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Dauber, Smith, Weller and Mattera Win Big
at $10K/$2K Poker Bash


August 20, 2013


Press Release courtesy of:  Robbie Parlett

As it has been all season, weather played a major part in last weekend’s 4th Annual $10K/$2K Poker Bash. The forecast was less than ideal for a weekend long bracket race, with rain forecast for both days, especially on Sunday. With the forecast, the turnout for the race was less than desired in both Top and Mod, but even with the lower than hoped for car count, Royce Miller made the decision to turn the race into a double header. With the forecast calling for 70-80% chance of rain on Sunday, Royce wanted to make sure that the racers that did show up to support the race got their shot at two big money races over the weekend. Race 1 would follow the $10K/$2K format as laid on the race flyer, paying the full guaranteed purse, and Race 2 would be more of a gamblers style race. To accommodate the tighter timeline, only Top and Mod ET would run in Race 2 and each class was reduced to one round of re-entry, with an 80% payback format, starting with 4th round losers.


In Top ET of Race 1, the two racers who found themselves in the final, were making the best of a long day. In the quarterfinals, EJ Parker drove his Racetech dragster to a win over the sole door car remaining, Donnie Yeatman. Yeatman was driving the slowest car in Top, dialing in the 7.30’s all day. But EJ was able to strap a .026 package on him and that was good enough to take down Yeatman who was .035 on the tree. Next up Tarrell Sinkler put together a .026 package to take down mulligan winner Jamie Niedomanski who broke out taking the stripe after missing the tree a bit with his .027 light. In the final pair of the quarterfinals, Tom Dauber picked up an easy win after Randy Riggleman missed the tree with a .053 light to Dauber’s .020. Dauber killed nearly 10mph at the stripe running two over his dial to move to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Sinkler was paired up with Parker. Sinkler got a .005 advantage on the tree with his .024 light, and took the stripe by just .004 as both drivers ran 1 over their dial. Tom Dauber got the bye into the final round. For Sinkler and Dauber, both racers had started the day in North Carolina at the Mini-Million big money bracket race being held at Piedmont Dragway. But when weather forced the cancellation of that race, both drivers headed north to MIR to take their shot at $10,000. In fact, Dauber didn’t even make it to first round. He arrived after first round had been completed and jumped right in re-entry. Both drivers had already made the trip well worth the effort, but for one, there was still $10,000 waiting for them. In the final, Dauber got the jump on the line with his .013 light to Sinkler’s .035. At the stripe, Dauber killed what he needed to, and ran a dead-on 4.867 on his 4.86 dial leaving Tarrell with no room at the stripe to make anything happen. For Dauber, his long day that had started in North Carolina was off to a pretty good start, but it was far from over as he and Sinkler both jumped right into first round of race 2.


In Mod ET Race 1, 7 drivers remained in round 5. Travis Taylor used a big holeshot to take down Francis Reynolds Jr. Francis, who had put together a .004 package earlier in the race, missed the tree with a .075 light and that was more than enough for Taylor who was able take the win on the strength of his .020 light. Mike Jackson picked up an easy win, when George Windsor turned it -.018 red. Jackson was going to be tough to beat with his .021 dead-on 1 run. Mulligan winner, Bob Weller picked up the win over Tony Mattera. Both drivers missed the tree with Weller’s .088 light giving him a .012 advantage. Weller couldn’t run the number, leaving Mattera some room, but Mattera broke out taking .022 at the stripe. Robert “Hambone” Copsey soloed his way into the semifinals. Copsey missed all time runs and nearly missed first round but made it just in time to make the call, and after 5 consecutive win lights, he found himself in the semifinals. In the semifinals, Copsey turned it -.003 red to Mike Jackson who was -.048 red behind him. In the final, Jackson would meet up with Bob Weller who’s .018 advantage on the tree gave him enough room to pick up the win over Travis Taylor who ran dead-on with a 0. The final was over quickly, as Weller left green, but Jackson followed him with a -.005 red light. Jackson’s car had been deadly all day, running a 5.92 every single run down the track, but the red light ended his day, and handed the win to Weller, who made the very most out of his Mulligan win.


In Junior Dragster, Willy Hess Jr. picked up his first win of the year. In the quarterfinals, Hess made a real nice run to pick up the win over Robert Estevez who currently sits second in points. Hess was .009 to Estevez’s .018, and took just .001 at the stripe picking up the win the always tough double breakout race. Louie Estevez had a .008 advantage on the tree over Hunter Levin, and was able to run closer to his dial, picking up the win and semifinal berth. Points leader TJ Estevez made the solo pass into the semifinals. Louie Estevez was drawn for the bye run pairing up Hess and TJ Estevez. Willy had just taken down TJ’s younger brother Robert the round before. Again, Hess made another nice run putting together a .028 package leaving the points leader with no room at the stripe as TJ missed the tree with .068 light. For Hess, he had just taken down number 1 and 2 in the points and was about to face his 3rd Estevez of the day in the final. Louie was .003 in his bye run, showing he was ready for the final. In the final, both drivers rolled to the line dialed 7.90. For Willy, he had used skill to take down the two previous Estevez’s but in the final, he took down the third with luck. Willy missed the tree entirely with an abysmal .176 light, but Louie jumped the gun with a -.043 red light handing the automatic win to Willy Hess Jr. Willy also picked up the Hubble Motorsport Pro Purse which once again paid out more than $200 to the winner. The win moved Willy to 5th in points. TJ and Robert Estevez still sit 1 and 2 with Logan Hubbell and Ray Snoots in 3rd and 4th respectively.


