The Agent was happy to see long-time driver Gary Densham returned to the NHRA pro ranks at Seattle filling out the Funny Car class with 16 cars. He met Matt Hagan in the first round and his 3.965/319.37 was not enough to get past Hagan’s 3.930 at 330.47 mph. [08/07/17]
Officials at Byron Dragway have announced that the popular racing venue is seeking new ownership. Byron Dragway is a quarter-mile NHRA Member Track that opened July 4, 1964. The nearly 200-acre facility is located in Byron, IL, approximately 45 miles west of the greater Chicagoland area.
Along with weekly races scheduled from April to mid-November, Byron Dragway hosts many long running special events. All-time record attendance numbers have been achieved in 2017.
The well-maintained facility has benefited from continual reinvestment. Recent improvements and equipment upgrades include a completely renovated tower that houses race control, a private suite, and storage (2015). The starting line and water box concrete has been replaced (2015). The CompuLink Timing System was fully re-calibrated by CompuLink in May and now includes 1,000’ MPH (934’) and TruStart. The Dragway Diner concession stand was also remodeled this year. Track comes complete with all equipment for operation.
Qualified serious inquiries only may contact Ronald Pifkin at 815-234-5400. [08/07/17]
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Last-minute invitee Mike Bowman was crowned champion at the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod on Saturday night at Bandimere Speedway. The Californian driver was awarded a $100,000 check and a custom WSOPM championship belt in the invitational, clocks-off Main Event of the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service.
During the test session, Bowman’s turbocharged ’69 Chevelle turned in the first 5-second door car pass at the Denver-area track, although no one outside of the timing tower knew because of the no-scoreboards format of the event.
Instead of using qualifying to set the ladders, Drag Illustrated editor Wes Buck drew names for the first-round pairings. Bowman got the first-round win over a tire-spinning Derek Menholt then ran 5.997 to defeat Michael Biehle and 6.024 to get around Shane Molinari.
In the final round, Bowman would face Grand Junction, Colorado’s Steven Whiteley and his J&A Service supercharged ’14 Cadillac CTS-V. Whiteley ripped off a sub-six-second run in the first round against Tommy Johanns, who was inserted into the field to replace Mike Knowles after his “Blown Money” ’67 Mustang was damaged in a top-end accident on Friday night. Whiteley improved over Eric Latino in the second round, then used a holeshot advantage to defeat Steve Matusek in the semifinals.
As the tree dropped for the final round, Bowman’s .024 light was a tick quicker than Whiteley’s .029 reaction time. Both drivers lost traction down track, but Bowman was able to recover and recorded a 6.274 to defeat Whiteley. [08/07/17]
In the Victory Nostalgia Super Stock competition, Tom Hoffman’s incredible .001 Reaction Time edged out a valiant Kevin Miller with a very nice .018 light. Thirty-nine Super Stocks made the call for this race and their next stop is at the World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova at the end of August, where 45 of the classic race cars are expected.
Despite adjusting the schedule to start earlier in hope of avoiding storms coming at the St. Louis region from the west, Saturday night's Street Car Super Nationals event was called complete at 10 p.m. CDT when persistent showers halted the show.
Final rounds in six of the 14 classes were not completed, including Precision Turbo Pro Mod, Morrow Bros. Radial vs. The World, VP Racing Fuels LDR, Mickey Thompson Tires X275, Vortech Outlaw 8.5/MX235 and Pro Mod Slammer.
Precision Turbo Pro Mod: Ron Muenks (Strafford, MO) and Jonas Aleshire (Manito, IL) were third-round winners and set to face each other in the finale. Muenks defeated Kegan Hagedorn in the first round, Tony Williams in the second and Jay Cox in the third. Aleshire defeated Rick Feeney in the first round, Jim Sackuvich in the second and Jon Stouffer in the third.
Final-round results for completed classes:
Victory Nostalgia Super Stock: Tom Hoffman (Lake Elmo, MN) defeated Kevin Miller (Newton, IL), 10.800 sec./110.15 mph to 11.804 sec./112.41 mph.
Pro 7.0: Dana Glick (Lima, OH) defeated Billy Smith (Pickerington, OH) 6.907 sec./196.30 mph to 6.993 sec./191.57 mph.
Pro 7.5: Bo Boles (Slaughters, KY) defeated Justin Shaffer (Lincoln, IL), 7.551 sec./177.42 mph to 7.468 sec./175.37 mph.
Pro Comp: Gary Leever (Kellering, OH) defeated Shane Rasler (Walcottville, IN), 8.541 sec./151.41 mph to 8.575 sec./153.00 mph.
Pro Gas: Nick Dishon (Lafayette, IN) defeated Kenny Robinson (Greentown, IN), 8.520 sec./158.20 mph to 10.037 sec./128.19 mph.
6.0 Index: Matt Gibbons (Columbia, MO) defeated Jim Mallicout (Caseyville, IL), 6.039 sec./6.085 sec./112.78 mph.
7.0 Index: Dennis Pearson (St. Peters, MO) defeated Daniel Bledsoe (Millington, TN), 7.107 sec./94.96 mph to 7.022 sec./98.29 mph.
Jr. Dragster 6-12: Sam Stewart (Washington, MO) defeated Sarah Stewart (Washington, MO).
Jr. Dragsters 13+: Bailey Whitaker (Dexter, MO) defeated Trenton Bryan (Jackson, MO). [08/07/17]
Tuner Jimmy Prock was a very popular guy at Seattle.
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Tuner Jimmy Prock was a very popular guy at Seattle. It was another great weekend for Robert Hight. At Seattle he qualified No. 1, won his second event of the season, clinched a spot in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, and upped John Force Racing’s Funny Car win total to 250 – the most of any team in NHRA history.
“This is a weekend that you dream about,” Hight said. “These cars are hard to run; they’re finicky, and lots of things can happen. We smoked the tires (last weekend) in Sonoma and weren’t even close. (Crew chief) Jimmy Prock says, ‘We are not going to do that again. We’re going to race smarter, we’re going to be better.’
“We ran 4-flat in the first (qualifying) run – soft. Right after that, all seven runs, we were low ET of every single session. As a driver, that gives you so much confidence. Just amazing that you can have that kind of dominating performance.”
Hight’s Camaro ran 3.897/314.90; 3.937/323.50; 3.905/323.66; and 3.890/328.62 in the final against Tommy Johnson’s 3.978/323.27. [08/07/17]