Cecil County Dragway hosts the Finishline Performance Outlaw Streetcar Shootout each month and the turnout was absolutely a great one in multiple classes this month! The normal classes that run every month 10.5, Outlaw Radial, X275, Ultra, Big Tire, 8.50, 10.0 and 11.50 were all here with the addition of Top Sportsman for the May race. The weather was beautiful although during the day track temps reached 115 degrees so many of the racers had some trouble getting down the track so it was a tuners race for sure! As usual Cecil County has a test session on the Friday before the race and some impressive runs were made. Craig Pio an Outlaw 10.5 regular who has ran very well last year had an accident up top end and ended up taking out part of the tower lane scoreboard and the motor laying in the return road. Craig is bruised and the car most probably will be a loss but the good news is that the cage work by Montana Brothers Race Cars did its job and saved his life! Everyone here at Gonedragracing.com wishes Craig Pio a speedy recovery and hope to see you out again real soon! Get well Craig!
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Now the action in all of the classes was great with some new winners taking home the wins!
Outlaw 10.5 which has some of biggest heavy hitters in the country that race regularly right here at Cecil County Dragway were all on the grounds trying to take home the win this race as well as lower the records! In a class that is dominated by twin turbo big blocks two nitrous racers Charlie Dolbin of Caldwell Motorsports and Mo Hall of Mo Hall Motorsports were #1 and #2 on the qualifying ladder with Dolbin laying down a 4.205 and Hall right behind him with a 4.208! T.J. Kasper followed in the #3 spot with a 4.286, Larry Wood who had an accident at the Yellowbullet race and had Victory Racecraft rebuild his gorgeous 10.5 Corvette was back in action and qualified with a 4.343 to hold the #4 spot, Dale Collins Jr was out in Buck Jarvis Camaro and held the #5 spot on the ladder with a 4.383. Mike Decker Jr of Decker Salvage who just two weeks before had a fire at Maryland International Raceway fixed his Camaro and ran a 4.478, Steven Crisafulli was piloting Tommy Ferricks beautiful 10.5 S10 held the #7 spot with a 4.492, Mike Reynols had his Mean blown combo out and was able to get down the track running a 4.545, Anthony DiSomma in the DiSomma Racing Engines Punisher Camaro was next with a 4.565 to qualify #9. Steven Kluepfel who has the blown fox body and although not the fastest at Cecil he tends to get down the track more than not ran a 4.583 to qualify #10. John Cheman another blower car was #11 with a 4.583, Twin Turbo Tom Kasper of Kasper’s Korner was #12 with a 4.608, David Hance of New York Motorsports who recently sold his Twin Turbo Mustang to Mark Wells was qualified #13 with a 4.720, Richard Sexton another blower combo qualified #14 at 4.782, Adam Smith in his 68 Barracude held the #15 spot on the ladder with a 4.870 and someone who we don’t usually see at the bottom of the ladder Billy Gordon who ran very well at Cecil County Dragway last year ran a 5.079 to hold the #16 spot on the ladder. Outlaw 10.5 saw 23 cars on the grounds doing battle! That number is very nice to see as 10.5 is one of the baddest classes in the county right now!
First round was exciting right off the bat with Mo Hall in his Big Nitrous motor running a 4.120 to take out Adam Smith who was dead late on the tree running a 4.432, Two turbo cars were up with Larry Wood taking down David Hance with a 4.321 to a slowing 4.927. Team Punisher Anthony DiSomma was up next against Mike Reynolds and DiSomma takes the win with Reynolds leaving before the tree came down. Caldwell Motorsports Charlie Dolbin was up next against Billy Gordon and both cars had some problems with Dolbin coasting to a 4.613 to take the win over Gordon’s 5.848, Steven Crisafulli and Steven Kluepfel were the next pair and Crisafulli takes the win with a 4.439 over a red lighting Kluepfel. Mike Decker and John Cheman two bad blower cars and Decker takes the win with a 5.147 over Cheman who broke a blower belt and lost the throttle linkage. T.J. Kasper and Richard Sexton two of the premier racers in 10.5 did battle with a fairly close race with Kasper taking the win with a 4.258 over Sexton’s 4.279. The last pair down the track for round 1 was Dale Collins Jr and Tom Kasper. Kasper’s car shut off as the tree fell so Collins Jr takes the win with a 4.755.
