For those that followed the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout series last year, you may remember the hatred that mother nature had for the race series. That curse is GONE for 2010! Four events, four perfect days for racing. Saturday at Cecil County Dragway was no exception, it was cool and sunny all day, which made for some flyyyyyyyyyying cars! The pits were packed with racers and we went into the night with incredible racing action.
Friday night before the race, and Saturday night after the race, Pete and Tim from Coast Chassis dipped into their pockets yet again for the racers and put on a party!! We'd like to extend a special thank you to Pete and Tim for all of their dedication to the Utlimate Outlaw Shootout Series and their continued kindness to us at GDR. We'll see you guys soon!
We'd like to take the time to thank Adam and Nate Pritchett for giving us the opportunity to cover the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout series, both with the Live Feed and Picture Galleries. Adam and Nate (and their entire staff) are 110% dedicated to bringing an awesome race for both the racers and spectators. They are Ambassadors to the heads up racing program in the North and the sport would be at a loss without them. We've never been treated so well at any race series, and observed the racers getting the same kind of treatment all around. There's no other race series that we would rather attend than this one.
If you have a chance to see the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout series in person in 2011, take our word for it, it is WELL worth the trip! 10/9/2010 Cecil County Dragway - Ultimate Outlaw Shootout Series and Finishline Performance Outlaw Street Car Shootout - Photo Gallery
(results are at the end of the gallery)Wild Rides and gallery highlights...
Shawn Zubler's transmission let loose during qualifying, filling the car with smoke and sending him on a ride into the wall at Cecil. Damage is limited to the front clip and Zubler has vowed to return to racing.
Brad Harris says hello to a timing block as he gets out of the groove
Mo Hall and Jim Halsey put the screws to the Fulton power, trying to get in to the 4.20 range. He didn't tonight, but we guarantee you'll see 4.20's from a nitrous car VERY soon. Mo will be headed down to SGMP to kick some Team South butt in a few weeks.
Angelo Valla locks up the 8.50 Index Points Championship for 2010 at Cecil County's Street Car Shootout.
TJ Kasper takes the #1 spot from father Tommy and takes home the 2010 Championship for Cecil County's Outlaw 10.5 Program, after a ridiculously exciting race against Joe Newsham.
Our favorite Civic returns to Cecil. 7.60s!
Ray Wallis Jr. and his 10.0 Index Friends take home the win
TJ Kasper brings on the boost and reaches for the sky during qualifying7.50 Index
We had a small but high quality field of 7.50 Index racers this weekend. No surprise to see at the top of the qualifying ladder was John Schroeder in the '02 Camaro. John and his son work hard on the car and it shows, being at the top of the field in 7.50 on a regular basis. After qualifying, John's 7.517 put him at #1, with Rich Righter a split second behind him in the #2 spot with a 7.547. John went 7.566 and 7.723 in eliminations to lock up the win for the night.
Look for Dave O to be making some changes to 7.50 next year to bring out more competitors from the Heavy Street ranks. 8.50 Index
Fresh off a win the previous night at Raceway Park, Al Magliocco and the Fonse boys racked up a great 8.511 pass to take the ... NUMBER SIX SPOT?? Yes, you read correctly!! 8.511 would normally be in the top 3, but not today. Todd Geisler put up a 8.510, Frankie Santos an 8.508. Brian Ferrari, runner up to Fonse the night before and Shakedown 2010 winner, continues his reign with an 8.505, but that's STILL not good enough for the #1 spot!! Harry Gerb pulls off one of his amazing 8.501 passes, but the #1 award for the night goes to Marc McCloud who cracks off a perfect 8.500 pass in his '88 Monte. Luis Martinez, dangerous in the Ultimate Outlaws series, was the only one in the field above 8.5xx, on the bump with an 8.630 pass. Mike Pyott, needing to take the beams in competition, made it ot the field with an 8.554 pass.Round 1
