2009 PTN Pro Truck class champion Ben Dozeman kicked off the season with a win at Cleves to position him self atop the standings & solidified the fact that he is the man to beat in Pro Truck action. A strong field of 17 entries made the haul to
Round one saw some great racing action, including the upset of the event. In a pair of tough
Kicking off the semi-final round would be the Jeeps of Harney and Ellington on the starting line. Harney would leave first by .003, and run nearly dead-on with a 4.204 (4.20) to force Ellington into a 4.371 (4.40) break out. So, Harney would move on to race off with fellow Kentuckian Ryan
Pro Outlaw FE
The Pro Outlaw FE class continued to put on an excellent show at race 2 of the PTN series. Qualifying saw Josh Stephens lead the way in the Blown Income Altered with a 3.095/116.10 mph hit. He would be followed closely by Brian McWethy in “The Boss” Funny Jeep running 3.162/100.00mph. Rounding out the top half of the field would be Race 1 Runner-Up Kathy Ellington in the Black Widow Altered with a 3.381 and Race 1 Winner Brian Ambs, who struggled a bit in qualifying to a 3.518/94mph.
Round one started with Ellington facing off with #6 qualifier, Gary Vereeke in the Turbulence Blown Alcohol Ford F-150 Truck. Vereeke’s struggles with the
A David vs. Goliath match up kicked off round two with Josh Stephens in the PSI-screw blown Hemi Altered versus Kathy Ellington’s Nitrous-assisted SBC-powered Altered. Ellington took the starting line lead, however Stephens would step out to a lead until 60’ where the big Hemi would go silent and Kathy would run a great 3.339/95mph for the win. The other semi-final match up would be anti-climatic as the McWethy crew discovered a problem with the blower snout, putting them out of action for the weekend. Ambs would idle down the track on his single pass.
The final round would be a rematch of the Race 1 Pro Outlaw FE final round with Ambs & Ellington facing off. Ellington would jump out to a lead off the line; however her car would not shift allowing Ambs to drive around with another consistent 3.349/104.97mph winning pass. The Pro Outlaw FE class takes the race off at the next PTN race in
The 3.5 Index class returned to its typical Friday night headline position at Race 2 in
A great semi-final round kicked off with
The final round would see a couple quality cars face off with
PTN tried out a new class at this event in
Baker would come up Lee Reynders in round two. Lee would lead this race wire to wire, running a 4.543 to Baker’s breaking out 4.483. Up next would see Casey Kellough’s Roadster against Kyle Harney’s Hayshaker Jeep. Harney would leave first by just over five-hundredths and hold on for a 4.54 to 4.57 victory. Finishing the round would be Ryan Fredricks running a 4.665 on the bye run.
Kicking off the semi-final round would be an all-Michigan match up between Reynders & Fredricks. They left even off the line, but at the other end Reynders would break out with a 4.481 to hand Fredricks a trip to the final round against Harney. The final round would see Harney leave first .490 to .502 and never look back for a 4.531 to 4.604 victory. Harney & the Hayshaker team certainly had an awesome weekend winning both Pro Truck & the 4.5 Index classes.
The traditional Cleves bracket car classes are split in half by dial-ins. Bracket 1, or Fast Class, came down to a final round between Justin Dees’ Inebriated Altered versus Ryan Lovins’ Dragster.
ATV & Junior Classes
Dennis Ellington had a great .428 RT in the Pro ATV final and stayed ahead for a 3.971 (3.90) victory over Brian Snikeris. The Sportsman ATV class saw an all-Shocker Racing final round. Once again, it would be “Shocker Father” Steve Ewing running a 4.437 (4.40) for the final round victory. The Junior classes were split in two with Tristan Simon defeating Kelsey Ambs in an all-Michigan Junior final round and Trevor Harney taking another Harney family victory in the Youth class over Damion Morgan.
Ben Dozeman ended up with a semi-final finish in 3.5 Index & also gained the Low ET Bonus Points in Pro Truck with a 3.649.
Josh Stephens was the #1 qualifier in Pro Outlaw FE with a 3.09.
Mike Bolyard made his season debut at Cleves with his Bronco now sporting a 10-71 Blower.
Ryan Lovins did a great job with his dragster, ending up with a runner-up finish in Bracket 1.
Rob Scheytt brought out the Bad Frog TA Dragster & made a couple of passes, of which the best was a 2.82 shot on Saturday night.
Ron Curtis, aka "Mr. Whiskers", appears to have gotten over the gremlins in his dragster & laid down a best of 3.61 on the weekend.
Jim Brantley made his first trip to Cleves & went several rounds in Bracket 1 action as well as competing in the Pro Truck class.
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