WMSD Early Season RecapRace Recap
West Michigan Sand Dragway (WMSD) opened their 2007 season with back-to-back weekend races on May 26 and June 2. Here is a class by class look at the action from both events.
There were two TF competitors at the May 26 event. Bob Piunti and Rob Schyett brought their blown, alcohol dragsters out to do battle. Rob Schyett dropped everyone’s jaws with a track record pass on his first time down the track for the season with a 2.628/126mph run. Congrats go out to Rob, Scott, Bob, and the Bad Frog team on the great pass. Bob Piunti jumped the lights in the first session, but came back with a 2.81 in the second qualifying round. The final round between the two entries ended up with Bob Piunti taking the win with a 2.84 while Rob had problems and had to shut off early. Top Fuel was not contested on June 2.
On May 26, Troy Turnock’s Fiat and Brian Ambs’ altered did battle in the Top Eliminator class. Troy qualified number one with a dead-on 3.00 while Brian ran 3.19. After a staging red light on Brian’s part, Troy was awarded the class win. The June 2 race saw Turnock return, but this time he had a different opponent in Nick Vanderputte’s Procharger-equipped small block Chevy dragster. Troy would break after the second round of qualifying giving Vanderputte the class win on a single. Nick ran a best of 3.15 on the day.
Matt Peel drove his “Desert Storm” funny Jeep to the Pro Index title on May 26. Peel defeated Ryan Poortenga, substituting for his dad Jay in the “Drag Nasty” funny Jeep. June 2 saw Peel return to the final round, but come up just short in a close race against Dawn Turnock in her blown Fiat. Peel’s final round finishes put him 2nd in the Pro Point series and give him a lead in Pro Index points.
May 26 saw 2006 Pro Point series champion Randi Vsetula start out on a high note with a PC class win over Jim Brantley in the final round. Vsetula would make return to the final round on June 2, but it was Fred Hugo’s night as he drove his jeep to the victory. Vsetula’s quick start keeps her atop the Pro Point series and Pro Comp class points.
Pro Mod Truck
The always entertaining Pro Mod Truck class kicked off the season on May 26 with Kip Martin taking the “Primal Scream” blown Jeep to the class win over Steve Holbert. Martin would be a repeat winner on June 2 as he was able to get by Mike Page’s blown Blazer in the final round. Kip is the point leader in Pro Mod Truck with Steve Holbert and Mike Page tied for second in the Pro Mod Truck standings.
Buck Raspotnik took home the season opening victory topping Rich Wood in the final round. A repeat final would occur on June 2, however this time it would be Wood taking the victory. Wood and Raspotnik are tied for the lead in Pro ATV points as well as sitting 3rd in the Pro Point series.
Tom Hartman drove his Blazer to the Comp win at the May 26 event defeat Chad Reust’s “Capital Punishment” Jeep in the final round. Hartman made it two in a row defeating Mark Groenink’s “Gone Green” Blazer at the second race of the season. Hartman has a big lead in Comp class points, but sits 2nd in the Sportsman Point series.
Tom Bray took his Jeep to the May 26 Modified class win over Randy Lottes’ “Sandsation” Blazer. Bray continued his winning ways on June 2 winning the final round over John Schultz in the final round. Tom sits atop the Mod class standings and the Sportsman Point series.
Rich Wood started off his season with the ATV class victory over 2006 Sportsman Point series runner up Chad Louth. At the June 2 race, it was Reanna Hessoun who took the victory over Corey Hamlin. Wood currently leads the ATV class standings and sits 3rd in the Sportsman Point series.
Tyler Walla drove his dragster to victory on May 26 over defending point series champion Jordan Lirones in the final round. Lirones went back to his winning ways on June 2 defeating his brother Tyler in the finals. Jordan has a 9 point lead in the Junior Dragster standings after two races.
Danielle Morgan took the May 26 win over Cody Turnock in the final round. Morgan repeated her victory on June 2 over Turnock again in the final. Danielle sits 8 points ahead of Cody currently.
Joshua Rammacher was the May 26 victor defeating Damion Morgan’s truck in the final round. Rammacher repeated his win on June 2 with a final round victory over John DeBoer. Rammacher sits 19 points ahead of Morgan after two races.