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  Race 10 is Saturday September 25th at Mason Dixon, which is our final race of '21  
     
     
     
     
 

Steve's Corner

 
     
  Race 9- Sept 12 - Mason Dixon  
     
 

After a month lull in the action the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series met at Mason Dixon for our 9th race of the season and it was a great day to be there. In addition to being able to do what we love to do on that day we were also acknowledging a long time sponsor of our series. Butler Performance, who has been with us for our entire 23 years and provides cash towards our racers and certificates for discounts on their products, also acknowledged our support of them by providing our racers with a free T-shirt and lunch at Mason Dixon’s snack bar. We thank Butler Performance for their continued support through all these years. When you deal with Butler Performance be sure to mention our Series and thank them for their support.

On the track- It was the Red Rider of Randy Peer(63 Lemans) taking the WIN over Points leader Rodney Eichelberger(70 Firebird) in the final. This pair has met in the final before and it’s always a good race. Dialing almost heads-up it was all over at the tree as Randy bested Rod, took the strip and the Win. Here’s the stats on the Final: Randy-9.289(9.27dial); Rodney 9.237 ((.26dial). Congratulations to Randy Peer for his WIN and Rodney Eicheberger as the Runner-up on Sunday

 
   
 

Other finalists included Shawn Miller (79 T/A) as the Semi-finalist and Andy Nutt(67 Lemans) and Bruce Garber(2000 T/A) as the Quarter-finalists. Congratulations to all our finalists!

As we move to the final race of the season some of the TOP 5 positions are still up for grabs for those in the Points program so it will be a great final race for the season end. Plan to attend-Race or watch on Saturday, September 25 at Mason Dixon. Check out the point standing here, on the “results” page.

Thanks to everyone for the help on Sunday- Jeff and Tina Mason, Doug Chell, Jeff Raff, Bill Bolin, Chuck Hutzler and Tom Bunty. I hope I didn’t forget anyone, but thanks to all.

See you next race. Until then, be safe.

 
     
     
     
  Race 8- August 15 - South Mountain  
     
 

With a break in the heat wave we’ve been having, great weather greeted us at South Mountain on Sunday. For this 8th race of our season the top points contenders were there to hopefully take their best shot at moving up in the standings. After this race the top 10 have shifted a bit but Rodney Eichelberger remains well out in front as we move into the final events of the season. Regardless of how things turned out I believe everyone had a good time, whether they enjoyed racing the 1/8 mi or not!

On the track- it was an ALL GARBER final, as Bruce Garber (00 T/A) faced off against son Kyle in his 93 Firebird. Bruce, who is no slouch on the tree was bested by son Kyle who showed Dad he too knows how to cut a light. Here’s the stats for the final: Kyle – 8.18et (8.09dial) (.0168 rt) vs Bruce 8.94(8.85) (.165rt). Congratulations to Kyle Garber for his WIN on Sunday!

Bruce was the Runner up and the Semifinals went to Rodney Eichelberger (70 Firebird), with Mike Clay(62 Catalina), Randy Peer(63 Lemans), and Courtnie Martin(71 Lemans) getting the cash for quarterfinals. Congratulations to all our finalists on Sunday!!

Since our “resident” photographer Bill wasn’t able to attend on Sunday we are without a picts of our winner, or of the event. I was approached by the track photographer who told me he had photos of our group and that they could be viewed or purchased on his website: SMRPhotos.com

Thanks go out to everyone for their help and participation on Sunday, including: Jeff Raff, who was there without his 64 GTO, helping on the starting line to get us where we needed to be. Thanks Jeff! Also thanks to Anne and Paul Beard, Chuck Hutzler and of course, Jim Staub for their help with the tower duties and generally running things. I’m sure I forgot someone because everyone seems to pitch-in during the day, but thanks to you all!

Thanks Also to Mike Natoli and the crew at South Mountain Raceway for welcoming us and providing a great racing surface on Sunday!

Our next race is 4 weeks off and will not be until September 12th at Mason Dixon. This will be a day to recognize one of our longest running supporters- BUTLER PERFORMANCE- who is thanking us on that day for our supporting them as well. More details as the date approaches but we think you will want to attend this event.

…til then- be safe and keep Pontiacin’

 
     
     
  Race 7- July 24- Beaver Springs  
     
 

This past weekend OPDS was a part of the BOP race at Beaver Springs- event #7 of our season- where we joined an impressive group of Buicks and Olds for our second year at this event. We were not a separate class but our Point Participants were there and received points for the rounds they won. In addition we handed out cash to those who went the most rounds in their respective class. As it turned out OPDS races were there in the finals for two of the 3 classes and Bruce Garber WON the STOCK Class! Congratulations Bruce. Our current points leader, Rodney Eichelberger, took the runner-up spot for the MODIFIED class. Also in Mod OPDS racers Jon Gunter and Steve Dress found their way to the Quarters and Semis respectively. All in all a great showing for the OPDS. Next year we would like to make this event a regular race for us meaning we have own class. More on this later and after feedback from our racers.

Thanks to everyone for showing at this event and thanks to Jim, Bill, Carl, and Anne who helped keep things (Me) in line and helping with what needed to be done. Special thanks to Chris for his special contribution in our efforts to treat everyone fairly. Be sure to enjoy the picturess from Bill and Chris and the video from Carl, all here on FB

We want to give a shoutout to Mike Mccracken and the ZooCrew at Beaver Springs for putting the show together and providing us a great facility. We really appreciate their efforts to make this event bigger and better each year. Mike, and I, are hoping that you provide input that will help make this happen. We must make it so, if for no other reason, than to answer the challenge from the Buick crowd to run against them!

As a result of this race there are some changes in the top 10 in points. You can check out the standings on our website.- ( outlawpontiacdragseries.com ) Results TAB. Next race is at South Mountain on August 15th in three weeks. More on that later too. Meanwhile, for those heading to Norwlk, have a safe trip and good time. Make us proud! Wish I was there.

See you in August!

 
     
     
     
     
     
  Race 6- July 10- Mason Dixon  
     
 

Great day at Mason Dixon for the Outlaw Pontiacs! So much to say I just can’t remember it all. We were honored by some special people who showed for this event. Team Outlaw- Joel Larkin, Tracey Greshaw, and Richard Liles Jr. traveled the 12+ hrs to race with us and kicked in some extra cash for the Winner as well. So great to have the support of these guys and to see them again after so many years. Also in attendance after a 17yr hiatus was Craig Berkheimer driving track announcer Mike Bassin’s 68 Firebird. This was really special to me because Craig and Joel were the founders of the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series. It was great to have them there on Saturday.

Team Outlaw Rich Liles brought his Pro Mod Lemans to the event for some test hits in prep for the upcoming event at Norwalk. Talk about awesome! Pure Pontiac power at the TOP. And to top that, Rich’s engine builder and great OPDS sponsor Jeff Kauffman from Kauffman Racing Equipment (KRE) was on hand! Great to see you again Jeff! All these guys are top shelf and again it was great to have you there!

Also racing us on Saturday were two Pontiac Super Stockers- Chet Fincke’s 98 Grand Am and a long-time favorite of mine Phil Monteith’s 97 firebird HATARI ! driven by John Agneta. Great to have you guys join us!

