The Route 66 Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series ran Race #5 on July 6th with the NHRA King of the Track Wally up for grabs. In addition, the Sportsman class and Junior Modified class needed to complete Race #4 and #1 respectively. The day started very nice with a lot of good passes during Time Trials.
During the day things got a little sticky for me. There were several long track delays with oil downs and weather. The day stretched on to the point, I had to leave to take care of some personal family commitments. However, I want to acknowledge the day's winners.
First, lets look at the completion of the rain delayed ETB #4. The Sportsman class final was between the two leaders in points, Paul O'Keefe and Stephen Mroz. Paul had the faster RT, .043, to Steve's .062. They pushed each other into a double breakout! Paul took the win when he ran closer to his DI (12.20) with an ET of 12.199 to Steve's 14.313 on a DI of 14.37.
In the Junior Modified Final, it was Danny Ellis up against Cooper Hamelen. Danny had the faster reaction time .027/.127 and ran closer to his DI (7.90/7.940) to Coopers 9.18/9.206 to take the win.
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In the final of Super Pro, it was the door slammer of Tom Begler against the dragster of Tori Trench. Being in the slower car, Tom left first and had a faster reaction of .014 to Tori's .033. Tori tried to run him down, but at the stripe, Tom ran closer to his dial-in, 8.018/8.214 to Tori's 7.68/7.709 to take the win light.
In Pro, it was Ryan Alley against Ed Kroll. With the slower car, Ed left first with a faster RT, .043 to Ryan's.049. Ryan was able to run Ed down running closer to his dial-in, 9.21/9.235 to Ed's 10.73/10.803 to take the win.
In Pro Bike, it was Mike Krueger against Tom Ewig, both riding Kawaski's. Tom was riding the slower bike and left first with a better reaction time of .038 to Mike's .170. However, Mike was able to run Tom down, causing Tom to breakout with an ET of 9.059 on a 9.09 dial-in. Mike ran within .012 of his dial-in of 8.47 with a 8.482 ET.
In Sportsman, it was long time Bracket racers, Fred Trombley vs Bill Larson. Bill left first with the slower car, however Fred had the better reaction time .026/.083. Bill ran closer to his dial-in 13.23/13.280 than Fred's12.19/12.252. This was a hole shot win for Fred!
In High School, it was Samantha Senko up against Dave Kovar Jr. This was a heads up race with a dial-in of 20.00. Dave had the better reaction time, .030/.081. As both cars approached the stripe, they pushed each other to both break out. Sam was closer to the dial-in with a 19.577 to Dave's, 19.519 to take the win.
In race #2 for Junior Sportsman, it was Mia Rybarski against Brody Grimes. This was a double breakout race with Mia running a12.154 on a 12.16 dial-in and Brody a 12.299 with a 12.45. Unfortunately, Brody was a little quick on the throttle going red by -.046 giving the win to Mia. Brody was the #1 Qualifier with the Best Reaction Time in time trials.
In Junior Modifieds, it was Kamryn Schubbe against Danny Ellis. This was a heads-up race with both dialed-in at 7.90. Kamryn broke out with an ET of 7.863 to Danny's 7.911, however as in the Sportsman final, Danny went red by -.065 leaving the win to Kamryn.
At the conclusion of the Bracket racing, it was time for the King of the Track. This pitted the four top winners (excluding High School and Juniors) against each for the title and a Wally. In the semi-finals, it was Tom Begler paired with Mike Krueger and Ryan Alley against Fred Trombley. Tom and Ryan won and faced off in the Final. It was Ryan who had the better reaction time and ran closer to his dial-in (.024/9.21/9.243) than Tom's .019/8.18/8.223 to take home the Wally.
To see all the event's photos please click here. I want to thank Sam Martin for taking and supplying the Winner's Circle photos.