UPCOMING EVENTS

 
   
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Our next race is Saturday Sept 12th at Capitol Raceway. We will be having two classes of competition that day, our regular non-box bracket, and the All-Pontiac Quick 16 bracket for those Pontiac powered door cars that run 9.49 or quicker. Use the link above for more info & procedures for the Quick 16 class.
   
   
   
 
     

OPDS NEWS

     
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Race 6 – August 23 – Cecil County Great day for racing this past Sunday at Cecil County Dragway and a perfect Birthday for our Winner Chuck Hutzler as he took his 88 Firebird to the Winners circle. Chuck got past the 24 car field and finally met up with runnerup Jason Rogers and his 05 GTO. Chuck’s times: 11.682 (11.67 dial) 115.02mph to Jason’s 13.150 (13.10) at 106mph. I must say I never saw a happier winner than Chuck that day as he gathered up the $830 for his efforts, along with a Check from Maxperformance/Pypes, and the trophy for Race 6. Great job Chuck! Jason took home $310 and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Finishing up in the Semifinal spot was Cliff Mayes (82 Firebird), and in the Quarters the cash was handed to Rick Garden(69 Judge), Anne Beard(69Bonneville) and John Gaydosh (XXXXXXXXXXXXXX). Cliff received $80 for his semi finish and Rick, Anne, and John each took home $40 for getting to the Quarterfinals. Congrtaulations to all our finalists.

Turnout for this event was great- not that we had so many cars but for those who appeared. Jamey Horton and his 66 Tempest made the long trek from NY. We’re sorry to report that Jamey’s motor gave it up in time trials putting him out of the competition for the day and making it a long trip back home I’m sure. We also saw Mike Wilson in his 70 GTO in from NJ and some of the “Pittsburg Posse” made it too. Great seeing Billy Ferrell, Rick Garden and John Labuda again.

Some of our great sponsors showed up as well and brought their race cars along: Jim Hostler from Hostler Transmissions, John Gaydosh from Gaydosh Performance and Paul Spotts from Spotts Performance. It was great seeing these guys again and to make it even sweeter all three of them tossed in $100 cash to the Winner! What can we say- it’s the best of the best. Can’t say enough about all of our sponsors for their support of our series.

Thanks go out to everyone involved with our event at Cecil, including the crew at Cecil county Dragway for giving us a great surface to race on and for helping us past a few “glitches” in our day with no complaints. In fact they were very complimentary and impressed with our Pontiacs. I hope to show them even more when we reappear at Cecil on the last race of our season- October 25th.

Thanks as always to everyone who helped out on this day with setup and take down and for just plain being there! I always have to mention a big thanks to Jim Staub. Without him handling the running of the event it would be a LOT more hectic. Thanks Jim. Also to Jim’s wife Amy and Rick Lee for giving us some great pictures of the day. Check them out on FB.

The next event is in just a couple days – Saturday, August 29- Mason Dixon. Their website says Gates Open 12  Noon, Jrs 1pm – 2:230pm, class cars 3pm. We hope to see you all there!
   
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Race #5 – July 25 – Mason Dixon Dragway -- The heat and humidity couldn’t keep the faithful away from going for the prize at OPDS Race #5 on Saturday, July 25 at Mason Dixon Dragway. 21 racers showed for the race and 6 rounds later Rick Garden (69 Judge) took the Win in a double breakout race against Steve Dress (68 Firebird). It was a close one with a MOV of .0049 and Rick came out on top- 10.372 @ 126.68 (10.40 dial) to Steve’s 11.748 @ 111.88 (11.78 dial). Reaction times not noted to protect the embarrassed! Rick took home the $1000 cash from OPDS as well as $50 from MaxPerformance/Pypes and $50 from Mason Dixon, and the trophy. Runner-up Dress received $500 cash and a Certificate from Butler Performance.

