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Real Race Cars Have A Clutch! By popular demand, in 1996 a few long time stick shift bracket racers got together and held a race at the famed 75-80 dragway in Maryland. The class became known as Pro Stick. Over the years since, this Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia based group continues to attract new cars and grow in spectator popularity. This site is intended to provide information to our racers and fans. For additional information, call 240-271-0876.
To purchase our popular “Real Race Cars” logo t-shirts, go to the Pro Stick Racing Facebook page and click on the ‘shop’ button. You may also call / text 240-271-0876 to place an order and pay through Paypal.
PRO STICK NEWS
The site was last updated on August 26, 2021
PRO / STICK for over 25 years going strong!!
Our next event is our two day race at Beaver Springs over Labor Day weekend, September 4 and 5. See 60stoday.com for more information.
Farmington Photos: Todd Dziadosz is the official photographer at the Stick Nationals in Farmington. See the photos at 60stoday.com ! Please tell your Gear Jammer friends!
Please be mindful:
The first area to address is the use of social media such as Facebook or the like. We do not need anyone from our group posting negative remarks of any type on social media regarding any track. This is true for our group Facebook page as well as your personal page. The bottom line is that negative remarks not only make the author look unprofessional, they are seen as a negative reflection on our entire group.
The second topic is the use of alcohol at the track. If racers choose to drink AFTER YOU LOST, that is your call, but please do so responsibly. Again, please consider the reflection on yourself and on our entire group. However, if a driver is caught drinking while still racing in competition, you will be immediately barred from racing with the group for life, period.
1. Bill Smith, driver of the Pinto in our class, is a Racers for Christ Chaplain. If you are in need of Bill’s services, please contact him at 717-479-8772.
2. RAM Clutches will sponsor the reaction award in 2021.
3. SAFETY – We wish to stress the importance of safety. The safety equipment is there for YOU. Tighten your seat belts, strap your helmet firmly, wear your neck collar and other required equipment. If your car runs in the eight second zone, strongly consider purchasing a Hans device. ARC Race Cars has a deal on those devices. It only takes one accident for a life changing event, don’t think it can’t happen to you. Be proactive and protect yourself.
4. Todd Dziadosz attends many events and our banquet. He continues to send in either updated car pictures, or ones that had not been on the site before. If you would like the photo of your car updated, please contact Todd through 60stoday.com and he will take care of you, and check out his site for pictures!
SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
Without the support of the people below our program would not be possible. Please support those who support us, it is that simple.
Sponsors in alphabetical order within group:
Local Area Sponsors:
JSC Race Cars (James and Crystal Smith) of New Oxford, PA 717-465-5400
Joe Bowman Auto Plaza – 60stoday.com
SRS Fitness (see 60stoday.com for more information)
Performance Industry Company Sponsors:
Black Magic Clutches – Cale Aronson – 60stoday.com
G-Force Transmissions – Cleona, PA 60stoday.com
Liberty Transmissions – Taylor, MI 60stoday.com Long Shifters – Cleona, PA 60stoday.com Mickey Thompson Tires – Stow, OH 60stoday.com RAM Clutches – Columbia, SC 60stoday.com
Joe Bowman Auto Plaza continues to support us. When it’s time to buy a vehicle, keep our sponsor in mind. They have a new, state of the art facility in Harrisonburg, VA with a huge inventory of cars and trucks. They carry the Chevrolet and Cadillac product lines as well as fine used vehicles. Contact Ted McGann at 540-867-5854 for further information about your Pro Stick discount, it is worth your time.
The following applies at each race: The winner will receive a RAM gift certificate.
RAM Clutches sponsors the reaction time award. Of those drivers appearing for first round, the person with the best reaction time during all time run sessions (further clarified under Bye Runs below) will receive $25. The winner is posted on the board in Eric’s trailer, check after the second time run session. Bring your time slip to the trailer if you think you qualify for the best reaction time. The reaction time award applies only to runs made during the Pro Stick time run sessions that we make as a group. Note: All time run sessions count toward the reaction award.
Todd Dziadosz always has pictures of our cars on his site. Please visit 60stoday.com to view and purchase pictures of our cars. There are pictures available from various events and the banquet.
PRO STICK CLASS RULES AND SAFETY INFORMATION
Drag racing is hazardous. Injury to participants or spectators is possible in all areas of the racetrack. Promoters, organizers, etc. assume no liability for injuries. You are attending the event at your own risk. Your attendance acknowledges your acceptance of all risks associated with racing, and releases all other parties from any liability.
Always keep your speeds down in the pit area to 5 MPH or less. There are spectators, small children, golf carts, etc. moving around all the time, and they are not always paying attention.
1. The vehicle must use a transmission that is clutch operated off of the starting line. A clutchless type transmission is also permitted (Lenco type or similar).
2. The class ET cut-off is 7.50 through 11.49 in the quarter mile. (4.75 through 7.39 eighth mile)
RULE EXCEPTION for cars running 11.50 through 11.99 (7.40 through 7.65 1/8 mile). These cars may run if you meet any one of the following criteria stated in 2a, 2b, or 2c.
2a) If you traveled with the group from track to track running at least five events in 2007, and at least five events in 2008, you are grandfathered in and you may run.
2b) If your car is a legal, currently registered NHRA or IHRA stock class car, you may run.
2c) If your vehicle is a 1979 model year or older, you may run.
3. The class will run on a five tenths bracket style full tree with handicap dial in.
4. Absolutely no type of delay devices are permitted. A delay device is ANY mechanism, electronic or otherwise, that can be adjusted to create ANY delay between the driver reacting to the tree, and the car moving forward. For example, no pedal magnets with release buttons allowed.
5. MSD type ignition and/or 2 step / 3 step is permitted.
6. No street legal tires are permitted on the rear axle.
7. No dragsters allowed.
8. No front wheel drive vehicles allowed.
9. No hydraulic throw-out bearings with release buttons allowed.
10. Once in eliminations, you must drive the same car in all rounds. This rule does not apply to a run-off of a rain-out of a previous event.
11. Courtesy staging is recommended. Wait until both cars are pre-staged before either car stages.
12. NHRA, IHRA, or other host track sanctioning body, and local rules apply.
13. Absolutely no use of drugs or alcohol will be tolerated.
14. The use of nitrous oxide is NOT permitted.
15. In appreciation of our sponsors, it is suggested that their decals be displayed on both sides of the car.
16. During random elimination rounds, once you pull in to the staging lanes and have secured your spot, do not move your car in an effort to avoid running any particular opponent, or in an effort to run a particular opponent.
ADDITIONAL GENERAL INFORMATION
It is the responsibility of the driver to take their car to the pre-race tech. Inspection. The host track officials will check driver credentials/safety equipment, and vehicle safety equipment as described in the NHRA/IHRA rulebook. The track may disqualify any driver or vehicle for failure to meet these requirements. All drivers must be a dues paying member of the sanctioning bodies of NHRA and IHRA. The decision of host track officials regarding win/loss disputes, crossing of boundaries, or infractions of any rules (sanctioning body or local) is final.
Safety Suggestions For Your Own Good:
1. If you are unfamiliar with a track, always look around before making any runs to get yourself familiar with the surroundings and operation of the track. Pay special attention to the shut down area of the drag strip should any emergency type situation occur.
2. Consider wearing a SFI neck collar no matter how fast your car is.
3. Tighten down your seat AND shoulder belts before every run. Loose belts will do you no good.
Event Registration and Drivers Meeting:
The racer entry fee for most races will be $50 unless otherwise posted in the schedule section below. The entry fee is paid at the gate. Anyone can run with the group as long as they meet the specific track rules, and our group rules. Check the white board in Eric’s trailer for pertinent information pertaining to each event. You can locate the trailer by looking for the Pro / Stick Racing flag at the yellow Chevelle H118. Make sure Eric knows you are at the track for tracking of your points.
The drivers meeting is usually 10 minutes after first round of eliminations at Eric’s trailer, please plan accordingly. First round of eliminations is always random pairings. At the meeting, we will establish our race ladder sheet by drawing cards. We use a bracket type ladder sheet as is used at local tracks. Lane choice may be discussed and determined by a coin flip.
Bye run for first round: Of all cars appearing for first round of eliminations, the driver with the best reaction time during our time run session(s) will earn the potential bye run and $25 from RAM Clutches. Both time run sessions count toward earning the potential first round bye, the best light regardless of which session earns it. To determine a winner in the event of a tie – If there is a tie BETWEEN time run sessions, the first session driver gets the bye. If there is a tie DURING the same session, we choose from those same drivers in the OTHER session. Check the board in Eric’s trailer for the car number, especially if YOU had a good light, sometimes the track makes mistakes on the run sheets!
During random rounds, if at the end of the line the bye run car has a car to race, the bye run car gets lane choice.
Round two and beyond: the bye run goes to the winning driver having the best reaction time in the previous round. If there is a tie, we look back to the previous round (or time session if need be) for those same drivers to determine the bye.
When we establish a pairing sheet, bye run cars go to the top of the sheet for the next round.
The bye run car should always pull to the designated bye run spot at a specific track. Depending on specific track rules, bye run cars may or may not have to go down the track, but under full power is at the drivers option. One bye run per car per event maximum.
Break Runs: After the ladder has been established at the meeting, if a car cannot make a run, the competitor gets a single run and this does not count as a bye run. Single runs are conducted as stated in the sanctioning rulebook.
Win/Loss: If you lose, you are out even if your competition breaks after you lost. An example of an exception to this would be as stated in the sanctioning rulebook under disqualifications regarding crossing of boundaries (track officials make these calls). Also, you or your crew must check your dial on the scoreboards before pre-staging. Be proactive and be responsible, there have been cases where the track makes mistakes. No reruns due to incorrect dial-ins.
Rain: Some races have a posted rain date on the schedule. If no elimination rounds start, it can be expected that we will run the event on the posted rain date. In the event of rain after eliminations start, a decision will be made depending on the particular situation. Some example situations would include:
1. If a few rounds have been completed, we will usually split the purse among the remaining drivers.
2. If we are down to the last round or two, the purse may be split, or we may run the cars off at another date as decided on by the remaining drivers vote. If we have a tied vote, the cars are to be run off at a later date.
3. If an early round starts and it rains before the round is complete, a decision will be made depending on the exact situation. Winners so far during the round will receive their points.
4. If a late round starts and it rains before the round is complete, a decision will be made depending on the exact situation. Winners so far during the round will receive their points. Drivers still in will vote to make a decision. If we have a tied vote, the cars are to be run off at a later date.
Make sure Eric has your current address and car number. Don’t use your engine size or the year of your car for your number. That is not a unique idea and duplicate numbers show up in the computer. Keep in mind that the track employees change. They may not know how our program works. Staging officials may need reminded that we are on a ladder, etc. From time to time, tracks at the start of our first time trial will by mistake give us a Pro tree. If that happens, do not go down the track. Instead just back out, cut the engine off, inform the starter accordingly that we run on a full five tenths tree.
Clarification on car counts:
If there are over 64 cars, we will run two rounds of random before holding our meeting and going on a ladder.
There is no charge to join the points tracking program. The points program is just for fun and bragging rights. It is a good idea to track your own points and let Eric know if you think a mistake has been made. Each driver receives 10 show-up points per event at a quarter mile track, or 20 show-up points per event at an eighth mile track. Each driver also receives 10 points for each round won including bye runs or singles if your competition broke. The reaction winner of each event will receive 5 points. Special note for the last race of the year: You get 20 show up points regardless if it is quarter mile or eighth mile track.
