Racing into our 20th season!

The 2018 schedule will be arriving in your mailbox soon and if not you can go to the pic below and print the pdf file from here.

We have a busy schedule this season and the season starts early with our opening race on April 28 at Mason Dixon. Because MD is the track where our series started we felt it only fitting that we celebrate our 20th year at our “home” track. Therefore, Mason Dixon will host 10 of our 12 races this season with the other two at Cecil County. Most races will be on Saturday and with these Saturday dates we will have a rain date the following day. Be sure to keep in touch via Facebook, text messages from MD and OPDS concerning any rainouts, starting times, etc. For those of you entering into our Points program, there will be 2 throw-out races this season unless we have 2 (or more) rain-outs.

There are some special happenings this year and although we don’t have details on all of them yet I can tell you a little of some, including a special tribute race on July 1st at Cecil County in memory of Wayne Garrison, who we lost this Winter. We know Wayne was known by most of you and we felt that Cecil was the best place to get everyone together for this race. OPDS is offering $1000 to the winner of this event and we hope to see you all there. As the date gets closer we will have more details.

June 23, OPDS will again be one of the featured groups running at the Rocking Chair Nationals, hosted by Mason Dixon Dragway and Gary Gore of Gold Dust Memories. Our regular program will be in effect and you will get to see some great nostalgia cars as well.

On September 1st at Mason Dixon our Pontiacs will be going for another $1000 payout to the Winner and increased payouts to ¼’s.

Along the way through the season one of our events will offer Bonus points, and we will have the usual “Bounty” program, OPDS merchandise, 50/50 sales, and a few other goodies we will give you details on later! So, stay tuned, get out there and get that Pontiac ready to rumble because April 28 will be here before you know it!

…til then

    Steve, 02/14/18

December 9- 2017

The snow was falling outside and the temps let us know that the racing season was over and that winter was here, but that didn’t stop the gathering of Pontiac heads at Madrones in Frederick, MD this past Saturday for our second annual TOP 5 dinner to celebrate our 2017 Point leaders. Our 2017 Champ, Chuck Hutzler, along with Jason Rogers, Jeff Raff, Jamie Wine/Chris Kelican, and Greg Orris, along with their guests, enjoyed some great food, received their awards, discussed the upcoming season and relived some of the events of past seasons. It was a good time and helped to keep the racing “juices” flowing in anticipation of 2018. Thanks to Bill Bolin and Pinky for the pleasure of their company and for taking the shown below!

We have been actively working on the 2018 season and most of our races are already scheduled. We are also planning some things to highlight our upcoming 20 th year for the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series. Stay tuned here and on our website for news and information about next season. Meanwhile, everyone have a safe and joyous Holiday season; be safe and keep on Pontiacin!

    Steve, 12/11/17

Race 11- Mason Dixon- Oct 22 and Season Final Points

Race 11 Winner- Doug Chell; Runnerup- Dennis Kincaid

Points Champion for 2017 – Chuck Hutzler

What a season for 2017! I guess you’ve been wondering “where are the results”?! Read on to find out why it took longer than usual…

Three of our 11 scheduled races this season rained out producing a tighter race for Points at the end of the year than usual. There were four different point leaders during the running of the 8 races we were able to complete and it came down to the last race to determine who would take home the CASH and Trophy and be considered OPDS Points Champion for 2017. When the points were tallied it turned out that we had a tie!! In the 19 years of operation we have never had a tie. Jason Rogers(05 GTO) and Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) came out dead even in points at the end of the day. In a true display of Sportsmanship both drivers agreed to split the cash for Champion and Runner-up and neither were too concerned about the trophy and title. So, here’s what we did to determine who would be considered the “Champ” for 2017: Both racers were consulted about the method and by virtue of a drawing from 3 different criteria (rounds won w/o buybacks, rounds won w/buybacks, and number of appearances in ¼, Semi and Final rounds) “rounds won w/o buybacks” was drawn and from that it was determined that Chuck Hutzler is the OPDS Champion for 2017 !! Congratulations to Chuck and Jason for their accomplishments and again we thank them for the Sportsmanship they displayed.

Rounding out the Top 5 in points we find Jeff Raff(64 GTO )in 3rd place and Chris Kelican/Jamie Wine (62 Catalina) in 4th place , both able to take the top spot heading into the last race. Always finishing strong was Greg Orris(05GTO) who move in to 5th place from 7th with a semifinal finish on the last day.

