Fast By Gast Pro Stock Wins!
By Gast-Team Race Report-Gainesville Finals 11/2007
FBG takes its racing seriously.
Gainesville was no exception.
FBG Top Gas. T/G
had an exceptional field and was as tuff as ever. All the
racers were extra motivated, taking shots at the bonus money FBG
posted for the Finals. The #1 qualifier at a right on 8.200 was
Mark Coulson. Mark picked up a $500.00 FBG bonus for this
outstanding run. We had the 5 grand check in hand for the
double right on run, and a few racers “just missed.”
Konopacki was going rounds at Gainesville. Mike took out hard
running Pete Barnhart to reach one of three finals at this
race. The other semi was a dandy. Atco winner John Schwartz
against 2x T/G champ Joe Rey. A match of FBG Teammates and
without doubt 2 of the best T/G racers in history. As expected
this was a classic close one. I was on the line watching and
was for sure more nervous than John or Joe. Joe goes to the
final on a double breakout win. Hey boys, how’s those FBG
Bullets holding up?
Konopacki and Rey. Champ vs. champ. I called Vegas to get the
odds. The bookie said “are you serious” and hung up on me.
They stage. My heart was pounding like a defibulator with an
FBG battery. Mike goes red by a whisker. Joe Rey wins! This
run alone was worth whatever the hell I paid to get in.
Congrats to Joe for showing off. He had
his own personal cheering section including wife Clare, new baby
Nathan, Mom Barbara, and brother Mike. Joe also won an
additional $500.00 FBG bonus check for his win.
FBG is proud to be the Top Gas
class sponsor. And yes, we are back for ’08. And what about
Ron Procoppio. Ron is the new Fast By Gast Top Gas champion.
Are you kidding me with the year Ron had.
Pro Stock- Went to Gainesville
with 5 FBG bullets and wanted to try as many as I could.
Thursday test, 6.99. Lets try another motor, Friday test 6.99.
Friday, Saturday qualify. Not bad but definitely need to brush
up on my night driving. Qualified #1 with a let off 7.01. Lets
try another motor. Lucky the FBG engines are installed with
Velcro. Race day. This thing is fast. Focus and make good
runs. 6-second passes get your attention.
R-1 win. 7.01. Headwind. Not bad.
R-2-win. 7.00. Better
Final-We’ve got NHRA star Shawn
Gann. Not too hard to get up for this!
Leave first, go straight and
hit those shift points. Did it all and got the win with a very
quick 6.95 at 190.73 mph. I want to thank Joe Palmer, Butch,
Karen, the Rey family, and all the awesome employees at FBG. I
also want to thank my fellow competitors and the great crowd of
fans that came to Gainesville. Can’t forget my beautiful wife
Dana and of course Maggie Rose who licked the skin off my face
when I got home.
A final thanks to Brandi, Scott
and Scott. Prostar members are very lucky.
See you in Valdosta!