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 Fresh off of a win at Lebanon Valley Dragway, Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team heads to Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md., for the next race in the Division 1 Lucas Oil Series.  
            “It’s great to head to the track with a win still fresh in our minds,” driver Todd Veney said. “That weekend at Lebanon Valley was the best of my career, and I’m ready for another one just like it. Plus, I’ve got a little unfinished business at Cecil County.” In his only previous appearance at the Maryland track, in 2003, Todd reached the final against Frank Manzo was but unable to compete following an engine explosion in a semifinal win over Paul Gill.
            The team currently is one point from being in the national top 10 standings and has been as high as sixth this season. In Division 1, where Manzo has won the championship a record 19 times – more than any driver in any class and in any division in drag racing history – the Follow A Dream crew currently is second in the standings behind Manzo.
            In testing at New England Dragway at the start of the month, the car set both ends of the track record with a best of 5.62 at 257. In four runs, the car ran at least a 5.69 every time, and the speed on all four runs was 257.
            “It was a great test session,” Jay said. “I’m feeling better than I have in a couple of years about where we’re at and where we’re headed. One thing that’s really exciting about this event is that we’ll have a group of wounded soldiers from George G. Meade as our guests for the weekend. We really appreciate what they do for our country, and we really appreciate the support we’ve gotten from both the track and NHRA in making all this happen.”

Tim Allison gets 97

This past weekend of racing was supposed to be two nights of racing for the weekend, but Mother Nature ruined it for us on Saturday night as the rain came in again. On Friday night we were at Lima Land Motor Sports Park for our big annual 360 / 305 shootout race.  We had a great field of cars on hand on a beautiful night of racing and weather.  We got a decent draw for our heat race and lined up 4th and finished 2nd in our heat.  That got us qualified for the feature and with the inversion being a 10 that put us starting in the 3rd position for the feature.  We jumped right into second on the first lap and started running down the leader and chased him down and took the lead on lap 13 and from there on it,  was history and we went onto to win the feature event!  This was win number 97 as we are trying to hit the 100th feature win this year, but time is running out.  It was another great night and that moved us up into the 3rd position in points with one race to go.  We do have a  shot at winning the points, but you never know till its over they say.   This weekend we will be at Waynesfield Raceway Park on Saturday night.

Race Results Week Ending 8/15/10

Camping World Truck Series- Darlington- Too Tough to Tame 200- Todd Bodine
Nationwide Series- Michigan International Raceway- Carfax 250- Brad Keselowski
Sprint Cup- Michigan International Raceway- Carfax 400- Kevin Harvick


Subaru Road Racing Team Optimistic Heading to Quebec

Team Travels to Penultimate Series Event on 2010 Schedule –

This weekend’s penultimate race in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series, is unique because of the distinction as the only event of the season to take place in Canada, and is the only one held on public streets.
Subaru Road Racing Team’s driver pairing of Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude plans to be one of the top “street fighters” in Friday’s race  at  Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, with their 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the Grand Sports class.
Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., and Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., are an enthusiastic and talented pair of 22-year olds who are now looking for their fourth top-10 finish in the closing chapters of this 2010 season.
“Preparing the all-wheel drive Subaru Impreza for the Grand Sports class this year has been a technical eye-opener,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance of Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Grand Sports class 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
“Our most-recent race in New Jersey was another solid outing for us and helped put some of the earlier, challenging events further into our proverbial rear-view mirror.
“This weekend, with the superb handling of the Subaru Impreza, its all-wheel-drive capabilities to help ‘dig’ its way out of all the turns on this 1.521-mile track, and the turbocharged engine’s power to pull us down the straightaways, we should be in good shape.”
The race is round nine of 10 in the season, and will take the green flag Friday at 7pm ET.
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., “Prior to kicking off this campaign, Joe and I conceded that the 2010 season would represent a developmental year with a new driver in Bret [Spaude] and applying the performance capabilities of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the GS class after a successful string of seasons in ST [class].”   “The team has persevered through some challenging results, and I’m confident that we’ve made some positive headway.”

