Smoke Fire and Thunder
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Saturday final rounds
Day one of time trials and qualifying for the SMS Smoke Fire and Thunder event at Mission Raceway began under hot conditions Friday. The track was a bit greasy and most of the feature class cars including Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5 and 275 made short or tire smoking runs early on. In a real cool feature warm up run , Mike Gondziola and David Kowalski in matching 2015 Corvette blasted off. Both cars were of the throttle at 600 -660 feet. Kowalski ran a career best to half track a solid 4.10 (would be around a 6.22-25 if legged out), unfortunately Dave had a bit of engine damage in the car as he is pregressively turning up the boost the Schmidt bullet lifted the heads and he needed to do a bit of repair. "Gonzi" went 3.97 which would have been a 5.99 or so.
A few 275 cars ran mostly to get initial tune-ups and a couple were finishing off their licensing.
At 7:00pm half way through the street legal evening the feature classes took to the track after somem scraping and glue lay down. The first pairing was a couple twin turbos. Dale Pederen and his small block and Kerry Stone in his big block. Both made conservative decent runs, 6.3 for Dale and 6.2 for Kerry. The next pair saw Garrett Richards rip off a ragged edge 5.98/242 and Jeff Doyle go 6.28/243. Pretty good considering the heat on Friday and a good sign that maybe the traction was there.
The optimism waned in the second pairing when Gonzi took on Kowlaski for the second time. Both left hard and looked to be on decent runs. Kowlaski was off the gas at half track as he wanted to make sure repairs were working. 'Gonzi' was on a real tear with a .973 60ft and a 2.64 330ft. But near half track he started to move left a bit still within the groove but when he corrected the car took a real hard right and just before he smoked the wall he got the car turned parallel witht he track and he flat sided the wall. He bumped it about about 100 foot further down but got on the chutes and got the car off the track. The right side of the car from the front nose to the back of the rear quarter scraped hard doing extensive body damage down the whole side. The cars incrententals to 600 feet were on par with the 5.85 he ran at Doorwarz. A real tough break for the Saskatoon team. When the two runs (DW and this one) were overlayed they were identical to 3.20 seconds. When all the timing came back on (the timing was soft to make sure the car got a good start), the car rattled the tires causing it to make the move left. Hopefully the overall repair is not to expensive but for sure it will be well in excess of 25k.
Ouch, we really feel bad for the team with the quickest car in Canada.
Yvonne lucas and Paul Glandon were next. Glandon had an issue right off the launch, and yvonne looked to be on a good riip but she was off the gas by 400 feet.
Joe Delehay was the last guy (Glen Kerusky, Keith Korecki and Jay Syvertsen did not make a run) to make a run and he layed down a solid base line, turning on the scoreboard with a 6.09, slowing to 233 mph. He was 4.00 to the 660.
Four Summit Custom Brokers NW Outlaws made runs and Dane Lachelt went a wheels up 6.45, Dan Provost ran 6.75 and Norm Mitchell went 6.62. Alvan Behar had issues and coasted across the finish line.
Outlaw 10.5 has five cars in attendnace and all are local BC cars. Nick Duda and Brent Van VLiet went side by side with Brent going 4.47 and Nick going 4.60. Brent also testing a full 1320 earlier in the day and ran a career best 6.77/218 mph. Ken Sihota showed all the teams he will not take it easy as he went an awesome 4.12/179. Steve Nicholson ran a slowing high 4 second et. Roy Moznik did not make a run.
Last up was Outlaw 275 and they had the best conditions. The track had cooled off nicely and was tighening up. THey despite the 1500 less HP that the Pro Mods need the tightest track as their tire is half the size. The first few pair made solid runs in the 5.50 range. Chris McGraa ran a strong 5.00 and beside him Darren Desrocher rode the rear wheels hard to 90 feet and then the car came down hard. Hopefully not too much damage. The sparks did fly out.
Greg Henschell showed what big HP can do as he went a great 4.84/155. The only guy close was Steve Skokin as he ended the session with a 4.95
Hopefully the forecasted cooler Saturday will produce even better numbers. Most of the feature class qualifying goes in the evening starting around 6 or 7.