After a very busy June and July (NHRA Nationals, NASCAR, NHRA Div. 3 w/Burndown and NMRA/NMCA), we got back to some local racing with the Race Your Ride "Bike Night". The fastest bike in a heads up competition wins a ticket package to upcoming events.
And the winner was...Larry Sargis with a speed over 150 mph. Larry with his entourage!
The one great thing about the Race Your Ride nights, you never know what is going to show up. Friday night was no exception! We had 'A' Fuel dragsters...
The one bad thing about the Race Your Ride, sometimes you never know who is driving. Dave Kovar drove this car at the recent NHRA Lucas Oil Division 3 race and when I asked who was driving tonight, it wasn't going to be Dave. Then as the car came to the line, I thought I heard Dave was in the car! I don't know who was driving, but they did a good job!
That was also the case with several other cars. I saw John Woolwine's car and then I learned it was John's brother, Bob, licensing in his car. They are in the final stages of a building Bob's car.
Another familiar car at Route 66 is the 1960 Chevrolet Impala Pro Mod driven by Pat Powers. What I learned tonight was the car is actually owned by his brother Bernie, who was also licensing this night.
Also, we had eight year old Mia Rybarski of Tinley Park licensing her Junior car. Welcome to the drag racing family, Mia!
And then there was Tori Trench.
I have watched Tori race Juniors since she was 9 years old. Friday night she was licensing in a full size dragster. Her parents, Todd and Sandy, recently purchased her a dragster. Her brother, TJ, has been driving the family dragster and recently had a motor issue (you can ask TJ what happened!). The motor from Tori's new car was placed in TJ's car and that is what Tori was licensing in.
As can be witnessed by the image of the last pass posted ET/Speed, the Super Pro boys better watch out next year! Not to say that Tori is competitive, however it has been fun to watch her race against TJ all these years and will again in the 2019 season.
In addition to the drivers licensing, there were several teams out testing. Bob Malloy's team with the nostalgia front end dragster, Beedy and Malloy was here.
As was Bob Buckley in the Rock 'n' Roll Express.
Kleinhoffer racing was out with Dana driving the nostalgia funny car Tremor.
I don't think I'm supposed to have favorites, however ever since I saw the new 1957 Chevrolet on the showroom floor as a kid, it has been one of my all time favorites. Randy Adler's '57 Pro Mod has been a favorite from the first time I laid eyes on it. Randy was out testing new carbon fiber wheely bars. He gave me my favorite pic of the night.
Unfortunately, in the run right after this burnout, something broke in the drivetrain ending their night. Originally they thought it was the drive shaft, but it appears the pinion gear let loose. The good thing is, that is why they test. Better now than in competition!
It was a great night to be at Route 66! Great weather, a good crowd and super racing. Here are some more of my favorites from the night.