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IN MEMORIAM BOB FORT Jr.
Robert Lee Fort,
Jr., 67, of Collegeville, PA passed away peacefully on January 28, 2017 at
Neighborhood Hospice of West Chester. He was born in
Phoenixville, PA on November 19, 1949, the son of the late Robert and Evelyn (McMenamin) Fort. Bob had friends from all different walks of life
because he had so many interests and career paths including: professional trumpet player, police officer, car dealer, master plumber/electrician,
competitive shooter, and owning a successful gunsmithing business. Bob retired in 2014 after twenty years of being an engineering consultant
specializing in bridge and high mast lighting. He was a lifelong racing enthusiast. Most recently, he proudly owned and drove The Jersey Duke to numerous
top ten finishes. Drag racing with the 422 Allstars and the camaraderie of the sport meant the world to him. He was passionate about cooking, baking, the
beach and surf fishing, ham radio, the deer in his backyard, his friendships and taking care of people. His grandchildren were the light of his life. Bob is
survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Ann Marie (Dodd) Fort; Three daughters, Lori Ann (William) Kasper, Amy Renee (Dwayne) Day, and Julie Marie
Fort; One sister, Linda Bush-Stiefel; Six grandchildren, Shayne, Wes, Alex, Cooper, Josie, Lila; And one great grandson, Damien. In addition to his
parents, Bob was preceded in death by his son, Robert Lee Fort, III. In keeping with Bob’s wishes, services will be private. In lieu of flowers or memorial
contributions, Bob’s family would appreciate that you spend time with those you love and “seize the day” in Bob’s honor. Arrangements by Moore, Snear
& Ruggiero Funeral Home & Crematory, 224 West Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426.
IN MEMORIAM ANTHONY PAPPAS
Anthony George Pappas, born July 26, 1987, in Pottstown, PA, was taken
from us on May 26, 2016, while doing what he loved: riding.
He is survived by the love of his life, Laurel Blesy; his mother, Theresa Whinery; his sister, Erin Smith; and his nephew, Kaleb Dromie.
Anthony was a beloved boyfriend, son, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin. Anthony brought his passion for fixing cars to his work
every day. When he wasn’t at work, he was working on race cars at 422 Motorsports, helping a fellow friend, or working on his own toys.
Anthony’s smile would light up the room, his laugh was contagious, he would do anything for anyone, and he was adored by all that have
met him. We celebrate the beauty and the many ways he touched the lives of those who knew and loved him. May your presence
be with us all and may your laughter echo throughout Heaven for all of eternity.
Click here to support the Anthony Pappas Memorial Fund
THE MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT CECIL
Race 10 Finals @ Capitol
claims season title
But Season Finale event unfinished……………..
Capitol Raceway, MD, October 15, 2016 - The season closer ended with plenty of anticipation going into the event with several racers having the
Thirty-one racers partook in the last
series event of 2016 with Eddie Youmans taking the number one qualifying
position with a .003 reaction time, followed by multi-time
series champion Kevin Grasson, Leo Sekulski, Mike Ryan and Stevie McBlane in the fifth spot.
As eliminations got underway, Aaron,
Warehime, and John Reed, the top three points leaders going into the event all
made it into round number two with Shipley and Reed
progressing and moving onto the fourth round (quarterfinals) earning and extra ten points over Warehime. Points were awarded to Reed, Fort, Grasson and
Aaron Shipley as quarterfinal losers since the round was not run.
Needless to say, the stars were aligned
for Aaron Shipley as he finished off a great season and his first 422 Allstars
Series championship by out qualifying John Warehime
and making it two additional rounds to the quarterfinals. Warehime, the 2009 422 Allstars champion, lost to Dave Collette in round two ending his chances for a
second title. Warehime, going into the event was the point’s leader!
The season now completed caps off another
great season of racing with plans and scheduling already underway by the 422
Race 9 MIR Legends
Steven Shipley asserts himself for first win of 2016
Dave Reitz runner-up…….…………….
