- Saturday 11 May, 2013
Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series race cut short by a cold wet track.
NORWALK, Ohio – Racers, thank you so much for hustling to the line so we could finish as much as possible! You’re awesome!
We ran to a handful of motorcycles from completing the Wiseco Cycle Tech Super Bike first round. So close! As a result, we rained out Super Bike, Lakewood Stock and Accel Sportsman delivered on time by TFC Transportation.
So keep your tech cards and wrist bands. The competitors in those three classes who turned in the track half of a tech card will be listed on the rain board for a car and driver entry at the next Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series race.
Mallory Super Pro and Mr. Gasket Pro finished one round. We split the purses. In these two classes, each person who won the first round receives a payout.
Wait a minute! We're claiming a bright spot in the day: Our youngsters finished their races!
In Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco, Nina Jacob, Sterling Heights, Mich., sifted to the top of a hard-charging Advanced class, claiming her second victory this season on a double red light gift from Kalob Smith, Elyria, Ohio.
Similarly a double-red-light contest tossed the win to Zac Gill, Grafton, Ohio over Kyle Beno, LaGrange, Ohio, because Kyle left early first in Bear Motorsports Intermediate Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco.
Then Justin Cramer, Parma, Ohio nosed out Zachary Etzel, Oberlin, Ohio in Bear Motorsports Novice Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco.
Staging lane talk during time trials turned up Gary Richmond, Atwater, Ohio on licensing runs for 9.90 classes and faster in a purple Ford Ranger borrowed from Bob Selzer, Akron, Ohio.
“I want to run in Super Street at Cavalcade,” Gary Richmond said. “I help someone who runs in Super Stock (Paul Adams). I’m going to run some of the races he goes to.”
Gary Richmond may be one of the most popular guys on the crew.
“I do the cooking,” Gary Richmond said. “I cook.”
Maybe next week the purple truck remains Richmond’s ride for the Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, part of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
But he plans to fix his 1971 Mercury Capri with a 393 cu. in. engine. Gary Richmond knows a thing or two about the venue.
“I’ve been racing for a long time,” Gary Richmond said. “Forever. I don’t know, 40 years. I’m old.”
Tom Coon and his wife, Michelle, found affectionate names for his 1955 Chevy Bel Air.
“It’s my high school sweetheart,” said Tom Coon, North Ridgeville, Ohio adding he’s owned the red and white Bel Air since 1973. “My wife calls it my metal mistress.”
Lined up in the Mr. Gasket Pro class, the Bel Air sports a Chevy 350 engine.
“I’ve been racing 25 years,” Tom Coon said. “Shawn Coon is my son. He races here a lot. He won a championship.”
One of the sweet winter projects that lined up for time trials was Matt Ball’s black 1991 S-10 pickup. Matt’s father, Mike Ball, who also races a red 1957 Chevy Bel Air, painted the pickup. Matt designed the artwork. They found someone else to paint the design and pin stripes, Mike Ball said.
A distinctive color, Porsche burgundy metallic, on Jessica Kerns’ Chevy II catches the eye and accents the lines.
“I’ve been racing since I was 10,” Jessica Kerns said. “I’m 24. I’ve been racing this car four seasons now.”
The fun among the Kerns family stable of three female drivers and five race cars is possible by the dedication of their father, Ron Kerns, who won the 2012 Rosseler Wrench of the Year award.
Jessica’s Chevy II includes a 421 small block Chevy engine, a Powerglide transmission, and a 9-inch Ford rear end. Mickey Thompson helps the Kerns family tremendously with racing, Jessica Kerns said.
For RACE RESULTS from the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series on May 11, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio click on: We cackled up some fun!