Canadian Scores at Notorious Norwalk Event!
Canadian racers Jim Bell and Frank Pompilio emerged big from last weekend’s weather plagued but extremely fast Summit Racing Equipment “Shakedown at the Summit” event in Ohio….
After wicked wind and repetitive rain caused havoc early in the schedule, the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Tires at Summit Motorsports Park on Oct. 3-5, 2014, delivered and was concluded with nonstop open-throttle on-track action.
Edmonton’s Jim Bell continued his propensity for winning major independent races this season when he complimented his PSCA “Anarchy at the Arch” event win at St. Louis last August with another win driving his JB Power Centre Race Team Camaro.
Bell drove his turbocharged ’69 Camaro to a 3.873 sec at 194 mph in the final round to win the 1/8th mile Pro-Line Racing Outlaw Pro Mod title (which was presented by Resolution Racing Services & G-Force Race Cars) to beat Jeff Lutz of Callery, Pennsylvania, who posted a 5.12 at 99.74 in the final. Jim’s win came over a very competitive and quick field of race cars which was paced by John Decerbo of Canfield, Ohio had low ET with 3.855 mph in his ’68 Camaro and another Ohio racer Troy Coughlin of Delaware, he ran top speed of 200.68 mph in his ’12 Corvette.
“I owe this win to my excellent team – Rob Nascimento and Brandon Stroud and to Steve Petty at Pro-Line Racing,” said Bell. “It was a real team effort for sure and it give us some nice momentum heading into the PDRA’s final weekend of the season at Virginia. We are going to chase two eliminator wins there — because that race will include the continuation of the Rockingham event which was rained out after round one.”
The Norwalk Shakedown race also feature a major win by King City, Ontario’s Frank Pompilio who drove his turbo ’67 Mustang to a 4.16 at 188 mph for the win. That victory in the Outlaw 10.5 class (presented by LaFontaine Performance Center) was in fact an all Canadian final round feature. Pompilio’s win came over the supercharged ’67 Chevy Nova raced by Tony Basso of Oakville, Ontario. Tony ran a 4.30 secs at 179 mph.
The Outlaw 10.5 saw Michael Decker, Jr. of Woodstock, Maryland blister the track with a 4.006 in his ’02 Camaro for low ET and Richard Sexton of Jamesville, Maryland blast through the traps in his ’06 GTO at 193.18 mph for top speed.
Other eliminator winners:
In Precision Turbo and Stainless Works Outlaw Limited Street, veteran driver Frank Soldridge of Leighton, Pennsylvania cruised his ’04 Cobra to a 4.173 for low ET and Anderson, Indiana’s Rodney Massengale flew to a 191.73 for top speed in the ’10 Corvette he recently purchased. In the final, Soldridge’s 4.14 at 192 mph did the trick over the 4.22 at 189 mph which Arnold, Missouri driver Mark Woodruff posted in his ’10 Corvette.
In Pro Street presented by Callies Performance Products, John Fisher earned low ET and top speed in his ’69 Camaro after clocking 4.347 and 178.35 mph, and he remained on a roll through the final round, where the Palmerton, Pennsylvania resident bettered Tom Tarsia of Binghamton, New York, whose ’70 Camaro put a 4.41 at 172 mph on the board.
The ever-exciting Wiseco Performance Products X275 presented by TRZ Motorsports saw class standout Rich Bruder of Edison, New Jersey power his ’88 Mustang to low ET and top speed with 4.580 and 159.49 mph and motor on to the win with a 4.61 at 159 mph over Waynesvile, Ohio’s Justin Johnson, whose ’79 Capri trapped a 4.69 at 156 mph.
In Team Z Motorsports Ultra Street presented by SpeedWire Systems, Shawn Pevlor of Cincinnati, Ohio, commanded attention immediately by flat-footing his ’93 Mustang to low ET and top speed with 5.022 and 141.25 mph, and carried through to the final, where he faced Jeff Kinsler of Elkton, Maryland, and his ’68 Firebird. Pevlor got the win with a 4.97 at 142 mph to Kinsler’s 5.07 at 141 mph.
A new class to this year’s event, Top Fuel Harley saw veteran rider Tommy Grimes of Clemmons, North Carolina rocket to a 4.31 at 189 mph for the win over Norton, Ohio rider Larry Stanley’s 5.22 at 144 mph.
Top Sportsman presented by Induction Solutions action featured a 4.151 and 173.32 from Randy Primozic of Willoughby Hills, Ohio and his ’01 Cavalier for low ET and top speed, but in the end, Gary Wojnowski, Jr. of Brunswick, Ohio stood in the winner’s circle, after posting an .017 on the tree and driving his ’96 Monte Carlo to a 4.49 while Mark Malcuit of Strasburg, Ohio reacted with an .031 and drove his ’68 Camaro to a 4.57.
Posted with files from Bruce Biegler and Mary Lendzion
(Jim Bell file photo by Steve Embling)