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NMRAPaul
09-02-2006, 07:06 PM
By Jason and Donut

Saturday got off to a soggy start with drizzle falling until noontime, but by mid-afternoon the track was dry and cars were rolling in the lane. Under overcast skies, we saw some amazing performances in the cool, dense Ohio air. Here’s some of today’s highlights.

http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/3/ohio/tuten.jpgBFGoodrich Drag Radial defending champ Chris Tuten, who’s been struggling to find a consistent handle on his tuneup all season, decided this past week to take his entire combination apart. Not only did he completely rebuild the short-block, he also switched to an 88mm turbo, a la the “Kolivas Recipe”, added the extra weight, and was rewarded with an 8.32 at 166.52 right off the trailer to take the number one qualifier position after round one.





http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/3/ohio/laskowski.jpgThe hard work for the Billy Laskowsky/McKeown Motorsports Engineering team seems to be paying off so far this weekend. The team, who has built not one, or two, but THREE new shortblocks, one after each of the last three races, sat in the number one position in MSD Super Street Outlaw after round one with a 7.520 at 187.05 mph, but the second round saw first John Urist, then Don Burton ratchet the mark down all the way to 7.50, putting ‘Sky in third going into tomorrow’s race.





http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/3/ohio/orts.jpgFresh off a trip to Maple Grove for the NMCA race last weekend, Chicagoland hotshoe Tony Orts is driving the PER car for Randy Crowley in ProCharger EFI Renegade. The car, with a pushrod nitrous combination (much like the one in Orts’ Firebird) finished round one in first spot, with an 8.61 at 156.12 mph. The current record is an 8.56, and we’re curious to see if he can break that as the air gets colder in round two.





http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/3/ohio/holliday.jpgThe team from Justin’s Performance, long known for their domination in one form or another in K&N Filters Factory Stock, is making another attempt at is this weekend. Team member Eric Holliday, driving his ’97 Mustang powered by a 283-inch 2V Modular engine, is the first Factory Stock racer with a 2V into the 11.50 zone. His 11.59 at 114.89 led the qualifying ladder at the end of round one.





http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/3/ohio/shepard.jpgRoxanne Shepard is on the property after a several-race absence from the Vortech Modular Muscle class. Tweety II was running well, making a pair of low-10-second passes, but she was on the bottom of the ladder with a redlight in the first round of qualifying.





http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/3/ohio/meyer.jpg5.0 Magazine Real Street has a full eight-car field this weekend. Brian Meyer came out with a bit too-strong of a tune-up in the car as he put it on the bumper on his first test pass. He got it figured out on his next hit, running a 10.08 at 133 and putting him in the number three spot at the close of the first round of qualifying





http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/3/ohio/hemminger.jpgAfter getting more nitrous in the mid-season rules changes and dominating Real Street, Bruce Hemminger has the chance to reset the class ET record. His 9.876-second pass from the first round needs a 9.974 or quicker before the weekend is over to become the new record.





That’s all for tonight, race fans. We’ll be back tomorrow with more from National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio.