Another incredible Fall-Out event is now in the rearview mirror, and firstly, we need to thank all of the competitors, fans, and sponsors who helped make this year a success despite Mother Nature’s attitude! Although we were up against cold temperatures and clouds we got two full days of uninterrupted racing in at Rock Falls Raceway, meaning many competitors were able to make upwards of 30 passes each throughout the course of the event!
Opening day of the Fall-Out #3 brought some much-needed sun along with temperatures in the low-50’s and a chilly westerly wind. Just chilly enough to pack on a few layers, but occasional sunshine really brightened up the landscape for our vendors and fans. Head-to-head racing continued all day until sundown, minus a short lunch break and a couple stoppages for broken cars. Big Girl Street Foods was on hand to serve up some hot food throughout the day, which was well received as the lines for concessions grew. A warm meal was surely a treat on a day like that!
That night, temperatures dropped to near-freezing. Folks arriving at the track in the morning of day #2 would have thought that snow was on the way! This is northern Wisconsin, however, and the show must go on! Without the help of the sun, temperatures on Saturday struggled to make it into the mid-40’s. That’s great for engine performance, but not so great for perusing the classic car lot, or the swap meet! However, there was one thing on everyone’s mind that helped take a bit of sting out of the cold air; a burnout contest to be held after lunch sponsored by Greg's Speed Shop.
Competitors had been seen doing quarter-track or even half-track burnouts before their run on Friday and early Saturday, but the burnout contest was going to bring something else entirely. As 2PM rolled around, 8 brave competitors rolled into the staging lanes preparing to lay down a MOAB (Mother of All Burners). The contest did not disappoint. Fans, track staff, and fellow competitors just couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces as chunks of spent rubber piled up and tire smoke billowed into the sky above. Of course, it wasn’t all for naught. The winner, Skip Hjortland walked away with a brand new CTECH Service Cart and a new pair of slicks courtesy of Greg's Speed Shop.
The burnout contest was worth the price of admission alone, but getting to see some of the finest vintage drag racing vehicles in the country tear it up non-stop for two straight days was priceless. As the Fall-Out continues to grow, we’re humbled to be working with the incredible crew at Meltdown Drag Association and Vintage Drag Racing 101 to help put this event on. We will see you at the Fall-Out #4 in 2019!