HARD TAKES NEOPMA PRO MOD VICTORY AT MAPLE GROVE
(09-10-13) READING, PA – Tyler Hard and Team had their 1968 Tim McAmis Top Sportsman Camaro ready for Pro Modified action and proved it with an impressive win at the “Latin American Sports Compact II Event ” at Maple Grove Raceway this past weekend. Tyler’s consistency was awesome, and opponent’s miscues lead him to his first NEOPMA victory.
Conditions were awesome all weekend, and with days of beautiful weather forecasted leading up to the event, 25 teams attended and prepared for qualifications. Many of the teams struggled to get a handle on the track, but by the final qualifier many of the teams where ready for eliminations.
“Maple Grove is our home track,” Tyler Hard said. “The Camaro was working perfectly. Track Manager Anthony Winchester and all the staff at MGR took care of all the racers, and prepped the track perfectly. My Team had this car running consistent.”
“This event was added to our schedule after Ivan Mejias, club sponsor and owner of USA Auto Supply invited the NEOPMA to participate in his 2nd annual Latin American Sports Compact II event,” said John Mazzorana NEOPMA President. “It was a well-organized event with thousands of fans in attendance and loving the action. Overall for the year, we have had 50+ different Pro Mods attend at least one of our events. That says something positive about quarter mile Pro Mod action on the East Coast.”
With the runner up, Gary Courtier maintains second place in points, with Fred Scriba maintaining the points lead by a slim 44 points with one point’s event remaining October 12th at Virginia Motorsports Park. That event will determine the 2013 NEOPMA Champion.
The NEOPMA Pro Mod Series continues with the International Pro Mod Challenge NEOPMA vs. PMRA, September 20th – 21st at Maryland International Raceway.
Photo Courtesy of GoDragRacing.org
Meadors Wraps Up WCOPMA Championship!
(09-09-13) BAKERSFIELD, CA – Heading into last weekend’s one-day-only “Saturday Night Nitro” event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway north of Bakersfield, Marc Meadors and the Goodguys Racing Team were seeking their 4th event win and 7th consecutive final round appearance in West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod competition this season. They got that and more! After qualifying in the second slot with a 6.083/244.52 then advancing to the final against Dan Myers, Meadors and the Goodguys team extended their series points lead far enough to sew up their first-ever season title with one-race still remaining.
Meadors in the flamed “Pure Hell2” Camaro and Myers, driving Don Carter’s Sacramento-based ’69 Camaro, were on a collision course all day & night. Both drivers qualified at the top of the ladder and were quickest and fastest in each elimination round heading into the climactic final.
As midnight approached, the two supercharged Camaros pulled to the line to decide the race. At the flash of green, Myers’ .027 reaction time gave him a 4-hundredth of a second advantage. The cars screamed down track, door handle to door handle, with Myer’s Camaro sticking its nose out (literally a few inches) across the stripe for the event win. The scoreboards told the story of an epic battle; Myers’ 5.789/239.61 to Meadors’ 5.795/250.41 in what was the second quickest side-by-side race of the year in WCOPM competition.
Losing the final by just inches but winning the season championship had Marc Meadors grinning ear to ear post-race. “Looking back, this was a dream season,” he said. “Going to every final round of each race we competed in this year and taking home 3 event wins is something I’ll remember for a lifetime. What people don’t see – the hours spent in the shop, the road miles, the late night team dinners and long hot days at the track doing battle has galvanized us as a team. I’m proud to say I think we have the best team out here and this championship is a testament to the guys and their dedication.”
Meadors and the Goodguys gang will race twice more this season at Auto Club Famoso Raceway – October 5 & 6 for the final race of the WCOPM 2013 season before finishing their year at the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion October 18-20.
Joining Meadors on the now championship-winning Goodguys Racing Team is crew chief Jason Bunker and crew members Billy Fereira, Danny Miller and Greg Lee.
The Pure Hell2 Pro Mod is sponsored by…..Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, Red Line Oil, Neal Chance Converters, Fiber Optic Supply, The Rear End Shop, Andy’s T Shirts, DMPE, JRi Shocks, Tim McAmis Race Cars, Billet Specialties and Speedway Motors.
Di Lecce Clinches 2013 PMRA Championship!
(09-05-13) GRAND BEND, ON – For Rocky Di Lecce (right), the 2013 Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA) season has been a storybook year, with the Mississauga, Ontario, Pro Modified driver winning his first PMRA championship.
Qualifying number one for several events, and with strong passes dipping into the five-second range at speeds of over 240 mph, Di Lecce displayed a consistency that has kept him at the forefront of the Pro Mod class.
