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JULY NEWSLETTER BEAVER SPRINGS 2017

 

Karen and I arrived at the track late Friday afternoon to check out the pits for parking spots. Beaver Bob had already put signs up along an area of the pits for our club. We weren’t at the track but about 10 minutes when the skies opened up and it rained; I mean it really rained. Needless to say, the Friday night racing program was cancelled.

SATURDAY

Saturday morning was much better, with the sun peeking out from a cloudy sky. There were 19 club members in the pits; and once again, we had a great turnout for our 3rd race of the season. Because I’ve got much to tell everyone about this two day meet; I’m only going to give you the top two drivers who posted the best reaction time during the qualifying rounds. During the first round of time trials, Cricket Clonch posted an almost perfect .001 light; and he figured he had the best RT all wrapped up; but when he looked at his time slip a second time; he noticed that his opponent, Bill Magliane, scored a perfect .000 light. Cricket was disappointed, I think we all would have felt that way; but the prize went to Billy. The second round of qualifications had Pat Kelly getting the extra points for his very quick .002 light. There was one casualty during our qualifying rounds and that was Paul McCorkel. After Paul staged his car and moved off of the starting line, his car started to wheel-hop; and this led to his driveshaft breaking and falling down onto the track. So Paul has now attended both of our races and has yet to make it into the race itself. His supercharged Plymouth coupe is going to be something to be reckoned with, once he gets everything sorted out. Although there were many red lights during these two runs; there were also a good number of drivers whose eye/foot coordination was excellent. Once all the reaction times were compiled, the race ladder looked like this. Denny Stewart would run Mark Fenzel and Carly Boyer would take on Cricket Clonch. Clayt Deming would run Pat Kelly and the older Carson brother Rob, would go up against Jim Wheeler. Big John Labuda would race Ron Carson and Scott Hasko would try and eliminate Ray Bruno. Last year’s champ, Bill Magliane would race Jack Matson and Wayne Beach would go up against Dave Fenzel. Finally, Bruce Deming would run alongside Kevin Lynch. So, that’s your ladder for Saturday’s race.

ROUND #1

Mark Fenzel backed into his water box and so did Denny Stewart. Mark’s “Running Bear” stick Pontiac, is always a strong running car; but Denny Stewart has done some extensive engine work to his “Outlaw Bills” Anglia; and the car now has much more power than it did last year. Mark dialed a 10.74 and Denny a 9.90.

When Mark got the go light, he left on a .381 light; but Denny was way slower with a .623 reaction time. Down track Mark had some problems with his car and he crossed the stripe running a 12.85 @ 78 mph. Denny was close to his dial, running a 10.00 @ 117 mph. Next up came Carly Boyer driving the “Untouchable” ‘39 Chevy sedan (11.47 dial); and our old friend Cricket Clonch. It was good to see Cricket back at the track after his year long absence from our races. Cricket put a 12.57 on the window of his “Dandy Mart” ’57 Chevy. Cricket launched after a .108 light; but Carly was just too anxious to go; and she lit the red blub with a -.042 red light. Cricket ran under his dial with a 12.47 @ 105 mph; while Carly ran a respectable 11.53 @ 113 mph. The third pair of competitors had Clayt Deming and his ’64 Falcon with an 11.44 dial; up against one of the old masters, Pat Kelly; who dialed a 10.79 for his “Verminator” 61 Falcon. Down came the yellow lights in Clayt’s lane; but he also was too quick with his foot, as he lit the red bulb with a -.101 red light. Pat had a .146 light on his way to a winning 10.92 @ 118 mph; while Clayt kept his foot in it, running faster than his dial with an 11.41 @ 113 mph. Following that race came Jim Wheeler in his super bright orange 64 Nova (11.58 dial); and Rob Carson in the always dangerous “Pure Hell Jr.” 55 Chevy (10.59 dial). Before Jim’s lane went green; he went red with a -.013 foul; while Rob cut a nice .046 light. Rob ran a 10.64 @ 121 mph; against Jim’s 11.73 @ 106 mph. The halfway point in the first round of eliminations saw John Labuda and his “Old Warrior” 56 Pontiac (10.68 dial) up against Ron Carson and his world famous “Rigormortis” 53 Ford (11.31 dial). Ron is still sporting his back-up engine while his primary motor is being freshened. When Ron got the green, he jumped on the gas cutting a great .023 light; but before John got the go signal, he left the starting line; causing a red light (-.021). John ran 10.72 @ 116 mph to Ron’s 11.48 @ 114 mph. The next cars to move into the water boxes were old friends Scott Hasko and Ray Bruno. Scott put an 11.60 on the window of his “Relic” 40 Willys; while Ray posted a 12.15 on the window of his “Sidewinder” 57 Chevy. Ray and Scott were staged and the yellows started to count down in Ray’s lane; and for the 5th time in 6 races; the red bulb glowed as a result of Ray’s -.038 light. Scott had a .100 reaction time on his way to winning, with an 11.78 @ 113 mph; to Ray’s 12.31 @ 106 mph. After that race, Jack Matson brought his “JM Automotive” 40 Chevy to the line with an 11.60 showing on his window; and his opponent, Bill Magliane, had an 11 flat on the window of his “Mister C Gas” 37 Chevy sedan. Jack left on a .108 RT; but Billy was much quicker with his .018 light; but at the stripe, it was pretty darn close, with Jack running an 11.60 with a 7 @ 110 mph; against Bill’s 11.00 and a 3 @ 114 mph. Bill’s better reaction time gave him the victory. Following that great race, we had Wayne Beach and his 55 Chevy (11.04 dial); opposing Mark Fenzel’s older brother Dave, and his “Fast Freight” 41 Plymouth coupe (10.38 dial). Wayne’s .109 light was not the best; but it was better than Dave’s .143 light; and Wayne was very fortunate, because both cars ran under their dial; with Wayne running an 11.03 with an 8 @ 116 mph; to David’s 1 0.36 with a 5 @ 125 mph. Doing the math, Wayne won by 13 thousandths of a second!! The final pairing for the first round of eliminations saw Bruce Deming in his new “Rattle Trap” 41 Willys (10.90 dial); up against Kevin Lunch’s “Prime Suspect” Nova (10.50 dial). When Kevin’s lane went green, his .492 reaction time, gave the race to Bruce.

