Saturday, was the 2022 season opener for Byron Dragway. For the opener, Midwest Super Comp Race #1, Junior Dragsters, High School Bracket Races #1 & #2, Junior Street along with a Test & Tune ran. The weather was a little warm, but it was a beautiful day to kick off the season.
In Super Comp, it was four-time champion Chad Lamont taking the victory by defeating his Dad, Pat in the finals. Chad had a fairly easy route to the finals. In the first round his competitor, Jim Glosson, redlighted giving the win to Chad. Unfortunately, all day the Super Comp cars were experiencing issues reducing the field. In the second and third rounds, Chad had single passes on his way to the Final against Pat. Pat's route was little more difficult, although for being the #1 qualifier, he had a first round bye. In the second round, he beat Ed Cook in a double breakout by running closer to his dial-in. In the third round, he beat Mark Meier with a good run R/T .079, DI 5.70, ET 5.712 @ 134.23 MPH. Mark had a R/T .120, DI 5.70, ET 5.957 @ 114.91 MPH.
The finals was a great race between Chad, son, and Pat, father. It was Chad taking a holeshot win! Check these numbers:
Chad .015,5.70, 5.722, 137.78
Pat .026, 5.70, 5.719, 131.05
In a way, Chad got very lucky. About halfway through the 1/8th mile, his motor starting shedding parts off the front of the block. All told, it was a very happy Winner's Circle!
The Juniors run two classes, the Novice class for the younger kids and the Elite for the older. The Junior Novices had eight cars that ran three rounds before the finals. In keeping with the family racing theme, in the third round it was Wyatt Bacon racing against his sister Ellie to reach the finals. Ellie was just a little fast and broke out handing the win to Wyatt.
In the finals, it was Wyatt Bacon against James Pfohl. James had won his first two rounds and earned a bye in the third round to get to the finals. Wyatt cut a .003 light to James' .018. Both had 8.90 D/I's. At the stripe, James broke out by .001 (8.899) giving the win to Wyatt
In the Junior Elite class, there were thirteen cars competing. In the first round it was Lucas Bright with the #1 qualifier bye.
From there, in the second round, he was up against Madalyn Highland when she redlighted and in the third round his opponent Ben Acker's car broke. This put him in the final. His opponent in the final was Tom Konen. Tom had wins in the first two rounds which earned him a bye in the third to go to the finals. In the final, Tom cut a .014 light while Lucas was a little slow off the start, .113. Tom took the win.
In the Fun Run, the Novice Class was won by Jack Lang and the Elite Class was won by Wyatt Bacon, his second win of the day.
High School ran two races Saturday with six competitors. In the first race final, it was Mykala Highland vs Evan Folk. Mykala was driving the slower car and started first. When Evan went red by .016, it gave the win to Mykala.
In the second race, it was Grace Haas against Kaden Mulligan. Grace had a better reaction time and ran closer to her dial-in to take the win.
In Junior Steet there were six cars competing. In the finals, it was Mykala Highland against Ben Acker. Mykala earned a bye into the finals and Ben had been having very good lights all day. At the start Ben was just a little quick redlighting,* giving the win to Mikayla. This was Mikayla's second win of the day.
That concluded all the series and classes of racing. Throughout the day, we also had a Test & Tune. Most of these cars were testing for Sunday's Index races. Here are some of those cars.
Before the racing began the Junior Dragster drivers and families held a meeting to discuss the upcoming season. Coordinator Dana Highland asked all for a moment of silence for long time Junior supporter, Rick Rucker and family. Over the off-season, Rick lost his life to Covid. During the season, they are planning a Memorial Race.