Fonse Jr. rolls up first against Guppy. Fonse does what he does at the tree with an .035 to Adam's .042. Guppy takes the stripe and his 8.541 moves him on to round #2. Robb Puller pulls a fast one on Harry Gerb to take a win with identical 8.523 passes, Puller's .016 superior to Gerb's .047. Gerb and Fonse are sent packin to the pits to work on the BBQ for the rest of the night with the family. Angelo Valla's competitor Todd Geisler lights the red, Valla motors on to an 8.621. Craig Cusamano could not get down the track, in the rear view of Brent Beachley who stays in it and runs a nice pass, .036 r/t with an 8.591 elapsed time. Mike Good, the accomplished racer, smokes Brian Ferrari at the tree with a .009 reaction time. Ferrari ran him down but there was nothing that could be done about the deficit, with Good moving along. Luis Martinez should not be underestimated just because he was on the bump, and he shows why - #16 takes out the #1 qualifier Marc McCloud. Luis was out of the gate first, and runs an untouchable 8.506 pass to McCloud's 8.574. Mike Pyott, the series points leader, takes the beam and clinches the championship in a losing run against Frankie Santos. Santos goes 8.630 after taking a nap at the tree, while Pyott does not stay in it the whole way. Finishing up the round was Rob Poochigian and Joe Timinski. We've spotted Poochigian's car on the dyno over at Fonse's, and it looks like the hard work paid off. Poochigian gets the win light early as Timinski red lights, but Rob puts up a nice 8.527 pass.Round 2
Adam Sailor tried to get the jump on the dangerous leaver Mike Good, but he was just a bit early. Guppy redlights by .004 while Good is green by .025. He runs it out for an 8.448 pass - just enough in the bag. Brent Beachley catches Luis Martinez sleeping and zooms on to a great package, 8.522 with an .030 light. Angelo Valla took off down the track while Frankie Santos was baking cookies at the starting line. Valla gets on the brakes where it counts and his 8.701 is good enough to move on to the semis. Rob Poochigian had .035 to make up on Robb Puller, and that's exactly what he did. Poochigian runs down Puller with his 8.531. Semi-finals
Brent Beachley was off first, a .035 to Angelo Valla's .053. Valla runs him down and goes 8.651 to Beachley's 8.671. Margin of victory: .002!!! Valla, the Cecil County points leader, heads to the finals. Mike Good would be the one to send Poochigian packing today, Poochigian finally getting the car running well with the new combo, but not well enough. Mike Good is on point and his 8.537 pass puts him into the finals.Finals
Battle of the blue Vettes! Valla is off first with .007 advantage, but falls off at the end and his 8.708 was good for runner up to Mike Good's 8.584. Valla locks up the Cecil County Dragway 8.50 Index Championship for 2010, congratulations!10.0 Index
10.0 Index has so far proven to be the closest racing out of the Index classes at the Finishline Performance Shootouts in 2010. It's really anyone's game as the top tier of the class drops down some impressive qualifying numbers. CJ Ungaro shoots up to hte top with a 10.002, but a determined Harry Weber challenges Ungaro with a 10.003. The points champ, Mike Romeo, was close with a 10.018. The pretty lady Nicole Worthington was right there with the big boys, a 10.038 for the #4 spot. The other 10 qualifiers were all within a 10th of the dial, which might as well be 10 minutes in this class -- if you want to do well, you better be within thousandths!Round 1
Worthington and Mills roll to the beams first. Nicki and Brendan are off at about the same time, but Brendan was on the gas for a split second too long. Worthington's sweet 10.008 pass would probably be the best for round 1 ... NOPE! CJ Ungaro puts up a 10.006 pass after getting nailed at the tree by Tom Wood, good enough for a win. walt Fluck slept against Mike Romeo, a mistake that you cannot do now that Romeo has a rear view mirror. Romeo's .027 light and 10.137 put him in the quarterfinals. Carey cable has almost a tenth advantage over Ray Branden. Branden runs him down but breaks out by a tenth, advancing Cable. Harry Weber, determined to take home a win today, does his job at the tree once again against Mike Colo. This was a great race, Colo runs down Harry but too fast, his 9.988 further over the index than Harry's 9.999. Jeremy Dellarciprete redlights by .008 and hits the rocket boosters with a 9.634 pass, while Ray Wallis Jr. takes a win, a 10.061 and .035 light. Finishing up the round was Mark Plucinski and Brandon Diemicke. Diemicke had the advantage but took the stripe and broke out, to Plucinski's sweet 10.009 pass. In case you are keeping score folks, that's THREE 10.00x and FOUR 9.9x passes in the first round - wow!Round 2