At the far end of the strip, Bruce ran 11.02 @ 106 mph, to Kevin’s 10.56 @ 123 mph. Well, round one was now in the record books. Nine cars were put on the trailer and nine would continue on into the second round of competition.

ROUND #2

By now, we were in the heat of the afternoon; but there were still some clouds mixed in with the sunshine; and there was a constant breeze blowing; so the conditions were not as bad as they could have been. Our first pair of gassers to move toward the starting line were Cricket Clonch and his “Dandy Mart” 57 Chevy coupe. Cricket dialed a 12.45; and his opponent, “America’s Favorite Farmer” Denny Stewart; dialed another 9.90 for his “Outlaw Bills” 48 Anglia. Cricket would have almost a 2 and a half second head start on Denny; but he was too quick to leave the line and he caused the red bulb to light in his lane; giving the race to Denny. Cricket ran a 12.40 @ 106 mph; while Denny cruised to victory, running way under his dial at 9.63 @ 137 mph. I think we’re in store for some good numbers coming from Denny’s Anglia. The second pair of cars consisted of Scott Hasko and his all black 40 Willys coupe versus Rob Carson’s 55 red primered Chevy. Rob dialed a 10.59 for his “Pure Hell Jr.” and Scott an 11.74 for his “Relic” Willys. Scott got the go signal first; and his .138 reaction was bested by Rob’s .104 light. Down at the end of the quarter mile, Rob took the victory, running a 10.65 @ 109 mph; while Scott posted an 11.82 @ 113 mph. I guess Rob knows how to work his brake pedal!! Up next came Wayne Beach and his black primered 55 Chevy showing an 11.04 dial on his window; and Bruce Deming who figured his Willys could run a 10.86. Wayne left first with a .178 light; but Bruce was slower on the tree with his .241 reaction time. Bruce was giving his “Rattle Trap” Willys everything she had; and he actually ran under his dial by posting a 10.83 @ 122 mph; against Wayne’s winning 11.07 @ 115 mph. The last pair of cars in this round found Ron Carson’s “Rigormortis” Ford (11.40 dial) racing Pat Kelly’s 61 Falcon; affectionately known as “The Verminator” (10.89 dial). When Ron;s lane went green; he cut a .164 light; but Pat was on his game and his .009 reaction time may have given him the opportunity to drive around Ron for the win. However, shortly after Pat launched his Falcon, you could see it nose over and begin to slow down. Eventually, Pat had to be towed from the track; as a result of a broken ring and pinion. This was a difficult loss for Pat; as his car was running very well. He vows to have the rear end repaired in time for our next race at Englishtown. Since we had an odd number of cars in this round, there was a bye run; and that honor belonged to our current champion Bill Magliane. Bill put a 10.90 on the window of his “Mister C Gas” Chevy and he ran a 10.90 with a 2 @ 116 mph. Bill is always trying to make his Chevy perform at its best. Round 2 is now complete.

