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  • The Quick 8 Outlaws World Finals set for Darlington Dragway this Saturday

    Quick 8 Outlaws Dralington Dragway 6-15-2013 014_edited-1The Quick 8 Outlaws return to the famed Darlington Dragway for not only the final event of the 2013 season but the final event for the Quick 8 Outlaws. After ten years of putting on some of the best Pro Modified drag racing it will come to an end Saturday.
    At the last event at Orangeburg Robbie Matthews in the Kauffman Motorsports ‘57
    dominated. Also, the last the Outlaws were at Darlington Matthews scored the win.
    Will Matthews be able to repeat or will one fo the other Outlaws stop him? Can Alan
    Pitman in the Blade Runner Camaro pick up his first win of the season? Ric Fleck
    will be a contender for the win. Look for Pro Modified Drag Racing Legends Sonny
    Tindal and Ed Hoover. Watch for Champion Racer Robert Sellers in his Fury. Ervin
    Rose will be another one to watch.
    After putting up career best numbers earlier this year Russell Miller hopes to
    better them. James Linton Jr in his Duster will be trying to pick up his first win
    of the 2013 season. Danny Blankenship in his 1940 Ford will make his return to
    Darlington. Look for the Jokers Wild Vette with driver Kenny Kneece. Original Quick
    8 Outlaw member’s Richard Lee and Irby Goff will be there. Jackie Jones will make
    his third start of the year this weekend. Dennis Jordan will be there in his Nova.
    Dwayne White in the family owned GTO will also return to action. Also, look for new
    comer Phillip Keller.
    Also, a reminder for all competitors, there are no association or club fees when
    racing with the Quick 8 Outlaws. There are no weight rules or restrictions. Screw
    type Blowers are prohibited from competing at a Quick 8 Outlaws event. For any
    questions, comments or concerns call Buddy Trivette at 828-215-9710 or email at
    buddytrivette@yahoo.com.
    The gates open at 12:00 with general admission $20.00. Children 10 and under free.
    For more information visit www.darlingtondragway.com. http://www.q8outlaws.com.Story
    by Buddy Trivette
    Photo by Matthew Trivette
    buddytrivette@yahoo.com


  • The Quick 8 Outlaws return to Darlington Dragway this Saturday

    Quick 8 Outlaws Darlington 4-13-13 004_edited-1The Quick 8 Outlaws return to the famed Darlington Dragway for stop number 3 on the 2013 schedule. The last time that the Outlaws were at Darlington Dragway it was Pro Modified Legend Ed Hoover scoring the victory.

     

    Will Hoover be able to repeat or will the runner-up from the last Darlington event Alan Pitman in the Blade Runner Camaro pick up his first win of the season? Coming off a dominating performance at Farmington Dragway, Ric Fleck will be a contender for the win. Robbie Matthews driving the Kauffman Motorsports ‘57 Chevy will be looking for the winner’s circle. Steve Bray will return to competition this Saturday. Greg Godwin will be there looking for the win. Look for another Pro Modified Drag Racing Legend Sonny Tindal. The only female competitor Carol Long will also be there.

     

    James Linton Jr in his Duster will be trying to pick up his first win of the 2013 season. Danny Blankenship in his 1940 Ford will be making his second start of the season. Like Blankenship, Ervin Rose will bring out the Studebaker for the second time this year. Look for the Jokers Wild Vette with driver Kenny Kneece. Look for George Williams with crew chief Joe Lapone Jr. Jeff Miller in his turbo powered Camaro will also be there. Jackie Jones will make his third start of the year this weekend. Also, look for new comer Phillip Keller.

     

    Also, a reminder for all competitors, there are no association or club fees when racing with the Quick 8 Outlaws. There are no weight rules or restrictions. Screw type Blowers are prohibited from competing at a Quick 8 Outlaws event. For any questions, comments or concerns call Buddy Trivette at 828-640-9292 or email at buddytrivette@yahoo.com.

     

    The gates open at 12:00 with general admission $20.00. Children 12 and under free with 13 to 16 years of age general admission will be $10.00. For more information visit www.darlingtondragway.com. For more information on the Quick 8 Outlaws visit www.q8outlaws.com.

     

     

    Story by Buddy Trivette

    Photo by Matthew Trivette


  • BINGHAM TAKES COMPETITION PRODUCTS DRAGSTER TO TWO FINALS IN ONE WEEKEND

    Gary Bingham is no stranger to the
    winner’s circle, and after a season of .001 losses, he returned to the top
    scoring his first, and second, final rounds of the season and his first
    victory in the Top Dragster category. While Bingham lays claim to the 1988
    Bracket World Championship and the 1994, 1995 and 1996 Top Sportsman World Championships and event  wins in three IHRA classes, his  switch to the Top Dragster category 2011 had resulted in an anomaly of tough breaks. That all changed this past weekend as Bingham scored first a runner up and then a win.