Maryland International Raceway September 17, 2016– What a great weekend weather wise! Once again, we saw a total car count of
Elimination got underway with Austin
Powers eliminating Tony Silipena, John Medaglia in his 1962 Impala over Kevin
Grasson, who broke out with a 10.357 on his 10.40
index. Medaglia dialing a 10.35 nailed it with a great 10.357 elapsed time, Bill Murphy IV ended last week’s runner-up Gary Nies, John Reed taking out US 13 winner John
Warehime, Henry George Jr with the round win over Bob Fort Jr by a MOV of .009 seconds, Dan Woods removing Tom Sneden from competition, Steven Shipley finished
Wayne Shipley’s day, Leo Sekulski got the from Ed Youmans, Dave Reitz over Danny Lattimore, Cliff Sebring defeating Sean Pickett and Aaron
Shipley with the bye run into round two.
Dan Woods took his 68’ Mustang to another
round win to remove Bill Murphy IV; John Reed got the automatic win when Austin
Powers went -.188 red, but was no able to
make the next round after he broke the transmission, Aaron Shipley winning over Cliff Sebring, Henry George Jr abolishing the Ford Galaxie of Sekulski, Dave Reitz
beating John Medaglia and Steven Shipley with a single into quarterfinals.
Six drivers still in competition led by
three Mopars, two Fords and an Oldsmobile 442. Reitz took out Henry George Jr,
Aaron Shipley defeating Dan Woods and Steven
Shipley driving his 1961 Ford Starliner got a broke bye with John Reed a no-show due to breakage..
Dave Reitz benefited with the bye-run into the final with Steven Shipley in a tight race over Aaron Shipley.
The last run of the day was now up with
the Mopar of Dave Reitz meeting the Ford of Steven Shipley. As the tree came
down, Shipley left first with an 11.85 dial to the
quicker 10.65 index of Reitz, but all was for naught as Shipley’s .117 reaction was too much for Dave’s .278! Reitz did run closer to his index with a 10.67, but it was
not enough to overcome Shipley’s slowing 12.024, 11.85. The MOV was .007 of a second and Steven’s first 422 Allstars win!
Race#10, will be held at Capital Raceway
on October 15th. So we now have about a month to regroup for our 2016
finale and don’t forget, those who attended no less
than nine points earning events will receive an additional 30 bonus points to their tally. ---George Case---
Race 8 US 13/Delmar
Warehime knocks down win #3 of 2016!!
Nies settles for runner-up…….…………….
U.S. 13 Dragway September 11, 2016 –The event, number #9 of our series, at the family run U.S. 13 Dragway once again provided a great venue for
Multi-time 422 Allstars Champ, Kevin
Grasson led the qualifiers with a .013 light, trailed by John Reed .015, Wayne
Shipley .018, Henry George Jr .029 and eventual race
winner John Warehime in at .032. Twenty-one teams participated in the event. Fortunately, the weather was a little more cooperating with temperatures in the 80’s,
down from the blistering string days in the 90’s we’ve experienced this season.
Eliminations got underway at 4:30 p.m.
with Bob Fort Jr taking out the 1965 Comet of Tony Silipena, John Reed dusted
Dan Woods, who went way red -.028, Gary Nies over
Mike Ryan, another red-light foul -.051, Bill Murphy ended number three qualifier, Wayne Shipley’s day, via a red-light -.014, Tom Sneden eliminated Aaron Shipley, yes
red-light foul -.040, Cliff Sebring singled when Mike Reitz was a no-show, Warehime over Austin Powers red-light -.014, Steve Shipley to Henry George Jr -.007 foul, Steve
McBlane beat Leo Sekulski, Patrick McNulty over Ed Youmans’ -.056 foul, but Ed did run a right-on 8.853 on his 8.85 index and Kevin Grasson getting the bye-run as the
number one qualifier. Suspiciously, 35% of the runs were a red-light foul?
In a tight second round match-up, Gary
Nies just nipped the hard-charging Comet of Steve McBlane with a margin of
victory of .008! Gary clipped off a .034, 10.140, 10.10,
to McBlane’s .062, 9.070, 9.05 index! Tom Sneden moved into round three, when opponent, Steve Shipley pushed a bit too much breaking out running a 10.788 on his 10.80
index. Bob Fort Jr with his high flying “Jersey Duke II” got the round over a red-lighting Bill Murphy IV, Kevin Grasson got the win before he even left the starting line as
Patrick McNulty knew he had a tough race on the line and went -.001 red! In a battle of past champions, Warehime sneaked past Cliff Sebring and the
final run of the round seeing John Reed single to the next round.
