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The 2015 Phoenix Drag Racers Reunion from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

The 2015 Phoenix Drag Racers Reunion from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Chandler, ARIZ. (April 19, 2015) – Sunday, Steve Barcak held the Phoenix Drag Racers Reunion and Hot Rod Show ‘n Go at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.  Watching some of the nostalgic dragsters on the track was just as awesome as taking in some of the cars that showed for the Hot Rod Reunion part of the event.

It wasn’t just a drag racers and hot rod reunion running on Sunday, Hal Sanguinetti’s Front Engine Dragster Challenge was also competing on the dragstrip.  A test ‘n tune lane was also open for licensing passes and those looking to test their cars.

The 2015 Phoenix Drag Racers Reunion from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Along with the Nostalgia Dragsters and A/FX cars running on the track, Jim Maroney and some of the Western Fueled Altereds were making passes on the strip for the spectators enjoyment.  If you haven’s seen the WFA run on a dragstrip, you need to check them out as they put on a great show.  Some of these guys were running over 90% nitro on Sunday as they made passes in the 6 second range, crossing the finish line over 200 mph.

While the drag racers were running the quarter mile on the dragstrip, hot rods were on display on the grass at the upper pavilion.  There were some beautiful cars entered into Sunday’s Hot Rod show.

Scroll down to check out some a few of the cars from the car show.

The competition on the track was broken into five classes, Electronics, Non-Electronics, Trophy, A/FX and Front Engine Dragster.

With only three cars entered, the Front Engine Dragster Challenge had the smallest field.  After Hal Sanguinetti and another competitor broke, Tucson’s Greg Hoiles took an easy win.

In the Electronics class, Chris Gabbard and his ’79 Corvette and Mesa’s Robert Pancer in his ’55 Chevrolet Bel Air would face off at the starting line in the final elimination round.  Gabbard cut a .022 light and went on to run a 8.127 at 170.23 mph for the win.

In an all Chevy shootout, Non-Electronics saw Peoria’s Buddy Jensen in his ’67 Camaro meeting Mesa’s Dave Muller in his ’75 Camaro at the tree in the finals.  Muller, an NHRA Champion cut a .010 light and ran a 12.573 at 100.6 mph for the win.

The Trophy class would be a Northern Arizona Shootout as Payson’s Russell Ostrom and his ’62 Jeep Willys and Prescott’s Tom Vervoorn in his ’62 Chevy II faced each other in the final round.  Vervoorn not only cut a better light with a .070 against Ostrom’s .193, but he would go on to run a 10.477 at 105.69 mph for the win.

Driving his 1964 For Fairlane, Mesa’s Dale Schroeder has his work cut out for him when he and Apache Junction’s Glenn Gibbons paired on the starting line in the finals.  Glenn driving his wheel standing ’64 LeMans “Pouncin’ Poncho.” Glenn left with a .099 light against Dale’s .141.  Glenn ran a 9.836 at 134.85 mph for the win.

Congratulations to all of Sunday’s winners.

Yesterday, Arizona Auto Scene published an article on the great job Jay Carter and his crew are doing with having the track prepped for the racers.  Today was just another example of the crews abilities.

During the 2014 Street Car Super Nationals, the Arizona Race Company ’46 Dodge pick-up sustained some minor engine damage.  It was enough to tear down the engine for the 2015 season. Adding some upgrades including a “Dougie Gring” cam, owner Bruce McConnell and Doug Driggers finished putting the truck back together yesterday.  After making a test pass, the Arizona Race Company all steel body Dodge made its way back up to the starting line for its second and last pass of the day.  Getting out of the pedal long before the finish line, Doug Driggers drove the truck to a 5.006 at 147.99 mph in the 1/8th.  Their quarter mile time was 8.234 at 130.02 mph, the fastest pass the Arizona Race Company Dodge has ever gone.

It seems that not only has the track crew been on their game, but Arizona Race Company has been as well.

Steve Barcak had a full weekend at the track.  With Saturday’s Pontiac Heaven and All Muscle Shootout on the track during the day and the Reliable Diesel Drags racing under the lights, we’re pretty sure he was stretched thin long before the Phoenix Drag Racers & Hot Rod Reunion kicked off on Sunday.  Good Job Steve!

Scroll down to check out some of the action on the track Sunday.

Click here to purchase high-resolution prints or digital downloads from the 2015 Phoenix Drag Racers Reunion.

Click here to purchase high-resolution prints or digital downloads from the 2015 Phoenix Drag Racers Reunion.

Thanks to Jessica Cherry in Race Control for today’s race results.

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