Under the hood matters at Mickey Thompson $7 Fun Night.

Local racer friendly grudges brewing,Mike Giaco returns to the track with friends. just the way we like it!

NORWALK, Ohio – A winter garage project won the Mickey Thompson High School class on June 5, 2013 at Mickey Thompson $7 Fun Night at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Mike Verbiar, 18, Vermilion, Ohio snatched the win light from last week's winner, Darlene Ouellette, Collins, Ohio on a hole shot in a Camaro-Camaro match.

The pairing hardly seemed fair: Darlene Ouellette's canary yellow 2012 special edition transformer Camaro versus Mike Verbiar's scruffy blue 1977 Camaro.

“He put it together over the winter,” said Jim Potter, father of one of Mike Verbiar's friends. “He just started racing this year.”

Graduating Sunday, Mike Verbiar studied diesel mechanics at EHOVE Career Center, Jim Potter said.

In a battle of the giants, Mark Mullins, Norwalk, Ohio chucked a Mickey Thompson Truck and Van double red light victory in a 1999 GMC 1500 over Adam Albright, Clyde, Ohio in a 1998 Suburban.

Adam Albright's effort fell to the first-worst rule, since he hit the red light first.

Cycles in the lanes.A Mickey Thompson Mod Stock battle featured Dale Boyer, Norwalk, Ohio in a Thunderbird against Troy Heitsche, Collins, Ohio mashing a 1978 Monte Carlo.

The decision lit Dale Boyer's lane for the entire trip courtesy of Troy Heitsche's red light gift.

Mickey Thompson Motorcycle discovered Brandon Weber on the receiving end of a red light gift from John Weisz, Bellevue, Ohio, piloting a 2000 Aprilla.

A double-breakout Mickey Thompson Super Stock final round sat number 4786 in the back seat in an AMC Concord to victor Pat Norton, Taylor, Mich., in a sublime green 1967 Dodge Dart, which turned out elapsed times in the mid-nines.

A 0.007-second reaction time figured in the package on a Mickey Thompson Stock win by Lindsey Childs, Plymouth, Ohio in a red 1998 Firebird convertible over Chris Longbrake, Huron, Ohio in a 2005 GTO.

For RACE RESULTS from Mickey Thompson $7 Fun Night on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, click on: First race place!

Sweet rides in the staging lanes instigated an unofficial Mickey Thompson $7 Fun Night attraction: A next neighbor may be something that pulls out of a smokey burnout of a dream!

Perhaps something rudy and stock, such as a chili pepper red 2008 Saturn Sky Redline owned by Dave Peters, Solon, Ohio, an engineer for Sherwin-Williams, Cleveland.Dave Peters, red jacket, talks with friends from work.

“I bought it this year, in January, and decided to abuse it right away,” Dave Peters said. “I've been auto crossing all year. The car's better than I am.”

The Sky's 2.0 turbo engine and 14.5-second elapsed times broke Dave Peters out of a habit of practical motoring, to pushing for 14.4 seconds.

“It's fun. It's fast. When you step on the gas pedal, it goes,” Dave Peters said. “I've had grocery getters and junkers.”

Or perhaps an example of one person's long term garage project, finally finished by other capable hands, such as a brown 1978 Chevy Monza – toying with 13-second elapsed times – owned by Don Herold, 52, Strongsville, Ohio.

A mechanic who works on ground equipment for United Airlines, Don Herold followed his heart while searching auto ads.

“I had a Monza Fastback 30 to 35 years ago,” Don Herold said. “I used to race out here. I saw this in the paper. I thought, 'Well, it's time for me to go racing again.' I bought it from a guy in Shelby, Ohio. I've had it for 1½ years.

“It had the engine torn apart and he said it sat in his garage for 11 years,” Don Herold said. “So I bought it from him.”

Don Herold pampered the Monza with a 350 Chevy engine, and a 350 Turbo Hydromatic transmission from Summit Racing Equipment, as well as a 342 gear in the rear end, and a new carburetor.

“The car is all metal, no rust, all original,” Don Herold said. “Interior is all original. It was painted before I got it.”

Or possibly Allyson Fox staging a 1984 Ranger.something bold blue with a Hemi, like a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT 8 with a 460 horsepower engine owned by Mike Giaco, 52, Strongsville, Ohio, a fleet manager for the Dominion East Ohio Gas Co.

“I bought it new in 2009,” Mike Giaco said. “It's one of 152 in that B-5 blue color.”

An old high school classmate and racing friend of Don Herold, Mike Giaco also reached back to his roots for a recent purchase.

“I have a 1970 Challenger, too,” Mike Giaco said. “It has an RT 440 six-pack. It's B-5 blue, also. I owned it in '83. I just bought it back a few years ago.”

Then there's a snazzy white 1984 Ford Ranger raced by Allyson Fox, Sandusky, Ohio, in the Mickey Thompson High
class. That little truck turns out thirteens, and she's not afraid to mash it!

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