Author Archives: Mike McCracken
The finals of Top Beaver matched Street Champ, Bob Klock in his Challenger against Dave Carpenter on board his Ninja. Bob took the title running out the least with a 11.995 on a 12.00 to Dave’s 9.718 on a 9.78
Top ET was a great race with Amy Tate taking the win in her “High Hopes” Ford Tempo over Kevin Little’s Willys. Amy carded a 9.618 on a 9.59 at 139.62 MPH to Kev’s 8.840 on a 8.78 at 148.44 MPH.
Modified finals was a Ford vs Chevy battle with Mike Harpster’s Mustang taking the win over Dave Gramley’s Camaro. Mike had the tree, .014 to .073, and took the stripe with a 9.571 on a 9.55 at 129.12 MPH to Dave’s 9.263 on a 9.22 at 144.00 MPH.
Dave Carpenter, top, on board his Ninja stopped Daryl Walters undefeated season with a final round victory. Dave ran a 9.783 on a 9.78 at 127.60 MPH to Daryl’s 10.042 on a 9.98 at 129.98 MPH.
The Street finals was an all Mopar event with Bob Klock’s Challenger taking the title over Tom Houser’s Dart. Bob’s 12.099 on a 12.03 stopped Tom’s run out 12.253 on a 12.29.
The JR Finals came down to Anastazia Barchefski, near, verses Mike Dunkelberger. Mike picked up his first win of the season with a 8.853 on a 8.76 at 66.48 MPH to Anastazia’s 9.004 on a 8.96 at 71.62 MPH.
The Hot Rod Trophy finals fell to Todd Stahl in his Monte over Shawn Wood’s Mustang. Todd ran a 11.907 on a 11.85 at 109.18 MPH to Shawn’s 12.073 on a 12.00 at 111.82 MPH.
Michael Houser, Tom’s son, took the ATV title over Devon Hanner with a 15.664 on a 15.58 to Devon’s run out 14.286 on a 14.60.
Talk about having a great day, the Fetterolf’s Jewelry Pro Mom’s final fell to Amy Dunkleberger’s Aspen SUV over Nikki’s Albert’s VW. Amy ran a 16.437 on a 16.40 at 75.99 MPH to Nikki’s 17.939 on a 17.85 at 77.66 MPH. In winning she pick up a new 1/3 carat diamond necklace!!
Charlotte Flick is out first in her Mercury over Lori Conboy’s Buick in the Rookie Mom’s finals. Lori came from behind and took the title and the 1/3 caret Diamond Necklace with a 16.0116 on a 15.91 at 84.04 MPH to Charlotte’s 17.912 on a 17.71 at 76.53 MPH.
The Lil Beaver finals wan an all dragster affair with Andrew Feltman, near, taking the title over Scott Tate. Andrew ran a 8.274 on a 8.25 at 150.37 MPH to stop Scott’s 8.281 on a 8.25 at 161.31 MPH.
WINNERS CIRCLE PHOTOS
The Tate family had a great day with Amy winning Top ET and the Pro Mom’s race, Mike Dunkelberger winning JR Dragster and Scott Taking a runner up in Lil Beaver. Way to go!
Modified Champ, Mike Harpster with his “Short Bus” friend Kevin Little and wife Penny.
A new King is crowned, “Da Carp” was the man today.
Street and Top Beaver Champion, Bob and Tammy Klock in his 440 Challenger.
JR Dragster Champion, Mike Dunkelberger
ATV Champion, Michael Houser.
Baby Beaver Champion, Isaiah Lohr with Gram and Pap and Sandy.
Lil Beaver Champion, Andrew Feltman and his friends.
Pro Mom Champion, Amy Tate and her girls.
Rookie Mom Champion, Lori Conboy in her Wildcat Wagner Buick.
FETTEROLF JEWELRY MOM’S RACERS
Jim Sheaffer put his Vega into the Top Street Winners circle with a final round victory over Chris Shaffer’s SS Furious.
The Modified Street finals matched Wyatt Hoffman’s Nova against Dennis Henry’s Mustang. Wyatt had the tree big time, .035 to .031, but ran out with a 13.227 on a 13.23 at 94.23 MPH to Dennis’s 10.970 on a 10.90 at 123.98 MPH.
Leah Shaffer had the tree, .014 to .089, and took the stripe in winning True Street over Brian Michael’s Taurus SHO. Leah ran a 18.007 on a 17.92 to Brian’s 13.004 on a 12.95.
Brian Snyder went the furthest in Sport Bike before moving into Modified Street.
Outlaw Street fell to Andy Ney in his S-10 over Moses Spade’s Pinto when he went red. Andy ran a 11.313 on a 11.33 at 119.15 MPH to Moses’s 12.271 on a 12.28 at 105.26 MPH.