Mike Romeo pulls a Carey and redlights in round 2 against Ray Wallis. Wallis runs an awesome 10.008 pass with an .017 light. Nicki does her job as the lights drop, but gives Mark Plucinski the stripe and he was still in the 10.0+ range. Plucinski's 10.038 takes the win against Worthington's 10.081. Harry Weber and Carey Cable both keep the pedal planted, but Carey was too fast as he ran down Weber, Weber moves in with a 9.971. CJ Ungaro gets the benefit of #1 qualifier, and a single to the semis.Semi-finals
CJ Ungaro catches Plucinski sleeping and doesn't look back. CJ goes 10.048 to Mark's respectable 10.053, but this race was won at the starting line. In an awesome race, Harry Weber and Ray Wallis Jr. leave at the identical instant. They were neck and neck the whole way down the track, but Wallis takes the win by inches - a 10.051 to Harry's oh-so-close 10.054. A valiant effort for Weber but today would not be his day.Finals
Two Juniors in the finals! Unfortunately this race was over before it started as Ungaro was way out of the groove and paid the price for it, spinning the tires at the hit. Ray Jr. still does his job at the tree, an .043 light and he is on the brakes at the top end to avoid the breakout, going home with the win for the day. 12.0 Index
12.0 was a brief race today, with most of the teams taking the day off and enjoying the weather elsewhere. Cliff Sebring never takes a day off, and neither does Mark 'Cool' Mueller. Sebring goes to the top of the qualifying pack with a 12.003 pass, and Cool with a nice 12.080 pass. We all knew we'd see these guys in the finals, and sure enough we did. John Stankunas and Keith Reis Jr. didn't just lay over though, both were in the 12.0x range during eliminations against Mueller and Sebring.
The final was crazy close, as Cool absolutely nails the tree wiht a .008 light to Sebring's .070. Cliff ran down Cool and a 12.006 pass would do the trick, taking the win by .003 seconds. Outlaw Drag Radial
The ODR boys had their work cut out for them today, getting the car tuneups right as well as also racing the track. 'Wild Bill' Dutka headed to the lanes with warnings to the other drivers in case he tried to get a view of the track out his driver side window again, and cracked off a 4.862 pass which was good enough for #3 qualifier. Francis Johnson's nitrous eating Firebird hit the #2 spot with a 4.835. Good to see Chris Little at the track and snatch the #1 spot with an 4.824 pass. Round 1
Lots of pedaling going on all around here, not many clean passes out of the ODR boys as they could not figure out the track. Ev Bernardo and Quentin Methany both cut great lights, and were on and off the gas all the way down. Bernardo's 5.502 would do the trick against Methany's 5.856. Dutka and Zografos not too worried about reaction times, spool up the turbos and take off. Dutka's 6.394 gets him into the semis. Brett Hull smokes Francis Johnson at the tree, identical 5.802 e/t's but Hull had over a tenth advantage taking off. Chris Little strikes the tires and coasts down the track.Semi-finals
Chris Little faces Ev Bernardo. Both are on and off the gas but Little improves on the last round and goes 5.329 for the win. Brett Hull zooms on to a win against Wild Bill, Wild Bill dead late. Both sporting J&E power, we'll see Hull in the finals with a 5.975 pass.Finals
Both Hull and Little leave the beams within a hundreth. Hull gets some traction this time nad shoots on to a 5.035 pass, which takes the win for the night, as well as the championship in the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout Series!!Outlaw 10.5
