In a world full of fast cars and many different types of racing, there's a niche for everyone. Don't let the current fascination with drifting and time attack fool you, drag racing is alive and well-the 11th Annual Sport Compact Fall Nationals event at Englishtown, New Jersey, was evidence of that.
When the gates opened Saturday morning, fans were greeted by the familiar sights, sounds and smells of a dragstrip. A strong turnout of different racing classes-as well as a parking lot full of sweet show cars, live DJs and a bikini contest-gave spectators plenty of entertainment for the weekend.
The Outlaw All Motor class was all Honda, all weekend. Tim Grey ended up taking the win with his '94 Civic, running an impressive 10.88 at 122.7 mph. Jerry Guzman represented the West Coast in his '93 Civic, managing a quick 11.07 at 119.6 mph to seal second place on the podium. The fastest times of the day came courtesy of the '70s and '80s RWD guys; Edwin Burgos made the trip all the way from Naranjito, Puerto Rico, to compete, and a blazing 7.56 at 175.7 mph in his '72 Datsun was enough to win first place in the Quick 32 and get the enthusiastic crowd on their feet cheering! East Coast resident and local favorite, Rico Campos, came close behind in his '88 RX-7, trapping a 7.72 at 172.8 mph.
Another Puerto Rican racer, Jorge Rivera, produced an impressive qualifying run of 6.93 at 195.1 mph, the fastest pass of the weekend. But Jorge couldn't make it happen in his final run. Hey, there's always next time! In true Englishtown fashion, the weekend-long event provided plenty of action, surprises and clean show cars. We can't wait to see what else the other coast has in store for us in the future.