Mike Conway Win Pro 8 Shootout Race 2
by Edgar Perez
08/09/08 - Englishtown, NJ - The second American Racing Headers Pro 8 Shootout presented by Carroll's Rod and Racecraft of the season was not short of surprises. The return of Paul Major. The return of Paul Ziajski. And a new true 8.50 player, Mike Conway emerges the winner. Wow! All that is missing is the return of Angelo Valla!!!! Where are you Angelo?
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Five Corvettes made it out to attempt qualifying in a class that takes 8 Corvettes as long as you can legally qualify under with a minimum 9.99. Long time Pro 8 racer, Paul Major, has endeavored into a new field of heads up racing, Drag Radial classes with frequent assaults at the 7.50 quarter mile mark approaching 200 mph! Today he had a break from that schedule and returned to do some testing with the Pro 8. Assault on 7.50? His first pass of the day he smashed it with a 7,491 @ 189.79 mph. You can see that video on www.corvettemajor.com. Major has been struggling with traction of late but made it all happen today in front of the Corvette racers that have seen him progress his 2001 Corvette from stock to one of most controversial Drag Radial cars in the country. The pass puts him at the bottom of the five car field as it was too quick for us. Just ahead of him is Bill Maloney in his Vette Doctors built turbocharged 1997 Coupe. He could not put the power to the ground and spun them bad then had a gear issue and ran 14.961 @ 57.00. Paul Ziajski returned at the controls of the Mike Conway C5. Maybe out of practice or slightly underpowered, he would sit in the third spot, not officially qualified with a 10.208 @ 135.97. Still it was great to see Paul Z. back at the track. Current champ and points leader, Mark Shaw brought his 1970 Monza Red Corvette with black hood into the second position with an 8.917 @ 153.89. In the number 1 spot was the second Mike Conway team car, a 1986 Coupe with an 8.556 @ 155.36.
The second round of qualifying we only saw one driver improve his ET but it did not change his position or his inability to make the field. Maloney got a better pass in with a 10.584 @ 95.01 but it was not enough to get him in the field. Major withdrew from competition and Ziajski did not get into the 9's with the nitrous fed 346 so we were down to 2 cars and only a final to race.
|Runner up Mark Shaw
||From L to R,
||Winner Mike Conway
Round 1 and Final
Okay so this one would be a 1 round race but not short of excitement. Mike Conway (1) v. Mark Shaw (2). The cars line up. Shaw is accustomed to chasing an 8.5 car but that is usually the black C5 of Bill Maloney's. Now he is up against another 8.5 car, this one the C4 owned by Conway. Shaw gets ahead of the C4 with a.162 reaction time and Conway follows with a .304 on the .400 pro tree. Conway captured the lead and took the win. The win was not easy however as he slowed from his qualifying time to an 8.707 @ 151.94. Shaw had more mph but not enough ET to get away with the a hole-shot win. It was very close. Shaw 8.898 @ 156.26 mph. Conway took the win by a margin of .039-second. Shaw and Conway are great competitors and Shaw was elated to see his 1970 Corvette dip into the 8.8 range for the first time ever. Shaw continues to squeeze hundredths out of the combination pushing it to the limits.
Awards and Payouts Today
- Winner Mike Conway earned a payout of $100 cash and a trophy
- Runner-up Mark Shaw earned a payout of $50 cash and a trophy
- Number 1 Qualifier Mike Conway received a plaque for his 8.556 qualifying run
- Mike Conway received the Best Reaction Time plaque for the best winning reaction time in the first round at .304
2008 Points Standings
Shaw's runner-up keeps him in first place in the points standings for 2008 while defending his 2007 Championship. Shaw holds a 114 to 94 point lead over Michael Conway. Bill Maloney's failure to make the field sets him back some and holds the third position with 68 points. Edward Monari, who did not make today's race is rounds out the standings in fourth with 35 points. There are three races left including one to be a conclusion of a race postponed by rain with one round of qualifying in the books.
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The next American Racing Headers Pro 8 Shootout presented by Carroll's Rod and Racecraft will be Saturday September 20, 2008. It is the second points race for the fastest class our series has to offer so you will not want to miss it. Gates open 9:30 am.
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