All top 10 finishers will receive their payout in the mail within the next few weeks.

For a complete listing of the Final Point standings for 2017 go to our “Results” tab. It was a great season as points go and I guess some enjoyed it better than others – Jeff Raff already signed up for the 2018 season of points!! We hope you can join us in our 2018 points program- a one-time $45 entry and a $75 payback for 10th place is a good deal!

We can’t forget the final race itself – Mason Dixon- Oct 22- and the results that it produced. Doug Chell, last season’s Champion, after finally overcoming a few issues with his 67 Firebird, made it to his first and last race of the season and came out the Winner on Sunday. Facing Dennis Kincaid (66 Lemans), another former Champion from our past, Doug got the Win light in a double breakout final- Doug 9.901(9.92dial)@131.82mph to Dennis’s 10.850(10.99)@115.40mph. Congratulations to Doug on a great comeback! Winner received $650 from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Max Performance, and of course, the trophy! Runner up received $220 and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Other finalists on Sunday were Greg Orris (05 GTO) in the Semis and Jason Rogers (05 GTO), Johnny James (74 Ventura) and Bruce Wilson (02 GTP) were the Quarterfinalists. Semis received $75 and each Qtr $50. Congratulations to all our finalists.

Well, that’s it for 2017!! We hope that those of you who raced with us this year enjoyed your time with OPDS and we hope to see you back again next year. It will be our 20th season and we hope to have it even better than the previous 19. Thanks go out to our sponsors and supporters who make it possible, to the staff at Mason Dixon and Cecil County for hosting and welcoming us, and to those who helped make it happen at each race. There’s too many to mention and I don’t want to forget anyone, but I remember who you are and I can’t say thank you enough to convey how I feel. It’s been said many times but I have to say it again- what a great bunch of people to be around- racing or otherwise. I wish we could make this last forever… Meanwhile we are already working on the schedule for next season and several other things we hope will happen in 2018. Until then have a safe and enjoyable Winter, keep your Pontiac warm and comfortable and be ready for the call…Pontiacs to the Lanes!!!

    Steve, 10/29/17

Race 10- Oct 22 – Mason Dixon The longest span between any of our races this season was 4 weeks between Race 9 and 10 but the weather again came into play and forced us to hold off yet another week before we can get together for our final event of 2017. Race 10 at Cecil, scheduled for Oct 15, was cancelled due to rain, making Race #11 at Mason Dixon on Sunday October 22 a critical event for those at the top of our Points program. Jason Rogers currently holds the top spot but Chuck Hutzler and Jeff Raff are only 4 and 8 points respectively behind. That’s less than 1 round win! …can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Since it is our last race of the season we hope to see a lot of you and your Pontiacs. Remember, you don’t have to be in our Points program to participate.

Again, Race 11 is next Sunday-October 22. Gate times are not posted on Mason Dixon’s website but it is usually 8-8:30 with first time runs around 11-11:30. We will update these times if we learn of something different and if you see times posted somewhere let us know. Eliminations will be after the 2nd time run. With almost 30% of our races rained out this year let’s hope we have good weather for our final race. See ya there!


    Steve, 10/16/17

Race 9 – 9/17 – Cecil County- Winner-Chuck Hutzler; Runner-up- Don Metz

Twenty-six racers signed up at Cecil county in hopes of taking home the $1000 top prize, but at the end of the day it was Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) with the trophy for Race #9. In a 3rd Gen Firebird final, Chuck’s ’82 took the win light when Don Metz lite the ole red-eye in his ‘87. Stats for the final: Chuck- 11.005(10.43dial)@91.99mph to Don’s 13.258(13.24dial)@102.21mph. For his win Chuck took the trophy, a check from Max-Performance and because both drivers decided to split the winnings, Chuck and Don both received $750 cash. For the Runner-up finish Don also received a certificate from Butler Performance.

A $175 payout went to Semi-finalist Roger Miller (76 T/A) and for the quarter finals Kyle Garber (93 Firebird), Kristine Woods (92 Sunbird), and Jason Rogers (05 GTO) each received $100 for their finish on Sunday. Congratulations to all our finalists! Be sure to check out the Results tab on our Website- outlawpontiacdragseries.com.