ROUND #3

The field of cars has now been reduced by 4; so we’ve still got 5 cars that could possibly win this event. Our first pair of cars brought Wayne Beach and Denny Stewart to the starting line. Denny has been steadily improving his Anglia; and for this round he dialed a 9.70; while on the other side of the track; Wayne decided to dial another 11.04.

Here we have two black primered gassers; looking every part of what gasser racing looked like decades ago. Wayne launched his 55 Chevy first with a .195 light; but Danny was slower on the tree with a .221 reaction time. The big question, was whether or not Denny could catch Wayne. Well, race fans Denny caught Wayne but he ran far faster than his dial; with a very quick 9.51 @ 123 mph; while Wayne was right on the money; running an 11.04 with a 9 @ 108 mph. I think both guys were on the brakes at the finish line. Wayne will move on. The other pair of contenders had Ron Carson running Bill Magliane. Ron went with 11.30 for his “Rigormortis” Ford; while Bill put another 10.90 on the window of his “Mister C Gas” Chevy sedan. Ron’s .164 light was much slower than Bill’s .044 reaction time; but something happened right after Bill left the starting line. The score board in Bill’s lane went to zero’s; and there was no time shown after he crossed the finish line. After some investigation by Beaver Bob; it seems that one of the cars in the previous round had somehow caused one of the reflector blocks to move and thereby not allowing the light beam to be broken. Back in the pits, Billy graciously gave the round win to Ron; as he said he was behind Ron at the finish line; and he would not have been able to catch him. So, Ron would move onto the next round. There also was a bye in this round, and it went to Rob Carson. Rob put a 10.59 on the window of his 55 Chevy and he ran a 10.53 @ 123 mph.

ROUND #4

It was now much later in the day and the sun was on its way down; when our club was called into the lanes with only 3 cars remaining. Ron Carson would get a bye run; but Wayne Beach and Rob Carson would have to race each other to see who would move onto the final. Wayne dialed an 11.03 for his 55 Chevy and Rob put a 10.55 on the window of his 55 Chevy. This would be a great race between two 55 Chevy gassers. Wayne got out of the hole with a great .033 light; but Rob was much slower with his .215 reaction time. Down at the end of 1320 feet of asphalt, it was Wayne running on his number with an 11.03 with a 0 @ 107 mph; against Rob’s 10.55 with a 6 @ 123 mph. The whole race was won on the starting line by virtue of Wayne’s better reaction time. This was a great race to watch. Ron Carson’s bye run was a 19.19 @ 43 mph on a 11.30 dial. Obviously, Ron was saving his car for the final round.

FINAL ROUND

Now let’s set the stage for the final round in our two day event at the Beaver. Ron Carson would race Wayne Beach. Both drivers had been doing a great job of working their way through the competition. Wayne lowered his dial from an 11.03 in the previous round to an 11.02 for this round. Ron had been dialing either an 11.30 or 11.40 all day; but for this round, he split the difference dialing an 11.35. As the yellow staging lights were lit; both drivers got up on the wheel as the yellow lights sequenced down toward the green. When Ron got the go signal, he left the line with a .074 light; but when Wayne’s lane went green his reaction time was double that of Ron’s with a .161 light. We were all watching down track to see whose lane would light up; and the win went to Ron. Both drivers ran under their dial-ins; but Wayne went much faster; registering a 10.98 @ 110 mph; against Ron’s 11.34 @ 107 mph. What a great finale to a long but great day of drag racing. I think tomorrow’s race will be just as exciting as todays. It’s now time to hit the hotel

SUNDAY

It was another beautiful day here at Beaver Springs Dragway for our second day of competition. The sun was out, it was hot; but not too humid; and there was a light breeze flowing most of the day. Yesterday, we had a total of 19 cars enter the race; but Paul McCorkel broke his driveshaft and Pat Kelly wiped out his rear end carrier. So, we were down two cars; and Kevin Lynch had to leave after Saturday’s race; and then Dave Fenzel broke part of his rear suspension during the “Little Beaver” race. We were now down to 15 cars; but late Saturday afternoon, Wayne & Tommy Magers pulled into the pits with their 37 Ford gasser; and we were now back up to a full 16 car field. After two qualifying rounds, Clayt Deming snagged the best reaction time for both rounds; with .029 and .009 reaction times respectively. Remember that today, there are double points awarded to the various round winners. So, Clayt picked up and easy 8 points by virtue of his quick reaction times. This was going to be another day of great racing.

