LARRY MILLER SUBARU OPEN TEST & UNLIMITED GRUDGE DAY OF RACING
As most would agree, the Open Test & Grudge Day
presented by Larry Miller Subaru featured remarkably beautiful weather
from the moment the gates opened until it all ended late in the
afternoon. Under sun-filled skies, temperatures climbed into the
mid-70’s as a hefty turnout of racers participated in the one-day test
Several new racers made their season debut at the May 12th event. Many
others just wanted to take multiple shots at the Christmas tree and get
more comfortable with their eighth and quarter-mile numbers. Most all in
attendance recorded between 7 and 10 practice runs throughout the
morning and afternoon (if they chose to say for the full meal deal).
Attending his first event of the season, Magic Valley racer Jim Climer
(joined by his wife Shellie) was ultra-consistent with his very swift
Pontiac Firebird. As most observed his car ran between 9.44 and 9.47 on
what seemed like five or six, maybe more, consecutive runs – it was
impressive to say the least. Steve Roberts brought out his wicked fast
John Hite-owned `63 Chevy II Pro Street ride, punching out a run into
the mid-8’s early in the day (career quickest!), making it look
effortless as the team gets ready for the Oldies Drags, Fox Hunt and
Street Machine Shootout, all key dates in fast approaching month of
Two racers were out making (and completing) NHRA licensing runs. Roy
Barrera Sr. successfully put together six-solid runs (along with a best
of 8.22) with his patriotic drag bike with help from former Firebird
track champion Joe Collette. We want to wish our very best to Roy Jr.
who enlisted into the armed forces and is headed off shortly to boot
camp (after testing his own drag bike). Victor Clark also successfully
recorded six impressive runs (which included a couple laps into the
mid-8’s) with his all-new “Back in Black” Dragster with assistance from
both Brian Burger and John Shaffer. Should they choose to compete, both
racers should be good and ready for the upcoming Gold Cup races on the
final two Sunday’s of May.
A good collection of Bikes and Sleds were out making runs during the
day, too. It was fun watching both David Kletzien and Gerard Stanberry
run identical 9.40 elapsed times in the opening grouping of they day.
After fighting a few challenges in recent weeks, it was way cool seeing
the veteran Brian Batten zip back into the high 9’s with a past of 9.85
to serve notice to the rest of the class that he’ll be ready to jump
back into the Street Bike point’s chase coming up on Friday night, May
All four Juniors that were testing made quite a cross-section of laps.
Paige Harris, August Basile Jr., Tristin Coulter, and Casey Compton were
able to experiment with a wide range of combinations to prepare for
their next Meadow Gold race coming up on Sunday, May 20th.
On the High School racing front, Blaine Sterling looked very sharp
running his `85 Mustang for the first time this season, belting out a
best into the 12-teen’s among a bevy of solid performances. Two other
race cars made their May debuts, too, as 20 year old Brittany Alley
(Jackie and Mick’s daughter) tested her very nice black `n yellow `68
Chevelle and James Jolley unveiled his positively red-hot `67 Nova
(pictured above), a full tube chassis ride that has all kinds of
potential and just the right stance.
A tip of the hat to the 44 year old Matthew Lindsay and his 383
Chevy-powered `72 Jaguar. With the help from an assortment of students
and volunteers who were on hand watching and cheering, he finally
garnered a pair of 110 mph stickers after several years of trying.
With help from Dennis Radford, Baker City competitor Wayne Ryder
continues to fine tune his 5-speed Lenco-equipped `55 Chevy (with a 620
inched motor). They loosened up the clutch a bunch and it responded with
at least one lap into the high 9’s.
Last but not least, thanks so much to Tyson and Triston Young’s father
(Mr. Young) who was kind enough to give us a frame enlargement (photo)
from the early 70’s of the Rowdy #3 `56 Chevy once driven/owned by the
late Lloyd Taylor and raced today by Scott Downard. He picked it up at
of all places from a yard sale from a lady who wasn’t sure who
originally took the historic photo. If you’d like to see this gem, just
stop by Race Control on the second floor of the tower and we’ll be glad
to share it with you. What’s unique is that is shows the starting line
in it’s original location (about 20 or so feet behind the current
location, move northward in the mid-70’s) and the track’s first
five-amber Newtronics Christmas tree. Thanks for your generosity!