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Joe Gonsowski:  9th Annual DSM / 3S Shootout
Buschur Racing, Norwalk, Ohio, July 19, 2001

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Highlights



First I'd like to Thank the Buschur family for allowing me access to the timing tower.  Without this access, I'd have very little to report.

For the first time in the history of the DSM shootout, we had more than a handful of 3S competitors show-up. We had roughly 40 cars make an appearance with about half of them racing. Expectations were perhaps too high as claims of 9 & 10 second cars filled the 3SI board for months. Many of the big guns that were supposed to run had either broken down, didn't finish the car on time, or simply didn't show.

In a nutshell, here are the results:



Rank Name Affiliation Best Run
#1 Matt Monet Dynamic Racing 11.50 @ 119 mph
#2 Jose Soriano GT Pro 11.82 @ 118 mph
#3 Trent Karr Independent 12.704 @ 107.72 mph



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Details



Arty, with his "1,000 hp" car, fell into the category "not done yet", as did I.  He did however trailer it in from NY for all to see.  Take a look at those monster ball bearing turbos!





ArtysVR4-1




ArtysVR4-2



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For the first time in recent history, Jack Tertadian didn't claim the fastest 3S title since his car was also relegated to a trailer.  After some decent low to mid 11 second runs a couple weeks ago on his fresh engine, he blew #1 piston much like last year.  While EGTs and O2s looked OK, he believes he was knocking like a banshee with timing too far advanced with his new ARC unit (which he seemed to like).  For the second time in two years, a lack of datalogging his 2nd gen has led to burnt pistons.  What a shame-- he was ready to run 10's at the shootout with the aid of a little NOS.  The JE piston on the cam cover is from last years bout with knock.





Jack's Broken VR4



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Trevor's 11 second ride was put out of commission a couple days before the shoot-out when a van unfortunately plowed into his front right corner.  It will be easily fixed, but not in time for the shoot-out.  And I'm not sure what happened to the several AAM "TD05" cars that were supposed to run.

We had 3S cars competing in several different classes including our very own 3S Quick 8, a 3S heads up class (for all those who didn't make it into the quick 8), and then several decided to bracket race with the DSM folks.

The Quick 8 (main attraction) ran on a pro tree (.400 light) and after three rounds of qualifying (three tries to get your best time) stacked up as follows - (Reaction time doesn't matter for qualifying, only 1/4 ET):



Owner & Vehicle
60 ft (seconds) 1/8 E.T. (seconds) 1/8 mile
(MPH)
1/4 E.T. (seconds) 1/4 mile
(MPH)
1)   Matt Monet,  '95 R/T TT 1.754 7.600 94.79 11.724 120.56
2)   Jose Soriano, '91 R/T TT 1.860 7.652 93.20 11.822 118.38
3)   Trent Karr, '93 R/T TT 1.798 8.131 84.62 12.704 107.72
4)  Matthew Duco, '92 R/T TT 2.483 8.591 88.83 12.766 119.75
5)   Jeff Wong, '96 VR-4 Spyder 1.812 8.349 83.50 13.023 105.07
6)   Brian Fontana, '91 R/T TT ? ? ? 13.346 107.58
7)   John Adams, '94 R/T TT 1.957 8.733 79.98 13.625 100.61
8)   Mark Winemiller, '93 R/T TT 2.395 9.255 80.82 13.970 106.41


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7 Stealths and 1 VR-4 (a heavy Spyder that could move).  Note that some of the quick 8 people listed above were only able to run one of the three qualifying sessions since they were stuck in other lanes for test & tune.  In fact some cars such as Jeff Williamsons' 12 second VR-4 couldn't make even one qualifying pass because he was stuck in the wrong lane.  While looking at these times, keep in mind that track temps were well into the 90's.  An interesting quick 8, with many of the 13 second cars later showing they could hit 12s.  And look at Matthew Duco's trap speed! If only he had a clutch that could net him a sub 2.0 second 60 ft.

They ran the quick 8 on a tree that matched the #1 qualifier vs #8, #2 vs #7, #3 vs #6, and #4 vs #5 (it pays to qualify high), with the following results:



Owner & Vehicle
R.T. (seconds) 60 ft (seconds) 1/8 E.T. (seconds) 1/8 mile
(MPH)
1/4 E.T. (seconds) 1/4 mile
(MPH)
1)   Matt Monet,  '95 R/T TT 1.061 1.689 7.399 96.03 11.500 119.72
8)   Mark Winemiller, '93 R/T TT 0.734 1.916 8.327 82.59 12.908 108.60
2)   Jose Soriano, '91 R/T TT 0.875 1.770 7.747 90.60 11.996 116.92
7)   John Adams, '94 R/T TT 1.205 2.002 8.788 79.77 13.684 100.27
3)   Trent Karr, '93 R/T TT 1.218 2.350 9.924 75.21 15.093 100.66
6)   Brian Fontana, '91 R/T TT DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR
4)   Matthew Duco, '92 R/T TT 0.892 2.350 8.519 89.12 13.081 103.11
5)   Jeff Wong, '96 VR-4 Spyder 0.933 2.117 8.937 81.04 13.689 103.73

DNR = Did Not Race, so opponent was given a buy (automatically advances).

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The #1, 2, 3, & 4 qualifiers all advanced to the semi-finals with the following results:



Owner & Vehicle
R.T. (seconds) 60 ft (seconds) 1/8 E.T. (seconds) 1/8 mile
(MPH)
1/4 E.T. (seconds) 1/4 mile
(MPH)
1)   Matt Monet,  '95 R/T TT 1.096 1.865 7.938 86.85 12.300 115.41
4)   Matthew Duco, '92 R/T TT 1.146 2.186 8.398 77.74 14.615 67.81
2)   Jose Soriano, '91 R/T TT 1.114 1.800 7.576 94.67 11.720 118.66
3)   Trent Karr, '93 R/T TT 1.534 2.233 8.762 83.23 13.386 106.46

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So it would be Matt Monet from Dynamic Racing (in his "slow" daily ride car) vs Jose Soriano in the final.  As many of you know, Jose is running GT Pro 368 turbos but was only running 17 psi due to tuning issues with his higher boost settings.  The final results:



Owner & Vehicle
R.T. (seconds) 60 ft (seconds) 1/8 E.T. (seconds) 1/8 mile
(MPH)
1/4 E.T. (seconds) 1/4 mile
(MPH)
1)   Matt Monet,  '95 R/T TT 0.802 1.691 7.420 95.11 11.571 117.65
2)   Jose Soriano, '91 R/T TT 1.618 2.186 8.262 83.17 12.922 105.92

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The winner of the 3S quick 8 would be Matt Monet.  Jose was caught off-guard at the line when the pro tree counted down before he was ready.  And there was no catching Matt after his 1.691 sec., 60 ft. time.  Matt deserved top honors with the best launches (several 1.6x), best ET, and best trap of the day.

While many may be disappointed with the times, remember that this represents a huge improvement in participation.  Congratulations to all that competed.  Next year, let's double the number of cars running and have the quick 8 filled by 11 second cars and faster!



---   Joe Gonsowski, '92 R/T TT




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