Mission accomplished! 'Woppado' tames the 'Poison Viper' in Canada. Mission, B.C. - John Scialpi and his steel bodied 'Woppado' 57 Chevy claimed victory at the fourth WCPMA Red Line Oil Series event in Canada June 22-23. Scialpi, who made the...
Mission accomplished! 'Woppado' tames the 'Poison Viper' in Canada.
Mission, B.C. - John Scialpi and his steel bodied 'Woppado' 57 Chevy claimed victory at the fourth WCPMA Red Line Oil Series event in Canada June 22-23. Scialpi, who made the trip from his hometown of West Covina, CA, defeated a broken Dennis Radford and his 2000 model Dodge Viper, who was appearing in his 3rd final in as many races. Radford didnt get the win, but he maintained the points lead after a broken clutch linkage sealed his fate against Scialpi.
Scialpi qualified on the pole with a great 6.368 E.T. which was also his personal best. Scialpi was closely followed by Oregon's Lee Smith. Smith qualified his gorgeous 58 Corvette in the number two slot with a great 6.381. The third position was held by Radford with a 6.454. Canadian Pro Mod Standout Carl Spiering wound up fourth with a 6.476 from his 57 Chevrolet. Glen May was able to not only qualify fifth with a great 6.484 but also ran over 221 MPH for top speed of the meet honors. Canadian Trevor Lowe put his Old Dutch Chips sponsored 57 Chevy in the number six slot running 6.486. 2001 WCPMA Red Line Oil Champion Andy Neyer qualified seventh with his Vans Chevrolet backed 93 Corvette by running 6.537. Canadian Pick-up truck racer Glen Kerunsky rounded out the top 8 when his Breckenridge Excavating 99 S-10 ran 6.542. That set the stage for some very exciting first round action on Sunday.
The first round saw track temperatures reaching nearly 110 degrees and the racing which took place was just as hot. Scialpi put away Kerunsky 6.43 to 6.65. Spiering defeated May 6.44 to 6.50. Smith taught Neyer how to leave the line when his 6.49 defeated a quicker 6.46. By the time Radford was able to trailer Lowe 6.42 to 6.48, the fans had seen perhaps the best round of WCPMA action ever. The semifinal looked to be a killer with no competitor running slower than Smith's 6.49.
Unfortunately for Smith he was unable to keep the torrid pace and his tires shook against Radford who ran a sizzling 6.41 to secure his berth in his third final in as many events. Meanwhile Scialpi had other intentions. After a long staging battle betweeen he and fellow 57 Chevy Competitor Carl Spiering, Scialpi streaked to a 6.40 giving him the choice of lanes in the final. Spiering had traction problems as he approached the finishline and followed Scialpi through the traps in Scialpi's Lane.
A great Chevrolet versus Chrysler and Nitrous versus Blower Matchup was anticipated by all in attendance as the cars prepared for their burnouts. They left the waterbox at the same time but Radford did not stop. Rather, he idled downtrack and eventually made the turnoff at the top end handing the victory to Scialpi and his Childs and Albert, Red Line Oil and Tom's Differential Sponsored racer. Radford would have had a tough time of it taking on Scialpi who held no punches and gave the fans a show running a new WCPMA Red Line Oil Series E.T. record of 6.328 at over 217 MPH. Not at all bad for a full bodied all steel 57 Chevy.
Said Scialpi of the final round,"I would have liked to have beaten Radford Fair and Square. We were ready for him." His win places Scialpi securely in the third position in points behind 'Arizona Animal' Andy Neyer and leader 'Poison Viper' Dennis Radford.
WCPMA Racers will compete at the fifth race of the 2002 WCPMA Red Line Oil Championship series July 5 and 6 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in North Las Vegas, Nevada.