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Upon arrival to Cecil on Saturday, I noticed the pits packed with cars and the fans lined up waiting for the racing action. Things got off to a late start as we waited for the track to dry; mother nature had given us a few days worth of rain and it had to go somewhere! The track crew took care of the prep and the green light was given to get racing underway.


8.50 Index

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23 cars came out to the 8.50 Index class today, making up the largest showing in the area for 8.50 Index to date this season. All of the teams were working hard to tune in some extra horsepower to overcome the hot and humid weather. Making it to the #1 spot was Bill Verzilli, with an 8.527. Right on his heels was TJ Kasper, with a 8.530, and 7 other racers running in the 8.5x range.


Round 1
Leading off the action in eliminations was Mike Thompson in his 80 Camaro and Joe Lagrossa in his silver foxbody. Joe did not have all of his safety equipment on and was denied the run, Thompson took the single and hung the tires well past the tree, putting an 8.573 on the boards. Larry Rhodes and Rob PUller faced off next, Rhodes burned Puller at the tree but Puller drove around him and grabbed a win with an 8.587 @ 151. In the next pair, Brent Beachley took advantage of Joe Timinski spinning off the line, taking the win and heading back to the pits to work on getting closer to the 8.50. Al Jr. in the naturally aspirated Fonse car was up next, he absolutely burned Craig Cusamano at the tree, an .014 light to Craig's .153 light. Craig's 8.583 had no chance against Fonse's 8.660 with a .139 disadvantage due to reaction time. Two 93 Mustangs hit the line next, one belonging to Joe Maddesi and the other to the champ TJ Kasper. Joe ran a better time by .002, his 8.548 would not hold up to TJ's 8.550 as TJ had an .024 advantage off the line. Antione Jones spun a little off the line on the following pair, and Ali Buscio cruised on to the round 1 win. Mike Pyott also had some problems in the next matchup off the line, against Brian Ferrari in the Mean Grean Machine. Ferrari put up a 8.361, giving Pyott a break and giving him a free pass to round 2.. Coming to the line was Danny Clark's sweet looking (and sounding) turbo Chevy Deuce, against Luis Martinez' wheelstanding 84 Mazda. Clark's reaction time was on point, he was almost 2 tenths off the number but Martinez broke out and Clark would move along. The next pair brought up the 2008 Shakedown Champ, Bill Cannon, who ends up going red against Bob Romano. The last pair of the round was Rob Poochigian vs. Angelo Valla's blue Vette, which is back in action after some breakage at the last E-town race. Angelo gets Rob at the tree but Rob drives around and takes the win. Joe Basso and #1 qualifier Bill Verzilli take singles in round 1.

Round 2
Bob Romano took off before the tree was activated, receiving no time and the foul to start off round 2. His opponent, Rob Puller, gets going but lifts towards the end, saving the motor stress and moving to the next round. Brent Beachley takes the holeshot win against the turbo Chevy II of Danny Clark, Danny throwing away an otherwise great 8.535 pass with a .211 light. Bill Verzilli, the #1 qualifier, was up next against Mike Pyott. Mike caught Bill sleeping, but Mike had problems getting going again and Bill took the win this time around. TJ Kasper and Ali Buscio lined up, for at least the fourth Kasper-Buscio matchup (Craig driving the other times) this season. This was hands down the closest race of the day, and I would be surprised if it's not the closest of the season. The boards lit up with 8.506 on Ali's side, but the win light was on TJ's side with an 8.508 and a holeshot victory - a .033 advantage off of the line (TJ's .036 light to Ali's .069 light). Congrats to Ali for all of the hard work she has been putting in on the car and her best pass to date! Rob Poochigian came up next against the lumberjack Fonse Jr. Al was finally beat on the tree, Rob's .024 light and 8.594 pass would do the trick to take the win. Rob got a little squirrely there but straightened her out on that pass. Last was a Camaro matchup, with Joe Basso leaving quickly with a .011 reaction time, and 8.579 ET good to go over Mike Thompson's 8.592.

Round 3
Rob Poochigian was very quick on the tree again (as usual), but also ran an 8.551 for the win against Brent Beachley. Bill Verzilli had the advantage leaving the line on Rob Puller, Puller breaking out by .006 and putting Bill in the semi-finals. After getting a lesson on the rules and how to earn lane choice (it's fastest E/T in the previous round if anyone is wondering), Joe Basso did his burnout and headed for the beams, double bulbing TJ Kasper. Games don't phase Kid Kwik, he goes in quick and Basso red lights by a longshot, TJ runs it out the back door and shows a little of what times the mustang is really capable of, an 8.410 @ 161 pass. Later on in the night, his crew chief Tommy reminded us how long the kid's been racing for, and how important it is to race the tree and the track and focus on yourself instead of the guy in the other lane.

Semi-Finals
Rob Poochigian continues on his tear, again taking the advantage at the tree and taking out the #1 qualifier Bill Verzilli. Rob runs a 8.695 to Billy's 8.625, taking the holeshot win. TJ Kasper gets the single to the finals

Finals
After a little bit of a staging duel, Rob lights his stage bulb first and awaits TJ to move in. Someone finally got the jump on Rob, TJ's .038 light to Rob's .132. The Kid drives on and takes the win for the night with an 8.563 to Rob's 8.735. TJ remains in the #1 spot in points at Cecil.