Additional points are awarded at each event as follows:
Ø an extra 11 points to the winner
Ø an extra 7 points to the runner-up
Ø an extra 4 points for a semi-final loss (effective in 2018 – 4 points instead of 3 points)
Breakage and/or Points:
Let Eric know of breakage if you can not run. You will get the show-up points for coming to the event with the intent of running with the group, even if you broke before eliminations. Intent of running is indicated by bringing your car to the track, paying your entry fee, filling out/turning in a tech card, and NOT requesting a refund. There are no refunds for breakage.
Tie breaker rule to determine the series champion (if necessary):
If at the end of the season there are multiple drivers tied in points for the championship, we will determine the champion from those tied drivers by naming the driver with the most event wins throughout the season.
2021 PRO STICK SCHEDULE
Event information: Generally, all races are points races, all races are quarter mile, all races are $50 entry fee, and all races are $1,000 to win. However, there are exceptions as noted per event below.
Saturday May 15 – Eastside Dragway in Waynesboro, VA – $1,200 to win ($60 entry fee) (1/8 mile)(double show-up points)(rain date May 16)
Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30 at Beaver Springs Dragway, PA
Saturday June 19 – Stick Nationals / Gear Jammer Invitational at Farmington Dragway – $5,000 to win, NO POINTS, eighth mile event, NO ENTRY FEE. Rain date is Sunday June 20.
Saturday June 26 – Nostalgia race and show at Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown, MD
(rain date June 27)
Saturday July 24 at Sumerduck Virginia (rain date July 25)(1/8 mile)(double show-up points)
Saturday August 14 at Mason-Dixon Dragway, Hagerstown MD (rain date August 15)
Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5 at Beaver Springs Dragway, PA
Saturday and Sunday Sept. 25 and 26 – Nostalgia at Keystone Raceway Park in New Alexandria, PA. $1,200 to win each day ($60 entry per day) This is a UMTR / Pro Stick joint event.
Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3 the North and South join at Eastside Dragway in Waynesboro, VA – $1,500 to win each day ($65 entry fee each day) (1/8 mile)(double show-up points both days)
Saturday October 23 at Budds Creek, Maryland (no rain date)
Our winner runs the MOD winner for an extra $500 (no points for run off)
Participation at our events:
All cars are welcome if you meet our rules as posted on this website. There is no membership fee or dues, simply pay your entry per event at the gate.
2021 Pro Stick Series Race Results
Saturday May 15 at Eastside:
47 cars for first round
Winner: Russ White (GTO)
Runner-up: Codey Clites (81 Olds)
Semi-finalist: Howie Reith (70 Chevelle)
RAM Clutches reaction winner: Fred Leyland with a .000 light
May 29 and 30 at Beaver Springs:
Both days totally rained out.
June 26 at Mason-Dixon:
59 cars for first round
Winner: Andy Charcalla
Runner-up: Colton Kirchner
Semi-finalists: Denny Henry and Bill Giannakarios
RAM Clutches reaction winner: John Haislip with a .000 light