    The Division 2 Summit Racing Equipment Pro Am at Darlington Dragway was a scorcher, with temperatures hovering between 95 and 100 degrees and humidity keeping pace. Bingham seemed to be unaffected by the suffocating heat, as he took his Competition Products dragster round after round, taking out some of Top Dragster’s biggest heavy hitters. The weekend featured three Pro Am events, the regularly scheduled Darlington double header on Saturday and Sunday and then a rain date on Monday for the postponed Carolina Dragway event, originally contested in July.

    Bingham was just getting warmed up on Saturday, taking a round two loss. Then on Sunday, Bingham used .010, .002 and .006 lights to take out David Barr, Shane Maddox and Scott Young in the first three rounds. Round four put the Competition Products dragster in an epic match up as Bingham faced another former Top Sportsman World Champion, Jeff Dobbins. The race lived up to expectations as Dobbins laid down a .005 light and Bingham matched it with a .004. Bingham topped of his light with a .008 packaged going 4.824 on a 4.82 dial. Dobbins also put together an incredible package, going just .006 above his dial, but Bingham crossed the finish line first for a .003
    margin of victory.

    In the semis, AJ Currie went uncharacteristically red, giving Bingham his first easy win. For the finals, Bingham’s day of “double 0s” would prove to be his nemesis as he went .001 red against hometown competitor, Scott Pruitt.

    For Labor Day’s Carolina Dragway rainout event, Bingham was determined to not be outdone. Again, he had to take on a host of heavy hitters including Joe Gary, Greg Slack,  Lauren Freer, and Michael White to make it to the semi final round. There he received the competition bye. Bingham lined his Competition Products dragster up against Steve Dweck of Hollywood, Florida in the final. He turned it green and went 4.823 on a 4.81 dial while Dweck broke out by .003 to hand Bingham the win.

    “It was an incredible weekend,” told Bingham. “I had the right packages when I needed them and was able to stay consistent throughout each race. We’ve had a tough year and some hard losses so far in Top Dragster so it feels great to be on top again. As our cars have always said, ‘to God be the glory’.

    “To win and be consistent like I was this weekend, you have to have great products and Competition Products has supplied us with exactly what we need to win,” continued Bingham. “I want to thank them for their support and dedication to racing. I’ve enjoyed working with them this season and couldn’t be happier to give Competition Products a win.”

    To request your free catalog, visit www.competitionproducts.com.

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  • The Quick 8 Outlaws return to Darlington Dragway this Saturday

    The Quick 8 Outlaws are scheduled to make their final appearance of the 2012 season at the “House of Speed”, Darlington Dragway this Saturday. If you want to see Pro Modified racing at its best make sure to be at Darlington. Also, remember this race is open to any transmission and there is no membership fee.

     

    The owners of Darlington Dragway Ronnie Siders and Russell Miller and their staff have done a phenomenal job this season. The track is always prepared and ready for the Quick 8 Outlaws. The e.t.’s and speed have proven that. A perfect example was at the first event Robbie Matthews driving the Kauffman Motorsports 57 Chevy laid down a 3.84 at 194. This was done with a Roots Blower and Powerglide Transmission.

     

    Going into this event the man with the most momentum has to be Ric Fleck. After several runner-up finishes Ric and the crew broke through and picked up their first win. They haven’t stopped there, they now have been to several finals and picked up a couple wins. Also, look for the track record holder Kauffman Motorsports 57 Chevy with wheel man Robbie Matthews. Look for the World’s fastest Roots Blown Doorslammer, Danny Blankenship’s 40 Ford. You also expect to see Danny’s 41 Willys there too. William Joseph driving his Father Tom’s Camaro will also be there. The “Young Blood” Tyler Miller will be there trying to defend his home turf. Another hot racer, Troy Jordan in the Blade Runner Camaro will be there trying to score another win. Legendary Chassis builder and multi time World Champion Tommy Mauney will be there too.

     

    Look for the living Legend Sonny Tindal this Saturday. Greg Godwin in the G and B Motorsports Nitrous assisted 63 Vette is always a contender when he is at the track. After getting some needed repairs to his Mustang, Steve Bray and crew will make there return to the track Saturday. Making the trip up from the “House of Hook” will be Jeff Miles in the Dobb’s Racing Corvette. Jeff Miller in his Turbo Charged Doorslammer will also be there. Look for Pro Stock Racer John Montecalvo in his new ride. Look for Donnie Holdren and many others at the House of Speed ay.

     

    The gates open at 9:00 with the first round of the Quick 8 Outlaws qualifying at 3:00, the second round will be at 4:30 and the final round will be at 6:00. The first round of eliminations will be at 7:00. General admission is $20.00 with Children 12 and under free.