In Motorcycle ET, points leader Jimmie Miller III was drawn for the bye in the quarterfinals. Donald Hanshaw overcame a significant startling disadvantage when his opponent, Mike Schulz couldn’t run the number. In the final quarterfinal matchup, Darrell Mahoney took down Troy Hausmann on the strength of a .058 light. In the semifinals, Donald Hanshaw was drawn for the bye, pairing Mahoney and Miller. Both riders were set on kill at the tree. Miller posted a great .008 light but found himself .005 in the hole with Mahoney knocking it down with a .003 light. At the finish line, Mahoney forced Miller under his dial by more, giving Mahoney the final round berth. In the final, Mahoney got the jump on the tree over Hanshaw, and although Mahoney couldn’t quite run his dial, Hanshaw broke out making up for the starting line disadvantage. So for the second round in a row, Mahoney picked up the default breakout win. For Mahoney, this is his second ET Series race win of the year.


With Race 1 completely in the books, Top and Mod racers were given one time run, if they wanted it, and then it was right into first round. In Mod ET, three Matteras remained in the quarterfinals. In the first pair out, brothers, Bobby and Tony squared off. Bobby got the jump with his .038 light and was able to run dead-on with a 2 to eliminate Tony from the race. Next up, Johnny Mattera faced off with George Windsor. Johnny posted his third “double-oh” light of eliminations, this time a .003. At the stripe he killed 6mph en route to the round win and spot in the semifinals. The last semifinalist was Stephen Cross Sr. whose .051 package left no room Bradley Tippett who was .058 on the tree. In the semifinals, Johnny Mattera was drawn for the bye setting up the possibility of an all Mattera final. Bobby was up to the task and knocked Cross off. Cross was done at the tree, when his .054 bulb left him .034 behind Bobby’s .020. Johnny once again proved he was on a hot streak posting his 4th “double oh” light in 5 rounds in his bye run, a .008. Johnny, the eight-time track champ, was certifiably on a roll after winning just a week ago at the Speed Unlimited ET Series, he found himself in another final just a week later. But Bobby is no slouch either. He currently leads the mile point series in Mod and had also won a 1/8 mile points race earlier in the year. In the final, Bobby got the best of Johnny. Johnny posted his worst light of the race, a .073 and Bobby was right where had been all day with a .029 dead-on run. For Bobby, it is his second win of the season, and he sits in second place in the 1/8 mile points, just behind Johnny. Defending Mod Champ Frank Thompson sits third with George Windsor and Brian McLaughlin rounding out the top 5.



In Top ET, after all tech cards and re-entry were sold, a little over $9,000 was up for grabs. The way the payouts worked out, the winner of Race 2 was going to walk away with $6,000. Not a bad payday for a “gambler’s race”. Race 1 winner Tom Dauber was knocked out in round 3 in a tough race with Michael Shoop. Shoop made it all the way to the quarterfinals, where he was knocked out by Tommy Lago in a really tight race. Lago had .006 at the tree with his .020 light. At the stripe, Lago ran a 4.822 on his 4.81 dial, and Shoop ran a 4.717 on his 4.71 dial, but that left Shoop .001 behind at the stripe, sending Lago to semifinals. That wasn’t the only race settled by .001 in the quarterfinals. Dale Smith was .005 behind Dan Fenton on the tree with a .037 light to Fenton’s .032. But at the stripe, Smith ran .006 closer to his dial, putting him in front by .001 in the lights. In the final quarterfinal matchup, Danny Mattera was holding his own in Top ET. The lone doorcar remaining after round 4, Mattera went down to Bobby Spence in the quarters. Mattera made a nice lap, .019 on the tree taking .009 at the stripe, but Spence was right there with him, forcing Danny to break out .001 handing the win to Spence. In the semifinals, Spence laid down a .023 package to take down Lago who missed the tree a bit with a .037 light. Smith was drawn for the bye and posted a nice .010 bulb on his way to the final. In the final, Spence had trouble and rolled the beam handing Dale Smith the automatic win and the $6,000 payday. Even with the change in schedule to a double header, and a massive cleanup in round two of Top ET’s second race, all racing was completed by 12 midnight well before the rains came.

For Dale Smith, this was his second win of the weekend. On Friday night, Royce decided to have some Hi-Roller races for any Top and Mod guys who wanted to participate. The word didn’t get out about the races until late Friday afternoon, but even still, 30 ET cars got in the races. Mod ET had a small race with perennial heavy hitter Kris Bunch from Bealton, VA taking home the win over Kevin Buckler Jr. In Top ET the format was simple. The track would fill as many 16 car fields as they could, with a $100 entry fee with a $1,500 payout in each race. In Top, one 16 car field was filled (the “blue” field) with another field drawing an additional 10 cars (the “gray” field). Dale won the 10 car, gray race, over Steve Klock Jr. who was driving Jerry Langley’s dragster. Dale got the big holeshot when Klock missed the tree with a .060 light. That was all Smith needed as he easily cruised the Hi-Roller win. Robbie Parlett won the “blue” Hi-Roller over David Meador. Meador had a .001 advantage on the tree with his .026 light, but Parlett was able to get back in front by just .004 at the stripe running a dead-on 4.731 on his 4.73 dial while killing over 3mph to pick up the win. The Hi-Roller races will be in effect at the next Friday night Test and Tune, September 6th, held before the Autofab Raider ET Series event Sept 7 and 8. Congratulations to all the winners this weekend.




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