The quarterfinals (round #3); Sneden over
Grasson, Warehime over Reed and Nies over Fort setting the stage for the semis.
Warehime defeating Sneden and Nies a bye-run to the final.
As the so-called smoke had cleared, John
Warehime scored the win, his third so far this season eliminating Gary Nies’
“Blue Thunder” 1964 Plymouth. Warehime along
with Patrick McNulty are the two sole Chevrolets running consistently in the series and stuck in the middle of a flock of Mopars and Fords. Warehime’s only “non-Mopar”
race during eliminations was against Austin Powers in the 422 Motorsports 1967 Fairlane. The GM contingent is also well represented by the 442 Oldsmobile’s of
Wayne and Aaron Shipley, both dedicated racers and true to the GM plate.
Next race, the seventh annual “Legends at
Budds Creek” followed by the season finale at Capitol Raceway. Both tracks in
Maryland, so get your “southern hospitality” on!
--- George Case ---
Race 7 Maple Grove
Rain, rain, but
as we get one full round of eliminations in before the rain
Maple Grove Raceway August 21, 2016 –Lex Dudas and his staff were caught between a rock and a hard place with a terrible weather outlook.
Qualifying put Leo Sekulski at the top of
the pile in his 1963 ½ Ford Galaxie, shadowed by Dan Woods in second. Woods has
been qualifying in the top week after week
of late, Wayne Shipley third, Ed Youmans fourth and Aaron Shipley rounding out the top five.
We want to thank the racers that made the
haul up from Capitol Raceway in support of the 422 Allstars series! We are aware
that the schedule this season forced
us to have four race weekends in row and realize it is a hardship for many.
As for the point standings to date
(8/21); John Warehime now leads with 198 trailed by Aaron Shipley 194, both with
two wins so far this season, the John Reed at 185
with a win, Ed Youmans 173 one win and Dan Woods in fifth with 155 going rounds and notching qualifying points at each event near the top . With three events left on the
schedule; U.S. 13, MIR and season ending at Capitol the field is still open for some upsets for sure!
So we now have a couple of weeks to regroup for race #8 at, U.S. 13 Dragway, on Sunday, September 11th. ---George Case---
Race 6 Capitol
scores second race win of 2016
Overpowering Bob Fort Jr.…….…………….
Capitol Raceway August 20, 2016 –Our second venture at Capitol Raceway saw nineteen participants take part in the second of three points earning
Bob Walker Jr. nailed the tree leading
off qualifying with .001 reaction time! Bob drives a very cool period correct
1963 Z11 Chevrolet Impala. Multi-time champ, Kevin
Grasson was second at .008, sentimental favorite Dave Reitz, third .011, Steven Shipley .012 fourth and John Reed completing the top 5 with a .013.
Eliminations got underway with two
no-shows due to breakage; Mike Reitz and Henry George Jr. handing round wins to
Bob Fort Jr. and Pat McNulty respectively. Other
winners were Kevin Grasson, Tom Sneden, Aaron Shipley, Wayne Shipley, Steve Shipley (no relation to Wayne and Aaron), John Warehime, Ed Youmans and Bob Walker
who singled as the top qualifier. Probably the best run of the round was Ed Youmans posting a .009, 8.957, 8.95 at 146.27!
Aaron Shipley took the win in round two
defeating Bob Walker Jr. Walker ran closer to his 10.00 index, 10.015, but his
.063 negated Aarons .024, 11.162, 11.15, Warehime
got around Wayne Shipley, Steven Shipley getting the win over Tom Sneden via a better reaction .064 to .106 with both off their indexes by .08, Fort was up on the chip
for his battle against Grasson pinning the tree with a .005 reaction time to Grasson’s close .017, but Fort ran a little closer 9.350, 9.30 vs 10.566, 10.50
and Ed Youmans ending the round over Pat McNulty.
