Today, was my first return to Byron Dragway since the end of last season. I picked a good weekend to get back. The weather was fantastic and the racing even better. It was Super Pro day at the US Bracket Nationals, both box and no box. In layman terms, that is with or without electronic assistance. While the majority of teams/cars are those that run regularly at Byron, there quite a few that also run at my home track, Route 66.
I apologize for not including everyone! The 66'ers had mixed success today. Troy
Bogner experienced car problems. Dominic Bowden and Ryan Alley ran numerous rounds. It was a mixed bag. The racing started around 10:30 with Test & Tuners, followed by two rounds of qualifying runs.
The Eliminations started following the qualifying. As cars were eliminated, there were numerous buy backs. For the uninitiated, a buy back is when an eliminated car is given the opportunity to continue racing by purchasing a buy back, a fee usually lower than the initial entry fee. The "Buy Backs" will race against each to get back into the race. As the racing continued, it soon became apparent we were going to battle the setting sun. After the finals for each box/no box category (semi-finals for the whole race), It had gotten very dark and the finals between the two classes were called. At the time I left the track, it was undecided whether or not the race would be run Sunday morning or called completely. I guess I will find out in the morning. In the Box category it was Ed Bandevowicz Sr. in his orange Malibu taking the win light and in No Box, it was Bill Curtis Jr. in his orange and white Camaro. It was a good day for Chevrolet orange cars!
Here are some images of the day's action.