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9/4/2009 Atco 8.50, 10.0, 12.0 Index Picture Gallery

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The heads up guys pulled into a full house at Atco Raceway, as there was a Summer Series race in progress. One good thing about so many dragsters going down the track - great track conditions, even better than everyone is used to. Another thing that was music to everyone's ears was the pre-race announcement that there would not be any random pairing for the first round, everyone would qualify for an all-run ladder! Smiles all around were what I observed from the racers, happy to have the old qualifying system back. The weather was cool but definitely some humidity in the air, points races in all classes are tight and everyone had their game faces on.



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12.0 Index

12.0 index qualifying tonight was super tight (ok, well, ALL of the classes were, 12.0 was no exception). Check out the qualifying sheet and see for yourself -- the top 15 spots were in the 12.0's, WOW! John Mealey took the honors of #1 qualifier with a best shot of 12.009, a tough to beat number. Right behind him was Doug Frisch, who normally races in 10.0 but made it to the 12.0 party after having to swap a different motor in his Nova. The rest of the field was so close, it was really anyone's race to win.

Round 1

Dennis Garrity and Eric Mazzoni came out to start out the heads up eliminations for the night. Mazzoni got the jump but ran too quick, the better qualified racer going back on the trailer and Garrity moves on with a 12.196 pass. Road Runner Kev pulls up next against Avril Krieg, Kevin whoops Krieg at the tree with a .120 advantage and goes 12.036 to move along to round number next. Another great light comes next, Harry Cronce's .031 to Keith Reif's .106, Cronce's e/t was .002 slower but that didn't matter as this race was won at the starting line. Dave Harvey (III, the youngest one present) trees Barb Lutz by over a tenth, Barb tries to run him down but broke out. Dave avoids going to quick and lets off to go 12.176 with an .006 light, to Barb's 11.982 pass. Continuing on the theme of great lights in round 1 for 12.0, Walt Haas goes 12.024 with a .023 light to Chuck Koenig's breakout 11.822 pass with a .238 light. Like father like son, Dave Harvey Jr. puts up a great .005 light to Nick Berti's also quick .032. Both of the experienced drivers go quick, Nick just a little too fast. Dave Harvey Jr. goes 11.993 to Nick's 11.929. Harvey and Berti started a breakout trend for the rest of the round, Mark Mueller and Thomas Zane Jr. continued that trend. Cool is closer to 12.0, with an 11.968 to Zane's 11.910. Doug Frisch comes up next for his first round of 12.0 this season, lined up against Chris Bruno. Bruno goes red by .008, he would have had the win with an 11.971, but Frisch takes it with an 11.961 pass. Lynn Townes, #10 qualifier, and John Mealey, #1, get the first round singles. Both racers were below 12.0 and would need to slow it down just a little bit.

Round 2

Harry Cronce and Dennis Garrity made up the first pair in the second round of 12.0. Garrity gets going first but Cronce drives around him, taking the win with a 12.190 pass. Dave Harvey III gets the win against #1 qualifier John Mealey as the tree drops, Mealey getting a deep stage foul. Harvey runs it out anyways for an 11.955. His old man comes up next, and takes out Lynn Townes who goes red by .003, Dave Jr. cuts a respectable .023 light and an 11.989 pass. Kev Walsh and Doug Frisch pull up next. Kevin catches Doug smelling the roses at the tree, Doug does a good job of trying to run him down and goes 12.009, but that pass is wasted as Kevin won it at the tree with a .027 light and 12.089 pass. Walt Haas and and Cool finish out the round, what a great matchup this was. Walt gets the jump with a .013 light to Mark's .038, Mark has the better e/t with a 12.045 but Walt's reaction time gets him the win with a 12.054 Pass.

Round 3
Dave Harvey Jr. puts up yet another impressive .00 light, this time an .006, against #3 qualifier Harry Cronce's .072. That was all she wrote, Cronce's 12.016 pass was not quick enough to make up the difference, Harvey goes 12.066 for the win. The next matchup was looking good to be a good race, until Walt Haas gave it up at the tree by going .007 red. Another Harvey moves on to the semis, along with Kev Walsh who takes the single to the semis.

Semi-finals
Dave Harvey Jr. takes the bye into the finals, the only pairing in the semis was his son versus Kevin Walsh. Walsh leaves with a .021 head start on Harvey, but breaks out with an 11.965 pass to Dave's 12.033. Great effort on the part of both racers, and we are left with a father-son matchup in the 12.0 final.

