Allen edges Lovell in bracketed race

Scott Allen was the only driver registered in the Super Street class. Mark Lovell was the only driver registered in the Top Sportsman class.

Instead of going home, the two raced each other.

Although Lovell was driving a faster car, 2005 Dodge Viper with a 526 cubic inch engine, it was Allen, who was driving a 1970 Dodge Challenger with a 440-cubic inch motor, that won in the bracketed race Sunday at Western Colorado Dragway.

Top alcohol dragster Jim Whiteley took advantage of the hot weather and set another track record. This time, he went 5.73 seconds 249 mph on his second run.

“We got a better handle on the track,” Whiteley said. “Our early numbers were super (0.926 of a second at 60 feet). Norm moved our shift positions, so we didn’t spin as much.”

Whiteley was just as pleased with the turnout for the YNot Top Competition Class over the weekend.

“The track was great to everybody,” Whiteley said. “I think everybody had a great time.

I’m thankful for the local racers for participating.”

In the Max Laird Memorial Foot Brake race, Daryl Dinkel of Rifle beat Jeri Arbaney of Austin for the title.

The race is run in conjunction with the Mopar Magic event and in recognition of Max Laird, who relied on foot brakes instead of electrical equipment in most race cars. Dinkel drove his 1967 Coronet. Arbaney drove a 1973 Plymouth Duster.

Mopar vehicles include Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, Jeep, AMC, DeSoto and Willys.

Allen didn’t even have to post his top time or speed, posting a time closer to his dial-in than Lovell. Allen ran in 9.50 seconds at 123 mph. He normally runs a 9.40-second time at 142 mph.

That was in large part, because Lovell’s Viper fuel injector plugged up before the finish line. Lovell ran 7.067 seconds at 167.14 mph. Lovell’s dial-in was 6.69 seconds.

“We went lean,” Lovell said. “The nozzle was plugged so it doesn’t send any fuel in there.

“Last night we decided to try to lean on it a little bit, but it was too lean.”

The Viper, which was built by Reiger Race Cars of Grand Junction, had a good run Saturday night, going 6.73 seconds at 205 mph.

If it ran that again Sunday, Lovell would’ve caught Allen in the bracket race and won.

“Before the run, it is nerve-racking,” Allen said. “When it’s time to get racing, you forget all that and do the best you can do. We’re fast, but we’re not 200 mph fast.


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