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Whew, for many of us, including yours truly, the last three days of attending Dave Hance's SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN event proved to be the most intense blast of "REAL" and 100% "AUTHENTIC" drag racing we've experienced in quite some time. And better yet, it was an experience that certainly renewed one's faith in the power of "independent" drag racing... Dave Hance, the E-Town staff, the racers who came from everywhere, the fans who came from everywhere, the sponsors who generously supported the event, the media who so enthusiastically covered it, heck, everyone involved with SHAKEDOWN shined bright and helped to make it such an overwhelming success. I loved reconnecting with so many friends and members of our drag racing family. Doing on-camera interviews with racers all weekend long was lots of fun for me, sure, I'm not going to deny it was a lot of hard work too, but I genuinely enjoyed it... Big Thanks to EVERYBODY!!... Here's your SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN 2011 Class Winners: Blown Pro Mod- Jose Gonzalez, Nitrous Pro Mod- Mike Castellana (Mike was also the Grand Marshal of the event!), Outlaw 10.5- Larry Word, Drag Radial- Steve Jackson, Heavy Street- Sam Gottier, Outlaw 8.50- Alfonse Magliocco Jr., X275- Rich Bruder, Pro Street Bike- Bud Yoder, Extreme Import- Jorge Lazano... I also want to comment on the great job that announcers Al Tucci, Walter Frey, Lewis Bloom, and Brian Moody did on the microphone. Raceway Park's Napp family definitely deserve recognition for doing their part to keep the event rolling along smoothly. And last, but certainly not least, thanks to "Mother Nature" for giving us the clearest blue skies and optimum October racing conditions... Independent drag racing is alive and well among the hardcore outlaw doorslamer scene-- SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN 2011 was the undeniable and Indisputable proof of that!!... This, my dear friends, is what Drag Racing is SUPPOSED To Be!!...

I haven't enjoyed a three day drag racing event like SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN in a long time. Yesterday, Saturday, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, located in scenic and surreal Englishtown, New Jersey, was alive and kicking with the best darn non-stop doorslammin' show you could possibly ever imagine (although we experienced a slight break in the action when there was actually an on-track wedding that took place on the Raceway Park starting line!!)-- How romantic!!-- Gettin' hitched on the high-performance sacred ground of America's grooviest drag strip!!-- You can't beat that!!... All the classes were storming the historic E-Town racing surface with no-holds-barred aggressive acceleration-- Pro Mods, Outlaw 10.5, Heavy Street, yeah, ALL the categories were robustly rocking the foundation and assaulting the clocks. The grandstands were packed with thousands of enthusiastic fans!! I was keeping pretty darn busy in the pits yesterday doing on-camera racer interviews. You can read updated results & ladders over at the COMPETITION PLUS web site. I strongly recommend that all of you folks reading this early enough today (Sunday), to cheerfully assemble your loving family in the car, and merrily drive them out to Raceway Park for a gorgeous day of top-shelf heads-up drag racing. We've got nothing but clear blue skies and comfortable conditions predicted for today's racing!!-- And y'all know that RP is a "world class" motorsport facility with the best of everything-- Good food, clean rest rooms, friendly staff, and ample free parking-- It's the perfect place to spend a pleasurable October day with family and friends... Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the final rounds of "AMERICA'S GREATEST INDEPENDENT DRAG RACE"!!-- This is the ONLY drag race in history that I've officially rated with an unprecedented "5 DOC STARS", that's right, my dear friends, it's my highest possible published rating EVER for a drag racing event!! Don't ya miss this final day of SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN 2011-- I want to see YOU and YOUR FAMILY today at RAAACEWAY PARK!!... BE THERE!!...