On the track- after 6 rounds we finished the day with Points leader Rodney Eichelberger again topping the field running a dead-on dial against the red lighting Chet Fincke who was killer all day on the tree until the final. Stats for the final: Rod’s (70 Firebird) 9.135(9.13dial) 144mph to Chet’s 10.557(10.57dial) 126mph, getting the red at -.006. Congratulations to Rodney for his (3rd) Win this season and putting him well out on top of the points. Other finalists included Craig Berkheimer (68 Firebird) as the Semifinalist with Bruce Garber (00 T/A) and Steve Dress (68 Firebird ) as the Quarter finalists. Congrats to all our finalists. Rodney is out in front by a very comfortable lead at this point but it’s a close race for positions in the top 5. Check on our website for the complete points listing.

Many thanks to all who came to race or watch our Pontiacs. Special thanks to my friend and former coworker Tom Bunty and his wife Kim. I know they didn’t expect to be put to work when they arrived but they pitched right in and helped at sign-up, retrieving the run sheets, sales, etc. and never missed a beat. Thank you guys it was great having you there! Also thanks as always go to those who helped with setup, teardown and every other thing needed on that day- Cliff, Chuck, Mike, Jeff, Craig and Mel; Sorry if I forgot to mention anyone but thanks to you all. Thanks to Bill Bolin for the great picts and all that you do- always a great job; we will surely miss that when he gets back to racing. One last thank you- to the crew at Mason Dixon for their support and recognizing our Series as they do, as well as providing a great prepped venue for us to play!

Next race we move to Beaver Springs for the BOP race on July 24. More details about that next week. Until then enjoy the pictures Bill has for us on Facebook and visit our webpage outlawpontiacdragseries.com for more info. Until next time….

 
     
     
     
     
  Race 5- June 26- Mason Dixon  
     
  The Rocking Chair Nationals at Mason Dixon this weekend brought out 300+ cars to the event and OPDS was a part of the show as well as being one of our regular point races. Even though we (and all race classes) had to run 1/8 mile, were limited to one time trial and no buy-backs, we had a great time. If you are into Nostalgia drag racing this was the place to be; all types of drag vehicles and the car show portion of the event was just as cool. On the track at the end of the day for OPDS it was Mark Harbaugh in his 00 Grand Am taking the Win over Jon Gunter's always awesome 65 GTO. Jon's 5.844 (5.83dial) at 117mph was enough to beat Mark's 6.42 (6.40 dial) at 99.85mph but unfortunately Jon drew the ole Redeye giving the automatic Win to Mark. CONGRATULATIONS to Mark Harbaugh for his Win Saturday night!!  
   
 

Other finalists included current Points leader Rodney Eichelberger (70 Firebird) and Bruce Garber (00 TA) taking home the cash for Semis and T J Kirby (88 Firebird), Jeff Mason (73 Firebird).Chad Ely (70 GTO) and Mike Clay, (62 Catalina), 2020 Points Champion, all doing it for the quarterfinals. Congratulations to all our finalists for a great job on Saturday.

This event was a point’s event and 5 bonus points are added to those point participants who signed up for that day. Checking out the points at the halfway point in our season we find Rod Eichelberger still out in front but the battle for 2-3 and 4-5-6 are about as tight as you can get and anyone in the top 10 could make a big move with a final around appearance. Next race should be a real battle! That next race comes in two weeks, July 10 at Mason Dixon before we travel to Beaver Springs on the 24th of July for the BOP event there. Remember, the BOP race is a points race (and Bonus points too!), as well as cash to the top finishing OPDS points participant on that Saturday. More info on this event following our next race at Mason Dixon..

So many THANK YOU’s for this past weekend. Since I was there with a bum shoulder, couldn’t drive and of no use on Saturday it seemed everyone pitched in to help set up and teardown. What a great bunch of people. Thanks to you all!

 
     
     
     
  Race 4- June 13- Mason Dixon  
     
 

Well, luck wasn’t with us today and our race was called due to rain after we had our one and only time run. It was still great to see those who braved the weather to come out and give it a try. Those who did show up and are in the points program will receive points for signing up and for tech. Also I want to thank those who endured the downpour and got soaked helping get everything packed and back into my truck. It was all so fast and furious that I can’t remember all who did but it seems everyone there pitched in! THANKS to all!

We’ll try it again in 2 weeks at Mason Dixon for the Rocking Chair Nationals on Saturday June 26. The promoters of this event like to hand out participant plaques so If you’re planning to make this event and haven’t already, let me know you will be there so we can get your name on the list- Text, Phone, PM or email ( opds2015@gmail.com ). It looks to be a good show and I hear the Royal GTO and Pontiac Club will be there too so come on out and get your fill of some fine Pontiacs! We hope to see you there.

…til then

 
     
     
     
  Race 3- June 6- Mason Dixon  
     
  Rodney Eichelberger Doubles-Down, taking the Win again at our Race 3 this past weekend. It was hot but it didn’t seem to bother Rod or his 70 Firebird as he worked through the field coming to the final round to face former Mason Dixon Champ Mark Harbaugh in his 00 Grand Am. At the start it was a real drag race as Mark’s .012 reaction slightly bettered Rod’s .018, but at the top end it was Rod taking the stripe and the Win with a dead on 9.15 et (9.15dial) to Mark’s Off the pace 10.19 on his 10.07 dial. Great Job Rodney! Congrats on your Winning Race 3.  
   
  RODNEY EICHELBERGER- WINNER- RACE #3  
     
 

Semifinals went to Chad Ely (70 GTO) and Mike Clay (62 Catalina). Randy Peer (63 Lemans), Paul Beard (63 GP), Doug Chell (67 Firebird), and Steve Dress (68 Firebird) took the Quarterfinals. Congratulations to all our finalists and thanks to everyone who showed. Points are posted on our website where you’ll find Rod Eichelberger jumping to a big lead with last year’s Champ Mike Clay, and Bruce Garber, last season’s 5th place finisher, filling out the Top 3 spots. Check out the points standing on our RESULTS page.

A Giant thanks to all who braved the heat to race with us and to those who helped out – Jeff & Tina Mason, Doug Chell, Cliff Mayes, Paul Beard, Chuck Hutzler, of course- Bill Bolin, and Mike Clay who stayed to the very end- thanks to all for your help and support.

We are right back at it next Sunday, June 13 at Mason Dixon. Let’s hope the temps are a little more to our liking. Don’t forget, 2 weeks after that (June 26) we are part of the Rocking Chair Nats also at MD. This event is also a bonus points race so we hope to see you all then. For more information about our series, including up-coming races, the point standings, rules, Sponsors, and links to lots of information on Pontiacs can be found on this website.

 
     
     
  Race 2- May 23- Mason Dixon  
 

We finally got the 2021 season going after rain cancelled our first race on May 5th, and I’m finally getting the results posted! Our Race #2 on May 23rd was a hot day but no one seemed to mind and everyone was ready to put Covid, politics and 2020 in the rearview mirror and get to Racing.

At the end of 6 rounds it was RODNEY EICHELBERGER in his ‘70 Firebird, taking the win over the 2000 T/A of Bruce Garber. Rodney ran it out to a 9.17 (9.11dial) at 145.49mph as Bruce cut it just a little too early (-.003 rt) to hand Rod the win, taking Rodney, 2019’s Point Champ & 2020’s Runner-up, to the top of the Points to start the season.

 
   
  RODNEY EICHELBERGER- WINNER- RACE #2  
 

 

Other finalists were Kyle Garber (93 Firebird) as the semifinalist with Mike Clay (62 Catalina) and Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) taking the Quarterfinals. Congratulations to all our finalists and thanks to everyone who showed to make it a great opening day for our 23rd season – Jim and Shari for helping out and running the show as I raced and to Bill Bolin for his help with sales and anything that was needed, and of course the many great pics you see on FB.