Showtime Funny Car at Nitrolympics

The Showtime Funny Car will be off on what is becoming a regular outing to the Nitrolympics at Hockenheim next week . For the fifth year running the organisers have invited us to take part in the legendary ” Saturday Nite Show” as well as running during Saturday and Sunday.
After Hockenheim, the next appearance of the Showtime FC will be at the FIA European Finals at Santa Pod September 9th – 12th.


Tim Allison 8/4/10

Lima Land motor sports park on Friday night and with a good car count again, we drew dead last in our heat race.  That put us starting in the 8th position and with a very stacked heat race. We finished 5th and broke a rear end on the final lap, but that got us in the feature but not a good starting spot as we started 12th and had no time to change any set ups on the car for the feature as we swapped out our rearend.  So we hung around and finished 11th overall. 
 Last Saturday night we were off to Waynesfield Raceway with another good car count and we drew for the front row of our heat and won that hands down and that got us qualified for the feature.  The inversion for the feature put us starting in the 5th position.  We got into 3rd and then into second and passed for the lead more than once and jumped the cushion and fell back to 3rd,  almost got 2nd again and almost passed for the win in the the last few laps. We lapped everybody up to the 10 position, but in the end we ended up finishing 3rd in the feature.
This past weekend were back at Lima Land Motor Sports Park again on Friday night with a good car count again and again we drew dead last in a very stacked heat race.  We started 8th and finished 4th, that got us qualified for the feature and after the inversion that put us starting in the 12 position.  We jumped up a couple of spots early and then got up to 8th and going forward only to have a nozzle line break and that ended our night with a DNF and finishing in the 19th position and a disappointing night.
Saturday night we were going to be at Waynesfield Raceway Park, but Mother Nature won out again and we got rained out.  This week we are at Lima Land Motor Sports Park only on Friday night for this week. 

Race Report Week Ending 8/1/10

Nationwide Series- Iowa Speedway- US Cellular 250 by Northland Oil and John Deere- Kyle Busch
Camping World Truck Series- Pocono Raceway- Pocono Mountains 125- Elliott Sadler
Sprint Cup Series- Pocono Raceway- Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500- Greg Biffle

Race Results Week ending 7/25/10

Camping World Truck Series- Indianapolis- ORP- AAA Insurance 200 by JD Byrider- Ron Hornaday
Nationwide Series- Indianapolis- ORP- Kroger 200 Benefiting Riley Hospital for Children- Kyle Busch
Sprint Cup- Indianapolis Motor Speedway- Brickyard 400- Jamie McMurray


Subaru Road Racing Team Rises From Adversity

Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) drivers Bret Spaude of Bushnell, Fla., and Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., handed Subaru its third top 10 finish of the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series with a 10th place finish in this past weekend’s Garden State 250 race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
To score the team’s third top-10 finish of the season, the 22-year-old phenom drivers had to start last in the 25-car Grand Sports class field.
“Bret handed us a great fourth place qualifying lap,” said Phoenix Performance Inc., team owner Joe Aquilante. “Grand-Am’s post-qualifying inspection found a technical discrepancy. We corrected it but had to grid last in our Grand Sports class.”
Spaude started the race in the red 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI and climbed as high as seventh place in the 25-car Grand Sport field.
Passing as many as five cars in a single lap and turning laps within 1.5 seconds of the race leader, it took Spaude only 13 laps to pick up 10 positions. He was 10th by lap 24, despite having to hold station behind the pace car for eight of those 24 laps. In fact, a scant seven laps was the longest stretch of green flag racing in the first 24 laps.
The team’s first refueling/tire change stop, on lap 40, saw Spaude hand over the controls to teammate Andrew Aquilante. When the green flags again flew, Aquilante was in 19th place, but by lap 56 had charged hard to 12th ,  then pitted again for a gas tank refill that would get him to the end of the race, and was back to 12th place byy lap 71.
He hit the 10th spot on lap 76, only 25 seconds out of the race lead, and stayed there until the checkered flag flew on lap 87.
“Even though this is the third top 10 finish of the season for the Subaru Impreza, our mistake made AJ and Brett work too hard to get to that point,” said Joe Aquilante.
“We were happy to have such a good turnout of Subaru employees and owners over the weekend,” added James Han, Motorsports Marketing Manager for Subaru of America, Inc. They had an opportunity to witness our two team drivers do a stellar job gaining back positions with limited green flag laps, and doing so in a precise manner. None of the 23 laps run behind the safety car involved AJ or Bret. They did a very professional job picking their way through the field.”
To this point into the 10-race season, the first eight races have been held in a narrow strip of geography stretching East/West between Millville,  NJ and Lexington, OH., an economical point for East Coast and Midwest-based teams.
The next two races, however, are a month apart –  Aug. 13 in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec; followed by a haul to Salt Lake City, UT, haul for the Sept. 10-11 season finale.
The New Jersey race was televised on SPEED TV to air July 25 at 1pm ET.

