Race #5 of the All Star Racing Association was completed on the back end of the New England double header of July 28th. There was some added anticipation in the race as ASRA members were jockeying for position in the 2019 ASRA Shoot-Out. Points were tight and a race win could catapult any racer into contention. Round 4 action began with DJ Pires tightening things up at the strip in his G/SA ’72 Nova as he bested TJ Boucher in his GT/GA ’87 Camaro with a .012 margin of victory. Len Abrahamson ran dead on this dial (11.620 on 11.62) in his ’69 Barracuda to get past Marc LaBrecque in his GT/TC 2000 S-10. Dan Lynch in his H/SA ’69 Camaro was the benefactor of a red light from Paul Sutherland in his SS/IA 327 powered Chevy II Wagon.
In a race decided by 0.018 at the stripe, Dan Lynch used his reaction time advantage to turn on the win light over Len Abrahamson Lynch lifted to an 11.22 on his 11.17 dial as Abrahamson was closer to his dial (11.63 on and 11.61) but couldn’t make up the difference at the starting line. DJ Pires would simply break the beams in his bye run to advance to the final round.
Two 350 small block chevies squared off in the final round with Pires grabbing a 4 hundredths advantage over Lynch out of the gate. Dan did his best to try and make up the difference but broke out by 6 thousandths (11.164 on 11.17) as he couldn’t get around DJ who ran dead on his dial (11.485 on 11.48). Congrats to DJ Pires for his win after being away from drag racing for a few years as he successfully competed in circle track racing. The win also leapfrogged him from 19th in the points up to 2nd place putting him in contention for the championship heading into the last race of the year.
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