Our next race is Sunday, June 6 and then Sunday June 13 before we do our 3rd race in June on Saturday the 26th for the Rocking Chair Nationals nostalgia event. Busy month. All these events are at Mason Dixon and the June 23rd race is an extra points event so plan to make it to this one- more details as the date approaches. Remember, if your car runs 14.99 or quicker, you are welcome to race with us -one race or the whole season.

Coming up later this season we will again be a Beaver Springs (July 24) as a part of the BOP race where we will run with their program but give points to OPDS point participants for each round they win AND $500 goes to the Point participants who goes the most rounds at that event- in addition to the payout offered by Beaver Springs! Gotta be there!

Also up for bonus points is the event at South Mountain on August 15, but we will be our own class at that event. That’s it for “away” races but we’re not done the season of “extra” events. On September 12th at Mason Dixon we will hold another Butler Performance Day- FREE t-shirts to racers, discount coupons and lunch for the racers provided by Butler Performance- longtime supporter of our series. In fact, Butler is THE longest running supporter of OPDS and we are so grateful that they continue to support us each year. Be sure to make this event!

More on the Rocking Chair Nationals in a week or so. Meanwhile, if you have bothered to read this to the end we will award the first two racers who come to the popup at the next race and mention this article – FREE race entry for that race! Good luck and see you at the track!

 
     
     
     
  2021 Pre-season Info  
     
 

It's time to get your Pontiac ready for OPDS's 23rd season and here’s some information about our upcoming races.

As mentioned, 2021 is pretty much a copy of our 2020 season. Hopefully we will be a lot less concerned about the Covid virus and be able to have a full uninhibited season. This season will have 10 races starting off on Saturday, May 8 at Mason Dixon. I know this seems a little later than most groups but since we will be having NO RAIN DATES and NO THROWOUTS in 2021 we are trying to avoid the inevitable rainouts in the early and late parts of the season. Eight races will be at Mason Dixon and one again at South Mountain (1/8 mile) and a bonus points day for Outlaws going to the BOP race at Beaver Springs.

A few words on the races at SM and BS- Bonus points will be offered at South Mountain and Beaver Springs. Even though BS is not an OPDS only event (we will run in their classes)-in addition to extra points we will offer $500 to the Points participant who goes the most rounds. This will be in addition to any payouts offered by the event. More details on these events as the time approaches. Note also that the BS BOP race is an event lasting 3 days- BOP Gamblers/TNT on Friday, BOP race day on Saturday and BOP Hangover race on Sunday. We will offer our Bonus Points and cash on Saturday only but Friday and Sunday could be used as a good tuneup for Norwalk the following weekend.

A few notes on our races at Mason Dixon: - note that there is NOT a race scheduled on OCT 2 as listed on MD'S website. We try to schedule our races to avoid other Pontiac events, major holidays, etc. Our races are evenly split on Saturday’s and Sunday’s this year and we will be running on TNT/ Gambler race days more than last year. This MAY mean that we would not have as long a day as before but the jury is still out on that.

Also note that on MD's webpage they list at their Summit events it will be "One Run and Go", so be prepared for that. All of our races will be 1/4 mile (except SM) and we will continue to offer buy-backs at each race.

And… at MD this season we have been asked to be a part of the RC Nationals nostalgia event and at that event we will also offer Bonus points. All Pontiac racers and show cars are encouraged to attend. I know this makes a long day but I feel it is a great way for people to see our Pontiacs and it is a good day to see some great rides from days past. I hope everyone can make it.

Plus… on tap for 2021 we will be holding another Butler Performance Day in the latter part of the season. There we will give T-shirts to our racers, Butler certificates and tickets for lunch courtesy of Butler Performance who has been with OPDS from the very start of our series in 1999. Come out to race and enjoy. This date will be announced later in the season.

For 2021 we will NOT be increasing our entry fee ($25, plus gate fee), Points program entry ($45), or Buy-backs($15) but we will also NOT be increasing our payouts which will stand at Winner-$500, Runner-up $250, Semis $75, and Qtrs $50. In addition there are certificates and cash offerings by our sponsors at most races.

Remember- you don't have to be a member to race with us. Check out the rules and guidelines on this site and if you can, come and race with us, or come to spectate and enjoy some great Pontiacs in action!

That's about it for now. I'm looking forward to this season. I am hearing of several new racers planning to come and join us. We're always glad to see more Pontiacs! So, dust ‘em off, tune ‘em up and get to the track. I'm planning to take in a couple test-n-tunes in April. Maybe we'll see you there! ...til then

 
     
   
  (Click Here for a Larger Version of the 2021 OPDS Flyer)  
     
     
 
 
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  Mike Clay- Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series Points Champion for 2020!  
 

The last race for the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series was scheduled to run on Oct 11. However, Mother nature had other ideas and provided us with a rainy day thus cancelling the event and bringing to a close our race season for 2020. It has been a very “different” year but in spite of what’s been going on in the world our season can be deemed a success and very much so for our Champion for 2020 - Mike Clay.

Mike is pretty humble about his season and his winding up at the top, but his consistency and his great car kept him at or near the top all season. Mike’s 62 Catalina is a unique story. Starting life as a 4 door Mike transformed the big Cat to the 2 door race car you see here and powered by a Gaydosh built 473 it has become a very consistent and great performing ride for Mike. Mike’s abilities have helped a little too! We’re glad to see him as the Champion – Congratulations Mike!

 
   
     
 

Finishing out in the top 5 spots in points were: Rodney Eichelberger (70 Firebird) Steve Dress (68 Firebird), Greg Orris (05 GTO), and Bruce Garber (00 T/A).

I want to thank everyone involved in helping and supporting our Series this year. As mentioned it has been a different kind of season but our sponsors were there for us, never hesitating in support of our series. It is especially noteworthy that most of our supporters are racers themselves and faced the world’s situation with the rest of us but still came thru to help and support. Check out our sponsor listings on our webpage and when you see them at the track be sure to thank them for their support because without them we don’t race. And speaking of help it can’t be said enough about how great the group of people are who make up the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series. Regular racers with us or even those who come for one, or several races, are all top notch. It must be a Pontiac thing!! To those who help each race with setup and takedown I am very grateful. By the end of the day this tired old man really appreciates you all!

Thanks also go out to Elmer and the crew at Mason Dixon for their continued support and for welcoming us all these years as well as providing us with a great, safe venue for us to race. We thank Beaver Springs Dragway and South Mountain Dragway for their welcoming us as well. Both these tracks have asked that we return in 2021.

Award checks are being sent out (to the top 10 finishers) and trophies will be presented to the top 5 at some point since we will not be immediately holding our annual TOP 5 get together due to Covid restrictions. But it doesn’t mean we stop planning and working on the next season. With that in mind if you have ideas and/or suggestions, complaints, etc. feel free to let me know so we can try to make our series even better next year; hopefully a year fee of the constraints we faced in 2020. Email me at opds2015@gmail.com or message me on Facebook. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait until we can begin our 23rd year of Pontiacin! Til then..

 
        Steve  
     
 
 
     
  Race #9 - 9/26/2020 - Mason Dixon  
 

Saturday’s weather prediction said cloudy and only 10-20% chance of rain. But when racers from all directions reported driving through rain as they left home for the track and the wetness continuing until well after the designated start time, we thought the day was going to be a write-off. However, the drops finally subsided, the crew at Mason Dixon went to work and before you know it the track was ready to go racing. Thanks to the crew at Mason Dixon for sticking with it and making it happen!