Tim Allison Checking In

I am a week late on my results from 2 weeks ago, been real busy and was getting ready for the big Kings Royal 2 day show at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway this past weekend.  Two weeks ago was supposed to be a Friday and Saturday race again,  but Mother Nature ruined it again on friday night as we were rained out again.  On Saturday night we were back at KC Raceway again for our 2nd visit.  On a very hot and humid day, track preparation was not good at all to say the least.  It was pretty much no passing all night long in all divisions.  We drew dead last in our heat and passed one car.  We started 13th in the feature and ended up finishing 12th as again it was pretty much finish where you start; not good at all for putting on a good race for the fans

This past weekend was the Super Bowl weekend of the year for sprint car racing in Ohio and it was again the Kings Royal weekend which is always some of the best sprint car racing of the year.  The 410’s were racing for $50,000 to win on Saturday and our division was racing for $2000 to win and racing with Tony Stewart both nights in front of 23000 plus fans.  Friday night we had one of the best car counts as we had 41 cars signed in the pits.  Friday night we qualified 11th quick out of 41 cars,we ran 3rd in our heat and that got us qualified for the feature. With the inversion in our favor we started on the pole position, we jumped out to the front and walked away for the first 12 laps of the 20 lap feature, but as the race wound down we didn’t have the car tight enough and ended up finishing in the 4th position, but yet another great run!  Saturday night for the big show we qualified 7th quick with another great field of cars.  In our heat race we finished 2nd and that got us qualified for the feature and the inversion for the feature again was in our favor and put us on the pole for the feature.  So again from the previous night’s setup and finish we tightened the car up more so we would be good all through the feature.  We took the lead and never looked back. As the race wound down we were racing at times 4 wide for the lead!  We stayed out front for 24 1/2 laps of the 25 lap feature only to have Tony Stewart pass us for the win in the last 1/2 of a lap.  That was a little disappointing, but if you are going to get beat, i guess it’s better to get beat by  one of the best!  Overall it was a great weekend with a 4th and a 2nd plus finish and a great night for moving further up in the point standings.

This weekend we will be at Limaland Motor Sports Park on Friday night for the big anniversary race and Saturday night we are back at Waynesfield Raceway Park

Subaru Road Racing Team on Familiar Turf at New Jersey Track

This weekend, 22-year old Subaru Road Racing Team drivers Andrew Aquilante, Phoenixville, Pa., and Bret Spaude, Bushnell, Fla., want to capitalize on lessons learned throughout this season and make that trip this Saturday to the Winners’ Circle at their team’s home track at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, during the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series race.
Between the 2008 and 2009 race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the SRRT drivers have finished a combined handful of seconds away from victory.  Aquilante and his co-driver finished third in the inaugural, 2008 race on the flat 2.25-mile circuit near Millville, N.J., and sixth last year. But the combined gap for the two years was only the distance of a Philadelphia Phillies centerfielder’s throw to home.
“AJ and Bret love racing with each other and against each other,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance of Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Grand Sports class 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. “Last weekend they were competitors in identical cars in an SCCA National. It was a great chance for them to show each other what they had on equal turf, and each won a race. This weekend they can do it in the same car.”
“We’re getting close,” he added, “and having raced the Subaru Impreza at Millville in another series in 2009, we know where our advantages lie. We’re simply making the various tweaks, which combined, can be the difference between where you are and leading the pack.”
The 2 1/2-hour race is round eight of 10 in the season, and will take the green flag Saturday at 2:45pm ET.  The race is being televised by SPEED TV to air July 25 at 1pm ET.
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., “This race is always a special weekend for Subaru as our headquarters are located less than an hour’s drive to the track, and Subaru serves as the official automobile and pace cars of New Jersey Motorsports Park.  With our Subaru Road Racing Team fielding the #35 Subaru Impreza WRX STI this weekend, the venue represents a great opportunity for Subaru fans and associates alike to cheer on the team and drivers at our home race track.”
Sponsors for SRRT include Subaru Of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), Ron Davis Racing Radiators, Hawk Brakes, freeM of America, VAC Motorsports, Automotive Racing Products, Rockland Standard Gear, Quarter Master, Ecutek, Lista, Rotary Lifts, Cusco, Carbonetic, Hella, and Perrin.
About SRRT Phoenix LLC
SRRT Phoenix LLC represents Subaru of America Inc.’s  road racing effort in the 10-round GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series and is owned and managed by Joe Aquilante of Phoenix Performance, LLC. The team’s 32,000 sq. ft. facility is in Phoenixville, Pa., 40 miles west of Philadelphia, PA. Team drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude race a Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the Grand Sport class.