I think holy [insert your expletive here] and jaw dropping was the norm after qualifying finished up in Outlaw 10.5 for the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout series. The top half of the field was 4.41 or quicker, with the top 7 being within a tenth of each other!! Mo Hall finally getting a grip with the new combo, turns up the wick and runs a (Nitrous 10.5" record) awesome 4.310 @ 174.5mph pass. Larry Wood also with the new Vette from K&K had the rocket boosters on and went 4.319 @ 173mph. Heavy hitters Joe Newsham, Smokin' Joe Schroeder, and TJ Kasper brought up the rest of the front. The quickest and fastest pass and #1 qualifier spot, however, goes to Tommy Kasper, with a blazing 4.295 @ 181.74 pass!! Not making eliminations is Ultimate Outlaws 10.5 Champion Scotty G, hurting the trans in qualifying. Round 1
Brian Gould in the former Flyin' Frog ride, now Disomma Racing Mustang, leaves as the green comes on while Joe Schroeder has lunch at the line. Gould's 4.525 pass good enough to advance. Charlie Dolbin in the Caldwell '05 mustang leaves late, but gets down the track clean with a 4.439 against Dale Collins Jr's twin turbo Camaro... that would be the last pass for the Caldwell camp today, however, as that 4.439 came at the price of some some engine parts. Mo Hall, trying to get into the 4.20's, strikes the tires immediately in his single pass. Shawn Zubler was unable to make the call after his unfortunate incident during qualifying, where he lost the transmission and caught the wall in the top end. TJ Kasper and Buck Jarvis rolled in next. TJ gets buck at the tree and keeps on hustlin' down the trakc, for a round best 4.323 @ 176.63 pass. Craig Pio gets a single as Larry Wood hurt it during qualifying. Pio makes his best pass of the day so far as Dave Hance is giving him some good advice - Pio goes 4.437 @ 176.93. Brian Penna and Tommy Kasper make up the next pair. Penna does his burnout as Tommy is leaning on the start button with nothing happening.. Kasper was put on the clock and did not make it to the beams, a big upset for the #1 qualifier and points leader at Cecil. Turns out that Tommy had a bad fuel pump, that's racing. Joe Newsham takes a single as Brad Harris does not make it to the line. Joe FLIES down the track with a 4.325 @ 178.33 pass. Finishing up the first round was Mike Martin in the Orange beast of a Camaro.. he goes 4.513 @ 166.95.Round 2
#16 qualifier Brian Penna lucks out and gets a single on to the semis, which worked out in his favor as he didn't make it down the track this round. Mike Martin battles a brother N20 powered 10.5 car of Mo Hall. Mo Hall nails the tree but didn't have the tuneup perfect, while Martin shoots by Hall and takes the win running a 4.367 @ 169.55. TJ Kasper smokes Craig Pio on the tree and runs the same e/t as last round, this time with 6 extra mph - damn! Finishing up the round, Brian Gould gets the jump on Joe Newsham, but you can't stop J&E power - Joe runs a 4.309 for the win, barely missing the '20s.Semi-finals
Brian Penna does what he needs to and nails a .009 light to Joe Newsham's .052 - but he just doesn't have the power to keep up with Joe. Joe goes 4.357 @ 174.93 to win a trip to the finals. Team Christy and Kasper messed with the tuneup for the semis, running another 3mph faster and a 4.298 pass for the win! Mike Martin was dead late on the tree and had no chance to make up the deficit.Finals
For the second time in a week, the J&E powered machine of Joe Newsham takes on a Proline ride, this time, the Mustang of TJ Kasper. Both cars have the horsepower to win, and the fans flocked to the starting line to watch what turns out to be one of the best final rounds EVER in Cecil County, let alone Outlaw 10.5 history! TJ gets a .002 jump on Joe, his .017 light to Joe's .019. Both cars were wheels up and pedal to the metal the whole way down!! The scoreboards light up two numbers in the 4.20's, with the win light on Kasper's side. TJ goes 4.296 @ 187.44 while Joe goes 4.297 @ .019. A .003 margin of victory - WOW!!!! Does Ultimate Outlaws bring the excitement or WHAT!?!275 Drag Radial
275 has been such a breakthrough class in 2010, and brought some downright exciting racing to the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout series. With the Pritchett Brothers running the show, and John Sears' dedication to the class, the 275 folks have three Ambassadors for their sport that will do whatever they can to support the racers, and it shows at every Ultimate Outlaws event.
