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|GSRMC Fall Drags @ Englishtown
14th Annual Drag Day Inter-Club Event
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|14th Annual GSRMC Fall Drag Day
but cold for mid-October. At least we knew our event would be able to run, and the track at Englishtown was ready to receive us.
We had a nice turnout for such a cold and windy day, with 14 racers. Most were Mustangs, as expected, with a classic Fairlane and a Lincoln rounding
out the field. Two of the Mustangs were V-6 powered, and were quite competitive in the bracket-eliminator. In attendance, in no particular order, were
Paul Reale (2008 Saleen), Vinny Taormina (1990 GT), Mike Spina (1988 Lincoln Mk VII), Russ Allen Jr. (1964 Fairlane 500) and Russ Allen III (1991 LX),
Marianne Costa (2001 Cobra), Scott Robertshaw (2001 Mustang V-6), Bill McCombs (the other V-6), Tomm Scalera (2006 GT), John Rerecich (2003 GT),
Bob Tanfield (2005 GT), Tom Dalessio (1993 GT), Brooke Yankowy (1993 GT), and finally John Pflug (1987 LX).
Our lane ran off their three time shots during the morning and into the early afternoon. The wind barely let up, and the temperature barely went up
during the day. This did cause the cars to make good power, however, and this caused many breakouts during the eliminations. Some of the drivers
reported best-ever elapsed-times for their cars. Tom Dalessio, return for his second GSRMC event, was running in the nines, and thus holds the
distinction of having the fastest (mph) and quickest (E.T.) of all GSRMC racers, past and present. Many of the other cars were very quick: John Pflug
and both of the Russ Allens were posting E.T.s in the twelves, and John Rerecich cranked out low 13s. Two surprises were Mike Spina’s Lincoln and
Bill McComb’s blown V-6, both of which broke into the high 13s. Mike’s Lincoln turned his best times ever, and with only a stock 5.0L engine, a Level
10 AOD, gears and sticky drag-radials. As for Bill’s car, well, suffice to say that any V-6 that can do less than 15 seconds is impressive, so less than 14
We jumped into the elimination round in the early afternoon. We lost a couple of racers due to mechanical issues. Bob Yankowy showed me the
broken oil pump drive shaft from his car. The hexagonal steel was twisted into a perfect spiral from the force of his engine when something jammed it
up. He’s going to make repairs and come back to the track as soon as he can.
In the first-round action, Tom Dalessio and Bill McCombs used outstanding reaction times in separate races to each advance to the second round. Bill’
s 0.023 R.T. was the best of the eliminations. Russ Jr.’s opponent fouled the start to send him to the second round, and Scott Robertshaw and
Marianne Costa ran almost right on their dial-in times to win in the first round. John Pflug got the lucky bye-run and also advanced.
The second round started off with Tom matching with Russ Jr. Russ got to leave first due to the speed of Tom’s car, but he got a bit anxious thinking
about the speedy Mustang in the next lanes and jumped the start, sending Tom to the third round. Bill and Marianne both ran in the thirteens, and both
broke out, but Bill’s R.T. was slightly better and broke out by slightly less, and therefore took the win light. Scott just barely left early, but the red bulb
ended his quest to win, sending lucky John to the semi-final round.
Round 3 was the semi-final. Bill’s best 1st-round R.T. earned him a bye run, while Tom and John battled it out for the other final round spot. This time
Tom left a tad early, sending John to meet Bill in the final round.
The last run was a clean fight for the overall win. John and Bill both left well, but again Bill combined a bit of each of better R.T. and closer to dial to
make it to the finish line first, grabbing his first GSRMC Eliminator title, in only his second attempt. Congratulations Bill, and thanks to all the
participants for making it a successful day at the races. Thanks also go out as usual to the Raceway Park management and staff for giving us ones of
the best venues for our favorite sport anywhere.
Drag Race Coordinator
|The Yellow Mustangs were out in force for the Fall
2010 drags !!
|John Rehrecich slacked off his Club Secretary duties to
Hammer the Black pony into submission on Race Day at
|John P. and Tom Launching for quick reaction times at
Raceway Park Mustang Club drag day
|Tommy and Vinny putting the hammer down !! The Red
cars were out in force too !
|Mare Costa and her 01 Cobra lining up for the next run !! !
|Bill M. Vs. John Rerecich with his 03 GT at Englishtown.
Smokin the Hides off it !!
|Russ Jr gets by Tommy by a half length at the finish !!
|Mike just clips Scott at the finish line !
|Paul Yankowy and the War Horse ! Be afraid !!
|Russ Allen Jr's 64 Fairlane 500 !!
|Tom Scalera and his 06 GT !
|Russ Allen III and his 91 LX !
|Russ Jr. Vs. Mike !!
Wheels up !!
|GSRMC 17th Annual Spring Drag Races
Saturday May 25th, 2013