The Antique Drags hit Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip on Saturday, October 14th, with vintage cars and old regulars tearing up the circuit.Also being hosted was the 5th Annual Y-Block Shoot Out, brought to you by Crower, Mummert Equipment, Schneider, CEBE Farms, and JBA Speed Shop. Also, the regular events were back, but with a special twist: This time, the Gambler was being ran with a Wally on the line.
First, the AFX bracket, as David Franklin in his 61 Galaxie went up against Ken Moreland in his Chevelle. Ken would get up to the line, having an earlier start than David, but as soon as he stepped on the gas, he gave David the win, as Ken leaves 24 thousandths of a second early, giving David the AFX win.
David Franklin (Near) against Ken Moreland (far) in the AFX final.
Then, the Y-blocks split up into two different brackets, with the Y-block Sportsman coming down to Al Radcliff and Charlie Bigwell. Charlie had the faster car, his 7.59 dial making him wait over a second behind Al's 9.00 dial. And when the lights dropped, Al got to go, and Charlie lagged behind. When the green light lit up, he still lagged behind, his .610 reaction time requiring an inhuman effort to make up. And with a 7.592 on a 7.59 dial, he pushed too hard, breaking out and giving Al the Y block Sportsman win.
Charlie Bigwell (Near) against Al Radcliff (Far) in the Y-block Sportsman final.
Soon after, Todd Ferguson took the Y-Block pro, and defeated Al heads up, leaving one last final for the Y-block shootout. The Y-block vs FE Challenge, as Todd Ferguson went up against Clint Waterhouse. Todd had a slightly faster car, but Clint was able to get off the line without issue this time, getting off the line with a quick .083 reaction... as Todd launches half a second later 10 thousandths of a second early. Todd fouls with a red light, and Clint takes the win in the Y-block vs FE Challenge.
Todd Ferguson (Near) against Clint Waterhouse (Far) in the Y Block vs FE Challenge
And finally, there was only the Gambler left. Would Danny Ord be able to come in and go home with a Wally of his own, or will Rick Reynolds add another to his collection? Danny would get first go, launching off with his 7.38 dial first, getting an alright .089 reaction time. But, Rick and his 5.89 dial launched shortly after, as Rick was already making up ground with his .031 reaction time. Danny could see Rick fast catching up with him, threatening to cross the finish line first, as Danny had to push his car faster. And with a 7.320 E/T on a 7.38 dial, he pushed too far, breaking out as Rick finishes over his dial, giving Rick the win, and another Wally to add to his collection.
Rick Reynolds and daughter Remy Reynolds accepting Rick's Wally for the Gambler win.
With the Antiques done, it was time to return to modern day. And in two weeks time, comes one of the biggest events of the year. On October 28th, racers from 4 different categories will get together to determine who is the #1 King of the Track, with one last trophy and free track fees to their name if they win. See you there!