First things first, I'd like to thank everyone that came down Sunday to the BS Stops Here 2005 event. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it was the best event we've had to date and I'm pretty sure everyone had a pretty good time.
I'd also like to extend a huge thanks to our sponsors; Coupe Performance, Bugman Racing / Avalon Exterminating, and Prestige Mustang.
With exception of my amazing racoon like tan (and to think 'gee Chris, you have freckles, why don't you put on some sunscreen before you go outside for a change?' would have saved me a week worth of stupid comments from the a-holes at work), I had a blast and I really liked the format this time around. It didnt' leave much room for argument, and only a very small couple of miscommunications between the staff of SDR and us.
Here is the rundown of the day (and if I get your name wrong, let me know - all I have to go with is what they gave me):
First round saw Tom Moran in his '72 Mopar run against someone whose name doesn't appear on my sheet. Tom won right off the bat as the unamed opponent redlit, but he would have reeled him in anyways with his 10.623 @ 132.43 to a losing 11.457 @ 119.21 mph.
Sean Mckesson of Marietta GA in his '05 Vette sent Roy Balseiro with is '01 Corvette back to the pits when Roy redlit a -.153 light, only to see Sean run an 11.98 @ 117.05, to Roys 13.844 @ 107.49.
Adrianna Scott in her '05 GTO ran a by-run with a 13.65 @ 114.78.
Second round saw Tom Moran in his '72 Scamp outrun Adrianna Scott, get out of it, and still win with a 12.92 @ 89.99 to a losing 13.438 @ 111.03 on a .596 and .504 lights respectively. Sean Mckesson got the by-run for that round with a 17.83 @ 65.11.
Final round of Hard Tire pitted Tom Moran against Sean Mckesson for the champ of the radials. Sean cut down the tree and laid it in front of Tom with a .175 to a .518 light, but it wasn't enough when Seans 11.92 @ 116.50 just wouldn't hold it against a 11.36 @ 114.14 giving Tom the win and the trophy.
First round had Harley Chapman of Walhalla SC in his '87 Mustang take on Tim Campbell of Mcdonough GA in his '93 Mustang. Tim redlit and watched as Harley blistered half track with a 10.99 @ 100.76. Next up was Georga Long in what is probably the baddest Kia on earth, facing Deon Johnson of Newnan in his '03 Mustang. George nailed a killer .092 light to the slower .604, and posted a strong 11.31 @ 103.79 to Deons 13.174 @ 111.40 for the win.
Robbie Clark of Silver Creek GA in his '00 Vette took on John Mclutcheon of Cumming in his '00 Firebird. Despite Johns .056 versus Robbies .233 lights, his 12.399 at 113.65 just wasn't enough for the hard charging 11.72 @ 125.51 of the Vette.
Howard Stone of Forest Park in his '81 Camaro just barely beat young Nicole Calhoun (Miss Bugman) of Monroe GA in her '91 LX Mustang. Howard got her at the light with a .171 to her .182, and just barely held the lead through the quarter with a 12.884 @ 104.81 to her 12.875 @ 107.45 (but that was good enough for the Quickest Lady plaque - Good job Nicole!).
Zack Stripling of Stockbridge got the by-run that round in his '03 Cobra, running a 12.321 @ 94.24.
Round 2 saw Harley run Tim Campbell again, but Harley just had him from the start with his .213 light over the .229 of Tim, closing the gate at 10.736 @ 128.32 mph to a slower 11.273 @ 105.15.
Howard Stone and Robbie Clark lined up next in a GM vs GM lineup, but the second gen f-body resisted the urge to leave when the '00 Vette left early by .097 seconds and gave howard the win with his 11.789 @ 112.26 to the mph monsters 11.697 @ 126.96.
Last of the second round saw George's Kia make a pass all by his lonesome when the '03 Cobra of Zack broke at the line giving the Kia an easy win to put him to the next round.
Round 3 saw Harley in his Fox bodied Mustang take on Howard in the Camaro, but he had to work for this one. Howard nailed a .080 light to a slower .205, but it just didn't put him out far enough to best the quick ET of 11.186 @ 103.47 to his 11.516 @ 117.16.
Final round put Mustang versus Kia (bet you'd never thought you'd hear that) in a race for the trophy of Fastest DOT Tire car. Both Harley and George left the line fairly close (.222 / .275), but the Kia's 11.377 @ 114.02 couldn't beat the Mustangs 10.814 @ 128.07 giving Harley the win.
Less Than 8
If you ever wanted to see what happens when you take a couple of turbo Buicks and let them pick on some unsuspecting Honda's, this is the round for you.
First round had Gene Cassidy of Panama City Beach Florida in his '87 Buick taking on Joe Larocco of Buford GA in his '01 Silverado pickup, but when the truck broke, the Buick didn't even bat an eye when it went 9.938 @ 136.69 mph.
Next up was Ysmaelmi Capellan of Morrow in his '91 Civic up against the '95 hard top Miata of Jason Burg. The little Miata got a little anxious and left too early, giving Ysmaelmi an easy win with his 14.250 @ 99.40 mph to the slower 16.34 @ 66.56 of the Miata.
