LONG TRIP HAS ABRUPT
Redlight Dashes Title Hopes
Hampshire - August 30, 2015:
With hopes of
still being able to overcome the points lead Tony Bartone had
for the Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel title, Tom Shelar
and the the High Speed Motorsports team made the coast-to-coast
trip from Santa Ana, CA to New England Dragway in Epping, NH.
Those hopes were
dashed when, after a change in the way the car leaves the line,
Bill Dunlap went red in round one. It was barely red (.025) but
So after, after
the long trip home, on September 19th they won the final 2015
Saturday Night Nitro event at Bakersfield running a career best
ET of 5.63 in the process. This leaves them primed to take another
crack at title at the California Hot Rod Reunion in October.
That said there
were a lot of photos taken at Epping and the team will now share
them with their fans.
*Thanks to Gary Hargreaves, (VP
of business development at CNC Software, Mastercam corporate)
who drove 3 hrs with his wife Eileen to visit the Mastercam car
at their local race.
Track from the stands.
Friday morning, waiting
for the first session of qualifying.
Darrell Reid with his
catch of the day.
Rick and Tom Shelar with Barton's
wizard crew chief, Steve Boggs and another Bartone crew member.
Sean Bellemeur got to bring fiance
Ashley Clouse on this trip. She too works at Cad/Cam and fits
right in with the crew.
All dressed up wating
for the dance to start.
Off to the lanes, Al
Rentarea Jr.in the car.
With only four Top Fuel cars
in attendance, there was not a lot of urgency to make things
FRIDAY - QUALIFYING - SESSION
The only actual pair to run this
session was Bill Dunlap and his current adversary, Tony Bartone.
Both cars left hard with
stout early numbers.
Bartone stopped the clocks with
a 5.602 at 235.64 while Dunlap, on a tune-up pass, carded a 5.821
at just 218.97.
Saturday found the warm
up for session two attracting a ton of fans.
Tom Shelar looking pleased.
Kay Wang, applications engineer
at CNC Software was out with his family to get and up close and
personal feel for drag racing.
SATURDAY - QUALIFYING SESSION
Once again Dunlap was
paired with Bartone.
Both cars had hard leaves,
both cars had tire shake early.
Bartone rattled the tires
first and immediately shut off.
Dunlap went into tire
shake and smoke an instant later.
Dunlap let the car settle then
rolled into the throttle so they would at least have some data
for the tune-up.
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