On the Track- things really were heated up in the points race for our 9th event of our 10 race season. Rodney Eichelberger and Steve Dress were in a virtual tie for first with Mike Clay, Greg Orris, and Bruce Garber ready to strike. The first round made for one change in position as Steve Dress (68 Firebird) broke on the starting line and the 2nd round took out Rod Eichelberger (70 Firebird) leaving the door open for the battle for first. Five rounds later found Mike Clay (62 Catalina) against former points Champ Chuck Hutzler (82 firebird). After killing the tree most of the day, Mike found the GO pedal a little too fast, logging a -.0009 RED light(!), giving Chuck the Win for the evening. Here are the stats on the final: Chuck coasting through with a 10.39 on his 9.57 dial at 93 mph and Mike running it out with a 10.419 on his 10.39 dial at 125.63mph. CONGRATULATIONS TO CHUCK HUTZLER ON HIS WIN !

 
   
 

Greg Orris (05 GTO) and Bruce Garber (00 T/A), 4th and 5th in points respectively were our Semifinalists for Race 9 which kept them in the same position in points. Quarterfinalists Saturday was Anne Beard (69 Bonneville),Casey Jones(67 Lemans) and Drew Duninger (72 GP). Congratulations to all our Finalists!!

As a result of Saturday’s race Mike Clay ends up at the top of the Points, followed by Rod Eichelberger, only 5 pts behind (less than one round). Rounding out the top 5 we find Steve Dress(68 Firebird), Greg Orris (05 GTO), and Bruce Garber(00 T/A). I also have to mention Jeff Raff in 6th place because he too has a shot at the top spot. For all the point standings visit the “Results” tab on our website http://outlawpontiacdragseries.com/index.shtml .

Thanks to all who came to participate and to help- Bill Bolin and Carl Hazenstab for some of the great pics and videos as seen on Facebook, Cliff Mayes for gathering the run sheets and bringing us some fantastic brownies(thanks Jen!), Mike Clay, always there for teardown and packing up , and for Jim Staub who runs the table and everything else as needed. Thanks to you all!

Next race, our 10th and final race for 2020, is Sunday, October 11. We will post gate times, etc. closer to the event. Since it is our last race for 2020 I hope to see you all one last time before we hibernate OPDS until next Spring. Til then…

Steve

 
     
     
  Race #8 - 9/5/2020 - Mason Dixon  
 

Saturday of Labor Day Weekend found the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series at Mason Dixon for their Race #8 of the 2020 season. It was a beautiful day for racing and the car count for MD’s event proved it; hardly a pit space could be found. At this event we had to run the 1/8mi instead of our usual ¼ mi but since we just came from running the 1/8th at South Mountain our racers weren’t too unfamiliar with the shorter track.

At the end of 5 rounds it was the 2000 Grand Am and Mark Harbaugh taking the Win over Bruce Garber in his 2000 Trans Am. Stats for the final round: Mark-6.325(6.29dial) @ 100.18mph to Bruce’s 8.785 (8.73dial) @ 81.94mph, with the starting line advantage going to Mark with a .023 vs.053 for Bruce. Congratulations to Mark Harbaugh for his 2nd win with us this season!

Semifinals went to Chad Ely (70 GTO) and Greg Orris (05 GTO). Quarter finals went to Ashley Ross (99 T/A), Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) and Steve Dress (68 Firebird). Congratulations to all our finalists!

 
   
 

As a result of Saturday’s race we find a tightening of the Points race, with Rodney Eichelberger and Steve Dress in a virtual tie for 1st but any one of the Top 5 within striking distance of the top with a good finish in the last two races. The top contenders include: 3rd place Mike Clay (62 Catalina), Greg Orris (05 GTO), Bruce Garber (00 T/A) and Chad Ely (70 GTO). Check out all the point standings on the “Results” tab.

Great job!...to the guys who helped this race: Paul Beard with helping run the table, Cliff Mayes for hanging out to the end to retrieve the run sheets, and Mike Clay for the help in tearing down and getting me on the road in record time. Thanks guys!

A special thanks and acknowledgement to one of our Sponsors and former racer in our series- Leroy (Phil) Leese, who drove all the way from Tennessee to be with us and present us with a contingency for our racers. Phil (and his Dad, Al, who was also in attendance) raced with us in the early days of OPDS but the Job and life took Phil to Tennessee where he campaigns his 68 Firebird on the 1/8mi strips near his home. Phil has offered-up, in addition to his yearly contribution, a $50 cash prize, and subscription to his website and podcast at DRAGTRACKER.COM to the Winner at each race. Also, the offer of $25 goes to the Runnerup at each race. All you need to do is display his logo on your car at the event. (Decals available at signup). We thank Phil for being a great supporter of our series and welcome him join us at any time!

A huge thanks to our other supporters. Let’s not forget them because these people are the reason we are able to race as we do each season. I will be acknowledging these special people in the future and I’d like everyone to thank them as well. Stay tuned.

Our next race is Saturday, September 26. Although Mason Dixon lists us running on the 27th and the 26th, we are only racing on that Saturday, the 26th. As the weather heads into Fall temps it should be a great finish to a somewhat crazy year. I’m already dreading the end of racing but anxious for the next race on the 26th. Until then, take care and be safe!

Steve

 
     
     
  Race #7 - 8/16/2020 - South Mountain  
 

Based on the weather reports for last week and into the weekend it was pretty much thought that our race at South Mountain would be a rainout. However, Mother Nature was kind to us -the skies cleared by late Sunday morning on the 16th and, except for the brief shower that caused a 2hr delay after our first time-trial, it was a go.

On the track- Rodney Eichelberger took his 70 Firebird to the Winners circle over Jeff Raff in his ’64 GTO. Stats for the final round: Rodney: 5.942 (5.89dial) @ 110.75mph; Jeff 6.247 (6.25dial) @ 108.46mph - Rodney with the reaction time advantage. On the way to his Runner up finish Jeff took out Points leader Steve Dress (68 Firebird) helping Rodney move to First place in the points, 10 points ahead of Steve. Other finalists on Sunday were Steve Dress as the Semifinalist, and Buck Markiewicz (68 Firebird) and Bruce Garber (2000 T/A) as the Quarterfinalists. Congratulations to all our finalists. The Top 5 in points as of Sunday’s race are Rodney Eichelberger (70 Firebird), Steve Dress (68 Firebird), Mike Clay (62 Catalina), Greg Orris (05 GTO) and Bruce Garber (00 T/A). To see all the point standings check out our “Results” page on our website- http://outlawpontiacdragseries.com/index.shtml

 
   
 

Thanks go out to Mike Natoli and the crew at South Mountain Dragway for having us and doing their best to make us feel welcomed. Thanks also to those of our group that contributed to making the day run smoothly. Thanks to all for making the trek to South Mountain and enduring the rain delay as well as the sometimes confusing day.

Our next race is Saturday, September 5 at Mason Dixon where we will be for the final 3 races of the season. This race is the “Labor Day Classic” at MD with the gates opening at 8:30am, time-trials starting at 2pm, and eliminations after the 2nd time run. We hope to see you there. Until then…

 
     
  Race #6 - 7/25/2020 - Beaver Springs  
 

The Outlaw Pontiacs traveled to Beaver Springs this past Saturday to be a part of the BOP (Buick, Olds, Pontiac) event there. For OPDS this was run as a “Race-Within-a-Race” and was primarily an event for those racers in our Points Program. Points were earned for each round you ran and the racer who went the most rounds overall got the $500 cash from OPDS. That honor went to Greg Orris who took his 05 GTO to the finals in the Stock Class, collecting the OPDS cash and top prize from the BOP event. Congratulations to Greg on his Win! Honorable mention goes to Chad Ely for his Semifinal finish in the Outlaw Class.