Finals
Father and son matchup here! A Harvey would be going home with the win tonight, either way it was party time. Dave Harvey Jr. qualified 14 against his son's #6 spot. The tree dropped, and both racers were at the top of their game as the tree dropped. Dave Harvey III, teetering on that 12.0 border, breaks out again and his father takes the win, staying on the north side of 12.0 and running a 12.043 with an .018 light, what a great package and a well earned win for the night!



12.0 Index Qualifying Sheet
12.0 Index Eliminations Results



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10.0 Index

You thought 12.0 was close, check out 10.0! The top 6 qualifiers were within 8 thousandths of each other, with the top 12 racers 10.086 or better. No surprise to see Mike Romeo at the top, who has been tearing it up in 10.0 recently, but really needs a win at Atco for the points. The other folks at the top of the ladder with him were Mike Colo, Scott Embley, CJ Ungaro, and Alan Von Ahnew. There was a great turnout for 10.0 tonight, a total of 20 good looking race cars.

Round 1

Ed Riordan Jr. and Paul Cottone pulled up to start out 10.0, a Pontiac versus Mustang battle. Paul having some problems, as he goes on the brake the car jumps the beams before the tree is activated and he gets the foul, Riordan was no slouch, running a nice package, a 10.067 with an .025 light. Joe Facchine gets Tony Mullin bad at the tree, Tony who normally goes rounds would be going home early tonight with his 9.977 pass and .114 light. Facchine got it done though, Tony didn't have a chance to catch up as Facchine goes 10.032 with an .019 light. Mark Plucinski, in the top 3 in points, pulls off an important win against another points leader, Mike Scalfo. Scalfo gets going first but Plucinski drove around him for the win with a 10.033 pass. Alan von Ahnew, a name we have not seen before in 10.0 at Atco this season, trees Brendan Mills pretty good with a .002 light, but breaks out on a 9.989 pass and Mills moves on with his 10.105. Mike Colo, #2 qualifier, comes up next against Ray Wallis Jr. Mike unfortunately goes red by .018, as Ray Wallis continues to work on his 60 foot, trying to tame that big block Chevelle. Joe Cocuzza and Harry Weber leave almost at the same time in their matchup, and both break out. Harry goes quicker by a mere .002 seconds, Cocuzza moving on with a 9.976 pass. Lee Grinnell and #1 qualifier Mike Romeo came up next, two guys who could easily take the win for the day. In a rare occurrence, Romeo goes red and will be going home after 1 round tonight, Lee hangs the tires in the Fairmont and sends her down the strip for the win and the pass to round 2. Bill Dutka goes red giving the win to CJ Ungaro, who runs an impressive package with a 10.088 and 0.15 light. Bill Pollock puts up a perfect .000 reaction time against Tom Wood, Tom with a respectable .036, and when his front tires came back down to earth a little ways down the track, drove around Pollock to take the win. Scott Embley and Rick Steinke, two good looking Chevelles, finished up round 1. Both break out, Embley by less and moves on with a 9.864.

Round 2

A bunch of heavy hitters left, but not just from the top of the qualifiers, we had racers from all over the field that made it to Round 2. Lee Grinnell and Brendan Mills started out the action, leaving at the same time but Lee made it to the stripe first with a 10.086 to Brendan's 10.117. Ray Wallis left on Tom Wood, an .010 light with a nice 10.085 elapsed time, but Tom Wood did what was necessary and made it there first with a 10.036, margin of victory was .006. I think I saw Mike Romeo in the stands with his Ungaro and Plucinski voodoo dolls for the next two passes :) Joe Facchine takes out CJ Ungaro, Ungaro breaking out with a 9.955, to Facchines 10.057. Joe Cocuzza gets a slight jump on Mark Plucinski, Plucinski ran him down but missed it by a hair, breaking out and running a 9.999 to Cocuzza's 10.050. Finishing up the round was Scott Embley, your #3 qualifier, taking out Ed Riordan's firebird. Both racers break out by thousandths of a second, Embley by .004 and Riordan by .008.

Round 3

Tom Wood still hanging the tires and running the numbers, goes a 10.045 to beat Joe Cocuzza in the first pairing of the round. Joe Facchine who had been doing well, throws it away with a .010 red light, Scott Embley moving on, still running good with a 10.090 pass. Lee Grinnell gets the bye to the semis, he runs a great 10.081 pass with a .018 light.

