KING, JURCZYK, EWIG, POGLIANO AND TAYLOR WIN AT FIRST OF TWO MAKE-UP RACES OF WEEKEND

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JOLIET, Ill. - Kenny King's father Jerry watched him race at Route 66 Raceway on Saturday - the first race he's attended since the track's inaugural race 11 years ago. The trip had a happy ending - Jerry saw his son race all the way to the winner's circle.

Kenny King drove his Super Pro dragster to a 7.753-second finish at 168.09 mph to defeat Dane Hartmann in the final round of the rescheduled ET Bracket Series race presented by Rockett Brand Race Fuels. Other winners included Jeff Jurczyk in Pro, Tom Ewig in Bike, Anthony Pogliano in Sportsman and Martin Taylor in High School.

The win gave King, an engine builder who owns King Engines in Streator, Ill., a big boost in the point standings. The final standings of the year will be determined tomorrow at the second rescheduled bracket race of the weekend and the final of the year.

“He just decided to come,“ said Kenny King, of Lacon, Ill. “I've been trying to get him to come for years.“

In the Sportsman category, Pogliano, of Wilmington, Ill. drove his 1967 Chevelle to a 12.133 at 109.30 to defeat Steve Opielinski. Pogliano dedicated his win to his late friend CJ Begler, son of Chuck Begler, and his family. CJ Begler died in a car accident.

“I've always wanted to get (a win) for him, but this weekend there was a car show named for him (in Wilmington, Ill.) so I just decided this weekend I'd win it for him,“ Pogliano said.

In Pro, Jeff Jurczyk, of New Lenox, Ill. drove his 1967 Camaro to a 9.913 at 138.91, but his race was won on the starting line after opponent Rick Burke red-lit in the final round.

It was Jurczyk's second win in two weeks at Route 66 - he also won the title at Goodguys' Friday Night Drags.

In Bike, Tom Ewig rode away with the title with a 9.717 at 127.92. Robert Sutterlin was the runner-up.

The High School title went to 17-year-old Homewood-Flossmoor High School senior Martin Taylor and the well-represented school Auto Club.

The students in the Auto Club built their 1997 Mustang with parts they paid for with donations given in thanks for auto repairs completed.

Taylor was joined in the Winner's Circle by his crew chief, Anthony Pilota, 17, three trailer crew members, Instructor Paul McKee and the rest of the Auto Club. They were en route to compete against rival Seneca High School at an event on Sunday.

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