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Rolling into 2015 with the 5 & Diner Rockabilly Bash at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Rolling into 2015 with the Rockabilly Bash at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Chandler, ARIZ. (January 3, 2015) – The 5 & Diner kicked off the Valley’s motorsports and auto enthusiasts scene in style Saturday with it’s 4th annual Rockabilly Bash at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.  With a huge car show and racing on the drag strip, the crowd came from near and far to take part in this awesome event held during the first weekend of each January.

While show cars filled the lower pits, serious drag racers were getting their cars ready to do battle on the dragstrip.  With temps in the high 40’s at the start of the show, it was anybody’s guess as to whether or not the track would hold the horsepower some of these cars brought.  Jay Carter and the crew at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park did a great job prepping the track, accommodating some of the 8 second door cars that came out to be part of the show.

With Gamblers held by Arizona Differential Specialists, Ramjet Racing and Pontiac Heaven’s Steve Barcak, there were plenty of opportunities for Saturday’s racers to take home some cash or gift certificates.  Arizona Differential Specialists put up a $2,0000.00 gift certificate for differential work at their shop.

Rolling into 2015 with the Rockabilly Bash at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports ParkWhile many of the competitors on the track Saturday came out to have fun with their race cars and daily drivers, others took the opportunity to use the track time to their advantage. Former Team Firebird Captain Rich Lash debuted his new dragster.  After running into a transmission cooler leak on the first couple of license passes, Rich made the most out of the day by earning his Super Comp license after putting his new ride into the the 8.60’s.  Congratulations on your license Rich!

Paul Flies was out with his Fuel Altered looking for a full pass.  Unfortunately, the track would not hold his tune.

Glenn Gibbons’ “Pouncin Poncho” put on a great show for the crowd as always.  Running on injected alcohol, Glenn’s A/FX 1964 Pontiac LeMans can consistently walk a wheelie well down the track when launching on its 9 second passes.

It wasn’t just about the cars, it was also about the bikes.  After getting some engine work done to his Buell, “Big John” Coburn ran his best time on his bike, breaking into the 10.70’s for the first time.  Kory Stonecipher put on quite the show for the crowd after riding a wheelie 2/3 rds of the way down the track while still putting down a respectable time on his GSXR.  Adding some length to the swing arm and doing some modifications to the body, DJ Martin was making 9 second passes on his modified Suzuki Hayabusa.

If you missed the Rockabilly Bash, don’t worry.  You don’s have to wait another year to take in some of the 5 & Diner’s Rockabilly.  They also host a First Friday Sock Hop at their Phoenix location, 5220 N. 16th Street in Phoenix.  If it’s the drag racing you missed, the 5 & Diner also sponsors the 5 & Diner Friday Night Drags at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.  Check our Events listing for dates and times.

Once again, the 5 & Diner’s Mark Krupa has done a fantastic job putting together the 5 & Diner Rockabilly Bash, bringing both auto and motorsports enthusiasts together to kick off a new year what can only be deemed at fun.  Based on what we saw, the 2015 5 & Diner was another success.  Thanks for putting such an awesome event!

Scroll down to check out some of the actions on the track Saturday during the 2015 5 & Diner Rockabilly Bash.

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