There you will find that the points race couldn’t get much tighter. The top 3 (Jason Rogers, Chuck Hutzler, Jeff Raff) at this point, with 2 races to go, are only separated by 8 points! That’s less than one round win! I know I can’t wait to see how this turns out. Come out and join the action – our next race is again at Cecil County on October 15th. We will finish the season the week after that at Mason Dixon.

Many thanks go to those in attendance on Sunday and especially to Jen Mayes and Tracy Drury for supplying all the great food which they have done for several races this season. It’s too bad that we were hurried with quick turns from round-to-round on Sunday and couldn’t enjoy more of their great offerings. Also, I take the blame for not spreading the word that the food was available to everyone who attended. These ladies go above and beyond and I know I’m not the only one who really, really appreciates them for all they do. Also, I want to thank those who stayed to help teardown and get us on the road home in record time- Andy Nutt, Billy Farrell and Jim Staub and anyone else I’m not aware of while I was in the lanes. Thanks to you all- really a great bunch of people.

If you haven’t raced with us-yet- come on out and give it a go. I know that if you’re into Pontiacs you will have a good time….and the next time is October 15th at Cecil County. See ya there!

‘til then…

    Steve, 9/18/17

Race #8 Sept 3 –Mason Dixon- Winner- Lester Holtzapple, Runner-up– Carl Hazenstab

Long day for Race 8, which was canceled on Saturday and moved to Sunday Sept 3. It was a packed house at Mason Dixon. I don’t think you could have fit one more rig in the pits. A Labor Day weekend race featuring extra payouts for their regular classes, a large class of Pro Stick cars and 23 great Pontiacs made for a long day of racing. Due to the super soaker they had the night before, the track, having issues getting the top-end dry enough to be safe, had all classes run 1/8mi. It was also the first time that OPDS has run using the Tru-Start feature. Turns out we were the only class to utilize the feature all day when Randy Peer advanced over Jason Rogers when his -.006 was “better” than Jason’s -.052.

Coming out on top of the class for Race 8 was Lester Holtzapple, driving the 68 Firebird of track announcer Mike Bassin over Carl Hazenstab’s 79 Grand Prix. Stats for the final: Lester 7.539 (7:47dial) @81.31mph vs Carl’s 8.856(8.75dial) @ 79.51mph. Semi-finals went to Randy Peer (63 Lemans) and Qtr-finalists were Jason Rogers (05 GTO) and Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird). For his Win on Sunday Lester received $600 cash from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Max-Performance, and the trophy from OPDS. Semi got $75 and each Qtr collected $50 for their efforts. Congratulations to Lester and all the other finalists!

Thanks go out to the people that helped with enduring the long day and making it so much easier for me in Jim’s absence –Alyssa Bolin showed up sans Daddy Bill and was a tremendous help with sign-up, shirt sales, etc and holding down the table duties. As usual our racers stepped in to help with setup/teardown and I want to thank them all but will probably forget someone- Bill Scheffer, Cliff Mayes, Mike Clay, Carl Hazenstab, Jason Rogers, Andy Nutt. Also, special thanks to Paul Beard for handling the run sheets for the day. You guys all ROCK! Thanks also to Mason Dixon’s crew for giving us a safe, great track to run on and their continued support of our series.

Points after Race 8 are posted on our webpage “results” tab. At this time Jason Rogers moves into the top spot with Jaff Raff and Chris Kilican close behind. It’s gonna be a good one at the end of the season! Meanwhile, our next race is Sunday September 17 at Cecil County. Remember- this one pays $1000 to our Winner; $500 to the Runnerup. Also, remember, again, you don’t have to be in our points program to race with us! Bring out those Pontiacs and show us what you got! We expect to see you all there for Race 9!

Til then…

    Steve, 9/4/17

Race #7 – August 26, 2017 Winner - Rodney Eichelburger; Runner-up - Steve Dress

Race #7 for OPDS was to be a night race at Mason Dixon but turned out to be a LATE night race due to an oil-down in the first round of S/PRO. The Pontiac final finished up at 11pm and topping the 20 car field this race was Rodney Eichelburger’s 70 Firebird over a red-lighting Steve Dress(68 Firebird). Stats for the final: Rodney- 10.018(10.04dial) @ 131.86mph vs Steve’s 10.319(10.32dial) @ 128.41. For his win on Saturday Rod received $600 cash from OPDS, Mason Dixon, and Max-Performance, the OPDS trophy and a jump into the top ten in points. Steve received $200 cash and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Semifinalist was Jeff Raff and his 64 GTO, keeping him at the top in Points . Quarter finalists were Jason Rogers(05 GTO) and Andy Nutt (67 Lemans). Semis receive $75 and Quarter finalists receive $50.

