On Sunday at Route 66 Raceway, there were Wally's to be earned in all five Rockett Brand Racing Fuels ET Bracket Series for the NHRA All Access Challenge. This was formerly the National Dragster Challenge. In the Summit Racing Equipment Junior Drag Racing League (JDRL), it was their Challenge race also, with a Wally for each class. This weekend the Junior Modified Class was sponsored by Sub-Trailer Hitch and the Sportsman Class by Greenscapes Services. As is the case in the Bracket races, we began with two rounds of time trials. The track appeared to be hooking-up extremely well and the racing was hot and heavy. Every driver was pushing for that #1 qualifier position for a possible bye run. For the uninitiated, if there is an odd number of cars, the #1 qualifier would receive a bye run into the second round of eliminations. In Bracket racing those bye runs are a very valuable commodity for a possible win. Here is some of the action from qualifying.
At the end of each "big" car time trial session the JDRL Modifieds and Sportsman hit the track for their time trials.
In the JDRL Modified class it was Tori Trench with a perfect light to achieve the #1 Qualifier and in Sportsman, it was Ryan Brockman. The JDRL #1 Qualifier is sponsored by the Route 66 Food and Fuel.
At the conclusion of the Time Trials, the Elimination rounds began. Again, the racing was hot and heavy. The first class completed was High School with Connor Lawson taking home the Wally when he defeated Julie Nettles.
The Eliminations continued throughout the afternoon with some great racing. What was satisfying for me, was as drivers were eliminated they returned to the track as spectators to cheer on their competitors.
As the classes wound down, in Pro Bike, it was Greg Darm taking the Wally over Bill Homuth.
In Super Pro, John Beyer took home the Wally over Kenny King.
In Pro, it was Greg Bosak beating Danny Condon to the finish to take home his Wally.
In Sportsman, it the the "Underdog" Jack Larsen returning to the Winner's Circle for his Wally by defeating Cory Dunkin.
In the JDRL Sportsman Class it was Cooper Hamelen returning to the Winner's Circle to collect the Wally over Ryan Brockman's runner-up pass. Ryan was also #1 qualifier picking up two trophies for the day.
In the JDRL Modified, Class it was Ryan Elberts collecting his Wally over Liz Maniseri.
I want to congratulate the Wally winners and all the competitors for a great day of racing. They really make the event a fun time that Brandon Brown, Digital Marketing Manager, and myself try to carry over to the Winner's Circle celebrations. If you haven't yet been in the Winner's Circle, here are some images of the fun!
Besides just the Winner's Circle photo-op, Brandon video records the #1 Whoo's and of course, the now famous, Rt. 66 Winner's Circle Selfie. Sometimes, I think the Selfie is a bigger deal than the trophy!
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It had been nearly a month since we had any local racing at Route 66. After perusing all the local track's schedules, I had low expectations for today's Race Your Ride! Was I wrong!! With beautiful weather we had an excellent car count with a variety of cars. Everything from street cars, Juniors to A/Fuel dragsters. Above is Mike Edstrom driving the Al Roerig A/Fuel dragster. We had an abundance of street cars.
The Juniors showed up to test for tomorrow's race for the Wally in the JDRL Challenge.
Amongst the cars making licensing runs was Mark Cryer in the "Nu Big Thing" Smartcar. Mark was gettlng his 9-second license.
There were plenty of race cars testing also.
All told it was a pleasant surprise of some great racing. The drivers and teams were able to get a lot of testing in, especially those participating in tomorrow's Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Race with the NHRA All Access Challenge and the JDRL Challenge. We have two Wally's to hand out tomorrow
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