Second round Mo Hall was up against Steven Crisafulli. Crisafulli went up in smoke and Mo Hall takes the win with a 4.131 to backup his previous 4.12 and now Mo Hall holds the top nitrous 10.5 car! Larry Wood and Dale Collins Jr next up with Wood taking the win although Collins hit the tree with a .018 light but Larry Wood gets around him with a 4.248 to a 4.325. T.J. Kasper and Mike Decker in a battle of twin turbo versus blower cars saw Kasper run a 4.201 to take the easy win of Decker running a 4.791. Charlie Dolbin had a bye run as Anthony DiSomma couldn’t make the call so he just took the tree to move on to the semis.
In the semis T.J. Kasper was up against Mo Hall and like the April race where Mo Hall had a nitrous hiccup he does the same and Kasper takes the win with another 4.201. Larry Wood had a bye into the finals as Charlie Dolbin couldn’t make the call.
The finals saw Larry Wood and T.J. Kasper. Corvette versus Mustang! Very close in the finals here at Cecil an although the ET’s were nothing spectacular it was a very close being .0079 at the finishline. In his first race back after the rebuild Larry Wood and Ron Schlessinger take the win with a 4.393 to Kasper’s quicker 4.371. Wood had him on the tree to take the win!
Congratulations to Larry Wood on the win at the Cecil County Finishline Performance Outlaw Streetcar Shootout!!
Outlaw Big Tire
Outlaw Big Tire didn’t see a lot of racers but the racers who were on the grounds this month were running very well. Joe Schroder in his 69 Camaro who is a regular here at Cecil took the top qualifier with a 4.402, John Schroeder in his nitrous 2002 Camaro qualified #2 with a 4.490, Tony Myrie sat #3 with a 4.720, James Houston #4 with a 5.009 and Kevin Ashley in his Procharged El Camino was #5 with a 5.030.
John Schroeder and Kevin Ashley were the first pair up with Ashley losing traction so Schroeder takes the win with a 4.470 to Ashley’s 4.990, Tony Myrie and James Houston were next up with Houston dead late with a .464 light to Myrie’s .124 light so Myrie takes the win with a 5.187 to Houston’s 4.871. Joe Schroeder has a bye and runs a 4.481 and although he didn’t back up his previous run for a record he went straight down the track.
Smokin Joe Schroeder and Tony Myrie were up for a chance to get into the Outlaw Big Tire finals. Myrie did what he could and tree’d Smokin Joe but Schroeder reeled him in running a 4.461 to Myrie’s 4.950. John Schroeder had a bye so he just took the tree to meet Smokin Joe in the finals.
In the finals we saw two Schroeder’s, two Camaros do battle for the Outlaw big Tire win with the Scotty’s Racing Technology Nitrous Camaro of John Schroeder take the win over the blower Camaro of Joe Schroeder running a 4.428 to a 4.866.
Congratulations to John Schroeder on the win in Outlaw Big Tire at the Cecil County Finishline Performance Outlaw Streetcar Shootout!
Outlaw Drag Radial
Outlaw Drag Radial is a fun class to watch! The amount of power these fella’s are putting down on the 315 Drag Radial is insane!!! In qualifying we saw Frank Soldridge of PSI Motorsports take the top qualifying spot with a 4.42, Scotty G of Scotty’s Racing Technology take the #2 spot with a 4.64, Bill Dutka of the OAB Racing tuned Malibu sat #3 with a 4.77,
Marcus Thompson who has a wild paint job on his single 118 mm turbo Mustang #4 with a 5.2, Joe Dedona a newcomer to Cecil in his Procharged Corvette #5 with a 5.24 and Mustang Mike Modeste who has his twin Procharger F1X Mustang sitting #6 with a 5.50. Mustang Mike has been struggling with the twin Prochargers but is slowly getting the car to run better and better.
