youngster the way home regardless, carding a great .507 light, and then promptly going a perfect 5.56 on a 5.56 dial in at 126.45 for the popular win. Kris Larsen, Cortland, in his meticulous Hurst Olds was the semi-finalist.
Pro racing found Aaron Brown, Odessa, take his Chevy Nova to a big win as he turned back the efforts of runner-up Dave Fetterman, Binghamton, in his MOPAR Dodge Dart. Brown was quicker on the lights, .538 to .611, which he parlayed into a big win with a strong 8.08 on an 8.05 at 84.08 to Fetterman’s better but late 7.11 on a 7.10 at 97.23. Joe Carlyle and Jose Rodrigues were the semi-finalists.
Street Eliminator went to none other than Jim Erecitano, a regular competitor in Pro who was running in Street class while repairs are made to his “Last Boy Scout” Chevelle. In a double breakout affair, Erecitano, from Vestal, posted a winning 9.32 on a 9.33 at 73.53 with a .671 light to defeat Ulster’s Kenneth Roberts, who went even more under with his Chrysler 300. Roberts’ runner-up effort found him going a .626 light and posting a 9.93 on a 9.96 at 71.99 for the runner-up money. Greg Zyla, Sayre, Pa., in a Nissan and New York’s Gary French in a Buick were the semi-finalists.
Chad Wilcox drove his Syracuse-based snowmobile to a big win in the Bike & Sled class with a .559, 6.44 on a 6.41 at 102.74 pass to defeat Carrie Reome, Blodgett Mills, second best run of .649, and a perfect 8.63 on an 8.63 at 73.55. Brent Garcia and Carl Edwards were the semi-finalists.
Ashley Denmark made for a nice ride home to Ovid when she bested a tough field of Junior Dragsters. Denmark ran a final round 8.25 on an 8.24 at 77.19 with a .537 reaction to defeat Matt Forbes, Esperence, who went a too quick 8.07 on an 8.13 at 81.53, no doubt thanks to a slower.628 reaction. Jared Baker, Newfield, was the semi-finalist. In the second chance Junior race, Haley Teed, Friendsville, Pa., who sang the National Anthem in fine style prior to Sunday’s race, posted the win with a .584 reaction, 9.86 on a 9.95 at 66.66 to defeat a red-lighting Jared Baker, who wasted an 8.41 on an 8.38 at 76.53 thanks to a .361 bulb. Abby Hacker took her second “second chance” semi-final for the weekend in her “Daddy’s Girl” entry. The junior racers were in for an extra treat, as sponsors Kathy and Don Kiekel of Precision Crankworks in Binghamton, bought double scoops of ice cream for each and every junior racing. The youngsters loved it.
Gary French soloed for the Trophy win with a .524 and a 9.31 on a 9.23 at 73.63 in his Buick Regal.
Racing resumes this Saturday with a full slate of IHRA Summit Series point racing. Gates open at 9 a.m., with Precision Crankworks sponsored Juniors competing until approximately 1 p.m. The IHRA 660 Series/Interstate Auto points racing immediately follows.
SATURDAY MAY 29
|RAY THURSTON IV||PRO||0.5639||6.23||1.291||6.2231||107.66||R/UP|
|MATT PETERSON||STREET TROPHY||0.7139||8.3||1.8062||8.3852||81.52||WINNER|
|SHANON FENTON||STREET TROPHY||0.4519||9.28||1.9329||9.2891||72.35||R/UP|
|HOWIE CONKLIN||STREET TROPHY||0.7289||8.5||1.9739||8.526||83.33||SEMI|
|HALEY CONKLIN||JR 2ND CHANCE||0.584||9.95||2.0941||9.864||66.66||WINNER|
|JARED BAKER||JR 2ND CHANCE||0.361||8.38||1.719||8.4171||76.53||R/UP|
|ABBY HACKER||JR 2ND CHANCE||0.8651||12.72||2.6429||12.647||49.61||SEMI|
|VINNY LAURITA SR||NETO COMP||0.4251||5.85||1.3057||5.9468||101.37||WINNER|
|GARY LANGNER||NETO COMP||0.494||5.4||1.185||5.431||127.79||R/UP|
|TONY SUPINU||NETO COMP||0.6309||5.7||1.289||5.6682||119.3||SEMI|
|VINCENT LAURITA JR||NETO NOSTALGIA||0.5519||6.47||1.3791||6.6469||90||WINNER|
|LEE MILLS||NETO NOSTALGIA||0.9621||7.31||1.5508||7.3049||92.58||R/UP|
|PAT HENNEBERY JR||NETO NOSTALGIA||0.3819||7.32||1.553||7.3642||91.26||SEMI|
SUNDAY MAY 30th
|GARY FRENCH||STREET TROPHY||0.5241||9.23||2.0428||9.312||73.63||WINNER|
|JIM ERECITANO||STREET MONEY||0.6719||9.33||2.0749||9.326||73.53||WINNER|
|KENNTH ROBERTS||STREET MONEY||0.626||9.96||2.3821||9.9389||71.99||R/UP|
|GREG ZYLA||STREET MONEY||0.624||11.78||2.776||11.874 9||53.58||SEMI|
|GARY FRENCH||STREET MONEY||0.538||9.29||2.0229||9.2771||72.93||SEMI|
|HALEY TEED||2ND CHANCE JR||0.584||9.95||2.0941||9.864||66.66||WINNER|
|JARED BAKER||2ND CHANCE JR||0.361||8.38||1.719||8.4171||76.53||R/UP|
|ABBY HACKER||2ND CHANCE JR||0.8651||12.72||2.629||12.646 8||49.61||SEMI|