The T-Bone Special
By "Berserko" Bob Doerrer
Photo by Norman "Always In The
Spot At The Right Time" Blake
Mike Evegens orders the T-Bone Special when Frank
Mancuso crosses the centerline.
Photo by Norman Blake
July 30, 1978 Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ - - It was
one of those weird days at Englishtown.
Vinnie Napp had booked in a couple of nitro funny cars, a pair of jets,
and two wheelstanders for a mid-summer match race.
After first round, one of the funny car participants (I don't remember
who) said he couldn't make the next round. It was the same situation
with the jets; one was broken and had to retire. Vinnie got together
with Mike Evegens, driver of the "EarthQuake" jet dragster and
Frank Mancuso, driver of the "Travel Agent" funny car and they
put together a jet vs. funny car match race for the next round.
Not a good idea...
At the green, Mancuso (in the left lane) struck the tires hard and
immediately turned right into the path of Evegens jet, which was under
full power. As you can see, Evegens had shut down the motor and was on
the brakes hard but couldn't avoid hitting Mancuso.
Luckily, there was no fire and both drivers were OK except for broken
legs and ankles. Mancuso was treated and transferred to a hospital near
his NY home. Evegens spent a week in Freehold Hospital before he was
released and I got to know him pretty well as I stopped by to see him
every day and sneak in some pizzas and beer.
I don't believe that the insurance companies allow match races like this