In the first round Bill Dutka and Marcus Thompson were up with the OAB Racing Malibu take the win with a 4.70 at 175 over Thompson’s slowing 5.522 at 135. Scotty G and Joe Dedona met in the first round with Scotty G taking the win over Dedona with a 4.548. Dedona couldn’t keep the car running after his burnout. Hope to see Joe out next month at Cecil! The last pair up in the first round was Mustang Mike and Frank Soldridge. Huge upset here as Mustang Mike takes the win with a 4.732 over Soldridge’s 5.112. Congrats to Mustang Mike as I believe this is the first pass down the 1/8th even though it wasn’t the cleanest run.
In the semis Scotty G and Bill Dutka met up and Dutka’s Malibu wouldn’t make any boost so Scotty G takes the win stepping up again with a 4.459, Mustang Mike had a single here and the twin F1X Procharged Mustang steps up and runs a 4.447!
The finals saw two racers that have been racing that have been around for quite a while and have many wins combined! Although the finals was nothing spectacular with Modeste going red and Scotty G clicking it off with a 5.151 over Modeste’s 5.428. Congratulations to Scotty Guadagno on the Outlaw Drag Radial win at the Cecil County Finishline Performance Outlaw Streetcar Shootout! Also Congratulations to Mustang Mike for figuring out the twin procharged car!
275 Drag Radial
The hotbed class for the last few years! Rules seem to always be an issue but we still saw 14 cars out at Cecil County for the Outlaw Streetcar Shootout! The one power adder combo that seems to be at a disadvantage is the blower car but we haven’t seen many out this year yet to see everything stands. The drivers met in the staging lanes before the race with the F1R blower cars now getting some weight taken off and allowed to race at 3100. The hope is to be able to pull the combos in the class tighter together. A full spreadsheet is available from all the races under the 2013 X275 rules with the combos fairly close with the Quick 8 average of all combos being a 4.722. The fastest Quick 8 combo is the turbo with a 4.644, Big Block right behind with a 4.665, SB Nitrous follows with an average of 4.762 and blower cars at a 4.822. With the weight adjustment we shall see if the blower cars come out and show what they can run.
Qualifying saw 14 cars with Mean Dean Marinis in his Big Block Nitrous Mustang take the top spot with a 4.689, Chris Little in his SB Turbo combo right behind with a 4.703, Ron Rhodes #3 in his SB Nitrous with a 4.713, John Ashnault in his turbo combo #4 with a 4.862, Rich Bruder now running a turbo after dominating the 2012 season with his procharger run 4.941 to sit #5 on the ladder, Ronnie Diaz who runs a Mod Motor with an F1X Procharger #6 with a 4.972, Chris Evans #7 with a 4.996, Brendan Mills, #8 with a 5.150, Anthony Dimatteo 5.221 to sit #9, Shawn Strauss #10 with a 5.255, Darrell Varner who last month put his 85 Camaro on the bumper sits #11 5.289, Mike Boccella of Boccella’s Performance #12 with a 5.564, Vince Palazzolo #13 running a 5.742 and Mike Cerminaro round out the field with a 5.867. Many of the X275 cars were having trouble in qualifying due to the 115 degree track temperature.
First round for X275 was pretty exciting with many cars running better now that the track cooled off some. Chris Evans and Brendan Mills in a battle of blower versus turbo sees Evans cut the tree down with a .005 reaction time and a 4.744 over Mills 4.871. Ronnie Diaz and Anthony Dimatteo up next with Diaz taking the win with a 4.848 to a 5.182. Ron Rhodes owner of Rhodes Custom Auto runs a 4.686
over Boccella who runs quicker than his qualifiers but couldn’t keep up with the SB Nitrous Camaro. Chris Little and Vince Palazzolo in a battle of turbos sees Little step up with a 4.693 to a 4.957, Rich Bruder, Dean Marinis and John Ashnault all had a singles due to breakage. Bruder steps up and shows the power with a 4.655, Dean Marinis runs a 4.760 and John Ashnault runs a 4.793 which is his fastest pass to date!
