We returned to Englishtown Raceway Park for the second installment in their summer thrill show series. This event was dubbed the PC Richard & Sons Summer Motorsports Spectacular, and the action was spectacular indeed. We arrived early and cruised around the pits to check out the features of the event up close and personal. Considering GDR and all of our members love to see door cars, we were happy to see the Drummond Race Cars Pro-Mod team in the house, the twin turbo Mustang wheeld by the boss, Steve Drummond. Also in the house was Andy Jensen, who if you remember, made the first ever 5 second pass in a turbo powered small block at one of last summer’s thrill shows. Finishing up the turbo Pro-Mod presence for the day was Jim Bersani in the mean looking, light blue Buick.
Behind the tower, we saw a unique vehicle that we have not seen in a few years at Raceway Park – RoboSaurus!! This beast loves to rip cars in half and set them on fire, right in the middle of the drag strip! He certainly did not disappoint on Wednesday night, and did exactly that. He made quite a mess as he tore up two cars while torching them into flaming balls of metal, like they were toys. The fans certainly loved his return, as the stands were packed and they cheered him on during the destruction.
Always a crowd favorite and back for more action was the Hanna Motorsports Jet Car team, with drivers Ken Hall, Jill Canuso, and Rich Hanna. Sporting the Gojo sponsorship, the drivers were busy in the pits before, during, and after the show, signing every last autograph requested of them by the fans, and showing the fans their one of a kind rides up close and personal. The fans cheered them on as we saw a 300mph pass out of Jill’s jet powered dragster, as well as a great race between Ken Hall and Rich Hanna. Rich took the win light, but Ken gave him a run for his money as always.
Englishtown takes care of its sportsman racers, as is evident during every thrill show. Towards the beginning of the show, all points leaders in every bracket and heads-up class get to race an exhibition show for a purse. We were glad to see representation from the 10.0, 11.50, and 8.50 Index classes, as well as the Corvette Challenge series heads up classes. These racers always put on a great show for the fans and expose some fans to heads up racing who might normally not get the opportunity to see it. Finishing up the drag racing action were a handful of Nostalgia funny cars, making some mighty fast passes and getting ready for Sunday’s Nostalgia Funny Car reunion. Jon Capps was in the house, driving the Jungle Jim funny car.
The main attraction for most of the fans, the Monster Trucks, put on a great show once again. We had what seemed like an eternity of Monster Truck action, including Grave Digger, Batman, the Higher Education School Bus, Black Stallion, Spider-Man, and Superman monster trucks. These guys mashed the throttles and squished up some cars along the side of the track, and also did some sick burnouts right in the burnout box area! If you don’t believe us, check out the photo galleries and see for yourself!
The remaining thrill shows at Englishtown will be the Monster Truck Meltdown on Wednesday, August 17th, and the US Diesel Truckin’ Nationals on Saturday, September 17th. Visit www.racewaypark.com for more info and tickets!