Great Turnout for Street Outlaw Showdown
LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 30, 2018) – Lancaster National Dragway hosted small tire racers from Ontario, Pennsylvania and Ohio on Friday night plus the hometown Buffalo Street Outlaws (BSO) in showdown for a bigger purse and bragging rights to be the top street racer.
Thirty-five Street Outlaw racers were on hand to challenge for a piece of the $7,000 purse. John Sahli of Youngstown, Ohio took top honors in the Buffalo Street Outlaws Street Limited class. Sahli defeated Jonathan Kroll in the final round. The BSO Outlaw Street class finished in a three-way split due to Lancaster’s curfew. Racers on hand from all three states were represented in the final trio with Moe Alfaqih from Cheektowaga, N.Y., Dan Turner from Greenville, PA and Keith Sletvold of Youngstown, OH splitting the top prize.
The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing Program featured plenty of familiar faces in victory lane with a number of seasoned veterans taking wins. Mike Nowak of Lancaster made it to two final rounds starting with Top 8 Eliminator. Nowak got his second-straight win in Top 8 when Carl Ettipio tripped the red light at the starting line. He then went on the finals in Top Eliminator where Nowak went up against Jan Winkowski. Winkowski’s “Lunatic Fringe” Chevy Nova held off Nowak’s Camaro at top end to score his first win of the season.
In McGard Mod, Jeff Kerl of Cheektowaga, N.Y. picked up his first win of 2018. Kerl got the win when Ryan RIcketson ran under his dial-in and broke out in the final round. Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds got their fifth different winner to start the season when Vic Puglia of Tonawanda, N.Y. defeated Lucas Salemi in the finals.
Tread City Tire Street also got its fifth different winner of 2018 as Tim Markle of Hilton, N.Y. beat Wade Schneckenberger for his victory of the season.
Coming up this Friday, July 7, at Lancaster National Dragway is a challenge between the top Blown Doorslammers from the Supercharged Bounty Hunters against Buffalo’s best Nitrous powered cars. This will be a fantastic showdown with four Supercharged Bounty Hunters going head-to-head with four Nitrous racers. It’s also First Responders Night with $5 admission for any First Responders with valid ID.
RESULTS (Driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time and top speed)
Buffalo Street Outlaws Limited (5.50 Index)
Winner: John Sahli (Youngstown, OH) 1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo .463 5.558 seconds, 112.51 mph
Runner-up: Jonathan Kroll (W. Seneca, N.Y.) 2000 Pontiac Trans-AM .658 5.485 seconds, 127.91 mph
Top 8 Eliminator
Winner: Mike Nowak (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro .526 4.98 4.969 seconds, 139.67 mph
Runner-up: Carl Ettipio (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1993 G-Force RED .479 FOUL
Winner: Jan Winkowski (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1972 Chevrolet Nova .515 6.72 6.754 seconds, 95.17 mph
Runner-up: Mike Nowak (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro .545 4.96 4.978 seconds, 138.48 mph
McGard Mod ET
Winner: Jeff Kerl (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1968 Chevrolet Camaro .545 6.60 6.615 seconds, 98.49 mph
Runner-up: Ryan Ricketson (Delevan, N.Y.) 1974 Dodge Dart .545 8.03 8.019 seconds, 86.37 mph
Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds
Winner: Vic Puglia (Tonawanda, N.Y.) .522 5.49 5.495 seconds, 123.05 mph
Runner-up: Lucas Salemi (Clarence Center, N.Y.) Arctic Cat .520 6.56 6.579 seconds, 101.56 mph
Tread City Tire Street ET
Winner: Tim Markle (Hilton, N.Y.) 1984 Pontiac Firebird .559 9.37 9.530 seconds, 64.49 mph
Runner-up: Wade Schneckenberger (Holland, N.Y.) 1982 Chevrolet Caprice .660 9.74 9.810 seconds, 68.39 mph