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This past weekend Team DMC – consisting of Alex Vrettos, Paul Major, and Andrew DeMarco – made the trek to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ for Dave Hance’s Shakedown at E-Town race. The Shakedown is one of the premier events of the season, consisting of top-shelf talent competing for big purses in a number of various classes. Alex and Paul were competing in the Outlaw Drag Radial field, while Andrew was looking to penetrate the Heavy Street field in his NMRA-spec Super Street Outlaw car.


Alex making a night-time qualifying hit at the Shakedown!

Alex Vrettos has been on a roll lately, as the 540 cubic-inch BBC-based J&E Performance Automotive twin-turbo engine between the framerails of his Mustang powered him to a huge win over perennial contender Steve Jackson just a few short weeks ago at the Yellowbullet Nationals. With that in mind, he showed up to the Shakedown and put the Mustang into the third qualified spot with a 4.46 just behind Jackson and John Carter’s Corvette. Once the elimination rounds started, Alex was on a roll. In the first round, he cranked off a 4.458 at 177.51 mph, his quickest pass of the weekend, while eliminating Joe Gentiluozo. The second round had Dennis, master tuner Job Spetter Jr. and Vrettos making minute changes to the setup, which resulted in another round win over Josh Knight. In the semifinal round of the 16-car field, Alex had to face off against number-two-qualifier John Carter, whose Proline-powered Corvette had been shaking the earth all day with big speeds and great ET’s. Carter got the holeshot by three-thousandths of a second, but his off-pace 5.24 was no match for Alex’s stout 4.46 hit, setting up the final round. Here’s where it gets interesting – in the other semifinal matchup, Steve Jackson had redlit against Scotty Guadagno, offering Guadagno the easy win, but Guadagno broke the wishbone on his hit and failed to go over the scales, putting number-one-qualifier Jackson back into the mix for the final round. In the final round, Alex unfortunately turned on the red bulb by launching .004-second too quickly, sending Stevie Fast to the winner’s circle. Alex has been running great this year, with a final-round appearance in two of the biggest events of the year, and we congratulate him for his excellent showing against some of the toughest Drag Radial competition in the world!


The Major machine making it happen on the track - this car is incredible!

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been thrashing here at the shop to repair Paul Major’s car after his recent front-end impact with the wall at the Ultimate Outlaws race last month. Dennis and the crew repaired the chassis, and Paul’s car was finished and loaded into the trailer at midnight last Thursday and we all piled into the motorhome for the seven-hour trek to Cecil County Dragway for some test hits on Friday. Paul made the decision to switch over to an alcohol-based J&E Performance Automotive BBC engine while the car was being repaired, and Jason from ProEFI was on hand to help us dial the new program in. The test hits at Cecil were fruitful, as it gave Jason some data to work with on what the new engine liked, so we rolled back up I-95 to Englishtown for the event. Legendary EFI tuner Job Spetter Jr. showed up early Saturday morning to help Jason figure out the engine tune and what would work best on Paul’s car, and they managed to get the brand-new piece to run smooth and clean. Paul made it into the Drag Radial field, but in the first round he was up against the other Corvette on the property in Drag Radial, John Carter’s gorgeous machine. Carter took Paul out in the first round, but the data we gathered over the weekend will be invaluable to Paul’s program as it moves forward. He had one of the quickest cars in the class prior to the change, and we know his work ethic will put him right back on top of the heap in short order.


Andrew DeMarco battling the big boys - thanks to Nicole79 for the photo!

Andrew DeMarco decided to try his luck in Heavy Street this weekend at the Shakedown event, which necessitated a swap over to the larger 29.5×10.5 tire that was permitted in the class. With no data on the new combination, Andrew gave it his best shot to make the stout field of cars, but a broken stator support in the transmission ended his weekend prematurely. He did learn some things that will make it easier to run at this event in the future, making the weekend a success for his team.


The world's quickest 'Bu!

Meanwhile, Team DMC was also on hand at the NMCA World Finals in Indianapolis, as shop employee Eric LaFerriere drives Jason Carter’s gorgeous ’78 twin-turbo BBC Malibu in the Super Street 10.5W class in that series. We finished up Carter’s car earlier this season, and he and Eric have been making some test laps recently in anticipation of this event. Those test laps proved to be well worth it, as Eric qualified second just behind Mike Murillo with an awesome 6.63 at only 207 MPH. Sunday’s elimination rounds found Eric clicking off a 6.64 in the first round to take out Darren Breaud, then moving through the second round over Ed Parker with a strong 6.70 blast. Between rounds, Eric and Mark Micke were checking out the tuneup and found a few things they thought were holding the car back, so changes were made and he headed back out there to face off against Mikey Rees. Rees wasn’t able to make the lane call, but Eric did, and let go of the button to click off an awesome 6.65 at 221.45 mph – his best speed of the weekend and a sure sign that the car was responding to the changes the team had made. This brought him to the final round against class champion Mike Murillo, where Eric knew he had to be on top of his game. Murillo took a slight holeshot, and as Eric powered down the track, the car drifted out of the groove and towards the wall, forcing Eric to get out of the throttle and giving Murillo the win.

Two final-round appearances with two completely different combinations in two completely different classes, and at different races – that’s the kind of winning advantage that DMC Racing can provide. It was an awesome weekend for all of our team members, and we’re proud to not only call them customers but friends as well. Thanks to all of you for showing us what you’re capable of! We are glad to be a part of your program.
 

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That Malibu was rolling!
 

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Always nice to see your DMC cars around. Class act.
 

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Good read. Thanks Jason.
 

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Great write up Jason.

Congrats to DMC and all of the car owners!
 

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Nice seeing you this weekend Jason....It's been awhile! One day I'm gonna be able to afford that DMC guy!:-D



Forgot to ask you.....Why did'nt Andrew just switch out his turbo & put some 275's on??
 

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Nice seeing you this weekend Jason....It's been awhile! One day I'm gonna be able to afford that DMC guy!:-D



Forgot to ask you.....Why did'nt Andrew just switch out his turbo & put some 275's on??
Nice to see you too Chris! You'd have to ask Andrew that question, I have no idea.
 

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Thanks Jason for the awesome write and pictures, congrats to all, bad ass rides.
 

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Nice seeing you this weekend Jason....It's been awhile! One day I'm gonna be able to afford that DMC guy!:-D



Forgot to ask you.....Why did'nt Andrew just switch out his turbo & put some 275's on??
THIS^^^...is what i am waiting for!!!....whats up jason?...i missed some good racing....dammit!!!
 
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