Damon Waldrop of Stockbridge in his '90 Honda had the by-run for this round, and saved his ride for another round with a 20.24 @ 52.37 mph.
Last was Daniel Menchack of Dallas GA in his '87 Regal taking on Donte of Morrow in his '90 Accord. The Honda tore off out of the gate first with a .122 light to the Buicks .508 light, but his 16.97 @ 80.47 surely wouldn't get it done against the 11.119 @ 123.32 of Menchack.
Second round had Gene Cassidy again, this time taking on Ysmaelmi's civic. I'm not sure if Gene was messing with him, or taking a nap, but Ysmaeli jumped out with a .337 light and when the alarm clock went off and Gene got on the gas after 1.749 seconds of the light being green, he flew past the little Honda at 9.937 @ 137.48 to a losing 14.607 @ 95.23.
Then we had Buick versus Honda again, when Daniel Menchack, after taking a lesson on line napping from Gene, let Damon Waldrop leave on his .222 light, waited over 2 full seconds (2.205) and and then just ran him down with his 10.966 @ 123.76 to the Hondas 15.094 @ 93.56.
Final round of our Less than 8 class finally put the big bad Buicks side by side, when Gene and Daniel pulled in the beams together. I guess the day was just Genes though, when he cut a .343 light to the slower .784 of Menchack and held him all the way to the other end with a 9.947 @ 136.94 to a slower 10.956 @ 123.58.
Pretty small field this year, but definitely not short on speed.
First round put David Edge of East Point in his '87 S-10 versus Bobby Mcnair of Seneca SC in his '95 Mustang. The Mustang got the jump on the little truck that could with a .087 to a .174 light, but it wasn't far enough with its 11.121 @ 128.15 to best the 10.697@ 115.49 of Edge.
Next we had Jared Groff of Snellville in his '92 GT versus Jeff Davis of Mcdonough in his '90 Ranger. The Ranger didn't make it down the 1/4, but Jared damned sure did with his 9.045 @ 152.47.
Final round of the Slick Tire class saw some fast and close racing when David Edge hit a .110 light and ran a 9.075 @ 147.71 to the .658 light and 9.138 @ 154.42 ET of Groff, giving Edge the trophy and the win.
There was a small numbering problem in the beginning, so I'm pretty sure someones name is transposed improperly. If I get it wrong, let me know.
This is what racing is about if you ask me. The rules were very simple. 1/8th mile, .400 pro-tree, stock style suspension, and a 10.5" tire. Other than that, wide open for anything, and that is exactly what you got.
To start the show off Scott Milner of Coupe Performance in Kryptonite lined up on Drew Rogers of Mad Racing/ Jimmy Jamz fame in his '88 Trans Am. To be honest, this race was decided at the line when Scott threw down the gauntlet with a .039 light to Drews .202 light, and ran out the back - barely winning with a 6.014 @ 116.59 to the quicker 6.007 @ 117.77 of the TA.
After that Sean Bass of Eatonton in his '86 Z-28 took on John White of Lawrenceville in his '89 Mustang. John got the Jump on the Jimmy Jamz powered Z with a .333 to a .487, but Seans 5.834 @ 120.93 beat the 6.087 @ 115.52 that the Mustang posted.
Next up was our number one qualifier Chuck Lawrence of Dallas GA in his '85 Mustang up against Rick Rogers of Covington in his '91 Mustang. Rick pulled the trigger just a little too quick and redlit, giving Chuck the advance and letting Chuck go on by with a 5.519 @ 126.76.
Then we had Brent Bernard of Mansfield GA in his '89 Mustang take on the bad Red Bull of Rick Speer. The first go around was messed up by the starter, so we had to line'm up again later, giving Brent the win. Brent with a 5.800 @ 119.98 to the Bulls 5.942 @ 119.64. (I don't have the slip from the second run).
Round 2 saw our number 3 qualifier Scott Milner taking on Number 1 qualifier Chuck Lawrence. Both of these guys just killed the tree with a .066 and a .051 respectively, and stayed virtually side by side all the way down the full 660, ultimately giving Scott the win with a 5.486 @ 130.22 to a 5.545 @ 125.53.
Next up we had Brent Bernard taking on Sean Bass with another pair of killer RT's (.069 / .101), but the win light went to Brent with a 5.786 @ 120.43 to Seans 5.813 @ 121.09.
A betting man would have had to give 1:1 odds on either one of these guys in the finals, and if it weren't for the track timers and lights - only a super high speed picture would have been able to tell you who won this one. Both Scott Milner and Brent Bernard took off with some of the best reactions of the day with a .051 and .074, and holding them side by side till the end with the Coupe Performance built Mustang just barely eeking out a victory over Brents '89 Mustang with a 5.605 @ 125.94 to Brents 5.659 @ 124.19 to give Scott the win and the trophy, as well as bragging rights for the day.
Once again, I'd like to thank everyone who came out and supported us and had a good time. Hope to see you at the next event in the spring.