Race Winners Week ending 7/18/10

Camping World Truck Series- Gateway Speedway- 200- Kevin Harvick
Nationwide Series- Gateway Speedway- Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250- Carl Edwards


HPD Scores LMP2 Victory at Le Mans

HPD Scores LMP2 Victory at Le Mans
First and Third-Place Finishes in Inaugural Attempt at 24-Hour Classic
TORRANCE, Calif. (June 13, 2010) – In its first attempt at one of the toughest challenges in
motorsports, Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm of American Honda
Motor Company, Inc., powered the first- and third-place finishers in the LMP2 category Sunday
at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
After starting from the LMP2 pole, British-based Strakka Racing’sHPD ARX-01c held off a
strong challenge from fellow HPD entrant Highcroft Racing through the first 18 hours, then
pulled away to a commanding class victory, finishing fifth overall and six laps ahead of its
nearest challenger as the two HPD teams led the LMP2 category from start to finish.
Strakka drivers Danny Watts, Jonny Kane and Nick Leventis and their Honda Performance
Development ARX-01c completed 367 laps of the eight-mile Circuit de la Sarthe, establishing a
new record for laps completed by an LMP2 competitor at Le Mans.  The fifth-place overall finish
also established a new LMP2 record, besting the previous mark set in 2006.
Meanwhile, the HPD-powered RML Lola B08/80 HPD of Thomas Erdos, Mike Newton and Andy
Wallace came home third, nine laps behind the winning Strakka machine and three laps behind
the second-place OAK Racing Pescarolo in a nearly equally trouble-free run. In all, 10 of the 12
LMP2 entries were running at the finish of today’s race, run in clear weather throughout.
American LeMans Series regulars Highcroft started off strong, running solidly in second
through the night, despite three debris-inflicted tire punctures. Marco Werner took the Malaria
No More-backed HPD ARX-01c into the lead at the six-hour mark.
Late in the race, water pressure problems delayed Werner and co-drivers David Brabham and
Marino Franchitti, eventually sending them to the pits for much of the final five hours. The car
did, however, venture back out to take the checkered flag and was classified 9th in LMP2 at the
finish of Highcroft’s debut appearance at Le Mans.
“This is an incredible result in our first attempt at this classic event,” said Erik Berkman, HPD
president. “We saw an absolutely flawless performance from the Strakka team from the start of
practice through to the checkered flags.  I also was highly impressed with the determination and
strong run from Duncan Dayton and his Highcroft Racing team.  To lead this event and
challenge for the class victory in their first attempt at Le Mans is an effort that should give them
enormous pride.  The RML team also put in a great effort and was rewarded with an excellent
podium finish.”
“This is my seventh Le Mans, and by far my best,” said Strakka driver Kane.  “Strakka and HPD
have put together an amazing effort, and a perfect engine/chassis package.  We had not one
single problem all race long.”
The three HPD entries also dominated qualifying, with Strakka’s Watts claiming the LMP2 pole
in the same ARX-01c chassis that won the 2009 American Le Mans Series LMP2 title for HPD
and Fernandez Racing.  The similar Highcroft ARX-01c, driven by 2009 overall Le Mans winner
Brabham, qualified second in class, as both HPD machines posted times more than three
seconds quicker than the 2009 LMP2 pole.  Brazilian Erdos rounded out the top three LMP2
qualifiers in his HPD-engined RML Lola.  
Last week, HPD announced it will offer a new LMP2 engine to customers participating in the
2011 American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and
Intercontinental Cup competitions.  Based on Honda’s global V6 engine, the new engine is a
2.8-liter, twin-turbo variant utilizing HPD’s exclusive engine-control system, and is the product of
a joint effort between HPD and Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA).
Since 2007, HPD has provided engines to prototype-class teams in the American Le Mans
Series, and these engines have scored numerous victories, beginning with an LMP2 class win
in HPD’s inaugural ALMS race at Sebring in 2007. HPD was the first manufacturer to score
ALMS class wins in both LMP1 and LMP2 on the same weekend with its wins at St. Petersburg
in 2009.
HPD went on to win LMP1 and LMP2 Manufacturers’ Championships for Acura in 2009 –
becoming the first ALMS manufacturer to do so – and this year began providing engines and
support for sports-car competition in both America and Europe.
Located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for American Honda
high-performance racing cars and engines. In an open-wheel racing history that dates to 1994,
Honda has recorded 166 race victories, 12 drivers’ championships, 10 Manufacturers’
Championships and seven Indianapolis 500 victories.  In addition to its sports-car efforts and its
role as single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series, HPD is active in a growing number of
grassroots motorsports activities. 

