WEST LEBANON, NY – Terryville, Connecticut’s Brian Garbus earned his first National Hot Rod Association victory, in only his second race in competition, in the Ultimax Pro Stock Snowmobile Series by Timken. Run in conjunction with the NHRA Northeast Division – Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, New York.
In a virtual rematch, from the Opening Round of Eliminations at Maple Grove a few weeks earlier, with the Series most recent winner John Parenteau. Garbus clicked off an 8.499-second pass at 148.82 miles-per-hour, to the quicker but losing 8.483 at 151.77 miles-per-hour of Brentwood, New Hampshire’s Parenteau. Etching his name in the record books as the winner of the ‘First Official All-Turbo Final’ in Division One – Pro Stock Snowmobile class competition. Since changing their engine rule package to include the four-stroke turbocharged engine configuration back in the year 2017.
First up in the Opening Round of Eliminations(E-1) would be the pair of second place qualifier Brian Garbus, and the eighth and final man on the ladder, Keith Wood. Aboard the Woody’s Performance Center turbocharged Yamaha out of Sabattus, Maine. Although he would react sooner and improve on his qualifying time. Wood’s machine couldn’t hold off the only other Yamaha turbo in the field. As Garbus drove around his opponent with an 8.953-second pass at 147.46 miles-per-hour, to the losing 9.358 at one-forty-one and change for Wood.
Next up in Round One would be the pair of former NHRA Division One – Pro Stock Snowmobile Series Champ Frank Berard Jr. and sixth place qualifier Heath Smith. Where the former champ and fifth place qualifier would easily ride the Bichteman Racing Ski-Doo bodied machine to a First Round win. Laying down an 8.541-second pass at 149.23 miles-per-hour, to the losing .705 at 149.29 miles-per-hour for Westmoreland, New York’s Heath Smith.
In the third and final pairing of the Opening Round. Sandown, New Hampshire’s Benny Rosado, from the third qualifying position on the ladder, would face the sixth place machine ridden by Slatington, Pennsylvania’s Gary Schweikert. Who took the starting line advantage on the tree. But quickly lost it, as the City Oil sponsored Chuckaroo Motorsports Mach Z ridden by Rosado drove past his opponent in route to a first-round win. With an 8.543 second pass at 151.07 miles-per-hour, to the losing 8.91 with a three at 139.07 miles-per-hour for Schweikert’s beautiful silver colored Ski-Doo.
The Number One Qualifier and the Series most recent winner John Parenteau. Would get the honor of running the final pass of the Opening Round on a bye run. By virtue of earning that opportunity via his Number One qualifying spot. As Parenteau’s J&R Racing Team left nothing on the table, and threw down the quickest pass of the round, with an 8.471-second pass at 150.66 miles-per-hour to end the Opening Round of Eliminations.
First up in the Second or Semi-Final Round, would be the pair of Chuckaroo Motorsports machines ridden by Benny Rosado and Brian Garbus. The owner of BTG Performance, who built and tunes the 2018 Yamaha Sidewinder he rides for team owner Chuck Hamrah. Who took the starting line advantage and never looked back in route to the easy win over his teammate. With a 8.439 second pass at 150.53 miles-per-hour, to the losing .533 at 153.57 miles-per-hour of Rosado. Garbus quietly registering the quickest pass of the weekend on his Yamaha in the first pairing of the round.
Next up in the semi-finals would be John Parenteau and Frank Berard Jr.. Who reacted first, taking a starting line advantage over the J&R Racing Team’s – D&D Arctic Cat twin cylinder turbo. But Parenteau fought back in the opposite lane to take the win. Clicking off an 8.452-second pass at 151.57 miles-per-hour, to the losing .490 at 150.73 for Berard Jr. on the Bichteman Racing Ski-Doo, to end the round.
In the finals of the NHRA Division One – Pro Stock Snowmobile Series by Timken. The rookie Brian Garbus cut a stellar .080 light tree-ing his opponent Parenteau. With the D&D Racing prepared Arctic Cat running a quicker but losing time of 8.483 at 151.77 miles-per-hour in defeat. Versus the winning time of 8.499 at 148.82 miles-per-hour for the Fragola Fittings, Nadeau Brothers Concrete backed Chuckaroo Motorsports Yamaha turbo. Earning Garbus his first NHRA Wally in Division One competition just six weeks after receiving his official NHRA certification at Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, NY.
Who says dreams don’t come true?!?!
- John Parenteau 100 – Brentwood, NH – ’12 Arctic Cat – 8.527
- Brian Garbus 1777 – Terryville, CT – ’18 Yamaha – 8.531`
- Benny Rosado 1989 – Sandown, NH – ’03 Ski-Doo – 8.574
- Heath Smith 1339 – Westmoreland, NY – ’03 Ski-Doo – 8.755
- Frank Berard Jr. 143x – Troy, NY – ’12 Ski-Doo – 8.757
- Gary Schweikert 1000 – Slatington, PA – ’15 Ski-Doo – 9.004
- Keith Wood 159 – Sabattus, ME – ’17 Yamaha – 11.294