Boiling Springs, NC (April 27) - The Draglist.com Southeastern
Gasser Tour traveled to Shadyside Raceway to kick off its 2002
campaign. Threatening skies kept attendance low, but fans who did
attend saw a great show. Four A/Gassers and nine B/Gassers each made
four unpredictable, wheels up passes in close competition.
Being early in the season, the track was green and a little
slick, but was well prepared. Unfortunately, a bracket car lost
transmission fluid all the way down the track. Ronnie Buff and his
crew did a great job of cleaning up the mess, but the left lane
never really came back. Some of the high horsepower Southeastern
Gasser Tour members got loose and had to lift.
Rickie Bowie's A/Gasser was the day's quickest with
5.5-second passes. Rodger McConnell's A/Gas machine was very
consistent, making four runs in the 5.80 elapsed time zone. Gerald
Baker and Jerry Curtis also ran well in A/Gas with 6.0 second
performances. B/Gas featured extremely close competition, including
a side-by-side 7.05 second race. Other B/Gas cars ran in the 7.20
Bowie and McConnell met in the final. At the green, McConnell hit
a .003 reaction time to kill Bowie on the tree. However, the left
lane wouldn't hold the power. McConnell's machine made a hard
right and he had to lift to keep from crossing the centerline. Bowie
took advantage of lane choice, running a 5.56 to set Low ET of the
Event and to take the win.
The Draglist.com Southeastern Gasser Tour rolls into North
Wilkesboro Dragway Park in Wilkesboro, NC, on May 11 to continue its
rompin', stompin', wheels up action.