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Sep 22, 2009
Author: Bobby Martin

Fans of all-out extreme drag racing, and crank it to 11 rock, this is for you!

The date is now official. On October the FIRST, 2009, Bruce Martin, Bobby Martin and Jay Tierney, hereafter referred to as The Martin Brothers POWER MACHINE, invade Syracuse New York's hottest rock spot, Station 58. You can zero in on "The Station" by punching 3504 Brewerton Road, North Syracuse NY into your navigation system, or just tell Mr. Sulu you want to Rock the Station, and he'll get you there at warp speed. Call 315.455.1010 for details. The event is called "Open Mic with Shocker." Shocker is the blistering house band. Female vocalist, two guitars, very cool. Tell 'em you wanna see the POWER MACHINE! The time we hit the stage is subject to change, but if you get there by ten, you should be there for our opening song. This is a totally super fun rockin' night, so come on out and prepare for a really great time. (See Power Machine photos) Power Machine is: Bruce Martin, bass and lead vocals; Bobby Martin, guitars and vocals; Jay Tierney, drums.

In our last installment, I mentioned Oct 8 as the date for the band. But it's confirmed, the official date is the first. Yes, Oct. 1, 2009. But we have something special going the next week too. Dig this. It's Summit Motorsports Park's FRIDAY NIGHT CHAOS on Friday (of course) October the NINTH. FNC has been going on all summer, but it's been a little too orderly. Just not enough utter chaos. So here's the plan. We're going to kick it up a notch. It's the RUSH WILLYS and DOOR WARS! Door Wars is an extreme doorslammer class that track promoter extraordinaire Bill Bader invented to bring true Chaos to his Friday night special event. Blown cars, nitrous cars, new school bodies, old-school bodies, naturally aspirated, and mega cubic inch monsters, all going heads up. Fastest car wins. It's run whatcha brung, and hope you brung enough. So here's what we're brunging, I mean bringing. It's Spike Sterling's all-new Jim Oddy powered, Littlefield blown, chopped, channeled, stretched, and sectioned '33 Willys coupe. 526 cubic inches of methanol burning hot rod! It's absolutely the wildest thing to hit the strip since the first blown Funny Car. As you know, I've been up and down the fabulous Norwalk strip a time or two, but not in an over-the-top door car like this. Area 'slammer veterans like Carl Rossler, Killer Brooks, and Dave Roemer are regulars in this class. They've been taming these monsters for decades. I will be a total rookie. It will be our first time in actual competition. Only five classes run that night, but they are all bad to the bone. Classes like Outlaw Dragster, Street Assassin, Outlaw 10.5", and "Drag Radial" means it's a night of true, all-out, heads-up drag racing. Spike has put together an amazing race car. (Come to think of it, if you haven't seen Spike Sterling, he's just as extreme himself as his name would suggest.) It has all the best: Spitzer chassis (the first blown 'slammer by Spitzer Race Cars), Jim Oddy engine, Carl Rossler transmission, and Mark Williams rear end. This is no vinyl-wrapped decal mobile. No way. It's a fire red airbrushed, hand lettered work of art in the true classic hotrod tradition. You gotta see it. I'm getting fired up just talking about it. Gates open at 3. The show starts with Door Wars qualifying at 5:30. We race till eleven. Don't miss this!

The Parkertech team's trip to Charlotte was a great adventure. ZMax Dragway has to be experienced in person. It's everything they say it is. Seeing four fuel cars run side-by-side was worth it all. Kudos to those teams who made great runs, great burnouts, and put on the best show imaginable. The track bit us in the first round and I got sideways against Terry Munroe, giving Terry his second win of the year against us. He had a nice light against me (who doesn't?), an .032 and got the win. I put up my Tony Schumacher-drive-like-a-machine-steady-as-she-goes first round .058. But the 5.78 was our slowest of the weekend by about a tenth. So here's the deal. We didn't gather the points we wanted in Charlotte and Frank and Dan decided to just call it a season. Okay, it's a season. We won two races, including the 55th NHRA U.S. Nationals, so we're happy with the results. This is in no way indicative that we're splitting or quitting, or anything of that sort. In fact, the purpose is to get an early start on putting together our program for 2010 so we can come out swinging and really make some serious noise in Division 3 and around the country. Stay tuned for updates as they become available. Meantime, I'll just keep rockin' and racin'. See you at the track or at the Station.

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