Congratulations to all our finalists and thanks to all who attended our event. Also many thanks go out to those who helped throughout the day- Paul Beard and Chad Ely for gathering our run sheets each round, Carl Hazenstab for help in tearing down, and of course, Jim Staub with handling what needed to be handled throughout the day.

The latest Points tally is on our “Results” page on the OPDS website. At this time Jeff Raff is still on top, moving a little further ahead with his semifinal finish on Saturday, but it’s still anybody’s chance to get to the top. Only a few rounds separate racers in the top five. And remember that we pay down to position 10.

Our next race is back at Mason Dixon again next week- SATURDAY, September 2. Gates open at 8:30 (as listed on MD’s website). Throughout the day MD announced that we are there next Sunday but we have verified that it is indeed next SATURDAY! I have noticed lately that we have had a few incidents where somehow people are looking at or reading incorrect information including cancellation of the last race at Cecil and a wrong date for next week’s race. In order to get the correct information please continue to monitor the OPDS website ( outlawpontiacdragseries.com ), look for updates on our Facebook page, and if you want the very latest go to Mason Dixon’s website and signup for their text alerts—it’s simple to do and very effective. We make every attempt to keep you informed of any changes.

That’s it for this week; back in 7 days after we do it again- next Saturday- Mason Dixon. ‘til then…

    Steve, 8/27/2017

Race #6 August 13 – 2017 Winner- Ray Williams, Runner-up – Jim Clemens

With two rain-outs this season and a hope that we are done with rainouts it was good to see another great day for racing at our Race #6 at Cecil County last weekend. Twenty-four cars signed for the event and in the end Ray Williams (97 Sunbird) proved once again that you don’t have to be fast to be a Winner. Although Ray had to buy back into the 2nd round, his lights and dial-in were killer all day and in the final his better package earned him the win over Jim Clemens in his 67 Firebird. Rays winning stats- .058 reaction- 16.158(83.11mph)/16.19dial vs Jim’s .107 reaction- 9.907(135.77mph)/9.98 dial. The win was extra sweet for Ray as he celebrated his 77th Birthday on Sunday. Congratulations and Happy Birthday Ray! Besides the trophy for winning, Ray received $550 cash from OPDS and Max- Performance. Jim Clemen’s Runner-up finish earned him $200 cash and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Semifinals went to Mike Wilson (68 Firebird) who received $75 and Quarters went to Chris Kelican (62 Catalina) and Kristine Woods (92 Sunbird) who each received $50 for their finish. Congratulations to all our finalists!

Points after race #6 have been posted on our website Results page and as we edge past the halfway point in the season the points race remains tight with Jeff Raff holding onto 1st place by only 2 points over Chris Kelican with Jason Rogers and Mike Clay only 2 round wins behind in 3rd and 4th place. In Sunday’s race only Jeff and Chris made it past the 2nd round to stay ahead in the points, so remember that it’s still anyone’s game and as always you don’t have to be in the points chase to participate. So come on out, bring your Pontiac and take a chance at getting yourself some cash and have fun doing it!

Thanks go out to those who helped on Sunday , especially Jim Staub who is always there to keep me straight. Speaking of straight- I need to correct a big blunder that was mentioned in the driver’s meeting at Race 6. I announced that we are racing the next 3 weeks in a row, including this coming weekend. THAT IS NOT TRUE! We have this coming week off but do race the following two weekends at Mason Dixon- Saturday, August 26 and Saturday, September 2. Then, two weeks after that we hold our race again at Cecil County where we are paying out $1000 to our winner for that race.

One last thing… We had a couple of issues pop up at the last race and since then. Issues that are old but somehow rise to the surface once in a while. If you have concerns or questions please contact us ( opds2015@gmail.com ), talk to me at the race or go to our website and checkout the rules and guidelines for our series/events/procedures. These guidelines are open for anyone to read and we always have them available at the signup tent as well. And, although it isn’t mandatory, it sometimes pays (besides the announcement of the 50/50 winner !!) to attend so that you are clear on what’s happening or gives us a chance to clarify something going on you may not understand.

