The 2015 Mid Atlantic .90 Champions were officially crowned on January 30th in Trevose, Pa. With the banquet this officially puts a wrap to the 2015 Mid Atlantic .90 Season and the focus now shifts towards the 2016 season. A big thank you to everyone who made it out to help celebrate the Champions and Top 5 Finishers from this past season. I hope everyone liked the hall & food. From the feedback I received from many of you it looks like this will become our home for the next few years. Congrats once again and onto the 2016 season….
Super Comp: Ash Senft
Super Gas: Earl Nichols
Super Street: Keith Mayers
Special Award Winners:
Rookie of the Year: Nick Pierson
Sponsor of the Year: Road Runner Race Fuels
Wrench / Crew Chief of the Year: Tom Goldman
Driver of the Year: Keith Mayers
Special .90 Association Award: Bob Beucler from Dragtime News
Free Gate Entry into a MA .90 Association Race at Cecil County (Thanks to Jimmy at Cecil County):
SC – Ash Senft
SG – Jay Cepelka
SST – Rich Preiser
So now onto 2016. As we all know Roadrunner Race Fuels and VP have re-signed back on as the title right sponsor for this season. Last year with the help of VP and RRRF we guaranteed $1,000 at all the events no matter the car counts. To say the car counts didn’t increase like I was hoping they would was an understatement. So this year with the help of VP & RRRF we are going to increase the payouts to the Champions & Top 5 and we will expand the rewards of being a member all the way out to the 10th place. My Goal is to give back to the members who have been supportive of the series over the years. If things go well with more sponsorship over the next few months we may increase these amounts or we will work on increasing the payouts at our events. So here is the breakdown of how things will work for 2016:
Champion – $1,250 + Gold Card (The Gold Card gives you free entry into every .90 Race for the following season (If you run all 10 races that’s a $750 value) – Track Gate Fee is included still)
Runner-Up – $625.00
3rd Place – $400.00
4th Place – $300.00
5th Place – $200.00
6th Place – Free .90 Race Entry into Race # 1 or 2 (Gate Fee still Applies)
7th Place – Free .90 Race Entry into Race # 3 or 4 (Gate Fee still Applies)
8th Place – Free .90 Race Entry into Race # 5 or 6 (Gate Fee still Applies)
9th Place – Free .90 Race Entry into Race # 7 or 8 (Gate Fee still Applies)
10th Place – Free .90 Race Entry into Race # 9 or 10 (Gate Fee still Applies)
The BBQ’s will return for 2016. It won’t be as elaborate as the BBQ’s that the Donhauser’s used to put on but, more of a Pot Luck (Don’t think any of us can replace what they have done for the club). The Pig Roast will still continue at Cecil County and Race # 5 along with the Top 8 Shootout Race. I feel we lost a little bit of that camaraderie the club used to have with the BBQ’s going away and the hanging out after a tough day of racing. We will set everything up at my trailer & Bill Hardifer’s and we will ask for people to bring sides. We will get into this a little more as the season progresses.
Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, Pa – Ash Senft knew he had a tough task ahead of him going into the season finale for the Mid Atlantic .90 Association at Maple Grove Raceway. Facing almost a 5 round deficit over first place Kevin Scholl, Senft would have to hope for all the cards to fall into place by day’s end on Sunday to be standing in the #1 spot. As the day progressed things started to align themselves on Saturday and Race #9 of season when Senft & Scholl lined up for 1st round.
Atco Dragway – Atco, NJ – The Mid Atlantic .90 Association concluded Race # 5 & 6 of its 2015 season at Atco Dragway over the weekend. On Saturday, Nick Pierson (Super Comp), Jerry Pierce (Super Gas) and Bernie Staub (Super Street) claimed victory and on Sunday Ash Senft (Super Comp), Walter Olt (Super Gas) and Keith Mayers (Super Street) were victorious at day’s end.
Cecil County Dragway – Rising Sun, Md (July 11th & 12th) – The Mid Atlantic .90 Association got back into gear after two months off with race # 3 & 4 of the 2015 season at Cecil County Dragway. On Saturday, Don Bangs (Super Comp), Earl Nichols Jr. (Super Gas) and Marty Ganjoin (Super Street) claimed victory and on Sunday Kevin Scholl (Super Comp), Iggie Boicesco (Super Gas) and Daryl Peters (Super Street) were the last one’s standing.
Saturday featured an action packed day of racing for the .90 Series as not only did competitors have Race number three on tap but, a special Top 8 Shootout sponsored by ATI & Autometer was run for members who earned enough points and qualified over the season. With hot temperatures on tap, it was going to be a will of endurance for those racers who were competing in both events. In Super Comp, 2014 MASCA Champ Don Bangs picked up where he left off last season and claimed his first victory of 2015 with a victory over the Lucas Oil Dragster of Jeff Kundratic. In the finals, both drivers were almost even at the tree (.025 to .033) with Bangs keeping that edge with a 8.928 to 8.934 victory. In other action on Saturday, Earl Nichols Jr. claimed the battle of Corvettes as his 78 Corvette took down Gary Lairds 63 Corvette in Super Gas. Marty Ganjoin took his 68 Camaro to victory in Super Street over Jimmy Stack in the Garbinski & Livezey Challenge to concluded Race # 3.
As the Sun was going down competitors lined up for a special Top 8 shootout event sponsored by ATI & Autometer. In the end Nichols, kept his hot streak going from Race three with a victory over Rich Price. In Super Comp, it was a battle of the first two winners of 2015 as Kevin Scholl took down Jeff Livezey Sr. In an epic battle Scholl turned on the win light with a .012 thousandths package to Livezey’s .013 thousandths package to claim the victory. Rounding out the shootout in Super Street, Jimmy Stack got in as an alternate and used that advantage to run the table and take down 2014 Division 1 All-Star Jason Lawrence in the final.
Turning our attention to Sunday, Daryl Peters out of Toms River, NJ claimed victory in the Super Street. Peters, driving his 1985 Pontiac Trans-Am sliced through the competition to meet up with 2013 Champion Stack in the finals. Peters took the advantage at the tree (.010 to .023) and parlayed that into a nineteen thousandths package with a 10.909 to 10.895 victory over Stack. This would be Peters first win of the season and 2nd overall MASSA victory. Recent LODRS Lebanon Valley winner Iggie Boicesco took his ATI Sponsored Corvette to victory and stopped Nichols from a clean sweep of the weekend when Nichols rolled deep and turned on the red-light on handing the victory to Boicesco. Rounding out the weekend, Scholl continued his hot streak and claimed his second victory of the early season by taking down Tom Oliver in the finals. Scholl used a big advantage at the tree and took his S&W dragster to victory with a 8.921 to Oliver’s breakout of 8.889.
The series now takes a weekend off before heading back to Atco Dragway on July 25th & 26th for Race # 5 & 6 which will be a great warm-up for those planning on attending the LODRS event the weekend following.