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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day with The Flashlight Drags


June 22, 2010
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - http://flashlightdrags.com/
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The latest Flashlight Drags event, held on Father's Day (June 20) at the Waynesburg Airport in Greene County, was the first I've ever attended, but I'm positive it won't be my last. Though I'm not exactly a "car person," the overall atmosphere of the event was interesting, welcoming, and entertaining. It doesn't hurt that my dad, Herschel, is the voice behind the Flashlight Drags. Seeing him in his element and listening to his commentary was one of the major selling points of the day for me.

There were more than 2,000 spectators enjoying and understanding a lot more about the cars and racing than I was, but I can tell you that the Flashlight Drags works a little something like this: you race in pairs on a straight-a-way. You can either ask someone to race or wait to be paired up at the starting line. There is no timing; only the winner is counted. With more than 200 racers participating, there was a great mix of cars and motorcycles, and I was almost always surprised at who won the races. Interestingly, there was almost always a clear-cut winner; one of the racers usually killed the competition. And if there was a motorcycle involved, there was no competition at all. They were the fastest ones out there.

The majority of the day is just for fun, but eliminations do come at a certain point. And there are four awards handed out at the end of the day. 

The big winners of the Father's Day event were:
Big Dawg Winner: Scott Matson from Butler, PA in his '68 OCDS 442 with 555 ci (Scott is a three time winner in the Big Dawg category). 
Street Contender Winner (which means it is a street legal car that is driven in): Mike Conforti from Allison Park, PA in his '83 Camaro Z28 410 SB Nitros Automatic Transmisson
Tuner Winner: Dave Alviso from South Side, PA in his '06 Mitsubishi EVO MR

If you're even a slight fan of cars, the Flashlight Drags is something you have to experience. Waynesburg's next Flashlight Drags will be held on July 11th. Go to http://flashlightdrags.com/ for more information.

I also want to mention a really great cause I found out at the event: Money is being raised ($20 donations) to benefit Waynesburg Police Officer Brian Tennant who is currently fighting a brain tumor. They are trying to raise money to send him to China. They are holding a drawing for a Harley, specifically a 2010 FLSTF FATBOY, Scarlet Red with a Chrome Wheel Option. The drawing will be held on Tuesday August 31, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.; it will be treated as a PA Big Four Drawing. For more information contact 724-627-8113.

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