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.
Quickest Run in History......Again
Woodburn Dragstrip Updated 5-20-17
After struggles for the entire 2017 season, the first full-pull resulted in the quickest pass in history. 6.34 at 217 MPH. A slight adjustment resulted in the quickest and fastest run in history.
6.31 at 221 MPH
Special thanks to Co-Line for the new cylinder heads and we finally found a gear ratio that works. With 117 degree track temperatures, the Sierra Pipe team is hoping for improvement into the 6.20 zone. Time will tell...... Stay tuned....
A Huge Crowd Witnessed the Quickest and Fastest Run in History
2018 Woodburn Season Opener Preview
The initial April outing in Sacramento turned out just about the same as last year, with one exception. The final pass yielded low gear performance we are looking for. Unfortunately, the down track conditions would not hold the setup. The team is hopeful a small tweak and Woodburn track conditions will result in something in the 6.2 second zone. The computer overlay with the 6.31 pass, showed it was actually on a better run.