May 27 Submission

Katz, Grover, Tilford & Propst get 1st 2018 CCD Win

The weekend started and ended with an interruption from Mother Nature, but that didn’t stop the CCD Safety Crew from drying the track and getting back to racing action. The Memorial Day weekend is always a time to reflect as the Racers & Spectators packed Coles County Dragway USA for the 6th Summit ET and 1st JT Muffler Quick Race of the year with several Racers getting their 1st win of the 2018 Season. The JT Muffler Quick Series kicked off the season with a Quick 330’ race and Series Sponsor John Tilford took home the win over Dana Kutz.  Kutz of Arcola, IL in his ‘13 Trick Chassis Dragster had the faster ET of the day with a 2.888 that was record in the 1st round, but Tilford of Mattoon, IL in his ‘06 Spitzer Dragster was the #1 qualifier.  John had the starting line advantage and never looked back taking home his 1st win of the 2018 season.  In Super Pro Denny Katz of Mattoon, IL in his ‘04 Dragster has been in the finals a few times this year, but hadn’t been able to seal the deal until this pasts weekend when he put up a deadly package beating Litchfield, IL resident David Hearn in his ‘69 Camaro.  David with the slower dial was getting the head start, but left the line too early giving Denny his 1st win of the 2018 Season and Summit ET points lead with Adam Hughes of Clinton, IL in his ‘86 442 & Jim Dronenburg of Odell, IL in his ‘70 Nova the Semi-Finalist.  In Pro Sara Cassady of Mattoon, IL in her ‘99 Camaro has been lighting up the win lights this year, but Tom Grover of Terre Haute, IN in his ‘52 Ford P/U put a stop to that; giving him his 1st CCD Win while Sara took over the points lead.  Grover had a perfect reaction time (.500) on the starting line and ran Sara down for the win while Tony Chrisagis of Arcola, IL in his ‘94 S-10 was the lone Semi-Finalist.  In a repeat from last weekend, Jesse Brant of Mattoon, IL in his ‘99 Camaro took home his 2nd consecutive win in Sportsman over Katrina Shain of Sullivan, IL in her ‘79 Camaro she calls “Stella”.  Both have been going rounds this year, but it was Jesse starting line advantage that gave him the win while Noah Probst of Effingham, IL in his ‘79 Malibu & Jim Jessup of St. Joseph, IL in his ‘99 Trans Am were the Semi-Finalist.  Tyler Propst of Maroa, IL in his ‘17 Focus is really starting to rack up the “Rookie of the Year” points as he took home his 1st win of the 2018 Season in Novice Street over Jim Flynn of Charleston, IL in his ’91 S-10.

Upcoming Info
Coles County Dragway USA
Where:  Charleston, IL

 Schedule:    Friday gates open at 5 pm & time runs start at 6 pm
                    Saturday gates open at noon & time runs start at 2 pm
                    Sunday gates open at 9 am, RFC Chapel Service at 10 am & time runs start at 11 am.

Fast Facts:  Friday is the Paap Printing Friday Fun Night, Test-n-Tune & $500 Gamblers All Run where it’s always just $10 to race or watch.  Saturday is the Walt Crabtree Memorial Race with Guaranteed $1500 to win in Pro along with Summit ET Race # 7 including S/P, Pro, Sportsman, Novice & Jr’s and Sunday is Summit ET Points Race #8 so come on out and get your need for speed at CCD.  Featured Sunday will be Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Powder Puff, Novice Street, Jr’s & Test-n-Tune.   Spectator Admission is $10 (13 & up) & Kids 12 & under Free.  For track information, call 217-345-7777 or visit their website at


Race Results Saturday (5/27):

JT Muffler Q330’
W: John Tilford, Mattoon, IL (’06 Spitzer) 2.971 @ 123.66 mph
R/U: Dana Kutz, Arcola, IL (13 Trick) 2.941 @ 128.06 mph

Super Pro
W: Denny Katz, Mattoon, IL ('04 RED) 4.976 @ 137.17 mph(4.97 dial)
R/U: David Hearn, Litchfield, IL ('69 Camaro) 6.848 @ 10.09 mph (6.82 dial)
Semi: Adam Hughes, Clinton, IL (’86 442)
Semi: Jim Dronenburg, Odell, IL (‘70 Nova)

W: Tom Grover, Terre Haute, IN ('52 Ford P/U) 6.925 @ 92.58 mph (6.88 dial)
R/U: Sara Cassady, Mattoon, IL ('01 Z-28) 8.906 @ 81.07 mph (8.88 dial)
Semi: Tony Chrisagis, Arcola, IL (‘94 S-10)

W: Jesse Brant, Mattoon, IL ('99 Camaro) 8.495 @ 77.58 mph (8.40 dial)
R/U: Katrina Shain, Sullivan, IL ('79 Camaro) 9.141 @ 77.58 mph (9.09 dial)
Semi: Jim Jessup, St. Joseph, IL (‘99 Trans Am)
Semi: Noah Probst, Effingham, IL (’79 Malibu)

Novice Street
W: Tyler Propst, Maroa, IL ('17 Focus) 9.970 @ 74.00 mph (9.97 dial)
R/U: Jim Flynn, Charleston, IL ('91 S-10) 10.019 @ 70.41 mph (9.93 dial)

Points as of 28 May:

1st – Denny Katz, Mattoon IL. 44 pts
2nd Tie Eric Willenborg, Dietrich IL. 40 pts

2nd  Tie – John Smiley, Westfield, IL. 40 pts
4th - Bob Paul, Westfield, IL 35 pts
5th – Alec Smith, Humboldt, IL. 33 pts

1st   Sara Cassady, Mattoon, IL.  48 pts  
2nd   Andy Romine, Tuscola, IL. 44 pts
3rd  – Ralph Craig, Charleston, IL 42 pts
4th  – Max Lang, Charleston, IL. 40 pts 
5th – Chad Isley, Charleston, IL. 39 pts  

1st  Gene Horner, St. Joseph, IL. 47 pts  
Sara Cassady, Mattoon, IL. 45 pts
3rd – Jim Treat, Dietrich, IL. 42 pts    
4th Tie – Jesse Brant, Mattoon, IL. 36 pts
4th Tie  – Katrina Shain, Sullivan, IL. 36 pts

JT Muffler Quick Series
1st – John Tilford, Mattoon, IL. 27 pts
2nd – Dana Kutz, Arcola, IL. 17 pts.
3rd – Denny Katz, Mattoon, IL 8 pts
4th  – Alec Smith, Humboldt, IL 6 pts

(posted 5/28/2018)

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