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HOT ROD Drag Week 2019

Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by JRS, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. JRS

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    That time of year again. The schedule for the week is as follows:

    Sept 8th (tech), Sept 9th Day 1 - Virginia Motorsports Park, North Dinwiddie, VA
    Sept 10th Day 2 - Cecil County Dragway, Rising Sun, MD
    Sept 11th Day 3 - Atco Dragway, Atco, NJ
    Sept 12th Day 4 - Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, MD
    Sept 13th Day 5 - Virginia Motorsports Park, North Dinwiddie, VA

    Drag Week Results 2005-18.

    Hard to believe that this will be the 15th running of Drag Week. It's grown so much from that first edition, in size and in speed. In 2005 there were 40 cars, the fastest of which were running around the 8.5sec mark. Now there are ten times as many cars, 8's are almost common, 7 seconds is on the way to becoming the new 8, and we've seen the top guys well into the 6's. In not just street-legal cars, but street-legal cars that can actually be driven distance on the street. It's truly mind-blowing.

    Cars to watch this year? Well, I'm looking forward to seeing this bad boy again - Scott Brown's wicked '53 Chevy. Mike Finnegan has just about gotten Blasphemi ('55 Chevy gasser with a supercharged Chrysler Hemi motor) back together after yet another engine rebuild along with some remedial suspension work and a new fuel system. Hopefully it's now keeping the coolant in the cooling system and not pouring it into the oil...Finn's been even quicker in the car since that 8.97 on Day 5 last year, so if she holds together then a win in A/Gas is not beyond the realms of possibility. Dave Newbern, 'Spirit of Drag Week' winner last year, is bringing the Attempted Murder Nova back with much more powerful running gear. Top honours in Unlimited will probably be fought out again by Tom Bailey ('Sick Seconds' 1969 Camaro) and Dave Schroeder (nitrous-huffing blue Corvette). But the great thing about Drag Week is the surprises that pop up. For me, last year it was Paul Cornman's '71 Dodge Demon that laid down a 9.452 on Day 1 like it was no big deal with a carb'd NA small-block and 3 speed automatic 'box. That was a really cool car.

    I'll post the livestreams as they become available each day along with results as they get published.
     
  2. JRS

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    My Insta feed is basically people thrashing to get ready for Drag Week right now :)

    Finn and crew have got Blasphemi's two-step set up (before, he was just leaving the line revving by ear and dumping the clutch, now he can set an RPM limit for the initial launch, mash the gas, go and it'll raise the limit once moving). And yeah, she launches hard. If that engine is genuinely over the reliability issues and can keep the valves where they're meant to be, this could be the year that Blasphemi makes good on all that promise...
     
  3. bimbleuk

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    This has become a yearly event for me now and is great to have something to watch in the afternoons next week.

    I was thinking of a custom plate for my new motor and I was struggling but remembered Drag Week was about to start and found this combo available. What do you think? :)

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  4. JRS

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    Nice :)
     
  5. JRS

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    Day 1 - Virginia Motorsports Park, North Dinwiddie, VA



    MToD link now live.

    There were at least three cars in the sixes yesterday during the test 'n' tune after tech :cool: And Finnegan threw down a pass of 8.75 @ 159mph in Blasphemi, he'll be hoping for similar today. Seems like spending the time to get the launch on the two-step right was worth it!

    Currently the track team are drying the racing surface, it's gonna be a little while getting ready.
     
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  6. JRS

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    Okay, so they're going to go racing in 20 minutes or so. But it's going to be everyone getting one shot only with the time lost due to weather. Going to need to not lose any more time due to breakages!

    ***edit***

    Aw, man. Dave Schroeder (the nitrous-ingesting blue 'vette) is out of competition. He had issues in the test 'n' tune yesterday and it's too much to sort. Damned shame, I love that car :(

    ***edit 2***

    That's Day 1 done then. Hell of a day of competition. Some stuff went quicker than expected, some stuff stumbled. One that didn't stumble was Blasphemi - Finnegan pedalled the car to a new Drag Week A/Gasser class record of 8.529 @ 161.85mph :eek::cool:

    I'll link to the results of Day 1 once they've been sorted out. Roll on tomorrow!
     
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  7. Dup

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    Would love to enter this, not tuned in today for the first time sadly. Wish it was in during my full work day as background noise.

    How's the Cresta doing?
     
  8. JRS

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    Think he ran a 9.0 and change.
     
  9. JRS

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    Finnegan having alternator belt issues on the road, because Roadkill. At least he's got Tony Angelo as a co-pilot and riding mechanic!

    Tom Bailey leads in Unlimited and overall having put down a 6.21 @ 228mph. Bad. *******. Ass. Second overall is Magnus Frost in the Opel Ascona from Estonia, he ran 6.43 @ 230. And Bryant Goldstone is 3rd on 6.93 @ 215, he'll be running quicker than that later this week.

    At the other end of the scale, some lunatic is running in a 1917 Franklin Series 9B Touring :D 30.72 @ 45.45mph, would have been quicker just breaking the timing beam and accepting the usual 20 second penalty ET! An early contender for Spirit of Drag Week winner IMO. Hopefully they make it through the entire week.
     
  10. bimbleuk

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    I like that they are flexible and allow the oddball entry for interest so the Tesla is a good contrast as the rules are set till 2021 when they will probably create an electron fuelled class. They may not be the overall fastest but for consistency they would be competitive.

    The late start made for a good evening viewing anyway.
     
  11. Dup

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    Didn't manage to catch any highlights last night (thank you leaky bath). I love the concept that you can go too fast and running to a bracket.

    No Lutz and Larson this year then. Thought Lutz was working on something. His low 6 might be gone this year if those are day 1 numbers and they make it to the end!
     