Coming into the Thunder by the Beach Weekend, the final points race at Grand Bend, Ontario, just by showing up Di Lecce has amassed enough points to win the title.
“I’m certainly happy with my year,” said Di Lecce, who has driven his 1968 Chevy Camaro to five wins in PMRA competition in 2013. “It has definitely been a good year.”
A former OSCA and Outlaw 10.5 racer and champion, Di Lecce started with the PMRA last season, and after a short learning curve in the ex-Roger Burgess car driven by NHRA Pro Modified and Funny Car star Melanie Troxel, he won the first four PMRA events on 2013.
The Camaro is powered by a 526-cubic inch Brad Anderson (BAE) Supercharged Hemi in the Tim McAmis Race Cars with a Waterman Racing Components Inc. fuel system and Kobelco supercharger, and this power is conveyed through a Lenco Drive transmission.
“I think driving the 10.5 car had a lot to do with my success this year,” said Di Lecce, , who has raced for 25 years. “The two cars are almost the same in getting down the track.”
Di Lecce was quick to thank the crew on the Metro Infrastructure Inc. team, which includes crew chief Angelo Aceto along with Emilio Aceto, Kevin Cooper, Tony Presto, Michael Aceto, Rob Cesario and Nadia Di Lecce. He also wanted to thank Pro Modified engine guru Al Billes and Hutch’s Transmissions for their help.
(Photos by Brad Turk and Bill Mehlenbacher)
Tindle Recovering After High-Speed Incident
(09-03-13) INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Tim Tindle, who joined Danny Rowe Racing as the driver of the team’s second Agave Underground Tequila Pro Mod Camaro in early July, is recuperating at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following a scary high-speed crash during the opening round of eliminations for the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals on Sunday, September 1st.
Facing opponent Troy Coughlin in the first round of eliminations, Tindle’s Camaro went out of control near the midway point of the quarter-mile track and impacted the guard wall. Briefly airborne, the car flipped and rolled several times, coming to a rest upright in the grass alongside the outside of the retaining wall. The NHRA Safety Safari was on the scene immediately and assisted as Tindle exited the car under his own power. He was taken to the on-site paramedic center and then transported by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Team owner and fellow driver Danny Rowe reported Tuesday morning that while Tindle is being held at Methodist Hospital for continued observation, he is doing well and expected to make a full recovery. “Tim is still experiencing some pain and soreness from the accident, but the doctors report no major injuries,” said Rowe. “He is here with his wife Sonya and son TJ, and despite feeling pretty beat up has been in good spirits.”
Rowe continued, “We have to take our hats off to Tim McAmis, our chassis builder, and all the safety manufacturers who provide us with equipment that does exactly what it is supposed to do in worst-case scenarios such as this. Personally, I can’t say enough as to the job that all the safety equipment did in keeping Tim safe. We are all very thankful that he’s going to be fine and back racing with us again soon.
“The outpouring of support from the drag racing community has been amazing and I know all the phone calls and text messages have meant a lot to the Tindle Family. We may be fierce competitors on race day, but when the time comes this group of people – especially all our fellow Pro Mod teams – is one big family.”
Danny Rowe Racing will continue to provide updates as to Tindle’s condition and expected release from the hospital in Indianapolis. To keep up with the latest news and results from Danny Rowe Racing, log onto www.dannyroweracing.com
Rowe Looking for Victory at Historic U.S. Nationals
(08-30-13) INDIANAPOLIS, IN –Danny Rowe, driver of the Agave Underground Tequila Pro Mod Camaro, certainly isn’t the only driver that has long yearned for a victory at this weekend’s 59th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals.
Knowles Makes Most of Late Season Testing U.S Nationals
(08-29-13) GRAND JUNCTION, CO – Pro Modified Racer, Mike Knowles took some time away from his office at Knowles Enterprises in Grand Junction, CO to put some hits on his Tim McAmis Race Cars prepared ride before the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN.
Watkins has Dominating Weekend at Huntsville
(08-27-13) HARVEST, AL – Dwayne Watkins continued his domination of the Huntsville Dragstrip this past weekend taking it wire to wire to win with a brand new bullet in the MSCRC ’57 Chevy.
Video: YellowBullet.com Nationals 2013 Preview
*Warning! This video contains the use of explicit language* See how the Tim Mcamis Performance Parts Trackside Support Team prepares for the 2013 YellowBullet.com Nationals which will take place at Cecil County Dragway, Rising Sun, Maryland, August 30th – September 1st, 2013.
Goodguys Gang Celebrates Another Big Win in Boise!
