SUPER STOCK and STOCK - Without question, Jeff Ross has dominated the competition this season in the Buckeye Stock/SuperStock Drag Racing Series. He added emphasis to that point Saturday, Sept. 12 when he won the fifth and last race of the regular series season at Quaker City Motorsports Park.
Driving his 2009 Challenger FGT/N, Ross defeated Brent Darroch in his 1994 Camaro E/PS in the final round. Dialed 10.66, Ross ran .008 over at 117.65 after a .036 light. Darroch, who dialed 13.09, ran 13.110 at 95.83 after a .068 leave.
Ross’ record includes a runner-up in the six-round race at Kil-Kare on Aug. 22, a win in the five-round race at Quaker City on Aug. 15, and a semifinal in the seven-round event June 20 at Dragway 42. His only major glitch was a first-round loss due to breakage June 21 at Dragway 42.
After Ross’ win Aug. 22, he assumed the points lead, and his Quaker City victory only cemented that championship, good for $500 and a trophy. With his two wins in the last three events, he is the favorite to become the season champion when the top 16 racers compete in a run-off Oct. 3 at National Trail Raceway. The champ receives $1,500 and an Ironman trophy.
Ross Racks Up More Round Wins at Quaker City
Ross opened Quaker City eliminations, which had 27 drivers in the first round, by defeating Jeff Day in his 1965 Plymouth AA/SA. He held the starting-line edge with a .023 to Ross’ .038 but lost when his car turned a 10.465 at 120.19 on a 10.40 dial. Ross’ time slip read 10.715 at 122.02 on a 10.68 dial.
In round two Kevin Melhorn in his 1995 Chevy Beretta GT/IA went .120 red against Ross, and in round three Eric Campolito in his 1996 Chevy Caprice J/SA broke out with an 11.801 at 108.70 on an 11.83 dial. Ross was dead on his 10.67 dial with another 122.02 after a .041 light. Campolito was .046 on the tree.
Ross benefited from another breakout in the semifinals against his nephew Brad Ross in his 1968 Barracuda GT/KA, which ran 10.337 at 126.55 on a 10.35 dial after a .110 light. Jeff Ross was .029 at the hit, and his Challenger ran a 10.684 at 117.62 on a 10.66 dial.
To reach the final round, Darroch received a first-round bye and then slowed to a 14.579 pass at 55.09 on a 13.10 dial after Mack Cabas had trouble in his 12-second Firebird and registered at 15.262 run. Darroch had another bye in round three.
Darroch had to earn his way into the final, however. He cut a .059 light and his Camaro ran a 13.093 at 101.10 on a 13.08 dial to defeat Ross’ son Zac in his 2010 Challenger FS/D. He was .069 off the line, and the scoreboard stated 9.907 at 128.98 on a 9.90 dial. Darroch won by .004 second.
Special Awards Presented to Three Racers
One of the special awards was presented to Darroch. He received the KB Trailers Buckeye Bounty Hunter Award. The Mid-Ohio Paving Dial for Dollars Award was earned by Jim Guy in his 1964 Plymouth N/SS for running 10.567 on his 10.56 dial. The Parsons & Myers Racing Engines Best First-Round Losing Package Award went to Matt Butter in his '69 Camaro H/SA.
The last series event this season is the run-off for the championship among the 16 qualifiers on Saturday, Oct. 3 at National Trail Raceway.