Semifinalist Andy Nutt (67 Lemans) won $125 for his finish and Chuck Hutzler (88 Firebird) and Ray Williams (97 Sunfire) each took home $75 as Quarterfinalists. Congratulations to all our finalists. You can check out the point standings on the RESULTS page. As usual the top 10 positions are really tight in the points and with 6 races to go it’s going to be another close one at the end.

Rather than forget some one’s name, I will say THANKS to all of you who helped on Saturday with setup, teardown and running of the event. Also, I hope everyone enjoyed a cold drink and got some shade courtesy of OPDS. Maybe we will offer our Hospitality area again at some other races…

Note to those going to the ROYAL GTO PICNIC at Wayne Garrison’s: Please RSVP to Wayne by August 8- (443) 623-8011.

Lots more racing to come - Our next race (August 23) will be the first of our two events at Cecil County this season. Again we’re looking for a good turnout of Pontiacs. Let’s show Cecil what we’re about!

To those of you heading to Norwalk- be safe, good luck and think about us who wish we were there!! See you all next Race.

Til then…
    Steve, 7/30/15
   
   
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Race #4 – Capitol Raceway – July 11, 2015 -- Kind of a slim turnout for a Capital race but the 17 racers who braved the heat and traffic to race with us put on a good show. The crew at Capitol Raceway ran a good program on Saturday and the track surface was great as usual. We want to thank Jim Bradshaw and his staff for welcoming us and providing Bonus $$ to our group.

At the end of the day Cliff Mays (82 Firebird) came out on top, winning the final round against a breaking out Doug Chell (67 Firebird)- Cliff’s 9.503 @ 142.94 (9.47 dial) to Doug’s 9.829 @ 136.76 (9.83 dial). For his win Cliff took home $600, a certificate from MaxPerformance, and the trophy. Doug gathered $300 for his Runner up finish along with a Certificate from Butler Performance.

Semifinals went to Steve Dress (68 Firebird) and Chuck Hutzler (88 Firebird) who each received $70 and Quarterfinalists were Jason Rogers (05 GTO), Anne Beard (69 Bonneville) and Greg Orris (05 GTO). Each received $60 for their efforts.

Thanks to Jim Staub, and Bill Bolin for handling the tent, sign-up , teardown, sales and whatever else was needed, along with Paul Beard, Andy Nutt, Chuck Hutzler, Doug Chell. Special thanks to the ladies of the day(Anne Beard and Jen Mayes) who nursed me through the numbing headache and fogginess I was going through. You guys (gals) were super- I’ve felt better sense then and yes, I have gone to the doctor!!

This race puts us half way through the number of races at Capital. Our next race there is featuring our offering of the Quick 16 class for any Pontiac door car running 9.49 or quicker, offering $2000 cash and a set of Tiger heads to the winner!! So, if you have a quick Pontiac and want to participate, check out our flyer, or give me a call at the contact number listed. We are also having our regular OPDS points race on that day as well and again it would be great to have a bunch of Pontiacs in attendance to show the crowd on hand what we’re about.

BUT FIRST – don’t forget our very next race on July 25th at Mason Dixon. We are paying out $1000 to the Winner of this event, our 5th OPDS race. Any and all Pontiacs are invited!! We expect to see a good crowd at this one too. So get those Pontiacs cranked up and bring em on out to Mason Dixon on Saturday, July 25. It’s sure to be a good time win or lose!!

Til then…
    Steve, 7/16/15
   
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Race #2 – June 6- Capital Raceway -- I’d like to start out by Thanking Bill Bolin for the write up that he shared with us on Facebook about spending his 50th Birthday with us at OPDS’s 2nd race on June 6th at Capital Raceway and invite you to join us on our FB page to enjoy Bills many interesting posts!

Twenty-one cars showed for our first outing at Capital in 2015 and 6 rounds later (because all 1st round losers bought back!) we finished right at the curfew with Steve Dress (68 Firebird) coming out on top against a breaking-out Joe White and his 64 GTO. Cliff Mayes (82 Firebird) got the kinks ironed out of his new combo and ended up as the Semi-finalist. Wayne Garrison took advantage of the rule allowing a racer to use a GMC truck to run in place of a broken race car for one event and, along with Jason Rogers (05 GTO), finished in the quarter-finals. You will remember that Wayne was involved in a crash at out 1st race that destroyed his beautiful, well recognized 69 GTO. It was great to see Wayne back in the action and being competitive with his GMC. Wayne is working on a new race car and we hope to see him soon at an upcoming event defending his 2014 Points Championship title.

