FINAL BATTLE OF 2018 -- CECIL COUNTY DRAGWAY -- RACE #5
This year the 2018 Last Warrior Standing came down to the last run at the last race.
We came to battle at Cecil for the 1st time and once again Mother Nature wreaked havoc on us. Friday night rains gave us a late start to the race. When water gets under the rubber, you have to scrape and burn it away until it is right. The crew at Cecil County - Dave O'Donnell, Anthony Frassetto, and Chad Porter worked tirelessly to provide us with a safe, fast track.
Mike Gerber was our #1 Qualifier with a run of 4.48. Mike received 9 qualifying points to add to his already leader points total of 217. Bill Cole was 2nd with 214.
As this crazy race season was coming to an end, we could not have scripted it any better. Mike Gerber and Bill Cole are paired against each other and are the last pair of the 1st round on Saturday. This run will decide the championship for 2018!!
To make things more suspenseful, one of the cars in front of them has a wreck and hits the jersey wall and moves it out of alignment. Now the Cecil employees have to clean up the track and put the jersey wall back into place. Meanwhile, the temperature is dropping and the dew is about the settle in. Finally, the race everyone has been waiting for all year is about to begin. The light turns green and Bill Cole and his LX Procharged 2002 TransAm runs a career best 4.38 for the win and is the 2018 Last Warrior Standing!!!
Congratulations to Team BTM for all of their hard work -- it paid off. Oh, did I tell you Bill was in Michigan earlier in the week to have his engine worked on because he hurt it at our last race at MDIR?? They did not have the car running until Friday afternoon.
Bill's team had a tough race season last year and at the 2017 Awards Banquet he took the microphone and said (and I quote) "My goal for 2018 is to win at least 1 round". Well, the cold temperature and dew ended our race day after only one round. Rounding out the Top 10 are Mike Gerber, Nicky Notch, Bobby DeMilt, Joann Feliciano, Ralph Hardesty, Scott Vants, James Houston, Tony Oliveira, and James Smith.
The Warriors had 37 racers battle with us this year, the most in our 8 year history of the team. We welcomed 10 new Warriors this season.
We want to thank everyone and hope to see you at the 2018 Awards Banquet. Payment details will be forthcoming but it will be the same as last year using PayPal.
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 11:00pm
Place: La Fontaine Bleue, 7514 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
We want to thank Royce Miller at MDIR, Jim Bradshaw at Capitol Raceway, Jim Halsey at Cecil County Dragway, and Monty Mikho of Yellowbullet for your great hospitality during our 2018 season.
And a special THANKS to all of our sponsors -- words cannot express our gratitude for your generosity and support!
In closing, I want to thank my wife and partner Diana Mack, my daughter Kristen, and son Jason for your support this season!! And to Steve (Edge of Speed) Reese -- your support is tremendous and we can't thank you enough!!
See 'ya at the Awards Banquet.....