Looking at the Points after Saturday’s event Steve Dress(68 Firebird) hangs on at the top with Mike Clay(62 Catalina), Rodney Eichelberger(70 Firebird), Greg Orris,(05 GTO) and Bruce Garber(00 T/A)making the top 5. Go to our “results” tab on the website for a complete listing.outlawpontiacdragseries.com

Although for OPDS this event was centered on our Points participants there were several Pontiacs running that day that are frequent participants at our regular events, including Matt Crise, who took his outstanding looking and performing 62 Tempest( running 9.30s all day) to the Winner’s circle in the Outlaw Class. Congrats to you too Matt! It was great to see all of our Pontiac brothers in attendance. Although we don’t have pictures of our top contenders this race we invite you to enjoy all the pics from Bill Bolin and the Videos from Carl Hazenstab that are on our Facebook page. Great jobs guys! Also, many thanks to those who helped with the event- Jim, Bill, Carl, Mike, Greg, Chad, and all others that I may have missed. Thanks too goes to Mike McCracken and the Zoo Crew at Beaver Springs for having the event. Mike plans to continue with this event and plans to make it grow as we go forward, sans Covid-19, which put a slight damper to this year’s event. Great job Mike- we appreciate your efforts and hope to be a part of the show in 2021.

Moving into August OPDS will travel to South Mountain Dragway in boiling Springs, Pa for our Race #7 on August 16th. As time draws near we will post more info on the race. Remember that you don’t have to be a points participant or any kind of “membership” to run in our program. Go to our website for more information. That’s it for now. Stay safe…See you at the track. …til then, Steve.

 
     
     
  Race #5 - 7/11/2020 - Mason Dixon  
 

Car count was low on Saturday but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a good time! Besides, with all first round losers buying back we ended up doing 5 rounds to determine the Winner. At the end of those 5 rounds it was Steve Dress’ 68 Firebird over Mike Clay in his 62 Catalina. Stats for the final were kind of irrelevant since Mike backed off after red-lighting and Steve, not see the redlight backed off as well.

Finishing the day as the Semifinalist was Randy Peer (63 Lemans) and in the Quarterfinals it was Rodney Eichelberger (70 Firebird), Jeff Raff (64 GTO), and Bruce Garber (00 T/A).

CONGRATULATIONS to all out finalists!

 
   
 

Since I was a little busy on the track it was great to have all the help on Saturday. Special thanks to Bill Bolin, Mike Clay, Anne and Paul Beard and Carl Hazenstab. It was great to see Carl back at the track. Carl took some great video and pics from Bill Bolin and Jeff Kipe, posted on FB, show some of the awesome rides there on Saturday on the track and in the show area. (I forgot to mention that on this day the track was having a GM only event- race and show, in addition to our OPDS class.)

Saturday’s race created a shift in the point standings with the winner and Runner-up of that race moving to the top of the chart- Steve Dress in first with Mike Clay only 7 pts behind in 2nd- less than one round win! Finishing out the Top 5 are Rodney Eichelberger, Bruce Garber, and Greg Orris. To see all the point standing click on our “results” tab on our website - outlawpontiacdragseries.com/index.shtml

In two weeks (July 25) we move to Beaver Springs to take part in the BOP race there. For those in points we are offering extra points for attending and points for each round you stage, no matter which class you’re in.(Points will only be awarded for one class and you will have to choose which class before eliminations if you double enter.)According to their flyer it looks like most of us will enter the “outlaw” class (NO delay boxes; Transbrake and 2-steps permitted). Entry fee is $50 and you will need to come to our POP-up to sign-in but we will NOT be charging any fee at this race. We WILL be paying out $500 to the Points entry who goes the most rounds.(if there’s more than one the payout will be divided). Gates open at 9am, Time Trials at 10am and eliminations at 1pm.For more information go to BS website beaversprings.com and view the flyer or contact me via messenger on FB or email opds2015@gmail.com

We encourage any and all Pontiacs to attend- Race, Show or Spectate. Bring ‘em out and show us what you got! We hope to see you there. Until then… Steve

 
 
 
     
  Race #4 - 6/27/2020 - Mason Dixon  
 

This past weekend was to be our 4th time to be a part of the Rocking Chair Nationals, but this year, thanks to the Virus shutdown, it wasn’t happening. However, the MANDRA group (Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association) and the Outlaw Pontiacs provided a good showing of nostalgia cars on Saturday. Weather was hot and humid. The air was 2600 or worse all day and we had a few sprinkles to deal with but no one seemed to mind. We were out and Racing!

Nineteen cars signed for the day and we hit the lanes at 1PM for TT. By 8:30 we were on the road heading home, another race in the books. At the end of the day it was Mark Harbaugh in his 2000 Grand Am taking the Win light as Jon Gunter in his 65 GTO lit the red light ending his chance at the Winner’s circle. Stats for the final: Mark- 10.09(10.12dial) vs Jon’s 9.33(9.30dial). For the win Mark received $580 cash and a PYPES PERFORMANCE EXHAUST certificate. Jon was awarded $280 cash and a certificate from BUTLER PERFORMANCE. Congratulations to Mark and Jon!

 
   
 

Other finalists: in the semis it was Mike Clay (62 Catalina) and Joe White (65 GTO). Quarter finals went to Evan Bailey (68 Firebird), Chad Ely (70 GTO), Bruce Garber (00 Trans AM), and Bill Giannaksie(sp?) (GTO). Semis received $75 each and Qtrs $50 each for their finish on Saturday. Congratulations to all our finalists!

After Saturday’s race Rodney Eichelberger remains at the Top of the points. To check out all the point standings click on our “results” tab on our website outlawpontiacdragseries.com

Next Race (#5) is July 11 at Mason Dixon and we will post reminders for that as the date approaches. We also want to note that our Race #6 on `July 25th will be at Beaver Springs Dragway. This is a BOP race but for OPDS it is also a POINTS race. Bonus points to those in our points program who show for the event and in addition we are paying $500 to the Pontiac (in our points program) that goes the most rounds, in addition to any funds awarded by the event management. More details on this event as the date approaches. Mark your calendar for this one; we would really like a good showing of OPDS at this second, annual BOP event at the Beaver!

Stay in touch with us on FB or our website outlawpontiacdragseries.com/index.shtml or email us at opds2015@gmail.com. See ya next race…

 
 

        Steve

 
     
 
 
     
  Race #3 - 6/13/2020 - Mason Dixon  
   
 

Saturday, June 13th we finally got our 2020 season up and running. Although it wasn’t our best turn-out for a season opening event there was still a lot of great racing going on and it was great to be able to see and talk to everyone, including some new racers who ran with us on Saturday. Our event ran pretty normal, considering, and it looks like going forward we will be operating at Mason Dixon as usual. Thanks to Elmer and the crew at MD for their efforts in getting the track opened again. Also thanks to those who made the calls to those officials who were instrumental in making it happen.

On the track- Sixteen cars showed for the first round and 16 cars showed again for the second because of buy-backs, showing us that everyone was anxious to get back at it. In the final, five rounds later, we found Steve Dress (68 Firebird) lined up against last year’s Point Champion Rodney Eichelberger in his 70 Firebird. Steve ran it out the back door when Rod’s redlight came on, running a 10.314 (10.31dial) to Rod’s 9.153 on a 9.16dial. Steve took the Win but the point leader after this first race is Rodney due to Steve being a buy-back and only getting ½ the normal points. Of course things are really bunched up now in points but if you want to see who’s in the hunt early on go to our RESULTS tab on this website.