     

    For more information on the Quick 8 Outlaws visit www.q8outlaws.com. For more information on the Famed Darlington Dragway visit www.Darlingtondragway.com.

     


  • Ric Fleck scores first Quick Outlaws Victory

    Story and photo by Buddy Trivette
    After five years and numerous runner-ups Ric Fleck and
    his Flex Racing Team finally get their first Quick 8 Outlaws trophy. Not only did
    they get the win but they also posted their career best time with a 3.949 in the
    first round of eliminations.

    “I just want to say how impressed I am with the crew,” said Ric Fleck. “We struggled
    through the first two rounds of qualifying and that didn’t faze us at all. We knew
    that the car would do it. We went a to b in the third round and ended up number two
    qualifier. Devon, Mike and Charlie did a heck of a job today. They’ve all done a
    heck of a job for years and today we finally got the win. It wasn’t the best way to
    get a win but we finally won one of these.”

    After the third and final round of qualifying Danny Blankenship in ‘40 Ford sat atop
    the sheet and picked up the Tommy Mauney Race Cars number one qualifier award. “The
    TM Race Cars ‘40 Ford ran good tonight. We tried a few new things today and they
    didn’t work too well through the first two rounds of qualifying. We changed a couple
    of things and backed it down and ran the 3.90 in the final round. All my guys worked
    hard all day and I really appreciate it. The car makes a ton of power and still has
    a lot more potential. The blower that we have now is very strong but we have a new
    one coming from Chuck Ford that is going to be a fair amount better. I also want to
    thank Darlington Dragway, Kip Kauffman and Buddy Trivette for giving us a place to
    race. Also, congratulation to Ric Fleck on the win and congratulations to Kip
    Kauffman and Robbie Matthews on their 3.84. They are going to be a tough team this
    year. ” said Blankenship.

    The eventual winner Ric Fleck came out the # 2 spot with a 3.953 at 184.69. Steve
    Bray after setting his new personal best and running his first three second pass was
    # 3 with a3.978 at 183.78. Dennis Jordan was 4th with a 4.020 at 163.30. Kerry
    “Possum” Crosby sat 5th with a4.416 at 136.05. Carol Long was 6th with a 4.619 at
    113.15. Tylor Miller was 7th with a 4.841 at 105.37. Rounding out the eight car
    field was Robbie Matthews with a 5.390 at 91.14.

    When the announcer called the field for the first round of eliminations, the first
    pair up was Dennis Jordan and Kerry Crosby. The tree activated and it was Kerry
    getting to the stripe first with a 4.237 at 159.59 to Dennis’ 4.315 at 132.84. Not
    all was well with the Jordan camp. After the first round it was discovered that the
    crank shaft in their Hemi was broke in five places. Next up was supposed to be Steve
    Bray and Carol Long. Steve couldn’t make the call after they found a hurt piston in
    their engine so Troy Jordan got the call and was put in as first alternate. Troy was
    able to get the win Carol and advance to the next round.

    The next to last pair up was Ric Fleck and Tylor Miller. Tylor had the advantage off
    the line but the car drifted on him. He tried to pedal it but Ric was able to drive
    around him with his personal best time with a 3.949 at 184.46 to Tylor’s 4.378 at
    130.02. The final pair up was the # 1 qualifier Danny Blankenship and the # 8 man
    Robbie Matthews. On paper this race wasn’t going to be close. The Kauffman
    Motorsports team had failed to make a full pass in thirteen tries. When the tree
    went from amber to green Robbie got the advantage and didn’t look back. Danny’s Ford
    lost traction while the black ‘57 that Robbie was piloting streaked to stripe first
    with a new personal best and low e.t. of the event. The boards lit up with a 3.848
    at 194.42 which is a new Darlington Dragway Roots Blower Record. Danny coasted
    through the lights with a 4.323 at 126.93.

    “When the car left the line and I heard the sound of the engine I said to myself
    ‘Man, this thing is on a pass!’. We have struggled since we got his new set-up but
    our guys have continued to work hard and that pass shows.” said a very excited
    Robbie Matthews

    The first pair up for the semi finals was Robbie Matthews and Kerry Crosby. Both
    drivers fought traction issues with Robbie recovering first and punching his ticket
    to the final round. Now it was time to see who would face Robbie. Troy Jordan had
    the tough task of facing Ric Fleck. Troy and the Blade Runner Team had been trying a
    new combo and they had been fighting it all day. Their troubles continued while Ric
    won the race in th other lane.
    With the final round set it looked to be a very good race, but it just wasn’t meant
    to be. While the two Doorslammers sat in the staging lanes, Ric fired his Corvette
    up and did his burnout. Mean while Robbie and the crew couldn’t get the ‘57 running
    do to a faulty starter. Ric went ahead and staged and got the win.