Semi-finals
Scott Embley and Lee Grinnel made up the only pair of the semis, each leaving at about the same time and judging by the results, playing some pedal games at the top end :) Embley goes 10.910 to Lee's 10.985. Tom Wood takes the bye to the finals, running a 10.094 pass, ready to rock and roll against Embley.

Finals

Tom Wood got the jump on Embley and that was all she wrote, Tom takes the win with a .031 light and 10.072 pass, a hard night's worth of work to make it to the winner's circle. Congrats!


10.0 Index Qualifying Sheet
10.0 Index Eliminations Results



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8.50 Index

12 cars made it out for the 8.50 field tonight, with some familiar folks at the top of the qualifying food chain. TJ Kasper came out and ran an 8.506 pass, only for Luis Martinez to come along and run a perfect 8.500 and snatch the #1 qualifler spot. Mike Conway, the points leader, was down in the #10 spot with a 8.599. Ali Buscio, fresh off a win at Englishtown, was right in front of Mike in the #9 spot. Al Jr. out of Fonse Performance was at the bottom of the ladder, taking out a brand new engine combination for its first passes, and having a problem new to the Fonse boys -- running too fast. The field was set and the ladder had some great matchups, the 8.50 class ran smooth with plenty of cool down time while the other races were underway.


Round 1

Mike Conway gets it started out with Artie Lomparo. Lomparo goes red by a mile, .353. Conway runs an 8.411, he picks up on his qualifying 8.599 but will need to find the middleground to keep on going rounds. Ali Buscio is normally crew chief as Craig Buscio races at Atco, but this time she brought the Buick and her fire suit. She lines up with Scott Shepherd, and gets the jump on him. Scott tries to run Ali down, and does that, but goes too fast with an 8.434, Ali runs 8.564 to move on to round 2. Brian Ferrari lines up with the #1 qualifier Luis Martinez on the next pair. Luis runs a great 8.502 pass, but Ferrari in the big bad green Chevelle had an .036 advantage, coupled with his 8.519 gave him the holeshot win and took out the #1 qualifier for the night. Not sure what happened on the next pass, John Goss goes 9.042 to Rob Poochigian's 8.545. The two Tommy's were up next, Romeo vs. Kasper. Romeo's car is a real challenge for the other drivers as he really lays on the speed in the back half. Romeo has a small advantage on TJ Kasper, reigning track champ, TJ runs a tad too fast and Romeo's 8.541 pass is good enough to move on against TJ's 8.488. John Razler (that's ONE Z, as advertised by John) and Fonse Jr. also met each other, but both had issues and jumped the tree before it activated, fouling out.

Round 2

Mike Conway and Brian Ferrari came up first. Ferrari left way early and kept on the gas the whole way, running a 8.457. Conway goes 8.654 and is on to the semis. Tommy Romeo leaves on Rob Poochigian, and takes the holeshot win with a 8.523 pass to Rob's 8.516. Ali Buscio has the single to the semis, she runs an 8.491.

Semi-finals

The only cars left were the #8,#9, and #10 qualifiers. #8 Tommy Romeo lined up with #9 Ali Buscio, two nitrous powered cars. Ali cuts an awesome .005 light, trying to beat her .000 from the last race. Tommy also has a great .021 light, but Ali runs faster with an 8.538 to Tommy's 8.558. Mike Conway gets the single into the finals, he runs it out with an 8.465.

Finals

Both Ali and Mike leave about the same time, Ali with only an .002 advantage, so this was going to be a close race. Ali did what she needed to do, and beats Mike to the stripe with an 8.514 to Mike's 8.525. Congrats Ali on your first win at Atco Raceway!


8.50 Index Qualifying Sheet
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Thanks for the write up and the pictures Seth. We had a blast Friday night! :party:

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Hey Ali.... It's SHAKE-N-BAKE.... You were awesome on Friday night, u turned shake-n-bake into fried chicken.... No, but really, do love racing my friends & I wouldn't want to lose to anyone but friends like you guys...
keep up the good work on the tree 7 you'll have a lot more wins like that... see ya soon!!!
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Great event coverage and pics as always. Congrats to all the Index winners. :cheers:

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Nice job Seth & thx.... Mike

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