Forbes, Garinger, Mangino and Garcia score championship titles as Skyview Drags wraps up IHRA Summit Series 660 Racing for 2010

Hacker, Denmark, Garinger, Furman, Mangino, Petersen, Ry. Teed, D. Reome, Roefs,  Mt. Forbes, Kurtz and Scofield all post final day wins.

660et-logoWith three classes of IHRA Summit Series yet to be determined going into the last day of racing, all eyes were on the Super Pro, Pro and Street Money competition as Skyview Drags ran its last two point races of the year Saturday, Oct. 16, namely the points paying makeup race from Labor Day Night Under Fire and the regular Summit Series/Interstate Auto points event.

In Super Pro, Jack Reome and Richie Forbes went into the last day tied with 46 points a piece, and when the smoke cleared, Forbes took the championship by just one slim point, earning a semi-final in the make-up race to upend Reome, the fellow competitor who was atop the standings for numerous weeks in 2010.

In the make-up Super Pro event, Aaron Hacker drove the Hacker Family rear engine dragster to his second win of the year, defeating Rick Simon Sr. for the win. Hacker cut a .512 light and then went 5.16 on a 5.14 at 125.26 for the win. Simon Sr. trailed with a game .523 light, and a 5.51 on a 5.42 at 123.63 for the runner-up money. Forbes broke in his semi-final, but not before claiming the championship as Reome had already been eliminated from the competition in the make up race.

In the regular IHRA Summit Series 660 event, Super Pro honors went to Russ Denmark in his rear-engine big block Chevy dragster over the always tough Jim Potenziano in a super clean Chevy Nova. Denmark carded a .4.87 at 140.2 mph following Potenziano’s starting line “just under” red-light of .495, and then wasting  a perfect 6.16 on a 6.16 at 111.35. Jack Reome took the semi-final money in his dragster.

The biggest come from behind effort was posted by defending Pro champ Shane Garinger, who erased a nine point deficit late in the season and emerged as the four time Pro Champion.  Locked in a battle with arch nemesis Ray Thurston IV, Garinger deservingly raced his way through a tough Pro field with his back up against the wall and won the make-up event, defeating Timothy Johnson in the final round. Garinger showed why he is now the “four in a row” Pro champion by running a perfect 6.73 on a 6.73 in the final at 100.2 to defeat Johnson, who bulbed away his changes on the starting line. Garinger’s 408-inch Dodge performed well all year, and he ended up winning the title over Thurston by just two points, and continuing this fierce battle with Thurston, who is now the 2010 IHRA Super Series Champion! Sandy Hacker drove her Mustang to the semi-finals for a nice day of work for the Hacker family.

In regular race that day, Blake Furman took the win in his Plymouth Roadrunner over Jim Ereciatano in his ’69 Chevelle.  Furman cranked out a winning 7.35 on a 7.33 at 90.87 to turn back the runner-up’s 7.31 on a 7.30 with a .592 light. Lee Mills in his beautiful Fairlane and Shane Garinger, the reigning 2010 Pro Champ, were the semi-finalists.

Gino Mangino, also trying to defend his 2009 championship in Street Money, came from third place late in the year and also regained his crown, winning the make up race in his blue metallic Chevy Nova. Mangino took the title by four points over the always tough Matt Peterson. He won the Night Under Fire make-up event with a final round .537 reaction and a perfect 6.75 on a 6.75 at 76.29 to defeat Kathy Lapevich, who took runner-up in her Grand Prix. Lapevich posted a .636, 8.13 on an 8.19 runout at 84.43 for the runner-up money. Ken Roberts took home the semi-final bragging rights with his Chrysler Cordoba as did Paul Cody in a Chevy.

In the regularly scheduled race, Matt Peterson drove his Buick into the Street Money winner’s circle by defeating Glenna Ereciatano in her Chevy Malibu. Petersen went .629, 8.52 on an 8.46 ay 76.94 for the win. Ereciatano carded a .669 and a 9.62 on a 9.11 at 69.45 for the runner-up money. Gino Mangino and Gary French, the latter in his Buick, were the semi-final competitors.

In Bike and Sled Eliminator, defending champ Brent Garcia successfully defended his title, finishing ahead of Carrie Reome by a comfortable 12 points. However, in the make-up race, it was Randy Teed who posted yet another win on his sled with a run of .557 linked to a 5.92 on a 5.86 at 104.68. Skip Tamburino, fresh off his big win in Pittsburgh, posted the semi-finals on his bike, running a too quick 5.94 on a 5.97 with a .755 sleeper at 109.48. Lynn Major, on his bike that was voted best appearing in at the IHRA Bracket Finals,  took home semi-final honors.

Dicky Reome took the win in the regular day’s race, driving his Polaris sled to a win with a final round .772 and a 7.90 on a 7.87 at 84.93. Finishing in the runner-up position was Jim Irvine, who clearly didn’t slow as his .589 light was superior, but he ran under by a bunch with a 7.82 on a 7.92 at 86.86. Randy Teed posted a semi-final finish to cap off a great day of racing, as did Carrie Reome on her sled..

In Trophy Class, Kirsty Roefs ran out of race days as her charge toward the front in Trophy Eliminator fell short by two points over 2010 Champion Matt Petersen, who was the class of the division all year long in his Buick.

Roefs, in her Camaro, won the make-up race with a perfect run of 8.30 on an 8.30 at 80.46 with a game .550 light to defeat Jordan Smith, who was second best this day with a too quick 8.14 on an 8.19 at 82.49 with a later .697 light. Gary French took the earned a semi-final in his Buick.

In the second race of the day in Trophy, Joe Shipman was victorious with a winning run of 8.02 on a 7.98 with a .512 light to defeat Gary French, who took home runner-up honors with his Buick Regal. French ran too quick after a later light of .615, going 9.15 on a 9.21 at 74.56. Kirsty Roefs posted a semi-final in her Camaro for another great day of racing for the rookie driver.

In the Junior Competition, Matt Forbes won the championship and also swept both races for the day over the same runner-up, Jared Baker. Forbes defeated Baker by 13 points for the season championship, and then beat him twice on the last day as the two drivers went 1-2 again.

Forbes took the win in the make-up race when Baker was unable to run due to breakage. However, the crew fixed Baker’s dragster and he made it to the final in the second race, but lost to Forbes. Forbes posted a winning 8.05 on an 8.04 at 79.93 with a .616 light to turn back Baker’s 8.21 on an 8.18 at 76.70 with a .624 light. Semi-finalist was Cody Reome, while Haley Teed scored the semi in the make-up event.

The second chance winner was Amelia Schofield, who defeated Randi Teed in the final round with Jorja Roefs taking home the semi-final honors.

After moving out to a huge lead in points the first half of the season, Christian Taylor hung on for the title by holding off a hard charging Teresa Kurtz, who finished second in the points championship by just three points.  Kurtz won both races on Saturday, defeating Taylor’s Mustang in the first race via a better light and a 10.94 on a 10.92 to Taylor’s 13.22 on a 13.20 effort. Dennis Achilles was the semi-finalist.

In the second race, Kurtz again won, this time putting Achilles on the trailer with a .619 light and a 10.98 on a 10.92 in her silver Grand Am Pontiac. Achilles went .722 with a 10.74 on a 10.55.

That wraps it up for this year's regular season racing!  Boxscores for the weekend can be viewed here.  Final point standings are also online.  Be sure to come and race with us at the end of the month in the Halloween Fall Classic!