Yesterday afternoon I took a ride through Englishtown en route to the start of the big SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN event. First stop was the "RACE ZONE" Bar & Grill located on Englishtown Road, just about a mile or so from the track (the bar formerly known as "Vitalie's", and more formerly known way back in the day as "Cantorie's"). Yes, my friends, this is the same bar where a couple of NASCAR knuckleheads were bothering me just a few weeks ago, insisting to me as they were watching ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars", that dance competitor Chaz Bono is actually NHRA pro stock superstar Larry Morgan. Those same two fools were at the bar yesterday, continuing to playfully tease yours truly about the resemblance in appearance between Chaz Bono and Larry Morgan, I must admit they were gettin' on my nerves... Anyways, after eating my pizza, downing a refreshing beverage, AND putting up with those two feeble NASCAR fools, I barely managed to avoid a mental "BREAKDOWN" as a result of those buffoons, and I was soon on my merry way to SHAKEDOWN!! Within a matter of minutes, I arrived at drag racing paradise, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park!! The pits were already packed with dastardly doorslammer teams from all over the nation!! The amount of race cars and people in the pits preparing for the 9th running of SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN was already phat yesterday afternoon. I went up to the media booth inside the Raceway Park timing tower to get settled in, that's where I was immediately graciously greeted by SHAKEDOWN creator and promoter extraordinaire DAVE HANCE-- It was great to see Dave. He appeared in good spirits, and he took the time to thank yours truly and DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND for loyally helping in promoting his event so heavily online (here on the blog), and also for covering the race too-- It was real nice of Dave to say all the nice things he said-- And I congratulated Dave on his steadfast efforts to make SHAKEDOWN the best darn independent drag race on the planet... Wow, so many cars already at the track. Last night's running of the Outlaw 8.50 class was incredible, I believe there were like 52 cars entered just for that one class!!-- And the running of SHAKEDOWN'S newest class, Pro Street Bike, saw one of the riders score a cool grand ($1000.00) for being the first of the E-Town field to score a 6 second pass on the big board-- Holy Cow! "Street Bikes" going 6 sec at over 200mph, WOW!!... There's still plenty of SHAKEDOWN for you to experience this weekend, today (Sat), and of course tomorrow (Sun), come see the Pro Mods and the really fast cars-- Check my blog from yesterday for all the scheduling information... Like I say, with the catch phrase that's really caught on with so many SHAKEDOWN racers and fans, "DON'T CHA HAVE A BREAKDOWN, C'MON DOWN TO SHAKEDOWN!!"... See YOU there!!...

For today's blog installment, I figure I'll provide you all with this weekend's ultra-intense SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN scheduling... FRIDAY- Oct 7th- 10am Gates Open, 10am - 10pm Competitor Parking & Tech Inspection, 5:30pm Session #1, Qualifier #1, Outlaw 8.50, World's Fastest Street Bike Challenge, X-275 Radial, 7:30pm Session #2, 10:pm Secure Track... SATURDAY Oct 8th- 10:00am Session #1, Qualifier #3, Outlaw 8.50, X-275 Radial, Qualifier #1- Outlaw Drag Radial, Heavy Street, Outlaw 10.5, Nitrous Pro Mod, Blown Pro Mod, 1:00pm Session #2, Qualifier #3 World's Fastest Street Bike Challenge, Qualifier #2- Outlaw Drag Radial, Heavy Street, Outlaw 10.5, Nitrous Pro Mod, Blown Pro Mod, 5:00pm- Session #3, Qualifier #4, Outlaw 8.50, World's Fastest Street Bike Challenge, X-275 Radial, Qualifier #3- Outlaw Drag Radial, Heavy Street, Outlaw 10.5, Nitrous Pro Mod, Blown Pro Mod... SUNDAY Oct 9th- 9:30am Round #1 (32 Car Fields Only) Outlaw 8.50, X-275 Radial, 10:30am Driver and #1 Qualifiers Intros & Awards, 11:00am Round #1 16 Car Fields, Blown Pro Mod, Nitrous Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5, Drag Radial, Heavy Street, X-275 Radial, Outlaw 8.50, World's Fastest Street Bike Challenge, 2:30pm- Round #2 8 Car Fields, Blown Pro Mod, Nitrous Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5, Drag Radial, Heavy Street, X-275 Radial, Outlaw 8.50, World's Fastest Street Bike Challenge, 4:30pm- Round #3 4 Car Fields, Blown Pro Mod, Nitrous Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5, Drag Radial, Heavy Street, X-275 Radial, Outlaw 8.50, World's Fastest Street Bike Challenge, 6:00pm- Round #4 FINAL ROUND- Outlaw 8.50, World's Fastest Street Bike Challenge, X-275 Radial, Heavy Street, Drag Radial, Outlaw 10.5, Nitrous Pro Mod, Blown Pro Mod, 7:00pm WINNERS CIRCLE... Whew!!-- THAT'S a whole lotta heads-up outlaw doorslammer drag racing, baby!!... In closing, I just politely request that all you fine racers this weekend be sure to pull off to the side of your lane if you sense your car is breaking or leaking fluids, this way, hopefully the number of clean-ups can be kept to a minimum, since there's soooo much racing to be done in the allotted amount of time, every second counts, please keep this in mind... Thanks...