The ATV finals was won by Davis Seidell, near, over a red lighting Weston Hoffman. Davis ran a 10.234 on a 10.35 at 63.91 MPH to Weston’s 13.241 on a 13.00 at 45.01 MPH
Top Street Champion – Jim Sheaffer
Modified Street Champion – Dennis Henry
Andy Ney “The S-10 Guy” took the Outlaw Street title.
Davis Seidell was the ATV champion.
TODD’S BONUS SHOTS
POLARIS RANGER ETX
John Vogt, owner and all around nice guy, of Highland Harley-Davidson located in Somerset, PA, has provided the track with a new Polaris Ranger ETX for service and supply chores at the Beaver. We have had a need for a vehicle of this caliber and John has provided it for our use and evaluation. Check it out when you are at the track, it’s one cool ride. 350cc, automatic, full seats, lights, windshield, roof and 4 wheel drive. Highland Harley-Davidson can be contacted at 814-444-1903 or www.highlandhd.com. Tell them you’re from “The Beaver”.
Andrew stopped Justin from pulling the Beaver Hat Trick (winning two eliminators in one day) with a final round victory in Top ET. Andrew carded a 8.232 on an 8.22 at 159.23 MPH to Justin’s 8.083 on a 8.07 at 162.98 MPH.
In the all Ford, Modified finals, it was Ken Klingman in his `83 Mustang taking the title over Mike Harpster’s classic `66 Mustang. Ken ran a 11.220 on a 11.20 at 117.15 MPH to Mike’s 9.593 on a 9.51 at 134.08 MPH.
Justin Badman stopped Bob Klock’s Challenger in the Street finals with a right on 12.103 on a 12.10 at 105.59 MPH to Bob’s 12.125 on a 12.07 at 104.45 MPH. Mom was proud.
Daryl Walter has been undefeated this season winning his third straight title. This week an the expense of Randy Kauffman’s Ninja.
Another driver who has been on fire is Brandon Flick in JR Dragster. Brandon picked up his third title in a row. And …he’s a rookie!!
Trenton Seitz once again took the ATV title on his Polaris.
Kevin Whitmer avenged his first round loss in Modified by coming back and taking the Lil Beaver title over Dylan Weader’s Nova.
In the Baby Beaver race, (It’s a free second chance race for JR Dragsters) it came down to a battle of cousins with Mike Dunkleberger, near, taking the win over Brai Tate.
IHRA WINNERS CIRCLE
Top ET and Top Beaver Champion, Andrew Feltman and friends.
Modified Champion, Ken Klingman (right) with buddy Kevin Whitmer.
Street Champion, Justin Badman with family and friends.
Hot Rod Trophy Champion, Kyle Poorman with Mom and Dad and brother Kody.
JR Dragster Champion, Brandon Flick with mom and dad.
Lil Beaver Champion Kevin Whitmer and buddy Ken Klingman
Chris Shaffer in his SS Furious took the Top Street title over Dennis Henry’s Mustang with a final round blast of 10.503 on a 10.47 at 121.68 MPH to Dennis’s 10.869 on a 10.80 at 125.12 MPH.
Dennis came back at took the Modified Street title over Frank Reaser’s Monte with a final round clocking of 10.981 on a 10.84 at 111.64 MPH to rank’s 10.838 on a 10.78 at 120.96 MPH.
Dorian Meklis won the ever popular True Street title over Brian Michael’s SHO. Dorian ran a 13.503 on a 13.44 at 90.68 MPH to Brian’s 12.819 on a 12.90 at 108.66 MPH run out pass.
Jeff Steltzer in his S-10 took the Outlaw Street title over Moses Spade’s Ford with a pass of 11.765 on a 11.78 at 111.15 MPH to Moses’s 12.189 on a 12.21 at 104.79 MPH.
WINNERS CIRCLE PHOTOS
Mr. Top Street was Chris Shaffer in his SS Furious.
Dennis Henry won Modified Street in his classic `66 Mustang.
Outlaw Street champion, Jeff Steltzer with his crew.
BONUS PHOTO SHOTS
Here are the champions: Brian Merrick Pro FE champ, Rick Allen RU Pro, Gary Simpers Hot FE champ, Hubert Platt, Rolly Pellerin RU Hot FE, Beaver Bob, Andy Snotselgar Cool FE champ, Dick Brannan, Grayson Peak FE Bird race champ, Bruce Landis RU.
Brain Merrick took the Pro FE title (8 low ET qualifiers) once again with his Thunderbolt. He defeated Rick Allen’s SS/F Cobra Jet when Rick went red. Brian blasted out a 9.933 on a 9.90 at 132.10 MPH.
