Sacramento Raceway held the second event of the NHRA Heritage Series and 3 AA/Supercharged race cars were in attendance. Howard Anderson, Bill Fitting and Mike Molea made the trip. The fist pass for the Sierra Pipe team was soft 6.62 at 209MPH to get a feel for track conditions. For the second pass we stepped it up and boy did it respond. With the left wheel dangling in the air, the 39' Chevy unloaded the quickest pass in AA/Supercharged History at 6.42 216MPH. All indications show the likelihood of 6.3's at the Woodburn season opener.
March Meet 2016 Updated 3-10-16
Although the Sierra Pipe team took the win at Bakersfield, it was a trouble plagued weekend.
Clutch and chassis issues seemed to be the theme for the March Meet. A weak 6.67 run at 209MPH was the only pass made under power the entire weekend. Overall, it was a good weekend to get things sorted out as we approach the 2016 AA/Superchaged season opener at Woodburn.
Sacramento Raceway Updated 4-3-16
The track conditions at Sacramento Raceway were nothing like last year, as the team found out on the first pass. A 1.06 60' time indicated the combination was not too far off. Unfortunately the result was a back peddling 8.36 second pass. Major clutch changes were needed for the second and final pass of the day. It was amazing that the car responded with a 6.56 at 210MPH to take the event win over a red lighting Mike Molea. Overall, I guess we can call this a successful outing.
The season opener at Woodburn in May was rained out, making the Oldies But Goodies the first AA/supercharged event at Woodburn Dragstrip. 84 degree high temperatures greeted the racers for Saturday qualifying. When the day ended, the Sierra Pipe 38' Chevy was on top with a solid 6.52 second pass. Scott White and Mitch Chamberlin were close behind at 6.57 and 6.60 respectively.
Sunday had air temperatures north of 90 degrees and track temperatures above 130 challenged the high-horsepower AA/Supercharged race setups. Howard fired the opening shot at 6.56, good for lane choice in the Semi-final match with Mitch Chamberlin. With hotter temperatures facing the competitors, a nearly identical 6.57 was good for a trip to the finals. Scott White earned a final round match-up with Howard, clocking 6.59 seconds. Finally the temperatures reached the hottest levels of the weekend, making a tough job even tougher. Close reaction times from both drivers made this a horsepower contest. The 38' Chevy did not disappoint, setting low ET of eliminations at 6.53, taking yet another Woodburn trophy back to Northern California.