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Sun, 03 Mar 2013, 09:54 AM
Big Money Kick-off Classic @ San Antonio Raceway, 2/16/13
By J M Hallas
After chilly night temperatures saw several drivers pass on Friday nights race, everyone was happy
to see sunny, warm conditions coming for Saturday. Once the morning chill broke the weather and
track were ready for some high-speed, wheel-standing action on the track outside of San Antonio.
Electronics and No-box both ran two rounds of time trials prior to the double card brackets, or as
I call it, 'red fish, blue fish' racing, on the 1/8 mile, IHRA sanctioned drag strip. Jr. Dragster
held a single elimination race after their three rounds of time trials.
It was a fairly clean day as racing goes with only a few breakages and a couple minor fuel leaks
delaying action and providing extra work for the SAR crew. The final races ended just before
sundown and well before cooler evening temperatures had a chance to make the racing surface slick.
Schneider Snatches Another Win
Paul Schneider(San Antonio) made it two wins in row going home with his second winner's trophy of
the weekend in his 74 AMC Hornet. Schneider got the victory over Cole Bracey(Levelland) driving his
2009 Mullis Dragster powered by Sunset Racing Engines, when Bracey barely broke out. Schneider was
close to his 5.81 dial in running a 5.823 while Bracey went under his 4.76 with a 4.751.
Paul Schneider, 5.823 @ 112.98 defeats Cole Bracey, 4.751 @ 141.42
Schneider and Bracey both began the day in the 'green bracket' and 'red brackets.' Schneider and
Bracey also both lost in round 1 of the 'red bracket, but continued in the 'green bracket to the
Schneider then put away Todd Zampese, Michael Keylich, William Simpkins and Preston Pennington in
the 'green bracket, then got a bye before taking on Pr. Pennington a second time in the combined
Bracey got by Joe Pruchnicki, Billie Peters and R. Hinton before getting a bye, then facing off
with Aaron Cole and Phillip Pennington to make it to the finals.
Zampese Zips to No-box Victory
Former San Antonio Raceway owner/promoter Todd Zampese(San Antonio) took advantage on the new IHRA
rules regarding No-box putting his dragster in the finals against Austin's Jacen Jenke's 89 Ford
Mustang. T. Zampese got the win in a double break out finish being the least under his dial. T.
Zampese ran a 5.472 on a 5.48 dial, with Jenke, winner of a Winter Doubles race earlier this month,
turning in a 6.734 on a 6.76 dial.
Todd Zampese, 5,472 @ 127.41 defeats Jacen Jenke, 6.734 @ 102.72
T. Zampese lost in round 1 of the 'blue bracket, rebought and worked his way through Brandon
Mitchan, Alberto Flores, last night's winner Ruben Gallegos, then a bye before taking down Cole
Herbold in the semi's.
Jenke came out the 'white bracket' putting away Al Baldwin, T. Zampese, Alberto Flores, Brandon
Mitchan and Carlos Carrasco jr. on his way to the second meeting with T. Zampese.
Hillin Handed Jr. Dragster Honors
San Antonio's Kenneth Hillin got an early gift in the Jr. Dragster finals from Aaron Philpot who
went red handing then win to Hillin. Ironically, Hillon would have lost on a double break going
farther under his dial in than A. Philpot.
Kenneth Hillin, 8.890 @ 76.87 defeats Aaron Philpot, 8.141 @ 81.80
Hillin bested Austin Philpot twice and picked up a bye on his way to the finals. A. Philpot lost in
round 1, used a bye back, then beat Trace Casey and Emily Ball to face off with Hillin in the
William Simpkins does one of
his crown favorite wheelies.
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