Round three; Shipley versus Shipley only
this time its Aaron scoring over Steven, Warehime over Youmans with both running
over by .01, but Warehime’s .076 eclipsed
Youmans .099 and Bob Fort Jr. singling to the semifinals. The semis put Fort against Aaron with and the closes race of the day, only .006 separated the two at the stripe;
Fort .079, 9.307, 9.30 Aaron .021, 11.221, 11.15! Warehime had the round bye to the final contest of the day.
Both Warehime and Fort cut through the
field meeting with a 50/50 chance for either driver scoring the win, but when
all was said and done Warehime ran a right-on 10.209
on his 10.20 with a .069 light to Fort’s way late .236, breakout 9.290, 9.30.
Race over pack up for the journey up
“north” to Maple Grove Raceway for the “Glory Days” nostalgia event the next day
(8/21) with the weather looking
glooming, but we will be ready to run. ---George Case---
Race 5 Beaver Springs
Aaron Shipley nails it at Beaver Bash
Eliminating Dad, Wayne in final…….…………….
Beaver Springs Dragway August 13, 2016 –Up the mountain and through the woods for the annual “Flashback Friday” weekend hosted by
Trouble hindered the event with rain and
lightning, but the experienced BSD crew got right to work getting things ready
for the battle. The lightning played havoc on the
Compulink Timing system and knocked out the upper end infrareds forcing the event to run 1/8 mile (660’) instead of the customary ¼ mile (1320’).
Of the nineteen qualifiers participating
in the 422 Allstars program, Steve McBlane commanded the top position with a
.006 second reaction time, in his 1965 Comet,
trailed by 2015 Allstars Champion, Ed Youmans in Frank Pelligrini’s Falcon, Pat McNulty, Dan Woods and Mike Ryan for the top five places.
The program as stated was run eighth
mile, so it threw several of the racers a curve altering their normal programs.
Round #1; Pat McNulty ran a 7.258 on his 7.25 index
eliminating Bob Fort Jr. with his too quick 5.987 on a 6-flat index, Leo Sekulski nailed the tree with an awesome .004 reaction time over Dan Woods .-058 red-light, Bill
Murphy put another round win under his belt, when Tony Silipena in his new 1965 Comet went -.030 red, Tom Gustafsson ran dead-on his 6.95 index to eliminate the
classic 67’ Fairlane wagon of Brant Kelley, Tom Grigaliunas slid by Mike Ryan, who ran .02 under (really .017) his 6.70 index at 6.683, Wayne Shipley benefitted with the
win, when Tom Sneden was a no-show, John Warehime connected with tree recording a great .015 r.t. to a red-lighting -.028 Ed Youmans, Aaron Shipley took the win
over Al Suhr, who ran a little too quick 6.429 on his 6.45 index, John Reed removed Austin Powers from competition with a super .003 r.t, 6.953 on his 6.95. Powers went
way red -.107, but at the “Flashback Friday” race the night before scored his first win eliminating a really tough field of competitors…congratulations
Austin! Steve McBlane soloed as the number qualifier into round two.
Round two saw McBlane over John Reed,
Murphy over Sekulski, Aaron Shipley take out Warehime, McNulty terminated
Gustafsson chances and Wayne Shipley beat
McBlane again led off in round three
taking out Murphy, Aaron Shipley receiving the bye and, Wayne Shipley knocking
out Pat McNulty. In the semifinals; Wayne collected
a free pass into the final with son, Aaron ended a strong day for Steve McBlane.
Yet again, the father and son Shipley duo, Aaron and Wayne, met with son disregarding his elder to score the win! ---George Case---
p.s. Tom Gustafsson made the trip all the way from Sweden to race Flashback Friday and with the 422 Allstars.
Race 4 Island
John Reed winner
at Island Dragway
William Murphy nabs runner-up …….…………….
Great Meadows, NJ August 7, 2016 –We made our voyage to the historic Island Dragway located about sixty miles west of New York City. The track
The 422 Allstars were part of
the track’s “Nitro Funny Car Showdown” and included a variety of nostalgic race
cars. The event was a great success and the track prep
was outstanding per the racers in attendance. Kudos to the Island staff!