Also noteworthy in the quarterfinals was seeing the “return” of Jason Rogers, former OPDS Street champ and OPDS Warrior class champ after being away for 6 years. Looks like Jason hasn’t forgotten how to handle that Goat!! Great seeing you again Jason.

Many thanks go out again to Bill Bolin for working the sign-up table, selling 50/50, Hats, T-shirts, as well as chasing down racers when needed and sharing his Birthday cupcakes with us! Also thanks for the help with set up and teardown to Anne and Paul Beard, Mike Clay, Jeff Raff and of course Jim Staub.

Thanks also to Jim Bradshaw and the crew at Capital Raceway for providing us with a great racing surface and welcoming us to their facility. We will be back at Capital for Race 4 on July 11 but first you will find us at Mason Dixon Dragway for our Race #3 on June 27. It looks like a busy day there as we share the track with the “Rocking Chair Nationals” on that day. Lots of great nostalgia cars, lots of racing classes and of course- the OUTLAW PONTIAC DRAG SERIES. See ya there.

until then…
    Steve, 6/17/15
   
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In conjunction with Purvey Motorsports, and alongside regular bracket race, we will be holding a Quick 16 race at Capitol Raceway on Sat. Sept 12th 2015.

The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series is a foot brake (No delay box) class, but we have received many requests for a delay box class so this is your chance to come support a Pontiac racing series that has been around for 17 years.

This Quick 16 race is open to all PONTIAC powered door cars that run 9.49 or quicker. It has a GUARANTEED purse of $2000 to the winner and $500 to the runner-up. Entry fee is $100 ($50 at the gate, $50 at our tent). Any cars that don't qualify for the Quick 16 can roll over into Capitol Raceway Class 1 and run for their $3000 to win. The same goes for first round losers of the quick 16, you can buy back into the class 1 Capitol race and continue there.

If you don't run 9.49 or quicker, you can run in our normal bracket class, without the delay box in your car.

The race is at Capitol Raceway in Crofton, MD www.Capitolraceway.com ,the 2014 IHRA Division 1 Track of the year!!!

The Facebook event page is here.

More details to follow.

   
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Sunday, May 3rd , was a great day for our first race of The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series 17th season- beautiful weather and a record turnout for our first event of 2015 . It turned out to be a bitter sweet day however when we saw our 2014 Points Champion Wayne Garrison involved in a horrific crash at Mason Dixon Dragway. Fortunately Wayne was able to get out of the car on his own but suffered a traumatic hand injury in addition to the expected aches and pains from the crash. Now is the time that we are all grateful for the required safety equipment as well as the quick response of the crew at Mason Dixon in handling the crash. I’m told that Wayne is home and doing well and will be undergoing surgery on his hand at some point. Visit our Facebook page to pass on best wishes or messages to Wayne. Thanks to everyone who helped in getting Wayne's things together and back home and to those who expressed their concern and prayers for his quick recovery. A better bunch of people would be hard to find!!

As mentioned it was a record turnout for the first race of the season with 28 Pontiacs signed up to have a go at the trophy. As the last pair cleared the traps we found Steve Dress (68 Firebird) take the Win light over Johnny James (74 Ventura). Semifinals went to Anne Beard (69 Bonneville) and Quarters to Kristine Woods (92 Sunbird) and Wayne Garrison (69 GTO). Winner paid $580 in total cash, the trophy and a certificate from Maxperformance. Runnerup received $300 and a certificate from Butler Performance; Semis paid $50 and Quarters $40.

A big Thank You to those who helped with setup, & teardown, the crew at Mason Dixon for having us and helping us through it all, and to the racers and fans who came to participate or watch.

