VOLUME XX, NUMBER 4 - APRIL, 2018
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Words and photos by Tom McCarthy
Event announcer Evan Bader came in from Norwalk, Ohio, and did a stellar job on the microphone, keeping the fans entertained and the racers informed. His excitement level when calling the action on the Pro Street motorcycles was memorable.
Jerry Hunt, of St. Louis, MO, and Jonas Alshire made their way through the ladder to meet up in the final round of P/M. Jerry’s .044 RT to Alshire’s .340 was all she wrote when the tree went green. Jerry’s 3.801 was more than enough to cover his opposition’s 4.31, as Jerry and his team made their way to the winner’s circle.
In the Super Slammer Shootout, Tommy Cunningham of Murray, KY, defeated Jim Sackuvich, 3.875 to 7.726. That’s one very fine Ford GT 500 with some serious ponies rampaging under the hood.
Daniel Pharris drove two cars in two classes. The Andrew Alepa C-7 Corvette won the Radial Vs World class at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion V event for the second consecutive year. This monster normally runs in the 3.70’s elapsed time zone.
The much-vaunted Radial Vs World cars did not disappoint with their show and performance. Low qualifier Daniel Pharris (3.715) and top speed demon Mark Micke (221.20mph), assured fans their money’s worth when they came out for eliminations with their fangs bared.
Pharris battled his way to the final round to meet up with Jeff Naiser for a classic twin-turbochargers vs monster nitrous to decide the winner for the event. Pharris, for Andrew Alepa Racing, cut a .058 RT to Naiser’s .073 effort and down track, some 660 feet later it was Pharris crossing the finish line first with a 3.730 elapsed time to Naiser’s 3.745, for the win.
In the Limited Drag Radial class of racing, Justin Martin of Pocola, OK, was the #1 qualifier with a 4.11 elapsed time out of his ‘72 Nova that had everyone buzzing.
But there was a bigger buzz at the track over the Lexus-bodied, Proline-powered machine driven by Daniel Pharris. The machine, recently purchased from Ekanoo Racing (Ebrahim Kanoo) in Bahrain, was known to be headed for LDR and it was the terror racers envisioned it might be. This was the first event in the USA for the sanitary beautiful race car and it performed as good as it looks.
Pharris qualified the car in the number-two spot with a 4.12 and then just sliced through the opposition like a scythe through a wheat field to match up with Shane Stack in the final round. Stack got out first with a .057 RT to Daniel’s .076 light, then 660 feet later it was Pharris first to the stripe, with a 4.11 at 189.02 whomping run to the 4.37/159 troubled run of Stack.
Limited Drag Radial racers have both eyes on this car. The team is just getting started with it and already it has run the second quickest elapsed time in LDR history.
For the second year in a row the Pro Street motorcycles showed up to race at the OSCR event. 27 drag bikes arrived to do battle and wow the fans in the process. Both the racers and the fans appreciate these wild and powerful drag bikes that generate over 600HP and routinely cover 1320 feet of race track in six seconds at over 200 MPH.
The #1 qualifier, Frankie Stotz of Schaumburg, IL, stopped the clocks at Beech Bend Raceway with an excellent 6.75 at 201.52 MPH to give him lane choice going into round one of eliminations.
Stotz (near lane) got the E-2 win over Sydney Marshall. Stotz proved beyond all doubt, a racer does not have to race a Suzuki Hayabusa to win in Pro Street motorcycle.
Stotz had a single in E-1 as his opponent, Michael Daddio, broke during qualifying. Stotz then took his potent Honda on to beat Sydney Marshall, veteran Doug Gall and the colorful Devin Ragland to advance to the final round. There he met up with ManCup Pro Street champion Jeremy Teasley and the fearful team DME.
Late Saturday night at close to midnight, when the starting line tree flickered green, Frankie was out first with .083 RT to Jeremy’s .099 light – then the charge was on to the big end. At the finish line, Frankie’s 6.72 was more than enough for Jeremey’s off-pace 7.44. During the elimination rounds the Stotz Racing Honda produced, 6.69, 672, 6.71 and 6.70 elapsed times, while mowing down opponents in the other lane. That’s a bad, bad motorcycle!
In X-275 action, Ron Rhodes of Townsend, DE, in his ‘68 Camaro was the #1 qualifier with a 4.38 elapsed time and Rich Bruder of Edison, NJ, had the high MPH for the class with a 171 MPH clocking. But it was Jimmy White and Shane Fisher who matched up in the finals. Most every heavy hitter one could hope to see in X-275 was in the house for the event with 38 cars entered. When the smoke cleared late Saturday night, it was White taking the win over a broken Fisher, and White took the tree for the win.
Ultra Street class action saw Brian Keep, of Ft. Myers, FL, run the table and own the place lock, stock and barrel. He qualified #1 with a record setting 4.67 elapsed time, then marched through the field to meet Ron Belcher in the final round. There he put Belcher away with a 4.72 elapsed time to Belcher’s 4.94 effort. Joel Greathouse of Oakland, KY, gets an A for effort in U/St. for having top speed of the meet with a solid 155.60 MPH run.
George Raygoza (far lane) took the MX-235 win over Brad Medlock.
The always interesting MX-235 class at this year’s OSCR-V event was stellar with low qualifier going to Brad Medlock of Arkansas with a 4.60 flat number. Interestingly enough, Brad waded through the entire field of competition to meet up with George Raygoza in the last round of MX-235. Raygoza, who came all the way from California to mix it up with the big dogs, came down off the porch and outran Medlock for the win, 4.65 to 5.11 respectively.
No Time (N/T) racing is gaining in popularity like a supercharger on a nitro car. Sure, the class has is detractors, every class does, but the growing popularity of No Time racing is undeniable. It has its own flavor to be sure, but it is a palatable one and you will not see fans heading to the concession stands when the No Time cars come to the starting line.
Just because N/T cars have no numbers on the score boards does not mean they are not exciting. The mystery of what they can really run is part of the mystique that is No Time racing. That and the fact that N/T racing is pure drag racing: first to the finish line wins; if you snooze, you lose!
The final round of the Xtreme 28 No Time Shoot out came down to veteran Bill Lutz Vs Jay Trisel for all the cash. Lutz, of Ohio, was first to the stripe for the win, and received the $10,000 payout.
The Index cars racing at this year’s OSCR-V event raced in two classes, 7.0 and 6.0 as a fixed number. The winners included Vince Damsow over Johnny O’Daniel, Robert Rogers over Tyler Huckaby, Spencer Smith over Lance Pharr, and Terry Tarranof defeating Wendell Cline.
It was a Cadillac for Paul Ancherson
The fearsome Bruder brothers are always a threat at drag radial events. Rich Bruder in the 1988 Ford Mustang X-275 car had high MPH in the class and did awesome burnouts for the fans.
Kyle Hash and his 2-year-old son, Liam, had a ball at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion event held at Beech Bend Raceway Park.
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