Byron Dragway hosts Summer Thunder super show Aug. 1

July 28, 2010

The Shockwave Peterbuilt truck with three jet engines and the Super Shockwave '57 Chevy pick-up truck with two jet engines will be featured in side-by-side racing action at Byron Dragway's Summer Thunder Sunday, Aug. 1. Photo provided

From press release

BYRON, Ill.—Sunday, Aug. 1, Byron Dragway will host the inaugural Summer Thunder super show.

Headlining the event will be two of the most exotic drag racing machines ever built—jet-powered trucks. Certainly the Super Shockwave ’57 Chevrolet pick-up truck with two jet engines driven by Jeremy Fields is one of the wildest machines one can imagine until Big Brother shows up.

Big Brother is the original Shockwave, a three-jet-engined, Peterbuilt semi-tractor driven by Kent Shockley of Galena, Kan. When these two monsters face one another on the Byron Dragway quarter-mile, there will be more than 60,000 horsepower of jet thrust in action.

The Shockwave semi-tractor, a 7,000-pound engineering marvel, has recorded 256 mph in 6.36 seconds on a quarter-mile dragstrip and holds the Guinness Book of World Records record at a top speed of 376 mph. At a recent airshow, the Super Shockwave pick-up truck ran 334 mph on a standing start,  half-mile course.

In Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car action, Mark Worden in Roger Stanke’s “Twin Town Shaker” will be facing Anthony Bronge in his “Punisher” Camaro. In addition to battling one another on the Byron Dragway quarter mile, both drivers will take aim at Doc Halladay’s 6.081-second/233-mph track record set at the recent Spring Nationals.

Another track under assault will be the Pro/Mod record of 6.088 seconds/230 mph set at the Spring Nationals by Roselle, Ill.’s Mike Recchia of the Chicago Wiseguy’s Pro/Mod Circuit. While Recchia is out to lower that record, his fellow circuit racers are all out to upstage him by being the first to topple his record.

Veteran wheelstander Richard Hutchins of Cecil, Ga., in the “Chevy Rebellion,” will entertain race fans with full quarter-mile passes with the front wheels dangling in the air.

A 16-car field of Midwest Super Stock Mafia Circuit cars will feature starting line wheel stands and side-by-side racing action for fans of the popular muscle car era.

Sportsman racing action will see the Heartland Drag Racers Association and the IMSM heads-up index racing group in head-to-head competition.

Byron Dragway will open at 9 a.m., Aug. 1, and the feature show will begin at 1 p.m. The track is just outside of Byron, Ill., on River Road, 1 mile south of the Illinois Route 72 bridge.

Information is available at www.byrondragway.com. Track phone is (815) 234-8405, office is (815) 398-1060.

From the July 28-Aug 3, 2010 issue

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