BIG NEWS... Our 2020 Heritage Series Title Sponsor is presented by EMPI. They are located in Anaheim, California. Born as European Motor Products Inc. and subsequently renamed to EMPI. They are undoubtedly the best known of all VW specialists in the world. There has never been a Volkswagen specialist as famous as EMPI. With the help of Cory Rider and Jack Sacchette they will be bringing EMPI and JayCee Enterprises into a whole new era. We look forward to partnering with them this year and they have some big things coming out very shortly so stay tuned. Thank you again.
The 3rd and final race for the Rancho Transaxles I/GAS class was in attedance at the V-Dub Drag Fest at Numidia Dragway on September 28th. This yearly event is promoted by Misty and Dennis Miller of the V-Dub Store. The event also donates a majority of the proceeds to the Austism Awareness program. We want to thank Misty and Dennis for putting together such a wonderful program to not only give us drag racers a place to race but to also help out the Autism Community.
Coming into our final race of the season Bruce Ridgeway was sitting at the #1 spot after a win at Mason Dixon back in August. Unfortunately for Bruce he suffered a transmission failure during the qualifying sessions and was unable to finish the race. This opened up the field to many racers to not only chase down the championship but to also go for the win at Numidia and get on the yearly shirt as well.
After Round 1 we saw some of our regulars advancing such as Gene Ulrich (last years winner), Eric Hengstenberger, Michael Hall, Eric Hellmuth, Dennis Miller and part time racer Mike Axalaris.
In Round 2 the winners were Michael Hall, Gene Ulrich, Eric Hellmuth and Eric Hengstenberger. The semi finals paired Gene Ulrich against Eric Hengstenberger with Gene taking the win and Eric Hellmuth against Michael Hall and Eric taking the win. The final round was a rematch from the 2018 race where Gene Ulrich took the win. However this year redemption was on Eric Hellmuths side as he took the win with a 7.57 on a 7.52 dial in. Gene fell off with a 7.50 on a 7.36 dial in.
Thank you again to Sam at Rancho Transaxles for their 2019 sponsorship. And congratulations again to Eric and his family on taking the win at Numidia.
Our final Island Dub A/GAS Points race of the season brought us back to Atco Dragway in New Jersey. It was sunny with 85 degree temps and 9 cars showed up to compete for the purse and championship. Heading into the final race Stephen Hawes was just one point ahead of last year's champion Ricardo Tolay. In order for Stephen to win the championship he would need to qualify #1, win the race and Ricardo would have to be eliminated by Round #2. It was a large hurdle to overcome but he was trying to accomplish it none the less.
After Q1 Ricard was sitting on top of the field with a 5.77 at a blistering 134mph. Austin Johnson III was #2 with a 6.16 and Stephen Hawes missed 3rd gear and posted a 6.21. In Q2 Stephen fixed his shifting issues and posted a 5.682 @ 127mph to take the #1 spot away from Ricardo. Once the ladder was posted Stephen had a bye run into Round 1 and Ricardo had to face off against Orlando Millan. Unfortunately Orlando was having injector issues and couldn't make the call and Ricardo had the broke bye run and in Round #2 he had a competition bye which gave him the championship for the 2019 Season. Congratulations to Ricardo and his entire crew for winning the championship 2 years in a row.
Vw Nationals #5 was by far the largest and best turnout to date. With a total of 103 Tech Cards sold and both sides of the track packed this is the MUST ATTEND event of the year. Promoter Scott Pocaro puts his heart and soul into this once a year event nestled just outside Hagerstown Maryland at one of the coolest tracks in the country titled Mason Dixon Dragway. With a beautiful weather forecast for the weekend festivities kicked off on Friday night with 2 very special classes.
The first was the 55 and older class for the old timers in our community to come back out and show case how it all started. Some of the east coasts biggest names in drag racing made the call on Friday night. Racers such as Pete Peek, Virgil Prehn, Buddy Chicklo and Gene Cook Sr were part of the 55 and older class. In the end it was Virginia’s own Virgil Prehn taking the win over a red lighting Gene Cook Sr.
With temperatures scorching in the high 90's all weekend it didn't affect the racers from showing up and participating in the largest Island Dub A/GAS field in history. We want to thank Mike Pauciullo and Dan at Waterfest for allowing us to run alongside you guys in the Outlaw class.
We had a total of 17 cars in attendance and at the end of qualifying over a 2 day span it was Stephen Hawes sitting on top of the ladder with a 8.565 @ 160mph. Just behind him is current points leader and defending champion Ricardo Javier Tolay with an 8.737 and a blistering 171mph.
Even with track temperatures reaching close to 140 degrees the Atco Dragway staff gave us one of the best tracks we've seen in over a year. They worked tirelessly keeping the track in phenomenal shape and many racers clicked off some of their best passes to date. Racers such as Zachary Martin ran a 9.394, Austin Johnson III ran 9.729, and Richie Weekes a 9.687.
During eliminations Ricardo got a bye run first round when Reggie Leewas unable to make the car due to transmission issues. In Round 2 Ricardo also got the bye so he was slowly adding to his points lead. Unfortunately for Stephen Hawes he got taken out in Round 2 by Richie Weekes. When all the dust settled it was Richie Weekes making a run at the champion and unfortunately came up short when Ricardo laid down a blazing 8.772 @ 174mph in the heat of the day. This is Ricardo's 3rd win in a row for the JayCee Enterprises Heritage Series. Congratulations to Ricardo and his team.
On Sunday June 2nd, 2019 our JayCee Enterprises sponsored Heritage Series had its first race at the acclaimed Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA. The weather forecast had some projected rain showers later that afternoon so it was decided that we would opt to go with 1 qualifying session in all classes and head straight into eliminations.
The day started with our Rancho Performance Transaxles sponsored I/GAS class. Our 2018 defending champion Eric Hengstenberger made the long drive from Akron, OH to defend his championship against some of the east coast’s best racers. Even a few from down south such as Adam Dalton from North Carolina made the trip to Maple Grove. At the end of the day Nelson Rodriguez Sr. from New Jersey was the last man standing and took home the win and points lead when Eric Hengstenberger was shut off from an oil leak. In 2015 Nelson finished 2nd in the points chase and he’s focusing his attention to capturing that title this season.
We would like to welcome "Ohio" Thomas Simpson and Simpson Racing Engines on board as one of our 2019 Sponsors. Tom has built countless engines and transmissions for numerous racers and enthusiasts all over the country. Most recently he has supplied horsepower for our 2018 IGAS Champion Eric Hengstenberger. Also racers such as Doug Dowd, Kevin Callahan, Gary Zipperian, and Daniel May.
Tom will be back out this year in his turbo charged car running in IGAS in hopes to steal that championship away from his good friend Eric. We look forward to seeing Tom and his family at the track and if you ever need any help or guidance he is an open book and is always willing to help a fellow Vw friend.