ROUND #1

There were many more cars in the pits on Sunday then there were yesterday; but we were called into the staging lanes early in the afternoon. Everyone was ready for another great day of drag racing; and our first pair of cars consisted of Clayt Deming (11.29 dial) and Ray Bruno (12.97 dial). Ray had problems with his car back at Island Dragway last year; and he thinks he’s got everything squared away on his “Sidewinder” 57 Chevy. As the lights moved toward the green bulb in Ray’s lane; he was just too anxious and he left early (-.277 red); giving the round win to Clayt who ran an 11.32 @ 115 mph in his all blue 64 Falcon. Ray ran a 13.09 @ 101 mph. Following that race came Scott Hasko and Wayne Beach. Scott dialed an 11.59 for his Willys and Wayne put a 10.93 up on his window. As was the case in the first race, the red bulb was lit for the first racer to get the green light. Scott went red by -.085 and he gave the race to Wayne. Wayne ran under his dial with a 10.91 @ 119 mph; while Scott managed an 11.70 @ 115 mph. Next we had Clayt Deming’s cousin, Bruce Deming driving his 41 Willys coupe (10.90 dial); and his opponent would be Ron Carson (11.30 dial). Ron would get the go signal almost a half second before Bruce; and when his lane went green he had a troublesome .207 light; but Bruce was all over the tree with a crisp .001 reaction time. Down at the far end of the pavement; Bruce took the win; running a 10.97 @ 105 mph; versus Ron’s 11.31 @ 116 mph. Ron lost the race at the starting line. The fourth pair of gassers for this round had Tommy Magers and Bill Magliane facing off. Tommy finally has his primary engine back in the car and he was ready for battle. He clicked off a 10.10 during one of his time trials; and for this race he put a 10.20 on the window of his “Destresser” Ford coupe. Billy went with a 10.90 for his “Mister C Gas” Chevy sedan. Before the light went green in Bill’s lane, he was already on his way; going red by -.042. Tommy on the other hand, had a great .019 light and he cruised to victory, running under his dial with a 10.19 @ 127 mph; while Billy also ran under his dial with a 10.83 @ 118 mph. That red bulb will hurt you every time!! Half of the first round of eliminations was complete. We’ve still got 8 more cars to go!!

The second half of round one had Big John Labuda running Denny Stewart. John’s “Old Warrior” was showing a 10.58 on his window; and Denny figured his Anglia could run a 9.65. When the lights moved down toward green in John’s lane, he left too early; giving the race to Denny. John went red by -.043; and he ran a 10.70 @ 114 mph; against Denny’s 9.78 @ 138 mph. Following Denny and John came Mark Fenzel and Jim Wheeler. Jim’s car is newly repowered and he has definitely improved his performance over last year. He dialed an 11.43 for his bright orange Nova; while Mark figured his “Running Bear” Pontiac could run a 10.92. When the light went green in Jim’s lane, his reaction time was not very good with a .591 light; this opened the door for Mark; whose .210 light was not his best; but it was good enough for him to take the victory; running an 11.31 @ 111 mph; versus Jim’s 11.46 @ 112 mph. Up next came a family affair. Last year’s Sunday winner Jack Matson, would race his son-in-law Cricket Clonch. Jack dialed an 11.52 for his 40 Chevy coupe; and Cricket put a 12.42 on the window of his 57 Chevy. Both Jack and Cricket had decent reaction times with Cricket besting jacks .076 light with his .057 light; and down at the far end; you needed a photo finish camera to see who had won the race. Cricket ran a 12.44 with a 1 @ 107 mph; while Jack ran an 11.52 with a 5 on his 11.52 dial. Cricket took the victory by 38 ten thousandths of a second. I’m not sure who will have the bragging rights after this one. The final race of round one had Rob Carson (10.55 dial) up against Pete Boyer (11.33 dial). If you remember, yesterday, Carly Boyer was behind the wheel of the “Untouchable” Chevy sedan; but today, father Pete was doing the driving!! Pete had a good .047 reaction time; but Rob was just way too anxious and he went red by -.113. Both cars ran under their dial-ins; with Rob running a 10.47 @ 124 mph; versus Pete’s 11.32 @ 115 mph.

