Precision Crankworks Junior Shootout draws 21 cars; Matt Forbes cleans house at Skyview Drags

Over 21 Junior Dragsters showed up for the second annual Precision Crankworks Junior Dragster Shootout held at Skyview Drags. The overall championship honors went to Matt Forbes, whose dragster is lined up facing the camera to the left. Forbes also won a Wii action game package. (Daily Review/Greg Zyla)

Twenty-one Junior Dragsters entered the Precision Crankworks Junior Dragster Shootout held Saturday, July 24, at Skyview Drags. With two races on tap, and a runoff for the overall championship, all drivers were eager to get the show rolling and try for the extra prizes posted for the huge event.

Additionally, a Wii Action Resort & Sports game package was up for grabs, a prize posted by Amy Culver, track director of Skyview Drags, as extra incentive. The driver with the lowest reaction time and closest to the dial in would win. In case of a tie when subtracted out, the driver with the lower reaction time would win the Wii game package.

In race one, Matt Forbes, Esperance, faced off against recent winner Danny Morris, Prattsburg, for the title and right to run in the championship run against the winner of race two. Forbes coupled a good .540 reaction time (.500 perfect) at the start, and then went 8.18 on an 8.09 at 74.49 for the win while Morris settled for runner-up honors with his .603, 10.78 on a 10.65 at 58.52. Lucy Lilientnal, a New York based “invader” racer looking to take home the crown, took home the semi-final honors in a fine effort.

Race two found an “outsider” winning the title, as Kyle McMartin took the automatic win when Jared Baker, Newfield, fouled away his chances in his Bounty Hunter entry. McMartin went 8.04 on an 8.04 at 80.95 with a .651 light for the win. Kimberly Klein took home the semi-final honors.

The two winners then met for the overall championship, with point leader Forbes lining up against McMartin for the top crown. In a very close race, Forbes was off first with a .610 light, and then went .05 off at 8.20 on an 8.15 at 80.64 to squeak out a win over McMartin. The runner-up was right there with a .638 and .02 off 8.06 on and 8.04 at 80.37.

With one prize left up for grabs, track officials met and went over all the runs and found that Cody Reome and Matt Forbes had identical, .47 off  (reaction time and closest to dial in) runs, with Forbes winning the title with a .513 light to Reome’s .535 effort. Forbes thus took home the Wii game package to put some extra icing on his cake.

Kathy and Don Kiekel, both respected Super Pro drivers who operate the Precision Crankworks business in Kirkwood, couldn’t have been more pleased. “This was a big day for the kids, and I’m thankful the rain held off until we were finished. It’s all about the kids, and today was there day. We had prizes for each and every one, and I want to thank everyone who helped or donated something,” said Kathy Kiekel.

Amy Culver also thanked all the Junior drivers for racing in the biggest field ever at Skyview for Junior Dragsters, and for the support of the Kiekels.

“When you have a great sponsor like Precision Crankworks the extra effort work that Kathy and Don put into this race, it results in a big day for everyone.”

The IHRA Summit Series/Interstate Auto Parts 660 event was a complete washout as heavy rain hit during round one of eliminations. This weekend, the IHRA Pro Am will run two days on Saturday and Sunday with its touring point series. Complete information is available on the IHRA or Skyview Drags websites.