Well, it's almost here. The 9th Annual New York Motorsports SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN is scheduled for THIS WEEKEND October 7-8-9. At this point in time I am very happy to report that all the professional weather predictors and meteorologists from the local and national television networks are calling for a superb forecast for the entire weekend!!-- We're going to experience the optimum weather conditions this weekend, no rain, temps in the 70s and low 80s, meaning of course, that once again, the SHAKEDOWN competitors will be hooking up hard and going drastically fast, the ET & MPH record books are most likely going to receive a severe beating and get completely shattered at this year's edition of the race!! I'm so darn happy that it appears "Mother Nature" is going to bless this special event with her best possible weather-- So now you have no excuse to not make plans to be at Raceway Park for this heads-up doorslammin' spectacular-- All the big names are scheduled to appear, the fiercest fields in Outlaw Doorslammer racing will be packing the pits and assaulting the strip-- AND the weather's gonna be great!!-- It's all a win/win situation for everybody!!... As I promised y'all yesterday, here's a list of all the classes set to compete: Pro Modified Blown, Pro Modified Nitrous, Mountain Motor Pro Stock, Outlaw 1/8 Mile Challenge, Outlaw 10.5, Drag Radial, Heavy Street, Outlaw Street, Outlaw 8.50, and Pro Street Bike... I gotta tell ya, I've been soooo darn busy lately doing the BIG STICK music stuff, that I'm really looking forward to these next few days, to step away from the recording studio for a little bit, and get into the outrageous outlaw drag racing we're gonna be seeing this weekend at Raceway Park. I'm absolutely psyched!!... BE THERE!!...

As you most likely are already aware, especially those of you who read my blog with regularity, this weekend October 7-8-9 is SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN-- This particular event presented by Dave Hance and New York Motorsports is without question THE OUTLAW DOORSLAMMER RACE OF THE YEAR!!... ALL the big names will be towing to Englishtown NJ, to try their hand at winning big money and earning the humongous bragging rights that comes with a SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN victory. Longtime east coast based Pro Mod hero Mike Castellana with his renowned nitrous crew chief Shannon Jenkins will be in the house taking names and ruffling the competition's feathers. Leah "Pro Mod" Pruett LeDuc is scheduled to appear and strike fear. And of course Outlaw 10.5 world record holder Tim Lynch will be assaulting the E-Town strip with the help of his trusty turbo expert & genius crew chief Steve Petty-- They're the "dynamic duo" known for "making history" at this event. Tomorrow I'll be discussing the different classes that will be competing at SHAKEDOWN. Plan NOW to be at E-Town for this grand gala doorslammer spectacular!!... Switching gears... It's become common knowledge among the drag racing media & community that I usually don't promote many non Raceway Park events on the blog, however, I was asked by the nice folks who put together the yearly OLD BRIDGE STADIUM SPEEDWAY WEEKEND to give a plug on my blog. They're having their annual reunion this weekend Oct 8 & 9, at the Thomas Warne Museum located at 4216 Rte. 516 in Matawan, NJ. (it's held at a historic little schoolhouse/museum that's worth seeing in itself!). Yes, my friends, there was once more than one race track in Old Bridge NJ, there was once the now defunct Old Bridge Speedway, a roundy round track that used its straightaway as a drag strip. I've been to this event in the past, and I enjoyed myself. There's groovy old race cars on display, they have lots of literature, racing artifacts, folks telling stories, and they even show old movies from the track. I figure most geezers who'd be interested in this nifty nostalgic gathering probably wouldn't be planning to attend SHAKEDOWN, so I'd get the word out about it... Wow, there's the proverbial "something for everyone" this weekend in the scenic Old Bridge area of New Jersey...