Race Winners week ending 7/11/10

Camping World Truck Series- Iowa- Lucas Oil 200 presented by Speed- Austin Dillon
Nationwide Series- Chicago- Dollar General 300 powered by Coca Cola- Kyle Busch
Sprint Cup- Chicago-Lifelock 400- David Reutimann


Cory Kruseman Update

K&N Sponsored Kruseman Earns SprintCar Win at
Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway

The simplest way to get a fresh perspective is to get out of your own house. Cory Kruseman
of Ventura, California made use of a of scenery change to change his luck, and dominated
the night at Ocean Speedway for his first USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature victory of the 2010

Cory Kruseman changed his scenery and changed his luck, with a                        dominating victory at the USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature at Watsonville                        Ocean Speedway.
Cory Kruseman changed his scenery and changed his luck, with a dominating victory at the USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature at Watsonville Ocean Speedway.

“Our 410 sprint car team recently traveled to
Northern California for a two day show at
Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway and Petaluma
Speedway in Petaluma. We’ve always enjoyed
traveling away from our home track to tracks
we don’t run often at,” said Kruseman.

Kruseman not only won Friday at Watsonville,
but he was leading the following evening at
Petaluma when a broken part ended their
shot for two in a row.

“The race track just fit my driving style and
we were very good with our setup in the car.
The next night in Petaluma our car was really fast too, until a broken steering box let us down.
Our team feels like we have some momentum on our side now, and we look forward to
returning to Perris Auto Speedway.”

Kruseman started from the fifth position at Watsonville and wasted little time taking the
Lucas Oil/Agromin Mopar to the top of the track to rocket around the early race leader on
lap seven. Despite having multiple yellow flags erase his substantial lead, Kruseman was
unchallenged for the win. Clearly overcome with emotion in victory lane, Kruseman dedicated
the race win to Thomas McCune, a long time friend and crewman who passed away in May.

“He was a great friend and a heck of a good crew member, and he will be greatly missed,”
observed Kruseman.


With a semifinal win overundefeated Frank Manzo and a final-round decision over veteran EricLourie, Jay Blake’s Follow A Dream team picked up its first event titleof the season and climbed to sixth place in the national standings. Atthe Division 1 Lucas Oil Series event at legendary Lebanon ValleyDragway in upstate New York, driver Todd Veney set low e.t. of all threerounds of eliminations, with a 5.66 against Tom Carter, a 5.75 againstManzo, and a 5.77 in a close final-round win over Lourie.

“This is the best day of my racing life,”Todd said after the final. “I’ve won before, but never like this.Because of the teamwork that went into it, especially before thesemifinals, and because we were the first to beat Manzo all year andcame out on top in such a close final, this is the best day I’ve everhad in drag racing.”

