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 Post subject: Press Release featuring coverage of Outlaws at Atco!
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:12 pm 
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David Godfrey
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Atco, NJ September 8, 2008--The real power this weekend was not provided by Hurricane Hanna but by the heads up racers at this year’s Outlaws at Atco. The storm caused Saturday’s event to be cancelled but did not pack enough punch to knock out Sunday. Gone were the clouds by Sunday morning, replaced by true thunder, the kind made by big-thumping V8 engines.

Sunday’s event showcased both 1/8 and ¼ mile racing. Outlaw 10.5, Pro Modified and Drag Radial all ran 1/8 mile while the 8.50 index class utilized the full ¼ mile.

The Outlaw 10.5 cars put on a great show and they laid down some pretty impressive numbers. The #1 qualifier was Richard Sexton (Ijamsville, MD) who laid down a 4.467 with his 2006 Pontiac GTO. Richard also outlasted the competition and was crowned the winner by the end of the day by defeating Larry Wood’s (Tabernacle, NJ) notchback Mustang in the finals. Richard Sexton set low E.T. of the event by running a blistering 4.428 but top speed honors went to his son Keith Sexton (Ijamsville, MD) who had a 172.04 blast.

In Pro Modified the fans never left their seats, as they wanted to see if Milt Decker (Dover, PA) and his 1963-split window Corvette could run the table. Milt was not only the #1 qualifier with 4.126 pass but also set low E.T. of the meet with a 4.085 and set the MPH benchmark as well when the traps clocked him at 180.94 MPH. Milt’s day was quickly over though as his car rocked back and forth in the beams triggering the red light and giving the Pro Mod trophy over to the #11 qualifier Steve Cossis (Astoria, NY).

The Drag Radial cars tore down the Atco Raceway in wild abandonment as they tried to apply 2,000 plus horsepower to the ground. The # 1 qualifier was Tim Johnson (Weyers Cave, VA) who pedaled his bright red Mustang to a 5.405. Paul Major (Fort Sawnga, NY) in his 2001 Corvette set the MPH bar with a 152.99 pass. Low E.T. of the event went to the eventual class winner Brett Hull (Mantua, NJ), who powered his way to a 5.019 trip down the quarter mile. In the finals it was a battle between identical looking red Mustangs as Brett Hull defeated Tim Johnson.

The 8.50 index class featured 24 cars trying to get into a 16-car field. William Sanford (Tiverton, RI) was the #1 qualifier as he paced his 1964 Nova to an 8.502 pass. The final round was one for the ages. It featured T.J. Kasper (Westville, NJ) and his wild black and green 1993 Mustang against Tommy Romeo (Souderton, PA) and his dipped in black 1972 Nova. Both drivers nailed the tree with Kasper having a slight advantage (.019 vs. .025) but it looked like he gave it away at the top end as Romeo drove past him for the victory. Romeo ran an 8.538 to Kasper’s 8.547, a difference of a mere three thousandths of a second! Romeo wins the race but Kasper is now Atco Raceway’s 8.50 index points leader.

Overall it was a great day of heads up drag racing enjoyed by everyone. Atco Raceway would like to thank all the fans and racers who made this event possible and to Maria DiSciullo, who gave a stirring rendition of our national anthem.

Atco Raceway would especially like to thank all the sponsors who supported the 3rd Annual Outlaws at Atco and they include the following companies:

GMC/Pontiac, Franklin Trailers, Kooks Custom Headers, ATI Performance Products, Glenwood Performance, Kaspers Korner and Weber Automotive.


“Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all others are games.” - Ernest Hemingway

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