What a magnificent day to be at the race track for Route 66's second round of Rockett Brand Racing Fuel's ET Bracket Series. The day broke with beautiful, partly cloudy skies and warming temperatures. Overnight the track experienced some unexpected rain and with the rising temperature, it caused a little seepage. As soon as it was detected, the Drag staff got to work to make the track safe for our drivers and teams. Even though the racing was delayed, when it did start it was evident everyone brought their "A" game. As was customary, the race day began with two rounds of time trials. As the teams made their way to the staging lanes, it was evident there was a large contingent of Pro cars. It was going to be a Pro day!
After completion of the time trials, the racing began in earnest. The smallest class to run Saturday was High School. In the Final, it was Darcy Ancel against Dylan Hensley. Darcy was the slower car and launched first. Dylan in his haste to catch Darcy left early gaining a redlight and Darcy taking the win.
The next class to complete its eliminations and go to the finals, was Pro Bike. It was Bob Foster Jr. versus Bill Homuth. Bill had the slower dial-in and launched first. He had a very good light, .035. However, Bob had better one, .031 and ran closer to his dial-in to take the win (7.58/7.614).
The Sportsman class was the next to run its final. It was Jeff Sandowski against Stephen Mroz. Steve had been cutting great lights all day and Jeff had been very consistent running close to his dial. Steve launched first, making his only mistake of the day by going red, -.043. Jeff already had the win as he launched and still ran another consistent pass, 12.00/12.039. This is Jeff's first win in a very long time! If you remember on Route 66's opening day, Jeff got engaged to Marilyn at the track. He has had a good couple of weeks!
Super Pro was up next. It was the dragster's of Kenny King and Jay Allen up against each other. Both are long time competitors at Route 66 and Kenny won last week's ET Bracket race #1. Both cut good lights, Jay .011-Kenny .030. This was a great race with Jay running slightly closer to his 7.85 dial-in to take the win.
The largest class was the last class to complete it's final, Pro. It was Valparaiso's Adam Needles, last week's finalist, against Symerton's Owin Proffit. Just before going through the tunnel, I spoke with Owin and he was not confident of being able to beat Adam. At the top end, it was Owin taking the win light. In the Winner's Circle Owin stated, "Sometimes you get lucky!" There may be a little talent involved.
The Lawson family was out in force, except for Miranda (Lawson) Alley and her husband Ryan who were at the hospital having a baby. All day Mom (Michelle) was sending out updates. (not pictured Connor)
I am happy to announce the birth of Corbin Michael Alley! Congratulations to Ryan, Miranda, the Alley and Lawson families!
Born May 5, 2019 @ 4:16 a.m.
On that happy note, I want to welcome back to Route 66, Don Yonkers. Its been about three years since Don has raced at Route 66. He has been extremely busy traveling the world for his work at Palmgren.
Today's win for Darcy Ancel was her first since 2014, when she was in Junior's. That is a long wait between wins! The Ancel family are long time racers and car builders at Route 66. Pictured are Darcy and Dad, Dave, driving Saturday.
We always talk about luck in racing. Five time champion including 2018, Herman Zehnder has had terrible luck in the first two races of the season. He has had two first round losses. Last week he lost to Troy Bogner when Troy ran a perfect pass. He was nearly perfect himself except for a -.010 red light. This week he went red by .001 and almost ran his number. Herman is too good a drag racer for this to continue!