ABSD Show Me The Money Race Recap
Albright Shores Sand Dragway held their annual end of the season “Show Me The Money” race September 28-30. This year’s race saw a big showing of West Michigan Sand Dragway and Albright Shores regulars making it quite an event for the spectators.
Four cars headlined this event in the Top Fuel class. Rob Schyett brought out the ABSD & WMSD track record holding Bad Frog Dragster and took the #1 qualifying spot with an impressive 2.85 off the trailer. Scott Schyett, Rob’s brother, debuted his new Bad Frog Funny Car and laid down an impressive 2.92 on his first pass in the new car. Troy Turnock’s Fiat qualified #3 with a 3.10 on his first qualifying effort while Vanderputte ran a nice 3.13 with his Procharger-equipped Small Block dragster in that same session. The class was down to three cars when round one came around as Scott Schyett’s transmission went into his brother’s car to keep it going, taking him out of the event. That would leave Troy Turnock with a single in round one that he would need as his car got out of shape at the hit forcing him to lift. The next pair saw Vanderputte kill the tree and take a 3.06-2.90 victory over the #1 qualifier Schyett. The final was anti-climatic as Vanderputte turned on the red bulb handing the win to Turnock, who once again was forced to lift.
Troy Turnock won the Top Fuel class sponsored by Bad Frog Racing
Open Show Me The Money
$1000 was on the line for the Show Me The Money class. Fred Hugo took his Jeep to the big payday defeating Lee Reynders’ Jeep in the final round. Chuck Jewett in his stock Hummer H2 found his way all the way to the semi-final round.
Fred Hugo with the Michigan Cat Show Me The Money first place trophy.
ATV Show Me The Money
Rich Wood continued his winning ways after taking the WMSD Pro Point Series by winning the $1000 Show Me The Money class. Rich faced off with Corey Hamlin on a borrowed Yamaha Grizzly in the final round. Corey went red to hand the win to Rich. Hopper McKerran was the lone semi-finalist.
Rich Wood, winner of the ATV Show Me The Money class sponsored by J&P Starter & Alternator
Runner-up in the J&P Alternator & Starter ATV Show Me The Money class Corey Hamlin.
Jon Jensen made his way back to the winner’s circle with his “Dumb Luck” dragster in the 3.50 Index class. Brian Morgan made it an all four-cylinder final round by defeating Mike Bolyard in the semi-final.
Jon Jensen took the 3.50 Index class sponsored by Maxi Automotive Service Centers.
Brian Morgan, runner-up in the Maxi Automotive Service Centers 3.50 Index class.
Dave Stinson was once again "stealin' win lights", as the back of his Jeep says, this time taking the ABSD Pro Truck class victory. Dave defeated eventual Open class Show Me The Money winner Fred Hugo in the final round. Mike Page and his Blazer made it to the semi-final round in the 11-entry class.
Winner Dave Stinson (near lane) against third place Mike Page (far lane)
Dave Stinson won the Richards Auto Parts Pro Truck class.
Brian McWethy’s winning ways spilled over from WMSD to Albright Shores as he not only won the Pro ATV class, but also beat the nearly unbeatable Rich Wood in the process. Brian faced Rich in early round Pro ATV action leading up the final round where McWethy was able to defeat Hopper McKerran. Shayne Leamon was the lone semi-finalist.
Winner Brian McWethy (left) and Runner-Up Hopper McKerran (right) in Super-Flite Oil's Pro ATV.
Kyle Herr was the Junior class champion in his dragster defeating Samantha Schyett on her ATV.
Winner Kyle Herr (left) and Runner-Up Samantha Schyett (right) in the Inkahoots Racing Junior class.
Keith Hendricks took home the NSDN Reaction Time Award for the best RT in the first round of eliminations in the Show Me The Money classes. Keith took the award with a .014 reaction time.
Thanks go out to Rich, Tom K, Turbo Tom, and the whole Albright Shores staff for all of their hospitality and putting on a great show.
Photos contributed by Rich Simon.