August Bullseye Report
When you think of a full pull you think of going the distance. Well, that’s the truck, Lonny Sailor is the driver, and that is exactly what they did with their rig during a busy month. A semi team based out of Estes Brook, Minnesota, Sailor’s team with their Cat pulling the weight, made several pulls including Benton County Fair at 357 feet. The team continued their pulling ways with a win in Nebraska, and Marshfield Wisconsin. After a stop at the Morley and finishing 4th, they had the points lead. Points at the end of the stop separated 1st and 6th by only 6 points. I guess you could say thinks were getting tight in that class. Best of luck to the entire team the remainder of the season! We look forward to seeing your results from September!
Hurting feelings and scaring the competition seems to be the thing these days. And Cal behind the wheel of Pinky is doing just that! The first weekend of the month Pinky and crew made a trip to Thunder Capitol TKO. With a ladder format Cal chipped away and made it to the finals where he tried to lay the hammer down but broke the tires loose against Mike Martyn in the real street class. After that and last month’s great performance, Cal traded out the 315 drag radials for a set of 275’s and got to work. The 12th was opening day for a local track. Onandaga Dragway reopened and the crowd was ASTOUNDING! A great turnout for a reopening event in a small-town track. As great as the crowd was, Cal was unable to wrap the tires to the track and make a full clean pass. A few weeks of constant testing the Pinky team did not lay up and go back to the bigger tires. Plugging through data, and getting suspension dialed in, they kept to it. With getting things closer and closer Cal entered another no prep race where he made it into the semifinals where he lost a close race to a billet twin turbo heavy hitter in the grudge game. Not giving up and being so close, it took a good track prep to show the folks that Pinky was dialed in, and ready to hurt feelings. And that was the case. Setting personal best 60 foot at 1.13, and a 1/8th mile pass of 4.56. That’s a STREET CAR folks! While doing all this testing and racing, Cal didn’t lose his grip on life and priorities while taking his daughter for ice cream, and picking her up from school. He also took time to enjoy a few car shows with friends. His great streak continued, but after a recent loss of a great friend, Cal decided to push through, and is currently at Drag Week. That update will come in the September recap. Our thoughts and wished with the family of Mike Wenzler during this time of loss. The racing community is thinking of you all.
TIME WARP STRAIGHT AHEAD!!!
After last month’s issues with the motor, Clark Rosenstengel got the car together and made a run for the Indy Airstrip Attack. Another standing half-mile race, Clark didn’t hold back and let the car go for the win on Saturday with a class win at 196 mph at low boost. And when we say low, we mean 15lbs of boost. That car is capable of at least 40 lbs. So, just to give you an idea, he wasn’t near 50% power potential. Unfortunately, something in the motor was not happen and they had a catastrophic issue causing him to pull from making any more passes. With a Dart LSNext block rebuilt in place of the Noonan, the car is currently on Drag week. And all looks good so far. Be sure to tune in for results soon!
Yellow Bullet Nationals
The forums biggest race of the year took place the end of the month and several customers showed up for the event. Tom Mauro qualified 31st with a time of 5.063 @ 179 mph in his 525 CI Camaro. With his 450 cubic inch, twin turbo Mustang, Jerry Morgano settled into the 6th spot with 4.05 @ 172.10 mph. Both competitors bowed out early, but battled with close races. Great job to all our Bullseye friends!
North of the Border
After a wild month of rebuild, “Wild Bill” managed to wrestle the car together and make it in time for the last race of the year at Grand Bend Motorplex in, Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada. In the 10.5 class, Bill was sitting close to the top for the Mickey Thompson points run at 3rd. He wanted a good showing at the last event to really help the overall picture. Qualifying in the 3rd spot at 4.338 @ 162 mph, things looked to be okay, but something got to the car and it seemed to be down on power. A loss in round 2 against the eventual event winner, Spencer Hyde, ended the season in Canada for the team. Running down the 1/8th mile at 4.337 @ 157 mph, Hyde cruised to a 4.251 at 170.06 mph. Congrats on the win Spencer and crew.
As the season slowly dwindles down for the year, we look to see folks really lay into their powerplants with better air, and cooler temps! Be sure to follow our Facebook page and see videos, as well as updates as they happen during Hot Rod Drag Week, and as things happen!