Some announcements for those who were not there or have not received our schedule flyer:

Our next scheduled race is at Capitol Raceway on June 6. At this race the gate fee will be increased to $50 but we will give our racers a break at our signup tent. Remember that the payouts are also increased at Capitol races. As always it will be a busy day at Capitol but try to arrive early because pit spaces go fast.

The Pypes Exhaust /MaxPerformance annual car show is being held on June 19 &20. Pick-up a flyer for this show at our tent next race or go to the following link for details: http://www.maxperformanceinc.com/carshow.html.

We announced that there will not be a Second-Chance cash award this season but instead we have increased the “Bounty” payout to $35. (Beat the Current Points Leader and take the Cash!). Also we are continuing with the “Sponsor Support Program”- giving those who support our sponsors a chance to win a nice prize for that support. In addition Gaydosh Performance has recently offered to the Winner of our Points series a $500 cash bonus if that racer is running Gaydosh power!

Checking out our schedule you will notice a bonus payout at Mason Dixon for our race there on July 25 where we’ll pay $1000 to our winner that day!

Read the previous announcement below for details on the Quick 16 race held at Capital Raceway on September 12, where we are paying out $2000 to the winner AND All-Pontiac has thrown in a set (bare) of Tiger 2 heads to the Winner as well.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about things and you don’t necessarily want it spread all over the internet you can contact me at the following email address: opds2015@gmail.com .

We hope to see everyone at Capitol on the 6th. Until then have a great month and be safe!
   
    Steve, 5/6/2015
   
   
Before I get into the 2015 season I want to emphasize something that is asked of us all the time and that is - you DO NOT have to be a “member” or signed up for our points program to race with us. First of all, there is no “membership”. Fees are paid to race at each event and the only other “fee” would be if you would elect to enter our points program. Then it’s a one-time fee of $40. (and remember, at season’s end we pay out to 10th position which nets that racer $50. It’s a pretty good deal!) So come on out to race with us and see what your Pontiac can do; we are a good group of devoted Pontiac enthusiasts and it’s a great bunch of people to be around. And if you can’t race you’re always welcomed to watch the action of some of the best Pontiacs you’ll see anywhere!

Our schedule will be hitting mailboxes within the next week. See below for a copy of the 2015 flyer. If you want to print a high resolution copy, click on the image for a bigger version.. I know it’s getting a little late but we have been trying to get things set up for the season and we needed our “ducks in a row” before we could announce certain things to our racers. Notice that we are having 11 races this season and we’ll get to that later. We have several changes for 2015, some good and some, well, you be the judge, or part of the solution!!

Read on… You have no doubt heard of the event we are having at Capital on the 12th of September. Along with our regular OPDS race we are having an additional class, officially named the ALL-PONTIAC QUICK 16, featuring the best and baddest Pontiac-powered door cars out there! If you run 9.49 or quicker and want to take a shot at a payout of $2000 winner, then we have the class for you. The class allows any power adders, transbrake, Delay boxes, etc - it’s a run-what-ya-brung and hope that you brung enough deal! Details will be available on this website and our Facebook page or contact us by phone (717-818-3938) or email (opds2015@gmail.com) with questions. A separate flyer will be sent out later in the Spring. We have several sponsors on board and several racers already planning to attend…and we are always looking for more!

Note that this is an ADDITIONAL class for that event and that we will be running our normal points series event with the usual payouts, entry fees, etc. Anyone can enter whether you run the points program or not- see our rules page for further details. . Please note also that the ALL-PONTIAC QUICK 16 does not affect the payouts, or entry fees of our regular races. The payouts and entries will remain the same as in 2014.

We announced at the banquet that 2015 will have 11 races and that only 10 of them will be point races. We have since changed that. Now we are announcing that all 11 races will be point races but there will be 2 “throw-out” races this season.

Another “special” we are having in 2015 is at our race on July 25th at Mason Dixon. We are paying $1000 cash to the winner of this race. Since some of our regular racers can’t make the races at Capital where we usually pay out more, we thought this would give them all a chance to take a shot at a larger purse at another track closer to home.