Raffle Winner: Clarence Ford
July 24 at Sumerduck Dragway:
August 14 at Mason-Dixon:
49 cars in attendance
Winner: Mark Charcalla
Runner-up: Dave Slusher
Semi-finalist: Andy Stone
RAM Clutches reaction winner: Andy Stone with a .0001 light
2021 POINTS STANDINGS
As of Thursday, August 26, 2021
POINTS LAST_NAME FIRST_NAME MAKE_CAR
157 CLITES CODEY OLDSMOBILE
151 CHARCALLA MARK R. 90 MUSTANG
137 KIRCHNER COLTON 79 MALIBU
131 WHITE RUSS 68 GTO
121 CHARCALLA ANDREW 86 MUSTANG
117 SLUSHER DAVE CAMARO
90 MCGANN TED 67 FIREBIRD
90 CARASEA LARRY 69 CAMARO
90 KNUDSEN CLARK 88 MUSTANG
90 RHODES ART 73 NOVA
89 STONE ANDY 69 CAMARO
84 GIANNAKARIOS BILL 68 GTO
84 REITH HOWARD CHEVELLE
80 CHARCALLA MARK A. FALCON
80 DEREMER LARRY CAMARO
70 HOYLER DAN 89 MUSTANG
64 HENRY DENNY 65 MUSTANG
60 HUTTON DANNY CHEVY II
60 LEOPOLD TOM CORVETTE
60 WHORTON JOHN 71 NOVA
60 MUDDIMAN EARL CHEVY II
60 RIGGLEMAN TIM DAYTONA
60 CORBIN GREGG 70 NOVA
55 LEYLAND FRED 68 CHEVELLE
50 WHITE JOE 65 GTO
50 BERGENSTOCK MATT PICKUP
50 UPOLE SCOTT CHEVY II
50 SMITH BILL PINTO
50 WINES KEVIN 69 CAMARO
50 GUNTER JON GTO
50 SMITH LARRY TRANS AM
50 GOLLIDAY HARRY 67 CAMARO
50 TRAPP SONNY CAMARO
45 HAISLIP JOHN 70 CAMARO
40 LONG LEONARD GFORCE MUSTANG
40 SHAFFER CHRIS 66 FURY
40 SOLTES JOHN 69 MACH I
40 MILLER RONALD 72 NOVA
40 LEYH DEAN 79 CAMARO
40 CLITES DERRICK EL CAMINO
40 WETZEL TERRY BBC / FALCON
40 JENKINS JAY BERETTA
40 BURNS RICHIE 66 CHEVY II
40 WETZEL BRYAN PICKUP
40 KITCHEN ERIC 69 CHEVELLE
40 RYNTZ DAN MUSTANG
30 DUFFIN SR HAROLD CHEVY II
30 DEAN FRANK 81 FAIRMONT WAGON
30 GIANNAKARIOS NIC MONTE CARLO
30 FRALEY MARK CAMARO
30 SHALLCROSS RICHIE 69 CAMARO
30 FORD CLARENCE 67 FAIRLANE
30 WISECARVER CHARLIE CHEVY II
30 CONTE GARY 55 CHEVY
20 SILTMAN DAVE OLDS
20 ARMITAGE DOUG MUSTANG
20 BAUGHER ROBERT 92 MUSTANG
20 KUHN PAUL MUSTANG
20 JOHNSON RALEIGH CHEVY II WAGON
20 BRADY ED GFORCE MUSTANG
20 LILLEY AUSTIN ARROW
10 CASHMAN MIKE 69 CAMARO
10 STUGART JIM PINTO
10 JERNIGAN CRAIG 63 GALAXIE
10 PHILLIPS JASON STUDEBAKER
10 RUPPRECHT BILLY 87 MUSTANG
10 REXRODE JASON MUSTANG
10 SHIPLEY WAYNE 72 OLDS J/STOCK
10 EWING LONNIE 69 CAMARO
10 WELKER MATT CAMARO
ITEMS FOR SALE / WANTED
Big Block Chevy Engine for sale: 454, GM crank, GM dimple rods, TRW pistons, open chamber heads, etc. $4500. Contact Marty 540-454-3182 for additional information.
Wanted: Gears for a 57-64 Pontiac/Olds 9.3 rear. 5.57 or 5.88 ratio. Contact Richard 434-298-7186.
RAM dual disc clutch setup part number 75-2125 with aluminum flywheel. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
69 Nova For Sale: 14 point cage, Dana rear, Wilwood brakes, 383 small block, and much more. Everything is new, car was never completed – $7,500 firm. Call Joie at 304-258-5894 or 304-839-8216.
Wayne Whittington’s 81 Camaro is for sale, ad revamped March of 2020: Now for sale as a roller only. The car is set up for a BB Chevy and a Lenco. It is a square tube chassis with a funny car cage. Asking $18,000 – call 540-877-2751 or 540-247-4903.
For Sale: Miscellaneous Chevrolet parts for small-block & big-block. Heads, cranks, rods, pistons, etc. Call for details. 304-839-8216 or 304-258-5894.
