With their second trip to Englishtown this season, the drivers and competitors of the NHRA Sport Compact series were looking forward to taking advantage of track conditions. Englishtown is well known as the home for record setting performances and this past weekend was no exception. The fans packed the stands and were expecting big things and the drivers in each and every class did not disappoint.
? ?On the top of the news list, female Hot Rod driver Stephanie Eggum made more history at Englishtown. There were rumors floating around that Eggum had tested her Honda into the 7’s which would make her the first Hot Rod Honda ever into the 7’s. The first couple of trips down the track made it look close, but when the elusive 7.95 @ 179.52mph showed up on the board the crowd went crazy. Eggum went on in competition throughout the day powering the Civic into the 7’s on every pass, consistently running in the range – 7.95, 7.92, 7.97 with mphs in the 180+ range. She finished it off with a thundering 7.90 @ 184.25 mph pass to take both the national record and the win over Lummus in the finals. Congratulations to the Eggum Racing team on their accomplishments!
? ?In the Pro FWD class, reigning champion Ed Bergenholtz drove like the champion he is. Throwing his Mazda down the quarter mile with an extremely quick 7.50 @ 189.89 mph, Bergenholtz met up with Ron Townsend in the finals. Townsend had already collected a Wally earlier in the day when they completed the Moroso event, but Bergenholtz had something else to say for the day. In an exciting race with some unusual twists, Bergenholtz crossed the stripe first after bogging huge off the line and after Townsend ran into issues!
? ?The Modified class had arguably the best racing all day long. At the end of qualifying on Saturday, the number one qualifier was Angel Rodriguez with a 7.32 @ 182 mph. And down the ladder was the number eight qualifier, Jose Torres with a 7.46 @ 178 mph. With the qualifying times that close from one through eight, it wouldn’t take a mathematician to notice that the Modified class would have close racing all day long. When it came down to the finals, Jorge Lazcano and Miguel Manero squared off in a classic RX-7 vs. Starlet battle. Lazcano would take the Wally home this time around with his 7.49 @ 180 mph besting Manero’s 7.68 @ 175 mph.
? ?In Pro RWD, Scranton shook the crowd by announcing that his Solaras were for sale and that he would be moving on to a Pro Stock vehicle for 2007. This leaves many things up in the air for the Pro RWD class as the Titan team continued their dominance as Personett rolled once again into the finals after multiple 6.42 @ 219mph passes. Meeting Scranton in the finals once again, Personett topped off a great weekend by collecting another Wally as he heads into the final race at Pomona.
? ?Finally, the All Motor point race came down to the wire at Englishtown. Lookofsky came into the event with the hopes of claiming the championship with a win at this event. Norris Prayoonto had something to say about that however, as they squared off in the finals after multiple 9 second passes from both. The crowd was shocked – the championship will have to be settled in Pomona as Lookofsky redlit and Prayoonto added salt to the wound by setting a national record with a 9.56 @ 140.90mph pass!
? ?Next race on the list is the World Finals at Pomona Raceway on October 21-22nd and Modified Magazine will be on hand to give you the best coverage.