A Soggy Start to the 2011 Season

It'd be a great season to date if we raced boats...

Some of our off season highlights included: Dyno-ing our new 640 cubic inch motor with Dean Gellner of Gellner Engineering (Parma, Ohio) and carburetor guru Dale Cubic (of CFM Carbs); having the dragster custom painted by Trolio Auto Specialties and lettered by Eric Johnson of Pier Graphics; converting the dragster over to 16 volts with the help of our long-time friends at TurboStart Racing Batteries (Axion Power); preparing for the always powerful Ny-Trex N20 tune-up by having a wheely bar made for the dragster by Mac Sherrill Race Cars; and hanging out with the DEI / Ny-Trex staff at the IMIS Show in Indy.

Due to the bizarre weather conditions of Northeastern Ohio, we were unable to find a decent weekend to test before heading to Norwalk's NHRA divisional two weeks ago.

Martino Motorsports - The New Paint Job

Norwalk Report:
We arrived at the track Thursday morning, which looked promising.  We saw bits of the sun that we haven't seen in months and saw temperatures into the mid 80s. We just got the car through tech inspection before a massive storm cell hit at the track.  We were working on putting the finishing touches on the dragster when dime sized hail poured into our side door of the trailer.  Once the storm settled down we decided to take a drive into Sandusky for dinner.  We found a great family owed restaurant called Manny's (right across from the Kalahari) and had a nice team meal to kick off the season (we would highly recommend Manny's to anyone traveling through the Sandusky area).

Friday - There were various delays throughout the day due to patches of rain.  We had our first qualifying attempt in the late afternoon.  Many cars in our class had difficulties getting down the track due to weather and track conditions, which included us.  We were able to over come some of those difficulties and get our car through the finish line with a 7.100 at 190+ MPH.  After said pass we were able to download our RacePak data system and diagnose various issues with our new 2011 combination. After the pass we had more rain sweep through the Norwalk area, and track officials decided to call the event for the day.  We did however get to unveil the new paint scheme of the dragster to thousands of fans at the track early in the day, and autograph hero cards and DEI posters for those in attendance.

Saturday - We faced a battle with the rain once again, which led to NHRA postponing the event until July 2-3.

We spent all of last week preparing for the Quick 8 Asphalt Wars at Thompson Raceway Park.  The event was cancelled on Wednesday due to flooding in the pit areas and soft grounds.

This weekend we are planning on traveling to Maple Grove Raceway (Reading, PA) for the NHRA Lucas Oil Series Division 1 event.  Looking at the five day forecast for the track, it doesn't look too promising for racing (rain and thunderstorms are over 50% all weekend).  We are still debating whether or not to make the trip.

Next weekend we plan on attending the first IHRA division 3 event of the season at US 131 Raceway (Martin, MI).

Two weeks ago we were selected to compete in the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Norwalk June 23-26.  The event is one of the highlights each season on the NHRA National circuit.  We are honored to be competing at the event.  Hopefully we will be able to get the fine staff of DEI out for the weekend to cheer us on.

Thanks for all of your continued support and dedication to our racing program.  Our 2011 season wouldn't be possible without you.

Tom and Ryan Martino