8.50 Index Qualifying Sheet
8.50 Index Eliminations Sheet
8.50 Index Arnie Cohen Videos


Outlaw Drag Radial


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Some real heavy hitters in the Outlaw Drag Radial world made the trip to Cecil and filled up a 15 car field, including names like Alex Vrettos, Paul Major, Brett Hull, Scott Bitzer, Big Daddy Gutridge, Quentin Methany, and so on and so on. These rides have a ton of power, and on radial tires and hot weather, these teams had their work cut out for them to get down the track in a consistent manner. Big Daddy laid down an impressive 4.786 pass to take the #1 qualifier spot and set the stage for the day.

Round 1
Chris Evans' bright green Mustang had some problems getting going, Quentin Methany left him at the line and ran a 5.025. Lewis Jones' Fairlane could not keep up with Steve Thompson's Mustang, Thompson's 5.88 enough for the win light to come on. Paul Major's twin turbo Vette came up to the line next against Bill Dutka, Paul got the jump and when his Vette has traction and brings on the power, very few can catch up. Paul takes the win easily with a 5.305 pass against Dutka's 6.102. Chris Crusse's flamed up Firebird pulled up and did a huge smokey burnout against Team Corupt and Alex Vrettos' Yellow Stang. Chris blows the tires off and Alex flies down the track, running low E/T of the round @ 4.898 at a whopping 163.79mph. Another pair of Mustangs rolled in, this time it was Brett Hull and Carmen Damiani. Damiani had the jump on Hull, Hull drives around and takes the win with a 5.175 to Damiani's 5.478. John Balinski and the OAB Racing Crew caught Scott Bitzer snoozing at the tree, but Scott's car has the power and Scott was able to get the win with a 5.166 to Balinski's 5.407. Finishing up the round and taking a single was Big Daddy Gutridge, carrying the tires a good bit of the way down the track and running a 4.909.

Round 2
Big Daddy returned to start out Round #2, his beast of a ride running the round fastest 4.833. Francis Johnson was just unable to keep up with him, his 6.016 pass no good. Alex Vrettos and Scott Bitzer were up next. Alex had the jump on Scott, Scott caught up and gave us a nice side by side race, but Alex squeaked by with a 4.913 pass to sCott's 5.042. Brett Hull blew the tires off, putting Quentin Methany in the Semis. To finish off the round was a wild ride for both Paul Major and Steve Thompson. As Paul's car put on the power, he got loose and headed towards the wall, hitting it head on. At the same time, Steve Thompson locked up the brakes trying to stay away from Paul, and he too spun out but did not contact anything. Paul was not hurt from the crash, and he said there was some minor frame damage and cosmetic damage, but he would be back to racing in two weeks.

Semi-finals
All Mustangs left at this point! Methany got the jump on Big Daddy but WOW did Big Daddy lay on the power and run a blazing 4.742 @ 168mph pass for the win and a spot in the finals! Steve Thompson has some problems getting going and Alex Vrettos takes advantage, the yellow twin turbo beast on its way to another final round.

Finals
It couldn't have been any closer at this point, with two innovators in the class headed to the starting line for a huge matchup. Big Daddy had the jump, came out of the gate with the front end up but Alex took out the car that was #1 all day, Alex running his best number of the day, a 4.876 for the win. Even if Alex will continue to wear that damn NJ Devils t-shirt, we still congratulate him on the win!

Drag Radial Index Qualifying Sheet
Drag Radial Eliminations Sheet
Drag Radial Arnie Cohen Videos

Outlaw 10.5


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Another great showing from the local teams, 13 10.5 cars made the trip to Cecil for the fan favorite class. Joe Newshawm and J&E Performance was out there working out the kinks with his new setup, and unfortunately he did not make the show on Saturday but did come away with a ton of data. Tommy Kasper and the wicked Twin Turbo Mustang went #1 qualifier, with a 4.455 pass at a blistering 181mph. Right on his coat tails was Mo Hall's nitrous powered beast of a Camaro.

Round 1
Mike Bradford brought his Chameleon Mustang to the line along with Larry Wood's Blue Twin Turbo fox body. Larry leaves a hair too early and red lights, his 4.654 would have done the trick against Mike's 4.788 pass. The next pair brought another red light, this time for Steven Kluepfel, he was up against Mo Hall. Mo was off the line quick as the ambers dropped, and as the nitrous hit his car brought up the front tires a few hundred feet out. Mo improved on his earlier times, running a 4.496. Doug Harris smoked Bill Mitchell at the line with a .010 light, getting the holeshit win over the Green S10. The last pair, Tommy Kasper vs. Tom Ferrick's red S10. Kasper zipped by Ferrick to head on to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals
Mo Hall got smoked by Mike Bradford at the tree, then both cars lit up the tires as they left. Mo got back in it and Mike did not, Mo took the win and was on his way to the finals. With the exhaust popping and flaming, Tommy Kasper put up the day's fastest E/T of 4.429 which would do the trick against Doug Harris' GTO.

Finals
A Twin Turbo vs. Nitrous final! Two veterans of racing, both with some ridiculous power plants headed to the line to give the fans an exciting finish for Outlaw 10.5. Mo lifted up the front end off the line, and also the throttle, and that was all she wrote. Tommy flew down the track and took the win for the night, his first in the new car and also the second for Team Christy & Kasper, both him and his son TJ won their respective classes. Congrats!

Outlaw 10.5 Index Qualifying Sheet
Outlaw 10.5 Eliminations Sheet
Outlaw 10.5 Arnie Cohen Videos

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Thanks for the write up and great pics Seth. We know you haven't been feeling well and it must have been a long weekend for you. But we're glad to see you back!

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 Post subject: Re: 6/6/2009 Cecil / Finishline Performance Outlaw Shootout
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I dont know if this is were to ask or not, but does any one know were I can find the Qualifying Sheet for the pro street cars - I just wanted to see how bad I did these two shoot outs

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