The next race is coming soon. Let’s hope for good weather, a safe day at the races and lots of Pontiacs to be there! See ya then…

    Steve, 8/18/2017
  For all of our racers that attended Norwalk this year I hope you had a great time while there and that your trip there and back was a good, safe one. I know someone who has raced with us had a good time- Congratulations to Nick Wiegand who took his 86 TA to the Winner’s circle in Super Pro! Great job Nick and we hope to have you back with us again soon. Maybe this Sunday! We will be holding our 6th race this weekend at Cecil County making our way into the second half of our 2017 season. With the last race being rained out and the break for Norwalk, it seems like forever since we’ve raced; well, some of us… However, as we head into the second half, we pick up the pace a little- Cecil County this weekend (8/13) and Mason Dixon next weekend(8/26) followed by Mason Dixon again the weekend after that (9/2). Then after a two week break we travel back to Cecil County for our increased payout race, offering $1000 to the Winner and increased payouts down to Quarters. So it’s a busy time coming up. Also, it’s still anybody’s game as the top spot in our Points Program has changed leaders several times. There is a lot of racing to go and we hope to see you all there. Remember, as always that you do not have to join our Points Program to race with us, so come on out and show us what ya got and join the greatest bunch of Pontiac people on the planet!! PONTIACS TO THE LANES! ‘til then…

Race# 4 July 9 -2017 Winner- Jason Rogers; Runner-up- Jeff Raff

Sunny day, temp in the 80’s, DA in the 1800’s and a slight tail wind offered a great day for our 4th scheduled race of the season. Four races and 3 different Point leaders so far says that it’s anybody’s game as we near the half-way point in the season. Currently our top point position goes to Jeff Raff (64 GTO) even though he lost in the final to Jason Rogers(05 GTO), clicking it off early due to some issues with the GTO he was nursing through the final rounds. However, Jason was on a roll Sunday and it was his day to be Winner of our 4th race this season, topping a field of 23 cars. Jason laid down a great package, with a .021 light and a 13.011 on a 13.00 dial on his final round against Jeff. Good job Jason! For the win Jason picked up $650 cash from OPDS, Max Performance, and Hostler Transmissions, one of our great sponsors in attendance, along with the OPDS Race 4 Winner trophy. Jeff in the runner-up spot received $200 cash and a Certificate from Butler Performance.

Other finalists were Steve Dress (68 Firebird) Semifinalist, with Billy Farrell(84 TA) and Joe Winick(74 Ventura) as the Quarterfinalists. Semis took home $75 and the Qtrs received $50 for their efforts.

Congratulations to all our finalists and thank you for everyone who showed on Sunday and again to Hostler Transmissions for kicking in the cash for our Winner. Although the car count was low for a race at Cecil we still had the 2nd largest class there on Sunday. We have 3 more races at Cecil County this season including a $1000 cash payout to the winner on September 17th. But first we have several other races before that – Next race is in one week (Saturday July 22) at Mason Dixon and this is a late-day race with the gates opening at 1PM and time trials at 4pm, so plan accordingly.

We can’t forget the people that helped us out on Sunday and made my life much easier on that day- Jim Staub and Bill Bolin for running the show, getting the run sheets from the tower each round and handling the table duties; to Troy Tribby for providing “shuttle” service to the tower (and btw- it was Troy’s Birthday!), to the gals who provided our racers with plenty of food for the day-Thanks to Jen and Tracy and anyone else I wasn’t aware of. Sorry I didn’t get to partake but I know it was really appreciated by all. And thanks to those who helped teardown afterwards- Andy Nutt and Chuck Hutzler –thanks guys!

Since I’m late getting this out it’s a short stretch til the next race but I hope everyone can get there and encourage anyone out there with a Pontiac to come race with us. Remember you don’t have to be entered in our points program to race with us.

See you all next Saturday at Mason Dixon!

