Tuesday, September 27, 2005

IHRA Iron Man Classic

Courtesy Dave Mathers

The popular IHRA Iron Man Classic returns Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9. Saturday will feature a non-points bracket race for the Ultimate Garage Top, Performance Parts Plus Mod, Essential Speed Street and Lightning Power Sports Bike/Sled classes as well as one qualifying session for the Pro Comp class that will be run on Sunday only.

Following the bracket races a special ‘Racer’s Appreciation’ supper will be sponsored by Jamie Tupper of J&S Collision in Tillsonburg. All racers buying a tech card for Saturday will be given a free ticket for the meal. Additional tickets will be available for $5 each for all others.

Sunday will see the winners of Pro Comp (running 1/4 mile), Top, Mod and Bike/Sled run off for $1,000 and an Iron Man trophy. In addition, the winners of the Nostalgia Hot Rod, Nostalgia Super Stock and Nostalgia Gasser classes will run off for an Iron Man Trophy as well.

Two match races will also take place Sunday. ‘The Battle of the Bros’ will feature the Bilyk brothers in their 1940 Willys coupes doing battle. Dan Bilyk will be running the ‘Chilly Willy’ small block car while brother Nelson will be running his Hemi-powered ‘Gone Berserk’ Street Legal car. In the battle of the ‘Falcon’s’, Ev Rowse driving the legendary Rankin Ford ‘Wild Child’ 1965 427 SOHC A/FX Falcon will face his son Steve in his 1966 small block Falcon. As well a special ‘Pocket Bike’ race will be featured Sunday.

Gates open Saturday at 10 A.M., time trials at 11, eliminations at 2 and Pro Comp qualifying round one at 4. Saturday night will feature ‘Run What Ya Brung’ with gates opening at 6 and racing 6.30 to 10. It is no charge for all racers buying two-day tech cards. Sunday the gates open at 11 A.M., time trials at 1, Pro Comp qualifying at 1.30 and 2.30 and eliminations to follow along with the two match races. General admission Saturday is $10, Saturday night $10 and Sunday $15 or all three events ticket at $25. Children 12 and under are no charge.

For further information, contact the track at 519-775-2263 or visit the website at www.stthomasdragway.com.

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