D.J. Pires Prevails at All-Star
By Ernie Raschke
June 27, 2021
On a warm Sunday afternoon, race #4 got underway at Lebanon Valley Dragway. Thirty-nine dedicated class racers showed up to do their best at the Valley. Round 3 began with Marc LaBrecque's GT/TC 2000 S-10 Pick-Up defeating Tim Whitehead's I/SA '86 Firebird 10.32 to a 11.84 breakout. George Mirza's 11.09 (11.04) defeated Bob Horgan's 11.37 (11.35) from his H/SA '86 Firebird. Tim Stickles 12.21 (12.19) got the best of Dave Casey's 10.34 (10.26) from his A/S '69 Corvette. Billy Pires' N/SA '83 Malibu Wagon forced Angelo Ditacco's break-out 10.47 (10.48) from his B/SA '97 Firebird. D.J. Pires in his H/SA Nova won a close match-up against George LaBelle in his J/SA Camaro as the two were separated by 0.006 on the starting line and 0.003 at the finish line for a nine thousands margin of victory.
Quarterfinal action started with Billy Pires using an advantage on the tree to turn a 12.80 (12.73) into a win against Stickles who ran 12.26 (12.18). Mirza continued going rounds by running 0.01 over his 11.03 dial to get past LaBrecque's 10.29 (10.25 dial). D.J. Pires would single to the next round.
Semifinals pitted D.J. Pires versus George Mirza, which was yesterday's final, and saw Pires turn the table with a 0.008 initiated 11.399 (11.40) double break-out win over Mirza's 11.016 (11.02). Billy Pires would single to set the stage for a showdown of brothers. In the all Pires final, it was D.J.'s 0.013 dial matching 11.40 holding off Billy's 0.019 initiated 12.76 (12.74 dial).
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