Gallen Keeps Rolling Along In IHRA
In Top Fuel Canadian Ike Maier finally broke through for his first career IHRA Nitro Jam win in a tremendous pass against friend and rival Bobby Lagana Jr. With header flames lit the length of the track, Maier was edged at the line but fought back on the top end producing a 4.879, 272.89 in his first win. Lagana held the lead for the first 1,000 feet, but the blower belt let go in a tremendous burst to allow Maier to get to the line first.
“What a fantastic win. We have really enjoyed our time running with the IHRA and this is really something we are very excited about,” Maier said. “Bobby and I had a great run in the final with him leading most of the way until the belt let loose. Still it was a great race and we are excited to get to race him for this win.”
In the consolation round Bruce Litton produced an impressive 4.834, 293.86 in a solo pass for low ET and top speed of the night.
Continuing with the theme of the evening Tracy Kile had a close win over Jay Turner in the Nitro Harley final as the Asheville, North Carolina native overcame a slower reaction time to run a 6.463, 213.74 in picking up the win. Turner ran a 6.632, 205.63 in the runner-up effort.
Perhaps the most impressive lap of the night came during round one of Nostalgia Fuel Altered as Gilbert, Arizona native Ron Maroney put down a national record-topping pass of 5.935 seconds at 236.13 miles per hour in the “Blind Faith” Fuel Altered, both good enough for a new record if he can back up the numbers during the weekend.
Maroney also took home the Ironman in the popular nostalgia class, nipping Ron Hope at the line as Hope crossed the center line and took out the timing blocks at the quarter-mile.
In Mountain Motor Pro Stock John Konigshofer made an impressive return to quarter-mile competition with a very fast 6.308, 222.33 lap in a win over Tony Pontieri who had to shut it off early.
Wrapping up the pro portion of the evening was round one of eliminations in the PMRA Pro Mod Invitational as top qualifiers Rocky Di Lecce and Bruce Boland advanced and will meet in round two, joining 2012 Grand Bend winner Eric Latino and two-time IHRA Pro Mod champion Kenny Lang.
In sportsman competition Canadian Tom Orr drove his ’08 Dodge Stratus to a win over Steve Corriveau in the all Canadian Top Sportsman final, joining fellow countrymen Brian Clayton in Super Stock who took down Franco Cantusci and Rob Holden who claimed the Hot Rod crown over Ryan Boniferro.
Kevin Fisher took the win in Top Dragster over Ron Biondo, Tony Elrod took the Super Rod crown over Andrew Stirk, Thomas Fletcher won in Stock over Raymond Darroch and Chris Scarlata defeated Steve Mikus in the Quick Rod final.