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Superchargers Showdown Provides Super Show

  

September 26, 2012

  

Press Release courtesy of:  Fabian Brown


Heading into the 27th Annual Snap On Racing Superchargers Showdown, it was no secret that Mother Nature has played a major impact on the 2012 season at MIR. With events either delayed or cancelled because of rain, lightning, and even a complete loss of power. Mother Nature decided that she would let MIR win one this weekend, as drivers came from all over to provide the wildest show of the year. The Pro Mods of the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association were set to do battle on the full quarter mile. With names such as Fredy Scriba, Gary Courtier, Steve Drummond, Tim O'Hare and others, the question wasn't if or when we'd see a 5 second run, but how many? After 4 qualifying sessions were completed, 4 drivers eclipsed the 5 second zone, including Steve Drummond's 5.97 at nearly a track record speed of 246.30 MPH. Each and every driver gave it everything they had on every run, which unfortunately caused a lot of broke singles in eliminations. John Mazzarana, President of the NEOPMA and Royce Miller, President and promoter of MIR, decided to pair up as many broke singles as possible and they created double bye runs, which allowed both drivers to advance to the next round, but still giving the fans side by side action. As the smoke cleared to the final round. Isaias Rojas in his 2006 Chevy Colbalt, who struggled all through qualifying, unleashed the quickest pass of both Pro Mod classes at 5.937 taking out heavy local favorite Fredy Scriba. Making a statement to Steve Drummond ahead of their match race showdown at the 17th annual World Cup Finals Import vs Domestic November 2-4. Drummond answered right back with a class win of his own at 5.966 defeating Tim O'Hare who ran a vcry competitive 5.967.

The Wild Bunch gave a great show of their own,providing wild smokey burnouts, 200 MPH runs on the edge of control. However there was one thing that none of us ever thought we'd see. Bunny Burkett stepping out of the car and inserting a backup driver. Marking perhaps the first time in her legendary career, that anyone but Bunny has driven one of her cars in an elimination round at MIR. She entrusted the veteran Matt Stambaugh to drive her car. With the longest burnout and high MPH awards already in hand, Stambaugh looked for the clean sweep against Richard Wilson in the final, which was determined as both drivers has the two quickest winning times through the first two rounds of eliminations. On this night, Richard Wilson took the win with an .018 reaction time and the quickest et of the night at 6.110 to Stambaugh impressive 6.187. The Wild Bunch will make one more appearance at MIR this season at the rescheduled 3rd annual Legends of Budds Creek on November 10th.

Two jet dragsters also highlighted the action as the legendary Queen of Diamonds Jet Dragster piloted by Jill Canuso, took on the Jersey Thunder machine driven by Terry Rosberg, who was racing in memory of his father, former IHRA Jet Inspector Dick Rosberg, who passed away last year. During round 1, both drivers left before the Christmas tree came down, so Royce Miller and MIR Operations Director Chris Miller changed the christmas tree autostart settings to an instant flash of yellow and green once both drivers staged. Canuso took home both wins in round 2 and 3 with the fastest passes of the season at MIR, both at over 300 MPH.

 

Winners of the 27th annual Snap On Racing
Superchargers Showdown


Pro Mod Nitrous: Isaias Rojas
Pro Mod Blower/Turbo: Steve Drummond
Wild Bunch: Richard Wilson
Jet Dragsters Match Race: Jill Canuso
Top ET Friday: Severn Johnson
Top ET Saturday: Willy Hess Sr
Modified ET: Frank Thompson Jr
Motorcycle ET: Jimmie Miller
Hubble Motorsports Junior Dragster: Jacob Mattera

 

 

 

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