  12. MrKnifey

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    I think Lutz and Larson are concentrating on the street outlaws scene these days ain't they

    Not sure if Larson is in it yet but rumour was he was trying to get into it
     
  13. JRS

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    Day 2 - Cecil County Dragway, Rising Sun, MD



    MToD: Link is live

    Looks like much drier weather for racing than yesterday :) CC Dragway is a higher elevation than VMP though, so don't expect many times to improve much even with the drivers having the opportunity to do multiple passes. The guys who broke out of their tech/class speed certainly will be improving on their 20sec penalty ETs though. And look out for 'Roxy' the red late model supercharged Pontiac GTO of Emily Reeves, she ran something like a 13.15 on Day 1 after it stuttered on the two-step when launching so she'll be aiming to do a bunch better with that today.
     
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  14. JRS

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    Live on MToD now, and the MCM Cresta just threw down an 8.95. The Franklin is running next :D

    ***edit***

    28.79 seconds! Picked up 2 seconds from yesterday! Epic :)

    15 cars confirmed out so far. Not too bad compared with recent years.
     
  15. JRS

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    Oh!

    Magnus Frost just rolled the hotter of the two Asconas. He's out of the car and okay, that was a scary one. Good thing they built that one safe.

    The car was meant to run in last year's event, but it got held up at Customs and wasn't released in time to make it. So they left it in the US to have it ready for this year. It's been mega quick, in second place after Day 1. Looking at how it hit the wall, I wonder if it might not actually be all that badly bent. Hopefully we'll see this car again.

    ***edit***

    Oh boy. The live feed just showed the car now it's been scraped off the track - that front clip is pretty hammered. The cage looks pretty much untouched, which is good. But the front right corner of the car is badly bent.
     
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  16. JRS

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    Tee hee. Finnegan ran an 8.75, which is pretty damned okay given how late he got to CCD and how little sleep he'd had. The trunk lid fell off the car as he crossed the line, which is pretty much Roadkill :D
     
  17. JRS

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    Results as of the end of Day 2.

    33 cars out. Finnegan comfortably leading A/Gasser in spite of Blasphemi trying to come apart on him at the stripe :p Tom Bailey leading overall despite a less-than-stellar run yesterday.

    Greatest run of Day 2 for me was a toss-up between James Eby's Franklin banging gears to a 28 second pass, and Rick Steinke's '67 Malibu running right on the class bracket ET with an 8.500 @ 149.00mph. Actually, the top four in Street Race Small Block PA had one hell of a battle. Steinke's 8.500, Randall Reed running 8.525 in the '93 white Mustang, Brett LaSala 8.509 in the '13 green Mustang, Mike Reichen 8.517 in the '01 Camaro. Doesn't get much tighter than that, and I suspect if Monday had been a 'normal' day of racing instead of one-and-done then the average ETs would be even closer than they are. As it is, the top five in the class are only separated by a shade over 0.1sec.
     
  18. JRS

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    Day 3 - Atco Dragway, Atco, NJ



    MToD: Link live

    Glancing around Insta I see at least one guy is out on the drive between tracks - Chuck Zeek's blue '76 Trans Am lost oil pressure :( Quite often it's not the track that breaks your stuff (Opel yesterday aside, fortunately crashing at a Drag Week event is very rare), it's the drive - whether it's a lifter going bad and wiping the cam or the engine overheating or oil pressure going away or a wheel bearing letting go or your alternator going through an entire Pep Boys worth of belts or lack of sleep sending you into a psychotic episode or...

    Hopefully he'll be back next year, because that's a sweet car.
     
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  19. JRS

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    The Franklin is up first :D The MCM Cresta is behind him I believe. In the other lane is the Barra-powered black Fox Mustang from Australia, can't quite see what's behind it.

    Barra Mustang 9.07, Franklin 30.00! MCM Cresta is up...9.03.

    ***edit***

    Here comes Finnegan...8.89 @ 155. I'd have to do some arithmetic, but I reckon that still keeps him in the lead of A/Gasser so he might decide to call his day early and get driving to the next stop. Tom Bailey up now, having made a run earlier where he spun the tyres. And WOAH! 6.18! He'll definitely hand that one in and head out :)

    ***edit 2***

    Day 3 results.

    Dave Newbern had carnage on the roadtrip. He might well be out. Which is a damned shame, because he'd been turning some really good times. Emily Reeves has gotten 'Roxy' (her late model Pontiac GTO with a supercharger strapped to it) into the 11s, which is rather better news. Mike Finnegan and Blasphemi lead A/Gasser by a couple of tenths. Meanwhile the 1919 Franklin is maintaining a sub-30sec average ET :D And the top four in Street Race small-block PA continue to be separated by the proverbial cigarette paper only - 8.527, 8.537, 8.553 and 8.561 are their respective average ETs.
     
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  20. JRS

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    Day 4 - Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, MD



    MToD: Link live now

    Low altitude track, this one. If the DA stays low enough and the prep is good then we could see some pretty serious times being thrown down. Might get a bit warm for it yet though.

    ***edit***

    Yep, density altitude headed up with the temperature. Hey ho!

    Same first two runners as yesterday - Barra Mustang and Franklin. Mustang went 8.83! Franklin somewhat slower, but still quickest ET for the week at 28.35 :D

    Mechanical Stig in the MCM Cresta now...good launch and an 8.93 :)

    ***edit***

    Aargh. Looks like first gear has let go in Blasphemi's G-Force transmission. Finnegan's put in a 10 second pass to keep him in competition, but unless they can fix it then he's not winning A/Gasser :( Those things are normally bullet-proof, yet last year it stuck on the 2-3 shift and let the Hemi badly over-rev, this year it's lost a gear. Roadkill...

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