    “We have been here at Darlington for three weekends in a row.” exclaimed Kip
    Kauffman. “We made thirteen passes and it would sixty foot and on the fourteenth
    pass everything came together. We made our best pass ever a 3.84 and our best mph
    ever with the 194 and the car did perfect. Tommy Mauney was here and helped us with
    the chassis. Robbie did a heck of a job as did everyone on the crew. I want to thank
    Cameron for Torque Converter Services for the Powerglide. Also, the Quick 8 Outlaws
    are still alive!”

    The driver of the Kauffman Motorsports ‘57 Chevy Robbie Matthews added, “We barley
    got in the field in the #8 spot. On the fourteenth pass we finally got the car to
    work. Everything aligned and when it went down the track, it went. We’re still only
    turning the blower 26 percent. When we get it all figured out it’s, going to be very
    fast. Everybody is going to know it’s bad but right now it’s kicking my butt. We get
    the consistency it’s going to be tough. We ain’t got it all figured out yet but we
    will. We’re going to keep working and get it done. We do all our tuning, and we
    don’t get any help. We’ll figure it out on our own. We just want too win. Every time
    I pull to the starting line I just want to turn my light on. We couldn’t do this
    without our crew. Everybody plays an important role. Everybody has a job to do and
    they have to do it right and they do.”

    “We’ve always been known to try different stuff,” added Ric Fleck. “We’re trying a
    new blower set up and it’s starting to pay off. The car has a lot power. I also want
    to thank Danny Blankenship for helping us over the winter getting this new combo
    ready. Also, thanks to Darrell Makins from Under Pressure Performance for all his
    help.

    Thanks to Cameron from Torque Converter Services for this new Converter. It’s
    working great.”
    For more information on the Quick 8 Outlaws please visit www.q8outlaws.com. For more
    information on the “House of Speed,” Darlington Dragway please visit
    www.darlingtondragway.com.


  • The All New Quick 8 Outlaws season kicks off this Saturday at Darlington Dragway

    Story by Buddy Trivette Photo Courtesy Todd Krzysiak

    The Quick 8 Outlaws 2012 season officially kicks off this Saturday at the “The House of Speed”, Darlington Dragway. The new owner’s Russell Miller and Ronnie Siders have welcomed the Outlaws back and are charging only a $100.00 entry fee for car, driver and crew. If you want to see fast side by side Pro Modified Drag Racing, Darlington will be the place to be this Saturday.

     

    With several teams making lots changes, including bigger Blowers, bigger engines with more Nitrous and the Turbo cars making even more power the Quick 8 Outlaws, look forward to great race. Also, with the transmission rule being opened up this year, this race promises to be very exciting. Keep in mind that the Quick 8 Outlaws have no weight rule in effect. You can also run the 18-71 Blower with no restrictions.

     

    The list of racers that have shown interest in the Darlington event has grown more and more every day. The list thus far includes, back to back Quick 8 Outlaws Champions Kauffman Motorsports and Robbie Matthews. The duo have been testing a new combo and are really excited about their progress. The world’s fastest Roots Blower equipped Doorslammer Danny Blankenship in his ‘40 Ford will also be there. Word from the Blankenship camp is not only will the Ford be there but so will is his ‘41 Willys. Ric Fleck with his Flex Racing Corvette has a new combo also. That car has already shown a lot of potential and will be a force to be reckoned with. legendary chassis builder and wheel man Tommy Mauney will be there. Tommy was gracious enough to sponsor the number one qualifier award at the Darlington events. Tyler Miller in his PEE DEE Fleet truck and Trailer sponsored Camaro will also be there.

     

    You can also look for the Father and Son duo of Tom and William Joseph in their Nitrous injected Camaro. The Living Legend Sonny Tindal will be there. Also, supporting the Nitrous Brigade will be Greg Godwin. Team Blade Runner with driver Troy Jordan will be there and we have also heard that the team will have their Green Corvette there too. The Blown Pirate Ship ‘41 Willys of Kevin Mayer will make an appearance. Don Brown’s Executioner Corvette with driver Dennis Jordan will also be there. Carol Long after putting up very strong numbers in testing will look to continue her success. We’re also expecting the World’s Fastest Possum, Kerry Crosby. The Gas Man Don Benton in his newly Camaro will be there. This is just the start of the list for the Pro Modified field for Saturday. There will be several more drivers announced later this week.

     

    The gates open at 11:00 with the first three rounds of qualifying will be at 2:00. The first round of eliminations will start at 6:00. Get there early to ensure a good spot. The forecast for this weekend at Darlington is very promising. The air will be good and as everyone knows that translates into very good times on the boards.

     

    For more information, rules, purse and general information on the Quick 8 Outlaws please visit www.q8outlaws.com. For more information on the Darlington Dragway Please visit www.darlingtondragway.com.