Til then…

    Steve, 7/14/2017

Race 3: The Rocking Chair Nationals at Mason Dixon on Sunday June 24 was a great event to see lots of great cars in the show area, plenty of nostalgia drag cars and a nice group of special classes including Pro Stick, the 409 club and the best class of all- the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series! Although we were a featured group in the RC Nats it was our 3rd scheduled race of the 2017 season, a regular point race. 25 cars showed for the first round and when the day ended it was a really cool final with two 62 Catalinas going at it in the final round.

Mike Clay took the win light (MOV .011- 2’ 5”)-running a 10.337 @ 127.81on a10.29 dial to Chris Kelican’s 8.615 @ 153.32 on his 8.58 dial with the starting line advantage going to Mike. Congratulations to Mike for his win. Mike collects a total of $600 for the win from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Pypes Performance, along with trophies from OPDS and Gary Gore’s Rocking Chair Nationals. Chris received $200 cash and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Our other finalists were Jeff Raff (64 GTO) as the semi winner, Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird), Nick Wiegand (86 TA), and Steve Dress (68 Firebird) for quarterfinals. Semi paid $75 and qtr paid $50.

Congratulations to all out finalists!!

Big thanks to those who helped on` Saturday including Jim Staub, the main man for running the race day ops, and Bill (lobster) Bolin for toughing it out with the “burn” to help with the table functions and some great pics and videos.

Also THANK YOU to Gary Gore who invited us to participate in the RC Nats and provided us with participant plaques and a big trophy to Mike for his win at this event. Thanks Gary- it was great working with you!

Also again, to the crew at Mason Dixon- great job with the program, the track surface and welcoming us as you always do.

Our next race is on Sunday, July 9th at Cecil County. Always a nice turnout there; let’s make it even nicer and give them our usual great group of Pontiac racers!

Til then…


    Steve, 6/25/17

Race 2 – June 3, 2017 – Mason Dixon

The weather finally gave us a break on June 3rd, offering up a nice clear, sunny day and 27 Pontiac racers signed-up for our Race #2 at Mason Dixon. And we saw a lot of nice Pontiacs, noting some ride changes for several of our “regulars” and some new faces to join our points program. Among them was our Winner for Race #2- Kyle Garber, who took his ’93 Firebird to the finals against the ’00 Grand-Am of Mason Dixon regular Mark Harbaugh. Mark walked away with the runner-up spot collecting $200 cash and a certificate from Butler Performance for his effort. In getting to the finals Mark got past semifinalist Mike Clay’s ’62 Catalina and Quarterfinalist Greg Orris’s 05 GTO before facing Kyle in the final.

Kyle meanwhile put quarterfinalist Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) in the trailer and made a round 5 bye-run putting him into the finals. For his Win on Saturday Kyle received a total of $600 in cash from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Pypes Performance Exhaust as well as the OPDS Race #2 trophy.

Great showing of Pontiacs and it was also great to see the familiar faces of our series “regulars”. We are doing it again on June 24 at Mason Dixon where we will be a part of the “Rocking Chair Nationals”. It will be a long day and an early start to the day on the 24th. Gates open at 9am and show time is 10am where we get a chance to display our Pontiacs before we go into competition. Also, there will be some great nostalgia cars at this event to enjoy. I hope to have a good turnout of Pontiacs. Gary Gore of Gold Dust Memories will be handing out participation plaques so if you plan to attend let us know via FB, or email at opds2015@gmail.com

We would like to thank everyone for coming out this weekend and thanks to those who helped throughout the day- especially Jim Staub and Bill Bolin. Also, we thank the crew at Mason Dixon for welcoming us and providing us with a great racing surface. Stay tuned for more info on Race 3- June 24- at the Rocking Chair Nationals.

…til then

    Steve, 6/4/17

Well, this isn’t how we wanted the season to start- rained-out two days in a row! Yesterday we made it about ½ hour into the drive and today we were only 15 mins from the track when they cancelled. Oh well, that’s racing.

Race 1 will NOT be considered for the throw-out race this season UNLESS we have another rainout and then it will be counted. There is one throw-out this year.

Our next race is scheduled for June 3 and don’t forget that we are to be part of the program (and running our #3 points race) on June 24 at the Rocking Chair Nationals at Mason Dixon. Here’s hoping for better weather for those two dates.

Enjoy your next couple of weeks- see you on the 3rd!

