Accomplished Funny Car Driver, Scott Weney did more than live life a quarter-mile at a time. Weney was known for many things in addition to his role as President of the family business S&W Race Cars that was started by his father Walt in 1959 the same year he was born; he was a national racing champ, master race car builder and most recently a race promoter, however, most notably Weney was a family man and he did it all while sporting his signature mustache.
On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 while promoting his newest venture, the Fun in the Sun Race Series, the drag racing legend suffered what ended up being a fatal episode of cardiac arrest while at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida and passing away during treatment in an area hospital Intensive Care Unit that Wednesday.
All are welcome to attend the “Celebration of Life” for Scott Weney, December 13, 2014 at the Parkerford Church, located at 20 Rinehart Road, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, officiated by Racers for Christ Chaplains Marty Rinehart Jr., and Dale Ressler. The welcoming line will begin at 10:00am and the service at 12:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Racers for Christ Division 1 or Division 2, P.O. Box 1208, Gilbert, Arizona 85299.
“Scott Weney is now racing through the pearly gates and doing it at full throttle. Scott is survived by wife Candi, sons Rory and Dillon, brothers Michael and Gary, sister Terri, parents Walter and Vonda. The entire Weney family wants to express their gratitude to everyone who has prayed and offered support during these difficult days. They also wanted to clearly state that Scott spent his last moments at a place that he considered ‘home,’ which is the drag strip. His accomplishments are many and too numerous to list, but his most impressive include winning the 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Championship, becoming the President of S&W Race Cars, and his latest achievement of becoming a race series promoter, forming S&S Race Promotions with Scotty Richardson and launching the ‘Fun in the Sun’ Race Series. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers. We will post additional details as soon as they become available,” said Jill Canuso, Marketing Director and Spokesperson for S&W Race Cars.
Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of celebrated racer Scott Weney, the Manufacturers Series would like to thank S&W Race Cars for direction to FuelCoupe.com’s April 2014 article of Master Builders highlighting the experiences of Weney’s life in the shop and on the track that contributed to his successful and rewarding career as the President of S&W Race Cars and championship drag racer.
Scott Weney’s love for drag racing and longing to drive funny cars, which later became a robust career started well before the age of ten when he began sweeping the floors and asking drivers questions in the S&W Race Cars’ Spring City, Pennsylvania shop.
Weney’s education in what it takes to run a prosperous business and be a championship drag racer began early on as he performed odd jobs around the shop and taking every opportunity to learn as much as possible from experienced drivers as they discussed their passes down the strip.
By the age of 13, Weney was already mastering how to weld and fit tubing on S&W’s customers race cars while learning what to do and what not to do from drivers mistakes on the track. Though Weney had not run a quarter-mile himself yet, at age 15 he was well on his way to becoming a title driver when he started working on the crew for famed racers Jim Fox, and later Roy Harris in addition to his duties at the shop.
Two years later, in 1976 Weney ran his first passes and earned his drag racing license at Manufacturers Series host track, Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania to compete in his first competition that winter in Salinas Puerto Rico.
Weney proved that he knew what it took to be a victorious racer by the end of his first season, when he became the NHRA Division 1 Pro Comp Points Champ in 1977. Scott Weney continued to prove his prowess on the track until his last title in 2013 as the Atco Top Dragster Points Championship winner, with countless national event wins, divisional championships, as national record holder as well as the 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Championship winner and two-time NHRA Keystone Nationals Champ.
Taking cues from all his experiences in the shop and on the track, with a childhood of listening to drivers talk about solving tuning issues while becoming a master car builder himself, Weney incorporated his lifetime of skills into making S&W Race Cars continue to grow and thrive as a family business, as well paying it forward as a sponsor and promoter of grassroots racing events, ensuring future of the sport.
As President of S&W Race Cars, Weney supported the Manufacturers Series events Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series, respectively with the CamaroGuys Gen 5 Challenge, MustangGuys Fastest 5.0 Shootout and Challenger Shootout drag racing classes, all presented by S&W Race Cars designed to encourage late-model muscle to give the quarter-mile a try. With only one power-adder allowed and DOT legal, these classes frequently have up to 20 street-performance racers competing for the limited-edition custom CNC Machined chrome trophy at each of the 33 Manufacturers Series events across the country between Chevy, Ford and Mopar brands.
Did You Know: 10 Chevrolet Camaro Fun Facts, by TheBlock.com
Let’s face it; if you’re here today reading this, much like us, it’s more than likely you’re a Camaro fan. From casual to die-hard, first gens to fifth gens – we know that our BLOCK readers run the gamut of fandom. The BLOCK Crew, of course, is in the latter camp. We love them all: From the new Z/28 to the rare, hard-to-find classics and beyond. And, as such big fans, we’ve covered quite a few special Camaros here.
In the course of our travels, we’ve met some Camaro enthusiasts that simply blow us away. Folks that probably know more about this American icon than they do about certain family members. We are so serious! To that end, we wondered aloud, “is it possible to be completely encyclopedic when it comes to the world of Camaro?”
Our thoughts immediately shifted to good friend and esteemed Camaro collector and historian, George Lyons. He would definitely be our nominee. However, we realize most people don’t have direct access to someone of George’s vast knowledge and dedication.
So, we thought it would be fun to dig up some nuggets that you may or may not know about the Camaro. For these, we dove into one of our favorite books, The Complete Book of Camaro: Every Model Since 1967 (click to go to the Motor Books website), by David Newhardt.
You can check out the book here, but first, scroll down to see if you know the following Camaro trivia tidbits! And, be sure to let us know if you have some of your own in the comments section!
Did You Know?
1.) The first Camaros shared a chassis with the classic Chevy Nova.
2.) When the vehicle that became known as the Camaro was in development it was known within General Motors as “The Panther”.
3.) Total sales of the Camaro in 1969 reached 243,085. A stunning number for a car only on the market less than three years at that point.
4.) Late in the ’69 model year, the Camaro received a special powerplant: the historic, aluminum block ZL1 engine.
5.) The base 1970 Camaro cost $2,749.
6.) There was only one Z/28 built for the 1975 model year.
7.) In 1982, the all-new third gen Camaro paced the Indianapolis 500.
8.) When Chevrolet returned the Camaro SS model to the market in 1996, it had been “off the radar” for 24 years.
9.) More than five thousand welds went into the fifth gen 2010 Camaro SS.
10.) The modern-day iteration of the Camaro ZL1 engine trumps its original, historic predecessor by a whopping 125 horsepower!
We have lost a good friend.
Sally Miksiewicz was the CEO and vice chairperson of the East Penn Manufacturing Company.
Ms. Miksiewicz, 52, was killed June 20 when she was struck by a pickup truck while jogging near her home in Pike Township, Berks County.
East Penn, a family-owned company with more than 6,800 employees, is the second-largest employer in Berks County, where Maple Grove Raceway is located.
East Penn’s extensive product line includes Duracell auto batteries. Since 2011, Duracell (DriveDuracell.com) has been the Official Battery of the Super Chevy Show series.
It often was said she looked on East Penn’s employees as extended family. East Penn has been recognized for 13 consecutive years with the designation as one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.
Thousands paid respects to Sally at a memorial service on June 27. The Super Chevy Show and Maple Grove Raceway will remember her with a moment of silence during the opening ceremonies of the event on July 13.