Whitehead Wades Through All Star Field

By Ernie Raschke, 6/25/2017 Gregg S

The opening event at Lebanon Valley on Saturday, June 24th was rained out for the All-Stars and was rescheduled to July 8th. However, Sunday the ASRA was ready to go with 53 cars answering the call under threatening skies.

Quarterfinal action began with Tom Boucher’s .001 initiated 9.89 (9.94) from his ’87 GT/IA Camaro was defeated by Tim Stickle’s 12.04 (12.09) in a double break-out affair. Rob Valenta’s 11.33 (11.32) from his ’73 H/SA Nova held off Chris Butcher’s break-out 11.06 (11.13) from his G/SA ’86 Camaro. Ken Robinson’s 10.86 from his D/SA ’67 Camaro was the benefactor of a red-light start from Bob Vogel’s M/SA ’89 Mustang. Jim Whitehead sped to an 11.62 from his I/SA ’86 Firebird on the Bye.

Semi-Finals saw Rob Valenta’s dial matching 11.29 from his Nova forced Ken Robinson’s break-out 10.849 on his 10.85 dial. Jim Whitehead’s 11.63 (11.61) got past Tim Stickle’s ’80 M/SA Malibu who broke out with a 12.02 (12.04 dial).

The final pitted Whitehead vs Valenta with Jim’s dial matching 11.61 taking the measure of Valenta’s 11.287 (11.29) breakout. Next Race for ASRA will be the make-up on July 8th.

Gregg Sutherland Successful in ASRA Opener

By Ernie Raschke, 5/17/2017

Gregg SUnder cool gray skies the 2017 All Star season kicked off at New England Dragway. Thirty four dedicated sportsmen racers showed up under threatening clouds.

Round 3 began with Tom Boucher’s 9.77 from his GT/IA ’86 Camaro defeating Brian Fink’s 11.64 (11.62 dial) effort from his L/SA Malibu. In a double breakout affair Bob Bruneau’s stout 8.87(8.88) from his GT/TA Chevy S-10 got the best of Dan Lynch’s 11.18 (11.21) from his H/SA ’69 Camaro. John Gray’s 9.95 (9.94) from his neat A/SA ’69 Camaro forced Billy Harper to a 10.92 (10.93) breakout from his F/SA ’69 Nova. In a battle of Big Block 69 Camaros , Steve Rehm’s 427 AA/SA defeated Bob Broadbent’s 396 A/S with a dial matching 10.00 to Broadbent’s 10.10 (10.09) Gregg Sutherland had the bye and would face John Gray in the quarter finals.

Sutherland would emerge victorious over Gray’s Camaro with the SS/GA ’66 Chevy II 10.00 to 9.95. Bob Bruneau’s dial matching 8.86 from his GT/TA truck would force Tom Boucher with a 9.73 (9.75 dial). Steve sped to a 9.98 bye run and would face off with Gregg Sutherland in the semis.

Gregg’s .015 initiated dial matching 9.99 defeated Rehm’s valiant 9.99 (9.98) effort. Bob Bruneau sped to a 9.91 on the semi final bye and would face Sutherland in the final.

Bruneau would red light in the final and Gregg Sutherland’s 10.01 (9.99) pass brought home the gold.

 



 

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