    Steve, 5/7/17

There is a lot happening in the world of bracket racing and drag racing in general these days. NHRA seems to be hitting a new stride. Factory hot rods are changing the make-up of the sport with newer classes that some of us have never heard of and, along with power adders, small tire classes, traction controls, and more electronics than necessary, we are seeing that amazing ETs and speeds are the new norm. Tracks are switching to 1/8mi, changing classes and their programs to suite the changes and, I guess in some cases, to survive.

Recently Capital Raceway has decided to drop their class 2 and trophy classes and run only Class 1 (Super/Pro) and Junior Dragster in an effort, in their opinion, to grow with the changing sport of Bracket racing and to give the racers what they want. I’m sure the $5k payout will draw-in larger numbers for the one class and maybe the opportunity is there for the average no-box racer to get lucky and win one of these events, but In my opinion this only discourages the average, low buck, casual racer like most of us who want to enjoy the sport and not have to remortgage the house to do it. I can’t but feel this type of move is only destroying the sport at least for the truly “little” guy.

But, with all that being said, in less than one week the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series is continuing into our 19th season with the ¼ mile regular bracket format that we have all learned to love and appreciate. This season we are offering 11 races at just two venues- Mason Dixon and Cecil County. The only changes to our season is a slight increase in entry to race with an increase in payouts through ¼ finals. OPDS will have a fixed payout with 20 or more cars and below 20 cars payouts will be based on car count as in previous seasons. Again we are offering a $1000 payout to our Points Champion at the end of the season and payouts to 10th place. Entry to Points is unchanged at $45. Buybacks and rain dates are at the discretion of the track and we will inform you of that status as we go. At this point we feel buybacks will be offered at each race and rain dates are ok’d for most races at Mason Dixon. Stay tuned for details.

If you need to contact me use opds2015@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook – Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series.

Let’s make this another great year for Drag Racing our Pontiacs- we’ll see you next Saturday- May 6 at Mason Dixon!

…til then


Sponser Note: Larry Rowe (Distributors by Larry) has changed his phone number.

It is 240-625-8381.

****  The flyer for this season has been mailed. Click HERE for a full sized version.



January 2017

It’s mid-January and the schedule has been set. Click here to see the schedule page. We have a few other details to work out yet so the printed version will be appearing in your mailbox until sometime in February. If you have raced with us you are probably on our mailing list. If not, or you’re not sure and you want a printed version, email your address to opds2015@gmail.com.

The OPDS 2017 season will consist of 11 races with 7 of them at Mason Dixon and 4 at Cecil County. We have not determined rain dates yet. For those entered in the Points Program there will be 1 throw-out race for the season and a rainout is not counted as throw-out unless we have two or more events rained out; then one of the rainouts will be counted as the throw-out. Speaking of the Points program, we are continuing to charge a one-time fee of $45 to enter and will pay at least $45 to the 10th place finisher. Because of last year’s generous sponsor support we were able to pay the 10th place finisher $75. Let’s hope we can do it again this year! The top finisher in points will receive $1000 cash.

We had a winner in our “Sponsor Support Program”. Doug Chell’s name was drawn from the list of entries and was awarded the $300 cash, making Doug an even bigger winner in the 2016 season! We need to mention that Doug was generous enough to give back half of his prize to help support OPDS!! Thanks Doug! We are making a small change in the drawing for 2017. The number of “tickets” you have will be based on the number of receipts, not the value of each receipt. So, 1 receipt=1 ticket entered, 2 receipts=2 tickets, etc. We feel this gives everyone a better shot at winning the prize and hopefully will encourage everyone to enter.

There will be more information about our program, special events, etc to come later this Spring, so stay tuned, “enjoy” the Winter...see ya next round!

    Steve, 01/22/17

Time to catch up on some things before the end of the year and to inform you of some things that are in store for next season.

First off- if you plan to get entered in the “Sponsor Support Program” you need to get your receipts sent in by the 31st of Dec. You can email a copy, or snail-mail them to me but get them here- it could mean $300 cash toward your winter project! Email them to OPDS2015@gmail.com or email me at that address and I will give you the postal address to use. Remember, it’s any receipt showing your purchase of parts or services from any of our sponsors. The more $$$ you spend the more chances you have!