Semifinalists were Mark Harbaugh (00 Grand Am) and Ashley Ross (99 TA). Quarter finalists were Mike Clay(62 Catalina), Greg Orris(05 GTO), Anne Beard(69 Bonneville) and Doug Chell(67 Firebird). Congratulations to all our finalists!

Thanks to those who helped out this weekend-Bill, Paul, Anne, Mike, Andy, Henry, anyone I may have missed, and, of course, Jim Staub. Couldn’t have done it without you all.

Our next race is June 27 at Mason Dixon. This was to be in conjunction with the Rocking Chair Nationals but that event has been postponed due to no spectators allowed yet. HOWEVER, we will still be at Mason Dixon on the 27th running our regular points Race #4 along with the MANDRA group and PRO Stick.

A few notes/reminders about our program. If you are a first time racer with us you will get FREE entry to your first race with us (excluding the Gate entry fee). You don’t have to pay any “membership” fees-race with us once or all season. You do not have to enter our Points program. Your car must run the ¼ in 14.99 or quicker to race with us.

Since we decided to not send out a schedule flyer this year you will need to keep checking on our FB page or the website to see about upcoming events. We will post details of each event in advance and be sure to pass along race dates to those you think may be interested. I know some were not aware of our running this past weekend and maybe some were still apprehensive about coming out to a group gathering. Like we stated, it looks promising for our future events but nothing seems to be certain these days!

Keep your eyes on our website, our Facebook page and Mason Dixon’s website for last minute info and details of our up-coming races. Stay tuned!

 
     
     
 

6/10/2020

OPDS is racing this weekend (June13th). Before you leave for the track be sure to go to Mason Dixon’s website( masondixondragway.com ) and register for the class. To do so click on “Summit Race Entry Form”, fill it out and check the “Pontiac Outlaw” class. Print the confirmation and bring it to the track. Also on that site you will need to print and sign Release Wavier for Racing AND Release Wavier for COVID-19. Print and sign both of these and bring to the track as well, for you and your crew!

Mason Dixon’s site has information as to their requirements for social distancing, masks, crew members, etc. Check this out while there for your necessary forms. I know all this seems a PITA but, hey, we’re able to race and it’s looking up for us to get closer to a more normal summer of doing what we love. If you are a first timer with our group be sure to check here and our FB page for details on our rules and requirements. We hope to see everyone Saturday- Let’s do it!

 

 
     
     
     
 

6/3/2020

A lot of things happening –some good, some bad. All Pontiac fans are in mourning with the announcement that Norwalk is closed for the season and the yearly trek to the Ames Pontiac Nationals there will not happen. We also got word yesterday that the Rocking Chair Nationals at Mason Dixon are postponed, an event OPDS has taken part in for the last 4 years and was hoping to make it five in 2020. With the first two of our events already cancelled this season the rest of the season looks sketchy. However, this past weekend MD announced that on June 5,6,and 7 they will be running their normally scheduled event (with some modifications of course). When I asked about our event the following weekend (June, 13) I was told it is a GO, BUT TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE MASON DIXON WEBSITE for any changes that may be imposed by state or local officials. We will also post any changes we become aware of on our FB page or our website. So, with that in mind, it looks now that we are racing on the 13th what was to be our 3rd race of the season.

What the future holds from there is anybody’s guess. Our event on June 27 was to be part of the RC Nats. Right now we are planning to run that day as a regular event- our race 4. Looking at other tracks where we run I see that Beaver Springs is running a regular schedule and that there is no word yet on what’s happening at South Mountain Dragway. So, stay tuned. There will not be any event flyers sent this year since the schedule is in question and we don’t want anyone to show up expecting to race when it may have been cancelled.

As far as our season goes- we are not sure if we will have a full season or not so our points program may be cut back this year. Right now it will be a wait and see mode. We will start a program as usual. Some have already paid up for points- Thanks JEFF RAFF! – but, if there isn’t a full program we will refund entry fees. What’s a full program? Not sure at this point but we are working on options and will let you know. Meanwhile, plan to join us on the 13th of June when we will welcome the call- PONTIACS TO THE LANES!

 
     
     
 

5/28/2020

As you have probably guessed, our 2nd race for 2020, scheduled for May 30, is cancelled. What the future holds for our next, and future races, is still up in the air. We note that there are other tracks that are opening up for racing albeit without spectators, and with “social distancing” guidelines, etc. I’m hoping that it’s not too long before we will be able to have some of our events at Mason Dixon as scheduled. Meanwhile, Mason Dixon is having Test & Tunes on Saturday’s and Sundays and this weekend they are listing a Gamblers race as well. Several of our Pontiacs are signed up for the TNT and if you are so inclined, go to MD’s website and signup for one of their sessions.

Stay tuned for any changes and news about any of our upcoming scheduled events and we hope to see you in the lanes soon!

 
     
     
 

2020 Pre-Season Info

I’ve been debating on when to post anything about the 2020 season and have been hoping that this will end sooner than it most probably won’t. As you may have read, Bill Bader (Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, OH) announced that he was opening-up the 2020 season of racing regardless of what is asked of our government, either local or nationally. I’m not here to promote his view, OR criticize it. He noted that the 2020 schedule will be altered from it’s original plan and will be modified as he gets things in order. This brings up a good point. Since we don’t have any idea when or even if our racing can resume it may be that our schedule will be altered from what we have laid out prior to this pandemic. What you see on posted here is what was approved to this point but I can’t say that things will not change as we go forward. I feel the need to post what we have, to give you something to plan for and to take your mind off of the daily crisis we are all dealing with. Stay tuned for updates on the schedule

The season was/is to kick off on May 10th at Mason Dixon, the first of 8 races at MD. One of these events is our participation in the Rocking Chair Nationals on June 27. This is also a points race and a chance to show off our Pontiacs to probably the biggest crowd of the year. Last season we had our best car count for this event and I hope we can top that this year.

Two other tracks where we will run this season are: Beaver Springs on July 25 and South Mountain on August 16. The race at Beaver is a BOP race and a Points race as well, giving points for reach round you stage and bonus points to all those point participants who attend. Also, we will hand out “winner “pay to the OPDS points Participant who goes farthest in the event- in addition to any payouts from the event otherwise. The people connected with this event are anxious to see us there and again I hope to have a good turnout.

On August 16th we are traveling to South Mountain in Boiling Springs Pa for our 7th point race. This is a 1/8mi track and has been going thru several upgrades in recent years with new owners and management. I’m told that a lot of improvements have been implemented since the mid 90’s when I last ran there. I hear they are even having scoreboards installed this season! We have been asked to appear there in the past and we’ve decided to do so this season. Always a good crowd there and I know they would love to see our Pontiacs! The race at South Mountain will be a points race and again we are offering bonus points to those Point participants who attend. Bonus points can make a big difference in the final tally as only a few points, less than one round win, can mean the difference of a couple hundred dollars in the point payout.

Speaking of points and payouts, etc, - Entry fees for our events will remain the same at $25. I’m not aware of any changes in the gate fee which is determined by the track. Point program entry is $45 and remember that we pay $1000 to the Champ and back to 10th place which would get you $60. Even though payouts will be a little shorter this year, as we have not had the sponsor input as in other years, even before Covid-19 hit us, they will be close to other seasons.

Other notes: On the first weekend in June Burdette Bros is holding their last Pontiac car show. This has been a great show for many years and it’s sad to see it disappear. It would be great to see lots of Pontiacs there and I understand that before all this virus thing started that the preregistrations was showing a great turnout. Let’s hope it will be able to happen. We will let you know when this date happens for sure.