Only fifteen racers from our group
attended and those who were not present once again missed out on a great event.
Qualifying was led off by Bob Fort Jr. in his wheels-up
1964 Plymouth, the “Jersey Duke”, Steve Shipley, Dan Woods, Craig Balmer and John Warehime rounding out the top five entries.
First round got underway with John Reed,
Austin Powers, Tony Silipena, Steve Shipley, Bill Murphy, Pat McNulty, Joe
DeLoreto and Bob
Fort soloing into the second round.
Round two saw Reed eliminate Fort, Powers over Silpena, Murphy take down S. Shipley and McNulty eliminate DeLoreto.
Next up was the semis with Reed’s Mopar
taking the 422 Motorsports Fairlane driven by Austin Powers. On the other side
of the ladder Murphy driving the
422 Motorsports 1962 Mercury put the clean Z16 Chevelle of Pat McNulty.
With the final set and Murphy’s first
trip to final against the experienced John Reed it was anyone’s race as the tree
started down, when all was said and done Reed claimed
his second win of the season and moves to the number one overall point’s earner to date.
Next up is “Flashback Friday” (non-points) at Beaver Springs Dragway and race number five Saturday also at the “Beaver”. ---George Case---
p.s. No elimination’s data provided; elapsed time, miles per hour or reaction times.
Race 3 Englishtown
John Warehime nabs first win of 2016
Steven Shipley runner-up …….…………….
Raceway Park, NJ, July 24, 2016 –Our annual journey to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park saw lots and lots of sun, heat (96°) and humidity, plus a great
Nineteen cars made up the field with seventeen making the first
round call. Aaron Shipley, the runner-up at the last event at Cecil County
Dragway nailed the number one
qualifying position, followed by Austin Powers, Leo Sekulski, Dan Woods and Mike Reitz to round out the top five qualifiers.
Eliminations got underway led off by Bob Fort, Jr. and Leo
Sekulski with Fort taking the win when Sekulski ran too quick on his 9.90 index
posting a 9.854 second elapsed
time. Next up was Bill Murphy driving the 422 Motorsports team 1962 Mercury against Al Suhr. In a real close match up Murphy took the win by .003 of a second, both
drivers had identical .084 reaction times and both ran close to their respective dials 10.618 Murphy (10.55) and 10.121 Suhr (10.05). Wayne Shipley over Austin Powers,
who ran a 10.256 on his 10.25 index, but was negated by his -.105 red-light, John Reed got an earned bye, when Wayne Pope was a no show, John Warehime seized
the win over fellow Chevrolet racer Pat McNulty as McNulty fouled -.026. Warehime actually ran too quick 10.264 on his 10.30 index, which brings to mind the continuing
controversy of worse red light. For many years racers have tossed this issue back and forth on the topic. Just this past year, Bob Brockmeyer of Compulink fame, developed
a program where the worst red light loses the race, meaning the second driver to leave can red light worse and the first that red lighted by less is deemed the winner……..as
they say, “these times are a changing”. Mike Reitz clipped his dad Dave, Dan Woods over Tom Sneden, Steve Shipley singled as Joe DeLoreto’s Chevrolet was a no show, Ed
Youmans to a fouling -.067 red light of Louis Popp and finally Aaron Shipley a bye as the number qualifier.
Youmans checked off a second round win in a double red light
race; Youmans -.104, 8.998, 9.00 index to Dan Wood 10.351, 10.35 index -.009
reaction time here again the
worst light was by the quicker car, but left second, Aaron Shipley eliminating Bill Murphy, Mike Reitz beating John Reed in a pair of Dodge Cornets Reitz a 1966 and Reed a
1967 model, Warehime got by Bob Fort with a .058, 10.315, 10.30 to Fort’s .170, 9.309, 9.30 and Steve Shipley over Wayne Shipley to complete the round. Incidentally,
Steve Shipley is not a relation to the father and son team of Wayne and Aaron.
