OPENING EVENT FOR 2017 KICKS OFF SEASON
With great weather in January and February casting hopes of some super racing weather to kick off the new season fell flatter than a slow squirrel in the fast lane. March was a total wipe out with cold, snow and rain messing up every attempt to turn some tires and the first week of April was no better. Finally, with the schedule set for the initial points race for the season on deck, there was no rain, no snow, but there were plenty of cool temperatures and a brisk wind that made one long for the good old days of two months ago. Regardless, the hardy folks who strapped on the coats and hats to brave the conditions had a good day at the track and set the controls for what should be a great year of competition.
There was a new face that showed up in both the Super Pro and Pro brackets and with an odd machine with which to go drag racing. Rob Snyder made the trek from Sinking Springs Pa with his 1975 Ford Granada and looked to put the hurt on the regulars in both divisions. Snyder ended up going one for two as he raked in the S/P title and went deep into the Pro category where he lost in the semis to eventual winner Jim Young. Jeff Rahner had his BBC motored Buick ragtop entry dancing on the dial and took the Street award for the day. And when it came to the Bike entries, well, 2017 started off where 2016 ended, as in Barry Stephens hoisting the cup at the end of the race.
Snyder sent Mike Capaso and Barry Luyster’s RED entries to the trailer to face off with Bryan Mirsky’s 66 Chevy in the title run. Mirsky, who last year started the season in a Street Biscayne and qualified for the S/P team with his big blue machine, took down Robbie Boyd’s Camaro and the 68 Chevelle of Jeremy Dittmar to earn his spot for the money. Both racers let almost on the same light and by the time the thousand foot stripe came up, Snyder and his Ford flashed on the win signal with an 8.41 at 114.84 that dropped Mirsky’s close but losing effort of 8.27, 122.68.
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