The Hot FE (11.99 and faster) title fell to Gary Simper’s B/SA 427 Fairlane wagon over Rolly Pellerin’s Comet. Gary carded a 10.961 on a 10.87 at 111.42 MPH to stop Rolly’s 10.762 on a 10.75 at 123.42 MPH.
Andy Snotselaar driving the Hubert Platt Cobra jet defeated Joe Stasick’s rag top Fairlane in the Cool FE (12.00 and slower) finals. Andy had the tree with a .018 to .062 and ran an easy 12.758 on a 12.30 at 85.84 MPH when Joe had shifting issues turning a 13.343 on a 12.10 at 95.03 MPH.
Brian Merrick – Pro FE
Gary Simpers – Hot FE
Andy Snotselaar – Cool FE with his hero, Hubert Platt
Grayson Peak took the FE Bird title in his Galaxie. He just lived for the moment to get his winning photo with legends Hubert Platt and Dick Brannan.
Beaver Bob introduces the legends, Dick Brannan and Hubert Platt with Doug Bender the Fairlane Club of America president.
Survival Motorsports chief, Barry Rabotnick.
Here he is, Blair Patrick of Blair Patrick Racing engines.
Carl Binius, the man behind Carl’s Ford Parts.
Charlie Morris the guru of Ford know how books
Again this year, Randy Spohn was #1 qualifier. He dialed a 8.98 in round one.
The men are FE proud.
We don’t need no stinkin’ government handout.
Cobra Jet Mustangs all in a row.
Receiving the Super Fan plaque for coming the greatest distance was Haden Ivers. He made the trek the whole way from Victoria, Australia!!
Pre race drivers meeting. Do you think there was a lot of entries!!
Beaver Bob had a smile on his face all day.
A special tribute was given to Phil Bonner. The great legend passed in 2014.
A real cool `57 with a 410 Merc sporting EFI.
Bart Kilrane’s `69 Cougar Jet. The D/SA national record holder of past years.
You just got to love Larry Kortkamp’s “Battle Star Galactia” She a 428, 4 speed.
Event promoter, Jody Abert’s qualified well into the Pro FE field with a 9.45.
Vinny Lyons with his factory 1 of 50 Cobra Jet R code cars.
422 Motorsports latest creation is a `62 Mercury with a 406.
The Kidd men with Joe’s original `67 LTD, 428 with a 4 speed.
MR. USA-1 himself, Bruce Larson, was on hand to watch all the Fords go by.
It was a new record event.
Talk about a handful of stars: Zach Straits, Randy Delisio, Jim Stugart and Jon Vermeesch of Ford’s Performance division of SVT.
All the Stars were here.
Hubert Platt and Dick Brannan with the fabulous Rocky Troxell created Brannan tribute Falcon
Jon Vermeesch’s personal Ford backed SVT rig.
Ahaaa …the good stuff.
Donna Marie and Beaver Bob with Zach Straits winner of Low Reaction Time and Show Winner with his 100% correct `61 Starliner. She’s a 390, 3-2bbl. 401 HP.
Dan Parson’s N/SS 427 Comet made the Pro FE show.
Mike Holland, an IHRA tough guy, assisted in the lanes. Yes, he’s a Ford guy too.
Craig Jernigan’s legal M/Stock 390, 4 speed Galaxie
Yes, it’s the real deal B/FX 427 F-100.
Co-promoter, Doug Bender, president of the Fairlane Club of America.
Dan Parson’s Toxic Element 428 supercharged 428 with a 4 speed.
Randy Delisio’s original A/FX comet
Steve McBlain showed up in his period correct hauler. How cool is that!!
Dickey Estevez driving Phil Bonner’s Thunderbolt.
Dan Parson with Hubert Platt.
Diamond Jim Brady signing a Galaxie for a fan.
Don Fotti’s 428 CJ Mustang
The winner of Best of Show was John Mathies. It was his dad’s car new. She’s a 427 R-code with a 4 speed. And ….she’s an all original survivor
Jon Vermeesch’s 427 Cammer powered Starliner.
This is Preston Bonner (Phil’s granson) presenting Jody Aberts with Phil Bonner’s original 1964 Cars Magazine Super Stock jacket. This means the world to Jody and will be a cherished procession for the rest of his life.
FRIDAY’S BRATS AND BEER
As is the tradition, we had our annual FE picnic at the Fast Eddie pavilion. Welcome to Beaver hospitality.
The beer was compliments of Dan Parsons from Bellwood, PA.
That’s Red Lear of Lear’s Meat Market. Red supplied all the brats bring them from his shop in Illinois for the second year in a row. What a hit!!