The quarter finals pitted Aaron Shipley alongside Ed Youmans with
Shipley moving into the semifinals, Steve Shipley had the bye and John Warehime
Mike Reitz with another 10.30 pass running a 10.305 elapsed time.
The semifinals saw the two non-related Shipley’s meet with Steve
taking Aaron out to secure his place in the final against Warehime,
who had the semi-bye run.
With all the marbles up for grabs Warehime scored the victory posting a.049, 10.380, 10.30 to Steve Shipley’s .081, 11.841, 11.70 index.
So another event goes into the books. Next event also in New
Jersey at the historic Island Dragway (www.islanddragway.com/
) in Great Meadows, NJ on August 7th as
part of their 56th annual Funny Car Showdown event.
Race 2 Cecil
YOUMANS, SCORES WIN
Aaron Shipley slides into runner-up spot…………….
Cecil County Dragway, MD, June 25, 2016 – After our first attempt to race at Cecil County Dragway was foiled by the track having to postpone
A total of twenty-four teams participated with twenty-three making the first
round of eliminations. Multi-time series champ, Kevin Grasson, shook up the
with a stunning .000 reaction time to lead qualifying followed by; Aaron Shipley .004, Wayne Pope .012, Craig Balmer .020 and Leo Sekulski
rounding out the top five with a .026 light.
winner, John Reed got by Sean Pickett via one of the closes runs of the day
nipping Pickett’s 8.953, on an 8.95 index .083 r.t. by .004 of a second
at the finish line with an awesome .004 reaction time. Reed posted a 10.728, 10.65, .004 r.t with the margin of victory M.O.V. being .004! Other stellar runs during first
round were Dave Reitz .002, 10.601, 10.60 to defeat Tony Silipena, who broke out with a 9.428 on his 9.50 index and then Dan Woods stealing the round win from Steve
Shipley with a10.156, 10.15, .018 in his D & W Motorsports Cobra Jet Mustang.
two saw Ed Youmans run right on his 8.85 index with a 8.858, but it looked like
John Warehime had it wrapped up by means of a better reaction
time (.077, .109), but pushed his 1967 Chevelle ever so hard breaking out by .001 at 10.049 on his 10.05 index, as they say, “that’s racing!” After the so-called smoke had
cleared from the round two, Dan Woods, Ed Youmans along with Aaron Shipley moved into round three.
got by Kevin Grasson, who went way red at -.042, Youmans taking out Austin
Powers driving the black 1967 Fairlane that propelled Youmans to the
2015 Allstars title and Woods eliminating the 1965 Chevelle Z16 of Pat McNulty, when he fouled his chances with a -.005 reaction time.
saw Woods go out setting up the final match of the event with Ed Youmans and
Aaron Shipley facing one another. Youmans garnered topmost spot as
Aaron Shipley went red -.014 handing the automatic win to Youmans. Youmans, 10.028, 8.85, .120 to Shipley’s -.014, 11.039, 11.05 index.
We now have a
month prior to our next event which will be held at Old Bridge Township Raceway
Park Englishtown, NJ July 24th for the 37th Annual Old
Time Drags & Rod Run (
Race 1 Capitol
Capitol Raceway, MD, June 4, 2016 - The season opener again started at Capitol Raceway, which is located in Crofton, MD, just north of our
Dan Woods claimed the number
one spot in qualifying with a great .003 reaction time. Hardcore racer, John
Warehime came in second with a .012,
Patrick McNulty third .016, yes two Chevrolets near the top, Aaron Shipley also at .016 and Wayne Shipley taking the fifth place at .024. Twenty-nine
racers took the first round tree.
The quarterfinals pitted Lou
Popp against Wayne Shipley with Popp moving into the semis, Wayne Pope knocking
out Al Suhr, Dave Reitz
terminating John Warehime's day, and John Reed taking the round from Gary Nies.
Lou Popp got by Wayne Pope’s
FE powered 1961 Ford Starliner, while on the other side of the ladder fellow
Mopar racers John Reed and Dave Reitz
lined up with Reed claiming his berth into the final against Popp.
John Reed, who had two wins in 2015 took his first win of the year defeating Lou Popp.---- George Case
p.s. information was limited with no elapsed times, etc. being provided by the track.