Points for the 275 class were anyone's for the taking this race, with Chris Evans in 'Big Green' near the top. Right behind him, Ron Rhodes, Steve Drummond, and Don Barnett have also been kicking ass and taking names. Barnett in the 7.60 range in the 1/4 mile at the 2010 Shakedown was ready to rock and roll. These folks made up the top 4 qualifiers in the class, with Evans at the top with a 5.015. Rhodes and Drummond were right there with 5.023 and 5.069 passes, respectively, trying to take that $$ bounty for getting in the 4's on 275s. Round 1
Tim Reinert goes hella red against Chris Evans. Evans laid down a pass with a 5.019 @ 143.81mph. Jeff Kinsler pulls a big upset on #2 qualifier Ron Rhodes, beating him out wiht a 5.637 to Rhodes' 5.576 and slow .219 reaction time. Don Barnett nails the tree and lights the afterburners, a 5.135 pass to Tony Parsons' 6.190. Jack Pereira lights em up against Dan Whetstine. Whetstine shoots down the track in a red blur with a 5.351 @ 135.14 pass. Steve Drummond gets a broke bye, spinning a bit and putting up a 5.693. Rich Bruder smokes the tree and also Shawn Strauss, running a great 5.041 pass with a .019 light. Pedalfest is the name of the game with Andrew Willingham and Andrew Barrabe, Willingham making it to the 1/8th mile beams first with a 6.174. Mike Thompson gets the single, on a not-so-great 7.105 pass. He'll head back to the pits and make some adjustments for the next round.Round 2
Don Barnett leaves the boost up, shoots down the track with a 5.164 @ 139.43 pass to take the win against Rich Bruder. Andrew Willingham get a broke bye over Steve Drummond, again Willingham does not make it down quickly, he'll go work on the tune as well. Mike Thompson upsets #1 qualifier Chris Evans as Big Green spins. Thompson's 5.324 puts him into the semis! Finishing up round 2 is Dan Whetstine and Jeff Kinsler. Whetstine goes on to a 6.010 to take the win.Semi-finals
Mike Thompson once again lines up against a boosted car, this time it would be Don Barnett. Mike nails the tree with a .029 light to Barnett's .072. Both cars were off and on the throttle all the way down, with Thompson making it there first, taking the win with a 6.066 to Don's 6.210. Dan Whetstine takes on Andrew Willingham in the semis. Willingham's day ends as Whetstine's 5.884 @ 133 puts him into the finals against Mike Thompson.Finals
Mike Thompson versus Dan Whetstine, two hard working drivers that made their way through a tough field of 275 competitors. Mike hits the tree and is OUT, his 5.531 pass good for the win to Whetstine's 5.861. Champion's Circle8.50 Index Champion - Mike Pyott
Mike and his family worked hard this year, suffering some engine problems on more than one occasion. Mike made the trek to Milan and took out the entire field on only 7 cylinders all day! Against all odds, no matter what happened at the track, Mike didn't miss a beat and made it to the next race. With Luis Martinez on his tail all season, Mike clinched the points championship at Cecil County after taking the beams in round #1. Congratulations on a winning season to the Pyott Family!275 Drag Radial Champion - Chris Evans
With the 275 Championship up in the air and Chris' car hurt before Cecil, we weren't sure if we would see him come out. Like other champions in the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout Series, Evans prevailed and he made it to the race. Getting through the first round was all it took to lock Big Green up as the 2010 Ultimate Outlaw Shootout Series Extreme 275 Champion. Chris has been a voice of 275, and the first making it into the 4 second range at the Atco Raceway installment of the Shootout, even though he thought it wouldn't happen. Congratulations to Evans and team!Outlaw 10.5 Champion - Scotty Guadagno
Scotty G and the entire Scotty's Racing Engine team would also get some other awards if they were available - such as the biggest Pit Party, Best Food, and most entertaining crew. Scotty and team have come out and shown that the nitrous boys are here to stay - taking wins at Milan Dragway and MIR, and also doing quite well at Atco Raceway. Well enough that Scotty had the points championship locked up after his win at MIR, before the final race of the season. We'd like to personally thank Scotty and family for all the hospitality shown to the GDR crew at every race! We'll see you boys in 2011. Outlaw Drag Radial Champion - Brett Hull
We didn't see much of the Mustang of Brett Hull early in the season, but he finished strong with back-to-back wins at MIR and Cecil County Dragway. The Delval Pools & Spa sponsored machine sports twin turbo J&E power which gives him the horsepower he needed to smoke the competition. If you ever get the chance to take a look at Hull's ride up close, you'll appreciate the attention to detail that went into building the car. Hull is able to hit the winner's circle with the help of his close friends and crew members. Congratulations!