We have tried something new this year for our top 5 points leaders. At the suggestion of one of our racers, on December 3rd we held a gathering of our Top 5 to present them with their cash awards and trophys to applaud their accomplishments. We met at Madrones Bar & Grill in Frederick MD and enjoyed a great meal and the company of our Pontiac brothers. It was a good time and I hope that maybe we can make this a tradition for other years. This was a coordinated effort- suggested by racers and organized by racers and I have to say that it was great to attend this event and not have to do any of the work! Thanks a bunch to all involved.

We also want to again congratulate our 2016 Champion Doug Chell on his very successful season.


Next year

The dates requested for our 2017 season have been forwarded to Mason Dixon and Cecil County, the two tracks we will running. We have asked for 7 dates at Mason Dixon and 4 at Cecil. Again next year we have tried to avoid other events that are Pontiac related or events that our racers generally attend such as the Max Performance car show, Ocean City Cruise, etc. Hopefully we have not missed any.

With the 11 race schedule there will be one “throw-out” race unless we have two or more rainouts (or cancellations for any other reason), then there will be NO throw-outs.

In 2017 there will be a slight increase in our enty fees- Race entry will be increased to $25 and to enter the Points program a one-time fee of $45. We plan to keep our buybacks at $10.

Stay tuned for news on the upcoming schedule and other things you may want to know about the next season. Remember that you can email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions at OPDS2015@gmail.com . I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Holiday season and here’s hoping that the winter passes quickly so that we can get to racing again!

       til then…

    Steve, 12/05/16

Great turn out of Pontiacs at Cecil County Sunday (Oct 16) for the 11th and Final race of the 2016 season of the Outlaw Pontiac Drag series. It was a busy day and a great day for racing. At the end of the night and 6 rounds Jon Gunter came out on top of the 33 car field to take the win over Jeff Raff. Jon’s 65 GTO was off the dial by .018 vs Jeff’s 64 GTO off by .011 but made up the difference with a better light and took the win with a 9.338@141.86mph to Jeff’s 9.791@135.33mph. Great job guys!! This final race of the season offered a cool $1000 to the winner, the trophy and some cash from Max Performance - plus an additional $100 thrown in by Jim Hostler Transmissions- one of our great sponsors who raced with us on Sunday- Thanks Jim! Runner-up payout was $500 and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Semi-finals went to Randy Peer (63 Lemans) and Mike Wilson (70 GTO), who each received $175 cash and our Quarter finalists were Russ White (68 GTO), Cliff Mayes(82 Firebird), and Jason Rogers (05 GTO), who all collected $100 for their efforts. Congratulations to all our finalists!!

As mentioned, this was our final race for 2016 and also concluded our Points Series for the year. This year’s Champion is Doug Chell, who lead in the points for 7 of the 9 races we had this season, has been a top 5 finisher in points each year since he joined us in the early 2000’s and this year came out on top. Doug attributes his success to his persistence and to quote one of Doug’s favorite lines: ‘even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometime’! Doug will receive the top prize of $1000 for his #1 finish in Points, and of course, a Championship trophy.

Check out our point finalists in the “Results” tab of our website (outlawpontiacdragseries.com) and if you finished in the top 10- Congratulations!! You will be receiving your check in the mail early next month.

Thanks to all who participated in the Points race this season. If you look at the final results you will see that it was again a close one this year with several of the top positions separated by only a couple points. It makes it interesting and also shows that our points system is effective and that everyone has a chance at a little extra cash. So next year plan to sign up for our points program. Remember that we offer at least your entry back if you finish in 10th and that we throw-out your lowest score in the season (unless we have more than one cancellation). Jeff Raff has already signed up- who’s next?!

Thanks to all who helped with setup and tear-down at Sunday’s race. It was cool to come back from the lanes to find everything packed up and that I didn’t have much to do before heading for home. I truly thank you!!

A final note on Sunday’s event. I was touched, as I’m sure those who were aware were as well, by the final tribute to Amy Staub, wife of Jim Staub, my great friend and go-to person on and off the track, who passed away after a long battle with Cancer. Some of Amy’s remains were packed in the chute of John Gaydosh’s ProStock Camero and was deployed at 199mph as he crossed the finish line giving Amy the “ride” of her life. I can just see her smile. Amy was a friend to many as well as a great photographer. She will be sorely missed by us all.

In the weeks and months that follow we will report on things related to OPDS and our plans for 2017- our 19th year! So stay tuned to our website and Facebook for the latest. Until then… stay Pontiacin’!

    Steve, 10/17/16