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 Hi, and welcome to the Automotive section of the latest Arizona EXTREME Motorsports Magazine, and thank you
for looking through the pages of Arizona’s ONLY publication devoted exclusively to our great state’s motorsports scene. As I’ve said every issue, if you or your group would like to be covered in the magazine, please email me at diggerboi2@gmail. com and we’ll try to put it together for you. Just remember, if YOU don’t take that first step, you may never see you or your group in these pages. It’s kind of like what I tell people: if you have a question and never ask, the answer will always be NO. Think about that!
Perhaps you’ve heard of the phenomenon called
‘writer’s block’, a mysterious malady that causes
writers to be totally unable to sit down and blend Honeywell, working for 32 years before retiring.
should greatly improve burnouts and the ensuing passes by all cars. THANK YOU, Wild Horse!
EDITORIAL
As this is being written, the NHRA Indy Nationals are underway; by the time you read this, they’ll be over and the champions crowned. Here in Arizona, we’re getting ready for several main events: the Phoenix Dragstrip Reunion at Wild Horse and the ADRA Memorial Race at Tucson Dragway. Unfortunately, both events are on the same weekend, possibly due to several factors. First is the track’s availability of open weekends, something that the race promoters have no choice on. The other is the fact that both groups have traditionally had their event on these same dates, in many cases year after year. Consequently, there is a certain amount of intransigence, a condition that happens very often among race promoters of all kinds. (FYI: intransigence is the state or quality of being intransigent, or refusing to compromise or agree; inflexibility: No agreement was reached because of intransigence on both sides.) Now, both groups will suffer to some extent. Granted, part of the problem is/could be that the weekend in question was the only one available, but I tend to doubt it. Moving a date on an event well over two months away to avoid a conflict like this should be a no-brainer. What do you racers think? I know many of you would like to run both events, but as it stands now, you can’t. Why can’t promoters bother to check other schedules before casting their events in stone? It happens over and over and over, in every form of motorsport, here in AZ and elsewhere. Aren’t we supposed to learn from our mistakes? Pride ends up hurting a lot of racers: we don’t need this.
Some other major events coming up at our AZ dragstrips:
Wild Horse Motorsports Park, Chandler
Oct 20 - Lucas Off Road Racing
Oct 28 - Import Face Off Drag Racing Nov 2 - Lucas Oil Drag Boats
Nov 9 - Reliable Diesel Drags
Nov 10 - Phoenix Dragstrip Reunion Nov 11 - Pontiac Heaven
  words into meaningful reading. Your editor has   his idea of retirement was drag racing, launching
   been suffering from this now for the past month or so, including the entire time he was on vacation in the High Sierras of Kalifornia and since he returned; consequently, this column and other ones in this issue will be by necessity somewhat short. It’s instances like this that make it all the more important for readers to submit stories or at least ideas for stories to the paper so we can give you something to read, whether at the pits between rounds or on the throne in the morning (hey, we all know that’s where most guys do their reading, all right?) Please . . . help us out and contribute something, even if it’s only an idea.
We’re very happy to report that Bryan Downing continues his recovery from the horrific traffic accident he suffered a ways back. While it is slow, there is tangible progress each week. Keep it up, Bryan!
rockets and building/racing slot cars. We will miss him . . .
The 2018 Wild Horse Dragstrip Team Wildhorse Summit ET Champions have been announced: congratulations to all of them and best of luck at the upcoming ET finals.
Motorcycle Class - Tyler Anderson Super Pro Class - Paul Lorton
Pro Class - Seth Polvadore
Sportsman Class - Dave Muller
High School Class - Thomas Maynard
Speaking of Wild Horse, over the summer the starting line area had a complete redo of the water box area, with all new concrete pads constructed. Over time, the old burnout area had become
On a more somber note, the Arizona drag racing   significantly eroded, and the new water boxes community has been saddened by the sudden
loss of Geoffrey Kerbel, 69, a longtime Arizona
bracket racer. Geoffrey’s primary race car was his
   black 1970 Plymouth GTX (Good Times Express) and known as Mr. Charger. He also raced his green 1971 Coronet Station Wagon “The Grocery Getter From Hell”. Amonghise many awards and recognitions the most prestigious he received was the Wally in 2001 and 2002. Geoffry passed in his sleep while attending the National Association of Rocketry Annual Meet in Pueblo, CO. He was an engineer by trade with Garrett/Allied Signal/
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