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The trip to Englishtown has been a rather tumultuous one for Steve Petty, Eric Dillard, and the rest of the Proline team this week. While testing with a handful of other teams at Maryland International Raceway mid-week, Dillard suffered a driveline failure on his first crack at the racetrack, while Tim Lynch fared much worse, experiencing a turbocharger explosion that cause extensive fire damage to his beautiful Outlaw 10.5 Corvette. Dillard and company, who are competing in Outlaw Drag Radial this weekend, were busy this afternoon buttoning their twin-turbocharged Mustang back up for tomorrow's first round of qualifying.



Last summer, Super Street and Outlaw 10.5 racer Mike Yedgarian experience a devastating transmission explosion in his trick WS6 Trans Am machine, and after making the necessary repairs, placed the car for sale. It was then that Canadian John Carinci jumped at the opportunity to purchase the car, and the result has been nothing but positive. The Trans Am still features the NMCA-legal 550-inch Proline powerplant with twin 88mm turbos, with tuning assistance from Yedgarian and Steve Petty. Carinci won the OSCA Super Street title this season and set the class record at 4.31 seconds over the eighth-mile and has been 6.59 in the quarter. According to Carinci, he and his team are still sneaking up on the combination, and while down some cubic inches on the competition, believe they have the potential to compete with the field on the shorter distance.



Jason Enos is plenty confident coming into the Shakedown this weekend in what is traditionally a stacked field of Outlaw 10.5 competitors. Enos and company made six runs in testing on Wednesday and Thursday at MIR, where the stunning Shelby Mustang recorded an unofficial worls record pass of 4.11 seconds at 191 MPH. Conditions this weekend aren't expected to be as favorable as they were in Maryland, but it should be fast nonetheless.

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Last night was the ‘soft opening’ here at Shakedown, but business is about to pick up here at Raceway Park, with three rounds of qualifying slated to take place today, beginning with the 8.50 cars and working our way up to the blown Pro Modifieds. The pits filled up substantially overnight and and the facility is abuzz with racers and fans ready to see racing.



We’ll be back with round qualifying notes and photos at the conclusion of the session, so stay tuned!
 

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Steve Jackson was certainly killin' time this morning as he blasted to the top of the heap in Outlaw Drag Radial at 4.408 seconds at 175 MPH. John Carter and his gorgeous Corvette recorded a 4.47 to conclude the round in second.



Looking almost effortless, Rich Bruder lowered the X275 world record by a whopping four-hundredeths of a second to a 4.807. Seventies tonight, perhaps?



After struggling last night, Chris Evans put it together in the warmer session this morning to record a nice 4.91 at 146.77 MPH to move well up the ladder.

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In the second round of Outlaw 10.5 qualifying, Scott Filkins' '68 Dodge Dart erupted into a Funny Car-like enferno right as it went though the stripe at the conclusion of a 4.31-second lap. Filkins rode the fire out through the shutdown area and black smoke billowed into the air before the safety crew got the fire tapped out. Filkins is out of the car and okay, but from the looks of it, the same can't be said for his classic Chrysler.

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Shannon Jenkins put his put on the throats of the Nitrous Pro Mod field in the second session, tuning Mike Castellana to the only five-second run in the class, a 5.87 at 242 MPH.



Fredy Scriba Jr., who led the opening session of Pro Mod Nitrous, followed up his earlier performance with a stellar 6.016 at 236.34 MPH.

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Here's the resulting carnage of Scott Filkins' fire in the second session of Outlaw 10.5 qualifying.
 

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We've got more notes headed up, including Frank Soloridge's wild ride in Outlaw Radial.
 

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A few morning pit notes are up. We'll be going into E1 of Blown Pro Mod at 11 AM.
 

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After years of trying, David Hance finally got it done at his own race as he rolled to his first five-second pass in the opening round of Blown Pro Mod with a 5.927 at 251.77 to defeat Pete Farber. Hance's machine hiked the front wheels and charged through the quarter mile, bringinG a huge round an applause from the fans and competitors in attendance.

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