At a date to be announced later, we will be having another Butler Performance day. This will happen at Mason Dixon and as in the past we have handouts and goodies from Butler Performance for all participants.

As race dates approach we will give more details here or on Facebook. You can contact us with any questions or comments at opds2015@gmail.com .

You can print our schedule from the “schedule” tab on this site or locate it on our Facebook page and print from there.

If you have managed to get this far and stayed awake here’s a bonus – for the first 5 racers, or spectators who mention this article to me at sign-up we will give FREE racer entry for that day or a FREE T –shirt.

Be safe everyone and we’ll see you soon!

Steve

 
     
   
  (Click Here for a Larger Version of the 2020 OPDS Flyer)  
     
     
     
     
     
     
  2019 Season  
     
 

Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series- Race 11 – 2019- Mason Dixon

Last Saturday – October 5th- was a great day for our final Race of the 2019 season. With the weather promising some personal record ETs, twenty-four Pontiacs showed hoping to do just that and garner some cash as well as a good time with fellow Poncho enthusiasts.

On the track we saw Erik Wiegand follow his Runner-up finish at Cecil with a Win on Saturday at Mason Dixon. Erik lined-up his 64 GTO against Mike Clay’s 62 Catalina in the Final. Mike, looking to score big, trying to better his Runner-up finish in Race 2, took the stripe but ran just .002 too quick, giving the Win light to Erik. Here’s the stats on the Final: Erik- 9.789 (9.73dial) @ 134mph to Mike’s- 10.318 (10.32dial) @ 126mph. Good job by both drivers getting to the final. CONGRATULATIONS to Erik Wiegand for his Win on Saturday!!

 
   
     
  The Points Championship for 2019 goes to Rodney Eichelberger! Rod took his 70 Firebird to the final 3 times this season, winning the 1st event of the year and in the second half of 2019 he was the one to beat, gathering Wins in Races 7 and 9. Rod’s wins put him well out in front when the final points were tallied. This was Rod’s first full year racing with OPDS and we’re glad to have him on board- nice guy and a great competitor! CONGRATULATIONS ROD EICHELBERGER – OPDS Points Champion 2019!  
   
     
     
 

Race 8 – August 31 – Mason Dixon

The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series was at Mason Dixon on Saturday as part of the Labor Day Classic weekend of racing. 20 of Pontiac's finest showed and it turned out to be a great day- running almost into Sunday.

On the track- Rod Eichelberger (70 Firebird) extended his lead in the points by going a few rounds, but Jeff Raff (64 GTO) took the trophy on Saturday night, winning the class and jumping to the number 3 spot, just 8 points (one round win) behind second place Doug Chell. Jeff faced Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) in the final and both drivers were on their game all day. Jeff’s dead-on the dial made up for his trailing Chuck a little at the tree when Chuck broke out at the stripe. Here’s the stats on the final: Jeff’s 64GTO: 9.74@ 136mph(9.74dial) vs Chuck’s 82Firebird 9.956@138mph(10.00dial). CONGRATULATIONS! to Jeff for his Win. Jeff garnered $625 in winnings from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Max Performance (and, of course, the Trophy from OPDS!). Chuck picked up $250 and a certificate from Butler Performance for his Runner-up finish.

 
   
 

Erik Weigand’s (64 GTO) day ended in the Semifinals when he saw the glow of Red against Chuck Hutzler. Erik received $75 for his Semifinal finish.

Nick Weigand found himself taking the Quarter final cash on Saturday. Losing in the 4th round was bad enough but finding a deer standing in the middle of the lane at the finish line was a little much! Hitting the binders hard at 130mph Nick narrowly avoided the deer and the retaining wall and got the T/A and himself safely loaded and heading home with $50 for his quarterfinal finish. Also receiving the Quarter final pay on Saturday was Doug Chell ( 67 Firebird). Check out the point standings on our website “Results” tab: outlawpontiacdragseries.com/index.shtml

Big thanks to all who helped on Saturday- Paul Beard for helping me at the table and Paul, Randy Peer, Mike Clay, Doug Chell, & Chuck Hutzler with setup/take down. Hope I didn’t forget anyone…

Next race is in two weeks, Sept 14, at Mason Dixon and don’t forget the following race, Sept 22 at Cecil County when we hand $1000 to the Winner of Race#10. Remember that you don’t have to be in our Points program, or be any member of anything to race with us. As long as your Pontiac runs 14.99 or quicker (1/4mi) you are more than welcomed and if your Pontiac isn’t that quick come watch some of the best Pontiacs in the land! Only 3 more races to go this season, which seems to be ending too soon. Let’s make the last three the best three this year! See ya then…

 
     
 

OPDS Race 7- August 18 – Mason Dixon

After a cancellation due to extreme heat and laying off of a few weeks for everyone to prepare, participate and settle down after the Norwalk event, OPDS racers were anxious to get back at it, and braved the second heat wave to hit this Summer. And hot it was! Hats off to the 22 racers who signed-up for our Race #7 this past Sunday.

In a repeat of the first event of this season Randy Peer (63 Lemans) met Rod Eichelberger (70 Firebird) in the final and the results were also a repeat of Race #1 with Rodney coming out on top, running a 9.383(9.36dial) @ 137.57 to Randy’s breaking-out 9.239 (9.25dial) @ 145.54. Congratulations to Rodney Eichelberger for his win on Sunday! With this win Rod moves out in front in the OPDS Points race. We find Doug Chell in the #2 position followed closely by Mike Clay in 3rd. For all the point standings go to our Results page on this website ;

 
   
 

Other finalists on Sunday were Kyle Garber (93 Firebird) and Doug Chell (67 Firebird) in the Semis and Matt Crise (62 Tempest), TJ Kirby (88 Firebird), Bruce Wilson (71 Buick) and Mike Clay (62 Catalina) as our Quarterfinalists. Congrats to all!

We also want to thank the Buick racers that showed up on Sunday and thanks to Bruce Wilson for his efforts in getting some of those racers to attend. Even though the turnout was sparse we hope to work on the idea of a BOP event in the future. I know that the event being held on Sunday didn’t help and that is one area we will work on. Again I appeal to anyone who knows B-O racers or can connect us to websites, etc. to help us get this a little more involved.

I don’t want to forget anyone who helped with setup and tear down but thanks to all who did. I continue to feel honored to be connected to such a great group of people. We also need to acknowledge and thank the crew at Mason Dixon for enduring the heat to help make our day a good one.

We are back to a Saturday Race on August 31, again at Mason Dixon. Hopefully the weather will moderate by then. See you all there!

 
     
 

OPDS Race #5- July 8

Mason Dixon High heat, high humidity and Holiday vacation time kept the car count down at Race 5 on Saturday but it was the rain that did it in. After completing the first round and a hour and a half down time drying the track, the rain started again and the race was called. Each of the 7 drivers who were to go into the second round got an equal share of the total payout and points were awarded to those in our points program for the round completed.

The one round completed did result in a change in the Point standings at the top when Points leader Rodney Eichelberger became a victim of a red light and Mike Clay in his ’62 Catalina advanced to the next round and to the top of the points followed closely by Doug Chell . For a complete listing of the Point standings click open the RESULTS tab.

Thanks to those who helped with a record teardown as the storm approached and a big thanks to all those who braved the stifling heat and humidity to come race with us on Saturday.

Our next race is Saturday, July 20 and at this race we are inviting Buick and Olds racers to join us. So if you know of any Olds and Buick racers get them to come and show us what they got and share the day with the other GM "outcasts". OPDS rules apply. We hope to see you all then!