Jay led the crew through a majorthrash before the semifinals after a lifter was damaged in thefirst-round win over Carter. He and tuner Tom Howell were on the vergeof installing another engine – so close that a new engine was rolled outfrom beneath the bench and the motor mounts were removed from the onein the car – but, ultimately, the lifter bore proved to be repairableand the team got the job completed in time.

The car rolled into the staging lanes with just minutesto spare and performed flawlessly, running a 5.75 on the hot, trickysurface to cover Manzo’s up-in-smoke effort. Until that round, the13-time NHRA world champion had won every race he entered this seasonand 33 rounds in a row overall, dating back to the semifinals of lastyear’s U.S. Nationals.

In the final, Lourie, a pastnational event champ competing at his home track, ran a 5.83 but Toddgot the win with a 5.77. “We knew Eric was a solid, consistent performerand that it would be a really close race,” Tom said. “The trackcondition worsened for the final, and we left it up to Todd to get thecar down the track, and he did.”

“Itwas an awesome weekend all around,” Jay said. “Everybody on the teamcame together to get the car turned around in time to race Manzo – justanother example of the teamwork that Follow A Dream is all about.Lebanon Valley is the closest to home that we race all year, and a lotof us had family with us at the track, which just the whole weekend thatmuch more special for everybody.”

After five races in a seven-week span, the team hasseveral weeks off before the next event, a Division 1 Lucas Oil Seriesevent at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md. Aug. 20-21.

Tim Allison Update

This past weekend we were at Lima Land Motor Sports Park on Friday night for our make up feature from the rain out the week before plus our Firecracker Friday special.  In the make up feature we started 8th, but the track turned really slick and we missed our setup so we finished 9th over all.  In the second feature we were in the second heat and dominated it as we hit the set up perfectly and checked out. That got us qualified for the feature and put us starting in the 4th position, an excellent position for the big money on the line for Firecracker Friday.  As the race started,  we jumped right into the 4th position and started heading to the front only to have a part failure somewhere inside the steering box.  We were credited for the 17th position.  That was a big let down for us as fast as we were in our heat and in just the first couple of laps of the feature, but we won’t let that get us down.  This Friday night we are off to our first visit at Moler Raceway Park and then on Saturday we are back to K-C Raceway again.


At the Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, Jay Blake’s
Permatex/Follow A Dream team shot back into the top 10 in the national
standings with a second straight semifinal finish in national competition.
As in Englishtown two weeks earlier, driver Todd Veney qualified in the top
five and advanced to the semifinals, where he fell to 13-time Top Alcohol
Funny Car world champion Frank Manzo, who has yet to lose a round all year.

The car ran flawlessly, with times of 5.72, 5.67, and 5.70 in qualifying and
equally consistent runs of 5.70 and 5.72 in the first two rounds of
eliminations. The 5.70 took out Canadian veteran Larry Dobbs, who ran a
5.87, and the 5.72 was just enough for another close win over John Anderika,
the second-ranked driver in Division 1 last season, who hit a 5.74.

“Norwalk is kind of a home race for me because I grew up just an hour from
the track,” Todd said. “I really wanted to do well there, and we did. It’s
always great to be in the late rounds at a national event, but my wife was
there, my mom and dad were there, and a bunch of my friends from high school
and college were there, too, which made it that much more special for me.”

Just as in Gainesville, where the team also reached the final four, the
other semifinalists were Manzo; Steve Harker, who finished second in the
national standings last year; and Mickey Ferro, who appears headed for a
second-place finish this year, having reached the final round in each of his
nine starts this year.

A possible final-round showing for the Permatex/Follow A Dream team
dissolved in the semi’s when the engine inexplicably fell silent just as
Todd was preparing to stage against Manzo, handing Manzo a free pass into
the finals.

“It’s disappointing to lose because of an electrical failure, but overall,
it was another good weekend,” Jay said. “We had some special guests at the
track, we got back in the semifinals, and we’re back in the top 10.”

The team’s next race is this week’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series meet at
Lebanon Valley Dragway in scenic upstate New York, just outside Albany.
Tuner Tom Howell has a history of success at the sometimes tricky track,
having guided the car to the number 1 qualifying spot there in 2006.

The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals sportsman finals will be
broadcast July 4, 2010 @ 12:00PM ET on ESPN2.