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  • BobPalma
    I dunno, John; we'll have to wait and see. It looks fine here. BP

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  • jclary
    Sorry to be the barer of bad news, Bob...but this might be one of those glitches where you can see the pics, but I can't. Anyone besides Bob see them? Could be only my problem?

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  • BobPalma
    No, Don; you didn't. With this new format and a pile of things to do since returning from the event (and the SDC National Meet!), I haven't got around to posting anything here or on the Racing Studebakers site.

    We had seven Studebakers competing at The 2019 Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race: Two R2/Powershift Avantis (Chuck/John Kern and Peter/Erik Sant), two R2/4-speed 1963 Lark Custom 2-doors (The Stude Tomato and Joe Flannery), and three 1964 Challenger 2-doors (The R3/4-speed Plain Brown Wrapper, Steve Doerschlag's R3/Powershift Silver Streak, and Rich Meadows' R4/4-speed Jet Green.)

    We won't know the shootout winners for sure until the final results are published by the promoters in a couple of weeks. Here's why:

    There was an unusually-strong headwind facing the racers during qualifications Friday. There was still wind Saturday during the shootouts, but not nearly so much. This meant that many racers "broke out" (ran more than .300 faster than their qualifying time) during the shootouts, which would normally disqualify them and cause them to lose their shootout.

    Promoter Dan Jensen said he was going to look over the results and possibly grant a little leeway on the break-out rule this year for that reason; heavy frontal wind during qualifications. But nothing firm was established by the time I left late Saturday afternoon. In fact, there were few people left at that time, and I spoke with Dan immediately before leaving.

    So here are the tentative results, subject to change (best time and speed in practice, shootout results) in no particular order:

    UPDATE Saturday, September 21: I received the Official Results from Promoter Dan Jensen this morning. The .300 / 3 MPH breakout rule was extended to .400 / 4MPH for this year's race due to Friday's headwind. The results below have been updated to report the Official Results. (As you see, Team Studebaker ultimately recorded four wins and three losses at this year's event.)

    Rich Meadows R4 Challenger: 15.583 / 90.82 / WON (Competitor with 1968 390/315 AMC AMX Broke Out)

    Peter & Erik Sant R2 Avanti: 14.581 / 96.04 / LOST to a 1974 Pontiac Trans Am

    Chuck & John Kern R2 Avanti: 13.878 / 101.24 / WON against a 1972 Dodge Demon 340

    Steve Doerschlag R3 Challenger: 13.406 / 105.07 / WON, beating a 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 427. (Trivia: During qualifications, Steve posted two back-to-back runs of exactly 13.899!)

    Joe Flannery R2 Lark Custom: 14.371 / 94.00 / LOST to a 1969 Pontiac GTO

    Ted Harbit R2 Lark Custom: 13.464 / 109.28 / WON, beating a 1967 Pontiac GTO

    George Krem R3 Challenger: 13.260 / 109.38 / LOST to a 1970 Camaro 402/375 HP by Breaking Out.

    George Krem's Plain Brown Wrapper, however, will surely be recorded as having LOST its shootout because it posted a 12.714 and 111.24 in the last shootout run, "breaking out" by more than a half-second! George had instructed Ted to go all-out on that run to try to get in the 12s, even if it meant breaking out. Obviously, Ted listened, but I doubt that any break-out rule leniency will extend to a full half-second!

    Overall, a good event. Some frustrations but nobody broke anything and everyone competed in the shootouts.

    A highlight toward the end was when Ted's 1963 Lark Custom, The Stude Tomato, began lifting its left front tire off the ground on the 1-2 shift! I personally saw it twice and others saw it as well a third time, so it was no fluke. I have a photo of it with air distinctly under the LF tire and if I can figure out how to post it here with this new-fangled setup, I'll do so.

    Here goes nothing:

    Hey, it worked!

    Further, I saw it lift at least twice that high late in the day Friday! 'Gotta be quick with a camera, though, so I thank Donny Brass for sending along the above photo.

    (More trivia: See that "real" Indiana Handicap license plate on The Stude Tomato? That's my father's last license plate before he quit driving maybe 15 years ago. He passed away September 6, 2017, but the plate from his 2000 Buick LeSabre lives on to amuse folks who, if they aren't frustrated enough by being beaten by an 84-year old driver, it seals the deal as soon as they notice it! )

    Last edited by BobPalma; 09-21-2019, 06:15 AM.

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  • ddub
    started a topic PSMCD races 2019 results

    PSMCD races 2019 results

    Haven't seen any. Did I miss them in the new format?