ROUND #2

Our race was now down to 8 cars and the first two cars to move into the water boxes were Mark Fenzel and Bruce Deming. I’ve got the lay some ground work before I describe this race. Both of these cars are sticks and they were both running approximately the same times; so Mark and Bruce decided to dial down to 10.50 for both cars; which would create a heads up race. Both cars would get the green light at the same time; the man with the better car would win the race. Well, after cleaning off their tires and moving toward the starting line; we were ready for the first truly heads-up race we’ve had. When both lanes went green; Mark got the jump on Bruce with a .225 light; but Bruce was much slower with his .489 reaction time. As we looked down track, it was hard to see who would be the victor; but the win light came on in Mark’s lane; but the results were just great. Bruce ran a 10.78 with an 8 @ 126 mph; while Mark ran a 10.77 with an 8 @ 125 mph. This was a terrific drag race; and I want to thank Mark and Bruce for doing what they did. I wish they both could have continued on; but only Mark will advance to the next round. After that race, came Pete Boyer (11.32 dial) and Wayne Beach (10.92 dial). Pete got the jump on Wayne with his .031 light against Wayne’s .133 reaction time; but down at the far end; where it matters; Wayne took the victory. Now both cars ran under their respective dial-ins; but Pete was just a tad more under than Wayne. Pete ran a 11.29 with an 8 @ 113 mph; and Wayne a 10.90 with a 3 @ 119 mph. That was another close race.

The third pair for this round found Tommy Magers facing Cricket Clonch. Tommy put a 10.18 on the window of his gorgeous green Ford; while Cricket posted a 12.44 on his 57 Chevy. Both cars left the line without a foul; but Cricket’s .062 light was quicker than Tommy’s .161 reaction time. After 1320 feet, the victory was claimed by Tommy; as once again, both cars ran under their dial-ins. Cricket ran a 12.42 with a 0 @ 106 mph; while Tommy ran a 10.16 with a 9 @ 127 mph. Boy, Tommy’s car is now making some serious horsepower. The last race for this round had Clayt Deming and Denny Stewart facing off. Clayt put an 11.29 on the window of his blue Falcon; while Denny was sticking with a 9.70 dial. Before Clayt’s lane when green, he went red by -.019; handing the win over to Denny. Clayt ran an 11.31 @ 115 mph; versus Denny’s winning 9.60 @ 139 mph. That Anglia can haul the mail.

ROUND #3

We’re now well into the later stages of the afternoon and we’ve still got 4 cars in contention for the victory. The first pair in this round had Wayne Beach and Mark Fenzel racing each other. Wayne dialed a 10.90 and Mark a 10.80. As you can see, this was almost a heads-up drag race. As the lights moved down toward the green bulb; Wayne squeezed the gas just a wee bit too soon and he went red by only -.008. That was a shame, as Wayne ran a 10.92 @ 119 mph on his 10.90 dial; while Mark actually ran under his dial with a 10.70 @ 124 mph on his 10.80 dial. Mark will be in the final round. The other pairing found Tommy Magers racing Denny Stewart. Tommy dialed a 10.16 for his Ford coupe and Denny stuck a 9.65 on the window of his Anglia. When Tommy’s lane went green, his .375 light seemed to open the door for Denny; whose .199 light was better than Tom’s. As the cars headed down track; it seemed that Tommy’s car was slowing down; and he crossed the finish line running an 11.04 @ 88 mph. Tommy definitely had a problem; but it did not matter, as Denny drove his Anglia out the back door; clipping the clocks with a 9.50 @ 117 mph. Even though Denny was on the brakes, it was not enough to get him the victory. Tommy would advance to the final round………………or would he?

FINAL ROUND

After the previous round of racing, Wayne and Tommy Magers decided that they would not be able to make the call for the final. They had transmission problems; and although the car could move, the transmission could not move into the higher gears. Tom would not be able to run Mark. So, Mark drove his “Running Bear” 50 Pontiac coupe up to the line; and he made an easy pass down through the quarter mile to cement his victory for Sunday’s race. Since we have been helping Jack and then taking the club over; I don’t remember ever ending a race with a solo shot because the other
competitor could not make it back to the starting line. Congrats to Mark Fenzel on his victory; and we know that Tommy will be back as soon as they can get their car repaired. Thanks to everyone who made it out to this event. You guys really put on some great racing. We even had a couple of families drive all the way from Michigan and West Virginia to see our club race. Thanks also to the Deming and Wheeler families for their hard work at manning our club tent and running the race. Many thanks to our picture takers: Diane Deming, Jeff Unfried, Bob Wenzelburger & Miss Karen. The pictures are in no particular order; just random shots of our two race.

 

 

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 CURRENT POINTS STANDINGS

124 Mark Fenzel
120 Wayne Beach
118 Bill Magliane
96 Ron Carson
90 Denny Stewart
80 Bruce Deming
80 Tommy Magers
80 Rob Carson
68 Clayt Deming
62 Jim Wheeler

 

 

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