As far as changes go there really are none as far as rules, entry fees, payouts and buybacks are concerned (remember Buybacks are at the discretion of the hosting track), but this year we are dropping the Second Chance program and increasing the Bounty program. Some other programs may be changed as we go but details are still to be worked out.

As I said it’s late but I hope to see all of you at our first event at Mason Dixon in two weeks and I hope you have less to do than I have to do to get there!!

    Steve, 4/19/2015
   
 
   
   
   

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The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series closed the final page of our 2014 season with the awarding of our Points finalists on Saturday January 10 at the Carroll County Ag Center in Boonesboro, MD.

We would like to thank the sixty-eight racers, family and friends who braved the cold and traveled the distance to see our point finalists handed their cash and prizes and to applaud our 2014 Champion Wayne Garrison. You can go to our Facebook page and, thanks to the many entries from Amy Staub and Bill Bolin you can see some of the activities.

We want to thank a bunch of people for their help in making this event and the 2014 race season a reality. Among those of course are our sponsors, many of whom were in attendance on Saturday. Doug Chell gave a great shout-out to our sponsors in attendance and we rewarded them with a FREE race pass in the 2015 race season and offered them a pick from our prize table of the many pieces of memorabilia donated by Arnie Beswick to our banquet.

Also, we want to thank GT’s Catering for providing an excellent meal and to Eric Patterson of Power Company DJ’s for the sounds for the evening and providing us with “contests” to determine some of our “award” winners.

We hope everyone had enough to eat and had a good time as well. Prizes and cash were handed out to our top 10 point finalists and all our points participants present were able to take something home that evening. Cash prizes were also awarded for our Reaction Time contest, 50/50, Sponsor Support Program, Perfect Attendance, Second Chance Award, and of course, the Redlight Award. Several cash door prizes and drawings of cash to our points participants were handed out as the evening came to and end.

Next year’s racing program was briefly presented, announcing the dates for 11 races in 2015 including a yet to be announced date for a special event some time during the season. Details are being worked out for this event and will be announced in the Spring. We also announced no increase in entry fees and no decrease in payouts by OPDS. Look for announcements concerning this and other information on this website and our Facebook page.

I considered our evening a success and want to personally thank everyone for the personal award given to me for my ‘dedication & service’ to OPDS. This recognition makes it all worthwhile and you all make it easy. It’s a great time hanging out and racing with all of you that enjoy Pontiacs and racing with the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series. I hope to see you all in the Spring at our first race.

‘til then…

    Steve, 1/17/2015
   
   
 
Thanks to everyone for supporting our 2014 season Banquet yesterday. Pictures from the Banquet have been posted in the albums on our Facebook page....the album can be found by clicking here!   Thanks to Amy Staub from ALS Imagery for providing the pics. Great job Amy!
    Jim, 1/11/15
   
   
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IMPORTANT NEWS:   We are announcing at this time that as of December 1 you will not be able to access the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series FORUMS. Due to lack of participation and the fact that there is a yearly fee to have the FORUMS we have decided to discontinue them. The Forum contract expires on December 1. We invite everyone to join the Performance Years Forums and you can link to them from our home page on this website. The PY FORUMS is a busy place, full of information, parts, and announcements and recently has added forum threads for the newer Gen cars.

The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series website (the site you are currently viewing) will be maintained and we hope you will continue to visit to catch up on the latest news and announcements, as well as links to our sponsors. We will always have the first and “official” information you will want to read!

The Awards banquet is coming up on January 10. You will be receiving a flyer with information soon. On the flyer you will find information as to how you can contact us to let us know you are coming. (And please let us know asap so that we can be sure there is enough food for everyone!) With the above mentioned announcement you will be able to call or email us your intentions.

Somewhere along the way to the Banquet in January we will probably have one of our informal gatherings in the upcoming weeks at a centrally located food establishment so be on the lookout for that! ‘til then…