(08-13-13) Boise, ID – The Goodguys Racing Team, led by company President Marc Meadors has raced the “Pure Hell 2” ’69 Camaro six times this year in West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod competition. They’ve been to the final round of all six. Thanks to a stellar weekend performance at the 42nd annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals at Firebird Raceway outside Boise, Idaho, Meadors has now won three of those six final rounds. The team’s latest triumph last weekend not only gave them their 3rd win of the season, it propelled the big, bad supercharged Camaro further into the series points lead with just two races remaining on this year’s WCOPM schedule.
Perhaps no other race on the WCOPM event schedule has more energy than the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals. Tens of thousands of fired up fans gather over four days to celebrate speed in the blistering Boise sun, being treated to spectacular performances from every kind of race car imaginable.
A total of eleven Pro Mods made the trip to Boise this year setting up a two-day qualifying showdown for the 8-car eliminator field. After three rounds of intense qualifying, Meadors and the Goodguys Gang secured the pole position with a 6.039/ 241.41 charge.
During Sunday’s late afternoon/evening eliminations, Meadors started the day’s racing with a seemingly smooth 6.091/238.15mph victory over #8 qualifier Craig Cawte of Canada. While the win might have seemed relatively easy, it proved troubling back in the pits. Warming the car up for the semi-finals, crew chief Jason Bunker discovered a faulty magneto, requiring a crazy pit thrash just to make it to the starting line. Instead of forcing the race and taking a solo (well within his rights), fellow semi-finalist Tim “TK” Krupa took the gentlemanly route, opting to wait for Meadors and the Goodguys Gang to make it to the line. Drama aside, Meadors went straight down track to record a 6.057/242mph win over Krupa’s traction-plagued Corvertte.
As the sun drifted below the horizon, the Pro Mod final came to the Firebird starting line, matching Meadors and the Pure Hell 2 Camaro against Don Carter’s white “Nitro a Go Go” ’69 Camaro, with San Diego’s Dan Myers at the wheel. In a rematch of last year’s Nightfire finals, Meadors came out on top this time, delivering not only a win – but a crushing statement with a 6.037/242.65 shot; good for Low ET and Top Speed of the meet. “We’ve finally gelled as a team after four years of racing together and overcoming many heartbreaks,” Meadors said in the historic Firebird Raceway winner’s circle. “We’ve also got a top notch race car with really good equipment. We’ve fine-tuned our combination and have a good handle on it right now. That really helps when you need your best performance on Sunday when it counts.”
Meadors and the Goodguys Gang left Boise with another “Wally” trophy, a commanding lead in the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod point standings and a firm grasp on their race day set up. The team will compete at both remaining series events this year (top be held at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield) – September 6 & 7 and October 4-6.
Joining Meadors on the Goodguys Racing Team is crew chief Jason Bunker and crew members Billy Fereira, Danny Miller and Greg Lee.
The Pure Hell2 Pro Mod is sponsored by…..Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, Red Line Oil, Neal Chance Converters, Fiber Optic Supply, Andy’s T Shirts, DMPE, JRi Shocks, Tim McAmis Race Cars, Billet Specialties and Speedway Motors.
VINNY BUDANO RACES TO VICTORY AT CHEVY VS. THE WORLD
(07-24-13) Mohnton, PA – Vinny Budano and Team “Bad Apples” had their 68’ Shafiroff Sponsored, Tim McAmis built Pro Mod ready for action and proved it with an impressive win at the 2013 Maple Grove Super Chevy, Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods “Chevy vs. The World” event. Overcoming blistering heat all weekend, Vinny Budano and his team put the immaculate Scott Shafiroff powered Camaro into the winners circle running a 6.14 @ 234 against opponent Gary Courtier in the final when it was needed to keep the “Chevy’s” on top. All non-Chevy entries were eliminated in the first round.
Conditions were hot and humid, with a July heat wave in full effect and with Saturday’s temps at 105 with the heat index and Sunday eliminations not much better. Many of the 21 teams competing for 1 of the 16 qualified spots during the long hot days Friday and Saturday struggled to get a handle on the track, but by the final qualifier the 16 teams that figured out their tune up for the track conditions were ready for eliminations on Sunday and put on an exciting race.
“The NEOPMA Chevy vs. The World concept seems to add excitement to the Super Chevy events, and allows us to make the race a point’s event,” John Mazzorana said. “The track was in good condition considering the temperatures all weekend and the impressive 600 plus Chevy entries that ran down the track all weekend. Lex Dudas, and Track Manager Anthony Winchester and all the staff at MGR took care of all the racers, and prepped the track well.”
Written by Vito Micciolo – Picture courtesy of gotimmcaming.org