Round 2 saw Chris Evans who hit the tree hard in the first round try to hit the tree again against Chris Little but he he hit it a little too hard. Both Little and Evans red lit but Little only going -.004 red and take the win with a 4.703. Little has been very consistent that last few races. In a battle of Ron’s Ronnie Diaz in the F1X Procharged Mod Motor takes the upset win treeing Ron Rhodes with an .073 light over a sleepy .370 light. Both cars run 4.78 but this race was won at the tree. Rich Bruder and John Ashnault were up next in the turbo combos with Bruder taking the win with a 4.676 over Ashnault who wheelies hard and has to pull over. Dean Marinis with a single shows everyone how its done and goes 4.599 to move on to the semis!
In the semis we had Procharged Ronnie Diaz and the Large Frame 88 of Chris Little and Big Block Nitrous Dean Marinis battling Rich Bruder’s Mid Frame 88 turbo. Both number 1 and 2 on the qualifying ladder move on with Little taking the win light with a 4.722 and Marinis running another .50 with a 4.592.
Congrats to Mean Dean Marinis on his win at at the Cecil County Finishline Performance Outlaw Streetcar Shootout!
Ultra 275 in its second year at Cecil County had a great showing at the May Cecil County Outlaw Streetcar Shootout. This class is aimed at the beginner heads up world of racing! In a class dominated last year by the N/A Mafia of the likes of Marc McCloud and Mike Barry has the power adder combos out to show the power adder combos are a strong choice when entering the world of heads up Outlaw style of racing. Ultra saw 18 cars show up to qualify for the 16 car field. John Keesey offered up some Junior Johnson Moonshine to the #16 qualifier if Ultra had a full ladder so Darin Cusamano walked away with that and #9 Samir Faqih received a $25 American Express gift card.
Qualifying again was difficult like the other radial classes with the high track temps during the day. We saw the N/A combo of John Snyder in his beautiful 1965 Pontiac GTO run a 5.111, Jeff Kinsler another Pontiac out for the first time this year adding nitrous to his combo as he has been a N/A racer previously run a 5.212, John Keesey qualified #3 with his turbo combo with a 5.253, Mark Dill #4 with his nitrous fed small block ford run 5.368, #5 saw Ed Pfeiffer run a 5.437. Ed who has been working with John Bewley of Lil John’s Motorsport Solutions change his entire combo over the winter with the hopes he would be a major player in Ultra 275 this year. This was Ed’s best qualifying spot since his entrance into Ultra. Chris Little who was doing double duty in X275 and Ultra 275 sat #6 with a 5.448, Jon Langer in his popular wheelstanding 69 Pontiac was #7 with a 5.455, Mike Barry another N/A Mafia member as well as Chief Ultra Man qualified #8 with a 5.476, Samir Faqih #9 5.548, Scott Bitzer in the OAB Racing tuned F1C blower qualified #10 at 5.563, Scott Rudinsky followed at #11 with a 5.709,
Jonathan Joseph who was putting the car on the bumper just about every pass qualified #12 with a 5.853, Bill Cole #13 at 6.030, Paul Burchill #14 6.036, Marc McClound qualified unusually low with a 6.072, and Darin Cusamano round out the 16 car field with a 6.211.
The first pair up we saw Marc McCloud take on Jeff Kinsler. Kinsler was very late on the tree and although he ran quicker than McCloud he could get past him with McCloud going .063 5.244 to .538 5.175. Mark Dill and Bill Cole were the next pair up with Dill again taking the win with a holeshot going .109 5.375 to Cole’s .403 5.359. Scott Bitzer takes down John Langer with a .072 5.510 to Langer’s .155 5.798. Jonathan Joseph whose bumper saw a lot of action today tames it down but couldn’t run the number with Ed Pfeiffer winning with a 5.763 to a slowing 6.094. John Keesey and Paul Burchill were next up with Keesey improving with a 5.204 taking the win over Burchill’s 5.311. John Snyder the #1 qualifier improves and goes 5.094 over Darin Cusamano’s 6.237. Chris Little faced off against Scott Rudinsky with Little taking the round 1 win with a 5.283 to Scott’s 5.773. Mike Barry had a bye first round and runs a stout 5.234.
