As Atco Raceway was kicking off a big weekend for the Summer Series, we had our latest installment of heads up racing. In 10.0 Index, our friend Mark Plucinski was dialed in as usual, taking the number one qualifying spot with a 10.010 pass. Mike Colo and Lee Grinnell were right behind Mark, taking the #2 and #3 spots, respectively. Mark made his way through a tough field to the finals, where he faced many-time champion Mike Romeo. Mike threw away the race with a red light, but he had no chance on the planet to beat Mark, who earned his win for the day with a dead on reaction time and a 10.005 pass – probably the best 10.0 Index package we have seen in quite a long time!
In 11.50 Index, 15 cars battled for top qualifying spots and the coveted first round bye. Today, those honors went to Barb Lutz, who went an amazing 11.501 pass. Keith Reis and Nick Berty were right behind her in the #2 and #3 spots. Towards the top of the field were a few Harvey’s as usual, always around ready to take home some round wins. Barb had a great pass in the first round, but was off the pace and knocked out in round #2. Nick Berti was only on the positive side of the index once during eliminations, but his breakouts were always closer to the Index than his opponents’. In the final, Berti eliminated Keith Reis to take home the win for the day.