MANDRA RACING - Beaver Springs Dragway - Sunday July 25, 2021
WOW – YA SHOULD’A BEEN THERE!
Great day of racing at Beaver Springs, if you weren’t there you missed one of MANDRA’s best days of racing both in points competition and in the consolation race. The forecast for rain by late afternoon hurt the car count for all classes at the track. MANDRA had 18 cars on hand for the event and everyone was pleased to see Chris Righetti back racing.
MANDRA would like to thank Beaver Springs for their extra effort to keep the racing going as quickly as possible because of the threat of rain.
The days sponsor was Santee Racing, Mark & Brenda were on vacation so Anthony was on hand to help with the race, present the plaques and congratulate the winners.
Everyone got two time runs. In both time runs Bob and Marc English raced each other, can you guess what happened when washers were picked for the first round, yes they picked each other to race first round. Chris Righetti who said he “didn’t expect any great reaction times” due to his time away from racing had low reaction time of time trials with a .004. Of course with 18 cars on hand there was no first round bye run, however Chris did win the $25 posted by Santee Racing for low reaction time in time trials.
The big race of the first round of course was Bob and Marc English, remember there is still a price on Marc for anyone who can defeat him in the first round. Bob was unable to collect the prize as he left the line too soon giving Marc the first round win. The reward to defeat Marc in the first round is now $80.
Round two saw Bill Johnson defeat Ray Bloom, Randy Campbell beat John Wise, Bill Wert won over Jim Shearer, Marc English beat Brian Yarrison and Bob Maulick had a bye run.
Round three opened with Marc English taking out Randy Campbell, Bob Maulick winning over Bill Johnson and Bill Wert having the bye run.
With 3 cars left for the semi-final round, Bob Maulick and Bill Wert already had bye runs which gave Marc English a bye run into the finals, Bill Wert took out Bob Maulick making a Marc English, Bill Wert final.
Bill left the line first with the better reaction time and held on for the win, another first time winner for 2021.
All first round runner-ups were quick to sign up for the consolation race and this may have been the best consolation race ever. Bud Poust defeated Bob Calimer, rising starJack Stump defeated Gary Scott, Bob English won a close race over Mike Fisher, Chris Righetti beat Brian Wallace, while Ralph Ferraro had a bye run.
Second round of the consolation race saw Bob English use an 8.96 on his 8.95 dial to defeat Bud Poust despite Buds .008 light, when Bud ran out, Jack Stump ended Ralphs Ferraro’s day and Chris Righetti had a bye run.
This left three cars for the semi-finals in the consolation race. In the closest race of the day Chris Righetti left the line first with an .019 reaction time, Bob English was close behind with an .046 light, Bob ran 8.956 on his 8.95 dial in to defeat Chris’s 10.431 on his 10.39 dial in a .001 win for Bob English. Jack Stump had a bye run into the finals and posted a .0003 reaction time to show he was ready for the finals.
In the final Jack Stump left first with a 2-½ second head start but Bob prevailed at the finish line due to a better reaction time.
MANDRA racing seems to get better each week, this was two great races in one day, YA SHOULD’A BEEN THERE!
Next race will be ’s “Geezers at the Grove” Saturday August 7th, this will mark the middle of the MANDRA race season. Special plans are being made by the MANDRA race “sponsors”, looking for the best turn out ever.
Have a great week.
Winner - Bill Wert
Runner-Up - Marc English
Semi's - Bob Maulick
Consolation - Bob English