Gallen Can’t Be Stopped In IHRA Competition


In sportsman competition two separate races were run on Saturday with 13 drivers taking home an Ironman trophy. Sportsman winners during Saturday’s doubleheader were Mark Payne (Top Sportsman), Chris Cadle and Ron Biondo (Top Dragster), A.H. Adkins and Michael Beard (Super Stock), Rob Garvey and Michael McGrath (Stock), Alan O’Brien and Chris Scarlata (Quick Rod), Jacob Elrod and Tommy Allen (Super Rod) and Keith Mayers and Ricky Roe (Hot Rod).

Payne produced the only double win of the weekend as the Waynesboro, Va., native defeated Dan Flanigan and Mark Claypoole behind the wheel of the House of Payne ’06 Cavalier to take home a pair of Ironman trophies. Payne cut a pair of tremendous lights including a perfect .000 and a .023 to take the wins.

Jacob Elrod came up shy of a potential three-peat, reaching two finals in Super Rod and one in Top Dragster, but had to settle for a single win in his Sunoco sponsored ’92 Corvette roadster over Charlie Kenopic. Michael Beard also came up short of a weekend double, winning and runnering-up in Super Stock in the Duck Tape sponsored ’80 Volare.

Gallen’s Funny Car victory came on the strength of two incredible passes Saturday night. As the only competitor to dip into the four-second zone in the 1,000 foot professional competition, the driver the “Poverty Stricken” Monza produced back-to-back passes of 4.919 at 225.00 and 4.926 at 227.39 to take home the Ironman. In the final McIntire pushed Gallen to the line, but came up short with a 5.086 at 214.90.

In Nitro Harley Tracy Kile advanced out of a mistake-filled first round, but more than made up for it in the final with a 5.775 at 183.90 pass to defeat Dean Comunal who struggled right at the hit of the throttle. In Fuel Altered Maroney proved the man to beat in the “Blind Faith” Bantam with the top seed coming out of round one followed by a 5.286 at 208.24 pass in the final to defeat Ron Hope and collect his first Ironman of the year. Hope ran a 5.626 at 206.14 in the runner-up effort.

Wrapping up the evening was Jill Canuso’s exciting win over Bruce Litton in the battle of jet-power versus nitro-power as Litton broke a belt at the 600 foot mark and Canuso blasted by to take the win with a 4.890 at 252.24.

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