First of all I would like to
take this opportunity to recognize Dave Swiatek and his wife
Karen for their years of commitment and leadership to the East
Coast Gassers organization. Moreover, Daves literary skills
will make his newsletters a hard act to follow but I will do
my best. I will endeavor to recap our events as accurately and
positively as possible. Please excuse any errors or omissions
are purely unintentional!
It is hard to believe it has
been 7 months since our last race. The Covid19 virus has significantly
impacted the northeast and social distancing rules resulted in
the cancellation of our May race at Lebanon Valley, and the June
race at Cecil County. Having said that, it was great to see everyone
at Beaver Springs! Despite a tropical storm that made Friday
towing an event, we had a robust attendance of 21 cars. The sun
made an appearance for Saturday with temps and humidity in the
90s! Despite a spritz or two of rain, the show went on!
Saturday qualifying results
were as follows:
Saturday Eliminations Round
Paul McCorkel - 9.11
Paul McCorkel - 8.76
Denny Stewart - 138.55
Paul McCorkel 151.11
Jim Wheeler - .0169
Scott Hasko - .0951
Race One: Ray Bloom vs. Dave Fenzel. This was a tight one
with both racers cutting good lights. Bloom cut a .0959 light
and ran 1.559 on an 11.55 dial. Fenzel had a .0438 light but
lost on a close break out running 10.78 on a 10.81 dial.
Race Two: This one saw Robert Carson pitted against Bruce
Deming. Robert took the win running a 10.83 on a 10.79 dial with
Bruce breaking out with a 10.90 on his 10.98 dial.
Race Three: In this race of relatives
Clayton Deming ran a 10.83 on a 10.70 dial to edge out Jim Wheeler
who had a very respectable .022 light but broke out running an
11.08 on his 11.10 dial.
Race Four: Bill Magliane and Kevin Lynch went at
it in this race. In the end Bill ran a near perfect race for
the win cutting a .0155 light and running 11.08 on a 10.90 dial
to Kevins .54 light and 10.78 on a 10.63 dial.
Race Five: Scott Hasko took the win against Tommy
Magers with an 11.74 on an 11.65 dial, but this one was over
early as Tommy went red by thin -.011
Race Six: Paul McCorkle eliminated Ray Bruno running
a near perfect race with a .038 light and running .03 over his
8.75 dial, but this one was also over early as Ray went -.017
Race Seven: Call this the trifecta of red lights!
Dan Bergeron bested Don Fardie with a respectable .097 light
and running .14 over his 12.97 dial, but once again this one
was over early with Don going red by -.18.
Race Eight: This one saw a couple Jersey boys (Ed
Linus vs Ron Carson) go at it. Despite Eds better light
(.10 to Rons .21) Ron came out on top running 9.90 on his
9.83 dial in to Eds 10.47 on a 10.27 dial.
Race Nine: This pairing was to be Denny Stewart
vs Bob Brower in the Rambler gasser but ended up being a bye
for Denny Stewart as Brower broke. In Denny style he didnt
idle down the track but instead ran a 9.66 at 136.78
Not your grandmothers
Saturday Eliminations Round
Race One: Robert Carson and Paul McCorkle squared-off
and Robert emerged the winner running 10.74 on his 10.80 dial
as Paul went -.03 red.
Race Two: Despite both cars running very close
to their dials 10.04 on a 9.83 dial for Ron and 11.79 on an 11.70
dial for Scott Hasko, Ron Carsons .097 light bested Scotts
.25 and gave Ron the victory.
Race Three: This one had Denny Stewart up against
Clayton Deming in the off-season re-motored Falcon. Clayton would
go -.14 red giving Denny the win and test run opportunity. Denny
went 9.56 on his 9.67 dial and Clayton ran 10.96 on his 10.81.
Race Four: This race matched Ray Bloom against
Dan Bergeron. Both drivers had very good, and almost identical,
reaction times! Rays .097 to Dans .095. In the end
Ray ran .05 over his 11.55 dial to take the win over Dan who
ran 13.14 on his 12.98 dial.
Race Five: By virtue of his low reaction time (.0155)
in round one, Bill earned the bye run. Bill took advantage of
the free run ran it out the back door at 11.11 on
his 10.90 dial showing the consistency of Bill and the Mister
Saturday Eliminations Round
Race One: Denny Stewart and Robert Carson lined
up for race one. Robert ran .02 over his dial and Denny ran .09
over his dial but Dennys quicker reaction time (.127 to
Roberts .268) was the margin that gave the win to Denny.
Race Two: Ray Bloom had the bye and took advantage
for a test run at 11.62 on an 11.55 dial.
Race Three: Despite running slightly closer to his
dial (9.85 on a 9.83 dial) Ron Carson was eliminated by Bill
Magliane who ran 11.02 on a 10.97 but had a quicker reaction
time (.095 vs .195) giving Bill the margin of victory.
Round Four (SEMI-FINAL): Ray Bloom and Bill Magliane were paired
for this one. Bill had been cutting lights that started with
.01 all day but this time he was a bit too aggressive and went
-.093 red, handing the win to Ray who ran 11.77 on an 11.60 dial.
Round Five: (FINALS) Unfortunately due to mechanical issues
Ray Bloom was unable to make it to the line so Denny Stewart
got the competition bye and the top eliminator win for Saturday.
Would Denny be content to simply idle down the track to victory
you ask? Answer -- no! Denny put an exclamation point on the
day cutting a .099 light and running 9.67 on his 9.62 dial with
a top speed of 136.32. Congratulations Denny!!
