Supreme Sportsman series winners get serious bucks

Winners of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Supreme Sportsman Series on Nov. 3 took home a nice chunk of change for a Wednesday afternoon of racing.

Moe Trujillo, of Boring, Ore., defeated Eric Reyes of Oakland, Calif., in the Top Comp final and received $5,300 for the win.
Kevin Helms defeated David Latino of Donaldsonville, La., For Stock/Super Stock Combo honors. Helms received $6,200 after doing some splitting with runner-up David Latino who earned $5,200.

Jason Kenny, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, topped Dale Garber of Pierre, S.D., to claim the Super Comp win and $6,920.

Charlie Waggoner Jr., of Los Angeles, defeated Don Anderson of Twin Falls, Idaho, for the Super Gas winner’s paycheck of $6,526. (Tim Marshall photo) [11/8/2010]

Vintage Irwindale

Over the weekend, Pete Baleno held another one of his Manufacturers Challenges, this time at SoCal’s Irwindale Dragstrip. 

In addition to the competition were Ron Johnson’s vintage dragster reproductions of the iconic TV Tommy Ivo “Barnstormer” and drag legend Chris Karamazines’ “Chizzler”. After a top end push start, both cars squared off down the Irwindale eighth mile.  (Pete Liebig photo) Earlier in the day, a half dozen Cacklecars were fired off at multiple times in the pits, attracting the “Camfather” himself, Ed Iskenderian, getting into Jake McCloud's Top Fueler in the pits. With cigar and all, Isky was having a great time.  (Darr Hawthorne photo)

Our own DRO Staff Cartooninst, Jeff DeGrandis, was Grand Marshal for the event. He took off on a trip down the strip in a vintage Caddy then got back to signing autographs in the pit-side Nickelodeon booth, supporting America's Baby Cancer Foundation. [11/8/2010]

GM to retire Mr. Goodwrench

The Agent hears that General Motors will be retiring the Mr. Goodwrench car mechanic brand in the United States as the company moves to redirect the marketing emphasis around its four core vehicle brands, sources say.

The long-standing Goodwrench brand -- used since 1974 by GM dealers to promote vehicle repair and maintenance services -- will be replaced by Chevrolet Certified Service, Cadillac Certified Service, Buick Certified Service and GMC Certified Service, making the vehicle brands, not corporate, the stars of GM.

Mr. Goodwrench will remain viable in Canada. [11/8/2010]