Yep, that's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it. I do believe that this upcoming weekend's (Oct 7-9) SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is indeed "the most important independent drag race bar none". I've been to lots of drag races over the years, still, nothing quite compares to the brand of unbridled enthusiasm that both the racers and fans exude at this outrageous Outlaw Doorslammer event. Everyone involved is more "psyched" than any other type of drag race that I've experienced in recent memory. Promoter extraordinaire Dave Hance had a vision for this kind of grand event, and he's managed to turn his vision into reality. And speaking of "reality", let's get down to the reality of drag racing, let's cut through the bull poop and get down to facts, in this business of drag racing, it is most unfortunate that we see so-called "promoters" who are nothing more than bona-fide blowhards, completely out of touch with what racers and fans are REALLY looking for in an event. All too often, racing promoters are more concerned with their own sense of ghastly grandiose, and they ultimately wind up treating the racers and fans like second class citizens-- THANKFULLY that is NOT the case with SHAKEDOWN creator and promoter Dave Hance. Ya see, Dave Hance is a longtime racer, a true fan, AND a promoter, Dave's got the right combination of people skills, ambition, talent, and genuine gusto for the job-- He's not a blowhard, quite the opposite, Dave is a hard working man who does everything humanly possible to produce a world-class event that makes people happy-- And THAT'S what it's REALLY all about in this business of drag racing-- THAT'S what you need to make an event soar to the kind of incredible popularity that SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN has achieved. I believe it's also worth mentioning Raceway Park's Michelle Marchese, she plays an instrumental role in working with Dave to make this race happen... Actually, I've come to the realization that the entire Raceway Park staff give this event their best effort-- Everyone works together to make SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN a success... For tomorrow's blog, I'm going to sink my teeth into the different classes and the kind of cars you're gonna see at this weekend's SHAKEDOWN... Stay tuned!!... And remember, if for some ridiculous reason you still haven't made plans to "BE THERE", you best get busy and get to it right now, 'cause this is the one drag race you do NOT want to miss!!....

It's finally October, that's right, and THIS weekend, Oct 7th thru 9th, Dave Hance and New York Motorsports presents the 9th Annual SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN at Raceway Park!! That means I do NOT want to discuss Chaz Bono and all the terribly tiresome "Dancing With The Stars" drama that's currently dominating ALL of the mainstream media, if you're looking for that kind of drivel, there's plenty of other places for you to go, 'cause you sure as heck ain't gettin' it here this week... This week I'm talkin' SHAKEDOWN-- Ya got that?!?-- This coming weekend is what I honestly believe to be the most important "REAL" independent drag race of the year, this is the race that trumps all others because this is the one where there's no room for whiners, complainers, geriatric keyboard half-wit wasted has-beens, and the usual brand of lame brained losers that accompany some of the "other" drag racing scenes these days-- No sir-ee Bob!!-- SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN is ALL HARDCORE-- It's the absolute, undeniable "REAL McCOY" of our sacred straightline sport!!... All this week I'm going to be discussing the cars, the classes, the fans, and the world-class facility that hosting track Old Bridge Township Raceway Park truly is, and how when you mix all the incredible elements that make SHAKEDOWN come together, you indeed have the most important independent drag race on the entire planet. When it comes to dastardly outlaw doorslammer racing, there is no equal to SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN. I will be there with bells on. This is the one race that I wouldn't miss for anything in the world. It happens THIS WEEKEND OCTOBER 7-8-9 at RAAACEWAY PARK in scenic Englishtown, New Jersey. If for some reason you haven't made your plans to attend yet, get busy, you do not want to miss this event-- SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN is officially rated as receiving no less than "5 DOC STARS", that's right, my dear friends, it's my highest possible published rating EVER for a drag racing event!!-- BE THERE!!...

