Saturday morning broke to a beautiful day. I had some morning business to attend so arrived at the dragway around 11:30am. There was a slow start to racing activities, so I really didn't miss much of the on-track racing. This day's racing consisted of Midwest Super Comp and Two Wheel Speed with a Test & Tune in between.
Midwest Super Comp
The Midwest Super Comp was represented by nineteen cars from Illinois and Wisconsin. After two rounds of Time Trials it was Delvin Shepard, Colona, Il., earning the first round bye. Near the end of the round, the Chris Lancaster dragster, driven by Dave Livesey, had a problem and had to withdraw. Super Comp went a total of four rounds before the final. Chad Lamont earned the Bye into the finals and would face Delvin Shepard. Delvin had been having consistent reaction times, .025-.028, in the previous four rounds. In the finals, for some reason Delvin went red, giving the win to multiple Super Comp Champion Chad Lamont, .035/8.90/8.960/156.15.
Two Wheel Speed
The Motorcycles were racing in four classes, 890 Bike, SS Bike 950, Street Bike ET and Drag Bike ET with Street and Drag Bikes facing off for the overall win.
In 890 Bike, it was Wisconsin Rapids' Chris Panko defeating Joe Robbins when Joe broke out with an 8.890/8.90 to Chris' .050/8.90/8.893/147.46
In SS Bike 950, It was Joe Robbins, in his second final, against Larry Sargis. Both Joe and Larry broke out with Joe running closer to the index.
Joe Robbins .046/9.50/9.448/135.52
Larry Sargis .052/950/9.441/140.72
Street Bike went three rounds to reach the finals. In the finals it was Rockford's Ted Thompson against Dekalb's Andy Bailey. They had faced off in the first round and Andy had redlighted. He did a buy-back to get back in the race. In the finals, Andy again redlighted handing the win to Ted. Ted had seen the Andy's redlighted and cruised to the stripe.
In the Drag Bike final its Lowell, Indiana's Mike Krueger against Sandwich, Illinois' John Niles. John had the slower bike and started first, however Mike was able to chase him down and take the win light.
Mike Krueger .052/8.41/8.761/123.47
John Niles .185/9.77/10.081/126.71
The two winners, Mike Krueger and Ted Thompson of the Bike ET classes ran off against each other with Mike Krueger taking the win when Ted redlighted.
During the Test & Tune portion of the day, I say a familiar Pontiac Firebird normally driven by Morgan Hixon. However, I knew that Morgan had just recently moved to Tampa, Fl. I looked around and saw her Dad, John, crew chiefing ( who drives a copper colored buick in Super Pro), her mother, Mary. I didn't see her sister Savannah! Sav usually is crew chiefing Dad or Morgan. On closer inspection, it was Sav driving. Sav had never driven on a drag strip and driven this car only once prior in a parking lot. Sav made eight passes this day and by the end of the day, you could see by the look on her face that she caught the racing bug! Good job today, Sav!!
In the Two Wheel Speed portion of the event, Frank Criscione had a ride when the bike popped a huge wheely. Frank did a great job of saving the bike. I was able to catch it from two angles.
I ran into Dave Kovar Jr. I have watched Dave race since he was in Junior Dragsters. Now, he is driving in Midwest Super Comp. His car has a beautiful paint job that for the most part, painted himself. The taping of the car took over forty hours.
Here are some more images from the day's events.