Mark Williams spools, gears and axles for Dana 60. Call for details. 303-839-8216/304-258-5894.
New Boninfante aluminum single disc clutch, complete for internally balanced motor. New in box $2,000. 304-839-8216.
1970 Chevelle Pro Street – best of everything call for details. 304 839-8216 or 258 5894.
1961 Chevy Biscayne 2-door sedan 409, 4-speed positraction rear end. Call for many more details 304-839-8216 or 304-258-5894.
For Sale: GForce clutchless 5-speed GF-5R with magnesium case for sale. $4,500 – call 902-661-2663 for information.
Joie McCumbee’s Chevelle is for sale, making room for a new car. The Chevelle is being sold less engine. Call Joie at 304-258-5894 for more information.
PRO STICK CARS!
Various photos below are courtesy of either Todd Dziadosz or Gordon Gipe.
2020 Pro Stick Series Champion!
Number 2 in 2020 is the series champion from 2012, Mark Charcalla
Number 3 in 2020 is Eric Kitchen – five time series champion
Number 4 in 2020 is Matt Bergenstock
Ronnie Ward – number 5 in 2020
Number 6 in 2020 is the 2014 series champion Andy Charcalla
Two way tie for number 7 in 2020 is the 2019 series champion Gregg ‘bull’ Corbin
Dave Slusher two way tie for number 7 in 2020
Number 9 in 2020 is Codey Clites
Number 10 in 2020 is our first ever series champion in 1997
Number 3 in 2019 is Colton Kirchner
Number 8 in 2019 is the three time former series champion – Dan Hoyler
Number 9 in 2019 is Clarence Ford
Number 10 in 2019 is the 2002 champion Russ White
Larry Carasea 2018 Series Champion
Number 2 in 2018 is James Smith – two time series champion Gforce Mustang
Number 4 in 2018 is Fred Leyland
Number 6 in 2018 is Dean Leyh
Number 7 in 2018 is Clark Knudsen
Number 8 in 2018 is Ted McGann – two time series champion
Number 10 in 2018 is John Soltes
Number 7 in 2016 is Amanda Rupprecht
Number 9 in 2016 is Lynn Umberger
Number 10 in 2016 is Bink Rhodes
2015 Pro Stick Series Champion – Jay Zolko in the Gforce Mustang
Number 3 in 2015 is the 2010 series champion Ed Brady
Number 4 in 2015 is Terry Brandt
Number 3 in 2014 is Bill Marks in his seven second Olds!
Number 5 in 2014 is Merv Moyer
Number 6 in 2014 is Bryan Wetzel
Number 7 in 2014 is Gordon Foose
Number 10 in 2014 is John Whorton
Number 4 in 2012 is Robert Cook
Number 6 in 2012 is Austin Lilley
2011 Pro Stick Series Champ – George Kull
Barry Parson – number 7 in 2010
Mike Rowe – number 3 in points for 2009
Kevin Wines – number 7 in points for 2009
Paul Hillier – Number 9 in points for 2009, 2005 points series runner-up
Number 2 man for 2008, and 2000 series points champ – Ron Settles
Wayne Whittington – number 4 in points for 2008
Michael (Desert) Ford – two way tie for number 9/10 in points in 2008
Andy Stone – Number 2 in points in 2007
Tom Evans – Always a crowd favorite!
2006 points series runner-up Marvin Blume
Mark A. Charcalla
Tommy Leopold in his beautiful 8-second Corvette
Jim Martz in his 8-second Malibu
Mr. Theodore Taylor Sr.
Jay Jenkins in ‘Snoopy’
“The Gentleman” Craig Goods
Ted ‘Smokey’ Taylor
Chuck Gassmann driving Eric Massey’s beautiful Camaro
Jeremy Wible’s Camaro
Harold Duffin’s Chevy II
Ernest Oehm’s clean Camaro
Charlie Baesch – 64 GTO
Mark Petit Demange
Paul ‘Tater’ Kuhn
SEE YA AT THE NEXT PRO STICK EVENT!