 
     
     
  Race 4- 2019-Mason Dixon- June 22

If you didn’t get to Mason Dixon for the Rocking Chair Nationals on Saturday you missed a great day of racing and car show. Plenty of nostalgia drag cars- Gassers, front-engined dragsters, custom rods, and classic drag cars, as well as a full house of show cars, and of course, the Pontiacs! The place was packed! With the great weather conditions it made for a near perfect day to race, show or spectate.

It was an awesome day for the Pontiacs as well. This event, along with being a showcase for our Pontiacs, was a regular event for OPDS and Race #4 in our Points chase. 28 cars made it to the starting line for first round and 6 rounds later Billy Farrell, making the 4hr trip from South Jersey, took his Pontiac powered 84 T/A to the final against Arnie (AJ) Brewer’ s altered wheelbase “Little Warrior” 63 Lemans. Billy made the long trip worthwhile, coming out on top with a 10.73 @ 126.69mph (10.68 dial) to Arnie’s breakout 9.99 @131.89 (10.00dial). Congratulations to Billy for his Win on Saturday!! Billy and Arnie split the cash with Billy receiving the Trophy, and sponsor cash from Mason Dixon and Max Performance. Arnie receives a certificate from Butler Performance.

 
   
   
 

Other finalists on the day were Jeff Raff (64 GTO) and Doug Chell (67 Firebird) getting to the semis and Mark Harbaugh (00 GA), Mike Clay (62 Catalina), and Rodney Eichelberger (70 Firebird) taking the cash for Quarterfinals.

Rodney Eichelberger now tops the Points chart with Mike Clay only 1 point behind, Doug Chell 4 points behind, and Kyle Garber only 5 points behind the leader. As we approach mid-season things are still tight. Visit our website for all the Point standings on the “Results” tab. While on the site you can see pics of our winners from all races this season and visit our “Reference “ tab for some good information to help with racing or building your Pontiac.

Saturday was a great showing of our Series and I thank everyone for being there- racing, supporting, or spectating. Thanks as well to everyone who took all the great pics of our racers and posted on FB- awesome! Thanks as well to Pinky and Bill and Jim and everyone who helps with the program, as well as the staff at Mason Dixon for a great surface and keeping things running so smoothly. Special thanks to Gary Gore, organizer of the event, for inviting us to be a part of the RC Nats again in 2019!

Next Race for OPDS is July 6 at Mason Dixon and even though it is a Holiday weekend I hope you will make our event one of your “to do” things for the weekend. See ya then!

 
 
 
 

RACE 3 - Saturday, June 8 - Mason Dixon

Mark Harbaugh (00 GA) took the Win on Saturday night over Doug Chell ( ’67 Firebird). It was a close matchup with Mark dialing 10 flat to Doug’s 9.98, but it was all over at the start as Doug’s ‘67 Firebird lit the big Redeye and Mark cruised to a 6 round win for Race 3 of the Outlaw Pontiac Drag series. Congratulations to Mark for his WIN! In addition to the cash winnings (Mark and Doug split Winner and RU cash from OPDS) Mark received cash from Mason Dixon and Pypes Performance Exhaust, and the trophy for his efforts on Saturday. Doug receives, along with his cash, a Butler Performance certificate for the Runner-up spot.

 
   
 

Other finalists in the 19 car field were Rodney Eichelberger (’70 firebird) taking the Semifinals and Erik Wiegand(’64 GTO) and Chuck Hutzler(’82 Firebird) gathering the cash for their Quarterfinal finish. Congratulations to all our finalists!

Kyle Garber still stands at the top of the points with Erik Wiegand a little more than 1 round win behind in second place and Rod Eichelberger and Mike Clay real close behind that in 3rd and 4th. Three races, three Winners! That’s good racing. At this point it’s anybody’s race to take the top spot and the $1000 cash. For the complete listing of the Point standings check out the RESULTS page.

At Saturday’s race there were a couple of drivers who questioned the starting line- getting the redlight- or getting a redlight after they were down track. I think/hope everyone is becoming familiar with “Tru-Start”, the system that gives the redlight to the WORST redlight of the pair and doesn’t display the results until after the slower car leaves the starting line. NHRA has adopted this system to level the playing field between the faster and slower cars and OPDS has adopted it as well. If you need to read more about this come to signup where we have a better, written explanation.

Much THANKS go to Alyssa Bolin for her help on Saturday. She is such a big help- I almost wish her Dad doesn’t get her Lemans finished to race; I would hate to lose her! Thanks also to Henry for helping in teardown, and to Chuck, Mike and everyone else that helped in making it effortless for me.

 
 
 
 

Race 2 - May 25 - Mason Dixon

Kyle Garber and Mike Clay met in the final of Saturday’s race at Mason Dixon on a beautiful day for racing, with no rain until after the final pair of the day! It was Kyle’s 93 Firebird topping the 22 car field at the end, getting the best of Mike Clay and his 62 Catalina. Here’s the stats on Saturday’s final: Kyle- 13.132 (13.09 dial) @ 106.6mph- .023rt, to Mike’s 10.440(10.42 dial) @ 126.6mph- .084rt. Both Kyle and Mike were non-buybacks so they earned max points for the day and ended up #1 and #2 in the Point standings. For their winnings on Saturday Kyle and Mike split the purse but Kyle took the trophy and took the cash from Mason Dixon and Pypes Performance Exhaust and Mike received the Butler Performance certificate. Congratulations to Kyle for his win on Saturday!

 
   
 

Other finalists- Christine Wiegand took the cash for getting her 71 T/A to the semis and along the way took the “Bounty” cash from hubby Erik in the second round. No pressure on that run!

Quarterfinals went to Nick Wiegand (86 T/A) and Anne Beard (69 Bonneville) who received $50 for their efforts.

Congratulations to all our finalists and thanks to everyone for coming out to race with us. Special thanks to the always great group of people in OPDS who helped with setup/teardown- Jim and Shari, Bill and Pinky, Mike Clay and anyone else I may have not seen while I was in the lanes.

Point standings are listed on the results page along with other information we hope you all can use.

Next race is in two weeks (June 8) at Mason Dixon – hope to see you all then! Be safe

 
 
 
 

Race -1- Mason Dixon – May 4, 2019

I’m not sure anyone thought we would get our first race completed on Saturday, but 18 Pontiacs braved it, took the chance and were rewarded with a great racing day at Mason Dixon. The rain held off until the drive home and it shows that even with a 50% chance of rain predicted you never know and it’s worth the go!

Rodney Eichelburger took his ’73 Firebird to the final against Randy Peer’s red-hot Red Rider ‘63 Lemans and came out on top for the evening. Randy had been consistently running 9-teens all day but with a loss of traction in the final knew he would never catch Rod’s Firebird and gave it up with a 14.66 ET to Rod’s backing-down 9.33 @ 143.82 mph. Congratulations to Rodney for his Win!

 
   
 

Other finalists on Saturday were: Erik Weigand (64 GTO), who now resides at the top of the Point Standings due to his round wins as a non-buy-back, finished as the lone Semifinalist. Paul Beard (69 Bonneville) and Mike Clay (62 Catalina) were our Quarter finalists. Payouts on Saturday- $600 from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Pypes Exhaust to the Winner; $250 and Butler Certificate to the Runner-up; $70 and $40 to the Semi and Quarterfinalists respectively.

Points are listed under the “RESULTS” tab on this website. Thanks to all who came out, braved the weather and made it a great day of Pontiac racing.

Thanks also to those who help, with setup/teardown, running the show, picture taking, 50/50 sales, etc- Alyssa, Jim, Bill, Pinky, and Chuck.

We hope to see you all at the next race- May25, at Mason Dixon.