Denny Stewart Top Eliminator
Ray Bloom Runner-up
a day mixed emotions. Excitement and club member congratulations
for winners, disappointment and despair for others. Saturday
morning Clayton Deming learned that his mother Marsha passed
away. The ECG family was there to support and comfort him. Godspeed
Don Fardie lost a transmission
during Saturday time trials. Ed Linus and Vinny Cocchiaro were
eager to slide under Dons car to help him install his spare
so Don could race the weekend.
The friends and family culture
is what makes ECG different from all of the other racing organizations!
happiness and abates misery by the doubling of our joy and the
dividing of our grief Marcus Tullius Cicero
at the track on Sunday there was abundant sunshine but the forecast
was for another hot and humid day with a chance of passing showers
they were right. High temps and oppressive humidity slowed ETs
and developed into heavy rain that interrupted afternoon eliminations.
The BSD team did a great job drying and re-prepping the track
and eliminations went on! We started eliminations with a 16 car
Sunday qualifying results were
Dave Fenzel - 10.38
Ron Carson - 9.81
Don Fardie - 127.3
Ron Carson - 133.77
Don Fardie - .078
Tom Magers - .0081
Sunday Eliminations Round One:
Race One: John Labuda and Clayton Deming started
off Sunday eliminations. John prevailed with a 10.76 on a 10.65
dial with a respectable .045 light. Clayton, who re-motored off-season,
was plagued with mechanical gremlins all weekend and ran a 12.73
on his 10.68 dial. He will no doubt get it sorted out.
Race Two: This one had Robert Carson pitted against
Dan Bergeron. Robert had a good run at .05 over his 10.75 dial
with a .269 light but it wasnt enough as Dan prevailed
running a 13.04 on a 12.88 dial with a .149 light.
Race Three: Race three saw Ron Carson against Bruce
Deming. Rons 9.81 on his 9.80 dial with a .115 light was
enough get him the win over Bruces 10.78 on a 10.75 dial
with a .125 reaction.
Race Four: Tommy Magers and Scott Hasko squared
off in race four. Tommy ran a near perfect race with a lightning
fast .006 reaction time and .02 over his 10.61 dial for the win.
Scott cut a good .053 light but broke out running 11.64 on his
Race Five: Bill Magliane took on Ed Linus in race
five. Bill took the win running .01 over his 10.95 dial with
a .125 reaction while Ed broke out running 10.19 on his 10.25
Race Six: Kevin Lynch lined up against Saturdays
winner Denny Stewart for this one. Neither racer had their best
light; .429 for Kevin and .566 for Denny. Kevin took the victory
with a 10.64 on a 10.57 dial vs. Dennys 9.92 on his 9.62
Race Seven: Jim Wheeler took the win over Ray Bruno
in this one. Both racers had similar lights and it was close
in the beginning but Ray had issues mid track and his 11.88 was
way off his 11.13 dial. With a good lead, Jim very wisely got
out of it rolling across the stripe at 11.20 on his 11.00 dial.
Race Eight: The final match-up
of round one was between Dave Fenzel and Don Fardie. This one
was over early as Don went -.033 red. Dave went through the lights
for the win at 10.47 on his 10.28 dial.
Sunday Eliminations Round Two:
Race One: Tommy Magers ran .01 over his 10.61
dial with a .13 light to defeat Bill Magliane who had a better
.05 light but broke out running .02 under his
Race Two: John Labuda and Kevin Lynch were paired
for race two. This was almost a heads-up race with John dialing
10.65 and Kevin dialing 10.57. John came out on top with running
.11 over his dial with a respectable .04 reaction vs. Kevins
.04 over dial with a .20 RT.
Race Three: This was a rare double red light-double
breakout race. Ron broke out by -.117 and Dave by -.054 but Ron
ran closer to his dial (9.78 on a
9.80) than Dave (10.35 on a 10.44 dial) so The Rigor Mortis car
Race Four: The final race of the round pitted Dan
Bergeron against Jim Wheeler. Dans .069 reaction time p
New paint scheme looks good Dave!
Sunday Eliminations Round Three (Semi
Race One: The first match up in the semi-final
was between Tommy Magers and Ron Carson. Both racers had excellent
lights, Tommy at .0051 and Ron at .0021. This was a close double
break out run with Magers advancing to the final with a 10.60
on a 10.61 dial to Rons 9.79 on a 9.80 dial.
Race Two: The second race of the semi saw John
Labuda in the Old Warrior vs Dan Bergeron in the Woodsman Shaker.
John had been tough on the tree all day and cut a .027 light,
running .10 over his 10.65 dial to advance over Dans .153
light and .12 over dial.
Sunday Eliminations Final
Race Three (FINAL): The final match-up of the day was Tommy
Magers in the Destressor vs John Labuda in the Old Warrior. This
was almost a heads up match with Tommy dialing 10.60 and John
dialing 10.65. Once again, John had the better RT at .085 vs
Tommys .253. Johns 10.83 just wasnt enough
get around Tommy, who ran razor close to his dial at 10.61, for
the top eliminator win. If my math is correct the MOV was .051.
Congratulations Tommy and John!
Tommy Magers Top Eliminator
John Labuda Runner up
ECG Back Up
Girl contest. Would have never predicted this one
Kevin Lynch went from drag racer to drag queen! Carly Boyer went
from racer girl to back up girl.
So boys will be boys
girls? Some girls will be bad girls! No offense Carly but Kevin
just had the look and the legs!
Hey Mike, owning a drag strip is like
being a rock-star, right?
EAST COAST GASSERS-DRAG
RACING LIKE IT USED TO BE!
thoughts for the Beaver Springs weekend
Win, lose, or break it was great to get out, reconnect with friends,
and race again! Despite heat, humidity, and sporadic rain showers,
it was an excellent weekend. Cant wait to do it again.
See you all at Maple Grove!