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7/2/16 ALL HAIL KING WILLIAM, HAKUCSA THAT IS

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7/2/16

ALL HAIL KING WILLIAM

HAKUCSA THAT IS

          During the American Revolution, England had King George. In earlier centuries there was the infamous King Henry VIII. Now, in 2016, Island Dragway has King William, as in Bill Hakucsa. The perennial Street Bracket champ not only added another notch to his bracket resume but then won the playoff matchup with the other eliminator winners to take over the reign as King of the Track. The annual Wally awarding process is sponsored by Summit Racing Products and is a coveted trophy to be displayed proudly by any racer worth his or her salt.

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06/25/16 UPSETS RULE IN SATURDAY CLASH NEW WINNERS TAKE CENTER STAGE

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06/25/16

UPSETS RULE IN SATURDAY CLASH

NEW WINNERS TAKE CENTER STAGE

It seemed that every way you turned this week there was another surprise in every eliminator as the winner’s circle reflected a change of pace in every category.  From Super Pro to Bike, normal favorites on paper fell to some  superior launches and break outs and made for results that nobody could have predicted before the racing got underway.

A first time appearance by Dawn Helman lead to victory in S/P when she took down the previous week’s winner Jeremy Dittmar in the final.  Frank Armando and Carl Milano faced off in the Pro title race with Armando taking the nod.  Carly Wolf, who failed in going three straight in Modern Muscle made up for it with victory in Street.  And Neil Smith visited the trophy circle for the first time in quite a while with the title in Bike as he outlasted Don Hookway.

Pa’s Dawn Helman, making her first event here ran through the S/P field to make her night one to remember.  The first two rounds had her with reaction time advantages over her opponents and in the semis and final she may have given up the tree but managed to push the competition under their handicaps for the win light.  Helman outran John Graziano and Steve Jepko early on and then faced Jean Ann Zetterberg in the SF round.  Zetterberg dropped the race when she ran just slightly under the dial at 6.56, 151 to Helman’s Chevy’s 9.11, 114.  Jeremy Dittmar was looking for his second title in a row and after showing Rich Wilk and Barry Hohnarth the exit eked out a win over Mike Sulc, 8.07 to a losing 7.27.  Dittmar was locked and loaded for the final and cut a .001 light that seemed to spell another win for the Chevelle, but while Helman had given up .022 on the line, her elapsed time of 9.095 at 114mph just edged by in the traps.  Dittmar hit an 8.078 and 122.39 against an 8.05 dial to finish up in second place by a margin of victory for Helman by only .001 seconds.  Thus ended upset number one.

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