Round 2 saw Marc McCloud show the N/A car’s are still top dogs in Ultra running a 5.069 taking down Scott Bitzer who has a nice pass of 5.189 but just not enough to take down Marc. Ed Pfeiffer and Mark Dill who are teammates and pit together all the time at Cecil sees Ed run a career best pass with a 5.281
to Dill’s 5.344. Pfeiffer who missed the 2nd qualifier and then blew his intake tubing due to a meth explosion worked his tail off with his teammates to make the call and move on to the semis. In a battle of N/A cars John Snyder takes down Mike Barry running a 5.110 to Barry’s 5.173. John Keesey and Chris Little were the next pair up with Keesey with Keesey carrying the wheels out and taking out Little with a 5.152 to Little’s 5.256.
In the semis we saw two N/A cars and two turbo cars with John Keesey lined up against Marc McCloud and John Snyder against Ed Pfeiffer. Keesey takes the win over McCloud with a 5.117
as McCloud was dead late and falling off from his previous runs with a 5.322. Ed Pfeiffer who was having a great time going rounds tried to hit the tree hard and was a little to quick going red with a -.008 red light to hand Snyder the win who runs a 5.062.
In a battle of the Power Adder and N/A combos we saw John Snyder who has been hard to beat all day running consistently in the low teens on 0’s all day. John Keesey leaves first with a .042 light to Snyders .074 and takes the holeshot win running another 5.117 as he did in the semis to take the first power adder win!
Congratulations to John Keesey and team on the first power adder win at the Cecil County Finishline Performance Outlaw Streetcar Shootout!
8.50 Index the ever popular class with consistent wheels up launches saw 17 cars this month with Al Davidowski last months winnder taking the #1 qualifying position on the ladde going dead on 8.500. Joe Albrecht right being with an 8.508, Luis Martinez 8.512,
Mike Good 8.514, George Keller 8.524, Joe Maddesi 8.526, Michael Ziccardi 8.563, Delon Pleasants 8.573, John Flood 8.594, Mark Bowen 8.599, Brent Beachley 8.601, Mike Pyott 8.630, Zach Obert 8.631, Robb Puller 8.653, Rob Poochigan 8.662 and rounding out the field had Rick Steinke the every popular race who goes by the nickname Honk if Parts Fall off running a 10.005.
Zach Obert came from the bottom of the field to take out Mike Good, Mike Pyott, Al Davidowski, and Joe Albrecht to take the win in 8.50 Index. Zach continually improved his reaction times to where he went .009 8.519 in the finals to take out Joe Albrecht to quick 8.485.
Congrats to Zach on the 8.50 Index win this month at the Cecil County Finishline Performance Outlaw Streetcar Shootout!
10.0 Index saw 19 cars this month at Cecil with everyone fairly close in qualifying. Keith Reis Jr took the top spot with a 10.010 in his 69 Buick. The field like most months is full with everyone trying to get as close as they can the that 10.00 run.
Congrats to Bob on the win this month at the Cecil County Finishline Performance Outlaw Streetcar Shootout!
11.50 Index another class that is trying to run as close to the 11.50 number as possible saw Steve Gurnick run a 11.501 in his 85 Mustang. Cliff Sebring was the man today qualifying #2 on the ladder in 11.50 and going rounds eventually taking the win over Roger Bailey with Bailey going a little to quick with an 11.499 so Sebring take home the 11.50 win with his 11.557.
Congratulations Cliff Sebring on the win this month at the Finishline Performance Outlaw Streetcar Shootout!