Those of you who read yesterday's blog know just how much I was anxiously anticipating attending last night's "grand re-opening party" for my girlfriend, Stacy's, brand spanking new "INCOGNEETO" vintage clothing & jewelry store. Stacy moved her store to a much bigger and far better location, the store is now located at 30 Division Street, in the bustling shopping district of swanky Somerville, NJ. The party surpassed even my enthused expectations, and proved to be a spectacular shindig, complete with lots of groovy guests, including some true Garden State celebs, and delectable food, drink & music. Stacy hired a three piece band that was kind of a cross between old school blues/rock and early 60's semi-greaser/rumbler fare, does that make any sense to you?-- Well, they were absolutely perfect for the occasion. I could hardly believe the incredible amount of top-shelf vintage inventory that Stacy stocked her new store with. I found one of those "Coke is the Real Thing" circa 1970s floppy girl's hats, what I would consider to be a prime example of "Jungle Pam-ish" era appearing '70s headwear for sure-- Stacy gave it to me, so you'll probably see me wearing the hat at next season's E-Town Nostalgia SummerNationals/Funny Car Reunion!!-- It's soooo appropriate for nostalgia drag racing!!... Ya know, I used to own the matching "Coca Cola" bell bottom pants, but I lost them when we (BIG STICK) toured with the THRILL KILL KULT and Traci Lords, so, I'm happy to at least have this way-groovy hat. I sure enjoyed driving my trick T-Bird Roadster to and from the fiercely fashionable event, it was nice to "open it up" a bit on Rt. 287 and lay a little rubber down... Yeah, baby!!...

Y'all know that often I bring it to my readers attention when one of our local boys kicks up a storm on the grueling NHRA tour. Well, here I go... Local hero Eddie Krawiec made good during yesterday's qualifying for the Auto Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Eddie became the number one qualifier in Pro Stock Bike, and set the Reading, PA, track's E.T. and MPH records with a blazing 6.826/197.97mph charge. Krawiec piloted his Vance & Hines Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle to the best performance of the tough two-wheeled field. Many of you know of Eddie Krawiec as the occasional track manager here at his home strip, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (E-Town). All of us from 'round this neck of the woods are proud of Eddie's amazing accomplishments in the NHRA Championship Drag Racing arena. It's obvious that Eddie and his Harley have the potential to be an extremely serious threat once the racing starts. We all wish Eddie and his trusty team the very best for the remainder of the Maple Grove event... Switching gears... I want to express how excited I am about tonight's grand re-opening party for my girlfriend, Stacy's, "INCOGNEETO" vintage clothing & jewelry store. Stacy has moved her store to a bigger and better location at 30 Division Street in swanky Somerville, NJ. There's going to be a three piece band performing in the new store tonight, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, catering by Verve (the undisputed best caterers in all of New Jersey) and much more-- I'm definitely looking forward to this evening's affair and helping Stacy celebrate the grand re-opening of her store-- Stacy stocks her establishment with the finest and most interesting vintage apparel imaginable. She really does sell the grooviest, fiercely fashionable stuff, bar none. I'll be racing over there tonight in my '03 Shadow Mountain Grey Thunderbird ready to celebrate and party it up!!...